Colin, Richard, Blazing fire,
Thanks all for keeping it coming, I haven't, as of the time of this post, bought anything yet.
However, I have borrowed a friends (now unused) Dell 1702FP which runs at 1280 x 1024 (17" and 4:3) which has proved the PC graphics card can run DVI plus VGA as two outputs and extended desktop
I found a rotatable model in a shop yesterday, but when we tried it vertical, it was clearly a TN display as the viewing angles were simply atrocious (so don't be tempted by a Dell WS2229h anyone). I should have known at just £150 it wouldn't be IPS, if it had been ok, I was going to get two at that price and leave one permanently vertical. So back to square one. It seems (retail) shops just don't stock decent monitors so I'll have to order online.
Colin, Blazing fire,
Thanks for the advice on contrast ratios.
Thanks for the advice on vertical resolution. I think to break the 1050 barrier I am going to have to go to 24", which'll mean one good (IPS) monitor and possibly a 'cheap-as-chips' (TN) second one for allowing access to the desktop and the (guilty pleasure) ability to watch TV while multi-tasking. If the good one can rotate to vertical all well and good, I'll have that ability should the need outweigh the inconvenience.Blazing fire,
That is quite a good technology write up on that link, thanks.Richard,
Thanks for the update on your new computer and monitor, I know what you mean about reading text with old eyes, I have the same problem - the only word of caution I would sound is forgetting you are 'browser zoomed' when viewing pictures as it will make them look soft. (although Firefox has a 'zoom text only' option I am just investigating)
I haven't as yet found the Win 7 snipping tool, but it sounds like the one on Vista I am used to (at home), I must look that out, as it'll be useful here at CiC.
Once again; my thanks to everyone who has assisted above because even where some have only said 'what s/he said' it helps re-inforce which things are important to us as photographers.
I will give monitor calibration some serious thought when I have something better to view pics on than a laptop screen or ancient, soft CRT.
Although the laptop screen doesn't seem to have held me back so far, I can hardly be the judge and I have to get into the habit of shooting a WB reference and applying that first with your help, I'm learning ...