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Top Computer Monitors for the Photographer

written by: Stephanie Mojica•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 3/30/2009

Flat screen monitors are usually the best option for photographers, as they do not run the higher risk of quickly going obsolete as some of the traditional monitors. This is a guide to three top computer monitors for the photographer.

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    Using flat screen monitors is a modern choice for digital photographers, and assures that the equipment will have the best viewing capability, be easily transported if needed, and stay technologically sound for a longer period of time than traditional computer monitors. Fortunately, there are several solid and affordable choices on the market that will aid in professional photography, particularly when it comes to looking at computer images.

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    AOC 19 Inch LCD Monitor

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    AOC 919SW-1 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor is an affordable and well-ranked LCD monitor available on Amazon. Having a large, widescreen capable LCD monitor is not only good for digital photography, but also those who like to view, shoot, and/or edit digital video. This monitor may not have the label of a brand-name, but is highly reviewed by a number of Amazon users as well as reasonably priced (a March 2009 view of the price was at about $140.)

    The resolution on this flat screen monitor is 1440 x 900, while the contrast ratio is 800:1. This helps in quick and crisp display of images at their real-life size.

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    Acer 17 Inch LCD Monitor

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    Those looking to spend a little less and have a brand name behind their purchase might wish to consider the Acer V173b 17-Inch LCD Monitor. This flat screen monitor was recently ranked well on Amazon with a price of about $105. The Acer V173b 17-Inch Monitor may not be ideal for those used to larger monitors, but customers still report a general sense of satisfaction when it comes to making this purchase.

    The resolution for this monitor is 1280 x 1024, while the contrast ratio is 2000:1. Customers report that even older computer systems quickly load images without blurring when using the Acer V173b 17-Inch LCD Monitor.

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    HP 22 Inch LCD Monitor

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    Hewlett Packard W2207H 22-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor is a somewhat pricey, yet solid choice for digital photographers seeking a renowned brand name and a larger monitor than others offered on the market. A March 2009 Amazon price check of this monitor was about $220, which is somewhat more expensive than most flat screen monitors available for professional photography purposes.

    The resolution for Hewlett Packard W2207H 22-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor is 1680 x 1050, and the contrast ratio is 1000:1. A disadvantage of this flat screen monitor is its weight of more than 22 pounds, which might make it impractical to cart around with other photography, computer, and video equipment.