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Updated: May 23, 2015 01:51
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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...

24 expert reviews | 128 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

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.

8 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

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 | 5 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

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 | 5 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Dell U3415W

Curved-screen monitors haven't quite taken the market by storm, but they are beginning to trickle in. With the UltraSharp U3415W ($1,199.99), Dell joins LG and Samsung in releasing a gargantuan, 34-inch, ultra-wide, curved display designed to bring...

3 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

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 | 88 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

Benq XL2730Z

Last month AMD launched a new technology, FreeSync, which is designed to enhance the visual experience for gamers by solving long standing issues. Today we take a look at one of the first screens to support this technology in our BenQ XL2730Z review.

5 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

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

#9
alaScore 97

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

#10
alaScore 97

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

#11
alaScore 97

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...

20 expert reviews | 194 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

ViewSonic VP2780-4K UHD monitor

The VP2780-4K is expensive for a consumer monitor at £699, although relatively cheap when set against professional monitors with full AdobeRGB colour and polished OSD menus, for which you can expect to pay closer to twice the price. ViewSonic's...

2 expert reviews

#13
alaScore 97

BenQ BL3201PH

Designed for users who work with CAD/CAM applications and other graphics-intensive software, the BenQ BL3201PH ($999.99) is a big 32-inch monitor that provides excellent color accuracy right out of the box along with a generous feature set. This...

2 expert reviews

#14
alaScore 97

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....

27 expert reviews | 101 user reviews

#15
alaScore 96

Eizo CG277

The ColorEdge CG277 sports the kind of colour accuracy, uniformity, adjust ability and resolution required by those doing colour-critical work for a living. Although the price may seem high at first, for your money, you get a monitor that provides...

3 expert reviews

#16
alaScore 96

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 | 14 user reviews

#17
alaScore 96

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 | 14 user reviews

#18
alaScore 96

AOC U3477PQU

This AOC 34inch Panel measures 82.5x37x2cm; its stand is rectangular 30x22cm and raises the panel between 6 and 27cm in landscape mode. This is certainly the largest - in screen size – panel that I have reviewed but even with its fairly weighty base it...

10 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#19
alaScore 96

Acer B236HK

4K, large, vibrant colors

2 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

Samsung S34E790C

Great looking screen

3 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

Acer XB280HK

Only looking at the objective numbers of the Acer XB280HK there are a few issues, the most notable being the so-so uniformity of the backlight. The over-saturation of blue is an issue, though blue is the color with the least visible errors to the eye....

8 expert reviews | 25 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

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...

9 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

#23
alaScore 95

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 | 29 user reviews

#24
alaScore 95

BenQ XL2420G

Is this the greatest gaming monitor in the history of the world? Depending on your PC, it certainly could be. There are bigger and more impressive gaming monitors out there - G-Sync included, but at this price point and quality, BenQ here hits a G-Sync...

4 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#25
alaScore 95

ASUS MX279H

The good: * This monitor is a minimalist's dream come true * Only one, very unobtrusive LED to indicate power/status * No bulky plastic bezel cluttering up the face * Full 1080p support, with IPS for high viewing angle * Sturdy, stainless steel base...

19 expert reviews | 609 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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