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How to choose a professional monitor

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Professional displays provide high-quality, realistic colour reproduction and a wide positioning range. They are suitable for working with graphics and video and photo editing. 

How to choose a professional monitor
Pros and cons
  • Wide colour gamut
  • High colour depth, generally 10-bit or higher
  • Wide viewing angles
  • Full HD and higher maximum resolution
  • Wide positioning range
  • Higher price

Frequently asked questions when choosing a professional monitor

What display size and maximum resolution should my monitor have?

Larger monitors make your work easier. Graphics, photos, and videos take a lot of screen space, so make sure your monitor is no smaller than 27". When it comes to resolution, larger resolutions provide a more detailed picture and more workspace. See below for some general tips about the size-resolution ratio:


24" or less - Full HD resolution (1920 × 1080 pixels) and higher

25"- 32" - WQHD (2560 × 1440 pixels) and higher

33" and more - 4K (3840 × 2160 pixels) and higher.


TIP: When choosing the size of your monitor, also consider how many monitors you are planning to use for your work. Two or more monitors let you effectively work with multiple applications at the same time. In this case, you can make do with smaller models about 24" in size. Make sure to buy the same model, because otherwise their colour reproduction may not match.

Does the panel type matter?

In conventional monitors, the panel type has a large impact on the overall image properties. The main reason is that different types often have different colour depth. While TN panels often feature 6-bit colour depth, IPS, S-IPS, PVA and MVA panels usually have 8-bit colour depth.

Colour depth6-bit8-bit10-bit15-bit
Number of colours your monitor can display26214416777216107374182435 184 372 088 832


For professional monitors the standards are different, so we recommend to focus on colour depth rather than the panel type. The colour depth should be at least 10-bit. The higher colour depth a monitor has, the more colours it can display and the more realistic colour reproduction you get.

Glossy, matte, or anti-glare coating?

Glossy screens provide the most vivid and realistic colours. The downside is that they reflect light from all around them, which means their readability becomes really poor under sunlight. In contrast, matte screens reflect almost no ambient light. Their colour reproduction is not as good and does not seem as realistic. Anti-glare coating achieves a certain compromise between glossy and matte surfaces. Anti-glare screens remain readable under sunlight and their colours are more vivid compared to matte displays.

Does my monitor need a calibration sensor?

Calibration sensors are particularly useful for those who plan to create artworks or edit photos and then print them. Calibration sensor software allows you to to create colour profiles to match the printer colour settings with the colours displayed on your monitor (only for printers with calibration support). Printed photos and images then look exactly the same as on the monitor.

What connectors should a monitor have?

To connect a monitor, you need to have at least one matching video connector on your PC. If not, the two devices will be incompatible.

The basic visual connector is analogue D-SUB (VGA). You can find it in older computers (or older graphics cards). Compared to other connectors, it provides inferior image quality. New computers or graphics cards generally feature digital DVI or HDMI ports, which provide a more stable image and better and more vibrant colours. The more expensive models are also being increasingly equipped with DisplayPort. It can transmit uncompressed images in very high quality.

Professional monitor connectors - VGA, HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort

Monitors for graphic design and photography

  • For image and photo editing
  • 10-bit colour depth and higher
Monitors for graphic designers and photographers

CAD monitors

  • For work with CAD software
  • Display size over 24" and Full HD
Monitors for CAD

Monitors for video editing

  • Video editing
  • Colour depth 10-bit and more
Monitors for video editing

Important Parameters

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Display Size

Denotes the distance between the opposite upper and lower corners of the monitor. Listed in inches. Larger monitors provide more screen space, which is important if you work with photos, graphic design, or videos. Choose a monitor at least 27" in size or 24” if you are planning to use multiple monitors.

maximum resolution

Maximum Resolution

The number of pixels in each dimension that can be displayed on a monitor. Generally, the higher the maximum resolution, the more detailed the picture and the more workspace it provides. For a professional graphics design monitor, we recommend a Full HD resolution or higher.

Listed below are the most common maximum resolutions for professional monitors:

Resolution

Pixels

Full HD

1920 × 1080

WQHD

2560 × 1440

4K (Ultra HD)

3840 × 2160

Aspect Ratio

Aspect Ratio

For professional use, we recommend ratios of 16:9 and 21:9.

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Colour Depth

Colour depth indicates the number of bits used for each colour component of a single pixel. It reflcts the number of colours the monitor can handle; the more bits, the more colours.

Colour depth

Number of colours monitor can display

6-bit

262144

8-bit

16777216

10-bit

1073741824

15-bit

35 184 372 088 832

viewing angles

Viewing Angles

The viewing angle is the maximum angle from which you can view images on the display without experiencing colour or contrast distortion. Larger viewing angles are obviously better. Viewing angles depend on the type of the monitor. Monitors with IPS and S-IPS panels have the best viewing angles (up to 178 degrees), while PVA and MVA displays are doing slightly worse. The smallest viewing angles are found in TN monitors.

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Colour Depth

Colour depth indicates the number of bits used for each colour component of a single pixel. It reflcts the number of colours the monitor can handle; the more bits, the more colours.

Color Gamut

Colour gamut indicates the range of colours a monitor can display. New monitors cover the entire Adobe RGB colour range, providing more realistic colours than cheaper monitors with sRGB.

Low Blue Light

Low Blue Light technology (also known as BlueLightFilter) reduces the harmful blue light spectrum, reducing eye strain and tiredness.

Flicker-Free

Flicker Free (also known as Flicker Less) is a technology that aims to eliminate unwanted and annoying screen flicker in LCD and LED monitors. Flicker can cause eye strain and, in extreme cases, may also damage your eyesight.

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