It can be hard to choose the best 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. From ultrawide office monitors to high-performance gaming monitors, there's something for everyone on this list.
We've tested over 210 monitors, and below you'll find our picks for the best monitors available for purchase. You can also check our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 4k monitors, and the best monitors for photo editors.
The Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA is the best monitor we've tested for gaming. It's a premium 1440p model with many gaming features and an incredibly fast 240Hz refresh rate. The unit we tested has a 32 inch screen size, but there's also a 27 inch model available, and we expect our results to be valid for both. Whether you have an AMD or NVIDIA graphics card, you should be happy to know it supports both FreeSync and G-SYNC compatibility for a nearly tear-free gaming experience.
Motion looks incredibly smooth thanks to the outstanding response time, and there's also backlight strobing feature that can reduce persistence blur. Like most VA panel monitors, it has a slower response time with dark transitions, but there isn't much black smearing. Speaking of VA panels, the G7 has a great native contrast ratio to display deep blacks, making it a good choice for dark room gaming. Even in bright rooms, it has great peak brightness and good reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue.
Unfortunately, there are a few bugs associated with it. There are reports of distracting backlight flicker with variable refresh rate (VRR) enabled, but we didn't notice that issue on our unit, so your experience may vary. There's a VRR Control setting that, when enabled, doesn't seem to make VRR work properly at 60Hz, so it's best to disable it if you're going to use it for console gaming. If this doesn't bother you, it's one of the best monitors we've tested.
If you're looking for a monitor with a higher refresh rate, then check out the ASUS VG279QM. Unlike the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T, it's only available in a 27 inch size. It has a native 240Hz refresh rate, but you can overclock it to 280Hz for an even smoother gaming experience. Its 1080p resolution might seem low to some; however, it puts a lighter load on the graphics card, which means you can likely get better frame rates in games. It has an incredibly fast response time, and you can use its black frame insertion feature simultaneously with VRR. Unfortunately, its input lag is somewhat high at 60Hz, so it isn't the best choice for 60fps console gaming. Also, it isn't ideal for dark rooms because it uses an IPS panel with a mediocre contrast ratio. On the upside, you get much better viewing angles.
If you want the best monitor for gaming and prefer something with a VA panel, check out the Samsung. If you want a slightly higher refresh rate and wide viewing angles, look into the ASUS.
The best monitor for office use that we've tested is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. It has a large 27 inch screen with a 1440p resolution, giving you plenty of space for multitasking, as well as delivering sharp images and text. It uses an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, and it comes with a stand that allows for tons of ergonomic adjustments so that you can get a comfortable viewing position. It gets bright enough to provide good visibility in most lighting conditions, but it might struggle a bit in direct sunlight.
It's well-suited for content creation as long as you work in the sRGB color space. Its Adobe RGB coverage is good, but it might not be enough for professional photo editors. It has a great response time for a 75Hz panel, good enough for some casual gaming on the side, and there's even VRR support to reduce screen tearing. The backlight is entirely flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain on those long workdays.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR at all, but that's somewhat expected for a low-cost monitor. There's a good number of ports available. You get four USB 3.0, with two located on the side for easy access, as well as a USB-C input with DisplayPort Alt Mode and power delivery of up to 65W. It's not quite enough to charge a gaming laptop with a dedicated GPU, but it should be fine for most thin and light ultraportables. All in all, it's a great monitor worth considering.
If you prefer something with a 4k resolution, then check out the Dell S2721QS. It doesn't have a USB hub like the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV, but it has incredible text clarity thanks to its higher pixel density caused by the increased 4k resolution. It also has Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes, meaning that you can view images from two sources at once. It performs well in bright rooms because it has good reflection handling and great peak brightness. Viewing angles are also good in case you need to share your screen with others. It supports HDR10, but it can't deliver a true HDR experience because it fails to get bright enough to make highlights pop, and it has a low contrast ratio.
If you're looking for the best PC monitor for office use and want USB inputs, you should be happy with the ASUS, but if you prefer a 4k option, then check out the Dell.
The best computer monitor for office use that we've tested in an ultrawide format is the LG 38WN95C-W. It's a 38 inch model with a 21:9 aspect ratio, roughly 30% wider than a typical 16:9 display, which means you can have multiple windows placed side-by-side. It has wide viewing angles, and the screen is slightly curved to help with visibility on the sides. The stand allows for height, tilt, and swivel adjustments, but it can't rotate to portrait mode due to its wide format.
It's great for content creators. It has full sRGB and excellent Adobe RGB coverage, and it supports a wide color gamut for HDR. Its USB-C input supports Thunderbolt 3 data transfer speed, DisplayPort, and 94W charging. It should be enough to charge most laptops, bar power-hungry ones with a dedicated GPU. It has built-in speakers, a Picture-in-Picture mode, and a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain. Its reflection handling is just okay, but visibility shouldn't be an issue because it gets very bright.
Like most IPS panels, it isn't ideal for dark rooms because it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks appear gray, and even though it has local dimming, it's edge-lit and performs terribly. That said, it does get very bright, enough to make highlights pop in HDR content. It performs impressively well as a gaming monitor thanks to its 144Hz refresh rate, exceptional response time, and VRR support. Overall, it's a versatile monitor that should please most people.
If you want to spend less money, then check out the LG 34GP83A-B. It's a bit smaller than the LG 38WN95C-W at 34 inches, but it should be big enough for most people, and with a 3440x1440 resolution, it has the same pixel density to produce a sharp image. Unfortunately, there are some downsides as it lacks USB-C input, doesn't get as bright, and the stand doesn't allow for swivel adjustment. It also doesn't have any speakers or a Picture-in-Picture mode. This is somewhat expected because it's mainly designed as a gaming monitor, but it's a good office solution too. For gaming, it has a high 160Hz refresh rate, Adaptive Sync VRR support, and excellent motion handling.
If you can afford it, the 38WN95C-W is a better choice because it has many more features and is more versatile. However, if you're shopping on a smaller budget and don't mind a few compromises, the 34GP83A-B is a good alternative.
The LG OLED48C1 is the best large monitor that we've tested. It's a TV that we tested as a monitor, as there are few models of this size on the market, and it offers better performance than most large monitors we've tested. It has a 48 inch screen that feels incredibly immersive, and it's a fantastic choice for dark room viewing because, like most OLEDs, it can turn the pixels off to produce inky blacks. It handles reflections exceptionally well and gets bright enough to combat glare for the most part, although visibility might still be an issue in very well-lit settings.
Its OLED's motion handling is excellent. It has a 120Hz refresh rate and a near-instantaneous response time to make fast motion look smooth and improve overall input responsiveness. It also has native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility to minimize screen tearing when gaming. There are four HDMI 2.1 ports, which means you can use it with your PS5 or Xbox Series X console. HDR looks amazing as it has a wide color gamut and good peak brightness to make highlights pop.
Unfortunately, permanent burn-in is a risk, especially with static elements like a desktop user interface. That said, we don't expect it to be an issue for most people watching varied content. The stand doesn't allow for any ergonomic adjustments, but it does support a 300 x 200 VESA mount. Since it's a TV, you get a remote to navigate the OSD settings, smart features, and built-in speakers. Overall, this is an excellent option for those who want a large screen but still retain a 16:9 aspect ratio.
Oct 05, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. No change in recommendations.
Sep 08, 2021: Verified picks for availability and updated text for accuracy; added the MSI Oculux NXG253R.
Aug 12, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. Replaced Dell U3818DW with LG 38WN95C-W because it's hard to find.
Jul 16, 2021: Replaced the Dell U2720Q and LG CX 48 with the Dell S2721QS and LG C1 48 for consistency; updated text for clarity.
Jun 17, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. Removed the LG 34GN850-B because it's hard to find and replaced it with the LG 34GP83A-B.
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.