27 Inch Monitor Resources

This is a collection of 27 Inch Monitor Resources, all of which I use myself.

Products

HDMI Leads

HDMI m-m Lead
To go for gold or not? Is the dividing question when it comes to monitor leads. The honest truth is that whether the lead has gold plating or not makes no difference at all to a digital signal lead. HDMI is digital and therefore buying a lead just because it is gold-plated makes no sense. However, it is often the case that gold-plated leads are better build-quality and most are gold-plated these days anyway. Here are my top three HDMI leads:

Screen Calibrator

Best Monitor Calibrator X-Rite-EODIS3-i1Display-Pro

There are a lot of screen calibrators out there and the wide choice can be confusing. The screen calibrator I reccommend is the X-Rite EODIS3 i1Display Pro: Honestly, you’re unlikely to need a calibrator unless you are doing some serious photo editing or graphic design. So if you are going to take the plunge, I do recommend the i1 Display pro as it is a high-end piece of kit. There’s no point making false economies here.

Monitor accessories

Cable Tidy

27 Inch Monitor Resources D-Line Cable Tidy Bands

Many cable tidies come in the form of trunking which looks great but is a pain to pull apart when you want to add the next lead in or remove something. I recommend using velcro ties to keep your cables in order, one of the best is the D-Line Cable Tidy Band:

Rocking Speakers

Logitech Z600 Bluetooth Speakers

Logitech Z600 Bluetooth Speakers

If you do any video editing or just simply enjoy listening to music while you work, the best bang for your buck by far are the Logitech Z600 Bluetooth speakers:

Privacy Filter

3m privacy filter for 27" monitors

3m privacy filter for 27″ monitors

If you work in a busy office and handle sensitive information, then these filters are fantastic at keeping prying eyes away from your work: Not so great for photo editing though as the true color will be lost.

Screen Cleaning Wipes

I regularly use these microfiber cloths: A quality cleaning system is vital for every monitor owner – irrespective of size. It is surprisingly easy to damage your 27 inch monitor with the wrong cleaning fluid and many insurance companies will not cover you for this.

Multi-Monitor Stands

hex screen setup If you’re using more than 2 monitors, you’re going to need a professional stand. Mainly aimed at gamers and the security industry, the Deluxe Hex Monitor Stand is a great stand, taking up to six full-size 27 inch monitors.

Standing Desks

electric height adjustable desk

Electric height adjustable desk.

I am a big fan of standing at desks. For the best flexibility, you might want to look at the VertdeskTM Electric Adjustable Height Desk. The health benefits are huge.

Desk Light

Daylight U32500 Triple Bright Lamp

Daylight U32500 Triple Bright Lamp

Correct illumination is essential to get the best from your monitor. Personally I use the Daylight U32500 Triple Bright Lamppositioned behind my monitor to maximise the contrast levels.

Useful Websites

I started this website because the vast majority of information sites out there are riddled with adSense advertising and have a horrible user experience. However, some of them do have useful information despite the adverts. Many of which I used when first researching which 27 inch monitor to buy. Here is my pick of the bunch:

http://www.digitalcameraworld.com

There are some really useful guides on here, relevant mainly to photographers.

https://fstoppers.com

Another excellent site relevant to photographers.

http://uk.pcmag.com

Good for detail if you’re happy to wade through it all.

http://www.t3.com

Superb resource, run off the back of the successful technology magazine.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/

The best forum, hands-down for tech advice.

Books

Photography

If you’re new to digital photography, Doug Harman’s guide is invaluable:

Software

Photoshop

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The Creative Cloud range of software is a great way to get up and running with Photoshop. You’ll also need Adobe Bridge to organise your pictures.

Adobe Premiere

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Hands-down, the best video editing software out there.

Blogs

Mashable Logo
Mashable is about as good as it gets when it comes to niche blog topic reviews. Their tech section is second to none. http://mashable.com/tech/

Podcasts

Lifehacker Logo
I know what you’re thinking – a podcast about 27 inch monitors -really? Well… not quite but the Lifehacker podcast is so awesome I just had to mention it. A broad range of tech based topics, definitely worth a listen. http://lifehacker.com/

27 Inch Monitor Resources Conclusion

So there you have it! The most useful resources listed by application. If you are aware of a resource that I haven’t listed, please contact me and am happy to consider it.

Jonathan

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