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The 4 Best Monitors For Photo Editing - Spring 2024 Reviews

Updated May 24, 2024 at 01:48 pm
Best Monitors For Photo Editing

If you're a professional photo editor or content creator, getting a proper monitor with accurate colors can help you perfect your craft. While there are dedicated professional displays with perfect color accuracy, those tend to cost a lot, so if you don't have the funds, the next best option is to get a monitor that performs well enough even for serious photo editing. You can get the best performance by getting a monitor with accurate colors and a dedicated sRGB mode, which is important if you don't want to pay more for calibration.

Besides the color accuracy, a high-resolution display lets you see images with a ton of detail. Getting a monitor with a USB hub and good ergonomics can also improve your workflow, especially if you need to connect different devices or often share your screen with someone else. Size is also another consideration, but that's a personal preference.

We've bought and tested more than 310 monitors, and below are our picks for the best monitors for photography and photo editing. See our recommendations for the best 4k monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, and the best monitors for video editing. If you need more than just a monitor, check out the best laptops for photo editing and the best cameras for photography.

Note: We recently published our Test Bench 2.0, and we're updating our reviews to this new test bench. As such, it may seem that two similar monitors have wildly different scores, but scores aren't comparable between different test benches.

  1. Best Monitor For Photo Editing

    The best monitor that we've tested for photo editing is the ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV. It's designed specifically with content creation in mind because it has picture modes with various color spaces that you may work with, from the basic sRGB color space to the wider Rec. 2020 color space. Colors are accurate before any calibration, and it also displays a wide range of colors in the Adobe RGB color space that many photo editors use, but some colors are oversaturated. Another advantage is that it has a high 4k resolution to deliver clear and detailed images.

    It has a few features to help your workflow, like an extremely ergonomic stand and a big USB hub to which you can connect various devices, including a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode with 90W of power delivery. It's a good choice if you want to edit in a well-lit room as it gets bright enough to combat glare, but it has more limited picture quality in dark rooms due to its terrible local dimming feature. If that's important to you, the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx has much better picture quality in dark rooms, but it has more oversaturated colors in Adobe RGB.

    See our review

  2. Best Monitor For Photo Editing On Mac

    Current Deal: The Apple Studio Display has dropped in price by $300 at

    If you want to edit your photos with a Mac computer, like a MacBook Pro or Mac Mini, consider the Apple Studio Display instead. While the ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV is good enough to use with macOS devices, the Studio Display completes your Apple ecosystem and has features you can use only with a Mac computer. One of those features is its dedicated sRGB mode, which results in exceptional accuracy, and you won't even need to calibrate it for the most accurate image. It also has a higher 5k resolution, resulting in an incredibly high pixel density and sharp images.

    It's different in a few ways from the ASUS because it doesn't support HDR, but that doesn't make much difference if you don't edit photos in HDR anyway. It also has much worse ergonomics as it's available in two different types of stands, but neither offers swivel adjustment. You can instead get a third variant that comes with a mounting adapter, for which you'll need to buy a proper mount if you want a more adjustable stand.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Monitor For Photo Editing

    If you don't need a monitor specifically for macOS and you find the ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV too much out of your price range, the Dell S2722QC is a good choice that often goes on sale. It's a step down in performance from ASUS as it doesn't have a dedicated sRGB picture mode, meaning it has worse accuracy before calibration, but that's what you must expect when getting something cheaper. It also has a smaller USB hub with two USB-A ports and a single USB-C port. Luckily, it supports DisplayPort Alt Mode with 65W of power delivery, which is enough to charge smaller laptops but not power-hungry ones.

    Besides that, it performs similarly to the ASUS as it has excellent ergonomics, and it performs well in bright rooms thanks to its high peak brightness. It even has the same 4k resolution, so it delivers sharp and detailed images, but if you don't need such a high resolution, the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV is a good choice as a 1440p monitor. It has a dedicated sRGB mode, but it doesn't support HDR like the Dell.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Monitor For Photo Editing

    If you're looking for something on a budget, the Dell S2721QS is a good entry-level option, but it's a step down from the more expensive Dell S2722QC model and has fewer features. The main difference is that it has no USB hub, so you can't use your laptop's USB-C port to directly connect to it like on the S2722QC. However, it still has DisplayPort and HDMI inputs, and you can use an adapter even if your laptop doesn't have those ports.

    Besides the difference in connectivity, the picture quality is very similar to the S2722QC, as it also has decent accuracy. Still, it doesn't have an sRGB mode, so you'll have to calibrate it if you need the most accurate colors possible, and it has limited picture quality due to its low contrast ratio. If that's important to you, consider the AOC Q27G3XMN, which uses Mini LED backlighting and has much better picture quality in dark rooms. However, it has a lower resolution and has an issue that results in a red tint, which isn't ideal for editing.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell U4025QW: The Dell U4025QW is a high-end monitor for photo editing with an ultrawide screen, offering even more screen space than the ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV. It has a ton of features, but it costs a lot more than the ASUS, so only go for it if you want such a big screen. See our review
  • ASUS VG246H: The ASUS VG246H is a cheap monitor with incredible ergonomics and a dedicated sRGB mode, which is great if you want something more affordable than the Dell S2721QS. It has a lower 1080p resolution, so images aren't as detailed, but it's harder to find. See our review
  • Apple Pro Display XDR: The Apple Pro Display XDR is a higher-end professional content creation monitor than the Apple Studio Display. It supports HDR and has a higher resolution but costs a lot more, so it isn't worth getting for most people. Untested - Join the discussion
  • Dell U2723QE: The Dell U2723QE is a competitor to the ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV that performs similarly and has a few more features, like a KVM switch, but it displays less colors in Adobe RGB. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 24, 2024: Removed the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx and renamed the ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV to 'Best Monitor' based on user feedback. Replaced the LG 40WP95C-W and the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV with the Dell U4025QW and the Dell U2723QE in the Notable Mentions to better fit into the scope of the article.

  2. Apr 16, 2024: Added the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx as the best overall for consistency with other articles as it has good picture quality. The ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV was renamed as the 'Best Mid-Range' and the Dell S2722QC as 'Best Lower Mid-Range' to reflect their market positions. Also added the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV to the Notable Mentions.

  3. Feb 13, 2024: Removed the Dell U2723QE and renamed the ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV to 'Best Monitor For Photo Editing' because it displays a wider range of colors than the Dell. Removed the Gigabyte M32U from Notable Mentions because it doesn't fit into the scope of this article.

  4. Dec 12, 2023: Removed the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx because of lack of availability and added the ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range' monitor. Replaced the Dell Alienware AW3423DW with the Apple Pro Display XDR in Notable Mentions.

  5. Oct 13, 2023: Removed the Dell U3223QE and renamed the Dell U2723QE as 'Best For Photo Editing' because both monitors are similar and the U2723QE is cheaper; updated text for clarity throughout.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors for photography and other types of 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.