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My 23" to 25" monitors buying guide for less than $900...

Spectraview NEC MonitorHere are some suggestions, some clues to find your ideal monitor. 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 !

 

 
     
Two nices surprises
for less than $200.00 !
  24" Full HD
for less than $900.00
     
 
     
24" 4K for less than $450.00   25" QHD 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" monitors buying guide - 2017 -
for less than $900.00

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

Why I recommed these two monitors for less than $200 ? Because we don't all print our files on a photo printer to sell them, or need a wide gamut (for those who only use internet, for example), and we don't all have unlimited budget, I have selected for you a very good monitor - and what about its value for money - in this price range. I can assure you that when I display an image "normally" saturated or a grey gradient on this monitor calibrated with the great i1Display Pro, and then on my Quato (high-end screen) there is not a wide gap, as it was the case 5 years ago. A photographer or graphic designer with a tight budget will be able to work more than correctly with this screen.

My 23'' monitors selection for less than $200 (April 2017)...


     
         
Asus VC239H - $150   HP 23CX - $159    
Nice surprise !   Nice surprise bis !    


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Ecran ASUS VC239H

ASUS VC239H or ACER R240

$129.99


My opinion about the Asus VC239H (VX239H) or ACER R240

I am very pleasantly surprised by the quality of this panel, the same that HP 23XW above, which is not even expensive, even for a photo use. I recommend it unreservedly to all of you who are on a tight budget and among all the models bought, only one has been returned by its user, to my knowledge! - 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 (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 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 inches - 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 R240 Price Retailer
 
$129.99
Buy from Amazon.com
 
Amazon.com
£136.60 Buy from AMazon.co.uk
 
Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca Amazon.de Amazon.fr


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Ecran ASUS VC239H

HP 23XW or CW

$149.99


My opinion about the HP 23CW (23XW)

I am very pleasantly surprised by the quality of this monitor which is not even expensive, even for a photo use. I recommend it unreservedly to all of you who are on a tight budget and among all the models bought, only one has been returned by its user, to my knowledge! - Read reviews of Amazon buyers

A few pieces of data after calibration:
Very flattering average delta e 0.64! - 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 inches - 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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Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca Amazon.de Amazon.fr

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2 - What 24" monitors for less than $860?

In this price range, you start finding very beautiful EIZO screens 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 HP 23 Xi mentioned above - for two years and they work perfectly. $160 for two years is quite an unbeatable price even if they don't make it to three years!


My 24" monitors selection...

 

   
         
Dell U2414H - $199   Dell U2417H - $230   Eizo EV2450 - $385
Not expensive   Good compromise by Dell   The best in sRGB
         
    Next... 27"
         
Eizo EV2455 - $525   Eizo CS2420 - $861   Next...
The best 24" in sRVB   The best 24" under $900   27" under $1,000

 


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Dell U2414H monitor

DELL Ultrasharp U2414H

$224.99


My opinion about Dell U2414H 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" 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 U2414H

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 U2414H Price Retailer
 
$224.99
Buy from Amazon.com
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Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca Amazon.de Amazon.fr


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Ecran Dell U2417H

DELL Ultrasharp U2417H

$238.00


My opinion about Dell U2417H monitor

The same screen as above (Dell U2414H) but with a slab 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: 25 inches - 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: 2 x HDMI + Display Port.
Edges: Very thin edges, ideal for multi-screens.

DELL U2417H Price Retailer
 
$238.00
Buy from Amazon.com
  $238.00
 
Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca Amazon.de Amazon.fr


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Ecran Dell U2417H

EIZO Flexscan EV2450

$379.99


My opinion about Eizo EV2450 monitor

I have not tested yet (but I have read some excellent articles on and soon to be tested on this site) this 24 "WUXGA screen (1920 x 1080) but it should not be underestimated because its plate is already very interesting - the same as on the Dell U2417H above - for barely more expensive. I maintain that not everyone needs a widescreen gamut and it is surely the best "sRGB" screen of the market with the EV2455 below - Read reviews of Amazon buyers


The best screen 24" WUXGA 16: 9 for the one who needs only space sRGB but wants reliability and homogeneity. To have peace of mind says otherwise!

Another suggestion! This screen also exists in a 24 "Full HD version: model EV2455 below.

 


Main technical characteristics for this Eizo EV2450...

Size: 24 inches 16:9 - 1,920 x 1,080 - 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 EV2450 Price Retailer
 
$379.99
Buy from Amazon.com
  $370.99
 
Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca Amazon.de Amazon.fr

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Ecran Dell U2417H

EIZO Flexscan EV2455

$529.99


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 inches 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
 
$529.99
Buy from Amazon.com
  $521.30
 
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" 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" ColorEdge panel! 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 inches - 16:10 - 1,920 x 1,200
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
 
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3 - Which 24" 4K monitor for less than $950?


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Dell U2414H monitor

DELL Ultrasharp P2415Q - 4K

$294.00


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''/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 inches - 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
 
$294.00
Buy from Amazon.com
 
Amazon.co.uk
£419.00 Buy from Amazn.co.uk
  $349.00

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


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Dell U2414H monitor

DELL Ultrasharp U2515Hx

$299.99


My opinion about Dell U2515Hx monitor

What if Dell's technical choice meaning only 25" 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 2016. 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" 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 U2515Hx...

Screen size: 25 inches - 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 U2515Hx Price Retailer
 
$299.99
Buy from Amazon.com
  $334.99
 
Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca Amazon.de Amazon.fr


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Dell U2414H monitor

DELL Ultrasharp UP2516D

$428.99


My opinion about Dell UP2516D monitor

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

A 25" 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 inches - 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
 
$428.99
Buy from Amazon.com
  $482.00
 
Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca Amazon.de Amazon.fr

 




 

My 27" monitors buying guide - 2016 -
for less than $900.00


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$250.00

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

 

 
 

 

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