Which dis­plays your pho­tos best?

Edit­ing mat­ters, so get the right dis­play for you and your pho­tos

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Choos­ing a mon­i­tor can be a daunt­ing propo­si­tion, es­pe­cially if you need it to be bet­ter at one par­tic­u­lar task than at any other. In this roundup we want to find ideal mon­i­tors for photo edit­ing, so we’re look­ing for great colour re­pro­duc­tion and vi­brant, bright dis­plays. This de­pends on the tech­nol­ogy used – newer ‘IPS’ LCD pan­els have bet­ter colour re­pro­duc­tion than their older ‘TN’ coun­ter­parts, so this is worth look­ing out for in the spec­i­fi­ca­tions. All the pan­els here are IPS LED back­lit dis­plays. The view­ing an­gles are also far bet­ter with IPS screens, so if you ever sit at your com­puter and show some­one else pho­tos they are a must. Screen size is im­por­tant too – make sure your dis­play is phys­i­cally big enough for the work you want to do (we rec­om­mend 24-inch as a min­i­mum now and that’s the small­est here). Also, while most of the mon­i­tors here are height-ad­justable, not all dis­plays have the same level of fine-tun­ing, so do watch out for that.

When buy­ing a high-end dis­play, it’s im­por­tant to make sure your com­puter’s graph­ics hard­ware is up to the task of dis­play­ing the high res­o­lu­tions some mon­i­tors are now ca­pa­ble of. You’ll need to re­search the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of your own ma­chine to do that. If you’re go­ing to be con­nect­ing up a lap­top, es­pe­cially, make sure it has a good level of graph­ics ca­pa­bil­ity.

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