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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 4,740 PC monitors, 102,000 reviews and 16,400 prices. Last updated 19 September 2017.

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#2 Acer V196L

V196L
A very economical to run and top-rated 19" PC monitor, with good features
94
Reviews
14 Reviews
61
Features
Good Features
82
Running Costs
$35 / 5 Years
55
Overall Score
Average
19"
1280 X 1024 pixels
Jul 2015
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Newegg US $129.99
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#3 Acer K242HL

K242HL
A bargain price and top-rated 24" PC monitor, with extremely low running costs and very good features
96
Reviews
384 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
96
Running Costs
$26 / 5 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
24"
1920 X 1080 pixels
Oct 2016
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$135.00

#4 Asus VE247H

VE247H
The best rated PC display under $500, with very good features and exceptional user reviews
97
Reviews
248 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
97
Running Costs
$23 / 5 Years
89
Overall Score
Excellent
23.6"
1920 X 1080 pixels
Jul 2015
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B&H Photo $135.00
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#5 Acer G247HYL

G247HYL
A low cost and astoundingly economical to run 23.8" PC screen, with fantastic user reviews and very good features
97
Reviews
4 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
97
Running Costs
$23 / 5 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
23.8"
1920 X 1200 pixels
Jun 2015
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#6 DELL P1914S

P1914S
A top-rated and very cheap 19" PC display, with very low running costs and good features
96
Reviews
30 Reviews
92
Value for Money
Excellent
78
Features
Good Features
89
Running Costs
$35 / 5 Years
83
Overall Score
Excellent
19"
1280 X 1024 pixels
Sep 2016
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#7 Asus VE228

VE228
A very popular and bargain price 21.5" flatpanel monitor, with low running costs and superb user reviews
96
Reviews
338 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
98
Running Costs
$21 / 5 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
21.5"
1920 X 1080 pixels
Oct 2015
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B&H Photo $109.00
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#8 HP 24ea

24ea
A bargain price and best selling 24" PC monitor, with remarkably low running costs and very good features
96
Reviews
50 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
98
Running Costs
$21 / 5 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
24"
1920 X 1080 pixels
Nov 2016
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#9 DELL E1715S

E1715S
An extremely economical to run and affordable 17" flatpanel monitor, with great features and marvellous user reviews
96
Reviews
3 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
96
Running Costs
$25 / 5 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
17"
1280 X 1024 pixels
Aug 2016
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#10 Acer G227HQL

G227HQL
An affordable and very popular 21.5" PC screen, with fantastic user reviews and great features
95
Reviews
134 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
97
Running Costs
$23 / 5 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
21.5"
1920 X 1080 pixels
Aug 2015
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eBay $75.00
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#11 Acer S241HL

S241HL
A remarkably good value for money and critically acclaimed 24" flatpanel monitor, with great features and remarkably low running costs
96
Reviews
126 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
96
Running Costs
$26 / 5 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
24"
1920 X 1080 pixels
Apr 2016
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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 169 $55 - $1,788 83%
LG logo LG PC Monitors 154 $66 - $3,411 81%
Samsung logo Samsung PC Monitors 148 $64 - $6,599 82%
Asus logo Asus PC Monitors 131 $60 - $1,203 84%
DELL logo DELL PC Monitors 131 $55 - $3,899 82%
HP logo HP PC Monitors 124 $57 - $3,877 75%
Viewsonic logo Viewsonic PC Monitors 88 $73 - $900 84%
AOC logo AOC PC Monitors 66 $58 - $769 81%
Benq logo Benq PC Monitors 63 $89 - $1,499 81%
NEC logo NEC PC Monitors 56 $90 - $8,999 80%
Lenovo logo Lenovo PC Monitors 39 $65 - $559 74%
Philips logo Philips PC Monitors 31 $100 - $776 77%
Eizo logo Eizo PC Monitors 30 $200 - $5,739 86%
iiyama logo iiyama PC Monitors 25 $167 - $3,461 80%
Other brands Other PC Monitor Brands 82 $89 - $11,999

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

PC Monitor Prices

In total we found 1341 LCD screens ranging from $55 to $11,999. On average, a new flatpanel monitor costs $454 and 80% of flatpanel monitors are priced between $100 and $859. The most expensive LCD screen that we found is the Barco MDNG-5221 at $11,999, and the cheapest is the Acer V196HQL at only $55.

PC Monitor Brands - Price Range

Barco PC screens range in price from $750 to $11,999, and the average price of Barco PC screens is $5,810 which is the highest average price of all flatpanel monitor brands.

Sony flatpanel monitors start at $825 and the most expensive Sony PC screen costs $7,874. The second highest average PC screen price out of all brands is Sony flatpanel monitors with an average price of $3,314.

The %8highest average PC screen price out of all brands is JVC PC displays with an average price of $1,695. JVC PC displays start at $1,695 and the most expensive JVC PC screen costs $1,695.

Flatpanel Monitor Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 4,527 expert reviews and 102,346 user reviews for PC screens from across the internet and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of PC screen. The top rated PC screen brand is Benq with an average rating of 90%. The second best brand is DELL with 89% and the third best brand is NEC with 89%.

Biggest PC Monitor Retailers

We found 1,012 current offers for PC screens from eBay making it the biggest LCD screen retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon US for whom we found 882 current offers for PC screens. The third biggest retailer is B&H Photo with 307 current LCD screen offers.

When Are Most New Flatpanel Monitors Released?

We looked at the release dates for new flatpanel monitors over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any evident pattern. Last year most new PC displays were released in February, with 143 new PC displays released that month. 139 new LCD screens were released in July 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new PC screen releases. February was the biggest month in 2014 for new flatpanel monitors, with 98 new flatpanel monitors released that month.

How Fast Do PC Monitor Prices Drop After Release?

New PC displays drop in price by an average of 5% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. That means that on a typical PC screen costing $454 you could save on average $22 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 flatpanel monitors, the display diagonals range from 3.5" to 95". The display diagonals of most PC screens range from 23" to 26". The SonyFWD75X850, which is priced at $4,449.95, has the biggest display diagonal and is a 75" PC monitor. The SonyFWD75X850, which is available at $1,695.00, has the smallest display diagonal and is a 5" flatpanel monitor.

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 common display resolution amongst new LCD screens is 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels. We found 3,796 LCD screens that are PC monitors that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels. 1920 x 1080 pixels is the second most popular display resolution amongst new PC screens. We found 3,796 PC screens that are flatpanel monitors 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 flatpanel monitors, the most common energy efficiency rating is A+. We found 515 flatpanel monitors that have an energy efficiency rating of A+. We found 288 LCD screens that have an energy efficiency rating of B, making this the second most frequently found energy efficiency rating amongst new LCD screens.

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 Flatpanel Monitor Retailers

We found 1,012 current offers for PC displays from eBay making it the biggest LCD screen retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon US for whom we found 882 current offers for PC displays. The third biggest retailer is B&H Photo with 307 current LCD screen offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for PC Monitors?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest PC display prices (found to be cheapest for 688 LCD screens).

Proportion of LCD Screens for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest PC monitor prices (found to be cheapest for 68% of its PC displays).

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