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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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ViewSonic XG2401 and XG2701

ViewSonic XG2401 and XG2701

 

Good for:

Fluid fast-paced PC gaming. This monitor can still be used for console gaming as a secondary use, but be aware that consoles are restricted to 60Hz and relatively low frame rates – that doesn’t give these monitors a chance to shine.

Panel used:

Twisted Nematic (24″ and 27″, 48-144Hz variable with Adaptive-Sync).

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, DP 1.2a (supports Adaptive-Sync), 2 USB 3.0 ports, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Screen is fully adjustable with 100mm VESA support. 2 x 5W speakers are also included.


Why choose this monitor:

The ViewSonic XG2401 and ViewSonic XG2701 use fairly ubiqituous 144Hz panels, but put them to excellent use. Unlike many competing models, average gamma is pleasing out of the box which makes the image look rich overall rather than washed-out. They certainly don’t skimp on responsiveness, either. These models sport exceptionally low signal delay (low input lag) and well-tuned pixel responsiveness for 144Hz – the connected feel and and visual fluidity that this provides is excellent. Unlike many competing models, these models are overshoot-free using their optimal response time setting so there is no unsightly inverse ghosting to get in the way of the experience. This is also bolstered by support for AMD FreeSync, eliminating the stuttering and tearing that ensues from the usual refresh rate and frame rate mismatches.

Other aspects of interest include a range of useful ‘Low Blue Light’ settings to promote more relaxing viewing, particularly useful in the evening. The backlight is also flicker-free at all brightness levels to help aid viewing comfort. The included stand is fully adjustable and compliments the solid build quality of the monitor. We feel that these are excellent 24″ and 27″ 144Hz gaming monitors for both Nvidia and AMD GPU users They also support games consoles as a secondary use via HDMI, but they are restricted to a maximum of 60Hz.

Further reading:

Our review of the 24″ model

Manufacturer product page


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Dell S2417DG and S2716DG

Dell S2417DG and S2716DG

 

Good for:

Fluid fast-paced PC gaming, general desktop use.

Panel used:

AU Optronics TN (23.8″ 30-165Hz and 27″ 30-144Hz, variable with G-SYNC).

Screen surface:

Light matte anti-glare, for good glare handling without obvious graininess.

Additional specifications:

  • 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution
  • PWM-free (flicker-free) WLED backlight (sRGB colour gamut)
  • 1ms grey to grey response time
  • DP 1.2 (with G-SYNC), HDMI 1.4, 4 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream), 3.5mm headphone jack, 3.5mm audio input
  • Screen offers full ergonomic flexibility. There is also VESA 100 support


Why choose this monitor:

The Dell S2417DG and Dell S2716DG feature a WQHD resolution (2560 x 1440) and true 8-bit colour reproduction. A flicker-free (PWM free) backlight is included to enhance viewing comfort. This resolution provides good detail in gaming environments whilst providing a good amount of useful work space without necessitating scaling. Once calibrated the screens provide colours which appear rich, whilst the lack of ‘IPS glow’ will certainly please fans of more atmospheric dark scenes. These models feature an unfussy modern design without extra fripperies and ‘cool gaming features’ (not everybody likes such things, of course) and offer an HDMI port for console connectivity as well.

Key to the experience, though, is the 144Hz refresh rate (165Hz for 23.8″ model). This provides excellent motion fluidity at high frame rates for PC gaming with very little input lag. The monitors also support Nvidia G-SYNC, allowing compatible Nvidia GPUs to dynamically alter the monitor’s refresh rate (between 30 – 144Hz or 30 – 165Hz depending on model) to match the content’s frame rate. This eliminates stuttering and tearing related to frame rate and refresh rate mismatch and offers reduced latency compared to VSync. For those who value ‘CRT-like’ motion clarity, ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) is also supported on compatible Nvidia GPUs. Nvidia 3D Vision (1 and 2) is also supported, despite this feature not being marketed by Dell.

Further reading:

Our review of the 27″ model

Manufacturer product page


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Samsung C27F591FD

Samsung C27F591FD

 

Good for:

All-around use, movies and some gaming on the PC or games consoles as well.

Panel used:

Samsung Curved VA (27″, 48-72Hz variable with Adaptive-Sync).

Screen surface:

Light matte with smooth texture, delivering an essentially grain-free image 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
  • DP 1.2a (supports Adaptive-Sync), HDMI 1.4a (supports Adaptive-Sync), VGA, 3.5mm audio in and out
  • Stand offers tilt. 5W stereo speakers


Why choose this monitor:

The Samsung C27F591FD features a curved VA panel – the curve is noticeable but still quite subtle. This helps add to the immersion when gaming or watching films without making the experience feel unnatural, even on the desktop. The strong contrast performance (3000:1) and smooth and light screen surface combine to provide a good deep look to darker shades with brighter shades that ‘pop’ out nicely. The colour gamut is generous but not excessive (beyond sRGB, but not wide gamut like Adobe RGB) which delivers a vibrant but quite faithful representation. This gives movies, games and images on the desktop a vivid yet natural look. The colour consistency is as good as we’ve seen from a VA model of this size, too, meaning that this vibrancy is maintained to a good degree throughout the screen.

As is usual for VA models there are some weaknesses with response times for some transitions, but most are performed rapidly. Coupled with low input lag, support for 72Hz and AMD FreeSync this model is certainly one of the more attractive ~60Hz options out there for gaming. Samsung claims that the curvature helps promote vieiwng comfort – we certainly found it comfortable, but perhaps that was for other reasons. Viewing comfort enhancements include a flicker-free backlight at all brightness ranges, a low minimum luminance and multiple ‘Low Blue Light’ settings to help produce a more ‘evening-friendly’ and relaxing screen environment.

Further reading:

Our C27F591FD review

A detailed comparison of IPS and VA

Manufacturer product page


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Dell U2515H and U2715H

Dell U2515H and U2715H

 

Good for:

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

Panel used:

LG Display AH-IPS (25” and 27″, 60Hz).

Screen surface:

Very light matte anti-glare (some may call it ‘semi-glossy’) for strong vibrancy and clarity whilst handling glare effectively.

Additional specifications:

  • 2560 x 1440 resolution
  • PWM-free (flicker-free) WLED backlight (sRGB+ colour gamut)
  • 6ms grey to grey response time
  • 2 HDMI 1.4 ports (with MHL), DisplayPort 1.2, MiniDP 1.2, DP 1.2 output (for MST daisy-chaining), 3.5mm audio output, 5 USB 3.0 downstream ports (one with fast-charging) and 1 USB 3.0 upstream port
  • The stand is fully adjustable with 100mm VESA support included for alternative mounting


Why choose this monitor:

The Dell U2515H and U2715H are amongst the most affordable monitors from a mainstream manufacturer to boast a 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution. The smaller screen of the 25″ version helps minimise costs, without performance being compromised. They are highly capable all-rounders with well-tuned AH-IPS panels. They deliver a stunning range of rich and natural-looking colours, with strong colour consistency and excellent sRGB gamut coverage. The very light matte screen surface also aids the clarity and vibrancy of the image, ensuring it doesn’t have the graininess associated with stronger matte screen surfaces. They are therefore capable monitors for both work and play – including photography and design work where colour accuracy is important. Meanwhile the flicker-free backlight and additional features such as ‘Paper’ mode (reduced blue light output) help provide a comfortable viewing experience.

Not only is the colour quality and pixel density pleasing for gamers, but the well-tuned pixel overdrive (grey to grey acceleration) and relatively low input lag ensure an experience that’s much in-line with the fastest 60Hz LCDs out there. No need to worry about high latency or lots of distracting trailing.

Further reading:

Manufacturer product page


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BenQ XL2730Z

BenQ XL2730Z

 

Good for:

Fluid fast-paced PC gaming, general desktop use.

Panel used:

AU Optronics M270DTN01.0 (27” TN, 40-144Hz variable with Adaptive-Sync).

Screen surface:

Medium matte anti-glare.

Additional specifications:

  • 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution
  • PWM-free (flicker-free) WLED backlight (sRGB colour gamut)
  • 1ms grey to grey response time
  • HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2a+ (with Adaptive-Sync), VGA, Dual-Link DVI, 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream), 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 x 3.5mm microphone jacks
  • Screen is fully adjustable. There is also VESA support


Why choose this monitor:

The BenQ XL2730Z trumps the other members of the ‘XL’ series when it comes to image quality. Not only does the enhanced resolution (2560 x 1440) help bring more detail to games and extra space to the desktop, but it’s possible to get a nicely balanced and rich image using just a few OSD tweaks. The refreshed design includes aluminium alloy touches and a redesigned ‘S-Switch Arc’ for easy and convenient control of the menu system and key features. A 3.5mm microphone jack and USB 3.0 functionality have also been included. But it is really the responsiveness that people are interested in with the ‘XL’ series. A key selling point is of course the 144Hz refresh rate, which provides excellent motion fluidity at high frame rates and very low latency. The monitor also supports Adpative-Sync (AMD FreeSync), allowing compatible AMD GPUs to dynamically alter the refresh rate of the monitor to match their frame rate (between 40Hz and 144Hz). This eliminates stuttering and tearing related to frame rate and refresh rate mismatch and offers reduced latency compared to VSync.

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 or who dislike ‘PWM artifacts’ during motion. 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 at high frame rates. Input lag is also exceptionally low and won’t get in the way of an enjoyable and super-smooth experience. Another 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. Users are given more flexibility over this feature than they had on the 20Z models with a configurable ‘Intensity’ setting (pulse width) and also ‘Area’ setting (to adjust where on the screen strobe crosstalk appears).

Further reading:

Our review of the XL2730Z

Manufacturer product page


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Acer X34 and XR341CK

Acer X34 and XR341CK

 

Good for:

Gaming, movies and all-round desktop use.

Panel used:

LG Display LM340UW2-SSA1 (34″ AH-IPS, 30-100Hz with G-SYNC or 30-75Hz with Adaptive-Sync).

Screen surface:

Very light matte anti-glare, preserving vibrancy and clarity well with low grainess and decent glare-handling characteristics.

Additional specifications:

  • 3440 x 1440 resolution
  • PWM-free (flicker-free) WLED backlight (sRGB+ colour gamut)
  • 4ms grey to grey response time
  • HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2a (supports variable refresh rate technology) and 7W DTS speakers. XR341CK also includes HDMI 1.4 (with MHL 2.0), mDP, DP 1.2 output (for MST ‘Daisy Chaining’) and a 3.5mm headphone jack
  • The stand offers height and tilt adjustment, with 100mm VESA holes at the rear of the screen


Why choose this monitor:

The Acer X34 and XR341CK are large and solidly built monitors, featuring a gently curved 34″ ‘UltraWide’ (21:9 aspect ratio) AH-IPS panel. In addition to the artistic-looking metal stand, 9 downward-facing LEDs feature with customisable colour and effects as part of the ‘Ambient Lighting’ system. The screens themselves are equally impressive on the inside, with a 3440 x 1440 resolution providing a pleasing pixel density and plenty of screen space. The monitors deliver good levels of detail in games combined with strong colour reproduction – for a vivid but varied look to gaming worlds. A flicker-free backlight is employed alongside effective ‘Low Blue Light’ settings, to enhance viewing comfort.

The real beauty of these monitors are their support for Nvidia G-SYNC (X34) or AMD FreeSync (VESA Adaptive-Sync on the XR341CK). They have a variable refresh rate range of 30-100Hz (X34) or 30-75Hz (XR341CK). This not only eliminates tearing and stuttering caused by frame rate mismatches, it also allows the 60Hz panel to run at a higher refresh rate. That extra 15Hz on the FreeSync model may not sound like much, but it’s a very welcome bonus in practice. The even higher refresh rate supported by the G-SYNC model provides even greater fludiity benefits. Furthermore, the increased refresh rates are achieved without negative consequences to image quality and indeed the response times of the monitor are fast enough to provide a smooth experience at these refresh rates. When coupled with low input lag and the engrossing and colour-rich experience of the screens themselves, this provides an excellent gaming experience.

Further reading:

Our review of the FreeSync model

An article exploring the 3440 x 1440 resolution

Manufacturer product page


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Dell P2415Q and P2715Q

Dell P2415Q and P2715Q

 

Good for:

General high-resolution computing including – photography/design work, text-based work, web browsing, PC gaming and movies.

Panel used:

LG Display AH-IPS (23.8” and 27″, 60Hz).

Screen surface:

Light matte, providing strong vibrancy and better clarity than some matte surfaces. The 27″ model has a particularly smooth (non-grainy) look.

Additional specifications:

  • 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution
  • PWM-free (flicker-free) WLED backlight (sRGB+ colour gamut)
  • 6ms grey to grey response time
  • HDMI 1.4 (with MHL 2.0), DP 1.2a, MiniDP 1.2a, DP 1.2a output, 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 P2415Q and Dell P2715Q are some of the most affordable ‘4K’ monitors out there that don’t cut down on image quality. They have factory calibrated AH-IPS panels that provide vivid, accurate and pleasing colours with 10-bit precision. The pixel pitch is truly outstanding, particularly on the 23.8″ model. The 3840 x 2160 is packed into a 23.8″ or 27″ area, yielding an impressive 185.12 PPI (Pixels Per Inch) and 163.18 PPI, respectively. This delivers stunning detail to games, brings high resolution photographs to life and gives you an absolutely tremendous amount of useful ‘real-estate’ to work with on the desktop. As noted in our review, some elements are very small unless scaling is used – so be aware of that. Once you’ve got that sorted, viewing comfort is excellent. Both models have a flicker-free backlight (DC dimming) backlight with a strong luminance adjustment range and a dedicated ‘Paper’ Low Blue Light preset.

Other aspects of performance are also pleasing, with static contrast that’s as good as we’ve seen from a non-VA panel and responsiveness that’s much better than on most ‘4K’ models. The pixel overdrive (grey to grey acceleration) is very well tuned in the default setting to provide about as little motion blur as you can expect from a 60Hz monitor. Meanwhile input lag is relatively low and shouldn’t prove problematic for the majority of users. Another important consideration for ‘4K’ UHD monitors is the handling (interpolation) of non-native resolutions such as 1920 x 1080. On the 23.8″ model we reviewed that is done without the significant loss of sharpness you’d usually get compared to running that resolution natively on a monitor of similar size, which is a real bonus.


Further reading:

Dell P2415Q review

Manufacturer product page


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Samsung S34E790C

Samsung S34E790C

 

Good for:

Gaming, movies and all-round desktop use.

Panel used:

Samsung Curved VA (34″, 60Hz).

Screen surface:

Very light matte anti-glare (some may refer to it as ‘semi-glossy’), effective glare handling with less of an impact on vibrancy and clarity than ‘heavier’ matte surfaces.

Additional specifications:

  • 3440 x 1440 resolution
  • PWM-free (flicker-free) WLED backlight (sRGB+ colour gamut)
  • 4ms grey to grey response time
  • 2 HDMI 1.4 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, 3.5mm audio output, 4 USB 3.0 downstream ports and 1 USB 3.0 upstream port
  • The stand offers height and tilt adjustment, with 100mm VESA holes at the rear of the screen


Why choose this monitor:

The Samsung S34E790C features a 34″ ‘UltraWide’ (21:9 aspect ratio) high-contrast VA panel with 3440 x 1440 resolution. This provides a lot of useful desktop space and gives games an excellent atmosphere with good strong deep colours and lighter shades which stand out beautifully. The screen is gently curved, too. This is quite subtle and rather than making the experience feel completely different and uncomfortable, it makes it feel rather natural – and adds just a touch of extra depth to games and movies. There are also ‘Low Blue Light’ settings and a flicker-free backlight to further enhance viewing comfort, whilst the screen surface is nice and light so as to avoid a troublesome graininess to the image.

Where this monitor really surprises is responsiveness. It is, quite simply, the fastest VA panel monitor we’ve used when it comes to pixel responsiveness. In fact it’s faster than some competing cruved AH-IPS UltraWide models. It also has very low input lag, so if you’re happy enough with the 60Hz refresh rate the overall fluidity is strong.

Further reading:

Our review of the S34E790C

An article exploring the 3440 x 1440 resolution

Manufacturer product page


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BenQ BL3201PH

BenQ BL3201PH

 

Good for:

General use, CAD/CAM, photography, films and high resolution PC gaming.

Panel used:

AU Optronics M320QAN01.0 (32” AHVA, 60Hz).

Screen surface:

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

Additional specifications:

  • 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution
  • PWM-free (flicker-free) WLED backlight (sRGB+ colour gamut)
  • 4ms grey to grey response time
  • DP 1.2, MiniDP 1.2, Dual-Link DVI-D, 2 x HDMI 1.4, SD card reader, 5 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream), 3.5mm headphone jack and 3.5mm line-in
  • Screen is fully adjustable with VESA mounting included. Dedicated remote included for intuitive menu navigation plus 2 x 5W speakers


Why choose this monitor:

The BenQ BL3201PH is quite simply one of the best ‘4K’ UHD models we’ve used. The large screen size compliments the resolution very nicely, allowing those with strong eyesight to get by without relying on scaling. Meanwhile the excellent pixel density brings with it that lovely crisp, clear ‘4K’ look to games and compatible movie content. But this monitor isn’t just about the pixels. The image quality is excellent from the AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle) IPS-type panel with beautifully rich and varied colours, good contrast (with surprisingly low ‘glow’ for an IPS-type screen of this size) and a pleasingly light matte screen surface. The excellent colour consistency offered by the panel type aids the general image viewing experience whether on the desktop, in game or watching movies. It also makes the monitor a strong candidate for photo editing and other colour-critical tasks.

Responsiveness is as strong as we’ve seen from a ‘4K’ model, with very little input lag to speak of and well-tuned pixel responsiveness that makes good use of the 60Hz refresh rate. Adaptive-Sync (and hence AMD FreeSync) is also supported, with a variable refresh rate range of 48 – 60Hz. 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 – so overall a well-rounded package.

Further reading:

Our BL3201PH review

Manufacturer product page


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Dell U2415

Dell U2415

 

Good for:

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

Panel used:

LG Display LM240WUA-SSA1 (24.1” 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 1200 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), 5 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 U2415 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. The monitor comes well-calibrated from the factory and features a 1920 x 1200 resolution (16:10 aspect ratio) for enhanced productivity compared to Full HD models. For games and movies the AH-IPS panel 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 avoids such modulation of the backlight; so it has a flicker-free backlight to increase viewing comfort.

Responsiveness is good for a 60Hz LCD monitor – including relatively low input lag and well-tuned pixel overdrive (grey to grey acceleration). The extremely slender bezels also make this monitor attractive for multi-display setups, whilst the array of ports and ergonomic flexibility of the monitor are a real bonus, too.

Further reading:

Manufacturer product page


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BenQ GW2765HT

BenQ GW2765HT

 

Good for:

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

Panel used:

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

Screen surface:

Very light matte (some may call it ‘semi-glossy’), 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 1.4, DP 1.2, 3.5mm audio in and out
  • Stand fully adjustable (height, tilt, swivel and pivot) plus 100 x 100mm VESA mounting. 1W stereo speakers.


Why choose this monitor:

The BenQ GW2765HT 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 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 strong 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. Exceptional value for money given the image quality and overall package.

Further reading:

Manufacturer product page


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HP 25xw and 27xw

HP 25xw and 27xw

 

Good for:

All-round use including PC and console gaming, movies and image editing.

Panel used:

LG Display AH-IPS (25” and 27″, 60Hz).

Screen surface:
Glossy with ‘low haze enhancement’ treatment. This essentially maintains the vibrancy and clarity offered by glossy surfaces whilst significantly cutting down on reflections.


Additional specifications:

  • 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution
  • PWM-free (flicker-free) WLED backlight (sRGB colour gamut)
  • 8ms grey to grey response time
  • 2 HDMI, VGA, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Screen can be tilted, VESA mounting not supported


Why choose this monitor:

The HP 25xw and HP 27xw provide a strong performance in several key areas. The 25″ and 27″ AH-IPS panels are essentially glossy, but has a very low haze matte surface treatment. This doesn’t significantly interfere with the image quality and maintains that beautiful glossy ‘pop’, but is very effective in helping to reduce reflections – something of a ‘best of both worlds’ solution. Colour consistency and viewing angle performance is strong, as you’d hope for from a modern AH-IPS panel and the default colour setup is excellent with strong ‘2.2’ gamma tracking out of the box. Contrast is as good as you’ll see on an IPS panel as well, with the static contrast generally exceeding the specified 1000:1. The levels of ‘IPS glow’ are also significantly lower than you’d typically see on an IPS-type panel of the size, helping preserve more of those details in dark scenes. The flicker-free backlight (DC not PWM dimming) and flexible brightness adjustment range (with good low minimum level) help provide a comfortable viewing experience, too.

The monitors also include a well-tuned pixel overdrive feature (note – this is disabled by default and should be turned on in the OSD). It is able to provide a level of perceived blur that’s in-line with the fastest 60Hz LCD performers out there – there’s really no need to be put off by that 8ms specified response time. Input lag is also very low with negligible signal delay whilst users have reported that these models will comofrtably run at 75Hz using default timings (i.e. you can ‘overclock’ the monitor if you wish).

Further reading:

Manufacturer product page


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