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Date published: June 22nd 2023




The Acer Predator X32 FP provides a 160Hz 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) IPS experience, complete with HDMI 2.1 and 576-zone Mini LED backlight. A vibrant, responsive and truly unique experience is provided by this model in both SDR and HDR.

Date published: June 2nd 2023




The LG UltraGear 27GR95QE-B offers a 240Hz 26.5″ QHD OLED experience, complete with Adaptive-Sync and HDMI 2. 1 (via full-bandwidth HDMI 2.1 ports). Vibrant with strong contrast and exceptional 240Hz fluidity, though certainly not the perfect productivity option.

Date published: April 19th 2023




The ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM features a 26.5″ QHD OLED panel with 240Hz refresh rate, Adaptive-Sync and ‘HDMI 2.1 VRR’ (HDMI 2.0 bandwidth). An exceptionally fluid 240Hz experience with some good bursts of HDR brightness, but some drawbacks to be aware of due mainly (but not exclusively) to the panel technology.

Date published: March 2nd 2023




The Philips Evnia 34M2C7600MV offers a 3440 x 1440 21:9 ultrawide VA experience. A 1500R (moderately steep) curve is included, a 165Hz refresh rate supported (via HDMI 2.1 and DP) and 1152-zone Mini LED backlight included for a dynamic HDR experience. Impressive brightness, strong HDR contrast and quite vibrant – with a neat ambient lighting solution included. Pixel responsiveness is less impressive and some dark detail is too masked for some scenes under HDR.

Date published: January 31st 2023




The ViewSonic XG341C-2K features a 3440 x 1440 21:9 ultrawide VA panel with 1500R (moderately steep) curve, 165Hz refresh rate, HDMI 2.1 and 1152-zone Mini LED backlight. Very bright with a strong HDR performance and pleasing contrast, but not the most convincing 165Hz experience – and the less said about that 200Hz OC, the better.

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VRR = Variable Refresh Rate. For ‘FreeSync’ reviews published after 15th January 2019, we also assess Nvidia Adaptive-Sync (‘G-SYNC Compatible’) support. If we’re satisfied that the Adaptive-Sync performance using ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ is sufficiently similar to the AMD FreeSync performance on a given model, we mark this ‘+GSC’. This is based on our own testing with the GPU mentioned in a given review and not to be confused with Nvidia’s own ‘G-SYNC Compatible’ certification program.

(OC) = Overclocked. These are models which we have confirmed run at the stated refresh rate through our own testing, either by setting a custom resolution or using an overclocking function in the monitor OSD (On Screen Display).

This table supports ‘multi-column’ (consecutive) sorting when viewed on a desktop. It can therefore group monitors together based on multiple attributes (for example, IPS monitors with a 3840 x 2160 resolution and 60Hz refresh rate that are recommended). We’d recommend sorting by refresh rate first as that column includes some awkward variations and lists in a peculiar order. If ’80Hz (OC)’ is listed first it will end up showing 60Hz monitors first in this example once all columns are sorted.

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Monitor is a device for operational visual communication between the user and the control device and displays data transmitted from the keyboard, mouse or central processor. The fundamental difference from a TV is the absence of a built-in tuner designed to receive high-frequency signals from on-air (terrestrial) broadcasting and an image signal decoder. In addition, most monitors do not have a sound reproducing path and loudspeakers.

Modern monitor consists of a screen (display), power supply, control boards and housing. Information for display on the monitor comes from an electronic device that generates a video signal (in a computer – a video card or graphics processor core). Televisions can also be used as monitors, most of whose models have been equipped with low-frequency inputs since the 1980s: first RGB signals, later VGA, and the last generation HDMI. All early home and some professional computers were designed specifically to use the TV as a monitor. The decomposition standards of the first video adapters (MDA, CGA) also coincided with television ones.

Monitors designed to monitor and (or) control a television image are called video monitors. Such devices, used at different stages of television production, differ from the TV in the absence of a tuner. In addition, professional video monitors display the television raster completely in Underscan mode for full cropping control. The color accuracy of video monitors is subject to increased requirements for use as a reference. Professional video monitors are often made in a housing adapted for installation in a standard rack, most often 19-inch.

A monitor designed to display computer information, performs the function of a display and differs from a video monitor in a decomposition standard that does not coincide with television. As a rule, computer displays, including those with a kinescope, have a higher line and frame rate and clarity than video monitors for standard television. This is dictated by the conditions of long-term observation of the image at close range. In addition, computer monitor video inputs are made on a component rather than a composite basis.

Personal computers usually work with one monitor (servers do not require a monitor at all), but there are video adapters that allow you to connect more than one monitor to one PC, and you can usually install more than one video adapter in a PC. Most modern laptops, in addition to their own LCD display, have a connector for connecting an external monitor or projector, which allows you to expand your workspace or duplicate the image from the LCD display.

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What is an LCD monitor (LCD, TFT)?

Liquid crystal monitor (also liquid crystal display, LCD, LCD monitor, English liquid crystal display, LCD, flat indicator) – a flat-panel monitor based on liquid crystals.

LCD TFT (eng. TFT – thin film transistor – thin film transistor) – one of the names of the liquid crystal display, which uses an active matrix driven by thin film transistors. The TFT amplifier for each sub-pixel is used to improve the speed, contrast and clarity of the display image.

How does an LCD monitor work?

Each pixel of an LCD display consists of a layer of molecules between two transparent electrodes, and two polarizing filters whose planes of polarization are (usually) perpendicular. In the absence of liquid crystals, the light transmitted by the first filter is almost completely blocked by the second.

The surface of the electrodes in contact with liquid crystals is specially treated to initially orient the molecules in one direction. In the TN matrix, these directions are mutually perpendicular, so the molecules line up in a helical structure in the absence of stress. This structure refracts light in such a way that before the second filter its plane of polarization rotates, and light passes through it without loss. Except for the absorption of half of the unpolarized light by the first filter, the cell can be considered transparent. If a voltage is applied to the electrodes, the molecules tend to line up in the direction of the field, which distorts the helical structure. In this case, the elastic forces counteract this, and when the voltage is turned off, the molecules return to their original position. At a sufficient field strength, almost all molecules become parallel, which leads to the opacity of the structure. By varying the voltage, you can control the degree of transparency. If a constant voltage is applied for a long time, the liquid crystal structure may degrade due to ion migration. To solve this problem, an alternating current is applied, or a change in the polarity of the field with each addressing of the cell (the opacity of the structure does not depend on the polarity of the field). In the entire matrix, it is possible to control each of the cells individually, but as their number increases, this becomes difficult, as the number of required electrodes increases. Therefore, addressing by rows and columns is used almost everywhere. The light passing through the cells can be natural – reflected from the substrate (in LCD displays without backlight). But more often an artificial light source is used, in addition to independence from external lighting, this also stabilizes the properties of the resulting image. Thus, a full-fledged LCD monitor consists of electronics that processes the input video signal, an LCD matrix, a backlight module, a power supply, and a housing. It is the combination of these components that determines the properties of the monitor as a whole, although some characteristics are more important than others.

What are the most important characteristics of LCD monitors?

  • Resolution: Horizontal and vertical dimensions expressed in pixels. Unlike CRT monitors, LCDs have one, “native”, physical resolution, the rest are achieved by interpolation.
  • Dot Size: The distance between the centers of neighboring pixels. Directly related to physical resolution.
  • Screen aspect ratio (format): The ratio of width to height, for example: 5:4, 4:3, 5:3, 8:5, 16:9, 16:10.
  • Apparent diagonal: the size of the panel itself, measured diagonally. The display area also depends on the format: a 4:3 monitor has a larger area than a 16:9 monitor with the same diagonal.
  • Contrast: The ratio of the brightness of the lightest point to the darkest point. Some monitors use an adaptive backlight level and the contrast figure given for them does not refer to image contrast.
  • Brightness: The amount of light emitted by a display, usually measured in candela per square meter.
  • Response time: The minimum time required for a pixel to change its brightness. Measurement methods are ambiguous.
  • Viewing angle: the angle at which the drop in contrast reaches the specified value is considered differently for different types of matrices and by different manufacturers, and is often not comparable.
  • Matrix type: LCD technology
  • Inputs: (eg DVI, D-Sub, HDMI, etc.).

What are LCD monitor technologies?

LCD monitors were developed in 1963 at RCA’s David Sarnoff Research Center, Princeton, NJ.

Key LCD technologies: TN+film, IPS and MVA. These technologies differ in the geometry of surfaces, polymer, control plate and front electrode. Of great importance are the purity and type of polymer with liquid crystal properties used in specific developments.

The response time of LCD monitors designed using SXRD (Silicon X-tal Reflective Display) technology has been reduced to 5 ms. Sony, Sharp and Philips have jointly developed PALC (Plasma Addressed Liquid Crystal) technology, which combines the advantages of LCD (brightness and richness of colors, contrast) and plasma panels (large viewing angles along the horizon, H, and vertical, V, high refresh rate). These displays use gas-discharge plasma cells as a brightness control, and an LCD matrix is ​​used for color filtering.