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
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.
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.
27" UHD BenQ PD2700U Monitor
Designed to meet the rising demands for large-sized viewing and stunning definition, the PD2700U boasts a 27" 4K display built with BenQ's IPS panel technology to provide great colours and superior viewing angles.
Designer work is much easier with a proper display, and the BenQ DesignVue PD2700U monitor was designed specifically to deliver absolute colour precision in an ultra-high resolution to help designers make their content come alive on screen.
The 4K UHD (3840x2160) resolution offers extra clarity for fine details and depth of subtle textures optimized for visually intensive work in animation, visual effects, graphics, and photos.
Empowered by BenQ's exclusive AQCOLOR technology and that 4K UHD resolution, the BenQ PD2700U brings out the clarity and colour precision that designers have been yearning for.
Coupled with 3 special modes tailored for different scenarios, this monitor allows for designers working in different fields to achieve the same level of excellence.
The IPS wide viewing angle technology minimizes colour shift for design confidence. 100% sRGB colour gamut accuracy adheres to industry standards in digital production, and Rec. 709 reproduces accurate resolution, frame rate, color gamut, gamma, and white point performance in high-definition video work.
BenQ's exclusive eye-care technologies help to reduce eye fatigue for user comfort, enhanced productivity, and workplace safety during extended use. Using low blue light technology the BenQ PD2700U is designed to filter out harmful blue light, it is effective at diminishing eye fatigue and irritation. Flicker-free eliminates flickering at all brightness levels to reduce eye fatigue also. Brightness Intelligence Technology (B.I.Tech.) monitors ambient light in your viewing environment and actively adjusts screen brightness for the most comfortable viewing experience possible.
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.
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 BenQ PD2700Q Monitor
This BenQ 27 inch QHD resolution display offers designers richer graphics brought by 10-bits of color depth, Rec.709 and standard RGB color space (sRGB), and 2560x1440 resolution. Technicolor Color Certified, ensuring consistent and accurate colours for an impressive colour performance.
With more than 1 billion of colours to work with, creatives designers can enjoy working with astonishing precision, and also a smoother work flow by using one of the three display modes (Darkroom, CAD/CAM and Animation) that accentuate the details of images, making it easier for editing, creating, and visualizing. Control and perfect every movement with the innovative Animation Mode.
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 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.
Each BenQ Designer 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!