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Old Dec 10, 2005, 3:41 PM   #1
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I'm looking at putting together a PC that will run Windows XP Pro and Photoshop CS2. What would be the best 19-inch LCD to use with Photoshop CS2? I already own the ColorVision Spyder2 which I will be using on my new LCD.
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Old Dec 10, 2005, 7:23 PM   #2
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Just as general advice, PC Photo Magazine says to go with a model that delivers a minimum of SXGA (1280 X 1024) resolution with a pixel pitch of less than 0.3mm.

The Dell Ultrasharp 1905FP has gotten good reviews and lists for $479.00. If you have a large wallet, the 20.1 inch Eizo FlexScan L887 has incredible image quality for "only" $1,499.00! The Samsung SyncMaster 910t, at $465.00 was rated a "Best Buy" by Consumer Reports Magazine.

I know this doesn't really offer the best LCD, there's always a bit of subjectivity in choosing the best of anything -- unless money is no object. But you might be hard pressed to find a better quality monitor than the Eizo.

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Old Dec 11, 2005, 7:13 PM   #3
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Dell makes some nice monitors.

If you have a budget, take a look at Samsung monitors.

Some things to consider:

- Contrast ratio, 700:1 or better is best.

- Brightness, look for 300 cd/m2 minimum

- 8ms response

- Get one with a DVI input. Improves the resolution versus using analog input.

If your computer doesn't have a DVI output, you can get a graphics card with DVI out.

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Old Dec 16, 2005, 2:32 PM   #4
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I couldn't reply when you posted - my new Dell system was being shipped. I now have a few days of experience and can tell you the Dell Ultrasharp 19 inch is very good. Iget beautiful results usingthe digital cable and default settings on a middle grade (256 mb) video card. The only caution is that it looks best at itsnative resolution 1280x1024. My wife hates that setting for general use because theicons are tiny and it's hard to read text. We switch back and forth depending on use. It is really cool to use the hi res and sit close to the monitor and feel immersed in a nice landscape shot.
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Old Dec 16, 2005, 3:49 PM   #5
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Get the wifey her own computer!

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Thanks - She is getting the old one! I will have to add a nice new LCD monitor though. The new Dell beats the heck out of the old Gateway.
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Old Dec 17, 2005, 11:14 AM   #7
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Yah, the Dells are very nice.

Quality remains after the price is forgotten!

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Another vote for the Dell 1905FP. I have this monitor and really like it. Granted the color accuracy might not be as good as with a CRT monitor, but I'm very happy with it none the less.
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I have the Dell 1950FP and I think it's great. I "clean up" photos of homes for sale, using Photoshop, for a real estate magazine. Check http://www.justdiscounted.com for Dell's unadvertised secret limited time coupon discounts. I saved about 45% on the purchase of my 1950FP, free shipping.
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You saidthe BEST19" LCD right :-)?Take a look at these...

Eizo ColorEdge CG19 $1600.00 if it can be found.

Eizo Flexscan L797 2,000.00

LaCie 319 900.00

Samsung 193T around 800.00 or so, if it can be found.

I haven't used any of these but my research of reviews/specifications etc... shows these as being the best. I was looking for 21" LCD's, I eventually decided to go
with a CRT as I feel the quality of a 21"CRT for 400.00 will match the 1300.00 - 1800.00 I was looking at for an LCD. I'm assuming in 3 - 5 years the cost ofan LCD like the Eizo CG220 (full AdobeRGBcolor space) will be far less than the 5600.00it cost now. And the new NEC LED monitors are showing some promise for outstanding color also, but at over 6K who can afford them?

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