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I need a computer screen for editing photos (and playing games, but that's another story). Maximum price is around 200$. Sizewise 21-22" would be nice.

Thanks in advance,


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possible duplicate of What should I look for in a monitor for photo processing? – mattdm May 27 '11 at 11:35
An IPS panel would be optimal, but you won't find it for that price range. Just get whatever deal you can find and purchase a calibration tool to get it closer to the ideal. – dpollitt May 27 '11 at 13:50
If you can save to around $300 Dell currently has a few low end IPS monitors. I don't have one so I can't say for quality versus other monitors in the price range. – Rob McCready May 30 '11 at 19:00
Editing photos and playing games is somewhat contradictory requirement, because up to my current knowledge, IPS panels have quite high reaction time, which obviously is not good for gaming. – Mart Oruaas May 31 '11 at 15:42
@dpollitt I have seen IPS panels in the 23" size range for less than $200 at online sellers such as newegg and amazon, especially when on sale. I own a Dell P2314H that I got on sale at amazon for $171. While it isn't wide gamut, it is IPS with very consistent color from all viewing angles. I calibrate it with an i1 x-rite. After using the monitor's own adjustments to get as close as possible before running the automatic color profile generator, the correction needed is almost imperceptible. – Michael Clark Oct 21 at 22:17

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I think you'll be able to find a monitor for that budget you have.

I would recommend checking or Fry's for prices. They always have great sales on monitors.

Be sure to review websites for reviews or google will work (although you have to take more time to filter through them).

Trusted Reviews:

It shouldn't matter how much just be sure to color calibrate your display and that your display is durable (as i've had a monitor die on me).


A fresh, August 2012, ranking from CNET, which includes below US$ 200 monitors:

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Its hard to go wrong with Dell Ultrasharp, they are really nice displays in all sizes.

As mentioned, the preferred display for photo editing is an IPS display. It can be confusing to figure out which displays are IPS. Apple's iMac and Cinema Displays are IPS, and many Ultrasharp's are, but Dell seems to change supplier's on a whim and the technology changes as often.

As of this post, Dell claims their 27" and 30" are IPS, but no mention of what other sizes are.

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Here are the best budget monitors for photo editing that you can use for gaming as well; ASUS VS239H-P, AOC i2367Fh, ViewSonic VX2370SMH-LED, HP Pavillion 23xi, AOC e2050Swd. Most of them are below the maximum price range you specified. They are not really the best for the job. But they are the best at that price range. I have more information about them on my website, here

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I think that is a pretty low price range myself. I would just get what you can afford and then just practice. With that situation you just have to print some pics and see how it performs. You will start to see what colors are not so good and learn to adjust in post accordingly. Depending on what you do it may not be as big an issue as one would think. I fretted over this for way to long and just found out that yes I CAN freak out about this and get all bunched up or just use my computer screen which turns out is totally good enough. I can not tell the difference in most pics ever. Very seldom do I print and say "man that color is so far off that I have to trash this" or readjust. I do understand that there are situations that this would factor in but even doing video I have hardly ever has it been so noticeable that I would start over or go out and spend a 1000 bucks on a screen. I use an iMac and an older one at that. I have a dual screen set up and put all the stuff on the second screen and the print on the main. Works for me.

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