What Monitor Do You Use?


MonitorAfter our post yesterday talking about dual monitor setups to enhance your post production workflow I’ve today had a lot of emails from readers asking for recommendations on what monitors are best for post production.

As I’m an Apple fanboy and have a couple of Apple 23 inch Cinema LCD monitors I don’t have a lot of experience of other brands.

So I thought I’d open it up for some discussion.

  • What Monitor/s do you use?
  • Would you recommend them to others?
  • What Monitor/s are you looking at buying? Why?

Looking forward to the discussion. I’ll try to pull together the results into some kind of a list of popular monitors.

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  • norman

    iMac 21.5″

  • CorteOnCamera

    It’s now November 2013 – what is the latest opinion for the best post production monitor that has a not too high price tag.

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  • norman June 1, 2011 09:49 pm

    iMac 21.5"

  • Zvi Harduf, Israel February 12, 2011 02:30 am

    My monitor is Philips 202E.
    While preparing to purchase it I loaded several of my better images to a disk on key, stuck it into the sellers' USB port, and chose the one I liked best.
    Coming home, I used my wife as a colorimeter: While kooking at my former old CRT LG monitor, she expressed some sympathizing fillings in front of my preferred pics, but when looking at the replacement she said these satisfying words: "You really have beautiful pics".
    I love her.
    Of coarse!
    And the monitor, as well.

  • Matthew January 16, 2011 09:09 pm

    I see that a lot of people are using TN panel monitors. If you've never used an IPS screen (some of which are getting very inexpensive), you're in for a pleasant surprise. The iPad actually uses an IPS panel (as do Apple Cinema Displays), surprisingly enough.

    Anyway, now NEC and Viewsonic make IPS monitors (sRGB) that are under $300. Worth it, IMHO. I wrote a bit about them here: Best Monitors for Photo Editing

    Matthew Gore

  • Vaughan May 23, 2009 01:42 am

    I have three 20" ViewSonic VP2030B LCDs - really sharp, fast, colours are fantastic. I chose them for 2 reasons alone - 1600x1200 and they rotate from portrait to landscape as well tilt and swivel - I love them, when the 3rd one was away for servicing, I really missed the extra screen. It's funny how you don't think you need them, but once you've had them, you can't do without the extra real estate and want more! =)

    ps. Found your blog the other day, and really enjoying the read. Cheers.

  • Ron Wharton May 13, 2009 12:14 am

    OK, the HannsG 28" HG281D is one incredible monitor. Fast, Bright and just all around incredible. I also have an Envision 24" G416 and Samsung H233H 23" Samsung is great and sharp, but

    The HannsG is the only monitor you will need, unless you have $1200 to get the Dell 30"

    You can get this monitor for around $350, Get it and you will be one happy computerer!, just be prepared to be stuck to your computer marveling at this monitor!

  • Spencer May 2, 2009 03:52 am

    I use two 30" HP LP3065 displays. Very good quality and I highly recommend the monitor. It also includes wall mounts (the portion that connects to the stand can be removed and installed on the wall).

  • Anita Harris May 1, 2009 12:40 am

    Thanks for this info. I'd also like to know what calibration software people find most useful. I have a Canon S9000 printer; use an old ViewSonic LCD which is supposedly calibrated but my prints don't match what I see on screen. Anharris

  • Jimbo Slice April 30, 2009 05:47 pm

    Currently using a Samsung T240 24" sometimes extended to my 13" unibody MacBook, most of the time used in clamshell mode.

  • Joseph April 30, 2009 04:09 am

    I am planning on purchasing my first DSLR. What is your comment and suggestion for Canon's new Rebel XT1i ?

  • Twitterer April 29, 2009 08:21 am

    I use a Samsung SyncMaster 2243BW calibrated with a Spyder 2. Brilliant!

  • John April 27, 2009 02:49 am

    The only monitors that can display the entire RGB & sRGB color spaces are the:
    EIZO CG Series. the best the other monitors can do is about 70% of the color space.

  • Joseph April 26, 2009 09:24 am

    clem (How about using a LCD, flat panel high definition TV. Please comment and give any suggestions.

    LCD TV are brighter and have a larger pixel than LCD Monitors(0.25-0.30), Benq 22" HD LCD Monitor 1920x1080 (16x9) has 0.248. LCD Monitors are 1920x1200 (16x10) which is better in general. I have used
    Sony 60" 1080p Full HD TV as Monitor, they have fixed resolution (Not using HDMI) that a video output can use, unlike any computer Monitor that sync to multi-frequencies. You should invest in a fast CPU and HD Video Card for 1920x1200 resolution, 1680x1050 and 1440x900 are not as demanding in CPU speed, you will need a video Card to support it as well. Not all computer video can support Wide Screen resolution Monitors.

    I am using Samsung SyncMaster T240 with ATI RADEON HD 2400PRO (Main) and Sony G200 as second.
    They work find together in a Pentium 4 Dual 1.8 GHz system.

  • Joseph April 26, 2009 06:54 am

    clem (about using LCD, HDTV),
    LCD TV are designed to display Video for very bright picture viewing in a dark environment such as Living rooms. They have very large picture elements to be bright enough for viewing from a distance. LCD and CRT have small pixel of 0.25 - 0.30 , 22" BenQ E2200HD LCD have 1920x1080 pixel at 0.248. LCD Monitors have 1920x1200 (16x10 screen) which I think is better for computer in general than HD LCD at 16x9. I have tried to use a Sony 60" 1080p Full HD for computer. The picture is limited to a fixed resolution for D-sub, not full-screen. (It depends on video card of the computer if it is HDMI for 1080p, 60Hz). If you are going for 1920x1200, invest in fast CPU and HD video card before you choose your LCD Monitor. For 1680 and 1440 resolutions you still need a video card that can support it.

  • Joseph April 26, 2009 06:21 am

    I have Sony Trinitron 17, 20 & KDS 19 before, they are great for the last 4-5 years. (LCD then was dim and small with a fixed screen resolution, not good for everything). To-day's Wide-screen LCD can sync to 1440, 1680,1920 and up. I have Samsung's SyncMaster T240 24" .They are great at $309 Canadian ( lowest $299
    at X'mas). Will look for a 30" LCD in the future (hopefully it will be LED back-lighted at affordable price soon).
    Samsung's 40" LED LCD TV is $3000 Canadian now.

  • magixx April 26, 2009 05:56 am

    hp lp2475w. colors & 1080p :w00t:

  • Max April 25, 2009 08:55 pm

    After Months looking for an external monitor, I ended up buying a Dell 2209WA two weeks ago. No way to beat it's price/performance ratio.
    Now I'm looking for a possibility to calibrate it.

  • Philip April 25, 2009 07:51 pm

    I use a 23'' Samsung LCD, but only since Wednesday, before I used the screen of my 15,4'' Dell Laptop

  • Oleg April 25, 2009 06:50 pm

    I’m using a 24" Samsung SyncMaster T220HD.

  • Texas Susan April 25, 2009 02:43 pm

    24" iMac and a 15" MacBook (aluminum)

  • Clem April 25, 2009 10:31 am

    How about using a LCD, flat panel high definition TV. Please comment and give any suggestions.

  • Vektor (Hungary) April 25, 2009 08:26 am

    1) 8 Core MacPro + 2 x 23" CinemaDisplay + 2 x external eSata Raid5s + Wacom Intous3 A4
    2) 17" MacBook Pro + external FW800 Raid0

  • Mike April 25, 2009 06:57 am

    I used a calibrated Optiquest Q241WB (24") and it matches my printouts brilliantly, it also runs full widescreen digits TV superbly.

  • Jonathan April 25, 2009 12:50 am

    Apple 24" Cinema Display and 17" MacBook Pro

  • EdieB April 25, 2009 12:50 am

    20" iMac - I would recommend any Mac/Apple - several of our children and grandchildren are using Mac's now after working on ours. :D

  • nellyL April 24, 2009 11:06 pm

    I use my iMac's 24" monitor --
    I recommend the machine itself, I'm sure there are far more superior monitors out there.
    for me, it's just heaven :)

  • david z April 24, 2009 07:00 pm

    Benq 24", and looking at additional one

  • egide April 24, 2009 06:55 pm

    Hazro 30" is brilliant and great value for money - clean, cool looking and accurate, calibrated with i1-2. Teamed with my old Apple 20" and Mac Pro.

  • Sem (aka Mayiko) April 24, 2009 04:55 pm

    I just ordered the Samsung 2233BW. The reviews are good.
    Now i'm using a BenQ (19'') and a Barco screen (from my previous work) 44''.

  • Dawn Amber Hood April 24, 2009 03:57 pm

    I have a MacBook, and get pretty good pictures from it. But with failing eyesight, I wanted something to show larger pics to work from. So my hubby hooked up a synaps monitor and calibrated it for me. Chose a couple of pics to work on, put them up on the monitor and got them to look really great. But when they printed, they were extremely dark! Put the pics back on my MacBook, and picture was practically black. Fixed the pic, put it back on the monitor, and the pic is really washed out. So we recalibrated the monitor, but to get it to match the MacBook pics, I have to have a washed out image. Sigh. Is anything ever easy?

  • Daryl April 24, 2009 02:58 pm

    I'm using a ViewSonic VS10859 ( or VX2025wm ) 1680x1050.
    The color is fantastic, although all I had to compare it too was an LG monitor I was calibrating for my mother, which was absolutely horrible. At half the weight I imagine that most of the electronics were gutted for that model.
    I am very happy with ViewSonic and would buy another VX.

  • Norm Crainie April 24, 2009 02:58 pm

    I use an HP 2335 and is 1600 X 1900, I have had it since they were released, it's really great, works well with CS4 and with my 63 year old eyes. Soon to upgrade to a DELL 30", never pay the retail price, they are on special at DELL till 27/04 at A$1,954.00. Just watch their site for deals, the price varies often.

  • Neeraj Mishra April 24, 2009 01:06 pm

    I have replaced my old samsung 15" CRT with Samsung 22" TFT, It is a nice experience to work in such a wide work field.

  • Greg Mansfield April 24, 2009 11:09 am

    I use an HP2475W - 24" wide screen. It has an IPS panels gives great color. I calibrate it with A Spyder 2.

  • Travis April 24, 2009 10:58 am

    I just picked up a Samsung T260. Very nice monitor imo.

  • Colinwalks April 24, 2009 10:50 am

    Dell 2407WFP-HC calibrated by Spyder2. No complaints:)

  • Arturo Rubio April 24, 2009 10:33 am

    I got an Acer H233H 23" wide screen LCD monitor a couple weeks ago from Newegg. Paid $199.99 (shipping included) for it and I'm really enjoying the extra real estate. My previous monitor was a beat up 19" Compaq CRT monitor, so it's definitely a good change for me.

    About a week after I got this new LCD monitor Newegg began selling another Acer 23" LCD monitor for $179.99 shipping included. It was very similar to the one I got, but with a nicer base. Oh well.

  • Rob April 24, 2009 08:55 am

    I use my 13" Macbook for my workflow and a Samsung 24" 1080P HDTV/Monitor for editing. I desperately need to get it calibrated since even at low brightness and contrast levels the images are still way brighter on screen that in print off my HP printer.

  • bull snook April 24, 2009 08:44 am

    sherri and i use, a dual set up, left is a KDS pro view 22" and the right is a gateway HD tft 20",
    sherri uses the kds more often than I do, and I use both, viewing the original on one and the worked on the oposite, they serve our uses well, but i dont know if i would recomend them,

  • David April 24, 2009 08:37 am

    I use a Eizo CG242W for main screen and Samsung Syncmaster 204 for my tools.

  • David April 24, 2009 07:51 am

    I use a Samsung 22-inch 226BW. So far so good.

  • Risk April 24, 2009 07:30 am

    I have both Dell (i think it's a 17") and Apple (20"), they work fine... I like to see the differences between one and other... :) very similar but yet so different!

    That's cause for work i mostly use windows and for my personal purposes, mac os...

  • Tea April 24, 2009 07:21 am

    Mine is 19" Samsung SyncMaster 940s...am happy with it too =)

  • Sam April 24, 2009 07:06 am

    Just my iMac 20" display. I calibrate it using an Xrite Eye-One Display 2 and it works great!

  • Justin April 24, 2009 06:25 am

    24" iMac
    STOKED !!!

  • Keith April 24, 2009 06:23 am

    17" Chimei CNV 745A LCD I'm definitely on a budget

  • d r bond April 24, 2009 05:29 am

    dual samsung 22in digital. SyncMaster 226BW

  • Starstorm April 24, 2009 05:04 am

    I use a 21 inch Cintiq UX monitor as well as a 21 Widescreen Samsung Syncmaster 204BW. Touch screen all the way...

  • Farook April 24, 2009 04:53 am

    Two 23" Apple Cinema Displays connected to my new Mac Pro.

    Two 17" Dell (1704FPV) Displays connected to a Dell Optiplex GX620.

  • Hans April 24, 2009 04:36 am

    I use a HP 19" widescreen, no idea what type.
    Used to have a 20" colorsync from Apple, but now I'm waiting for the high end displays to become more affordable.

  • SJ09 April 24, 2009 04:36 am

    I got a couple of months ago a Dell 2209WA - it's a 22" e-IPS monitor, fully height/tilt adjustable. I've got yet to calibrate it, but even now it's much more than expected (never had a Dell before....used to have Viewsonic CRT, MAG, HP (work)). Because of being IPS, viewing angle is almost 180 (I think ~176)...got it at that time for 249CAD tax included with free shipping...excellent deal imho.

  • theowl84 April 24, 2009 04:33 am

    BenQ E2200HD 16:9 22" (sRGB mode)
    Photo editing is real fun with the 3:2 photo at maximum size and still enough space for toolbars on both sides

  • Bob Hayes April 24, 2009 04:19 am

    At work I use a 23" Apple Cinema Display. At home I have the high-end Dell 24" monitor. My Cinema Display is the plastic framed one (older) and, if the company is buying, I'd like to replace (or complement) it with the Apple 30" display. But, to be honest, my Dell is a better monitor. Brighter, better response time, tons of inputs, features and ports. Both calibrate just as well, and both display images beautifully.

    If I were the Donald, I'd be buying the Apple for looks as well as function. But the Dell just does more. (Make sure you buy the high-end - their crap monitors are as crappy as anyone else's.

  • Captain Obvious April 24, 2009 03:49 am


    Monitors are for WIMPS!!


    Old Skool REAL he-men use THESE:


    or, if this web-server munged that, then this: http://tinyurl.com/cuqzlo

    ( few of you are old enough to remember such "monitors"... :D )

  • Jocelyn K. April 24, 2009 03:47 am

    I just did my own research for monitors and ended up buying the new Dell 2209WA 22" eIPS monitor. It arrived earlier this week and I LOVE IT! You can't beat the price for the quality that you receive with this monitor.

    Here's another link, in addition to the CNET link a previous poster listed:

  • Andre April 24, 2009 03:45 am

    EIZO S2231W (22" TFT)

    I think that one has a very good value for money, nice colours.

  • MagnumMan April 24, 2009 03:18 am

    I have a Vizeo 26" monitor and love it. It's great for photo editing , gaming and watching movies. It has 2 HDMI inputs, a built in USB 2.0 hub , built in speakers ( I don't use em though ) and a beautiful picture.

    I would definitely recommend it to others for a good multi-platform monitor.

  • FrankP April 24, 2009 02:57 am

    Main monitor is a Dell 3008WFP with a Dell 1905FP rotated verticaly on each side. I have them set back a few inches and angled toward me (to have more desk space). It works really well; the text on the 19" is much larger because of the lower resolution and they sit much farther from me than the 30". The net result is that I can see clearly on all displays. The 3008 is a thing of beauty. I was initially concerned that the text would be too small because of it's high resolution (my eyes aren't the greatest) but it's such a clear sharp display that there is no problem. I think Dell makes some really good displays for the price, but don't ever buy at regular price. I got the 3008 for $900 off on a 1 day sale.

  • Tobias April 24, 2009 02:24 am

    Hi guys,

    I'm using a Dell 3007WFP-HC and can't say anything bad about it.

  • Major Bokeh April 24, 2009 02:22 am

    I am running the newest 17" Macbook Pro on an iCurve stand next to a 30" Apple Cinema display. The combined screen real estate is awesome for my photo workflow. The laptop has a non-glare LED screen which doesn't require the warmup time of an LCD and runs at 1920x1200 resolution. The 30" runs at 2560x1600.

    I wouldn't trade this setup for anything else. There's nothing comparable.

  • Jodie Hickman April 24, 2009 02:20 am

    I use a MacBook Pro 17".
    I would love to have room and space for a desktop with a large screen display.

  • Irene Mcc April 24, 2009 02:12 am

    Currently enjoying my super Samsung SyncMaster T220. Love it!

  • Don Olson April 24, 2009 02:03 am

    I have used my 30" Apple Cinema Display for years ,there is plenty of room for all your tools and/or multiple images at once. I use the Spyder 2 from ColorVision to keep my monitor and printer in line so all my images print the way I see them on the monitor. 30"Apple Cinema is an assume part of my photo workflow.

  • Judy Kaspar April 24, 2009 01:52 am

    I use 2 19" Viewsonic monitors. They are both about 3 or 4 years old now though, but they have served me well. I could recommend the brand. But now I would go larger.

  • Katrina April 24, 2009 01:48 am

    I am a huge fan of the Samsung monitors. As someone who works at a computer store I see the least Samsungs being brought back for returns and repairs. I use a Samsung SyncMaster 19" right now. I'm thinking about investing in the 24" version when I get the money.

  • Roy van Schoor April 24, 2009 01:44 am

    I am using a 22" Samsung 226BW which I love!

  • Jim Weidenfeller April 24, 2009 01:42 am

    I am using a Dell UltraSharp 2208FP. I had to back off the brightness to less than 50% and will eventually calibrate it with one of the tools. Although it is very close to print output after a lot of adjustment "by eye". I still have the 17" that I may use for dual screen set up, but there is enough room on this for most of my Photoshop work.

  • Dan April 24, 2009 01:37 am

    Primary is a new HP 22 in 1080 with glossy screen. Secondary a Viewsonic 19" standard ratio and matt screen. The difference in the old Viewsonic is remarkable - it is dull and the color quality even when balanced is awful compared to the HP. I will never go back to a matt screen.

  • Rick April 24, 2009 01:30 am

    I use a Dell LCD 19" however I was very disappointed in the colour match between this and a new Pixma Pro 9000 recently bought. So I dug out my old 20" CRT and they work fine together. I now use them together. The LCD for internet and the CRT for Photoshop/printing

  • Andrew Miller April 24, 2009 01:23 am

    24inch Apple Cinema Display.

  • Dalia Drulia April 24, 2009 01:23 am

    I have Eizo Color edge 210 W, and iam so happy with it.

  • Vlad Riti April 24, 2009 01:04 am

    I have a 17" inch Samsung SyncMaster 740N and I won't change it because it's an excellent monitor. Maybe I'll buy another one though to have dual.

  • DPS FAN April 24, 2009 12:44 am

    HP W2408H. This has to be the clear winner here. How many HP users in here? Woop Woop! Great 24'' HD monitor.

    I cannot imagine using a 30'' like other artists in here. lol

  • extelligence inspert April 24, 2009 12:03 am

    stationary: calibrated eizo CE240W (photography, design, everyday use, video games, HD videos)
    mobile: calibrated dell 17" notebook
    calibration device: spyder3elite

    the eizo is an incredible machine. pricy but worth every penny. combined with the spyder3 i have enough control over color-range and contrast quality to achieve any task that is presented to me. i recommend it with the condition that it should be calibrated and not be bought without a calibration device - or as i hold it with everything: get the best possible tools you can afford for your work but only if you need them essentially. otherwise its a waste of money. i have been working with it for about 18months now and i am happy with my choice.


  • Rask April 24, 2009 12:00 am

    Some five-year-old ~22" CRT (Samsung SyncMaster 957p). Getting blurry soon I think.

    I'll be upgrading to an LCD which supports resolutions around 1600x1200 (as my present CRT does). I need the working space, and dual screen system is not an option in my room space... :)

  • Ed Ip April 23, 2009 11:54 pm

    I use a 20" Apple Cinema Display (circa ~2003). However, I think the monitor might be passed due for a replacement -- I'm using i1 Display 2 to calibrate (Gamma 2.2, D65, 120lum) and the display is very saturated especially in red and yellow. Argh.

  • ldb April 23, 2009 11:31 pm

    I've got the 20" version of JP's Dell Monitor hooked up to my 20" iMac. Dell is a great monitor, but in the end it does render differently than the iMac. That is all good for me as I do web design and I like to see how colors will render for the PC world - sometimes there is a dramatic difference.

  • Misha April 23, 2009 11:31 pm

    I've been using Dell 2005fpw for the past 2 years. It's pretty much the same Apple Cinema 20" with a slightly worse backlight (there's some leaking). It has been holding colors pretty well, and now I'm calibrating it only once every few months.

    I'm currently debating of whether or not I want to move to a single 30" screen. Originally I thought of getting Apple's 30" screen, but after doing some research, it seems there are better and cheaper alternatives.

  • Roy Palmer April 23, 2009 11:26 pm

    Iiyama HM204DT A

  • PKFlo April 23, 2009 11:23 pm

    Acer H233H. Great monitor. Colors are great but I still don't fully understand the monitor calibration process - viewing color right and printing colors right. May be you can give a detailed How-to down the road sometime. Thanks.

  • Paul April 23, 2009 11:23 pm

    My laptop is a Samsung R510 which I use with a Samsung 22" TFT when I'm at my desk. My desktop machine runs through another Samsung 22" TFT with an old flat front 19" CRT as the secondary. It's fast, but it's still got the edge when looking at those really deep shadows.

    Oh, and a Huey Pro is a must for keeping the whole lot looking the same...

  • frank April 23, 2009 10:56 pm

    Mine is a 19 inch Samsung Syncmaster 900p

  • David April 23, 2009 10:44 pm

    I have a 19 inch Samsung Syncmaster 940Fn at work and 19'' LG Flatron F900 at home

  • Jani Peternelj April 23, 2009 10:41 pm

    I'm using calibrated DELL 2408WFP, and its great, the colours are fantastic, build in card reader and usb ports are very practical.

  • Jack Larson April 23, 2009 10:38 pm

    NEC LCD2690WUXi. It's the one recommended by Vincent Versace. It's excellent; however, my MacBook can't handle its full resolution capacity.

  • janet April 23, 2009 10:35 pm

    23" apple, second one, first one died, this one is great. don't know why they discontinued them.

  • Dan April 23, 2009 10:33 pm

    Planar PX2611W - absolutely love it.
    Pantone Huey for calibration

  • Silas April 23, 2009 10:23 pm

    Apple iMac 24" & Dell 24" UltraSharp - This is a GREAT Monitor!!


  • bigmouth April 23, 2009 09:39 pm

    Work: HP 17" LCD
    Home: Philips 17" CRT

    I'm a die hard CRT fan.

  • rhermans April 23, 2009 09:24 pm

    Pure windows so I can't work with those calibrated mac screens.

    at work 2 19" tft dell monitors, at home my 15" Packard Bell laptop screen or a 19" sony made crt.

    all are calibrated, and I believe this is at lease as important as the quality of the monitor.
    If I wan't something to look the same in print as on screen I always go back to the crt, somehow the results are still beter than with a tft. For web as destination I like the tft's better.

  • Cielo Sides April 23, 2009 09:19 pm

    I use the 20" iMac. It has great resolution that you can magnify the tiniest detail of your work. It may be so costly however, it's really worth it.

  • mjt April 23, 2009 09:04 pm

    Dual Dell 30" WFP3007-HC's, plus an Apple 30" Cinema,
    driven by a MacPro or MacBookPro 17".

    I'd highly recommend both monitors.

    I have no future-purchase plans for monitor(s).

  • Christoph Spiegl April 23, 2009 09:01 pm

    I use my MacBook 13" white (not such a new aluminum one, to sad!) + a LG Flatron L226WTQ-BF (22 zoll widescreen).

    The MacBook I could recommend. The screen is something I wouldn't. It's for now OK and was the only thing affordable at the time. I'm looking at a MacBook Pro (end of the year) and a new Apple Cinema Display someday in the unknown future.

    But not working with 2 screens is something doable but definitely not for long. Two screens are just gorgeous and in my eyes much better than one 30" screen.

  • Lucy April 23, 2009 08:58 pm

    I use a two screen set up and LOVE it. I find it hard to use just one screen now. I use my apple imac with an apple cinema screen attached. The colours seem great on the cinema screen but I don't trust the colours on the imac and never seem to be able to get them right, even with my xrite eye one. I have had some problems with the bottom left hand corners of both the imac and my powerbook laptop screen which both have a large dark patch. The cinema screen is very even. Usually I use all the tools on the imac/ laptop and use the cinema screen for colour critical work. I have now started using lightroom but am on the old version and can't find a way to work across two screens :( I have done a lot of reading about monitors and believe there are better ones out there for colour critical work but for now I am happy with my set up and can't afford to change it just yet.

    Tweet me @lucyphoto

  • Rupert April 23, 2009 08:40 pm

    2 x HP LP2475w. They were replacements for a Dell 2407 and a Dell 2408 monitor, and the HPs are a *massive* improvement over both of them.
    They definitely need calibrating as they're wide gamut - but once done, they're beautiful.
    (also pretty fast g2g times, so not bad for games!)

  • Mark Kenny April 23, 2009 08:34 pm

    I haven't used less than two screens (unless laptop on the road) in the last 15 years! I couldn't go back to just one.

    I use all at work; cheap Acers flatscreens, slightly less cheap LaCies, some Apples (cos they look really good in the edit suites) and 4 Eizo ColorEdges for retouch.

    The more you spend, the better the colour consistency you get (we do product advertising so it's vital we trust the screens) but the second monitors can be cheap as chips.

  • Ab Sesay April 23, 2009 08:11 pm

    I use Eizo ColorEdge CE240W.
    Great Color Gamut
    It has Uniformity Calibration so that a black on the lower left corner is not different form one on the upper right hand corner. I see this all the time on lower end LCD's
    It is hardware calibrated so you can get perfect color and illumination depending on your viewing environment, and once you have a hardware calibrated monitor you wont know how you lived without one.
    5 year warranty.

  • Nils April 23, 2009 07:45 pm

    I am using a HP LP2475w. Its a 24" with Wide Gamut and with every input-socket existent today.

  • Carlo April 23, 2009 07:43 pm

    I'm looking forward to buy a 24'' Apple Cinema Display. Righ now I'm using a Samsung SyncMaster 930MP and I'm quite satisfied with it, great viewing angle and good colors (even before calibration).

  • Monosodium April 23, 2009 07:15 pm

    I got onto the multi-display thing way back in the days of windows 98 and I've never looked back. Right now I'm using a matched pair of 19" Samsung 930BF's although they're about 3 years old now and I've been very happy with them and gotten good results in finished printed work - I'd definitely second buying monitors at the same time when you want them to be the same.

    An alternative which is becoming popular is to take something like a really tasty 24" and then tack a 15" on the side mounted vertically. There was a good example of this on the systems at Fog Creek software. It can be a very good way to keep an old display out of landfill if it's only for not colour accurate tasks like websites, toolboxes, email, IM and such.

    Right now as I understand it OLED is looking very promising in terms of colour reproduction, has anyone here had a chance to compare the two technologies side by side?

  • TheOm3ga April 23, 2009 06:23 pm

    @Seth your fanboy-ism to apple is quite pathetic, specially taking into account that Dell is far superior to Apple, which is ridiculously overpriced. Of course if you keep buying Apple products without making any kind of comparison or review with other brands, they'll keep manufacturing overpriced products and you'll keep buying them.

  • dimitar April 23, 2009 06:03 pm

    Lenovo ThinkVision L220x, awesome 22" 1920x1200 S-PVA for the money

  • Oliver Ruehl April 23, 2009 06:00 pm

    Hmm... The monitor is actually the weak point in my photo equipment.
    I just use an Apple MacBook and attach a second Monitor Philips 190SW.

    It is a bit frightening that we often forget about the most important interface to our Computers - the screen.

    I really need to change my setup to something more appropriate. I'm thinking about getting an IMac 24".

    Do you think an IMac 24" will do?
    Or should I invest in a better monitor and stick to my MacBook?

    Thank you

  • JP Lumansoc April 23, 2009 05:25 pm

    @ Ryan. That was a couple years ago, they used to use samsung S/H-IPS panels. I think right now dell is using samsung S-PVA's and Apple is using hitachi LED IPS something panels. Theorhetically IPS panels are the better technology but that really all depends on who is manufacturing it and using it. But yeah, I agree that Dell probably offers the best bang for buck monitors right now.

  • Ryan April 23, 2009 05:03 pm

    Dell Monitors FTW. Reasonably priced, great value and amazing quality. Saw a study a few years back comparing their high end stuff to Apple's cinema displays. They comparison showed both manufacturers using the SAME LCD panels, except Dells was 400 dollars cheaper.

    Ill stick with my Dell monitors.

  • jacobthellamer April 23, 2009 04:50 pm

    I am using a 24 sony LCD - nice and bright but lacking the resolution. Looking around for new 22" screens for the resolution. Running out of a Nvidia 8800GT on PC.

  • Jackies35 April 23, 2009 04:47 pm

    Loving this site! I am currently using a macbook. I noticed that most of my images looks good but when I view my site with Xp, my images look a bit noisey and faded.

    I am planning on calibrating my monitor this weekend. I am also planning on finding how can I get my pictures to print on my "dye sublimation" printer as it appears on my mac book.
    do i use srgb, abobe rgb, or what??

  • Mercurius April 23, 2009 04:35 pm

    Just recently moved up to the Gateway XHD3000 30" beauty. Picture is more than adequate, and the super huge 2560x1600 resolution makes photo-editing a heavenly experience. It has every single input imaginable, making it very versatile. And it's only about $900 online.

    Before that, I was using a Westinghouse 22v3 22", which was more than sufficient for the time I've had it.

  • JP Lumansoc April 23, 2009 03:11 pm

    I use a pair of Dell 24" Ultrasharp 2408WFP's both calibrated. They're hit 104% of adobe gamma and 100% of sRGB, the colors are very accurate and match the prints from my Canon 9500pro. I paid 1000 for the pair. I borrowed one of Dells 30" monitors but I think having two monitors is more useful than one big one... or I could just take two 30" but thats like 2500 bucks... haha. I heavily recommend Dell's Ultrasharp series. Whats nice is that mine also comes with a CF reader which is pretty fast. I use Sandisk ultra 3's and its cruzing along around 27-29MB per second, close to the boasted 30MB. The Dell ultrasharp 2408WFP also has 4 USB ports, HDMI, 2 DVI's VGA, Display Port, Component, Svideo, and composite. pretty much all the popular connections.

    I personally think that Apple's LED HD cinema screens are rediculously overrated and overpriced. If you're going to drop that much money on a monitor buy a LaCie, they come with colorivision calibration and have better native contrast and most of them hit 110% on Adobe Gamma & 105% sRGB. NEC Multisyncs are also fantastic albeit pricey monitors. They are also well about 110% adobe Gamma and about 102% on sRGB.

    Also pay attention to Dynamic Contrast. That is a load of bull that manufacturers throw at you. Think of how your camera captures light. It has a certain range that it can capture which is why people do HDR. Because sensors have a limited range with which they can capture light. Same thing goes for monitors, look for native contrast ratio. That is what truly defines how well a monitor can display contrast.

  • michael April 23, 2009 02:12 pm

    Dell UltraSharp 2408

    Now around $500 sth

    Better spec than Apple Cinema Display and whole lot cheaper

    Don't take me wrong, I am an apple fanboy, but I really cannot justify the purchase of ACD when my funds are limited... if I make $100k a year probably I would go for one ACD (not because it is better than UltraSharp, simply because I can... and it is Apple branded :D)

    The design of ACD is definitely a plus, but I am not complaining about UltraSharp's design.

  • Amandalynn April 23, 2009 02:11 pm

    I've got a 24" iMac. I also have a 17" Toshiba Satillite Laptop that I worked off of exclusively for 3 years with general satisfaction. I'm not planning on getting another monitor anytime soon.

  • Sally April 23, 2009 01:44 pm

    I have a 20 inch iMac and a 2nd screen with a 24 inch Apple Cinema

  • Teresa April 23, 2009 01:43 pm

    I recently got a 24 in iMac - what a gorgeous monitor! Now I'm seriously considering buying a Samsung for my Dell (it's a 3 year old computer with an 18in default Dell monitor) - I need it for work, but now it looks very dated. I think the iMac has spoiled me. I have heard that Samsung is the one to get for a windows pc... so I'm thinking about it. Thinking hard. I love new toys.

  • Peter April 23, 2009 01:06 pm

    22" Samsung Syncmaster Magic CX226BW which I keep calibrated with a Spider 3.

  • Jim Fox April 23, 2009 12:55 pm

    20" BenQ

  • Brian April 23, 2009 12:33 pm

    I run two 22" Samsung 226BW. One of the coolest investments I have made. Especially with Lightroom 2 dual monitor support.

  • Seth April 23, 2009 12:32 pm

    24" Apple iMac, 20" Apple iMac, and 13" Apple Aluminum Macbook


    I really don't need anything else.

  • Glenn Runyan April 23, 2009 12:04 pm

    I use a ViewSonic G220f 23" Cathode ray monitor. The colors are truer.

  • Steve April 23, 2009 11:57 am

    24 inch Apple Mac

  • Matt April 23, 2009 11:34 am

    Timely post as I'm looking to upgrade my current monitor which is a 19" Dell UltraSharp 1905FP. It's nice but I want something with a bigger and with a higher resolution. I just wish IPS LCD panels were as cheap as a TN panels.

  • Todd April 23, 2009 11:24 am

    Don't get me wrong. Apple Cinema displays are beautiful to look at (when off). They cost at least twice as much as a high end monitor made by another reputable brand. I have a 22'' Samsung hooked to my macbook pro. The specs and picture run rings around the 23'' apple display. It is, however, not anywhere near as impressive sitting on my desk as a cinema display would be.

  • Lyle Huisken April 23, 2009 11:24 am

    I have an Apple imac with a 24" display. I wouldn't trade it for anything, but any monitor has to be calibrated. Been a Mac guy since the postage stamp size displays way back when? Wish I would have kept it (an antique now--just like my '66 Mustang!).

  • Kris April 23, 2009 11:06 am

    Sony Bravia 40" HDTV and Mitsubishi Diamondview 19" CRT for proofing.

  • Sidney April 23, 2009 11:04 am

    I have a 19" widescreen ViewSonic LCD (1930wm?).

  • Ben Sassani April 23, 2009 11:03 am

    Dual Dell 20 inchers. Not a fan of paying the apple money for monitors... although I have a Mac Pro and a unibody MacBook.

  • Susan Dennis April 23, 2009 10:43 am

    24" Apple LED Cinema display-love it!

  • Yvonne April 23, 2009 10:27 am

    Apple Cinema Display (20"). Matte screen! Very happy with it.

  • hansning April 23, 2009 10:23 am

    i have a 23' widescreen dell, and a 19' samsung in portrait mode. once you try a monitor in portrait, you never go back.

  • Stephen April 23, 2009 10:09 am

    Our office is all Apple and Dell. Both are good but don't buy cheap. There is an obvious difference in the cheaper monitors in color and viewing angles.

  • Stuart April 23, 2009 09:57 am

    A Samsung Syncmaster 2493HM. Seems to hit the price/performace sweet spot.

  • Dumitru April 23, 2009 09:55 am

    My 15inch macbook pro's screen + the 24inch Samsung 2433BW(1920x1200px) but still dreaming of those 30inch apple monitors :D

  • myXSi April 23, 2009 09:40 am

    24 inch iMac, nuff said

  • TheOm3ga April 23, 2009 09:34 am

    I used to have a dual screen setup: Sony SDM-S75D and Samsung 205BW, but the Sony's colors are getting weird with the years, and the Samsung was not too good at showing real colours from the very begining. Currently I use my 1680x1050 15.1" Dell Laptop's screen. It's really good.

  • Victor April 23, 2009 09:27 am

    I only have a 20". It's a Viewsonic VX2025WM. My next upgrade would be a 24" at least. But not now, there are still too expensive if I want the same quality.

  • Robert Myers April 23, 2009 09:25 am

    Big bright monitors are wonderful for reviewing your work (mine is the Apple Cinema 30"), but my problem is calibrating a second monitor to match a printed/published document. I can't seem to do this with the Cinema monitors, but I've heard that some CRT monitors can be more easily tuned for color and brightness/contrast that better matches prints (like Epson 3800). The icc profiles I have for printers don't seem to convert to monitors. Any help on what's missing here?

  • John Braunstein April 23, 2009 09:18 am

    I just got 2 new Dell 2009WA 22" monitors (I've been running dual monitors for years). The panels are e-IPS and so the color representation is more accurate than your everyday TN monitor.

    Here is a review form CNET Australia http://www.cnet.com.au/dell-2209wa-339294389.htm

    This explains the difference between different monitors types.

    You definitely want to get something that has better color representation and you will not be able to find a better monitor for the price (I got mine on sale for $207 each).

  • Mark April 23, 2009 09:17 am

    Samsung XL20 + Dell 1907FP. I use the Samsung as my main editing monitor and the Dell as a monitor to sort while in Photoshop. I agree, the Dell's are great monitors and if you get the offer with next business day warrantee, even better!

  • Adam April 23, 2009 08:55 am

    I use my Apple iMac 24" monitor, even though I long for something slightly larger, things start to look alot smaller after you've used them for 6 months or so.

  • namal April 23, 2009 08:54 am

    Just duel screens. Two dell 19" with a pc.

    would love a macbook or a standard mac with an apple monitor.

  • Shawn April 23, 2009 08:41 am

    A single Apple 23" HD Display... And I absolutely love it! I'm currently looking to get a second one.

  • Amber April 23, 2009 08:38 am

    Mine is an HP 24 inch HDMI with Vivid Color Technology. The monitor rotates 90 degrees, too. The resolution is great.

  • dan April 23, 2009 08:32 am

    Screen built into my late-2008 15" macbook pro at the moment, I used to use a 22" HP monitor but the colour accuracy on this macbook monitor appears to be much better.

  • Robert April 23, 2009 08:24 am

    Viewsonic 23,6", 1080P HD ... From Costco $200 after coupon. Smoking deal. I havent calibrated it yet and I am pretty sure the images in reality are darker than they appear on my monitor.

  • Leorolim April 23, 2009 08:22 am

    You people live big :)
    I only have a 14.1'' laptop.
    Student budget :)
    I guess if I saw my photos in such a big screens I would be either mesmerized by the awesomeness of viewing them so big or really sad as I saw my miss focus, missframes and failures in it's giant form.

  • sucotronic April 23, 2009 08:19 am

    For me, my old 19" CRT is going to be retired in this year and maybe I'll replace it with Dell LCD.

  • Dustin April 23, 2009 08:12 am

    I use 2 22" Asus monitors. The thing that was frustrating for me is that as soon as I bought the first one, they discontinued that model, so once I wanted a second monitor I had to buy one that had the same screen specs, but a few tiny differences in other features. I'd recommend anyone who wants to run 2 monitors, to buy them boht at the same time, and the same model also since I did notice that my two looked a tiny bit different in the way they displayed colors, and it took me a couple weeks of making tiny adjustments here and there to finally get them calibrated so that they display the same and also look good overall.

  • Ron R April 23, 2009 08:07 am

    I upgraded to an HPw2408h last year. Great image quality.

    Whatever monitor you use, take the time to calibrate it. I use Eye-One Match. Quick, inexpensive and I get prints that match my monitor.

  • Jam April 23, 2009 08:05 am

    I use my Vaio's screen most of the time, but if I am feel industrious, I hook up to my 46" 1080p Samsung HDTV and work on that. If you have never hooked into an HDTV to work, try it sometime - it's truly and immersive work environment!

  • frank t April 23, 2009 07:42 am

    Dell has some SWEET 30" monitors - a week ago their high end one was on sale for $1300 - I currently use 2x20" Apple Cinema Displays.

  • Kris Arruda April 23, 2009 07:38 am

    iMac 20''

  • Miguel Carvajal April 23, 2009 07:33 am

    I'm using a 24" Samsung SyncMaster 245BW and I've been quite happy with it. I tried pairing it with a 22" Samsung, which arrived DOA and I had to send back to the seller. I am interested to hear what everyone else is using to help me make up my mind for my next monitor shopping trip.

  • Jay April 23, 2009 07:18 am

    Mine is actually being delivered right now, and should be at my house when i get off work.
    28" HannsG monitor from newegg for 349.
    1080p, tft, and all that other good stuff. Working with photoshop on a 19" widescreen LCD just wasn't cutting it for me.

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