Best Computer Monitors in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update April 1, 2020
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
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Screen Size
Resolution
Panel Type
Key Specs
Interfaces
Built-in Speakers
Warranty
 
PROS

The model has a response time of 1ms, which means you won't see any glitch while watching powerful fast-paced scenes. Maximum brightness value is 370 cd/m², which means you will feel comfortable even when the environment around you is bright. All the colours look natural due to 100% sRGB coverage.

CONS

The settings menu is a little convoluted. 

OUR VERDICT

The monitor will perfect fit graphic designers and various artists. Moreover, the screen has 8 million pixels, which will help you notice any detail on the image. The split screen features make it great for work and the specs allow the monitor to perform on the gaming front. 

detailed parameters
Screen Size

28"

Resolution

3840 x 2160

Panel Type

TN

Key Specs

Refresh Rate: 60Hz

Brightness: 370 cd/m²

Static Contrast Ratio: 1000 : 1

Response Time: 1 ms

Viewing Angles: 170°(H)/160°(V)

Interfaces

2 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x Headphone jack

Built-in Speakers

No

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The colours do not start looking washed out even when you're shifting the viewing angle. The 7-millimetre bezels will allow you to configure a seamless multi-screen setup. The extra-thin bezels will also make the on-screen visuals more immersive. 

CONS

The stand is not 100% even. 

OUR VERDICT

The ASUS VZ279HE will be able to produce stunning visuals. With eight video preset modes and 4 colour temperature modes, you'll be able to quickly adjust the picture to match different needs. The ASUS Eye Care tech will minimize different damaging ailments to reduce eye strain and make the screen virtually harmless.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

27"

Resolution

1920 x 1080

Panel Type

IPS

Key Specs

Refresh Rate: 60Hz

Brightness: 250 cd/m²

Static Contrast Ratio: 1000 : 1

Response Time: 5 ms

Viewing Angles: 178°(H)/178°(V)

Interfaces

1 x VGA, 2 x HDMI

Built-in Speakers

No

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The dual 5W speakers, tuned by Waves MaxxAudio, are able to produce lifelike, detail, and spacious audio, with quality transience and rumble. The monitor will allow you to easily move between work and play without having to rearrange the cords, all thanks to the built-in dual HDMI connectivity ports.

CONS

The screen is "low haze" but still relatively glossy. 

OUR VERDICT

What we have here is a solid, well-rounded, visually appealing computer monitor with good specs, respectable performance, and streamlined aesthetics. Plus, the model can just as well double as a TV set.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

24"

Resolution

1920 x 1080

Panel Type

IPS

Key Specs

Refresh Rate: 60Hz

Brightness: 250 cd/m²

Static Contrast Ratio: 1000 : 1

Response Time: 5 ms

Viewing Angles: 178°(H)/178°(V)

Interfaces

2 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone jack

Built-in Speakers

2 x 5 W

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The black piano finish is sleek, smooth, and elegant. The glossy bezels are really thin, bringing additional immersion points to the table. The bottom bezel houses easy-access buttons. Using these buttons, you'll be able to quickly and easily fine-tune the colours, brightness, and contrast on the screen. 

CONS

The panel's viewing angles are limited. 

OUR VERDICT

The Dell SE2417HG is up there with the best budget gaming monitors. Its specs won't allow for the most engaging movie experience but they'll prove just right for immersing you in the gameplay and making sure you do not trail behind your online competition.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

24"

Resolution

1920 x 1080

Panel Type

TN+film

Key Specs

Refresh Rate: 60Hz

Brightness: 300 cd/m²

Static Contrast Ratio: 1000 : 1

Response Time: 2 ms

Viewing Angles: 170°(H)/160°(V)

Interfaces

1 x VGA, 2 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone jack

Built-in Speakers

No

Warranty

3 years

PROS

You can adjust the monitor's pivot, height, tilt, stroke, and swivel, so you should be able to position the display where it fits you best. The 6.63-mm wide edge-to-edge bezel allows you to have considerably more workspace at your disposal, so you won't have to rearrange everything on your desk in order to fit the monitor.

CONS

Fixing the monitor to the stand is a difficult and tedious process. 

OUR VERDICT

The BenQ BL2480T is a great minimalistic display that offers both aesthetics and functionality. It isn't the most versatile computer monitor but it is definitely one of the best office/business models in its price range. It will allow you to spend more time in front of a screen with minimal detriment to your eyes. 

detailed parameters
Screen Size

24" (27" also available)

Resolution

1920 x 1080

Panel Type

IPS

Key Specs

Refresh Rate: 60Hz

Brightness: 250 cd/m²

Static Contrast Ratio: 1000 : 1

Response Time: 5 ms

Viewing Angles: 178°(H)/178°(V)

Interfaces

1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x Audio-in, 1 x Headphone jack

Built-in Speakers

2 x 1 W

Warranty

3 years

Samsung U28E590D 28-Inch

Stylish Solution for Your Room

Today, it is difficult to find a cool-looking 4K monitor at a price like of this model. The Samsung U28E590D may look minimalistic and simple, yet at a closer look, the frame appears to be made of metal. One of the most stylish solutions in this model's design would be its stand, which is also made of metal. It's a truly elegant and neat monitor, it will look great on your office desk or in your room at home.

The high quality of any media content displayed on the screen is achieved with a TN panel. It has a response time of 1ms, which means you won't see any glitch while watching powerful fast-paced scenes. Maximum brightness value is 370 cd/m², which means you will feel comfortable even when the environment around you is bright. All the colours look natural due to 100% sRGB coverage. The combination of these specifications would suit the designers and various artists perfectly. Moreover, the screen has 8 million pixels, which will help you notice any detail on the image.

Review of Samsung U28E590D 28-Inch LCD/LED Monitor - Black

Multiple Screens on a Single Screen

Other unique advantages of this Samsung 4K monitor would be two similar features: Picture-By-Picture and Picture-In-Picture 2.0. The first feature allows you to display two screens from different sources simultaneously, one near another. Picture-In-Picture 2.0 is capable of rendering the second window as a much smaller one on top of the first one of the normal size. You could use these features in numerous ways, for example, when you need to google something up while watching a movie.

Due to the Eye Saver Mode and the Flicker-Free feature, you will be able to use the computer for longer periods of time, as your eyes won't start feeling tired right away. What Eye Saver Mode does, is that it decreases the blue colour intensity. It is especially useful for those who spend a lot of time on the Internet, reading or working with text files.

Finally, this model does not support all the existing connection interfaces, though it does support all the necessary ones. Two HDMI 2.0 ports, both of which support 60Hz refresh rate, as well as DisplayPort that will allow you to connect modern media devices, including gaming consoles, players and much more.

Samsung U28E590D 28-Inch LCD/LED Monitor - Black in the use

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ASUS VZ279HE

Frameless Profile

What's great about tech is that the people behind all these devices, gadgets, and machines are always striving towards excellence, so you're able to purchase brilliant products without paying through the nose only because the product's been released 2-3 years ago, even though nothing about this product is even approaching the outdated territory. On that note, let's talk about the ASUS VZ279HE.

Go back no more than 3 years ago and a screen like that would cost you above 300 pounds but, these days, you can buy this model for less than 150 quid. That's pretty ridiculous considering that this is an IPS panel, so the viewing angles are basically unlimited, the colours are accurate and not washed out at all, and the blacks are tremendous, making the darkest scenes haunting-black.

The price's also fairly ridiculous because the ultra-slim profile features bezels that measure only 7 millimetres at the thinnest point, creating this basically frameless outline that enables seamless multi-monitor setups and makes the screen's streamlined design an excellent addition to most modern settings. Plus, with practically non-existent frames, the screen is able to elevate immersion levels, making the on-screen action even more enveloping, engaging, and convincing. The stand is pretty great too, with its ring-like shape making the model even more space-saving and attractive, though that also makes the stand not 100% even, so we'd recommend making sure that the surface is flat and even before placing the monitor.

Review of ASUS VZ279HE 27-Inch Monitor

Covering the Entire sRGB Colour Space

Sure, when you take the specs and the price into account, some sacrifices are inevitable. The model's produced and shipped without speakers, so you won't have immediate backup when the headset/separate speakers that you're using stop working. Also, the ports are limited to one VGA, supporting legacy GPUs and two HDMI inputs, so you cannot insert headphones directly into the monitor.

Still, these flaws are pretty negligible, especially considering the ASUS Eye Care tech lineup that includes effective blue light filters that you can adjust to reduce harmful blue lights and flicker-free facilities that minimise flickering and most damaging ailments.

In addition to eye care, the LED-backlit screen covers the entire sRGB colour space, so the colours will be reproduced authentic enough to aid professional-grade photo and video editing software.

Bottom line, with the ASUS VZ279HE, you can have your cake and eat it too, as long as the proverbial cake you're looking to eat does not include speakers.

ASUS VZ279HE 27-Inch Monitor in the use

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Dell S2419H

Every Detail

With the Dell S2419H, it is just as much about the aesthetics as it is about the model's performance and functionality. "Striking looks", as the people behind the model have so eloquently put it, is really what separates the monitor from every other mid-range screen on the market right now. The practically borderless display will allow you to enjoy every detail of the on-screen beauty without any immersion-breaking borders. Add to that the elegant glossy back cover and you have yourself a monitor that will be perfectly able to complement your desk with its sleek, modern, and chic design.

And it's not like the aforementioned "on-screen beauty" is a huge stretch either. With greater than 99% sRGB colour coverage, the monitor delivers vibrant, rich, and authentic tones and shades, with a deep colour scheme and precise image expression. After all, this is an IPS panel we're talking about here. With these panels, the colour accuracy is always there and the contrast ratio never fails to deliver. The viewing angles are there as well, so the picture never starts to appear washed out when you change the angle.

Review of Dell S2419H 24-inch IPS Monitor (FullHD, 60Hz)

Powerful Speakers

People often don't care whether the monitor comes equipped with speakers or not and, when it does, they just as often sleep on them. We don't blame them though. Way more often than not, these speakers are passable at best. But this isn't the case here.

The dual 5W speakers, tuned by Waves MaxxAudio, are about as powerful and technologically impressive as they come. These speakers are able to produce lifelike, detail, and spacious audio, with quality transience and rumble. With them, you'll be able to enjoy your favourite music, films, and games in a whole new light and you won't have to buy a separate pair of speakers, making the monitor great value for your money.

Nobody likes a bunch of cords tangling around here and there. With this model, you won't have to worry about that. It will allow you to easily move between work and play without having to rearrange the cords, all thanks to the built-in dual HDMI connectivity ports.

No quality modern-day desktop monitor is complete without eye-care tech. Here, the tech is represented by ComfortView, a flicker-free feature that works wonders filtering out harmful blue light emissions. You'll be able to spend more time in front of the monitor without experiencing significant eye fatigue.

With all that in mind, what we have here is a solid, well-rounded, visually appealing computer monitor with good specs, respectable performance, and streamlined aesthetics. Plus, the model can just as well double as a TV set.

Dell S2419H 24-inch IPS Monitor (FullHD, 60Hz) in the use

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Dell SE2417HG

Reduced Transition Time Deviation

The Dell SE2417HG is an affordable gaming monitor first and foremost. The product's biggest strength is its weakest point too. The TN+film panel is pretty much the reason the model's able to feature excellent specs at this budget price point. At the same time, this matrix is flawed. The colour reproduction isn't necessarily impressive compared to its IPS and VA counterparts. The viewing angles are really limited compared to IPS panels. The contrast ratio is pretty bad.

On the other hand, the maximum available brightness is much higher compared to every other product on this list. The 2ms response time is pretty ridiculous for a below 100-quid computer monitor and is exactly what makes the model so great for budget gaming purposes. That reduced deviation in the transition time means that the moving images in games will appear much more smooth and overall impressive.

The full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution is the perfect fit for the model's 24-inch panel. You'll be able to enjoy crisp visuals and detailed imagery. The clarity will be there too, despite the not-so-vibrant colours.

The matte screen works wonders minimising reflections from indoor lighting, making sure that you're able to enjoy quality gaming time in pretty much any environment (lighting-wise, naturally).

Review of Dell SE2417HG Gaming LCD Monitor

Smooth and Elegant

The model's performance is pretty impressive (again, keeping the very much affordable price tag in mind) but the looks/build here are nothing to complain about too. The black piano finish is sleek, smooth, and elegant. The glossy bezels are really thin, bringing additional immersion points to the table. The bottom bezel houses easy-access buttons. Using these buttons, you'll be able to fine-tune the colours, brightness, and contrast on the screen.  The robust stand doesn't just keep the computer monitor stable but also adds to the overall appearance, making the model's overall profile sleek and modern. Plus, you can tilt the stand 5 degrees forward and 21 inches backward, so it is not as rigid as these budget stands usually are.

On the interface front, we can really appreciate the 2 HDMI ports. You'll be able to seamlessly switch between work and play. With 2 available HDMI ports, you can always keep your essentials plugged in and ready to go.

To piece it all together, the Dell SE2417HG is up there with the best budget gaming monitors. Its specs won't allow for the most engaging movie experience but they'll prove just right for immersing you in the gameplay and making sure you do not trail behind your online competition.

Dell SE2417HG Gaming LCD Monitor in the use

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BenQ BL2480T

Ergonomically Sound

One thing we can say about BenQ is that they seldom fail to identify the needs of their customers and come up with a fitting solution. Take the BenQ BL2480T, for instance. They market it as a business monitor and, of course, it isn't because the monitor can't be used for anything else. On the contrary, the model in question delivers in a variety of aspects and is a pretty good overall screen no matter how you slice it. No, it is because there are certain demands that an office/business monitor has to meet and we'd say that the BenQ BL2480T does a pretty good job of that.

Office monitors have to be ergonomic above anything else, ergonomic enough to be comfortable and convenient for any user who spends 8 hours a day staring at it. With this screen, you shouldn't have any issues achieving that. You can adjust its pivot, height, tilt, stroke, and swivel, so you should be able to position the display where it fits you best.

Admittedly, you may have a hard time fixing the monitor to the stand, and we don't know if it is an issue with the monitor, stand, or both. But once you get that out of the way, it will be easy to make this screen fit your needs and preferences.

Another part that makes this model such an ergonomically sound option is the slick frameless design. The 6.63-mm wide edge-to-edge bezel allows you to have considerably more workspace at your disposal, so you won't have to rearrange everything on your desk in order to fit the monitor.

Review of BenQ BL2480T 24-inch IPS Monitor (FullHd, 83Hz)

Less Detriment to Your Eyes

Having said all of that, this is still a computer monitor, so ergonomics alone would not have gotten it very far. But, like we've said earlier, it isn't like the model has nothing else to offer. One aspect of this screen that makes it equally suitable for a variety of applications is the Eye Care technology. Under this umbrella term hides Brightness Intelligence, Low Blue Light, and Flicker-Free, the familiar to many arrange of technologies that minimise the harmful blue light, reduce flickering, and customise the amount of green and red displayed on the screen. All of these technologies help reduce the strain on your eyes and allow you to spend more time in front of your screen without as big of a detriment to your health.

Panel-wise, there isn't that much to discuss here. What you get is a pretty standard IPS 1080p full HD display, with the usual IPS quality of colour reproduction, great viewing angles, solid maximum brightness, and decent contrast.

In short, the BenQ BL2480T is a great minimalistic display that offers both aesthetics and functionality. It isn't the most versatile computer monitor but it is definitely one of the best office/business screens in its price range. It will allow you to spend more time in front of a screen with less of a detriment to your eyes.

BenQ BL2480T 24-inch IPS Monitor (FullHd, 83Hz) in the use

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What Is a Computer Monitor?

A computer monitor is a hardware peripheral that displays images or videos produced by the computer's graphics card (also called GPU). Computer monitors differ by many parameters, so the choice of the right device may be quite tricky. To make it a tad easier for you, we have thoroughly scoured the consumer electronics market and picked five computer monitors that should be able to satisfy your needs and preferences. Some of these monitors will be great for gaming purposes. Some of the monitors are better suited for office applications. Certain monitors will prove a better choice for streaming multimedia content. And, of course, some models are more balanced than others, so you don't have to settle for some singular-purpose device if you don't want to. Everything from the monitor's specs to the size of the panel will help you determine their primary application and help you make the right choice.

It is typical of many monitors that their built-in speakers produce quite a mediocre sound and lack power. If it's the case, it won't hurt to purchase an additional set of speakers. And if your job or hobby involves a lot of typing, make sure to acquire an ergonomic keyboard.

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 film 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 the 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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