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Adam Hill,

Suggestions for a relatively inexpensive color accurate monitor? What are you using?

This is a question that comes up frequently and I thought I would ask the BC community of printmakers.  I understand that Eizo is at the top of the list in terms of accuracy, but is there anything more reasonably priced that will get the job done?  I have always heard that Apple monitors are way over-saturated and inaccurate. Thanks!

October 2, 2012, 5:24 pm • United States


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Michael Darling, Westland Printworks
If you're looking for even less expensive, look at the Asus ProArt PA246Q.  It's 24.1", claims to have over 98% AdobeRGB coverage, and costs around $460.  It's not going to have the same exact gamut as the other ones mentioned, but compared to typical consumers monitors, it's most of the way there with a tremendous cost savings.

November 8, 2012, 7:26 pm • United States

Adam Hill,
Thanks for another great recommendation Paul!

October 30, 2012, 12:23 pm • United States

Paul Hicks, Paul Hicks Fine Art Printing
I purchased a LaCie 324i monitor about a year ago and am pleased with the results I get when printing with my iPF5400 printer. Much better rendition than the Dell monitor I was using. Now I get prints that look the same as I see on the monitor. The price included the Blue Eye calibrator.
Up here in Ontario...

October 25, 2012, 2:06 pm • Canada

Adam Hill,
Thank you Terry, this is really helpful info! The PA271w looks amazing and $1,449 is quite reasonable considering some of the much pricier alternatives. 

October 23, 2012, 12:49 pm • United States

Terry Wyse, photoWyse
The NEC PA "Spectraview" series is exceptional and reasonably priced in my opinion. I have colleagues with the PA241w and PA271w and they rave about them.

With any kind of monitor, it's import to invest in a decent colorimeter or spectrophotometer and good calibration/profiling software. ColorEyes Display Pro and basiCColor Display 5 are products I've used and can recommend highly.

October 9, 2012, 3:53 pm • United States