The best 10 monitors in comparison

Which are the best monitors of 2020?

Best monitors of 2020 (1 - 5)
monitor comparison
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Asus PA279Q
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LG UltraGear 27GN950-B
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LG 34WK95U 34"
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LG 38WN95C-W 38"
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Dell UltraSharp UP2716D 27"
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Dell UltraSharp U2413 24"
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LG 32UK950 32"
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Asus ProArt PA27AQ 27"
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Asus PA249Q
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LG 27EA83-D
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Asus PA279Q
100points
LG UltraGear 27GN950-B
96points
LG 34WK95U 34"
95points
LG 38WN95C-W 38"
94points
Dell UltraSharp UP2716D 27"
93points
Dell UltraSharp U2413 24"
93points
LG 32UK950 32"
92points
Asus ProArt PA27AQ 27"
92points
Asus PA249Q
91points
LG 27EA83-D
91points
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Best price
Summary
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Pros
Pros
  • Higher static contrast ratio
  • More DisplayPort outputs
  • DVI connector
  • More USB ports
  • Brighter
  • Less response time
  • Higher resolution
  • Higher pixel density
  • More HDMI ports
  • Less shipping weight
  • Brighter
  • Less response time
  • Higher resolution
  • Bigger screen size
  • Higher pixel density
  • Stereo speakers
  • Brighter
  • Less response time
  • Higher resolution
  • Bigger screen size
  • More HDMI ports
  • Stereo speakers
  • More display colors
  • More HDMI ports
  • More DisplayPort outputs
  • Lower power consumption on standby
  • Less shipping weight
  • Bigger range of height adjustment
  • More display colors
  • More HDMI ports
  • DVI connector
  • Less shipping weight
  • Brighter
  • Less response time
  • Higher resolution
  • Bigger screen size
  • Stereo speakers
  • Sleep timer
  • Stereo speakers
  • DVI connector
  • Bigger range of height adjustment
  • Higher static contrast ratio
  • DVI connector
  • Less shipping weight
  • Bigger range of height adjustment
  • Less response time
  • DVI connector
  • Less shipping weight
Cons
Cons
  • Pixel density
  • Operating power consumption
  • USB ports
  • Display colors
  • Height adjustment range
  • Swivel stand
    • PiP and PaP
    • USB ports
    • Display colors
    • Pixel density
    • Height adjustment range
    • VESA mount support
    • Operating power consumption
    • Pixel density
    • Brightness
    • Operating power consumption
    • Screen size
    • Resolution
    • Pixel density
      • Pixel density
      • Screen size
      • Operating power consumption
      • Power consumption in standby mode
      • Resolution
      • Pixel density
      • PiP and PaP
      • Display colors
      • Operating power consumption
      • USB ports
      • Swivel stand
      • VESA mount support
      General info
      Shipping weightThe gross weight of the product when packaged, including all wrapping, and boxing.
      Shipping weightThe gross weight of the product when packaged, including all wrapping, and boxing.14kg11.4kgN.A.12.3kg7.1kg9.3kgN.A.14kg10.4kg9.3kg
      VESA mount supportThe VESA mount is a standard used by most manufacturers. A device that supports the VESA mount can be mounted on many different supports, from arms to wall mounts.
      VESA mount supportThe VESA mount is a standard used by most manufacturers. A device that supports the VESA mount can be mounted on many different supports, from arms to wall mounts.
      Full tilt featureTotal tilt adjustment is the ability for the monitor head to move up and down. Tilt adjustment enables a user to change the viewing position of the display, creating a more comfortable view of the screen.
      Full tilt featureTotal tilt adjustment is the ability for the monitor head to move up and down. Tilt adjustment enables a user to change the viewing position of the display, creating a more comfortable view of the screen.
      Swivel standA swivel stand allows you to adjust the position of the display left or right, so you can position it to the desired angle.
      Swivel standA swivel stand allows you to adjust the position of the display left or right, so you can position it to the desired angle.
      Height adjustment rangeDevices with height adjustment provide a full range of height possibilities resulting in maximum comfort.
      Height adjustment rangeDevices with height adjustment provide a full range of height possibilities resulting in maximum comfort.N.A.11cmN.A.11cm13cm11.4cmN.A.13cm100cmN.A.
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      Total score for "General info"
      Display
      Screen sizeThe bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
      Screen sizeThe bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.27"27"34"38"27"24"32"27"24.1"27"
      ResolutionResolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.
      ResolutionResolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.2560 x 1440px3840 x 2160px5120 x 2160px3840 x 1600px2560 x 1440px1920 x 1200px3840 x 2160px2560 x 1440px1920 x 1200px2560 x 1440px
      Pixel densityPixel density is a measurement of a screen's resolution, expressed as the number of pixels per inch (PPI) on the screen. A higher pixel density translates into more clarity and sharpness for the images rendered on the screen, thus improving the quality of the viewing experience.
      Pixel densityPixel density is a measurement of a screen's resolution, expressed as the number of pixels per inch (PPI) on the screen. A higher pixel density translates into more clarity and sharpness for the images rendered on the screen, thus improving the quality of the viewing experience.109ppi163ppi163.4ppi109ppi108ppi94ppi137.6ppi108ppi93.95ppiN.A.
      Response timeResponse time is how long it takes for a display to change the state of pixels, in order to show new content. The less time it takes to respond, the less likely it is to blur fast-changing images.
      Response timeResponse time is how long it takes for a display to change the state of pixels, in order to show new content. The less time it takes to respond, the less likely it is to blur fast-changing images.6ms1ms5ms1ms6ms6ms5ms6ms6ms5ms
      IPS screenIPS (In-Plane Switching) is a technology used for LCDs. It was designed to overcome the main limitations of conventional twisted nematic TFT displays: limited viewing angles and low-quality color reproduction. PLS (Plane-to-Line Switching) is a type of IPS screen developed by Samsung, with increased brightness and lower production costs.
      IPS screenIPS (In-Plane Switching) is a technology used for LCDs. It was designed to overcome the main limitations of conventional twisted nematic TFT displays: limited viewing angles and low-quality color reproduction. PLS (Plane-to-Line Switching) is a type of IPS screen developed by Samsung, with increased brightness and lower production costs.
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      Total score for "Display"
      Colors
      Display colorsNumber of colors that a display can accurately reproduce.
      Display colorsNumber of colors that a display can accurately reproduce.1073.7m1070mN.A.1070m1074m1074mN.A.1073.7m1073.7m1070m
      Adobe RGB coverageThis shows the percentage of Adobe RGB covered by the device.
      Adobe RGB coverageThis shows the percentage of Adobe RGB covered by the device.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.100%99%N.A.99%N.A.N.A.
      Contrast ratioContrast ratio is the visual distance between the lightest and the darkest colors that may be reproduced on the display. A high contrast ratio is desired, resulting in richer dark colors and more distinctive color gradation.
      Contrast ratioContrast ratio is the visual distance between the lightest and the darkest colors that may be reproduced on the display. A high contrast ratio is desired, resulting in richer dark colors and more distinctive color gradation.100000000:11000:1N.A.1000:11000:11000:1N.A.N.A.80000000:1N.A.
      BrightnessA nit is a measurement of the light that a display emits, equal to one candela per square meter. Brighter displays ensure a screen's contents are easy to read, even in sunny conditions.
      BrightnessA nit is a measurement of the light that a display emits, equal to one candela per square meter. Brighter displays ensure a screen's contents are easy to read, even in sunny conditions.350nits400nits600nits450nits300nits350nits600nits350nits350nits350nits
      Ambient light sensorAn ambient light sensor adjusts the luminance of the device according to the amount of natural light that surrounds it.
      Ambient light sensorAn ambient light sensor adjusts the luminance of the device according to the amount of natural light that surrounds it.
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      Connectivity
      DVI connectorDevices that have a DVI connector (usually computers and notebooks) can be connected to the TV set.
      DVI connectorDevices that have a DVI connector (usually computers and notebooks) can be connected to the TV set.
      HDMI outputDevices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
      HDMI outputDevices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
      HDMI portsMore HDMI ports mean that you can simultaneously connect numerous devices, such as video game consoles and set-top boxes.
      HDMI portsMore HDMI ports mean that you can simultaneously connect numerous devices, such as video game consoles and set-top boxes.1212221N.A.11
      DisplayPort outputsAllows you to connect to a display using DisplayPort.
      DisplayPort outputsAllows you to connect to a display using DisplayPort.211121111N.A.
      USB portsWith more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.
      USB portsWith more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.73N.A.244N.A.N.A.41
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      Power
      Operating power consumptionHow much power the device consumes when it's switched on.
      Operating power consumptionHow much power the device consumes when it's switched on.49W 65W N.A.N.A.130W 130W N.A.49W 72W 70W
      Power consumption in standby modeThe power consumption in standby mode, also called energy-saving mode, measures the amount of power the device consumes when shut down but still plugged in.
      Power consumption in standby modeThe power consumption in standby mode, also called energy-saving mode, measures the amount of power the device consumes when shut down but still plugged in.0.5W 0.5W N.A.N.A.0.3W 0.5W N.A.0.5W 1W N.A.
      Annual power consumptionThe more power per year a device consumes, the less energy efficient it is, making it more costly over time.
      Annual power consumptionThe more power per year a device consumes, the less energy efficient it is, making it more costly over time.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.59kWhN.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
      Sleep timerA sleep timer is a function that shuts off the power after a preset amount of time.
      Sleep timerA sleep timer is a function that shuts off the power after a preset amount of time.
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      Features
      PiP and PaPDevices supporting PiP and PaP - Picture in Picture can show two images from different sources at the same time by splitting the viewing window or creating a smaller window inside the bigger image.
      PiP and PaPDevices supporting PiP and PaP - Picture in Picture can show two images from different sources at the same time by splitting the viewing window or creating a smaller window inside the bigger image.
      Stereo speakersDevices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
      Stereo speakersDevices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
      Audio output powerAudio output power is based on the number of speakers and their power in watts. High audio output power results in loud, clear sounds.
      Audio output powerAudio output power is based on the number of speakers and their power in watts. High audio output power results in loud, clear sounds.N.A.N.A.N.A.2 x 5WN.A.N.A.N.A.2 x 3WN.A.N.A.
      DTS SurroundDTS Surround is a high-quality audio codec that supports up to six audio channels, with good bitrates and audio quality.
      DTS SurroundDTS Surround is a high-quality audio codec that supports up to six audio channels, with good bitrates and audio quality.
      Front cameraA front camera, also called secondary camera, can be used for video chats/selfies.
      Front cameraA front camera, also called secondary camera, can be used for video chats/selfies.
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      How to choose the best monitor for your computer

      When shopping for a new desktop computer, everyone's aware that it is great to have a fast CPU and a powerful graphics card, whether it's for gaming, watching 4K movies, or professional photo and video editing. However, there is one part of the rig most people tend to take for granted, though, and it happens to be the one that profoundly influences user experience.

      The monitor is more than just another peripheral component. It is the one displaying all the visual information that the graphics processor outputs. Imagine having one of the best performing GPUs, only to get disappointed with how unattractive processed images look like on your monitor. To help you choose one of the best monitors for your computer, we have compiled a guide containing the essential specs and features you should take into account when choosing a monitor.

      Display

      The screen size is measured in inches and is the diagonal measurement of the display, not including the bezel. Monitors typically come with displays with diagonal measurements falling between 15 to 34 inches, with the average being 24 inches. You might want to go for the largest display, as long as it falls within your budget and you have enough space on your desk. The larger the screen, the wider the viewing area. However, as we explain in our glossary entry, this is not the only defining parameter of a display.

      The screen resolution, explained in detail here, is the number of pixels for the horizontal and vertical dimensions. Most computer monitors these days have a 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. The screen resolution alone, however, cannot determine how crisp the images are. When it comes to assessing the quality of a display, pixel density is the crucial parameter.

      Pixel density is calculated using the screen resolution and the screen size, representing the number of pixels per inch (PPI). It is generally accepted that most people cannot detect a difference between a display with 300 PPI and a display with more than 300 PPI. However, this depends on one's visual acuity, the viewing distance, and the lighting. The average pixel density for desktop monitors is 100 PPI.

      The response time is another key parameter. It refers to the time it takes for the pixels to change, and it is measured in milliseconds (ms). A lower response time is desirable since it reduces the ghosting effect, which can make blurred out versions of images stay on the display after the pictures change. It's distracting and bothering, especially when watching movies or playing games. The standard response time is around five milliseconds, but high-end monitors can have response times of even one millisecond.

      It is also worth considering the type of coating you would want to have on your screen. There are two kinds of panel coatings, glossy and matte, and both have advantages and disadvantages.

      Displays with glossy coating tend to have more accurate and lively colors, as well as deeper blacks. However, they are very susceptible to glares or reflections. Matte panels are much less vulnerable to glares, but the colors do not appear as vivid as they do on glossy panels. If the monitor is placed in a well-lit room, with multiple light sources around, it might be better to have a matte-coated display. Otherwise, a glossy panel would be the better choice. Other useful features are:

      LED backlighting

      A monitor that uses LED lights as its backlight, instead of the regular cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL), has a higher luminance. It can also make use of local dimming, which turns off the backlight on parts of the display when intense light is not needed, providing better contrast. The contrast ratio, explained in detail here, is an essential factor for achieving an immersive viewing experience. A display with a good contrast ratio has a wide gap between the luminance of the brightest color and the darkness of the deepest black.

      In-plane switching (IPS)

      IPS is a technology developed for liquid crystal displays which alleviates the problems and limitations of regular LCDs, like poor color reproduction and limited viewing angles. Wider viewing angles enable you to see the images without distortions even when you are not looking straight at the screen. You can find out more about the advantages of IPS here.

      Touch screen

      With operating systems these days being more touchscreen-friendly, such as Windows 10, it is worth considering monitors with touch screen panels. Touch screens provide direct, intuitive navigation, and are commonly used in public spaces because they eliminate the need for accessories such as a mouse or keyboard. If you are interested in a touch monitor, you can consult this list.

      Connectivity, ports, and other features

      Video Graphics Array (VGA) is an analog display connection, and the oldest display standard still in use. Widely used for resolutions below and including Full HD (1920 x 1080 px), it is not as common on newer monitors. Although the technology could theoretically support higher resolutions, the image quality might be affected.

      Digital Visual Interface (DVI) was developed to establish a standard for the transfer of digital image contents across devices. It is a hybrid between analog and digital connections and can be programmed to support analog-only, digital-only, or both. It is also backward-compatible with VGA, which is one primary reason why it became prevalent. It is the most widely used connection standard for PCs.

      High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is the most recent display transfer technology. It has been designed to replace analog display technologies completely. Instead of transferring analog signals through the cables, the cable carries uncompressed digital signals from the source, and to the monitor where the digital codes are translated and decoded. With that in mind, the technology is not at all susceptible to quality loss due to low-quality cables. In addition to the transfer of digital images, HDMI can also transfer uncompressed digital audio content.

      Most monitors have built-in mini USB hubs, which comes in handy if your computer has just a few USB ports. It can also help in setting up a much neater rig. Other peripherals, like the mouse, keyboard, or external speakers, can be connected directly to the monitor.

      A lot of monitors have built-in speakers so that you don't necessarily have to buy a separate speaker system. Although they are not widely used, as they have lower sound quality than dedicated audio systems, it is still great to have built-in speakers. You should check how many speaker drivers the monitor has and whether it offers stereo sound.

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