The best 10 monitors in comparison

Which are the best monitors of 2019?

Best monitors of 2019 (1 - 5)
monitor comparison
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Asus PA279Q
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Dell UltraSharp UP2716D 27"
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Asus MG278Q 27"
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Dell UltraSharp U2413 24"
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Asus ProArt PA27AQ 27"
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Asus PA249Q
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LG 34UM88-P 34"
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LG 34WK95U 34"
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Dell UltraSharp UP2715K
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Dell S2817Q 28"
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Asus PA279Q
100points
Dell UltraSharp UP2716D 27"
96points
Asus MG278Q 27"
95points
Dell UltraSharp U2413 24"
95points
Asus ProArt PA27AQ 27"
94points
Asus PA249Q
94points
LG 34UM88-P 34"
93points
LG 34WK95U 34"
93points
Dell UltraSharp UP2715K
93points
Dell S2817Q 28"
92points
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Best price
Summary
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Pros
Pros
  • Higher static contrast ratio
  • More DisplayPort outputs
  • Portrait mode
  • More DisplayPort outputs
  • Lower power consumption on standby
  • Less shipping weight
  • Portrait mode
  • More coverage of the Adobe RGB color space
  • Less response time
  • Higher static contrast ratio
  • Lower power consumption on operation
  • Stereo speakers
  • Less shipping weight
  • Portrait mode
  • Less shipping weight
  • Portrait mode
  • Stereo speakers
  • Portrait mode
  • More audio output power
  • Higher static contrast ratio
  • Less shipping weight
  • Higher resolution
  • Bigger screen size
  • More DisplayPort outputs
  • Stereo speakers
  • Less shipping weight
  • More audio output power
  • More luminance
  • Less response time
  • Higher resolution
  • Bigger screen size
  • Higher pixel density
  • Stereo speakers
  • Higher resolution
  • Higher pixel density
  • Stereo speakers
  • Less shipping weight
  • More audio output power
  • Less response time
  • Higher resolution
  • Bigger screen size
  • Lower power consumption on standby
  • Less shipping weight
Cons
Cons
  • Pixel density
  • HDMI ports
  • Display colors
  • Operating power consumption
  • Pixel density
  • Luminance
  • DVI connector
  • Pixel density
  • Display colors
  • IPS screen
  • PiP and PaP
  • Operating power consumption
  • Screen size
  • Resolution
  • Pixel density
  • Display colors
  • Pixel density
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • HDMI ports
  • Screen size
  • Display colors
  • Operating power consumption
  • Power consumption in standby mode
  • Resolution
  • Display colors
  • Swivel stand
  • Operating power consumption
  • Pixel density
  • Luminance
  • HDMI ports
  • DVI connector
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Response time
  • HDMI output
  • Operating power consumption
  • Power consumption in standby mode
  • DVI connector
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Operating power consumption
  • Luminance
  • DVI connector
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Swivel stand
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.14kg7.1kg11.5kg9.3kg14kg10.4kg11.3kgN.A.13.5kg9.5kg
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.
Portrait modeThe screen can be turned into portrait mode which is better to view isolated images like documents, photos, etc.
Portrait modeThe screen can be turned into portrait mode which is better to view isolated images like documents, photos, etc.
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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"27"24"27"24.1"34"34"27"27.9"
ResolutionThe resolution indicates the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen, expressed as the number of pixels on the horizontal axis and the number on the vertical axis.
ResolutionThe resolution indicates the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen, expressed as the number of pixels on the horizontal axis and the number on the vertical axis.2560 x 1440px2560 x 1440px2560 x 1440px1920 x 1200px2560 x 1440px1920 x 1200px3440 x 1440px5120 x 2160px5120 x 2880px3840 x 2160px
Pixel density
Pixel density109ppi108ppi108ppi94ppi108ppi93.95ppi109ppi163.4ppi218ppi157ppi
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.6ms6ms1ms6ms6ms6msN.A.5ms8ms2ms
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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Colors
Display colorsNumber of colors that a display can accurately reproduce.
Display colorsNumber of colors that a display can accurately reproduce.1073.7m1074m16.7m1074m1073.7m1073.7m1070mN.A.1074m1074m
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.100%N.A.99%99%N.A.N.A.N.A.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.100000000:11000:1100000000:11000:1N.A.80000000:11000:1N.A.1000:11000:1
LuminanceLuminance is the intensity of light that a device emits.
LuminanceLuminance is the intensity of light that a device emits.350cd/m²300cd/m²350cd/m²350cd/m²350cd/m²350cd/m²300cd/m²600cd/m²350cd/m²300cd/m²
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
3.5mm audio jackWith a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
3.5mm audio jackWith a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
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.1222N.A.121N.A.2
DisplayPort outputsAllows you to connect to a display using DisplayPort.
DisplayPort outputsAllows you to connect to a display using DisplayPort.22111121N.A.1
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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 130W 38.7W 130W 49W 72W 70W N.A.100W 90W
Power consumption in standby modeHow much power the device consumes when shut down but still plugged in.
Power consumption in standby modeHow much power the device consumes when shut down but still plugged in.0.5W 0.3W 0.5W 0.5W 0.5W 1W 0.5W N.A.1.2W 0.3W
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.59kWhN.A.N.A.N.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.2 x 2WN.A.2 x 3WN.A.2 x 7WN.A.2 x 16WN.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

When shopping for a new desktop computer, everyone’s aware that it is great to have a performant 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 which contributes the most to a great user experience.

The monitor is more than just another peripheral component. It is the one we stare at for all the time we use our computers, displaying all the visual information that the graphics processor outputs. Imagine having one of the greatest performing GPUs, only to get disappointed with how unattractive those processed images look like on your monitor. To help you choose one of the best monitors of 2017, we compiled a guide with the essential specs and features you should take into account when choosing a new 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 biggest sized display, as long as it will fall within your budget, and you have enough space on your desk. The monitor with the biggest display around today is the Sharp LB-1085, with a 108-inch display. The bigger the display, the bigger is the viewing area.

The screen resolution is the number of pixels for each dimension (vertical and horizontal). Most computer monitors these days have a 1920 x 1080 resolution. The screen resolution alone however cannot determine how crisp the images are going to be. When it comes to determining the quality of a display, the pixel density is an important 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, although this is still dependent 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 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 image changed. It's distracting and bothering, especially when watching movies or playing games. The standard response time is around 5ms. Going above 5ms is considered unacceptable for gaming. High-end monitors can have response times of as little as 1ms.

It is also worth considering what kind of coating you would want to have on your screen. There are two kinds of panel coatings, glossy and matte, and both have their advantages and disadvantages. Displays with glossy coating tend to have more accurate and lively colors, as well as deeper blacks, but are very susceptible to glares or reflections. Matte panels are much less susceptible to glares or reflections, but the colors aren't as vivid as on glossy panels. If the monitor is placed in a well-lit room, with multiple light sources all 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 as its backlight, instead of the regular CCFL, can have higher luminance, which is the maximum intensity of light the display emits. It can also make use of local dimming, which turns off the backlight on parts of the display when it is not needed, providing better contrast. 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.
  • IPS (in-plane switching) 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. With a wide viewing angle, the image is still clear and the colors accurate even when the viewer is positioned  A good viewing angle means that contents on the display are still displayed with accurate colors even though the viewer is not positioned right in front of the screen.
  • Touch screen: With operating systems these days being more touchscreen friendly, like the Windows 10 for example, it worth considering monitors with touch screen panels, like Dell P2314T or Lenovo ThinkVision LT1423p.
  • 3D: there are two types of 3D displays. One requires 3D glasses, and the other doesn’t require any additional equipment or instrument at all. 3D displays which don’t need glasses to display 3 dimensional contents require the viewer to position himself right in front and at the center of the display in order to display the 3D images correctly.

Connectivity, ports and other features

VGA (Video Graphics Array) is an analog display connection and the oldest display standard still in use to this date. They are still widely used for resolutions below and including Full HD (1920 x 1080 px). Although the connection technology could theoretically support higher resolutions, since there is still enough transmission bandwidth, the image quality might be affected.

DVI (Digital Visual Interface) was developed with the goal of establishing a standard in the in 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 analog and digital connections. It is also backwards compatible with VGA, which is one major reason why it became very popular. It is the most widely used connection standard for PCs.

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) is the most recent display transfer technology. It is designed to completely replace analog display technologies. Instead of transferring analog signals through the cables, the cable instead carry 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 also has the capability to transfer uncompressed digital audio content.

USB ports: most monitors have built-in mini USB hubs. This 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 to the monitor.

Speakers: 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 really widely used, as they are relatively weaker and have lower sound quality than dedicated audio systems, it is still great to have built-in speakers just in case you'll be unable to use external speakers. You should check how many speaker drivers the monitor has and whether it offers stereo sound.

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