The 10 Best Monitors and Displays

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The 10 BEST Monitors Money can Buy

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Ten years ago, monitors were nothing more than necessary accessories. Today, they can be luxury items that dramatically improve all aspects of computing and content consumption. There are so many types of monitors that suit so many different needs.

Screen resolution, response time, panel weight: everything should be considered when choosing a personal device or an enterprise fleet. Unfortunately, all of these specs can be confusing. We’ve compiled this roundup to help you sort through the abundance of options available.

Philips Brilliance BDM3490UC

1. Philips Brilliance BDM3490UC

Screen size: 34-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3440 x 1440 Brightness:340 cd/m2 | Response time: 14ms | Viewing angle: 172/178 | Contrast ratio:1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 7.9kg

 Super build quality
 Great picture
 Relatively good value
 No G-Sync or FreeSync

Philips’ Brilliance BDM3490UC should be your top pick if you’re looking to watch movies or work from home. Its IPS display is bright and inviting, effectively emulating the movie theater experiencing (just make sure you bring the popcorn and close the curtains). The 21:9 curved display can be a bit disorienting, however, if you’re accustomed to standard flat screen displays. Still, this one takes the cake for gaming. In the absence of both G-Sync and FreeSync, though, don’t forget to tick the vertical sync box in all your games. Plus, as long as you’re set on a 21:9 cinematic panel, the Brilliance is competitively priced as well.

Read the full review: Philips Brilliance BDM3490UC


2. Acer Predator X34

A gaming monitor with attitude

Screen size: 34-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3440 x 1440 Brightness:300 cd/m2 | Response time: 4ms G2G (grey-to-grey) | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 100 million:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 9.9kg

 Aggressive design
 Perfect color accuracy
 Limited port selection
 Underpowered speakers

Cinematic monitors are a great alternative to 4K ones when it comes to gaming. In fact, you might say they’re even better due to their ultrawide 21:9 aspect ratio. The Acer Predator X34 certainly looks the part, featuring an eye-catching aluminium bezel and angular, crow’s foot-shape stand. It comes with a number of gaming mod cons in tow, including Nvidia’s G-Sync frame-smoothing tech, an immersion-boosting curved shape and fantastic color reproduction that brings games to life. Short of strapping on a virtual reality headset, the Predator X34 is about as immersive as gaming gets.

Read the full review: Acer Predator X34

Philips 2586QJEB

3. Philips 258B6QJEB

Thin bezels feature on this well-connected QHD monitor

Screen size: 25-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 2,560 x 1,440 | Brightness: 350 cd/m2 | Response time: 14ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 87% | Weight: 15.4 pounds

 Image quality
 Small footprint
 High response time
 Tinny speakers

In terms of price, size and sharpness, QHD often hits the sweet spot, and Philips’ 258B6QJEB is one of the most stylish 25-inch models arouund. Packing a pixel-resolution of 2,560 x 1,440, it provides more than enough room on the desktop to get productive, and because the monitor is compact it won’t take up much room on your desk. It’s versatile too thanks to its built-in rotate and height adjustability

Philips loaded the 258B6QJEB with an abundance of connectivity options that include two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports (one with a high-current output), VGA, DVI-D, DisplayPort, HDMI, a 3.5mm audio-in and headphone output sockets.

Read the full review: Philips 258B6QJEB

Samsung UD970

4. Samsung UD970

Get ready for ultra high-def on your desktop

Screen size: 31.5-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Brightness: 280 cd/m2 | Response time: 8ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 30.14 pounds

 Colour accuracy
 Landscape/portrait rotation
 Hardware button menu navigation

A 4K display that’s factory-calibrated for great colour accuracy and image quality, which makes it ideal for digital designers, CAD/CAM engineers or videographers who aren’t put off by the high-price tag.

Read the full review: UD970

LG UltraWide 34UC97

5. LG UltraWide 34UC97

Great for work, games, and movies – but it’s costly

Screen size: 34-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3440×1440 | Brightness:300 cd/m2 | Response time: 5ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio:1M:1 (DFC) | Colour support: SRGB 99% | Weight: 19.8 pounds

 Good speakers with bass
 Great contrast and colour reproduction

The LG’s curved design, high resolution and huge diagonal make it a high quality replacement for single 4K panels or a pair of 1080p screens, and the form factor means it’s tempting for work, games and movies.

Read the full review: 34UC97

Best monitor

6. Acer S277HK

A bezel-less beauty

Screen size: 27-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Brightness:300 cd/m2 | Response time: 4ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio:100,000,000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 11.9 pounds

 Bezel-less design
 Refresh rate
 No USB ports
 Height not adjustable

A gorgeous IPS screen and bezel-free design make the S227HK a stunning display by itself or an even more impressive and immersive member of a multi-monitor setup.

Read the full review: S277HK

ViewSonic VP2772

7. Viewsonic VP2772

What this professional monitor lacks in style it makes up with exceptional picture quality

Screen size: 27-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Brightness:350 cd/m2 | Response time: 12ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio:1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 18.8 pounds

 Bezel-less design
 Refresh rate
 No USB ports
 Height not adjustable

A rich set of features, great picture quality out of the box and hassle-free setup make the VP2772 an attractive monitor.

Read the full review: VP2772

Dell Ultrasharp UP2414Q

8. Dell UltraSharp UP2414Q

A superb display, but you’re paying through the nose for a mere 24-inches

Screen size: 24-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Brightness:350 cd/m2 | Response time: 8ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio:1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100%; Adobe RGB 99% | Weight: 10.58 pounds

 Super display
 Great features
 Very expensive
 Just 24-inches

A fantastic monitor that’s a little ahead of its time in terms of GPU and operating system support.

Read the full review: UltraSharp UP2414Q


9. BenQ BL2420U

A compact 4K panel with a sharp picture

Screen size: 24-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3440×1440 | Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Response time: 13ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio:1M:1 (DFC) | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 19.8 pounds

 Pin-sharp picture
 Plenty of ports
 Smart energy-saving feature
 Bland design
 Tinny speakers

Aimed at professionals, the BL2420U is a feature-packed 4K monitor with a trick or two up its sleeve. It’s suitably designed for its audience, featuring a thick bezel and dominating black matte finish. It’s not particularly exciting to look at, but don’t let that put you off. The BL2420U has a pixel-resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 which benefits from being squeezed into a slender 24-inch sized screen, resulting in a sharp 183 ppi (or pixels per inch). Text appears incredibly crisp, particularly when viewed under Windows or OS X’s scaling modes, and images benefit from bold and accurate colors. Its features include HDMI 2.0 for using the monitor at its full 60Hz refresh rate, an eco mode that uses a sensor to turn it off when you’re not sat in front of it, in addition to CAD/CAM and Animation modes to aid professional designers.

BenQ BL2710PT

10. BenQ BL2710PT

Aimed at CAD/CAM professionals, this feature-packed 27-inch monitor delivers

Screen size: 27-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3440×1440 | Brightness:350 cd/m2 | Response time: 12ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio:1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 99% | Weight: 23.8 pounds

 Port selection
 Flicker-free backlight
 Touch controls

A feature-packed and well-connected monitor that offers plenty for the asking price. It may not be exciting to look at and the menu controls suffer from a lack of labeling, but these are minor caveats that don’t detract from an overall worthy investment.

Read the full review: BL2710PT


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