Updated: Buying Guide: 10 best monitors and displays on the market 2015
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Introduction


Ten years ago, monitors were nothing more than necessary accessories. Today, they can be luxury items that dramatically improve all aspects of computing and content consumption. There are so many types of monitors that suit so many different needs.

Screen resolution, response time, panel weight: everything should be considered when choosing a personal device or an enterprise fleet. Unfortunately, all of these specs can be confusing. We've compiled this roundup to help you sort through the abundance of options available.

Update: Although not a standalone display, Apple is once again rumored to be introducing a refresh of its 21-inch iMac, potentially bringing a 4K resolution to its desktop all-in-one screen.

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1. LG UltraWide 34UC97


Great for work, games, and movies – but it's costly


Screen size: 34-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3440x1440 | Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Response time: 5ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1M:1 (DFC) | Colour support: SRGB 99% | Weight: 19.8 pounds


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Good speakers with bass
Great contrast and colour reproduction
Expensive

The LG's curved design, high resolution and huge diagonal make it a high quality replacement for single 4K panels or a pair of 1080p screens, and the form factor means it's tempting for work, games and movies.

Read the full review: 34UC97

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2. Acer S277HK


A bezel-less beauty


Screen size: 27-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Response time: 4ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 100,000,000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 11.9 pounds


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Bezel-less design
Refresh rate
No USB ports
Height not adjustable

A gorgeous IPS screen and bezel-free design make the S227HK a stunning display by itself or an even more impressive and immersive member of a multi-monitor setup.

Read the full review: S277HK

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3. Viewsonic VP2772


What this professional monitor lacks in style it makes up with exceptional picture quality


Screen size: 27-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Brightness: 350 cd/m2 | Response time: 12ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 18.8 pounds


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Bezel-less design
Refresh rate
No USB ports
Height not adjustable

A rich set of features, great picture quality out of the box and hassle-free setup make the VP2772 an attractive monitor.

Read the full review: VP2772

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4. Dell UltraSharp UP2414Q


A superb display, but you're paying through the nose for a mere 24-inches


Screen size: 24-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Brightness: 350 cd/m2 | Response time: 8ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100%; Adobe RGB 99% | Weight: 10.58 pounds


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Super display
Great features
Very expensive
Just 24-inches

A fantastic monitor that's a little ahead of its time in terms of GPU and operating system support.

Read the full review: UltraSharp UP2414Q

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5. LG 34UM95


The first Thunderbolt 2-equipped 21:9 display is a cinematic sight to behold


Screen size: 34-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3440x1440 | Brightness: 320 cd/m2 | Response time: 5ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 99% | Weight: 17 pounds


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Port selection
Low input lag
No adjustable height
Speakers lack bass

The 34UM95 finally does 21:9 justice, featuring a huge working area free of scaling issues, low input lag and high colour accuracy wrapped up in an attractive design. It's not the cheapest of its kind, but it goes some way to justifying the cost.

Read the full review: 34UM95

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6. BenQ BL2710PT


Aimed at CAD/CAM professionals, this feature-packed 27-inch monitor delivers


Screen size: 27-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3440x1440 | Brightness: 350 cd/m2 | Response time: 12ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 99% | Weight: 23.8 pounds


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Port selection
Flicker-free backlight
Design
Touch controls

A feature-packed and well-connected monitor that offers plenty for the asking price. It may not be exciting to look at and the menu controls suffer from a lack of labeling, but these are minor caveats that don't detract from an overall worthy investment.

Read the full review: BL2710PT

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7. Acer B326HUL


Big, bold and accurate colours from a TV-sized monitor


Screen size: 32-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Response time: 6ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 100,000,000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 15.35 pounds


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Colour accuracy
Port selection
No MHL
Viewing angles

Acer's larger-than-life B326HUL comes with great colour accuracy out-of-the-box, easy-to-use menu controls and good build quality, but its above-average response time, lack of MHL and price point may make you want to look elsewhere.

Read the full review: B326HUL

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8. Samsung UD590


An attractive, gaming-focused 4K monitor that's well-suited for general tasks


Screen size: 28-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Brightness: 370 cd/m2 | Response time: 1ms | Viewing angle: 170/160 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 12.43 pounds


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Easy to setup
Image quality (once calibrated)
No adjustable height
TN panel

A reasonably-priced 4K monitor with an attractive design, fast response time and decent image quality once you've calibrated it or fiddled with the settings.

Read the full review: UD590

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9. Samsung UD970


Get ready for ultra high-def on your desktop


Screen size: 31.5-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Brightness: 280 cd/m2 | Response time: 8ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 30.14 pounds


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Colour accuracy
Landscape/portrait rotation
Hardware button menu navigation
Cost

A 4K display that's factory-calibrated for great colour accuracy and image quality, which makes it ideal for digital designers, CAD/CAM engineers or videographers who aren't put off by the high-price tag.

Read the full review: UD970

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10. Asus PB287Q


Get ready for ultra high-def on your desktop


Screen size: 28-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Response time: 1ms | Viewing angle: 170/160 | Contrast ratio: 100,000,000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 87% | Weight: 21.1 pounds


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Stunning images
Price
Navigation
Blindspots

This machine isn't perfect, but it produces perfect images, especially if you're nowhere near sunlight. Photographers, designers and videographers will love this unit.

Read the full review: PB287Q



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