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Updated: Nov 26, 2021 16:12
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Corsair Xeneon 32QHD165

Corsair's first gaming monitor, the Xeneon 32QHD165, is an impressive attempt at keeping competitive with industry stalwarts. Only its HDR implementation—and to an extent, its pricing—keeps it from being a big hit the first time at bat.

7 expert reviews

alaScore 99

Samsung Odyssey Neo G9

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is great for most uses. The large, high-resolution screen provides enough space for multitasking and it gets bright enough to combat glare in a well-lit office space. It's great for content creators and media consumers...

5 expert reviews

alaScore 99

MSI Oculux NXG253R

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.

5 expert reviews

alaScore 98

Razer Raptor 27 165 Hz Gaming Monitor

Though you can buy a competent 27-inch gaming monitor for less, the Razer Raptor 27 delivers a unique and premium experience. Not only are its gaming and video performance among the very best, but it also has unique styling and superb build quality,...

2 expert reviews

alaScore 98

Samsung Odyssey G7

Samsung's 32-inch G7 gaming monitor offers great visuals, a stunning curve, and ultrafast performance, but it has a major flaw holding it back.

11 expert reviews

alaScore 98

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...

7 expert reviews

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Huawei MateView

The Huawei MateView is an unusual monitor - its got a 3:2 aspect ratio for a start - but its sleek design and respectable colour accuracy are commendable. If you’re after a stylish, high-performing, high-res monitor for a workflow that demands good...

10 expert reviews

alaScore 98


The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U is a good monitor for most uses. It's a great monitor for gaming, although it might not be good enough for professional gamers. It's one of the best monitors we've tested for HDR gaming, and it's good for watching videos or...

2 expert reviews

alaScore 97

Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX Mini LED Gaming Monitor

With a few omissions and a high price tag, we can’t quite call the Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX perfect. But its picture quality is without equal among computer monitors. A Mini LED backlight with a quantum dot film provides amazing contrast and a huge color...

2 expert reviews

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Porsche Design AOC Agon PD27

Take your monitor aesthetics just as seriously as your esports domination? The Porsche Design AOC Agon PD27 is a killer, eye-catching 1440p panel, a winner for both its luxe look and its performance.

4 expert reviews

alaScore 97

Philips 346P1CRH 34''

The Philips 346P1CRH is an overwhelming acquaintance that takes possession of the desktop in a way that few other monitors can. It’s cool to be surrounded by what you’re dealing with, whether it’s games, movies, or more serious work.

7 expert reviews

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Dell S2721HGF 27-inch

The Dell 27 Curved Gaming Monitor (S2721HGF) offers great 1080p gaming performance in an affordable 144Hz display.

5 expert reviews

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A strong and affordably priced 4K gaming screen that’s better suited to PC gamers than console owners. If you're lucky enough to have a GPU powerful enough to use it properly

2 expert reviews

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The ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B is a great monitor overall. It's primarily designed for gaming, but it's also well-suited for a wide variety of uses. Its 34 inch high-resolution screen delivers an immersive viewing and gaming experience and provides...

2 expert reviews

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Its panel is twitch-quick, but the underwhelming HDR and high price of BenQ's Mobiuz EX3415R keep it from hitting the heights set by competing ultrawide gaming monitors.

3 expert reviews

alaScore 97

Asus ROG Strix XG43UQ

The Asus ROG Strix XG43UQ is a solid jumbo monitor with 144 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR and extended color. Its gaming performance is slightly hampered by a weak overdrive, but it makes up for that with a solid build, saturated and accurate color, and good...

2 expert reviews

alaScore 96

Asus ROG Swift PG259QNR

The Asus ROG Swift PG259QNR is the world's fastest gaming display, so it's perfect for demanding eSports fans - but can it justify the hefty price tag?

2 expert reviews

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Dell S2719DGF 27"

The Dell 27 Gaming Monitor (S2719DGF) is a pure play for PC gamers and esports types, providing a very high refresh rate and snappy pixel response that will satisfy those buyers. It lacks HDR support, however, and isn't ideal for video watching.

8 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Viewsonic Elite XG270 27"

Another new monitor and another win for ViewSonic, the Elite XG270 shares much of its DNA with the Editors' Choice XG270QG, and helps to move the entire category of gaming displays forward with screaming speeds and beautiful picture quality.

15 expert reviews

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MSI MPG Artymis 343CQR 34"

If you want a big curved screen to give you the ultimate gaming experience, the MSI MPG Artymis 343CQR has 34inch VA panel with 1000R curvature. It’s not a monitor that skimps on specs so it truly delivers smooth and realistic gameplay free from blur...

3 expert reviews

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Alienware AW2521H 360Hz Monitor

The Dell Alienware AW2521H is great overall. It's excellent for gaming thanks to its extremely high 360Hz refresh rate, G-SYNC support, exceptionally low input lag, and incredible response time. It's good for office use because it has great ergonomics...

2 expert reviews

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AOC 24G2 24"

The AOC 24G2 is good for most uses. It's a compact monitor with excellent gaming performance due to its low input lag, high refresh rate, and quick response times. It's good for general office use as long as you don't do any heavy multitasking because...

2 expert reviews

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Asus ROG Strix XG27UQ

The Asus ROG Strix XG27UQ offers a gorgeous 4K display with a 144Hz refresh rate and a ridiculously fast response time.

3 expert reviews

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MSI Optix MAG274QRF 27"

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is a 27-inch gaming monitor that offers incredibly wide colors and excellent motion performance in an affordable package.

5 expert reviews

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Lenovo ThinkVision M14

Lenovo's ThinkVision M14t costs a lot more than most competing portable monitors, but its touch sensitivity, maneuverable stand, brightness, and color accuracy could make it a sharp buy for eagle-eyed shoppers.

12 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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