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fotojennik wrote:
@Spencer, that is sexy! You may have swayed me to the tri-monitor setup!

Any suggestions on a cheap video card that can handle three displays setup in a similar fashion as yours? How do you connect them? 1x Displayport and 2x DVI?

Unfortunately the 1x30" + 2x20" setup will cost about double what I was looking to spend on a monitor...but man is that tempting! After doing a bit of searching I could not find a three monitor setup that works as seamlessly as the 30/2x20 combo (in terms of the 2 vertical monitors being the same size as the horizontal monitor)
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Well I got lucky with my setup. I had the 30" and wanted to add a second. Then I saw a 20" that had the same pixel pitch, and same height (when rotated) as the 30". So it was seamless.

If you do go this route, say you got a 24" as the main. Is there a 17" maybe that has the same pixel pitch and height? Thats all you need ot look for. The 2nd and 3rd displays don't need to be color accurate IMO.

Any video card that has 3+ video outlets. I'm using (2) MDP and (1) DVI.



Jan 23, 2013 at 04:15 PM
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sboerup wrote:
Well I got lucky with my setup. I had the 30" and wanted to add a second. Then I saw a 20" that had the same pixel pitch, and same height (when rotated) as the 30". So it was seamless.

If you do go this route, say you got a 24" as the main. Is there a 17" maybe that has the same pixel pitch and height? Thats all you need ot look for. The 2nd and 3rd displays don't need to be color accurate IMO.

Any video card that has 3+ video outlets. I'm using (2) MDP and (1) DVI.



Unfortunately, nothing really lines up with the 24" as well as the 30/20 combo.

I feel like I have minor OCD because I am so damn picky in that I want my monitors to be the same brand and look the same if I am going to use multiple monitors...I know it does not have to be that way...but it would bother the hell out of me to have two different brands or different looking monitors sitting next to each other. Same goes for different sizes sitting next to each other, it oddly bothers me.



Jan 23, 2013 at 05:13 PM
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Oddly sized screens are also a logistical pain when you move from one to the other as you can hit a 'brick wall' where there is no screen to move to.


Jan 23, 2013 at 08:58 PM
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I use the Dell U2711 along with a Dell 24" screen as a second display. If I had to choose between going back to two 24" monitors and just having the U2711, I'd definitely stick with the 27 -- I appreciate having the second display, but it's not as important to me as the size and pixel real estate increase I get from going to the 27".

Yes, get a decent (neighborhood of $250) video card to drive the display.



Jan 23, 2013 at 11:10 PM
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Hmm Dell just temporarily dropped price of U2711 to $650 which is a pretty good price. Might have to jump on that. I wish they would drop the price of the U3011 a couple hundred!


Jan 23, 2013 at 11:48 PM
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I have several.

Single 17,19,20,22,24

Dual 19's
Dual 20's
Dual 22's

Now I run the cheaper IPS 6 bit Dells 24's x 2.

I love two monitors...email on one edit pics on one, edit pics on both etc etc..just a lot of flexability. If your color is the 1# thing the dell 27 has better color coverage than the 24's last time I checked, for me that wasn't a deal breaker YMMV>



Jan 24, 2013 at 01:41 AM
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sboerup wrote:
Dual screens first, then size. Productivity increases with multiple screens before bigger size increases productivity.

Or go with both

Here's my desk -- (2) 20" dells rotated, (1) 30" in middle
http://www.spencerboerup.com/FM/office-panorama-web.jpg



I thought you used Macs?



Jan 24, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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Jamesbjenkins wrote:
I use my 27" iMac and a second 24" for the workflow. My LR workflow pretty well demands two monitors now...


+1

Jack



Jan 24, 2013 at 01:18 PM
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Pretty good deal (short term) on a video card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL012413P&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL012413P-_-EMC-012413-Index-_-DesktopGraphicsVideoCards-_-14161404-L010D



Jan 24, 2013 at 02:26 PM
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I use dual 20" and that works fine. Its much better than using a single screen


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using dual 24's , so much nicer than a single screen ,
one for work one for facebook



Jan 25, 2013 at 05:43 AM
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morganb4 wrote:
I thought you used Macs?


I do. This is a hackintosh, for now.



Jan 25, 2013 at 06:05 AM
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I see. Welcome to the club. Just built my third recently.


Jan 25, 2013 at 10:33 AM
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Do any of you use a second monitor with an imac?


Jan 25, 2013 at 01:02 PM
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"Currently, I can get 2x U2410s"

My vote right there.



Jan 25, 2013 at 01:28 PM
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It's nice to have multiple monitors of equal height - like the setup that Spencer shows. The 30" monitor is awesome to have as a primary, that's for sure. I've got one 30" and one 24", personally.


Jan 25, 2013 at 04:22 PM
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sboerup wrote:
I do. This is a hackintosh, for now.


I plan to do this soon, any recommended builds? I'm looking at the nofilmschool one but some parts are impossible to get in the UK.



Jan 25, 2013 at 05:10 PM
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p.2 #18 · p.2 #18 · Dual 24" or Single 27" Monitor?


OK - I will let me lack of experience/knowledge shine here and ask a question I'm sure most of you can answer:


With a monitor like Dell's U2410, U2711, and U3011, being Wide Gamut...why do I need this? Clients browse on the web in sRGH space and my printer (currently MPixPro) only accepts sRGB jpg files. What do I gain by introducing more hassle into my workflow by having a wide gamut monitor?


Thanks for being patient and helping me out guys



Jan 25, 2013 at 05:22 PM
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fotojennik wrote:
With a monitor like Dell's U2410, U2711, and U3011, being Wide Gamut...why do I need this? Clients browse on the web in sRGH space and my printer (currently MPixPro) only accepts sRGB jpg files. What do I gain by introducing more hassle into my workflow by having a wide gamut monitor?


I have often wondered this, most labs want sRGB files for non-inkjet prints.

I got a wide gamut screen purely because for future proofing my pictures I edit in prophotoRGB and may as well see more of the colour space I am editing in.



Jan 25, 2013 at 11:17 PM
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I ended up going with 2x24" monitors

(1) Dell U2410
(1) Dell U2412m

connected to an HIS HD 7770 video card

and tossed in a Spyder4Pro to calibrate

Decided I didn't need to spend the extra on the 30/20/20 combo



Jan 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM
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