Best Computer Monitors in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 4, 2018
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
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
Key Specs

Refresh Rate: 60Hz

Brightness: 250 cd/m²

Static Contrast Ratio: 1000 : 1

Response Time: 8 ms

Viewing Angles: 178°(H)/178°(V)

Interfaces
2x HDMI (MHL), 2x DisplayPort, 1x Mini DisplayPort, 4x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.0 (fast charge), 1x Audio out
Built-in Speakers

No

Warranty
Premium 3 years
PROS

For those equipped with an AMD GPU, the model features FreeSync that syncs the screen refresh rate with the image frame rate. It minimises stutter and ensures flawlessly smooth gameplay and, unlike VSync, it doesn't hinder your performance by reducing the number of frames that you get to work with.

CONS

Doesn't feature an AV input so you won't be able to use it as a TV set with external speakers. 

OUR VERDICT

Samsung S27F350 doesn't necessarily excel at any particular category but it offers a considerable number of the sort of features that you would be hard-pressed to find in any other budget screen. Being of the more versatile options, the model will fit a great variety of different customers.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

27" (22", 24", 32" also available)

Resolution

1920 x 1080

Panel Type

PLS

Key Specs

Refresh Rate: 60Hz

Brightness: 250 cd/m²

Static Contrast Ratio: 1000 : 1

Response Time: 4 ms

Viewing Angles: 178°(H)/178°(V)

Interfaces

1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI

Built-in Speakers

No

Warranty

2 years

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

23" (21.5", 27" also available)

Resolution
1920 х 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
2x HDMI (MHL), 1x DisplayPort, 1x VGA, 1x Headphone out
Built-in Speakers

2 x 2 W

Warranty
3 years
PROS

The SplendidPlus™ Video Intelligence technology automatically adjusts the level of brightness and contrast of the image according to the application you're currently running. Six different modes will allow you to choose the one that fits your needs and preferences. 

CONS

The model's panel features pretty standard for this type of matrix limited viewing angles.

OUR VERDICT

While the model in question isn't necessarily the best option for multimedia purposes, Tn+film matrix and 1 ms of response time make this computer monitor a perfectly suitable choice for competitive gamers in general and fans of the shooting games genre in particular. 

detailed parameters
Screen Size

24"

Resolution

1920 x 1080

Panel Type

TN+film

Key Specs

Refresh Rate: 60Hz

Brightness: 250 cd/m²

Static Contrast Ratio: 1000 : 1

Response Time: 1 ms

Viewing Angles: 170°(H)/160°(V)

Interfaces

1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone jack

Built-in Speakers

No

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The Low Blue Light technology of this monitor is particularly impressive when it comes to filtering out the harmful blue light. The latter and the Flicker-free technology that eliminates flickering at all brightness levels work their magic in order to effectively diminish eye fatigue and irritation that come after hours of staring into a computer screen.

CONS

The package includes only a VGA cable, so you'll have to buy an adapter. 

OUR VERDICT

BenQ GW2470H includes and encompasses just about everything you would want out of a budget computer monitor. The colours are great, the monitor looks sleek and stylish, and it will allow you to engage in a number of activities without drilling a hole in your pocket.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

23.8" (22" also available)

Resolution

1920 x 1080

Panel Type

VA

Key Specs

Refresh Rate: 60Hz

Brightness: 250 cd/m²

Static Contrast Ratio: 3000 : 1

Response Time: 4 ms

Viewing Angles: 178°(H)/178°(V)

Interfaces

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

Built-in Speakers

No

Warranty

2 years

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 Monitor

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 Monitor in the use

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If you need to use several devices simultaneously, you should use a docking station.

Detailed review of Dell UltraSharp IPS LCD Monitor

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Samsung S27F350

Paper Thin

Samsung was always the company to introduce one of the more interesting displays and Samsung S27F350 would certainly fit that ambiguous description. What makes this model so interesting are a couple of specs and a number of different features that you wouldn't really expect to find in such an affordable product. For starters, the computer monitor is ridiculously thin. With 10 mm in depth, the model is about as slender as a ballpoint pen, making it about two times thinner than your average monitor. Add to that the horizontal patterning on the rear panel and you have yourself a stylish, contemporary finish that makes the model look quite sleek in comparison to other Samsung panels.

Though there are plenty of people who would find this monitor to be quite useful, none would be as pleased with the purchase as the owners of AMD graphics cards. Since the model supports AMD's FreeSync technology, those individuals who are equipped with an AMD GPU will be able to utilize the said technology to its full extent. To those who are unfamiliar with the way it works, FreeSync syncs the screen refresh rate with the image frame rate. Unlike VSync (vertical synchronisation), it doesn't lock your frame rate at 60 fps. So, just like the latter, FreeSync minimises stutter and ensures flawlessly smooth gameplay, but it doesn't hinder your performance by reducing the number of frames that you get to work with.

Review of Samsung S27F350 27" PLS HDMI LED Monitor

Good for Your Eyes

A smaller and less significant but still a nice feature that makes this computer monitor even more suitable for gamers is the so-called Game Mode. The mode instantly optimises screen colours and contrast for gaming, meaning that you will be able to experience every scene from your favourite title at its absolute best.

Of course, not everybody enjoys games, but most people still spend hours in front of their monitor screen whether they like it or not. Which is why the folk at Samsung have equipped this model with Saver Mode that reduces blue light emissions. By doing so, they have provided their product with the means to reduce eye fatigue, so you'll be able to work longer hours without overstraining one of the more important parts of your body. That and the Samsung’s Flicker Free technology that minimises distracting screen flicker make the model a much better choice than most other computer monitors in terms of the health concerns.

All in all, the Samsung S27F350 doesn't necessarily excel at any particular category but it offers a considerable number of the sort of features that you would be hard-pressed to find in any other budget screen. Being of the more versatile options, the model will fit a great variety of different customers.

Samsung S27F350 27" PLS HDMI LED Monitor in the use

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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 Monitor

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 Monitor in the use

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

Detailed review of AOC IPS Monitor

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ASUS VS248HR

No Frames Lost

Video games are tools for creating our own worlds and embodying the boldest ideas, which are very improbable to realize in a real world. You can even be in shoes of an operative of some real or fictional special forces unit and carry out extremely complex missions. However, a good gaming experience in such fast-paced titles requires a high-quality gear including a monitor, which makes gaming more immersive and realistic. Now you can have the ASUS VS248HR monitor, which has no problems with visualizing ideas behind any video game and delivering a game mechanics the way it was conceived. The VS248HR gaming monitor is capable of operating with a 75 Hz maximum refresh rate hence your eyes will not perceive flicker related to the changing of the images displayed. Add the minimal pixel response time of 1 millisecond and you will get a comfortable visual experience in any gaming title. With the use of LED backlight for this monitor, the manufacturer implemented the advanced ASCR (ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio) technology that eliminates the need for a manual contrast adjustment as the monitor performs it automatically depending on the images rendered and maintains an optimal contrast level even during long gaming sessions. While the ASUS company selected an optimal combination of the monitor internals it has given due consideration to the connectivity of the device. As the result, the ASUS VS248HR model is furnished with all modern digital video interfaces. This monitor is rather slim and has a reliable base stand that securely holds the whole structure. In addition to the compact design, the monitor offers a high energy efficiency providing a splendid visual experience at low energy cost.

Review of ASUS VS248HR Gaming Monitor

Capable of Performing Any Task

Despite the fact that the ASUS VS248HR model is labeled a gaming monitor it can be successfully used for watching your videos, working with various software applications, viewing photos, etc. You can be sure the ASUS VS248HR to unlock its full potential in terms of visual experience in all these scenarios. The proprietary Splendid Video Intelligence technology allows for an instant adjustment of video parameters according to current task with a dedicated button on the front. To sum up, the ASUS VS248HR is a versatile PC display, which can be configured for any tasks and software environment to deliver a comfortable and high-quality visual experience.

ASUS VS248HR Gaming Monitor in the use

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Detailed review of ASUS VS248HR Gaming Monitor

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BenQ GW2470H

Your Visual Guide

BenQ GW2470H is the type of computer monitor that puts aesthetics and visuals before anything else and we can't really blame the model for that. The manufacturers had a clear goal in mind and we'd say that they executed their goal quite well. In terms of the latter, the people at BenQ were always pretty good at making sure that the colours are up to par and the overall image is about as rich as it could get.

Though it doesn't offer that much in terms of brightness and a couple of other specs that you wouldn't get out of an average monitor, the ridiculously high native static contrast ratio of 3000 to 1 is where the model shines most. With three times the contrast of your standard panel, this computer monitor delivers far more colour depth. On top of that, it adds a certain amount of extra definition to some of the more complex dark images, ensuring outstanding clarity with impressive subtlety.

Of course, the model's contrast ratio adds a lot on its own, but it wouldn't be worth half its value if the display didn't have the colours to work with it. Fortunately, what we have here is a true 8-bit colour display and that means the monitor is capable of rendering 16.7 million colour shades at the same time. So you'll be able to enjoy the sort of silky smooth transitions and outstanding image quality that will make the whole visual experience immersive and authentic.

Review of BenQ GW2470H 23.8" Full HD Widescreen VA LED Monitor

Minimalism is Where It's At

Now, we did mention the aesthetics earlier, and those mostly come from the model's minimalistic design. By getting rid of every unimportant detail and reducing every part to the bare minimum, the manufacturers have been able to design the sort of monitor that perfectly complements your typical modern space. Though we don't feel like there would be that much of a point to describing every element of the said design that contributes to the overall minimalistic look, we would like to highlight the super narrow 1.2-centimetre bezel that essentially seals the deal and serves as the perfect example of that minimalistic approach.

As far as the model's specs and features go, there isn't much to say here since most of it is pretty standard for a budget computer monitor. But we would be remiss not to point out the Low Blue Light technology. And, sure, there are plenty of models that feature similar technologies, but this one is particularly impressive when it comes to filtering out the harmful blue light. The latter and the Flicker-free technology that eliminates flickering at all brightness levels work their magic in order to effectively diminish eye fatigue and irritation that come after hours of staring into a computer screen.

In conclusion, the BenQ GW2470H includes and encompasses just about everything you would want out of a budget computer monitor. The colours are great, the monitor looks sleek and stylish, and it will allow you to engage in a number of activities without drilling a hole in your pocket.

BenQ GW2470H 23.8" Full HD Widescreen VA LED Monitor 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 simplify your choice a bit, we've conducted in-depth research of the market and picked five computer monitors that are most popular with users today. Here you'll find a great selection of cutting-edge PC monitors that should fit a great variety of purposes.

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 a 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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