DVI output - significant for a casual user?


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A little about my situation: I'm a hobbyist photog, and will be getting a laptop for uni use. The laptops do not have integrated DVI output, and i will have to pay extra for docking stations if i need that. I do pretty serious photoshop work, but very seldom print photographs. As such, i intend to get a sizable external monitor solely for the sake of photo editing. I am looking at 20-22" PVA panels at the moment. I do not play games.

I understand that the differences between DVI and VGA output is minimal for non-critical users. But for photo editing, are these differences significant?

Suppose i intend to run both the integrated display and the standalone screen together, alongside each other, do i have to calibrate them to get consistent output between the 2? Is this recommended since the integrated display will most probably not be as good as a standalone? Bearing in mind that i hardly print, i am wondering if calibration is recommended at all.

Finally, any recommendations for 20-22" displays that are <$500?

I apologize if questions above are asked before. TIA.
 

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i saw very significant image quality difference on my 19" Philips widescreen when using DVI and VGA connectors. Using VGA, even the fonts on MS Word looked slightly blurry.
I guess it would be even more significant on a 20-22" display? That's just my guess.
 

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i saw very significant image quality difference on my 19" Philips widescreen when using DVI and VGA connectors. Using VGA, even the fonts on MS Word looked slightly blurry.
I guess it would be even more significant on a 20-22" display? That's just my guess.
I can see the different already in a 17" :lovegrin:

But if the docking station cost you 4 figures then it will be better to invest in a proper desktop that can be done in that budget :thumbsup:
 

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haha thanks for the replies.

Luckily, the dock only cost 100+ i guess it'll be a worthwhile purchase.

Any recommendations for 20-22" PVA panels? I can't find recent reviews since this size is like so yesteryear and many models already discontinued. My budget about $500, but can stretch if it is worth the moola :bsmilie:
 

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I am using DVI with my Samsung LCD.
An improvement over my previous VGA + CRT.
Improvement in the sense it is practically fuss free, easy to connect, easy to use.
I don't care much about the colour fidelity though I am sure it is better than the VGA.
 

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Got a dell 22" widescreen for $399 can check it out. have served me pretty well until now.
 

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Got a dell 22" widescreen for $399 can check it out. have served me pretty well until now.
Ooh... care to share the model no?
 

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haha thanks for the replies.

Luckily, the dock only cost 100+ i guess it'll be a worthwhile purchase.

Any recommendations for 20-22" PVA panels? I can't find recent reviews since this size is like so yesteryear and many models already discontinued. My budget about $500, but can stretch if it is worth the moola :bsmilie:
Samsung 245T or Dell Ultrasharp 2408WFP ftw!!!!
 

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But unfortunately out of his budget...

I think you'll be hard pressed to find decent 20-22" MVA/PVA panels below $500 - most of the LCDs are now TN panels?
 

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Sorry, I am not very good at all these....but I have the following set up:

DVI output from PC connected to VGA input on my LCD TV, how will the quality of display be? VGA like? DVI like?

Thanks.
 

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how do you connect the DVI out terminal to your LCD TV's PC input terminal? What kind of special cable is that?
 

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dvi-i can carry analog signals as well. Quality will be.. well.. analog's quality.
 

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