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Asus VS207DP

70 Reviews

$79.99

19.5"
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1600 X 900 pixels
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$59
Over 5 years
Oct 2013
#2

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DELL SE2416H

21 Reviews

$114.00

23.8"
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1920 X 1080
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$58
Over 5 years
Jan 2016
#3

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Asus VN279QLB

146 Reviews

$180.00

27"
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1920 X 1080
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$81
Over 5 years
Jul 2013
#4

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Asus VE198TL

154 Reviews

$63.93

19"
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1440 X 900
(WXGA+)
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$62
Over 5 years
May 2011
#5

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Asus VW199TP

3 Reviews

$96.00

19"
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1440 X 900
(WXGA+)
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$62
Over 5 years
Mar 2011
#6

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LG 24MB35PMW

15 Reviews

$105.00

23.8"
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1920 X 1080
(1080p)
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$57
Over 5 years
Dec 2013
#7

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Viewsonic VG2239

8 Reviews

$77.99

22"
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1920 X 1080
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$68
Over 5 years
Mar 2015
#8

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DELL P2217

22 Reviews

$75.00

22"
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1920 X 1080
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Jun 2017
#9

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Asus VE248H

286 Reviews

$110.00

24"
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1920 X 1080
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$84
Over 5 years
Oct 2010
#10

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Asus VS229NA

884 Reviews

$104.99

21.5"
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1920 X 1080
(1080p)
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$71
Over 5 years
Apr 2018
#11

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Asus VS208NP

49 Reviews

$122.24

20"
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1600 X 900 pixels
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$59
Over 5 years
Jul 2012
#12

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Acer G276

176 Reviews

$129.99

27"
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1920 X 1080
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$60
Over 5 years
Oct 2017
#13

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Samsung S24E450BL

$109.99

24"
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$52
Over 5 years
Dec 2016
#14

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Viewsonic VP2468

51 Reviews
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$170.00

24"
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1920 X 1080
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$130
Over 5 years
Jul 2016
#15

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Viewsonic VX2457MHD

9 Reviews
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$119.99

24"
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1920 X 1080
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$59
Over 5 years
Nov 2015
#16

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Viewsonic VA2246

15 Reviews

$60.00

22"
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1920 X 1080
(1080p)
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$62
Over 5 years
May 2017
#17

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Acer V176L

3 Reviews

$59.00

17"
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1280 X 1024 pixels
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(Unknown)
Sep 2014
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DELL S2419H

58 Reviews
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$79.99

24"
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1920 X 1080
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(Unknown)
Apr 2018
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Asus VS228NE

276 Reviews

$64.95

21.5"
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1920 X 1080
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(Unknown)
Jan 2016
#20

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Acer V6 V226HQL

43 Reviews

$60.00

21.5"
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1920 X 1080
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(Unknown)
Mar 2013

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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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HP PC Monitors 319 $54 - $2,309
87%
4,407 reviews
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Samsung PC Monitors 481 $68 - $1,333
84%
7,247 reviews
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LG PC Monitors 409 $59 - $1,940
83%
8,331 reviews
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Acer PC Monitors 298 $55 - $1,199
82%
10,207 reviews
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DELL PC Monitors 166 $57 - $2,799
80%
8,489 reviews
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iiyama PC Monitors 182 $155 - $698
79%
2,368 reviews
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AOC PC Monitors 193 $56 - $921
78%
7,525 reviews
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Asus PC Monitors 168 $55 - $2,643
78%
16,237 reviews
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Viewsonic PC Monitors 189 $60 - $850
77%
2,650 reviews
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Lenovo PC Monitors 119 $60 - $1,036
77%
878 reviews
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NEC PC Monitors 117 $74 - $4,061
76%
444 reviews
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Eizo PC Monitors 105 $300 - $5,739
76%
561 reviews
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Benq PC Monitors 122 $62 - $4,156
75%
10,061 reviews
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Panasonic PC Monitors 21 $100 - $1,627
75%
1 review
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Philips PC Monitors 301 $90 - $1,679
73%
1,553 reviews
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Hannspree PC Monitors 51 $94 - $217
69%
341 reviews
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Hanns.G PC Monitors 44 $96 - $274
67%
177 reviews
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Fujitsu PC Monitors 53
66%
1 review
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Planar PC Monitors 21 $60 - $771
60%
41 reviews
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V7 PC Monitors 24 $74 - $315
50%
9 reviews
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Medion PC Monitors 27
28%
22 reviews
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Wortmann AG PC Monitors 39
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Planar Systems PC Monitors 31 $144 - $1,139
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Barco PC Monitors 30 $1,700 - $6,000
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Neovo PC Monitors 28 $137 - $861
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Sony PC Monitors 22 $1,975 - $7,874
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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PC Monitor Retailers, Prices and Features

PC Monitor Prices

In total we found 1224 PC monitors ranging from $54 to $7,874. A new PC display costs on average $368 and 80% of PC monitors are priced between $90 and $733. The Sony PVM2551MD is the most expensive LCD screen that we found at $7,874, and the HP LV1911 is the cheapest at only $54.

Flatpanel Monitor Brands - Price Range

The average price of Peerless PC displays is $6,490 which is the highest average price of all PC screen brands. Peerless PC displays range in price from $6,490 to $6,490.

The second highest average PC screen price out of all brands is Sony flatpanel monitors with an average price of $4,856. Sony flatpanel monitors range in price from $1,975 to $7,874.

Barco PC screens start at $1,700 and their most expensive PC monitor costs $6,000. The average price of Barco PC screens is $3,899 which is the third highest average price of all PC monitor brands.

PC Screen Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 12,625 expert reviews and 70,324 user reviews for PC screens and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of flatpanel monitor. The top three PC screen brands are HP, Samsung and LG. HP has an average rating of 87%, Samsung has an average rating of 84% and LG has an average rating of 83%.

Biggest Flatpanel Monitor Retailers

We found 1,387 current offers for PC monitors from eBay making it the biggest PC monitor retailer. That is over 6 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Overstock for whom we found 218 current offers for PC monitors. The third biggest retailer is Adorama with 30 current PC monitor 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 PC displays. The biggest month last year for new PC monitor releases was May, with 73 new LCD screens released that month. In September 2017, 78 new PC monitors were released making it the biggest month that year for new PC display releases. October was the biggest month in 2016 for new flatpanel monitors, with 138 new flatpanel monitors released that month.

How Fast Do PC Screen Prices Drop After Release?

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

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $8 on a typical $367 new PC screen by waiting 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.

Comparing all LCD screens, the display diagonals range from 3.5" to 95". The display diagonals of the majority of LCD screens range from 24" to 28". The Panasonic TH75EF1U, which can be purchased for $1,626.54, has the biggest display diagonal and is a 75" PC display. The Logik L9DUALM13, which is priced at $98.62, has the smallest display diagonal and is a 7" PC 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

'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.

We found 2,151 LCD screens that are PC displays that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p) pixels, which makes 1920 x 1080 (1080p) pixels the most frequently found display resolution amongst new LCD screens. We found 270 PC monitors that are LCD screens that have a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, making this the second most frequently found display resolution amongst new PC monitors.

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 common energy efficiency rating amongst new LCD screens is A. We found 496 LCD screens that have an energy efficiency rating of A. We found 369 PC displays that have an energy efficiency rating of B, making B the second most common energy efficiency rating amongst new PC displays.

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 Flatpanel Monitors?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying PC monitors. For each retailer it shows the total number of PC monitors where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying PC 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. 1,225 of their LCD screen 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 PC screen prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's PC screen prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 88.3% of their LCD screen prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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