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Updated: Mar 19, 2023 17:25
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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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NZXT Canvas 27F

The NZXT Canvas 27F is a 27-inch FHD/IPS gaming monitor with 240 Hz, Adaptive-Sync and HDR400.

3 expert reviews

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Sony Inzone M9 (27-inch)

“The Sony InZone M9 challenges the state of HDR in gaming monitors under $1,000.”

19 expert reviews

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Alienware AW3423DWF QD-OLED Gaming Monitor

is another strong choice if you want to save a few hundred bucks.

3 expert reviews

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Philips Momentum 279M1RV

The Philips Momentum 279M1RV is a 27-inch 4K IPS monitor with 144 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR 600, wide color gamut and Ambiglow bias lighting.

3 expert reviews

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Cooler Master Tempest GP27Q

“The Cooler Master GP27Q moves the bar for gaming monitors in a way few displays ever have.”

3 expert reviews

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Cooler Master Tempest GP27U 160 Hz Mini LED 4K

The Tempest GP27U is a 4K IPS panel with a 576-zone Mini LED backlight and a huge color gamut.

2 expert reviews

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Asus ROG Swift PG42UQ 4K OLED

The Asus ROG Swift PG42UQ is a 42-inch 4K OLED gaming monitor with 138 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR and extended color.

2 expert reviews

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Asus ProArt PA32DC OLED

The Asus ProArt PA32DC is a 32-inch OLED monitor with Ultra HD resolution, color modes for every standard, built-in calibration, HDR and infinite contrast.

2 expert reviews

alaScore 97

AOC Agon Pro AG274FZ 27"

The AOC AG274QG is a 27-inch QHD/IPS panel with 240 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR 600 and a wide color gamut.

3 expert reviews

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Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 (49-inch)

Flight-sim and racing fans will go ga-ga over Samsung's Odyssey G9, a gaming monitor with a curved 49-inch screen that gets incredibly bright while delivering smooth motion and vivid color.

28 expert reviews

alaScore 97

Samsung Odyssey Ark (55-inch)

Samsung's Odyssey Ark is a massive and marvelous curved gaming monitor packed with features sure to impress gamers all over—if they can afford it.

7 expert reviews

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BenQ Mobiuz EX3210 32"

BenQ’s Mobiuz EX3210U is a 32-inch, 4K monitor that’s aimed at two different users—the PC gamer and the content creator—but, unfortunately, doesn’t hit the mark with either.

11 expert reviews

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ViewSonic VX1755 17"

ViewSonic's VX1755 portable gaming monitor is more of a performer than a beauty, impressing us with a high refresh rate and low input lag, while disappointing us with its color fidelity.

5 expert reviews

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Gigabyte M32UC (32-inch)

The Gigabyte M32UC is a great monitor for most uses. It's an excellent gaming monitor, with an excellent response time at the max refresh rate and low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. It's also great for office use or media creation, as...

4 expert reviews

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Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 (32-inch)

“Corsair's first 4K gaming monitor is great, but there are cheaper options that go toe-to-toe on specs.”

5 expert reviews

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ViewSonic Elite XG341C-2K

A 34-inch WQHD Mini LED VA curved gaming monitor with 200 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, DisplayHDR 1400, and Extended Color

2 expert reviews

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Corsair Xeneon Flex 45WQHD240 Bendable OLED

Corsair's 45-inch 21:9 OLED monitor with a bendable screen and 3440x1440 resolution.

2 expert reviews

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ASRock PG34WQ15R2B

A 34-inch VA WQHD gaming monitor with a 1500R curve, 165 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR 400 and extended color.

2 expert reviews

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Gigabyte G27F2 (27-inch)

The Gigabyte G27F2 is a 27-inch FHD/IPS gaming monitor with 170 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR and extended color.

2 expert reviews

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Dough Spectrum ES07D03

The Dough Spectrum ES07D03 Glossy is a 4K gaming monitor with a glossy screen coating, 144 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR 600 and extended color.

2 expert reviews

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Dell S3423dwc (34-inch)

The Dell 34 Curved USB-C Monitor (S3423DWC) is a good dual-use monitor for home-office multitasking and light-duty gaming. You can find better choices for either alone, but this display straddles both worlds well.

3 expert reviews

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HP Omen 27u (27-inch)

The HP Omen 27u is a 27-inch IPS Ultra HD gaming monitor with 144 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR, HDMI 2.1 and extended color.

3 expert reviews

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Benq PD3220U (32-inch)

The PD3220U is built for creative professionals who need precise, accurate colors. The $1,200 price point, as well as the numerous color modes, make that much clear. It’s expensive, but the MacBook-specific color mode makes it a must-have for...

9 expert reviews

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Dell UltraSharp U3223QZ (31.5-inch)

The Dell UltraSharp U3223QZ, retailing at over £1,000, is not aimed at casual creatives, but despite the 4K HDR resolution and 1.07 billion colours, it's not aimed at pro creatives either. Instead, the U3223QZ, with its unusual soft-touch top bar and...

2 expert reviews


    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.


    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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