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Updated: Nov 26, 2022 16:26
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Sony Inzone M9 (27-inch)

“The Sony InZone M9 challenges the state of HDR in gaming monitors under $1,000.”

18 expert reviews

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Philips Momentum 279M1RV

The Philips Momentum 279M1RV is a 27-inch 4K IPS monitor with 144 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR 600, wide color gamut and Ambiglow bias lighting.

3 expert reviews

alaScore 99

Samsung Odyssey Ark (55-inch)

Samsung's Odyssey Ark is a massive and marvelous curved gaming monitor packed with features sure to impress gamers all over—if they can afford it.

7 expert reviews

alaScore 98

Asus ProArt PA32DC OLED

The Asus ProArt PA32DC is a 32-inch OLED monitor with Ultra HD resolution, color modes for every standard, built-in calibration, HDR and infinite contrast.

2 expert reviews

alaScore 98

Alienware AW3423DWF QD-OLED Gaming Monitor

The Alienware AW3423DWF is a 34-inch 21:9 QD-OLED gaming monitor with 3440x1440 resolution, 1800R curvature, HDR 1000, extended color, Adaptive-Sync, 165 Hz and infinite contrast.

2 expert reviews

alaScore 98

Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 (32-inch)

“Wonderful HDR performance meets cutting-edge display tech on the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8, assuming your PC is up to the task.”

7 expert reviews

alaScore 98

Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 (32-inch)

“Corsair's first 4K gaming monitor is great, but there are cheaper options that go toe-to-toe on specs.”

5 expert reviews

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Dell G3223Q (32-inch)

While the Dell 32 4K UHD Gaming Monitor offers a solid HDR implementation, a lightweight frame, and even HDMI 2.1 ports, its low brightness and high input lag steal its visual thunder.

7 expert reviews

alaScore 97

Gigabyte G27F2 (27-inch)

The Gigabyte G27F2 is a 27-inch FHD/IPS gaming monitor with 170 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR and extended color.

2 expert reviews

alaScore 97

Dough Spectrum ES07D03

The Dough Spectrum ES07D03 Glossy is a 4K gaming monitor with a glossy screen coating, 144 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR 600 and extended color.

2 expert reviews

alaScore 97

Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 (49-inch)

Flight-sim and racing fans will go ga-ga over Samsung's Odyssey G9, a gaming monitor with a curved 49-inch screen that gets incredibly bright while delivering smooth motion and vivid color.

28 expert reviews

alaScore 97

Dell S3423dwc (34-inch)

The Dell 34 Curved USB-C Monitor (S3423DWC) is a good dual-use monitor for home-office multitasking and light-duty gaming. You can find better choices for either alone, but this display straddles both worlds well.

3 expert reviews

alaScore 97

HP Omen 27u (27-inch)

The HP Omen 27u is a 27-inch IPS Ultra HD gaming monitor with 144 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR, HDMI 2.1 and extended color.

3 expert reviews

alaScore 97

HP X27q (27-inch)

The HP X27q is a good monitor overall. It delivers a very good gaming experience thanks to its fast refresh rate, great motion handling, and low input lag. Its 27-inch, 1440p screen is good for office users or media creators, as you can comfortably...

3 expert reviews

alaScore 97

Asus ProArt PA279CV (27-inch)

The Asus ProArt PA279CV targets content creators with accurate image quality and expansive connectivity – and it hits the mark.

7 expert reviews

alaScore 97

Huawei MateView GT

Huawei surprised us quite a bit when they announced their entry into the Gaming Monitor space, so we’re taking a look at this new family of...

29 expert reviews

alaScore 97

BenQ Mobiuz EX3410R 34"

“BenQ's EX3410R is the bar for ultrawide gaming monitors thanks to excellent performance and price.”

8 expert reviews

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BenQ Mobiuz EX3210 32"

BenQ’s Mobiuz EX3210U is a 32-inch, 4K monitor that’s aimed at two different users—the PC gamer and the content creator—but, unfortunately, doesn’t hit the mark with either.

9 expert reviews

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HyperX Armada 25

The HyperX Armada 25 is a 25-inch FHD/IPS gaming monitor with 240 Hz, Adaptive-Sync and includes a mounting arm.

3 expert reviews

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MSI Optix G321 (32-inch)

MSI's pricey but irresistible Optix MPG321UR-QD monitor offers something for everyone, with some of the best gaming and content creation results we've seen yet.

10 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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ViewSonic Elite XG321UG (32-inch)

A 32-inch Ultra HD 144 Hz gaming monitor with an 1152-zone dimming Mini LED backlight.

3 expert reviews

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MSI Oculux NXG253R (25-inch)

Fast IPS has come a long way in a short time, elevating extreme esports-focused 360Hz monitors like MSI's Oculux NXG253R to new heights in color and contrast.

7 expert reviews

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Gigabyte M32UC (32-inch)

The Gigabyte M32UC is a great monitor for most uses. It's an excellent gaming monitor, with an excellent response time at the max refresh rate and low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. It's also great for office use or media creation, as...

2 expert reviews

alaScore 96

Dell Ultrasharp U2723QE (27-inch)

It isn't cheap, but Dell's UltraSharp 27 4K USB-C Hub Monitor delivers loads of connection and adjustment choices, amping up an extra-poppy panel with wide color gamut and superb contrast.

4 expert reviews

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Alienware 34 QD-OLED

“The Alienware 34 QD-OLED is a glorious introduction to OLED for PC gamers.”

3 expert 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.


    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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