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Updated: Dec 11, 2018 23:14
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#1
alaScore 100

Acer Predator X27

Bottom Line: Acer's formidable (and formidably pricey) Predator X27 is an elite-performing 27-inch gaming monitor that provides 4K UHD resolution, very high brightness, lofty refresh rates, and G-Sync support. It's the ultimate gaming panel.

4 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 99

AOC AG352UCG

It’s staggering just how far we’ve come in this world of super high-end panels, and AOC’s combination of the latest top-end refresh rate, luscious VA panel tech, and intuitive overall design makes the Agon AG352UCG6 Black Edition one of the best...

12 expert reviews | 23 user reviews

#3
alaScore 98

Samsung C34F791

Ultrawide curved monitors are impressive to behold. They just look great. They’re aesthetically pleasing, they create a luxuriant workspace that supplants typical two-monitor setups, and they’re immersive. Size and scope often compensate for any...

14 expert reviews | 64 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Philips 436M6VBPAB

Hands-on with a 43-inch monitor designed for console gaming. Philips 436M6VBPAB first look.

5 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ

A 4K resolution, 144Hz refresh rate and true HDR combines to create the ultimate all-round 27-inch monitor. But a high price and small screen size for its price means the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ won’t be the high-end monitor upgrade for everyone.

9 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

LG 32GK850G

The LG 32GK850G-B is a decent 32 inch QHD VA LCD monitor with a very good gaming performance. The picture quality is mediocre, mainly due to the disappointing viewing angles, but it has a high native contrast ratio, so blacks look deep if you use it in...

2 expert reviews

#7
alaScore 97

Samsung C27FG70 Curved

Picture is great good size

3 expert reviews | 26 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Philips 328P6AUBREB

The Philips Brilliance 328P6AUBREB provides a Quad HD (2,560 by 1,440 native resolution at 60Hz) image with High Dynamic Range (HDR-10) support. It uses a 31.5 inch IPS display panel, manufactured in China by Philips associate TP Vision , with a wide...

5 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

HP Omen 27

The HP OMEN 27 is an LCD QHD monitor with a TN panel. It has decent picture quality and is more suitable for brighter environments as it can get bright and can handle reflections well. It has excellent motion handling with support for G-Sync variable...

1 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

LG 34UC89G-B

LG’s ambitious 34UC89G is certainly a step in the right direction for ultrawide monitors. High refresh rate screens are just starting to make their way to the aspect ratio, and this initial effort by LG shows how much smooth gameplay can facilitate...

9 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Dell UltraSharp U3818DW

Big and beautiful, the Dell Ultrasharp U3818DW is an excellent professional-grade display. While contrast could be better, its excellent color accuracy, sharp picture, competitive price, and good warranty help it stand out against its main competitor,...

7 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#12
alaScore 96

LG 38UC99

LG’s 38-inch ultrawide is nothing short of jaw-dropping, and from the moment you lay eyes on its curved 4K panel, you’ll wonder how you ever got by with a measly 27-inch or 24-inch monitor.

16 expert reviews | 40 user reviews

#13
alaScore 96

ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q

The Asus ROG Swift PG258Q is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a midsize monitor with serious gaming chops, but at about $600, it doesn't come cheap. However, it offers the fastest refresh rate available, as well as a speedy pixel response and...

15 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

#14
alaScore 96

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...

8 expert reviews | 212 user reviews

#15
alaScore 96

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...

13 expert reviews | 157 user reviews

#16
alaScore 96

Acer Predator XB252Q

For gamers seeking the highest possible framerates, there is nothing faster than the Acer Predator XB252Q and its cousin from Asus. Despite a relatively low pixel density and merely average contrast, it offers a play experience that is second to none....

7 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

#17
alaScore 96

AOC AGON AG352QCX

This is an excellent gaming monitor that will make you feel like you’re in the midst of the action while playing, and it’s packed full of fantastic features that make it a worthy addition to your gaming rig.

3 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#18
alaScore 96

Asus PG279Q

Attractive design ; Highly adjustable stand ; Intuitive controls ; Spot-on color accuracy ; Insane 165Hz refresh rate

18 expert reviews | 366 user reviews

#19
alaScore 96

AOC U3277PWQU

I'm a big fan of

6 expert reviews | 33 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

Dell S2417DG

The Dell S2417DG is a fast, gorgeous gaming monitor, especially after some tweaks.

6 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

Samsung C32HG70

Received wisdom has it that gamers will sacrifice quality for frame rates. But what if you could hav Is this one of the finest 1440p monitors on the market? James puts it through its paces.

4 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

AOC G2590PX

If you’re a competitive gamer on a budget, I’d suggest the AOC G2460PF or the BenQ ZOWIE XL2411, but in this price bracket, it's hard to look past the Samsung C24FG73, which combines great design with great gaming attributes and sterling image quality.

3 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

#23
alaScore 95

BenQ SW2700PT

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

16 expert reviews | 56 user reviews

#24
alaScore 95

Benq EX3200R

With high quality craftsmanship, superb display quality, and a silky-smooth refresh rate, the BenQ EX3200R is a superb gaming monitor. At 1080p, it’s just not as sharp as it could be, and if you sit close enough, you’ll be able to really pick out those...

4 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#25
alaScore 95

AOC AG251FZ

The AOC Agon AG251FZ is one of a handful of new 240Hz refresh rate gaming monitors that have just hit the market. These new displays offer a much higher refresh rate than the 144Hz panels that have come before them, and look to be the perfect choice...

6 expert reviews | 3 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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