Best Monitors for Color Grading & Color Correction

Color grading has got to be one of the toughest challenges for video and image editors. While the common folks think it’s only a matter of intuition, Color grading is actually a science and just like chemistry, it abides by extremely strict formulas. So, imagine being misled to believe that your footage looks excellent, only to realize that it looks like a pile of garbage on a different monitor.

Accordingly, we dedicate this article to the sole mission of researching, finding and filtering the most reliable monitors for editors. That being said, it should be noted that it has taken us quite some time to come up with a select few that can rightfully compete for the title of the best monitor for color grading and these are the contenders:

Best Monitor for Color Grading — Compared

MonitorsSpecs

BenQ SW2700PT
⁍ 27-inch
⁍ 2560×1440 Resolution
⁍ 60Hz Refresh Rate
⁍ 5ms Response time

ViewSonic VP2768-4K
⁍ 27-inch
⁍ 3840x2160 Resolution
⁍ 60Hz Refresh Rate
⁍ 7ms Response time

LG 34UC80-B
⁍ 34-inch
⁍ 3840×2160 Resolution
⁍ 60Hz Refresh Rate
⁍ 5ms Response time

ASUS PA329Q
⁍ 32-inch
⁍ 3840x2160 Resolution
⁍ 60Hz Refresh Rate
⁍ 5ms Response time

LG 27UK850-W
⁍ 27-inch
⁍ 3840x2160 Resolution
⁍ 60Hz Refresh Rate
⁍ 5ms Response time

Philips 276E8VJSB
⁍ 27-inch
⁍ 3840x2160 Resolution
⁍ 60Hz Refresh Rate
⁍ 5ms Response time

ASUS PB278Q
⁍ 27-inch
⁍ 2560x1440 Resolution
⁍ 50 – 75 Hz Refresh Rate
⁍ 5ms Response time

ViewSonic VP2785-4K
⁍ 27-inch
⁍ 3840x2160 Resolution
⁍ 60Hz Refresh Rate
⁍ 7ms Response time

BenQ PD2700U
⁍ 27-inch
⁍ 3840×2160 Resolution
⁍ 60Hz Refresh Rate
⁍ 5ms Response time

LG 34UM88C-P
⁍ 27-inch
⁍ 2560x1080 Resolution
⁍ 75Hz Refresh Rate
⁍ 5ms Response time

Best Monitor for Color Grading Reviews

1. ASUS PA329Q

ASUS PA329Q monitor

Specifications of BenQ PD2700Q
Screen Size 27-inch
Resolution UHD | 3840×2160
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 4ms
Connectivity Ports HDMI (v1.4)x1, DisplayPort (v1.2) x1, MiniDisplayPort (ver1.2)x1, USB Downstream x 2, USB Upstream x 1
VESA Mount Yes

Asus is undeniably one of the fastest rising brands in the industry of monitors and the 32-inch PA329Q is a perfect representative of their cause.

Aesthetically, the PA329Q remains rather shy, maintaining that traditional monitor feel with impressively thin bezels. However, unlike most monitors, the configuration buttons are lined up on the right side bezel, allowing the lower lip to look even thinner. Additionally, the stand of this monitor is fully adjustable, which is only reasonable at this price range.

Image quality is the king of the story here and in order to become the best monitor for color correction, the Asus PA329Q makes a bold claim with its undisputedly sharp 4K resolution and color rich IPS panel. More importantly, this monitor would not have made it through the selection process if not for its over-the-top 100% rec and 99.5% Adobe RGB true color reproduction, which is all factory pre-calibrated for near-perfect color accuracy.

Moreover, to make an even stronger case, the Asus PA329Q enables compatibility with X-Rite i1 display pro and Data Color Spider 5 series, which are one of the most popular hardware calibrators on the market today. In addition to that, this monitor supports a decent 60hz refresh rate for smooth graphics and motion.

Finally, the PA329Q maintains its impeccable record with a versatile connectivity that incorporates 4 HDMI 2.0 ports, a 1.2 DisplayPort as well as a Mini DisplayPort 1.2.

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2. Philips 276E8VJSB

Philips 276E8VJSB monitor

Specifications of Philips 276E8VJSB
Screen Size 27-inch
Resolution UHD | 3840 x 2160
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 5ms
Connectivity Ports DisplayPort(1.2) x1, HDMI(2.0) x 2
VESA Mount No

Philips has definitely one of the biggest footprints in the electronic industry and that seems to have translated so well into the TV/monitor isle.

Accordingly, the 276E8VJSB is Philip’s representative today and we couldn’t have picked a better one. Truly, this monitor radiates quality, given its impressively thin and flush bezels and highly adjustable arch stand. However, the abnormally large chin noticeably disturbs the overall look for this monitor.

Design aside, the 276E8VJSB has got to be one of the brand’s strongest claims to the title as it comes with an unquestionably sharp UHD display and a smooth 60hz refresh rate. In fact, looking at an astounding 3840 x 2160 pixels is hard to explain but you’ll probably be able to “see the future” within such sharp images and accurate details. Additionally, the 276E8VJSB packs all this up within an IPS panel that promises vivid color production and impeccable viewing angles.

As for color science, this 27” monitor definitely enjoys flexing its 1.074 billion color range, its extra-smooth 10-bit colors and 12-bit internal processing for re-creating natural and accurate shades. Also, since you’re most likely to spend hours editing and staring at the screen, Philips hooked this monitor up with anti-flicker technology to reduce eye strain.

As far as connectivity goes, the 276E8VJSB features a DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0 ports with an HDMI audio-out.

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3. ViewSonic VP2785-4K

ViewSonic VP2785-4K monitor

Specifications of ViewSonic VP2785-4K
Screen Size 27-inch
Resolution UHD | 3840 x 2160
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 7ms
Connectivity Ports DisplayPort x1, HDMI(2.0) x 2, Mini DisplayPort x1, Usb 3.1 Type A x2, Usb 3.1 Type C x1, Usb 3.1 Type B x1
VESA Mount Yes

ViewSonic has become quite popular for its impressive monitor design on all its categories and the monitor at hand is absolutely no exception.

The VP2785 is one of the best monitor for color grading that ViewSonic have to offer. It is undeniable that the monitor at hand looks incredibly attractive and it’s all due to a simple format that ViewSonic applies to most high-end monitors.

In that respect, the VP2785 features significantly thin and flush bezels, allowing for an endless view despite the more noticeable chin. In addition to that, ViewSonic invested a little more time into the design of the stand to make it appear elegant but maintain full functionality at the same time.

In order to achieve the best image possible, the ViewSonic VP2785 adopts a top-shelf 4K resolution, which translates to crisp images and accurate detail depiction. In addition to that, the monitor at hand uses an IPS panel, offering wider color range and viewing angles. Also, similar to the previous two, this monitor supports a decent 60hz refresh rate, ensuring liquid-smooth graphic displays and jitter-free videos.

As far as color science goes, ViewSonic isn’t exactly an icon. However, the VP2785 is still miles ahead of most competitors due to its impeccable 99% Adobe RGB color range and accuracy, Dicom-sim color spaces, Delta e<2 accuracy and 4.39 trillion colors. Finally, it’s notable that this monitor supports HDR10 content, which ensures videos and images are viewed the way you intended them to be seen.

Connectivity wise, the VP2785 supports all laptops, PCs, macs and even consoles via USB 3.1 type C, HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort.

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4. BenQ SW2700PT

BenQ SW2700PT monitor

Specifications of BenQ SW2700PT
Screen Size 27-inch
Resolution QHD | 2560×1440
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 5ms
Connectivity Ports DVI-DL x1, HDMI (v1.4)x1, DisplayPort (v1.2) x1, USB Downstream(3.0) x 2, USB Upstream(3.0) x1
VESA Mount Yes

BenQ is not a name that stands out in an industry where you have to compete with Samsung, Dell, Acer and other giants. However, we can guarantee that you’ll hardly ever find a monitor that even comes close to the spectacular SW2700PT.

Truly, the BenQ SW2700PT is a great color grading monitor featuring a traditional frame, regular size bezels and a completely unorthodox shading hood that eliminates ambient light.

Additionally, the monitor at hand exhibits quite an unusual “Hotkey Puck” that’ll allow you to quickly switch between Adobe RGB, sRGB, black and white mode and a customizable OSD setting. Last but not least, despite hosting a delicate feature, the stand of the SW2700PT maintains full adjustability for max comfort.

Being developed specifically for editors, the 27” BenQ at hand nests a radiant IPS panel because of its radiant colors and super wide viewing angles. Nonetheless, it was rather disappointing to learn that the SW2700PT settles down for a 1440p resolution where monitors that cost half as much stick to 4K.

Other than that, the BenQ SW2700PT makes a strong comeback with its impeccable Aqcolor advantage, entailing 99% Adobe RGB color space, 14-bit 3D LUT and Delta E≤ 2 accurate color reproduction. In that respect, all SW2700PT monitors come pre-calibrated from the factory to guarantee extremely accurate color depictions.

Finally, the BenQ at hand makes a strong case for connectivity options, supporting DVI-D, displayPort, HDMI, USB 3.0 and a headphone jack.

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5. ViewSonic VP2768-4K

ViewSonic VP2768-4K monitor

Specifications of ViewSonic VP2768-4K
Screen Size 27-inch
Resolution UHD | 3840x2160p
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 7ms
Connectivity Ports DisplayPort x1, Mini DisplayPort x1, HDMI(2.0) x2, USB 3.1 Type A x4, USB 3.1 Type B x1
VESA Mount Yes

ViewSonic has definitely nailed monitor design down to the smallest details and the VP2768 is a great example of the brand’s continuous aesthetic evolution.

Accordingly, the27” VP2768 makes a flamboyant entrance with its charming thin & flush bezels, it’s equally thin chin and shiny finish. Also, the same can be said about the monitor’s stand as it carries over the same attitude with added flexibility.

Now usually, when a monitor carried the “PRO” tag in its title, it struggles to live up to the expectations. However, surprisingly, this one sticks to its guns. Actually, the VP2768 PRO supports an excellent 4K resolution, ensuring crystal clear images and incredible sharp details. Also, this beast of a monitor supports an impeccable 60hz IPS panel with all its colorful and super wide viewing-angles glory.

In terms of color performance, ViewSonic blesses this monitor with ultimate color accuracy, tagging screen-wide sRGB, EBU, SMPTE-C, Rec. 709 and Dicom-Sim color spaces. In addition to that, the ViewSonic VP2768 supports Delta E<2 accuracy and an extremely wide palette of 4.39 billion colors.

Finally, the cherry on top of the cake goes to the monitor’s diverse connectivity options that include HDMI 2.0, USB, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort and HDCP 2.2.

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6. LG 27UK850-W

LG 27UK850-W monitor

Specifications of LG 27UK850-W
Screen Size 27-inch
Resolution UHD | 3840x2160p
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 5ms
Connectivity Ports HDMI x2, DisplayPort x1, USB Down-Stream (ver 3.0) x2,
VESA Mount Yes

LG is an undisputed leader in the visual industry and that’s already a great place to start for their representative, the 27UK850-W.

Hence, the 27” monitor at hand doesn’t only carry the name LG but also the aesthetic appeal that we’ve grown accustomed to with the brand.

In particular, the 27UK850-W exhibits impressively thin & flush bezels and a clean chin, displaying nothing but the logo. In addition to that, this monitor comes with a premium arch stand, emphasizing stability and ample adjustability.

Beyond appearances, the LG at hand is actually a beast of a monitor, supporting an astounding 4K resolution, which will bring about a revolutionary understanding of details and sharpness. Also, similar to the previous contenders, the 27UK850-W harbors an IPS panel to continue LG’s tradition of vividness and impeccable viewing angles.

As far as editors are concerned, the LG monitor at hand supports HDR10 compatibility with a splendid 350 nits of peak brightness. Additionally, although it might not be the best monitor for color correction, this LG still features a highly reliable 99% sRGB color gamut for a life-like color depiction.

Connectivity wise, the 27UK850-W has proven worthy with a versatile list of options, including DisplayPort, HDMI, DC-IN, USB and headphone jack.

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7. ASUS PB278Q

ASUS PB278Q monitor

Specifications of ASUS PB278Q
Screen Size 27-inch
Resolution UHD | 3840x2160p
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 5ms
Connectivity Ports HDMI x2, DisplayPort x1, USB Down-Stream (ver 3.0) x2
VESA Mount Yes

Asus has proven legitimacy in more than one niche with its impeccable monitors and highly dedicated designs. Hence, we were rather obliged to include a second Asus monitor on this list only to be fair.

The PB278Q is a much more affordable option than the PA329Q (1st on the list) and expectedly, it doesn’t look as attractive. It’s undeniably that this monitor’s thick plastic bezels, a flexible yet cheap stand and overall traditional design are less than appealing. However, it completely makes sense, considering that you can buy 3 for the cost of a single Asus PA329Q.

In terms of performance, the 27 inch monitor at hand is a downgrade compared to the previous Asus. Nonetheless, it’s still a highly recommended pick since it supports an impressively sharp 2K resolution. Further, staying true to its mission, the PB278Q features a color rich IPS panel.

In terms of color science, the monitor at hand establishes firm ground with a phenomenal 100% sRGB range for extremely accurate & vivid color depictions, making it one of the best monitors for color grading that you can buy. Also, this Asus supports Quick-fit Virtual Scale tech to ensure that the colors you see are exactly what everyone else will get.

In terms of connectivity options, the Asus PB278Q does not cut corners, featuring HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI support.

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8. BenQ PD2700U

BenQ PD2700U monitor

Specifications of BenQ PD2700U
Screen Size 27-inch
Resolution QHD | 3840×2160
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 5ms
Connectivity Ports HDMI (v2.0) x1, DisplayPort (v1.4) x1, MiniDisplayPort (v1.4)x1, USB Downstream x4, USB Upstream x 2
VESA Mount Yes

BenQ has already proven its legitimacy to the title with the previous monitor. However, we strongly believe that the PD2700U is an equally or even stronger representative.

The 27 inch BenQ at hand might not be the most appealing monitor on this list but it’d still rank higher than a few. In fact, with its incredible thin bezels, the PD2700U can make a great addition to a multi-monitor set. Nonetheless, typical to BenQ, this model features a pronounced chin and a traditional looking stand with height limited adjustability.

As far as functionality goes, the monitor at hand supports an impeccable 4K resolution, translating into crystal clear images and sharp details. Furthermore, the PD2700U comes with a highly targeted IPS panel that has the best value for both video and image editors.

As far as color accuracy goes, BenQ made sure to fully optimize this monitor with an astounding 100% sRGB range, Rec. 709, a dazzling 10-bit color display and more than a billion colors. Moreover, the 60hz PD2700U supports Eye care, Zero flicker and low blue light filter tech to help reduce eye strain, allowing you to work comfortably for longer hours.

Finally, connectivity options on the PD2700U include HDMI, USB 3.0, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort and a headphone jack.

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9. LG 34UM88C-P

LG 34UM88C-P ultrawide monitor

Specifications of LG 34UM88C-P
Screen Size 34-inch
Resolution UHD | 3440×1440
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 5ms
Connectivity Ports DisplayPort (ver1.2) x1, USB Down-Stream (ver 3.0) x2, USB Up-Stream (ver 3.0) x1, HDMI 2.0 x2
VESA Mount Yes

Speaking of better and stronger representatives, the LG 34UM88C-P  is a beast of a monitor with a jaw dropping 21:9 34 inch display. This LG monitor is definitely fun to look at as it flexes its thin flush bezels, clean chin and extending yet limited to height and tilt adjustment arch stand.

One of the biggest advantages for this LG monitor is its ability to display video editing timelines within one screen, making this monitor a great option for video editing as well as color grading.

Now, there are definitely more benefits to a super wide display but being able to view your entire project in one shot takes the cake. In retrospect, the extra real-estate would’ve been a disadvantage if not for LG’s generous 3440 x 1440 pixel resolution, giving you more than enough pixels to view the tiniest details in perfect sharpness.

Nesting an IPS-LED panel is definitely a great launch platform for the 34UM88C-P. However, what truly makes this monitor excellent for editing both video and images is the pride-worthy color adjustment tech supported by the device. In that respect, the LG 34UM88C-P  features a top shelf 99% sRGB color coverage and the possibility to switch to Adobe RGB via the “color mode” menu.

At last, connectivity has never been a weakness for LG monitors and the 34UM88C-P is loyal to the tradition, supporting HDMI, DisplayPort, USB 3.0 quick charge and a headphone jack.

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10. Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q

Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q monitor

Specifications of Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q
Screen Size 27-inch
Resolution QHD | 3840 x 2160
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 5ms
Connectivity Ports HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort
VESA Mount Yes

We couldn’t have wrapped this list up without a Dell appearance and we couldn’t have found a better representative than the “ultra sharp” U2718Q.

Now, before we get to the ultra sharp part, we have to give credit where credit is due and that would go to the design manager who truly nailed this model. Indeed, with its super thin chin, almost undetectable bezels and ergonomic/flexible stand, we had to give the best design prize to this handsome fella.

As for image quality, the 27 inch Dell U2718Q is equipped with the familiar IPS panel to ensuring the widest color reach and viewing angle. Also, in the sake of capturing the best image possible, the U2718Q opts for a phenomenal 4K resolution, putting other monitors in the same price range to shame.

In order to achieve reliable color accuracy, Dell made sure to support this monitor with HDR for greater color depth and clean contrast. Moreover, the U2718Q offers an outstanding 350 nits of brightness, bringing out the details in the darkest images / videos. Further, this UltraSharp monitor will come factory calibrated at an impressive 99.9% sRGB coverage and an accuracy of Delta-E less than 2.

Finally, connectivity is definitely not an issue for this monitor as it supports HDMI, DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort.

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Final Thoughts

In the end, while we are sure that we have missed some prominent details about a few monitors, we hope that our subjective selection brings you a little closer to the best monitor for color grading out there.

That being said, do not hesitate to share your pick with us in the comment section and drop any requests, opinions or feedback in our mailbox or via our Facebook page.

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