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    I hate to part with my 2 CRT 17 monitors, but one color channel has died in one and the other is 4 years old and I don't think color "true" anymore. I want to get 2 LCD monitors, probably, 20." I am a graphic artist and photographer and true and consistent color throughout the monitor is a must for me. I do use Spyder3 calibrating equipment. I don't want to spend over $1,000 for each. I have been looking at backlit monitors, but they seem to start at $1,500 a piece. Does anyone have a recommendation? I have just started searching and do have time to investigate. I am on a PC. I will be purchasing a custom built very fast system later this fall with Vista Ultimate 64 and XP 32 since a few pieces of hardware like my Nikon film scanner will not work on Vista. Right now I have a dual core AMD 64 with 4 gig memory.

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    Are you looking for a professional screens here with a hood and calibration software bundled in or are you happy to try a more mainstream unit? by mainstream i don't mean junk, just not geared towards artists, etc. You don't mention if your looking for a 4:3 or widescreen panel, so i'll just mention some screens i would be looking at if i were you.

    The Dell 2408 is meant to be truly excellent at colour reproduction and has a wide colour gamut, which will actually be something useful to you. It uses an S-PVA panel so has wide viewing angles and excellent colour reproduction. But it's not without it's issues, one of those being input lag. An A01 revision will surface soon, so let's hope they iron out some of these bugs, because it has a stunning picture, and with calibration it will be incredibly accurate, probably the most accurate for this type of screen in fact.

    Another good choice is the Hazro HZ24W which uses an S-IPS panel, known to be the best for your type of work and very rare in a mainstream monitor. There is some confusion as to whether it has a wide colour gamut, but it does have accurate colour reproduction.

    If you need to brush up on these terms, you can read this:

    TN Film, MVA, PVA and IPS Which one's for you?

    I'd stay away from tn-film in your situation, but then you probably already know this. Both the screens mentioned above are significantly under your budget, and once calibrated will certainly match pro monitors for colour (from what i've read at least).
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    Thank you very much. I'll check out the ones you mentioned. I printed yesterday the information you mentioned including the link to the previous article. I'm so glad I found this website.

    I'm not looking for a hood or built in calibration since I have the Spyder3 by datacolor. I just want a good LCD whose color does not change as I move my head or from top to bottom and with good color. The gamut doesn't have to be super wide. Also, I am not looking necessarily for a wide screen. What I need are two since I use dual monitors and have found that if they are the same, there is more likelhood that the color will look the same on both as well as the neutral gray will be the same. Also, I want the same size which, again, I have found makes life easier than one large and one samll one. That is why I am looking for about 20-22".

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    in the 22" category, you will have trouble. Almost all of those screens use TN film panels and they are not going to provide accurate colour or contrast when you move your head (we are talking viewing angles here really).

    You must go for an S-IPS or S-PVA panel for this, and they pretty much don't exist on the 22" screens. Another problems is that they seems to be fading out these panels on the 20" models too. The old Dell 2007 was s-ips, and then moved to s-pva, but the new 2009 model is tn film. They are doing this because tn film panels are far cheaper.

    Is there any reason two 24" screens do not appeal?

    here are a few that aren't 24" that you should take a look at:

    NEC MultiSync LCD20WGX2 Pro 20.1" Widescreen - link
    uses s-ips, not sure about colour accuracy. Was regarded as the best in its category.

    Samsung SyncMaster XL20 LED BLU 20.1" - link
    backlit LED that might fit your budget if you look around.

    there might be a few others, Hazro do a s-ips 23" WS. i'd still go for two 24" in your situation, your budget is $2000, correct? i mean, two dell 2408's comes in at $1200 from dell.

    and just for kicks, why not consider a 30" the new 3008 from dell is pretty amazing.
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    I really appreciate your information. I am starting early so I will be ready sometime this fall. Hazro said they will be possibly starting a NA reseller program this fall. The reason I want two minitors is because I am used to them and, also, I review graphic software and I put spec sheets on one monitor when I am writing. With programs, I put all my tools on the second monitor. also, I don't know if I have enough room for a 30" monitor as to depth and viewing distsnce. Maybe that doesn't make a difference, but usually the larger the monitor, the further I would need to sit. I like my setup and while I might be able to add an extension, it would be tough. But all these ideas are great and I am looking into them.

    Thanks so much again.

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    I use the dell 2407 wfp-hc and consider that this was a GOOD purchase you will find a little info here:-

    http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/128864

    Yes this is an older version the new one is probably improved again.... I have absolutely no Idea what I would see though if I saw your screens. could be they are hugely better I just doubt it.

    One idea though, if you are tight on space put one above the other

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