Best PC Monitor

1st Place: HP LP2475w

It might not have gone down in price much since its introduction, but HP's 24in IPS-based LP2475w was a bargain when it came out and still is, fully deserving its 10/10 score and Editor's Choice Award.

What you get for your £420-odd is a display for which the feature-list reads like a dream: a fully-adjustable stand offering tilt, swivel and pivot as well as generous height-adjustment; a sturdy and matt-finish chassis; an extensive OSD offering a range of professional options and more connectivity than you can shake a stick at (including a six-port USB hub, HDMI, DisplayPort, twin DVIs and component, plus the rare touch of a digital audio output to send your console audio to an external system).

Of course the highlight of the show is the 24in, 1,920 x 1,200 S-IPS panel, which, until this monitor's debut was unheard of in a display this affordable. It offers excellent colour fidelity, contrast and viewing angles, and with relatively fast response times it's great at anything from gaming to demanding graphics work. If you've ever wanted a top-class PC monitor that won't break the bank and which you can also hook your consoles up to, look no further.

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2nd Place: HP DreamColor LP2480zx

If you're a graphics professional or money is no object, HP's DreamColor LP2480zx is a very enticing proposition. HP was really on a roll this year where monitors are concerned, and this was another 10/10 Editor's Choice Award winner.

Quite simply, it's the best 24in monitor on the market, offering excellent build quality, flawless ergonomics and adjustability, brilliant controls and a huge range of connectivity including DisplayPort and HDMI V1.3. The panel itself is a 30-bit 1,920 x 1,200 S-IPS affair with RGB LED backlighting supporting resolutions up to 2,048 x 1,200, and its image quality is breathtaking - from deep blacks to perfect colours and viewing angles. Only it's astronomical price and niche appeal prevent it from besting its cheaper cousin.

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3rd Place: Eizo Foris FX2431

Eizo's foray into the gaming and multimedia market, the reassuringly expensive 24in Eizo Foris FX2431, combines excellent image quality with great build-quality and extensive connectivity. It includes a few unique touches that our other winners lack, such as a good remote, multiple audio in and outputs complemented by decent integrated speakers, and USB KVM-switching functionality.

Basically, if you're looking for a multi-purpose display with the convenience of a television but the ability to do some graphical work in between the fun and games, this is the monitor for you.

Read the full review of the Eizo Foris FX2431

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