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Computer Monitors for Colorists?

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 30, 2011, 10:19 AM

Well I know there aren't monitors specifically made for colorists, but I've been rocking an 8 year old CRT monitor and will eventually switch to something else. Part of the reason I haven't taken the jump to a fancy flat panel monitor is because most flat panel monitors I've seen have shitty color accuracy and look washed out. The only flat panels I've ever seen that were as awesome and accurate as my CRT were very nice huge widescreen Dell monitors on my former college's campus.

While I'm not looking to upgrade soon as I would like to keep using my CRT until it no longer works, I would at least like to have some options. What would you guys recommend? Right now I am leaning towards a Dell monitor as it's the only monitor I've seen that I've liked.

(Also, if you hate Dell, keep the hate out of here. all my computers have been Dells and have worked beautifully so I don't care how amazing you are that you built your own computer for a fraction of the cost. )

Cost is not an issue, space however is thanks to the way my computer desk is designed so I'm not looking for a massive monitor.

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fernmoon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Well i probably won't be much help, BUT: I remember seeing an ad in some graphic designy mag that was of monitors that were specifically for graphic design, or people that design stuff for print. And they came with some things to calibrate the colors exactly like they are in real life or at least very very very close... I can't remember the make though, like at all.
My point is colorists aren't only people that need superaccurate monitors, so maybe look into stuf for graphic design etc?
johnercek Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
<3 for the dell lover. can't stand HP :-P

Although i've always been a fan of anything veiwsonic monitorwise
krhainos Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
If you want to stick to CRTs, plenty of companies are chomping at the bit to get rid of them for multiple reasons (desk space, power consunption, heat, disposal cost), so you can sometimes find them pretty cheap locally. It costs a company money to dispose of CRTs in an environmentally friendly manner -- so if you offer to take it off their hands, they've $50 up.

As far as CRTs go, the Sony FD Trinitron-tube based ones were the best of them (Sony CPD-G500/G250-series), and were rebranded by many manufacturers (such as the Dell P1130). The Dell P1130 was probably one of my most favorite monitors of all time, and it came with color profiles so you can use them for calibration.

However, once CRTs give up the ghost -- you'd want to look at the nicer LCDs that use IPS panels and not TN panels. Cheaper TN panels tend to boast high contrast ratios but only through trickery like boosting the backlight and contrast (makes for REALLY lousy color reproduction). HP, Dell, and Apple sell displays with wide gamut (96% Adobe gamut!) specifically for people who demand color accuracy such as the HP DreamColor and Dell UltraSharp-series (ex: [link] ).

Hope this helps. Even knowing the terms will sieve out the crappy displays right off the bat ;)
mitaukano Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I thought that as long as your monitor has the specs you can set it work with a color scale geared more towards artists?
SolEatr Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd dig to the Dell ones then.
Mama-chan Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
The monitors I use Hanns-G monitors, they're cheap and the color on them seems really pretty!
spidermanfan2099 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
I've been rocking this for the last year and its been great...


I dont have alot of space liek yourself, and tend to just work close up. I'd like a bigger monitor, but i've found this to be good so far (I got it for half the price as what you see on Amazon from a private retailer).

Till I get a bigger desk i'm happy!
blackfrost08 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't use a computer monitor, I actually use a little panasonic Tv the size of a monitor. Better resolution
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