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 2019. You can also check our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 4k monitors, and the best monitors for designers.
The LG 27UK650-W is the best monitor we've tested so far. It's by no means the absolute best in raw performance, but given the price vs features offered, we think that it's the best value available. It delivers good picture quality, with great peak brightness, wide viewing angles, and excellent gray uniformity. It has outstanding gradient handling, so there is almost no banding in areas of similar color. The 27 inch, 4k screen is great for multitasking, however it doesn't support picture-in-picture or picture-by-picture, so you can only work on one source at a time.
This monitor isn't just great for office use or media creation, though. It's also a great gaming monitor, with a great response time, resulting in clear motion with little blur, and outstanding low input lag. It supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, delivering a nearly-tear free gaming experience.
Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, the LG 27UK650-W doesn't look quite as good when displaying dark scenes, especially if you're also in a dark room.
If you like the versatility of the LG 27UK650-W but want something a bit bigger, check out the LG 32UD99-W. This larger model performs nearly identically to the smaller LG, but it has a few additional features, including a built-in USB hub and a single USB-C port that supports USB-C power delivery. This makes it a great choice for MacBook owners, as you can charge your MacBook while you work.
Overall, due to the significant difference in price, the LG 27UK650-W is a better choice for most people, but if you want something a bit larger, the LG 32UD99-W is a great alternative.
In terms of gaming performance, the ASUS VG279Q is the best monitor that we've tested. It checks almost every box when it comes to gaming features; it has an impressive response time with the option to enable black frame insertion, resulting in clear motion with almost no blur in fast-moving objects. This monitor also supports FreeSync for a nearly tear-free gaming experience, and it has outstanding low input lag for a responsive gaming experience.
The overall picture quality is decent. It has great peak brightness and good reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue for most people, and the image remains accurate at an angle, so it's a great choice for co-op gaming. It also has excellent gray uniformity and impressive gradients, with little banding in areas of similar color.
This monitor has a native resolution of 1920x1080, which some people may find too limiting. The main feature that should get gamers' attention is its 144Hz refresh rate, as smoother motion is more important than a higher resolution for first-person shooter games. Like most IPS monitors, it doesn't look quite as good when displaying dark scenes in a dark room, but overall, it's an excellent gaming monitor that should please most people, and the best gaming monitor.
If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ is the best G-SYNC alternative we've tested so far. It's an excellent gaming monitor, with a higher native resolution than the ASUS VG279Q and a slightly faster response time. Unlike the ASUS, which supports FreeSync, this monitor supports NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology, delivering a nearly tear-free gaming experience.
Do note that there's a significant increase in price, as G-SYNC enabled monitors tend to be more expensive than its FreeSync variant, so the much cheaper ASUS VG279Q is a better choice. If you want to get the best possible gaming experience out of your NVIDIA graphics card, though, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ is the best G-SYNC 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 instead. Although the resolution isn't as high as that of 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 subpar due to the IPS panel, we still think that this monitor is a fantastic value given its price. The Dell remains our main pick because of its size, but 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 want the best gaming experience on a budget, though, 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.
11/07/2019: Minor text and structure changes; replaced Dell U2718Q as cheaper ultrawide with LG 34GK950F-B.