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We’ve updated this guide to include our new portable monitor pick.

Whether you’re buying a first or second monitor for your desktop computer or buying a big screen to use with your laptop at home, a good monitor is a wise investment. There’s no single monitor that will work best for everyone, but our monitor guides cover all different sizes, uses, and prices, from basic, 24-inch budget models to big 4K screens to high-refresh-rate gaming monitors. Here we discuss the best ones you can buy as well as what you might need them for.

  • Best picture quality

    If you watch 4K content or work with high-resolution media, 4K monitors are for you.

  • Big, affordable screen

    Generally, 27-inch monitors offer the right balance of size and price for most people.

  • Bigger and better

    Ultrawide monitors are good alternatives to dual displays for gamers or multitaskers.

  • Small and affordable

    If you’re low on desk space, or you just don’t want to spend a ton, 24-inch monitors will do the trick.

The research

  • Best picture quality: 4K monitor
  • A big screen for less money: 27-inch monitor
  • A monitor for gamers: 27-inch gaming monitor
  • The most affordable option: 24-inch budget monitor
  • A very big screen: 32-inch 4K monitor
  • Good for multitaskers: An ultrawide monitor
  • The best portable monitor
  • Further reading

Best picture quality: 4K monitor

Our pick

Dell S2722QC

The S2722QC is a great-looking 4K monitor. It doesn’t cost as much as Dell’s professional-grade displays but still offers a USB-C port with 65 W of charging and a USB hub.

Who this is for: Great 4K monitors make text sharper and show more detail in images. And they can give you extra desktop space so you can fit more stuff on your screen at once.

Photo: Andrew Cunningham

Why we like it: The Dell S2722QC offers a great balance of high-resolution 4K display, extra features like USB-C, and price. If you’re using this monitor with a laptop, the USB-C port allows a single cable to transmit both video signal and power between the devices. The S2722QC will charge most laptops over this USB-C connection, except for higher-powered machines like the MacBook Pro and Dell XPS 15. This monitor has realistic colors and nice contrast, so 4K content will look as the creator intended. It also has an adjustable stand and VESA-compatible mounts, so you can use it in a variety of configurations on your desk.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The S2722QC doesn’t have a three-year warranty, like Dell’s other professional 4K displays do, but it does have a decent one-year warranty. Also, we’d prefer that the monitor had better audio, since its speakers don’t sound great for anything more than video calls. And better controls for fine-tuning how colors are displayed would make this monitor far more competitive compared with pricier displays.

A big screen for less money: 27-inch monitor

Our pick

Asus ProArt Display PA278CV

This 2560×1440-resolution 27-inch monitor has good color accuracy, an adjustable stand, and all the ports most people will need.

Who this is for: This monitor is for anyone with a computer (or graphics card) that’s over three years old and that can’t support a 4K display, or for anyone who relies on apps that don’t scale well.

Why we like it: The Asus ProArt Display PA278CV is a 27-inch monitor with a wide variety of ports and decent color accuracy on most of its presets. (The exception is its sRGB preset, which offers fantastic accuracy but locks the display at a relatively dim brightness that we found too low for daily use.) The PA278CV has an HDMI port, a DisplayPort input and output, a USB-C port, and four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, making this monitor particularly good for anyone who wants to use it with a laptop. It provides enough power to charge most 13-inch laptops, and its flexible stand tilts, swivels, pivots, and adjusts in height. It also has a three-year warranty with a good dead-pixel policy.

Photo: Michael Murtaugh

Flaws but not dealbreakers: Although Asus advertises the color accuracy of its ProArt displays, in our tests the PA278CV was good but not great in that regard on almost every preset. If you’re in a dim or dark room, its sRGB setting is exceptionally accurate, but otherwise you’ll have to calibrate the screen yourself to get the best results.

A monitor for gamers: 27-inch gaming monitor

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Asus ROG Strix XG27AQ

This monitor has the same 2560x1440p resolution as our other picks, but it also has a 144 Hz refresh rate, to make games look smooth and responsive.

Buying Options

$465* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $457.

Who this is for: This monitor is for gamers who play fast-paced first-person shooters, real-time strategy games, or any games with quick movement. You’ll also need a PC with a dedicated graphics card to take full advantage of the 1440p resolution and 144 Hz refresh rate.

Why we like it: The Asus ROG Strix XG27AQ makes games look great, with a 27-inch, fairly color-accurate screen that has a 144 Hz refresh rate, to keep you competitive in fast-paced online games. The display can even hit 170 Hz with an “overclocking” feature, which lets you eke out a few more frames per second if you keep your brightness turned down. The monitor also has a sturdy, adjustable stand, easy-to-navigate controls, and a USB hub for extra peripherals. And we’ve recently seen it on sale for $300, a great price for a monitor with these features.

Photo: Dave Gershgorn

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The speakers on this monitor are just okay, and we wouldn’t recommend them for an immersive gaming experience. The colors could also be more accurate, or Asus could at least add better controls for adjusting the color, as it does in its ProArt line.

The most affordable option: 24-inch budget monitor

Budget pick

Asus VA24DCP

The VA24DCP is an affordable and reasonably color-accurate monitor with a USB-C connection and 65 W of charging. Its main flaw is its basic stand, which tilts the monitor up and down only, but that’s typical of almost all inexpensive monitors.

Who this is for: This is for anyone who has limited desk space, prefers a smaller screen, or has less than $200 to spend, and for those who don’t mind giving up nice-to-have features such as an adjustable stand. A 24-inch monitor is a lot bigger than even the largest laptop screen, but it takes up much less room on your desk than a 27-inch monitor.

Why we like it: The Asus VA24DCP is a 24-inch, 1080p monitor with a USB-C port capable of 65 W of charging, making it a great budget option for those who need a basic monitor to connect to their laptop. The color accuracy and contrast are suitable for office work or watching videos, and it’s nicely priced. For desktop users or those with older laptops, it also has an HDMI port.

Photo: Dave Gershgorn

Flaws but not dealbreakers: This is a budget monitor, so you’re giving up a few features like an adjustable stand and a USB hub. These are nice to have, but they don’t affect daily use for many people, so we think that’s a fine compromise. However, the speakers on this monitor aren’t great, and we don’t recommend using them.

A very big screen: 32-inch 4K monitor

Upgrade pick

Dell P3222QE

The Dell P3222QE is more expensive than most 27-inch monitors, but it has good color accuracy and USB-C connectivity, and the larger display makes it easier to see the detail in 4K photos and videos.

Buying Options

$899* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $698.

Who this is for: This monitor is for those who want a ginormous 4K screen that can display apps without scaling and don’t mind paying more to get it.

Why we like it: If a 27-inch monitor isn’t big enough for you, consider the 32-inch Dell P3222QE 4K monitor. It combines good color and contrast, a few display inputs (including USB-C), four USB 3.0 ports, and a gigabit Ethernet port for wired internet connections. The P3222QE’s USB-C port delivers up to 65 W of power (which is enough to charge a 13-inch laptop at full speed), and it also transmits data, video, and audio. And it comes with a three-year warranty and Dell’s Premium Panel Guarantee.

This monitor is big enough that you may be able to use it without needing to scale up text or UI elements to make them readable. Like the Dell P2721Q, the P3222QE comes with a three-year warranty and a Premium Panel Guarantee, which helps make it easier to spend $700 on a bigger monitor. However, it still costs a couple hundred dollars more than the 27-inch monitors we recommend, and it requires a lot more physical space.

Photo: Andrew Cunningham

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The Dell P3222QE is pricey, and it normally costs more than our 27-inch 4K monitor pick, the Dell S2722QC.

Good for multitaskers: An ultrawide monitor

Also great

Dell P3421W

The Dell P3421W is a sturdy, 34-inch ultrawide monitor with a sharp, 3440×1440 resolution.

Who this is for: A dual-monitor setup is usually the best option if you want to have a bunch of app windows open at once. But an ultrawide model might be a better choice if you need a ton of unbroken horizontal space, or you don’t want monitor bezels in between windows.

Why we like it: The Dell P3421W has a sturdy adjustable stand, lots of ports (including a USB-C port that can handle power, display, and data over a single cable), and a three-year warranty. And it has a built-in KVM switch that allows you to easily swap your keyboard, mouse, and video between two computers. The 1440p display has a 60 Hz refresh rate, which is great for typical office work, web browsing, and casual gaming.

Photo: Dave Gershgorn

Flaws but not dealbreakers: If you use your display in direct sunlight, this monitor might not be bright enough for you. It can also provide 65 W of power over USB-C, but some laptops require more. If you have a laptop with an Nvidia GeForce RTX GPU or an Intel Core i7 processor, you might need to keep the laptop plugged in to a separate charger or use a Thunderbolt dock that can provide the extra power.

Most ultrawide monitors are also curved. This design helps minimize viewing-angle problems—when you’re sitting centered, things on the far edges of the screen won’t look as washed out as they would on a flat display of a similar width. But this also makes ultrawide monitors inaccurate for precision tasks requiring straight lines, such as drawing, photo editing, or similar design work.

The best portable monitor

Photo: Dave Gershgorn

Our pick

Asus ZenScreen MB16ACV

The Asus ZenScreen MB16ACV has a sharp, 1080p display, which makes it a great second monitor for work.

Who this is for: Portable monitors can be helpful if you commonly work on a laptop away from an office, like in coffee shops, coworking spaces, or hotel rooms. If you already have a set workspace, you’d get more value from other monitors on this page.

Why we like it: The Asus ZenScreen MB16ACV has a quality 15.6-inch screen and an integrated stand, and it’s also compatible with older Windows laptops that don’t have USB-C ports. The MB16ACV also costs a competitive $200, about $100 cheaper than similar competitors, without sacrificing any key features.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The MB16ACV has only one USB-C port, which is barely a flaw. Many portable monitors have two USB-C ports, one to connect to your laptop and another to plug into the wall to supply power to the monitor and computer. We never found a situation where we couldn’t just plug our laptop in to charge normally while using the MB16ACV.

Also, Asus software that allows older laptops to send video through a USB-A is available only on Windows. Those who have older Macs without a USB-C port will not be able to use the monitor as intended.

Further reading

We look for monitors with adjustable stands to accommodate the widest range of postures and desk setups. But if you need an even-more-adjustable mount for your monitor to achieve better ergonomics, we recommend picking up a monitor arm. All of our monitor picks are VESA-compatible and will work with our monitor-arm picks.

This article was edited by Signe Brewster and Caitlin McGarry.

Further reading on monitors
  • The Best 4K Monitors

    We’ve found the best 4K computer monitors, whether you’re editing photos or videos professionally or just want to maximize your usable desktop space.

  • The Best Budget Monitors

    We researched and tested cheap monitors and found options for less than $200 that are good enough for most people.

  • The Best Ultrawide Monitors

    Ultrawide monitors are appealing for viewing documents or browser windows side by side, and they make video games more immersive.

  • The Best 27-Inch Monitor

    For those who have the desk space, 27-inch monitors hit the sweet spot of screen size and resolution, and we have recommendations for almost every scenario.

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Dave Gershgorn

Dave Gershgorn is a senior staff writer at Wirecutter. He’s been covering consumer and enterprise technology since 2015, and he just can’t stop buying computers. If this weren’t his job, it would likely be a problem.

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A monitor is an electronic output device that is also known as a video display terminal (VDT) or a video display unit (VDU). It is used to display images, text, video, and graphics information generated by a connected computer via a computer’s video card. Although it is almost like a TV, its resolution is much higher than a TV. The first computer monitor was introduced on 1 March 1973, which was part of the Xerox Alto computer system.

Older monitors were built by using a fluorescent screen and Cathode Ray Tube (CRT), which made them heavy and large in size and thus causing them to cover more space on the desk. Nowadays, all monitors are made up by using flat-panel display technology, commonly backlit with LEDs. These modern monitors take less space on the desk as compared to older CRT displays.

History of Monitors

  • In 1964, the Uniscope 300 machine included a built-in CRT display, which was not a true computer monitor.
  • A. Johnson invented the touch screen technology in 1965.
  • On 1 March 1973, Xerox Alto computer was introduced, which had the first computer monitor. This monitor included a monochrome display and used CRT technology.
  • In 1975, George Samuel Hurst introduced the first resistive touch screen display, although it was used only before 1982.
  • In 1976, the Apple I and Sol-20 computer systems were introduced. These systems had a built-in video port that allowed them to run a video screen on computer monitor.
  • In 1977, James P. Mitchell invented LED display technology. But even 30 years later, these monitors were not easily available to buy in the market.
  • In June 1977, the Apple II was released, allowing for color display on a CRT monitor.
  • In 1987, IBM released the IBM 8513, first VGA monitor.
  • In 1989, VESA defined the SVGA standard for the display of computers.
  • In the late-1980s, the color CRT monitors were able to support 1024 x 768 resolution display.
  • Eizo Nanao manufactured the Eizo L66, the first LCD monitors for desktop computers, and released it in the middle-1990s.
  • In 1997, the color LCD monitors were started developing by IBM, Viewsonic, and Apple that provide better quality and resolution than CRT monitors.
  • In 1998, the color LCD monitors for desktop computers were manufactured by Apple.
  • Later in 2003, CRT monitors outsell for the first time by LCD monitors. Till 2007, CRT monitors consistently outsell by LCD monitors, so they become more popular computer monitor.
  • In 2006, Jeff Han released the first interface-free, touch-based monitor at TED.
  • In 2009, the LED monitor MultiSync EA222WMe was released by NEC company. It was the first monitor released by NEC.
  • AMD and Intel announced to end support for VGA in December 2010.
  • In 2017, touch screen LCD monitors became more affordable for the customers as they started to decrease the price.

Types of Monitors

There are several types of monitors; some are as follows:

1. Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Monitors

It is a technology used in early monitors. It uses a beam of electrons to create an image on the screen. It comprises the guns that fire a beam of electrons inside the screen. The electron beams repeatedly hit the surface of the screen. These guns are responsible for generating RGB (Red, Green, Blue) colors, and more other colors can be generated with the help of combining these three colors. Today’s Flat Panel Monitors replace the CRT monitors.

2. Flat Panel Monitors

These types of monitors are lightweight and take less space. They consume less power as compared to CRT monitors. These monitors are more effective as they do not provide harmful radiation. These monitors are more expensive than CRTs. The flat-panel monitors are used in PDA, notebook computers, and cellular phones. These monitors are available in various sizes like 15″, 17″, 18″ & 19″ and more. The display of a flat-panel monitor is made with the help of two plates of glass. These plates contain a substance, which is activated in many ways.

Flat-panel monitor screens use two types of technologies, which are given below:

  • Liquid Crystal Display: LCD (Liquid crystal display) screen contains a substance known as liquid crystal. The particles of this substance are aligned in a way that the light located backside on the screens, which allow to generate an image or block. Liquid crystal display offers a clear picture as compared to CRT display and emits less radiation. Furthermore, it consumes less power and takes less space than a CRT display.
  • Gas Plasma Display: This display uses gas plasma technology, which uses a layer of gas between 2 plates of glass. When voltage is applied, the gas releases ultraviolet light. By this ultraviolet light, the pixels on the screen glow and form an image. These displays are available in different sizes of up to 150 inches. Although it offers effective colors as compared to the LCD monitor, it is more expensive. That’s why it is less used.

3. Touch Screen Monitors

These monitors are also known as an input device. It enables users to interact with the computer by using a finger or stylus instead of using a mouse or keyboard. When users touch the screen by their finger, it occurs an event and forward it to the controller for processing. These types of screens include pictures or words that help users to interact with the computer. It takes input from the users by touching menus or icons presented on the screen.

There are different types of touch screen monitors; three common types are given below:

  • Resistive Touch Screen: Generally, this screen includes a thin electrically conductive and resistive layer of metal. When the touch is pressed, a change in the electrical current occurs that is sent to the controller. Nowadays, these screens are widely in use. These monitors are more reliable as they cannot be affected by liquids or dust.
  • Surface Wave Touch Screens: These monitors process the input through ultrasonic waves. When a user touches the screen, the wave is processed and absorbed by the computer. It is less reliable as they can be damaged by water or dust.
  • Capacitive Touch Screen: This screen includes a cover with an electrically-charged material. This material continuously flows the current over the screen. It is mainly used by the finger rather than a stylus. These monitors contain better clarity and do not damage by dust. Nowadays, capacitive touch screen is mostly used in smartphones.

4. LED Monitors

It is a flat screen computer monitor, which stands for light-emitting diode display. It is lightweight in terms of weight and has a short depth. As the source of light, it uses a panel of LEDs. Nowadays, a wide number of electronic devices, both large and small devices such as laptop screens, mobile phones, TVs, computer monitors, tablets, and more, use LED displays.

It is believed that James P. Mitchell invented the first LED display. On 18 March 1978, the first prototype of an LED display was published to the market at the SEF (Science and Engineering Fair) in Iowa. On 8 May 1978, it was shown again in Anaheim California, at the SEF. This prototype received awards from NASA and General Motors.

Advantages of LED Monitor:

  • It includes a broader dimming range.
  • It is a more reliable monitor.
  • It is often less expensive.
  • It consumes less power (20 watts), and run on a lower temperature.
  • It has a more dynamic contrast ratio.

Comparison between LCD and LED monitors:

Resolution 1920 x 1080 LCD Monitors Led Monitors
Brightness 250 cd / m2 250 cd / m2
Energy Star Certified No Yes
Weight 2.4 kg 2.4 kg
Contrast Ratio 12,000,000: 1 100,000,000: 1

5. OLED Monitors

It is a new flat light-emitting display technology, which is more efficient, brighter, thinner, and better refresh rates feature and contrast as compared to the LCD display. It is made up of locating a series of organic thin films between two conductors. These displays do not need a backlight as they are emissive displays. Furthermore, it provides better image quality ever and used in tablets and high-end smartphones.

Nowadays, it is widely used in laptops, TVs, mobile phones, digital cameras, tablets, VR headsets. The demand for mobile phone vendors, more than 500 million AMOLED screens were produced in 2018. The Samsung display is the main producer of the AMOLED screen. For example, Apple is using AMOLED OLED panel made by SDC in its 2018 iPhone XS – a 5.8″ 1125×2436. Additionally, iPhone X is also using the same AMOLED display.

6. DLP Monitors

DLP stands for Digital Light Processing, developed by Texas Instruments. It is a technology, which is used for presentations by projecting images from a monitor onto a big screen. Before developing the DLP, most of the computer projection systems produced faded and blurry images as they were based on LCD technology. DLP technology utilizes a digital micromirror device, which is a tiny mirror housed on a special kind of microchip. Furthermore, it offers better quality pictures that can also be visible in a lit room normally.

7. TFT Monitors

It is a type of LCD flat panel display, which stands for a thin-film transistor. In TFT monitors, all pixels are controlled with the help of one to four transistors. The high-quality flat-panel LCDs use these transistors. Although the TFT-based monitors provide better resolution of all the flat-panel techniques, these are highly expensive. The LCDs, which use thin-film transistor (TFT) technology, are known as active-matrix displays. The active-matrix displays offer higher quality as compared to older passive-matrix displays.

8. Plasma Screen Monitors

A plasma screen is a thin, flat-panel, and capable of hanging on a wall like LCD and LED televisions. It is a brighter screen as compared to LCD displays and thinner than CRT displays. It can be used to either display modes of digital computer input or analog video signals, and sometimes, it is marketed as ‘thin-panel’ displays. Plasma displays have wide viewing angles, high contrast ratios, and high refresh rates, which is used to reduce a blur video. Additionally, it provides better quality pictures as it supports high resolutions of up to 1920 x 1080.

The plasma screen also includes some disadvantages such as the chance of screen burn-in, consumes more power, loss of brightness with time, can be heavier in weight.

Types of monitor connector

Computer monitors require one of the following kinds of connectors to connect with a computer.

  • VGA
  • Thunderbolt
  • HDMI
  • USB-C
  • DVI
  • DisplayPort

VGA: It is a popular display standard, stands for Video Graphics Array or Video Graphics Adapter. It was introduced in 1987 after being developed by IBM. It is used to connect a computer with a projector, monitor, or TV. It offers a 640 x 480 resolution color display, including 16 colors display and a refresh rate of 60 Hz at a time. If the resolution is less than 320 x 200, it displays 256 colors. It is only able to show lower quality, and lower resolutions display on the screens as it uses analog signals. The VGA connector and cable are less found with today’s projectors, monitors, computers, and TVs. These connectors are being replaced by HDMI and DVI cable and connectors.

Thunderbolt: It is a hardware interface, which was marketed under the name Light Peak and developed by Intel in collaboration with Apple. On 24 February 2011, it was first sold as part of a consumer product. It is used for connecting peripheral devices such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, scanner, and more to a computer. It is capable of carrying DC power and has the ability to transfer the data on long-distance over cheaper cables. The first two versions of Thunderbolt are capable of transferring the data at a rate of up to 20 Gb in a second. The 3rd iteration is capable to use a USB Type-C connector and can transfer data at a rate of up to 40 Gb per second.

What materials are used to make a Thunderbolt cable?

The two types of Thunderbolt cables are available where one uses optical wiring, and another uses copper wiring. Although Thunderbolt cables were designed to use as fiber optic cables, those versions were released in fewer numbers. Copper wiring allows the cables to supply power, and it is less expensive, that’s why it was widely used. Afterall, intel intends to use the power of copper wiring to provide faster bandwidth speeds of optical by combining both optical and coper wiring.

HDMI: It is a cable and connector developed by several companies, including Toshiba, Sony, Hitachi, and Philips. It stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface. It has the ability to transmit the high-bandwidth and high-quality streams of audio and video between devices. It is used with Projector, HDTV, Blu-ray player, or DVD player.

A single HDMI cable provides an easier way to connect two devices together for transmitting audio and video signals by replacing the three-composite audio/video cables. Furthermore, it is able to transmit up to 8-channels of digital audio signals, including enhanced, standard, and high-definition video signals. The HDMI cable is available in various length of up to 50 feet. Although, it is not recommended to purchase a cable of length more than 25 feet because it may occur a problem of signal loss or degradation.

USB-C: It is a plug and play interface, stands for Universal Serial Bus. It allows the computer to communicate with peripheral and other devices. It is also able to send power to certain devices like tablets and smartphones, including charging their batteries. In January 1996, the first version of the Universal Serial Bus was released. Then, this technology was followed by Compaq, Intel, Microsoft, and other companies.

Nowadays, there are several USB devices that can be connected to a computer such as Digital Camera, Keyboard, Microphone, Mouse, Printer, Scanner, and more. Furthermore, USB connectors are available in different shapes and sizes. The length of a USB cable used for high-speed devices is 16 feet 5 inches (its maximum length), and 9 feet 10 inches is used for low-speed devices.

DVI: It is a video display interface, stands for Digital Visual Interface. It is used to transmit Digital Visual Interface and display devices at high 2560 x 1600 resolutions. Computer monitors and projectors are the common devices that use the DVI connection. It can also be used by some TVs; however, HDMI is most common because only some DVI cables have the ability to transmit audio signals.

The DVI connector supports one of three names on the basis of the signals: DVI-D (support the only digital), DVI-A (support the only analog), or DVI-I (support both analog and digital). If your GPU and monitor have the capability to support both VGA and DVI, it is suggested to use DVI cable. The DVI cable always provides picture quality at least equal to VGA and better if possible.

DisplayPort: It is a digital audio and video interface that connects to a projector, monitor, or TV cable. It is created by VESA. There are two types of connections in DisplayPort one is standard, and the second is the Mini DisplayPort. They have different size, but both connections types are able to transmit identical signals. Nowadays, VGI, HDMI, and DVI are the most common types of display ports.

Difference between LCD and LED

The below table contains several differences between LCD and LED:

It stands for Liquid Crystal Display. Short for Light-Emitting Diodes.
LCD monitors are not a subset of LED monitors. LED monitors are subset of LCD monitors.
It primarily uses fluorescent lights. It mainly uses light-emitting diodes.
In LCDs, usually fluorescent lights are located at the backside of the screen. Usually, light-emitting diodes are located around the edges or backside of the screen.
LCDs are less energy efficient than LEDs and are thicker in size. LEDs are more energy-efficient and are much thinner in size as compared to LCDs.
Its resolution is low. Its resolution is high.
Its contrast ratio is high. Its contrast ratio is low.
Direct current can reduce the span life of LCDs. Direct current does not have any effect on LEDs.
LCDs display area is large. LEDs display area is small.
The switching time of LCD is slow. The switching time of LED is fast.

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AOC-GAMING.RU – help in choosing monitors for clubs

Let’s start with gaming monitors.

There are no monitors completely unsuitable for a club and a standard set of video games, but the word “gaming” is not just marketing and a properly selected model can significantly improve the experience of the gameplay for visitors and definitely extend their time at the computer in your club. When choosing a monitor, you should first of all pay attention to the characteristics that positively affect the perception and comfort of the client.

Detailed specifications

The first thing you should pay attention to when choosing a monitor for a club is its


The optimal range in modern computer clubs is from 21 to 27 inches, it makes no sense to take less, more is possible, but only if you are financially ready for it. Diagonals above 27 inches are recommended for VIP or bootcamp rooms. The average balanced size in a classic common room is 24 inches, excellent impressions from the 27th inch.

The initial resolution with which you can take the monitor is 1920×1080 (Full HD). An image with this resolution will look good at 21-27 inches. Larger monitor sizes in FHD resolution will blur the picture due to the lower pixel density. Therefore, choosing a monitor from 27 inches or more, you need a higher resolution – 2560×1440 (Quad HD). Modern video cards are quite capable of showing good FPS at this resolution. And finally, the leader among resolutions is 3840×2160 (Ultra HD), which is also 4K. Taking a 4K monitor only makes sense if you have computers that are very suitable in terms of power.

Refresh rate

Another very important parameter for the monitor, which can radically transform the gaming experience. The screen refresh rate indicates how many times the monitor redraws and displays an image in one second. In games, the effect is expressed in the smoothness of what is happening on the screen.

It is important to note that the refresh rate is directly related to the maximum FPS in games. For example, a monitor with a refresh rate of 60 Hz will never deliver more than 60 FPS, which greatly limits the potential of the system. For gaming monitors recommended in computer clubs, the average is 144 Hz, at which you can comfortably play any modern single and network games. We recommend taking a monitor with a frequency higher than 144 Hz if you have additional gaming rooms.

Which panel do you need? TN, VA or IPS

Today, three main technologies are used for the production of monitors: TN technology (Twisted Nematic – twisted nematic), VA (Vertical Alignment – vertical alignment) and IPS (In-Plane Switching or planar switching). Each species has several variations that have their own advantages. We won’t go into details on how each technology works. Instead, we have compiled a table where you can see how each technology affects image quality and in which cases it is better to choose one or another panel.

best for?

  1. Achieves fair response times of 1-2 ms
  2. Low input delay
  1. Response time typically less than 3-4 ms
  2. However, for some models it can reach 1-2 m/s
Response time usually does not exceed 2-3 ms
Display Somewhat worse viewing angles and color
  1. Viewing angles generally better than TN, worse than IPS
  2. Nice color
  3. Best Contrast
  4. Best Color Depth
  1. Largest viewing angles
  2. The best color
Price Cheapest More expensive models may have performance comparable to TN The most expensive
What is Shooters – CS:GO, COD, PUBG at competitive level All known MOBA games + MMORPG format Story games where the picture is important, as well as Fortnite, CSGO, at the amateur level
Is G-Sync and FreeSync important to the club?

Gaming monitors typically have Nvidia G-Sync (PCs with Nvidia graphics cards) and/or AMD FreeSync (to run on PCs with AMD graphics cards). Both features reduce screen tearing and stuttering, and monitors with them are more expensive (G-Sync monitors tend to be more expensive than FreeSync monitors).

In any case, if your budget is for low to medium speed graphics cards, you will definitely need a G-Sync or FreeSync monitor that runs at the lowest refresh rate.

Brightness, contrast and sensor coverage

In your club, choose a model with a brightness of at least 250 cd / m2. During the game, the client will be close to the monitor and, if necessary, will be able to reduce it. However, in a room with bright or natural light, high brightness will keep the picture on the screen well readable. The contrast must be at least 1000:1, otherwise the image will not look clear enough. We also advise you to pay special attention to the presence of eye protection modes: they will come in handy during a long game, and the time of the client at the table is important to us.

It is also worth talking about the important flicker-free feature that is available on all AOC Gaming monitors. A good, avid client spends more than 4-5 hours in front of a screen. Thanks to the function, the screen will not flicker at any brightness level, so even those who are particularly sensitive to flicker will be satisfied.

Performance Summary:

A properly selected gaming monitor will have the following characteristics: a diagonal of at least 24-27 inches with an aspect ratio of 16:9, response time 1-5 ms, refresh rate from 144 Hz, G-Sync / FreeSync support and HDMI and DisplayPort interfaces for connecting modern video cards. All other parameters (for example, the appearance of the device and additional connectors) already depend on your personal taste and budget. So that you do not have to choose for a long time, we have compiled a small top of monitors by distributing the ideal options for different rooms.

Main room monitors


The design of the monitor immediately catches the eye. It has very beautiful red inserts that give it an aggressive look. Made in a frameless curved style, there are frames, of course, but they are minimal. There is also enough movement to rotate the screen to the right and left, as well as adjust the tilt of the panel up and down. And of course, there is an excellent height adjustment course, which is important in modern realities. The entire body is made of matte plastic and does not collect fingerprints at all. The type of matrix here is IPS, but very high-speed IPS. Brightness 250 cd/m square. The viewing angles here are excellent at the level of top-end IPS matrices. The black color here is really black and in games it is very strongly felt. In addition to 144 Hz, we have FreeSync technology. Great for shooters (many professional bootcamps of CS:GO teams have just such a model in their setup) Reviews about this monitor are excellent in most cases and this monitor did not disappoint anyone. As a result, we get the whole set of game characteristics for an excellent price and all this in an aggressive game design.


The ideal monitor for fast gaming with 165Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. Perfect for both shooters and MOBA games. The VA sensor completely eliminates the effect of “blur” and is ideal for fast-paced games. FreeSync Premium technology provides excellent synchronization between the monitor and the GPU.

The curved monitor screen follows the shape of the human eye – the center and edges of the monitor are at the same distance from the eyes, blocking the natural field of view, which provides comfortable viewing with minimal strain on the visual center. Deep and three-dimensional images on curved screens contribute to the most complete immersion in the gaming process with the effect of presence and light 3D.


The AOC G2590FX monitor is built on a 24. 5-inch TN-type panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is capable of operating at a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz.

The monitor also features a 1ms (GtG) response time, up to 400 cd/m2 brightness and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. The AOC G2590FX monitor offers 100% coverage of the sRGB color space, and 81% coverage of the Adobe RGB space. Viewing angles are standard for this type of matrix and are 170 and 160 degrees horizontally and vertically, respectively.

Ideal for high graphical shooters (battlefield, later versions of Call of Duty) and large open world multiplayer MMORPGs


Black and red are the colors of hardcore PC gaming, and the G2460PF has them both equally. With a black stand and red monitor bezel, the peripherals are quite attractive and not as aggressive as the color scheme might suggest. This is exactly the option that will be combined with any kind of environment. Thanks to its AMD FreeSync compatibility, the G2460PF is best suited for machines with Radeon graphics cards, but it works well with other cards as well.

Shows itself well in new generation shooters (it fully conveys the quality of the picture), but it is also good in colorful, bright shooters like Overwatch.

Monitors in the VIP room


In games (especially fast-paced ones), the fast response time and high refresh rate make for really smooth gameplay. Moreover, unlike ordinary tasks, it is in games that FullHD at 27 ”will not hurt the eyes, as is the case with those who are already used to that 1920×1080 – maximum resolution for 24″ panels. The stand is made in the shape of “X” and, thanks to this, does not take up much space on the table. In its central part there is a hole through which you can and should pass the connected cables.


The G2790PX is one of AOC’s best 27″ gaming monitors with a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz and a TN panel. The display is very stylish: its ultra-thin bezels and classic design are rarely found in devices aimed at gamers. Complementing the chic appearance, FreeSync support, flexible customizable stand, multiple video input ports, and a USB hub.0005

The AOC G2790PX does its job more than well in games. Moreover, the large 27″ screen and low 1080p resolution are even an advantage in online shooters where you need to see your opponent as early as possible. Turning off the overdrive mode immediately blurs dynamic scenes, so we recommend setting this option to at least a medium value like Whether you’re gaming or everyday, FreeSync does a great job of smoothing out pauses and rattles – if you have the right AMD graphics card installed.


The monitor is revealed in all aspects in high-quality story games. Both in shooters and in racing, the monitor shows an excellent picture without blur and loops. The main thing is that FreeSync is enabled and it provides ultra-smoothness. This is especially noticeable in the ultra-dynamic Quake Champions and technological Ghost Recon Breakpoint. For gamers, there is a whole section in the monitor menu – Game Mode Settings.

Here (as in many models above) you can switch game modes: FPS, RTS, Racing, Player 1, Player 2, Player 3. Each of them improves the picture depending on the genre of the game. Somewhere it accelerates the matrix (Racing), somewhere it increases the detail (FPS).

There is a Dialpoint function for fans of shooters – you can turn on the sight in the center of the screen to make it easier to shoot.

BOOTCAMP – Game room for pros


Of the strengths of the 27G2, the VA screen stands out in the first place. The matrix has a fairly wide range of brightness and excellent color reproduction. Not complicated manipulations will make the picture in the game very juicy and rich. Warmth, too, can be deftly adjusted according to preference.

The 0.5ms response time means motion blur-free speed for full game enjoyment. High-speed motion and dramatic transitions will be smooth without annoying image delays.

240 Hz fully unleashes the capabilities of top-end GPUs, providing excellent screen smoothness. Due to the fact that every detail is clearly focused, and every movement is shown with crystal clarity.


The AOC AGON AG251FZ2E monitor is perfect for those who like to spend time in active network battles where minimal display latency is required. 1ms response time, 240Hz refresh rate, and Adaptive-Sync support will not only give you some edge, but also let you forget about such unpleasant features as image tearing and blurring of contrast elements in the scene. Yes, the monitor is based on a TN matrix, but at the moment it is simply impossible to achieve such a speed on other matrices (and even taking into account the price tag).

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Transport company


The first computer monitors were bulky, inside them were massive cathode ray tubes with glass displays. As a consequence, they were very easy to break by negligence.

Modern models are much more compact, they have an LCD panel instead of glass. But these products still require care during transportation. Damaged pixels cannot be repaired, and sensor replacement is an expensive procedure. Therefore, to avoid these problems, it is better to contact the transport company.

✅ How to properly pack

The best option is to immerse the monitor in the original packaging, which is made individually for him in terms of dimensions and geometry of the inserts. If for some reason it has not survived, any cardboard box that fits the size is used. The monitor is wrapped in bubble wrap and placed in this box. It is recommended to fill the available free space in the package with foam, foam rubber or rags.

✅ How to place the monitor in the back of

The safety of a load during transport largely depends on its location. The monitor must not be placed horizontally, it is better to avoid placing it across the body. The surface where this technique is placed must be flat. In addition, the monitor packaging must be properly secured with heavy objects or lashing straps placed close together.

✅ Monitor transportation regulations

To deliver this fragile cargo in complete safety, it is necessary to drive the car carefully, avoiding strong jerks and not braking sharply.