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Updated: Feb 9, 2016 22:15
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#1
alaScore 100

Asus PG279Q

ASUS refreshes its incredible ROG Swift display with the PG279Q, cranking the refresh rate to 165Hz. This is the gaming monitor you want.

6 expert reviews | 35 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

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...

12 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Acer Predator X34

Conclusion If you're looking to pair your extreme gaming system with an equally extreme big-screen ultra-wide monitor, look no further the Acer Predator X34, but prepared to part with a wad of cash. Its 34-inch curved screen brings more depth to your...

7 expert reviews | 82 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Philips BDM3490UC

It's no surprise that ultra-wide curved screens such as the 34-inch Philips Brilliance BDM3490UC are becoming popular as they present a compelling alternative to traditional 16:9 displays. The extra width and subtle curvature gives a cinema-like...

2 expert reviews

#5
alaScore 98

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...

13 expert reviews | 90 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

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...

10 expert reviews | 32 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

Acer Predator XB270HU

If you've been holding out for a gaming monitor that pairs Nvidia's G-Sync technology with In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology, your wait is over. The Acer XB270HU ($799.99) is the first such display to hit PC Labs, and it's a beauty. The 27-inch, WQHD...

13 expert reviews | 239 user reviews

#8
alaScore 98

Asus PA328Q

Conclusion The Asus PA328Q represents a sizable investment, but if you're a graphics professional who depends on accurate colors and superior UHD image detail to ply your trade, it's a solid investment. The monitor's 32-inch IPS panel provides plenty...

13 expert reviews | 27 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

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...

28 expert reviews | 473 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

ViewSonic VX2475Smhl-4K

What's a few inches between friends?

7 expert reviews | 23 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

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.

7 expert reviews | 91 user reviews

#12
alaScore 97

Samsung S34E790C

Several exciting trends have perked up the PC monitor market over the past couple of years. Screens with 4K resolutions have offered unparalleled sharpness, and 21:9 panels provide a widescreen experience that's great for games and movies.

13 expert reviews | 74 user reviews

#13
alaScore 97

LG 34UM67

Conclusion The LG 34UM67 is a solid choice for gamers who want to play on a big screen without having to deal with screen tearing and other motion artifacts. Its ultra-wide, 34-inch IPS panel delivers dark blacks and wide viewing angles, and you can...

9 expert reviews | 54 user reviews

#14
alaScore 97

Philips BDM4065UC

If you’ve toyed with the idea of using an HDTV as your computer monitor, the BDM4065UC fulfills checks all the right boxes – large screen, Ultra HD resolution, high-contrast VA panel and low price. Playing games on it is a total blast and you won’t...

20 expert reviews | 97 user reviews

#15
alaScore 97

Philips 227E6EDSD

The Philips 227E6EDSD measures 50.5x30.5x2cm and its 20cm circular stand raises it 9cm from your desk. It weighs 2.65 kilos with stand and that means the lack of side to side movement is not vital together with the viewing angle is stated to 178...

3 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#16
alaScore 97

Asus PB279Q

Our final word on the Asus PB279Q is that for its price, it’s priced to absolutely sell. This is a superb IPS monitor with excellent display specs and great connectivity options. Useful for gamers, casual users or professionals of most types.

11 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

#17
alaScore 97

Acer S277HK

With the S277HK ($699.99), Acer adds another reasonably priced 4K Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) monitor to its already impressive roster. Based on In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel technology, this gorgeous 27-inch model delivers accurate colors, good...

13 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

#18
alaScore 97

Asus MG279Q

Behold, the messiah of monitors

9 expert reviews | 93 user reviews

#19
alaScore 96

Asus MG278Q

We don't hate TN monitors by any means and the latest panels look pretty good, but we still prefer IPS. In this case, the MG278Q matches its more-expensive stablemate in every area except for contrast and exceeds it in usable FreeSync range. Depending...

3 expert reviews | 26 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

Benq XL2430T

When you're gaming, speed can mean the difference between winning and losing, which is why most gamers require a blazing-fast PC with lots of graphics horsepower. However, it just doesn't make sense to pair all that PC hardware with a monitor designed...

9 expert reviews | 61 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

LG 27MU67

The LG 27MU67 27" Class 4K UHD IPS LED Monitor is above average in terms of quality for its price range but it also lacks a few key things that would have made it into a much better piece of 4K PC display technology. Nonetheless, we still recommend it...

4 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

LG 34UC87 / 34UC87C

LG continues to dominate UltraWide monitors, unleashing the 34UC87C, an IPS-based curved UltraWide height adjustable monitor that is super-awesome.

4 expert reviews | 86 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

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...

8 expert reviews | 74 user reviews

#24
alaScore 96

Acer XR341CK

Conclusion If you're looking to bring big-screen goodness to your gaming experience and have a high-end AMD GPU in your PC, the 34-inch Acer XR341CK is a solid choice. Its curved wide-screen panel puts you close to the action, and it offers a good...

9 expert reviews | 32 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

AOC Q2577PWQ

Great image quality from a 25in panel, but a lack of USB ports limits the AOC Q2577PWQ's practical appeal

3 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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    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.



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    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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