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Old 08-12-2010, 08:00 AM
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would you advise this purchase?

Hi.

I have managed to source a secondhand NEC P221W BK,
it's about 7 months old and in two minds whether it is a
a good idea or not ?

would be saving about £100 of the listed price.

any advice would be most appreciated.

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Old 08-12-2010, 01:40 PM
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Re: would you advise this purchase?

Its a great entry level calibrated display system. As long as its in good condition, go for it. Make sure you end up with the supported colorimeter and SpectraView II software that drives the system.
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Old 09-03-2010, 02:52 PM
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Re: would you advise this purchase?

Hello andrewrodney,

Many thanks for the information, as it happens the deal was never done,
in the end and I am still looking for a decent monitor.

My next question if anybody can advise years ago I used to work with
LaCie Electron Blue II 22 monitors which were fine for the job at the time,
All be it a CRT monitor (these have dropped in price quite considerably).

Would anybody recommend buying one of these monitors?
Or as I suspect technology has moved on in respect I would be better
spending my money on somthing like a NEC P221W BK as you state
"it's a great entry level calibrated display system"

Sorry this is one field I really have no idea.

Maybe the above question shows

This is the spec
http://www.computerdisplays.co.uk/21..._BlueII_22.htm

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Re: would you advise this purchase?

The LaCie blue was never all that great considering the competition from Radius and later Sony (Artisan). I’d go P221W or similar NEC SpectraView that fits into your budget before going back to that old technology.
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:54 PM
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Re: would you advise this purchase?

Many thanks again for your reply/advice.
most helpful and very informative.
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Old 10-09-2010, 03:42 PM
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Re: would you advise this purchase?

I've had hit and miss luck with NEC personally. Run at a lower brightness they should stay pretty good for a while though. The price being asked is too high unless it's only been lightly used, as 7 months really means nothing to me from a used display perspective. I would want to see the hours on it. Spectraview can display this information, but some of the older versions of the software had a bug (at least on the OSX version) that caused the displayed hours to reset, although it was simply a bug with how the software displayed them, not with how they were stored internally by the display. Some people leave their monitors on way too much. Some run them at much higher brightness levels than others. Most NEC displays are rated around 40,000 hours mean time to backlight failure. This doesn't mean they'll read well for on screen corrections over this entire period (it's more like 10-15k hours that it will run reasonably well based on the past 5 I've seen) Colorcomp in its earlier revisions was good for evening out luminance across the display when it's newer, but the calculations degrade with time. I've also found the contrast ratio to fall off significantly when calibrated even though white luminance remains the same. The software does a pretty decent job for balancing primary colors and neutral greys from white to black, but can be pretty far off on skintones. I found some certain colors developed a magenta bias over time, and in the case of the 2690 saw some green casts in the darker values along screen edges as it aged. If you don't believe me google this. I've used the 1980, 2180, 2190, and 2690 all in ips versions.


Edit: yeah my post is a bit anecdotal, but I guess the point was you should amortize the value based upon an assumed usable life of 15,000 hours at most to calculate how much it should be worth.
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