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The 5 Best Monitors - Spring 2024 Reviews

Best Monitors

When looking for a new PC monitor, deciding exactly where to start searching can be difficult. Many different types of monitors are available with various sizes, resolutions, panel types, and refresh rates, so buying a new monitor isn't a straightforward process, and there's no perfect solution for everyone. While most people would be happy with basic monitors that are good enough for everyday use, there are plenty of options that offer extra perks for different uses.

The best PC monitors are usually focused on gaming but also provide high-end picture quality, so they're versatile, and you can use them for anything from gaming to simply browsing the web. You can also consider well-rounded budget monitors if you don't want to spend a lot, but those tend to have worse picture quality and fewer features than higher-end models. On top of that, some monitors are designed for specific uses, like those for gaming, office work, or content creation, so it's important to think about how you'll use it. If you aren't sure what to look for in a monitor, or if the marketing terms confuse you, check out our monitor guides.

We've bought and tested over 310 monitors, and below, you'll find our picks for the best computer monitors available to buy. If you have a more specific usage in mind, check out our recommendations for the best photo editing monitors, the best 4k HDR monitors, and the best displays for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. You can also see all our monitor recommendations.

Note: We recently published our Test Bench 2.0, and we're updating our reviews to this new test bench. As such, it may seem that two similar monitors have wildly different scores, but scores aren't comparable between different test benches.

  1. Best Monitor

    The best monitor we've tested is the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx. It's an excellent monitor that isn't the absolute best at one specific usage, but rather, it's versatile and great for many different usages, making it a jack-of-all-trades monitor. It has features for gaming and productivity, meaning you can easily use it for your at-home work setup and then game with it once you're done working. You can adjust the stand in many different ways, and its wide viewing angles keep the image consistent from the sides, which is ideal if you need to share your screen with others. It also has a 4k, 27-inch screen with sharp text clarity, and there's enough space for you to open two windows side by side.

    The Acer delivers excellent picture quality thanks to its Mini LED backlighting and decent local dimming feature that helps it display deep blacks in dark rooms. It also gets bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR, which is ideal for watching content or gaming. Speaking of which, it provides a good overall gaming experience as fast-moving objects look sharp, and it also has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth to take full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.

    See our review

  2. Best Gaming Monitor

    While a high-end monitor like the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx is good for gaming, if you want the best gaming performance, the Dell Alienware AW3225QF is even better. It's a unique monitor with premium specs, and you can get it directly through Dell's website. It's a 4k, 240Hz QD-OLED monitor that combines its outstanding gaming performance with exceptional picture quality. Its high 240Hz refresh rate is ideal for competitive gaming, and it can also take full advantage of modern graphics cards and consoles thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. On top of that, it has a near-instantaneous response time at any refresh rate, leading to sharp motion.

    Its QD-OLED panel is ideal for dark room gaming, especially if you play HDR games. It displays deep and inky blacks without any blooming and gets bright enough for highlights to pop. It isn't the only QD-OLED gaming monitor you can get, as the Dell Alienware AW2725DF is another option with an even higher 360Hz refresh rate and 1440p resolution, but it has fewer features like the lack of HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so the AW3225QF is the better option for most gamers.

    See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors.

    See our review

  3. Best Office Monitor

    If you want something for office work and don't need gaming features like on the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx or the Dell Alienware AW3225QF, check out the Dell U2723QE. It has a 4k, 27-inch screen like the Acer, and while it has worse picture quality, which doesn't make a big difference for office work anyway, it has a bunch of productivity features. It has a massive USB hub with five USB-A ports and three USB-C ports, making it very easy to connect different devices. One of the USB-C ports supports DisplayPort Alt Mode with 90W of power delivery, so you can connect a laptop and charge it with a single cable.

    Another advantage is that it has a KVM switch, which is ideal for connecting two computers to the monitor. It's even a great choice if your work requires accurate colors, like if you're a content creator, thanks to its accurate sRGB mode and wide color gamut. However, if you find this monitor too expensive, you can get other lower-cost 4k displays with fewer features, like the Dell S2722QC or the Dell S2721QS, which don't even have a USB hub.

    See our recommendations for the best office monitors.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Monitor

    If you're looking for a multi-use monitor like the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx but are on a budget, take a look at the AOC Q27G3XMN. It has a lower resolution display than the Acer, so text and images don't look as sharp, and it has far worse viewing angles, so it doesn't work as well for sharing work with a colleague. However, otherwise the two monitors are very comparable.

    Like the Acer, it has outstanding ergonomics, so you can adjust it to your preferred position for a long work or gaming session. It also displays vivid and rich colors in HDR, with highlights that truly pop, so HDR games and videos appear life-like. Additionally, deep blacks are visible on the AOC in both SDR and HDR, so it's excellent if you're using it in a darker room. If you're a gamer, you'll also be happy with the AOC, as fast-moving objects look quite crisp on its display.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Monitor

    If you don't want to spend a lot of money on a high-end monitor, you can still get some versatile options for a cheap price. A great example of this is the Dell G2724D, which you can buy directly through Dell's website. However, it has considerably worse image quality than the AOC Q27G3XMN, and it doesn't get bright enough for highlights to pop in HDR, so deep blacks look gray in a dark room. Additionally, HDR colors look far less vivid and rich on the Dell. However, this is what you have to expect given how much less it costs.

    However, the Dell is still a great monitor. It gets bright enough to easily overcome glare in a bright room, and it's extremely accurate before calibration, so it's a good choice if you're photo or video editing on a budget. Additionally, fast-moving objects look crisp, so it works well for gaming. Finally, it displays a consistent image if someone is viewing the screen from the side, so it's great for sharing work with colleagues.

    Also, see our recommendations for the best budget and cheap monitors.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Gigabyte M27U: The Gigabyte M27U is a cheaper alternative to the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx if you don't need as many high-end features, but it has worse picture quality. See our review
  • Dell Alienware AW3423DWF: The Dell Alienware AW3423DWF is a QD-OLED like the Dell Alienware AW3225QF, so it has the same outstanding picture quality and motion handling but a lower resolution and refresh rate. See our review
  • LG 27GP850-B/27GP83B-B: The LG 27GP850-B/27GP83B-B is an alternative to the Dell G2724D. The LG costs more, though it has backlight strobing to reduce persistence blur. See our review
  • ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV: The ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV is similar to the Dell U2723QE, and you can often find it for less, but it has fewer features as it lacks a KVM switch. See our review
  • Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85: The Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 is a great 4k, 240Hz gaming monitor that doesn't have the same risk of burn-in as the Dell Alienware AW3225QF but has worse motion handling. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 22, 2024: Replaced the Gigabyte M27Q (rev. 2.0) with the AOC Q27G3XMN as 'Best Budget,' as the AOC has better image quality. Replaced the ASUS VG246H with the Dell G2724D as 'Best Cheap,' as it has a higher resolution. Removed the 'Best Budget Gaming' category, as the AOC Q27G3XMN is also the best budget gaming monitor.

  2. Apr 24, 2024: Replaced the Dell G2724D with the Gigabyte M27Q (rev. 2.0) because the Gigabyte is easier to find. Added the ASUS VG246H as the 'Best Cheap' pick for consistency with other recommendations. Replaced the ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM, ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV, and the Gigabyte GS27QC in the Notable Mentions with the Dell Alienware AW3423DWF, ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV, and the Samsung Odyssey Neo S32BG85 based on current market and performance.

  3. Mar 07, 2024: Replaced the Gigabyte M27Q P with the Dell G2724D as 'Best Budget,' as the Gigabyte is harder to find now.

  4. Feb 14, 2024: Replaced the Gigabyte M27U and the AOC Q27G3XMN with the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx and the Gigabyte M27Q P because of availability. Replaced the Dell Alienware AW3423DW with the Dell Alienware AW3225QF for consistency with other articles. Renamed the Dell U2723QE from 'Best For Media Creation' to 'Best Office' for consistency and removed the Dell S2722QC. Updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  5. Jan 15, 2024: Replaced the Gigabyte M32U with the Gigabyte M27U for consistency with other articles; replaced the Gigabyte M27Q P with the AOC Q27G3XMN because of availability issues with the Gigabyte; added the Gigabyte GS27QC 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 of the best PC 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.