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Updated: Nov 13, 2019 17:03
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#1
alaScore 100

Razer Raptor 27

The Razer Raptor 27 makes gaming monitors fun again

4 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Acer Predator XB273K

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

5 expert reviews

#3
alaScore 98

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

#4
alaScore 98

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

#5
alaScore 98

HP Omen X 25f 240Hz Gaming Display computer monitor

Bottom Line: HP's Omen X 25f offers up just about everything you should expect from a high-refresh gaming monitor in 2019. It falls short of greatness in areas that will matter to a subset of ergonomically minded gamers.

4 expert reviews

#6
alaScore 98

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

#7
alaScore 97

Acer Nitro XV273K

Granted it isn’t cheap at £900, but if you want a class-leading 4K panel and don’t want to fork out over double on the Predator X27 or the Asus PG27UQ, the Acer Nitro XV273K should be your go-to display.

5 expert reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Dell UltraSharp U3419W

Bottom Line: Dell's UltraSharp 34 Curved USB-C Monitor (U3419W) is an ultra-wide business display with great color accuracy and a host of connectivity choices. It's a solid alternative to a multi-monitor array.

3 expert reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Dell S2719DC

Ultrawide and 4K monitors may have taken the limelight, but standard 27-inch monitors don’t get much more exciting than the Dell Ultrathin 27. It’s thin, light, and sleek — everything you want to match something like a Dell XPS laptop or MacBook....

3 expert reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Acer Predator X27 (UM.HX0EE.009)

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.

12 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

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

#12
alaScore 97

Asus ROG Strix XG49VQ

The monitor in our Asus ROG Strix XG49VQ review has a lot of positives, but the nature of its design and its huge price means that it’s destined to remain as a niche product.

5 expert reviews

#13
alaScore 97

AOC Agon AG322QC4

The AOC AGON AG322QC4 review shows that this screen isn’t worth buying if you want to invest in HDR. There isn’t a huge amount of content right now, and the AOC’s entry-level standards and relatively low brightness measurement means that HDR content...

4 expert reviews

#14
alaScore 97

HP Omen X Emperium 65

Bottom Line: The HP Omen X Emperium 65, the first Nvidia Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD), is an epic, extravagant high-refresh mega-monitor. It's impossibly pricey and far from flawless, but play on it is unmatched, if you have the monster PC to...

10 expert reviews

#15
alaScore 97

Alienware 55 OLED Gaming Monitor

Bottom Line: While ambitious in scope and stellar-looking under the right lighting, the high-refresh-rate Alienware 55 OLED Gaming Monitor demands too many compromises for its multi-kilobuck price.

3 expert reviews

#16
alaScore 96

ASUS ROG Strix XG35VQ

A great wide-aspect 35-inch gaming panel with 100Hz refresh and slick styling, but at a pretty serious price.

3 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#17
alaScore 96

Benq BL2420PT

It came with the wrong plug!

2 expert reviews | 80 user 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

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.

14 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

AOC G2590PX

AOC’s new 25-inch AOC G2590PX G2 Signature Edition gaming panel offers 144Hz refresh, low latency and FreeSync for a middling price.

5 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

Aorus AD27QD

The Aorus AD27QD is a great 1440p, 144Hz gaming monitor. It has a great design, with RGB bias lighting, very good ergonomics, and an easy to remove stand. It del...

4 expert reviews

#22
alaScore 96

Dell UltraSharp U3219Q

Bottom Line: Dell's UltraSharp 32 U3219Q is a big, beautiful 4K display aimed squarely at the business set, but it could still find a home on any gamer's desk with, we suspect, no complaints.

3 expert reviews

#23
alaScore 96

Benq EW3270U

The BenQ EW3270U is a 32'' 4k LED monitor with a decent picture quality. It is more suitable for darker rooms as it cannot get very bright for a bright room, but...

5 expert reviews

#24
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.

6 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Dell UltraSharp U4919DW

Bottom Line: Dell's costly UltraSharp 49 Curved Monitor (U4919DW) is a huge, ultra-wide business display ideal for titanic spreadsheets or keeping loads of windows open side by side.

7 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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