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From what I've seen, Dell seem to have sales on the U2311H fairly often, every few months or so.

Hopefully you won't have to wait for too long, although there are a fair number of new IPS monitors coming out soonish. There's some from LG like the E2370V which is aimed at gamers or the IPS2xxx range (notably the IPS231P) and a few from Fujitsu as well.

Whether they'll be better than the U2311H or not has to be seen, but it might be worth the wait.
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From what I've seen, Dell seem to have sales on the U2311H fairly often, every few months or so.

Hopefully you won't have to wait for too long, although there are a fair number of new IPS monitors coming out soonish. There's some from LG like the E2370V which is aimed at gamers or the IPS2xxx range (notably the IPS231P) and a few from Fujitsu as well.

Whether they'll be better than the U2311H or not has to be seen, but it might be worth the wait.
Wow, definitely thanks for the info Looks like I have more to read up on.

I just want a monitor that offers color accuracy at a good price. If one of these can offer a better deal than Dell, then I'm definitely going for it.
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Wow, definitely thanks for the info Looks like I have more to read up on.

I just want a monitor that offers color accuracy at a good price. If one of these can offer a better deal than Dell, then I'm definitely going for it.
Go with the Dell u2311h, as a proud owner of one, I can't vouch for it enough. Or the HP zr22. Or that LG monitor cracker recommended! Ive spent a few hours calibrating my monitor by hand so its a quick and dirty job, but I understand from your posts that your a very lively photographer, this is just what you need. Tell me how you like the spyder, and if you want to try some different screen profiles , Members on here have some sort of repository. I took one of their color profiles by a member that had professional calibrated his monitor and tweaked it for my personal use. In any case I vote the u2311h, it's a wonderful wonderful monitor.
     
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Thanks for the explanation As for the calibrator, I was thinking of the Spyder3 Express, but not entirely sure yet.
I used the spyder 3 elite for a while, and the software sucks for anything but basic calibration. But that's ok, because you can still use HCFR if you want to try something more advanced.

I also found that it gave a slight red tint on wide gamut displays, although it might have just been the software's fault, as had never tried it with anything else. Since you're not going wide gamut it's not a big deal anyway, but if you ever do you might have to replace the puck too.
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How much is the cheapest calibrator? Roughly. I've read it needs doing once a month or so.
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How much is the cheapest calibrator? Roughly. I've read it needs doing once a month or so.
The and are the cheapest I know of. I couldn't tell you which is better.

As for how frequently you need to do it, it really all depends on you. A monitor's color output changes slightly the more it gets used. So it really all depends on how accurate your monitor's panel is, how much you use it, and what your tolerance for inaccuracy is. If you're a professional photographer who's reputation depends on the quality of your photos, then I'd say that once a week would be the bare minimum. If you're doing it just to make your display more accurate for the web and movies and what not (content consumption, not creation), then even once a month can be more often than you really need. Like I said, it really all depends on you.

Edit: Just to give you an idea, I find that once every 2 weeks is good enough for me (U3011, 2007FP, and 2xE2009W). And then I do my girlfriend's and sister's PCs once every month or two, whenever I get around to it, and they're fine with it (U2311 & U2211). This is with an i1Xtreme.
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The Spyder 3 Express and Pantone Huey Pro are the cheapest I know of. I couldn't tell you which is better.

As for how frequently you need to do it, it really all depends on you. A monitor's color output changes slightly the more it gets used. So it really all depends on how accurate your monitor's panel is, how much you use it, and what your tolerance for inaccuracy is. If you're a professional photographer who's reputation depends on the quality of your photos, then I'd say that once a week would be the bare minimum. If you're doing it just to make your display more accurate for the web and movies and what not (content consumption, not creation), then even once a month can be more often than you really need. Like I said, it really all depends on you.

Edit: Just to give you an idea, I find that once every 2 weeks is good enough for me (U3011, 2007FP, and 2xE2009W). And then I do my girlfriend's and sister's PCs once every month or two, whenever I get around to it, and they're fine with it (U2311 & U2211). This is with an i1Xtreme.
Thanks for the info, those are both very affordable. I'll probably do it every month (u2311).
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Thanks for the info, those are both very affordable. I'll probably do it every month (u2311).

IMO you should just start with 1 week and keep increasing it until you can actually see the difference, and then go back one 'step' and stay there. That's how you find out what the optimal time is for you. It's only a 5 minute thing anyway, so it doesn't hurt to do it more often than necessary.

And remember, you want a 6500k temperature and a gamma of 2.2.
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Just remember, you want a 6500k temperature and a gamma of 2.2.
I won't remember that, but i've bookmarked this thread. Going to be nice to have printable photos. My 223bw is ok for games, but it has difficulty displaying the colour red.
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I won't remember that, but i've bookmarked this thread. Going to be nice to have printable photos. My 223bw is ok for games, but it has difficulty displaying the colour red.
Caught before my edit!

But yeah, calibration should fix that instantly.
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