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Updated: Jan 15, 2021 16:31
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#1
alaScore 100

Asus ROG Swift PG43UQ

The Asus ROG Swift PG43UQ is a beautiful big monitor with a 4K display and fast 144Hz refresh rate, but for the price, it could do some things better.

3 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Viewsonic Elite XG270 27"

The ViewSonic Elite XG270QG is a good monitor for most uses. It performs best as a gaming monitor thanks to its G-SYNC VRR support, incredibly low input lag, and excellent response time, resulting in clear motion. Its 27 inch, 1440p screen is good for...

12 expert reviews

#3
alaScore 99

BenQ Mobiuz EX2710

The BenQ EX2710 delivers a lot of top gaming tech for a very affordable price point

3 expert reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Samsung Odyssey G7

The Samsung Odyssey G7 is a great overall monitor. It has amazing gaming performance because of its 240Hz refresh rate, outstanding response time, and it has FreeSync support too. It's a good choice for content creators or for watching movies as it's...

4 expert reviews

#5
alaScore 98

LG 27" GL850

The LG 27GL850-B is a very good monitor for pretty much any use. It's a great gaming monitor, with outstanding response time and extremely low input lag. It has wide viewing angles, good peak brightness, and good reflection handling, great for office...

5 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Asus ProArt PA32UCX 32"

If accurate color and killer HDR are your goals, the Asus ProArt PA32UCX is as close to perfect as a display can get. With its near-full coverage of Rec.2020 and support for every kind of HDR, it’s a reference monitor that professionals will be glad to...

2 expert reviews

#7
alaScore 98

Philips B-LINE

More importantly, perhaps, this monitor is one the best value ultra-wide screens on the market. Yes, you can buy cheaper but these tend not to be curved. And, yes, you can get wide screen monitors that are better for gaming and video or photo editing...

2 expert reviews

#8
alaScore 98

Asus ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT

Bottom Line: The wisely designed Asus ZenScreen Touch brings touch-input capability, flexible stand options, and an on-the-go internal battery to a 15.6-inch mobile monitor, topping the field.

6 expert reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Eizo ColorEdge CG319X 31.1-inch

This upper pro-level 31-inch IPS display includes support for multiple colour spaces, 4K HDR support for video editors and has multiple HDMI and DisplayPort connections in addition to the ability to calibrate itself. It’s a star performer for high-end...

2 expert reviews

#10
alaScore 97

MSI Optix MAG272CQR

The MSI Optix MAG272CQR is an impressive display in several key areas. Image quality, for starters: ignore its lack of HDR ability and its poor gaming modes, and you’ve got a screen with stunning contrast levels, great black points and top-notch...

4 expert reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Benq PD3220U

Bottom Line: The BenQ PD3220U DesignVue Designer Monitor provides a winning combination of a large screen, UHD resolution, good color accuracy, and a host of convenience features as a professional monitor for designers, videographers, and photographers.

2 expert reviews

#12
alaScore 97

BenQ EW3280U

The BenQ EW3280U doesn't have a punchy name, and it doesn't roll any sort of flashy borders or big logos. Instead, the BenQ EW3280U is made to provide a solid monitor that's worth…

5 expert reviews

#13
alaScore 97

Razer Raptor 27

The Razer Raptor 27 makes gaming monitors fun again

7 expert reviews

#14
alaScore 97

Aoc U2790PQU 27-inch

The AOC U2790PQU has good looks and solid features alongside decent colour accuracy, but its underwhelming contrast and uniformity mean it's not cut out for tougher work situations

4 expert reviews

#15
alaScore 97

Asus ROG Strix XG49VQ

The Asus ROG Strix XG438Q is a stunning screen with an impressive design, but its vast size means that it won’t always be the best option for gaming.

7 expert reviews

#16
alaScore 97

BenQ EX2780Q

Bottom Line: BenQ's EX2780Q is primarily a gaming monitor, but its punchy sound system and deft handling of HDR make it a winning all-around screen for general entertainment, too.

6 expert reviews

#17
alaScore 97

Philips P9H (2018) Series

The Philips Brilliance 499P9H offers a winning combination of a gigantic, ultra-wide curved screen—shining with a bright, vivid image—and extras like a Windows Hello-compatible webcam and a built-in KVM switch.

18 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#18
alaScore 96

LG WL95C (2019) Series

The LG 49WL95C-W is a good 49 inch, super ultrawide monitor with an impressive 5120x1440 resolution. This results in a huge amount of screen real estate to work ...

6 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#19
alaScore 96

Acer Nitro XV273K

Bottom Line: Despite its strong color results and moderate price for a 4K, 144Hz-capable panel, Acer's Nitro XV3 has some shortfalls that keep it just shy of gaming-monitor glory.

10 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

EIZO FlexScan EV2785

Expensive, but that's reflected in the quality of the panel and the package

7 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

Acer Predator XB273K (27-inch, 2018) Series

Bottom Line: The Acer Predator XB3 is a nearly perfect compromise between the lowest and highest ends of the 4K 144Hz monitor market.

9 expert reviews

#22
alaScore 96

Asus ROG STRIX XG32VQ

A solid curved gaming monitor defined by its strengths and weaknesses, both of which are noticeable and at the forefront of use. Good image quality and speed plays unreliable HDR and color with a loss of sight and any extended viewing angles.

3 expert reviews

#23
alaScore 96

ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ 27"

You get what you pay for with the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ, and in this case the high price tag means a plethora of high-end features. It's definitely not made for every gamer, but if decadence was a PC monitor, it'd be this.

21 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#24
alaScore 96

Lenovo Thinkvision P32U

Lenovo's ThinkVision P32u-10 is a winner, whether you think of it as a productivity monitor with exceptional color accuracy or as a professional monitor with a slew of convenience features.

6 expert reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Acer ConceptD CP3271KP

Such weirdness can be overlooked when performance, adjustability and connectivity all meet high standards, and the CP3271KP is generally a strong showing from a manufacturer with relatively little experience making top-end pro monitors. The MultiSync...

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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