The best monitors for photo editing


Choosing a monitor for photo editing is partly about size, but it’s also about color accuracy, brightness, and contrast, which are all important elements for viewing and editing photos. Whether you’re a photography student, a professional, or just pursuing a hobby, using the best monitor for the job will allow you to edit your photos to an optimum standard. We’ve picked the best monitors for photo work we found throughout our reviews, starting with the photo-dedicated ones. BenQ SW271.

at a glance

  • BenQ SW271
  • BenQ PD3200U
  • MSI Prestige PS341WU
  • HP Z27
  • Ezo ColorEdge CS2731
  • Acer ConceptD CM2 Series
  • Acer Predator XB253Q

BenQ SW271

Considering how much we love the old SW2700PT, it should come as no surprise that BenQ SW271 At the top of our list of the best photo editing monitors. This 27-inch IPS display packs just about every box you can expect: 4K resolution, HDR, and great color support. BenQ claims that it can handle 100% of the sRGB gamut and even 99% for Adobe RGB. And at up to 350 nits of brightness, it should be bright enough for most users’ tastes.

Being an IPS panel, it enjoys a nearly 180-degree viewing angle horizontally and vertically, and has a native contrast of 1,000:1 for deep blacks and stark whites. It’s not the biggest display out there, but 27 inches is a nice sweet spot for pixel density and gives you enough room to appreciate the details offered by the Ultra-HD resolution and HDR support.

With a whole host of connection options, from USB-C to HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4, you can choose how it connects to your system. Built-in calibration tools will make sure it looks the part when you first turn it on. at about $1,000, BenQ SW271 Not the most expensive monitor in the world, but if you’re happy to sacrifice resolution to save a bit, the SW2700PT — with its QHD display — is still a solid choice.

BenQ PD3200U

BenQ PD3200U Review
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Another great photo editing display BenQ PD3200U, which, at $700, is one of the more affordable options out there—especially considering its feature set. At 32 inches diagonally with 4K resolution, you get plenty of screen real estate for your money, making it easy to pick out the personal details on your photos. It also has near-perfect color accuracy, which is easily one of the most important features of any monitor competing in this space.

With a brightness of 350 nits and a native contrast ratio of 1,000:1 (we found it to be more like 670:1 in our testing), BenQ PD3200U There’s a lot going for this. The only real area we found us with was the color gamut support. Although BenQ claims 100% coverage for the sRGB and Rec.709‎ gamut, when it comes to AdobeRGB, we found it only managed 75%, falling behind the competition.

Still, with everything else going for this display, it’s definitely worth considering for your next upgrade.

MSI Prestige PS341WU

If you’re looking for an ultrawide one to facilitate your photo work, this 34-inch, 5K Prestige model is specifically designed for top-notch color results. It offers 16.7 million color support (98% of the DCI-P3 color gamut) that is pre-calibrated for best results, as well as meeting your unique standards whenever required With MSI’s Creator OSD software to micromanage screen settings.

Picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture modes are both offered for comparing before and after images, and the Nano-IPS panel includes an anti-glare coating, so reflections won’t be as troublesome. On the back, you’ll find ports for HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4, and USB-C to manage your connections. and while MSI Prestige PS341WUThe key screen is huge, it’s still possible to tilt, rotate or mount it to get the angle you need.

HP Z27

HP’s Z27 Monitor It’s been one of our favorite 4K displays for a while, and with good reason. Not only does it have a decent form factor at 27 inches with a solid frame, but it has 4K resolution to boot, and a great 1,300:1 contrast ratio. Its response time isn’t great at 8ms, but it’s not a gaming display – it’s a professional display, and it does a great job.

It has excellent color accuracy and is backed by HP’s Zero Bright Dots guarantee, so if you have a problem with your screen after purchase, HP is more than happy to solve it for you. It’s also powered by only a USB-C cable, so there’s no need for an additional power connector, providing an attractive look for your desktop space. Other options, if you prefer to use them, include DisplayPort 1.2, Mini DisplayPort 1.2, and HDMI 2.0.

Despite all its high-end features, HP Z27 There’s also a very affordable 4K professional display. Even when not on sale, it’s no more north of $500.

Ezo ColorEdge CS2731

Eizo’s 27-inch ColorEdge may not have the thin bezels of some of our other picks, but it’s designed to work with color-focused editing and knows its job well. In addition to the 256 x 1440 resolution, the monitor offers a color gamut spanning 99% of the Adobe RGB range for easy conversion of RAW files to AdobeRGB. It also sports a 16-bit LUT and a 10-bit color depth rating.

The model is factory-calibrated but also includes support for the ColorNavigator software for professionals to make changes on their own. We also appreciate the versatile stand, which is easy to replace and offers a whole host of options for adjusting height, tilt, and portrait displays, and also has a quick-release feature so you can temporarily hold the display if needed. can remove. There’s also a loop on the back of the stand for quick cord management.

connection to ColorEdge CS2731 Most are managed primarily via USB-C, so you’ll want to make sure you have compatible devices, though DisplayPort, HDMI, and even DVI-D are included. There’s also a five-year manufacturer warranty in case something goes wrong.

Acer ConceptD CM2 Series

Acer’s ConceptD CM2 monitors are built specifically with color accuracy in mind, and this model certainly delivers: Its FHD, 24-inch panel delivers up to 350 nits of brightness (if you really want to). Could push a bit higher) and a steady contrast ratio of around 1000:1. Color coverage is also deeply impressive, including 100% sRGB, 99% AdobeRGB, and 97% of DCI-P3, and color accuracy tops what the monitor market can currently achieve.

We also really like the unique design of this model, which includes that interesting round, wooden patterned base. It’s a nice little place to put your devices (or put a zen garden there, we won’t judge) while you’re transferring photos or charging them, but don’t worry—the monitor can tilt, too. It can rotate, change height, move vertically, or must be attached with a VESA mount, so you have a lot of options.

for ports Acer ConceptD CM2 Series Include two HDMI and one DisplayPort, as well as a USB-A 3.0 hub – though it’s a little disappointing not to see USB-C on this monitor for the latest accessories.

Read our full review of the Acer ConceptD CM2 Series

Acer Predator XB253Q

The Acer Predator line is popularly known as a range of gaming monitors – but that doesn’t mean this model can’t handle professional image work, while being a great option for gaming when you have some downtime is also.

The 24-inch monitor offers Full HD resolution on an IPS screen that supports G-Sync for added compatibility with Nvidia graphics cards, refreshes all the way up to an amazing 280Hz, and a response time that’s 0.5ms. can reach. So far, so good for gaming. But this Predator also offers a color gamut that spans 99% of the sRGB space and is a top choice for making sure both photos and games look their best. The display is also supported by HDR 400, and you can switch to Game Mode to help improve performance while having fun. There’s even an RGB light bar to play with!

for ports Acer Predator XB253Q Include a design with DisplayPort, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and four USB-A 3.0 ports, plus a gap in the stand for cable management to keep everything looking great!




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