Been on the hunt for an LCD monitor recently.I’ve had a 19 inch crt since – well – forever 🙂 Need to reclaim my desk space. Keen Photographer with occasional warcraft fantasies!
Looking at all the reviews, I initially decided that a wide screen would be nice – looked at 22 inch screens (still measured in inches for some reason…)
The one that seemed to win a lot of reviews was the Samsung 226BW . Great looking specs and very fast.
Then I discovered the S vs C vs A vs W Panel debate! It seems that the actual screen (panel) has been through various permutations and combinations and there is a gestalt (!) on the net that suggest that the ‘S’ Panel is MUCH better than the “C” panel (the A and W seem to have faded). Better from the point of colour balance , ghosting etc etc.
Looking in Canberra I saw that the Samsung was available in Domayne (Fyshwyick) at $799, Harris Technology – $649 and at Harvey Norman (Fyshwick) – at – well – between $659 and $799 (and that’s a quote from the HN guy I got on the phone!).
Interestingly, www.Staticice.com has it as cheap as $500.
Anyway, decided IF I was gonna’ get one, I would ideally want a “S” panel. No guarantee over net, so I rang around.
Harris Tech. were great. “Paul” understood what I was after regarding an “S” panel. He took my number, and rang me back about 4 hours later – he had opened all 16 in stock and found all were “C” panels 🙁 .
HN also had a look ‘over the phone’ and told me they were all “C” panels as well –
Domayne? – well – I must admit I had given up at that time. They seemed a little to snowed under given their current sale – but all indications from Whirpool are that we ain’t gonna’ get an S panel soon.
By this stage I had also learnt more. The Samsung is – in fact – a 6 bit panel – it has limited colour display capabilities and has to rely on dithering for the others. Probably NOT ideal for a keen photographer – although HUGELY popular with the gaming fraternity because of its speed and price.
FWIW IF I was to get the Samsung, it looks like the C panel is probably ok – see this site – it has custom colour profiles that correct the factory defaults…
However, I decided I wanted an 8 bit panel and also that I would REALLY like a 24 inch one 🙂
Looking around I am about to Buy a Dell 2407WFP 24 inch wide screen. It is 8 bit and has good reviews – also pricey compared to the others – BUT I hope it will do for several years.
Need to buy it direct of course – ce ‘est la vie.
Summary – Samsung widely available in Canberra – seem all are C panels. Looks best for keen gamers ( or rather – NOT for keen photographers). Getting a 24 inch dell :-).
By the way – anyone HERE got a monitor calibration tool – like the Spyder2 or similar? Would love to borrow it when the new monitor arrives 🙂
I gotta get a life lol.