was wondering if i could get some advice on a monitor which is going to be primarily used for photography editing, films, and some light gaming.
Went into JB HiFi on Queen St today, and after some browsing and asking questions of the IT guy, I have come to the conclusion that the Dell ST 2310 F widescreen monitor suits my needs. It also doesnt hurt that its price has been reduced twice - from around $500 to $295! They only have one left, and need to make a decision by monday preferably.
Theres a month or so old post requesting opinions on tomshardware's forums, but no-one ever got back to that guy :(
worried by this bad review: http://www.retrevo.com/s/Dell-ST2310-Monitors-review-manual/id/23508bh528/t/1-2/
Some features i know from the JB HiFi guys
5ms refresh - not too shabby for casual gaming
1080p res - perfect for DVDs/Blu-rays and for photography editing
HDMI - good for DVDs/Blu's, and my TM2 laptop is HDMI capable
AVI & DVI - compatible with most other computers = flexibilty
Now the kicker is the size. it's a 23" panel. My own research in the web says that for a 24" panel, a viewing distance of 3-4 ft is optimal, which means 22" is gonna be around 2-3 ft (my extrapolation here). Useing that on a desk as photography/gaming is going to be fine, but im querying whether watching a movie at some considerable distance eg sitting on bed (my desk is in my bedroom) is more like 6-10ft away Is this going to be 'too small' ?
FYI, i'm migrating from using the TM2's 12.1" screen (just for point of reference), and my previous desktop monitor was a 4:3 16" Phillips. SO 22", 23"or 24" is gonna be huuuge by my standards but still reasonable to be used on a desk
My other Q is whether the panel is a good panel - yes i know for photography a IPS screen would be better - but those are out of my budget, unless I go small screen.
If you have any suggestions of an alternative monitor of similar price but better for my needs or better quality feel free to make suggestions.