It can be difficult to choose a new monitor, as they vary greatly in size, shape, and performance. There are different types of monitors depending on how you plan on using it, and there is no catch-all monitor that is perfect for everyone, but some monitors are more versatile than others. From ultrawide office monitors to high-performance gaming monitors, there is something for everyone on this list.
We've reviewed over 85 monitors so far, and below you'll find our picks for the best monitors available for purchase in 2020. You can also check our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 4k monitors, and the best monitors for graphic designers.
The best monitor we've tested so far is the LG 27UK650-W. It's a very good 4k monitor that delivers great resolution and impressive performance in most uses for the price. It has a very fast response time so fast motion looks crisp with almost no blur, the input lag is remarkably low, and the 4k resolution will display every little detail of your game (or work) on its 27 inch screen. It can get quite bright and you should have no issues placing it any room as it can also handle reflections well. You can easily share your work with a colleague or host a co-op gaming session with a friend as you'll both enjoy the same accurate image thanks to the monitor's wide viewing angles.
Unfortunately, just like most IPS monitors, blacks look gray in a dark room, so this monitor isn't a great option for those who play games in a dark room.
Overall, although there are monitors that deliver better performance in certain aspects, this one is an excellent choice given its price and characteristics.
If you want a larger monitor than the 27 inch LG 27UK650-W but like the versatility this monitor offers, then get the LG 32UD99-W. It has almost identical performance but costs more due to the larger screen size. Any differences in performance are more likely due to panel variance. This monitor is equipped with a USB hub and a USB-C port that will be handy for some people.
Depending on your budget and the available desk space, you can either go for the cheaper and smaller LG 27650UK-W, or for the larger and more expensive LG 32UD99-W. Either one will keep you happy.
The Asus TUF VG27AQ is the best gaming monitor that we've tested so far. It's a 27 inch, 1440p monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate that can be overclocked to 165Hz. Physically, Asus has largely kept the same design as their other gaming monitors, with its clean design and excellent ergonomics. The monitor allows for all manner of adjustments, including rotation into portrait mode. The outstanding feature of this monitor is motion handling. It has excellent response time, low input lag, and an optional black frame insertion feature to further reduce blur. FreeSync variable refresh rate is also present, but if you have a recent NVIDIA graphics card, it'll work as well.
If you're into RPGs or atmospheric games, this monitor will be able to give you a crisp image; however, don't expect a great HDR experience. While it does support it, the mediocre peak brightness and lack of wide color gamut is severely limiting. The IPS panel does give you a wide viewing angle and decent color accuracy out of the box, though, but contrast ratio and black uniformity is where it falls short, making blacks look more like gray, especially when using the monitor in a dark room. Unfortunately, this monitor has a pretty meager selection of inputs, with only two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, and a 3.5mm analog audio output.
Overall, it's still a great gaming monitor that will surely satisfy most gamers, serious or casual.
If you have a recent 10- or 20- series NVIDIA graphics card and want the best performance you can get, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ is worth considering. It has a similar design to the ASUS TUF VG27AQ, with a few notable differences. It's also an IPS monitor, with all the advantages that this technology confers, but it has noticeably worse black uniformity, with some backlight bleeding and clouding across the entire screen. The maximum refresh rate is capped at 144Hz and it doesn't support HDR. Other than that, this monitor will perform similarly in regards to motion handling.
If you want a monitor that has better overall performance, get the ASUS TUF VG27AQ, but if you want the best experience from your NVIDIA graphics card, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ is a great alternative.
The Dell U3818DW is the best ultrawide office monitor that we've tested so far. The ultrawide aspect ratio is great for multitasking, as you can work comfortably with multiple windows open. It also has a unique set of connections at the back that allow you to work from multiple sources at once, with a single set of keyboard and mouse. It also has wide viewing angles, and the stand has decent height, tilt, and swivel adjustments, so you can easily share your screen with someone else.
It delivers decent overall picture quality, with decent peak brightness and great reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be a significant issue in most bright offices. It doesn't support HDR, but it does accept 10-bit colors and has outstanding gradient performance with no noticeable banding in most content.
Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, it doesn't look as good in a dark room. Overall, though, it's a great office monitor that should please most people.
For something cheaper than the Dell U3818DW, check out the LG 34GK950F-B. Although the resolution isn't as high as the the Dell and it's slightly smaller, it should still offer plenty of screen real estate for better productivity. With its 144Hz refresh rate, low response time, low input lag, FreeSync support, and G-SYNC compatibility, this monitor can also serve as a great gaming monitor. Although the contrast ratio and black uniformity are a bit sub-par due to the IPS panel, we still think that this monitor is a fantastic value given its price.
The Dell remains the best ultrawide office monitor because of its size, but if you're willing to make some compromises on contrast ratio, the LG is a great pick for any office at a significantly lower price.
The Dell P2417H is the best budget monitor that we've tested. It's a decent monitor for most uses, with great ergonomics, wide viewing angles, and decent overall picture quality. The fast response time and low input lag makes this a decent gaming monitor; however, the 60Hz refresh rate may disappoint more serious gamers.
This monitor has mediocre peak brightness, so although it has good reflection handling, glare might be an issue in a bright room. It has a good selection of inputs, so you shouldn't have any issues connecting your devices, even older analog devices, and it has a built-in USB hub, which is usually only found on more expensive models.
Overall, the Dell is a decent monitor for most uses. It has a few flaws, though, so it isn't ideal for everyone.
If you want better gaming performance, the ViewSonic XG2402 is the best budget gaming monitor we've tested so far. It has a much faster response time than the Dell P2417H, resulting in much clearer motion with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects, and it has outstanding low input lag. It supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, delivering a nearly tear-free gaming experience. Unfortunately, this monitor has worse viewing angles and worse gray uniformity than the P2417H, so the Dell is still the better choice for most people.
If you're looking for the best budget monitor, go with the Dell, but if you want the best gaming experience on a budget, the ViewSonic is a great alternative.
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.
01/09/2020: Minor text changes for clarity.
12/06/2019: Minor text and structure changes; replaced ASUS VG279Q with ASUS TUF VG27AQ as Best Gaming Monitor.
11/07/2019: Minor text and structure changes; replaced Dell U2718Q as cheaper ultrawide with LG 34GK950F-B.