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A basic 24in LCD monitor costs around £100. It will be fine for typical Windows work but is likely to have poor viewing angles, so you’ll need to sit straight on for the best picture quality. Its colour accuracy may not be very good, either.

A VGA input lets you use the monitor with any PC, but the quality may not be as good as it is over DVI or HDMI. Both are digital connections and require a compatible graphics card but they avoid the need for digital-to-analogue or analogue-to- digital conversions, which can reduce image quality. A digital connection achieves the best picture automatically, so you won’t have to adjust clock or phase settings as you do with analogue connections.

Many DVI and all HDMI connections support HDCP, which lets you watch protected video content, such as Blu-ray movies. DisplayPort is becoming more popular, but you’ll need a graphics card with a DisplayPort output (mini or full-size) to use this input on your monitor.

A larger monitor will be easier on the eye and may have a higher resolution. Most monitors have a resolution of at least 1,920×1,080 (1080p), which provides lots of room for working with multiple windows at the same time. For even higher resolutions, you’ll need a larger display. Some 27in and 30in screens have 2,560×1,600 or even 4K resolutions. You’ll need a graphics card with a dual-link DVI output and a dual-link DVI cable or either HDMI or DisplayPort to use a monitor at these resolutions.

If you want better picture quality, look for a monitor with a high contrast ratio. The higher the ratio, the whiter the whites and the blacker the blacks. You’ll also be able to see more fine detail in images with high contrast levels. Viewing angles are important, as wider angles mean you don’t have to sit directly in front of the monitor to get the best picture. Wider viewing angles also allow more people to view the screen at the same time.

Fast response times reduce ghosting, but don’t be dazzled by the numbers. A response time of 25ms or quicker is fine for all applications.

ASUS VC239H Review

5/5

It’s rare to see IPS panels on monitors this cheap, and in Standard mode, the VC239H delivers much better image quality than we’ve come to expect from budget displays.

Editor choice Asus VC239H Review – A slightly smaller, slightly better monitor

Asus VC239H Review – A slightly smaller, slightly better monitor

There's no shortage of Full HD (1920x1080-pixel) monitors to choose from these days, but if you want to keep costs down ...

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SCREEN SIZE 23m • RESOLUTION 1,920×1.081) • SCREEN TECHNOLOGY IPS • VIDEO INPUTS

VGA, DVI, HDMI • WARRANTY Three years RTB

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BENQ SW2700PT Review

5/5

After calibration, this professional-grade monitor has near-perfect colour accuracy, so it’s ideal for photo and video editing. The Quad HD resolution also ensures there’s plenty of room for Windows multitasking.

SCREEN SIZE 27in • RESOLUTION 2,560×1,440 • SCREEN TECHNOLOGY IPS (AHVA) • VIDEO INPUTS DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort

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VIEWSONIC XG2700-4K Review

4/5

Editor choice VIEWSONIC XG2700-4K Review: More pixels for work and play

VIEWSONIC XG2700-4K Review: More pixels for work and play

Monitors have been typically 27 inches for years, but their resolution keeps rising. While many are Full HD (1920x1080 ...

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Even if this isn’t the most cutting-edge monitor, its AK gaming capability still holds up, with a responsive and colourful IPS panel and almost a complete lack of ghosting. AMD graphics card owners can also eliminate tearing with FreeSync.

SCREEN SIZE 27in • RESOLUTION 3,840×2,160 . SCREEN TECHNOLOGY IPS • VIDEO INPUTS

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AOC Q3279VWF Review

5/5

We never thought you could get so much monitor for this little cash; with Quad HD resolution, good colour accuracy and high contrast, plus a 75Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support.

Editor choice AOC Q3279VWF review: More inches per pound

AOC Q3279VWF review: More inches per pound

AOC Q3279VWF Review - A good spec for an all-round PC monitor is a 27in screen with 2560x1440 pixels, and you’d expect ...

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PHILIPS Brilliance 241B7QPJKEB Review

5/5

IPS monitors generally look great, but it’s hard to find one at a low price. Enter the Brilliance 241B7QPJKEB: a colour-accuate IPS display for well. It’s well designed, too, with a collapsible webcam and a greatly adjustable stand.

SCREEN SIZE 24m • RESOLUTION 1,920×1,080 • SCREEN TECHNOLOGY IPS • REFRESH RATE 60Hz • VIDEO INPUTS HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA • WARRANTY Three years RTB •

Editor choice Philips Brilliance 241b7qpjkeb review: Good things in a small package

Philips Brilliance 241b7qpjkeb review: Good things in a small package

Philips Brilliance 241b7qpjkeb review - There was a time when we thought all monitors would soon be 27in. Anything ...

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SAMSUNG C34F791 Review

5/5

With its Quantum Dot display, the C34F791 can achieve pristine colour coverage and superp accuracy. Its Ultra HD resolution and 34in curved screen make it ideal for multitasking, but a 100Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support ensure it’s even better for 4K gaming.

SCREEN SIZE 34in • RESOLUTION 3,840×1,440 • SCREEN TECHNOLOGY VA •

REFRESH RATE 100Hz • VIDEO INPUTS DisplayPort, HDMI • WARRANTY Two years RTB

Best monitors under 500

SAMSUNG CFG70 Review - When we first saw this display at CES 2017 in Vegas, we were absolutely blown away. Leveraging technology from Samsung's TV range, it ...

$359.99 $399.99 Buy It Now

Agon AG352QCX Review - NOT LONG AGO, the basic premise of this new AOC panel would have been preposterous. Measuring 35 inches diagonally, with a superwide ...

£474.97 £698.40 Buy It Now

  THE NUMBER OF dedicated gaming monitors on the market continues to rise, and AOC’s new AGON line of monitors adds another fair few to the ...

$387.72 Buy It Now

Broad Adobe RGB coverage that needn't kill the hip pocket. The DellUP2516D can be summarised as the solution for professionals requiring exquisite color ...

$336.52 Buy It Now

NEC EA245WMi Review - Is your monitor killing you? Before you jump up and call the police, no, it probably isn’t actually killing you. But it’s probably not ...

$483.43 Buy It Now

AOC Agon AG241QX Review - HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort or VGA output; compatible AMD GPU for FreeSync use; spare USB 3.0 port for hub power AOC's new premium range ...

$348.99 Buy It Now

AOC U2777PQU Review - System with DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI or VGA. You can buy a 4K TV, if you’re willing to accept some major limitations, but realistically ...

$449.99 Buy It Now

Best monitors under 300

Best monitors under 200

AOC G2460VQ6 review - This 24 in monitor is marketed to gamers, which explains the ‘exciting’ red stripe along its bottom edge. For a tidy-looking Full HD ...

$119.99 Buy It Now

BenQ GL2580HM review - How much should you pay for a monitor? Prices have gone up in the last couple of years. BenQ’s GW2270H, it’s still a bargain. At 21.5in, ...

£132.90 Buy It Now

Philips Brilliance 241b7qpjkeb review - There was a time when we thought all monitors would soon be 27in. Anything bigger than that was too expensive. Anything ...

£183.10 Buy It Now

AOC Q3279VWF Review - A good spec for an all-round PC monitor is a 27in screen with 2560x1440 pixels, and you’d expect it to cost anywhere from 200 to 300 ...

£188.99 £270.00 Buy It Now

Philips 276E7QDAB Review - Color science is hard. Every time we test a monitor, we analyse its picture quality using a gadget called a spectro photometer, ...

£198.48 Buy It Now

There's no shortage of Full HD (1920x1080-pixel) monitors to choose from these days, but if you want to keep costs down you'll need to choose carefully. This ...

$133.99 Buy It Now

ViewSonic VX2776-smhd Review - Viewsonic's VX-range of monitors fall under the entertainment section of the company's catalog of displays. They cater for ...

$199.99 Buy It Now

Best monitors under 100

Finally, an affordable Asus gaming display If you want a seriously good gaming display, arguably there's only one brand to consider - Asus. For the last ...

Who says a sub-cheap monitor has to be featureless? The BenQ GW range has some decent entries, some of which we've reviewed in the past and enjoyed. They, ...

Editor choice Philips Brilliance 241b7qpjkeb review: Good things in a small package

Philips Brilliance 241b7qpjkeb review: Good things in a small package

Philips Brilliance 241b7qpjkeb review - There was a time when we thought all monitors would soon be 27in. Anything ...

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Editor choice 2 BenQ SW2700PT Review: I can see clearly now

BenQ SW2700PT Review: I can see clearly now

BenQ SW2700PT Review - You may have noticed we often mention a screen’s colour accuracy is OK, but not enough for a ...

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Editor choice 3 ViewSonic XG2703-GS Review: Watch out Asus, ViewSonic is gunning for you

ViewSonic XG2703-GS Review: Watch out Asus, ViewSonic is gunning for you

WE HAVE A WINNER THANKS TO the aggressive prices of the latest UHD TVs, the value proposition of any given PC monitor ...

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4 Asus PG279Q Review

Asus PG279Q Review

BUILT FOR SUPER-HUMAN SPEEDS. We’re all familiar with CPU, GPU and memory overclocking, but over the last few years ...

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Editor choice 5 SAMSUNG CFG70 Review: QUANTUM DOT STRUTS ITS STUFF

SAMSUNG CFG70 Review: QUANTUM DOT STRUTS ITS STUFF

SAMSUNG CFG70 Review - When we first saw this display at CES 2017 in Vegas, we were absolutely blown away. Leveraging ...

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6 LG 34UC88-B Curved Ultrawide Monitor review – CLEAN SWEEP,CRISP, COLORFUL VIEW

LG 34UC88-B Curved Ultrawide Monitor review – CLEAN SWEEP,CRISP, COLORFUL VIEW

To get ultrawide curved monitors onto the desks of ordinary people, manufacturers have made some curious decisions. ...

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Editor choice 7 Samsung CF791 Review: EXPENSIVE, BUT WORTH IT

Samsung CF791 Review: EXPENSIVE, BUT WORTH IT

Another fantastic quantum dot corved monitor from Samsung Samsung CF791 Review - There are two main categories for ...

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Editor choice 8 AOC Q3279VWF review: More inches per pound

AOC Q3279VWF review: More inches per pound

AOC Q3279VWF Review - A good spec for an all-round PC monitor is a 27in screen with 2560x1440 pixels, and you’d expect ...

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9 ViewSonic VX2776-smhd Review: A great consumer screen from a master monitor maker

ViewSonic VX2776-smhd Review: A great consumer screen from a master monitor maker

ViewSonic VX2776-smhd Review - Viewsonic's VX-range of monitors fall under the entertainment section of the company's ...

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Editor choice 10 Asus MG248Q Gaming Monitor

Asus MG248Q Gaming Monitor

Finally, an affordable Asus gaming display If you want a seriously good gaming display, arguably there's only one ...

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