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Here you will find a frequently updated list of carefully selected displays. We recommend these monitors because of our own positive experiences with them, feedback from other professional reviewers and good user experiences. Factors considered include image quality, performance, value for money and other attractive features.

Dell P2414H

Dell P2414H

 

Good for:

All-round use including gaming, movies, photography/design work and general desktop use.

Panel used:

LG Display LM238WF1-SLA3 (23.8” AH-IPS, 60Hz).

Screen surface:

Relatively light matte anti-glare. Superior clarity and vibrancy (less graininess) compared to some older IPS models such as the Dell U2412M.

Additional specifications:

  • 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution
  • PWM-free (flicker-free) WLED backlight (sRGB colour gamut)
  • 8ms grey to grey response time
  • DisplayPort 1.2a, DVI-D, VGA, 4 USB 2.0 ports
  • Screen can be tilted, adjusted in height, swivelled and pivoted. There is also VESA support for alternative mounting


Why choose this monitor:

The Dell P2414H is an excellent all-round performer with strengths in key areas including colour reproduction and responsiveness. The well-configured AH-IPS panel provides accurately represented and consistent colours with wide viewing angles, making this monitor attractive for colour-critical work such as photo editing. For games and movies this gives rich and life-like colours with a great subtle shade variety – you’ll be able to pick out the slightest shade differences, something that isn’t possible on monitors with TN panels due to colour inconsistencies at different points of the screen. Some users are sensitive to the rapid ‘on’ and ‘off’ pulsing typically used to lower monitor backlight brightness (something called PWM or Pulse Width Modulation). This model uses DC (Direct Current) modulation of the backlight; so it has a flicker-free backlight to increase viewing comfort.

Responsiveness is as good as you’ll find from a 60Hz LCD monitor – including very low input lag and well-tuned pixel overdrive (grey to grey acceleration). Many people are put off by the ‘8ms’ grey to grey response time, but this is a poor indication of how the monitor performs in the real world. The movement of our own eyes actually creates a level of blur that’s proportional to the frame rate of the content (and hence refresh rate of the display) for a normal ‘sample and hold’ LCD. Further detailed reading on this subject in our dedicated responsiveness article. As mentioned in this post it’s also possible to run the monitor at 72Hz+ in its native resolution.

Further reading:

Dell P2414H review

Comparison with the VS24AH

Some user feedback on the P2414H

Manufacturer product page



 
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BenQ XL2720Z

BenQ XL2720Z

 

Good for:

Fluid fast-paced PC gaming. For console gaming we don’t recommend this monitor because consoles are restricted to 60Hz and relatively low frame rates – that doesn’t give this monitor a chance to shine.

Panel used:

AU Optronics TN (27”, 144Hz).

Screen surface:

Medium matte anti-glare.

Additional specifications:

  • 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution
  • PWM-free (flicker-free) WLED backlight (sRGB colour gamut)
  • 1ms grey to grey response time
  • 2 HDMI 1.4 ports, Dual-Link DVI, DisplayPort 1.2, 3.5mm headphone jack, 3 USB 2.0 ports, S-Switch
  • Screen is fully adjustable. There is also VESA support


Why choose this monitor:

The BenQ XL2720Z builds on the company’s expertise when it comes to creating superb gaming monitors. This is essentially an upgraded version of the original XL2720T with a 144Hz refresh rate, to enhance motion fluidity at high frame rates and slightly decrease latency. BenQ have also included a flicker-free (PWM free) backlight, which is good news for users who suffer visual discomfort from the use of PWM. A ‘Low Blue Light’ setting is also included for even more relaxing viewing, especially useful in the evenings where blue light levels should be restricted to help aid a restful night’s sleep.

The pixel responsiveness is excellent on this model which allows it to take full advantage of its high refresh rate and give very low levels of trailing. Input lag is also exceptionally low and won’t get in the way of an enjoyable and super-smooth experience. A key feature of this model is the ‘Blur Reduction’ strobe backlight mode which is very effective in significantly reducing motion blur and allowing for extremely sharp visibility even during the fastest pace of action.

We’ve reviewed the 24” version of this model and looked in some detail at the ‘Blur Reduction’ mode as well as other attractive features. We did feel the image quality left a bit to be desired on the 24” model, particularly with the generally washed out appearance of colours. The colours produced by the XL2720Z are richer than the 24” alternatives from ASUS and BenQ. Shades simply have more depth and vibrancy – which is a big plus for many gamers.

Further reading:

A review of the 24” version. As above – similar responsiveness and key features, but the 27” model offers richer colours.

Manufacturer product page


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AOC q2963Pm

AOC q2963Pm

 

Good for:

A bit of everything – work and play. Really shines in modern games that fully support the resolution and aspect ratio (most do) and movies shot in 2.40:1 or similar aspect ratios (most major releases).

Panel used:

LG Display LM290WW1-SSA1 (29” AH-IPS, 60Hz).

Screen surface:

Light matte anti-glare. Less grainy than even new Full HD AH-IPS panels, quite close to semi-glossy in overall appearance.

Additional specifications:

  • 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution
  • 2560 x 1080 resolution
  • PWM-free (flicker free) WLED backlight (sRGB+ colour gamut)
  • 5ms grey to grey response time (configurable pixel overdrive)
  • VGA, HDMI (with MHL), DP 1.2 in, DP 1.2 out, Dual-Link DVI, audio in and out
  • Screen can be tilted – VESA mounting supported. 3W stereo speakers.


Why choose this monitor:

The AOC q2963Pm features a 21:9 aspect ratio and 2560 x 1080 resolution. This provides a truly engrossing panoramic experience for both games and movies – and enhances the horizontal field of view in most games so you can see more of the action at once. Users are also treated to excellent colour accuracy and variety from its new generation AH-IPS panel. Coupled with the generous colour gamut (just a touch beyond sRGB) things have excellent depth and richness for a lively but not oversaturated colour experience. Unlike older IPS generations the screen surface is a light matte anti-glare, preserving greater image clarity and vibrancy.

With well-handled and configurable grey to grey acceleration (pixel overdrive) this monitor’s motion performance is about as good as you can expect from a 60Hz monitor. The monitor we reviewed also had very little signal delay (input lag) and made for a responsive gaming experience overall. As mentioned in this post you can comfortably raise the refresh rate to 72Hz+ if you’re feeling adventurous, too.

Further reading:

AOC q2963Pm review

The 21:9 experience in games and movies

Some personal thoughts from PCM2

Manufacturer product page


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BenQ EW2740L

BenQ EW2740L

 

Good for:

Movies, general-purpose and a bit of gaming as well.

Panel used:

AU Optronics AMVA+ (27”, 60Hz).

Screen surface:

Semi-glossy (very light matte), providing very good clarity and vibrancy whilst cutting down on glare.

Additional specifications:

  • 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution
  • PWM-free (flicker-free) WLED backlight (sRGB colour gamut)
  • 4ms grey to grey response time
  • VGA, 2 HDMI ports (with MHL), 3.5mm audio in and out
  • Stand offers tilt only, no VESA mounting


Why choose this monitor:

The BenQ EW2740L is a slim-bezel monitor that provides exceptional contrast throughout the screen. It doesn’t suffer from any loss of detail near the screen edges due the sort of ‘glow’ seen on IPS/PLS/AHVA panels. The backlight uniformity tends to be very good when displaying black and dark colours, too, giving scenes good depth and atmosphere throughout. This is something that can’t be said for all current VA panels (such as the ASUS VN279Q which tends to have poor uniformity). Colour reproduction is also good with strong contrast bringing out some really lush, bold and vibrant colours – but not in an oversaturated way. With its ‘AMVA+’ panel the consistency of these colours and therefore the variety of closely matched shades is strong. It can’t quite match IPS (or IPS-like) panels in this respect so wouldn’t make as good a candidate for colour critical work. For everything else, though, it gives a really nice viewing experience. For relaxing reading or evening viewing the monitor also includes ‘Low Blue Light’ presets which can be quickly and easily activated when required.

Responsiveness is much better than on older VA panels but as is characteristic of VA there is considerable variation in response times depending on the shades involved in the transitions. In layman’s terms – some response times are several times higher than ‘4ms’ and this can give some noticeable trailing. The overdrive is also fairly strong, giving a bit of inverse ghosting (overshoot) in places. This is adjustable (called ‘AMA’ or ‘Advanced Motion Acceleration’) and can be disabled for films etc. if you wish. We’ve recommended this monitor to some fairly keen gamers and they didn’t notice anything that would put them off their gaming. They simply loved the image it produced. As noted here it’s also possible to run this monitor at 72Hz+ if the mood takes you.

Further reading:

Our EW2740L review

A detailed comparison of IPS and VA

Manufacturer product page


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ASUS MX279H

ASUS MX279H

 

Good for:

A bit of everything – from gaming and movies to photography and general desktop tasks.

Panel used:

LG Display LM270WF5 (27” AH-IPS, 60Hz).

Screen surface:

Matte anti-glare, not as strong/thick as on some other monitors (including older IPS models) so it doesn’t create an overly grainy or smeary look to the image.

Additional specifications:

  • 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution
  • WLED backlight (sRGB colour gamut)
  • 5ms grey to grey response time
  • VGA, 2 HDMI ports, 3.5mm audio in and out
  • Stand tilt but no VESA mounting. Bang & Olufsen ICEpower Class D 3W stereo speakers


Why choose this monitor:

The ASUS MX279H combines style with substance. It uses an AH-IPS panel configured to deliver vibrant but realistic-looking colours. Whether using this screen for gaming, movies, editing photos or simply browsing the internet the depth and variety of colours is impressive. The slender bezels and unique ‘sundial inspired’ design of the monitor also help it stand out.

The responsiveness of this model is also a plus point as it offers adjustable ‘Trace Free’ grey to grey acceleration (we recommend using ‘Trace Free 20’) and low input lag. The responsiveness is as good as you’ll see on a 60Hz LCD in practice and for that reason we recommend this not just for PC use but also for console users wanting a good 27” screen.

Further reading:

Manufacturer product page


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Dell S2440L

Dell S2440L

 

Good for:

All-round use, movies and some gaming.

Panel used:

AU Optronics M240HVN01 V0 (24” AMVA, 60Hz).

Screen surface:

Glossy with tempered edge-to-edge glass. Produces a clear and vibrant image but needs a controlled lighting environment. See this article for some background reading.

Additional specifications:

  • 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution
  • WLED backlight (sRGB colour gamut)
  • 6ms grey to grey response time
  • VGA, HDMI, 3.5mm audio out
  • Stand tilt as only adjustment, no VESA mounting.


Why choose this monitor:

The Dell S2440L is a truly unique monitor, combining a high-contrast VA panel with a glossy glass-fronted screen. Provided you don’t have strong light hitting the screen (windows behind you and bright overhead lighting to be avoided) the clarity, vibrancy and depth to the image is impressive. Dark colours are deep and bold whilst brighter shades intermingling between them are bright and piercing. This gives games, movies and images on the desktop a rich and life-like look. The light is emitted from the monitor quite directly without being diffused by a matte surface, so the clarity of text is also particularly good.

The monitor offers strong acceleration and at times it’s easy to forget you’re even using a VA panel. There are some slower transitions and also some ‘overshoot’ (inverse ghosting). This is something that can put users off automatically and is something we explicitly mention (with highlighted examples) in our review. We have received a lot of user feedback, some of which we link to below in the ‘Further reading’ section, that suggests that many people happily game on this monitor. They aren’t bothered by the inverse ghosting or anything else and find the monitor a real treat to use.

Further reading:

Our review. Be sure not to automatically dismiss this monitor due to negative thoughts about reflections and inverse ghosting – there is some very good user feedback to look at as well.

Some thoughts on IPS vs. VA

Manufacturer product page


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BenQ BL2710PT

BenQ BL2710PT

 

Good for:

CAD/CAM, design work, photo editing, general desktop use (including movies and gaming).

Panel used:

AU Optronics M270DAN01.0 (27” AHVA, 60Hz).

Screen surface:

Semi-glossy (very light matte), providing good glare reduction characteristics whilst preserving strong clarity and vibrancy.

Additional specifications:

  • 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution
  • PWM-free (flicker-free) WLED backlight (sRGB+ colour gamut)
  • 4ms grey to grey response time
  • VGA, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, 2 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 ports, 3.5mm audio in and out
  • Stand fully adjustable (height, tilt, swivel and pivot) plus 100 x 100mm VESA mounting. 3W stereo speakers.


Why choose this monitor:

The BenQ BL2710PT features an AHVA (Advanced Hyper Viewing Angle) panel, essentially panel manufacturer AUO’s take on LG’s popular IPS (In Plane Switching) technology. The monitor comes very well calibrated out of the box to deliver accurate and consistent colours from a wide range of viewing angles. With support for 10-bit colour reproduction (8-bit + FRC dithering), 100% sRGB coverage and the aforementioned factory calibration this is a very capable monitor for design work and photography. The rich, accurate and beautifully varied colours produced also bring games and movies to life. The 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution, meanwhile, gives you a good amount of desktop space to work with and makes game environments very detailed.

Responsiveness is excellent with good but not excessive grey to grey acceleration (using the default ‘AMA High’ setting), providing a level of motion blur that’s about as low as you can expect from a 60Hz LCD overall. The backlight uniformity also tends to be good on this model and no ‘cross hatching’ issues have been reported as they have on some WQHD IPS models.

Further reading:

Our BL2710PT review

Manufacturer product page


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