The 10 Best PC Monitors - May 2017
Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every PC monitor on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 4,130 PC monitors, 84,500 reviews and 37,600 prices. Last updated 19 May 2017.
- 15 industry awards
- Fairly priced
- Has an ECO mode
£1,999.98Amazon UKView Details
£159.06Primo ITSave £4.59 (3%)View Details
£68.60KSN OnlineView Details
- Three industry awards
- Good picture quality
- Good value for money
£341.79Electronics & Gadgets DirectView Details
- Two industry awards
- Has a built-in USB hub
- Has a built-in speaker(s)
- Iiyama has good flatpanel monitor reviews
- Has a built-in speaker(s)
- Has a separate H/V sync
£119.99Laptop OutletView Details
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- £170.77 Amazon UK
- Good expert reviews
- Very low running costs
- Has a built-in USB hub
£338.99Ebuyer BusinessView Details
- Owner reviews are good
- Has a composite sync
- Energy Star certified
£290.00Amazon UKView Details
- Excellent user reviews
- Only Mega Contrast dynamic contrast ratio
- Does not have a built-in speaker(s)
£92.39UK Office DirectView Details
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PC Monitor Brands
Find out how PC monitor brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their PC monitors. Click on a link to compare all PC monitors made by your favourite brand.
|Logo||Brand||Number of PC Monitors||Price Range||Average Rating|
|Acer PC Monitors||196||£51 - £1,885||84%|
|Samsung PC Monitors||178||£43 - £7,000||83%|
|LG PC Monitors||177||£51 - £4,536||85%|
|Philips PC Monitors||149||£50 - £2,000||83%|
|HP PC Monitors||148||£46 - £1,680||78%|
|Asus PC Monitors||146||£46 - £1,046||87%|
|iiyama PC Monitors||117||£74 - £2,268||84%|
|DELL PC Monitors||112||£45 - £3,670||84%|
|AOC PC Monitors||110||£48 - £9,999||84%|
|Benq PC Monitors||98||£40 - £1,199||87%|
|Viewsonic PC Monitors||89||£50 - £607||84%|
|NEC PC Monitors||50||£77 - £2,016||87%|
|Lenovo PC Monitors||44||£58 - £1,118||75%|
|Eizo PC Monitors||44||£157 - £3,768||90%|
|Hanns.G PC Monitors||25||£50 - £340||81%|
|Hannspree PC Monitors||23||£64 - £304||65%|
|Neovo PC Monitors||22||£105 - £986|
|Other PC Monitor Brands||68||£62 - £7,722|
PC Monitor Buying Guide
Finding the right PC monitor is easy if you know the basics about screen sizes, resolution and features. There are some great offers around and with newer technologies and higher resolution models becoming available, prices tend to drop significantly for well established models.
4K computer monitors offer an ultra-high resolution allowing for a huge amount of information to be displayed on the screen. Full HD screens in popular sizes between 19 and 24 inches are now very affordable and many retailers have time-limited deals available so it is always worth comparing prices to find a bargain.
Most computer monitors are from brands including BenQ, Asus, Dell, Hanns G, HP, LG and Samsung. Our buying guide will give you an overview of the specifications and features to look out for so you can buy your next computer screen with confidence.
Computer monitors come in sizes ranging from a tiny 7 inches to a huge 70 inches although sizes between 19 and 24 inches are most common.
For basic web browsing and simple tasks a monitor between 19-21 inches will be sufficient. If you need more space to display photos, watch movies sort have multiple documents open at the same time, a monitor between 22-24 inches will be a good choice for your home or office. Even larger displays in the 40 or 50 inch range can replace a multi-monitor setup and show a number of charts and documents simultaneously.
When choosing a PC monitor, keep the size of your desk and workspace in mind as well. While a very large display might sound appealing it can look out of proportion if your available space is limited.
Most popular monitors have an aspect ratio of 16:9, making them ideal to watch movies and display documents side-by-side. Some monitors have a aspect ratio of 16:10. This gives slightly more space vertically but results in black bars at the top and bottom of the screen when viewing 16:9 movies.
A monitor aspect ratio of 4:3 used to be the norm although this is now less common and widescreen monitors have established themselves as the new standard.
Full HD Monitors
Most monitors today have a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, which is the same as the resolution of Full HD LED TVs. This resolution allows you to play Full HD movies from Bluray and DVD at the best quality.
4K PC Monitors
Ultra high resolution monitors, also known as 4K monitors offer the highest display resolution on the market today. Combined with a large screen size, these UHD monitors offer a huge amount of display space to show a large amount of content at the same time. 4K monitors are ideal for productivity enthusiasts and usually have a native resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels.
Other Monitor Resolutions
Some monitors, usually with an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a display diagonal of 24 inches have a resolution of 1920 x 1200 also known as WUXGA, adding extra vertical pixels to accommodate the higher aspect ratio. Larger monitors, usually between 27 and 30 inches sometimes have a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels.
Before buying a monitor, make sure you check the output resolution of your graphics card to ensure the monitor’s native resolution is supported.
Designed and the successor to DVI, Display is still a relatively new technology and not very commonly found on PC monitors. Display Port technology has been designed by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) primarily to connect displays but it can also carry audio and USB data.
High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is the current standard to transfer digital images and sound through a single cable. HDMI became popular with widescreen monitors and the fact that it is widely used means you can also connect DVD or Bluray players, games consoles and set-top boxes directly to your monitor. HDMI sockets are most commonly found on laptops but it also possible to connect HDMI to DVI using an adaptor cable.
Most PC monitors have a DVI socket, which is usually coloured white. Depending on the type, DVI can carry digital signals only (DVI-D) or both digital and analogue signals (DVI-I).
VGA / D-Sub 15
Once the most widely used what to connect computers to monitors, the Video Graphics Array (VGA) socket can still be found on many monitors, although it is now being replaced by HDMI and Display Port. VGA is an analogue-only connection using a 15-pin connector, which is usually coloured blue. Laptops usually use mini-VGA ports instead of a full-size VGA connector.
The viewing angle is measured in degrees from the centre of the monitor and indicates how far you can move either vertically or horizontally for the picture to still be visible. If you are planning to use your computer monitor to watch films the horizontal viewing angle determines how far people can sit to either side of you and still have an enjoyable experience.
Matt & Glossy Screens
Glossy screens became popular as they tend to make colours appear more intense and the image might appear sharper. Glossy screens do have the downside that any nearly light sources or windows will create glare on the screen. If you use your PC monitor in a room where you are able to control the surrounding light, then a glossy screen can be a good choice. If you are working in an office or sit near a window and don’t want to close the blinds when the sun comes out, a matt screen will reduce reflections and glare and will be more comfortable to work with.
A fast response time is particularly important when using the PC monitor to play games or watch fast moving sports as it prevents blur and keeps the image crisp. The response time measures how long it takes for a pixels to change it’s colour and brightness. A good monitor will have a response time of 2ms (milliseconds or 1/1000th of a second), while more affordable screen will have a slower response time of around 6-8ms.
Contrast Ratio, Black Levels & OLED Computer Monitors
Contrast ratio describes the difference between the brightest and darkest pixels the computer screen is able to display. Since some of the backlight will always shine through the screen on an LCD display, true blacks are impossible to achieve and you will at best see a very dark grey. To achieve true black which would result in an infinite contrast ratio, we will have to wait for OLED PC monitors to come to market. OLED TVs are already available and it will probably only be a matter of time until we see ultra-thin and even bendable OLED computer monitors.
Have a look at this amazing transparent OLED laptop screen from Samsung - a good indication of what is about to come in the future!
Integrated webcams are a common feature and help to reduce the number of cables on your desk. You can make Skype calls or use Google Hangouts without having to connect an external webcam. Keep in mind though, that built-in webcams tend to have an inferior picture quality compared to high quality external webcams.
Some monitors have integrated UDB 3.0 ports making it easy to connect a computer mouse, keyboard or a digital camera to download photos. This is handy if the number of USB ports on your computer is limited or you keep your computer below your desk where it is harder to reach.
Some PC monitors have a built-in Freeview tuner, which allows you to receive and watch TV programmes on the monitor, even when it is not connected to a computer. Monitors with build-in tuners tend to be more expensive but this can be a good option if your space is limited and you want your monitor to double-up as a TV. Alternatively, you could buy a TV tuner card for your computer. The picture-in-picture function on some monitors lets you watch TV while also displaying you PC desktop at the same time.
A few computer monitor have built in speakers. Monitors with built-in TV tuners always have speakers. This can be convenient if you don’t want to buy additional computer speakers but keep in mind that built-in speakers are usually small and don’t have a lot of power. If sound quality is important, it will be a better choice to invest in some good quality external speakers.
The Video Electronics Standards Association has defined a standard called the Flat Display Mounting Interface (FDMI), also known as VESA Mounting Interface Standard (MIS) or simply ‘VESA mount”, which allows flat panel displays including TVs and monitors to be mounted to stands and wall mounts using the same interface. If you are planning not to use the monitor’s stand but mount it, look out for compatibility with VESA mounts.
Depending on where you want to position the monitor, it will be an advantage to make adjustments to the monitor’s placement quickly. Look for a monitor that’s height adjustable unless you are planning to use an adjustable monitor stand. Some monitors also have tilt adjustments and a swivelling base to improve your set-up.
PC Monitor Retailers, Prices and Features
Flatpanel Monitor Prices
In total we found 1734 PC displays ranging from £40 to £9,999. A new PC display costs on average £291 and 80% of PC displays are priced between £83 and £560. The cheapest PC screen that we found is the Benq GL955A at only £40, and the most expensive is the AOC I2757F at £9,999.
PC Display Brands - Price Range
The average price of Barco LCD screens is £7,708 which is the highest average price of all PC monitor brands. Barco LCD screens start at £7,708 and the most expensive Barco PC monitor costs £7,708.
The second highest average flatpanel monitor price out of all brands is Sharp LCD screens with an average price of £7,231. Sharp LCD screens range in price from £7,231 to £7,231.
The %8highest average PC display price out of all brands is Panasonic flatpanel monitors with an average price of £6,350. Panasonic flatpanel monitors start at £5,499 and the most expensive Panasonic PC display costs £7,200.
PC Screen Brands - Average Ratings
We have checked 3,536 expert reviews and 63,100 user reviews for PC screens written online and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of flatpanel monitor. The top rated PC screen brand is Benq with an average rating of 90%. The second best brand is NEC with 90% and the third best brand is DELL with 88%.
Biggest PC Display Retailers
The biggest flatpanel monitor retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 1,043 current flatpanel monitor offers from eBay. The second biggest flatpanel monitor retailer is Amazon UK with 609 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to PC monitors. BT Shop is the third biggest retailer with 528 current offers.
When Are Most New PC Monitors Released?
July to September is the most common period for new flatpanel monitors to be released in. If you want the latest PC display features you may be best waiting until July 2017. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current LCD screens tend to drop off when the next models are released. 95 new PC displays were released in September 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new PC monitor releases. July was the biggest month in 2015 for new flatpanel monitors, with 136 new flatpanel monitors released that month. The biggest month in 2014 for new LCD screen releases was February, with 144 new flatpanel monitors released that month.
How Fast Do PC Display Prices Drop After Release?
On average PC displays drop in price by 0% in the first 6 months after release. That means a saving of £0 on a typical £291 new PC monitor if you wait 6 months before buying.
The display diagonal is a measure of the size of the monitor. It is measured from one corner of the screen to the diagonally opposite corner of the screen.
A bigger display diagonal means that the screen will be larger and better for displaying lots of content or for seeing the detail in photos and videos.
We found 1,784 flatpanel monitors that are flatpanel monitors that have a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which makes this the most popular display resolution amongst new flatpanel monitors. We found 183 PC monitors that are flatpanel monitors that have a display resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels, making 1280 x 1024 pixels the second most frequently found display resolution amongst new PC monitors.
Energy Efficiency of PC Monitors
We found 239 PC screens that have an energy efficiency rating of B, which makes B the most common energy efficiency rating amongst new PC screens. The second most frequently found energy efficiency rating amongst new PC screens is C. We found 112 PC screens that have an energy efficiency rating of C.
Biggest PC Display Retailers
We found 1,043 current offers for PC screens from eBay making it the biggest PC monitor retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 609 current offers for PC screens. The third biggest retailer is BT Shop with 528 current PC monitor offers.
Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for LCD Screens?
With the cheapest price on 474 PC displays, eBay is most frequently the cheapest PC screen shop.
Proportion of PC Monitors for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?
The shop that most frequently offered the cheapest price on PC monitors is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 45.4% of its PC monitors.