The 10 Best Monitors

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10. Dell S2419

9. Philips Momentum

8. BenQ 2720U

7. Samsung C34J791

6. HP Z27

5. Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ

4. Asus Designo

3. LG UltraFine

2. Dell S-Series

1. LG 27UL

Editor's Notes

May 07, 2019:

There are tons of monitors to choose from these days, but some of the newest ones are clearly superior in terms of color reproduction, image sharpness, response time, and reliability. You'll notice a couple options highlighted from Dell; their HD model is both very attractive and very well-priced, and if you don't need to surpass HD resolution, it's almost certainly the right choice. On the other hand, their 27-inch 1440p model is an excellent marriage of function and affordability. If you want your games to pop and can afford the huge cost, Asus' top-of-the-line monitor is the one for you. Philips' Momentum is another good choice for gamers, and although it also costs quite a bit, it's the largest and one of the brightest PC monitors out there. The Asus Designo as well as Samsung's QLED option are both highly immersive curved options; the Samsung offers jaw-dropping color, while the Asus has a few more advanced features as well as more viewing area. HP's Z27 is a fantastic choice for everything but gaming, as it's prone to above-average levels of motion blur. One interesting thing about the Z27 is HP's 3-year warranty on dead pixels; dead spots are a recurring issue in some panels, and that kind of reassurance is exceptional to have. If you're looking for the all-around nicest display, the LG UltraFine may be it, however it is pretty highly priced. If you want to spend half of what you would on that groundbreaking 5K display, check out the LG series that got the top spot. The two newest additions to that line are incredibly attractive displays; one has a mid-range price, and the other is surprisingly affordable for such a great monitor.

A Major Decision: Choosing The Right Monitor

Monitors have also become relatively affordable these days.

In recent years, computer monitors have undergone a series of rapid improvements. Gone are the days of massive vacuum tube monitors that weighed dozens of pounds and offered limited image clarity. Today's monitors boast sharp detail, amazing color fidelity, and are much slimmer and lighter weight than older models. Monitors have also become relatively affordable these days.

You can get a decent computer monitor measuring just under two feet in size (remember that screens are measured across the long angle bisecting their screens) for just a little more than one hundred dollars, for example. One the other hand, top of the line monitors can easily cost three or four times that much. Yet for most consumers, a budget of two to three hundred dollars will be more than enough for a great external monitor.

When considering the right monitor for your office, your gaming setup, or for any other use, first think of the ideal size. You should never but a monitor that is too large for the space it will occupy, whether this means a unit that will over crowd a desk or that will be too large for your easy viewing based on where you sit. Monitors between twenty four and thirty inches are the standard choice for most people.

Next consider the image quality you want in a monitor; a unit featuring 1,920 pixels by 1,080 pixels is capable of high definition image display, and will be more than suitable for most people who primarily use their computer and monitor for work or for basic tasks. The gamer or movie lover, on the other hand, may look for pixel resolution closer to 1,140 by 2,560. At this resolution, even the newest high def media will look crisp and lifelike.

For the serious gamer, monitor response time is an important issue. Look for a unit that offers response times of a single millisecond for the ultimate immersive experience and to make sure you are fully in the game, ready to react quickly whenever needed.

"Extras" Worth Your Consideration

If you use your monitor for nothing more than basic word processing, browsing the web, sending emails, and other simple tasks, than your primary concerns when looking for a computer monitors should indeed be nothing more than a good price, decent image clarity, and a reliability rating that means rare replacement.

Look for monitors with that allow for clarity at more than 170 degrees of angle.

For those people who use their computer for more specialized purposes, there are extra monitor features that are well worth consideration and might be worth their spending extra cash. Beyond the criteria covered above, the next thing to look for when considering a monitor is the amount and type of inputs it can accommodate. The more input types a monitor can handle, the more hardware you can connect; this can include computers linked via USB, Blu-ray players linked via HDMI, and gaming consoles, just to name a few items. Multiple inputs mean multiple devices can be connected at once and enjoyed when you wish without the need for juggling cords.

Most monitors don't feature built in speakers, but those that do can save you money on additional audio hardware or else can be a part of a great surround sound system, helping to fill the room with sound. Look for monitors with stereo speakers if listening is nearly as important as viewing to you.

And finally consider the range of viewing angle a given monitor offers. While not usually a concern for the mentor's primary user, a wide viewing angle can help many people enjoy the content on the screen at the same time. Look for monitors with that allow for clarity at more than 170 degrees of angle.

A Few Words On Ergonomics

Simply stated, the word ergonomics refers to the design and arrangement of the objects with which humans frequently interact. In practical terms, it means a conscientious approach to the development of furniture, furnishings, hardware, and even interior design that makes a workplace more productive, a home more comfortable, and generally makes life more efficient, safer, and more pleasurable.

This last factor alone can have a radical impact on both acute and chronic comfort.

The study of ergonomics began in earnest in the years following World War II, though the concepts underpinning the field date back centuries earlier. With the foundation of The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors in the mid 1940s and a subsequent body of publications and studies conducted by this group and others, researchers and designers around the globe began to take an interest in this new and unique field of study.

In the daily life of anyone who routinely sits at a desk and uses a computer, there are three major factors to be considered in terms of ergonomics. These are the design, shape, and height of the person's office chair (assuming he or she has not opted for a standing desk), the type of computer keyboard and mouse, which can have a direct impact on issues like carpal tunnel syndrome, and the placement of the person's computer monitor.

This last factor alone can have a radical impact on both acute and chronic comfort. Monitor placement can have an effect on everything from neck and shoulder comfort to lower back pain reduction (or exacerbation) and can impact eyestrain, fatigue, headaches, and more. A monitor should be set up at approximately arm's length away from a person's eyes, and with the user's eyes level with the top of the screen when he or she is sitting upright. This allows for a comfortable, natural slight downward gaze. A slight tilt upward can make reading the entire surface of the monitor more comfortable, and a reduction in the brightness of the monitor (and the lighting conditions of the entire room) can allow for more relaxed reading and viewing.

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Christopher Thomas
Last updated on May 09, 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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