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Updated: May 25, 2022 16:09
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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...

27 expert reviews

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Asus ZenScreen Go MB16AWP

The Asus ZenScreen Go MB16AWP is the ultimate portable monitor for mobile productivity warriors.

2 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

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Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 49"

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 good for content creators and media consumers because...

9 expert reviews

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Asus ROG Swift PG329 32"

The Asus ROG Swift PG32UQ has no flaws of consequence. Though there are OLED and FALD screens that will deliver more contrast, they cost more money. In the premium 32-inch 4K gaming category, this monitor is a choice you will not regret making.

12 expert reviews

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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.

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.

5 expert reviews

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MSI Optix G321 32"

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.

7 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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MSI Oculux NXG253R 25"

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.

6 expert reviews

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Samsung Odyssey AG700 28"

The Samsung G70A is great for most uses. It's excellent for gaming because it has fantastic motion handling, low input lag, and a 144Hz refresh rate with HDMI 2.1 inputs. It's also great for content creators, office use, or consuming multimedia content...

2 expert reviews

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Asus ProArt PA279CV 27"

The Asus ProArt PA279CV has top-notch mainstream image quality alongside a high resolution and versatile set of features, so it’s a good mainstream display for creative workloads – but it’s not suitable for HDR or Adobe RGB situations.

3 expert reviews

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Dell S3222DGM 32"

The Dell S3222DGM is a decent monitor for most uses. The 32 inch, 1440p screen has a great amount of screen real estate for office use or media creation and delivers a more immersive gaming experience. It's a great gaming monitor, with a fast response...

3 expert reviews

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Apple Studio Display

For Mac-centric content creators, the Studio Display is a stunning, plug-and-go 5K companion for a late-model Mac (especially the 2022 Mac Studio), but the pricing for the panel and its options is hard to swallow.

23 expert reviews | 64 user reviews

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Dell S2722D 27"

The Dell S2722QC offers 4K, USB-C, HDR, and integrated speakers for a uniquely affordable price, but makes some image quality sacrifices to hit its low cost. It’s a good everyday productivity monitor that you should buy for its features, not its...

5 expert reviews

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Acer Predator X28

“The Acer Predator X28 is packed with features and comes with excellent color out of the box, but focused gamers can save a bit with FreeSync alternatives.”

3 expert reviews

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Lenovo ThinkVision M14t 14"

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.

6 expert reviews

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Apple Studio Display (27-inch, 2022)

But if you're a Mac user, this Display is made for you. I think it's well worth the $1,499 asking price, though I dearly wish Apple wouldn't charge $400 extra for the convenience of being able to adjust it up or down a few inches.

3 expert reviews

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HP Omen 27c 27-inch

“The HP Omen 27c is a great gaming monitor, despite some trade-offs with HDR and visual artifacts.”

3 expert reviews

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Dell UltraSharp U2722D 27"

Dell's UltraSharp 27 USB-C Hub Monitor offers a wide color gamut, a wealth of convenience and ergonomic features, and as many connectors as we've seen on a monitor of its size class. Only its pricing, and a slight shortfall in brightness testing, keep...

3 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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AOC U32P2 32"

AOC aims for powerful productivity with this VA-powered 32-inch 4K panel

3 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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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

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Asus ROG Swift PG259QN 25"

Asus' ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QNR is a mind-bogglingly fast gaming monitor that gives you the assurance that your equipment is no longer holding you back.

11 expert reviews

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Eve Spectrum 4K

“Eve Spectrum 4K's excellent design and image quality make it worth the wait.”

4 expert reviews

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Gigabyte Aorus FI32Q 32"

Ultra-fast refresh freaks may want to look elsewhere, but for those on the hunt for the best-balanced all-around gaming monitor, the Aorus FI32Q nears perfection on every feature front.

2 expert reviews

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Samsung Odyssey G9 49"

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.

14 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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