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My world has changed today. My computer arrived a week and a half ago, but my new monitor arrived TODAY. I had been using a Sony monitor that I paid $2,000 for about 5 years ago. You'd think it was a good investment. I noticed over time, it was getting increasingly dimmer and dimmer and adjustments made no difference. It wasn't terribly dim, you wouldn't notice it, but put a new, cheap, really cheap, monitor next to it, and there was a huge difference, the cheap monitor blew it away at this point.

FlexScanSX2761W.jpgSo, I researched and researched. And, as I work with images all the time, it was best to have a certain color management ability/setting. And, since I'm always working on my kitchen design drawings, clarity was equally important.

I'm boring you now, I know it! Anyway, I ended up getting an Eizo 27" monitor, a brand that is well known for both photography and cad use. This thing is crazy! It's so bright! It's so crystal clear! I see this BLOG so differently, like, WOW, look at my blog, what colors! (I'm glad it was a GOOD reaction.)

I spent the same amount, I did 5 years ago, around $2,000. But, monitors have come down so far in price (in general), and a good monitor is so much better on the eyes (not to mention so much fun) and makes everything look so much better and realistic, especially all those products, textures, colors that are involved in the kitchen, it's a good reason to upgrade.

This monitor is changing my entire experience on the web, on my blog, in my design program, I'm so thrilled and I just had to share it! Now for the second monitor to put alongside it...maybe a 20" should do it.

Many of our lives are so internet-heavy these days, and I forgot how important a monitor is. Although I hated to replace something that was still functioning, bottom line, this was a good decision, a wise decision!

And, kitchens? They just look fabulous, dahling, on this monitor! Good weekend...

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Reader Comments (7)

Oh! So jealous. I work with a 13" MacBook monitor. Always shifting windows around is definitely a pain. Lucky!

Wait - I'm so jealous I cant STAND IT!!!! I want one!! ok - you paid $2k for it? that's more than a great tv set! right? 2k? ok - that's too much for moi, but aren't you lucky! I'm dying here today - first my daughter got that new Mac, the ultra thin one on the commercials with a keyboard that is lit from the back. so fine! And now this monitor! I want new equipment.


March 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoni Webb

Linda, if I were Oprah, I'd say "new monitors for everyone!!" But, alas, I'm not. I have a 13" macbook too. I hope you have a mouse with that. That will change your world!

Joni, yes, you do want one! Oh, trust me, I was looking and researching and thinking and going back and forth, and like anything else, the more I research, the more I wanted certain features. Also, photography is a hobby for me, has been for years and years and I probably have tens of thousands of images (half of them of roses in my garden) in my computer. So, in that respect, good color management was important to me.

But, I could have easily spent half the price on the monitor and it would still be a killer monitor. Yes, you need one! Go forth with your tax incentive bucks! You deserve it!

March 29, 2008 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

I sooo wish we'd get those at our office. We have awful monitors. And we do CAD!!! arg. I may have to buy my own....

March 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

Pamela, give me your work number, sometimes you need a third party endorsement!!

March 29, 2008 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

you want a great monitor - attach your HDTV screen to your computer and there you have it. i don't know if one can do it as of now, or is it my wishful thing. if it is still not it will definitely be on the way.

April 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteranrosh

Hmmmmmm.....interesting. Actually, my son talked to me about that, but with my detailed kitchen planning online, I didn't think I could really get good detailed close ups.

April 14, 2008 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

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