Best Monitors For Graphic Design

Graphic design is the process of visual communication and problem solving through the use of typography, photography, and illustration. It is a field that requires a great deal of creativity. With this creativity comes a need for a powerful hardware that would not hinder the creative process.

For this reason, we are going to place 10 of the best monitors for graphic designers at your disposal so that you may have an idea about what makes certain monitors more suited to Graphic design than others and the differences between them as well as other types of monitors in terms of characteristics and special features.

Best Monitor For Designers — 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 Graphic Design Reviews

1. 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 x 2, USB Upstream x1, Card reader
VESA Mount Yes

We will start with BenQ SW2700PT, which is one of the best monitors for artists in general and designers in particular, for it is a professional monitor designed with the post-editing needs of photographers in mind. This monitor has a pretty unusual design with a wide viewing angle in addition to a robust and well constructed stand.

In terms of display potential, BenQ SW2700PT is equipped with a 2k QHD 27-inch screen of a 1440p resolution. What makes it especially great for Graphic design is that it comes with an Aqcolor advantage of 99% Adobe RGB color space, 14-bit 3D look up table (LUT), and Delta E≤ 2 accurate color reproduction. This monitor also reaps the benefits of its IPS panel, ensuring an exceptional image clarity and a fine detail.

Apart from display potential, BenQ SW2700PT offers designers a wide range of special features. It comes with Efficiency Boost, which is a hotkey Puck that lets you easily switch between Adobe RGB, sRGB, and Black & White mode, or set the hotkey Puck buttons to the OSD settings of your choice.

BenQ SW2700PT comes pre-calibrated with factory report, hardware calibration, palette master element calibration software; calibrate for a consistent color advantage. On top of this, it comes with Eye Care technology, which eliminates screen flicker.

In terms of connectivity, BenQ SW2700PT supports HDMI, DP, and DVI making it pretty versatile for a BenQ monitor.

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2. ViewSonic VP2768-4K

ViewSonic VP2768-4K monitor

Specifications of ViewSonic VP2768-4K
Screen Size 27-inch
Resolution UHD | 3840×2160
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 7ms
Connectivity Ports HDMI (2.0)x1, DisplayPort x1, Mini DisplayPort x1, USB 3.1 Type B x 1, USB 3.1 Type A x 1
VESA Mount Yes

ViewSonic has always been one of the best manufacturers in the industry. This time, it has surpassed the expectations of its customers with its ViewSonic VP2768-4K PRO. This monitor is perfect for graphic designers, photographers, and video editors thanks to its color calibration for Photography and Graphic design.

It comes with a FRAMELESS DIGITAL CANVAS, which is a four-sided ultra-thin bezel that ‘’shows off more of your masterpiece, and less of the monitor’’ as ViewSonic likes to say. It has an Ergonomic stand that offers tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustability options.

ViewSonic VP2768-4K comes with a 27-inch 4K UHD (3840x2160p) screen. It ensures a maximal image quality thanks to its Screen wide sRGB, EBU, SMPTE-C, Rec. 709, and DICOM-SIM color spaces; its Delta E<2 accuracy; and its smooth palette of 4.39 trillion colors.

This unit is also a 60Hz SuperClear IPS monitor that is equipped with HARDWARE CALIBRATION, which is a quick and easy calibration that ensures that the color displayed perfectly matches the original file. On top of that, it is equipped with a 14-bit 3D look-up table and a 6-axis color adjustment functionality for life-like colors.

The monitor at hand supports laptops, PCs, and Apple/Mac operating systems with HDMI (2.0) with HDCP (2.2), USB, DisplayPort, and Mini DisplayPort inputs.

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3. LG 34UC80-B

LG 34UC80-B ultrawide monitor

Specifications of LG 34UC80-B
Screen Size 34-inch
Resolution WQHD | 3440×1440
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 5ms
Connectivity Ports HDMI 2.0 x2, DisplayPort (ver1.2) x1, USB Down-Stream (ver 3.0) x1, USB Up-Stream (ver 3.0) x1,
VESA Mount Yes

If you’re looking for a monitor with a screen so big that you can comfortably multitask on, LG 34UC80-B should definitely be your pick. This time, LG made sure to give graphic designers and photographers exactly what they are looking for. This monitor has a 34-Inch 21:9 Curved UltraWide LED screen with a height/tilt adjustable stand.

In addition to its enormous size, LG 34UC80-B comes with a considerable display might. It is equipped with a 10-bit (8bit+FRC) color depth and a 300 cd/m2 brightness. This LG piece of technology is an IPS monitor that is color calibrated (over 99 percent sRGB) so that you nail your graphic design and deliver the highest quality possible in terms of color vividness and accuracy.

With that said, LG 34UC80-B’s 3840 x 1440 (WQHD) screen would enable you to open numerous apps/software and work on all of them simultaneously thanks to its Screen Split 2.0 special feature. Additionally, its FreeSync technology and its 60HZ refresh rate would prevent any screen tearing that may block your creativity.

It also has a Game Mode. Actually, there are 3 gamer modes, 2 First-Person-Shooter modes and even a RTS pre-set mode so you can choose the best mode for you.

When it comes to special features LG 34UC80-B has quite a bunch. It has a convenient USB 3.0 Quick Charge that you can connect right into the monitor to quickly charge your devices.

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4. ASUS PA329Q

ASUS PA329Q monitor

Specifications of ASUS PA329Q
Screen Size 32-inch
Resolution UHD | 3840×2160
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 5ms
Connectivity Ports HDMI(v2.0) x4, Mini DisplayPort 1.2, DisplayPort 1.2, USB3.0 Type-B x1, USB3.0 Type-A x5
VESA Mount Yes

To compete with LG, ASUS made its own super wide monitor and called it ‘’ASUS PA329Q’’. This monitor has a traditional design and an Ergonomic tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustable stand.

ASUS PA329Q has a powerful 32-Inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) screen. It is factory pre-calibrated for outstanding color reproduction thanks to its 99. 5% Adobe RGB true Color and its DELTA color accuracy. Asus made this monitor with 2020 color standards in mind. Therefore, it was equipped with ASUS ProArt calibration technology, a 14-bit look-up table (LUT), and uniformity Compensation capability.

Apart from its powerful display potential, it is Compatible with major hardware calibrators such as X-Rite i1 Display Pro and data color spider 5 Series, with the ability to save color parameter profiles directly to the monitor, which is ideal for designers. On top of this, it equipped with ASUS Eye Care flicker-free and low Blue light technologies so that you don’t suffer from eye fatigue while working on your graphic design projects.

It also offers a wide array of connectivity options via its DisplayPort 1.2, its mini DisplayPort 1.2, and its four HDMI (v2.0) ports.

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5. LG 27UK850-W

LG 27UK850-W monitor

Specifications of LG 27UK850-W
Screen Size 27-inch
Resolution UHD | 3840 x 2160
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 5ms
Connectivity Ports HDMI x2 , DisplayPort x1 , USB type C x1, USB Down-Stream (ver 3.0) x2
VESA Yes

Though this one is not as wide as the previous 2 monitors from LG and ASUS respectively, it is in no way substandard compared to them. This monitor has a 27-inch screen with a cool design thanks to its curved base, which provides stability with a touch of elegance. It has an ArcLine stand that is height, tilt and pivot adjustable.

LG 27UK850-W is an IPS display with a 4K UHD resolution (3840 x 2160) LCD screen. In terms of Color gamut, its potential reaches an amazing sRGB 99 percent. It also has a great brightness to make the colors brighter and the black darker. The ultra-thin bezel on three sides of this streamlined display offers a virtually borderless visual experience.

In addition to its supremely accurate colors, even when viewed off-angle, it is HDR10 compatible and it is equipped with AMD FreeSync technology and a 60Hz refresh rate for a smooth flow of images.

It also ensures a smooth multitasking and switching between Graphic Design software thanks to its Screen Split 2.0 special feature. You can also play video games comfortably with this monitor thanks to its advanced gaming features such as the Black Stabilizer feature, which reveals all the details in dark scenes.

It has a DisplayPort, an HDMI, and a USB Type C Connectivity.

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6. 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 HDMI x2 , DisplayPort x1
VESA Yes

Philips also joined the competition with its Philips 276E8VJSB. This monitor has an elegant slim design with a narrow Border for a seamless appearance. It also has a tilt adjustable stand with a very stylish curved base.

In terms of display potential, it is a 27″ LED monitor with an ultra clear 4K UHD 3840×2160 screen. It also enjoys all the privileges of IPS monitors, for it is a 10-bit IPS panel that produces 1.074 billion colors for smooth color gradations and detail.

This monitor is especially good for photographers as It has a pretty good 20M:1 contrast ratio and an 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) color depth as well. You can push your creativity to the max as you would be able to see your graphic design projects in smooth and natural colors without gradations or color banding.

Additionally, it is equipped with Multiview technology, which enables active Dual connect and view at same time so that you can work with multiple devices simultaneously.

With that said, you can work on your graphic design projects on multiple devices for as long as you can thanks to Philips’s flicker-free technology, which reduces eye fatigue resulting from long term use. Tearing is also out of the window thanks to this monitor’s 60Hz refresh rate and 5ms response time.

Connectivity wise, it is equipped with a DisplayPort 1.2, 2 HDMI 2.0 inputs with HDMI audio-out for convenience.

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7. ASUS PB278Q

ASUS PB278Q monitor

Specifications of ASUS PB278Q
Screen Size 27-inch
Resolution UHD | 2560 x 1440
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 50 – 75 hertz
Response Time 5ms
Connectivity Ports HDMI x1, D-Sub, DisplayPort 1.2 x1, Dual-link DVI-D x1
VESA Yes

This monitor is smaller than the previously mentioned ASUS monitor. However, it comes with quite a bunch of interesting special features. It has a slim design and a clean look with an Ergonomic tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustable stand plus wall-mount capability for a comfortable viewing position.

It is capable of producing impeccable life-like visuals with its 27-inch 16:9 WQHD 2560 x 1440 screen. It has a 100% sRGB color gamut, which translates to sharp images and vivid colors. Additionally, this IPS panel provides wide 178-degree viewing angles for minimal distortion and color shift. It also enables a flexible LED backlight adjustment thanks to ASUS’s Eye Care and flicker-free technologies.

ASUS PB278Q also offers 6 pre-set video modes to choose from. Splendid Video Intelligence Technology enhances color, brightness, contrast, and sharpness to provide optimal viewing. Each of these 6 video modes has unique characteristics and functionalities so that you be able to maximize the monitor’s performance at the specific task at hand (be it Graphic Design, Photography, or gaming).

On top of this, this monitor is highly versatile when it comes to connectivity as it supports HDMI, DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI, and VGA (D-sub).

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8. 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 HDMI 2.0 x2, DisplayPort x1, Mini DisplayPort x1, USB 3.1 Type A x3, USB 3.1 Type B x1, USB 3.1 Type C x1
VESA Yes

ViewSonic strikes again. This time it hits the market hard with one of the most powerful monitors in this list. ViewSonic VP2785-4K has a sleek and modern design with an Ergonomic tilt, height, swivel, and pivot adjustable stand.

In spite of its relatively high price, VP2785-4K is perfect for graphic designers, photographers, and video editors thanks to its 4K UHD (3840×2160) screen and its 99% Adobe RGB color gamut. With its Delta e<2 accuracy, and smooth palette of 4.39 trillion colors, it is capable of displaying an image quality so high that you may forget that you’re looking at a screen. It is also equipped with Hardware calibration to ensure that the displayed color perfectly matches the original file.

In addition to ViewSonic VP2785-4K’s amazing image quality, it comes with an ultra-thin bezel, an ultra-wide viewing angle, an ambient light sensor, and a KVM switch for ultimate productivity. As for graphic designers who struggle with color uniformity, this monitor is equipped with a color uniformity function that guarantees consistent colors and luminance across the screen for a seamless viewing experience.

VP2785-4K supports laptops, PCs, and Apple/Mac operating systems with USB 3.1 Type C, HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2, DisplayPort, and Mini DisplayPort inputs.

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9. 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 x 4, USB Upstream x 2
VESA Yes

BenQ comes back to the fierce competition with its PD2700U. This monitor has an average looking design with a 27-inch screen and a height adjustable stand. However, it comes with very interesting special features that would make graphic designers’ jaws drop.

This BenQ monitor has a LED IPS 4K HD (3840×2160 resolution) screen that allows a 178/178 viewing angle. In terms of image quality, it has a rich 100% sRGB color gamut and a Rec. 709 color precision, displaying more than one billion colors. Combined with your creativity, this monitor would guarantee a flawless work in animation, visual effects, graphics, and photos.

Now let’s get to the interesting part, it has amazing special features to enable you to work as comfortably as possible. This professional designer monitor allows you to choose CAD/CAM, darkroom, or animation modes to maximize the performance at specific tasks. It also has a Dual View that lets you work in two parallel modes simultaneously. Photographers may benefit from picture-in-picture (PIP), and Picture-by-Picture (PBP) for convenience and productivity.

On top of BenQ PD2700U’s versatility, it also comes with eye-care technology as well as a low blue light to prevent eyestrain. It is equipped with Zero-flicker technology and a 60Hz refresh rate for a tearing-free performance.

BenQ PD2700U supports USB 3.0, HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort; and KVM for switching modes.

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10. LG 34UM68-P

LG 34UM68-P ultrawide monitor

Specifications of LG 34UM68-P
Screen Size 34-inch
Resolution QHD | 2560 x 1080
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 75Hz
Response Time 5ms
Connectivity Ports HDMI (v2.0) x1, DisplayPort (v1.4) x1
VESA Yes

In the end of this list is LG 34UM68-P, which is another great monitor that LG made specifically for graphic designers. This LG monitor has a stylish design, a 178/178 Viewing Angle, an ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio, and an ArcLine adjustable stand for height and tilt.

It has a 34-inch Full HD LED screen of a 2560×1080 resolution. Moreover, it enables you to enjoy amazing colors as it has a color gamut of 99% sRGB, a Pixel Pitch of 0.312 x 0.310 millimeter, a contrast ratio of 5M:1, and an 8-bit 16.7 Million Colors. Furthermore, with a refresh rate of 75Hz and a response time of 5ms, you can comfortably work on the most challenging graphic design or videos editing projects.

When in comes to special features, LG 34UM68-P is equipped with FreeSync technology to eliminate tearing and stuttering as well as ‘’Color Mode’’, which enables conversion between Adobe RGB and sRGB.

Additionally, it comes with Split Screen 2.0 so that you be able to customize your monitor layout, resizing and displaying multiple windows at once with 14 options including Picture-in-Picture (PIP). If you are a gamer, you can opt for Game Mode that, in turn, includes 3 pre-set modes: two first-person shooter modes plus a real-time strategy mode. Choose the right mode for the game you’re playing to maximize the monitor’s performance at it.

In terms of connectivity, however, this LG is not very versatile as it only supports HDMI and DisplayPort.

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Final Thoughts

In this list, we tried to point out the best monitors for Graphic Design. Though we included some of the best and cheapest monitors in the market, we cannot tell you which one is the best for your specific needs.

Therefore, you should compare and contrast these monitors in terms of their technical characteristics and their compatibility with your Graphic Design gear as well to be able to pin point the best one for you.

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