Best monitors for video editing of 2024: top picks for all budgets

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Bring your movies to life with the best monitors for video editing. Whether you're working on social media content or your next cinematic masterpiece, these are the top screens we recommend for editing videos. 

Our expert team of reviewers have reviewed the best video editing PCs and best video editing laptops, but to really dig into the on-screen detail - a color-accurate display is essential. For us, the BenQ PD2725U is the best monitor for video editing for most people. This 4K 27in display offers a broad canvas for video production, with good connectivity and multi-tasking tools. It also boasts 100% sRGB for color accuracy. But we've reviewed many more to choose from, depending on your next project and color space requirements. 

As part of our review process, we tested a range of monitors, evaluating their contrast, brightness, pixel density, and build quality for home setups and professional studios.

Quick List

Best video editing monitors: FAQs

What are the different monitor panel types?

In terms of LCD display panels, nowadays there are three main types starting with TN (twisted nematic) which is the oldest and cheapest.  Then we have Vertical Alignment (VA), In-Plane Switching (IPS), and OLED. Video editing is more efficient with IPS panels because of their ability to produce a wide gamut of colors. Motion-blurring is a problem with VA panels when displaying fast-paced footage, and OLED have better blacks but still have a high cost and other problems.

When using a monitor for video editing, brightness, contrast, and color gamut are the most important considerations. A monitor's color gamut refers to the possible range of colors it can display. Although all LCD monitors nowadays have good contrast ratios, brightness levels, and color gamuts, the IPS LCD panels have better viewing angles and support more colors than their TN predecessors.

Your monitor also must be calibrated properly if you want color accuracy.  

How to choose the best monitors for video editing

Choosing the right video editing monitor involves considering color accuracy, with at least 95% DCI-P3 gamut coverage recommended, and size, where 27 to 32 inches offers a comfortable viewing range, with ultrawide options above 34" providing optimal space. 

The aspect ratio is crucial, with 16:9 being standard, though ultrawide ratios like 21:9 offer additional workspace. 

Resolution is key for detail, aiming for a display that exceeds your output resolution, making 4K panels a solid choice for 4K video editing. HDR support enhances image depth and realism, important for HDR content. 

Connectivity is also vital, ensuring compatibility with your computer's output types, with USB-C offering a streamlined, single-cable solution for modern laptops and peripherals, enhancing the overall editing workflow.

How we test the best monitors for video editing

Our experts have rigorously evaluated a vast array of displays, including the best monitors for photo editing and the best business monitors. So, we know what to look out when looking for a screen for video editing. We set aside Full HD 1080P for the superior 4K UHD here, essential for current and future video editing due to the ubiquity of 4K content. 

Given the prevalence of 4K recording in devices from the iPhone 7+ to the Samsung Galaxy S8, investing in anything less is short-sighted. 

We recommend 27-inch monitors as the optimal entry point for serious editing, with 31", 32", and 34" as excellent choices for larger screens, avoiding anything over 40" for practicality. 

Our selection exclusively features IPS panels for their color accuracy, crucial for video editing. Notably, all our top picks, except the Dell 8K, support HDR, with some offering HDR600, indicating HDR compatibility with peak brightness up to 600 nits. 

This curated list spans various price points, ensuring a choice for every video editing need, prioritizing resolution, display size, and HDR compatibility.

The best monitor for video editing: our top picks

The best monitor for video editing in 2024

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Below you'll find full write-ups for each of our picks for the best monitor for video editing. We've tested each one extensively, so you can be sure that our recommendations can be trusted. 

Best monitor for video editing overall

BenQ PD2725U

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Post-production clarity

Specifications

Screen size: 27-inch
Resolution: 4K ( (3840 x 2160)
Panel: IPS
Response: 4ms
Brightness: 350 cd/m2
Color coverage: 95% P3, 100% sRGB, 100% Rec. 709
Connectivity: Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C

Reasons to buy

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Excellent color accuracy
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Great connectivity options, including Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C
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Slim bezels and solid adjustable stand
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Picture-by-Picture and Picture-in-Picture modes for multitasking

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive compared to other 4K video editing monitors 
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Built-in speakers not great against rivals

The BenQ PD2725U is a great choice for professional video editors, and anyone else looking for one of the best 4K monitors for video editing. The screen boasts 100% sRGB color accuracy, a vibrant 4K UHD resolution, and a sleek, slim bezel design that will complement any setup.

Professionals working with graphic design or video editing software will get a lot of use from the monitor’s dual view function. The feature lets you better organize screen space, letting you ‘split’ the screen to show different content on each side. Useful for previewing projects in a range of color spaces and screen sizes. One of the biggest drawbacks for us during testing was the quality of the built-in speakers. They're a lot weaker than rival monitors, and we found it best to hook up a headset or external speakers. 

Connectivity-wise, BenQ PD2725U is fairly well-kitted, with HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB-C. You’ll also find a built-in KVM switch for switching between computers without switching keyboard and mouse. The video editing monitor’s stand offers a good amount of flexibility, letting you adjust height, tilt, and pivot to find the best viewing angles. All those great features, though, means the display comes in at a premium price point.

Read our full BenQ PD2725U review 

The best budget video editing monitor

ASUS ProArt PA279CRV

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A video editing monitor that won't break the bank

Specifications

Screen size: 27-inch
Resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160)
Panel: IPS
Response: 2ms
Brightness: 400cd/m2
Color coverage: 99% Adobe RGB, 99% DCI-P3
Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.4 x2, HDMI 2.0 x2, USB-C with 96W power delivery

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous 4K IPS panel
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Very nicely calibrated
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Excellent value for money

Reasons to avoid

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Limited HDR support, Vesa DisplayHDR 400
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Slightly plasticky build

Asus's ProArt panels are usually pretty pricey. But the new Asus ProArt PA279CRV gives you the usual ProArt experience including accurate factory calibration and excellent color coverage in a surprisingly affordable package.

Connectivity is also a strong point thanks to not only USB-C with 96W of power delivery and a dual-port USB-A hub, but also a downstream DisplayPort output allowing for display daisy chaining. The 27-inch 4K form factor is fundamentally great, too, and allows for excellent pixel density and lovely crisp fonts in both Windows and MacOS.

Sure, the HDR support is limited to DisplayHDR 400 with no local dimming. So this isn't a true HDR panel and the inherent contrast of the IPS panel isn't great. It's also limited to 60Hz rather than 120Hz or 144Hz. But then that's the norm for this class of productivity panel.

Anyway, factor in the fully adjustable stand and slick styling and this is one heck of a monitor for the money. You'd have to spend dramatically more to get a tangibly better monitor. A good monitor for video editing if you're new to the art or you're working to a budget, the Asus ProArt PA279CRV is a fantastic value for all manner of productivity and content creation workflows.

Read our full Asus ProArt PA279CRV review

The best video editing monitor for Mac

Studio Display in a photo studio

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A 5K display for creatives

Specifications

Screen size: 27-inch
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution : 5K
Brightness : 600 nits
Response time: 20ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 1200:1
Color coverage: 98% DCI-P3
Weight : 5.5 kg

Reasons to buy

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Sharp, vibrant display
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5K resolution
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Great color space coverage

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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No HDR

The Apple Studio Display was introduced as a accessible alternative to the Apple Pro Display XDR, and was designed with video, graphic design, and creative professionals in mind. 

Offering a compelling blend of affordability and quality for Apple enthusiasts, its 27-inch 5K IPS display impresses with vibrant colors and sharp imagery, although it doesn’t match the MacBook Pro's brightness or feature the advanced Liquid Retina XDR and mini LED technology. The lack of HDR support is a notable omission for a monitor at this price point, unfortunately.

Despite its shortcomings, the Apple Studio Display is priced competitively within the professional creative market, offering a balance between cost and performance for video content creators, distinguishing itself from options geared towards gaming or general office tasks.

Read our full Apple Studio Display review 

The best 8K monitor for video editing

Dell UltraSharp UP3218K 8K monitor

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Incredible detail

Specifications

Screen size: 32-inch
Resolution: 8K (7680 x 4320)
Panel: IPS
Response: 6ms
Brightness: 400 cd/m2
Color coverage: 100% sRGB, 100% Adobe RGB, 98% DCI-P3
Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 (x2), Audio Jack 3.5mm (x1)

Reasons to buy

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8K resolution is stunning
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Fantastic color accuracy
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Genuinely useful when editing photos
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Good design and build quality

Reasons to avoid

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Requires two DisplayPort cables to run at 8K
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Limited 8K content at present

Even five years after its announcement, the model is still outstanding and astounding today. However, it continues to have a high price and little competition, perhaps because there isn’t a lot of 8K content available and everyone is still producing mostly 4K video content. But if you're future-proofing workflows, this PC monitor for video editing is certainly an eye-catching option. 

With the new breed of high-end smartphones already capable of 8K video recording, the flood of 8K content is likely to make other monitor manufacturers jump aboard the 8K monitor bandwagon. 

The 32-inch size of this beast doesn't let it go unnoticed, even when it is turned off. From the outside, you get a pretty sturdy design and impressive construction as per usual with Dell, all wrapped up in stylish brushed aluminum. In addition to the great ergonomics -again another hallmark of Dell- it has support for height adjustment, tilt, pivot and portrait mode features.

Most IPS screens in this line up have a brightness of around 350 cd/m2, however, this one has a brightness of 400 cd/m2. Moreover, its contrast ratio also tops the list at 1300:1. The panel's color gamut is one of the best we have seen with 100% of sRGB, 100% of Adobe RGB, and 98% of DCI-P3. 

Regarding connectivity, it includes two DisplayPort connections, a USB hub with one upstream and two downstream ports and an audio line out jack. If you're looking for an 8K monitor for video editing, look no further than this tech marvel.

Read our full Dell UltraSharp UP3218K review

The best 6K video editing monitor

A Dell U3224KB UltraSharp monitor on a desk

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A 6K masterpiece

Specifications

Screen size: 32 inches
Resolution: 6K (6144 x 3456)
Panel: IPS
Brightness : 450 cd/m2
Response: 5ms
Color coverage: 100% sRGB, 100% Rec.709, 99% P3
Connectivity: 1 x HDMI (up to 6144x3456@60Hz / HDCP 2.2), 1 x Mini DisplayPort 2.1 (up to 6144x3456@60Hz / HDCP 2.2), 1 x Thunderbolt 4/USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 upstream/DisplayPort 1.4 (power up to 140W) Thunderbolt 4 downstream (for daisy chain, power up to 15W)

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful 6K display
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Integrated 4K HDR webcam
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Thunderbolt 4 connection
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Great collection of connectivity ports

Reasons to avoid

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Stand has low cable passthrough
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Mic sound is slightly tinny
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Expensive

Dell's U3224KB UltraSharp 6K Monitor isn't just a display; it's a multifunctional device combining a monitor, Thunderbolt hub, 4K webcam, and soundbar in one sleek package. 

It's designed with productivity in mind, boasting a 32-inch 6K IPS Black display with 99% Display P-3 color accuracy and VESA DisplayHDR 600. The integrated 4K webcam with AI and manual tilt adjustments enhances video conferencing, while the built-in Thunderbolt 4 hub simplifies connectivity, allowing for a one-cable connection to devices. 

An auto KVM switch enables easy multitasking between computers. Impressively, this monitor rivals Apple's Studio and Pro Display XDR in quality and features but at a more affordable price and with a wider variety of ports, making it an ideal choice for professionals seeking a high-performance, versatile workstation monitor.

Read our full Dell U3224KB UltraSharp review

Best video editing monitor for content creators

BenQ PD3220U Monitor

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Great for general photo and video editing

Specifications

Screen size: 32 inches
Resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160)
Panel: IPS
Brightness : 300 cd/m2
Response: 5ms
Color coverage: 100% sRGB, 100% Rec.709, 95% P3
Connectivity: Thunderbolt 3 (x1), HDMI (x2), USB-C (x2), USB Type B (x1), USB 3.1 (x3)

Reasons to buy

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High-quality build, attractive design
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Excellent 4K resolution, high pixel density, and HDR capability
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Wide range of connectivity options, including multiple HDMI and DisplayPort ports and a USB-C port
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Good color coverage

Reasons to avoid

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Built-in speakers are not great

Blending elegance and professionalism, the BenQ PD3220U proves itself a very capable and attractive 4K computer monitor for video editing. During our testing, we liked the high-quality build and its attractive design. The solid metal base, in particular, is well-constructed, allowing smooth adjustments to the viewing angle. If you’re working on multiple computers, you’ll appreciate the built-in KVM switch to move between machines without changing keyboard and mouse. 

The specs, too, are impressive. The crisp 4K resolution, high pixel density, wide color gamut provided a sharp and vibrant display. HDR capability, allowing for greater contrast between light and dark in images, was a real stand-out feature. We found it added depth and dimensionality for an immersive viewing experience. 

As with many screens at this price-point, the speakers leave something to be desired (however nice they are to have). But the real stand-out here is the 100% sRGB color gamut and 10-bit color depth, producing vibrant, accurate colors, ideal for photo and video editing projects. 

Read our full BenQ PD3220U review 

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