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The 5 Best Monitors for Photo Editing and Video Editing - Winter 2019
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Best Monitors for Photo Editing
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Whether you are a professional in the print and marketing industry or an amateur photographer, your project has to look its best. The first step is to have a good monitor with accurate colors. There is nothing worse than printing your project only to find the colors are off because your monitor couldn't display them properly.

We've tested 55 monitors so far, and below are our picks for the best monitors for photo editing, graphic design, or media creation available for purchase in 2019.

  1. Best Monitor for Photo Editing and Video Editing: LG 27UK650-W

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    The LG 27UK650 is the best monitor for video editing, photo editing, and graphic design that we have tested so far. The 27" screen and 4k resolution allow you to see more of your project at once. It also has wide viewing angles, great for sharing your work with multiple people.

    It has great color reproduction. It displays gradients almost perfectly with almost no banding, and it has an excellent SDR color gamut.

    Unfortunately, although the 27UK650 supports HDR, it can't display a wide color gamut and it has no local dimming feature. It also has limited coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, which is less than ideal for professional photo and video editing. Overall though, the 27UK650 is a great monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  2. Larger Alternative: LG 32UD99-W

    Size : 32 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you want something larger than the LG 27UK650, check out the LG 32UD99. It delivers nearly identical performance to the 27UK650, but the 32" screen delivers 40% more screen area, making it even easier to see finer details of your project. The 32UD99 also has some great convenience features, including a built-in USB hub, great for connecting a drawing tablet or keyboard and mouse combo if your computer doesn't have many USB ports.

    See our review

  3. Best Adobe RGB Monitor for Photo Editing and Video Editing: Acer Predator X27

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 120 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    G-Sync

    If you work mainly in the Adobe RGB color space, the Acer Predator X27 has the best Adobe RGB coverage that we have measured so far. It has a nearly perfect SDR color gamut and outstanding SDR color volume. In HDR, it has the best color gamut of any display that we have tested so far, and very good HDR color volume.

    It has a decent stand that can be easily adjusted to an optimal position. The 27" 4k screen is great for multitasking, and the fast 120 Hz refresh rate is excellent for gaming. It has a dedicated blue light filter, that, as the name implies, filters blue light from the display to reduce eye strain when working at night or in a dark room.

    Unfortunately, the X27 really doesn't come cheap and is outside of most people's budget. But if you need the best monitor for photo editing, you won't be disappointed with it.

    See our review

  4. Best Widescreen Monitor for Photo Editing and Video Editing: Dell AW3418DW

    Size : 34 "
    Resolution : 3440x1440
    Refresh Rate : 100 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    G-Sync

    If you would prefer a widescreen monitor for easier multitasking when editing photos, check out the Dell Alienware AW3418DW. The 34" screen, with a 3440x1440 resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio, is perfect for multitasking or for editing a large workflow. It has nearly perfect coverage of the sRGB color space and excellent color volume, but unfortunately it doesn't cover the wider Adobe RGB color space as well.

    There is some noticeable banding when working with gradients. Normally, this wouldn't be an issue, but if you frequently work with gradients it might be. It also doesn't perform very well in a dark room, due to the limited contrast ratio and poor black uniformity.

    The Dell AW3418DW has a great design, with a futuristic look and a unique stand. The stand itself isn't as good as most Dell monitors, but can still be easily adjusted to an optimal position. Overall, it is a very good monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Monitor for Photo Editing and Video Editing: Dell U2518D

    Size : 25 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    No

    If you want a very good monitor for photo editing, graphic design, or media creation, but have a limited budget, the Dell U2518D is a great choice. It delivers good picture quality, with wide viewing angles and excellent sRGB coverage. It also displays color nearly perfectly, with very little banding in gradients.

    Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, the Dell U2518D isn't great for a dark room due to disappointing black uniformity. Also, while it supports HDR, there isn't a huge benefit to it as it doesn't have a wide color gamut and has disappointing HDR color volume. It also doesn't cover the Adobe RGB color space very well, so if you work in print and use that color space, you might be disappointed.

    Overall, it is a surprisingly good monitor, and it delivers great value, far outperforming similarly priced monitors.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell U2718Q. Very good monitor for media creation, but the 27UK650 is a bit better for almost the same price. See our review
  • ASUS ROG PG279Q. Good monitor for picture editing, but the LG 27UK650 is better and cheaper. See our review
  • Samsung CHG70. Good monitor if you want better HDR than the LG 27UK650, but the LG is better overall. See our review
  • ASUS ROG PG348Q. Very good monitor, but the Dell AW3418DW is slightly better overall. See our review
  • LG 34UC79G-B. Decent large monitor, but image isn't very clear due to the low 2560x1440 resolution. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors for graphic design, photo editing, and media creation currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors. 

If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

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