Which displays your photos best?
Editing matters, so get the right display for you and your photos
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.