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I went through the old thread on LCD recommendation and most of the recommended LCD is no longer exist in SLS :( ...

Looking through the company website and brochure, can't even find out whether these monitors is 24bits or 18 bits.

Do you guys have any experience on the following:
1. Viewsonic VG2021m ($449)
2. Viewsonic VA1912wb ($379)
3. Viewsonic VE920m ($369)
4. Samsung 940WB ($399)
5. Samsung 931BF ($399)
6. LG L1952T (DVI) ($399) - brochure say 16.7M colours (8bit)??
7. LG L194WT ($399)
8. Dell 1907FP ($439) - Promo last day is tomorrow :) ...

Any other LCD screen that is 24bit that you can recommend?

Some criteria that i have are
1. Budget is <500
2. Size 19inch (if possible wide).
3. Use mostly for Photo editing (no video editing nor gaming/watching video)

Thanks in advance!
 

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I am happy with my DELL 2007 :)
 

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Samsung above are all 6 bits. Most monitors are 6 bits these days because they need to sacrifice colour for speed.

LG is supposed to be 8 bits, but I don't like their design... and I dont' quite trust the brand.

These 2 are 8 bits:
You can try Viewsonic VX2025wm if you like widescreen.
My personal favourite is the Philips 190P7EB.

I have seen the difference between 8 and 6 bits at the shop. I think it's necessary to get 8 bits if you want to edit photos. It gives you finer colours. Else, you just get more contast in place of the colours that are 'missing'. Actually, most older LCDs are 8 bits, so if you have one of those, they will work fine. I have a old Philips 15" that's >40ms, but you don't need it to be fast if you're editing photos. You just need the representation to be good.
 

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Samsung above are all 6 bits. Most monitors are 6 bits these days because they need to sacrifice colour for speed.

LG is supposed to be 8 bits, but I don't like their design... and I dont' quite trust the brand.

These 2 are 8 bits:
You can try Viewsonic VX2025wm if you like widescreen.
My personal favourite is the Philips 190P7EB.

I have seen the difference between 8 and 6 bits at the shop. I think it's necessary to get 8 bits if you want to edit photos. It gives you finer colours. Else, you just get more contast in place of the colours that are 'missing'. Actually, most older LCDs are 8 bits, so if you have one of those, they will work fine. I have a old Philips 15" that's >40ms, but you don't need it to be fast if you're editing photos. You just need the representation to be good.
Any idea how much is the VX2025wm and Philips 190P7EB? I don't think i saw them in SLS :( .. Manage to check the LG specs and it is actually 6 bits not 8 bits as they put in the ads. Very misleading
 

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Any idea how much is the VX2025wm and Philips 190P7EB? I don't think i saw them in SLS :( .. Manage to check the LG specs and it is actually 6 bits not 8 bits as they put in the ads. Very misleading
The price lists at Hardwarezone says that the VX2025 is $569, while the 190P7EB is $629. I think they should have roughly the same number of pixels because one is wider, and the other is taller. 8 bit panels that runs at 8ms are not cheap... so the prices are higher. They are in SLS. Just need to go to the bigger shops. Not all shops carry them.

I'm still waiting for the right moment. My old LCD monitor is still serving me fine... but when the price is right, I'll get a bigger one. :)
 

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How do you check how many bits is the LCD? I trying to find out for Dell 2007FPW, not listed in their technical specs
 

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The price lists at Hardwarezone says that the VX2025 is $569, while the 190P7EB is $629. I think they should have roughly the same number of pixels because one is wider, and the other is taller. 8 bit panels that runs at 8ms are not cheap... so the prices are higher. They are in SLS. Just need to go to the bigger shops. Not all shops carry them.

I'm still waiting for the right moment. My old LCD monitor is still serving me fine... but when the price is right, I'll get a bigger one. :)
No wonder I did not "see" them .. their price is above my budget :( and I only focus for those below 500 :bheart:

Anyway same question with Sonix, how do you guys know which one is 8 bits and which one is 6 bits? I don't think i need 8ms (as I dont intend to do gaming/watching movie) .. any recommendation of "slow" LCD with 8ms??? who knows they are cheaper :bsmilie:
 

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How do you check how many bits is the LCD? I trying to find out for Dell 2007FPW, not listed in their technical specs
Normally, they only say if it's 16.2m colours or 16.7 million colours. The extra 2 bits per channel will give you an extr 0.5m colours.

If it's not listed, it's usually 6 bit. That's because 8-bit LCDs are usually more expensive, and they have to let you know what you are paying for. :)

I think the Dell 2007FPW is an 8-bit LCD. I saw the information at the US site. However, it is expensive and it's 16ms.

I have a budget too. But I am not willing to compromise. Which is why I am still waiting for the price to fall.
 

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SAMSUNG 931BF indeed a good choice. You'll like it.

Cheers:)
I almost bought the Samsung 931BF... but unfortunately, I discovered that it is 6-bit. Normally, you won't know what you are missing until you see the monitors side-by-side, calibrated to similar standards. As I mentioned, the 6-bit looked more contrasty to me because of the missing shades. 6-bit does not mean it looks bad. It just means that there's just that little bit missing.

931BF is great for gaming.
 

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3 years warranty and first year on-site. What else can you ask for?

So far I had sent my Samsung LCD back for repair twice. First time they did not remedied the problem correctly but fix it the second time (they had to change the entire circuit board). Plus, they apologised for the inconveniences that caused me. They gave me a limited edition Samsung goodie bag.

Will I buy a Samsung LCD again? Of course, the colors of their LCD are beautiful.
 

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3 years warranty and first year on-site. What else can you ask for?

So far I had sent my Samsung LCD back for repair twice. First time they did not remedied the problem correctly but fix it the second time (they had to change the entire circuit board). Plus, they apologised for the inconveniences that caused me. They gave me a limited edition Samsung goodie bag.

Will I buy a Samsung LCD again? Of course, the colors of their LCD are beautiful.
Just checked it's first 2 years on site and 3rd year carry in.:)
They only change/repair for you if unit has more than 7 dead pixels.
 

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how about philips 170x6?
can know how many bits is there?
it state 16m colors
:sweat:

by the way what calibration tool u ppl use?
thnks thnks
 

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I think the Samsung 205BW is an 8 bit panel. Price is not too bad. About the same as the Viewsonic VX2025WM.

I use the Spyder2 Express to calibrate my monitors.

My only problem with Samsung monitors, is the dead pixel warranty. I'd pay a bit more if they can guarantee that there are no dead/white pixels for at least a year. Although dead pixels are rare, it really sucks if it happens to you.

... and for the people who ask if this model or that model is 8 bit, you need to check it yourself. Go get the specs. If it says 16.2m colours, it's 6 bits. If it says 16.7m colours, it's 8 bits. If they don't say anything, then it's probably 6 bits.

... and I don't agree that Samsung monitors have more beautiful colours than other brands. Calibration plays an important part.
 

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Samsung 940BW is now at $369 and 205BW is $549.

Some more comes with free SanDisk Ultra II SD Plus 512MB.
 

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