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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 or good user experiences. Factors considered include image quality, performance, value for money and other attractive features.
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Dell S2417DG

Dell S2417DG

 

Good for:

Fluid fast-paced PC gaming, general desktop use.

Panel used:

AU Optronics TN (23.8″, 30-165Hz 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 features 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 screen provides colours which appear rich, whilst the lack of ‘IPS glow’ will certainly please fans of more atmospheric dark scenes. Theis model features 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 165Hz refresh rate and the very snappy (yet effectively overshoot-free) pixel responses. This provides excellent motion fluidity at high frame rates for PC gaming with very little input lag. The monitor also supports Nvidia G-SYNC, allowing compatible Nvidia GPUs to dynamically alter the monitor’s refresh rate (between 30 – 165Hz) 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.

Further reading:

Our review of the 27″ model

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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LG 27UD68

LG 27UD68

 

Good for:

General usage, high resolution image editing, movies and gaming on both the PC and ‘4K-ready’ games consoles such as the PS4 Pro.

Panel used:

LG Display LM270WR2-SPA2 (27” AH-IPS, 40-60Hz variable with Adaptive-Sync).

Screen surface:

Light matte anti-glare with a fairly smooth surface texture, providing a good level of clarity and vibrancy potential.

Additional specifications:

  • 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution
  • PWM-free (flicker-free) WLED backlight (sRGB+ colour gamut)
  • 5ms grey to grey response time
  • DP 1.2a (supports Adaptive-Sync), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Screen is fully adjustable with integrated 3W speakers. 100 x 100mm VESA holes are included


Why choose this monitor:

The LG 27UD68 is a modern-looking monitor, with a shapely black brushed-effect stand (‘P’ model) and very slender bezels. The bezels use a dual-stage ‘cinema screen’ design, which combines a hard outer bezel and slim panel border – beware of potentially misleading media shots that seem to miss this slim panel border out. The image performance is very solid overall, with a 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution spread across a 27″ area for a tight 163.18 PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The panel is a well-calibrated AH-IPS part, with pleasing gamma handling and colour setup out of the box, 10-bit colour support and strong viewing angle performance. This is coupled with a light matte screen surface and generous (a little beyond sRGB) colour gamut for a consistently vivid and enticing image. The LG provides good accuracy for design work, image and movie editing as well as an appealing image for games and movies. ‘Low Blue Light’ settings are also featured to further enhnace viewing comfort – and provide a welcome relief from high levels of stimulating blue light in the evening, for example.

Responsiveness is also good, as far as 60Hz models go. The pixel overdrive solution is well-implemented to reduce perceived blur to levels that are about as low as you’ll see on a 60Hz monitor. This is coupled with a DAS (‘Dynamic Action Sync’) low input lag mode which minimises input lag without compromising image quality. Another party trick is the presence of Adaptive-Sync, which allows compatible AMD GPUs (for example) to employ FreeSync for a variable refresh rate range of 40 – 60Hz on this model. We see this very much as a ‘free addition’ or bonus as this model is excellent for Nvidia users as well. What’s more, it is one of a fairly slender selection of UHD models sporting HDMI 2.0 – meaning it can drive ‘4K-ready’ consoles such as the PS4 Pro at up to 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz.

Further reading:

Our news piece. Note the images are from the ‘W’ rather than ‘P’ model (silver stand and white back, otherwise identical).

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. Note: The U2515Hx is exactly the same monitor as the U2515H, bundled with an HDMI cable instead of a MiniDP-DP cable.

Further reading:

Manufacturer product page


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ViewSonic XG2401

ViewSonic XG2401

 

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″, 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 uses a fairly ubiqituous 144Hz panel, but puts it 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. It certainly doesn’t skimp on responsiveness, either. This model sports 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, this model is 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 this is an excellent 24″ 144Hz gaming monitors for both Nvidia and AMD GPU users It also supports games consoles as a secondary use via HDMI, but they are restricted to a maximum of 60Hz.

Further reading:

Our review of this model

Manufacturer product page


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ASUS PG348Q

ASUS PG348Q

 

Good for:

Gaming, movies and all-round desktop use.

Panel used:

LG Display LM340UW2-SSA1 (34″ AH-IPS, 30-100Hz variable with G-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)
  • 5ms grey to grey response time
  • DP 1.2 (supports G-SYNC), HDMI 1.4 (with MHL 2.0), 4 USB 3.0 ports, 3.5mm headphone jack and 2W stereo speakers
  • The stand offers height and tilt adjustment, with 100mm VESA holes at the rear of the screen


Why choose this monitor:

The ASUS PG348Q is a stylish but robust monitor, featuring a gently curved 34″ ‘UltraWide’ (21:9 aspect ratio) AH-IPS panel. In addition to the artistic-looking stand and brushed effect bottom bezel, there is a down-firing projector which beams the ROG motif onto the desk (can be disabled if preferred). The screen itself is equally impressive on the inside, with a 3440 x 1440 resolution providing a pleasing pixel density and plenty of screen space. The monitor delivers 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 this monitor is its support for Nvidia G-SYNC with a variable refresh rate range of 30-100Hz. G-SYNC eliminates tearing and stuttering caused by frame rate mismatches, helping provide greater ‘flow’ to gaming. The panel itself is 60Hz, but can be overclocked up to 100Hz with an Nvidia GTX 980Ti or later (GTX 1070 etc.) using the integrated feature of the OSD (On Screen Display). Earlier GPUs, such as the GTX 970, may not be able to push to 100Hz, but lower OC values such as 85Hz can be selected instead. These elevated refresh rates provide pleasing fluidity and a strong ‘connected feel’ to the gaming environment. The overclock (up to 100Hz) is achieved without negative consequences to key image quality attributes such as gamma or shade variety. Furthermore, the response times of the monitor are fast enough to provide an excellent experience at these higher refresh rates. When coupled with low input lag and the engrossing and colour-rich experience of the screen itself, this provides a superb gaming experience.

Further reading:

An article exploring the 3440 x 1440 resolution

Manufacturer product page


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HP 25er and 27er

HP 25er and 27er

 

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)
  • 7ms grey to grey response time
  • 2 HDMI ports and VGA
  • Screen can be tilted, VESA mounting supported with optional adaptor


Why choose this monitor:

The HP 25er and HP 27er 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. They’re 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 potentially misleading 7ms specified response time. Input lag is also very low with negligible signal delay.

Further reading:

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 U2417H

Dell U2417H

 

Good for:

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

Panel used:

Samsung LTM238HL04 (23.8” PLS, 60Hz).

Screen surface:

Relatively light matte anti-glare. Screen surface slightly smoother than competing Full HD AH-IPS models (i.e. significantly less grainy than some matte surfaces).

Additional specifications:

  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • PWM-free (flicker-free) WLED backlight (sRGB colour gamut)
  • 6ms grey to grey response time
  • HDMI (with MHL), DP 1.2a, MiniDP 1.2a, DP 1.2a output, 3.5mm audio out, 4 USB 3.0 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 U2417H is an excellent all-round performer with strengths in key areas including colour reproduction and responsiveness. The PLS panel is tightly calibrated in the factory, allowing accurate and consistent reproduction of shades within the sRGB colour space. This makes the monitor attractive for colour-critical work such as photo editing. The 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution remains popular for ‘entertainment’ purposes due to compatability with games consoles, movies and the relatively low GPU horepower requirements for PC gaming. For games and movies the PLS 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.

This model also puts in quite a competitive performance in terms of responsiveness, with low input lag and effective grey to grey acceleration (pixel overdrive). As far as 60Hz monitors go it’s really not bad at all and can certainly be used for gaming purposes with this restriction in mind. Other attractive features include the exceptionally slender bezels (ideal for multi-display setups), a good range of ports and strong ergonomic flexibility.

Further reading:

Our review (technically the HA model – identical screen mounted differently)

Manufacturer product page


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