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Old August 12, 2007, 10:32 PM
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Hi everyone,

I need to replace my current workstation monitor--a gigantic CRT--with an LCD equivalent. After painting my room (desert gold!) and having ordered a glass-surface workdesk, I'm honestly not comfortable with placing the 40kg mini-fridge-sized CRT anywhere on it; it won't fit depth-wise either without my mouth against the screen. Here are my preferred criteria:
  • high colour/contrast vividness
  • very high display resolution: 1920x1200 or greater is preferred: I emphasize on workspace density over diagonal screen size
  • excellent colour accuracy
  • reasonable grey-to-grey response time; 8ms at most
  • a fairly wide viewing angle
  • 125-watt maximum power draw
  • a bezel thickness no greater than 2cm
  • no need for DisplayPort unless it is cost-effective for expanding the workspace onto more displays; DVI will be fine otherwise
  • fancy inputs and swivels are not necessary; BNC input support is a plus, but not required
My budget is about CAD$700, somewhat flexible, and I'd like to keep the recommendations within the 24-inch display size region to avoid space-high prices. I realize my long-decrepit 9600 SE will not take resolutions greater than the current 2048x1536, but I'll soon brick it for a pair of basic FireGL's later down the road.

So far, I've found that the Hewlett-Packard LP2465 (Home; Cnet) fits the bill quite comfortably. Again, I'm open to all suggestions.

Kind regards,
Dan

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Old August 12, 2007, 10:45 PM
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BenQ FP241W can be picked up for just over $700 but if you want the best possible screen you'll have to go over 24" as anything under is usually TN panel where 24" is usually IPS
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Old August 12, 2007, 11:00 PM
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I was going to recommend the Dell 24" but it doesn't seem to be listed anymore.

In that case, maybe a Samsung?
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Old August 13, 2007, 08:52 AM
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That BenQ looks like a pretty good option. What do you guys think of the LG L245WP? From what I hear, it offers the biggest bang-for-buck for a 24-inch display.
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I wouldn't touch the BenQ with a 10-foot pole. I recently bought one for our graphic designer and found that its color rendition -even after professional calibration- was absolutely horrible. The representation of CMYK colors was absolutely laughable while RGB colors were all over the place.

Even with a LaCie color calibrator, it was impossible to get the colors properly dialed in.

If you think you are going to get a decent 1920x1200 or greater LCD at under $700, you are in for a rude awakening. Workstation monitors don't come cheap. Unless you are talking about regular home office work and not profesional graphics work. Then I wouldn't exactly call it a workstation and I would buy a run-of-the-mill sub $800 LCD.

If it is the Professional-grade monitors you are looking for, I have to suggest the Viewsonic VX2435wm. It is a great professional-grade monitor and it is the one I bought for my graphist.

ViewSonic: Products: LCD Displays: X Series: VX2435wm
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Old August 13, 2007, 09:56 AM
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Thanks for the suggestion.

Well, workstation as in more mega-sized spreadsheets, client tools, renders etc. open simultaneously. I added the good colour accuracy preference as it will also be used for watching movies and general texture work in the near future, nothing in the professional- or medical-grade region for certain.

And gaming-wise, if at all, I'll just continue to play old-school CS, Homeworld, Diablo and so forth, so response times are not as important as my criteria may have suggested.
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In that case I would suggest a Dell......but their 22" and larger LCDs have nearly all gone MIA. BUT, I would seriously consider this one if I were you:

Home & Home Office: UltraSharp 2407WFP-HC Wide-Screen Black Flat Panel Monitor, LCD with Height Adjustable Stand

I have seen it in person and I have seriously considered picking one up for my personal use. The color gamut is spot-on with a bit of tweaking and Dell is #1 in Customer Service in my books. IMO, that is the monitor for you.
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Old August 13, 2007, 11:16 AM
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My friend uses a Dell display, perhaps the same one. I noticed his backlight appeared dimmer towards the edges of the screen; I'll ask him tonight about it before I consider the 2407WFP. Thanks again.
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Old August 13, 2007, 11:25 AM
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Note that the monitor I linked to is the 2407WFP-HC which just came out last month. The HC is the High Color gamut and trust me, this monitor is second to none for the $650 it is on sale for this week.

You may also be asking far too much of a 24" monitor which you are only willing to spend $700 on.
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Old August 13, 2007, 11:28 AM
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You may also be asking far too much of a 24" monitor which you are only willing to spend $700 on.
Indeed, though it is my first new monitor in 12 years. Looks like I'm getting this one then :)
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