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« on: November 04, 2008, 09:04:23 AM »
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I am looking to replace my aging monitor. I want to buy one that will carry me well into the next 5-6 years. While I've always purchased Apple monitors, I've been educated (on this site) that there are better brands on the market. The NEC LCD2690WUXi2-bk looks quite impressive, as does the NEC LCD3090WQXi-bk. If any of you have used wither of these, please give me your feedback. Or if any of you have other options/brands (under $2000 please), let me know that too.

But, here's my real question -- what size screen is ideal for image editing? While big is impressive, I wonder if a 30" screen would be overwhelming. I wear bifocal glasses, so I'm afraid that I'd strain my neck looking over the entire screen. On the other hand, I could purchase a pair of glasses for photo work on the monitor. But even beyond the issue with glasses, is a 30" screen too big for desktop viewing?

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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2008, 10:07:46 AM »
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I am looking to replace my aging monitor. I want to buy one that will carry me well into the next 5-6 years. While I've always purchased Apple monitors, I've been educated (on this site) that there are better brands on the market. The NEC LCD2690WUXi2-bk looks quite impressive, as does the NEC LCD3090WQXi-bk. If any of you have used wither of these, please give me your feedback. Or if any of you have other options/brands (under $2000 please), let me know that too.

But, here's my real question -- what size screen is ideal for image editing? While big is impressive, I wonder if a 30" screen would be overwhelming. I wear bifocal glasses, so I'm afraid that I'd strain my neck looking over the entire screen. On the other hand, I could purchase a pair of glasses for photo work on the monitor. But even beyond the issue with glasses, is a 30" screen too big for desktop viewing?

The bigger, the better - you don't necessarily have to watch the whole surface of the screen at once, but you have plenty of room for your palletes, other applications, web browser, e-mail box etc, so you may have faster acces to all the tools you need. For example - I work on 2x21", and it's very convinient, 30" should be even better:
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2008, 10:17:54 AM »
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After 10 minutes with a NEC 2690 and you'll wonder how you ever put up with a smaller monitor.  I suspect the same experience with a 30".   With CS4 and the larger turf that the adjustment panel takes up, I can easily see the value of the 30"

If your current glasses are OK, then a larger monitor isn't going to make you go out and get a new pair.  My experience is that for a monitor I do need separate glasses since I'd need to tip my head back to get the lower part of the lens on the screen - optimized for about 18-24 distance, not normal driving etc. distance as is the mid part of the lens.
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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2008, 12:38:49 PM »
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The Apple 30" is terrific - I love the size.  There are better monitors, but it's really good, and I don't know if I could give up the big screen.  I went from 2 23" monitors to 1 30" ... I like the single monitor better.
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2008, 02:34:06 PM »
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Which of the three threads should we respond in?
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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2008, 07:09:59 PM »
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Which of the three threads should we respond in?


Your call DarkPenguin. I'm glad that I responded in various forum, since I've got various answers. I don't feel any guilt, since I'm not costing the "owner" of the site any bucks -- typing on an electronic forum is free for all.
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