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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every PC monitor on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 4,730 PC monitors, 113,000 reviews and 16,900 prices. Last updated 17 October 2017.

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#1 Asus VS207T‑P

VS207T-P
The top scoring LCD screen under $100, with great features
97
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5 Reviews
99
Value for Money
Excellent
84
Features
Fully-Featured
99
Running Costs
$3 / 5 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
19.5"
1600 X 900 pixels
Jan 2013
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#2 Acer V196L

V196L
A remarkably highly rated and top-value 19" PC screen, with very good features and very low running costs
97
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21 Reviews
99
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Running Costs
$33 / 5 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
19"
1280 X 1024 pixels
Oct 2016
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#2 Asus VC239H

VC239H
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The highest scoring PC screen under $500, with very good features and amazingly low running costs
97
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2 Awards
98
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
95
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$26 / 5 Years
88
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Excellent
23"
1920 X 1080 pixels
Jun 2015
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#3 LG 22LJ4540

22LJ4540
A breathtakingly economical to run and best selling 21.5" PC screen, with excellent user reviews and a recent release date
97
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5 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
98
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$6 / 5 Years
88
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Excellent
21.5"
1920 X 1080 pixels
May 2017
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#5 Asus VE228

VE228
A breathtakingly cheap and best selling 21.5" PC display, with outstanding user reviews and extremely low running costs
96
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338 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
98
Running Costs
$21 / 5 Years
88
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Excellent
21.5"
1920 X 1080 pixels
Oct 2015
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#5 DELL E1715S

E1715S
A low cost and stunningly economical to run 17" PC display, with great features
98
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
96
Running Costs
$25 / 5 Years
88
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Excellent
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Jul 2015
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#6 DELL P1914S

P1914S
A low cost and positively reviewed 19" PC display, with great features and very low running costs
97
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30 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
91
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$35 / 5 Years
88
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Excellent
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Sep 2016
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#7 HP 24ea

24ea
An amazingly cheap and very popular 24" flatpanel monitor, with excellent user reviews and amazingly low running costs
96
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50 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
97
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$21 / 5 Years
88
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Excellent
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Nov 2016
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#8 DELL E170S

E170S
A stunningly highly rated and very good value for money 17" PC monitor, with very low running costs and great features
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24 Reviews
99
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Excellent
81
Features
Fully-Featured
88
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$40 / 5 Years
88
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Excellent
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#9 Acer G247HYL

G247HYL
A top-rated and best selling 23.8" PC display, with breathtakingly low running costs and very good features
97
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4 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
81
Features
Fully-Featured
97
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$23 / 5 Years
88
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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 174 $54 - $1,788 84%
LG logo LG PC Monitors 148 $80 - $1,844 81%
HP logo HP PC Monitors 141 $57 - $3,877 77%
Samsung logo Samsung PC Monitors 134 $55 - $1,399 82%
DELL logo DELL PC Monitors 130 $58 - $3,899 84%
Asus logo Asus PC Monitors 128 $59 - $1,450 85%
Viewsonic logo Viewsonic PC Monitors 89 $75 - $3,703 84%
AOC logo AOC PC Monitors 66 $55 - $900 81%
Benq logo Benq PC Monitors 62 $69 - $1,500 83%
NEC logo NEC PC Monitors 57 $80 - $12,600 77%
Lenovo logo Lenovo PC Monitors 37 $65 - $559 77%
Philips logo Philips PC Monitors 30 $100 - $1,105 77%
Eizo logo Eizo PC Monitors 25 $279 - $5,739 86%
iiyama logo iiyama PC Monitors 21 $161 - $3,386 81%
Other brands Other PC Monitor Brands 86 $79 - $11,999

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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

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

LCD Screen Prices

The price range of PC displays is from $54 to $12,600 and in total we found prices for 1324 PC displays. On average, a new LCD screen costs $449 and 80% of flatpanel monitors are priced between $99 and $850. The most expensive flatpanel monitor that we found is the NEC MultiSync MD211G5 at $12,600, and the cheapest is the Samsung 320PX at only $55.

Flatpanel Monitor Brands - Price Range

Barco flatpanel monitors start at $750 and the most expensive Barco PC screen costs $11,999. The highest average PC screen price out of all brands is Barco flatpanel monitors with an average price of $6,125.

Sony flatpanel monitors start at $610 and the most expensive Sony LCD screen costs $7,874. The average price of Sony flatpanel monitors is $2,822 which is the second highest average price of all LCD screen brands.

APC flatpanel monitors start at $2,594 and the most expensive APC flatpanel monitor costs $2,594. The average price of APC flatpanel monitors is $2,594 which is the third highest average price of all flatpanel monitor brands.

PC Display Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 4,694 expert reviews and 115,077 user reviews for flatpanel monitors and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of flatpanel monitor. Benq is the top rated flatpanel monitor brand with an average rating of 90%. NEC is the second best brand with 90% and DELL is the third best brand with 89%.

Biggest PC Display Retailers

The biggest LCD screen retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 1,023 current LCD screen offers from eBay. The second biggest LCD screen retailer is Amazon US with 906 offers. That means eBay is slightly bigger than Amazon US when it comes to LCD screens. Newegg US is the third biggest retailer with 339 current offers.

When Are Most New PC Screens Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any prominent trend in the release month for new PC displays. February was the biggest month in 2016 for new PC monitors, with 138 new PC monitors released that month. In 2015 most new PC monitors were released in July, with 133 new PC monitors released that month. The biggest month in 2014 for new PC screen releases was February, with 123 new flatpanel monitors released that month.

How Fast Do Flatpanel Monitor Prices Drop After Release?

New LCD screens drop in price by an average of 4% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. That means a saving of $17 on a typical $449 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 screens range from 3.5" to 95". The display diagonals of the majority of PC displays range from 23" to 26". The DELLC7016H has the biggest display diagonal. This PC display is a 69.5" PC display and is priced at $2,699.98. The DELLC7016H has the smallest display diagonal. This PC display is a 5" LCD screen and is priced at $1,627.19.

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.

We found 3,770 PC displays that are LCD screens that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels, which makes this the most common display resolution amongst new PC displays. 1920 x 1080 pixels is the second most popular display resolution amongst new flatpanel monitors. We found 3,770 flatpanel monitors that are PC screens that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 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.

Amongst new PC displays, the most common energy efficiency rating is A+. We found 546 PC displays that have an energy efficiency rating of A+. B is the second most common energy efficiency rating amongst new PC screens. We found 293 PC 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 Screen Retailers

We found 1,023 current offers for PC monitors from eBay making it the biggest PC screen retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon US for whom we found 906 current offers for PC monitors. The third biggest retailer is Newegg US with 339 current PC screen offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for PC Screens?

The cheapest retailer by number of PC monitor for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 719 PC screens.

Proportion of PC Monitors for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest store by number of flatpanel monitor for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 70.3% of its LCD screens.

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