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Updated: Aug 19, 2022 16:17
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Sony Inzone M9

The Sony Inzone M9 marks the company's comeback to the gaming monitor market with a 27 4K IPS 144Hz display with some PlayStation flair, plus affordable HDR capabilities.

5 expert reviews

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HP Omen 27u

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 Mobiuz EX3410R 34"

“BenQ's EX3410R is the bar for ultrawide gaming monitors thanks to excellent performance and price.”

8 expert reviews

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Corsair XENEON 32UHD144

A 32-inch 4K IPS gaming monitor with 144 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR600 and extended color.

2 expert reviews

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Dell G3223Q 32-inch 4K Gaming Monitor

A 32-inch 4K IPS gaming monitor with 144 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR 600 and extended color

2 expert reviews

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Huawei MateView GT

Huawei surprised us quite a bit when they announced their entry into the Gaming Monitor space, so we’re taking a look at this new family of...

29 expert reviews

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Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 32" (2022)

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 is one of the best gaming displays on the planet thanks to its incredible contrast, top-notch colours, stellar refresh rate and 4K resolution. It has its foibles and flaws, and you’ll need a hefty graphics card – but don’t...

4 expert reviews

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Gigabyte M27Q X

Gigabyte’s M27Q X doesn’t look like much out of the box, but this 1440p/240Hz IPS panel delivers a superb gaming experience where it counts, with excellent motion clarity and stunning image quality.

4 expert reviews

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Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 49"

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is great for most uses. The large, high-resolution screen provides enough space for multitasking and it gets bright enough to combat glare in a well-lit office space. It's good for content creators and media consumers because...

11 expert reviews

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MSI Optix G321 32"

MSI's pricey but irresistible Optix MPG321UR-QD monitor offers something for everyone, with some of the best gaming and content creation results we've seen yet.

10 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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ViewSonic Elite XG321UG

A 32-inch Ultra HD 144 Hz gaming monitor with an 1152-zone dimming Mini LED backlight.

2 expert reviews

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BenQ Mobiuz EX3210U 4K Monitor

The BenQ Mobiuz EX3210U is a 32-inch IPS, 4K Gaming Monitor with 144 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR600 and extended color.

2 expert reviews

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Asus ZenScreen Go MB16AWP

The Asus ZenScreen Go MB16AWP is the ultimate portable monitor for mobile productivity warriors.

2 expert reviews

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Gigabyte M32UC

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...

2 expert reviews

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Alienware 34 QD-OLED

“The Alienware 34 QD-OLED is a glorious introduction to OLED for PC gamers.”

3 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.

7 expert reviews

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Dell U3223QE

The Dell U3223QE uses LG’s IPS Black tech to deliver a top-notch, professional-level, 31.5-inch 4K display with a built-in USB-C hub.

2 expert reviews

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Sony Inzone M9 27-Inch 4K Monitor

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

7 expert reviews

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Dell G3223Q

Dell’s G3223Q joins the other 32-inch 4K monitors in offering a compromised experience. It has good SDR image quality, superb motion clarity, and is compatible with the latest game consoles thanks to HDMI 2.1 support and a refresh rate up to 144Hz. But...

4 expert reviews

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MSI Oculux NXG253R 25"

Fast IPS has come a long way in a short time, elevating extreme esports-focused 360Hz monitors like MSI's Oculux NXG253R to new heights in color and contrast.

6 expert reviews

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BenQ SW321C 32"

The BenQ SW321C is a pro-level display monitor crammed with photo and video editing features that can streamline a content creator’s creative workflow. Best of all, it delivers exceptional image quality with wide colour space coverage and superb colour...

3 expert reviews

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Philips Momentum 559M1RYV

Philips' Momentum 559M1RYV delivers an excellent jumbo-screen experience for gaming and entertainment. Its only flaw is a weak overdrive, but with a vivid picture, accurate color, killer HDR, top-quality sound and Ambiglow, it has some worthwhile...

4 expert reviews

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Asus ROG Swift PG329 32"

The Asus ROG Swift PG32UQ has no flaws of consequence. Though there are OLED and FALD screens that will deliver more contrast, they cost more money. In the premium 32-inch 4K gaming category, this monitor is a choice you will not regret making.

13 expert reviews

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Samsung Odyssey G9 49"

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.

16 expert reviews

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Asus ProArt PA279CV 27"

The Asus ProArt PA279CV has top-notch mainstream image quality alongside a high resolution and versatile set of features, so it’s a good mainstream display for creative workloads – but it’s not suitable for HDR or Adobe RGB situations.

4 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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