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Updated: Jan 23, 2018 22:58
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#1
alaScore 100

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 | 58 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

LG 38UC99

LG’s 38-inch ultrawide is nothing short of jaw-dropping, and from the moment you lay eyes on its curved 4K panel, you’ll wonder how you ever got by with a measly 27-inch or 24-inch monitor.

10 expert reviews | 40 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

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

#4
alaScore 98

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...

8 expert reviews | 39 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Acer Predator XB272

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

5 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

#6
alaScore 97

Samsung C27FG70

Picture is great good size

2 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

#7
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

#8
alaScore 96

HP ENVY 34

HP's use of the 'Envy' brand name has often seemed to smack of hubris -- especially when used with something as mundane as an inkjet printer. But we can't help admiring the sheer, all-out extravagance of this latest addition to the Envy range. As well...

2 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#9
alaScore 96

Dell UltraSharp U2717D

It's not the most feature-packed monitor you can get for the money, but the Dell UltraSharp 27 (U2717D) is a fine general-purpose display.

5 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#10
alaScore 96

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 | 8 user reviews

#11
alaScore 95

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 | 38 user reviews

#12
alaScore 95

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 | 157 user reviews

#13
alaScore 95

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 | 171 user reviews

#14
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...

8 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

#15
alaScore 95

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 | 3 user reviews

#16
alaScore 95

Asus PG279Q

Asus has a mission to make the Republic of Gamers product line world-class in every category, and the ROG Swift PG279Q spares nothing in search of that effort. It offers not just excellent image quality, but also a high refresh rate, frame...

18 expert reviews | 365 user reviews

#17
alaScore 95

Acer Predator X34

Conclusion If you're looking to pair your extreme gaming system with an equally extreme big-screen ultra-wide monitor, look no further the Acer Predator X34, but prepared to part with a wad of cash. Its 34-inch curved screen brings more depth to your...

18 expert reviews | 287 user reviews

#18
alaScore 95

AOC U3277PWQU

I'm a big fan of

4 expert reviews | 24 user reviews

#19
alaScore 95

Dell S2417DG

As long as you don't pay retail, the Dell S2417DG is a decent addition to a budget Nvidia gaming setup.

5 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#20
alaScore 95

AOC PDS241

The AOC PDS241 Porsche Design won’t be for everyone, but if you’re looking for a stunningly-designed monitor with solid image quality and a fantastic price, you won’t go wrong with this.

4 expert reviews

#21
alaScore 94

AOC AGON AG352UCG

This is an excellent gaming monitor that will make you feel like you’re in the midst of the action while playing, and it’s packed full of fantastic features that make it a worthy addition to your gaming rig.

3 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

#22
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

#23
alaScore 94

BenQ SW2700PT

Conclusion With the BenQ SW2700PT, you get features that usually command a much higher price, including a 14-bit LUT, hardware calibration, advanced color settings, and wide color-gamut coverage. Moreover, its 27-inch AHVA panel aced our color-accuracy...

11 expert reviews | 55 user reviews

#24
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.

4 expert reviews | 43 user reviews

#25
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

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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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