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How important is color accuracy and why does it matter?

13 May 2022

Understanding color gamut, sRGB, NTSC, and more

With household computer monitors now as common as a refrigerator in your kitchen, it’s easy to take for granted or simply ignore what each type of monitor can bring to the table. As we have explored in the past there is something for everyone - perhaps price is most important, casual or professional use, multitasking and workflow management, and gaming responsiveness. Whatever the need there is one common theme across all monitor in that they all need to display colors.

What is color gamut? 

To first explain color accuracy, we first need to understand color gamut. Color gamut is the range of colors within a spectrum of colors that is reproduced. Today, most monitors are able to display up to 16.7 million colors, but there are some monitors that are able to exceed even that number! Knowing that color gamut is simply the range of colors available on a given device, now we can better understand color accuracy.

What is color accuracy?

Whether your display generates 256, 16.7 million, or over 1 billion colors, color accuracy neatly explains how well a monitor can reproduce colors and their variations as intended. For many people, this isn’t a huge factor in deciding which monitor to use. For professionals and enthusiasts, it’s everything.

The screen resolution, refresh rate, and response time of a monitor can be spot on and blazing fast, but if any colors are even slightly off it can be a distracting experience. Fortunately, there are standards in measuring the color accuracy of a monitor, as seen below:

What is sRGB?

sRGB is a color space that stands for Standard Red Green Blue. Created with the idea of standardizing colors displayed by electronics in the mid-90s, it’s been the long standing measurement for color accuracy. Today, it is the most common color space for operating systems, web browsers, console, and PC games. Our 28" 4K Ultrawide IPS Monitor and 25" Ultrawide LED TN Gaming Monitor each feature 100% sRGB color accuracy.

What is NTSC?

Given that is was established in 1953, this may be the most widely-known color gamut. Short for National Television Standards Committee, NTSC established standardized color schemes for televisions and the programming shown on them. It has evolved over time to modern standards and is till used in many countries. Typically, 72% NTSC is equal to 100% sRGB. Our 49" Curved Ultrawide 5K Monitor offers both a 101% NTSC and 100% sRGB color accuracy. 

What is Adobe RGB?

For professional users in the fields of graphic design and photography, Adobe RGB was created to feature a color gamut that contains a majority of colors that the eye can perceive and colors that are not visible. While this level of detail is what professionals often look for, at the end of the day the sRGB color space is what is most common on millions of monitors across the world. For designers who want to keep things simple, sticking to the smaller sRGB color space is usually preferred since the finer detail color will often go unnoticed.

What is DCI-P3?

Established for use in the projector and display industry, DCI-P3 color spaces are found in UHD Blu Ray media, televisions, and in gaming monitors with a focus on HDR modes. Usually great for those who prefer some level of over saturation in their color presentation, DCI-P3 displays provide richer and more vibrant colors. This isn’t for everyone, however, and if you’re a professional designer using a saturated display can mislead what you think your work will look like to the majority of sRGB users.

Our extensive lineup of monitors come with a variety of specs and purpose built uses. From gaming, to design, to office work, Deco Gear monitors each have their own color advantages and all of them display sRGB with high accuracy. Find your next monitor and see for yourself the Deco Gear difference!

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