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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.
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Dell U2414H

Dell U2414H

 

Good for:

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

Panel used:

LG Display LM238WF2-SSA1 (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
  • DP 1.2a, MiniDP 1.2a, DP 1.2a output, 2 HDMI ports (with MHL), 4 USB 3.0 ports, 3.5mm audio out
  • Screen can be tilted, adjusted in height, swivelled and pivoted. There is also VESA support for alternative mounting


Why choose this monitor:

The Dell U2414H 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. A factory-calibrated sRGB mode is included. 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. The extremely slender bezels also make this monitor attractive for multi-display setups – the array of ports and ergonomic flexibility of the monitor are a real bonus, too.

Further reading:

Dell U2414H review

Manufacturer product page


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BenQ BL3200PT

BenQ BL3200PT

 

Good for:

General use, films and a bit of gaming. Also suitable for hobbyist photography.

Panel used:

Samsung AU Optronics M320DVN01.0 AMVA (32”, 60Hz).

Screen surface:

Very light matte anti-glare (‘semi glossy’) with strong vibrancy and clarity for a matte surface but still effective glare-reduction.

Additional specifications:

  • 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution
  • PWM-free (flicker-free) WLED backlight (sRGB+ colour gamut)
  • 4ms grey to grey response time
  • VGA, DP 1.2, Dual-Link DVI-D, HDMI 1.4, SD card reader, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0m ports 3.5mm headphone jack and 3.5mm line-in
  • Screen is fully adjustable with VESA mounting included. Dedicated remote included for intuitive menu navigation


Why choose this monitor:

The BenQ BL3200PT combines a large screen with a 2560 x 1440 resolution. This combination gives the same pixel density as a 24” Full HD monitor with plenty of extra useful pixel real-estate. But this monitor isn’t just about the pixels. The image quality is excellent from the AMVA+ panel with strong and vibrant (but not unrealistic) colours, strong contrast and a pleasant light matte screen surface. The dashing colours and strong shadow details really brings games, movies and the desktop to life. The viewing angle performance and colour consistency is not quite up to the level of IPS-type panels but is still very good. Hobbyist photo editing is certainly possible on this monitor.

The build quality of the screen and fully adjustable stand is also impressive, as is the comprehensiveness of the OSD (On Screen Display). To make navigating this as simple as possible a dedicated remove is also included, which sits comfortably in a dedicated holder in the centre of the stand base. Alternatively this can be placed somewhere more convenient – it is attached to the monitor with a slender cable. The range of ports included on the monitor is also excellent. Overall this is an impressive package, delivering good value for money and quite a unique viewing experience.

Further reading:

Our BL3200PT review

Manufacturer product page


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AOC q2770Pqu

AOC q2770Pqu

 

Good for:

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

Panel used:

Samsung LTM270DL02/LTM270DL06 (27” PLS, 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)
  • 5ms grey to grey response time
  • VGA, DVI, HDMI 1.4, 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 AOC q2770Pqu features a PLS (Plane to Line Switching) panel, essentially panel manufacturer Samsung’s take on LG’s popular IPS (In Plane Switching) technology. The monitor comes nicely calibrated out of the box to deliver accurate and consistent colours from a wide range of viewing angles and is easy to tweak further. With true 8-bit colour reproduction (no dithering), 100% sRGB coverage and the aforementioned 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 also good with balanced grey to grey acceleration (using the default ‘Medium’ setting), providing a level of motion blur that’s quite close to what you’d see on even the fastest 60Hz LCDs. This monitor is truly exceptional value for money, giving users no reason to spend more for their WQHD monitor.

Further reading:

Our q2770Pqu review

Manufacturer product page


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Samsung S27D590P

Samsung S27D590P

 

Good for:

Gaming, photography, movies and all-round desktop use.

Panel used:

Samsung AD-PLS (27”, 60Hz).

Screen surface:

Light matte anti-glare for increased clarity and vibrancy compared to grainier matte surfaces.

Additional specifications:

  • 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution
  • PWM-free (flicker-free) WLED backlight (sRGB colour gamut)
  • 5ms grey to grey response time
  • VGA, 2 HDMI ports, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Screen can be tilted, no VESA mounting. JOG button (joystick) for easy menu navigation


Why choose this monitor:

The Samsung S27D590P combines an attractive, sleek style with slender bezels and an equally attractive image performance. Its well-tuned AD-PLS (Advanced Plane-to-Line Switching) panel with light matte screen surface provides rich and vibrant colours that are accurately represented, accompanied by a PWM free (flicker-free) LED backlight to improve viewing comfort.

For gaming on either a console or PC this monitor also makes its mark. It comfortably performs as well as you will see any 60Hz LCD monitor perform with well-implemented grey to grey acceleration and very little input lag. This leaves the image free from unsightly overshoot or trailing and aids the responsive feeling of the monitor. Forget those supposed 1ms TN panels, at 60Hz this monitor gives you exactly the same if not better responsiveness in practice with far superior colour quality.

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 GW2760HS

BenQ GW2760HS

 

Good for:

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

Panel used:

AU Optronics M270HVN02.0 (27” AMVA+, 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, DVI, HDMI, 3.5mm audio in and out
  • Stand offers tilt plus 100 x 100mm VESA mounting. 1W stereo speakers


Why choose this monitor:

The BenQ GW2760HS 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 and various other issues). 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 ‘Colour Shift-free’ technology, which is actually a characteristic of the ‘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.

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. This doesn’t bother everybody, though and we’ve actually recommended this monitor to some fairly serious PC gamers and they were surprised how decent they found it for gaming. They didn’t notice anything that would put them off their gaming and just 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 GW2760HS review

A detailed comparison of IPS and VA

Manufacturer product page


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BenQ XL2420Z

BenQ XL2420Z

 

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 (24”, 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, DP 1.2, VGA, Dual-Link DVI, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Screen is fully adjustable. There is also VESA support


Why choose this monitor:

The BenQ XL2420Z builds on the company’s expertise when it comes to creating superb gaming monitors. This is essentially an upgraded version of the original XL2420T, with its 144Hz refresh rate providing excellent motion fluidity at high frame rates and very low 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. The S-Switch makes it easy to switch between your favourite presets (or enable and disable the ‘Blur Reduction’ mode).

Further reading:

A review of the XL2420Z.

Manufacturer product page


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