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Compare the Best PC MonitorsMarch 2021

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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique PC monitors rating which considers: 15,000 US prices • 110,000 expert & user reviews • 4,600 product comparisons • 3,000 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

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Asus VN279QL

101 Reviews
1920 1080 x (Full HD) pixels resolution  Big display diagonal Built‑in speaker 
1920 1080 x (Full HD) pixels resolution
Big display diagonal
Built‑in speaker

$214.99

27"
Info
1920 X 1080
(1080p)
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$85
Over 5 years
Jul 2013
#2

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Viewsonic Value Series VA2259SMH

6 Reviews
1920 1080 x (Full HD) pixels resolution  Built‑in speaker  Wide vertical viewing angle 
1920 1080 x (Full HD) pixels resolution
Built‑in speaker
Wide vertical viewing angle

$61.00

22"
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1920 X 1080
(1080p)
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$64
Over 5 years
Jul 2016
#3

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Samsung S22E450D

10 Reviews
1920 1080 x (Full HD) pixels resolution  Built‑in speaker  Headphone out 
1920 1080 x (Full HD) pixels resolution
Built‑in speaker
Headphone out

$84.99

22"
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1920 X 1080
(1080p)
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$67
Over 5 years
Jul 2020
#4

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LG 24MB35PB

15 Reviews
1920 1080 x (Full HD) pixels resolution  Wide vertical viewing angle  Built‑in speaker 
1920 1080 x (Full HD) pixels resolution
Wide vertical viewing angle
Built‑in speaker

$130.13

23.8"
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1920 X 1080
(1080p)
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$59
Over 5 years
Dec 2013
#5

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Samsung S24E450D

40 Reviews

$79.98

24"
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1920 X 1080
(1080p)
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$55
Over 5 years
Dec 2016
#6

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Asus VS207TP

70 Reviews

$95.79

19.5"
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1600 X 900 pixels
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$62
Over 5 years
Oct 2013
#7

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LG 22LJ4540

24 Reviews

$99.00

21.5"
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1920 X 1080
(1080p)
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$60
Over 5 years
May 2017
#8

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Acer V6 V226HQL

44 Reviews

$59.99

21.5"
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1920 X 1080
(1080p)
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(Unknown)
Apr 2019
#9

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Acer EB321HQU

8 Reviews

$140.00

31.5"
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2560 X 1440 pixels
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(Unknown)
Dec 2017
#10

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Asus VW199

3 Reviews

$103.99

19"
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1440 X 900
(WXGA+)
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$65
Over 5 years
Mar 2011
#11

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Viewsonic VG939SM

5 Reviews

$158.99

19"
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1280 X 1024 pixels
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$72
Over 5 years
Jan 2015
#12

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Benq GW2283

23 Reviews

$104.99

21.5"
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1920 X 1080
(1080p)
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$60
Over 5 years
Jun 2020
#13

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Viewsonic X Series XG2530

33 Reviews

$349.99

25"
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1920 X 1080
(1080p)
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$72
Over 5 years
Apr 2017
#14

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Viewsonic VX Series VX2457MHD

9 Reviews

$130.00

24"
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1920 X 1080
(1080p)
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$62
Over 5 years
Nov 2015
#15

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Acer G276HL

207 Reviews

$143.00

27"
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1920 X 1080
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$63
Over 5 years
Oct 2017
#16

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Acer V6 V246HQL

111 Reviews

$79.99

24"
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1920 X 1080
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(Unknown)
May 2014
#17

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Viewsonic VX2758

10 Reviews

$199.00

27"
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2560 X 1440 pixels
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$64
Over 5 years
Apr 2019
#18

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HP HP 27

31 Reviews

$179.97

27"
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1920 X 1080
(1080p)
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(Unknown)
Apr 2016
#19

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Viewsonic VG2448

11 Reviews

$99.99

23.8"
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1920 X 1080
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$60
Over 5 years
Dec 2017

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What Are The Best PC Monitor Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every PC monitor and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated PC monitor brand is HP with an average rating of 87%. Compare all award winning PC monitors.

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#1
HP PC Monitors 328 $60 - $1,900
87%
5,030 reviews
#2
Samsung PC Monitors 505 $58 - $6,900
84%
7,654 reviews
#3
LG PC Monitors 428 $60 - $2,995
83%
8,704 reviews
#4
Acer PC Monitors 310 $58 - $1,146
81%
9,562 reviews
#5
DELL PC Monitors 169 $59 - $1,051
80%
8,744 reviews
#6
Lenovo PC Monitors 154 $69 - $1,364
79%
1,103 reviews
#7
iiyama PC Monitors 189
79%
2,720 reviews
#8
Asus PC Monitors 199 $58 - $1,397
79%
17,058 reviews
#9
AOC PC Monitors 207 $64 - $635
78%
8,412 reviews
#10
Viewsonic PC Monitors 195 $60 - $2,134
77%
2,903 reviews
#11
Benq PC Monitors 130 $89 - $4,073
76%
11,458 reviews
#12
NEC PC Monitors 117 $140 - $12,499
76%
456 reviews
#13
Eizo PC Monitors 113 $189 - $2,319
75%
576 reviews
#14
Panasonic PC Monitors 21 $500 - $1,778
74%
1 review
#15
Philips PC Monitors 331 $108 - $1,316
74%
1,860 reviews
#16
Hanns.G PC Monitors 45
69%
105 reviews
#17
Hannspree PC Monitors 52 $192 - $420
66%
453 reviews
#18
Fujitsu PC Monitors 53
66%
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#19
MSI PC Monitors 28 $150 - $898
62%
519 reviews
#20
Planar PC Monitors 21 $85 - $494
59%
42 reviews
#21
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51%
9 reviews
#22
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24%
25 reviews
#23
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#24
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#25
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#26
Neovo PC Monitors 28 $137 - $1,995
#27
Sony PC Monitors 23 $120 - $7,874
#28
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is 'viewing angle'?
AThe 'viewing angle' of a monitor constitutes where you can see the screen when looking at an angle - a larger viewing angle means it will be easy to see from a variety of positions, whereas a smaller viewing angle means you'll have to be much closer to the dead centre of the monitor to be able to see the screen properly.
QWhy is 'response time' important for a monitor?
AResponse time is how long it takes a signal from the TV box/Computer to be registered on the screen. This is important for playing video games - the lower the response time, the more fluid and responsive the action will be.
QWhat is 'HDMI'?
AHDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) is the standard connection used for connecting a monitor to a TV box or Computer. It allows for very high definition signals to be sent to the monitor, allowing the monitor to display the best quality image it can.
QWhy is a built-in camera helpful?
AA built-in camera is very helpful for videoconferencing and skype calls - it means you don't have to use a separate webcam for video calls.

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

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

Flatpanel Monitor Prices

PC displays range in price from $55 to $12,499 and in total we found prices for 1046 PC displays. The average price of a new PC monitor is $449 and the 80% of LCD screens are priced between $93 and $813. The most expensive PC screen that we found is the NEC MD302C6N1 at $12,499, and the cheapest is the Acer V226HQL at only $56.

LCD Screen Brands - Price Range

The average price of Barco flatpanel monitors is $3,197 which is the highest average price of all LCD screen brands. Barco flatpanel monitors range in price from $3,197 to $3,197.

The second highest average PC screen price out of all brands is Sony PC monitors with an average price of $2,741. Sony PC monitors start at $120 and their most expensive PC screen costs $7,874.

Wacom PC displays start at $1,690 and their most expensive LCD screen costs $1,690. The average price of Wacom PC displays is $1,690 which is the third highest average price of all LCD screen brands.

LCD Screen Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 13,172 expert reviews and 75,478 user reviews for flatpanel monitors and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of PC screen. HP is the top rated PC monitor brand with an average rating of 87%. Samsung is the second best brand with 84% and LG is the third best brand with 83%.

Biggest Flatpanel Monitor Retailers

The biggest flatpanel monitor retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 1,010 current flatpanel monitor offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Adorama with 223 offers. That means eBay is over 4 times bigger than Adorama when it comes to LCD screens. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 221 current offers.

When Are Most New Flatpanel Monitors Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any noticeable pattern in the release month for new flatpanel monitors. 21 new PC screens were released in January 2020 making it the biggest month that year for new LCD screen releases. In June 2019, 66 new LCD screens were released making it the biggest month that year for new LCD screen releases. In 2018 most new PC displays were released in June as well, with 69 new PC displays released that month.

How Fast Do PC Display Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, PC displays drop in price by 2%.

That means a saving of $11 on a typical $448 new PC screen 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 screens range from 3.5" to 95". The display diagonals of most PC displays range from 24" to 28". The NEC E805AVT, which currently retails for $5,599.00, has the biggest display diagonal and is an 80" PC screen. The flatpanel monitor with the smallest display diagonal is the Sony LMD941W, which is a 9" PC monitor and can be purchased for $119.95.

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

'Display Resolution' 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.

1920 x 1080 (1080p) pixels is the most popular display resolution amongst new LCD screens. We found 2,273 LCD screens that are flatpanel monitors that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p) pixels. We found 314 PC screens that are flatpanel monitors that have a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, making 2560 x 1440 pixels the second most popular display resolution amongst new PC screens.

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.

We found 584 PC displays that have an energy efficiency rating of A, which makes this the most frequently found energy efficiency rating amongst new PC displays. We found 429 PC monitors that have an energy efficiency rating of B, making this the second most popular energy efficiency rating amongst new PC monitors.

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.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for PC Displays?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying PC screens. For each retailer it shows the total number of PC screens where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying LCD screens. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 895 of their PC display prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Flatpanel Monitors for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for flatpanel monitors by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of LCD screen prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's LCD screen prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 88.6% of their PC screen prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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