Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Distraught About Display
I’m in something of a quandary. To date, I’ve always used CRT monitors at work because of better color accuracy (I do color correction on photos prior to sending something to press). Unfortunately, the average life of a CRT’s ability to be accurately calibrated is 4-5 years. For most people, they don’t notice and a CRT is fine for many many years.
Samsung just came out with the 931C. It advertises 97% color accuracy (better than most CRTs), 2000:1 dynamic contrast and a 2ms response time. This may finally be sufficient motivation for me to migrate to LCD.
But Samsung has only made a 19” version at 1280x1024 resolution. According to my account rep. at CDW.com, Samsung has no immediate timeline for a larger version.
I’ve become extremely accustomed to 1600x1200 on my 21” CRT. This is where I work on photos, InDesign layouts, video editing, etc. Meanwhile, an old 15” Apple Studio Display (with an ADC to DVI adapter block so I can still use it on my G5) happily contains all the application palettes. E-mail and instant message windows live over there, too.
I’m not keen on a smaller primary display, but those Samsung 931Cs are less than $300 each. At that price, I could easily budget two of them. The problem, though, is that I don’t really need the extra space on the secondary display.
All I know is, my CRT is about 4½ years old and the red gun is at its limit. This means I can no longer increase the red hues to correctly calibrate it. No, this is not a defect. All CRTs exhibit this behavior—gradually getting bluer over time.
I have to make a decision. Two 931Cs or stick another huge 21” CRT on my desk again.
Oh yeah, I may as well mention that if I choose to go with the Samsung displays, the Studio Display would be available for a good offer—including the ADC to DVI adapter. It could be shipped—I have the original box. But I’d rather let it be picked up.
» Posted by ALBj at 08:25 PM (ET)
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