Thought I’d write a short little ditty about my new baby.
Sorry I’m not all detailed and didn’t include fancy screen shots and what not.
But what I lack because of my lazieness I’ll make up for with awesome detailed info.
I bought the new 2nd gen 30″ Dell monitor. I can’t compare it to the 1st gen that is 500$ cheaper.
But I’ll compare it to all my previous monitors. old crts for ages and ages past… dozens. More recently sony 17″, samsung 22″s
And a few laptops with the biggest being the 17″ macbookpro functioning at 1920 resolution.
This thing kicks butt!
Speed & Quality – Lightroom
(MUCH MUCH MORE AFTER THE JUMP)
I looked to it not just for the geekieness but to help speed things up actually.
The faster i could tell a picture was in focus the faster I could pick it or reject it in my Lightroom workflow.
This has certainly helped a ton. I hardly have to go to 1:1 to see it… and zooming 1:1 is hardly much of a zoom when the screen is already 2560 resolution.
I have been able to “SEE” the picture better… there isn’t imagination as to what the picture is… but I see it for what it is. This is tricky to explain. I think perhaps i’ll just have to leave it at that and hope those who have done lots of creative editing know what I’m talking about.
I can catch the imperfections faster and better and fix them with more haste and completion.
One area where it doesn’t help with speed. Processing… it displays those pictures mighty big. Much Much bigger than you’re used to. That’s gonna kick your computer’s butt.
I changed standard previews default resolution to way high and I HAVE to do 1:1 rendering (I was already doing it anyway)
When in develop mode it’s having to re-create a large file as well… so i’ve seen a big hit on that too.
SideNote: Maybe this is why people with small macbooks don’t say they have much of a performance issue when editing pics… because they’re seeing them represented tiny… at least half the size I am. haha
That and the fact that I’m sure they’re not half as impatient to get things done as i am. So they don’t think their computers are slow. How spoiled am i?
I feel better
I feel better because I am better positioned at my desk. No longer do I find myself hunched over to get closer and therefore back aches and uncomfortableness.
It’s worth it for this reason alone. I’m able to lounge back on my nice chair.
This has also been helped by a new wireless keyboard better positioned, a new bungee technology chair and the use of a tablet and the pen… which i’ll talk about sooner or later.
More impact > More confidence
I know not everyone will view my pictures huge like i’m viewing them.
But I will say one thing: it impresses me and has an impact on me.
I think this boost to the ego and that instilling of confidence to see my pictures looking so good has changed things for me.
There’s something to be said about confidence in what you do.
Blog Writing and other programs
Can you imagine some of the programs you use.
It’s not just a matter of 30 inches but more so the 2560 resolution.
You get to see so much more… so little scrolling back and forth (convenient and saves time)
Helps as I write this blog to have a nice open window for writing.
There’s no scrolling up and down on those side columns, I see the navigator and the history on the left and i see the brush tools at the same time I see HSL with evertyhing expanded.
(Again this is about speed in interacting in lightroom… every little bit counts… specially when it’s something you do again and again.)
I think the 30″ made it easier to interface the wacom with lightroom. Call me crazy but back in the day I wouldn’t use the wacom with lightroom.
But then again I haven’t used it for a couple of years since the 17″ monitors
I think it’s something about the resolution and specially how long the sliders are in lightroom… Oh yeah I made the right column a tad larger to easier navigate them with my mouse and wacom pen.
Couldn’t really have that luxury with smaller monitors did we?
USB ports on Monitor and other tidbits
I haven’t had a monitor with usb ports… and I was hesitent… but they work like a charm.
Things I haven’t used yet … It has an hdmi jack… I haven’t used that yet.
It does come with this fatty DVI chord that is required to use to get the 2560 resolution. I was happy to learn that dual-dvi didn’t mean I would be using both dvi ports on my video card.
Still using the 22″
Though it looks like a little baby monitor sitting side by side… i still use the other monitor… i would never consider just using one monitor. I have Hulu and other apps and internet stuff running on the second screen. Which is a paultry 1600 resolution.
I’m looking to ugrade computers so i have a motherboard with 3+ PCI-e spots so I can plug in another video card and have the 30 with both the 22s surrounding it.
So hey who wants to buy a used quad-core machine?
The hope with the new machine is to get the speeds back up and past when I used to use a much smaller monitor and lightroom went faster because it was displaying a much smaller pic.
it’ll be an i7 machine with a good SSD drive together with the beautiful fusion IO drive I’ve been using for a while…
Fusion IO Drive
That reminds me… part of the reason for my speed is being able to test a fusionIO 160GB drive.
Fastest drive in the world. Makes things so nice.
And coming soon they’re coming out with the 80gb drive for pro-sumers for a price that is actually a super duper good deal $895
Go here to check it out
Which is the best 30″?
I can’t say which 30″ is the best… but I’m happy with the one i got.
And am glad I went this route rather than getting a 40″ hdtv or a lesser brand hanns 28″ which do 1920 resolution but are a little lower in build and performance.
I am the type that deals well with a big monitor… It doesn’t hurt my eyes in the slightest.
It helps me sit better. (Perfect distance away)
I love the 2560 more than the 30″
It does make the computer work harder.
It is certainly speeding things up for me and that means a lot.
But it is also making stuff look better… and that’s important in photography.