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Updated: Jun 4, 2020 16:41
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#1
alaScore 100

HP AT891AA

Bottom Line: The HP Elite Dragonfly is a no-compromises, no-nonsense business laptop that manages to stay under 2.5 pounds while including a 360-degree convertible hinge.

12 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

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...

3 expert reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Razer Raptor 27

The Razer Raptor 27 makes gaming monitors fun again

7 expert reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Dell S3220DGF 32-inch

The Lensbaby Velvet 28 is one of the most creative lenses we've ever used. As a soft focus optic, it enables you to shoot unique images with a dreamy glow. And, with its 1:2 macro capability, it doubles as a close-up lens (with the same ethereal soft...

2 expert reviews

#5
alaScore 98

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

3 expert reviews

#6
alaScore 98

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

#7
alaScore 98

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

#8
alaScore 97

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.

9 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

LG 49WL95C

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 ...

4 expert reviews

#10
alaScore 97

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

#11
alaScore 97

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.

20 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#12
alaScore 97

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

#13
alaScore 97

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.

3 expert reviews

#14
alaScore 97

Acer Predator X35

Bottom Line: The ultrawide, ultra-bright, ultra-fast Acer Predator X35 is a dream come true among gaming monitors, even if its price will make it just a dream for most gamers.

4 expert reviews

#15
alaScore 97

ASUS ZenScreen MB16ACE 39,6 cm (15.6 Zoll) 1920 x 1080 Pixel Full HD LED...

Bottom Line: The Asus ZenScreen (MB16ACE) is a 15.6-inch mobile monitor with a solid feature set for its price—notably, a comprehensive, easy-to-cruise onscreen display.

2 expert reviews

#16
alaScore 97

Viewsonic VP3481

Bottom Line: ViewSonic's VP3481 is an ultra-wide 34-inch professional monitor with solid color accuracy and features that will tempt game designers and graphic artists alike.

2 expert reviews

#17
alaScore 96

Eizo ColorEdge CG279X

As ever, it’s a matter of choosing the right tool for your needs. This is, as we’ve come to expect from Eizo, a stunning and colour accurate screen. If it ticks all your boxes, buy it.

2 expert reviews

#18
alaScore 96

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

#19
alaScore 96

Benq EX3501R

BenQ EX3501R delivers a smooth immersive experience in fast-paced action titles. It supports HDR10 just fine but doesn’t offer as much contrast as some of the competition and has a little less color saturation in HDR mode. For SDR material however, it...

3 expert reviews

#20
alaScore 96

HP ENVY 32

This Display is compatible with Freesync ONLY THROUGH DISPLAY PORT!!...

2 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

Dell S2719DGF

Bottom Line: 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...

5 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

BenQ EL2870U

Bottom Line: Budget-friendly and FreeSync-capable, the 28-inch EL2870U exhibits fast pixel response and minimal input lag that make fast-motion graphics a breeze, but it has some trouble with colors.

8 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

Asus ProArt PA34VC

The ASUS ProArt PA34VC brings curved, 21:9 ultra-widescreen, high refresh monitors into the professional arena, although you do pay for the privilege.

3 expert reviews

#24
alaScore 96

Philips 499P9H 49

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.

7 expert reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Asus ROG Strix XG438Q

Bottom Line: If a TV or an Nvidia BFGD is too big for your gaming, but a regular monitor is too small, the 43-inch Asus ROG Strix XG438Q is a lustworthy alternative for serious players. It's not cheap, but its panel is nimble and eye-popping.

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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