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Hi,

I'll be looking for a good deal for a 24" display in the next few weeks/months and I want to have recommendation from people who bought one recently.

My need is a 24" display that have a resolution of 1920x1200. It need to have DVI and VGA input at least. USB ports in it could be a very appreciated feature. No integrated speakers, as they are all too cheap and anyway I have a good 2.1 Klipsh system. Other inputs or feature are welcome, but not mandatory. Non glossy screen is mandatory.

I do photos and videos on my computer, for which I need accurate color definitions. I have a Huey to calibrate the monitor, but still the monitor need to be able to be calibrated correctly. Some just don't have enough contrast or features to get good colors, or get washed out colors.

I'm no professional, so I'm looking for a non professional price :). If I was pro, I would just bought the Apple cinema display, but they are around 1000$, not very cheap.

I read this forum a bit, and some have had disappointment with some display. Font example, fonts difficult to read, or bad colors. I also tried many LCD display in the past, and was disappointed for the same thing, not considering that I had 8 bad pixels on Viewsonic 20" that cost 800$ maybe. So that's why I ask before I shop, as I do not want to try 20 display before I find the one I need.

Thanks for any feedback.
 

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Any recommendation you will get is purely subjective. For one, not everyone is capable of noticing a difference in quality. What looks good to some, might be crap to you. And second, people can be fiercely loyal to one brand. If you shelled out $1000 for a monitor, it doesn't matter if the $400 one looks just as good... you're going to convince yourself that yours is better. :)

With that said, I'm personally quite happy with my Dell 2405. However, I've heard bad things about the updated 2407. So who knows.

Not an easy decision without looking at screens in person. Good luck.

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With that said, I'm personally quite happy with my Dell 2405. However, I've heard bad things about the updated 2407. So who knows.

Not an easy decision without looking at screens in person. Good luck.

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Dell is one company that has this difficult: you can't view the display before you buy, as they're not available in-store. I think their 2407 has been offered this week for 599$. Not a bad price. I may need to look at Dell return policy, just in case I go that way.

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Dell is one company that has this difficult: you can't view the display before you buy, as they're not available in-store. I think their 2407 has been offered this week for 599$. Not a bad price. I may need to look at Dell return policy, just in case I go that way.

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That Dell $599 price is gone, you'd have to wait another three months or so for a one day special to roll around again.
 

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That Dell $599 price is gone, you'd have to wait another three months or so for a one day special to roll around again.
I know, I wrote it in the past tense too!
 

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That Dell $599 price is gone, you'd have to wait another three months or so for a one day special to roll around again.
I thought that Dell did the 10 days of sale once a month?? I missed the one this time because I couldn't make up my mind in time. I did some research on this monitor and both the professional reviews and the user reviews give it very high marks.
 

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I thought that Dell did the 10 days of sale once a month?? I missed the one this time because I couldn't make up my mind in time. I did some research on this monitor and both the professional reviews and the user reviews give it very high marks.
Maybe not once a month, but very often in the year!
 

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Dude... just go to your local Canada computer, or Tigerdirect store they have tons of screens to choose from and they are all setup to view and they have reasonable prices to boot.
I don't live in Toronto nor in Montreal, so finding a lot of display on tablets is not very common in my area.
 

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Dude... just go to your local Canada computer, or Tigerdirect store they have tons of screens to choose from and they are all setup to view and they have reasonable prices to boot.
I don't live in Toronto nor in Montreal, so finding a lot of display on tablets is not very common in my area. There is Stapple (good deal some times) and Wal-Mart (which I do not trust for that).
 

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For the record, I'm very happy with my Dell 2407. Many of the issues (banding etc.) were resolved with the second iteration of this monitor. I spent a LOT of time reading reviews all over the net before purchasing. Eizo (too expensive), LaCie/NEC and the 23" Cinema Display were all considered as well. The Samsung has had good reviews lately, if I recall.

I bought mine without the opportunity to see it first - my 22" LaCie Electron Blue went toes up about 2 weeks before we moved back to Toronto after 16 years in the US, and I knew that I'd end up spending more here just because of the taxes, so I had to get on with it. I had done some looking in the stores before, and was familiar with the Apple displays, so had to trust that endless reading of reviews and weighing the pros and cons would eventually result in a good choice, and I'm happy so far. One thing that's nice about the Dell is the card slots - very, very handy!

More on the Dell:

Digital Darkroom Forum: Dell Ultrasharp 2407 WFP-HC - photo.net

Discussion of 24" monitors here, with a few more options to consider:

Digital Darkroom Forum: 24" LCD's.......opinions please! - photo.net

Raves from Samsung 244T owners:

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-244T-Black-Analog-Digital-Monitor/dp/B000BYSUQ6

The Samsung has come down quite a bit in price in the last little while - may be why I didn't consider it back in April? MacDoc really likes these monitors.

http://www.directdial.com/LS24BRBAB/XAA.html (cheaper than Amazon in the US!)

At this rate, I'll develop monitor envy...
 

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Well there you have it. If the banding issues have been resolved on the 2407 (those were the negative things I had heard about) it should be a pretty good deal next time it goes on sale.

And yes, they only do the "10 days" sale about every 2-3 months, but the monitor itself tends to be on sale randomly about once a month. Just keep checking the Dell site and you'll randomly see % off sales.

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Well there you have it. If the banding issues have been resolved on the 2407 (those were the negative things I had heard about) it should be a pretty good deal next time it goes on sale.
What is the banding issue?

And yes, they only do the "10 days" sale about every 2-3 months, but the monitor itself tends to be on sale randomly about once a month. Just keep checking the Dell site and you'll randomly see % off sales.
Yah, I know that Dell have special on their display very often. When I saw the last 10 days of deal for the display, I was still questioning the iMac glossy display issue. Too soon for me to make a decision...

The Samsung 244T looks promising too. But it is more expensive than the Dell in special. That's also a good bet I suppose.
 

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The current 2407 is excellent. It also has wide gamut color (92% of the NTSC spectrum vs. 72%), unlike most of its competitors. I has an older version that had problems with 1:1 pixel mapping, but the latest revision has solved many of these issues.

The LG is great and has HDMI --comes with an HDMI to DVI cable, so it will connect to any DVI source.

The BenQ has the same panel as the LG but is generally more expensive.

I've never had or owned the Samsung, but it has the same panel as the Dell (NOT the 245B, which has an inferior TN panel).

I don't think that you can go wrong with any of these. The Samsung/Dell use PVA, while the BenQ/LG use MVA, both of which are very similar technologies. Your safest bet is the LG because you can pick it up at Futureshop and be sure that you can easily exchange it should you receive a unit with dead pixels. I'd wait for it to be on sale for $600.
 

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NCIX deal is 10$ better... And it finishes on the 21th. That's faster than what I need, but maybe the good deal is there!

But thanks anyway.

The only think I do not like about this monitor is that they put the only 2 USB port on the side, and further more, the uplink on the side too. At least this one should have been put on the back. But that's mainly esthetic and may not affect the performance of the display.
 
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