First LCD monitor

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First LCD monitor

Unread postby harvey » Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:41 pm

After nearly 11 years of trusty service I am going to retire my Iiyama Vision Master Pro 510 CRT which is still working well.

It looks like the 24" Dell Ultrasharp U2410 is a reasonable choice.

Does anyone have experience of this model, are there others in this price range I should be considering?

I will be using it as main display for a Windows PC but also Macbook pro and work laptop.

I have a Spyder2 and wonder if I need new calibration hardware for a modern LCD, it seems the
Dell comes pre-calibrated.

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Re: First LCD monitor

Unread postby David Kilpatrick » Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:04 am

Spyder 2 is LCD compatible, I am sure. Dell's monitor is very similar to a Mac 24 inch or an LD 24 inch as used by Alamy for their quality control - basically, one of the best (the HP 24 inch is in the same class). My guess is that you will not need to calibrate it if you use the supplied profile.

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Re: First LCD monitor

Unread postby pakodominguez » Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:09 pm

harvey wrote:I have a Spyder2 and wonder if I need new calibration hardware for a modern LCD, it seems the
Dell comes pre-calibrated.

Harvey

Hello Harvey,

Spyder2 works fine on LCDs and/or laptops. Even if your monitor comes "pre-calibrated", the monitor will change during it's lifetime. It is recommended to calibrate the monitor every 2 weeks (I try to do it every month...) because monitors will shift in color and brightness.

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Re: First LCD monitor

Unread postby harvey » Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:25 pm

I have been doing more research and another credible alternative is the HP LP2475w (perhaps the model David is thinking of).
Some people complain of a pink cast on the Dell. I found a site with very detailed reviews, for example...

HP LP2475 review

My Spyder2 will work with an LCD but some people are writing that it cannot handle wider gamut displays. A few sites mention that the Dell monitor has some sort of internal calibration and you need special software to calibrate it. I have seen references to ColorEyes software (see here) but I have no idea if this is overkill.

I take the point about frequent calibration, I think I was lucky with my CRT as it seems very stable and I only check every
3 months.

Harvey


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