Help me pick a new monitor!

2 years ago from , Graphic Designer and Digital Strategist

I need your help! I just landed a new job and they said I could have an external monitor. In terms of software that I'll be using... I am going to be working in Sketch, Illustrator and Photoshop. I'll also be in Google Drive, Dropbox and the usually Software Product Design lineup of tools.

Since we designers love constraints... I'm mainly looking for something that: - I can get through staples.ca - Is inexpensive - Has good colour calibration/accuracy

Plz help, thx!


  • Jordan LittleJordan Little, 2 years ago

    Dell-P2715Q. I paid $479USD for mine…it's $800CAD. It's a great all-around monitor. Not perfect in any category, but not terrible in any either. Mine had a bit of white glow/burn coming from the bottom when viewing dark colors, but it has mostly gone away. I'd definitely recommend it.


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    • Sam MularczykSam Mularczyk, 2 years ago

      I had one of these at my old work. Best monitor I've ever used!

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    • Yohul CYohul C, 2 years ago

      Can't go wrong with this one. I picked up its successor, the U2718Q, and apart from the usual IPS Panel glow on black, its pretty damn good, came calibrated pretty well out of the box as well.

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  • Paul @StammyPaul @Stammy, 2 years ago

    Useful resource: https://bjango.com/articles/macexternaldisplays/

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  • Powers Gray, 2 years ago

    Man, times really are tough over at GoPro.

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  • Guido SlotboomGuido Slotboom, 2 years ago

    I can recommend the BenQ PD2500Q as a display for design work. It features true color rendering and has a lot of workspace with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. In my experience it's a very nice screen to work with, especially when you use Sketch, Photoshop and Illustrator.

    BenQ PD2500Q Designer Monitor:

    • 2K QHD (2560x1440) High Resolution: Bring out the finest details in your designs with superb clarity and depth of images.

    • 100% Color Accuracy: Individually factory-calibrated to 100% sRGB and Rec. 709 standards and Technicolor Color Certified for precise color quality.

    • Specialized Designer Modes: Darkroom, CAD/CAM, and Animation modes customize display settings to enhance precision and productivity.



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  • alexey pushkarev, 2 years ago

    Inexpensiveness can vary :) I use Dell P2416D (2k @ 24"). For 200$ it offers 100% sRGB coverage though factory calibration is 2nd to perfect and you need to calibrate it.

    On the downside this screen needs scaling (125% optimal). No problem for windows user but on macs it won't work as expected (you'd get extrapolation)

    The best options to me would be 27", 4k and scaling 200% which are relatively inexpensive too.

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  • Andrew Parker, 2 years ago

    I use this site for reference when I'm looking for a new monitor:


    It's by no means exhaustive - but it is very thorough :)

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  • Spencer JSpencer J, 2 years ago

    The best monitor is the LG 34WK95U

    The best cheap monitor is the Nixeus Vue 27D

    I really hated my P2715Q because it is too small for native 4k resolution (everything is tiny) and too large for 2x resolution (everything is huge)

    The Wirecutter recommends the HP Z27n: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-27-inch-monitor/

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  • Michael SzczepanskiMichael Szczepanski, 2 years ago

    Finding an external monitor that can rival the color and quality of the Macbook Pro is tough. I fought for months and finally found two monitors worth keeping.

    Dell P2715Q It's a 27" 4K monitor that has amazing color and sharpness. It's the perfect companion to my Retina screen. I use this every day at work.

    Dell UltraSharp U3415W Insanely wide monitor that has great color and nearly the same sharpness as 4K. I use this at home and love the extra workspace I can fit on the screen.

    Either of these two will help satisfy your main requirements; color calibration and accuracy. Don't let your boss cheap out on a monitor, after all you spend most of your time staring at it.

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