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Updated: Aug 27, 2016 09:44
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#1
alaScore 100

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...

10 expert reviews | 24 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

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,...

10 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

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

#4
alaScore 98

Acer Predator XB1

There's no doubt the Acer 32" Predator XB1 Gaming Monitor is an outstanding monitor when it comes to performance. If you can afford the price tag, you won't be disappointed.

3 expert reviews

#5
alaScore 98

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,...

4 expert reviews

#6
alaScore 98

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...

14 expert reviews | 117 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

Asus ROG Swift PG27AQ

Like the Asus PG279Q, the PG27AQ is a monitor that is difficult to compare with others because its feature set is so specific. Its only obvious, direct competitor is the Acer XB280HK, another 4K panel with G-Sync. The Acer holds up against the PG27AQ...

8 expert reviews | 63 user reviews

#8
alaScore 98

BenQ PV3200PT

BenQ’s big 4K monitor is an interesting beast. Although it targets prosumers and professionals, its technical approach differs from other high-end monitors we’ve seen. The priority here appears to be customization, functionality, and contrast ratio,...

2 expert reviews

#9
alaScore 97

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 | 26 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

BenQ SW2700PT

BenQ's SW2700PT offers an amazing screen with every customization option and feature possible, at a reasonable price.

7 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Acer H277HU

USB-C is our salvation from cable madness, at least that's what they tell us, but as early adopters of Apple's MacBook or other cutting-edge hardware have realized, reality hasn't caught up to the promise. The theory, and indeed the core technology, is...

4 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#12
alaScore 97

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 | 34 user reviews

#13
alaScore 97

LG Ultra Wide 34UC98-W

Conclusion With the LG 34UC98-W, you get solid gaming performance and a sharp, highly detailed picture on a spacious 34-inch, widescreen panel. Its 1,900R curvature ratio puts you a bit closer to the action than other curved big-screen monitors that...

2 expert reviews

#14
alaScore 97

Philips 241P6EPJEB

The Philips P-Line 241P6EPJEB_00 is available from the first link below for £230.10 including delivery.

3 expert reviews

#15
alaScore 97

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...

21 expert reviews | 155 user reviews

#16
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...

11 expert reviews | 137 user reviews

#17
alaScore 97

Benq XR3501

Conclusion With the BenQ XR3501, you can enjoy immersive gaming action on a curved, ultra-wide, 35-inch screen with a speedy 144Hz refresh rate. Its VA panel delivers good gray-scale and gaming performance, and viewing angles are nice and wide....

11 expert reviews | 33 user reviews

#18
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...

2 expert reviews

#19
alaScore 96

LG 27MU67

The LG 27MU67 27" Class 4K UHD IPS LED Monitor is above average in terms of quality for its price range but it also lacks a few key things that would have made it into a much better piece of 4K PC display technology. Nonetheless, we still recommend it...

6 expert reviews | 34 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

BenQ GW2870H

Choosing a monitor has become more complicated than ever before, with new screens routinely boasting dozens of features – from game-friendly screen modes and tweaks to speakers, webcams and other bits of kit designed to aid productivity.

3 expert reviews | 28 user reviews

#21
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...

13 expert reviews | 125 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

Asus MX27AQ

If you want to upgrade to a new high grade IPS panel then the ASUS Designo MX27AQ should be right at the top of your final list.

7 expert reviews | 51 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

ViewSonic XG2700-4K

This is ViewSonic's attempt to produce a hardcore monitor for gaming, and it tries to tick every box that you'd expect. There's no denying the ViewSonic's feature list: it's a 4K panel with AMD FreeSync, it's littered with gaming modes, and it boasts...

1 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

#24
alaScore 96

HP Envy 34c

Conclusion Whether you're working with multiple documents and lengthy spreadsheets or streaming your favorite movies, you'll feel a little closer to the action with the HP Envy 34c Media Display. Its massive curved panel uses VA technology to deliver...

6 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Dell UP3216Q 32in

The bottom line for the Dell UP3216Q is that this monitor is absolutely worth buying if you’re a visual design pro and want truly stellar color performance at a mostly reasonable price.

1 expert reviews | 7 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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