When your work demands top quality displays for photography, design, and other creative uses, affordable and even more expensive gaming monitors usually won't suffice. This is where studio monitors like the BenQ SW2700PT come into play with fantastic display accuracy.
- Hardware calibrated: BenQ SW2700PT
- Ultrawide beast: Philips Brilliance 499P9H
- Incredible colors: HP DreamColor Z27x G2
- HDR compliant: LG 32UD99-W
- Affordable pick: UltraSharp U2415
- Pro features: ASUS ProArt PA32UC
Hardware calibrated: BenQ SW2700PTStaff favorite
The SW2700PT by BenQ is a great option for those wishing to balance functionality and features with price. This particular model is ideal for amateur photographers and designers who are upgrading from older, less capable displays. 99% Adobe accuracy combined with a hood, plenty of ports, and a solid stand make it ideal for any desk.
Ultrawide beast: Philips Brilliance 499P9H
Philips has created an excellent PC display for creatives and work professionals. When you need additional screen real estate but don't want to use multiple panels, the 499P9H is an almost perfect choice. It's huge, makes content look stunning and lets you ditch a dual-monitor setup for a cleaner finish. Note that this display seems to be only available in select markets, including the EU.
Incredible colors: HP DreamColor Z27x G2
HP bills this display as one of the most color accurate displays available and they're not wrong. This studio panel can display one billion colors with 99% DCI P3 coverage, making it really good for creative work. The only drawback is the price.
HDR compliant: LG 32UD99-W
LG produces some killer displays and this UD99-W is a fine example. It has support for 4K content, is HDR10 compliant, and is incredibly accurate for colors after some calibration. There's no built-in calibrating feature, meaning you'll need an aftermarket sensor, but overall it's a superb 16:9 panel.
Affordable pick: UltraSharp U2415
There's nothing wrong with saving money. Dell's 24-inch UltraSharp U2415 has a stunning, accurate display (it hits 98% of the sRGB gamut) matched by a pleasant design that will look the part on any professional's desk. It's also fully customizable with VESA mount support so you can mount a few of them on a single bracket and extend the 1920x1200 resolution. There are a bunch of ports too.
Pro features: ASUS ProArt PA32UC
This 4K ASUS display has a bunch of cool features for creators, including numerous ports, HDR10 compliance, integrated 384 local dimming zones that can handle up to 1000nits brightness for impressive visuals. The 99.5% Adobe RGB enables accurate reproduction and everything is pre-calibrated from factory with impressive results.
Which monitor is right for you?
When you need a monitor for creative work, you can't just get any monitor. You need one that has incredible color accuracy first and foremost, but there are plenty of features for people with a higher budget. You can get a 4K or ultrawide display if you really have the extra cash, but mostly you'll be paying for extra ports and other features.
Depending on available budget, you can purchase a seriously good display that offers incredible color accuracy and other features that are handy for professionals. The BenQ SW2700PT strikes a solid balance between affordability and on-screen quality, making it ideal for creative work.
The optional hood can aid with shielding the display from glare, but even without it the excellent calibration will ensure whatever you're working with on-screen looks fantastic. And you'll be able to position the display itself just right with the flexible stand. The best part? It doesn't cost a huge sum of money.
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