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What to Think About When You’re Thinking About a New HDR Monitor

“When picking an HDR monitor, these should be your top considerations.”

Apple’s Pro Display XDR
Apple’s Pro Display XDR

This guide appears on Tom’s Hardware.

Our sister site Tom’s Hardware has developed a guide on how to choose the best HDR monitor, comparing a range of options. Below, Scharon Harding discusses the basics of HDR displays and what criteria you should be using:

“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, and FALD > edge-lit dimming > global dimming. 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 you’ll also want to check our reviews for 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).”

Read the full article here: How to Choose the Best HDR Monitor: Make Your Upgrade Worth It

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