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    Hey all, new here. Sorry if this should've been posted somewhere else

    I'm a self taught photographer and graphic designer in need of a new monitor. I've been using my laptop's monitor for far too long, and with the new year and all, decided to get a bit more serious (that and Photoshop and 15" screens were never made for each other).

    I have a few basic requirements:

    IPS is a must.
    Full HD native resolution or higher.
    No bigger than 23-24" (desk/budget won't allow).
    NOT glossy or aggressive anti-glare, glossy is always annoying and I've read that the aggressive anti-glare makes whites look grainy.
    Stand that can swivel between horizontal and vertical would be lovely, since I do work in both portrait and landscape.
    Good colour gamut - I want this monitor to last for a while, if you know what I mean.
    Good contrast ratio - ditto.


    Anything else is fairly flexible. I don't do much gaming, and not much video watching either.
    A card reader would be nice, but not a deal breaker.
    USB ports not important, I already have an external hub.
    HDMI port would be nice, but once again no deal breaker.
    I would prefer not to have inbuilt speakers.

    Power consumption doesn't really bother me, unless it doubles the power bill


    Really I just need advice and personal experience on monitors fitting this range. I've been looking at the Dell Ultrasharps, and Ausus ProArt models, and now also HP. But it's just so confusing


    Thanks in advance

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    Hi Skri, welcome to the forum. I hope you'll find it useful and fun here.

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    • #3
      Hahaha, thanks. I'm still laughing at the pancakes and artichokes...
      And I'll be good, promise

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      • #4
        (Also, it's Sunday evening here in North America. While we have plenty of Australians and New Zealanders around, it's still pretty quiet on the weekends. You might want to bump this in 12-18 hours.)
        This post is brought to you by the letter E and the number 9. Those are the buttons I push to get a Twix out of the candy machine.
        "I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process."

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        • #5
          Originally posted by garricks View Post
          (Also, it's Sunday evening here in North America. While we have plenty of Australians and New Zealanders around, it's still pretty quiet on the weekends. You might want to bump this in 12-18 hours.)
          Thanks man.
          Will do.

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          • #6
            bumpty bump for all you early risers (or late night surfers)

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            • #7
              A great place to check is CNET.com for reviews. I love that site. They've saved me from wasting my money quite a few times now.
              ♪ Butterfly in the sky,
              I can go twice as high.
              Take a look,
              It's in a book,
              A Reading Rainbow ♫

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Marcella View Post
                A great place to check is CNET.com for reviews. I love that site. They've saved me from wasting my money quite a few times now.
                Yes, they are great. Sadly I haven't managed to find anything in my price range there =/
                Thanks anywho

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                • #9
                  Well, no, don't buy from them, but check their reviews on whatever monitors you're looking at, as well as user reviews from other sites like Amazon, Best Buy, etc.
                  ♪ Butterfly in the sky,
                  I can go twice as high.
                  Take a look,
                  It's in a book,
                  A Reading Rainbow ♫

                  Reading Rainbow...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Marcella View Post
                    Well, no, don't buy from them, but check their reviews on whatever monitors you're looking at, as well as user reviews from other sites like Amazon, Best Buy, etc.
                    lol I didn't plan on buying from them I meant they hadn't reviewed many monitors in my price range.

                    I think I'm now stuck with the decision of an ASUS PA248Q or an ASUS PA246Q.

                    Totally don't know what to do... =/

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