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Finding the Perfect Computer Monitor for Editing Photos

written by: Kristina Dems•edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom•updated: 12/31/2010

The best monitor for photo editing should give you the most accurate color quality possible. Here are five recommendations for the ultimate performing color monitors for your post-processing needs.

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    If you are looking for the best monitor for photo editing, you should go for widescreen LCD monitors. If you have the budget for it, you can opt for IPS monitors. This kind of monitor gives users the best color quality even when viewed at any angle. This ensures you that you have the most accurate color quality for your photo editing works as possible. Here are some recommendations for the best monitor for photo editing.

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    ViewSonic VP2365WB 23-Inch IPS LCD Monitor

    ViewSonic VP2365WB 23-Inch IPS LCD Monitor 

    This widescreen IPS LCD monitor is one of the best monitors for designers and photographers on the market. This is primarily because it has the highest grade panel and the best pixel performance policy available right now for consumers. This makes it one of the best, if not the best, providers of accurate colors, superior image quality and high contrast ratio in the industry. Being an IPS monitor, it has very wide viewing angles, which means the colors on the screen do not change even if you view it from an angle, which happens most of the time with other kinds of monitors. Not only does it provide great performance and image quality, it also lets you save up to 40% energy, making it one of the most environmentally friendly monitors around.

    Price: $286.82

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    NEC EA231WMi-BK 23-Inch MultiSync Widescreen LCD Monitor

    NEC EA231WMi-BK 23-Inch MultiSync Widescreen LCD Monitor 

    This monitor is very handy for people who like to position their monitors at a very specific angle on their desks or work area, thanks to its 4-way ergonomic design. You can tilt, swivel, pivot and adjust its height easily, giving you the comfort of having the exact monitor angle that works for you. This widescreen monitor, with a native screen resolution of 1920x1080, has a 3-step ambient light sensor which makes things easier for you by offering an automatic brightness adjustment. No matter what the lighting conditions in your work area are, this monitor will save you the effort of adjusting the brightness by doing the adjustment itself.

    Price: $285.99

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    Eizo ColorEdge CG241W

    Eizo ColorEdge CG241W 

    Each Eizo ColorEdge CG241W has been optimized with factory settings that give it the most consistent color graduations in a wide color gamut possible. If you want to adjust the colors of the monitor, it includes a powerful ColorNavigator calibration software which ensures that you have full control over the range of colors displayed on this monitor. Unlike most monitors, the ColorEdge has an overdrive circuit which gives the monitor the capability to have a consistent and timely response time when it is changing from midtone levels to gray levels. This guarantees you to experience great moving image playback without any kind of blurring.

    Price: $1,863.58

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    HP LP2475w 24-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor

    HP LP2475w 24-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor 

    The strength of this monitor lies in its extra bright screen and its color gamut that reaches 102%. Its contrast ratio and speedy response time make it one of the monitors with the greatest image quality in the industry. Add to that several input signal compatibility and a very adjustable body, and this one is a keeper.

    Price: $479.99

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    Dell UltraSharp U2410 24-Inch LCD High Performance Monitor

    Dell UltraSharp U2410 24-Inch LCD High Performance Monitor 

    This is one of the leading contenders for best monitor for photo editing thanks to its dynamic contrast ratio, its super fast response time and its high-definition image detail. With this great picture quality, the UltraSharp stakes its claim as one of the best performing monitors available. It also offers something that other monitors in its class can't, which is a built-in picture-in-picture feature.

    Price: $539.99

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