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Old 07-16-2012, 08:48 AM
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Affordable quality monitor for retouching

May sound like an oxymoron, especially to those doing post processing for a living, but for many of us enthusiasts the quest for balancing affordability and quality in an monitor is a must. Is there something under $300? What should I look for when choosing monitor for retouching? Should I buy LCD or LED?

Do you think this monitor will be fine for photo editing?
LG Flatron IPS235V-BN - LCD monitor 23"
or maybe this one?
Asus ML239H - LCD monitor 23"

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Old 07-16-2012, 11:49 AM
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Re: Affordable quality monitor for retouching

The LED is also a LCD
What you must look is for an IPS/PLS(178º viewing angle) panel
and AVOID the TN(less than 178º viewing angle) panel

My preference would be:
Asus PA238Q
But LG IPS235v is ok, see


Anyone interested in buying a monitor for photo work check the reviews:
In the Prad reviews pay attention to:
-The UGRA test (download the PDF)
-The panel brightness distribution
-The gamut coverage (good place to compare
-Profile accuracy and the calibration curves, the good ones are in 45º
-The contrast is the least important as any monitor have more contrast than any paper print.


Some interesting links:

Practical guidelines and references for digital photographers

Soft Proofing with Lightroom 4

Using Printer Profiles with Digital Labs

Why are my prints too dark?

Beyond Adobe RGB

Monitor Luminance Sensitivity

Monitor sharpness test

Lighting Your Workspace

Display Calibration Hardware Capabilities
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:11 PM
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Re: Affordable quality monitor for retouching

Thanks for the links. Those reviews are a bit complicated for me, but interesting

Asus PA238Q and LG IPS235v are only 6-bit, right? Is this a problem?

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