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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 4,660 PC monitors, 97,800 reviews and 39,100 prices. Last updated 18 August 2017.

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#2 Acer B246HL

B246HL
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The highest scoring medium monitor on the market, with a recent release date and good features
96
Reviews
1 Award
98
Value for Money
Excellent
74
Features
Good Features
94
Age
1 Month Old
77
Running Costs
£55 / 5 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
24"
1920 X 1080 (Full HD) pixels
Jul 2017
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Release Date
eBay £93.32
BT Shop £145.33
BT Business Direct £145.33
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£189.97

#3 DELL S2715H

S2715H
The highest scoring medium monitor around, with good features and a very reasonable price
96
Reviews
21 Reviews
93
Value for Money
Excellent
77
Features
Good Features
92
Age
1 Year Old
97
Running Costs
£25 / 5 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
27"
1920 X 1080 (Full HD) pixels
Mar 2016
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Release Date
Laptops Direct £189.97
Amazon UK £230.52
John Lewis £249.00
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£149.99
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#3 Acer K272HL

K272HL
An excellently reviewed and extremely good value for money 27" LCD screen, with very low running costs and good features
94
Reviews
35 Reviews
96
Value for Money
Excellent
76
Features
Good Features
72
Age
2 Years Old
87
Running Costs
£40 / 5 Years
86
Overall Score
Excellent
27"
1920 X 1080 (Full HD) pixels
Oct 2015
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Overclock £149.99
Ebuyer Business £162.82
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£116.66
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#4 Acer B246HL

B246HL
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An excellent value for money and award winning 24" LCD screen, with very low running costs and good features
96
Reviews
1 Award
95
Value for Money
Excellent
77
Features
Good Features
86
Age
1 Year Old
87
Running Costs
£42 / 5 Years
89
Overall Score
Excellent
24"
1920 X 1080 (Full HD) pixels
Aug 2016
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Release Date
eBay £116.66
Amazon UK £219.00
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£129.00

#5 Asus VX248

VX248
A top-value and very highly rated 24" LCD screen, with alright running costs and good features
94
Reviews
214 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
72
Features
Good Features
84
Age
10 Months Old
64
Running Costs
£62 / 5 Years
86
Overall Score
Excellent
24"
1920 X 1080 (Full HD) pixels
Oct 2016
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Release Date
eBay £129.00
PC World Business £158.98
Ebuyer £158.99
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£147.99

#6 Benq GW2760

GW2760
voz.vn - Recommended
An affordable and newly released 27" flatpanel monitor, with OK running costs and multiple awards
89
Reviews
1 Award
96
Value for Money
Excellent
79
Features
Good Features
89
Age
5 Months Old
40
Running Costs
£125 / 5 Years
85
Overall Score
Excellent
27"
1920 X 1080 (Full HD) pixels
Mar 2017
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Maplin Electronics £147.99
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£140.99

#7 Philips 273E3LHSB

273E3LHSB
computerdiy.com.tw - Recommended
An award winning and amazingly cheap 27" LCD screen, with low running costs and very good features
93
Reviews
1 Award
96
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Age
2 Years Old
77
Running Costs
£54 / 5 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
27"
1920 X 1080 (Full HD) pixels
Nov 2015
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Release Date
Ebuyer Business £140.99
Ebuyer £169.98
PC World Business £172.40
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£167.21

#8 Samsung S24E650BW

S24E650BW
An excellently reviewed and top-value 24" PC monitor, with moderate running costs and good features
95
Reviews
3 Reviews
92
Value for Money
Excellent
78
Features
Good Features
84
Age
1 Year Old
66
Running Costs
£64 / 5 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
24"
1920 X 1200 pixels
Aug 2016
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Release Date
eBay £167.21
Ebuyer £184.98
Amazon UK £187.99
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£109.99
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#9 Acer S241HL

S241HL
A very economical to run and bargain price 24" PC screen, with good features and brilliant expert reviews
89
Reviews
24 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
71
Features
Good Features
77
Age
1 Year Old
92
Running Costs
£32 / 5 Years
85
Overall Score
Excellent
24"
1920 X 1080 (Full HD) pixels
Apr 2016
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eBay £109.99
Currys £124.98
BT Business Direct £163.04
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£115.00
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#10 Acer K272HL

K272HL
An impressive value for money and very highly rated 27" LCD screen, with alright running costs and good features
94
Reviews
125 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
65
Features
Good Features
92
Age
2 Months Old
56
Running Costs
£69 / 5 Years
85
Overall Score
Excellent
27"
1920 X 1080 (Full HD) pixels
Jun 2017
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eBay £115.00
Argos £149.99
Ebuyer Business £159.99
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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 logo Acer PC Monitors 226 £47 - £1,400 83%
LG logo LG PC Monitors 215 £60 - £5,379 82%
Samsung logo Samsung PC Monitors 206 £47 - £8,000 82%
Asus logo Asus PC Monitors 193 £62 - £1,053 84%
HP logo HP PC Monitors 172 £44 - £4,180 75%
Philips logo Philips PC Monitors 160 £60 - £1,262 78%
DELL logo DELL PC Monitors 137 £47 - £2,206 82%
AOC logo AOC PC Monitors 129 £52 - £9,999 82%
iiyama logo iiyama PC Monitors 129 £90 - £2,484 83%
Benq logo Benq PC Monitors 106 £49 - £1,299 82%
Viewsonic logo Viewsonic PC Monitors 92 £57 - £700 84%
NEC logo NEC PC Monitors 63 £72 - £3,843 80%
Lenovo logo Lenovo PC Monitors 53 £51 - £3,570 70%
Eizo logo Eizo PC Monitors 41 £100 - £4,757 87%
Hanns.G logo Hanns.G PC Monitors 30 £53 - £330 77%
Fujitsu logo Fujitsu PC Monitors 26 £80 - £1,121 66%
Neovo logo Neovo PC Monitors 26 £108 - £1,444 57%
Hannspree logo Hannspree PC Monitors 21 £55 - £193 71%
Other brands Other PC Monitor Brands 61 £55 - £7,777

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.

Screen Sizes

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.

Aspect Ratio

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.

Resolution

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.

Connectivity

PC monitor connections

Display Port

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.

HDMI

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.

DVI

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.

Picture Quality

Viewing Angle

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.

Response Time

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!

Features

Webcam

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.

USB Ports

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.

TV Tuner

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.

Speakers

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.

VESA/Wall Mountable

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.

Adjustability

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

PC Screen Prices

Flatpanel monitors range in price from £44 to £9,999 and in total we found prices for 2105 flatpanel monitors. A new PC monitor costs on average £316 and 80% of PC monitors are priced between £89 and £600. The AOC I2757F is the most expensive LCD screen that we found at £9,999, and the HP W2072a is the cheapest at only £44.

PC Monitor Brands - Price Range

The %8highest average PC screen price out of all brands is Barco PC monitors with an average price of £7,777. Barco PC monitors start at £7,777 and the most expensive Barco PC screen costs £7,777.

Sharp PC monitors start at £4,273 and the most expensive Sharp PC display costs £7,231. The second highest average PC display price out of all brands is Sharp PC monitors with an average price of £5,752.

Panasonic flatpanel monitors range in price from £544 to £7,200, and the third highest average PC display price out of all brands is Panasonic flatpanel monitors with an average price of £4,414.

Flatpanel Monitor Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 4,415 expert reviews and 95,008 user reviews for LCD screens available online and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of PC screen. The top rated LCD 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 89%.

Biggest PC Monitor Retailers

We found 1,444 current offers for PC displays from eBay making it the biggest PC display retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 1,095 current offers for PC displays. The third biggest retailer is BT Business Direct with 580 current PC display offers.

When Are Most New PC Screens Released?

We looked at the release dates for new flatpanel monitors over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any prominent pattern. In 2016 most new PC monitors were released in February, with 136 new PC monitors released that month. 141 new PC screens were released in July 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new LCD screen releases. The biggest month in 2014 for new PC monitor releases was February, with 81 new flatpanel monitors released that month.

How Fast Do PC Display Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, PC screens drop in price by 1%. That means a saving of £4 on a typical £315 new flatpanel monitor if you wait 6 months before buying.

Display Diagonals

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.

Across the range of flatpanel monitors, the display diagonals range from 3.5" to 95". The display diagonals of the majority of PC displays range from 23" to 26". The SamsungME95C has the biggest display diagonal. This PC display is a 95" flatpanel monitor and is on sale for £7,999.99. The SamsungME95C, which is priced at £54.88, has the smallest display diagonal and is a 4.3" PC monitor.

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.

Display Resolutions

This indicates the maximum resolution that the monitor is capable of displaying. 'Resolution' is the amount of pixels that make up the image displayed on the screen.

Amongst new LCD screens, the most common display resolution is 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels. We found 1,906 LCD screens that are PC screens that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels. The second most popular display resolution amongst new PC monitors is 2560 x 1440 pixels. We found 204 PC monitors that are PC displays that have a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.

A larger display resolution means that the image will be more detailed, crisper and contain less visual flaws such as blurring.

Energy Efficiency of PC Monitors

The Energy Efficiency Class of a monitor shows how well it uses energy, and how much is unnecessarily wasted. Products are ranked from G to A++ in terms of how little energy they use compared to the norm.

A+ is the most popular energy efficiency rating amongst new PC screens. We found 488 PC screens that have an energy efficiency rating of A+. The second most popular energy efficiency rating amongst new LCD screens is B. We found 283 LCD screens that have an energy efficiency rating of B.

A monitor with a better energy efficiency rating will consume less energy whenever they are used, saving you money and making them better for the environment.

Biggest PC Monitor Retailers

We found 1,444 current offers for flatpanel monitors from eBay making it the biggest LCD screen retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 1,095 current offers for flatpanel monitors. The third biggest retailer is BT Business Direct with 580 current LCD screen offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for PC Monitors?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest PC monitor prices (found to be cheapest for 691 PC monitors).

Proportion of PC Screens for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest shop by number of LCD screen for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 47.9% of its flatpanel monitors.

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