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The 10 Best Computer Monitors: From Budget To Premium Panels

From 12-inch portable displays (the smallest we’ve reviewed) to 65-inch panels that bridge the gap between monitors and TVs, computer monitors come in various sizes. Most desktop displays, however, fall into two broad categories: business monitors and entertainment monitors. 

Business (also known as productivity) monitors include professional monitors with a high native resolution (typically 4K) and image quality designed for graphic artists, photographers, and videographers. Also included in this category are monitors for general office use and home offices. The latter may consist of videoconferencing capabilities and a variety of ports, making them a suitable replacement for a laptop’s docking station. The wide array of gaming monitors and some for-content creation and consumption comprise entertainment panels. (The lines can become hazy between these panels.) 

We’ve tested a variety of home and office monitors and have listed our favorites below. Followed by our favorite lab-tested monitors, this section explains the fundamentals of buying a monitor. Also, note that at the end of this article is a detailed breakdown of the specifications of our top picks. 

What Is Computer Monitor? 

A monitor is an electronic output device called a video display terminal (VDT) or a video display unit (VDU). It displays images, text, video, and graphics generated by a connected computer’s video card. Although it resembles a television, its resolution is significantly higher. On 1 March 1973, the first computer monitor was introduced as part of the Xerox Alto computer system. 

Earlier monitors were constructed with a fluorescent screen and Cathode Ray Tube (CRT), which caused them to be bulky and occupy more space on the desk. All monitors use flat panel display technology and are commonly backlit with LEDs. These contemporary monitors require less desk space than older CRT displays. 

How do monitors work? 

Monitors operate using pixels. Objects are represented as pixels on any HP computer monitor, Dell computer monitor, Samsung, or LG computer monitor. Images are made up of pixels. 

A pixel is the smallest unit of information that a computer screen can represent. Each pixel consists of three hues: red, green, and blue. They are arranged so that they generate an image on the screen. Pixels are used to display images, text, and other information on a monitor. 

When light or current passes through these pixels, an image is created on the opposite side of the material. The light rays striking the pixels at a particular angle generate an appearance on the other side of the glass, which explains why a computer screen appears to have a crisp, clear image when viewed from various angles. 

10 Best Computer Monitors Reviews

Use the appropriate monitor to get the most out of your work, games, and movies. Here are the best productivity and gaming displays we’ve tested, backed by hundreds of in-depth reviews. 

1. Best overall: Dell U2723QE UltraSharp Monitor

With a list price that exceeds $600, the Dell U2723QE is not the cheapest monitor available. Still, it has a prodigious feature set: an extensive array of ergonomic adjustments and all the ports we would expect from a “USB hub” or “docking-station” monitor. It can charge a laptop via its USB-C display connection and provides Ethernet connectivity if Wi-Fi is unreliable in the office. In addition, it features a 27-inch 4K (UHD) display with a high pixel density and a broad color gamut. In addition, it is one of the first two monitors to feature IPS Black, LG’s newest in-plane switching (IPS) technology. It offers significantly more contrast than standard IPS displays. Webcam is the only common business feature it lacks, but only a handful of desktop displays have one. 

The U2723QE is priced so high that it would be impractical to outfit an entire office with it. It would be a good choice for meeting-heavy managers (or other critical workers), particularly those whose jobs include dealing with creative content. It’s not a graphic-arts monitor, but it’s adequate for photo and video editing, and it’s easy to attach and detach from a frequently carried laptop. 

The expensive Dell UltraSharp 27 4K USB-C Hub Monitor offers many connections and adjustment options, as well as a panel with a wide color gamut and excellent contrast. 

Specifications 
  • Display area: 27 inches 
  • Aspect: 16:9 
  • Panel type: IPS 
  • Panel bit depth: 10-bit 
  • Display colors: 1.07 billion 
  • Resolution: 4K (3840 x 3160) 
  • Pixel density: 163.18 ppi 
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz 
  • Response time: 8ms 
  • Brightness: 400 cd/m2 
  • Contrast ratio: 2000:1 (static) 
  • Color space coverage: 100% sRGB, 100% Rec 709, 98% DCI-P3 
  • Video inputs: HDMI, USB-C (DP 1.4 Alt Mode), DisplayPort 1.4 
PROS
  • IPS Black technology deepens black levels, improves contrast
  • 4K resolution with sharp high-pixel-density image
  • Extensive ergonomic features
  • Dual DisplayPort connectors let your daisy-chain monitors
  • Mini-joystick controller for OSD
CONS
  • Pricey for a 27-inch monitor
  • No webcam

2. Best Business Monitor for Teleconferencing: HP E27m G4 QHD USB-C Conferencing Monitor

The HP E27m G4 was designed with Zoom and Google Meet. Its high-resolution webcam, powerful speakers, and dual microphones offer a superior teleconferencing experience compared to most laptops. Additionally, it can power or charge a laptop through a USB-C connection. It provides Ethernet connectivity, multiple video ports, and four downstream USB-A ports for connecting a keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals. It has all the connection options you would expect from a laptop’s docking station, even before the screen. 

The 27-inch QHD display of the E27m G4 effectively covers the entire sRGB color space, and its contrast was slightly higher than its rating would indicate. It also has all the necessary ergonomic features. The primary drawback is the minor and awkwardly positioned buttons for navigating the on-screen display (OSD). 

The E27m G4 is an excellent option for anyone involved in videoconferencing, which everyone in this day and age is. It is particularly beneficial if you have trouble being heard or seen during teleconferences. (Personally, my next monitor will likely be a conferencing model like this one to ensure that my coworkers and I are well seen and heard.) It is a fine monitor for general office use. If space is limited, HP offers the 1080p HP E24m G4 FHD USB-C Conferencing Monitor, which provides the same teleconferencing capabilities as its larger sibling. 

The HP E27m G4 QHD USB-C Conferencing Monitor enhances your video calls with a high-definition webcam, dual microphones, and powerful stereo speakers, as well as the connectivity of a USB-C docking station display and an extensive array of ergonomic features. Its rudimentary OSD buttons are our only complaint. 

Specifications 
  • Experience a new level of viewing pleasure with Wide Quad High Definition (WQHD) that features 4 times the resolution of standard HD 
  • 5 ms GTG (OD) response time makes it excellent for latest action films, sports or gaming 
  • 16:9 widescreen resolution perfect for watching movies, playing video games and getting on with office work 
  • Furnishes captivating visuals with 300 Nit brightness levels 
  • Features HDMI input to get connected with the top-of-the-line PCs, Blu-ray players, and cutting-edge gaming consoles 
  • DisplayPort interface that transmits both audio and video signals through a single connection to deliver versatile performance 
  • Built-in Webcam that makes easy face-to-face real-time communication with friends, family or on-line gaming partners 
  • VESA mount compatibility allows you to mount the display on a wall or with a stand depending on your specific needs 
PROS
  • 27-inch QHD panel with good sRGB color coverage
  • 5-megapixel tilt-adjustable webcam
  • Dual 5-watt speakers and echo-canceling microphones
  • USB-C port with power delivery and DisplayPort, plus four-port USB-A hub
  • Ethernet connectivity
  • Ergonomically friendly stand
CONS
  • Small buttons inconveniently placed

3. Best Professional Graphics Monitor: Dell UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor

The Dell UP2720Q features a 27-inch IPS panel with 4K (also known as UHD) resolution and a pixel density of 163 pixels per inch (PPI). It’s the only professional monitor in its price range with a colorimeter. In addition to measuring the monitor’s color accuracy in various color modes, it can also be used to calibrate the monitor. To accomplish this, the colorimeter integrates seamlessly with Portrait Displays’ CalMAN display calibration software. You can schedule periodic calibrations from the monitor’s settings menu to maintain the monitor’s excellent color accuracy. 

The UP2720Q is equipped with an extensive array of ergonomic features and ports, including two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one of which can deliver up to 90 watts of power to a connected laptop. This panel’s colorimeter and calibration capabilities are its true selling point. 

The UP2720Q is designed for professional photographers and photo enthusiasts who wish to improve their skills. It should be especially appealing to users who already possess CalMAN software (which is not included) and photography enthusiasts who do not have a calibration tool (or ones who like the easy integration of the built-in colorimeter and software). However, you pay a significant premium for the colorimeter, so if you don’t need it, there are numerous professional monitors with excellent color accuracy that are significantly less expensive. 

The Dell UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor (UP2720Q) is one of the only monitors in its price range with an integrated calibration tool, which automates and simplifies the process of maintaining a display’s color accuracy. 

About this item 
  • Dell UltraSharp UP2720Q 27″ 16:9 4K PremierColor IPS LED LCD Monitor – Power Cable – HDMI Cable – DisplayPort Cable – Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) Cable – USB Type-C to Type A Cable – Stand Base – Stand Riser – Base-mount Screw – Original Box 
  • Calibrated to your criteria 
  • Works with your schedule 
  • Convenience at your disposal 
  • CalMAN Ready 
PROS
  • Includes integrated calibration tool
  • Very good color accuracy results
  • Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Intuitive OSD navigation
  • Height, tilt, swivel, and pivot control
CONS
  • Pricey
  • Does not include the CalMAN software it integrates with
  • Low brightness for a professional monitor
  • Tested contrast ratio considerably lower than its rating

4. Best Home-Office Productivity Monitor: Philips Brilliance 279P1 27" Frameless Monitor

The Philips Brilliance 279P1 is moderately priced for a so-called docking-station monitor of its screen size but has nearly all the features you would expect from a business display. It features a 27-inch IPS panel with UHD resolution, high pixel density, and outstanding sRGB color coverage. In tests, the monitor’s brightness fell slightly short of its rated brightness, but it was still adequate for photo and video editing. Its stand supports a complete set of ergonomic features, including an exceptional tilt range, and the back of the cabinet has holes for a VESA bracket if you prefer to mount it on a wall or flexible arm. 

You can connect to a laptop via a single USB-C port that supports up to 65 watts of power delivery and data and video transfer. It has four USB-A downstream ports for connecting a keyboard, mouse, and other devices. DisplayPort, two HDMI ports, and Ethernet connectivity round out the connectivity options. 

The Philips 279P1 is ideally suited for use in a small to medium-sized office, though it also performs admirably in a home office. It works with business applications, light photo editing, and video viewing. The only notable omission is a webcam, so if you need to up your videoconferencing game, you should consider a monitor with a webcam. It carries a generous four-year warranty from Philips and is reasonably priced for its feature set. 

The Philips Brilliance 279P1 is an excellent entry in the expanding category of docking-station monitors, boasting abundant features and solid brightness and color coverage. 

About this item 
  • 27″, UltraClear 4K UHD (3840×2160) resolution for precision 
  • USB-C enables laptop power charging directly from monitor 
  • Hideaway PowerSensor saves up to 80% energy costs 
  • LightSensor for the perfect brightness with minimal power 
  • SmartErgoBase enables people-friendly ergonomic adjustments 
  • EasyRead mode for a paper-like reading experience 
  • Less eye fatigue with Flicker-free technology and LowBlue Mode for easy on-the-eyes productivity 
  • 103% NTSC / 122% sRGB color gamut 
PROS
  • IPS screen with UHD resolution
  • High pixel density
  • Excellent sRGB color coverage
  • Ergonomically superior stand
  • USB hub and built-in speakers
  • Four-year warranty
CONS
  • Buttons for OSD control are less than ideal

5. Best Budget Home-Office Monitor: HP 24mh FHD Monitor

Numerous 24-inch business and general-purpose monitors are available for less than $200. Typically, they have fundamental features and a limited selection of ports. The HP 24mh offers a DisplayPort connector in addition to the more common HDMI and VGA ports found on comparable machines. While most inexpensive monitors offer tilt adjustment, the 24mh adds height and pivot control. 

The 24mh has a 1080p IPS panel, not a 4K UHD one, but it makes up for this with excellent sRGB coverage and a contrast ratio that is significantly higher than its rating. It features a pair of 2-watt speakers—not exactly high-fidelity, but many inexpensive monitors lack speakers altogether. 

The HP 24mh is for cash-strapped individuals in search of a monitor that is affordable and compact. It is an excellent option for homes, home offices, and dormitories. Its sRGB color coverage is excellent, making it suitable for viewing photos and basic editing. Users who can afford it should choose a monitor with more features, but the HP 24mh offers more than you’d typically expect for its bargain-basement price. 

HP’s 24mh IPS-based budget monitor is surprisingly feature-packed for the price, with three inputs, an ergonomic stand, and integrated speakers. In addition, the panel provides an excellent contrast ratio and sRGB color coverage for the price. 

About this item 
  • OUTSTANDING VISUALS – This FHD display with IPS technology gives you brilliant visuals and unforgettable quality; with a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 75 Hz, you’ll experience the image accuracy and wide-viewing spectrums of premium tablets and mobile devices 
  • MORE SCREEN, LESS SPACE – Enjoy more desk space than you thought possible with an attractive and ultra-slim design 
  • PANORAMIC VIEWING – Vibrant detail from practically any position with consistent color and image clarity maintained across an ultra-wide 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles 
  • MICRO-EDGE DISPLAY – With virtually no bezel encircling the display on three sides, an ultra-wide viewing experience provides for seamless multi-monitor setups 
  • EASY CONNECTIVITY – Get the picture quality you’ve been looking for without the additional dongles; easily connect to your PC, gaming console, and peripherals for big-screen entertainment with a broad range of ports, including HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA ports 
  • BUILT-IN SPEAKERS – Experience incredible sound and more immersive entertainment with two built-in 2W speakers 
  • LOW BLUE LIGHT – Put less strain on your eyes as a Low Blue Light mode shifts colors to a warmer spectrum and makes whites more natural 
  • HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT – Easily adjust your display to the most comfortable position with 100mm range of travel 
  • TILTABLE SCREEN – Adjust the screen to your personal preference with a 5° forward or 23° backward tilt 
  • WARRANTY AND SUSTAINABILITY – Rest easy and work confidently with an environmentally conscious and energy-efficient monitor, backed by HP standard 1-year limited warranty 
PROS
  • Excellent sRGB color coverage
  • High contrast ratio for an IPS monitor
  • DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA connectors
  • Stand supports height, pivot, and tilt adjustment
  • Built-in 2-watt speakers
CONS
  • Warranty limited to one year
  • Brightness fell short of its rating

6. Best Home Entertainment Monitor: LG C2 48-Inch Evo OLED TV

Recent years have seen such a convergence between televisions and monitors that many—if not most—large-screen TVs can function equally as well as computer monitors. The LG C2 48-Inch Evo OLED TV (OLED48C2PUA) is an excellent example of a TV with a magnificent OLED screen and features that make it a fantastic option for both gaming and watching movies. 

It has a 120 Hz display and extremely low input lag, making it ideal for gamers. It also works with G-Sync and supports AMD’s premium FreeSync technology. The high quality of movies is guaranteed by a color gamut that extends to the entire digital cinema industry’s P3 color space. And it’s bright, bright, bright. 

It’s not a monitor; it’s a TV. It’s essentially a cross between a computer screen and large-screen television. It costs more than the other entertainment monitors we’ve discussed (most of which don’t have TV tuners). Still, it has many advantages over those devices, such as a large OLED display with excellent visibility in bright environments and complete support for the DCI-P3 digital video standard. Its input lag is minimal, and this 120Hz panel supports both primary flavors of adaptive sync. 

With nearly cinema-perfect color straight from the box and incredibly low input lag for gamers, the LG C2 Evo OLED provides one of the best pictures we’ve ever seen on a TV. 

About this item 
  • VOICE CONTROL: Use your voice to control your TV and connected devices with built-in support for Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple AirPlay, HomeKit, and many more 
  • OLED EVO: Our self-lit OLED pixels create beautiful picture quality with infinite contrast, perfect black and over a billion colors, now even brighter 
  • a9 GEN5 AI PROCESSOR 4K: Make the impossible possible with our latest a9 Gen5 AI Processor 4K, engineered exclusively for LG OLED to automatically adjust your settings to improve picture and sound qualities based on whatever you’re watching 
  • HOME CINEMA: Get in the action the way directors intended with Filmmaker Mode—and enhance every moment with Dolby Vision IQ and Dolby Atmos for the ultimate home theater experience 
  • ULTIMATE GAMING: Be at the top of your game with NVIDIA G-SYNC, FreeSync Premium and VRR to experience real-time action—plus, the LG Game Optimizer and 4 HDMI 2.1 ports to get you (and keep you) in the action 
  • BRIGHTNESS BOOSTER MAX: Bring on the brightness with the LG Brightness Booster that works with our advanced a9 processor and one-of-a-kind evo Panel to give you brighter picture, while maintaining the perfect black 
PROS
  • Most accurate digital cinema color we've seen on a TV
  • 120Hz panel with incredibly low input lag
  • G-Sync Compatible and supports AMD FreeSync Premium
  • WebOS offers Apple AirPlay, multiple voice assistants, and a web browser
CONS
  • Remote control and WebOS are a bit clunky
  • No hands-free Google Assistant

7. Best Gaming Monitor: ViewSonic ELITE XG270QG Gaming Monitor

The ViewSonic Elite XG270QG is a flawless monitor, albeit at a hefty price. The 27-inch 1440p display offers a maximum refresh rate of 165Hz, rapid response times, and low input lag, making this machine an excellent choice for gamers. The XG270QG is great for reading and watching movies due to its high contrast ratio, brilliant display, and accurate color reproduction in the DCI-P3 color space. 

We chose the XG270QG because it’s the best gaming monitor on the market, but it’s also a fantastic choice for movies, TV, and other forms of entertainment. It gives games a level of color and beauty that is often lacking, and when you’re done slashing and shooting, the XG270QC can switch gears to become your primary movie display. 

The XG270QG’s excellent color quality, rapid pixel response, and low input lag contribute to a more immersive gaming experience. Full support for the digital video-specific DCI-P3 color space and a high-contrast, high-brightness display make this a superb option for watching movies. Although other, more modern panels may better suit your needs if you require dizzyingly low refresh rates, the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG excels at displaying both games and videos. 

The ViewSonic Elite XG270QG gaming monitor has all the features a 1440p gamer could want. It’s a high-end panel, but it’s worth it for some serious fast-paced gaming. 

About this item 
  • IMMERSIVE MONITOR: WQHD 1440p resolution, true 1ms (GtG) response time, and 165Hz (OC) refresh rate gives you the ultimate enthusiast experience 
  • VIBRANT COLORS: IPS Nano Color technology brings your games to life with 98% DCI-P3 color coverage and 10-bit color depth 
  • NVIDIA G-SYNC: Experience uninterrupted gaming with synchronized frame rates, variable overdrive, and ultra-low motion blur 
  • ELITE DESIGN ENHANCEMENTS: Elevate your setup with a built-in mouse bungee, ELITE RGB ambient lighting, sight shields, and a reinforced headphone hook 
  • ALL DAY COMFORT: Fully adjustable ergonomic stand delivers the comfort you need for marathon gaming sessions 
  • FRAME DESIGN: A three-sided ultra-thin bezel shows off more of your game and it’s perfect for multi-monitor setups 
  • FLEXIBLE CONNECTIVITY: The XG270QG supports laptops, PCs, Macs, PlayStation, and Xbox with HDMI, USB, and DisplayPort inputs 
  • INCLUDED IN THE BOX: LCD Monitor, ELITE Hood, Power Cable, AC/DC Adapter, DisplayPort Cable, and USB 3.1 Cable 
PROS
  • Exceptional visual results.
  • 1ms response time from an IPS panel.
  • Fast refresh rate.
  • Low input lag.
  • Highly flexible stand.
  • Subtle use of RGB.
CONS
  • A smidge pricey.
  • Housing could use a little more flair.

8. Best Budget Gaming Monitor: Dell 144Hz Gaming Monitor

While the Dell 24 S2421HGF’s screen size (23.8 inches on the diagonal) and lack of curve make it less ideal for gaming than other monitors, it still boasts many of the features prized by gamers. It’s compatible with AMD FreeSync Premium and Nvidia G-Sync, and it has a TN panel with a 1080p resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate. In our testing, it provided excellent gaming performance for the price, with almost no ghosting or screen tearing. 

If you’re a gamer on a tight budget, the Dell 24 S2421HGF is your best bet. You shouldn’t use it to edit photos or watch videos if you care about color fidelity, as it has poor sRGB coverage and even worse color accuracy. And, if money and space are allowed, you should upgrade to a more spacious monitor. The S2421HGF isn’t the most expensive gaming monitor, but it will do the job if you’re on a budget. 

The Dell 24 S2421HGF dominates other cheap 1080p monitors in gaming performance and media consumption. 

About this item 
  • GET LOST IN THE VIEW: 24″ class, 23.8″ viewable Dell gaming monitor with 1920 x 1080 Full HD Resolution 
  • STUTTER-FREE GAMING MONITOR: AMD FreeSync Premium technology adds another layer of seamless gameplay by eliminating screen tearing and stuttering 
  • IF LOOKS COULD KILL: A 3-sided narrow bezel creates expansive views, plus unique vents located in the back keep everything cool while working hard 
  • BENDS TO YOUR WILL: Height adjustable stand with swivel and tilt capabilities let you game in comfort for extended periods 
  • LEAVE LAG IN THE DUST: The 1ms response time and 144Hz refresh rate on this gaming monitor deliver a smooth, uninterrupted experience 
  • 3-year Advanced Exchange Service and Premium Panel Exchange. Panel Type- Twisted Nematic (TN) 
PROS
  • Great gaming performance
  • Vibrant picture in shows and movies
  • Low price
  • Sturdy, ergonomically friendly base
CONS
  • Low color accuracy with default settings

9. Best Curved-Screen Monitor: Alienware AW3423DW Curved Gaming Monitor

The ultrawide Alienware 34 QD-OLED is one of the best OLED gaming monitors we’ve seen for its price and quality. (It employs quantum dot organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology developed by Samsung.) Although its 34-inch display is rated at 144Hz, it can be overclocked to 175Hz. The native resolution of the 1800R-curvature panel is 3,440 by 1,440. While its input lag is average compared to other gaming panels, this is still a huge improvement over previous OLED display. 

The cabinet has a modern look and isn’t too heavy, but it’s incredibly sturdy. The stand can be adjusted in height, tilt, swivel, and (unusually for such a wide screen) pivot. Its expansive color gamut and low Delta E (2.0) reading is ideal for content creators and gamers. 

The AW3423DW is an entry-level OLED display that won’t break the bank for gamers looking to branch out. It’s an excellent option for makers of all kinds of content thanks to its wide color gamut and high precision. If you’re a visual artist and enjoy playing video games in your spare time, this is a fantastic opportunity. 

The Alienware 34 QD-OLED is an excellent introduction to this new panel technology. It demonstrates how, with a few tweaks to its configuration settings and performance peaks, QD-OLED may be the only display type we’re using to play on in the year 2022. 

About this item 
  • With the industry’s fastest 0.1 ms GtG (Gray to Gray) response time and up 175 Hz (native) high refresh rate, you’ll experience smoother gameplay and view fast-moving graphics with incredible clarity for a faster in-game reaction time. 
  • Quantum Dot Display Technology enables a slim panel design and delivers a superior colour performance with a higher peak luminance and greater colour gamut range vs White OLED. 
  • Combined with 1000 nits peak brightness, infinite contrast ratio and VESA Display HDR True Black 400 certification, you can expect incredibly realistic visuals for unforgettably immersive gaming experiences. 
  • The jaw-dropping new design features a sleek QD-OLED curved 1800R panel integrated into the iconic new Legend 2.0 ID. 
  • The Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor is engineered to avoid burn-in caused by items appearing onscreen for long periods of time. 
PROS
  • Gorgeous and sturdy design
  • Beautiful picture quality in SDR and HDR
  • Competitive price for the feature set
  • Exceptional gamut and color coverage results
  • Snappy and responsive gaming performance
  • Significantly lower input lag than previous OLED monitors
CONS
  • Finicky settings will take time to get used to
  • Lower peak brightness than advertised in HDR mode
  • Added image presets could detract from HDR experience

10. Best Ultrawide Monitor: ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ Gaming Monitor

The ultrawide Alienware 34 QD-OLED is one of the best OLED gaming monitors we’ve seen for its price and quality. (It employs quantum dot organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology developed by Samsung.) Although its 34-inch display is rated at 144Hz, it can be overclocked to 175Hz. The native resolution of the 1800R-curvature panel is 3,440 by 1,440. While its input lag is average compared to other gaming panels, this is still a vast improvement over previous OLED display. 

The cabinet has a modern look and isn’t too heavy, but it’s incredibly sturdy. The stand can be adjusted in height, tilt, swivel, and (unusually for such a wide screen) pivot. Its wide color gamut and low Delta E (2.0) reading is ideal for content creators and gamers. 

The AW3423DW is an entry-level OLED display that won’t break the bank for gamers looking to branch out. It’s an excellent option for makers of all kinds of content thanks to its wide color gamut and high precision. If you’re a visual artist and enjoy playing video games in your spare time, this is a fantastic opportunity. 

The Alienware 34 QD-OLED is an excellent introduction to this new panel technology. It demonstrates how, with a few tweaks to its configuration settings and performance peaks, QD-OLED may be the only display type we’re using to play on in 2022. 

About this item 
  • 35″ uwqhd (3440×1440) 21: 9 curved hdr gaming monitor provides an immersive panoramic gaming experience with 200hz refresh rate and 2ms (gtg) response time 
  • Nvidia g sync ultimate technology delivers vivid realism with hdr for lifelike contrast & color, with the brightest whites & darkest blacks, that brings out details like never before 
  • Quantum dot technology provides the cinema standard dci p3 color gamut for realistic colors and smoother gradation 
  • Marathon ready with asus eye care technology to minimize eye fatigue and an ergonomic stand with full height/tilt/swivel/ adjustments to accommodate any desk 
  • Flexible connectivity with displayport 1.4, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.0 type b, USB 3.0 type a x2 
PROS
  • Exceptional gaming experience at 200Hz refresh
  • Top-notch color accuracy
  • Beautiful HDR
  • Low input lag
  • Integrated headphone DAC
  • Responsive OSD
CONS
  • Heavy
  • Expensive compared to competing options
  • Low DCI-P3 numbers

How to choose the best computer monitor

You may be in the process of selecting a desktop or notebook PC, or you may already have a laptop but be dissatisfied with the amount of screen real estate it provides. Either way, it’s time to learn more about the vast world of computer monitors to determine which product(s) will meet your specific needs. 

Types of Monitors 

On the surface, the screen size may appear to be the only distinction between monitors other than the manufacturer. Before we delve into the inner workings of each monitor and the specifications your PC may need to achieve optimal performance, it’s best to introduce the various monitor types and sizes. 

General Use & Business 

General-use monitors can be found in homes and offices. They are typically employed to run Microsoft Office applications, web browsers, and other applications that do not require intensive graphics processing. As a result, you can determine which monitors are intended for general use based on their relatively low price. Due to the affordability of these products, your PC does not require high-end specifications or modern upgrades to utilize these standard monitors effectively. 

Professional (Graphic Design, Photo & Video) 

If you are a digital artist, content creator, or just starting in the visual entertainment industry, you must familiarize yourself with the features of a professional design/editing monitor. Whether designing something to be displayed in print or on a website, it’s easy to take color (and, by extension, creative atmosphere) for granted. 

If you decide to cut costs and go for a lower-end monitor, the color(s) you may have had in mind when finishing a project could turn up quite differently on other screens. You will need a computer capable of running programs like Adobe Photoshop or Apple’s Final Cut Pro. 

Gaming 

As with many video games they display, gaming monitors must be quick. In terms of monitors, “fast” refers to each display’s refresh rate and response time. The current maximum refresh rate is 240Hz, meaning your game’s visuals will be displayed at 240 frames per second (that’s buttery smooth!). As a measurement of how quickly colors can be shifted, display response times can be crucial in determining whether a monitor’s refresh rate looks good; the fastest response time currently available on a monitor is one millisecond (ms). 

As discussed in the section below, gaming monitors may also feature “adaptive syncing” technology, which virtually eliminates tearing and stuttering by synchronizing the monitor’s refresh rate to the rate at which your graphics card is pushing frames. 

UltraWide 

As their name suggests, Ultrawide monitors stretch left and right to provide more screen space, simulating the productive efficiency of using two or more monitors simultaneously. Ultrawide monitors are an excellent business display for displaying multiple applications simultaneously. 

Screen size (diagonal measurement) and aspect ratio (width by height) are essential to understanding the unique resolutions of ultrawide-display monitors. We’ll discuss them and the features that must be considered when purchasing a new monitor. 

Curved 

The trend of curved-screen televisions, which began around 2014 with Samsung and LG televisions, has spread to computer monitors. Curved monitor displays, like ultrawide monitors, have an expanded left-to-right width that curves towards the viewer. Since its inception, this feature’s primary function has been to enhance immersion. In the end, these monitors can provide a greater sense of depth than conventional flat-panel displays. 

HDR 

High dynamic-range (HDR) content simulates true-to-life colors on screen using the latest color-range technology. Utilized initially in photography, HDR technology focuses on enhancing contrast by producing more profound blacks and brighter whites. HDR monitors perform admirably with both professional visual applications and high-quality gaming software. Your specifications should be up to date and meet the latest minimum requirements for these applications; for high-speed gaming, you should seek out an HDR monitor with a low response time. 

Touchscreen 

In 2019, most screens you encounter in the wild had touch functionality, but these features are still uncommon in the monitor world. Generally, all monitors come with integrated, physical-hardware controls to adjust screen and picture settings. Specific touchscreen monitors provide a touchable overlay on-screen. In addition, touchscreen monitors are commonly used for educational and commercial applications. Whether a point-of-sale device at a stadium concession stand or an interactive learning app for fourth graders, touchscreen monitors may require specific hardware and software to function correctly. 

Features to Consider 

On the surface, PC displays appear to be nothing more than image-displaying screens, but there is much more to consider. It is now time to examine the display hardware of a computer from within the monitor. 

LCD vs. LED 

LCD and LED are the most common acronyms on computer monitor product pages. The differences between LCD and LED technology significantly determine what works for your end goal and budget. 

Panel Types 

Now that we understand liquid-crystal displays and the two backlighting technologies that power them, it’s time to discuss the various LCD monitor panel types and how they relate to your computing needs. The fact that some panel types are more expensive than others does not necessarily indicate that they are superior. Color-reproduction technology, viewing angles, response times, and refresh rates will ultimately determine which panel type’s features are best suited for general use, gaming, or professional video/image editing applications. 

Screen Size, Aspect Ratio & Resolution 

Screen size will likely be your first consideration when searching for a new monitor. As with any consumer electronic display, screen size is measured diagonally from a corner’s bottom to its opposite corner’s top or vice versa. Currently, screen sizes on Newegg range from 19″ to 80″; however, the optimal range for purchase is between 19″ and 43″. In conjunction with the various levels of the panel and backlighting technology discussed in the preceding sections, the screen size and total cost of a monitor increase simultaneously. 

Now is an ideal time to discuss monitor screen aspect ratios and their relationship to screen resolutions. The aspect ratio is the relationship between a display screen’s width and height. For instance, some of the earliest televisions had nearly square screens that were slightly wider than they were tall, resulting in a 4:3 aspect ratio. Computer-screen resolutions (identical to aspect ratio) are currently measured and represented in pixels of width by height. 

1987 marked the introduction of the first monitors with 4:3 screens and 640 x 480 resolution. As of this writing, most computer monitors use widescreen ratios and Full HD resolutions, with 16:9 at 19201080 pixels being the most popular. By doubling the width and height dimensions within an aspect ratio, you can achieve sharper resolutions (more explicit images) due to the increased density of pixels. These aspect ratios and resolutions have evolved due to additional variations, such as curved displays and UltraWide monitors. 

Best Computer Monitors – FAQs

What is the optimal monitor size for a home office? If you only need a monitor for work-related tasks and general home administration, a 27-inch or smaller display will serve you best. Larger monitors provide more screen real estate, but a smaller size is usually preferable unless you need to view multiple windows side-by-side. 

What is the optimal monitor size for office work? A 24-inch monitor will be sufficient for most tasks performed by office workers. A standard-sized desktop monitor of 23 to 24 inches will be a good compromise between price and size for most users. 

Any monitor will work with any computer regardless of brand or operating system. Modern operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and Mac are all coded to be compatible with any visual display device connected to it, such as a monitor or a television. 

The average transition time from black to white to black is 10ms. In contrast, LCD screens have response times that are under ten milliseconds. However, the more milliseconds the response time is, the worse the image and motion production. 

The refresh rate of your display is the number of times it can render a new image per second. This is expressed in Hertz (Hz). In the case of a display with a refresh rate of 144Hz, the image is refreshed 144 times per second. 

Monitors of 24 inches are the standard size for 1080p or FHD viewing. Although FHD is also available in 27- and 32-inch monitors, the image quality of a 24-inch screen is sharper and more vivid because it has a higher pixel density, or more pixels per inch, than a larger screen. Choose a smaller monitor with a higher resolution over a larger monitor with a lower resolution if you desire lifelike color reproduction. 

Conclusion

There is much to learn in the constantly evolving world of monitors. Hopefully, the information presented here will assist you in imagining how you want your final setup to operate. It is advised that you read any available reviews and specifications before making a purchase, and as with anything found on our website, you should return to this page for the most recent updates. 

If you still need a little push to get started, you can begin your search by perusing the consumer, business, and gaming monitors available on our website. 

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