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Did a forum search, but couldn't find the information I was looking for. I've been editing with FCP on my g5 for 2 years now. As a pay-my-own-way college student, I didn't have the extra coin to buy a mac display after I dropped most of my savings on the tower itself. Right now I have an old Sony Cpd-g420s. It's a dinosaur. Sure it has great screen resolution, fast response rate etc, but it's probably 10 years old by now, weighs nearly 60lbs, and it's getting finicky so I need to upgrade before it dies.

I'm a video student, and do my editing on my own machine rather than in the labs at my school. I'm not super anal about pefect picture quality, colors etc. All I want is a flat-panel widescreen monitor no smaller than 19" that I can edit on with little fuss. Again want to stress that i'm not looking for top of the line. I can't even afford a mac cinema display, though I'd love to have one. My budget is about $300. I've done a lot of searching and have found a bunch of monitors in my price range, but I dont know a whole lot about what specifications I should be looking for. What is the minimum screen resolution, response rate, aspect ratio etc that I can get away with editing with?

thanks for any help/advice you can provide.
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I'd look for a 20, 22 or 23" display with at least 1680x1050, 1920x1200 would be preferable though (23" and up).

Your average monitor nowadays comes with 700:1 contrast ration and 300cd brightness.

Make sure it has a DVI connection and for future-proofness you might want to check that DVI connector supports HDCP (which could be required for hi-def content).

I have a 20" Samsung 206BW which I like, Dell has some nice monitors too... Search around in the forums a bit and you'll see plenty of other recommendations as well.
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There are some really good deals at Newegg. I've bought several monitors from there and every one has been perfect. 22" seems to be the sweet spot when it comes to your budget. Here are some really nice displays, among the many others available:

SAMSUNG 225BW Black 22"

Acer X222Wbd Glossy Black 22"

Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22"


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thanks guys! exactly what I was looking for
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