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Top 5 Monitors for Creative Professionals

Posted in Articles on 18/6/2018 (updated on 15/3/2019)

As a creative professional, the computer monitor is one of the most crucial elements of your set-up. You might be equipped with a top-end laptop or computer and all the best software available, but if you’re not seeing the right colours on your screen or you’re missing all the fine details, your work will suffer. With so many monitors to choose from, you might not even know where to start. Here we’ve put together a list of our top five monitor picks for creative professionals!

32" ASUS ProArt PA329Q 4K IPS Professional Monitor

With very accurate colour reproduction this ASUS ProArt 4K Monitor was designed with graphics professionals in mind.

What makes the PA329Q ideal for professional editing is the wide colour gamut and exceptional colour fidelity. The use of 3M QDEF (Quantum Dot Enhancement Film) along with PA329Q supporting 100% sRGB, 100% Rec 709, 99.5% Adobe RGB, 90% DCI-P3, and Rec 2020 colour spaces for video editing and production makes it very appealing to anyone working with real footage. On top of that, IPS display technology gives you wide viewing angles so there's no colour shift, even when you're viewing PA329Q from less than ideal positions.

A 10-bit display with over 1.07 billion colours, 14-bit LUT (internal lookup table) with Gamma values of 2.4, 2.2, 2.0, and 1.8, this incredible screen will give you natural-looking images, and smoother transitions between hues. In addition, ASUS ProArt Calibration Technology offers advanced uniformity compensation and colour tuning to ensure outstanding colour accuracy, making PA329 the perfect monitor for photographers, colourists, graphic designers, and film creators alike.

Thanks to smart design form the Asus team you can connect multiple 4K/UHD video inputs with support up to 60Hz via the 4x HDMI 2.0 ports with options for Mini DisplayPort 1.2 and Display 1.2 also. To keep all your accessories within reach this monitor also has 5x USB 3.0 ports and a 9-in-1 card reader for your memory cards, peripherals, and various devices.

If you’re ready to pay a premium for the Asus PG329Q – one of the most popular 4K design monitors – you’ll get a premium experience in return, with sharp Ultra-High Definition picture, incredible colour clarity, excellent colour accuracy and consistency, and a whole lot of features!

31.5" BenQ PhotoVue SW320 4K Photographer Monitor

This BenQ SW320 Monitor was designed for photography professionals who need excellent colour coverage, accuracy and stunning image quality.

It has a few unique features that really make it stand out, like the Hotkey Puck which allows the user to switch between Adobe RGB mode, sRGB mode and Black & White mode effortlessly -these buttons can also be customized to map other modes or OSD settings, such as brightness and contrast to bring added convenience to photographers. The SW320 also includes a detachable shading hood that effectively reduces the monitor's screen glare resulting from ambient lighting, ensuring superb colour accuracy required for professional work. The shading hood can be used in both portrait and landscape orientations.

The SW320 builds upon the success of its award-winning predecessor and sets a new benchmark for wide gamut monitors taking image quality to the next level with the addition of HDR capabilities. The new 31.5" 4K UHD monitor offers extraordinary clarity of fine details and textures on a true 10-bit panel with 99% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB colour space coverage as well as supporting HDR content. GamutDuo enables you to view content simultaneously in different colour spaces side-by-side for added comparison. Switch to PIP/PBP mode to enable GamutDuo. Advanced Black & White mode lets you view your photos in a black and white film effect - you can choose from three different black and white presets to preview your photos in before you perform actual adjustments in your photo processing program.

The 14-bit 3D LUT improves RGB colour blending accuracy, resulting in impeccable colour reproduction. Having Delta E=2 in both Adobe RGB and sRGB colour spaces gives you the truest and most representative view of the original image. Hardware calibration allows you to adjust the image processing chip in the monitor without changing the graphics card output data. It keeps images consistent with its original copies without being affected by graphic settings! 

32" Asus ProArt PA32UC 4K HDR IPS Professional Monitor

Certified for Windows and Mac OS, this Asus ProArt is ideal for graphic designers, photographers and professional content creators. With two USB-C ports that support Thunderbolt 3 for data transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps as well as a DisplayPort and USB 3.1 with Power Delivery to provide up to 60W of power to external devices - this Thunderbolt 3 also makes it possible to daisy-chain several displays through a single port, without the need for a hub or a switch.

A comfortable viewing position is always easy to achieve thanks to the slim profile and ergonomically designed stand that offers tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustments. Its onscreen menu even rotates automatically to display correctly when the monitor is used in portrait orientation - especially handy when working with websites.

Providing an impressive viewing experience and was designed with creative professionals in mind (particularly those using CAD/CAM and animation). A full-array LED backlight with ASUS LED Driving technology gives the ProArt PA32UC has 384 LED zones and a peak brightness of 1,000 nits, so it can produce the deepest blacks and the brightest whites.

This monitor delivers fantastic colour accuracy and impressive clarity thanks to the high resolution, so even the most subtle textures can be seen during visually intensive work. Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode lets you easily place your second input source in a window in one corner of the display - you can even simultaneously experience different settings, place multiple input sources side by side onscreen and configure each individual window's colour settings with sRGB, Adobe RGB, DCI-P3, Rec 2020, User Mode 1 or User Mode 2. 

27" Dell UP2716D 2K IPS Professional Design Monitor 

The Dell UP2716D Monitor is an excellent value for a 27” IPS QHD monitor that delivers fantastic out-of-box performance and a huge array of calibration choices.

Count on consistent, accurate colours right out of the box with Dell PremierColor. Custom colour modifications, incredible colour depth and a wide colour gamut meet your precise, professional standards. PremierColor offers 100% Adobe RGB and 100% sRGB as well as two new colour spaces: 100% REC 709 and 98% DCI-P3, which are ideal for video editors during post-production work and animation designers who deal with colour-critical projects. The Dell UP2716D comes factory-colour calibrated with a deltaE of less than 2, making any colour differences between the desired colour and onscreen colour indistinguishable to the human eye.

Dell's SDK (software development kit) enables customers with a proprietary colour solution to customize Dell UltraSharp Monitors with their preferred specifications - you can also fine-tune colour parameters, including RGBCMY saturation, RGBCMY hue, RGB and RGB offset.

This is all backed by the Premium Panel Guarantee 3-Year Advanced Exchange Service - basically, this means that in the event you have a serious problem with your Dell Monitor that cannot be resolved over the phone - Dell will ship you a replacement unit the next business day. You can then unpack your new unit, ship back the defective unit, and continue work - there are a bunch of T&Cs to go with this of course but nothing I found unreasonable.

34" LG 34WK95U-W 5K Ultrawide Nano IPS Monitor

The LG 34WK95U-W monitor is serious stuff - ideal for designers, photographers, video editors, and other creative professionals who need more room to work on.

Multitaskers can now work in a generous 5:9 area while simultaneously viewing a 16:9 4K video on the same screen. The 5K2K 21:9 display of the 34WK95U offers 5120 x 2160 resolution optimized for video editors, programmers and developers, with convenient single-cable Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

With high dynamic range, this monitor provides bolder contrast between the brightest and darkest areas of the screen. This HDR 600 monitor has been rated to deliver impressive peak luminance of 600 nits for undeniably spectacular highlights. 

Nano IPS controls colour better, covering 98% of the DCI-P3 colour space, the digital film industry standard. This broader contrast ratio combines with accurate colours to deliver truly high-end picture quality.  You'll be splashing out a premium to purchase this top-quality ultra-widescreen monitor, but it offers a lot in return. It'll deliver great colour, grayscale, and gamma performance. Even without calibration, you'll still experience impressive bright images and natural, accurate hues - when properly calibrated, whites have that gorgeous, paper-white quality. 

So there you have it – five of our top monitor picks for creative professionals. As with all expensive technology this isn't the be all and end all, you'll need a 10-bit capable graphics card (like a Quadro) to make use of a 10-bit Monitor, and 10-bit printer if you want to make your creations real - but such is life when you're using the best of the best!

Check out these monitors alongside the rest of our range in the PB Tech Monitors departmentmake sure you keep an eye on our Tips and News section to stay up-to-date with the latest on what we have to offer!

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