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Monitor Review for Photo Editing..

Here we take a look at 4 monitors for Photo Editing, this is not a definitive list by any means but it gives you a good grounding if you are in the market for a top notch screen..
Read on for our personal preferences & if you like, look into other offerings by visiting the respective sites listed

Best monitor for photo editing: 01 Eizo ColorEdge CG243W

Eizo Monitor

Price: £1,200
Buy it: www.eizo.co.uk
This thoughtfully laid-out monitor has a versatile swivelling screen, which makes fitting it into your workspace a doddle, even with the (included) hood in place.

The menus are sensibly laid out, with icons popping up above the buttons so you always know what to press, even in a darkened studio.

The included calibration software enables you to build an ICC profile quickly, and the 1920×1200-pixel display offers high-end reproduction, but this doesn’t come cheap and, at 24 inches, this is the smallest monitor on test.

Pros: A high-end, flexible monitor with rich, consistent colours
Cons: Only 24 inches; functional rather than stylish design; pricey

Best monitor for photo editing: 02 Dell U2711

Dell Monitor

Price: £540
Buy it: www.dell.com/uk
The 2560×1440-pixel 27-inch LCD panel gives high brightness and very accurate colour rendition, with a lot of detail in midtones and highlights, although the shadows aren’t as defined but still capable.

The monitor offers an assortment of inputs, plus a USB hub and an SD card slot – a real plus for removing desktop clutter.

The controls are touch-sensitive, but the case design is somewhat uninspiring. All in all, decent performance at a reasonable price.

Pros: Quality calibrated results at a reasonable cost
Cons: Less detailed blacks; has an uninspiring ‘office equipment’ look

Best monitor for photo editing: 03 NEC MultiSync EA273WM

NEC Monitor

Price: £315
Buy it: www.nec-display-solutions.co.uk
The NEC MultiSync packs in some clever power-saving features; an ambience sensor adjusts the screen brightness to suit the room, while a ‘human’ sensor switches off the screen when there is nobody at the desk.

However, its touch-sensitive buttons, placed on two bezel edges, do look a bit fussy. Built-in speakers and USB sockets save space on the desktop.

While the 1920×1080-pixel display is the lowest-resolution on test and isn’t suitable for colour-critical work, it delivers above-average performance for a knock-down price.

Pros: Reasonable colour rendition for a budget monitor; well specified
Cons: Ergonomics ruined by fussy bezel; contrast range isn’t great

Best monitor for photo editing: 04 Samsung SyncMaster S27B970D

Samsung Monitor

Price: £800
Buy it: www.samsung.com/uk
Samsung’s SyncMaster oozes class; the slim bezel with solid metal trim and alloy base not only give a designer look, but also elegantly hide the sockets (including a USB hub) and (woefully underpowered) speakers.

The touch sensitive-buttons on the stand upright only show when powered up, which is a neat touch.

Samsung’s PLS technology offers rich blacks and lots of contrast over a wide viewing angle on the 2560×1440-pixel, 27-inch display.

Colour accuracy isn’t perfect but is still very good, as each monitor is calibrated by hand in the factory.

Pros: Stunning looks and solid performance on a high-resolution panel
Cons: Excellent aesthetics let down by sub-par audio and edge darkness

Screen size is measured diagonally in inches, while resolution measures the number of pixels that make up the display. But a bigger monitor doesn’t necessarily mean greater resolution; the 24-inch Eizo has a higher resolution than the 27-inch NEC, for example.
A more useful measure of the ‘crispness’ of a display is pixel density, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). The NEC is 82ppi, the Eizo 94ppi, while Samsung and Dell weigh in at 109ppi.
Monitors increasingly offer more than just a simple display for your computer, with built-in speakers, USB hubs, card readers and multiple inputs, such as HDMI, for use with a variety of devices.
While true-to-life colour reproduction is very important in image editing, you may need to compromise to get all the features you want within budget.
LED backlighting allows thinner displays, while IPS (or Samsung’s PLS) allows for greater viewing angles.

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