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Updated: May 16, 2017 22:22
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#1
alaScore 100

Philips 275P4VYKEB

Just when you think 4K is enough, 5K makes you think twice

5 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 99

ViewSonic XG2700-4K

Conclusion With the ViewSonic XG2700-4K, you not only get the benefit of AMD's FreeSync technology, which eliminates screen tearing and provides silky-smooth gaming action, but you also get excellent all-around performance. The IPS panel delivers a...

6 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Dell U2417H

An excellent inexpensive monitor for everyday use, the UltraSharp 24 (U2417H) doesn't offer a lot of bells and whistles but it delivers everything you need in a general-purpose display.

4 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

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,...

11 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

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 | 18 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

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 | 52 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

Samsung C27F591

Conclusion With the Samsung LC27F591FDN, you can enjoy smooth gaming action on a curved screen that gives you a more immersive experience than a traditional flat panel. The FreeSync-enabled VA panel delivers rich colors and dark blacks, and provides...

9 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

AOC AG271QX

What’s impressive about this monitor is that it’s strong across the board. It’s not only a great gaming screen but also a superb all-rounder, with accurate colours, fantastic build quality and design, plus a wide range of inputs and outputs. That makes...

4 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Eizo Foris FS2735

Conclusion With the Eizo Foris FS2735, you get smooth, artifact-free gaming, courtesy of a 144Hz refresh rate and AMD's FreeSync technology. The 27-inch IPS panel produces rich colors and image detail that stays sharp when viewed from every angle, and...

11 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

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...

4 expert reviews | 72 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

AOC AG271QG

Aside from the very minor niggles we've mentioned, the AOC AG271QG is a winner. If you're looking for a display that has all the required technology for fast-paced gaming as well as a great image on the desktop, easily suitable for graphics-heavy...

4 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

#12
alaScore 97

Samsung S34E790C

Samsung’s SE790C is a luxurious yacht of a monitor. From the ultra-wide 1440p resolution, to the modest curve in its display, to its near flawless benchmarks, there’s little, if anything, to find wrong with it. The four millisecond response time isn’t...

19 expert reviews | 104 user reviews

#13
alaScore 97

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...

15 expert reviews | 230 user reviews

#14
alaScore 97

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...

16 expert reviews | 147 user reviews

#15
alaScore 96

Asus VC239H

If you want luxuries such as an adjustable stand, or an integrated USB 3 hub, then you simply need to spend more money. If, however, you just want a good quality, compact 23in monitor that doesn't cost the earth, then there are few better options than...

1 expert reviews | 117 user reviews

#16
alaScore 96

LG 34UC88

There’s nothing quite like working (and playing) on an ultra-wide curved monitor, and this is one of the best we’ve seen.

2 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

#17
alaScore 96

Viewsonic VP2780-4K

The ViewSonic VP2780-4K ($889.99) is a moderately priced 27-inch monitor with an impressive feature set including 10-bit color technology, multiple input connections, and an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel with a 3,840-by-2,160 Ultra-High-Definition...

13 expert reviews | 35 user reviews

#18
alaScore 96

Dell U3415W

After finishing the review of the Dell UltraSharp U3415W monitor, we can draw a positive conclusion. Not only the look and the haptics are good, the features and the performance are also decent. The supported interfaces (MHL, HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort...

17 expert reviews | 156 user reviews

#19
alaScore 96

Dell UP2715K

We've tested plenty of Ultra High-Definition (UHD) 4K monitors over the past year, and with one exception, they offered the highest resolution (3,840 by 2,160) of any desktop monitor we've seen. Only the Apple iMac With Retina 5K Display was capable of...

15 expert reviews | 35 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

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 | 15 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

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,...

5 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

Asus MG28UQ

For fans of 4K gaming, the Asus MG28UQ makes for a very robust piece of gaming technology with no serious flaws and very few minor flaws. We recommend it for gamers and casual non-gaming users in a home or office setting. However, the low color...

5 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

Philips BDM4065UC

If you’ve toyed with the idea of using an HDTV as your computer monitor, the BDM4065UC fulfills checks all the right boxes – large screen, Ultra HD resolution, high-contrast VA panel and low price. Playing games on it is a total blast and you won’t...

22 expert reviews | 160 user reviews

#24
alaScore 96

ASUS ROG Swift PG248Q

If you own an Nvidia graphics card and you spend more time gaming on your PC than anything else, a 180Hz display with G-Sync is absolutely worth the money. But otherwise, you could choose a larger display, IPS panel technology or a higher resolution...

5 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Acer Predator XB281HK

Acer Predator XB281HK has a robust build, easy setting and ergonomic design. Its gameplay is precise and accurate with good response but maintaining a distance of around 4-5 feet of the monitor is cheat for a better output. Predator’s color...

1 expert reviews | 6 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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