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
27" Dell UHD Ultrasharp PremierColor UP2720Q Monitor
This Dell 27" 4K comes pre-calibrated for ultra-accurate colour from the moment you get it to the office, unboxed and on your desk. This specific Dell monitor supports a wide colour coverage including 100% Adobe RGB, 80% BT. 2020 and 98% DCI-P3 (with the DCI-P3 colour space achieving a better colour reproduction than sRGB!).
Dell has improved their already excellent display manager tools, so getting the most out of your Dell UP2720Q is much easier than most, this includes quick access keys, an enhanced 'Easy Arrange' with more predefined templates, asset management capabilities and remote monitor controls.
With the built-in Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C), you can connect your laptop to the monitor and charge it with up to 90W from a single cable - and that's while simultaneously transferring video and data signals.
It's a versatile connection to use with docks, displays or data peripherals, you can even daisy chain up to two 4K monitors with Thunderbolt 3 for greater multitasking capabilities. When it comes to working with large files, you'll love the super-fast speeds this connection makes possible, just be sure to look for TB3 when you're buying your external storage devices too!
To make the task of designing for multiple formats/spaces even easier, with the built-in Picture-by-Picture mode, you can view and compare the same image in different colour spaces, or compare images from two different sources.
The stand design is excellent too, pivot, tilt, swivel and adjust the height of your monitor for a comfortable setup with ease.
Looking to update your monitor? Want something exception good? This Dell PremierColor UP2720Q monitor is ideal for graphics design work!
32" Dell UHD 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.
31.5" MSI Creator PS321URV 4K UHD Graphics Design Monitor
The MSI Creator PS321URV monitor is a new arrival and ideal for those looking for a high quality and responsive display.
This display draws its inspiration from a combination of Western oil and Eastern ink paintings. This can be seen in the asymmetrical circle and the curved line on the back, that blends into the symmetrical front, making this display an art piece with utility. The thing you look at all day may as well be beautiful.
Rated to deliver impressive peak luminance of 400 nits for undeniably spectacular highlights. The UHD 4K resolution displays breathtaking clarity and fine detail with four times the resolution of Full HD.
HDR600 makes bright and dark portions of the image even more so, for a rich and vivid viewing experience.
sRGB is the standard colour space generally used in digital cameras, printers and the web design. This MSI monitor is rated with sRGB at 95%, meaning this monitor offers rich colour reproduction, giving you accurate colour viewing when browsing photos or websites. It is able to reproduce digital content in detail, allowing for accurate shadows, saturation and brightness for precise editing and control during production.
Pivot, twist and adjust to suit your needs, with the MSI Creator PS321URV you're in control, and it even comes with an in-built side card reader.
This monitor also comes with an easy-to-install, toolless, magnetic monitor hood. Monitor hoods help to block out glare and distraction from external light. This helps improve perceived colour accuracy in more challenging environments.
32" LG UHD UltraFine 32UL950-W Monitor
The 32UL950-W monitor 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 4K panel provides accurate colour and a broader contrast ratio combine to deliver truly high-end picture quality.
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.
HDR10 enabled, it makes bright and dark portions of the image even more so.
sRGB is the standard colour space generally used in digital cameras, printers and the web design. This LG monitor is rated with sRGB at 99%, meaning this monitor offers rich colour reproduction, giving you accurate colour viewing when browsing photos or websites. It is able to reproduce digital content in detail, allowing for accurate shadows, saturation and brightness for precise editing and control during production.
Pivot, twist and adjust to suit your needs, with the LG 32UL950-W you're in control, and it even helps with cable management.
USB Type-C aims to simplify setup with a single cable for video/audio plus data transfer, as well as simultaneous laptop charging with up to 70watt power delivery - ideal for demanding professionals, the compact port is modern and useful.
27" Dell UHD Ultrasharp U2720Q Monitor
Be a productive powerhouse with the sleek, affordable, 4K Dell U2720Q 27" Display. This monitor has a lot going for it and you've no doubt also noticed it's model ID is very similar to our current #1 pick, but this one comes in at around half the price!
This virtually seamless display is factory-tested for reliability and longevity, it features good factory calibrated colour and expansive device connections.
The monitor features USB Type-C, 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 impressively powered at 90w, so it's suitable for also charging many connected laptop options.
There is a handy USB port on the edge to give you a little more convenient device connectivity. For those wanting a dual screen setup for multi-tasking, the multiple inputs, high resolution and 27 inch spacing all aid in creating a wonder desk space.
The stand and display design itself is very clean and tidy, with Dell giving their U2720Q a slim bezel that makes it a solid option for multi monitor setups. As a standalone option the Dell U2720Q does also support both the Picture-In-Picture and Picture-By-Picture screen modes. Cable management is guided through a hole in the stand, which is capable of small tilts (-5 to 21 degree), rotations (90 degree) and swivel (-45 to 45 degree), useful for accessing cables behind the display. Height adjustment is excellent at 0-130mm, making alignment at eye level easy.
Quality is a big part of the Dell appeal, they rigorously test each display to help ensure it's a reliable, long-life visual solution, and that low price makes them pretty popular too!
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!