It can be difficult to choose a new monitor, 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 reviewed over 100 monitors so far, 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 best monitor we've tested so far is the LG 27UK650-W. This 27-inch monitor has a simple yet stylish design that fits into any setting. With a 4k resolution, it delivers detailed images, and the text looks incredibly sharp. The refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, but it supports FreeSync if you want to use it for gaming. Its IPS panel provides great viewing angles, so you can easily share content or your work with others.
This monitor has great out-of-the-box color accuracy. Its SDR color gamut is excellent, covering the sRGB color space almost entirely, and its coverage of Adobe RGB is good, which is good for professional photo editing. Its input lag is very low, and it has a fast response time, resulting in a responsive desktop experience and minimal motion blur in fast-moving scenes. It doesn't have much in terms of extra features, although the flicker-free backlight is a nice addition if you tend to stare at the screen for an extended period.
Unfortunately, while this monitor supports HDR, it can't display a wide color gamut. Like most monitors with an IPS panel, it has a rather low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray when viewed in the dark. However, if you're in a bright room, it gets bright enough to fight glare, and it has a matte finish that handles reflection decently well. Overall, this is a versatile monitor that most people should be happy with, making it the best monitor we've seen so far.
If you need some more screen space, then the LG 32UD99-W is a good alternative. Its viewing angles aren't as good as those on the 27UK650-W, but the two monitors perform very similarly, and choosing one over the other comes down to personal preference. The contrast ratio and black uniformity, although not good, are still an improvement over the smaller LG, so this monitor is a better choice for dark room viewing. It displays a wide color gamut for HDR content, and photographers will be happy with the impressive coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing. Unfortunately, the reflection handling is disappointing, but it can get bright enough to help reduce glare in most rooms.
If you're looking for the best monitor, look into the 27UK650-W, but if you want a bigger screen, consider the 32UD99-W.
The best monitor for gaming that we've tested so far is the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. It has excellent gaming performance that should please most people. It also includes 1440p resolution, a high refresh rate, and an excellent stand that allows for a wide range of adjustments.
The VG27AQ offers wide viewing angles, which is what you expect from an IPS panel this monitor has. This is ideal for co-op gaming, but it comes at the cost of its low contrast ratio, so blacks appear closer to gray when viewing in the dark. Its native 144Hz refresh rate can easily be overclocked to 165Hz, and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing. The high refresh rate helps this monitor achieve fast response times, resulting in clear motion, and there's a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. Also, the input lag is one of the lowest we've seen on a monitor so far, and although there's a bit more lag with VRR enabled, even the most serious of gamers should be happy with the responsive gaming performance.
Even though this monitor supports HDR10, it doesn't display a wide color gamut and can't get bright enough to bring out highlights in HDR. Unfortunately, it doesn't have many extra gaming features, like adding a virtual crosshair, but it does have built-in speakers. Overall, the ASUS is the best gaming monitor we've seen so far.
If you want a monitor with native G-SYNC support instead, then the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG is an excellent alternative. It doesn't support HDR like the ASUS TUF VG27AQ, but it has a much quicker response time, and console gamers should appreciate its excellent response time at 60Hz too. It has an extremely low input lag and its 144Hz refresh rate can be overclocked to 165Hz. Like the ASUS, it's a 27 inch, 1440p monitor with an IPS panel, resulting in wide viewing angles. Unfortunately, that means its dark room performance isn't good as it has a disappointing contrast ratio and poor black uniformity, and its out-of-the-box color accuracy is also bad. On the upside, it gets bright enough to combat glare and it has great reflection handling if you want to place it in a bright room. It also has some nice extra features like built-in speakers and RGB lighting on the back.
Overall, the ASUS is the best gaming monitor we've tested so far, but if you have an NVIDIA graphics card and want a monitor with native G-SYNC support, check out the ViewSonic.
The best ultrawide office monitor we've tested so far is the Dell U3818DW. This 38-inch high-resolution monitor is great for multitasking, as there's enough room to have multiple windows opened side-by-side. It's slightly curved, which helps with visibility on the sides of the screen, and it also has an IPS panel that provides wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate no matter how close you sit.
This monitor is best used in an averagely-lit room. It handles reflections very well, but it can't get bright enough to overcome glare. Its color accuracy is excellent out of the box, and it has outstanding gradient performance, but sadly, there's no HDR support. Response time is fast, and input lag is low, but if you're looking to game on this monitor, it has a 60Hz panel and doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology. Another great feature for multitaskers is its picture-by-picture mode, which lets you display two sources simultaneously.
Unfortunately, dark room performance isn't the best due to its low contrast ratio, although this is expected of most IPS panels. However, it has four USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C input, built-in speakers, and a flicker-free backlight. Overall, if you're looking for an ultrawide office monitor that can help you be more productive, this one is a very good option.
If you're looking for something a bit cheaper, then take a look at the LG 34GK950F-B. It has a smaller screen size than the Dell U3818DW, and its resolution is slightly lower, but there's still enough space to work comfortably, and its 1440p resolution is sharp enough for most. It also has excellent viewing angles, a curved screen, and like most IPS panels, it doesn't do all that well in dark rooms. However, it does have a higher peak brightness that can overcome glare easily, it supports HDR, and it has a 144Hz refresh rate along with FreeSync support. Its response time is outstanding, and there's even a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur.
Overall, if you can afford it, the Dell is a better choice as an office monitor, as it has more multitasking features and larger screen size. However, if cost is a concern, the LG is a great alternative that's more versatile and friendlier to your wallet.
The best budget monitor we've tested so far is the ASUS VG279Q. It's a good overall 144Hz, 1080p monitor with impressive gaming performance at a low price and it's a great choice for office use, too.
With an IPS panel, it has very wide viewing angles, which is ideal if you need to share your screen with others. It can get bright enough to combat glare in almost any room and it has good reflection handling. It has excellent color accuracy out-of-the-box, so unless you require extremely accurate colors, you won't need to get it calibrated. This monitor has an excellent response time at its max refresh rate, with almost no motion blur behind fast-moving objects. At 60Hz, it still has a good response, but there's a bit more motion blur. It has native FreeSync support for a tear-free gaming experience.
Unfortunately, it has mediocre native contrast and disappointing black uniformity, which is expected from an IPS monitor, so it's not ideal for dark room viewing. Luckily, it has built-in speakers, so you don't need an external setup if you want to watch movies on it. Overall, you can't go wrong with this monitor for its price, making it the best budget monitor.
If you're looking for a gaming monitor in the budget category, the ViewSonic XG2402 is a good choice. The picture quality is better on the ASUS VG279Q, but the ViewSonic is still a decent overall monitor that performs best as a gaming monitor. It has a native refresh rate of 144Hz and supports FreeSync VRR technology to ensure a nearly tear-free gaming experience. It has an outstanding response time that results in very little motion blur, and the input lag is exceptionally low. It's a flicker-free monitor, but some gamers might be disappointed with the lack of a BFI feature. Unfortunately, it uses a TN panel, so the contrast ratio and viewing angles are both quite disappointing, but it has great out-of-the-box color accuracy.
If you're looking for the best budget monitor, the ASUS is a great choice, but if you want a gaming budget monitor, the ViewSonic is a good alternative.
06/23/2020: Removed the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ and replaced it with the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG.
06/05/2020: Removed the Dell P2417H and replaced it with the ASUS VG279Q.
04/10/2020: Added Acer Nitro XV273X and Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q as notable mentions.
12/06/2019: Replaced ASUS VG279Q with ASUS TUF VG27AQ as Best Gaming Monitor.
11/07/2019: Replaced Dell U2718Q as cheaper ultrawide with LG 34GK950F-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.