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Updated: Apr 18, 2018 23:03
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#1
alaScore 99

Samsung C34F791

Big, bright and reasonably accurate, the 34-inch curved Samsung CF791 is a bit expensive for a FreeSync monitor but offers a generous feature set and solid performance for the money if you're a Radeon gamer.

11 expert reviews | 63 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

LG 34UC89G-B

If you're ready to experience gaming on an extra-large curved-screen monitor, the LG 34UC89G-B is definitely worth a look. Its 34-inch IPS panel uses Nvidia G-Sync technology and a speedy refresh rate to deliver smooth and error-free gaming...

8 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#3
alaScore 98

Philips 349X7FJEW

Massive curved widescreens with high resolutions might not quite be right for gaming just yet, since A 34 inch curved screen with a high 3,440 x 1,440 resolution and Freesync support.

8 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Samsung C32HG70

I have had this monitor for 2 months and love it. The colors are amazing and I have already have a 144hz monitor and that was a must for this one.

2 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#5
alaScore 97

LG 38UC99

Conclusion If you're ready for some big-screen gaming and don't mind parting with a sizable wad of cash, the LG 38UC99-W is an excellent choice. Not only is it the biggest gaming monitor we've tested, but it offers a wealth of gamer-friendly features,...

12 expert reviews | 44 user reviews

#6
alaScore 96

Benq EX3200R

With high quality craftsmanship, superb display quality, and a silky-smooth refresh rate, the BenQ EX3200R is a superb gaming monitor. At 1080p, it’s just not as sharp as it could be, and if you sit close enough, you’ll be able to really pick out those...

4 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#7
alaScore 96

AOC AG271QG

Conclusion Gamers will appreciate the AOC Agon AG271QG's good looks and 165Hz refresh rate, as well as its ability to eliminate screen tearing. Video inputs are in short supply on this monitor, and it lacks the gaming presets that you get with other...

9 expert reviews | 40 user reviews

#8
alaScore 96

Acer Predator XB272

Hardcore gamers will love the Acer Predator XB272's silky-smooth refresh rate.

5 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

#9
alaScore 95

Samsung C27FG70

Picture is great good size

2 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

#10
alaScore 95

ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q

The Asus ROG Swift PG258Q is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a midsize monitor with serious gaming chops, but at about $600, it doesn't come cheap. However, it offers the fastest refresh rate available, as well as a speedy pixel response and...

9 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

#11
alaScore 95

Acer Predator XB1

There are more monitors that are coming out with 4K support, and our Acer Predator XB1 Gaming Monitor review takes a look at a huge 32" offering from Acer.

7 expert reviews

#12
alaScore 95

BenQ PD3200U

The BenQ PD3200U is an excellent choice if you're a professional who works with CAD/CAM, graphics design, or other applications that require fine detail and accurate colors. Its 32-inch UHD panel delivered accurate colors and superb grayscale...

2 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

#13
alaScore 95

Dell UltraSharp U3818DW

Big and beautiful, the Dell Ultrasharp U3818DW is an excellent professional-grade display. While contrast could be better, its excellent color accuracy, sharp picture, competitive price, and good warranty help it stand out against its main competitor,...

3 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#14
alaScore 94

Eizo EV2450-BK

The FlexScan EV2450 is a formidable package. If you want a capable high-quality monitor that’s elegant without being flashy, this monitor is an excellent choice.

2 expert reviews | 195 user reviews

#15
alaScore 94

BenQ SW320

The BenQ SW320 offers 4K resolution, with excellent colour performance possible, covering 99% of AdobeRGB, and 100% SRGB. Text and images are sharp, crisp and clear. Colour is excellent, although consistency could be better towards the left and...

4 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#16
alaScore 94

Acer Predator XB321HK

Conclusion The Predator XB321HK may not be the biggest model in Acer's impressive stable of gaming monitors (the Z35 holds that honor), but its 32-inch UHD panel delivers the highest level of detail we've seen from a big-screen gaming display. Color,...

7 expert reviews | 40 user reviews

#17
alaScore 94

Philips 258B6QUEB

At just £300, the Philips Brilliance 258B6QUEB is an absolute steal for both office and home users alike. Its colour accuracy is top-notch across every colour mode and it has more inputs than you probably know what to do with. It's a Best Buy.

4 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#18
alaScore 94

Philips BDM3490UC

Conclusion The Philips Brilliance Curved UltraWide BDM3490UC/27 is a strong choice if you're seeking to expand your viewing space with an ultra-wide monitor. Its slightly curved AH-IPS panel is ideal for viewing multipage documents and watching movies,...

12 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#19
alaScore 94

ASUS MG248Q

For the money, you can't buy a faster gaming display that offers a 144Hz refresh rate. Some might be turned off by the TN panel, but it still looks darn good in the flesh. You won't be disappointed.

5 expert reviews | 43 user reviews

#20
alaScore 94

Asus ROG Swift PG348Q

Conclusion Gamers looking to get a big curved-screen monitor will appreciate the Asus ROG Swift PG348Q's looks, performance, and feature set. It doesn't come cheap, but it delivers an ultra-smooth gaming experience, with rich, accurate colors and sharp...

12 expert reviews | 161 user reviews

#21
alaScore 94

Acer Predator XB252Q

For gamers seeking the highest possible framerates, there is nothing faster than the Acer Predator XB252Q and its cousin from Asus. Despite a relatively low pixel density and merely average contrast, it offers a play experience that is second to none....

3 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#22
alaScore 94

AOC Q2781PQ

If you're in the market for a sleek-looking 27-inch display for everyday use that offers solid performance and a sharp WQHD image, the AOC Q2781PQ is definitely worth consideration. Its IPS panel delivers accurate colors right out of the box, it aced...

4 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#23
alaScore 94

Acer Predator XB271HU

Conclusion With the Acer Predator XB271HU, you get excellent gaming performance, thanks to a 144Hz refresh rate and Nvidia's G-Sync technology. It offers all of the cool gamer-friendly features that you get with other Predator models, including Aim...

6 expert reviews | 188 user reviews

#24
alaScore 94

AOC AG251FZ

The AOC Agon AG251FZ is one of a handful of new 240Hz refresh rate gaming monitors that have just hit the market. These new displays offer a much higher refresh rate than the 144Hz panels that have come before them, and look to be the perfect choice...

4 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#25
alaScore 94

LG 34UC79G

Conclusion At $699.99, the LG 34UC79G-B is a great deal if you're looking to do your gaming on an extra-wide, extra-large screen. Its subtle curve keeps you close to the action, and its IPS panel delivers strong grayscale performance and wide viewing...

4 expert reviews | 40 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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