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27" monitor that is good for both gaming and photo editing?

dlesko

80 months ago

Hi guys. Im considering buying a Dell U2713HM 27.0" monitor for my current build. You can see the monitor's specs here:

http://accessories.ap.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=au&cs=audhs1&l=en&s=dhs&sku=210-40773&redirect=1

My wife is the one doing the photos so i dont know much about it but, im the one building the computer :). I want to make it usable for both of us. What is the benefit of having a monitor that runs at 2560 x 1440 resolution for photo editing? Is this a decent monitor for gaming also? I know it's good for photos. Any other suggestions for a 27" monitor that can be used for both gaming and photo editing? Thanks guys.

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  • 79 months ago
  • 3 points

OK. That monitor is an IPS Panel, with an 8ms response time, and 1440p resolution.

Now, don't get me wrong, you have a beautiful setup with that monitor, if you're gonna be editing photos or watching 24fps 1080p videos.

But, you have to understand, that monitor will both suck and blow (as paradoxal as that sounds) when it comes to gaming. Because of it's low response time, the images will be blurred and jagged, and you will have horrid image quality when there's a lot of movement in your game. This means fast-paced games like RTS, FPS (First Person Shooter), MMORPG, and so forth will be horrid.

Remember, although an IPS screen is beautiful, stunning even, it's not meant for gaming.

In all honesty, I can recommend to you a 1920p custom multi-monitor setup that will blow down that monitor, with higher resolution, and much better gaming experience.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vn247hp

That monitor. Now, flip it sideways, so it's taller than wider. Now, place three of them side by side. That's a combined resolution of 3240 x 1920 ... over 6 megapixels.

Also, because of the extra-thin bezel, it'll work amazingly for a multi-monitor setup, so it'll almost look like one big continuous screen.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824994002

And by using that Ergotron LX Triple multi-monitor stand, you'll have a stand that supports all three monitors at once (it can handle the weight, the VESA mounts, and it can handle those monitor's height). Also, the stand is fully adjustable, and you can move it as one single piece (once it's assembled), so one assembly and no more worries.

You will have to remember that you need 3x HDMI ports to make that multi-monitor setup work. Fortunately, there are HDMI to DVI cables. Like this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812816009

Also, premium HDMI cables, or DisplayPort to HDMI cables might help get your multi-monitor setup working nice.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882816046

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812816172

So, now all you need is a good graphics card to warm up your setup, so you won't have to worry about lagging in the latest and greatest games (like Crysis 3, Guild Wars 2, The Witcher 2, etc).

If you already have one, no worries. But, with a amped up setup like this, you'll need a really high-end graphics card to play anything at max resolution.

Anyways, hope you like that multi-monitor setup.

Of course, there is always the cheaper alternative. You could get yourself a monitor, and you could get her a monitor. One 120Hz monitor for you, and an IPS Panel for her.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236313&Tpk=vq248qe

That's a 144Hz monitor, 80M:1 contrast, LED backlit, 1ms response time, 1080p. It should be able to play games amazingly well. You can always have this as your default scree, and all your wife would need is to move her window over to the other screen to edit her photos.

And here are some IPS options for her to choose from, 1080p, IPS, LED backlit. All below 400$. So this is all within your original budget.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260105

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236310

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260047

Let her read the reviews of those products, and choose for herself the monitor she thinks will work best for her. That way, if she doesn't like it, it's her fault for choosing that monitor, and you're off the hook.

And you still get a top-of-the-line gaming monitor for your games, at an affordable 300$, and you get her an amazing monitor at a decent price. Hope you enjoy this.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

With all due respect, it's a lot of good info, but I vehemently disagree with the premise. IPS/PLS is GREAT for gaming and I would never game on anything else, especially since PLS can be OCed to 120hz. The color is way too good and the picture looks way too much better at 1440 for me to ever go back. Yes it can't get up to 144hz, and the response time is a bit higher which will be a big deal to very high level gamers, but for all but twitch gaming these things don't matter, better color is a more enjoyable experience.

More importantly, I would NEVER color edit on a TN panel, and if this is to be used for color work, that must be the priority, not gaming IMO.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your input. I recently changed my opinions on this, and I've since been much more interested in IPS-like panels.

Although I'm hoping IGZO and other 4K panels will improve their response time, and get framerate up to 72Hz to 96Hz by default. Maybe G-Sync?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah cool! When I replied I had no idea this topic was so old, haha.

For sure, I totally agree on 4k. Don't all of them do just 30hz right now? I know a few people were all excited just because of one that could do 30hz at 4k but 60hz at 1080... I want 96hz on 4k lol.

  • 69 months ago
  • 0 points

Well, we need cabling technologies that can handle it. DisplayPort 1.3 is coming, and I'm hoping we'll see 96Hz at 4K, since it can handle 3D at 4K according to the draft information available before it's Q2 2014 release.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DisplayPort#1.3

Check it out. It's already capable of 60Hz@4K using DisplayPort 1.2 so going to 96Hz using DisplayPort 1.3 shouldn't be too much of an issue. And since Oculus Rift uses DisplayPort, we might see future video cards running more DisplayPort connecotrs in the future. I think we'll also see DVI eventually being faded out for smaller, digital connectors.

I'm thinking we'll see maybe two or even three DisplayPort (or at least mini-DisplayPort connectors) on the back of videocards for output, since it'll be something that'll help give multi-player with Oculus Rift using a single computer or console.

Imagine instead of using splitscreen methods of multiplayer, you could have Oculus Rift running two 3D 1080p@60Hz (per eye) using their own cables.

(Also, given today's modern encoding technologies like with Nvidia ShadowPlay which streams 1080p using Wireless AC or Gigabit Ethernet, we could see triple-antenna wireless Oculus Rift models running with only batteries. I think we could see such technologies coming around when batteries improve, and since there's not much light coming from such a small display, only the encoding would be a real battery drain.)

Anyways, enough speculation for now. (Well, unless I go to into motion tracking using magnetic fields, infrared, camera, ultrasound, or some other method. Or low persistence displays. Or how 72Hz or 96Hz which could be used to display 24fps movies with extra smoothing, which could help bridge the gap between multimedia displays and computer monitors, and with something like G-Sync we could also see much perceptually smoother monitors. But I could save that for another time.)

Take care. =)

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  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-pb278q check this . btw i think dell is a joke.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's a PC Mag article on the best monitors for photographers. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2402114,00.asp

So a resolution of 1920x1200 or greater, IPS, and the ability to actually match true color saturation seem to be the key features pertinent to a photographers photo editing monitor.

The above linked by faf seems to fit the bill.

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  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I am a newbie on photo and image editing, and I am testing about the related image editing programs these days. http://www.yiigo.com/guides/vbnet/how-to-process-image.shtml Do you have any ideas about it? Or any good suggestion? Thanks in advance.

Best regards, Arron

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

HI there For image editing,i usually do that using this image processing tool: http://www.rasteredge.com/how-to/csharp-imaging/ It offers detailed tutorial for new users.You can have a try

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

That specs are really good enough for photo editing. 2560x1440 resolution is really amazing it will give you feel of hd. Currently I wm working with a Photo editing team, and they helps me a lot for my profession. If you need any info then you can keep in touch with them.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a great monitor, but if I were you I would not spend so much money. QX2710 can be had for about $300. QX2710 is a really good choice for you in this situation (although I'm not going to lie, I recommend it to virtually everyone asking about monitors). It Overclocks to somewhere between 96-120Hz (about 50% make it to 120) making it one of the best PLS monitor choices for gaming. It's still a slightly higher response time than most TN panels but you'll only notice this if you're a seriously dedicated FPS player, the really high resolution (looks much better with no AA than 1080 with AA), wide viewing angle and excellent color is well worth it.

Now, the QX2710s are a small risk since if they are bad, it's rarely worth the shipping cost to send them back. The reason they are so cheap is the panels were rejected for extremely minor defects. Usually that means just small amount of backlight bleed. I haven't heard of anyone getting dead pixels, although it's only guaranteed for less than 5.

Anyway, might be worth a though, since you could get two of those for the price of the Dell.

If your wife is doing graphic work and is serious about it, you must have 2560x1440 and it must be PLS or IPS, these are prerequesites for graphics. While some will tell you 1080/TN is better for gaming, and they're accurate insofar as the pros will prefer it, PLS is IMO still a much better gaming EXPERIENCE if aren't gaming super competitively.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the Dell U2713HM is a good buy for the purpose of editing pictures on it.Am not sure if it is good enough for gaming as well.And if you will like to see more options and suggestions similar and even greater than the Dell U2713HM, visit this page that focuses on the best monitors for photo editing.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I am both a gamer and a video editor. I am planning on buying 3 new monitors that are all the same. My main focus is editing, and I'm trying to find a monitor that is good for editing AND gaming. Any suggestions?

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