1st Place: NEC MultiSync LCD3090WQXi
At £1,500, this monitor is strictly for the professionals out there: but what a monitor! Based on a premium S-IPS panel its headline feature is, without doubt, its 97.8 per cent AdobeRGB colour gamut. This, you should know, is a damn sight more demanding than the NTSC colour space that manufacturers often use in their specs.
As a result the NEC delivers unparalleled colour fidelity and you can even match the calibration settings of one screen to another, by linking them up via USB - ideal for anyone rolling out multiple monitors in a department. Things are rounded off by a superbly intuitive OSD, all the adjustability you can think off short of levitation and build quality that's difficult to match.
2nd Place: ViewSonic VX2260wm
Truth be told the PC display market has been pretty stagnant of late, but one development that's given us cheer is the slow move towards 16:9 ratio screens and particularly Full HD capable 22in displays. First among those was the Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS, but it has since been usurped by Viewsonic's effort, the VX2260wm.
Not only is it a very attractive unit, but it adds important features like triple inputs (VGA, DVI & HDMI) as well as audio pass through. This makes it ideal for anyone in need of a compact monitor for gaming, while the 1,920 x 1,080 resolution also means plenty of desktop space. Even better, all of this comes at a price of below £170; making it great value, too.
3rd Place: LG Flatron L206WU
DisplayLink was one of the great technological developments of last year and this year LG delivered one of the better implementations with this 20in widescreen effort.
Sporting a very funky gloss black and matte white appearance, it joined DisplayLink support with all the usual monitor features and a highly adjustable stand featuring prodigious height adjustment, pivot and swivel.
Image quality was also very good for a TN based display and at just over £200 it won't break the bank either, making this a great option for anyone using a notebook with no digital video output.