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Let us briefly look into what separates each of these budget graphic designing monitors from each other.
1. ViewSonic VP2458– 24″ – Best Budget Monitors for Graphic Design
This is an iconic monitor and one the best valued monitors in the market.
It is absolutely remarkable to have a truly professional graphic designing monitors at such a cheap price tag.
This is a 24 inch monitor with FHD resolution and we highly recommend this since it is near the $200 price range.
What makes this a great monitor for professional work is that it offers a high quality IPS panel that covers 100% of the sRGB color space.
On on top of that, it also comes factory calibrated with Delta E < 2. This means that the color precision out of the box will be phenomenal.
Furthermore, this monitor offers a plethora of connectivity options including DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA and a USB Hub.
As far as the design is concerned, ViewSonic VP2458 offers fairly slim bezels with an ergonomic stand. An ergonomic stand is essential for designers and artists so that they can work in both landscape as well as portrait mode.
To top this all up, this monitor also offers VESA mounting holes. You can either hook this monitor up on a wall or mount it on a monitor arm if you ever plan on building a multiple monitor setup.
Whether you are a graphic designer, photo editor or web designer, this the budget monitor for you.
What separates this monitor is the amount of color enhancing features that it offers.
This is perhaps the only budget graphic designing monitors that offers 14 Bit LUT table. This essentially gives the monitor 4.39 trillion colors to work with. Compare that to a mere 16.7 million colors on conventional monitors. It also comes factory calibrated with Delta E < 2. Therefore, you can be certain that the colors will be precise.
Furthermore, ViewSonic VP2468 covers a plethora of color spaces. Not only does it covers 100% sRGB color space, it also covers the EBU, SMPTE-C, Rec. 709 and DICOM-SIM color spaces.
Thus, this is the ultimate 24 inch Full HD monitor for graphic designing. Fortunately, it is available at a cheap price tag (relatively).
Essential: 24″, 1920 x 1080, IPS, 14-Bit 3D LUT, 4.39 trillion, Delta E < 2 (Factory Calibrated),colors, Ergonomic Stand Connections: DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI 1.4 (x2), DisplayPort Out and USB 3.0 (Type A,B) VESA: Yes
Only budget monitor that offers 14 bit LUT meaning extraordinary colors to work with.
High color precision due to the Delta E < 2 factor.
Covers 100% of sRGB color space along with EBU, SMPTE-C, Rec. 709 and DICOM-SIM color spaces.
It doesn’t have any built-in speakers with it.
Resolution upper bound is 1080p which for professional photo editing is not enough.
What Features To Look for in the Best Budget Budget Monitors for Graphic Design?
It is important to understand what features constitute a good graphic designing monitor. This is so that you can make a more informed choice and do not spend needlessly on specs that you do not need.
Specs you Do Not Need to Worry About
There are few specs that can be disregarded here. Response time is one. Monitors with faster response times are needed by professional gamers not by professional graphic designers.
A faster response time monitor reduces the unwanted ghosting effect that hardcore gamers dislike on fast paced gaming.
Another feature that you can disregard is the high refresh rate. The normal 60 Hz refresh rate is more than enough for graphic designing. Monitors with faster refresh rate like 144 Hz or higher can cost significantly a lot.
The difference in slow and fast refresh rate can only be experience on fast moving objects like while gaming. As a graphic designing you will not benefit from this much.
Lastly, you can disregard the adaptive sync features like AMD FreeSync or NIVIDIA G-Sync.
The adaptive sync is a feature that synchronizes refresh rate of the monitor with the frame rate of the PC to reduce the screen stutter and screen tearing issues experienced while gaming.
While you can find many graphic designing monitors featuring AMD FreeSync, it is not an important feature in this field of work.
Features that You Need to Worry About
Here are the important features that define a good graphic designing monitor:
Graphic designing monitors almost always features IPS panels. These panels offers the higher color fidelity thanks to their best color reproduction and color uniformity.
While VA panels are also featured in some professional monitors, they are not recommended.
TN panels are the worst in terms of design work. They have the worst color reproduction of all three panel types. These panels are generally featured on gaming monitors because they tend to feature very fast response times and a high refresh rate.
Color Space Coverage and Color Depth
What defines a graphic designing monitor and what separates budget graphic designing monitors from the higher end models is the amount of color spaces that they cover and the color depth that they have.
Budget graphic designing monitors commonly have only 8 bit panels. That means that they have a color depth of only 16.77 million colors. High performance monitors have at least a 10 bit (True 10 bit) color depth that gives them 1.07 billion colors.
Budget graphic designing monitors only tend to cover 100% of the sRGB color space. High Performance monitors tend to cover not only sRGB but also other color spaces like Rec. 709, Rec. 2020, DCI-P3 and, most importantly, Adobe RGB.
Besides that, the cream of the graphic monitors are 32 inch in size and have 4K resolution.
Learn more about color enhancing features in this video.
What To Expect From Budget Monitors for Graphic Design
As is the case with all products in the market, with graphic designing monitors, you get what you pay for.
Therefore, you must expect the bear minimum from the best budget monitors for graphic design that we have listed here.
Here we have tried to cover the monitors that have sRGB coverage at the least. They may not have a 10 bit depth, they are still great for beginners.
Most of the monitors you will notice here are 24 inch monitors. This is fairly comfortable size even though the industry standard is for 27 inch monitors.
You will notice that most of the budget graphic designing monitors offer FHD resolution.
QHD or more can cost significantly a lot. You can find the cheapest QHD monitors on 27 inch size that are good for graphic designing at close to $250.
However, it is not unusual to find 27 inch professional monitors that can cost close to $500, but those are disregarded in this list.
Since the minimum criteria for the monitors suitable for graphic designing is that they cover sRGB color space, you will find that all monitors here feature that.
Do not expect these monitors to cover the Adobe RGB. Coverage of Adobe RGB Color space is fairly expensive.
Here we talked about the best budget monitors for graphic design. As a standard, we made sure that all of the monitors cover the sRGB color space.
We also realized that ‘budget’ here is a relative term since these monitors are still more expensive than your traditional displays.
All in all, our most recommended monitors in this category is ViewSonic VP2458. We believe this covers all the essential features that too at a very low price.