Aug 19 2013 - Anyone who works on computers for graphics knows that color representation is critical. Having a display that can produce the most accurate colors to the real world is vital to the artist, designer or photographer when working on their computer. The average consumer LCD monitor typically fails to meet their exacting color standards. Of course, it is critical to ensure that any LCD for graphics is color calibrated. So, if you are looking for an LCD monitor for your PC used in graphics work, check out my selection of the best LCDs in various sizes for color and graphics work.
There are a huge number of affordable IPS based 22-inch displays on the market now but if you want high color support, the NEC EA224WMi-BK is the best choice. The 22-inch panel offers a 1920x1080 resolution and offers some wide color support but it isn't as high as some of the 30-bit professional models but it is suitable for most graphics work while still being affordable. Video connectors include DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI and VGA. It also includes a four port USB 2.0 hub. Priced around $280.
The 24-inch category probably has the greatest options and also one of the widest price ranges for displays. The Dell UltraSharp U2413 is the company's latest targeted at graphics professionals. The IPS panel provides a very high 99% AdobeRGB color gamut and the full sRGB gamut. All of the displays are factory calibrated by Dell for better color accuracy out of the box. It differs from many newer 24-inch panels because it uses the 1920x1200 resolution rather than 1920x1080 for a bit more viewing area. Connectors include DisplayPort, mini-DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI. A four port USB 3.0 hub is also included. Priced around $500.
Dell's latest 27-inch display takes the many of the features found in the older U2711 and updates them with an LED backlight and new four port USB 3.0 hub. Color support is excellent right out of the box thanks to the factory calibration for both the sRGB and AdobeRGB color gamuts. Resolution is practically that of a 30-inch screen at 2560x1440 and brightness levels are very good. The stand covers the full range of adjustments including height, tilt, swivel and pivot which the U2711 lacked. Connectors include DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI and VGA. Priced around between $800 and $1000.
If you are a series graphics professional that wants a very large high resolution display that doesn't compromise on color, then the clear choice is the NEC PA301W-BK-SV. In addition to having an IPS display that offers near 100% coverage of the AdobeRGB color gamut, it also comes with the SpectraView color calibration tool and software to keep that color accuracy over the life of the monitor. It features the typical 2560x1600 resolution for 30-inch displays but has a slightly lower brightness but that is generally a good thing to prevent color washout. Connectors include two DisplayPort and two DVI-D. It does feature a built-in USB 2.0 hub as well. The best part is that the stand fully supports height, swivel, tilt and pivot adjustments. Pricing is quite high at $2500. If the pricing is an issue, the Dell UltraSharp U3110 is much more affordable with prices starting around $1250.