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Displays of Strength

(March 2012) posted on Wed Mar 14, 2012

A sourcelist of monitors for graphics work.

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If eyes are indeed the windows to the soul, then, monitors are arguably the windows to the essence of a job’s graphic. After all, how well a monitor in your production or prepress area performs can critically impact on your print work.

Does your monitor’s speed and resolution allow jobs to seamlessly progress throughout your shop’s workflow? Are you seeing the true colors that your client or designer specified? Does your monitor allow you to offer soft proofing? Is its size a benefit in working on jobs or a hindrance? These are the kind of questions you need to ask yourself in evaluating your shop’s current monitors.

To help you in your hunt for the best monitor for your operation, we have assembled the following collection of monitor snapshots from many of the leading manufacturers. Generally, we have strived to highlight displays that are designed specifically for the graphic arts; in some cases, for companies that assign no such monitor category, we’ve strived to select one or two units that offer intriguing specs and/or features. Keep in mind that we’ve only listed a selection from each manufacturer; visit their website to check out their complete product roster. Also note that that the main text deals with desktop monitors only; see the sidebar on page xx for displays geared toward digital electronic signage applications.

Acer Group
Acer Group offers two Professional-level series of monitors with its Acer brand: B and V. The Acer B273H is a 27-in. widescreen LCD display that features 1920 x 1080 resolution, 300 cd/m² brightness, and 160° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. Other features include: adjustable tilt/height; DVI port with High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection support and USB hub; and mercury-free LED backlighting. Seven different B-series models are available.

Gateway is also part of the Acer Group, and this brand includes the FHX2402L monitor, a 24-in. widescreen that boasts 1920 x 1080 resolution, 12,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 250 cd/m² brightness, viewing angles of 170 horizontal and 160 vertical, and 2-ms response time.