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Need help in choosing a computer monitor

by crzyallday0514 / May 2, 2011 7:09 AM PDT

I am in the market for a monitor and have two in mind. HP 2311x 23 widescreen led backlit LCD Monitor and a Dell ST2310B 23" Full HD Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor. I do a lot of photo editing and want the crispness that I have seen on several monitors. Found out today that what I had seen was a glossy screen and that both of these are matte screens. Will I get the same crispness and color as the glossy screen? Also what particulars should I look for? Thanks.

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LCD monitors
by pgc3 / May 3, 2011 12:11 AM PDT

Go take a look at some of what Samsung has to offer. You didn't mention anything about the system you are going to be hooking up to, vid capabiliities, etc. Many and most of the better monitors will have basic VGA and the optional DVI and HDMI ports onboard, of course in order to use the optional (DVI or HDMI) hook ups your computer will need the capability.

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by crzyallday0514 / May 3, 2011 4:12 PM PDT
In reply to: LCD monitors

Got the HP and have 14 days to see if I like it. I really wanted a Samsung but too pricey for the size I wanted. Really wanted a 27" but am extremely happy with the 23" after the 17" I just had. HP has the DVI and HDMI but of course, found out my system doesn't have them. So even though this is an HD monitor, I'm assuming that without the HDMI cable I don't have HD. Don't know how all that works. Not even sure what a DVI cable does. Gotta start googling. My computer is only 4 yrs. old and do not want to have to replace it. Salesperson of course told me I could hook up any computer to it no problem but failed to tell me I would be limited in what I could hook up if my computer didn't have the capability. Wish I had read this before I purchased but can always take back. Thanks for the input.

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Hook ups
by pgc3 / May 5, 2011 12:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Monitor

You could install an aftermarket video card with DVI capability (Digital video interface) if you wanted to, you would of course need the DVI cable to hook up. The same scenario would apply to HDMI (High definition media interface) again, different cable required. The sales person was correct in a way because you can/could hook up to pretty much any system via VGA, which is what you are doing.

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by crzyallday0514 / May 5, 2011 10:03 AM PDT
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I'm sorry but I'm just learning all this stuff. What do you mean aftermarket? The monitor came with a DVI-D cable but there doesn't look like there's a port to take one. I don't know if DVI cables all look the same but this one has a white plug in at both ends. How can you hook up when there is no port to take the cable? Also, what advantage does a DVI cable offer? Was planning on googling to get what information I could.

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Video card
by pgc3 / May 6, 2011 2:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Aftermarket?

By aftermarket I meant that you would need to install a video card (with DVI capability) on the motherboard of the computer. There are several variations and you would need to know what type of open slots there are on the board. Depending on the computer it may use PCI, AGP or PCIE.

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Dell 2320L LED monitor.
by mopscare42 / May 3, 2011 12:33 AM PDT

I have a in home photo business so pretty much use the monitor the same way you do.
My older LCD monitor wasn't giving me what I wanted so bought the above monitor and couldn't be happier.
The colors are much better and crisper than the old monitor and no staining my eyes for smaller details I couldn't see clearly on the old monitor.
I also use the Spyder 3 pro to calibrate the monitor. It's a little pricy compaired to others, but well worth the money because the prints come out exactly as I see them on the monitor.
It's a great combination if your serious about how you want your pictures to come out.

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by crzyallday0514 / May 3, 2011 4:01 PM PDT

What does it mean to calibrate the monitor? I got the HP 2311x 23...have 14 days to return and right now having trouble with all the settings this monitor has...have no idea what the terms mean? Haven't even looked at the pictures yet as I've been spending time setting it up.

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Fine tune.
by mopscare42 / May 4, 2011 4:09 AM PDT
In reply to: Calibrate?

Calibrating just fine tunes the picture to the best possible match to what my Epson Photo R2880 printer prints out.
It consists of a hardware devise that is placed in front of the monitor that measures the light and colors and plugs into a USB port. They work with any brand monitor, I just chose the Dell.
That works in conjunction with software that comes with it in the package.
The best thing to do if you want to know more about what calibration does, is Google it as there are many good articles and videos about it.

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(NT) Thanks
by crzyallday0514 / May 4, 2011 8:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Fine tune.
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