I notice that the somewhat reasonable LCD monitors you have reviewed in the past and said were suitable for Photoshop use: the Samsung 214T, the Samsung 244Tand the LGE FLATRON L2000C, all seem to be mostly unavailable for purchase these days. I realize that there is a constant cycle of product discontinues and replacement
The LGE Flatron L2000C is now called a "Lg L2000Cp-Bf 20 Class Lcd Monitor" on the Amazon.com web site, and is available. The Samsung Syncmaster is now the 245T and is also available, but the smaller 214T seems to have been discontinued, but Samsung may have other Pro-Graphics high performance models, and does have one of thos pricey RGB-LED models that reproduces "super" real color.
The LGE Flatron L2000C is now called a "Lg L2000Cp-Bf 20 Class Lcd Monitor" on the Amazon.com web site, and is available. >
This one seems to be gone also. A friend is looking for a not too expensive 4:3 "photoshop quality" monitor.
(I'm the local information source as my friends know I like to read up on this stuff!)
I guess a big wide screen is the way to go if you want the height! And have the $$$.
The availability of the LGE Flatron L2000Cp may just be temporarily out of stock at some dealers. The model is current on the LG web site.
An alternative, but more expensive, but better performing (larger color gamut) brand/model is the NEC Multisync 2090 UXi
David, this is slightly off-topic but not much. I have a new Imac and the screen is so different from my PC that I'm alarmed. The Imac screen has MUCH higher contrast and is cooler in tint. This is using the default monitor calibration on both computers. Maybe I should spend more money (after breaking the bank on the Imac) and get SpyderPro, but I recall you saying in a recent Shutterbug issue, in regard to a question about prints coming out too dark, that Apple Cinema monitors can't be properly calibrated with SpyderPro due to Apple factory settings. Did I understand that right, and would it apply to the Imac? I'm not sure if the Imac is the same as Apple Cinema but it's so bright and contrasty that even after I turned brightness way down, many images on my website appear to have blown highlights when viewed with the Imac. They look fine on my PC and other PCs I've used. Any advice?
Also, if I run Windows with Boot Camp, will that change the screen colors appreciably while in Windows on the Imac?
The problem with the Apple iMac you are reporting is one that has been received by me several times recently, and seems to only apply to the most recent models that have a shiny glass screen. One reader/user said that when he talked to the Apple store where he purchased his that the Apple representative said the iMac is not recommended for digital photography computing - but whether that is a general Apple policy position I doubt.
Regardless in the Color Mangement industry my sources have indicated that the pro industry is being very wary of the current iMac model and pro shops are not deploying the model.
As for the Apple Cinema Displays, they have not been updated for some time and at current prices, better independent brand LCD's are available at much more favorable prices. And Apple has an adaptor for the micro DVI plug to allow a second LCD display to be used with an iMac, which you could calibrate and profile successfully I am sure.
However, I have never tested and reviewed the iMac nor recommended it. Pretty much the same performance can be obtained with a Mac Mini and an independent brand LCD display for less money, which is what I personally use and recommend.
I came across a review (?) of the ViewSonic VLED221wm 22-inch Widescreen LED Backlit monitor:
and was wondering what 118% of the NTSC color gamut means in terms of Photoshop & Lightroom &etc. And what "Wide color TFT active matrix LCD: means.
Not much as NTSC is the color gamut for standard TV and is not very large or that similar to the Adobe RGB (1998), so will not provide all that much advantage dong photography processing with Photoshop.
I tested a Viewsonic with a report in Shutterbug: September 2008
Page 62 Test Report: The New ViewSonic VP2250wb LCD Display
Higher Performance, Lower Cost Display For Photographers
by David B. Brooks
This model was supposed to be specifically designed for graphics users with a better color gamut. The Viewsonic was just barely acceptable in my evaluation.
These "specifications" are intended to be confusing and misleading.