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| p.1 #8 · External Monitor vs laptop? |
Ed Swift wrote:
However I was wondering if a dedicated monitor which never moves could be a good idea too. It will allow me to still sit and edit on the sofa if i want, but then plug into the monitor to double check.
A very good idea provided that the external monitor is good enough to be sufficiently more useful.
As such i was wondering if buying a "cheap" monitor such as the one below would really be worth it, or is the same situation likely to arise?
It would not be good enough for me, but I'm far more fussy about having a good monitor than any other part of the computer system because in terms of photography editing it all comes down to how accurate the screen is. Speed and so on are secondary concerns. I may well be wrong, but I can't imagine a 150 pound monitor being particularly good in any respect. However, it may still be sufficiently better than your laptop and therefore be useful.
Monitors that do a very good job in terms of wide colour gamut, uniformity of colour across the whole screen, uniformity of brightness across the whole screen, sufficient pixels per inch (which for me means well over 100ppi instead of 90 or less), and a wide enough real viewing angle (so that no matter where you are in front of your screen the whole screen looks good instead of parts of it going dark or changing colour at the wider viewing angles), etc., are all far more expensive.
Be aware that many monitors are built and set up to impress game players and movie watchers rather than show accurate and complete colours and tones for photographers.
If you want to be spoiled forever (not necessarily recommended ) then go to a store that can demonstrate the merits of an Eizo or NEC Spectraview monitor. Then work your way down-market until you reach your newly revised satisfaction limit.