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Patrick Simpson
Budget monitors: LED vs. LCD
on Mar 31, 2011 at 8:55:54 pm

From my research it seems that in general, LED monitors perform better than standard LCD monitors. I'm looking at a couple different budget Dell monitors for Final Cut use. Specifically the:

Dell ST2210B, a standard 22" LCD monitor on sale for $110 and the

Dell ST2220L, a 22" LED monitors on sale for $150. Both are 1080p monitors.

Has anyone had experience with LED monitors in this price range?

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Jerry Hofmann
Re: Budget monitors: LED vs. LCD
on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:18:34 am

I think the biggest difference is that the LED will have more even light, and not fall off quite as much if you sit to the side of it.


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Chris Wiggles
Re: Budget monitors: LED vs. LCD
on Apr 2, 2011 at 6:00:04 pm

Another victim of marketing.

"LED" monitors are LCD monitors.

The LED just describes the backlighting. They use an array of LEDs behind the LCD panel to produce light, rather than flourescents which have for years been the norm.

Whether it's better or worse depends on a million different variables.

Stay away from really thin LCD panels regardless, but particularly so with the LED-backlit panels.

Also note that while generally something you'd want to disable in the interest of stability for critical viewing, some LED-backlit displays do offer some form of dynamic contrast either globally or locally by dimming the LED backlighting based on the video APL.

This all being said $100-150 for a monitor is dirt cheap. You don't always get what you pay for, but you DO have to pay for what you get. I wouldn't expect much in the way of quality with either of those...


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Patrick Simpson
Re: Budget monitors: LED vs. LCD
on Apr 3, 2011 at 5:20:35 am

Cool, I understand that LEDs are LCD.

I guess I'm just wondering if anyone has experience with a low cost LED monitor. I wonder if I'd be better off with a low cost florescent-lit LCD or I'd be getting an equally bad monitor?

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