Would you design with your shades on? How about creating something while wearing 3D glasses? It sounds ridiculous to distort your perspective while designing. That’s what happens when you work on a monitor that isn’t fit for the job.
You have to know what to look for when choosing a monitor for graphic design. Here is what you should look for in a monitor:
Choose a High Quality Panel.
The panel determines how good your monitor is. IPS monitors (In-Plane Switching) are your best choice when it comes to price versus performance. They are usually a bit more expensive than VA panels (Vertical Alignment) but the difference in performance justifies it. You’ll get an accurate color rendition and great viewing angles.
Choose an Appropriate Size.
Bigger isn’t always better. Don’t sacrifice your display’s performance for a slightly larger one. If you want to watch movies or play games on a large monitor you’re better off buying a TV. For example, if you have to choose between a 22” IPS monitor and a 27” TN one with a built-in TV tuner and speakers you should choose the first one if you’re serious on being a graphic designer.
Check What Connectors It Needs.
You wouldn’t think connectivity should be an issue nowadays, yet from store to store, from brand to brand, from model to model things vary drastically. Consider the following before you buy anything:
- Are you planning to add a second monitor to have dual monitor?
- Are you going to use the built-in video port or get a dedicate graphics card?
- What input slots does your graphics card have?
- Do you have to buy the cables for the monitor separately?
- Will you need an adapter? E.g. To convert from VGA to DVI.
Calibrate Your Monitor.
Calibrating is the last step in this list. Calibrating your monitor properly can make a huge difference and can save loads of money. High-end monitors usually come calibrated though that’s not a rule by any means. Some come with a calibration tool like Spyder4Express which will help you achieve the best colors possible from your display.