Best Photo Editing Monitor: My 27 Inch Setup In Detail

Best Photo Editing Monitor

The Viewsonic VP2770-LED is the best photo editing monitor you are going to get for your money unless you want to spend out $1500 on a NEC PA272W-BK-SV in my opinion. Want to know why? Read on…

Best Photo Editing Monitor



Best Photo Editing Monitor? Viewsonic-VP2770-LED

If you are serious about photo editing, then you are going to need the right equipment and tools. Back when I first started, I can remember downloading Photoshop CC and trying to use it on my old 19″ TN based monitor. It was horrible. Photoshop is best used with a full Adobe RGB colorspace or at the very least an sRGB capable monitor (if you don’t know what that means, don’t worry – look here for a quick explanation).

IPS and Adobe RGB

So, once I had accepted that the old monitor had to go, I set about researching how to choose the best photo-editing for my budget. I quickly discovered that an IPS monitor (or TPS which is effectively the same thing) is essential for accurate colour reproduction. My price range was $300 – $800 and I soon found that it is not possible to find a monitor with full Adobe RGB colorspace for that money. So that brought a comparison of all the IPS monitors I could find under $800 with sRGB. There is surprising large choice and variety in the market even at that niche level.

Size and Resolution

Ever heard that size doesn’t matter – it’s what you do with it that counts? Well – every inch does makes a difference – up to a point. The majority of monitors on sale now are 27 inch. This is partly because it was one of the first sizes where manufacturers could achieve UHDMI resolution on a single panel. I believe it is also partly due to Apple releasing the iMac at 27 inches and driving the industry trend in that direction.

UHDMI resolution is widely available on monitors targeted at the photo-editing industry. This gives you a whopping 3840 x 2160 pixels. QHD is slightly less at 2560 x 1440 which is four times the coverage of standard HD.

Shortlist

Samsung U28D590D



Best Photo Editing Monitor Candidate: Samsung-U28D590D-1

I really liked the Samsung U28D590D – it has UHDMI resolution, comes with HDMI and Displayport connection and looks beautiful. As a bonus it also has a 1ms response time which would be useful should I ever wish to do any gaming. It has a colorspace of 1 billion, known as ‘1K’ which is reasonable for photo editing. It is a 28 inch size which is of course more than sufficient. I very nearly bought it, but the sticking point which I ultimately paid an extra $100 for was lack of IPS. The Samsung U28D590D has a TN based panel which simply isn’t accurate enough for serious photo editing. It is great for gaming although not my pick of the bunch for best gaming monitor.
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Viewsonic VP2770-LED



Viewsonic VP2770 LED

The other main contender in my price bracket was the Viewsonic VP2770-LED monitor. This has an IPS panel and is therefore much better suited to photo and video editing. It is a pro-level monitor for photo-editing and other color critical applications and there are no extras like built in speakers as you might get with many other similarly priced monitors. It does have a built in USB 3.0 hub though, which I’ve found useful for connecting a graphics pad and other accessories to. The USB hub is no good for frequently used devices as it is rather fiddly to reach on the rear of the monitor.

In the end, I decided the best photo editing monitor for me was the Viewsonic VP2770-LED. It has the Displayport and HDMI connectivity of the Samsung and with the more faithful color reproduction using IPS technology, I felt it was the best monitor for my needs. It was tempting to upgrade to the VP2772 which has 99% ARGB coverage for an extra $300 but I decided to stick to the budget.
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NEC PA272W-BK-SV



NEC Multisync PA272W

If I had the money and had been inclined, I would have invested in the NEC PA272W-BK-SV. It is really aimed at professional printers who need full Adobe RGB colorspace to see exactly the colors they will get on paper and is pretty much the best photo editing monitor out there unless you go for the 32″ version which really is the cream of the cream. The hood accessory for blocking out reflections and light is a nice touch. Although it is easy to make your own monitor hood from cardboard to suit any monitor which will be the subject of a future blog post. It also includes an NEC-specific calibrator “SpectraViewII” which does look very handy. However there are plenty of aftermarket calibrators available that are at least as good and will suit any monitor. I will be doing a blog post on selecting the best monitor calibrator soon.
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Post – Purchase Update

So I’ve had the Viewsonic VP2770-LED for exactly a year now and have done a lot of photo-editing with it. I have found it to be an excellent monitor for the purpose and am very pleased with the purchase. The non-reflective screen is nice and faithful to the image being displayed although some might prefer a more reflective surface such as used on Apple products. I did find the placement of the monitor to be important i.e. away from windows and other non-intentional light sources. I also ended up buying a decent strip lamp to illuminate the wall behind it in order to gain the best possible contrast effect.

Have a comment based on your own experiences? Leave me a comment below, I promise to read them all!

27 Inch Monitor Resources

Best 27 Inch Monitor Resources

This is a collection of 27 Inch Monitor Resources, all of which I use myself.

Products

HDMI Leads



HDMI m-m Lead

To go for gold or not? Is the dividing question when it comes to monitor leads. The honest truth is that whether the lead has gold plating or not makes no difference at all to a digital signal lead. HDMI is digital and therefore buying a lead just because it is gold-plated makes no sense. However, it is often the case that gold-plated leads are better build-quality and most are gold-plated these days anyway. Here are my top three HDMI leads:

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  • Displayport to mini displayport: I use this every day to connect my Macbook Pro to my Viewsonic 27″ monitor:
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Screen Calibrator



Best Monitor Calibrator X-Rite-EODIS3-i1Display-Pro

There are a lot of screen calibrators out there and the wide choice can be confusing. The screen calibrator I reccommend is the X-Rite EODIS3 i1Display Pro:[easyazon_cta align=”none” identifier=”B0055MBQOW” key=”small-light” locale=”US” cart=y tag=”bes27incmon0f-20″] Honestly, you’re unlikely to need a calibrator unless you are doing some serious photo editing or graphic design. So if you are going to take the plunge, I do recommend the i1 Display pro as it is a high-end piece of kit. There’s no point making false economies here.

Monitor accessories

Cable Tidy


27 Inch Monitor Resources D-Line Cable Tidy Bands

Many cable tidies come in the form of trunking which looks great but is a pain to pull apart when you want to add the next lead in or remove something. I recommend using velcro ties to keep your cables in order, one of the best is the D-Line Cable Tidy Band: [easyazon_cta align=”none” identifier=”B00F2FZFOY” key=”small-light” locale=”US” cart=y tag=”bes27incmon0f-20″]

Rocking Speakers



Logitech Z600 Bluetooth Speakers
Logitech Z600 Bluetooth Speakers

If you do any video editing or just simply enjoy listening to music while you work, the best bang for your buck by far are the Logitech Z600 Bluetooth speakers: [easyazon_cta align=”none” identifier=”B00DYVK304″ key=”small-light” locale=”US” cart=y tag=”bes27incmon0f-20″]

Privacy Filter



3m privacy filter for 27" monitors
3m privacy filter for 27″ monitors

If you work in a busy office and handle sensitive information, then these filters are fantastic at keeping prying eyes away from your work: [easyazon_cta align=”none” identifier=”B00433SNSQ” key=”small-light” locale=”US” cart=y tag=”bes27incmon0f-20″] Not so great for photo editing though as the true color will be lost.

Screen Cleaning Wipes

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I regularly use these microfiber cloths: A quality cleaning system is vital for every monitor owner – irrespective of size. It is surprisingly easy to damage your 27 inch monitor with the wrong cleaning fluid and many insurance companies will not cover you for this.
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Multi-Monitor Stands

hex screen setup
If you’re using more than 2 monitors, you’re going to need a professional stand. Mainly aimed at gamers and the security industry, the Deluxe Hex Monitor Stand is a great stand, taking up to six full-size 27 inch monitors. [easyazon_cta align=”none” identifier=”B006JGG9FE” key=”small-light” locale=”US” cart=y tag=”bes27incmon0f-20″]

Standing Desks



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Electric height adjustable desk.

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Desk Light



Daylight U32500 Triple Bright Lamp
Daylight U32500 Triple Bright Lamp

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Useful Websites

I started this website because the vast majority of information sites out there are riddled with adSense advertising and have a horrible user experience. However, some of them do have useful information despite the adverts. Many of which I used when first researching which 27 inch monitor to buy. Here is my pick of the bunch:

http://www.digitalcameraworld.com

There are some really useful guides on here, relevant mainly to photographers.

https://fstoppers.com

Another excellent site relevant to photographers.

http://uk.pcmag.com

Good for detail if you’re happy to wade through it all.

http://www.t3.com

Superb resource, run off the back of the successful technology magazine.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/

The best forum, hands-down for tech advice.

Books

Photography

If you’re new to digital photography, Doug Harman’s guide is invaluable:
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Software

Photoshop

photoshop logo
The Creative Cloud range of software is a great way to get up and running with Photoshop. You’ll also need Adobe Bridge to organise your pictures.

Adobe Premiere

Adobe Premiere Logo
Hands-down, the best video editing software out there.

Blogs

Mashable Logo
Mashable is about as good as it gets when it comes to niche blog topic reviews. Their tech section is second to none. http://mashable.com/tech/

Podcasts

Lifehacker Logo
I know what you’re thinking – a podcast about 27 inch monitors -really? Well… not quite but the Lifehacker podcast is so awesome I just had to mention it. A broad range of tech based topics, definitely worth a listen. http://lifehacker.com/

27 Inch Monitor Resources Conclusion

So there you have it! The most useful resources listed by application. If you are aware of a resource that I haven’t listed, please contact me and am happy to consider it.

Jonathan

Best 27 Inch Monitor Selection Guide

Best 27 Inch Monitor Selection Guide

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27-inch monitors are the go-to size for use in most home, office and medical facilities. The reason for this is it’s the perfect size between a “small” PC monitor and what some consider a “monstrously huge” PC monitor.

Here’s the problem, there are so many 27-inch monitors out there with a million different specs and cool features that you probably are drowning in mentions of “RGB”, “IPS”, and “Refresh Rate.” So, you’ve decided to get a monitor, you’ve searched online and are now facing the $45 trillion question, “Where the heck do I start?!”

Well before you tear out your hair strand by strand in a fit of wild hysteria, know that we’ve compiled this simple guide to walk you through what you should be looking for when searching out the perfect 27-inch monitor for yourself. We’ll mention some technical terms but instead of just gliding over them like you have any idea what we’re talking about we’ll define the terms, simply, so you can decide for yourself if that’s something you care about.

While we won’t be telling you what specific brand of monitor to get like, “Acer” or “iMac” or “Dell”, we will be explaining and telling you exactly what to look for when researching a monitor. Models and brands change every few months so to avoid this guide going stale we are going to give you the basic unchanging information to guide you to your dream monitor.

So step away from the ledge, put the scissors down (if you’ve graduated from tearing to cutting your hair) and read on.

Resolution Explained

best 27 inch monitor Resolution

Resolution. This is a term you hear and read a lot when looking up monitors or really digital screens of any size including TVs.

Resolution is simply defined as the number of individual pixels on the screen.

Pixels are the building block of the images on your screen. When you look at a screen what you’re actually looking at is thousands or even millions of tiny colored pixels. When they’re grouped together with varying colors they create an image. Each minuscule pixel changes color to create different images.

The resolution of your screen display tells you how many pixels are able to be displayed on your screen both vertically and horizontally. The pixels are arranged in a grid system, meaning up and down.

Display resolutions are usually displayed like this, “1600 x 1200.” This means it can display 1600 horizontal pixels and 1200 vertical pixels at one time.

Ok, so now you know what “resolution” and “pixel” mean but how does this help you? Well, the higher the numbers the clearer or crisper the image is.

If you’ve ever looked at an HD display and thought, “That picture is crazy crisp!” or even a more conservative, “That picture is quite nice, if I do say so myself.” it’s because HD has a higher resolution (more pixels).

You’ll see things like, “1080p” or “720p.” Those are both HD. They just mean, “1920 x 1080” and “1280 x 720” respectively. The “p” just means pixels.

But screen resolutions can go a lot higher than that becoming Ultra HD at ranges like “2160p” and “4320p.” 27-inch monitors are the smallest monitors that can support the higher resolutions above 1080p.

When looking for your best 27 inch monitor consider what kind of resolution would work for you. What kind of things will you be using your computer for? If you’re using it for graphics-heavy applications like video editing, photo editing or graphic design then you’ll want to go with a high resolution. Whereas if you’re using your monitor for simple document editing or coding then it’s unnecessary to spend the extra money on a higher resolution.

Gaming is pretty decent with no more than 720p. In fact some gamers report anything higher is almost distracting. Gamers, always the fickle bunch.

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What in the wide world of computers is RGB?

best 27 inch monitor RGB Investigted

RGB stand for “red, green and blue.” All monitors these days use an RGB system to produce colors in your display. RGB can be used in various ways to produce every color in the spectrum.

Our eyes and brains are particularly sensitive to these three colors and when combined in various ways our brains are “tricked” into seeing different colors.

Some displays will use a composite RGB signal which does not create distinct vivid colors as monitors that separate out the three colors into their own signals. Basically the best color comes from red, green and blue being their own signals within the monitor.

You may come across terms like, “sRGB” or “Adobe RGB.”

sRGB is short for, “standard RGB.”

Adobe RGB is short for…well, Adobe RGB. It was simply created by Adobe Systems, Inc. hence the name.

Let’s clear up one other term first, “color space.” Color space is just a range of colors that can be represented and detected in a given image. There can be millions of colors in any image. Different color spaces can define the colors more or less depending on the color space.

Adobe RGB has a more defined color space which allows the image colors to be more vibrant. sRGB is less defined so the colors will be a little more subdued or subtle.

When looking for a monitor consider again what you’ll be using it for. If you want more defined color for your images, especially if working with photos or videos, then you should strongly consider Adobe RGB.

If you are using it as a general purpose monitor and not for graphics-heavy software applications then the RGB aspect doesn’t really matter.

LED or LCD – does it even matter?

best 27 inch monitor LCD-vs.-LED

LCD is simply short for “Liquid Crystal Display.”

LED stands for “Light Emitting Diode.” Jeez, no wonder they abbreviated it!

The way LCD works is simple: liquid crystals are used sort of like a shutter between the backlight and the screen. Based off the amount of charge given to them by the monitor the crystals will let in or shut out the backlight.

Ok, let’s keep this simple, both LCD and LED are actually LCDs. The only difference is the type of backlight that is used.

LED uses a more energy-efficient bulb. LED monitors are thinner and more light-weight while as I said it’s more energy efficient consuming about 37% less power than an LCD monitor.

So, which one should you get? LED of course. It’s newer, less cumbersome and does display at least a slightly better picture than the LCD.

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In-plane switching (IPS) – Not as complicated as you might think

Best 27 Inch Monitor In-Plane-Switching
Whoa, whoa, whoa, where’re you going? Don’t run away just yet. Yeah the title of this section is as boring as Ben Stein’s Voodoo Economics speech in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off but trust me, it’s fairly simple. We’ve come this far together, don’t quit on me now!

IPS is simply the LCD technology that allows you to view the display screen from multiple angles. Remember when you could only view a computer monitor or TV from head on? Yeah, well IPS solved that problem. Now you can stand to the side of the monitor and actually read or view the screen.

There are a lot of technical reasons behind how this works like crystals being aligned horizontally instead of vertically as well as electrical fields being applied to the spots in between crystal molecules and – well it’s super friggin’ boring so I’ll stop before I put myself to sleep.

IPS also contributes to much richer color reproduction.

It’s important when picking the best 27 inch monitor for photo/video editing, gaming or any other high-graphic activity that you make sure there’s some mention of it being an IPS monitor. If it’s not an IPS monitor, keep it moving until you find one that is. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.

If you just want a general purpose monitor or want it for coding or for use in a medical office then skip over IPS monitors and save yourself some money.

Refresh Rate – The importance of

best 27 inch monitor Refresh-Rate

Refresh rate, refresh rate, refresh rate. No, this has nothing to do with hydration. This is a simple but key concept to grasp when it comes to monitors.

The refresh rate is how many times each second the frame or image is refreshed or updated. Basically how many times it redraws the image on the screen in that second. With a low or crappy refresh rate you’ll notice distortion of images, especially while gaming.

This can be seriously annoying while gaming. A high refresh rate is somewhat important for viewing videos but where it becomes very noticeable is during a gaming session.

Refresh rates are displayed in this manner “60Hz” (Hz = hertz) which means your monitor refreshed that image 60 times in that second.

This is different from FPS which is frames per second. This refers to the data being sent from your computer to the monitor and is dependent on the computer’s output where as refresh rate is the monitor’s ability.

If you intend to use your 27-inch monitor for gaming then make sure you have a high refresh rate. The monitor should have absolutely no less than 60Hz but for a superior experience go for 120Hz. Anything higher is just a bit of gravy at that point. You’ll probably be totally satisfied with 120Hz and shouldn’t need to spend more money on a higher refresh rate monitor.

For anything other than gaming like photo editing, video editing, watching movies, etc don’t worry too much about the refresh rate. 60Hz should do just fine.

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Contrast and Brightness are necessary to understand – no really!

Best 27 Inch Monitor Contrast

Contrast ratio is a phrase thrown around a lot when websites and retailers are promoting monitors. But like most of the features they aren’t explained.

Contrast ratio refers to the spectrum of colors from the brightest to the darkest that the monitor can produce. The higher the ratio, the larger the range of colors. In other words you’ll get whiter whites and blacker blacks.

They are shown in ratios like “150:1.” A good contrast ratio for an LED monitor would be something like 1000:1. Some might disagree and say you don’t need to get anything over 600:1 because there is little noticeable difference. It’s a matter of opinion I guess but I see the difference. I like my contrast to be on point.

Now brightness for some reason uses letters and numbers (cd/m2) to indicate the brightness level. It might as well be written in arabic because it’s never explained, just random numbers and symbols.

The cd/m2 is just technical mumbo-jumbo but basically just represents how much light is being produced in the monitor. The average brightness range in a monitor display is 250 cd/m2 to 350 cd/m2.

But if you’re gaming or watching movies or even editing videos and pictures you’re going to want something a bit brighter. Try something more in the 500 cd/m2 area.

Ports – Yeah those holes in the back of your monitor are important

Best 27 Inch Monitor Ports

You’ll see plenty of mention of different connectivity ports like “DVI”, “HDMI” and “USB”. Don’t let these terms throw you off or send you running for the hills. Unless you see abbreviations like “KKK” then you might want to reconsider the retailer you’re using.

DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort cables and ports are all digital and do a lot of the same things. They transfer data between the monitor and whatever they’re connected to such as a TV or external hard drive or most obviously your computer.

HDMI and DisplayPort transfer video, audio and images. They are pretty much the gold standard for this and are what you should look for.

DVI is used as a vessel for video signals but generally doesn’t carry audio signals.

You’ll still see VGA cables and ports with some monitors. Lord knows why. They are old school analog cables that transfer video signals. If you get a monitor with VGA then you’ll probably use it only as a back-up, last resort kind of scenario when the HDMI or DVI isn’t working or you’ve lost the cable or something.

While HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI won’t mess with your image quality VGA likely will as it’s an analog signal not digital.

USB – well, hopefully you know what USB is by this point. It’s pretty much the universal data transfer method in present day replacing old-school floppy disks. The “u” in USB stands for “universal” because pretty much everyone in the universe uses it. You may have heard it also referred to as a flash drive or thumb drive.

When choosing your best 27 inch monitor for general purpose use ensure it minimally has HDMI and USB connectivity.

But if you’re looking to purchase a monitor for video editing purposes ensure it has HDMI, DVI and VGA. Although VGA is less and less compatible with various equipment these days you’ll probably find yourself needing it as some point, so better safe than sorry. If you’re looking to save money though and are cutting back on connectivity then minimally make sure the monitor has HDMI.

Best 27 Inch Monitor Conclusion

We made it!! I never thought we would. I’d like to thank the Academy…

Ok, ok, to sum up you’re going to want a 27-inch IPS LED monitor with at least 720p resolution and Adobe RGB.

Get no less than a 60Hz refresh rate but preferably 120Hz if you can afford to go up that high with your budget.

Contrast ratio should be no less than 600:1 and brightness should be around 500 cd/m2.

Ensure it has at least USB and HDMI connectivity.

That’s about it. Anything else is fluff but these factors should guide you in the right direction towards purchasing your best 27 inch monitor.

Wishing you all the luck. Happy purchasing!

Is there an aspect of selecting the Best 27 Inch Monitor for your application that you need help with? Leave a comment below, I read every one & promise to respond where possible.

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The Top 7 Accessories for Your 27 Inch Monitor (Hint: Not what you might expect!)

27 inch Monitors used in the film The Matrix.


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Ultimate Cable tidy: D-Line Cable Tidy Band 1.2m

Double-sided Velcro cable tidy reel.


D-Line Cable Tidy

So simple, so effective. A reel of Velcro that can be cut to length and used to secure all of your messy wires into a super-streamlined setup. Of course with it being velcro, you can readjust it at any time, so no more cutting off cable ties and re-fixing. If Velcro just isn’t your thing, they do a super sleek cable trunking system too.
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Awesome speakers

Monsoon Speakers
Monsoon Speakers



Logitech Z600 Speakers
Logitech Z600 Speakers

Monsoon Planar speakers are pretty much the ultimate PC speaker accessory. Sadly they’re now only available second hand – eBay is your friend. Almost as awesome though are the Logitech Z600 Bluetooth speakers. They are sleek, powerful and priced under $180. [easyazon_cta align=”none” identifier=”B00DYVK304″ key=”small-light” locale=”US” cart=y tag=”bes27incmon0f-20″]

3M Screen privacy filter



3M privacy filter 27" Screen
3M 27″ Screen privacy filter

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Screen Wipes


iCloth Screen Wipes


I once trashed a monitor by cleaning it with regular household product. Do yourself a favour and clean your shiny new monitor with the right gear. Use the iCloth to clean your screen or alternatively use a dry or damp microfiber cloth to get it sparkling clear.
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Multi-Screen Mount: Deluxe Hex Monitor Stand

hex screen setup
If you want a multi-screen setup that rivals The Matrix, there are some great hex screen mounts on Amazon which allow up to six 27 inch monitors to be mounted on your desk. Massively strong and subtlety styled, the Deluxe Hex Monitor Stand is a great choice for multi-monitor setups of up to six screens. [easyazon_cta align=”none” identifier=”B006JGG9FE” key=”small-light” locale=”US” cart=y tag=”bes27incmon0f-20″]

Adjustable height desk


electric height adjustable desk
Electric height adjustable desk.

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Desk Light



Daylight U32500 Triple Bright Lamp
Daylight U32500 Triple Bright Lamp

This light is just what you need… to illuminate the area behind your monitor. By lighting up the wall / desk behind your monitor, the contrast will immediately be heightened and you will get a much improved experience. This lamp is one of the largest that Amazon sell and illuminates my behind my monitor as I type this. [easyazon_cta align=”none” identifier=”B0052OT64K” key=”small-light” locale=”US” cart=y tag=”bes27incmon0f-20″]

Bonus 27 Inch Monitor Accessory

Screen Calibrator

Ok, so I promised you 7 accessories but in the process of writing this, the topic of best monitor calibrators came up and I just had to include the X-Rite-EODIS3-i1Display-Pro.


Best Monitor Calibrator X-Rite-EODIS3-i1Display-Pro

There are a variety of screen calibrators available on the market. Many are entry level or over complicated top end models. The X-Rite-EODIS3-i1 Display-Pro is a great choice because it includes ambient light compensation, is relatively easy to use and is definitely professional level. If you’re serious enough to need a screen calibrator, then I definitely recommend investing in decent kit and the EODIS3-i1 is certainly that!
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Should You Buy The NEC PA272W?

NEC Multisync PA272W

As the title suggests, this article is about the 27 inch PC monitor, the NEC PA272W. So, should you buy the NEC PA272W? The answer is – sorry I’m not one to spoil endings. We’re going to go over this monitor and see if it holds up across the boards. Can it perform at a high level when it comes to gaming, photo and video editing, every day use, etc?

You may have heard different things about it like that it’s great for graphics-based applications but it’s filthy-expensive and something about something called “SpectraViewII,” but what is that?

Well, let’s get into it.

NEC PA272W Specs

  • The viewable screen size is 27 inches with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. That’s pretty much the best you’re going to get when it comes to a monitor these days.
  • The NEC PA272W weighs a cool 28.4 pounds. That’s not light. In fact when you take a look at one of these things it’s got quite a thick body compared to other 27 inchers. The panel itself is 3.5 inches thick. You’re not getting that sleek, slim look you might be used to with an iMac or Dell UltraSharp U2715H.
  • The NEC PA272W screen display is backlit by LED. This consumes 37% less power than earlier LCD screens including the NEC monitor just before this one.
  • SpectraViewII, which I mentioned earlier, is a very important feature. This is specifically an NEC tech that utilizes a color measurement sensor and calibration software. In a nutshell it creates color-rich graphics that calibrate to whatever you’re viewing at any given moment.
  • It has the typical convenient tilt, swivel and pivot ability with a height-adjustable stand.

What is the NEC PA272W good for?

What is it good for – absolutely nothing! Ok, that’s not true but I couldn’t help quoting that song. This monitor was practically designed with the photo and video editor in mind, not to mention the gamer.

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With its kick-ass screen performance covering 99.3% of the Adobe RGB color space everything seems to pop. Any monitor that performs well in the graphics department will be sure to work well for general office use for simple black on white word documents as you’re looking at sharper imaging for text.

One important factor that you’re also going to want to think with, is whether or not it’s easy on the eyes. If you’re writing code or sitting in front of word docs or excel spreadsheets or working with highly detailed graphic applications, the last thing you’re going to want is to step away at the end of the day with bloodshot eyes looking like you’ve got a major case of pink eye. Luckily this display allows you to customize the brightness and RGB to find the exact right fit for your eyeballs.
Look for the NEC PA272W to be a perfect fit for:

  • Gaming
  • Video editing
  • Photo editing
  • General office use
  • Medical office use
  • Coding

What kind of connectivity are we looking at here?

Unlike the earlier NEC PA272W this newest model has better connectivity issues. And just to answer a question I’m sure a lot of you are burning to know – yes it is Mac compatible. This is what it looks like:

  • 1 DisplayPort
  • 1 Mini DisplayPort
  • 1 HDMI-DVI-D Dual Link
  • 3 USB ports – Downstream (for flashdrives, printers, etc.)
  • 2 USB ports – Upstream (for connection straight to another computer or a USB hub)

NEC PA272W Pros/Cons

Pros:

  • Amazing graphic display
  • Amazing graphic display
  • Amazing graphic display
  • Oh and did I mention graphic display.

That is really what sets this guy apart from the competition. The NEC PA272W was made for this purpose. It was not made to show off other bells and whistles or even to be the prettiest one out there. It was made for robust graphics work and it does its job.

Cons:

  • Bulkier than a lot of other monitors out there. It’s heavier and wider.
  • The price is a little bit higher as well. But if you watch it closely on Amazon the price tends to drop several hundred dollars for a day or two so I suggest you keep your eye on it.

Price


As of this writing it goes for $1299 on necdisplay.com and $1,295.19 on Amazon. But as I said earlier, watch Amazon because sometimes the prices drop for a short period. I’ve seen it drop to just over $1000.

What you’re looking at here is a monitor specifically designed to run the full color gamut and extract the most from it. If you’re willing to deal with a bulky, high-priced monitor that delivers what it promises in terms of quality then this is definitely the monitor for you.

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If price is a concern then keep moving, nothing to see here.