There is nothing more frustrating to a photographer or videographer that using subpar equipment to edit their work after spending hours seeking out the perfect footage. As the use of technology has increased in our daily lives so has the types of technology available to us. There are currently specialized monitors available for home use, office work, gaming and media editing.
As we believe it is important to be equipped with the best tools for the job we have decided to cover the five best video editing monitors on the market today. Our intention is to assist our readers when considering purchasing new equipment in an attempt to ensure they recive the best product available for their money.
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The Absolute Best Video Editing Monitor On The Market
We believe the NEC PA322UHD to be the best monitor for video editing available on the market today. With its excellent reputation and high price point, we are happy to say it delivers all we expect and more!
The NEC PA322UHD offers excellent built quality with performance second to none, it is the perfect addition to any professional image or video editors set up. The monitor is based upon a Sharp IGZO panel with a base white LED backlight. NEC have added their customized fourteen bit 3D look-up table meaning that users are able to use it with a native ten-bit signal. This can be further enhanced depending on your choice of graphics card to have an even larger color palette.
This high-end professional offering from NEC is nothing but a precision instrument for anyone working in the photography or video industry. The NEC calibration process guarantees that the monitor is ready to use directly out of the box as each check detects all color and white point errors below one DeltaE.
If you are a fan of customizing your equipment then you will be happy to know the NEC PA322UHD has an advanced management system that allows its users to adjust its saturation, luminance, hue and color settings to the users requirement easily and quickly. If you favor speed over extreme customization then you are able to take advantage of NECs SpectraView software to quickly change the setup of the monitor to a number of preset options to suit all needs. Due to the monitor being able to self-calibrate without the requirement of a computer you can rest assured that and changes you make can be rectified with ease.
The NEC PA322UHD comes with a 1000:1 contrast ratio and a 3840×2160 4K UHD native resolution as standard offering a superior visual display. It also offers picture in picture as well as picture by picture viewing modes to assist in increasing the users productivity allowing the display of upto four input sources simultaneously.
- Superior image quality against monitors of similar price points.
- Extreme customization options.
- Outstanding build quality.
Flaws But Not Deal Breakers
- Extremely expensive.
The Second Best Computer Monitor For Video Editing
In our opinion, the 27 inch Asus PA279Q is the second best computer monitor for video editing when graded against price point and performance. It is absolutely jam packed with features running at 2560×1440 offering a dot size that eliminates pixelation.
The monitor includes its calibration data sheet direct from the factory displaying its results for the various color, grayscale, gamma and uniformity tests completed by Asus with all errors being below two DeltaE. In addition, the PA279Q possesses a sRGB mode offering amazing output for movie or gaming content.
In addition to the excellent visual outputs offered, three-watt stereo speaks are included as standard offering high-quality audio output. The monitor also has a number of other outputs such as a headphone jack, six URB 3.0 ports, an upstream connection and a nine-in-one memory card reader.
When pitted against its rival the Samsung’s S27B970D you will realize that the Asus PA279Q offers more features, superior visual output and image quality while undercutting its price substantially.
- Excellent visual and audio output for its price range.
- High-end build quality.
- Cheaper than its competition.
Flaws But Not Deal Breakers
- A touch on the expensive side.
The Third Best PC Monitor For Video Editing
Our third best pc monitor for video editing has to be the Asus MG279Q. Although primarily designed and produced to be a gaming monitor it firmly holds its ground against those that are designed with video editing in mind.
It has a 144hz refresh rate with advanced technology to reduce blue light output helping your eyes avoid fatigue during long periods of work. With a WQHD 2560×1440 panel and a pixel density of 109 per inch you are able to display the panels of additional tools on your primary monitor rather than requiring a secondary device.
The Asus MG279Q has no trouble processing fast moving video data due to its exceptional 144Hz refresh rate. Although designed for computer games such as first person shooters it has been a blessing for editing fast paced footage such as that of extreme sports recorded with the likes of a GoPro. The monitor boasts a WQHD output, two USB 3.0 ports and two HDMI/MHL ports.
The Fourth Best Monitor For Video Editing
Our fourth best computer monitor for video editing is the Samsung S32D850T. It offers wide viewing angles, extremely accurate colors and an excellent contrast ratio. It has a 2560×1440 screen offering more visible space on a single monitor potentially removing the need for secondary monitors while working. It also has a basic matte coating to help minimize any artificial light reflections while working help reduce any fatigue on your eyes.
One thing to note about the S32D850T is that it was bested by both the BenQ BL3200PT and the Acer B326HUL in sRGB testing. That being said, it did not take long to calibrate the S32D850T upto 100 percent functionality. It posseses four USB 3.0 ports, a dual link DVI port, a standard display port and a HDMI connector. Unfortunately, this particular monitor does not come with any form of speakers included as standard so you will be required to purchase them from a third party at additional cost.
One massive advantage the Samsung S32D850T has over its competition at this particular price point is that its picture in picture and picture by picture works flawlessly. Many of its competitors are either buggy or jittery when using this functionality. The Samsung is seamless, offering the user the ability to display the output from two devices side by side with no loss of quality if required.
An All Round Good Monitor For Video Editing
Although our cheapest offering the Asus PB278Q is still an extremely good monitor for video editing for its extremely low price. Again it is a wide quad high definition monitor that offers 2560×1440 resolution for an extremely low price. Although advertised to have a 100% reproduction of sRGB color space there have been numerous reports of brand new monitors hovering around the high ninties before being manually recalibrated to 100%.
The monitor offers a HDMI port, dual-link DVI ports and a DisplayPort. It also comes with double three watt speakers that offer a surprisingly high standard of audio playback. It also boasts a 178 degree viewing angle reducing distortion and color glare when views off center.
Now that we have covered our recommended monitors we will quickly cover a buyers guide people looking to buy any monitor not featured in our list.
The size of the screen is a key point when choosing a monitor for video editing, nine times out of ten bigger is always better both in size and resolution. These allow you to have either additional device outputs displayed on the same screen or have multiple control panels open at once for multiple software applications all on the same monitor. When it comes to aspect ratios we recommend that you go for either 16:9, 17:9, 16:10 or 21:9 with the 16:9 being the most popular choice.
Another concern is the panel type used in the monitor. TN based panels are the most common and cheapest, as you may expect they are also the worst with dated technology. Moving on we have the IPS panels that can support just over 1 billion different colors with far better color reproduction than their TN based counterparts.
A glossy screen is usually better for entertainment purposes but for video editing you may wish to go for the matte option as their anti-glare technology is able to prevent the reflection of light that can increase eye fatigue when working for long periods. The main negative point of matte panel coating is that colors can appear dull due to their native anti-glare properties.
The color gamut is the total range of displayed color offered by the monitor, you usually have to choose between the sRGB or the Adobe RGB color gamuts. Both have their advantages and disadvantages but the Adobe RGB gamut offers a wider color range than sRGB. You also have wide gamut RGB that currently offers the widest range of colors but the technology is still extremly expensive in comparioson the other options when measured againsts the benefits gained from the additonal investment.
As already touched upon, a higher resolution is better as it offers you many advantages in your video editing.
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