Tip #584: 5 Tips When Picking an HDR Monitor

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Tip #584: 5 Tips When Picking an HDR Monitor

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Tips to keep in mind when picking a monitor.

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These tips, written by Scharon Harding, first appeared in Creative Planet Network. This is a summary.

When picking an HDR monitor, these should be your top considerations:

  • Brighter is better. HDR monitors can get much brighter than SDR ones. If you’re a general user, opt for a monitor that’s VESA-certified for at least DisplayHDR 500 (a minimum max brightness of 500 nits with HDR media), while gamers will probably want DisplayHDR 600 or greater. Creative professionals like video editors should get at least DisplayHDR 1000.
  • Backlight dimming type is crucial. If you go for DisplayHDR 500 or higher, you’ll know you have at least edge-lit dimming. And when it comes to FALD (full array local dimming) or edge-lit dimming, more zones are better
  • The more DCI-P3 coverage, the better, but be careful to check color accuracy.
  • As usual, higher contrast ratios are best. High contrast is an area where HDR displays shine over their SDR counterparts.
  • HDR10 is the only HDR format Windows users need (unless they plan to hook their display up to something like a Blu-ray player).


Tom’s Hardware has developed a guide on how to choose the best HDR monitor. Here’s the link to learn more.

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