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Dell ultrasharps are probably the best bang for your buck. But the Apple cinema's are just as nice, for around the same money. And MY personal favorites are the NEC Panels. Wonderful!
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The U2311 is a great value, you can't go wrong with it.

That being said, if you're on a really tight budget, I suggest maybe getting a colorimeter first. Like an i1D2. A calibrated TN panel is (usually) more accurate than an uncalibrated IPS. At the very least it'll be consistent, where you can always be sure of the results you're getting. An uncalibrated IPS will look better when you're sitting at it, but you won't be able to tell what other people are seeing when you post images on the web or send them to be printed.
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This thread made me buy a U2311h from dell. There's a sale on their Europe site too.

Cheers, lol.
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Originally Posted by Manyak View Post
The U2311 is a great value, you can't go wrong with it.

That being said, if you're on a really tight budget, I suggest maybe getting a colorimeter first. Like an i1D2. A calibrated TN panel is (usually) more accurate than an uncalibrated IPS. At the very least it'll be consistent, where you can always be sure of the results you're getting. An uncalibrated IPS will look better when you're sitting at it, but you won't be able to tell what other people are seeing when you post images on the web or send them to be printed.
I've already budgeted a colorimeter into my budget, but thanks The reason I'm looking for a <$250 monitor is because I've also budgeted $100 to a colorimeter to calibrate my monitor.

But you make a very good point about the TN panel. Since I publish everything on the web and I don't actually do physical prints, between a calibrated TN panel and IPS, which would be better? I'd assume that most people on the web who'd look at my pictures are using TN panels, so would it be better to go TN as well so my results are consistent with what they're seeing on their monitors?


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This thread made me buy a U2311h from dell. There's a sale on their Europe site too.

Cheers, lol.
I feel like I deserve a commission.
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I'd assume that most people on the web who'd look at my pictures are using TN panels, so would it be better to go TN as well so my results are consistent with what they're seeing on their monitors
I wouldn't say that it would make your results more consistent with what they're seeing based on the panel technology alone. Remember that many different people use many different settings when making their displays produce an image they find acceptable (regardless of color accuracy), if they even tinker with the settings at all. Even then, I wouldn't use this as a reason to buy a TN panel over IPS. If anything, I would want to make sure that at least everything is accurate on my end even if what the user is seeing isn't reproduced accurately.

Anyway, another vote for the u2311h from me. I recently snagged one for the office (general use, image manipulation, content creation) and I'm quite pleased. So pleased that a second is being shipped next-day.
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All your recommendations are tempting me! Unfortunately I need to wait for the price in the US to dip below $250. I'm a bit ASDF about how I missed the $200 ebay sale due to lack of funds, and they literally sold out the day before my money came in.
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I've already budgeted a colorimeter into my budget, but thanks The reason I'm looking for a <$250 monitor is because I've also budgeted $100 to a colorimeter to calibrate my monitor.
Ah good, at least you've got that covered . Which one are you getting out of curiosity?

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But you make a very good point about the TN panel. Since I publish everything on the web and I don't actually do physical prints, between a calibrated TN panel and IPS, which would be better? I'd assume that most people on the web who'd look at my pictures are using TN panels, so would it be better to go TN as well so my results are consistent with what they're seeing on their monitors?
You know how if you take a low resolution image and scale it up it doesn't look as good as a image that just IS high res? It's the same idea here. If you work with incorrect data, then what other people see can only get worse.
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Found this NEC monitor, but nothing on whether it's an IPS or TN. Haven't had much luck in Google either. Any chance someone can point me to the right answer?


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Ah good, at least you've got that covered . Which one are you getting out of curiosity?



You know how if you take a low resolution image and scale it up it doesn't look as good as a image that just IS high res? It's the same idea here. If you work with incorrect data, then what other people see can only get worse.
Thanks for the explanation As for the calibrator, I was thinking of the Spyder3 Express, but not entirely sure yet.
Edited by r31ncarnat3d - 2/5/11 at 9:25pm
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Found this NEC monitor, but nothing on whether it's an IPS or TN. Haven't had much luck in Google either. Any chance someone can point me to the right answer?
It's TN.

Also, if you look purely at the specs, you can tell if a panel is TN or not since the response rate is usually 2 or 5ms. IPS monitors are generally 6 or 8ms or higher. Or if a page has the viewing angles specs, 170/160 or 170/170 = TN (i.e. anything below 178), 178/178 = IPS.
Edited by cracker - 2/5/11 at 9:31pm
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It's TN.

Also, if you look purely at the specs, you can tell if a panel is TN or not since the response rate is usually 2 or 5ms. IPS monitors are generally 6 or 8ms or higher. Or if a page has the viewing angles specs, 170/160 or 170/170 = TN (i.e. anything below 178), 178/178 = IPS.
Thanks a lot

I guess this means more sitting on my wallet until Dell drops the price on those U2311Hs.
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