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Updated: Jul 13, 2024 16:25
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#1
alaScore 100

Gigabyte Aorus CO49DQ

Gigabyte AORUS CO49DQ Review: This ultrawide monitor is an absolute game changer, ushering in a new era in gaming visuals.

4 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Samsung Odyssey Oled G9 49"

It's pricey, but the slim, feature-rich Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 is a feast for the eyes and the ultrawide monitor to beat for immersive PC gaming.

15 expert reviews

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alaScore 99

Samsung 990 Pro 4TB

This is a solid upgrade or addition to any setup, and the pricing is competitive. Now, the only thing left to consider, is if you want to personally part with the money Samsung is asking for this. If you have the cash, it’s a solid buy.

11 expert reviews

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alaScore 98

Alienware Aw3225Qf Oled 4K Gaming Monitor

The Dell Alienware AW3225QF uses one of the latest 32-inch 4K 240Hz QD-OLED panels, which brings with it 0.03ms response times, per pixel local dimming, true HDR, and adaptive sync support.

2 expert reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Philips Evnia 34M2C8600

The Philips Evnia 34M2C8600 is a premium ultrawide gaming monitor with fantastic colour coverage and great responsivity thanks to the brilliant OLED panel. With a relatively gentle 1800R curvature, the level of distortion becomes negligible for...

9 expert reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Asus ROG Strix XG27ACS

The XG27ACS delivers tremendous performance and color accuracy not just for the price but when compared to any monitor at any price. If you want better gaming, you’ll have to spend a lot more money.

2 expert reviews

#7
alaScore 98

MSI MPG 271QRX

Aside from a calibration anomaly that cuts light output, the MPG271QRX has no real flaws. Its gaming performance is matched only by other 240 and 360 Hz OLEDs. Once you see it in action, you’ll want it.

3 expert reviews

#8
alaScore 98

AOC AGON PRO AG456UCZD

The AOC Agon Pro AG456UCZD delivers all the image quality and gaming performance of the best OLED monitors. Its unique size and shape give it an immersive quality that you can’t get anywhere else.

2 expert reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Asus ROG Swift PG42UQ

The ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG42UQ gaming monitor is absolutely beautiful: 41.5-inch 4K 138Hz OLED panel, that needs to be married to the GeForce RTX 4090.

15 expert reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 Gaming Monitor

A 34-inch Ultra-Wide OLED WQHD curved gaming monitor with 175 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR, wide gamut color and Smart TV streaming.

3 expert reviews

#11
alaScore 97

AOC Agon Pro AG276QZD

27-inch 240 Hz QHD OLED gaming monitor with Adaptive-Sync, HDR, wide gamut color and infinite contrast.

3 expert reviews

#12
alaScore 97

Lenovo Legion R45w-30

The Lenovo Legion R45w-30 is a great alternative to two 25-inch QHD screens. With addictive gaming qualities and a brightly saturated picture, it’s like looking out a window into your virtual world.

3 expert reviews

#13
alaScore 97

MSI MPG 321URX 32

The hotly anticipated MSI MPG 321URX is finally available. This is the company's take on a 32-inch 4K 240Hz QD-OLED gaming monitor, using new third-gen QD-OLED panels from Samsung.

2 expert reviews

#14
alaScore 97

ViewSonic ColorPro VP16-OLED Portable Monitor

ViewSonic's ColorPro VP16-OLED renders vivid colors and deep blacks befitting its OLED panel—the first we've seen on a portable monitor.

4 expert reviews

#15
alaScore 97

Philips Evnia 49M2C8900 49"

The Philips Evnia 49M2C8900 has a couple of minor flaws but with a stunning picture, next-level gaming performance and killer audio, they are forgiven. It’s a seriously addictive gaming monitor.

5 expert reviews

#16
alaScore 97

Datacolor Spyder X2 Ultra

Datacolor's Spyder X2 Ultra is a relatively inexpensive colorimeter that offers an easy, effective way to make sure your monitor shows accurate colors for photo editing or video production.

4 expert reviews

#17
alaScore 97

HP Omen 34c 34"

The HP OMEN 34c is very good for gaming. It has a 165Hz refresh rate with FreeSync VRR and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. Its input lag is very low for a responsive feel, and it also has a decent response time, but there's smearing and...

6 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

MSI MPG 271QRX QD-OLED

MSI's MPG 271QRX QD-OLED keeps much of what makes the company's 321URX so great and repackages it in a more compact form. It's a first-class choice for gamers who want great visuals and performance,

2 expert reviews

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AOC Gaming CQ27G2S/BK

The AOC Gaming CQ27G2S/BK is a solid gaming monitor. It’s well-priced, while offering a great blend of features and looks, as well as an excellent overall display with good colour accuracy and contrast. The OSD is quite clunky however, and the lack of...

2 expert reviews

#20
alaScore 96

BenQ DesignVue PD2706UA

27-inch IPS 4K monitor with wide-gamut color, HDR, professional-grade color accuracy and premium build quality.

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Asus ROG Swift PG27AQDM OLED Gaming Monitor

27-inch OLED display with 240 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR, extended color and infinite contrast.

4 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

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.”

10 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Alienware AW2524HF 500 Hz Gaming Monitor

Alienware's AW2524HF is a 25-inch FHD IPS gaming monitor with 500 Hz, Adaptive-Sync and HDR.

2 expert reviews

#24
alaScore 96

MSI G272QPF 170 Hz Gaming Monitor

27-inch QHD IPS flat panel with 170 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR and wide gamut color

2 expert reviews

#25
alaScore 96

AOC CQ32G2S 165 Hz Gaming Monitor

32-inch QHD VA Curved panel with 165 Hz, Adaptive Sync, and wide gamut color

2 expert 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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