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The 5 Best Computer Monitors - Fall 2022 Reviews

Best Monitors

It can be hard to choose the right monitor for your needs, as they vary significantly in size, shape, and performance. There are different types of monitors depending on the desired use, and there's no catch-all monitor that is perfect for everyone. However, some monitors are more versatile than others, offering a wide range of features for gamers and office users alike.

We've bought and tested over 250 monitors, and below you'll find our picks for the best monitors available for purchase. If you have a more specific usage in mind, check out our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best office monitors, and the best multimedia monitors.

  1. Best Monitor

    The best monitor we've tested is the Dell Alienware AW3423DW. It's an excellent monitor with a new panel technology known as QD-OLED. This unique monitor delivers incredibly deep blacks, with no distracting blooming around bright objects, making it an excellent choice for dark room viewers. This panel also delivers much brighter colors than most comparable displays, so game and video content look incredibly vivid and realistic.

    It also has a nearly instantaneous response time, so fast motion is incredibly clear, with no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. It makes it an excellent choice for gamers or for watching videos. It also delivers a much better HDR experience than most monitors on the market, rivaling even most TVs. Unfortunately, like all monitors, it isn't without its flaws. It can't get very bright in SDR, so it can't overcome a ton of glare. As long as you have some blinds or curtains to reduce the amount of glare, you won't have any issues.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Monitor

    The best upper mid-range monitor we've tested is the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM. It's a versatile monitor that delivers a very good performance overall. It has good ergonomics, so you can easily adjust it to an ideal viewing position, and it's a solid monitor with great build quality. It has excellent accuracy out of the box, with accurate colors, an incredible color gamut in both SDR and HDR, and proper gamma, making it a great choice for content creators or for watching videos.

    Stepping down from the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, it's not as good for dark room users, as it has a low contrast ratio and disappointing black uniformity. It's a bit brighter than the Dell overall, making it a good choice for bright rooms. It delivers impressive picture quality overall and has a fast response time for gamers. It also supports native G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology, which ensures a nearly tear-free, visually consistent gaming experience even if your PC can't keep up with the monitor's fast refresh rate.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Monitor

    The best mid-range monitor we've tested is the Gigabyte M28U. It's a great 28-inch monitor with a 4k native resolution, delivering incredibly sharp images and crystal clear text. It offers an impressive combination of features for both gamers and office users. It supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, allowing it to take full advantage of the Xbox Series X and PS5, and it has a quick response time with little blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has a built-in keyboard, video, and mouse switch, meaning you can control two separate sources with a single set of input devices.

    It offers similar gaming performance to the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM, but it has a slower refresh rate and worse ergonomics overall, so it's a bit less versatile. It also lacks native G-SYNC support, so it doesn't perform as well at low frame rates. If you want something even larger, it's also available in a 32-inch size, known as the Gigabyte M32U. The larger model offers nearly identical performance, but since the screen is a bit bigger, it's not quite as sharp as the 28-inch model.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Monitor

    The Dell S2722DGM is the best budget monitor we've tested. It's a good monitor for most uses. It has great peak brightness and decent reflection handling, so glare isn't an issue in bright rooms. It also has good contrast, with deep blacks, so it's a good choice for a dark room. It has good accuracy out of the box and a fantastic SDR color gamut, so it's also a good choice for content creators or for watching videos, as you'll enjoy an accurate image out of the box with very few adjustments.

    It's not as feature-packed as most mid-range monitors, like the Gigabyte M28U, and it has worse picture quality overall, but it delivers great gaming performance. It has a fast response time at the max refresh rate, but there's some distracting black smear behind fast-moving objects, especially if they're on a dark background. These issues are fairly common with budget monitors and aren't noticeable with everyday use. However, if you care about gaming performance, it's worth stepping up to a mid-range monitor.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Monitor

    The best cheap monitor we've tested is the HP X24ih. It has a surprisingly good response time, delivering crystal clear motion at the max refresh rate. It also has low input lag, so it's a good choice for esports players looking for something cheap. It also delivers good picture quality with great accuracy out of the box, an excellent SDR color gamut, and excellent gradient handling. It has very good peak brightness and good reflection handling, so you don't have to worry about glare in a bright room.

    It has limited connectivity, and by going with something cheap, you're losing out on advanced connectivity features like built-in USB hubs. It also doesn't have any advanced features for gamers or office users. Like most cheap monitors, it's also not very versatile, as the stand has only basic ergonomic adjustments. Despite these flaws, it's still a good choice if you're looking for something to use for gaming or office use and don't need anything fancy.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG 27GP950-B: The LG 27GP950-B is a great upper mid-range monitor. It's a great alternative to the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM if you're looking for something specifically for gaming, as it offers HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and a higher resolution screen. It's not as versatile as the ASUS, though, as it has disappointing reflection handling, worse ergonomics, and it's not as well-built. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Sep 14, 2022: Restructured the article from a by-usage structure to an overall best of list.

  2. Jun 23, 2022: Restructured the article to better match user expectations. Replaced the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx with the Dell S2721D as the 'Best Budget' pick.

  3. Apr 20, 2022: Completely restructured and expanded our recommendations.

  4. Mar 21, 2022: Replaced the Gigabyte M34WQ with the Dell S3422DWG for consistency with other recommendations; updated Notable Mentions based on the change and market availability.

  5. Feb 23, 2022: Moved the Dell Alienware AW2521H to Notable Mentions and added the Dell S2722QC as '4k Alternative' in the office category for consistency with other recommendations; added the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM and the Dell S2721QS to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best computer monitors currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.

If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.