What is the best monitor these days?

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  1. ToddSmith

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    I've been using a Sony Artisan monitor for the past five years and I swear by it. Unfortunately, I've logged over 12,000 hours on it and I know it's not going to last forever.

    Does anyone know what is the most reliable monitor for color these days? I'm especially interested in something portable so I can tweak pictures when I travel.

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    Do u want the best is color on a CRT or do u want an LCD monitor?
     
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    For portability I would love LCD, but I'm not sure if the quality is a good as CRT (especially w/ regard to contrast). Any thoughts? With my current Sony Artisan (CRT) I can calibrate it so that it basically looks exactly how it will print. I depend on that kind of quality.

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    Welcome to the forum.

    For the most accurate & reliable color, you will want a monitor with it's own LUT (look up table)...this way, the monitor does the calibration, rather than the video card.

    A photographer I know, researched this a lot and recommends the NEC 90 series monitors with the Spectraview calibration package.

    This can be expensive...many people are content to just use a regular monitor and a 3rd party calibration device like the Colorvision Spyder.
     
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    Thanks, Mike.

    I've heard good things about the NEC 90 series too. I think it was on Luminous Landscape. I haven't heard of Spectraview... will check it out.

    Does anyone know how the Wacom monitor does for color?

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    The NEC LCD2490WUXi-BK-SV is $1230 +35 shipping.
     
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    Which is the NEC LCD2490WUXi-BK with a iOne Display 2 Colorimeter + NEC's own very very good SpectraView calibration package.

    I have a 2690 myself, and it was the best money I ever spent. No it's not the best monitor on the market, but it is far better than any CRT I have used (not for games) and a heck of a lot cheaper than some of the true legends of colour.

    If you have unlimited budget look for the NEC 2180WG-LED-SV, or the new screen from HP. But for $3500+ they are gods amongst displays.
     
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    This has been very helpful. Thank you!
     
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    for the record, what's the new screen from HP?
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    HP Dreamcolor LP2480zx boasts a 133% NTSC gamut coverage, compared to the NEC 90 wide series' 97%.

    Displays like that must be a nightmere for non-colour managed apps. Try finding a colour managed video player :lol:
     
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    I haven't quantified it yet, but I've found the current Cintiqs to be very good for colour. The 21UX is something like an Eizo 220 that you can draw on.

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