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My 23-inch to 25-inch monitors for photo editing buying guide for less than $900...

Spectraview NEC MonitorHere are some suggestions, some clues to find your ideal monitor for photo editing. I created four price ranges to cover all quality/price ratios and to take into account the different purchasing capacities - which does not mean making a bad investment, believe me! - and the different needs of each of us photographers. Each to his own Graal !

 

 
     
Three nices surprises
for less than $200.00 !
  24-inch Full HD
for less than $900.00
     
 
     
24-inch 4K for less than $450.00   25-inch WQHD for less than $499.00


And now a final word on how I see things: you will make a better use of equipment that you appreciate and chose freely, even if it's not, in the mind of others, the so-called "best".


 

My 27-inch monitors buying guide - 2018 -
for less than $900.00

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Here's my three nices surprises for less than $200.00...

Why I recommed these three monitors for less than $200 ?

For two reasons. First of all, because not everyone prints their files on a photo printer to sell them, doesn't need a large gamut or even probably doesn't need it (use exclusively for the Internet for example), or doesn't have an unlimited budget, I have selected for you a very good screen - and what can I say about its value for money -, which I have known by heart for five years that I use it and recommend it, in this price range.
I can assure you that when I place a saturated "normally" image or gray gradient on this calibrated screen with the excellent Colormunki Display ($169.00) then on my Eizo CS2420 (high end screen) there is not a world like there was five years ago. A photographer or computer graphics designer with a tight budget could do a good job with this screen. Come and have a cup of coffee at home and I'll show you!
Second, because this slab is reliable. I explained to you above what this meant to me! So I can advise him without fear.



My 23-inch monitors selection for less than $200 (February 2018)...


   
         
Asus VC239H - $150   HP 23CX - $165   Acer R240 - $130
Nice surprise!   The same display!   The same display!


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ASUS VC239H monitor

ASUS VC239H

$148.90


My opinion about the Asus VC239H

I am very pleasantly surprised by the quality and reliability of this 23-inch WUXGA display for less than $200, the same as the HP 23Xi or Acer R240 above. I have long recommended the HP 23Xi at this price and this ASUS VC239H has the good taste to use the same display I know by heart! Reliable model without" bad surprise - Read reviews of Amazon buyers

A few pieces of data after calibration:
Very flattering average delta e 0.71! - even if a dark green/blue approaches 4 after calibration.
Very nice grey gradient, very progressive,
Good regular homogeneity even if it is obviously not perfect but never a problem. The sensor sees it, but it's not as visible for our eye!

 

 

My rate : 8,0 /10 - Excellent value for money under $200. Of course you are not buying an Eizo for $900 but I assure you that like hundreds of people who have bought it, you will be amazed at what you can get for less than $200 on the condition that you still have to calibrate it! My favourite under $200! Easy to calibrate with the i1Display Pro or ColorMunki Display : surprising at this price!

My last recommendation! Connect it first and foremost with a good HDMI cable or better, DVI.

 


ASUS VC239H technical characteristics...

Screen size: 23.8 inch - 1,920 x 1,080 - 96 ppi
Screen
E-IPS LCD (LED), Matte panel display,
Color space: sRGB
Brightness/contrast ratio: 250Cd/m2 - 1,080:1 (Mesured)
Inputs: HDM + DVI + VGA
Nice design, and not bulky.

ASUS VC239H Price Retailer
 
$148.90
Buy from Amazon.com
  CDN$ 467.00


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Ecran ASUS VC239H

HP 23XW or CW

$149.99


My opinion about the HP 23CW (23XW)

Cet écran que j'ai longtemps utilisé utilise la même dalle que l'Asus VC239 ci-dessus que j'utilise aujourd'hui comme écrans secondaires ou l'Acer R240 ci-dessous - Read reviews of Amazon buyers

A few pieces of data after calibration:
Very flattering average delta e 0.68! - even if a dark green/blue approaches 4 after calibration.
Very nice grey gradient, very progressive (DVI plug),
Good regular homogeneity even if it is obviously not perfect but never a problem. The sensor sees it, but it's not as visible for our eye!

 

 

My rate : 8,0 / 10 - Excellent value for money under $200  - Easy to calibrate with the i1Display Pro: surprising at this price!


My last recommendation! Connect it first and foremost with DVI because I heard of display problems with bad HDMI cable.

 


HP 23Xw technical characteristics...

Screen size: 23.8 inch - 1,920 x 1,080 - 96 ppi
Screen
E-IPS LCD (LED), Matte panel display,
Color space: sRGB
Brightness/contrast ratio: 250 Cd/m2 / 1,000:1 (Mesured)
Inputs: 2 HDMI and VGA.
Nice design, and not bulky.

HP 23XW Price Retailer
 
$149.99
Buy from Amazon.com

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ACER R240HY monitor

ACER R240HY

$119.99


My opinion about the ACER R240HY

This screen therefore uses the same slab as the above screens that I've been using for many years and know by heart - The best choice under $200 for photo enthusiasts - Read reviews of Amazon buyers

 

Read my Asus VC239 review or HP 23XI review

 

My rate : 8,0 /10 - The best value for money under $200. Easy to calibrate with the i1Display Pro or ColorMunki Display : surprising at this price!

My last recommendation! Connect it first and foremost with a good HDMI cable or better, DVI.

 


ACER R240HY technical characteristics...

Screen size: 23.8 inch - 1,920 x 1,080 - 96 ppi
Screen
E-IPS LCD (LED), Matte panel display,
Color space: sRGB
Brightness/contrast ratio: 250Cd/m2 - 1,080:1 (Mesured)
Inputs: HDM + DVI + VGA.
Nice design, and not bulky.

ACER R240HY Price Retailer
 
$119.99
Buy from Amazon.com
  CDN$ 169.99

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2 - What 24-inch monitor for less than $900?

In this price range, you start finding very beautiful EIZO monitor but also nice surprises among generic brands like Dell.
As I was explaining in the previous page dedicated to choice criteria for a screen, these more "generic" screens are more and more equipped with IPS panels - which I highly recommend - but that will lack homogeneity - not necessarily a problem - regularity in a serial and that will wear out a bit faster because of a choice of panel said "economic", although IPS. I've been owning two of these screens - the two Asus VC239 mentioned above - for two years and they work perfectly. $150 for two years is quite an unbeatable price even if they don't make it to three years according to my experience!


My 24-inch monitors selection...

 

   
         
Dell U2415H - $230   Dell U2417H - $230   Eizo EV2455 - $525
Not expensive   Good compromise by Dell   The best 24-inch in sRVB
         
      Next... 27"
         
Eizo CS2420 - $860       Next...
The best 24'' under $900       27-inch under $1,000

 


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Dell U2415H monitor

DELL Ultrasharp U2415H

$179.00


My opinion about Dell U2415H monitor

The new generation of Ultrasharp DELL monitors owns of course an IPS screen panel with very thin edges for multiscreens. I haven't calibrated one of these screens yet but its Ultrasharp panel is a synonym of color reproduction of good quality. The main asset of this Ultrasharp panel will obvisouly be its design and its ultrathin edges, its Ultrasharp panel and its weakness, its economic panel so be sure that you check calibration as soon as you receive it. - Read reviews of Amazon buyers

24-inch IPS for multi-screens covering 99% sRGB under $200! For a little more, we could still be tempted by the U2417H below...


Other suggestions : If you want more precision color prefer the model below, barely more expensive : Dell U2417H or Eizo EV2450, $100 more expensive but reliable, it !



Main technical characteristics for this Dell U2415H

Screen size: 24 inches 16:9 - 1,920 x 1,080 - 94 ppi
Screen: 
IPS LCD (LED), Matte panel display,
Color space: sRGB, Delta e > 4;
Brightness/contrast ratio: 250 Cd/m2 / 1,000:1
Inputs: 2 x HDMI + Display Port.
Very thin edges, ideal for multi-screens.

DELL U2415H Price Retailer
 
$179.00
Buy from Amazon.com
  $214.95
  CDN$ 395.00


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Ecran Dell U2417H

DELL Ultrasharp U2417H

$214.99


My opinion about Dell U2417H monitor

The same screen as above (Dell U2415H) but with a display displaying the colors with more precision for photographers or graphic designers who only have to do with the Adobe RGB 98 and these disadvantages and for only $50 more! - Read reviews of Amazon buyers

In terms of color reliability after calibration, Dell now knows how to do it. There is hardly anything but uniformity which is a step below Eizo. You have to see if it is really annoying ... Excellent value for money.


Another suggestion! The Eizo EV2450 below has the same slab but with a better electronics for barely more expensive...



Main technical characteristics for this Dell U2417H...

Screen size: 24-inch - 1,920 x 1,080 - 94 ppi !
Screen: 
IPS LCD (LED), Matte panel display,
Color space: sRGB
Brightness/contrast ratio: 300 Cd/m2 / 1,000:1
Inputs: 2 x HDMI + Display Port + MiniDP + USB3.0.
Edges: Very thin edges, ideal for multi-screens.

DELL U2417H Price Retailer
 
$214.99
Buy from Amazon.com
  $209.95
 
Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca Amazon.de Amazon.fr


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Ecran Dell U2417H

EIZO Flexscan EV2455

$559.00


My opinion about Eizo EV2455 monitor

I have not tested yet (but I have read some excellent articles on and soon to be tested on this site) this 24" full HD screen (1920 x 1200) but it should not be underestimated because its plate is already very interesting. I maintain that not everyone needs a widescreen gamut and it is surely the best "sRGB" screen of the market - Read reviews of Amazon buyers

 

 

The best screen 24" Full HD 16:10 for the one who needs only space sRGB but wants reliability and homogeneity. To have peace of mind says otherwise!

 


Main technical characteristics for this Eizo EV2455...

Size: 24-inch 16:10 - 1,920 x 1,200 - 94ppi
Screen: 
IPS (LED white), Dalle matte,
Color space: sRGB
Brightness/contrast ratio: 300 Cd/m2 / 1,000:1
LUT table: 10 bits.
Edges: very thin edges, ideal for multi-screens.

EIZO EV2455 Price Retailer
 
$559.00
Buy from Amazon.com
  $559.00
     
 
Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca Amazon.de Amazon.fr


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Ecran Dell U2417H

EIZO ColorEdge CS2420

$861.00


My opinion about Eizo ColorEdge CS2420 monitor

ColorEdge Eizo quality in 24-inch at an "affordable" price with many details in the shadows, perfect colors, just as perfect homogeneity and wide gamut. A master purchase at this price! - Read reviews of Amazon buyers

A few pieces of data after calibration:
Dream delta e: averagely around 0.52 and all colors under 0.79! It is simply visually perfect.
Also perfect homogeneity in luminosity (less in CT).

 

 

An affordable 24-inch ColorEdge display! What if only one under $900 should be kept? My reference and the current best value for money, quite simply!


Main technical characteristics for this EIZO CS2420...

Screen size: 24-inch - 16:10 - 1,920 x 1,200 - 94 ppi
Screen: 
IPS LCD (CCLF), New Matte panel display,
Color space: Adobe RGB 98
Brightness/contrast ratio: 350 Cd / m2 / 720:1 (Mesured)
LUT table: 16 bits
Inputs: DVI-D + HDMI + DisplayPort 1.2
Edge: smalest (-1cm) / CS240

New EIZO CS2420 Price Seller
 
Logo Amazon.com
$861.00
Buy from Amazon.com
  $861.00
  CDN$ 1,344.50

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3 - Which 24" 4K monitor for less than $950?


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Dell U2414H monitor

DELL Ultrasharp P2415Q - 4K

$249.00


My opinion about Dell P2415Q - 4K monitor

Admittedely, the 4K is very beautiful but you're still going to lose an Ultrasharp panel that displays accurate colors and make sure you have the right graphic card and connexion... - Read reviews of Amazon buyers

In 24-inch/4K, I think only video editors who will use it as a monitor only or gamers who own a very powerful and recent graphic card are concerned. For the others, the texts will most of the time be impossible to read.


Main technical characteristics for this Dell P2415Q-4K

Screen size: 24-inch - 3860 x 2160 - 4K
Screen: 
IPS LCD (LED), Matte panel display,
Color space: sRGB
Brightness/contrast ratio: 300 Cd/m2 / 1,000:1
Inputs: 2 x HDMI + Display Port.

DELL P2415Q Price Retailer
 
$249.00
Buy from Amazon.com
  $349.99

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4 - Which 25-inch QHD monitor for less than $950?


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Dell U2518D monitor

DELL Ultrasharp U2518DX

$319.99


My opinion about Dell U2518Dx monitor

What if Dell's technical choice meaning only 25-inch but in 2,560 x 1,440, in Ultrasharp moreover (but sRGB only) was the right choice to get a very thin resolution (for video editors who will use it as a monitor, casual gamers and accessorily certain photographers) without needing to display 4K, often difficult to manage at 2018. I only find one restriction, the texts might be too small for you (as with "real" 4K) as well as the details in the photos but nothing should stop you from choosing it for a multi-screen configuration... - Read reviews of Amazon buyers

A 25-inch IPS panel displaying 99% of sRGB and 2,560 x 1,440 pixels hence with a resolution of 122 ppp! Maybe the best alternative to 4K, not always well-managed... but be careful about the size of texts and details!


Main technical characteristics for this Dell U2518D...

Screen size: 25-inch - 2,560 x 1,440 - 122 ppi !
Screen: 
IPS LCD (LED), Matte panel display,
Color space: sRGB
Brightness/contrast ratio: 300 Cd/m2 / 1,000:1
Inputs: HDMI + Display Port + mDP.
Very thin edges, ideal for multi-screens.

DELL U2518D Price Retailer
 
$319.99
Buy from Amazon.com
  $349.99
  CDN$ 707.25


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Dell UP2516D monitor

DELL Ultrasharp UP2516D

$399.00


My opinion about Dell UP2516D monitor

The same monitor above but displaying Adobe RGB 98 - Read reviews of Amazon buyers

A 25-inch IPS panel displaying 99% of Adobe RGB 98 and 2,560 x 1,440 pixels hence with a resolution of 122 ppp! Maybe the best alternative to 4K, not always well-managed... but be careful about the size of texts and details!


Main technical characteristics for this Dell UP2516D...

Screen size: 25-inch - 2,560 x 1,440 - 122 ppi !
Screen: 
IPS LCD (LED), Matte panel display,
Color space: Adobe RGB 98
Brightness/contrast ratio: 300 Cd/m2 / 1,000:1
Inputs: 2 x HDMI + Display Port.
Very thin edges, ideal for multi-screens.

DELL UP2516D Price Retailer
 
$399.00
Buy from Amazon.com
  $449.00
 
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My 27-inch monitors buying guide - 2018 -
for less than $900.00


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i1Display Pro

$258.99

  Buy the best colorimeter : the i1Display Pro!
Read my full review Suivre
 
 

 

New! i1 Studio

$489.00

  New ! i1 Studio X-Rite.
Read my full review in french - soon in EnglishSuivre
 
 

 

From $129.99
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$4,500.00

 

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