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Wednesday January 29 2014

Yes.  Following the comments on this earlier posting, mentioning the magic acronym “IPS” (totally new to me until now – what it means is colours don’t change with the viewing angle), I went to PC World and bought one of these, the excitingly named LG 23EA63, off one of PC World’s shelves.  This screen is probably not nearly as good as the one Michael J recommended, or as any of the others talked about in those comments, but it had the virtue of costing only £130.  For something like a screen, that is nearly petty cash for me, so I would not object to later getting an even better screen, chosen with greater care and deliberation, after such screens have got even better than they are now.

The thing was, I really needed an okay screen, now.  Not a brilliant screen in ten days.  An okay one straight away.  This is why God invented shops.  I considered Argos (there is one a walk away from me), but decided that I would get more (as in: some) help if I went to PC World.  So it proved.  Recent experience of the customer service in PC World Tottenham Court Road has been very good, so that’s where I went.

I noticed on my way home that further thought has been given to packaging since I last bought something of this kind.  The box I took it home in had a convenient handle to hold, and was as thin as ingenuity could make it.  Such things are not trivial.  Well, maybe they are, but they are very nice.  As usual capitalism obsesses about the details, and constantly improves them.

Getting back to how the screen works, this screen is only “okay” rather than “brilliant” when compared to truly brilliant screens costing significantly more.  For me, this one is already brilliant, a massive step up compared to the horrible screen I have been using for the last few weeks.  All my photos now look hugely better than they just did, and, I am almost certain, better than they ever did, even on my earlier Samsung screen.  This, in other words, is the best screen I’ve ever had.

And on further reflection - reflection, by the way, being something that my new screen carefully refrains from doing – I find myself thinking of another reason why I am glad to have bought what I take to be a pretty bog standard screen, rather than the slightly grander ones being talked about by my helpful commenters.  This blog depends a lot on my photographs, and I consider it a great advantage for me to be using a screen probably a lot like the sorts of screens most viewers of this blog will be using.  How my photos look on this new screen of mine is probably how the majority of my viewers will likewise see them.  A better screen might have got me rhapsodising about effects that many viewers might not themselves be getting.

Anyway, whether right about all this or deluded, and given that time may eventually tell rather differently, the way time so often does, I am now very happy.

Honestly, Brian, what you have bought looks excellent to me. You bought one size smaller (23” rather than 24") than the ones that I and FNS recommended. 23” screens are quite a bit cheaper than 24” screens, because (a) they are smaller and (b) they are the same shape (16:9 aspect ratio) as High Definition Televisions and have somewhat larger economies of manufacturing scale as a consequence. Whether you prefer this shape is a matter of personal taste rather than having to do with the quality of the screen.

The 23” Dell Monitor in the range I recommended the 24” screen from costs about £160 - more expensive than the one you bought, but not spectacularly so. The Dell is probably a little better, but only a little. The most important piece of advice you were given - buy an IPS panel - you followed.

You should make sure that the new monitor is connected vial a DVII connector (large white or grey connector) or an HDMI connector (small black connector) and definitely not a VGA connector (blue connector). I will check that this is done correctly next time I am at your place if you like.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 31 January 2014

"I consider it a great advantage for me to be using a screen probably a lot like the sorts of screens most viewers of this blog will be using.”

For what it’s worth, this avid (albeit rather behind) reader views your blog almost exclusively on a Nexus 10 tablet, whose screen is a different beast altogether.

Posted by Darren on 25 February 2014
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