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Suggestions on an inexpensive monitor $500 or less

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by lrlebron, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. lrlebron

    lrlebron Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 8, 2013
    Huntsville, AL
    Luis R. Lebron
    I am looking for an affordable monitor for photo editing. Unfortunately, $500 is about my limit on spending. Any suggestions on which models I should look at.
  2. algold

    algold Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 8, 2016
  3. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    It's hard not to recommend Dell Ultrasharp monitors. They are very good value, IPS, and come factory colour calibrated so they are no hassle to deal with.

    I have a 24" U2414 that is a few years old and has great picture quality @ 1080p.

    Under $500, you can get the 27" U2715H which is 2560x1440, again factory calibrated.
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  4. thranth

    thranth Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 3, 2015
    Houston, Texas
    I'll second the recommendation for a Dell Ultrasharp, they're a good value for the price. I've been using a Ultrasharp for a few years and it hasn't given me any issues.
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  5. lrlebron

    lrlebron Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 8, 2013
    Huntsville, AL
    Luis R. Lebron
    I'm thinking the Dell U2515H and a X-Rite ColorMunki Smile would fit nicely in the budget.
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  6. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Some of the Dells are 16:10 aspect ratio, which I strongly prefer.
    I have a 24", several years old... It was $299 at the time.
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  7. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    I bought a refurbished 32", 4K Benq that reviewed very well and proved to be brilliant for just $650. There are smaller models that can be had for less.

    Don't shy away from the refurbished Market to maximize value. I don't think I've ever purchased a brand new monitor and have never had a problem.
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