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The 5 Best Monitors For Video Editing - Summer 2024 Reviews

Updated Jun 05, 2024 at 12:47 pm
Best Monitors For Video Editing

Whether you're a professional video editor or working on your first vlog, the monitor you use is one important piece of equipment during your editing process. While you can practically use any display to edit your videos, getting something that makes your content look life-like and realistic is beneficial. Different factors go into this, like the range of colors it displays and its accuracy, as the last thing you'll want is colors looking off in editing. Even having a high contrast helps provide good picture quality with deep blacks, making it ideal for editing videos in dark rooms. It's also important to consider the monitor's resolution, as a higher resolution helps deliver more detail and sharper images.

While there are high-end, professionally calibrated monitors that film studios use, many consumer-level monitors are also excellent for video editing. Even low-cost options are good enough for casual editing, but those usually have fewer features, so it's important to think about your budget.

We've bought and tested more than 315 monitors, and below are our picks for the best monitors to use while video editing that are available to buy. See our recommendations for the best monitors for photo editing, the best 4k monitors, and the best 27-inch monitors. If you need more than just a monitor, check out the best cameras for vlogging and the best laptops for video editing.

Note: We recently published Test Bench 2.0 and are in the process of updating our reviews to reflect this. As such, it may seem that two similar monitors have very different scores, but scores aren't comparable between different test benches.


  1. Best Monitor For Video Editing

    The best monitor for video editing we've tested is the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx. Although it's designed with gaming in mind, it's still great for editing as it delivers sharp and detailed images thanks to its high 4k resolution. It also displays incredibly accurate colors in SDR and a wide range of colors in HDR, delivering realistic images, and its excellent color volume makes colors look vivid. It gets incredibly bright in HDR, enough for small highlights to pop against the rest of the image, which is ideal for editing your videos. On top of this, it uses Mini LED backlighting and has a decent local dimming feature to help display deep and inky blacks, making it great for working in dark rooms.

    It has a few extra features to help with your workflow, like a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and 90W of power delivery, so you can easily connect your laptop and charge it using a single cable. It also has two extra USB-A ports to connect to other devices. If you want something with a bigger USB hub, including a KVM switch, you can also check the Dell U2723QE, but it has worse picture quality in HDR.

    See our review

  2. Best Ultrawide Monitor For Video Editing

    If you work with a long video timeline and find a 27-inch screen too small, consider an ultrawide monitor like the Dell U4025QW. You can buy the monitor directly through Dell's website. You'll have to pay a premium for the size upgrade, but the large 40-inch screen and 21:9 aspect ratio allow you to see more of your video timeline simultaneously. That said, it has worse picture quality than the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx as it has a terrible local dimming feature, and blacks look gray in dark rooms, so only consider this monitor if you mainly care about the size upgrade. Luckily, it has a similar pixel density to the Acer as it has a 5120x2160 resolution and fantastic text clarity, and images are full of detail.

    Regarding picture quality, it has a dedicated sRGB mode that's extremely accurate, and it doesn't have any oversaturated colors in SDR. Even in HDR it accurately displays a wide range of colors in the commonly used DCI-P3 color space. The image also remains consistent if you view it from the sides, which is important if you need to share the screen with someone else or you're sitting in front of the center of the screen and looking at the edges.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Monitor For Video Editing

    If you find the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx out of your price range or don't need the ultrawide screen of the Dell U4025QW, check out the ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV. It has specs similar to the Acer's, like its 4k, 27-inch screen, but it doesn't use Mini LED backlighting. Its local dimming feature is terrible, so blacks look gray, and it's disappointing to use in dark rooms. On the plus side, it has a bigger USB hub than the Acer as it has two USB-C ports, one of which supports DisplayPort Alt Mode with 90W of power delivery. It also has Picture-in-Picture/Picture-by-Picture modes, which the Acer doesn't have, making it ideal for working with two sources at once.

    This monitor is excellent for content creation because it has different picture modes for the various color spaces you may work with. For example, its dedicated sRGB mode comes factory-calibrated with remarkable accuracy, and it also has modes for DCI-P3 and Rec. 2020 color spaces. It even displays a wide range of colors in HDR. Lastly, it has an extremely ergonomic stand, making it very easy to adjust to an ideal position.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Monitor For Video Editing

    Current Deal: The Dell S2722QC has dropped in price by $163 at Amazon.com.

    If you don't have the budget for a premium monitor, check out the Dell S2722QC, which often goes on sale for a lower cost. It has a 27-inch, 4k screen, and it's a step down from the ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV as it lacks a dedicated sRGB mode. Because of this, it only has decent accuracy, so you'll need to calibrate it for the best accuracy, but it's still fine for casual editors. It also struggles to display a wide range of colors in HDR, but that's what you have to expect as you drop down in price categories.

    It has a smaller USB hub than the ASUS, as it only has two USB-A ports and a single USB-C port. However, you can still easily connect to it via USB-C thanks to its DisplayPort Alt Mode with 65W of power delivery. While that's enough to charge smaller laptops while you're working, it isn't enough for power-hungry laptops. Although this monitor fails to display deep blacks next to bright highlights in dark rooms, it's still a good choice for use in well-lit rooms as it gets bright enough to fight glare and has good reflection handling.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Monitor For Video Editing

    Current Deal: The Dell S2721QS has dropped in price by $182 at Amazon.com.

    If you're looking for a basic budget-friendly monitor for video editing, you can choose from a few decent options, like the Dell S2721QS. Though it performs very similarly to the Dell S2722QC, it lacks extra features like USB ports. This means you can't connect your extra devices directly to the monitor, but that's the trade-off for getting something cheaper.

    Since it has a very similar performance to the Dell S2722QC, it also gets bright enough to fight glare and has wide viewing angles, so it's easy to share your screen with someone else. However, it doesn't have very good HDR performance. If that's important to you, consider the AOC Q27G3XMN, which has more vivid colors, brighter highlights, and deeper blacks in HDR. However, it also has a lower resolution, and its image quickly washes out from the sides, which isn't ideal if you want to share your work with others.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell U3223QE: The Dell U3223QE is a larger alternative to the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx, which has more features but costs more and has worse picture quality. See our review
  • ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV: The ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV is a budget-friendly monitor intended for content creators, and unlike the Dell S2721QS, it even has a USB hub. That said, it has a lower 1440p resolution and doesn't support HDR at all. See our review
  • Apple Studio Display: The Apple Studio Display is a high-end monitor with a higher resolution than the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx, but it doesn't support HDR. It's ideal if you need a monitor for your Mac computer; otherwise, it's better to go for the cheaper Acer. See our review
  • LG 40WP95C-W: The LG 40WP95C-W is a cheaper alternative to the Dell U4025QW that also has Thunderbolt 4 connectivity and an ultrawide 40-inch screen. However, the Dell has better HDR image quality and a KVM switch. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jun 05, 2024: Replaced the LG 40WP95C-W with the Dell U4025QW as 'Best Ultrawide' as it has better performance and more features. Replaced the LG 38WN95C-W with the LG 40WP95C-W as a Notable Mention.

  2. Apr 16, 2024: Replaced the Dell U2723QE with the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx as the Acer has better picture quality. Renamed the ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV to 'Best Mid-Range' and Dell S2722QC to 'Best Lower Mid-Range' to reflect their market positions. Added the LG 38WN95C-W to the Notable Mentions.

  3. Feb 14, 2024: Made sure that the monitors are still available for purchase. Also replaced the Gigabyte M34WQ and the Apple Pro Display XDR with the Dell U3223QE and the Apple Studio Display in the Notable Mentions.

  4. Dec 14, 2023: Added the ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV as 'Best Upper Mid-Range Monitor' because it's a cheaper alternative to the Dell U2723QE; replaced the Gigabyte M27Q P with the Dell S2721QS as it has a higher resolution; removed the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx because it's hard to find; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  5. Oct 17, 2023: Replaced the Gigabyte M27Q with the Gigabyte M27Q P for consistency with other articles; removed the MSI MEG 342C QD-OLED from Notable Mentions because of its risk of burn-in.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors for videography currently available, including the best 4k monitors for video editing. 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.