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The 8 Best Monitors - Spring 2023 Reviews

Best Monitors

Choosing the best PC monitor for your needs can be hard, as monitors vary significantly in price, size, and performance. There are different types of monitors depending on the desired use and budget, and there's no catch-all option that's perfect for everyone. However, you can narrow down the options by knowing your budget and how you'll use the monitor, like if you need something for work, gaming, or other uses.

We've bought and tested over 275 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 gaming monitors, the best office monitors, and the best photo editing monitors.

  1. Best Monitor

    The best monitor we've tested is the Gigabyte M32U. It's a versatile option that's great for both gaming and office use. While it isn't the absolute best for either usage, it at least provides a well-rounded experience no matter how you'll use it. With a 32-inch screen, there's plenty of space to multitask, and thanks to the 4k resolution and high pixel density, text is extremely sharp and easy to read. It offers extra features for productivity, like a USB hub with three USB-A ports and a USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode. It lets you display an image from a compatible laptop, but with only 15W of power delivery, it isn't enough to charge laptops.

    It delivers good picture quality and has amazing accuracy before calibration, making images look life-like and realistic. It also gets bright enough to fight glare in a well-lit room, and the reflection handling is good, so visibility isn't an issue. If you prefer something smaller, check out the Gigabyte M28U, which is similar and costs less but has worse ergonomics and doesn't get as bright.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Monitor

    If you want a mid-range monitor or don't need any gaming features, check out the Dell U2723QE. It's a 4k monitor like the Gigabyte M32U but with a smaller screen. However, if you want a 32-inch screen size, the Dell U3223QE is a similar model with a bigger screen, but it costs more, and colors are undersaturated in HDR. Whichever size you get, Dell offers many productivity features on both models, which is great if you're looking for something strictly for office use.

    Five USB-A ports let you connect external devices, and it also has three USB-C ports that each serve different purposes. One supports DisplayPort Alt Mode to connect your laptop, and another is for the KVM switch to control multiple devices with the same keyboard and mouse. If you don't think you'll use those USB ports, other options cost less and offer the same 4k resolution. The Dell S2722QC has a smaller USB hub, while the Dell S2721QS is a budget option without USB ports.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Monitor

    If you want a budget-friendly monitor, plenty of options, like the Gigabyte M27Q, offer good value. There are trade-offs for cheaper monitors, and the main difference between this and the Dell U2723QE is that the Gigabyte has a lower 1440p resolution. While that means text doesn't look as sharp due to the lower pixel density, the text clarity is still decent. It has some extra features, like a USB hub with a USB-C port. It's good if you want to quickly connect a laptop, but your laptop won't charge while you're using it because it's limited to only 10W of power delivery.

    It has good picture quality thanks to its sRGB mode, resulting in excellent accuracy before calibration, and it displays a wide range of colors in both SDR and HDR. Its wide viewing angles make it a great choice if you constantly need to share your screen with someone else. It also has more gaming features than the Dell, as it has a higher 170Hz refresh rate, meaning it's a good overall monitor that's both impressive for gaming and productivity.

    See our review

  4. Best Cheap Monitor

    The ASUS VG246H is a good alternative to the Gigabyte M27Q if you want a simple and cheap monitor. As you go down in price categories, you'll have to sacrifice the size and resolution, which is the case with the ASUS. It has a smaller 24-inch screen and a lower 1080p resolution than the Gigabyte, but it still offers good office performance with decent text clarity. Despite its low cost, it also has an sRGB mode that results in great accuracy before calibration.

    Another advantage this monitor has over other cheaper models is its remarkable ergonomics. You can adjust the screen in various ways, including rotating it into portrait mode. It also has wide viewing angles that keep the image consistent from the sides, which is important if you need to share your screen with someone else. Unfortunately, it's limited in gaming features as it has a 75Hz refresh rate, so if you're a gamer and want a cheaper monitor for productivity and gaming, the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx is a good alternative, but it costs more.

    See our review

  5. Best Gaming Monitor

    There are other, better options if you're a PC gamer and want a monitor to take full advantage of your gaming setup. If you're interested, the best gaming monitor we've tested is the Dell Alienware AW3423DW. It has a 175Hz refresh rate with a near-instantaneous response time, so motion is incredibly clear. It also has native G-SYNC variable refresh rate (VRR) support, which is great if you have an NVIDIA graphics card. The Dell Alienware AW3423DWF is nearly the same monitor that costs a bit less but has native FreeSync VRR support instead; it can't take full advantage of NVIDIA graphics cards.

    Its QD-OLED panel delivers incredibly deep blacks in dark rooms with no distracting blooming, making it an excellent choice for dark room gaming. However, there are a few drawbacks because OLEDs risk permanent burn-in. If that's a concern, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 is a good alternative. It's a 4k, 32-inch monitor that gets much brighter thanks to its Mini LED backlighting, but it doesn't deliver the same perfect black levels. Luckily, it's even better for console gaming than the Dell as it supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, meaning it's fully compatible with the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.

    See our review

  6. Best Upper Mid-Range Gaming Monitor

    If you want a high-end gaming monitor but aren't necessarily a fan of ultrawide screens like the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, look into the LG 27GR95QE-B. With a smaller 27-inch screen, you won't see as much of your game at once, and while it uses an OLED panel to display perfect blacks, it doesn't get as bright as the Dell, but this doesn't make a difference unless you want the best picture quality to go alongside fantastic gaming performance. Luckily, it offers an even higher 240Hz refresh rate than the Dell, meaning you can play games at a high frame rate without issue.

    Thanks to its fast response time, motion looks smooth with high-frame-rate signals, but it has some overshoot with lower-frame-rate signals. It also has VRR support to reduce screen tearing, and its low input lag provides a responsive gaming experience. If you find that the 240Hz refresh rate isn't high enough for your gaming needs, there are some 360Hz monitors you can get for less, like the Dell Alienware AW2523HF. However, it has a lower 1080p resolution and worse picture quality, so get it if you're only after the high refresh rate.

    See our review

  7. Best Lower Mid-Range Gaming Monitor

    If you don't need excellent picture quality, there are mid-range options with LED-backlight LCD panels and 240Hz refresh rates, like the Dell Alienware AW2723DF or the Gigabyte M27Q X. However, you can also save more money by getting a lower mid-range model like the LG 32GP850-B. It's a step down from the LG 27GR95QE-B in a few ways, which is what you have to expect for a cheaper monitor. It can't display the same deep blacks as it doesn't have an OLED panel and has a lower 180Hz refresh rate, but it's still an excellent gaming monitor.

    It has incredible motion handling without much blur or any visible overshoot with fast-moving objects, and it has low input lag for a responsive feel. It also has FreeSync VRR support to reduce screen tearing, and it's G-SYNC compatible if you want to use it with an NVIDIA graphics card. While its 32-inch screen size and 1440p resolution result in lower pixel density than the 27GR95QE-B, the image clarity is still decent. If you prefer something smaller, the LG 27GP850-B/27GP83B-B offers nearly the same performance, so you can get whichever size you want.

    See our review

  8. Best Budget Gaming Monitor

    If you're getting into PC gaming and want the best PC monitor at a low cost, check out the ViewSonic XG2431. It's different from the LG 32GP850-B because it has a smaller screen and lower resolution, which is what you have to expect for a budget-friendly display. However, it has a higher 240Hz refresh rate, which is great if you're a competitive gamer and want to play games at a high frame rate. The smaller screen size is also beneficial if you have limited desk space.

    What makes this monitor better than other budget-friendly displays for gaming is its remarkable motion handling across its entire refresh rate range. It has a customizable backlight strobing feature where you can adjust the flicker to your liking, which is a neat feature that even more expensive options don't have. It has low input lag for a responsive feel and native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. If you find that its 1080p resolution doesn't deliver sharp images and you prefer something with a higher resolution, the HP X27q is a good 1440p budget gaming monitor. However, it has worse motion handling.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85: The Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85 is a QD-OLED monitor like the Dell Alienware AW3423DW. It's very similar overall and has native FreeSync support, but it's only worth getting if you can find it for cheaper than the Dell. See our review
  • Cooler Master Tempest GP27U: The Cooler Master Tempest GP27U is an excellent gaming monitor that gets bright and costs slightly less than the LG 27GR95QE-B. It's a good choice if you're concerned about burn-in on the LG or want a 4k monitor, but it has a lot of bugs. See our review
  • ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV: The ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV is a good, budget-friendly monitor with better ergonomics than the Gigabyte M27Q. However, only consider it if you don't need a gaming monitor, as it's limited to a 75Hz refresh rate. See our review
  • Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85: The Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 is a high-end gaming monitor with a 4k resolution and 240Hz refresh rate, which is great if you have a high-end PC. However, it costs more than the Dell Alienware AW3423DW and doesn't offer the same perfect blacks. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 29, 2023: Verified that the monitors are still available and updated text for clarity throughout; added the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Apr 28, 2023: Added the LG 27GR95QE-B as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range Gaming Monitor' to be consistent with other articles; Replaced the Dell S2721QS and the Gigabyte M27Q X with the Gigabyte M27Q and the LG 32GP850-B because they're easier to find; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  3. Mar 30, 2023: Removed the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range Gaming Monitor' because it costs about the same as the Dell Alienware AW3423DW; updated text for clarity and updated Notable Mentions.

  4. Feb 22, 2023: Restructured the article to be more reflective of other recommendations; renamed the Dell Alienware as the 'Best Gaming Monitor' and the Gigabyte M32U as the 'Best Monitor'; replaced the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 with the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 because it's cheaper; added the Dell U2723QE; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  5. Jan 23, 2023: Replaced the LG 27GP850-B and the HP X24ih with the Gigabyte M27Q X and the ASUS VG246H because the LG and HP are harder to find; updated Notable Mentions on changes.

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.