Professional-grade monitors are designed to deliver greater color accuracy and more highly defined detail. While this technology has typically commanded a high price, moderately priced monitors with professional-level specs are now available. Here’s what to look for:
Full Adobe RGB and sRGB color spaces – Monitors can’t display colors that fall outside of their available color space(s). At a minimum you’ll want 99% sRGB coverage.
Color space presets – Presets calibrated for industry standard spaces let you easily select the color space you need for different applications.
Gamma adjustment – Preset gamma levels enable simplified fine tuning.
3D Look up Table (LUT) – Part of the monitor’s “color engine,” this enables monitors to adapt to deliver smoother color gradations.
Low Delta E – A color-performance metric that represents color variance from (an impossible) ideal, a low Delta E equals better performance.
Screen uniformity compensation – Uniform brightness is key to achieving the most accurate viewing/editing; compensation functions address inevitable changes in luminosity.
Premium panel technology – Premium technologies like IPS deliver the widest viewing angles for vivid colors, consistent brightness and greater screen uniformity.
Hardware calibration ready – Enables displays to store calibration setting changes in the LUT for fast, precise reuse.
6-axis color adjustment – A nice extra for those seeking higher levels of customized image adjustment.