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Updated: Nov 30, 2015 01:11
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Samsung S34E790C

The DT Accessory Pack Up your game and the get the most out of your gear with the following extras, hand-picked by our editors:

12 expert reviews | 35 user reviews

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Dell U3415W

After finishing the review of the Dell UltraSharp U3415W monitor, we can draw a positive conclusion. Not only the look and the haptics are good, the features and the performance are also decent. The supported interfaces (MHL, HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort...

10 expert reviews | 58 user reviews

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Philips BDM4065UC

Why would you put the Philips BDM4065UC on your desk? Because it's 40 inches with Ultra HD resolution and a 5000:1 contrast ratio. Today we check it out in our lab.

14 expert reviews | 52 user reviews

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Viewsonic VP2780-4K

The ViewSonic VP2780-4K ($889.99) is a moderately priced 27-inch monitor with an impressive feature set including 10-bit color technology, multiple input connections, and an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel with a 3,840-by-2,160 Ultra-High-Definition...

6 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Dell UP2715K

We've tested plenty of Ultra High-Definition (UHD) 4K monitors over the past year, and with one exception, they offered the highest resolution (3,840 by 2,160) of any desktop monitor we've seen. Only the Apple iMac With Retina 5K Display was capable of...

8 expert reviews | 28 user reviews

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Acer XB270HU

If you’re looking for a new gaming monitor to upgrade from your 1080p to something higher resolution, this Acer is a solid choice if money is no object. Most gamers have a budget of some sort, though, and the $800 price tag on this display will take a...

7 expert reviews

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Benq XL2730Z

BenQ has been manufacturing outstanding gaming monitors for years and continues that trend with the XL2730Z ($599). This 27-inch display pairs Twisted Nematic (TN) panel technology with AMD's FreeSync dynamic-refresh technology to deliver excellent...

10 expert reviews | 62 user reviews

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Acer S277HK

That is a problem for Acer. Dell’s monitor offers a far superior ergonomic stand, better on-screen controls, and slightly better overall image quality. All of this leads to an obvious conclusion; you should probably buy the Dell.

11 expert reviews | 27 user reviews

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Joining manufacturers such as BenQ, Acer, and Asus, AOC has entered the G-Sync gaming market with its G2460PG monitor ($449). Equipped with a 24-inch Twisted-Nematic (TN) panel with a speedy 144Hz refresh rate, the G2460PG employs Nvidia's G-Sync...

12 expert reviews | 79 user reviews

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Asus ROG Swift PG278Q

The ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q is a monitor that is good when it comes to the usability features, but falls short on many of the objective measures. With a well designed stand, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, and a nice OSD, it is a display that is easy to use and...

25 expert reviews | 392 user reviews

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LG 34UM67

There are a couple aspects to this review that we want to address in the conclusion. First is how the 34UM67 fares as a monitor in general. Here things are generally similar to what we said about one of its precursors, the LG 29EA93. The 21:9 aspect...

6 expert reviews | 40 user reviews

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Benq RL2755HM

Gaming monitors are often expensive, but BenQ's RL2755HM costs £200. For that money you get a 27in screen with a 1080p resolution, as well as several features usually found on pricier panels.

5 expert reviews | 42 user reviews

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Asus PA328Q

The Asus PA328Q delivers a beautiful, accurate image from the extensive colour palette, making it ideal for a semi pro designer or photographer

6 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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Asus MG279Q

Behold, the messiah of monitors

8 expert reviews | 84 user reviews

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Eizo CG277

The CG277 is Eizo's flagship non-4K monitor, offering the absolute finest in image quality. It boasts 99% sRGB and Adobe RGB coverage, a built-in calibration sensor, a 10-bit display with 16-bit lookup table and even includes a monitor hood that works...

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Benq XL2720Z

Once again, BenQ has a winner on its hands with the new XL2720Z ($529) gaming monitor. Like its predecessor, the BenQ XL2720T, the XL2720Z lets you take your game to new levels, with a fast pixel response and dedicated first-person shooter (FPS) modes....

15 expert reviews | 148 user reviews

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The AOC U3477PQU takes all of the best elements of the

14 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

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Acer XR341CK

Acer has the most impressive AMD FreeSync monitor yet with its XR341CK, sporting a resolution of 3440x1440 and impressive refresh rate of 75Hz.

4 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

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LG 34UC87

"These 21:9 monitors are beautiful and very easy to fall in love with."

3 expert reviews | 23 user reviews

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Benq BL3201PT 4K

Price-wise, there’s no better choice for a 32-inch Ultra HD monitor right now than the BL3201PT. Even without calibration, it nearly aced our benchmark tests. Low input lag makes it a good choice for gamers and its bright saturated image stays solid...

4 expert reviews | 59 user reviews

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Asus PB287Q

The main issue is still the enormous performance requirements. Notebook GPUs in particular have problems with the frame rates in complex titles. Even high-end chips like the GeForce GTX 980M or GTX 970M quickly drop below 30 fps in higher settings....

32 expert reviews | 303 user reviews

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ViewSonic VX2475Smhl-4K

The Viewsonic VX2478Smhl-4K ($469.99) is proof that you don't have to spend a fortune to view 4K content, nor do you need a big screen. Based on Plane-Line Switching (PLS) panel technology this 24-inch Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) monitor delivers a...

3 expert reviews

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The Q2577PWQ is a great workplace monitor with excellent image quality, but its 25in size may not be right for anyone that struggles with text legibility. Furthermore, its lack of USB ports is a mild disappointment for an otherwise fully featured and...

3 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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Eizo ColorEdge CS240

Far from cheap, but it is a stunning monitor.

4 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

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AOC Style Q2770PQU

The AOC Q2770Pqu is a fantastic monitor. Until now, the only 27in monitor we've tested that's produced a 100 per cent colour accuracy score was the £580 Ultimate award-winning

16 expert reviews | 69 user reviews


    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Monitors


    Most computer users purchase a monitor when they buy their computer, and in the case of laptops the screen is built right in. Increasingly, consumers are buying new monitors for a number of uses. Many laptop users buy a separate monitor for use at home, providing them with a better display option for movies, video games, and graphics applications. Some desktop users purchase a second monitor to allow greater productivity – the extra monitor allows more windows to be displayed simultaneously. Test drive a larger model to experience first hand the benefits of a new monitor.


    Comparing Monitor Types & Functions

    Older CRT monitors have been almost completely phased out, and the market is currently dominated by LCD technology (liquid crystal display), which offer distinct advantages over the older models in terms of price, resolution, and energy efficiency. Plasma display technology has begun to enter the field, but the advantages in display quality are balanced by additional size and energy usage.

    Some of today's monitors are HDTV capable, a definite necessity for consumers who use their monitors to watch DVDs and full-motion video, or play video games. These models may even have television tuners built-in, adding to their versatility. More expensive monitors feature built-in speakers to optimize the audio environment. This is particularly useful for gamers and musicians with a laptop, who use the monitor for home computing applications.

    What to Look for in a Monitor

    Screen Size: This is the most critical factor to consider when purchasing a monitor for the overwhelming majority of consumers. Graphics professionals, gamers, and users who enjoy movies and full-motion video will appreciate the convenience of larger monitors, those of 22” and above. Anyone will notice the welcome difference in productivity and ease-of-use provided by a monitor upgrade from the common 15-17” range to the increasingly popular 19-24” range. At the higher end of the market, plasma HDTV models up to 52” that are indistinguishable from televisions are available.

    Aspect Ratio: Although some people are still using traditional 5:4 monitor when surf on the internet, the vast majority of monitors available for purchase today that feature an aspect ratio of 16:9 or 16:10 are dominating the market, because most consumers want to keep pace with gaming and movie display standards that have trended toward an increased horizontal component.

    Response Time: This property measures how quickly the monitor's pixels can change from one color to the next. In theory, a low response time signifies an LCD with minimal motion artifacts in moving images. A rapid response time eliminates image ghosting and delivers a crisper picture. Obviously, this is of crucial importance to gamers, movie watchers, and consumers with high-end graphics applications, who should select a model that delivers a response time of 8ms (milliseconds) or better.

    Brightness: Measured in candelas, 200cd/m2 is the brightness standard for LCD monitors, and will prove more than acceptable for almost all applications. High-end gamers might desire additional brightness, which allows for greater contrast and distinction in the range of details.

    LED Backlight: Today, monitors with LED backlight, have been quickly gaining popularity. LED backlit monitors have high color gamuts and provide more accurate colors, they are always superthin and have lower power consumption. LED backlights take less of a toll on the environment when it's time to dispose of them.

    Displayport: When looking through the monitor’s specs, you should check out if it has a DVI input. The DVI interface (or the DVI-compatible HDMI) is currently available on all discrete and on many integrated graphics cards. Compared to an analog interface, it guarantees a sharp and high-quality picture. An HDMI connection is used to connect the display to a high-definition source, such as a Blu-ray player or video game system. HDMI connections have become more common recently. If you're planning to use your monitor as a television, this is an essential feature.

    Popular Monitor Brands

    There are numerous popular brands of monitors, and many manufacturers have staked a claim to a specific portion of the market. Acer, as it has done with it's netbook and laptop offerings, has focused on affordability above all else – their models lack many luxury add-ons, but offer the best performance for your dollar. Asus and ViewSonic feature mid-range monitors that offer buyers a little bit of everything. Samsung and LG have focused on the higher end of the market, and their models are loaded with the bells and whistles that advanced users demand.


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