Thank you in advance for your responses. I edit all my photos on CS3 from my 17" laptop. Although it is a powerful laptop, there are obvious drawbacks to the screen (change the angle of the screen or my seat position and the visual brightness/contrast of the screen does alternate). So, because buying a brand new desktop computer with a fancy 24" DVI monitor is not economically feasible, I was thinking of buying a 22" (or larger) monitor that I could plug into my laptop. My questions are: *Would having the second monitor (no DVI port in my laptop, just a regular monitor plug) be more accurate than my laptops monitor? I hate it when my photos look slightly lighter/darker (among other differences) than what they look like on my screen. *Having a bigger screen definitely seems like a bonus, but would it actually be a better picture? A better working environment? *Would color callibration be more precise on the second monitor than my laptops monitor? or would I suffer from the same problems as with my laptop's monitor? *I prefer to shop around for a good deal. So, I rather have the SPECIFICATIONS I sould look for in a monitor rather than a specific brand. I would appreciate all advice. Thank you.