by Mike McNamee Published 01/12/2007
The word is going about that the computers on modern airliners are so good that only two things are now needed on the flight deck: the pilot and a trained dog. The dog's job is to bite the pilot if he attempts to touch any of the controls!
We were reminded of this when setting up the Eizo for this review. It is trivially simple and once you have calibrated it you can sit Fido alongside and get on with your work.
Presently the Professional Imagemaker office fields about two calls or emails a week asking, 'what monitor should I buy?' Our answer is always the same, 'you get what you pay for, how much have you got?' The price of LCD monitors continues to fall. In the 17-inch to 19-inch 'consumer' market they range from £100 to £300. The recommended general-use monitors, from various magazines, cost as follows:
17-19 inch £150
20-22 inch £220
24 inch £360
30 inch ~£1,100 (for a cinema display).
The range in 24-inch monitors goes from £230 to £770 and includes the Dell UltraSharp 2407WFP and the Eizo FlexScan S2401W - either would be an excellent choice, with certain provisos.
The CG 241 W costs an additional £580, so what do you get for your increased investment? Well it's the price of the dog really and the toys that he brings with him. Colour Navigator is only provided in 'Lite' form for the CE-badged Eizos and the full version for the CG-badged versions. At this level you are expected to also invest in a monitor calibrator (X-Rite Eye One, Monaco Optix XR or ColorVision Spyder) to make full use of the capabilities of these monitors. More investment also brings a larger gamut and a more even performance across the screen. These are real, measurable benefits as our data will, once again, show.
On this 24-inch screen, 1920x1200 pixels is suffcient to show an A4 image size-for-size, with more Photoshop palettes than you could use in a session!
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