Best Monitor for Graphic Design, Video Editing & 3D Animation (Updated)

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Best Monitor for Graphic Design, Video Editing & 3D Animation (Updated)

The great thing about buying a Monitor for Graphic Design, Video Editing, Photo Editing or 3D Animation and CAD, is that all of these tasks are visually demanding and therefore require very similar features from a Monitor.

You can get an excellent Monitor for editing your photos, and at the same time have great screen quality in Video Editing or when hopping into your 3D Modeling Software of choice.

Many creatives work in more than just one field of Digital Content Creation, and it helps a lot that you don’t necessarily need highly specialized Hardware for every single task, at least when looking for Monitors.

When buying PCs or Laptops, many of the abbreviations such as CPU, GPU, Cores or RAM, are mostly already well known.

Monitors, though, still have lots of features that sound gibberish and at times it is difficult to tell what features are important and what is just marketing speak.

We will go through all of the important features to look out for when comparing and buying Monitors for visually demanding work and finish the Article with some great Monitor suggestions, depending on your budget and requirements.

Let’s dive in!

What Medium will your work be shown on?

The first thing we should ask ourselves when looking for a new Monitor, is: what type of Media are we creating our work for?

For example:

When we work in Photoshop we might edit some photos, that will then be printed on an Inkjet Printer.

If we work in Graphic Design, we might be designing Logos that both will be shown on Websites and also be printed on Posters and Flyers.

When working in Motion Design, Video Editing or 3D Animation, we can usually say that our work stays mostly digital and will be shown on screens.

What kind of screens, though?

Are you animating for Film and your work is shown in Movie Theaters? Or are you editing some clips that will be shown on Twitter and will mostly be viewed on mobile devices?

Twitter vs. Movie Theater Display

Twitter vs. Movie Theater Display

Why am I asking all of this?

Because firstly, you should have a good grasp of how your target group will experience the work you are creating. This can be done through proofing devices, such as a proofing Monitor or Mobile Phones, or TVs, depending on what your target group is using.

And secondly, you can always overproduce your work and spend too much time on details, color accuracy or frames per second, that your target group might not even be able to appreciate, given their inferior devices.

Here are some examples of Monitor-features that might not be entirely necessary, depending on your work and target group:

  • getting a 4K Monitor when you usually output small-resolution gifs
  • buying a highly color-accurate Monitor when your target group only uses  low-quality Mobile screens
  • going for a 144Hz Display when your Animations run at 25FPS

You can easily save some money here, so it is good to know how accurate and high-quality your work has to be, to find the minimum feature requirements in a Monitor.

Of course, you might need the features elsewhere, 144Hz when you are gaming, for example, or the 4K display for having multiple applications open at once, but you get the gist.

Long story short:

Think about what the final Media output will be, that your work will ultimately be shown on (print, magazine, internet, mobile, TV, projector…) and keep that in mind when reading the rest of the article.

Let’s take a look at the most important features in a great Monitor for visually demanding tasks:

Panel Type

There are three main Panel Types in today’s modern Monitors.

  • The TN Panel (Twisted nematic)
  • The VA Panel (Vertical Alignment)
  • The IPS Panel (In-plane Switching)

Now, these three panel-types have some very specific characteristics, and it will become clear quite fast, what panel type we should pick for our kind of visually demanding work.

Take a look at the following table:

TN VA IPS
Performance Fastest: low response times, highest refresh rates, minimal motion blur; Low input lag Longest response times typically; Higher refresh rates possible Slower response times than TN, faster response times than VA; Gaming-quality refresh rates are rare
Display Worst viewing angles;
Worst color
Viewing angles typically better than TN, worse than IPS;
Good color;
Best contrast;
Best image depth
Best viewing angles;
Best color
Pricing Cheapest Pricier models can have performance comparable to TN Most expensive
Best Use Gaming General Use Professional

The IPS Panel is the best panel type for our kind of work. We need the best color display possible to be able to accurately design our project’s contents.

Having a high viewing angle lets us view the Monitor from different angles, so even a colleague or client standing or sitting next to you can take a look at what you are seeing, without obscuring the contrast and colors too much.

Top of the line Monitors with IPS Panels usually have at least a 178° Viewing angle vertically and horizontally, which is very helpful.

TN vs IPS Monitor Panel

The two main downsides to an IPS Panel Monitor are the Price and the latency. The Latency doesn’t concern us as much, as we are buying the Monitor for professional use and not high-end gaming.

The Price, of course, is another matter, but given that we mostly earn our living with the work we do at the PC and in front of the Monitor, it should be worth spending a premium for the highest-possible quality-Display that will serve us well for a long time.

And it is true, Monitors usually last a lot longer than, say, PC-Components, as the technology progression is much slower. You can easily use a good Monitor for 2 – 3 generations of PC Upgrades or more.

Glossy vs. Matte Reflection

Here is the thing about Display Surface finishes:

There are a lot of Tablets, iMacs, and Monitors out there that just look expensive and high quality, very much thanks to the polished and reflective finishing treatment they received.

But the thing is, we should stay clear of glossy/reflective Monitors because having bright Objects, such as lamps and windows or even other displays, reflect in your Monitor, distracts you from your work and can make it hard to see what is displayed.

Monitor Reflections Glossy vs Matte

Monitor Reflections: Matte vs. Glossy

Professional Monitors have Matte surfaces, meaning the reflections that bounce off of the surface of the display, are being scattered and at the same time dimmed, to make the picture quality as clear as possible.

Always go for a Matte Finish over a Glossy Finish for professional work.

Color accuracy & Gamut

The color gamut describes a range of colors within the spectrum of colors that are identifiable by the human eye (visible color spectrum).

Within this visible Color spectrum, there are areas that a monitor can be rated for. “sRGB” and “Adobe RGB” being the most popular.

Monitor Color Gamut and Color Accuracy

As you can see in the Image above, Adobe RGB covers a larger color spectrum than sRGB, which is why you will find many monitors supporting a higher percentage of the sRGB spectrum more easily than the Adobe RGB spectrum.

Our goal, when buying a good monitor, is to maximize the percentage of both sRGB and Adobe RGB.

As discussed above, to get the best possible color ranges we will have to look at monitors with IPS panels, as TN panels lack accuracy in this area. But even within Monitors that have IPS panels, there are still great differences.

You will usually see most Monitors have at least 90% sRGB Spectrum coverage and above 70% Adobe RGB spectrum coverage. The higher the coverage percentage, the more expensive the Monitors get.

Monitors with 99% or even 100% of Adobe RGB coverage can cost a good premium, compared to monitors with around 70-80% of Adobe RGB Spectrum coverage.

This is an excellent time to think about how important color accuracy is to you and your work, as you pay a large premium for highly color-accurate monitors.

Color Bit depth

Monitors usually have one of two popular Color Bit depths. 8bit and 10bit.

These bit depths are understood as bits per channel, meaning with 8 bits you will have 256 color steps per channel (R, G and B). Together they make up the 24bits per color, or 16.7 Mio Colors-range, that we are mostly accustomed to.

10bit Monitors can output 10bits per channel, so 1024 color steps per channel. This makes 30bits per color and totals a 1 Billion Color-range.

Let’s go with the 1 billion colors, which should be much better than just measly 16.7 Mio colors, right?

The problem with this though is, yes more colors are better, but your other Hard- and Software (apart from your Monitor) has to support this too!

You will need a Graphics Card that supports 10bit output (usually just Quadro or Radeon Pro Workstation GPUs) and your work will have to be in at least 10 bits too.

If you are working on a JPG Image, or MP4 Movie, or Render your Animation to a png-sequence, all of these formats store color in 8bits per channel, meaning your 10bits per channel Monitor will not show any additional Bit depth in your work.

Then again, if you work on Canon RAW, RED 10bit, or EXR Sequences (and others), you might very well be able to see the higher color range, that a 10bit Monitor will grant you.

Especially in Gradients, or Vignetted uniform Backgrounds, you can quickly spot if a Monitor is making good use of its 10bit capability.

8bit 10bit difference gradient color bit detph

Visualization of the difference between 8bit and 10bit Color Output (Exaggerated)

FRC

Apart from the native 10bit capability, there is an interesting way for Monitors to achieve higher bit depth, called FRC (Frame Rate Control).

8Bit Monitors can increase their Bit depth by rapidly flashing pixels close to each other on and off, which gives the impression of higher Bit Depth, as multiple pixels and colors are blended this way.

If you truly want to make good use of a 10bit Monitor, go with a 10bit Monitor that achieves 10Bit color without FRC though, as FRC can produce flickering and will never be as accurate as true 10bit support.

So to summarize: 10bit is great, but only if it can be achieved without using FRC.

Monitor Size & Resolution

The Size and Resolution of Monitors is more deeply intertwined than one might think.

The Size of a Monitor is usually stated in Inches (“) of the Diagonal of the Screen Span. This makes it somewhat troublesome to discern the actual width and height of the Screen, as you additionally have to look up the Aspect Ratio to truly know how wide and tall a Monitor is.

So a 27” Monitor that has an Aspect Ratio of 4:3 would be much taller and less wide, than a 27″, 16:9 Monitor.

Take a look at the following two Monitors. They are both 25″! So be sure to also look up the Aspect Ratio.

Image-Source: NEC

Image-Source: LG

Nowadays Monitors usually come in Aspect Ratios of 16:9 or 16:10, and Ultra-Wide Monitors are making appearances more and more, with Aspect Ratios of 21:9 or wider.

The most popular Monitors for professional work are sized 24” or 27” inches and up, with an aspect ratio of 16:9.

There are many reasons why wide-Screen Monitors have become so popular:

  • Looks more Cinematic
  • Better fits our eye’s Field of Vision
  • Lots of work being created is in a wide-screen format
  • In games, Objects of interest are usually placed on a landscape, which extends horizontally

Now, because the Pixel-distance in a Monitor depends on the size and Resolution of the Monitor’s Panel, one should keep in mind that buying larger Monitors should usually go hand in hand with higher Resolutions.

The reason is quite simple:

You sit at a more or less fixed distance of about 60cm from your Monitors and the larger the Monitors get, the easier you will be able to see individual Pixels in the Monitor’s panel if you don’t also either:

  • increase the Resolution or
  • increasing the sitting distance, when increasing the Monitor size.

As we want bigger Monitors that can fit more details, the only viable potion is to also increase the resolution. Sitting further away would not help us much and would only use up more room in our office space.

At standard sitting distances, we want to avoid seeing individual pixels as much as possible, for the best work experience possible.

Here are some pointers as to how high the resolution should be on your Monitor, so you see an even Image without any individual Pixels:

  • At 24” Monitor sizes you will need at least a Full HD (1920px x 1080px) Monitor
  • with 27” go with at least WQHD: 2560px x 1440px
  • at 32” and up you will need 4K displays (3840px x 2160px)

This is based on the assumption that your viewing distance stays the same.

If you sit far enough away, say your Desk is very deep and your Monitor sits a lot farther back than 60cm from your eyes, of course, you can get away with a lower resolution than recommended above.

4K and High-DPI Displays

When going with a smaller Monitor that has a high resolution, say a 23” Monitor that has a 4K Resolution, you should beware, that although you fit more on the screen, the text, icons, menus, GUI and other on-screen information will also become much smaller.

This can strain your eyes and might make you tired earlier, so don’t overdo the Resolution on smaller Monitors.

4K vs 2K Display Monitors, smaller font GUI

You can fit more on high Resolution Monitors, but Text and GUI Elements also become smaller

Microsoft Windows has a feature called Display Scaling, which can scale your User Interface Elements up, so they are easier to read on high DPI Monitors, but not all third Party Software supports this and it might make your Interface somewhat blurry when interpolation kicks in.

Contrast Ratio

When browsing for new Monitors you’ll most likely come across some Manufacturers advertising their Monitors as having 1,000,000,00,000,000,000 gazillion to 1 dynamic Contrast ratio.

This sounds great but is pure marketing speak and doesn’t help us in discerning if the particular Monitor is good or not.

Two things are usually stated in the spec sheet:

  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio and
  • Static Contrast Ratio

You can ignore the Dynamic Contrast pretty much, as this value is obtained by measuring the widest distance between dark and light a monitor can project at different brightness settings.

“Different” is the important word here, as you certainly won’t switch around your brightness or turn on and off the back-lighting all the time to get that great contrast the manufacturer is speaking of.

What we want is the widest distance between dark and light a monitor can project at the same brightness setting.

This is what Static Contrast Ratio states and what we should look out for when buying the best Monitor for Graphic Design, Video Editing, 3D Animation or many other visually demanding use cases out there.

Aim for an IPS Panel Monitor that has at least 500:1 static contrast ratio, better 1000:1.

Brightness

Brightness is an easy one. The higher the cd/m² (candela [light intensity] per meter squared) the brighter the Monitor will be.

Don’t make the mistake of getting a Monitor that is too bright though.

Think about where and when you work and what your environment looks like.

If you do lots of night shifts or work in dark rooms, a bright Monitor will be counter-productive, as your eyes can adapt to overall ambient light intensity.

This means, when it’s dark the pupils dilate, let more light onto your retina and you will need less brightness on your Monitor.

If you work outdoors or are in a very brightly lit environment, a Monitor with high cd/m² will do wonders for you.

Long story short:

Lean towards a slightly brighter Panel and look out for a Monitor with 300cd/m² – 350cd/m² Brightness, which is a good value for most environment settings.

In the end, you can always regulate the brightness down somewhat but never increase it over the value the underlying hardware is capable of.

Monitor Refresh Rate: 60hz, 120hz, 144hz +

This Image nicely shows what Refresh Rate is NOT about:

Monitor Refresh Rate

Image-Source: Asus

Asus had this Image floating around for a while, and I am taking they were exaggerating a bit to push the point they were trying to make:

The higher the refresh rate of a Monitor the more individual Images per second it can display.

This doesn’t mean, Monitors with “just” 60Hz all of a sudden start showing Motion Blur in fast movements.

It means that when playing games that run at over 60fps or watching Movies that have higher frame rates than 60fps, or playing back anything on the Monitor such as a Video Editing timeline or a 3D Animation Viewport, your screen will also output more than 60 Images per second.

The human eye will see a difference in having a game run at 60fps compared to 144fps, that is undeniable. But do you need it for professional work?

Think about what your work entails:

Are you animating at 25fps, or Editing Videos at 60fps or higher? Are you designing static Brochures and Logos, which don’t really have all that much movement at all?

Or are you a game developer, who constantly has to test their Games and who optimizes for VR which should have extremely high refresh rates?

You probably get the gist. If you often work on projects where high refresh rates are important, you will need a high refresh rate Monitor. 🙂

Most of the time, though, apart from Gaming or high-fps Video editing, I’d say 90% of us Graphics Designers, Video Editors and 3D Artists will need no more than a 60Hz Monitor.

Curved, Flat or Ultra wide?

In addition to 16:9 standard Flat Monitors, I have worked on both Ultra-wide Curved and Ultra-wide Flat Monitors and I have to say that I personally still prefer standard-sized Monitors (or multiple standard-sized Monitors) over Ultra-wide Monitors.

I feel it is much easier to arrange and maximize windows across Multiple standard-sized Monitors than trying to place them precisely on an ultra-wide, which takes a bit more time than a simple double click.

There is some extra Software that usually comes with Ultra-wides which tries to simulate having multiple displays, but this just doesn’t feel like the real thing.

Another benefit of going with multiple normal-sized Monitors is that you can go with different types of monitors, one having a high resolution the other having good color quality, which just makes me able to work more flexibly.

curved monitor

Image-Source: Samsung

For Gaming, Ultra-Wides or curved Monitors are quite popular and the benefits for gaming are undoubted, but I wouldn’t yet recommend these for most kinds of professional work.

How many monitors?

As can be seen in the following survey, most people who work in 3D Animation, Graphic Design or Video Editing have at least two Monitors.

How many Monitors do you use?

You can have your Software palettes and Main GUI as well as your Timeline on one Monitor, and have a second Monitor for your Footage and Previews or Images you are working on.

A 24” lower quality Monitor for your Software Interface and a 27” Monitor with great color and contrast is a quite popular setup.

Almost all Monitors have VESA mounts which let you mount your Monitors on Monitor Arms. This frees up a lot of your desk space and can increase flexibility and ease of use especially with Monitors that Pivot or have to be tilted around a lot.

vivo monitor arm mount

Image-Source: VIVO

If you want to go with only a single Monitor you should consider a larger one, with a high resolution that will fit both your Software Interface and your Footage on the same screen, without having to switch between maximizing or expanding different areas of your Software all the time.

Going 27” or larger with a WQHD Resolution or even 4k Resolution would be recommended in this case.

Additional Features

Sun-Shade: If you find yourself in an Environment that often reflects bright lights off of your Monitor you might want to get a Sun-shade or Monitor Hood. This can greatly reduce environmental reflections and also helps with increasing privacy.

Pivot: Some Monitors have the ability to Pivot 90° or more which comes in handy when switching between 16:9 and 9:16 Editing, or reading long Websites and Documents that fit 9:16 much better than a 16:9 Monitor. Combine a Pivoting Monitor with a Monitor Arm Mount for maximum flexibility.

Additional Connectors: Nowadays, Monitors even offer Connectors such as USB and Headphone Jacks, where you can plug in your Devices without having to reach underneath your desk for the PC. This comes in Handy with devices that have short Cables or can act as a (USB) HUB if you are short on plugs.

Multiple Display Connectors: Many Monitors come with multiple Display Input Connectors, such as HDMI, Display Port, DVI, and VGA. Firstly this means you can use the cable you like and have handy, but secondly you can attach multiple PCs or Devices to your Monitor and use the On-Screen-Display Source Switcher to switch between the Source that should be displayed on the Monitor without having to unplug and rearrange cables constantly.

Warranty: Check the Warranty duration as this can be an area where Manufacturers like to save some Value on.

Audio / Speakers: Built-in Speakers can be a nice add-on too. They will never have great quality but can be quite practical when switching away from your headphones to show a client, boss or friend what you are working on.

Calibrating your Monitor

The best Monitors are only truly great when they are calibrated correctly. You want to make sure the colors and brightness are set to calibrated values, as this makes sure the projects you are working on will look the same on your Monitor as they will later on in the Movies, in Print Products, on TVs or on Mobile Phones.

Many Monitors come with calibrated presets, but not all Monitors are manufactured exactly the same and can differ from time to time.

A great way to calibrate your Monitor is to use a Monitor Calibration Tool such as the Datacolor SpyderX Pro. You hook it up to your PC and attach it to your Monitor for a short time and let it do its calibration.

DataColor SpyderX Pro Monitor Calibration

Image-Source: Datacolor

This is especially helpful when you have more than one Monitor, and both don’t seem to be displaying colors in the same way, which can be a nuisance.

Summary

Now that we have had quite an in-depth look at the most important features a great Monitor for Graphic Design, Video Editing, 3D Animation and other creative tasks should have, let’s do a quick summary.

The best Monitor for creative and graphical work should have of the following features:

  • Panel Type: IPS Panel
  • Surface Finish: Matte Reflection
  • Color Accuracy: Adobe RGB and sRGB should be as high as possible percentage-wise
  • Color depth: 8bit for most, go 10bit Color Depth if you know you can make use of it
  • Size: at least 24” at Full-HD Resolution, the larger the Monitor the higher the Resolution should be
  • Contrast: static contrast ratio of at least 500:1, better 1000:1 (not dynamic contrast!)
  • Brightness: Depends on the brightness of your work environment, but good specs are between 300 – 350 cd/m²
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz Refresh Rate for most. If your Work entails high-speed footage or game-design, go 100Hz, 120Hz or 144Hz
  • Multiple Monitors & Type: I recommend at least two Flat, Standard-sized Monitors over Ultra-Wides or Curved Monitors for professional work
  • Additional Features: If you need them: Pivot, USB / Audio Connectors, Multiple Display Connectors such as HDMI, DVI, VGA, Display Port, VESA Monitor Arm Mount Capability, Speakers

Considering all the above must-haves, here they are, the best Monitors for Graphic Design, Video Editing, and 3D Animation work:

Best Monitors for Graphic Design, Video Editing, 3D Animation & other visually demanding work

Best 27″ All-Rounder: Motion Design, Video Editing, 3D

Dell UltraSharp UP2716D, 27″

SIZE PANEL Color Accuracy Bit Depth Resolution Brightness Contrast
27″ / 16:9 IPS 100% Adobe RGB 10bit WQHD 2560×1440 300cd/m² 1000:1
Best Monitor for Graphic Design, Video Editing, 3D Animation: Dell

Image-Source: Dell

The extremely popular Dell UltraSharp UP2716D is a 27″ IPS Monitor comes at a very reasonable price, given its high quality. It has a WQHD Resolution which is good for a 27″  Monitor when you plan on displaying lots of Software GUI from Premiere Pro, After Effects, 3D Animation Software or other DCC Software on it.

Given its 16:9 IPS Panel has 300 cd/m² Brightness and 1000:1 static contrast ratio, it is astonishing that it reaches 100% coverage of both the sRGB and Adobe RGB spectrum.

Highly recommended!

Serious Print Work, Graphic Design

Eizo ColorEdge CG2420, 24″

SIZE PANEL Color Accuracy Bit Depth Resolution Brightness Contrast
24″ / 16:10 IPS 99% Adobe RGB 10bit FullHD 1920×1200 400cd/m² 1500:1
Best Monitor for Graphic Design, Video Editing, 3D Animation: Eizo

Image-Source: Eizo

The Eizo ColorEdge CG2420 is a 24″ Monitor of the finest Quality. It has in-built Color Calibration Hardware, that makes sure everything is set correctly, without having to use external color calibration devices. It comes with a Sun-Shade that minimizes bright reflections on the screen’s surface.

The aspect ratio of 16:10 gives you those additional extra pixels vertically, that let you work more easily on Projects that have brochure- or other print-product-dimensions. With 99% Adobe RGB Color Accuracy, 400cd/m² and a 1500:1 (!) static contrast, this Monitor has you all set for some serious high-quality design work.

4K: Best 27″ extreme Budget Monitor

Philips 276E8VJSB

SIZE PANEL Color Accuracy Bit Depth Resolution Brightness Contrast
27″ / 16:9 IPS 70% Adobe RGB 10bit 4K 3840×2160 350cd/m² 1000:1
Best Monitor for Graphic Design, Video Editing, 3D Animation: Philips

Image-Source: Philips

You absolutely wouldn’t expect these kinds of features at the price point the Philips 276E8VJSB comes in at. It, too, sports a 1000:1 contrast ratio and 350cd/m² brightness with a 27″ IPS Panel and a 4K Resolution of 3840×2160. The Adobe Color Spectrum Coverage isn’t as high as some of the more expensive Monitors, but 70% Adobe RGB and 100% sRGB are not too shabby for this price.

A great pick for beginners who need 4k and more color accuracy than you can get from a TN Panel Monitor.

Check out our specific 4K Monitor Guide for more Recommendations.

4K: Best 32″ Monitor with great Color Accuracy

ASUS ProArt PA329Q

SIZE PANEL Color Accuracy Bit Depth Resolution Brightness Contrast
32″ / 16:9 IPS 99.5% Adobe RGB 10bit 4K 3840×2160 350cd/m² 1000:1
Best Monitor for Graphic Design, Video Editing, 3D Animation: Asus

Image-Source: Asus

The Asus ProArt PA329Q is a monster of a Monitor. It has a 32″ IPS Panel Display with a resolution of 3840×2160. 350cd/m² brightness and 1000:1 contrast are solid and it reaches 99.5% of Adobe RGB Color Spectrum Coverage.

It, too, has 10bit capability that lets you drive the Monitor at higher bit depths, given your other Hard- and Software supports this. Because of its size, you can easily get away with just one of these for your work-place, and can even sit further away from it.

That’s about it! What Monitor are you buying?

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Alex Glawion - post author

Hi, I’m Alex, a Freelance 3D Generalist, Motion Designer and Compositor.

I’ve built a multitude of Computers, Workstations and Renderfarms and love to optimize them as much as possible.

Feel free to comment and ask for suggestions on your PC-Build or 3D-related Problem, I’ll do my best to help out!

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Comments

Revital

Hi Alex,
I’m looking at “Dell 25″ UltraSharp U2518D” that looks really good and check most of the features you discussed here. My only hesitation is that this monitor has only 65% Adobe RGB.
Would it be very noticeable while working on video editing and graphic editing programs (AE, PS, PR, ect.) or is it manageable?

Thanks again!

Mike

Hey Alex,

My budget is around £3500, so $4000 ish, could you help me build the ultimate desktop, monitor included for 4K video editing/gaming. Will be using it for 4K YouTube video editing, using Adobe software.

I was going to buy a laptop like the Razer 15inch advanced model or Razer pro, and then looked towards the Dell XPS 17 (just released). But they all seem overpriced in comparison to building my own.

Let me know, thank you Alex!!

Mike

Sorry £3000, not 3.5 which is around $3700.

Mike

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Revital

Hi Alex,
I would like to know how can you tell if my gpu supports 10bit output?
To be more specific- the computer I’m buying has GeForce RTX 2070 as Gpu.
Should I look for a monitor with 10bit output or 8bit is better in that case?
Thank you so much!

Hi Revital,

Thanks for asking!

The RTX 2070 now supports 10-bit output thanks to NVIDIA’s Studio Drivers. This update will add support for 10-bit colour in Adobe Photoshop CC, Premiere CC and other OpenGL-powered apps. Now, should you get a 10-bit monitor? That would still depend on what files you will work on. If you work on files like Canon RAW, RED 10bit, or EXR Sequences and the like, then a 10-bit monitor makes more sense for you so you can see the higher colour range. However, if won’t work on these file types and will only be work on JPG, MP4, PNG and the like, an 8-bit monitor will do.

Cheers,
Alex

Jaime

Hi Alex, I apologise. I just realised that I left my comment in the wrong article. I appreciated your response there. I’ve also re-evaluated my budget.

I’m looking to purchase 2 monitors. I’m in Australia and in Australian dollars my budget is roughly $1100, or about 700 Euro. I could stretch a little further if I had to. On that note, would you spend any wiggle room money on the screens, or on additional upgrade to CPU, or more storage room on the NVMe drive?

The plan is for video editing of up to 4K footage, but mostly 1080p. I’ll also be using Photoshop and Lightroom regularly.

After reading this article I was thinking about getting one monitor with great colour accuracy (maybe the Dell UltraSharp UP2716D, 27″?), and a second monitor that would host the software interface (not sure what?).

I currently have 2 27″ monitors and like that size. Should I be looking at 4K monitors? Is 1440 enough and sit in the sweet spot of the 27″ monitor? Should I look at one 24″ and one 27″? Or should I look at a 32″ at 4K for the work I’m trying to do?

Do you suggest a calibrator for the kind of work I’m doing and the fact I would have two different monitors?

I really appreciate the help. I look forward to using your links for the PC build to help show my gratitude.

Thanks.

Timothy dare

Hi, this article is absolutely interesting and an eye opener for me. What do u think about Eizo flexscan ev2736 for a motion designer and graphic artist? Please I need ur response urgently!

Timothy dare

Alex, I would really love to know if Eizo flexscan ev2736w monitor can stand among the categories you mentioned earlier in terms of colour accuracy. I want to know before picking it up on Saturday. Thanks in advance.

Frenoki

Hello Alex, thank you for this very informative article. I was wondering if you could help me to choose my new monitor. I’m searching for it for weeks, and everytime something pulls me away from the monitors that I start to consider. Basically I’m an artist and I paint, sculpt, photograph, scan and print artworks. Therefore I need a monitor with probably an IPS panel and good colors. Also I play a lot of video games ( most of the time open world, rpg, adventures, contemplation and sometimes first person shooters like APEX, but I’m not too competitive even if I would like to have a possibility to have more than 60Hz at one point ). I also use Photoshop for drawing, Lightroom, Adobe Premire ( to edit speedpaints ) and After Effects. I was thinking about getting two 27″ monitors, one for art and one for gaming. But since I can’t invest too much right now ( getting a lot of art materials… ) I need to try to choose a monitor that will allow me to work and play games in good quality even if it won’t be the greatest gamer monitor. My budget is around 600 dollars (or 570 euros ). If you have any advice and monitors to consider, I will gladly take it. Thank you !

Travis

Hi Alex,

I would love to get your thoughts on the Lenovo P32u-10 monitor for design and art. I work for a company that has an employee discount program with Lenovo so I can get the monitor for less than $700 all things considered. It seems like my best option but most of the reviews for quality designer’s monitors don’t mention it. I am going back to school to shift from IT work to Web Design/Illustration and I’d like to get something a bit future proof with decent color accuracy. I already do a lot of art prints via my iMac monitor and color calibrator and it does a decent job, but it is certainly a little off. Thanks a bunch!

Regards,
Travis

Hey Travis,

Thanks for asking!

If you can get the Lenovo P32u-10 for less than $700, you should go for it! On paper, the Lenovo P32u-10 looks good, actually. It is a 32-inch monitor that uses an IPS panel so you can expect colours to pop out as well as excellent viewing angles. Also, it has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 and this 4K resolution is the sweet spot for a 32-inch display. Furthermore, the Lenovo P32u-10 does look like it has great colour accuracy with its 99.5% Adobe RGB coverage. Of course, the best way to make sure on this is to see the monitor and person so you can see for yourself how it performs but for its sub-$700 price point, the Lenovo P32u-10 is a steal!

Cheers,
Alex

Andy

Hi Alex,
This was a great article explaining all the key features to look out for in a monitor.

I’m a nuke compositor and because of the current pandemic I’m working from home via remote software. I’m looking for a monitor and the Dell UP2716D is looking like the one I’m going to go with, but I do have a question. Should I look for a monitor that is 8 bit rather than 10bit? Currently I’m using my laptop to connect to my workstation at work and I will be building a pc for personal work. I doubt I’ll be getting a Quatro card so is it still worth it to get a 10 bit monitor?

Thank you!

Hey Andy,

Thanks for the comment and I’m really happy you liked the article!

If you’re not getting a Quadro or Radeon Pro Workstation graphics card and/or your work won’t be in 10bit, it doesn’t make sense going for a 10bit monitor because an 8bit monitor will do just fine. You just have to make sure you get a colour accurate monitor and the Dell UP2716D is one monitor that boasts of excellent colour accuracy with its 100% sRGB and 100% Adobe RGB coverage. This is exactly why this monitor is one of my go-to recommendations because you just can’t go wrong with the Dell UP2716D.

Cheers,
Alex

Ali

Hi Alex,
Sorry to bother you but what is the best alternative monitor for the Dell UP2716D? I’m thinking of 27 or 32” for 3D modeling,rendering and most of adobe editing softwares .

Hi Ali,

No apologies needed – I’m always happy to help!

First off, how much are you willing to spend for this monitor?

Correct me if I’m wrong but my understanding for “best alternative monitor for the Dell UP2716D” is something that has the same or almost the same excellent colour accuracy as the UP2716D. If that’s the case, below are some worthy alternatives to look at:

27 inches at 2560×1440 resolution
•BenQ SW2700PT ($599.00)
•ViewSonic VP2785-2K ($599.99)

32 inches at 3840×2160
•ASUS PA329Q ($1,199.00)
•Dell UP3216Q ($1,435.06)

Cheers,
Alex

Ali

Many many thanks for the detailed reply.
Actually I meant for the price but missed to mention it, so is there a good alternative with less amount ?

Thanks again and have a nice day

Hey Ali,

There are cheaper alternatives but of course, you can’t expect these other options to match the excellent colour accuracy of the Dell UP2716D. For example, have a look at the ViewSonic VX2778-SMHD priced at around $299.99. It’s also a 27-inch IPS display like the Dell UP2716D with the same 2560 x 1440 resolution but this ViewSonic monitor only has 100% sRGB coverage. Despite that, you can still expect more than decent colour accuracy from the ViewSonic VX2778-SMHD. As you know, certain corners tend to get cut, so to speak, if you pay less so if your budget allows it, I suggest that you might as well go all in and go for the Dell UP2716D.

Cheers,
Alex

Ali

Hey Alex
I really appreciate your reply it’s been helpful to me and I think I’m going for the Dell. Thanks again

Nanni

Hi Alex,
Thank you for what you do for us, very helpful contents!
Anyway I’m trying to build my first PC setup and I’m trying to find a good 4K monitor for my budget, which is around 850 Australian Dollars (550 USD). What do you reckon about the BenQ PD2700U (which it costs exactly 850 AUD)? Or have you ever heard about the Samsung UR550 (it’s way cheaper than the BenQ)?

Thank you in advance,
Nanni.