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Monitor for graphic design work

By bldsm ·

One of our staff uses a 17" CRT monitor for desktop publishing / graphic design work. The suggestion is to replace it with a TFT or LCD 15" monitor to make room. I have heard thst the CRTs are supposed to be better for colour matching. Is this true and want would people recommend - keep the CRT (which is newish) or go TRT or LCD, and then what brand, size etc

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by Black Panther In reply to Monitor for graphic desig ...

If it's for Graphics Design I would buy the biggest LCD TFT you can afford, ie at least a 17" or 19"

CRT ( Cathode Ray Tube ) is old technology.
LCD ( Liquid Crystal Display ) and TRT ( Thin Film Transistor ) are the newer technology.

The digital difference
The main difference between TFT and CRT monitors is that TFT monitors are digital devices, whereas CRT monitors (and televisions) are analogue. It's just like the difference between old vinyl records (analogue) and modern audio CDs (digital).

The socket at the back of an ordinary CRT monitor that you use to connect the unit to a PC is called a VGA connector.

At the back of your PC you'll find a corresponding VGA connector that is built onto the graphics card installed inside your PC. You can then use a standard VGA cable to plug the monitor straight into your PC.

That's straightforward enough; all you need to remember is that the VGA interface can only handle an analogue signal.

There's a problem here, though. The graphics card inside your PC is a digital device, and the images it generates are digital.

To display an image on an analogue CRT monitor the graphics card first has to convert its digital signal to analogue so it that can then be transmitted along the VGA cable to the CRT monitor.

There's a risk of losing image quality during this conversion process, although this isn't really a problem for most modern CRT monitors, and they generally do produce excellent image quality.

Of the Reviews for price and performance the Samsung Syncmaster is highly rated!


The decision is yours
There is one other possible fly in the ointment, though. There are now quite a few TFT monitors on sale that only have DVI interfaces. Needless to say, you can only use these monitors if your graphics card also has a DVI interface.


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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Monitor for graphic desig ...

Every one has advantages and disadvantages over each other.

Firstly however I would avoid LCD Monitors as they are fragile and if something hits them they are dead and buried just like the LCD screens on a lot of hand held games.

Now for CRT they have a great viewing angle have proven reliable over the years have a good color match for any graphic work and are generally well accepted and cheap.

The down side is their size as they do take up a lot of desktop real estate.

The TFT Monitors require only a small amount of desktop real estate are reasonably reliable and shock proof but when they start developing black spots on the screen have to be thrown out as they are not repairable and they have a very narrow viewing angle so the user must be right in front of one to get the best picture. From the ones that I've used they show a good color match but can have adverse affects on the user generally producing migraines in some people where as the CRTs don't do this. The TFT's also need to be secured to the desk top just to make sure that they are not accidentally knocked off as they are light and top heavy as well so they can easily be knocked over and are expensive to buy initially compared to a CRT monitor.

On the up side generally speaking a 15" TFT has about the same size viewing area as a 17" CRT monitor.

Those are the pros and cons of the main types of monitors and then you have the decision to make although I would personally leave it to the actual user to decide as if they have something forced onto them they just may never be happy with the solution.


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by dustyD In reply to Monitor for graphic desig ...

If it is used for graphic design and you are going to replace it for space consideration, at least buy the 17" LCD, and choose one with high contrast and brightness. LCD's don't have the same resolution as quality CRT's, unless you really shop for specs.
AutoCad users still prefer a quality CRT like the Samsung mentioned earlier.

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by mrtgrady In reply to Monitor for graphic desig ...

As a professional graphic designer I have to recommend CRT over LCD or TFT. Although the latter two offer stylish looking, small footprint solutions the technology used in the majority of LCD and TFT monitors do not accurately colour match when calibrated for professional print work.

If your work is not going to be professionally reproduced and colour quality is not an issue then oyu oculd go for a better quality flat screen monitor (I personally like Eizo and VideoSeven).

If your producing for press then you have to go CRT. CRT monitors can be colour corrected to match Pantone, RGB and CMYK using devices like the Spyder2PRO Studio. This guarantees that your on-screen work will look like your finished work from the printing workshop, whether litho, screen or digitally processed.

Better still a 19" CRT can cost as the same as a 17" LCD/TFT and, because the pixels are not hard edged like the flat screens, it gives a better impression of your finished artwork.

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