If you are getting into video editing or graphic design, then having a good monitor is required to be able to see every little detail. That’s why, after testing hundreds of monitors, we decided to review the 5 best monitors for graphic design that you can buy this year. I made sure to include models for all budget ranges. Let’s check them out
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5. ASUS Designo MX27AQ
Graphic designers have required some capable monitors to complete their tasks perfectly. Namely monitors with great color reproduction with extreme accuracy, amazing resolution delivering impressive sharpness, and attractive aesthetics, because can you deliver beautiful work on a bland and simple looking office monitor, I guess not. One of the best monitors you can get without breaking the bank is the ASUS Designo MX27AQ, which delivers excellent color accuracy, great speakers, nice quality design and aesthetics, in a pretty affordable package. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look.
The ASUS Designo MX27AQ, as its name implies is a perfectly designed monitor, and for its listed price, I didn’t expect to be amazed. It has a very distinct style that catches the eye, without using lights or flashy details, it is impressively clean with contemporary lines and nice design language. It has a near bezel-less design on the top and sides and a thin band on the bottom that has the Asus logo on the middle and the Bang & Olufsen logo on the right-hand side of it.
The minimal design is present in the backside as well, with just a single joystick of the on-screen display settings which is also very convenient to use. The stand and base of this monitor also fit in with the general design, with its round base that is attached to the slim stand, just beautiful.
In terms of ports and connectivity, it is not the richest in the market, however, it delivers plenty of versatility with its two HDMI 1.4 ports, and one DisplayPort 1.2. On top of that the audio performance of this monitor was very impressive, with its pair of 3Watt stereo amplifiers developed by Bang & Olufsen delivering a pretty solid listening experience, they can be a good substitute if you don’t have external speakers.
The ASUS Designo MX27AQ is fitted with a 27-inch 2560×1440 resolution in-plane switching panel that delivers great angles and it is pre-calibrated with plenty of modes you can use, like the sRGB mode, Scenery mode, or Game mode. It managed to reproduce 100 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut and 77 percent of the AdobeRGB colour gamut, right out of the box, without activating the sRGB mode.
The gamma value is 2.2, and it can achieve a brightness of 407 nits at max, and the contrast is pretty good, delivering a great image, that will be extremely useful for graphic designers.
4. Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q
Next up, we have a perfect monitor for content creators and animators in general, the Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q. A monitor that delivers excellent sharpness with a snappy response time speed, and an incredibly low input lag, that makes it perfect for a wide range of users. On top of that this monitor has HDR10 support, a large screen, good brightness, deep blacks, and nice design coupled with its amazing build quality and many more desirable features.
The Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q delivers a pretty interesting design that is very understated and minimalistic, which looks excellent and aesthetically pleasing at the same time. It features a bezel-free design, with just slim borders that are equal on top bottom and sides making it the centrepiece of your studio. It is extremely sleek and refined, and it is worth mentioning that it is extremely thin, and even if your wall mounts it, it won’t pop out that much.
In terms of connectivity and ports, the Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q is pretty generous, coming in with two USB 3.0 ports on the left side, and on the I/O panel on the back it has a DisplayPort 1.2, a Mini DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI port, and three more USB ports, making it a pretty versatile monitor. The base of the device is pretty attractive, coming in with cable management solutions and amazing adjustability to achieve the most comfortable setup and amazing stability on top of it.
The Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q is equipped with a 27-inch 3840×2160 4K resolution in-plane switching panel with a native refresh rate of 60Hz and a response time of 5ms. The backlighting is amazing as well delivering a brightness of 350 nits without the HDR. The contrast ratio of 1300:1 is excellent in delivering perfectly deep blacks, that will be useful for animators and content creators. It is also worth mentioning that the monitor is pre-calibrated from the factory and delivers a 99 percent coverage of the sRGB colour gamut with a Delta E rating of 1.3, which is perfect for graphics work.
A truly capable device, the Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q stays true to its word.
3. BenQ SW2700PT
One of the most capable monitors on this list is the BenQ SW2700PT, which is a monitor that is dedicated to graphic designers, photographers and professionals in general that require ultra-accurate results. It delivers excellent calibration features, a shading hood, an SD card reader, an amazing stand, perfect panel technology, and many more features, that will make it a dream come true for professionals. It may be a little expensive, but this device delivers the most bang for your back in the market.
In terms of design and aesthetics, the BenQ SW2700PT looks pretty professional and ready to get its hands dirty and has no style tricks. Everything about the design is done to enhance the performance and colour accuracy of this product, for example, the light-absorbing matte black finish, and its thin body. On the screen, you will find an anti-glare layer that won’t tamper the colours, or soften the image and on top of that, the shading hood takes things into another level.
On the excellent base of the device, you will spot the OSD controller that is round and delivers excellent controls for your monitor without any hardware touchups.
The base and stand of this model are also pretty capable of extreme adjustability, including tilt, height, swivel, and even portrait mode, and in addition to that, it is one of the most solid and durable bases I have ever seen. On the back, you will also spot 100×100 VESA mount holes and the connectivity ports, including a DVI port, DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI port, and an analogue audio jack. ON the left-hand side you will spot two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, and a mini USB port for the OSD controller, and on the right another USB 3.0 port. The cables are all included in the package so you don’t have to ship separately.
The BenQ SW2700PT rocks a 27-inch 2560×1440 resolution matte screen with an Advanced Hyper Viewing Angle panel, that offers amazing colours and great viewing angles, it also uses a 14-bit look-up table that delivers amazing colour management and level colour graduation accurately.
In terms of colour reproduction, it achieves an astounding 99 percent of the AdobeRGB colour gamut with amazing colour accuracy and grayscale performance, making it an extremely capable monitor for professionals who require perfect colours.
2. LG 4K UHD 27UD88
Next up I have a perfectly capable monitor that delivers amazing features and performances coupled with a perfect design, the LG 4K UHD 27UD88. This monitor is also one of the most versatile monitors in the market, making it a jack of all trades, delivering amazing brightness, good colors with accuracy, AMD FreeSync, beautiful design, a wide selection of ports, and many more in a very affordable package that delivers great value.
In terms of design and aesthetics, the LG 4K UHD 27UD88 looks very refined and attractive, just like every LG device on the market. If you have seen recent premium LG TVs this will look familiar to you, with its extremely slim bezels on the top and sides, and the slim band on the bottom lodging the LG logo. It has a nice colour palette that utilizes matte black on the front, silver on the base and stand, and the white on the rear of the device, just perfect and will fit right into your studio. This particular model is not just a looker though, as it rocks a great build quality, adjustability, and stability.
Connectivity-wise the LG 4K UHD 27UD88 employs a good selection of ports, coming in with a pair of HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, two USB ports, and a USB Type-C port, and on top of that the company has included white cables for all the ports, so you get an ultra-clean design.
Performance is one of its strongest points, as this 27-inch IPS panel with 3840×2160 4K resolution is excellent delivering about 99 percent of the sRGB colour space. This is right out of the box, as the company has calibrated it from the factory, so you don’t have to, but I know that most graphic designers will tweak with it.
Thanks to its great accuracy in colours this monitor will stand its ground as a capable monitor for creating and with its 60Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync, you can easily use it for your gaming purposes, resulting in a pretty multi-purpose device.
1. EIZO CG277-BK
The most capable monitor in terms of color reproduction and accuracy is the EIZO CG277-BK, which is a well-known brand with professionals. Delivering the best color reproduction and accuracy in the market, with a great colorimeter, perfect contrast, shading hood, plenty of brightness, 10-bit panel with 16-bit of LUT and plenty of calibration and tweaking features coupled with its sensor, the EIZO CG277-BK is a gem.
As the aforementioned BenQ, this EIZO is also a very professional tool delivering no design tricks to make it attractive, it is a tool. The screen is surrounded by pretty thick bezels that are in matte black to absorb light, and this monitor is the antonym of attractive. It has some ventilation vents on the side and it is pretty bulky when you look at it from the side, but comes with a pretty solid build quality, that will make it last in your studio for a decade. The base and stand deliver excellent stability but at the same time super adjustability which is a must for designers.
In the box of the device, you get the shading hood that is very easily attached, AC cables, video cables including DVI-D and mini DisplayPort, USB, Utility Disk, screen cleaner, and many more. The connectivity options are not very rich, as it has one DVI-D, one HDMI, a DisplayPort, and a pair of USB ports.
This monitor boasts a 27-inch 2560×1440 resolution IPS panel with a maximum brightness of 300 nits and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. In terms of colour reproduction, it achieves 99% in sRGB, Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 colour spaces making it perfect for designers, photographers, content creators, videographers and many more. Its 10-bit panel and 16-bit look-up table deliver a palette of a little less than 300 trillion colours with extreme accuracy. To back up that accuracy in our tests the monitor got a Delta E rating of just 0.11, which is the best in the market.
If you are a professional and serious about your work, you can’t get a better device than the EIZO CG277-BK.