Best High-End Monitor For Designers and Artists 2015

Here's the recommendation to best of the best monitors for graphics and video work, written for designers, artists, photographers and video production staff.

If you're looking for the best monitor, then I'll have to assume you have a decent amount of budget. If not, then you should read the earlier article I wrote about budget monitors for artists and designers.

For this article, we will look at monitors that have the following features:

  • IPS panel: They have good colour accuracy and wide viewing angles
  • Wide colour gamut: So that it can display a a wide range of colours
  • 2560 by 1400 resolution: You'll get more workspace for your software and desktop
  • Screen size larger than 24-inch: You'll see the details more clearly and have more working space for the OS
  • LED backlight: Lasts longer and has lower power consumption

Before you get one of these monitors, check to see if your graphics card can support the resolution.

By process of elimination, very quickly, we're only down to a few monitors and they are as follows:

Dell

For Dell, we have the U2713H and U3014.

These two are stunning monitors that have colour gamut that supports Adobe RGB 99%, sRGB 100% and 120% (CIE 1976). It's advertised to display 1 billion colours as compared to standard IPS panels' 16.7 million colours.

They support a wide variety of ports: DVI-D, DisplayPort, HDMI and have four USB 3 ports build in.

The differences between the U2713H and U3014 are the screen size and resolution, 2560x1440 vs 2560x1600. The 30-inch monitor has more screen estate but at that high resolution, the extra 160 vertical pixels may not matter as much when compared to smaller size monitors (E.g. 1920x1080 vs 1920x1200).

These monitors are great for graphics and 1080P video work.

My vote goes to the U2713H which is cheaper by a few hundred dollars and is the better deal.

Quick specs U2713H

  • 27" Diagonal Viewing Size
  • 2560 x 1440 Resolution
  • 6 ms Response Time
  • 1,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 350 cd/m² Brightness
  • 178°/178° Viewing Angles
  • In-Plane Switching Technology
  • Supports 99% Adobe RGB & 100% sRGB
  • 1.074 Billion Color Support
  • DP, mini-DP, DVI-DL, HDMI Inputs

Quick specs U3014

  • 30" Diagonal Viewing Size
  • 2560 x 1600 Resolution
  • 6 ms Response Time
  • 1,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 350 cd/m² Brightness
  • 178°/178° Viewing Angles
  • In-Plane Switching Technology
  • Supports 99% Adobe RGB & 100% sRGB
  • 1.074 Billion Color Support
  • DP, mini-DP, DVI-DL, HDMI Inputs

Dell 4K

Dell is one of the most competitive manufacturers of monitors. As technology moves towards 4K monitors, Dell is also quick to offer 4K monitors on sale.

Dell's 4K monitors are all marketed at graphics and video professionals. You can tell because most of their monitors are IPS with the ultra-wide colour gamut that supports Adobe RGB 99%, sRGB 100% and 120% (CIE 1976).

You'll need a good graphics card to drive these monitors, especially if you're into 3D modeling. Many 4K monitors nowadays are connected with the DisplayPort. You'll lose the ability to display all colours when connecting with only DVI.

If you need 4K, check out the following monitors (with some features highlighted):


Of particular note is Dell's ultimate monitor, the 5K-capable UP2715K. The resolution for that is 5120 x 2880 at 60 Hz (Dual DP cable required). That's the monitor to get if you want to edit video and still want to see your control panels and palettes by the side. The bad thing about this monitor is it doesn't work well with Mac, even with the most expensive Mac Pro.

Generally speaking, if you're not into 4K video production, there's no need to get a 4K monitor and should stick to the 2560 pixels wide monitors. It will save you a few hundred dollars and get you a larger screen.

Dell provides 3-5 years warranty for their monitors.

NEC

NEC monitors are noted for their colour accuracy. The thing is, these monitors are usually more expensive when compared to competition, and it's really difficult to tell just how good it is over the competition unless you have compared two different brand monitors side by side.

There's only one thing to note. NEC monitors are damn good.

The models to check out are the PA272W (2560x1440) and the PA302W (2560x1600).

Check out the full specifications of the two monitors at

You'll often see NEC monitors being sold bundled with colour calibrators.

NEC provides 4 years warranty for their monitors.

Eizo


Eizo is another manufacturer that produces high-end monitor for graphics work. The following models have the 10-bit colour displays (just like the other brands above): CG277, CX271, CG248-4K and CG318-4k

Full specifications:

The 4K monitors are Eizo's most recent monitors and have the USB 3 hub as compared to the slower USB 2 on their smaller size and older monitors.

These monitors have built in spectrometer that can perform self calibration. Incredibly convenient. What you see on screen will be able to match the colour proofs closely in terms of colours. Their monitors come with monitor hoods.

Eizo provides 5 years warranty for their monitors.

Conclusion

If you want a budget high-end monitor, then it's gonna be the Dell monitors.

Eizo represents the top of the high-end monitors with high prices to match.

NEC is somewhere in between with excellent quality that's not as expensive as the Eizo. NEC is by far the more popular monitor when it comes to such high-end monitors, that's judging by the number of reviews written online.

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