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Monitor for 200?

I'm happy to say I'm finding a bit more time for my photography again, but only having my 14" laptop now is spoiling it somewhat. As we all know, a fair bit of time is spent in post, and that's something I really enjoy............. but not on a 14" laptop!

I was looking at all in one PC's, but they're still a bit on the pricey side, so I'm going to get an ultra small form factor PC and a decent monitor soon-ish..... the monitor is what I need a help with.

I'm thinking 24" - 27" around the £200-ish mark. IPS? Do I need this? Anyone got any recommendations or advice what to look out for?

I'm also open to any advice regarding the small form factor PC if anyone has experience of them. I've decided anything made by Apple is out, so no point in anyone attempting to lead me down that (horribly expensive!) garden path!
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Re: Monitor for 200?

Secondhand / refurbished ? Or new ? :-)

And, dare I say:
http://www.slrlounge.com/what-is-an-...g-ips-displays

Go for a great big old CRT Sun thing for occasional use for ... a bad back and less than £50 ?

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Re: Monitor for 200?

Not really bothered if it's refurbished or what. I'll pass on the CRT. I just took an old TV to the skip the other week and it nearly killed me!
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Re: Monitor for 200?

We have a 32" CRT TV waiting to be dumped. Nothing wrong with it except size and weight and to be honest it has a better picture than the 42" LCD that replaced it as it has no ghosting/drag when the action is fast.
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Re: Monitor for 200?

I had the same need as you a few months ago. After research I bought an Asus PA238Q 23" IPS monitor (200 Amazon) and it is absolutely superb. It is colour calibrated from the factory and if you then use a calibration tool on your computer (_e.g. Spyder or Colour Munki) the colour rendition is spot on, as well as having good contrast and sharpness. Highly recommended.
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Re: Monitor for 200?

Why buy an additional PC when you could plug the new screen into the laptop.
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Re: Monitor for 200?

Not high enough resolution available from the laptop, Derek, or I would have settled for that solution.....
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Re: Monitor for 200?

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Not high enough resolution available from the laptop, Derek, or I would have settled for that solution.....
maybe you could upgrade the laptop graphics card and RAM chips - its cheap
I just did mine from 2 x 8 to 2 x 16 Gb and +4GB on the Graphics card ! its flying ... I already has slave screen cables ...

ps I have a few "desktop boxes/towers here," doing nothing ... if you wanted to buy a "Bare Bundle" and build your PC ... you can have a tower ?
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Re: Monitor for 200?

sorry, I buy the parts aka "Bare Bones" but "Bundles" are available with excellent instructions (some of our 10 year olds have followed the instructions and Built their PC in one of my old Towers" from http://www.novatech.co.uk/barebonebundles/
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Re: Monitor for 200?

Building the PC isn't a problem, I once calculated I'd built or repaired around 5000 of them over the last twenty years!

The laptop is an i7 ultrabook with 16gb of memory, but no way of doing anything with the Intel HD graphics to the best of my knowledge.

Time to start doing some serious research methinks!
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Re: Monitor for 200?

Dek, it may be worth a phone call to Nova tech as they may know the SPEC and be able to suggest an upgrade - 16 Gb of RAM is pretty good - there may be a better laptop graphics card and maybe you could shift lots to an EXT HDD freeing up more Int HDD Capacity - have you used a disk cleaner (like ashampoo - its free) and that makes a big difference.

Just trying to help you not burn the £DOSH if you do not have to !
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