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Updated: Mar 4, 2015 05:07
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#1
alaScore 100

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...

21 expert reviews | 87 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

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...

8 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

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 | 78 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Philips BDM4065UC

The final setup option concerned DisplayPort. By default the Philips uses DisplayPort 1.1, which only supports 4K at 30Hz. To get 60Hz at 4K working properly, we delved into the OSD and changed the relevant option in the setup menu.

4 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

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 | 12 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Samsung SD850T Series (27", 32")

The main menu is clear and responsive. Most of the customisable options are contained in a single menu, and it’s easy to find the obvious settings. It has most of the options that users are likely to require, but there’s no sign of the Adobe RGB preset...

4 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

Philips 272G5DYEB

The Philips Brilliance LCD Monitor with Nvidia G-Sync (272G5DYEB) ($649) joins the growing list of recently released gaming monitors that utilize Nvidia's G-Sync technology. Equipped with a 27-inch, Twisted Nematic (TN) panel with a 144Hz refresh rate,...

4 expert reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Eizo ColorEdge CS240

The price tag (RRP AU$1595 - or $1450 without GST) is high for anyone who isn't totally serious about imaging quality and doesn't make prints of their best images. But Eizo monitors are built to last. We have been using a ColorEdge monitor continuously...

2 expert reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Benq BL3200PT

The extra pixel density of a 27-inch monitor sporting a native 2560x1440 resolution can make small text difficult to read. BenQ solves the problem by adding five extra inches to its BL3200PT. Today we test this jumbo 32-inch AMVA-based panel in our lab.

8 expert reviews | 74 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

AOC U3477PQU

Image quality on the panel is superb, capable of 3440 x 1440 resolution in a 21:9 aspect ratio, the matte screen puts out a 50,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio with a 5ms response time. It has a rich and clear panel boasting 1.07 billion colours, using...

8 expert reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Samsung U28D590

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...

17 expert reviews | 88 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Asus PB287Q

If you've been itching to buy an Ultra High-Definition (UHD) monitor, but have been waiting for prices to drop below the $1,000 mark, your wait is over. The Asus PB287Q ($649) impresses with its sharp UHD image quality, robust colors, and a generous...

24 expert reviews | 86 user reviews

#13
alaScore 97

AOC U2868PQU

The AOC U2868PQU ($599.99) joins the growing list of reasonably priced 28-inch Ultra High Definition monitors being pumped out by manufacturers such as Lenovo, Acer, Philips, Samsung, and Dell. Based on Twisted Nematic (TN) technology, this panel...

8 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#14
alaScore 97

LG 34UC97

The LG 34UC97-S ($1,299.99) is the first curved desktop monitor to hit PC Labs, and it's a beauty. The 34-inch, In-Plane Switching (IPS) display has a 21:9 Quad High-Definition (3,440-by-1,440) resolution, a sleek, slightly curved, bezel-free design,...

5 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#15
alaScore 97

Viewsonic VP2772

Today we're testing the latest addition to ViewSonic's professional monitor line, the VP2772. This 27-inch screen offers QHD resolution; Adobe RGB and sRGB color gamuts; and 10-bit color with a 14-bit LUT. We see if its performance and specs match up.

10 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#16
alaScore 96

Asus VG248QE

Ask any hardcore gamer what matters most and nine out of 10 times you'll get a one-word answer—speed. It's no secret that fast frame rates not only give you smoother game play but they can also give you an edge over those unfortunate souls who have to...

25 expert reviews | 724 user reviews

#17
alaScore 96

Viewsonic VP912S

Casual gamers and graphic designers will like this overall solid LCD.

2 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#18
alaScore 96

Eizo FG2421

Eizo moved into the PC gaming space a while ago, but didn’t seem to think that 120 Hz TN panels were optimal. Instead they decided to sell optimized 60 Hz IPS-based gaming monitors that didn’t sacrifice picture quality for speed, but didn’t match the...

15 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#19
alaScore 96

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....

12 expert reviews | 27 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

Asus PB278Q

The ASUS PB278Q performed well in most of our tests and apart from minor backlight bleeding we did not really find any shortcomings with the monitor as such. Sure, it could have done with a better implemented OSD, but it is only a matter of time...

32 expert reviews | 544 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

Benq BL2710PT

Designed for professionals who work with computer-aided design and engineering software, the BenQ BL2710PT ($699) monitor uses a 27-inch, In-Plane Switching (IPS) screen to deliver a high-resolution (2,560-by-1,440) picture, wide viewing angles, and a...

9 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

Acer B326HUL

When it comes to desktop monitors, size matters, especially if you need to view multiple applications at the same time. With the Acer B326HUL ($899.99), you get a sprawling 32 inches of screen real estate and the deep, dark blacks that are the hallmark...

4 expert reviews

#24
alaScore 96

Viewsonic VX2880ML

The VX2880ml is a well specified and reasonably priced 28-inch monitor that represents a worthy entry into the 4K market for ViewSonic. As it should be for a 4K monitor, the image quality at the native resolution is stunningly sharp and clear. There...

4 expert reviews

#25
alaScore 95

Asus ProArt PA279Q

Although 24-inch 1080p IPS displays are now available under £200, good-quality 27-inch consumer panels are still a fair bit more expensive. Therefore there's not too much of a price difference between those screens and the Asus PA279Q. For the extra...

14 expert reviews | 37 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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