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Updated: Aug 27, 2015 23:37
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#1
alaScore 100

Acer 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...

4 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 99

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...

24 expert reviews | 214 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Acer S277HK

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:

8 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#4
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...

6 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Philips BDM4065UC

Not quite the perfect panel, but the first 4K screen to really do justice to the super-resolution in-game.

10 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

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...

4 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

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

#8
alaScore 98

Benq XL2730Z

For our first chance to examine AMD's FreeSync, BenQ sent us its brand-new XL2730Z, and we're running it through our demanding suite.

8 expert reviews | 26 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

AOC G2460PG

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...

9 expert reviews | 33 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Samsung S34E790C

The menu itself is better than Philips’ effort, too. Rather than being pixellated, it’s sharp and slick, and it’s a tad faster too.

6 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Samsung U32D970Q

When choosing a monitor, most graphics professionals typically look for a model with lots of screen real estate, accurate colors, good gray-scale performance, and a highly detailed image. With the Samsung U32D970Q ($1,999.99), you get all this, and...

5 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 96

Benq GW2765HT

As with most products, you’ve got pros and cons. And whilst there weren’t many cons here, our list of good and bad points are listed below to help you make a final decision on whether the BenQ GW2765HT 27-inch Monitor is the one for you.

2 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#13
alaScore 96

Asus MX27AQ

What read speed is needed for SSD satisfaction?

3 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#14
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...

3 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

#15
alaScore 96

LG 24GM77

The LG 24GM77 ($349.99) is a well equipped 1080p gaming monitor that delivers speedy performance, accurate colors, and a host of gamer-friendly settings and features. It uses a 24-inch Twisted-Nematic (TN) panel with a 144Hz refresh rate, a...

3 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#16
alaScore 96

Samsung UD970

The Samsung UD970 is a pricey display which never feels too expensive for the phenomenal image quality it delivers. Its 4K UHD resolution, combined with almost impossibly accurate colour rendition and flexible display modes make it an excellent choice...

2 expert reviews

#17
alaScore 96

NEC PA322UHD

NEC's PA series of MultiSync monitors have long been the company's flagship line, thanks to their outstanding color and gray-scale performance and killer feature set. The NEC MultiSync PA322UHD ($2,999) continues that trend. This enormous 32-inch,...

3 expert reviews

#18
alaScore 96

Samsung U28D590D

The Samsung U28D590D ($599.99) is the latest reasonably priced big-screen (28-inch) Ultra-High-Definition monitor to hit PC Labs, and like the Philips Brilliance 4K Ultra HD Display (288P6LJEB) and Planar IX2850 , it delivers a sharp, highly detailed...

21 expert reviews | 323 user reviews

#19
alaScore 96

LG 34UM95

The LG 34UM95 ($999.99) is not only the largest ultra-wide monitor to hit PC Labs; at just under a grand, it's also the most expensive. As the model number implies, this behemoth features a massive 34-inch (diagonal) In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel with...

21 expert reviews | 109 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

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....

30 expert reviews | 145 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

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...

3 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#22
alaScore 95

Eizo ColorEdge CS240

The Eizo ColorEdge CS240 isn’t cheap – you could buy two Dell UltraSharp U2414H IPS monitors for the price of one and have change left over – but this is the first time we’ve seen a truly professional-class monitor at anywhere near this price. For...

4 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#23
alaScore 95

Eizo CG277

The CG277 also boasts a maximum brightness of 300 nits and a contrast ratio of 1,000:1. All this is joined by the utmost in colour accuracy and colour coverage, with 99% Adobe RGB, 99% DCI-P3 and, of course, sRGB is fully covered. It also uses a 10-bit...

4 expert reviews

#24
alaScore 95

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 Dell U2713H, but the AOC will be welcome news for those who want an...

15 expert reviews | 33 user reviews

#25
alaScore 95

Acer XB240H / HA

The Acer XB240H is a 24-inch monitor designed for both RTS and FPS game play. Armed with Nvidia's G-Sync technology, 144Hz refresh rate it delivers smooth gaming performance

1 expert reviews | 6 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.

     

    Popular Monitor products

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