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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 US to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 4,370 PC monitors, 90,700 reviews and 15,400 prices. Last updated 25 July 2017.

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#1
22MP58VQ

LG 22MP58VQ

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A very cheap 1920 x 1080 PC monitor with an industry award and very good features
98
Reviews
1 Award
99
Value for Money
Excellent
84
Features
Fully-Featured
68
Age
2 Years Old
93
Running Costs
$41 / 5 Years
89
Overall Score
Excellent
21.5"
Jan 2016
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#2
Compaq LE1711

HP Compaq LE1711

A bargain buy 1280 x 1024 LCD screen with sensationally low running costs and great features
97
Reviews
5 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
66
Age
3 Years Old
94
Running Costs
$39 / 5 Years
89
Overall Score
Excellent
17"
Mar 2014
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#3
E1715S

DELL E1715S

An affordable 1280 x 1024 PC display with great features and low running costs
96
Reviews
3 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
66
Age
2 Years Old
98
Running Costs
$25 / 5 Years
89
Overall Score
Excellent
17"
Jul 2015
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#4
5MS

Viewsonic 5MS

An affordable 1920 x 1080 PC display with very low running costs and exceptional user reviews
97
Reviews
1 Review
99
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
66
Age
6 Months Old
89
Running Costs
$45 / 5 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
22"
Jan 2017
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#5
VS197

Asus VS197

A great value for money 1366 x 768 flatpanel monitor with terrific user reviews and extremely low running costs
95
Reviews
179 Reviews
99
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
65
Age
9 Months Old
98
Running Costs
$23 / 5 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
18.5"
Oct 2016
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#6
V246HQL

Acer V246HQL

A bargain buy 1920 x 1080 PC screen with great features and very low running costs
97
Reviews
4 Reviews
99
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
65
Age
2 Years Old
88
Running Costs
$47 / 5 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
23.6"
May 2015
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#7
VB199

Asus VB199

The highest rated LCD screen under $500
96
Reviews
3 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
Age (64)
3 Years Old
95
Running Costs
$36 / 5 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
19"
Sep 2014
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#8
P1914S

DELL P1914S

A bargain buy 1280 x 1024 LCD screen with exceptional user reviews and astonishingly low running costs
96
Reviews
18 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
Age (64)
11 Months Old
95
Running Costs
$35 / 5 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
19"
Sep 2016
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#10
VX2252

Viewsonic VX2252

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A very cheap 1920 x 1080 PC display with great features and extremely low running costs
96
Reviews
1 Award
98
Value for Money
Excellent
81
Features
Fully-Featured
Age (63)
4 Years Old
90
Running Costs
$109 / 5 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
21.5"
Aug 2013
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#11
i2269

AOC i2269

A top-value 1920 x 1080 LCD screen with brilliant user reviews and great features
96
Reviews
1,093 Reviews
99
Value for Money
Excellent
81
Features
Fully-Featured
Age (63)
2 Years Old
85
Running Costs
$49 / 5 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
21.5"
Nov 2015
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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
LG logo LG PC Monitors 135 $60 - $1,697 83%
Acer logo Acer PC Monitors 125 $55 - $1,150 83%
HP logo HP PC Monitors 102 $55 - $3,694 76%
Asus logo Asus PC Monitors 101 $60 - $1,300 84%
Samsung logo Samsung PC Monitors 98 $67 - $2,174 81%
DELL logo DELL PC Monitors 91 $55 - $4,300 81%
Viewsonic logo Viewsonic PC Monitors 78 $60 - $750 82%
AOC logo AOC PC Monitors 55 $63 - $958 83%
NEC logo NEC PC Monitors 46 $85 - $12,099 76%
Benq logo Benq PC Monitors 45 $80 - $1,499 81%
Philips logo Philips PC Monitors 28 $80 - $1,110 75%
Lenovo logo Lenovo PC Monitors 25 $70 - $559 68%
Eizo logo Eizo PC Monitors 24 $200 - $5,739 87%
Other brands Other PC Monitor Brands 67 $79 - $9,999

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

Flatpanel Monitor Prices

We currently list 1042 PC displays ranging from $53 to $12,099. A new PC screen costs on average $443 and 80% of PC monitors are priced between $95 and $875. The Asus VS228 is the cheapest flatpanel monitor at only $54, and NEC MD302C6 is the most expensive at $12,099.

PC Monitor Brands - Price Range

The %8highest average PC screen price out of all brands is Barco PC monitors with an average price of $3,951. Barco PC monitors start at $855 and the most expensive Barco PC screen costs $9,999.

Sony LCD screens start at $700 and the most expensive Sony PC display costs $7,874. The second highest average PC display price out of all brands is Sony LCD screens with an average price of $3,227.

The %8highest average flatpanel monitor price out of all brands is Eizo flatpanel monitors with an average price of $1,764. Eizo flatpanel monitors start at $326 and the most expensive Eizo flatpanel monitor costs $5,739.

Flatpanel Monitor Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 3,530 expert reviews and 62,880 user reviews for PC screens from across the internet and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of LCD screen. Benq is the top rated PC monitor brand with an average rating of 90%. NEC is the second best brand with 89% and DELL is the third best brand with 88%.

Biggest LCD Screen Retailers

The biggest flatpanel monitor retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 795 current flatpanel monitor offers from eBay. The second biggest flatpanel monitor retailer is B&H Photo with 268 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as B&H Photo when it comes to LCD screens. Best Buy is the third biggest retailer with 263 current offers.

When Are Most New PC Monitors Released?

The most common period for new LCD screens to be released in is between July and September. If you want the latest PC display features you may be best waiting until July 2017. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current PC displays tend to drop off when the next models are released. 96 new PC monitors were released in September 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new PC screen releases. The biggest month in 2015 for new LCD screen releases was July, with 135 new PC screens released that month. In 2014 most new flatpanel monitors were released in February, with 143 new flatpanel monitors released that month.

How Fast Do PC Monitor Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, PC displays drop in price by 2% on average. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $10 on a typical $443 new LCD 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.

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

The most common display resolution amongst new PC screens is 1920 x 1080 pixels. We found 1,802 PC screens that are flatpanel monitors that have a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. 1280 x 1024 pixels is the second most popular display resolution amongst new LCD screens. We found 183 LCD screens that are PC displays that have a display resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels.

Energy Efficiency of PC Monitors

B is the most popular energy efficiency rating amongst new flatpanel monitors. We found 249 flatpanel monitors that have an energy efficiency rating of B. We found 114 flatpanel monitors that have an energy efficiency rating of C, making C the second most popular energy efficiency rating amongst new flatpanel monitors.

Biggest PC Screen Retailers

We found 795 current offers for PC screens from eBay making it the biggest flatpanel monitor retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, B&H Photo for whom we found 268 current offers for PC screens. The third biggest retailer is Best Buy with 263 current flatpanel monitor offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for PC Monitors?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest PC screen prices (found to be cheapest for 581 LCD screens).

Proportion of LCD Screens for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The store that most frequently offered the cheapest price on flatpanel monitors is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 73.1% of its flatpanel monitors.

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