Which IPS monitor should I get???

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I'm looking for a new monitor and it was suggested that I get an IPS monitor for photo editing. Does anyone know anything about the ASUS PA248Q 24" monitor? Saw it on Amazon for $290, don't know if that is a good price, or if I can get better for the same or less. Thanks for your input.

http://www.asus.com/us/Monitors_Projectors/PA248Q/
 
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Eizo color edge 27". I calibrate it first time, thereafter it happens automatically. Wonderful colors and nice shadow detail and goes to proper 80 candles per sq meter and a nice matt screen.

The only problem is if you have to check the price, you will not want it.

It is plugged into a new Mac Pro that does not even slow with 36 MP D800 files.
 
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For a 24" monitor, I'd recommend the Dell U2412M. I've had it for more than a year and like it quite a bit.

The review on TFTCentral is very positive too.

It's gone on sale very frequently for $270-$280 on Newegg and Amazon and was $260 on Amazon just last week. (There was also a strange $200 appearance on the Microsoft Store but it was probably a fluke or price mistake.)
 
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I'm looking for a new monitor and it was suggested that I get an IPS monitor for photo editing. Does anyone know anything about the ASUS PA248Q 24" monitor? Saw it on Amazon for $290, don't know if that is a good price, or if I can get better for the same or less. Thanks for your input.

http://www.asus.com/us/Monitors_Projectors/PA248Q/

I was reading that there is bad back bleeding with those Asus's.

From my researching over the last couple of weeks, I think that the Dell UltraSharp U2412M can't be beat in this price range($269, free shipping Amazon).

Ultimately I decided the keep my Soyo Topaz as it has a S-pva(excels in blacks and contrast) panel in it and buy a Spyder Pro 4 instead. Looks nice calibrated :biggrin:
 
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I do not know the monitor you mentioned but would say at least on paper the Asus spec is pretty good and better than the Dell U2412M. AFAIK the Asus is an 8 bit panel whereas the Dell is 6 bit and the Asus is said to cover 100% sRGB. In practice you may or may not notice a difference side by side, but generally an 8 bit panel would be preferred by most pro users.

Obviously these monitors are built to a budget price spec and cannot be expected to perform as similar spec monitors for pro use at 5x the cost.

Having said that I can see no reason to expect bad results from any. As long as you can control the brightness down to around 120 cd/m2 then you should be good to go for photo editing in 'normal-low' ambient lighting conditions. I would suggest that you include in your budget for a calibration device either ColorMunki Display or Spyder 4 if you are aiming for accuracy/consistency of viewing and matching screen to print.

If you can try and compare the models side by side first
 
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I do not know the monitor you mentioned but would say at least on paper the Asus spec is pretty good and better than the Dell U2412M. AFAIK the Asus is an 8 bit panel whereas the Dell is 6 bit and the Asus is said to cover 100% sRGB. In practice you may or may not notice a difference side by side, but generally an 8 bit panel would be preferred by most pro users.


According to Dells website, the Dell mentioned above is actually 8 bit. At least while watching the video description that's what the guy mentions

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-2676
 
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According to Dells website, the Dell mentioned above is actually 8 bit. At least while watching the video description that's what the guy mentions

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-2676
Well it is possible that the panel has actually changed or that Dell are being a little economical with the truth or not actually realising what they are selling? :smile:

Sometimes it is difficult to get the specific information relating to the panels but as far as I know Dell uses a LG display LM240WU8 - SLA2 e-IPS and according to the LG datasheet is 6 bit. Although capable of producing 16.7mill colours the panel itself uses 6 bit colour depth with A-FRC. This is different to regular 8 bit IPS but is a way to achieve a lower price point.

Still there is a question if the Asus is actually a true 8 bit panel, most seem to think it is although I have not seen any data or any confirmation of what display panel is used.
 
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I just picked up a Dell U2412M($264 shipped, new) and I'm absolutely floored. It replaced my 2008 Soyo Topaz S(still running strong, listed on ebay) with the s-PVA panel in it and as good as those panels are, I personally like the look of the e-IPS with the LED backlighting.

I've calibrated with the spyder pro4 and everything looks good. Not a huge difference from out of the box though, unlike the Soyo after calibration. I know a lot of stink about this monitor is the AG coatings but I like the matte finish and it doesn't look to different from my Soyo. Bezel is clean and the UI controls are easy(Soyos blow lol). What great buy at $264.

With price to performance, monitors have come a long way since 08' lol.
 
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Well it is possible that the panel has actually changed or that Dell are being a little economical with the truth or not actually realising what they are selling? :smile:

Sometimes it is difficult to get the specific information relating to the panels but as far as I know Dell uses a LG display LM240WU8 - SLA2 e-IPS and according to the LG datasheet is 6 bit. Although capable of producing 16.7mill colours the panel itself uses 6 bit colour depth with A-FRC. This is different to regular 8 bit IPS but is a way to achieve a lower price point.

Still there is a question if the Asus is actually a true 8 bit panel, most seem to think it is although I have not seen any data or any confirmation of what display panel is used.


Tony, you're right, 6 bit + 2bit A-FRC for the Dell U2412M. I believe it's the same for the Asus that's priced similarly.

Either way, at the hobbyist lvl these specs are good enough. The IQ from the Dell is suburb! If I needed to do critical work or was making $$$ from photography ,laying down cash for a high-end monitor would be no question.
 
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Justin, good to hear you are pleased with your Dell, I have heard good reports as well and AG coating is a must in my opinion for critical colour work.

These monitors seem to be getting better all the time with a reasonably high spec. for a very good price and as long as it calibrates well and you get the all important print to screen match then you are obviously good to go :smile:
 
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Dang, I spoke to soon. There's a dead(maybe stuck) pixel dead center, eye level. Something I cannot live with. If it was off to the side I wouldn't care but now that I noticed it, it's driving me nuts lol. When I'm gaming it's there on the back of the guy( or vehicle) I'm using, I'm editing, there it is making me crossed-eyed ... :eek:

I hate making exchanges :mad:
 
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New one arrived, no dead/stuck pixels :smile: . I calibrated this one and there's even less of a difference then the first. Makes my newly purchased Spyder4 pro almost seem useless lol.

I learned that buying through Amazon using there 3rd party vendor, the only option is to return the item and repurchase. Not a huge deal except for the $$$ out as I return the defected product but I have to give props to Amazon. Not only did they ship the new unit out for free, they rushed it for a Saturday delivery. That wasn't expected but nice on their part.
 
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Just bought the 27 inch ASUS PB278Q at local store for $575 (my old Samsung 24 went black). I couldn't afford the NEC at 2X or the Eizo at 4X. The competing Dell was $100 more and had USB ports, but I've had major negative experiences with Dell, so it was an easy decision for me.

The monitor seems perfect out of the box. I hope it lasts longer than the Samsung did (less than 10 years).
 
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Just bought the 27 inch ASUS PB278Q at local store for $575 (my old Samsung 24 went black). I couldn't afford the NEC at 2X or the Eizo at 4X. The competing Dell was $100 more and had USB ports, but I've had major negative experiences with Dell, so it was an easy decision for me.

The monitor seems perfect out of the box. I hope it lasts longer than the Samsung did (less than 10 years).

In the market for a new monitor too. I see Staples has this in stock so may go check it out tomorrow.
 

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