In this post we’ll review and list the best ips panel (and other) monitors for photo editing. The list will be ordered by price and even include several inexpensive or cheap IPS monitors which have come into the market recently as an alternative to the higher-end choices.
IPS vs TN Panel Monitors
Photo editing requires precise color reproduction. Standard TN or twisted nematic monitors can only reproduce a portion of the color gamut because they use 6 bits per color (Red, Green, Blue) for a total of 18 bits. This makes them unable to display the 16.7 million colors available in 24-bit truecolor or 256 shades of red, green and blue. While dithering can be used to produce some of the desired colors a TN monitor is simply undesirable when trying to match exact colors. IPS or in-plane switching panel monitors use 8 bit per color so as to allow them to fully reproduce nearly 100% of the color gamut. Other panel monitors including MVA (multi-domain vertical alignment), PVA (pattern vertical alignment panels), AFFS (advanced fringe field switching), and ASV (advanced super view) are desirable for this reason as well.
Types of IPS Panels
The IPS panel has come a long way since its original release in 1996. Since then S-IPS, Advanced Super-IPS, Horizontal IPS, Enhanced IPS, and finally Professional IPS have been released. Professional IPS, released in 2010, goes beyond the true color spectrum with 30-bit color depth or 1.07 billion colors which is 1024 shades per color.
Best IPS Monitors for Photo Editing
|Product||Price||Technical Details / Specifications||Warranty|
|30IN LCD 2560X1600 850:1 CG303W-BK Dvi-d USB Black 12MS||Work in Comfort with 30in of Screen Space: The 30in screen with its native resolution of 2560 x 1600 gives you more than twice as many pixels to work with as a 20 or 21 inch monitor with a 1600 x 1200 resolution. Hardware Calibration for Better Color: ColorEdge monitors offer hardware calibration which means color settings are adjusted inside the monitor so there is no displayable loss of tonalities. This produces more predictable results and ensures color display is much more uniform between ColorEdge units. The bundled ColorNavigator software makes calibration both simple and quick. Just input target values for brightness, white point, and gamma. ColorNavigator works with a wide range of measurement devices to directly utilize the monitor's look-up table and create an ICC profile within minutes. Wide Color Gamut: The monitor reproduces 98% of the Adobe RGB color space so it can display most colors in a digital photo taken in Adobe RGB mode. Furthermore, it also has an sRGB mode to accurately reproduce colors in this narrower but commonly used color space. 10-Bit Simultaneous Display: The ColorEdge CG303W employs a 12-bit look-up table with a color palette of 68 billion colors from which the most appropriate 16.7 million (8 bits) are displayed. Active Display Size - 641.3 × 400.8 mm. 260 cd/m2 brightness, 850:1 contrast ratio, pixel pitch 0.2505 × 0.2505 mm, sRGB/Rec709/EBU/SMPTE-C: 100%, Adobe RGB: 98%, vs. NTSC: 102%, DVI-D 24 pin × 2, USB 1 upstream, 2 downstream / USB 2.0.||5 Years|
|Sbuy LP2480ZX 24IN LCD Monitor||The HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional Display is the world's first color-critical LCD monitor that utilizes the DreamColor engine. This uniquely affordable monitor delivers broad color support, rich visual quality, and consistent results.|
Billion-color possibilities: Enjoy support for over one billion active colors-64 times the colors supported by traditional LCDs-from the innovative 30-bit LCD panel technology.
Breakthrough color control: Achieve what you intended with unprecedented color fidelity through a tri-color LED backlight; work with deeper colors, CRT-class black, and programmable white all on a 24-inch diagonal wide-aspect screen.
Vision-to-production precision: Customize seven color space presets for luminance, gamma, gamut, and white point; achieve completely accurate rendition of sRGB, Adobe RGB, Rec. 601, Rec.709, and DCI-P3 (97%) at the touch of a button.
Enhanced connectivity: Get connected to all your devices with analog, DVI-I, Display Port 1.1, HDMI 1.3, component, S-video, and composite inputs, HDCP support for protected content, and an integrated USB hub.
Be comfortable with adjustable tilt, swivel, height adjustment, and pivot rotation.
Easy-to-use OSD: Quickly customize a range of user and color calibration settings with the completely redesigned onscreen display. New auto-fade backlit bezel buttons enable easy viewing in bright and dark work environments. Specifications include 1920 x 1200 resolution, 0.270 mm display pixel, brightness 50 cd/m² minimum and 250 cd/m² maximum, contrast ratio 1000:1, viewing angle 178° horizontal; 178° vertical, 6 ms response time, connectors 1 Component video; 1 Composite; 1 DisplayPort; 1 S-video; 1 HDMI 1.3; 2 DVI-I, tilt and swivel Tilt: - 5 to +35°; Swivel: - 45 to +45°, Anti-glare, Asset Control, Anti-static, Language selection, Plug and Play, 4 USB hub.
|3 Year parts and labor warranty|
|EIZO ColorEdge CG241W||The ColorEdge CG241W is one of the more popular monitors amongst photo editors. Features include Hardware Calibration for Better Color, Simple and Precise Calibration with ColorNavigator, Wide Color Gamut, Certified GRACoL Grade #1 by IDEAllianc, Brightness and Color Uniformity with DUE, Verification Documents Included, Factory Adjustment of Gamma, Ideal for Moving Image Work, Too, Instant Brightness Stabilization, Flexible Screen Positioning, Color Vision Deficiency Simulation, and a 5 year warranty. Specifications include 1920 × 1200 native resolution, 850:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, and Dual DVI-I inputs. The monitor hood is included.||5 Years|
|NEC MultiSync PA271W-BK-SV 27-Inch LCD Monitor||Type: LCD Flat Panel Viewable Size: 27" Widescreen Brightness: 300cd/m2, Contrast Ratio: 1000:1Viewing Angle: 178°Pixel Dot Pitch: 0.23mm Resolution: 2560 x 1440, Response Time: 7ms Gray-to-GrayInternal Interface: DVI, DisplayPort, Frequency: Horizontal: 31.5-93.8/118.4kHz Vertical: 50-87Hz Sync Type:Separate Sync: TTL Level (Positive/Negative)Composite sync: TTL Level (Positive/Negative).||4 Years|
|Smart Buy 30IN LCD 2560X1600 1000:1 ZR30W Dvi-d Dp 7MS S-ips U.s||Specifications include 178(H) / 178(V) viewing angle, pixel pitch 0.2505mm, 1.07 Billion display colors, 370 cd/m2 brightness, dynamic contrast ratio Dynamic 3,000:1, 7 ms response time, 100 KHz H. refresh rate, 60 Hz V. refresh rate, DisplayPort , DVI-D connector, 1 x USB upstream - 4 pin USB Type B, 4 x USB downstream - 4 pin USB Type A, Tilt: -5 to +35, Swivel Range: 45L / 45R, and a 3 year limited warranty.|
Panel Type 30-inch Wide-Aspect Active Matrix TFT (thin film transistor), S-IPS (H2-IPS ) Viewable Image Area (diagonal) 76,2 cm (30.0 in.) widescreen; diagonally measured, Screen Opening (W x H) 64,4 x 40,3 cm (25.4 x 15.9 in.), Aspect Ratio 16:10, Viewing Angle (typical) Up to 178 horizontal/178 vertical (10:1 minimum contrast ratio), Brightness (typical) 370 nits (cd/m2), Response Time (typical) 7 ms (gray to gray); 12 ms (on/off), Pixel Pitch 0.2505 mm, Backlight Lamp Life (to half brightness) 40,000 hours, Color Support 1.07 billion colors. Color Gamut Size vs. NTSC Coverage of sRGB Coverage of Adobe RGB 102% (CIE 1931) 100% (CIE 1976) 99% (CIE 1976). User Controls Input select, brightness up, brightness down, power. Signal Interface/ Performance Horizontal Frequency 100 kHz, Preset VESA Graphic Modes (non-interlaced) 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz. Maximum Pixel Clock Speed 275 MHz, Anti-Glare and Anti-Static. Default Color Temperature 6500 K, Self Powered USB 2.0 Hub One upstream, four downstream ports (cable included), Input Connectors 1 DisplayPort connector, 1 DVI-D connector, Dual-Link HDCP support on DisplayPort and DVI. Video Cables Included (1) Dual-Link DVI-D to DVI-D, (1) DisplayPort, Typical Power Consumption 130W, Power Input Power 100 - 240 VAC, 50 or 60 Hz, Maximum 185 W, HP Quick Release Ultra convenient set up. Easily mount and detach the display head from the stand.
|Apple Thunderbolt Display MC914LL/A (NEWEST VERSION)||Available only for Pre-Order this is Apple's all new Thunderbolt Display.|
With built-in Thunderbolt technology--the fastest, most flexible I/O ever--the 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display can do things other displays simply can't. Of course, it delivers a brilliant viewing experience. But connect it to any Thunderbolt-enabled Mac and it becomes a plug-and-play hub for everything you do. Features include a high-resolution 2560 x 1440-pixel LED-backlit display, a FaceTime HD camera, high-quality audio, three USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 800 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a Thunderbolt port for daisy-chaining additional high-performance devices.
Specifications include 27-inch IPS display with LED backlighting, Thunderbolt and MagSafe All-in-One Cable Connectors, 2560 x 1440 Resolution; 16:9 Aspect Ratio, FaceTime HD camera, 3 USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet port, FireWire 800 port, and Thunderbolt port.
|1 Year Limited|
|Apple LED Cinema Display 27-Inch MC007LL/A||The 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display, featuring a stunning 2560-by-1440 resolution, LED backlighting, and amazing 178-degree viewing angle. It connects to any Mac with a Mini DisplayPort connection. The universal MagSafe connector charges your Mac notebook, and three USB 2.0 ports give you room to expand. There's also a built-in iSight camera, microphone, and 49-watt speaker system.|
Specifications include 27-inch (diagonal) glossy widescreen display, 2560-by-1440-pixel resolution, LED backlighting, Three connectors: Mini DisplayPort, MagSafe, USB, and Three self-powered USB 2.0 ports.
|1 Year Limited|
|Dell UltraSharp U2711 27-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor - Max Resolution 2560 x 1440 (WQHD)||Experience a revolutionary screen performance with the DellTM UltraSharpTM U2711 27-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor. With an outstanding resolution of 2560x1440 (WQHD) pixels, this monitor delivers stunning detail, depth and responsiveness. Coupled with a dynamic contrast ratio of 80000:1 and a fast response time of 6 ms, you can enjoy great color intensity such as deep blacks and bright reds, razor-sharp graphics and text. Additionally, with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, this monitor produces brilliant color and excellent detail for high-definition graphics. Furthermore, with a color gamut of 110% provides vibrant, true-to-life color across all display modes. Equipped with 4 USB ports and a media card reader allow easy connection of peripherals like cameras and game consoles. Designed for comfort and convenience, this monitor is equipped with height-adjustable stand, tilt and swivel features that make it easy for collaborative viewing. In addition, the In-Plane Switching technology (IPS), allows superb color consistency whether you're sitting in front of the display or standing off at an angle. With all these features and more, the DellTM UltraSharp U2711 27-inch widescreen monitor lends distinctive style and sophistication to your desk and compliments your lifestyle. Dell branded monitors undergo exhaustive testing for performance, reliability, durability and compatibility with Dell systems.|
Specifications include; Incredible Performance & Clarity: Enjoy 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution, 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, 109 pixels per inch, Amazing Color Accuracy: PremierColor technology delivers factory-tuned AdobeRGB and sRGB modes, Superb User Experience: Advanced digital connectivity, capacitive touch switches, intuitive controls, Allows superb color consistency whether youre sitting in front of the display or standing off at an angle. High-Definition Capability: Enjoy high-performance audio and video quality with HDMI 1.3.
|Dell UltraSharp U2410 24-inch Widescreen LCD High Performance Monitor with HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort and HDCP||U2410 ULTRASHARP 24IN WS FP MON W/ 3YR WTY The Dell UltraSharp U2410 monitor is packed with features that make it easy to connect and a pleasure to use, no matter how much screen time you log. Designed to handle graphics-intensive applications with ease, this high-performance 24" monitor delivers stunning detail, depth and responsiveness. Thanks to PremierColor technology, the Dell UltraSharp U2410 monitor delivers reliable, true-to-life color without the need for extensive calibration. In addition to being easy to set up and maintain, your Dell UltraSharp 24" monitor arrives with several levels of support to help protect your investment.||3 Years|
|Asus PA246Q 24" LCD Monitor||Create picture-perfect images with the fully-adjustable 24-inch ASUS PA246Q IPS LCD monitor. Featuring a 1920 x 1200 resolution P-IPS (Professional In-Plane Switching) panel-the latest in IPS technology, this monitor delivers 98% color reproduction of Adobe RGB color space and 100% color reproduction in the sRGB color space. Along with a 16:10 widescreen aspect ratio and 178 degree viewing angle, experience accurate high definition picture from virtually any perspective. Built with an assortment of easily accessible USB ports and card reader slots, you can quickly transfer data to and from storage devices. The ASUS PA246Q is VESA-mountable and boasts 4-way ergonomic adjustments - pivot, height, swivel, and tilt adjustments quickly suit your specific needs. Connect via the DisplayPort 1.1a, HDMI 1.3, DVI, or D-sub and start designing your work of art with confidence.||3 Years|
|HP ZR24w 24-inch S-IPS LCD Monitor||16.7M displayable colors, 1920 x 1200 resolution, 5 ms response time and 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 8-way comfort adjust stand that provides tilt, pivot, swivel, and column height adjustability, Input signal: DisplayPort; DVI-D; VGA, and I/O Ports: 5 USB 2.0.||3 Years|
|ViewSonic VP2365WB 23-Inch IPS LCD Monitor||1920 x 1080 resolution, 178°(H) / 178°(V) viewing angle, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 14ms response time, D-Sub, DVI-D. 4 x USB 2.0 connectors.||3 Year parts and labor warranty and Viewsonic's Pixel Performance Guarantee|
|HP ZR22w 21.5-inch S-IPS LCD Monitor||1920 x 1080 resolution, 178°(H) / 178°(V) viewing angle, 0.2475 mm pixel pitch, 16.7 Million display colors, 210 cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 8ms response time, S-IPS panel, D-Sub, DVI-D, DisplayPort, 5x USB 2.0 connectors, tilt and swivel adjustable.||3 Year parts and labor|
|ASUS ML249H 24-Inch LED Monitor (Black)||1920 x 1080 resolution, 178°(H) / 178°(V) viewing angle, 0.2652mm pixel pitch, 16.7 Million display colors, 250 cd/m2 brightness, DCR 3000:1, 8ms response time, MVA panel D-Sub, HDMI, DVI-D connectors, swivel and tilt adjustable.||3 Years|
As this post is a comparative list rather than an information article please refer to this post for additional information about IPS panels: photo editing monitors.