If you are a digital photographer, you will need a computer and a monitor to see your photos in order to evaluate or retouch them. And if you want a job well done, as often happens in photography, you can’t use just any monitor, you have to choose with care.
This may mean knowing how to decipher mysterious new acronyms and compare technical characteristics that seem to be made to be understood only by an engineer.
Because of the Apple PC’s excellent screen, the presentation of color gradation, hue, and contrast is much better than that of traditional PC computers. Thus it is the main choice for many professional video and photograph editors. In particular, the recent launch of the Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Mini with retina screens further established that Apple has the professional user in mind. The only drawback is that MacBook Pro’s 13 or 15.4-inch screen is too small. In fact the MacBook Air only has an 11.6-inch screen. If you usually use your Mac only to browse the web, screen size it is not so important. But for those who run complex software (such as Xcode or Photoshop), the MacBook’s screen cannot cope with all the windows. Users will need to keep pressing Option-Tab to switch between windows. An external monitor does allow you to have more display space, and helps you get the job done more efficiently.
It is worth mentioning that not only does an external monitor offer a larger display space, but there is also some software optimized for multi-display software (such as Aperture and iMovie) that offers more convenience. For example, if you use iMovie to edit video on a single display, the movie preview windows will be pushed to the upper-right corner of the screen by other windows. If you have two monitors, you can use one screen exclusively for the movie preview and put the other windows on the second monitor.
As Morpheus explained to Neo “The body cannot live without the mind”. He could just as easily have said that “The PC is nothing without the monitor”. And he would have been right to say it! Indeed, the monitor is the PC’s most essential component (for portable gaming computers or for any other type) and the one that allows you to experience different emotions whether by viewing family photos, watching a movie or playing a game. While, in general, LCD technology introduced improved visual comfort compared to CRT displays – the kind used in the 1990s – choosing a specific monitor is something which needs to be done wisely because the diversity of available displays is increasing all the time, something which can be a source of confusion for uninformed users.
In fact, over the last three years, there have been many innovations. First of all, QHD displays which have a resolution four times superior to the base HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels) – some 2560 x 1440 pixels – are becoming increasingly popular – at a moment when 4K resolution displays (3840 x 2160 pixels) are making their way into the market. What’s more, 21:9 format displays are beginning to be built by manufacturers; this ratio is complementary to the traditional 16:10 and 16:9 ratios. Lastly, many new technologies have recently been introduced (144 Hz, G-Sync, ULMB, etc.), all of which aim to improve the fluidity and clarity of video animations.
When thinking about what graphics card and monitor to buy, there are more factors to consider than pure performance. That’s because no matter how many FPS your graphics card can spit out, if it doesn’t sync up with your monitor you might notice some tearing or lagging even at stable framerates. In this article we summarized how G-Sync and Freesync combat this problem.
What Is Tearing and How Does It Happen?
You’ve probably all seen it before if you’ve played PC games. Some notice it more than others but fact is, it happens almost all the time. Tearing describes what occurs when the GPU and monitor aren’t properly synchronized. This manifests itself with the monitor not always receiving one frame at a time, but sometimes even two or more, causing a noticeable “tear” in the image whenever it happens.
To a certain degree, Vertical Sync (or VSync) can reduce this artifact. With VSync activated, the monitor puts a cap on the refresh rate. If, for example, your monitor supports a maximum of 60Hz (60 FPS) while your GPU could happily crank out 160 FPS, VSync puts a cap on the framerate and limits it to 60 FPS. In the real world however, this doesn’t always work as desired. Another drawback is that if your graphics card can’t achieve 60 FPS in a certain game your display will have to “wait” for new frames o display. This causes lag and stuttering even though it should theoretically run t 50 FPS. VSync also increases input-lag which can become especially annoying in fast-paces shooters or E-Sports in general.
Once you become seriously interested in photo editing, you will undoubtedly discover how indispensable a Monitor Calibrator (also called colorimeter) can be to your work. Why? That’s what we will be discussing throughout this article.
The Spyder 5 from Datacolor
Many photographers don’t bother using a monitor calibrator at all. Personally, I think this is mainly due to a lack of information on the subject. In fact, the price of these calibrator has dropped considerably in the last few years, meaning that they are no longer exclusively reserved for photo editing professionals. Let’s take a look at how they work and what they are used for…
AOC has announced their new monitor AGON AG271QG a model for gamers, based in a IPS-AHVA model, with 2.650 x 1.440 resolution pixels and 27 inches diagonal. The IPS panel reaches a 165Hz updating frequency and 4ms in answer time from gray to gray. The vision angles have 178 degrees in vertical and horizontal, its dynamic contrast is 50.000.000:1 and the maximum brightness that its backlight LED is 350 cd/m2.
This monitor comes in hand with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology to synchronize its variable refresh rate with the FPS generated by the graphic in a way that all the problems derived from the bad synchronization, such as tearing, are avoided.
Regarding its connectivity it has DisplayPort and HDMI port, in addition to rapid charging USB ports.
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Best Monitor for photo editing
Samsung is undoubtedly the foremost specialist on curved monitors on the market, and not in vain were they the pioneers in terms of these. The company is not stopping, and they have now announced a new addition to its catalogue, the new Samsung 27-inch C27F591FDU with an 1800R curvature.
The C27F591FDU is a monitor that will come in the middle of the Samsung catalogue range, because the manufacturer has specified its price will be $350 upon release (it is now available in the United States and will reach Europe in mid-June). This panel will have Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) with a static contrast of 3000:1 and a maximum brightness of 250 cd/m2.
While its refresh rate is the standard 60 Hz, the C27F591FDU is compatible with AMD’s FreeSync technology, which allows this rate to be adaptive, between 48 and 72 Hz, and controlled by the graphics card (if you look closely when using FreeSync, the refresh rate will rise from 60 to 72 Hz maximum). It is therefore a monitor designed for Gaming, but while the panel is VA, it has a fairly high response time of 4 ms GtG.
Beforehand: I’m a casual gamer. For me a PC is primarly a workstation not a toy. But when I want to play, I do it right. That’s why I assembled a very silent (thanks to a premium fan) and at that time a very powerful gaming PC: AMD FX 8350 processor (8-core) overclocked to 4.4 GHz, 16 GB DDR3 RAM G.Skill 1866 MHz and a GeForce GTX 780 TI from the house EVGA with SC version,also slightly overclocked. Granted, there is already more powerful hardware, but mine is now almost half a year old. What was missing was a real gaming monitor with 3D function that replaces my 22-inch 60 Hz screen by LG.
My choice was this monitor because at the present time it was the only device that even supported 1440p resolutionon on 27 inches. Up until now my graphics cards has been bored with all games at Full-HD at the maxium resolution. Now it can show what it can do. And it will have to because with 70% more pixels than before the fans are clearly audible. That’s why I recommend everyone who wants to buy this display to use a high-end graphics card. It would be a shame to not enjoy the high resolution image at full details. A GTX 780 seems to me to be currently the lowest limit, which should be used.
AOC has unveiled a new monitor to hit the market during this month of September, the AOC Q2577PWQ. It is a 25-inch peripheral that uses an IPS (178 ° viewing angle horizontally and vertically) panel and reaching QuadHD resolution, ie, 2,560 x 1,440 pixels with a refresh rate of 75 Hz.
The panel has a latency of 5 milliseconds and has the Flicker-Free technology that prevents flickering. The maximum brightness is 350 cd/m2 and has a dynamic contrast ratio of 50,000,000 to 1.
Last week Cupertino’s company presented a new line of “all in one” desktop computers, named iMac Retina because of its 5K resolution. Besides introducing a higher resolution screen, several of its hardware components has been modified.
In spite of the changes that Apple has introduced in to their iMac Retina new line with regard to their previous models; and despite that the 5K resolution offers a really astonishing experience, the first benchmark performance tests applied to these models are reporting data that, certainly, represent a very reduced evolution in terms of power. Based on the information Apple offered in the launch event, everything suggested that the “updates” would be higher and better.