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How to Choose a Monitor


EIZO is the Japanese word for "image". EIZO have
innovated, developed, and produced high-end monitors for more than 50 years.
Our experts have more than 30 years of knowledge in colour accuracy and a close
relationship with EIZO, who provide a five-year warranty and exceptional after-care.
At Color Confidence we are here to help you, so if you need advice, we are just
a phone call away.

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Which EIZO range do I need?

An image of a man working on some designs using two EIZO ColorEdge monitors and an EIZO shading hood.

EIZO ColorEdge

The industry standard in digital image viewing designed for and used by designers, photographers, videographers, colourists and post-production studios with excellent image quality and colour rendering.

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An image of a woman working on an EIZO FlexScan monitor.

EIZO FlexScan

The ideal long-term investment for business, with a longer service life than conventional monitors, saving resources and environmental impact. All components are made by EIZO themselves and are made with recycled content or with recycling at end of life in mind. With a 5 year warranty these monitors will stand the test of time.

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How do I choose a monitor size?

Bigger is better, right? Broadly speaking yes, but this completely depends on your specific workflow. Let us explain. Our monitors range from 19 inches to 38 inches, which is measured diagonally across the screen. If you have a small work environment, there will be a limit to the size of monitor you would want to have in that space, and you may want to consider the type of work you are producing. It is easier to work on a design if you can see it in a realistic frame of reference. If you are working on large scale illustrations, architectural drawings or in cinema, having a screen with a larger size is a definite advantage. This is useful as well if you are working with large format printers – so that what you see on screen is closer to what you see when you print.

Once you’ve chosen a monitor size, you should choose a resolution – this decision is important when you are working in some design applications because it will enable you to work in certain formats.

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Monitor Resolution

Monitor resolution tells you how many lines of pixels horizontally and vertically make up your screen. Images shown on screen are made up of these tiny pixels, so the more pixels there are in an image, the clearer and more detailed the image. Within the world of design, this is key! Advancements in display technology mean that monitor size and resolution are always increasing with new display models.

A diagram of screen sizes shown on an EIZO monitor screen. The smallest resolution shown is 1080 x 1920 or Full HD, followed by 3840 x 2160 or UHD 4K and finally the largest being DCI 4K 2160 x 4096.

SD = Standard Definition – 720 x 480 pixels, the
original standard for digital televisions and displays, this has now been
eclipsed by display technology advancements.

HD = High Definition – 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution.

FHD = Full High Definition (Full HD) - 1,920 x 1,080

QHD = Quad HD 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution, also
known as 2K.

UHD = Ultra High Definition 3,840 x 2,160 pixels
resolution, also known as 4K, required for television video production.

4K DCI = 4K (Digital Cinema Initiatives) 4096 × 2160
resolution, required for cinema video production.

What type of workflow do you have?

HD, Full HD, QHD and Ultra HD are suitable for photographers and designers from all disciplines, but the higher the resolution the more detailed the image you will be able to see on screen – so choose wisely! If you’re working in video, however, you will really need to upgrade to an UHD or 4K DCI monitor, depending on whether you’re in video or cinema production. These monitors are able to produce images at the same resolution as standard TV and film and work with video editing and production programmes that require this resolution.

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