Best Monitors to buy 2013
Looking for the best monitor to buy? Whether it's gaming, watching TV, or doing work, these are the perfect monitors for your PC or laptop.
Your monitor is one of the most important additions to a PC or laptop, as it’s what your eyes will be staring at all day. However, it’s what is most often neglected. It shouldn't be, especially as you can now get excellent quality monitors for less than £150.
If you can afford a little more, high-resolution 27-inch monitors will cram in the pixels at a fraction of the cost of a 30-inch screen. And if you’re a gamer, you may prefer the fast response time of a TN panel to the superior viewing angles and colour accuracy IPS/PLS generally provides.
When choosing the best monitor possible, the main things to consider are price, size and type. If you just need a good quality monitor for use at home and don't have any specific needs, £150 or less should be enough. A minimum of 24-inches is ideal, though bigger is generally better unless space is limited.
When it comes to type of monitor (i.e. type of LCD panel), use these rules as a general guide:
- TN: Good for gaming but not so good for colours and contrast
- VA: Good for colours and contrast, but only average for viewing angles and motion
- IPS: Good for colors, viewing angles and motion, but contrast typically weaker than VA-based monitors.
With these in mind, our round-up picks out the best monitors from the likes of Samsung, BenQ, Philips and other leading brands to help you make the right choice no matter what your requirements.