RGB stands for Red Green Blue and those are the primary colors that your monitor can display. Most people know that the color palatte (or “color space” in industry terms) humans see, is a combination red, green and blue.
sRGB stands for Standardized Red Green Blue and it’s a way for manufacturers to rate their monitors.
When looking at monitor specifications and some reviews, you will see a number relating to sRGB, which tells you how much of all colors your monitor can display.
Is 70% sRGB Good Enough?
The very best monitors will have 100 percent sRGB and low grade consumer monitors or monitors that are trying to save electricity will come in somewhere between 50% and 70%.
Unless your eyes are trully excellent, or you have two different sRGB monitors sitting side by side, most consumers see little difference between 70% and 100% sRGB.
Is sRGB The Best Color Measurement System?
To be clear there are other standards that measure color accuracy like DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB, which even more accurately measure the capability of a monitor to reproduce color, but sRGB seems to be the one standard that most manufacturers like to promote.
How To Check The sRGB Monitor Percentage?
There are several tools that will let you test the sRGB of a monitor and one of the more popular one comes from a ArgylIICMS which makes DisplayCAL. It uses preset calibration files and we’ll let you know what your sRGB number is.
Note that we have not used DisplayCAL or Spyder ourselves but we know people who have, and they were happy with both of them.