Best Monitors for Photo Editing
Very simply, if I need a monitor for editing photos, I will look for a high resolution display, something with a great viewing angle and the ability to represent true colors. Now, colors are something that is dependent on the fact that you calibrate you monitor from time to time. Even if the monitor comes well calibrated out of the box, over a period of time it loses that calibration. So, you have to recalibrate it as you go.
You also need the monitor to display a certain resolution and be of a certain size. For a photographer or a creative professional (someone who does photo editing for a living) it is pertinent that the monitor be at least around 27″. I feel 27″ is a great size for photo editing. The resolution should be around UHD / 4K.
In any case, don’t go for too large a monitor if the resolution is anything less than UHD / 4K. This is because with larger pixels the image is likely to become blurry. Ideally, you would want a dense pixel concentration to give a smoother experience and higher detail.
Apart from that you need your monitor to support 100% of the sRGB color gamut. This will ensure that the images that you print to match the colors that you see on the monitor. Here are a few monitors that we feel are great choices for the purpose of photo editing. We have sorted them in terms of their pricing band.
10 Best Monitors for Photo Editing in 2018
- BenQ PD2500Q 25″ 16:9 IPS Monitor at $299.00 (178 Reviews)
- BenQ GW2765HT 27″ 16:9 IPS Monitor at from $147.99 (899 Reviews)
- BenQ SW2700PT 27″ at $599.00 (103 Reviews)
$300 – $700 Price Range
- ASUS Designo MX27UC 27″ at from $154.50 (2185 Reviews)
- Acer Predator XB271HK 27″ at $760.11 (425 Reviews)
- NEC MultiSync EA275UHD-BK 27″ at $649.00 (10 Reviews)
Best Monitors for Photo Editing ($700+ Range)
- BenQ PV3200PT 32″ 16:9 4K IPS Monitor at $1,299.00 (5 Reviews)
- Dell UP3216Q 31.5″ 16:9 UltraSharp from $429.88 (110 Reviews)
- ASUS PA329Q 32″ 16:9 4K /UHD at from $294.99 (268 Reviews)
- HP Z31x 31.1 17:9 DreamColor Studio Cinema 4K IPS Display
Comparing the Best Monitors for Photo Editing
Price Range: Under $300
At just under $300 the BenQ PD2500Q is a neat monitor with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels that matches the display size of 25″. If you are looking for an entry level monitor with great resolution, sharp display and great color accuracy, check out the BenQ PD2500Q.
This IPS technology powered monitor offers a viewing angle of 178 ˚. The display supports 16.7 billion colors and supports 100% of the sRGB color gamut. Built-in technology ensures that the monitor retains a great viewing angle. The system comes calibrated from factory and is ready to be used straight out of the box.
The system can be tilted, swiveled, height adjusted for the optimum viewing angle and a stress free experience while you edit your images.
- 2K QHD (2560x1440) HIGH RESOLUTION: Bring out the finest details in your designs with superb clarity and depth of images
- 100% COLOR ACCURACY: Individually factory-calibrated to 100% sRGB and Rec. 709 standards and Technicolor Color Certified for precise color quality
- SPECIALIZED DESIGNER MODES: Darkroom, CAD/CAM, and Animation modes customize display settings to enhance precision and productivity
- UNIVERSAL HDMI, DISPLAYPORT, MINI DISPLAYPORT, USB 3.1 Gen1 CONNECTIVITY: Switch conveniently between multiple PC, Mac, or mobile devices
- EDGE-to-EDGE ULTRA SLIM BEZEL DESIGN: Maximize your workspace with minimal footprint, ideal for dual-monitor usage via DisplayPort daisy chaining
The BenQ GW2765HT is a 27″ monitor with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and a pixel density of 109 PPI. Thanks to its IPS display technology the display on the monitor can be viewed from any direction (up to 178 ˚). The monitor supports up to 1.07 billion colors.
Low Blue Light technology is aimed at photographers and image editors who spend a considerable amount of time sitting in front of their desktop editing images. With the adjustable low blue light technology it is now possible to limit the harmful effects of blue light and be able to work for an extended period of time.
Just like some of the better monitors on this list, the BenQ GW2765HT has adjustable height options. You can alter the height of the monitor as well as swivel or tilt it to ensure a better viewing orientation while working.
- Enjoy brilliant color with a 2560x1440 WQHD IPS Monitor
- ZeroFlicker & Low Blue Light for extended viewing comfort
- HDMI Multimedia Interface
- Ultra-Flexible Height Adjustment System (HAS)
- Built-in Speakers
Widescreen LED Backlit QHD Monitor
The BenQ SW2700PT is a 27” monitor powered by IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology. It has a display resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels (109 ppi) and a contrast ratio of 1000:1.
The monitor gives 99% coverage of the AdobeRGB color space. AdobeRGB, as has been hinted above, has a higher color gamut than sRGB.
A built-in calibration tool using the image processing chip is a better and more reliable method of keeping the display honest. Also, the monitor comes with a proprietary calibration application.
Though not a huge advantage for photo editors the response time of the monitor is 5 ms. What, however, is of advantage, is the support for 1.07 billion colors.
A monitor is not always used as a photo editing resource. In fact, it rarely has that privilege. Thus, it is frequently switched from photo editing tasks to browsing and even for gaming.
There is this quick ‘mode-change’ option named OSD controller that allows you to make that change whenever you want to use your monitor for anything other than photo editing.
A feature of the BenQ SW2700PT 27” is the detachable hood. This hood is a nice touch, especially for users who might be sitting in areas where controlling the ambient light may not be possible.
- 99% ADOBE RGB COLOR SPACE WITH IPS TECHNOLOGY: Accurate color reproduction and wider viewing angle
- 27 INCH 2K QHD RESOLUTION: Exceptional clarity of fine details
- HARDWARE CALIBRATION WITH PALETTE MASTER ELEMENT SOFTWARE: Tune and maintain the color performance of the monitor at its most optimal state
- Support OS: Win 7, 8, 10 / Mac 10.6.8 - 10.11
- SHADING HOOD: Made specifically for glare reduction in environments where it's hard to control ambient light; OSD Controller: Allows users to switch between Adobe RGB mode, sRGB mode and Black & White mode effortlessly
If you have the budget we recommend you go for the 4k version:
- 27 INCH 4K UHD RESOLUTION: Exceptional clarity of fine details
- HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR): for sharpened brightness and incredible details
- AQCOLOR TECHNOLOGY: 99% Adobe RGB coverage, hardware calibration support for accurate colors for photography
- USB TYPE-C: Transmit data and video signal with one cable for easy hardware calibration
- HARDWARE CALIBRATION WITH PALETTE MASTER ELEMENT SOFTWARE: Tune and maintain the color performance of the monitor at its most optimal state
Price Range: $300 – $700
The ASUS Designo MX27UC is a 27″ monitor that comes with the IPS technology and a 4K / UHD resolution. The display is 3840 x 2160. IPS displays are great for viewing as they offer wider viewing angles and better colors. The ASUS Designo MX27UC has a display of 178 ˚.
There is a 29″ and a 34″ version of this monitor. But they don’t offer the same high pixel density resolution as the 27″ version. And in any ways 27″ is my favorite and is large enough for a great editing experience.
The monitor displays 1.07 billion colors. It supports the entire sRGB color space, thus give a more accurate color representation and better consistency across all your displays, the web and your printer.
- 27" 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) AH-IPS monitor with a wide 178° viewing angle
- ASUS Eye Care technology with TUV Rheinland-certified flicker-free backlighting and blue light filter minimizes eye fatigue
- 3W x 2 stereo, RMS, with 3Wx2 Amplifier, SonicMaster sound optimization technology was co-developed by ICEpower | Bang & Olufsen Technology to provide rich, spacious sound while eliminating the need for external speakers
- Award-winning frameless design and sundial-inspired base with a metallic, icicle gold finish.Designo MX27UC features an exquisite edge-to-edge frameless panel with a bezel measuring just 0.1cm thick
- Support 4K video/data transmission and power delivery with a single USB Type-C port to pair perfectly with devices such as the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro (T303)
The Acer Predator XB271HK is a predominantly gaming monitor. It has technologies like G Sync and a higher refresh rate that gamers look for. But we are interested in the properties that would help us edit our images more than play games.
This is a 27″ monitor with IPS (In-Plane Switching technology). This technology ensures better viewing angles of around 178 ˚ with no distortion and color shifts. The display resolution on the monitor is 3840 x 2160. The Acer Predator XB271HK supports 1.07 billion colors, and 100% of the sRGB color gamut.
- 27-Inch IPS UHD Widescreen with 3840 x 2160 resolution
- Refresh Rate: 60 Hz, Response Time: 4ms; Dimensions (H x W x D) 15.80" - 21.70" x 24.20" x 10.60" w/ stand ; 14.50" x 24.20" x 10.60" w/o stand
- Pixel Pitch: 0.155mm. Flicker-less Technology-Reduces annoying screen flickering that can cause eye strain when viewing the monitor for long periods.
- Signal Inputs: 1 x HDMI (v1.4) & 1 x Display Port (v1.2)
- Please Note: Kindly refer the User Guide and user manual below.Brightness:300 Nit
The NEC MultiSync EA275 is a 27″ monitor with IPS technology for better viewing angles (178 ˚) and sharper colors. I keep coming back to the 27″ inch designs because I feel they are just the right size for editing images sitting 2.5′ to 3′ away from the monitor. Provided of course there is a UHD / 4K display, which this monitor has.
The display resolution of the monitor is 3840 x 2160. It supports up to 1.07 billion colors. Plus, it covers 100% of the sRGB color space. The monitor comes with some important viewing angle adjustments. You can change the height of the monitor up to 5.1″. Additionally, you can swivel or tilt it so that the viewing angle is perfect.
- 4K UHD resolution (3840 x 2160) offers a massive amount desktop space, four times full HD resolution
- LED backlight technology provides for industry-leading low power consumption and less hazardous materials
- Fully adjustable quick-release stand, including height-adjust (130mm), pivot, tilt and swivel capabilities, adds flexibility and comfort to your viewing preferences
- Full connectivity, including DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI-D inputs
- Touch-sensitive OSD controls are integrated into the bezel, making display adjustments easier than ever
Price Range: $700+
The BenQ PV3200PT is a 32″ monitor that comes with the IPS technology for a better viewing angle than traditional monitors. That would be 178 ˚. This extremely large 32″ monitor has a display resolution of 3840 x 2160. It supports 1.07 billion colors and 100% sRGB color gamut. When it comes to the correct color representation, sRGB is the way to go. Plus, the 14-bit LUT ensures that the colors are more accurate.
An additional feature on the BenQ PV3200PT is the presence of a chip in it that ensures that the colors displayed are never out of whack due to interference from other aspects such as changes to the settings of the graphics card. So you can hardware calibrate the monitor without any relation to the settings on the graphics card.
An extra feature on the BenQ PV3200PT is its ability to be set-up in any way you need it to be. The height can be adjusted, the orientation can be modified and you can swivel it around depending on your need.
- 32" Large Screen 3840x2160 UHD Resolution
- 100% Rec. 709 with IPS Technology
- Hardware Calibration with Color Accuracy
- Palette Master Element Color Calibration Software
- Brightness Uniformity Function
The Dell UP3216Q 31.5″ is yet another fantastic IPS monitor which comes with a large display size of 31.5″. The resolution of the display is 3840 x 2160. The monitor comes pre-calibrated. This is a good advantage but not a permanent one as you will have to calibrate your monitor from time to time.
The monitor supports up to 1.07 billion colors, and 100 of the sRGB color gamut. It also supports 99.5% of the Adobe RGB color gamut. For printing and monitor color consistency, however, compliance with the sRGB color gamut is what is important. In plane switching technology ensures that the viewing angle is an excellent 178 ˚.
The monitor comes bundled with the Dell UltraSharp Color calibration software. This software works with standard color calibration tools which can be purchased in addition to the monitor for future calibration runs.
Just like the BenQ PV3200PT the Dell UP3216Q can also be tilted, swiveled to any orientation and its height adjusted to ensure that the monitor is at the perfect setting for uninterrupted editing.
- Accurate, consistent color: With PremierColor, your monitor provides superb color precision with four color spaces, including 99.5% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB, 100% REC709 and 87% DCI-P3 coverage - ideal to suit every color professional's needs.
- Phenomenal viewing experience: Enjoy every little detail with 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD 4K resolution. That's four times the resolution of Full HD.
- Unmatched reliability: Get complete peace of mind with Dell's Premium Panel Guarantee and Advanced Exchange Service.
- See more in Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 for four times the resolution of Full HD.
The ASUS PA329Q is much cheaper compared to the previous two monitors that we have discussed here. But to be fair, there is nothing cheap in terms of the quality of the monitor. The 32″ display offers a resolution of UHD / 4K (3840 x 2160). The monitor supports 100% of the sRGB color gamut and 99.5% of the RGB color gamut. It supports 1.07 billion colors (thanks to its 10-bit color support) and comes with a 14-bit LUT for better and brighter color detail.
The monitor comes with the ASUS ProArt Calibration technology. This technology utilizes a chip on the monitor itself where all the color profile parameters are stores. This system is not reliant on the computer for storage of the information.
The advantage of this is that using a hotkey on the computer monitor you can easily activate the color profiles. Additionally, using this technology you can easily calibrate the monitor and bring it back to original calibrated self for accurate color results over the course of its use for years. Beyond the built-in calibration tools, the monitor is compliant with major hardware calibrators as well.
Just like the previous two monitors that we discussed on this list, the ASUS PA329Q comes with the ability to pivot, swivel, tilt and be adjusted for its height for the perfect viewing angle.
- 32-inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution display with DisplayPort 1.2, mini-DisplayPort 1.2 and 4x HDMI 2.0 inputs
- 100% Rec.709 & 99.5% Adobe RGB true color reproduction, factory precalibrated for outstanding color accuracy (DeltaE<2). Supports DIC-P3 and Rec. 2020 color standards
- ASUS ProArt Calibration technology with 14-bit look-up table (LUT) and uniformity compensation capability
- Compatible with major hardware calibrators such as X-rite i1 Display Pro and Datacolor Spyder 5 series, with ability to save color parameter profiles directly to the monitor (accessible via hotkey)
- Ergonomic tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustment stand with ASUS Eye Care flicker-free and low blue light technologies
The HP Z31x is a newly launched monitor which comes with the IPS display technology. The large 31.1″ display has a resolution of 4096 x 2160 (4K). This promises a large high resolution display for your RAW files. This will come in handy when editing landscapes, product and other types of photos where detail is of paramount importance.
The HP Z31x is a highly rated computer monitor. It won the 2015 Scientific and Engineering Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
IPS displays are great for viewing and they offer fantastic viewings angle of 178 ˚ without color degradation or distortion. The HP Z31x supports 100% of the sRGB color gamut as well as the Adobe RGB gamut. That ensures that you have a better consistency across your devices and more accurate color reproduction when printing your images.
Just like the rest of the high end monitors in this discussion, the HP Z31x has the ability to be swiveled, tilted and raised to change its viewing angle. A salient feature of the monitor is the pop-up sensor that calibrates the monitor on demand. You can, alternatively, schedule a calibration and the monitor will self-calibrate from time to time.
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