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 60 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.
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.
If you find the 27 inches of the LG 27UK650 limiting but still want a monitor with similar performance in photo and video editing, then get the LG 32UD99. It has almost identical performance to the 27UK650, but it is much larger and allows you to easily multitask without struggling to see the details. The 32UD99 is also equipped with some nice features, like a built-in USB hub, which allows you to connect more external devices, which can be very handy if your computer doesn't have many USB ports.
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-inch 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.
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.
If you are looking for a budget, but good, monitor for photo editing, graphic design, or media creation, then check out the Dell U2518D. It is a good 25-inch IPS monitor that delivers good picture quality, wide viewing angles, excellent sRGB coverage, and can display nearly perfect colors, with minimal banding in gradients.
Unfortunately, dark room performance is not good. Just like most IPS monitors, blacks look gray in a dark room and black uniformity is disappointing with a lot of noticeable backlight bleed. The Dell U2518D can display HDR content, but not with satisfactory results as it doesn't have a wide color gamut. Its HDR color volume is disappointing. It also has limited coverage of the Adobe RGB color space and might not be the best option if you are a professional in the print or media industry where the need for such color space coverage is more apparent.
Overall, the Dell U2518D is a good monitor that delivers great value within its price range.
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.