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!
Quick List! Top 5 Monitors for Creative Professionals at PB Tech
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.
It provides such an impressive viewing experience you can tell it 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.
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.
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.
The LG 32UL950 32" 4K nano IPS display offers amazingly sharp picture quality. The 4K resolution displays images with incredible clarity and fine detail, as you'd expect working with four times the pixel resolution of Full HD, but it's about more that just pixels, you'll enjoy more accurate colours and a broader contrast ratio to deliver that truly high-end picture quality.
High dynamic range (HDR) makes bright and dark portions of the image even more so, while Nano IPS controls color better, covering 98% of the DCI-P3 color space, the digital film industry standard. This monitor is designed to work with compatible calibration devices that ensure precise adjustments of colour, brightness and more.
Professional designers will also love the Thunderblot 3 port that's built-in, making a simplified setup possible thanks to using a single cable for video/audio plus data transfer, as well as simultaneous laptop charging. The compact port enables 40Gbps data and high-bandwidth video, including a 4K signal to two different screens, or 5K/60fps to a single screen - it's ideal for demanding professionals, this is the most versatile Thunderbolt yet!
The Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q 32" Monitor offers a bright and vibrant Ultra HD 4K display that is perfect for any creative professional. Whether it's graphic design, video editing, animation or professional photography, the Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 4K Monitor with PremierColor - UP3216Q encourages you to hone in on the finest details to give your work the attention it deserves.
This 32" monitor comes factory colour calibrated with a deltaE of less than 2, so you can count on precise, consistent colours right out of the box. The UP3216Q with PremierColor now offers a wider color coverage with 100% REC 709 and 87% DCI-P3 in addition to 99.5% Adobe RGB and 100% sRGB, which weren't available previously in the predecessor. The two new color spaces are ideal for color-critical projects that rely on industry standards, and are typically used by content production professionals. This monitor also reveals a high level of detail, even in dark areas, with a colour depth of 1.07 billion colours.
With extremely high pixel density, the tiniest details in videos and images are revealed for uncompromising picture quality. And with an ultra-wide 178°/178° viewing angle, you'll get a clear and consistent view of undistorted colours.
This is monitor is 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.
The LG UltraFine 32UD99 monitors is ideal for content creators who need the details in their work to shine through.
Outstanding Ultra HD performance is assured by the specially designed 4K display panel with in-plane switching (IPS), delivering accurate colors that remain consistent at wide viewing angles, with four times the resolution of Full HD. To more fully realize content creators’ vision, this monitor is compatible with industry-standard HDR10 high dynamic range, supporting specific levels of color and brightness that exceed the capabilities of ordinary monitors.
This monitor covers 95% of the DCI-P3 color space, the current standard utilized by the film industry, assuring an exceptionally wide range of available colors. To ensure professionals can fine-tune the monitor to their needs, this model is designed to work with compatible calibration devices* that ensure precise adjustments of color, brightness and more.
This BenQ SW Photographer Monitor was designed for photography professionals who need excellent colour coverage, accuracy and stunning image quality. It was built to reproduce images with the same precise details in which you captured them.
Specially designed to bring out the best in color-sensitivity, BenQ Adobe RGB color space reproduces your images using the widest spectrum possible. Adobe RGB color space offers a far greater range of color reproduction for shades of blue and green, resulting in dramatically more realistic color representation for outdoor and nature photography. With 10-bit panels producing over one billion colors for natural color transitions and subtle shading, SW2700PT guarantees the silkiest, smoothest gradations. The 14-bit 3D look up table (LUT) improves RGB color blending accuracy, resulting in impeccable color reproduction. Precise Delta E≤2 in both Adobe RGB and sRGB color spaces renders the truest and most representative view of the original image.
Each BenQ Photographer Monitor is individually factory-calibrated upon production to assure precise Delta-E and Gamma performance. Achieving an average Delta E≤2 in both Adobe RGB & sRGB color spaces, calibration results are validated against industry color standards to deliver the truest and most representative view of original content.
A few unique features that really make this monitor stand out include 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 SW2700 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.
Ultra wide options are still surprisingly few in the world of top tier graphics design monitors, and this LG 34UC99-W 3440 X 1440 curved UltraWide QHD IPS display offers amazingly sharp picture quality making it ideal for photographers, producers and other creative professionals who need more room for big ideas.
It's got all the newest features too, reduced blue light to help keep those eyes fresh and editors will love 'Reader Mode', which provides optimal conditions for reading text. LG Screen Split features can be used to easily resize and display multiple windows at once, with 14 options including four different picture-in-picture (PIP) choices.
Those who own an ultra wide monitor of any kind can attest to the reduction in cord clutter, and this LG comes equipped with the latest convenience, USB Type-C ports allow 4K video display, data transfer and laptop/mobile device charging, all at the same time over a single cable. Turn on the USB Quick Charge feature to save time when you're powering up the battery of a connected device, it can charge up to four times faster than regular USB 3.0.
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 department, make 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!