External monitor buying
May 5, 2014 1:19 PM Subscribe
I want an external monitor for detailed 2D black-and-white work (so I mostly care about resolution-for-the-price, right?).
posted by kalapierson to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
First time external monitor buyer. As I google, I see a lot of the criteria for monitor buying don't apply here: I don't care about great color accuracy, refresh rate for gaming, or viewing angle.
I'll be using it mostly for detailed work in black and white (specifically, large-format music notation -- think of it as line art where the more detail I can see at once within a big complex layout, the better).
• my budget's flexible but ideally under $200 (shipped to east coast U.S.). I'm fine with refurbs and I'm in no rush (moving in late June so shouldn't buy before then; will check out 4th of July sales).
• I'm undecided re. size and I'd go with lower pixels-per-inch over huge size.
• monitor must do both portrait and landscape; it'll be mounted on the wall on a pivot mount, a couple of feet from my face.
• my laptop (mid-2011 MacBook Air) will drive up to 2560 x 1600 on an external monitor (Thunderbolt out).