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Computer screens

There has been a mention of computer screens in a recent thread....

I have a pre-loved(?) Dell Latitude E6430 laptop. Its getting on now, but has loads of RAM and big hard disk which suits me. Also runs a i5 CPU. And generally works well..

My concern is the screen, I have gone through the screen calibration app on board, but do wonder whether its a good image or not. It's a bit different from my Surface Pro, that gives a really good and clear image. The Surface pro really works well, but the screen is too small for my ultimate liking.

I prefer a laptop as it's just so handy to use, room-wise and portability.

I would be interested in opinions as to what is a reasonable set up, cost-wise and perfection wise (?)

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Re: Computer screens

Are you looking for a recommendation for an external monitor or a replacement laptop?
I had a 14" Dell laptop that I bought in a hurry for work and the screen was a disappointment - uneven colour and brightness and not enough contrast.
I picked up a Inspiron with a full HD screen later which is a lot better but neither of them come close to the LG 23" IPS monitor I use for photo stuff and my day to day work.
My experience of laptops is you need to spend quite a lot of money to get a good quality screen.
Googling yours comes up with lots of sites offering replacements for £30-50 which I think gives you a measure of where they sit in the parts/price performance equation for most manufacturers.
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Re: Computer screens

Dell do a couple of really good largish screens that would work with your laptop, see if you can check the graphics processor output for maximum resolution and go looking for a screen around that, screens aren't particularly expensive any more so you should be able to get something really good...

I have a 27" monitor with "5k" resolution (5000 pixels wide) and the Olympus images are simply great on that.

I believe LG make the screens for most monitors (I await correction) so I'd suggest a couple of these to look at!

LG 24"

Or you could go mad with one of these: LG 5k 27" monitor
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Re: Computer screens

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Are you looking for a recommendation for an external monitor or a replacement laptop?
I had a 14" Dell laptop that I bought in a hurry for work and the screen was a disappointment - uneven colour and brightness and not enough contrast.
I picked up a Inspiron with a full HD screen later which is a lot better but neither of them come close to the LG 23" IPS monitor I use for photo stuff and my day to day work.
My experience of laptops is you need to spend quite a lot of money to get a good quality screen.
Googling yours comes up with lots of sites offering replacements for £30-50 which I think gives you a measure of where they sit in the parts/price performance equation for most manufacturers.
Probably...……..

But I don't really want to go down the desktop pooter, as space and portability is an issue at the mo...…….

But adding another screen might offend that wish too...………….
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Dell do a couple of really good largish screens that would work with your laptop, see if you can check the graphics processor output for maximum resolution and go looking for a screen around that, screens aren't particularly expensive any more so you should be able to get something really good...

I have a 27" monitor with "5k" resolution (5000 pixels wide) and the Olympus images are simply great on that.

I believe LG make the screens for most monitors (I await correction) so I'd suggest a couple of these to look at!

LG 24"

Or you could go mad with one of these: LG 5k 27" monitor
Thanks Walti, a £150 screen might well suit my needs, certainly more than the £1500 one. My Dell has a screen resolution of 1366 by 768, which works well for me. My concern is the colour etc, which of course I use to correct or tweak my photos.

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Re: Computer screens

Might find this site useful.

https://www.t3.com/features/best-laptop

The number 1 is very nice indeed but not cheap!
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Re: Computer screens

My 17" Dell laptop has a native (internal screen) resolution of 1920x 1080 but I have it permanently connected via a display port cable to a BenQ BL2420PT 24 inch QHD Designer Monitor (1440p, 100% sRGB, Rec 709, Height Adjustment, CAD/CAM and Animation Mode, VGA/DVI-DL/DP1.2/HDMI) - Black running at its native 2560x1440. (£200 from Amazon). I have found the 24" monitor does not overwhelm the desk space and the increase in pixel count is nice to view photos at 1:1. Whatever video out you have (HDMI, VGA, DP etc) it will more than likely be able to support a higher resolution but don't go too mad with the resolution unless it has a built in graphics card with a gigabyte or more of dedicated memory. I have adjusted the colour by using the monitor on-screen menus but do not use an external colour adjustment measurement device which may be important to you.
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Re: Computer screens

FWIW I use an LG IPS235 which is a few years old.
It was allegedly colour calibrated before it left the factory which I understand isn't the end of the process as light colour and level in the room are important too.
As I seldom print I wasn't too concerned.


The IPS is or at least was important. IPS panels have greater contrast so a wider colour space than Tn panels. No idea if anyone still makes Tn panels as I haven't investigated for a few years.


FWIW I use a 1920x1080p screen on a very low end graphics processor and it works fine. My elderly XP machine can also support that res. but it's pretty flickery and horrid.
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Re: Computer screens

My daughter spent ages researching laptops with decent screens.
Good ones are not cheap, she eventually bought one with a 100% RGB screen, but it cost upwards of £1.5k.
I used a 23in Acer IPS screen at work with my Lenovo laptop and it worked well enough.
Cost about 130 quid new, but that was a little while ago now.
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Re: Computer screens

I have a Dell XPS 15 (which was recommended to me by someone on this forum a few years ago). It is just about the ultimate for photo work, I absolutely love it. It has a 4K screen, however, the price might be a sticking point. There are cheaper versions of the machine though.

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Re: Computer screens

I recently looked at a Lenovo desktop. The gubbins was in the display, so the unit consisted of a screen/processor and a keyboard. It had a i7 with a 250gb SSD and a 2TB hard disk. All for a grand or so. I was quite tempted...………...
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The Lenovo all-in-one looks like excellent value for what you get. Its less than half the price of an iMac. The only difference being the 5K display on the iMac.
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Re: Computer screens

I have exactly the same concerns over my cheapy laptop screen, but don't want a desktop. Perhaps just getting a monitor is the answer.... I shall watch this thread with interest.
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Re: Computer screens

I am in the process of building a new PC for photo work and today got around to making the decision of which monitors to get. I was thinking of a single 32" 4K monitor (BenQ SW320) but really wanted 2 displays so perhaps a couple of BenQ 270s - BenQ way too expensive, so ruled them out. Finally decided on these, which have the same Infinity Edge screens as my laptop: https://www.dell.com/en-uk/work/shop...or-accessories

Amazon worked out a bit cheaper than directly from Dell yet still retains the 3 year warranty. Just have to wait now until the i9 processor I want becomes available at the end of July

So, almost there to a new system

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i9...………..crikey, I am still on an old i5...………

I used to build my computers with Hercules screens/graphics. The big decision then was whether to include the maths chip...……….just digging the grave now...……….
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