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  • Decent $400 to $600 Color Grading monitors?

     Chris Jones updated 1 month ago 3 Members · 7 Posts
  • Chris Jones

    September 15, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    It’s been years since I’ve done any grading but I’m about to jump back in. I’m trying to find a temporary (6 months) monitor to use that is the best I can get for a Mac Mini until I update my system to something much more serious. I’ve been Googling around and getting some general ideas on Monitors but I thought if I asked here maybe people could throw out a few model numbers for me to look at. So far I’ve found these on Google. Thought on them? Any others?

    Dell UltraSharp 27 4K USB-C Monitor – U2720Q

    LG Ultrafine Monitor 27″ UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS Display, 99% Color Accuracy (not sure of the model number.

    Thank you

  • Tom Watson

    September 16, 2021 at 1:14 am

    The Dell you cite appears to have good specs. Maybe someone that has one will chime in here.

    I have a LG 32UL950 and a LG 32UD59. Neither are any good for quality grading, but they are good enough as monitors on my work station. What I use for grading is a LG OLED55CXPUA 4K TV.

  • Chris Jones

    September 16, 2021 at 6:11 am

    After looking at these for a while it seems that the choice seems to be between the LG and the Dell. They both seem pretty good for the price. I’m down to trying to figure if either or both are able to be calibrated at home. I forgot to mention I’m looking for 27″ too.

    The LGs model number is LG UN860W

  • John Fishback

    September 16, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Best USB-C and Thunderbolt displays for Mac [Update: New for August]

    Here’s a link to an article from 9to5Mac re monitors. Look to the bottom for mention budget monitors. These will work with a Mac Mini

  • Tom Watson

    September 16, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    I forgot to mention that I also have a LG 32UK550 that I use for my security system. If you can find them, they are all available in multiple screen sizes.

    They can all be calibrated. I use a Datacolor SpyderX Elite.

    When I said neither is very good for grading, I should have said that I output most of what I do in HDR10. What you see on the $400 to $600 monitors is not what you get after rendering. What I see on the OLED TV when used as a monitor is exactly what I get after rendering.

    However, if you are only doing SDR grading, these monitors may work OK for you.

  • Chris Jones

    September 16, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    Okay, now I’m looking at this one:

    LG 27UK850-W 27″ 4K UHD IPS Monitor with HDR10 with USB Type-C Connectivity


    EDIT: Although after looking for a place to buy it I think this may be an older model. Amazon has it for sale from Rocket Computers, which I have never heard of. And Walmart has it for 4 different prices (I don’t get that) that are all in the 800$ range. Which is a bit out of budget. I need to call LG I think.

    https://www.amazon.com/LG-27UK850-W-Monitor-Connectivity-FreeSync/dp/B078GVTD9N/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1530624220&sr=8-4&keywords=lg+4k+usb+c&linkCode=sl1&tag=tucktuck0e-20&linkId=b83149f8043387f6d48e29d38807f35e

  • Chris Jones

    September 19, 2021 at 5:14 am

    I ended up going with this one:

    https://www.amazon.com/BenQ-PD2700U-Professional-Monitor-3840×2160/dp/B07H9XP92N/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=benq+pd3200U&qid=1632028346&s=digital-text&sr=1-3

    It’s a starter to get get back into editing and grading. It’s doesn’t have HDR10 support but overall I like it so far.

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