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PC monitor: The best to buy

For most people, choosing a PC monitor is not easy. There are those who are content with a small monitor, those who want a bigger one, those who only have to surf or maybe work for graphics and multimedia. If you, then love watching movies with your PC, then surely you will not be able to buy the first monitor that happens to you.

In online stores and in physical stores, there is a great variety of PC monitors, you just need to orient yourself a little between the various models and the various resolutions.

In this guide, we will see both the characteristics to be taken into consideration to choose a monitor and the inevitable guide to buying the best models. Usually, image quality is the most important aspect of a monitor and monitors that are pre-calibrated by their manufacturers will have better color accuracy than those that do not. This is because most people do not calibrate their monitors, the quality of the immediate image is the key.

This and other parameters are fundamental in the choice of a monitor, which is why we bring you a fundamental paragraph below before choosing your new screen.

PC Monitor: The basic features

Before showing the selection of monitors chosen by the author let us reflect on a small technical distinction, useful for understanding, which monitor to buy:

  • Monitor TN (Twisted Nematic) : they are famous for their excellent response times (below 10ms) and input lag (less than 15ms); they are the best if we have to play on PC, but they are often also used on high-end professional monitors.
  • IPS (In Plane Switching) monitors : even if they adapt well to any scenario, they are monitors designed for productivity (CAD, Photoshop, video editor) and for multimedia (video, film), as they make the colors much better than to TN to the disadvantage of response times, decidedly higher.
  • Resolution gaming monitor : for gaming are particularly suitable for display with at least Full HD resolution (1920 × 1080 pixels, well managed by all recent video cards) and dimensions between 21 and 27 inches; I personally recommend playing on a 23-24-inch monitor. More and more monitors for gaming adopt the 21: 9 ratio and 4K resolution, ideal for playing at the maximum of details.
  • Office monitor resolution : for large studios and offices, we recommend at least 27 inches of diagonal resolution 4K, the ideal to open multiple programs together without having to support two monitors and to work on spreadsheets extensively.

Design and Dimensions

Compared to the past, today’s PC monitors are thinner and lighter, offering a variety of features to meet every need depending on whether you need to use your computer for work, play, or you are simply looking for an all-round multimedia experience. However, if you are not just a casual gamer, but you are looking for a screen with faster response time and great features, in this guide you will also find a section dedicated to you.

The first decision to be made concerns the dimensions of the monitor. Usually, the most searched monitors are those from 22″ to 24″ : once you have chosen the size, you have to think about what you are really looking for from your new computer monitor. It may be that all you are interested in is simply a screen with a good definition to be able to browse online, chat on Facebook and with friends, watch streaming movies and similar operations.

Fortunately, most modern displays are not only much more advanced than older models but also have a greater emphasis on style, design, assembly. In many cases, the surrounding thick bezel was removed in favor of an almost frameless design by introducing modern backlight technology to achieve a neater monitor. Furthermore, this aspect is useful if you want a multi-monitor configuration where the spaces between the displays will be as thin as possible.

Inputs and input ports

The choice of a modern PC monitor should include at least two input ports: this will determine what type of equipment you can connect to the monitor. Most displays support the VGA connector (now almost obsolete) that should be avoided if possible, and integrate further digital input such as DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.

Multiple inputs allow you to connect more than one device at a time and switch between them using the monitor control buttons. The most useful connector on monitors of this type is the DisplayPort or HDMI, as they combine the information of the digital image with digital audio (allowing you to connect both the sound and the vision with a single cable). DisplayPort is increasingly common on both Mac and Windows PC.

The DVI connector provides a high-quality digital video input but does not carry sound.


The best-selling PC monitors of the moment

Before our selection, here is the top 10 of the best-selling PC monitors currently on Amazon. The ranking is constantly updated automatically, every day.


Best PC monitors: our choice

Here are the ones we consider the best PC monitors. To better divide the categories, we also created a paragraph dedicated to gaming monitors and 4K monitors.

27%
HP 22-inch FHD Monitor with Tilt Adjustment and Anti-glare Panel (22yh, Black)
26 Reviews
HP 22-inch FHD Monitor with Tilt Adjustment and Anti-glare Panel (22yh, Black)
  • Monitor: 21.5-inch diagonal FHD (1920x1080).
  • Resolution and aspect ratio: FHD and 16:9.
  • Response time: 5ms.
  • Ports: VGA, HDMI, and HDCP support v 1.2.
  • Environmental features: Mercury-free LED backlighting, arsenic-free monitor...
17%
HP 23.8-inch FHD Monitor with Built-in Audio (24ea, White)
1,252 Reviews
HP 23.8-inch FHD Monitor with Built-in Audio (24ea, White)
  • IPS technology brings you clear views from almost any angle. Every seat is the...
  • VGA/HDMI: Ready to connect with both VGA and HDMI ports for HD quality. Compact,...
  • Full HD display: Brilliant visuals and unforgettable quality from a stunning FHD...
  • Extreme detail: Amazing clarity with 10,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for...
  • Easy port access: Quickly connect with simple and easy access to all your ports....
3%
Samsung IT LC24F390FHNXZA 24-Inch Curved Gaming Monitor (Super Slim Design), 60Hz Refresh Rate w/ AMD FreeSync Game Mode
501 Reviews
Samsung IT LC24F390FHNXZA 24-Inch Curved Gaming Monitor (Super Slim Design), 60Hz Refresh Rate w/ AMD FreeSync Game Mode
  • 1800R curvature for an immersive viewing experience
  • Glossy black, ultra-slim design.Product Dimensions With Stand(inches): 21.6 x...
  • AMD FreeSync and Game Mode
  • Eco-friendly with power saving. Mac compatible : Yes
17%
LG 25UM58-P 25-Inch 21:9 UltraWide IPS Monitor with Screen Split
479 Reviews
LG 25UM58-P 25-Inch 21:9 UltraWide IPS Monitor with Screen Split
  • 21:9 UltraWide IPS Display
  • sRGB over 99%
  • PIP mode in Screen Split. Response Time- 5ms (High). Brightness (cd/m2)-...
  • Game Mode.Black Stabilizer. Compatibility-Windows 10. Set the color to 24 bit
  • Without Stand W*H*D 24"x 2.2" x 11.3". With Stand (WxHxD)-24 x 7.4 x 15.1...
36%
Dell SE2717H KYKMD 27' Screen LED-Lit Monitor, Black
132 Reviews
Dell SE2717H KYKMD 27" Screen LED-Lit Monitor, Black
  • Great picture quality-Get excellent picture qualitywith colors looking...
  • Comfort View-Protect your eyes against harmful blue light (withwavelengths close...
  • Flicker-free; The Dell 27 Monitorcontrols its screenbrightness using...
  • Stylishly designed with thin glossy bezels and a matte screen
  • Elegantly designed with a smooth curved back in a classy black piano finish,...
27%
LG 32MP58HQ-P 32-Inch IPS Monitor with Screen Split
416 Reviews
LG 32MP58HQ-P 32-Inch IPS Monitor with Screen Split
  • Full HD IPS Display
  • On-Screen Control. Black Stabilizer. Refresh rate- 60 Hz.OS...
  • Screen Split 2.0 , Without Stand (WxHxD): 28.6 x 3.7 x 16.9 Inches
  • Resolution - 1920 x 1080. Aspect Ratio - 16:9. Surface Treatment : Anti-Glare,...
  • INPUTS/OUTPUTS: HDMI (ver 1.4) - Yes D-Sub - Yes.Reader Mode
17%
AOC Q3277FQE 31.5' QHD 2560x1440 Monitor, 10-bit MVA Panel, 5ms, DisplayPort/HDMI/DVI-D/VGA, FlickerFree, VESA
356 Reviews
AOC Q3277FQE 31.5" QHD 2560x1440 Monitor, 10-bit MVA Panel, 5ms, DisplayPort/HDMI/DVI-D/VGA, FlickerFree, VESA
  • 32" (32" viewable) MVA display, 300 cd/m2 Brightness, 16:9 Aspect Ratio, 5ms...
  • 2560x1440 Quad resolution, 20M:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio. Pixel pitch (mm) (H x...
  • Connectivity- VGA, DVI, HDMI, Display Port. Regulations-cTUVus, CE, FCC, RoHS
  • Wall Mountable. Compatibile with Windows 10
BenQ 23.8” IPS 2560x1440 Widescreen Designer Monitor (BL2420PT) 100% sRGB DisplayPort HDMI DVI D-sub 60Hz refresh rate
43 Reviews
BenQ 23.8” IPS 2560x1440 Widescreen Designer Monitor (BL2420PT) 100% sRGB DisplayPort HDMI DVI D-sub 60Hz refresh rate
  • 23.8 inch, 2560x1440 2K/QHD resolution, IPS technology
  • 100% RGB and Rec. 709 color space enable precise photo-editing, retouching or...
  • Tailor-made CAD/CAM and Animation Mode: great for 3D drawing, animation works,...
  • Height Adjustable Ergonomic Stand.Dimensions (HxWxD ) (w/o Base): 13.33 x 22.17...
  • Flicker-free and Low Blue light mode. OS Compatibility- Windows 7,Windows...
12%
ASUS VG248QE 24' Full HD 1920x1080 144Hz 1ms HDMI Gaming Monitor
2,827 Reviews
ASUS VG248QE 24" Full HD 1920x1080 144Hz 1ms HDMI Gaming Monitor
  • Ultra smooth action with 144Hz rapid refresh rate and 1ms (GTG) response time....
  • Ergonomically-designed stand with Tilt,Swivel,Pivot,Height adjustment plus...
  • A comfortable viewing experience with ergonomic tilt, swivel pivot, and height...
  • Built-in 2W stereo speakers for an immersive home entertainment experience....
  • Featuring DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI-D, and HDMI ports for multi device...
31%
Acer Predator XB241YU bmiprz 23.8-inch WQHD (2560x1440) NVIDIA G-SYNC Monitor (Display Port & HDMI Port, 144Hz)
857 Reviews
Acer Predator XB241YU bmiprz 23.8-inch WQHD (2560x1440) NVIDIA G-SYNC Monitor (Display Port & HDMI Port, 144Hz)
  • 23.8" WQHD (2560 x 1440) Widescreen with NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology. Standby power...
  • Refresh Rate: 144Hz (Overclocking to 165Hz) - Using Display Port
  • Response time: 1ms. Flicker-less Technology-Reduces annoying screen flickering...
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.206mm;Height:14.9";Width:21.3";Height with stand:20.87";Width...
  • Brightness 350 cd/m²
22%
BenQ PD3200U 32' 4K Designer Monitor, 3840x2160 4K UHD, IPS, sRGB, CAD/CAM, KVM, DualView, 4ms , 60Hz refresh rate
107 Reviews
BenQ PD3200U 32" 4K Designer Monitor, 3840x2160 4K UHD, IPS, sRGB, CAD/CAM, KVM, DualView, 4ms , 60Hz refresh rate
  • 100% Rec. 709 AND sRGB COLOR SPACE WITH IPS TECHNOLOGY: Brilliant colors, wide...
  • DUALVIEW FUNCTION: Work in two modes such as sRGB and Darkroom Mode without the...
  • DARKROOM, CAD/CAM, AND ANIMATION DISPLAY MODE: Revolutionary modes bring out the...
  • KEYBOARD VIDEO MOUSE (KVM) SWITCH: Display contents from two PC systems using...
  • EYE-CARE TECHNOLOGY: Low Blue Light and Flicker-Free Technology reduce eye...
81%
LG Electronics 42.5' Screen LED-lit Monitor (43UD79-B)
200 Reviews
LG Electronics 42.5" Screen LED-lit Monitor (43UD79-B)
  • 43- inch UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) IPS monitor
  • HDCP 2.2 compatible
  • USB Type C connectivity
  • 4x HDMI input
  • On screen control with screen split

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