Best Computer Monitors in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 16, 2017
Any personal computer requires a monitor and if you want to enjoy watching videos, editing images, or browsing your favourite websites, you should pick a really fantastic display. Read our cutting-edge PC monitor review and make the right choice! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
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OUR VERDICT
Screen Size
Resolution
Panel Type
Interfaces
Response Time
Warranty
 
PROS
You can fully adjust the position of this computer monitor to your own preferences: you can choose the height as well as tilt, and even pivot the unit within 90 degrees. The bezel is really thin - just a bit more than 6 mm. This PC monitor has a handy USB hub for connecting peripherals.
CONS
This computer monitor shows rather slow responsiveness of the panel, though it's important for PC games only.
OUR VERDICT
This is an excellent computer monitor for working with graphics and drawings, so it's suitable for designers. You can use this Dell individually or in combo with another PC monitor.
detailed parameters
Screen Size
23.8"
Resolution
1920 х 1080
Panel Type
IPS
Interfaces
2x HDMI (MHL), 2x DisplayPort, 1x Mini DisplayPort, 4x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.0 (fast charge), 1x Audio out
Response Time
8 ms
Warranty
Premium 3 years
PROS
The Magic Upscale technology enhances the quality of low-resolution textures so that you can always enjoy the best picture.
CONS
The stand of this computer monitor is quite thin, so you should put it on a flat surface.
OUR VERDICT

The Samsung computer monitor is one of the market leaders in terms of picture quality thanks to its amazing PLS panel. Fantastic device for everything: work, games, videos, etc.

detailed parameters
Screen Size
27", 24", 22"
Resolution
1920 х 1080
Panel Type
PLS
Interfaces
1x VGA, 1x HDMI, 1x Headphone out
Response Time
4 ms
Warranty
1 year
PROS
This PC monitor has MHL support which allows you to stream videos from mobile gadgets (Android-based). Built-in speakers.
CONS
The speakers are good for games but they are way too simple for high-quality music playback.
OUR VERDICT

This AOC computer monitor offers an amazing set of features for quite a good price. The unit delivers an excellent image quality, so it's a great choice for home use. A VESA mount allows you to attach the monitor to a wall.

detailed parameters
Screen Size
27", 23", 21.5"
Resolution
1920 х 1080
Panel Type
IPS
Interfaces
2x HDMI (MHL), 1x DisplayPort, 1x VGA, 1x Headphone out
Response Time
5 ms
Warranty
3 years
PROS
It's a really affordable computer monitor available in a huge variety of screen sizes. A VESA mount (100x100mm) allows you to hang the unit on a wall.
CONS
No HDMI connectivity, so you can't transfer a digital signal to this monitor.
OUR VERDICT

The ASUS PC monitor combines a relatively high image quality and quite an attractive price. It's a great PC monitor for working with different documents and office software.

detailed parameters
Screen Size
27", 23,6", 21.5", 19.5", 18.5"
Resolution
1920 х 1080
Panel Type
TN
Interfaces
1x VGA
Response Time
5 ms
Warranty
3 years
PROS
This computer monitor boasts the best response time among its competitors. Also, it's got a couple of built-in speakers. There are 2 adjustable image profiles for your convenience.
CONS
No height and tilt adjustment.
OUR VERDICT
This is a great computer monitor for gamers: a large screen, responsive panel for the best image quality possible, and 2 speakers (4W each).
detailed parameters
Screen Size
24''
Resolution
1920 х 1080
Panel Type
TN
Interfaces
2x HDMI, 1x DVI-D, 1x 3.5mm Audio out, 1x 3.5mm Line in
Response Time
1 ms
Warranty
3 years

What is a Computer Monitor

Computer monitors differ by many parameters so the choice of the right device isn't that easy. In this review, we are going to tell you about the 5 best computer monitors so that you can easily choose the one for your PC. A computer monitor is a hardware peripheral that displays images or videos produced by the computer's graphics card (also called GPU). Therefore, you need to have a cutting-edge PC monitor to get the best image quality.

Don't forget that a PC requires quite a lot of additional peripherals, so, please, pay your attention to computer speakers in order to enjoy the best sound. Also, if you are going to type a lot, having an ergonomic keyboard will be an advantage.

What Features to Compare

Today, the majority of computer monitors have displays based on so-called liquid crystals, so they are really thin. Older LCD monitors have recently been replaced by the cutting-edge LED ones. There are several parameters you need to take into account when choosing an LED-backlit computer monitor.

Screen Size

The first thing you should pick is the screen size which is measured in inches. No need to say, it's much more comfortable to watch films, play video games, render images, etc on a large display. However, large monitors require a more powerful graphics card and if your PC is rather outdated and get a brand-new 24-inch monitor - the whole system will not run well. Smaller PC displays are better in terms of price and they can be used with older hardware - in this case, you can choose an 18-inch or 19-inch computer monitor. For gamers and films fans, we recommend picking large 27-inch LED monitors.

Resolution

The next thing to pay attention to is the resolution of a monitor for PC - it is a total number of dots (or pixels) on the surface of the screen. The more of them an LED monitor has, the better image you will get. In all, you must choose the PC monitors that support the Full HD resolution (1920x1080 pixels) and higher. The advantage is obvious - you can open several windows and work with them without any inconveniences. For example, if your monitor for PC supports the resolution of 2560x1440p, you can open with 4 windows on your desktop. The most common types of resolution are 1366x768p, 1920x1080p, and 2560x1440p.

Image Quality

Also, you should think of image quality a computer monitor provides. It depends on the panel type a screen has. There are 2 most widespread panel technologies: TN and IPS. A TN panel is the most affordable one and it is the best for using a computer at home or at work. However, if you are a professional user who needs to work with graphics, you had better choose a monitor that has an IPS or MVA panels. They provide a far better image quality than a TN technology - the image is bright and vivid. Also, the viewing angles of an IPS panel are far superior to a TN. For instance, a usual IPS has viewing angles of 178/178 degrees and the maximal brightness of 270 cd./sq. m.

Interfaces

Finally, consider all the interfaces every PC monitor offers; in other words, look at the ports and slots it has. There are several essential interfaces any decent computer monitor should have. A DVI slot is usually used to connect large monitors and it provides good and clear image quality. An HDMI serves to transfer a digital video and multi-channel audio signal. A VGA is the only analogue interface for PC monitors and the only disadvantage of this type of connection is a deterioration of picture quality if you connect a digital device. Also, a USB (video) connection is important - a PC monitor can display videos from an external drive through this connection. Summing up, DVI and HDMI are the most important connectivity options to be taken into account.

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Dell UltraSharp IPS LCD

Picture Without Limits

A conventional computer monitor is just a peripheral for displaying the visual content to a user. But Dell UltraSharp is a lot more versatile than that. This monitor for PC is not just thin (6.05 mm) but also has tiny bezels. So, the picture you see looks bigger than it is in reality. Moreover, the image quality is fantastic! No matter whether you are watching a video or viewing photos - the image will always be detailed and with natural colours. The secret is simple - a high-end AH-IPS panel. The advantages of this panel technology are obvious - the viewing angles are so wide that the picture doesn't deteriorate regardless of the place you look at the monitor from. The colours are accurate, rich, saturated, and bright, so this computer monitor from Dell is suitable for professionals who create and process graphics as well as for amateurs who just want to enjoy natural colours for watching films, browsing the web, or playing games. If you wish some tech specs, here they are - the Dell computer monitor supports sRGB and Adobe RGB colour standards. As for the maximum resolution supported by this monitor for PC, it's 1920x1080 pixels or, in other words, Full HD. Therefore, you can play all modern PC games at the highest quality settings and watch Full HD films.

Review of Dell UltraSharp IPS LCD

Excellent Customisation and Connectivity

The Dell UltraSharp computer monitor is unique due to its amazing adjustability. Apart from tilting supported by multiple devices, this monitor for PC allows adjusting the height and even pivoting the screen (90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise). Therefore, you can adjust this monitor for PC for your maximum convenience. Of course, this device from Dell offers all the necessary connectivity interfaces. However, we should mention that the device supports digital video outputs only. Dell engineers decided not to install an obsolete analogue D-sub port. Thus, you can connect this monitor for PC to a base unit or a laptop via DVI, HDMI or, which is a major advantage, Mini Display Port that allows connecting it to Apple computers. It's known that Apple devices are very popular with graphic designers who can use Dell U2414H as an auxiliary monitor. This computer monitor has a convenient USB hub for connecting flash drives and other devices through this port. We would also like to note the availability of the MHL port that combines HDMI and microUSB and allows you to connect this monitor to mobile devices.

Dell UltraSharp IPS LCD in the use

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Dell UltraSharp IPS LCD
Dell UltraSharp IPS LCD
 

Samsung LED PLS HDMI

Striking Features

There is no overestimation when we say 'brilliant' about the Samsung S27E391HL computer monitor. The device has an elegant eye-catching design and boasts a fantastic image quality. The screen size of 27'' makes this model utterly convenient for work and entertainment. Samsungs uses its own PLS panel known for the superior image quality it provides. The colours are naturally bright and vivid, so this monitor for PC gives you a feeling of involvement in what you see on the screen. Needless to say, the viewing angles are perfect - 178°/178° - and you see an accurate picture no matter what angle you look at the monitor at. Moreover, the PLS panel ensures high brightness - 300 cd/m², allowing you to use the monitor even in the sun.

Review of Samsung LED PLS HDMI Monitor

Tech Capabilities for Amateurs and Professionals

Samsung is one of the leading manufacturers of high-tech products in the world and this company is known for the introduction of innovative technologies, playing the first fiddle for a multitude of competing manufacturers. The computer monitor in our review is a truly decent product that combines an elegant design and impressive functionality. This unit is great for literally any user. For example, if you like playing PC games, you will surely like the Game Mode that automatically adjusts the contrast and colour reproduction, making it possible to see the objects even on a dark background. If you need to stream the picture from your laptop, for example, you will find the Magic Upscale technology amazingly useful. It enhances image quality to deliver vivid and natural colours. As for connectivity, this Samsung computer monitor includes two ports - a digital HDMI and an analogue D-sub.

Samsung LED PLS HDMI Monitor in the use

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If the sound volume of your factory monitor speakers isn't enough for you, consider pairing your monitor with the set of additional speakers

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Samsung LED PLS HDMI
Samsung LED PLS HDMI
 

AOC IPS

Encompassing the Best

The AOC company encompassed all of the most cutting-edge technologies in its new I2369VM computer monitor which is suitable for work and entertainment. Annually, the company sells around 1 million computer monitors in Europe and about 15 million units worldwide. These numbers show that AOC knows the market well and produces really decent devices. First of all, we would like to highlight an IPS panel (AH-IPS to be more precise) of this monitor for PC; it ensures a fantastic colour accuracy and extra-wide viewing angles (178°/178°). The 23'' panel has a W-LED backlighting and supports the maximum resolution of 1920x1080 pixels (the pixel density is 96 PPI). The monitor for PC has a really thin bezel, making the device look rather stylish. Some PC gamers don't like IPS panels for a relatively high response time but the one used in this AOC computer monitor shows 5 ms, making this device quite a good choice for playing games.

Review of AOC IPS

Impressive Functionality for a Good Price

Many manufacturers have already stopped using an analogue D-Sub connection port on their brand-new computer monitors. Yet, what if it's the only option to connect a monitor to a base unit? It's, actually, the reason why many people keep using outdated monitors... That's why AOC engineers have equipped this computer monitor with modern digital connection interfaces such as HDMI and DVI as well as with an analogue D-Sub interface. That's why you can connect this device to nearly any computer or laptop. Moreover, you can stream the picture from your smartphone, tablet or any other mobile device to this monitor via MHL port. If you use Apple gadgets, you can connect them to the AOC I2369VM through DisplayPort. We would also like to mention the VESA mount support (75x75) that allows you to attach the device to a wall and save space. Finally, this AOC computer monitor has built-in speakers so you don't need to buy them separately. As you can see, this computer monitor is an example of amazing quality and functionality at a really attractive price.

AOC IPS in the use

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We recommend using a monitor stand bracket with a tilt/swivel adjustment.

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AOC IPS
AOC IPS
 

ASUS Widescreen Full HD LED

True Workhorse

If you wish to use an affordable computer monitor with decent image quality parameters, this ASUS VS228DE is a truly reasonable price. This monitor for PC is simple but it allows you to watch films, view images, browse the web, create documents, and play games. For example, the maximum resolution supported by the monitor is 1920x1080 pixels, i.e. Full HD. Thus, you can enjoy your favourite films in the best quality possible. This ASUS computer monitor has a TN+Film panel which is affordable but delivers the image quality sufficient for professional use and entertainment needs. We would like to once again remind you that this panel type is very responsive, making it perfect for playing computer games. Of course, this wallet-friendly computer monitor has a mercury-free LED backlighting which is energy-efficient and delivers a true-to-life image quality.

Review of ASUS Widescreen Full HD LED

Simple, Yet Technologically Advanced

ASUS is one of the leading high-tech companies and so any unit produced by this manufacturer keeps up with the latest technologies. So, an affordable price doesn't mean obsolete hardware. On the contrary, ASUS values its reputation and strives to meet its customers' needs. A reasonable price for this computer monitor means a TN panel is used but ASUS engineers have developed the Smart View technology that adjusts the colour parameters so that you can enjoy the best image quality regardless of the viewing position. As a result, you will be able to watch a film without any distortions of the picture when you are seated on your sofa. There are some other technologies for image quality enhancement - ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio and Splendid Video Intelligence. The first one automatically adjusts the contrast of the backlighting. The second one optimizes the image quality in one of the available modes (standard, scenery, theater, sRGB, game, and night view). You can select any of them with the help of a hotkey.

ASUS Widescreen Full HD LED in the use

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If you wish to use this ASUS computer monitor with Apple devices, you need to use a DisplayPort to VGA adapter.

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ASUS Widescreen Full HD LED
ASUS Widescreen Full HD LED
 

BenQ/Zowie RL2455

Immerse in the World of Lifelike Gaming

This BenQ computer monitor will be appreciated primarily by gamers. The device delivers a bright and detailed picture so that you can enjoy every single PC game you play. BenQ monitor is a great choice for amateur and experienced game players. You might ask why it is so. First of all, this computer boasts an astounding contrast ratio of 12,000,000:1! The monitor uses so-called Black eQualizer technology created specifically for gamers. Have you ever faced a situation when you got killed due to poor visibility? You most certainly have! Overly dark scenes are brightened up so that you can spot enemies and react instantaneously. Thanks to this amazing technology, playing a shooter game turns into a real pleasure. Yet, this technology isn't the only advantage of this screen - the RTS mode which automatically fine-tunes your monitor and enhances the image quality. Thanks to RTS and Black eQualizer, the visibility is always perfect. Needless to say, it's a great advantage in any PC game, a secret weapon that will bring you a victory.

Review of BenQ/Zowie RL2455

Caring About User's Convenience

Eye fatigue has been a real problem for everybody spending hours in front of a computer monitor. No matter what exactly you do on your computer - type documents, browse the Internet, play games, your eyes get tired fairly quickly. It results in a gradual deterioration of eyesight. Therefore, the best manufacturers of computer monitors have done a lot of research to make their devices eyesight-friendlier. The BenQ ZOWIE RL4255 boasts the outstanding Flicker-free technology. A conventional LCD screen flickers (~200 times per second) - it's invisible to a human eye but this flickering causes eye strain. That's why this BenQ computer monitor is a great choice for blue collar workers and gamers! Your eyes will be exposed to much less strain than in case you use a different LCD screen. We would also like to mention that despite having a TN+Film panel, this monitor for PC has quite wide viewing angles - 170° horizontally and 160° vertically. The TN+Film panel shows excellent responsiveness - just 1 ms, so the picture is always detailed and blur-free.

BenQ/Zowie RL2455 in the use

More Products to Consider

Lots of people have a clear understanding of how important a base unit and a monitor are but they tend to underestimate the importance of peripherals, particularly of a keyboard. That's why we recommend using a gaming keyboard.

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BenQ/Zowie RL2455
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