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Best 4K Monitors For Video Editing 2018

(Last Updated On: May 29, 2018)

If you are doing any task if you don’t have the right tools to do it then you are not getting the results or the kind of perfection you wanted from the results. Same goes for video editing, if you are into making a lot of videos and editing or you own a business which require you to edit videos frequently then if you are not up to date with the current technology you will not be able to achieve satisfactory results. Not having a 4K resolution monitor is a necessity now for video editors and shopping for one can be a task itself. We have compiled some of the best 4K monitors for video editing in this publication below you can check them out as well.

If you are looking to choose a 4K monitor on your own then there are few things that you should keep in mind that will allow you to make a better selection. What are those things? Let’s get into that.

Design

The first thing is the design, the build of your desired 4K monitor should be easy to handle. First of all if your work requires the monitor to be carried around frequently then you need a built-in carry handle on the monitor. Then there is adjustable height of the screen itself, the screen must have the capability to be lowered and raised which is a necessity in video editing along with pivoting and tilting screen.

Panel

The panel type of the 4K monitor is an important factor to consider. If you are not going for studio grade 4K monitor then you will encounter one of the two types of 4K monitor panels. TN panels or IPS panels.

TN panel in a 4K monitor will give it the capability of super fast response time around the 1ms mark which is great but you will have to compromise on the color accuracy of the images. On the other hand the IPS panel 4K monitors provide a sharper image and brighter colors with excellent color accuracy but the response time is slower or IPS panel monitors at around 4ms.

For video editing we recommend you go for IPS panel 4K monitors because they provide better picture quality.

Refresh Rate

Refresh rate is a very important factor when it comes to 4K monitors being used for video editing. Refresh rate basically tells you how many times does the screen refreshes in a minute. Now if you were to look for a monitor for gaming purposes then you’d need a monitor that has a high refresh rate due to quick movements of the frame in a game. Normal 4K monitors has around 30Hz refresh rate which is good if you are just going to use it to browse the internet or to do normal computer stuff. But if you are looking for 4K monitor for video editing then the optimum refresh rate is 60Hz.

4K

You are already going for a 4K monitor but there is something about 4K resolution that needs to be cleared first. There are two types of 4K resolutions (DCI 4K & UHD 4K). You have to keep in mind these resolution types counting in the resolution of your camera. If your camera shoots or the video you are editing is shot in DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) then you will have to get DCI 4K resolution monitor and if your camera shoots videos in the commonly used UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution then you need a UHD 4K monitor.

Now let’s get into the best 4K monitors we have on here for video editing.

Best 4K Monitors For Video Editing (Comparison)

4K MonitorScreen SizeWeightPanel 
BenQ SW271 4K PhotoVue Photographer Monitor (Editor's Choice)27"23.36 lbsIPSCheck Price
NEC PA322UHD-BK-2 4K Monitor32"45.2 lbsIPSCheck Price
BenQ PD3200U 4K Designer Monitor32"27.55 lbsIPSCheck Price

 

BenQ SW271 4K PhotoVue Photographer Monitor – (Editor’s Choice)

The first 4K monitor we have on here for video editing is the model SW271 produced by BenQ.Best 4K Monitors For Video Editing BenQ is a reputable brand when it comes to the production of projectors, monitors and other electronic equipment. The SW271 4K monitor is also a very good product produced by BenQ and it has very high ratings too. The SW271 4K monitor is purpose built for video editing. How it fared in our review? Let’s find out.

Let’s start with the design of the SW271 4K monitor. The design of the SW271 monitor is very user friendly when it comes to video editing. The monitor comes with a detachable shading hood which comes in very handy when reducing screen glare caused due to the ambient lighting in your home or office. The screen itself has matte finishing rather than gloss finish. The height of the screen is also adjustable up to 150mm which is a very thought out design feature. The screen itself can pivot and tilt 90o according to your requirement and the overall build quality of this 4K monitor looks solid.

When it comes to features the SW271 4K monitor has plenty of them. The SW271 monitor uses UHD 4K technology producing 3840 x 2160 screen resolution with a refresh rate of 60Hz which is very good from a monitor to be used in video editing. The panel type on this monitor is IPS making the colors detailed and bright. The backlight technology on the SW271 4K monitor is based on LED technology. The screen response time of this 4K monitor is 5ms and the pixel density of the screen is 163ppi. The SW271 4K monitor is HDR capable as well provide a detailed and high picture quality and it is rare to see HDR in a 4K monitor.

When it comes to connectivity the SW271 4K monitor features 2 x HDMI ports, 1 x Display port and 3 x USB ports along with a Headphone Jack as well. The SW271 4K monitor also features a Card Reader which is capable of supporting SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC storage cards.

When it comes to performance the SW271 4K monitor produces a very high image quality. The refresh rate of 60Hz is very good for a 4K monitor to use in video editing anything above that is gaming 4K monitor territory. The screen size may prove to be little big for some users since it all depends on how you use the monitor and the amount of space you have.

ProsCons
Detachable Shading HoodNone That We Could Find
Purpose Built For Video Editing
Ergonomic Design

Conclusion

All in all if the SW271 4K monitor by BenQ check out all the good points required for a good video editing monitor and if you are looking for an upgrade to the latest technology with a little extra cash this is the best option for you.

 

 

 

NEC PA322UHD-BK-2 4K Monitor

The next 4K monitor we have on here for video editing is the model PA322UHD-BK-2 produced by NEC.Best 4K Monitors For Video Editing NEC when it comes to monitors is a well known brand and they have been known to produce quality products in this regard. The monitor in question here PA322 has high ratings and is one of the high-end 4K monitors in the market aimed at high performance. So how it fared in our review? Let’s find out.

Let’s start with the design of the PA322 4K monitor. The PA322 4K monitor offers 99.2% Adobe RGB coverage making it excellent for video editing. The PA322 monitor features a thin frame design and a quick release stand. The screen height on the PA322 monitor is also adjustable.

When it comes to features the PA322 4K monitor is not short on those either. The PA322 Monitor uses UHD 4K technology producing screen resolution of 3840 x 2160 with a refresh rate of 60Hz which is more than enough to conveniently use it as a good option for video editing. The panel type on the PA322 4K monitor is IPS panel which provides a detailed and bright color profile. The backlight technology of this 4K monitor is based on LED technology. The response time on this 4K  monitor is a little slower than SW271 at 10ms. The pixel density of the PA322 4K monitor is 140ppi.

When it comes to connectivity the PA322 4K monitor has 5 x HDMI ports, 2 x Display ports and 5 x USB ports. The auto black level adjustment featured on this 4K monitor regulates the gray scale images.

When it comes to performance the PA322 4K monitor produces high picture quality. The PA322 4K monitor weighs a little more compared to other 4K monitors that is due to the built in power supply. There are no reported issue regarding it’s quality or performance.

The only thing that bothered us about this 4K monitor is the lack of HDR and it is a bit expensive.

ProsCons
Auto Black Level AdjustmentNo HDR
Thin Frame
99.2% AdobeRGB

Conclusion

The PA322 4K monitor by NEC provides a very good option for video editing display the refresh rate and the color quality is on point. If the budget is not restrained on your end and you don’t mind the absence of HDR in this monitor than you should go for this monitor.

 

 

 

BenQ PD3200U 4K Designer Monitor

The last 4K monitor we have on here for video editing purposes is the model PD3200U produced by BenQ.Best 4K Monitors For Video Editing BenQ is a well known name when it comes to producing high quality monitors. This particular model is purpose built for video editing and has one of the highest ratings of all the 4K monitors for video editing. How it fared in our review? Let’s find out.

We start with the design of the PD3200U 4K monitor and it features an ergonomic design with a 90o tilting screen. The height adjustment feature is also there in the PD3200U’s design allowing users to raise the height of the screen by 150mm. The build quality also looks to be solid.

When it comes to features the PD3200U 4K monitor features UHD 4K technology producing screen resolution of 3840 x 2160 and refresh rate of 60Hz for smooth video editing. The panel on this 4K monitor is IPS which is the best when it comes to video editing. The LED backlight technology provides the best level of brightness on 4K monitors. The response time on this 4K monitor is really good at 4ms. The pixel density on this 4K monitor is 137ppi.

When it comes to connectivity the PD3200U 4K monitor features 2 x HDMI ports, 1 x Display port and 5 x USB ports along with a headphone jack. There is a built-in card reader on the PD3200U 4K monitor as well supporting SD/SDHC/SDXC and MMC memory cards. There are different modes available on this 4K monitor (Dark Room Mode, CAD/CAM Mode & Animation Display Mode). The PD3200U 4K monitor also provides the facility of dual view mode for side by side view of multiple projects for increased productivity.

The performance of this 4K monitor is among the best in its class. The picture quality is very high and the colors are vibrant without any delay or blur during video editing.

The only thing that bothered us in this PD3200U 4K monitor is the lack of HDR technology.

ProsCons
Ergonomic DesignNo HDR
3 Display Modes
Dual View Mode

Conclusion

If you are looking for a high performance 4K monitor under a decent budget then the PD3200U 4K monitor provides a very good option.

 

 

Conclusion

The 4K monitors listed here have been gone through a process to be short listed as the very best for use in video editing. If there are any reported issues regarding their performance or build quality they have been mentioned here. We hope you find this publication useful. Let us know what you think about these monitors in comments below.

 

 

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