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Old 10-31-2004, 11:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm beginning to think the problem I'm having with my monitor (low contrast, blacks looking green) is the age of the monitor (even after tweaking to the max). Its a 3.5 year old Dell Trinitron 21" CRT, so unless someone disagrees and can refer me to a place to have it looked at (Los Angeles area), I guess I'm in the market for a monitor. Looking online at CRTs, I'm seeing ViewSonic, Samsung and NEC/Mitsubishi. This one's primarily for PS work. The ViewSonic G220fb has great looking specs - 21", .21 dot pitch, 2048x1536, and price in the $450 range.

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Re: here it is
Old 11-01-2004, 12:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Here's a link to that View Sonic monitor if anyone's interested.

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Re: need monitor advice
Old 11-01-2004, 12:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I happen to be the Utah distribution partner for Viewsonic. I have carried them for 9 years now. That is an excellent choice. The colors are just plain better and the image sharper then any other monitor brand. 3 year warranty too.

As for your old monitor. 3 years isnt that old....but...its also a Dell product and for some reason thier products just don't last. It probably would cost your 50% or more to have it repaired. When you look at the repair tag it makes it pretty easy to just buy new and get a new warranty too.
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Re: need monitor advice
Old 11-01-2004, 01:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Take a look at LaCie. They have refurbs available. Their LCD is great.

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Old 11-01-2004, 01:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Stay away from an LCD, especially if it's for PS work. One other thing, everyone that comes by my place loves my monitor set-up...I use TWO 21" trinitrons...all you need is an axtra video card and to get two monitors. I can't tell you how great it is to have all that extra real estate when working in PS or any other program. I can't stand to do PS work on some of my friends computers...all the brush/layer/info/history/palletes covering the very image I'm trying to look at!

Do yourself a favor and get a double monitor!
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Old 11-01-2004, 02:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Sounds good. What is the difference between a "shadow" and "aperature grille"? The latter seems to be on the more expensive monitors from all makers including VS.

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Re: need monitor advice
Old 11-01-2004, 02:24 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Andy,

If your going for the best then here is a great setup. Its what I use.

Matrox Parhelia 256mb Card. Check the Specs Matrox.com. It allows triple displays. Also is digital or analog.

And the Lacie Monitors. Either their LCD or Tube. Up to 22". Colors are dead on accurate. I calibrate using Panatone's Colorvision.

This setup is not cheap. Their 22" electronblue IV is available for 499.00 in clearance center. Their LCD's like I have are $1200 ea. but well worth it.

You will find Lacie at Calumet and maybe Samys.

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Re: need monitor advice
Old 11-01-2004, 02:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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WAY ahead of you. I already have a second monitor, although it is an LCD that came with my new Dell. What I planned was, to use the new 17" LCD with my old Dell for web surfing, email, office apps, etc. Then use my 21" CRT with the new computer for PS & graphics (the new one is MUCH faster, more memory, etc). Then (and here's the brilliant part) I have a button on the LCD that lets me choose the source on the fly, and its sitting to the right of the 21" CRT. When needed, I can hit the button and turn it into an extended screen for the CRT. Since the LCD supports both the analog signal from the old computer, and the digital signal from the new computer, and the 21" monitor will hook into the analog part of the video card on the new computer (the card has one of each type connector) its a piece of cake, if I can get the big monitor to look good.

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Check out this. . .
Old 11-01-2004, 11:13 AM   #9 (permalink)
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http://www.shootsmarter.com for a whole bunch of info on the subject. Especially the section on monitor profiling.
The aperature grille gives a better picture on the screen than the shadow mask and is, to me at least, easier on the eyes after long hours of looking at it.
We have both the LaCie and Viewsonic Pro series and like both. I'm not sure the LaCie is that much better than the Viewsonic but it is to my eyes. It cost a tad more.
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Re: need monitor advice
Old 11-01-2004, 12:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I have both the 19" LaCie and a Viewsonic G90. I think the colors and sharpness is better on the LaCie. Plus the LaCie comes with a nice hood that really helps shield the monitor from ambient light, making ACCURATE color adjustments easier. My two cents. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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