Monitor and Paper profiles

HP LP2475w (in white) vs Apple 23 CD
HP LP2475w (in white) vs Apple 23 CD

There’s an interesting article on the Luminous-Landscape website about profiles, monitors and printers. It’s really a review of a high-end monitor. I thought it would be interesting to try some of the same comparisons with my somewhat lower cost monitor and see how it looks given the same tests but with parameters close to what I do.  You should read the above article first so you understand what’s going on here.

My current monitor is an HP – the LP2475w – and, yes, I’m using a Macintosh. My previous monitor was the Apple Cinema 23 inch Display. The HP monitor price on Amazon a few minutes ago was $527. The Apple monitor is no longer available but sold for around $900.

First, let’s compare the two monitors. Both monitors were calibrated using the Monoco EZColor software/hardware. Here is the profile of the two monitors. You can see at a glance the HP has a far greater gamut than the Apple.

But the article really was comparing monitors and paper profiles to Adobe RGB. Here’s the HP vs Adobe RGB.

2475 vs Adobe RGB
2475 vs Adobe RGB

You can see in most, but not all, colors, the HP gamut is larger than Adobe RGB. What about, then HP vs. my favorite paper; Ilford Gold Fiber Silk? Here’s that comparison.

In this case, I rotated the axis so you can see where the GFS paper has a larger gamut than the HP monitor. Admittedly, I was surprised by this. I didn’t think an inkjet printer would have a larger gamut than my monitor.

2475 vs Ilford Gold Fiber Silk
2475 vs Ilford Gold Fiber Silk

The article mentioned above is comparing a $5000 monitor and a $6000 printer. My $700 (Not counting all the ink!) Epson 2200, now near the end of its life, and my new $500 monitor seem relatively well matched.

I think it can also be concluded that, while certainly not up to the $5000 monitor, the HP monitor does a very good job at 1/10 the cost.