Popular panel types used in desktop displays are Twisted Nematic (TN), Vertical Alignment (VA), Patterned Vertical Alignment (PVA), Super PVA (S-PVA), Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment (MVA), and In-Plane Switching (IPS). Various desktop monitor price :
|Brand & Model||Features||Price|
|26 Inches to 49.9 Inches|
Dell SE2717HR RVJXC 27″ Full HD 1920 X 1080 Monitor
|Full HD Monitor, Simple, stylish design with the thin glossy bezels, mattescreen and sturdy base VGA and HDMI connectivity.||Start from $162.00|
ViewSonic VA2855SMH 28″ 1080p LED Monitor HDMI, VGA
|Full HD 1080p (1920×1080) 16:9 LED with HDMI, and VGA Inputs, dual integrated speakers, 3000:1 Static Contrast Ratio, 178/178 Degree Viewing Angles; VESA mountable||Start from $141.00|
NEC 29″ Widescreen LED-Backlit Desktop Monitor w/ IPS LCD Panel
|6-input connectivity, including DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D Single-Link, DVI-D Dual Link and VGA inputs, ENERGY STAR 5.0 and TCO 5.1
Human and ambient light sensors automatically detect your work conditions to determine the proper display brightness, thereby conserving power
Start from $372.00
|NEC Monitor PA302W-BK-SV 30-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor|| GB-R LED backlight consumes 44% less power than a comparable CCFL backlightSuperior screen performance (1000:1 contrast ratio, 2560×1600 native resolution, 340cd/m2 brightness)
SpectraViewII calibrates the 14-bit 3D internal programmable lookup tables (LUTs) for precise color
|ASUS VA32AQ WQHD 1440p 5ms IPS DisplayPort HDMI VGA Eye Care Monitor, 31.5″||WQHD (2560×1440) IPS 178° viewing angle, HDMI and VGA ports, VESA mount.Stereo 4W speakers 7.5W BC1.2 USB port for fast-charging mobile devices (charging-only; does not support data)||Start from $284.00|
|LG 32MA70HY-P 32-Inch Full HD IPS Monitor with Display Port and HDMI Inputs||Inputs: Display port, HDMI, d-sub
On-Screen control of monitor settings
Screen Split 2.0 for multi-tasking
Vesa-compatible for wall mounting
|LG 34UM60-P 34-Inch IPS WFHD (2560 x 1080) Ultrawide Freesync Monitor (2017 Model)||UltraWide Gaming with 1ms Motion Blur Reduction—UltraWide 21:9 aspect ratio. 1ms Motion Blur Reduction. AMD FreeSync Technology, FreeSync, Game Mode, On Screen Control + Screen Split 2.0 & Dual Controller; 1x HDMI 1.4, 1x Display Port 1.2 & Headphone port||
|ViewSonic VX4380-4K 43″ 4K IPS 2160p Frameless LED Monitor HDMI, DisplayPort||UHD 2160p (3840×2160) 16:9 4K IPS with HDMI 2.0 (x2), USB 3.0, DisplayPort, and Mini DisplayPort
3-year Limited Warranty; Energy Star Certified; VESA mountable, 120M:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio; Two Built-In Speakers; 178/178 Degree Viewing Angles;
Start from $727.65
|20 Inches to 25 Inches|
|Sceptre E series E205W-1600 V1 20″ Screen LED-Lit Monitor With HDMI, DVI and VGA Ports||True 16:9 Resolution 1600 x 900, High Contrast Ratio: 5,000,000: 1, HDMI, DVI or VGA Input, Build in dual Speakers, VESA Wall Mount Ready||$64.99|
|HP Pavilion 21.5-Inch IPS LED HDMI VGA Monitor||Full HD (1920×1080) IPS; 178-degree wide-viewing angles. 16:9; 2 million pixels. Response time 7ms; Ports: VGA, HDMI, and HDCP. Mercury-free LED backlighting, Arsenic-free monitor glass, and the low halogen design||
|ViewSonic VA2246M-LED 22″ 1080p LED Monitor DVI, VGA||Full HD 1080p (1920x1080p) 16:9 LED with DVI-D, and VGA Inputs. built in speakers, 10M:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio; VESA mountable||
Start from $74.00
|Lenovo 65D1KCC1US Think Vision L23i-18 23-Inch Desktop Monitor, Grey||SLIM DESIGN: near-frameless display, FHD DISPLAY: 1920 x 1080 IPS display, EXCEPTIONAL VALUE: Designed for users who want the latest and greatest device with advanced features and a high-performance display without the high price||
|ASUS VS247H-P 23.6″ Full HD 1920×1080 2ms HDMI DVI VGA Monitor||1920×1080 resolution and Quick response time of 2ms (GTG), Smart View Technology, Exclusive Splendid Video Intelligence Technology, 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio. Inputs of HDMI, DVI and VGA||
Start from $108.00
|HP 23.8-inch FHD IPS Monitor with Tilt/Height Adjustment and Built-in Speakers (VH240a, Black)||Full HD (1920×1080) micro-edge IPS; 16:9; 2 million pixels, Ports: HDMI, VGA, and HDCP support, integrated speakers;Mercury-free LED backlighting, Arsenic-free monitor glass, and the low-voltage halogen design.||$129.99|
|Sceptre E E248W-1920R 24″ Ultra Thin LED Monitor HDMI, Metallic|| Metallic Ultra Slim Design. Metal Brushed Back Cover, 3.5mm Mini-Jack Audio Out, HDMI and VGA Port
Wall mount Ready
|Above 16 Inches to 20 Inches|
|Elo E179069 Desktop Touchmonitors 1717L iTouch Zero-Bezel 17” LED-Backlit LCD Monitor, Black||Sleek and thin design, including VESA, wall and pole-mounting and capped through-mount holes on base for table-top security, Zero-bezel touchscreen||
|AOC e970swn 18.5-Inch LED-Lit Monitor, 1366 x768 Resolution, 5ms, 20M:1 DCR, VGA, VESA||boasting a 5 ms pixel response time for crisp, blur-free images.1366 x 768 resolution. 16.7 Million Colors, onnectivity- VGA
Brightness – 200 cd/m2, Dynamic Contrast Ratio – 20,000,000:1,Wall Mountable
Start from $68.00
|ASUS VS197D-P 18.5″ WXGA 1366×768 VGA Back-lit LED Monitor||5ms quick response time. Inputs of D-Sub ports.Splendid Video Intelligence, 3 Years Warranty, 2 way free shipping
EPEAT Gold Certified
Start from $65.00
|Samsung LS19F350HNNXZA S19F350 19-Inch Slim Design Monitor||Ultra-slim design and less than 0.4-inch thick. Eye Saver Mode.
178°wide viewing angle, Eco-Saving Plus, Game Mode technology
|Acer G206HQL bd 19.5-Inch LED Computer Monitor Back-Lit Widescreen Display||1600 x 900 resolution, perfect for widescreen HD gaming, multimedia and productivity
Rapid 5ms response time, not VESA mountable. DVI-in, VGA
The DVI-D input.
|Start from $79.00|
|16 Inches and Under|
|WIMAXIT 11.6 Inch||1920X1080 FULL HD Portable LCD Display Screen Monitor VGA/HDMI Monitor With Built In Speakers Compatible for Raspberry Pi B+/2B/3B WiiU Xbox 360/PS4/mac os/ Windows||$118.99|
|Elo 1515L Desktop Touchscreen LCD Monitor – 15-Inch – Surface Acoustic Wave – 1024 x 768 – 4:3 – Dark Gray E700813|| Economical and reliable
Up to 1024 x 768 resolution at 75 Hz
Start from $282.00
|Angel High Resoution 12″||Touch Screen POS TFT LED TouchScreen Monitor with Adjustable POS Stand for Retail Restaurant Bar Pub Kiosk, Resolution 1024 x 768||$159.99|
Up until recently, the majority of displays used TN technology, as it is the least expensive panel to manufacture, and offers superior motion-handling performance. But affordable IPS monitors are out in force; plenty of 27-inch IPS models cost around $250 and offer very good color quality and wide viewing angles. VA monitors also offer robust colors, but viewing-angle performance, while better than on a typical TN panel, is not quite as sharp as what you get from an IPS panel.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a desktop monitor that does not deliver full HD imagery. To do this, the panel must have a native resolution of at least 1,920 by 1,080, and it must have a 16:9 aspect ratio to do it without stretching or cropping the picture. Graphic design professionals who require a high degree of image detail should be looking for a WQHD or UHD monitor.
In the not-too-distant past, most LCD monitors used cold-cathode florescent lamp (CCFL) technology for backlighting, but nowadays LED-backlit monitors are ubiquitous, and with good reason. LEDs offer a brighter image than CCFLs, they are smaller and require less power, and they allow for extremely thin cabinet designs. CCFL displays are generally less expensive than their LED counterparts, but they are few and far between these days. Now we’re seeing monitors that utilize quantum dot technology to offer superior color accuracy, increased color gamut, and a higher peak brightness than what you get with current panel technologies. The next wave of monitors will feature Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology that promises ultra-high contrast ratios, true blacks, and a super-fast pixel response. Expect these displays to carry a hefty price when they hit the market.
Although its popularity has faded recently, 3D technology is also an option on some monitors. Passive 3D uses inexpensive polarized glasses to create depth, and active-shutter 3D uses battery-operated glasses with lenses that turn on and off in sync with a 120Hz panel to deliver 3D imagery. Passive 3D doesn’t require a 120Hz panel, and images remain bright, but it is prone to motion artifacts and doesn’t always look good from a side angle. Active 3D typically offers good side viewing and does a good job of displaying jag-free images, but it produces more crosstalk than passive technology, and the glasses are usually uncomfortable and require charging. Either way, if you’re interested in 3D, expect to pay a bit more for a monitor that can handle it.
For laptop users who require dual-screen capabilities, a portable USB monitor fits the bill. These lightweight devices use your PC’s USB port for power and to receive video, usually with the help of DisplayLink software. They are ideal for small office presentations and for extending your laptop’s screen real estate, and their slim profile makes them easy to travel with. For around $200 you can get a 15-inch model that will let you double your viewing area while on the road.
IPS (in-plane switching) monitors deliver deeper blacks and more accurate color than most LED or LCD monitors, making them great for photo editing, graphics work and gaming. They also offer wider-viewing angles, so the picture looks exceptional even when you’re not sitting directly in front of it.
LED (light-emitting diode) monitors provide excellent overall picture quality. They produce brighter images and require less power than traditional LCD monitors, and they usually have thinner designs. Monitors in this category are still LCDs, but they have advanced LED backlighting.
LCD (liquid-crystal display) monitors provide quality performance, usually at an affordable price. They use liquid crystals to relay what you see on the screen, and they are usually backlit by CCFLs (cold cathode fluorescent lamps).
Touchscreen monitors are popular for home entertainment and multipurpose use. You can swipe through photos, play touch-based games and tap tiles to launch apps. If you go the touchscreen route, look for one with edge-to-edge glass for easy swiping and an adjustable stand, so you can move easily from work to movies to games
Just like TVs, monitor screen size is measured diagonally. As the screen size goes up, usually so does the price, so consider how much space you have as well as how much you want to spend.
20” and under
These reasonably priced monitors deliver quality performance for viewing e-mail, sharing photos, using MS Office applications and surfing the Web.
21” – 26”
Anything in this range will be great for multipurpose home and office use. Watch movies and TV shows, play games and view multiple-page documents.
27” and up
Monitors this size offer a bigger viewing area for serious gamers and professionals in photography, graphic arts and video production.
Widescreen and Ultrawide Monitors
Today almost all monitors are widescreen monitors, which are better for viewing large spreadsheets, having multiple apps open at the same time and keeping your desktop’s sidebar open while searching the Web. They’re also perfect for movies and gaming. Widescreen monitors have a 16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio, a measurement of the width of a screen compared to its height.
Ultrawide monitors, first introduced in 2013, have a 21:9 aspect ratio. They make it easier than ever to view multiple documents at the same time or place multiple browsers side by side. Some ultrawide models come with split-screen software that lets you arrange your content on the screen in different ways. Ultrawide monitors also offer an incredibly immersive gaming experience.
Resolution: This is the number of pixels a monitor can display, both horizontally and vertically. For example, a monitor with a 1,920-by-1,080 resolution can display 1,920 pixels across the width of the screen, and 1,080 pixels from top to bottom. The higher the resolution, the more information can be displayed on the screen. These days, most monitors in the 22- to 27-inch range have a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 and are referred to as full HD monitors. There are also plenty of 24- to 27-inch displays that offer a WQHD (2,560-by-1,440) native resolution. Stepping up to a UHD or 4K (3,840-by-2,160) monitor usually means you’ll need a 27-inch or larger screen, although we have seen a few 24-inch UHD models. UHD monitors are ideal for viewing highly detailed images or viewing multiple pages in a tiled or side-by-side format.
HD (1366 x 768) and HD+ (1600 x 900)
HD and HD+ resolutions, available on 15″-20″ monitors, provide a quality picture at affordable prices.
Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Full high definition monitors have a resolution equivalent to 1080p HDTVs. The crystal-clear picture is great for both everyday use and watching movies and videos.
Quad HD (2560 x 1440)
Also known as QHD, Wide Quad HD or WQHD, this technology gives you four times as many pixels as 720p HD. It delivers extraordinary image clarity, ideal for demanding applications like CAD, graphic design and professional photo and video editing.
4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160)
Sometimes called 4K or UHD, 4K Ultra HD is the best resolution currently available. With four times as many pixels as Full HD, it delivers immersive gaming, high-resolution photo and video editing and a lot more space for multi-tasking. It’s great for gamers, graphics pros and movie fans who want to see the finest detail. Movie fans and gamers, before you buy, check to see what 4K content is available.
Does your graphics card need to be updated?
Make sure your computer can support your new monitor, especially if you’re upgrading to Quad HD or 4K Ultra HD. If you buy a top-of-the-line monitor but have an older computer, you won’t have the best picture quality. Check the monitor’s hardware requirements to see if your computer or graphics card needs to be updated.
Shop by resolution:
- HD (1366 x 768)
- HD (1600 x 900)
- Full HD (1920 x 1080)
- Quad HD (2560 x 1440)
- 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160)
What’s the Best Connection? Check the monitor’s ports and connections, not only for hooking it up to your PC, but also for plugging in your smartphone, camera, Blu-ray player, camcorder or other devices.
Most computer monitors have HDMI, which carries both video and audio signals. It’s excellent for playing HD content from your computer, gaming console, Blu-ray player and other devices.
The best choice for very high resolutions and frame rates, DisplayPort connectors carry both video and audio signals like HDMI. But while HDMI can only carry 4K Ultra HD at 30 fps (frames per second), DisplayPort can handle this resolution at 60 fps, giving you a much smoother picture for fast-moving games and movies.
DVI connections provide a video signal similar to HDMI, but they usually do not carry audio. The resolution they support varies. Some types of DVI connections can carry 1920 x 1200 resolution, while other types can carry more.
While HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort are all digital connections, VGA is the old analog technology. It can carry fairly high resolutions and frame rates, but you won’t get the crystal clear images that you do with DVI.
With USB ports on your monitor, you can plug in your smartphone, digital camera, Blu-ray player, camcorder or other devices, and view content on your monitor without turning on your computer.
A few nice-to-have features can make your monitor experience more enjoyable. We recommend:
If you plan to mount your monitor to a desk or the wall, look for one that’s VESA compliant. This means the monitor has an industry-standard hole pattern or mounting pattern on the back. Compare the weight and VESA pattern of the monitor to the weight and VESA pattern supported by the mount to make sure they are compatible.
Built-in webcams — For videochats with family and friends or videoconferences with colleagues.
Speakers — Not all monitors have built-in speakers, so add this to your checklist if you plan to use your monitor for Skype, watching videos, listening to your tunes and other audio activities. You can also buy speakers separately.
Dual-monitor stands — Lets you dock two monitors on one stand for multitasking or viewing spreadsheets side by side.
Ergonomic features — Look for monitors and stands with adjustable features, like tilt and swivel functionality, monitor height adjustment and pivot adjustment, which lets you rotate the monitor to portrait position.
Pixel Response Rate: Measured in milliseconds (ms), this is the time it takes for a pixel to change from black to white (black-to-white) or to transition from one shade of gray to another (gray-to-gray). The faster the pixel response rate, the better the monitor is at displaying video without also displaying artifacts, such as ghosting or blurring of moving images. Monitors with a fast 1ms (gray-to-gray) pixel response are very good for gaming, but even monitors with a higher 6ms (gray-to-gray) pixel response can display games without much blurring or ghosting. The fact is, most users won’t notice lag, which is the time it takes for the display to react to a command, but hard-core gamers consider this a key factor when choosing a monitor and typically seek out the fastest models available. The fastest monitor we’ve seen has a lag time of 9.5ms, but you can get by with up to around 25ms before lag becomes a problem.
Dell UltraSharp U2717D
Just as the Dell U2417H (see below) is the ideal high-end 24in monitor, so the U2717D is the ideal high-end 27in monitor. Dell is a dab hand at making quality displays that have all the essentials but none of the frills. The U2717D boasts a 1440p resolution, excellent overall image quality and a fantastic business-like but not staid stand design. It also offers height adjustment, a USB 3.0 hub and loads of connectivity options. Also look out for good deals on its predecessor, the U2715H.
There are cheaper monitors than the Acer R221HQBMID, but not by much. By spending the extra cheap alternatives you get an IPS panel that will produce better-looking colours and have better viewing angles than cheap TN ones. It’s also an impressively slim and surprisingly stylish monitor, with a useful 1080p resolution that’s an ideal match for its 22in size. You get nothing more than the basics – not even speakers – but it’s a good entry-level monitor for getting the basics done.
LG 23MP68VQ: £140, PC World Business
It combines a decent quality IPS panel with a 1080p resolution and fetching overall design, and then adds several extras that set it above the most entry level alternatives. The first is a 75Hz refresh rate. This is a modest boost over the 60Hz of most non-gaming monitors, but it makes this display just a little more responsive. The second is the presence of FreeSync, a gaming technology that makes for smoother-looking, tear-free games
Dell UltraSharp U2417H: £230, Debenhams Plus
If you’re looking for a top-quality monitor but can’t stretch to a larger display, the Dell U2417H is ideal. This 24in display still only has a 1080p resolution but it has fantastic image quality. What’s more the incredibly slim bezel round the edge of the screen and the simple-stand design make for a premium-looking device, even when it’s not in use. The stand also offers height, pivot and rotation adjustment, which you don’t get with cheaper displays, and it has a USB 3.0 hub so you can connect other devices to it.
The AOC G2460PF is one of the cheapest 144Hz gaming monitors you can buy, and that’s simply all that matters. You can pay the same 24inch, 1080p, 144Hz configuration but it’s just not worth it. This isn’t a barebones display, either. The stand offers height adjustment, it includes FreeSync and there’s a USB 3.0 hub too. A great option for a dedicated gamer on a budget. You do suffer the lower image quality and poor viewing angles of a TN panel but that’s the nature of such gaming displays.
The 27in gaming monitor market is an odd one right now. There simply isn’t the range of affordable TN-based 1440p displays that you’d expect. As such, the low price of the Acer XF270HU makes it a fantastic buy. This monitor uses an IPS panel but it still has a 144Hz refresh rate that it combines with great overall image quality, Freesync, a versatile, height-adjustable stand and plenty of connectivity. Those that must have the one-millisecond response time of a TN panel should consider the Amazon for around the same price.
LG 27UD58: £329.99, Overclockers
The LG 27UD58 is one of the cheapest 4K screens you can buy that uses IPS technology. You can get cheaper TN models but 4K and TN is a pointless mix. The low price means you miss out on any extras such as an adjustable stand, USB hub or speakers but if all you want is that massive 4K resolution then this is the place to start. It’s ideal for those that regularly edit pictures and video but can’t afford a professional-grade 4K display. It even has FreeSync too.
If you’re really looking to make an impression with your next monitor then a 34in, super-wide display is the way to go. The huge 3440 x 1440 pixel resolution makes it useful for work while the wide-screen aspect ratio is amazing for games and movies. This Acer BX340CK is one of the cheapest displays of this type that you can buy – cheaper ones tend to drop to a 2560 x 1080 resolution – and yet gives up little in terms of style, image quality or features. As well as a stylish height-adjustable stand, there’s a USB 3.0 hub, FreeSync and you can boost the refresh rate to 75Hz.
Asus PG348Q: £1031.99, Ebuyer
The Asus PG348Q is not only a 34in display with a 3440 x 1440 resolution but it’s also curved. This means the angle at which you view the farthest edge of the screen matches that at the middle, making for a more even-looking image. Plus, it fills your peripheral vision even more, adding to the sense of immersion. All this and the IPS panel produces fantastic image quality and can even refresh at up to 100Hz, for more responsive gaming. The final feather in its cap is the presence of G-Sync.
Asus PA329Q: £1179.98, Ebuyer
Professionals looking for the ultimate in image quality and resolution should seek out the Asus PA329Q. This massive 32in display has a 4K resolution making it ideal for seeing every detail of the pictures and video you’re working on. Plus, it boasts an enhanced colour range that means it can display even more colours than is typically required. This is of niche benefit for home users but means this monitor is good enough for the image editing of Hollywood films and professional magazines, and all that image quality prowess can still be applied to your day-to-day computing.
Apple stopped making its own displays last year and has instead recruited LG to produce two alternatives: a 27inch 5K display and a 21.5in 4K display. Both offer fantastic quality and an incredibly sharp image that is ideal for use with Macs – Apple’s computers are better at coping with really high-resolution displays. What’s more, both displays enable you to connect your Macbook to the monitor and charge it from the same Thunderbolt cable. They also offer further USB connections to connect your other devices. They’re both very expensive but ideal for Mac users.
Apple, Dell, Gateway, HP, and Lenovo market their own monitors for their computers and also sell monitors separately. Other brands of monitors include Acer, Alienware, AOC, Asus, BenQ, LG, NEC, Planar, Samsung, and ViewSonic. Some of those companies don’t make their own monitors, but buy them and put their brand label on them. Most of the companies listed sell monitors with LED backlighting and IPS technology, as well as wide-screen, ultra-slim, ergonomic, touch-screen, and 3D-ready models. You can compare monitors by brand with this guide.
AOC: Offers a wide range of standard and wide-screen monitors.
Acer: Has become a key brand in this category , offering a line of value-oriented monitors for home and small-office use, as well as business-oriented and gaming monitors.
Alienware: Is owned by Dell. This company produces laptops, desktops, and monitors for gamers.
Apple: Offers 27-inch monitors for aficionados. These full-featured monitors generally cost about $1,000. The company recently introduced the world’s first Thunderbolt display.
Asus: Focuses on innovation and aesthetics. Monitors range from midpriced to high-end prices.
BenQ: Offers an array of models. It recently introduced its first monitors for gamers, the XL and SL series.
Dell: Is among the top market-share brands in this product category, offering a wide range of monitor sizes and features. Its newest monitor is an intuitive multi touch screen with IPS technology.
Gateway: Selection of monitors includes wide-screen HD displays lately. Prices are modest.
HP: Is among the top-three-largest brands in this product category.
LG: Offers attractive monitors at medium to high-end prices. Its newest entry is in the Cinema 3D subcatagory.
Lenovo: Focuses on taking value products to the market. The ThinkVision line offers many features at low to midrange prices.
NEC: Known for value and eco-friendly models, ranging in size from desktop to large screen.
Planar: Offers LCD and 3D-ready monitors. Desktop monitors range from 15 to 27-inches.
Samsung: Selection includes a wide variety of consumer and business-oriented models. The monitors are sleek, with an array of features, and are available at different prices for different consumer needs.
ViewSonic: Offers a large variety of monitors for every target customer. Prices run the gamut from budget to expensive.
A note to video viewers: Don’t expect TV images to look as good as they do on your flat-panel TV. Even the best monitors fell short of most LCD TVs, with blacks that weren’t as deep, slight haziness, and some light leakage around the edges of the screens.
Check the viewing angle. Few monitors measure up to the best LCD TVs for viewing from a wide angle. That won’t matter for typical computer use. But if you often share your screen with a crowd, say for viewing slide shows or playing games, you may want to pick a model that experiences less image degradation when viewed at an angle. When comparing specs, the bigger the number the better.
Consider easy adjustments. Virtually all new LCD displays tilt up or down, for a quick adjustment. For extra flexibility, look for a monitor that lets you adjust the height as well. Such models may also be able to rotate 90 degrees, from landscape to portrait mode, which is especially useful for viewing a larger portion of Web pages or text documents.
Also look for conveniently placed controls that adjust contrast, brightness, and other settings. We prefer a dedicated front-positioned contrast/brightness control.
Check for ample connections. Some new monitors feature at least one USB port, which can provide convenient connectivity for peripherals if your computer doesn’t have many USB ports or if accessing those it has is difficult.
Take a shine, or not. Like laptop displays, LCD monitors are showing up with glossy instead of matte-finish screens. The glossy screen can make dark areas of the image appear deeper and less washed out in bright, ambient light. But it can also reflect light-colored objects in the room like a mirror.
Some antireflective surfaces help minimize this problem. View the screen in bright light before buying, if possible.
Look for a long warranty. Many monitors come with a three-year warranty on parts and labor, but others have only one-year coverage. It’s worth looking for the longer coverage, especially if you’re purchasing a more expensive model. Another consideration is the manufacturer’s defective-pixel policy. Some consider a certain number of stuck, dead or hot pixels acceptable, while others will replace a monitor during the warranty period if it has even a single faulty pixel.
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