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The 10 Best PC Monitors - July 2017

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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 4,370 PC monitors, 90,700 reviews and 37,600 prices. Last updated 21 July 2017.

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#1
GW2760

Benq GW2760

voz.vn - Recommended
The highest rated flatpanel monitor under £500
96
Reviews
1 Award
96
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Age
4 Months Old
Running Costs (51)
£262 / 5 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
27"
Mar 2017
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#2
300CD

Samsung 300CD

A new and top-rated 3,440 pixels PC monitor
90
Reviews
14 Reviews
74
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Age
1 Month Old
(Unknown)
82
Overall Score
Excellent
34"
Jun 2017
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#3
273E3LHSB

Philips 273E3LHSB

computerdiy.com.tw - Recommended
An affordable and award winning 27" 1920 x 1080 pixels PC monitor
93
Reviews
1 Award
97
Value for Money
Excellent
81
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Age
2 Years Old
84
Running Costs
£55 / 5 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
27"
Nov 2015
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#4
S24E650BW

Samsung S24E650BW

A very cheap and excellently reviewed 1920 x 1200 pixels flatpanel monitor
96
Reviews
4 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
85
Features
Fully-Featured
77
Age
2 Years Old
76
Running Costs
£64 / 5 Years
89
Overall Score
Excellent
24"
Jun 2015
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#5
B246

Acer B246

whatnext.pl - Yes
A top-value and award winning 24" 1920 x 1200 pixels LCD screen
95
Reviews
1 Award
97
Value for Money
Excellent
78
Features
Good Features
68
Age
3 Years Old
79
Running Costs
£56 / 5 Years
86
Overall Score
Excellent
24"
Jan 2015
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#6
25UM58

LG 25UM58

xfastest.com - Fastest Media
A best selling and affordable 25" 2560 x 1080 pixels flatpanel monitor
94
Reviews
1 Award
96
Value for Money
Excellent
75
Features
Good Features
80
Age
1 Year Old
66
Running Costs
£71 / 5 Years
86
Overall Score
Excellent
25"
Mar 2016
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#7
G277H

Acer G277H

hardware.info - Bronze Award
An affordable and award winning 1,920 pixels PC screen
91
Reviews
1 Award
95
Value for Money
Excellent
77
Features
Good Features
Age (64)
3 Years Old
66
Running Costs
£69 / 5 Years
83
Overall Score
Excellent
27"
Oct 2014
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#8
e2470Swh

AOC e2470Swh

The highest rated flatpanel monitor under £100
93
Reviews
46 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
72
Features
Good Features
74
Age
2 Years Old
87
Running Costs
£49 / 5 Years
85
Overall Score
Excellent
23.6"
Aug 2015
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#9
G2460VQ6

AOC G2460VQ6

fudzilla.com - Top ValueSweClockers.com - Good Productgamezoom.net - Recommended
A bargain buy and award winning 24" 1920 x 1080 pixels flatpanel monitor
91
Reviews
3 Awards
96
Value for Money
Excellent
79
Features
Good Features
74
Age
2 Years Old
68
Running Costs
£67 / 5 Years
85
Overall Score
Excellent
24"
Aug 2015
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#10
G276HL

Acer G276HL

A classic and low cost 1,920 pixels PC monitor
95
Reviews
182 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
77
Features
Good Features
Age (62)
3 Years Old
71
Running Costs
£64 / 5 Years
84
Overall Score
Excellent
27"
Jun 2014
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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
Samsung logo Samsung PC Monitors 181 £51 - £7,000 82%
Acer logo Acer PC Monitors 164 £44 - £1,411 82%
LG logo LG PC Monitors 164 £60 - £4,769 83%
Asus logo Asus PC Monitors 140 £48 - £1,037 85%
Philips logo Philips PC Monitors 134 £60 - £1,231 76%
HP logo HP PC Monitors 123 £47 - £3,109 77%
iiyama logo iiyama PC Monitors 115 £90 - £2,220 82%
AOC logo AOC PC Monitors 111 £51 - £756 83%
DELL logo DELL PC Monitors 103 £46 - £1,899 82%
Viewsonic logo Viewsonic PC Monitors 88 £62 - £659 83%
Benq logo Benq PC Monitors 84 £50 - £1,199 82%
NEC logo NEC PC Monitors 51 £65 - £2,016 77%
Lenovo logo Lenovo PC Monitors 45 £68 - £580 72%
Eizo logo Eizo PC Monitors 37 £157 - £3,768 86%
Hanns.G logo Hanns.G PC Monitors 27 £53 - £342 81%
Hannspree logo Hannspree PC Monitors 21 £64 - £311 64%
Other brands Other PC Monitor Brands 78 £61 - £7,659

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 Monitor Prices

We currently list 1781 PC monitors ranging from £41 to £9,999. On average, a new LCD screen costs £305 and 80% of flatpanel monitors are priced between £84 and £592. The most expensive PC display that we found is the AOC I2757F at £9,999, and the cheapest is the DELL 1908FP at only £41.

PC Display Brands - Price Range

The highest average PC display price out of all brands is Sharp PC screens with an average price of £7,231. Sharp PC screens range in price from £7,231 to £7,231.

The average price of Barco PC displays is £4,260 which is the second highest average price of all flatpanel monitor brands. Barco PC displays range in price from £775 to £7,745.

The average price of Panasonic PC displays is £3,336 which is the third highest average price of all PC monitor brands. Panasonic PC displays range in price from £62 to £7,200.

PC Screen Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 3,492 expert reviews and 62,700 user reviews for flatpanel monitors available online and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of flatpanel monitor. Benq is the top rated LCD screen brand with an average rating of 90%. NEC is the second best brand with 90% and AOC is the third best brand with 88%.

Biggest LCD Screen Retailers

The biggest PC screen retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 1,112 current PC screen offers from eBay. The second biggest PC screen retailer is Amazon UK with 598 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to flatpanel monitors. BT Shop is the third biggest retailer with 531 current offers.

When Are Most New PC Screens Released?

Most new PC displays tend to be released between July and September. If you wait until July 2017 then you might be able to get better features on your PC display. Also the price of the current PC screens may drop off just before the latest models are released in July. September was the biggest month in 2016 for new PC screens, with 96 new PC screens released that month. In July 2015 132 new PC displays were released making it the biggest month that year for new PC display releases. In 2014 most new flatpanel monitors were released in February, with 142 new flatpanel monitors released that month.

How Fast Do PC Screen Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, LCD screens drop in price by 0%. That means a saving of £0 on a typical £305 new PC display 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.

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

We found 1,742 PC displays that are PC monitors that have a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which makes 1920 x 1080 pixels the most frequently found display resolution amongst new PC displays. The second most frequently found display resolution amongst new LCD screens is 1280 x 1024 pixels. We found 169 LCD screens that are PC displays that have a display resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels.

Energy Efficiency of PC Monitors

Amongst new PC screens, the most frequently found energy efficiency rating is B. We found 251 PC screens that have an energy efficiency rating of B. We found 114 PC displays that have an energy efficiency rating of C, making C the second most frequently found energy efficiency rating amongst new PC displays.

Biggest Flatpanel Monitor Retailers

We found 1,112 current offers for PC displays from eBay making it the biggest PC monitor retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 598 current offers for PC displays. The third biggest retailer is BT Shop with 531 current PC monitor offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for PC Displays?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on LCD screens is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 521 LCD screens.

Proportion of PC Screens for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 46.9% of its PC screens, eBay is most frequently the cheapest LCD screen shop.

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