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Monitors for Color Work

I'm in the market for a new computer... and computer monitor.  I was looking at the Dell U2719D and wanted to see if anyone had any thoughts regarding this particular monitor or if you had any other recommendations.


  • TrevTrev Moderator
    edited November 2019
    Hey David, long time mate.

    Okie, first up I haven't used it so a disclaimer here.

    Personally, and I do mean everyone has a differing opinion, it's what works for them.

    Make sure you can end up with a reasonably 'flat' screen, you do not want a high glossy, ultra contrasty monitor since print work will be very disappointing when you see that compared to what you saw on the screen, if serious about getting a 'what you see is what you get' approach to editing, otherwise you will be 'adjusting' in your head so the images come out ok for print work.

    Make sure you get a Monitor Calibrator. I'd recommend the:

    X-Rite i1 Display PRO

    (read about it, but Australian site mate)

    Having said that, many will like that the photos look spectacularly brilliant on a screen and fair enough, but don't forget if they see that, and then get a print they will be disappointed.

    I've had my Eizo 27in. for over 11 years, (bought on 15th April, 2008) works brilliantly, images in print look exactly like what I see on screen, a huge bonus. They are bloody expensive though. Still, it's lasting this long and still going, no issues.

    I had a good scout around on your intended monitor and see they received a very good rating system David, that's a good start.

    Some complained that it's only got a refresh rate of 60Hz, that's nothing, not needed for still's work, only if you are a keen gaming person. :)

    Price is damn attractive if you get it around this price, cannot go wrong.

    Australian price here is around $580AU, very similar to US.


  • Thank you Trev... as always, a very in-depth response.  After mulling things over this afternoon, I decided on the Dell UltraSharp 32" Ultra HD 4K Monitor with PremierColor - UP3216Q.  Got it for $1,260US.  I still have my NEC PA272W with the SpectraView calibrator that's still attached to my old computer.  I may try a two monitor setup if that works.  

    In any event, thanks again for the recommendation on the X-Rite.  I will look into that one as well. 

    I needed to upgrade as I was still working off Win 8.  My Creative Cloud CC was stuck on version 7.2... or somewhere near there.  I can't continue to upgrade as they no longer support Win 8 beyond that version.  I purchased a Nikon Z6 only to find out I can't view the NEF files.  How fun is that?  So, an upgrade was in order since my Win 8 machine is a good 5-6 years old now. 

    I may need your help in figuring out what files to back up and copy into the new computer CC install.  

  • TrevTrev Moderator
    Damn, sorry David, I put Phil in for some reason.

    No worries, still have that thread bookmarked re copying files over mate?

  • Sadly.. I can't find that thread.  I'm sure it's there somewhere, but I can't seem to put my finger on it.  
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