Top 5 Monitors for Creative Professionals

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - updated November 11th, 2020
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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 

  1. 27" UHD BenQ PB2720U Monitor
  2. 32" UHD Dell UltraSharp U3219Q Monitor
  3. 32" UHD LG UltraFine 32UL950 Monitor
  4. 27" QHD Dell UltraSharp U2721DE Monitor
  5. 27" QHD HP Z Display Z27n G2 Monitor

27" UHD BenQ DesignVue PD2720U Monitor

This BenQ 27 inch 4K resolution display offers designers richer graphics and covers 96% DCI-P3, 100% sRGB, and 99% Adobe RGB colour spaces, the amazing Delta E≤3 ensures superb accuracy, giving us absolute colour confidence.

Thunderbolt 3 connectivity is available through two USB-C ports, quickly transferring data while allowing extended audio and video content on up to 2x additional 4K monitors, with the one cable that can even provide power delivery. 

The revolutionary CAD/CAM Mode offers superior contrast on lines and shapes of technical illustrations, bringing out the smallest details to view - never miss a detail again! You can even improve your work flow and enhance productivity by switching on DualView to showcase designs in two modes (e.g. sRGB and CAD/CAM) side-by-side without the need for two screens. The BenQ PD2720U helps to eliminates guesswork with HDR10 support, so you can preview video content’s HDR10 effect during editing for your best results in the most efficient way.

Each BenQ DesignVUE Monitor display is individually factory-calibrated upon production to assure precise Delta-E and Gamma performance. Calibration results are validated against industry colour standards to deliver the truest and most representative view of original content. Calibration eliminates slight colour performance variations between individual panels of the same model. This BenQ monitor has earned the Pantone Validated and Calman Verified status.

Picture of BenQ DesignVue 4K PD2720U Graphic Design Monitor

Lighten image areas with Animation Mode to better visualize the details hiding in dark shadows. Darkroom Mode adjusts the brightness and contrast of images giving clarity and sharpness to details, creating the optimal setting for work in darker post-processing environments.

The BenQ PD2720U includes the newly designed Hotkey Puck G2, which lets designers customise shortcuts to preferred features. You can set three single-function keys and a rotation key to the function of your choice. The dial lets you easily adjust brightness, contrast, and volume of the monitor. Simply press the return button to go back to previous settings.

A KVM Switch function allows users to display and control the contents from two different PC systems on one screen using just one set of keyboard and mouse to save space and boost work efficiency. If you're working with Apple Mac, M-Book mode can provide colours that closely match your Mac, and can be turned on through either the Hotkey Puck G2 or Display Pilot software. Additionally, ICCsync synchronizes colour profiles between your monitor and your Mac when activated from the software. Available for Mac or Windows, the Display Pilot proprietary software lets you preset multiple monitor settings with a mouse. And it offers support tools to make design work more convenient and flexible..

As you'd expect this monitor has an extensive range of height, tilt, pivot, stroke and swivel monitor adjustments. When using the display in a vertical orientation, the monitor's smart screen orientation detector will auto-pivot screen contents so you can enjoy viewing pictures in its full context.

32" UHD Dell UltraSharp U3219Q Monitor

The Dell UltraSharp U3219Q 32" 4K USB-C Monitor features a 3840x2160 Ultra HD 4K resolution display, giving us four times the pixels count of a Full HD display. This is the world's first 31.5" 4K Ultra HD monitor with VESA certified DisplayHDR 400i featuring HDR content playback support, so you can enjoy working with realistic colours - from the brightest whites to the deepest darks - with a peak brightness of 400 nits, an impressive color depth of 1.07 billion colors and a high contrast ratio. 

Using USB-C to plug a laptop into the monitor

Factory calibrated at 99% sRGB coverage to an accuracy of Delta-E less than or equal to 2, for precise hues right out of the box. And, with 95% DCI-P3 and 99% Rec. 709 color coverage, you can trust that your videos reflect lifelike colour.

Picture-In-Picture (PIP) and Picture-By-Picture (PBP) features make it easy for you to view content from two different computer sources simultaneously. You can switch between applications from two PCs on your screen and work on the content using only one keyboard and mouse with the convenient Keyboard, Video and Mouse (KVM) feature. Conveniently select from predefined templates with the Easy Arrange feature on Dell Display Manager software. Quickly tile and arrange your applications and get back to work faster with Auto-restore, a feature that remembers where you left off.

Pivot, tilt, swivel and adjust the height of your monitor for a comfortable setup all day long. Or choose from a variety of mounts and stands using VESA, for even more flexibility. The included USB-C cable aims to assist in de-cluttering your desk space, and this single cable solution delivers up to 90Wi of power, so you can charging your device, while transmitting data, video and audio at the same time.

32" 4K LG UltraFine 32UL950-W UHD Professional Design Monitor

The LG UltraFine 32UL950-W monitors is ideal for content creators who need the details in their work to shine through.

The virtually borderless, sleek design of LG premium monitors is much beloved by many already, with the smooth curve of the base providing both stability and a touch of elegance. The nano-IPS panel provides accurate colour and a broader contrast ratio combine to deliver truly high-end picture quality.

HDR-enabled, it makes bright and dark portions of the image even more so, while Nano IPS controls colours better, covering 98% of the DCI-P3 color space, the digital film industry standard. Editing on-site footage with full-colour expression is possible with DCI-P3 Digital Cinema Colour Standard. It reproduces digital colour content just as you intended with the preview camera on-site; allowing for accurate conditions like shadow detail, colour, saturation & brightness for precise editing & overall control in post-production.

This HDR 600 monitor has been rated to deliver impressive peak luminance of 600 nits for undeniably spectacular highlights. The UHD 4K resolution displays breathtaking clarity and fine detail with four times the resolution of Full HD.

Picture of LG 4K Nano-IPS monitor for graphic design

Thunderbolt aims to simplify setup with a single cable for video/audio plus data transfer, as well as simultaneous laptop charging. Ideal for demanding professionals. 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.

27" QHD Dell UltraSharp U2721DE Monitor

The Dell UltraSharp 27" is ideal for the designers workspace with a thin panel profile, virtually borderless bezel, a compact base and a cable management slot that can hide cable cutter from view. Plus, 2 USB ports (one featuring power charging) are conveniently placed at the side of the monitor to help you connect and charge your storage and more with ease.

It's perfect for anyone who enjoys working with accurate images and video footage in an even wider range of colours with 85% coverage of the DCI-P3 colour space, this Dell UltraSharp monitor is factory calibrated at 99% sRGB coverage to an accuracy of Delta-E less than 2, so you can expect precise hues right out of the box! These consistent vibrant colours are also wide viewing angle enabled by In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology used.

Pivot, tilt, swivel and adjust the height of your monitor for a comfortable setup. The improved design, with the hinge on the riser, makes it easier to adjust while keeping the riser in the same place. This TUV3 Certified display has a flicker-free screen with ComfortView, a feature that reduces harmful blue light emissions. It's designed to optimize eye comfort even over an extended period of time.

Dell Display Manager's (DDM) Easy Arrange feature lets you quickly tile and view your applications side by side across one or more connected screens for multitasking efficiency. And with the improved DDM, you'll now get even more preset layouts.

Picture of Dell Graphic Design Monitor

With USB-C built in you can now charge your connected laptop with up to 65W of power using USB-C, a single cable solution that transmits power, data and video signals. And with the Always On Power Delivery feature, your laptop will keep charging, even when the monitor is turned off.

This further reduces cable clutter and enables quick transitions from your desk, making it a great option for professional hotdesk setups.

27" QHD HP Z Display Z27n G2 Monitor

Be a productive powerhouse with the sleek QHD HP Z27n G2 27-inch Display. This virtually seamless display is factory-tested for reliability and longevity with integrated colour calibration and expansive device connections.

The monitor features DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort, so it's multi-generation compatible. With a single USB-C cable users can enjoy a video and data connection that's ready for future generations of workstations, this Type-C connection is only powered at 10w though (5v 10amp), so it's not suitable for charging a connected laptop.

There is a three-port USB 3.0 hub to give you a little more convenient device connectivity. For those wanting a dual screen setup for multi-tasking, you can daisy chain up to 2 displays per workstation with DisplayPort too, helping to keep the desk space clean, and very easy to connect too.

The stand and display design itself is very clean and tidy, with HP giving their HP Z27n a slim bezel that makes it a solid option for multi monitor setups. As a standalone option the HP Z27n does also support both the Picture-In-Picture and Picture-By-Picture screen modes. Cable management is guided through the stand, which is capable of small tilts (-5 to +22 vertical) and swivel at 45 degrees, useful for accessing cables behind the display. Height adjustment is excellent at 0-150mm, making alignment at eye level easy.

Picture of HP monitor for graphics design and CAD work

Quality is a big part of the HP appeal, they rigorously test each HP Z Display to help ensure it's a reliable, long-life visual solution, and this is backed up with the HP Zero Bright Dot Guarantee, HP's most stringent pixel policy.

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!


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