Best Monitors 2015 Round-up
Looking for the best monitor money can buy? Whether it's for gaming or being productive at work we've reviewed dozens of monitors and picked the best monitors on the market, based on price, screen quality and size.
Our list includes our pick of the best 4K monitor for professionals, the best cheap monitor and best gaming monitor, the best monitor for films and the best office monitors. We've also included the best TV monitor if you need a TV and monitor in one for your bedroom and the best 4K gaming monitor.
Hit the 'Next' arrow above to see our first monitor, select your preferred option from the list below or read on to find out what you should be looking for when buying a top monitor:
Best 24-inch 4K Monitor | Dell UP2414Q
Best Cheap Gaming Monitor | Samsung S24D590PL
Best Cheap Monitor | BenQ GL2450
Best 24-inch Office Monitor | Samsung S24C650
Best TV Monitor | LG 27MT93
Best Monitor for Films | BenQ GW2760HS
Best 27-inch Monitor | Viewsonic VP2772
Best 30-inch Monitor | Dell UP3014Q
Best 4K Gaming Monitor | Asus PB287Q
Best 30-inch Office Monitor | Samsung S32D850T NEW ENTRY
Best Professional Monitor | Samsung UD970 NEW ENTRY
Best 40-inch Monitor | Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC NEW ENTRY
Last updated: 16/02/2015
Best Monitors: Buying Advice
A monitor is one of the most important additions to any PC or laptop. It’s what your eyes will be glued on all day. However, it’s also what is most often neglected. This needn't be the case, especially as you can now get excellent quality monitors for less than £150.
If you can afford to spend 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 that 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 desk space is limited. If you're a designer or video editor then colour accuracy and a high resolution may also be important. We test a range of monitor features using specialised tools to find out how well these displays stack up.
When it comes to type of monitor panel used, 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 colours, viewing angles and motion, but contrast typically weaker than VA-based monitors
If you've got a question, just let us know in the comments section.