The 10 Best Frameless Monitors

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in July of 2018. The border found around most computer screens is called a bezel, and while it's no smartphone notch, many would prefer that it simply not be there. If you're installing a multi-monitor setup to improve gaming immersion or work productivity, or you just can't stand anything invading your field of view, one of these "frameless" designs may satisfy you (though most still have at least a thin trim). When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best frameless monitor on Amazon.

10. HP 27W

9. Dell P2719HC

8. Acer G276HL

7. ViewSonic VP2785

6. Alienware 3418DW

5. Asus Designo

4. AOC G2590PX

3. Philips E9

2. AOC 27V2H

1. Dell Ultrasharp

Editor's Notes

June 11, 2019:

Technically, there's no such thing as a legitimately 100% frameless monitor. Even if there isn't a noticeable piece of plastic surrounding the display's edge, there will still be an ever-so-slight border that doesn't produce an image. This is simply a hardware limitation that LED screens have to deal with. But, given how advanced electronics production has become, manufacturers can come pretty close to bezel-free constructions. In the quest to find the sleekest monitors on the market, we've focused mostly on those without thick plastic borders and gravitated towards displays with bezels of just a few millimeters. One thing you will notice, though, is that there just aren't any that don't have a physical border on the bottom. Generally, that's where edge-sourced LED backlighting lives (hend the name edge-lit), and there's really nowhere else to put it.

Because of their almost non-existent bezels, frameless monitors are typically used in multi-monitor setups for a streamlined experience. As such, you'll find a lot of reasonably priced models such as the HP 27w, Acer G276HL, and Philips E9. Slightly more expensive but also considerably better looking are the AOC 27V2H and the Dell S2418HN and P2719HC. The Dells, in particular, are extremely popular choices, just like most of their monitors. They come about as close to being completely free of a bezel as anything out there. The AOC, on the other hand, is focus-built for gaming purposes, as evidenced by its 144-hertz refresh rate which supports G-Sync adaptive technology. Then there's the Asus Designo, which is about $300 and is one of the most finely designed options on the market that's still reasonably affordable.

The Alienware is one of the rare ultrawide frameless models, and its 3440 by 1440 resolution is just about perfect for many games, especially considering it's far more common today than it used to be for titles to have native 21:9 support. It used to take hours of fiddling around with settings to get games to run in the ultrawide format without cropping the screen, but the industry is starting to turn now, because the 21:9 gaming experience can really be something else. Finally, if you need something for professional video or photo editing, the ViewSonic is the one to consider. It has great color accuracy, a 4K resolution, and very good HDR support, which checks a lot of boxes needed by commercial users.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on June 14, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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