Best Monitors for Graphic Designers

Best Monitors for Graphic Designers – As you can see, there’s a good graphic design monitor for every professional.

While choosing the best one for you, make sure to think about the projects that you’re working on and match them to the features.

Note these monitors can be used to attach to your laptop or as a second screen on a desktop. For our top picks see our article on the best computers for graphic design.

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1.Asus ProArt PA32UC

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It should be mentioned that Asus let me borrow this monitor for several weeks, so this review is the culmination of my thoughts from using it and integrating it into our creative workflow for quite some time now.

Asus has packed in almost every feature you could think of in the ProArt PA32UC. It’s a 32-inch 3840 x 2160 IPS panel at 60 Hz with Adaptive Sync, it sports 100% sRGB color space coverage, 99.5% Adobe RGB and 95% DCI-P3, hitting all those wide gamuts. It’s fully HDR compatible with a 384-zone FALD backlight, it has Thunderbolt 3, and crucially, it comes with a hardware calibration tool in the box which makes getting accurate results a breeze for all buyers, not just those that already have calibration tools on hand.

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2.ASUS TUF VG289Q

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The ASUS VG289Q is one of the first 4K IPS monitors to be available as a 28″ variant, with most alternatives with similar specifications being 27″.

In short, it offers an excellent picture quality, smooth performance, and plenty of useful features for a very appealing price as far as 4K IPS displays go.

The ASUS TUF-series monitor is based on a 28″ AAS (IPS) panel by Innolux with 178° wide viewing angles, a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, a 350-nit peak brightness, and wide 90% DCI-P3 color gamut with dithered 10-bit depth support.

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3.BenQ

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You might accept a lesser high dynamic range (HDR) rating for a higher refresh rate, a larger screen size for a weightier product, or anything else in between. On rare occasions, ultrawide displays appear that make almost no compromises except for high price, such as the  Acer Predator X35.

Other times, we get monitors like the BenQ Mobiuz EX3415R , which sacrifices a higher HDR rating or more vibrant color in pursuit of record-setting input-latency results. Unfortunately, those records are matched by alternatives like the  MSI Optix MPG341CQR, which manages to go toe-to-toe with the Mobiuz on specs and performance numbers while looking better and costing a lot less. If you’re a BenQ loyalist, the EX3415R is the best gaming ultrawide display the company offers. Otherwise, MSI has already got you covered for way fewer bucks.

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4.AOC CU34G2X

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The AOC CU34G2X is a great ultrawide gaming monitor. It has a 144Hz panel with Adaptive Sync support, so even though it’s not officially certified by AMD nor NVIDIA for variable refresh rate (VRR) support, FreeSync and G-SYNC still both work on it.

It has low input lag, and although it has a quick overall response time, there’s visible black smearing, which is typical of VA panels. Speaking of which, it has a high native contrast ratio, but that means it has narrow viewing angles, so it’s not ideal for co-op gaming. The 34 inch screen and 3440×1440 resolution help deliver an immersive gaming experience, and it has a fairly aggressive 1500R curve to bring the edges of the screen within your field of vision.

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5.Alienware AW3420DW

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The back side of the cabinet is almost completely white, except for black highlights in the recessed area in the center where the monitor joins the stand, and near the bottom of the screen where the ports can be found. The left side of the back of the screen is home to, arranged in a column, a four-way joystick and four additional buttons for navigating the monitor’s menus. The power button sits on the bottom of the screen, near that corner.

There’s nothing subtle about the Alienware 34, viewed from the front or the back. The body is white with black inserts, evoking the design of Alienware’s recent Aurora desktop PCs and the Sony PlayStation 5. (Alienware dubs this its “Lunar Light” color scheme.) The curved 34-inch screen features only a thin black band running around its perimeter, and hardly any bezel save for a narrow strip on the bottom edge holding the Alienware logo.

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WRAP UP

Best Monitors for Graphic Designers – As a designer, the most important things to look for in a monitor are size, resolution, and color accuracy. Now that it is 2021 there is no reason you should buy a 1080p resolution. Ideally, get a 4k monitor or at least a 1440p screen.

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