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Choosing a Monitor

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by PatrickC, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. PatrickC

    PatrickC New Member


    I hope I can pick your collective brains please. Firstly can I say I know nothing about graphics design!

    My partner who is a graphics designer needs a new monitor to replace her CRT that is dying! From various searches etc I know a lot of people still rate CRT's and to get good colour replication on LCD is difficult. I know she uses pantone charts, sends artwork to printers (brochures / exhibition posters etc) so the colour and quality of the display image needs to be reasonable.

    My budget is £500 UK Sterling max for that kind of money should I stick to CRT or go with LCD? And most importantly do you have any product recommendations.

    I apologise if this is something that you cover repetitively but I have searched a lot on the web and found very little in the way of monitor reviews aimed at graphics designers / desk top publishing.

    Any help / pointers to where to go (for information :icon_smile: ) greatly appreciated.

  2. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

    CRT would have been your best bet in the past but I am not sure if you can even buy these anymore?

    Lacie make some fantastic monitors but are out of your price range unfortunately...

    LaCie - LCD Monitors

    This one is not so far out though...

    Dell and Apple make some decent monitors too, does your partner use a mac?
  3. PatrickC

    PatrickC New Member

    Thank you for the response Boss Hog ..its appreciated.

    Yes she does use a Mac..actually she runs

    a Mac ..with Quark
    a laptop with vista and quark
    adobe InDesign on an XP machine

    The replacement screen is for the Mac..A g4 PowerPc.
  4. IS-James

    IS-James Member

    Dell's Ultrasharp monitors have very good colour replication. The 2408WFP is a very good screen. It uses a S-PVA LCD panel so the colour reproduction and viewing angle are very good and it is well within your budget at £383 +VAT.

    There is a very in depth review of this monitor at

    As with any screen unless it is calibrated the colour reproduction will be far from perfect but if your budget is £500 you can easily afford a cheap calibration device to go with it.
  5. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

  6. PatrickC

    PatrickC New Member

    The Lacie Boss Hog suggested is out of my budget unfortunately ...although it looks very nice.

    Any other options ...Anybody know a good CRT supplier?

    And if I said what about the Dell 2408WFP or similiar would I cause mild amusement and pitying glances all around :icon_biggrin:?
  7. PatrickC

    PatrickC New Member

    IS-James you beat me to it! Well it sounds like I have chosen something not completely daft :) I will look at the reviews and get back

  8. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

    I would also wait and see what other members use, you may get some other recommendations.
  9. Eagle

    Eagle Member

    DELL all the way - they're generally bang-on straight out of the box. I dragged my heels for years over LCD but now I wouldn't go back. :)
  10. Pixels Ink

    Pixels Ink Member

    I have the 2407WFP Ultrasharp.

    Cracking monitor.

    Really handy that it rotates to portrait too :)
  11. Eagle

    Eagle Member

    Snapperooney! :icon_thumbup:
  12. MarkS

    MarkS Member

    LED Monitors?

    Is anyone using any of the LED monitors?

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