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    Question External Display Recommedation

    I would like to use a larger external display with a MacBook Pro laptop exclusively for post processing. I would appreciate your recommendations on the size & resolution of an external display. Also, any specific model recommendations?

    Thank you kindly.

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    Re: External Display Recommedation

    Probably a good idea to set a budget

    Of course if money is no object, my first choice would be the Eizo ColorEdge CG301W 30" Widescreen
    * DVI-I + DVI-I
    * 2560 x 1600
    * 850:1 Contrast
    * 260cd/m2 Brightness
    * 178/178 Viewing Angle
    * 12ms Response Time
    * 16.7 Million Colors
    * USB 2.0 Hub
    * Monitor Hood

    * Price : $ 4,398.00

    Followed closely by the Wacom Cintiq-21

    *Tablet Dimensions: 22.1" W x 16.5" H x 1.8" D
    *Active Area: 17" W x 12.75" H
    *Screen Size: 21.3" diagonal
    *Native Resolution: UXGA (1600 x 1200
    *Aspect Ratio: 4:3
    *Pressure Levels: 1,024 on pen tip and eraser
    *Stand Adjustability: 10 to 65 incline
    *Rotation: +/- 180
    *Warranty: 2 years

    *price: $1999.00

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    Re: External Display Recommedation

    Quote Originally Posted by jetrim
    Probably a good idea to set a budget
    Absolutely. Probably in the range of $300 - $600. I certainly understand that price is a function of quality. However, I suspect that at some point in the price range the increase in quality diminishes as price rises. So, I am looking for the biggest bang for the buck.

    Also, I am an intermediate-level photog who would like to start printing & mounting some select images simply for my own enjoyment. I would need a monitor that (when calibrated) would accurately display colors.

    I hope this helps. Thank you.

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    Re: External Display Recommedation

    Honestly, I think just about any monitor will do the job, but the really important considerations are:
    1)Find a monitor that matches the aspect ratio of your MacBook (I know a guy that uses an Acer that distorts the image because his MacBook can't choose separate resolutions for the separate monitors)
    2)Invest in a good calibration system like X-Rite or ColorMunki
    3)Buy or build a hood for it. Mine is 12" deep and made from flat black 1/2" foam-core, it makes a big difference when you eliminate color cast from ambient light.
    4)If you can find a monitor that already has the Mac style plug (DVI?) it'll save you $24.00 on an adaptor.

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    Re: External Display Recommedation

    Thank you. I appreciate your comment about matching aspect ratios. I had not heard that before.

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    Re: External Display Recommedation

    Quote Originally Posted by kitjv
    Thank you. I appreciate your comment about matching aspect ratios. I had not heard that before.
    It's the resolution as well as the aspect ratio that can be an issue. The MAC Pro has a DVI output I believe, that with the appropriate equipped monitor will aid in resolving the distortion of the image problem.

    Consider looking at the newest monitors from NEC. I've been using one for a couple of months for editing and it is one of the best I've seen (including the LaCie units). The newest NEC's for a very reasonable price rank right up with both Eizo and LaCie units for a fraction of the cost.

    There was an earlier post on this topic at:

    Which Monitor for Photography / Photoshop work?

    that you might find helpful and has some more notes of mine and others regarding monitors for photographic editing.

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    Re: External Display Recommedation

    Correct me if I am wrong. If the 2 monitors have different native resolutions (thus, aspect ratios),if the same image was viewed on both monitors at their respective native resolutions, wouldn't their resolve the distortion issue?

    Also, if I were to use the 2 monitors in the "extended desktop" mode, wouldn't the different native resolutions of the 2 monitors be irrelevant?

    Thanks for your help.

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