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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 4,730 PC monitors, 113,000 reviews and 29,500 prices. Last updated 20 October 2017.

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#1 Samsung S24E650PL

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The highest scoring medium monitor available, with very low running costs and brilliant user reviews
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13 Reviews
95
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Age
9 Months Old
91
Running Costs
£33 / 5 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
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Feb 2017
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#2 Samsung S24F350FHU

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A best selling and bargain price 24" PC monitor, with breathtakingly low running costs and outstanding user reviews
95
Reviews
13 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
75
Features
Good Features
79
Age
2 Years Old
95
Running Costs
£27 / 5 Years
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Overall Score
Excellent
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Apr 2016
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#3 Acer R271BMID

R271BMID
A very good value for money and very popular 27" PC monitor, with great user reviews and very low running costs
86
Reviews
6 Reviews
93
Value for Money
Excellent
84
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Age
6 Months Old
89
Running Costs
£35 / 5 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
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Apr 2017
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#4 Acer B246HL

B246HL
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The most economical medium monitor on the market, with good features and a recent release date
95
Reviews
1 Award
96
Value for Money
Excellent
72
Features
Good Features
92
Age
3 Months Old
72
Running Costs
£55 / 5 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
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#5 Asus VX248

VX248
An excellently reviewed and bargain price 24" PC display, with alright running costs and good features
95
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214 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
77
Features
Good Features
84
Age
12 Months Old
65
Running Costs
£62 / 5 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
24"
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Oct 2016
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#6 Acer S241HL

S241HL
The highest scoring PC display under £100, with good features and very low running costs
92
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127 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
77
Features
Good Features
78
Age
2 Years Old
91
Running Costs
£32 / 5 Years
87
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Excellent
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#7 Benq GW2760

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A multi award winning and very good value for money 27" PC monitor, with moderate running costs and great features
90
Reviews
1 Award
96
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Age
7 Months Old
46
Running Costs
£125 / 5 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
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Mar 2017
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#8 Samsung C27F390FHU

C27F390FHU
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The highest scoring curved monitor available, with an industry award and very good features
90
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1 Award
90
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Age
1 Year Old
91
Running Costs
£32 / 5 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
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#9 Acer KA270H

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A top-value and award winning 27" LCD screen, with very low running costs and good features
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1 Award
94
Value for Money
Excellent
78
Features
Good Features
73
Age
6 Months Old
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Running Costs
£34 / 5 Years
86
Overall Score
Excellent
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#10 AOC G2460VQ6

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A best selling and bargain price 24" flatpanel monitor, with multiple awards and good features
90
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6 Awards
98
Value for Money
Excellent
79
Features
Good Features
71
Age
2 Years Old
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£35 / 5 Years
86
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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 202 £60 - £1,283 84%
Samsung logo Samsung PC Monitors 199 £65 - £2,769 82%
LG logo LG PC Monitors 198 £68 - £3,198 82%
Asus logo Asus PC Monitors 197 £45 - £2,796 85%
Philips logo Philips PC Monitors 162 £45 - £1,288 78%
HP logo HP PC Monitors 148 £42 - £4,608 77%
AOC logo AOC PC Monitors 135 £55 - £749 82%
iiyama logo iiyama PC Monitors 133 £71 - £2,547 82%
DELL logo DELL PC Monitors 126 £50 - £3,507 84%
Benq logo Benq PC Monitors 110 £60 - £1,250 83%
Viewsonic logo Viewsonic PC Monitors 87 £70 - £659 84%
NEC logo NEC PC Monitors 64 £72 - £4,262 78%
Lenovo logo Lenovo PC Monitors 46 £56 - £527 68%
Eizo logo Eizo PC Monitors 46 £157 - £4,129 86%
Hanns.G logo Hanns.G PC Monitors 32 £55 - £337 77%
Fujitsu logo Fujitsu PC Monitors 28 £99 - £819 72%
Neovo logo Neovo PC Monitors 28 £108 - £1,466 41%
Hannspree logo Hannspree PC Monitors 22 £64 - £339 64%
Other brands Other PC Monitor Brands 57 £59 - £9,519

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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

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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

We currently list 2064 LCD screens ranging from £42 to £9,999. A new PC monitor costs on average £304 and 80% of flatpanel monitors are priced between £93 and £578. The HP V222 is the cheapest PC screen at only £42, and AOC I2757F is the most expensive at £9,999.

Flatpanel Monitor Brands - Price Range

Barco flatpanel monitors start at £7,515 and the most expensive Barco PC monitor costs £7,515. The average price of Barco flatpanel monitors is £7,515 which is the highest average price of all PC monitor brands.

Panasonic PC monitors range in price from £848 to £7,200, and the average price of Panasonic PC monitors is £3,152 which is the second highest average price of all flatpanel monitor brands.

Elo TouchSystems flatpanel monitors range in price from £1,501 to £1,501, and the third highest average flatpanel monitor price out of all brands is Elo TouchSystems flatpanel monitors with an average price of £1,501.

PC Display Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 4,731 expert reviews and 113,032 user reviews for flatpanel monitors from across the internet and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of flatpanel monitor. The top three PC monitor brands are Benq, NEC and DELL. Benq has an average rating of 90%, NEC has an average rating of 90% and DELL has an average rating of 89%.

Biggest PC Display Retailers

We found 1,197 current offers for LCD screens from eBay making it the biggest LCD screen retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 1,143 current offers for LCD screens. The third biggest retailer is BT Shop with 550 current LCD screen offers.

When Are Most New PC Displays Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any obvious pattern in the release month for new LCD screens. The biggest month last year for new LCD screen releases was February, with 128 new PC monitors released that month. 135 new PC monitors were released in July 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new LCD screen releases. In 2014 most new LCD screens were released in February, with 135 new LCD screens released that month.

How Fast Do LCD Screen Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, PC displays drop in price by 1%. That means a saving of £4 on a typical £305 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.

The display diagonals of PC displays range from 3.5" to 95". The display diagonals of most flatpanel monitors range from 23" to 26". The PanasonicTH-70LF50E has the biggest display diagonal. This PC monitor is a 70" flatpanel monitor and is available at £5,186.09. The PC monitor with the smallest display diagonal is the PanasonicTH-70LF50E, which is a 4.3" flatpanel monitor and sells for £58.56.

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.

The most frequently found display resolution amongst new PC monitors is 1920 x 1080 pixels. We found 3,762 PC monitors that are LCD screens that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The second most frequently found display resolution amongst new flatpanel monitors is 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels. We found 3,762 flatpanel monitors that are flatpanel monitors that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 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.

The most popular energy efficiency rating amongst new flatpanel monitors is A+. We found 548 flatpanel monitors that have an energy efficiency rating of A+. B is the second most popular energy efficiency rating amongst new flatpanel monitors. We found 293 flatpanel monitors 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 Screen Retailers

We found 1,197 current offers for PC monitors from eBay making it the biggest PC monitor retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 1,143 current offers for PC monitors. The third biggest retailer is BT Shop with 550 current PC monitor offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Flatpanel Monitors?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on PC screens is Amazon UK and offers the cheapest price on 441 PC screens.

Proportion of PC Monitors for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Amazon UK most frequently has the cheapest LCD screen prices (found to be cheapest for 38.6% of its flatpanel monitors).

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