January 15, 2015 at 9:26AM

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2K Monitor

Hi Guys,

I put this as a comment on an article but realised that the boards are probably the best place to ask this.

Can anyone recommend a good ~2K 24"/27" studio monitor, or a recent post about good monitors? Looking for good colour reproduction, good contrast, good image quality, fairly fast response. Overall a 'trustworthy' (not an exact, 'grading' monitor) image to use as a decent reference. I'm looking around £300/$500.

Cheers,
PJ

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A good 2K studio monitor starts around $2,000+, but you can buy a small LED TV set for less than $300.

I use a 22 inch Samsung LED TV set mounted to a C-stand as a cheap on location monitor. The color is terrible, but it's useful for focusing and composition.

January 15, 2015 at 12:12PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Cheers Guy, I'm not really looking for a proper reference monitor and what I meant with 2K is 'around' 1920x1080 as apposed to 4K. Sorry for the confusion.

Just thinking of a decent computer monitor which is good enough quality for daily use with film/video production and other related jobs. That's why I said 'good', not great or excellent..

I don't tend to do critical grading on my system, mainly checking rushes, editing, motion graphics etc.

January 16, 2015 at 12:08AM

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PJ Palomaki
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I haven't noticed any improvement with standard computer monitors over LED TV sets, as they are both using the same hardware. This might be different with high end computer monitors designed for photography and graphic design, which start about $800 and go up from there.

January 16, 2015 at 9:12AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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AOC q2770Pqu , best budget monitor for editing ;)

January 17, 2015 at 2:30AM

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I would recommend the Dell U2711 or U2713, great, accurate colours with 2.5k resolution.

January 17, 2015 at 2:31AM

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Finn OConnor
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Love my Dell U2711, great monitor

January 17, 2015 at 4:43AM

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I second the Dell U2713H suggestion. I love mine.
2560 x 1440 and fantastic colours.

But make sure it's the 'H' version - there is one with 'MH' (or something similar), which is somewhat lower spec.

January 17, 2015 at 2:34AM

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Asus PA279Q

January 17, 2015 at 3:17AM

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On the cheaper side asus PA238Q is pretty decent.

January 17, 2015 at 3:19AM

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Ruslan Ranjabar
Director/DP
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apologies, I didn see the budget! go for one of the dells in the comment above instead

January 17, 2015 at 3:20AM

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I don't think that a computer monitor can be replaced by a TV set. You cannot depend on it, Especially if you are using it for grading and need true colors.

January 17, 2015 at 5:29AM

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A $300 computer monitor is using essentially the same hardware as a $300 TV set, so the difference is pretty much non-existent and you may have better color controls on the TV set.

Once you get up to the price range of a 10-bit graphics computer monitor ( about $800 and up brand new ), then it's a different story because there are no equivalents to this with consumer TV sets.

I use a 22 inch Samsung 5003 LED TV set which features full 1080 HD resolution which works out great for focusing and composition, but the color accuracy is poor, but at less than $300 you can't expect much. At some point I will replace it with either a real video production monitor ( about $2,500+ ) or one of the 10-bit graphics computer monitors, but for now it serves it's purpose.

January 19, 2015 at 10:04AM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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QX2710LED or the achievia panels. Its a bit risky but overall I love my qnix, great images.

January 17, 2015 at 6:05AM

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Chris Hackett
Director, Director of Photography, Writer
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This baby goes on sale every now and then for 450$. Look for refurbs aswell.
Asus PA279Q:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/996569-REG/asus_pa279q_27_led_moni...

January 17, 2015 at 8:37AM

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John Joumaa
Digital Video Editor
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Any opinions on the Asus p248q 24"??

January 17, 2015 at 9:14AM, Edited January 17, 9:14AM

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Joe
Director of Photography
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It's an all around good monitor. Things to look for in general for "low-end accuracy" is sRGB Color Reproduction, IPS Panel and if you're a coloring hobbyist like me go for a 10bit panel.

January 17, 2015 at 10:50AM, Edited January 17, 10:50AM

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John Joumaa
Digital Video Editor
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I love my HP 24" Z24X DreamColor. It runs $549 at B&H, so I am a little over budget on this. Not as big as the aforementioned Dell U2713H, which I have at work, but I like the color accuracy and studier build of the HP.

January 17, 2015 at 9:17AM, Edited January 17, 9:17AM

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Eric Benson
Creative Director
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Dell Ultrasharp line is quite good, also look into the ASUS PA249Q 24"

January 18, 2015 at 7:55AM

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Chris Hunter
Cinematographer & Editor
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I own a Viewsonic VP2770-LED and absolutely love it. The maximum resolution is 2560x1440 and it comes factory calibrated for color with a printed confirmation of the calibration. You can buy one in The US for around $625 dollars. I think this monitor is worth every penny and competes with much more expensive monitors.

January 19, 2015 at 7:08AM

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Myke Scaffidi
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