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Updated: Apr 20, 2014 02:00
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#1
alaScore 100

Dell Ultrasharp UP3214Q

There's little doubt that Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) monitors represent the future of display technology, but as is the case with the content they are designed to show, they've been hard to come by. Not anymore. Dell has added three UHD models to its...

8 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

AOC Style Q2770PQU

All in the AOC Q2770Pqu offers a great package, especially at £355.63. It arrived well protected and packaged with very little assembly required. Its uncomplicated styling is good and it supports all the display connectivity you’re likely to want,...

4 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Viewsonic VP2772

Dig deeper, however, and there's plenty to tweak here. There are dedicated sRGB and Adobe RGB presets and different levels of response time overdrive to fiddle with. You can also adjust the Gamma manually and there's an Overscan mode if you need it.

4 expert reviews

#4
alaScore 98

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...

7 expert reviews | 28 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

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...

11 expert reviews | 93 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

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...

3 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

Asus PQ321Q

Coming into this review, I wasn’t totally sure what to expect from the ASUS PQ321Q, or any monitor with this high of a resolution. I love the screen on my iPhone 5 and my retina iPad, but I hold those really close to my face. Since I sit a couple feet...

12 expert reviews | 23 user reviews

#8
alaScore 98

AOC G2460PQU

Can this affordable gaming display put some zip into your baddie blasting?

12 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

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...

12 expert reviews | 479 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Benq GW2760HS

Budget 27-inch monitor heaven

6 expert reviews | 23 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

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...

22 expert reviews | 486 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

LG Electronics 29EA93

While we applaud LG for trying something innovative, this may be a case of too much, too soon. However, if you don’t have the desktop space for two full monitors, the 29EA93 may serve well as a normal desktop display.

13 expert reviews | 192 user reviews

#13
alaScore 97

Dell P2714T

Earlier this year we started seeing the first wave of touch screen monitors designed to optimize the Windows 8 experience, including the Dell S2340T, which we reviewed back in April. Now Dell has upped the ante with the release of four new touch-screen...

6 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

#14
alaScore 97

Samsung S24C770T

Samsung's entry into the Windows 8 touch-screen monitor arena, the S24C770T ($649.99 list), is a sharp looking 24-inch model that uses MVA (multi-domain vertical alignment) panel technology to produce bold, accurate colors and a highly detailed...

5 expert reviews | 27 user reviews

#15
alaScore 97

HP Business Z27i

Designed to complement the company's Z-series workstations, the Z27i is HP's latest addition to its stable of business displays. It features a 27-inch energy-efficient IPS panel (dubbed IPS Gen 2 by HP) with a 2,560-by-1,440 resolution, an ergonomic...

3 expert reviews

#16
alaScore 97

Dell UP2414Q

A superb display, but you're paying through the nose for a mere 24-inches

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#17
alaScore 97

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....

3 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#18
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...

5 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#19
alaScore 96

Benq VW2235H 9H.LANLB.DWE

The BenQ VW2235H ($179) is a 21.5-inch monitor that features a sleek, matte-white finish and a Vertical Alignment (VA) panel that displays bright, vibrant colors and deep blacks. The VW2235H boasts a high native-contrast ratio (3000:1) and a...

2 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

Hanns.G HT231HPB

The HannsG GT231HPB isn't the greatest monitor out of the box, but if you're willing to tweak the image settings, this is easily one of the best 23in touchscreens we've tested. It's cheaper and easier to use than most other budget touchscreens we've...

1 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

Dell U2414H

The UltraSharp U2414H serves up oodles of features and strong image quality for sensible money

2 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

Philips 272P4QPJKEB

A good value 2,560x1,440 display, but it needs a colour calibrator to get the best image quality

3 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

NEC Display PA242W-BK

NEC's PA series of MultiSync monitors have garnered quite a few Editors' Choice awards over the years, and for good reason; these pricey displays typically deliver the color accuracy and grayscale performance that artists, photographers, and other...

3 expert reviews

#24
alaScore 96

ASUS MX279H

And Designo was his name-o.

9 expert reviews | 402 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Dell 104P6

The Dell UltraSharp U2713HM is a 27-inch IPS monitor that's packed with features.

21 expert reviews | 780 user reviews

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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