>I recently acquired a Dell 30" HD (2560x1600) monitor >when my 28" HannsG died. >Compared to 1920x1200 it is brighter, sharper, and has better >color. >However, it is only slightly so. >The difference is no where a huge as I expected.
Roger - I hope the new monitor is doing the job for you. Larger screen size and necessarily more pixels to fill that size at a given ppi is not what I need though. I need greater bit-depth - 12- or 14-bit actually - for more colors simultaneously (and accurately) displayed. It's not much of a concern when I'm optimizing images for Web display, but it's a definite must when optimizing for high resolution print.
I'm not interested in shooting 12- or 14-bit color images with my D800 and then editing them on a 6- or 8-bit so-called premium panel from Dell, Acer, Samsung and so on. It's counterproductive to say the least. A true 16-bit LUT monitor such as the Eizo CG276 27" is what I've settled on. Their stupidly expensive, but actually being to see all of the color depth captured by everything from a D200 up to the through the D800/800e is a revelation that has to be experienced to be fully understood.
I confess to having beens spoiled by high-end Mitsubishi graphics CRT monitors during the late '90s, and I've saved my nickels and dimes to buy expensive, high-bit-depth graphics monitors ever since. I tried the Dell U2410 a couple of years ago - a good monitor, but at a true 8-bit not up to the subtle color and detail display (and editing) needed for large prints that are going to be critically judged or viewed.
I also need a full IPS panel - not a hybrid IPS - to get the benefit of wider viewing angles. I've completely had it with TFT panels - a technology that is cheap and cheerful and which has been held in place by the manufacturers for far to long. Basically, I want what top quality IPS panels offer: superior range of viewing angles, 100% of the NTSC gamut, 100% of the Adober RGB gamut (or real close to it) which means 12-bit color for sure, and at least 24" in size (and bigger is better as long as the ppi holds up).