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MatthewBowker

Colour Accurate Monitors On A Budget

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Hey everyone,

 

Over the past few months I have been doing more and more graphic design work on my desktop PC but I have one major issue, both of my dual monitors are very colour inaccurate displays, and although they're the same make and model one has significant more back light bleed than the other. I feel that now I'm making money on my graphic design work, it's probably a good time to invest in a decent monitor which is what I need help with. My graphic design work is a 50/50 split between both digital and printed material.

 

I guess I have multiple questions:

  1. If I got a 1440p monitor to pair with one of my existing 1080p monitor, will I get weird scaling issues in Windows? 
  2. Is a budget of £200 a reasonable amount for a 24" colour accurate display?
  3. What's the best colour accurate 24" display option on a budget?

Also the monitors I have currently have nice thin bezels so I would preferably like to have my new display also have thin bezels but that's just preference.

 

Gaming isn't a massive concern for me as my current 1080p displays are more than adequate for my gaming needs but if the new monitor is also good enough for gaming, that's another bonus.

 

Thank you in advance! 

 

 

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LG has some nice factory calibrated IPS displays, but people recommend DELL for their color accurate displays, so try to look into those,.

Through quick look i found those:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/LG-24MP88HV-Infinity-Display-Monitor/dp/B01HZLC716/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=LG+ips&qid=1552735741&s=gateway&sr=8-4

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dell-UltraSharp-U2415-Inch-1920x1200/dp/B00OA2I362/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=DELL+ips&qid=1552735799&s=gateway&sr=8-4

 

But also try to read reviews etc.

 

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2 hours ago, MatthewBowker said:

If I got a 1440p monitor to pair with one of my existing 1080p monitor, will I get weird scaling issues in Windows?

Probably. I've never used multi monitors with vastly different pixel densities before.

Its pixel density that matters. For example image and text will be the same size without scaling issues, between a 24" 1080p and a 48" 4k display.

 

2 hours ago, MatthewBowker said:

Is a budget of £200 a reasonable amount for a 24" colour accurate display?

Yes. However if you are looking for professional level color accuracy, you will need a colorimeter for calibration, business class support from your equipment provider, as well as a whole lot more money poured into controlling environment variables like room brightness. Also if a print does not match what is shown on the display, it could entirely be the printer's fault and not the monitor.

 

2 hours ago, MatthewBowker said:

What's the best colour accurate 24" display option on a budget?

No one really knows. For a start, Dell's Ultrasharp line of displays come with factory calibration report. You most definitely won't be getting the kind of accuracy possible by using a colorimeter yourself. But at least it won't look like arse. Also they come with nice adjustable stands.

Have a gander at your options


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