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Updated: Oct 23, 2014 22:05
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#1
alaScore 100

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...

13 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Asus ROG Swift PG278Q

, the display for which NVIDIA released a mod kit to allow users that already had this monitor to upgrade to G-Sync compatibility. It worked, and I even came away impressed. I noted in my conclusion that, “there isn't a single doubt that I want a...

11 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

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...

9 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

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...

7 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

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....

8 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

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...

3 expert reviews

#8
alaScore 98

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.

9 expert reviews | 1 user 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.

2 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Eizo FG2421

Stellar image quality combined with a strobing backlight and associated motion clarity. Pro's: 1. Amazing brightness adjustability. 2. Overall motion clarity is great. 3. Semi-gloss AR film. 4. Strobing backlight built it, no messing with certain GPU...

5 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

AOC I2473PWY

As part of its latest batch of products, AOC has released its i2473Pwy model. This is a 23.8-inch IPS monitor that comes mounted on its own rather bulky black stand. Included in the box with the monitor are various leads for power connection, D-SUB...

2 expert reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Asus MX299Q

Whether you're looking to replace your dual-monitor setup or just want more screen real estate, the Asus MX299Q ($469) offers a stylish solution at a reasonable price. This 29-inch, ultra-wide monitor boasts an Advanced High Performance In-Plane...

8 expert reviews | 26 user reviews

#13
alaScore 97

Philips 242G5DJEB

The Philips Brilliance 242G5DJEB/00 is an excellent gaming monitor, but our main concern is the price. At just under £290, it's more expensive than the AOC myUltraSpeed G2460Pqu and the larger Iiyama Prolite GB2773HS, both of which have 144Hz refresh...

5 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#14
alaScore 97

Dell UP2414Q

Why spend upwards of $700 on a monitor? Because it runs at 4K resolution, of course. The pixel density and color accuracy of Dell's new UltraHD display simply can't be bested at this price.

6 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

#15
alaScore 97

Acer K272HUL

If you've been itching to move up to a big-screen, Wide Quad High-Definition (WQHD) monitor, but have been holding off until prices dropped below the $500 mark, your wait is over. The Acer K272HUL is a 27-inch, In-Plane Switching (IPS)-based display...

5 expert reviews

#16
alaScore 97

AOC AOC u3477Pqu

Which monitor next?

2 expert reviews

#17
alaScore 96

Philips 298P4QJEB

If a typical widescreen display just doesn't give you the screen real estate you need and you don't have room for a dual-screen setup, it might be time to consider an ultra-wide monitor. The Philips Brilliance MultiView (298P4QJEB) ($699.99) sports a...

7 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

#18
alaScore 96

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...

9 expert reviews | 34 user reviews

#19
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...

14 expert reviews | 646 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

Viewsonic VP2770-LED

It seems like only yesterday that the race to bring full HD (1,920-by-1,080) resolution to the desktop monitor was in full swing. Now that HD monitors are fairly commonplace we're starting to see Wide Quad-HD or WQHD (2,560 by 1,440) and UHD (3,840 by...

13 expert reviews | 104 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

Dell U2414H

The Dell UltraSharp U2414H balances fine image quality with a great selection of features. Ultimately, we prefer the larger resolution of its predecessor, the UltraSharp U2412M – which is still on sale – but it’s a close-run thing. If the Full HD...

3 expert reviews | 72 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

Benq GW2760HS

Budget 27-inch monitor heaven

7 expert reviews | 48 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

Iiyama Prolite XB2483HSU

A good all-round monitor with fair colour accuracy and high contrast levels

2 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#24
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...

24 expert reviews | 529 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

ASUS MX279H

And Designo was his name-o.

11 expert reviews | 487 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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