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Author Topic: Monitor Replacement  (Read 21594 times)
gac
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« on: May 28, 2009, 10:47:39 PM »

I am interested in any views/comments on the HP LP2475w monitor.
I am a Qimage user (of no great ability) and am thinking of replacing my current Viewsonic VP930 with the above monitor. I do not play games and generally use of my computer is confined to e-mail, web browsing and photo work.
I have read a few reviews on the HP and as it is just within my budget it appears to fit the bill. Any views on its suitability would be most welcome.

I should add that I have access to (and lots of help with) a monitor callibration device so am not unduly worried by the reviews that indicated callibration is definately required.
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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2009, 10:18:44 PM »

You might check and see if Dell is still offering the 2209WA. Must be WA NOT JUST W. Look in their small business area. While only a 22 incher, it has an LG IPS panel and is easily half the price of the HP (about $250). I have one, and would break the arm off anyone who tried to take it away from me. Four built-in USB ports and a wonderful stand!
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2009, 08:23:55 PM »

I am interested in any views/comments on the HP LP2475w monitor.

I just got one and I really like it. The very best of the great features is:
The monitor has the same brightness from any reasonable angle. Several people can preview photos and all see the same thing. No more of those looking over your shoulder seeing washed-out images.

Also, 6 UBS ports are great, I can hide my USB drives in all the extra space left by the monitor and plug them in right there, no dangling cords.

Any input you could imagine. The HDMI is great, I can plug my 5D Mark II in there and view the HD movies directly on the monitor!

Only negative, once you have it profiled, it matches the printed output well in Qimage and other color managed software, but in the majority of software, including windows itself, your photos will look oversaturated. If only Bill would support color management!

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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2009, 08:47:17 AM »

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Only negative, once you have it profiled, it matches the printed output well in Qimage and other color managed software, but in the majority of software, including windows itself, your photos will look oversaturated.

This is because it is a wide gamut monitor, probably close to Adobe RGB rather than the usual sRGB.
I have recently bought an Eizo monitor; they overcome this problem by having various modes available: Custom for utilising the calibrated settings, sRGB for web browser etc. use, Text for word processing, e-mail with a lower brightness and so on, 5 modes altogether.
The mode can be controlled manually with a button or automatically, based on active application, by Eizo's Screen manager software.
The other useful feature is the automatic brightness control, based on the ambient light. I can now get consistent results when refining images, whether I do it in daytime or with artificial light in the evening.
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2009, 11:41:18 PM »

Also look at Dell U2410 ultrasharp.
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2009, 08:49:33 PM »

Hi Terry,

Thanks for the note, I've been looking hard at all the web info I can find on monitors and feel your direction may be the one for me too. What size did you settle on? I'm thinking of around 26". Have you tried any video? My main concern is for photography, but I do a little work in video too. If the Eizo is the best way to go for the photo, may be I'll use a different monitor for the video work depending on your comments.

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Keith
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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2009, 10:19:54 PM »

Keith,
I have a smaller model than you are thinking of, a S2242W, 22" wide screen but with 1920x1200 resolution. I don't do video but I have watched recorded TV programs on it and it seemed ok. The specs and other info' say:
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Gray-to-gray: 6 ms, black-white-black: 12 ms
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Ideal for Moving Image Work, too. An overdrive circuit is included to reduce grapy-to-gray response time to 6 ms and ensure that moving images look clean and sharp with an absolute minimum of blurring and ghosting..
You can see all the info on Eizo stuff here http://www.eizo.co.uk/products.htm#2.
I would get your new monitor and see what it's like for video.
BTW.if you are UK based, I bought mine from Native Digital, who are local to me and their prices are competitive.
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2009, 07:48:27 PM »

Hello again Terry,

Thank you. I'm in Canada so I'll be looking for who to do my purchasing from as well.

It's going to be really nice to make this move. I'm on a pair of 22" Asus that look great for the basic stuff, but once I get into the detailed calibration and following Photoshop work the short comings become clear. I keep finding weak links in the chain! It's all fun anyway. My thinking now is to take your advise and move in the Eizo direction and then if the video is not very good, I'll change the second monitor for that emphasis.

All the best,

Keith
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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2009, 07:53:39 PM »

Terry,

That's a beautiful gallery!


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« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2009, 08:31:00 PM »

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I keep finding weak links in the chain! It's all fun anyway
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That's a beautiful gallery!
Thank  you, it's very nice of you to say so  Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2009, 07:03:33 PM »

I'm seriously looking at the Eizo options, they look great. Anyone have comments on the LaCie line, 526 compared to 724? The 724 is LED tech. Also any input on if calibration can be done with the Spyder3Pro or do I have to buy the Blue Eye Colorimeter?

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Keith
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