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The 7 Best Monitors - Fall 2022 Reviews

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Best Monitors

It can be hard to choose the best PC monitor for your needs, as they 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 monitor that is perfect for everyone. However, you can narrow down the options by knowing what your budget is and how you're going to use the monitor, like if it's just for work, gaming, or even both.

We've bought and tested over 260 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 multimedia monitors.


  1. Best Monitor

    The best monitor we've tested is the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, which is best to buy directly through Dell's website. It's an excellent monitor that's versatile for a wide range of uses, and its ultrawide format is great for multitasking or an immersive gaming experience. It uses a new panel technology known as QD-OLED, which delivers incredibly deep blacks with no distracting blooming around bright objects, making it an excellent choice for dark room viewing. It also has much brighter colors than most comparable displays, so game and video content look incredibly vivid and realistic, meaning it delivers a better HDR experience than most monitors on the market, rivaling even TVs.

    It has a near-instantaneous response time, so motion is incredibly clear, with no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. It makes it an excellent choice for gamers, watching videos, or even scrolling through the web and long documents. Unfortunately, like all monitors, it isn't without its flaws. There are text clarity and color fringing issues, but there are workarounds to this, and the black levels raise when there's ambient light, meaning it doesn't deliver the same perfect blacks in bright rooms.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Monitor

    If you don't want to spend a ton of money on a high-end monitor, check out the Gigabyte M28U. While it doesn't deliver the same perfect black levels as the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, it still delivers sharp images thanks to its 4k resolution, and its 28-inch screen is big enough for multitasking. It offers an impressive combination of features for both gamers and office users. It has a USB hub that features three USB-A ports and a USB-C port, and it has a KVM switch that lets you control two devices with the same keyboard and mouse, which is great for productivity.

    It has fantastic accuracy before calibration, meaning you won't have to get it calibrated if your work requires accurate colors. It also gets bright enough to fight glare in a well-lit room, and the reflection handling is good. Even if you want to use it for gaming, it has a high refresh rate, variable refresh rate (VRR) support, and while it doesn't have the same motion handling as the Dell, it still looks great. If you want something even larger, it's also available in a 32-inch size, known as the Gigabyte M32U, but it doesn't get as bright.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Monitor

    If you're on a budget and need something simple, look into the Dell S2721QS. While it has the same 4k resolution and nearly the same screen size as the Gigabyte M28U, it's more of a basic monitor meant for people who just want a high-resolution screen for work. It looks great in a bright room thanks to its high peak brightness and very good reflection handling, so you don't have to worry about glare in a bright room. It also has great ergonomics and wide viewing angles, so you can easily place it in an ideal viewing position or share your screen with someone else.

    It has decent accuracy before calibration and an outstanding SDR color gamut, so it's also a good choice for content creators working on a budget. However, as it's a budget-friendly display, it's limited in features because it doesn't have a USB hub like the Gigabyte, so if you want that, you'll have to spend more with the Dell S2722QC, or you'll have to get a 1440p budget monitor like the Gigabyte M27Q. Still, if you don't need those extra features, you'll be happy with the sharp text that this monitor delivers.

    See our review

  4. Best Cheap Monitor

    If you're looking for something cheaper and you don't need something with a large screen or high resolution, then consider the HP X24ih. The trade-off for getting something cheaper is that it has a smaller screen compared to the Dell S2721QS, and it has a 1080p resolution, but the text clarity is still decent. Despite its low cost, it's still versatile for different uses as it has a simply incredible response time, delivering crystal clear motion at the max refresh rate. It also has low input lag, so it's a good choice for gamers looking for something cheap.

    It delivers good picture quality with great accuracy before calibration, an amazing SDR color gamut, and excellent gradient handling. It has very good peak brightness and good reflection handling, so you don't have to worry about glare in a bright room. It has limited connectivity, and by going with something cheap, you're losing out on advanced connectivity features like built-in USB hubs. Its stand isn't the most ergonomic either, as you can't swivel it, but you can easily mount it on an arm if you prefer to easily adjust it.

    See our review

  5. Best Gaming Monitor

    If you're a dedicated gamer and you're looking for the best PC monitor for your gaming setup, check out the Samsung LS32BG852NNXGO. It's a fantastic high-end gaming monitor thanks to its fast 240Hz refresh rate, delivering crystal-clear motion with almost no noticeable ghosting behind fast-moving objects. It also has incredibly low input lag, ensuring your actions are in-sync with the action on-screen. It has a great selection of gaming features, including FreeSync and G-SYNC VRR technology, ensuring a smooth, nearly tear-free gaming experience from almost any source.

    While the Dell Alienware AW3423DW is also a fantastic gaming monitor, this one is more versatile for different types of gamers as it has a 4k screen with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, allowing you to play 4k @ 120Hz games from the Xbox Series X and PS5 without issue. It doesn't deliver the same perfect black levels as the Dell either, but at least its Mini LED local dimming feature helps it display deep blacks, and highlights pop in HDR. If you don't think you're going to take advantage of the 240Hz refresh rate, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 is a very similar model with a lower 165Hz refresh rate instead.

    See our review

  6. Best Mid-Range Gaming Monitor

    If you want a gaming monitor but aren't looking to spend a ton of money on the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85, then a mid-range model like the LG 32GP850-B is a good alternative. Instead of getting the 4k resolution that's designed for console gaming, the 1440p resolution on this monitor is better if you're a PC gamer and you don't have a high-end graphics card to take advantage of the Samsung. It also has a 180Hz max refresh rate, and it delivers excellent gaming performance thanks to its fantastic response time, particularly with high-frame-rate signals, and it also remains quick with lower frame-rate signals. It even has a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence glare.

    Gaming feels responsive thanks to its low input lag, and it has native FreeSync VRR support as well as G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. Games look life-like thanks to the amazing color accuracy, and it also displays a wide range of colors in HDR. If you find the 32-inch screen too big, there's also a 27-inch version, the LG 27GP850-B, that costs less and delivers nearly the same performance.

    See our review

  7. Best Budget Gaming Monitor

    If you're getting into PC gaming and prefer something in the budget category, 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, this is good if you have limited desk space, and instead of the 180Hz refresh rate on the LG, it has an even higher 240Hz refresh rate, which is great for even competitive gamers.

    What makes this monitor better than other budget-friendly displays is that it has remarkable motion handling across its entire refresh rate range. It also 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, and this helps further improve motion clarity. It also has low input lag for a responsive feel, and like most other gaming monitors, it has native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. Lastly, it has a few extra features like two USB ports to charge your devices and an ergonomic stand that makes it easy to adjust.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Gigabyte M27Q X: The Gigabyte M27Q X is a mid-range gaming monitor with a higher 240Hz refresh rate compared to the LG 32GP850-B, so get this if you want the high refresh rate, but it's also harder to find. See our review
  • Dell U2723QE: The Dell U2723QE is a 4k monitor like the Gigabyte M28U with a focus on photo editors because it has fantastic accuracy and a massive USB hub; it isn't as versatile for other uses. Get this if you need its features; otherwise, the Gigabyte is the better all-around choice. See our review
  • LG 34GP950G-B: The LG 34GP950G-B is an ultrawide monitor like the Dell Alienware AW3423DW that doesn't have any text clarity and color fringing issues, but if you want the best picture quality, stick with the Dell. See our review
  • ASUS VG246H: The ASUS VG246H is a cheap monitor like the HP X24ih but has a more ergonomic stand. Only get this monitor if you need it for work purposes because it has worse gaming features than the HP. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Nov 17, 2022: Restructured the order of the products for a better flow and added the LG 32GP850-B as the 'Best Mid-Range Gaming Monitor'; updated Notable Mentions for accuracy.

  2. Oct 18, 2022: Restructured the article with a few gaming-specific picks. Added the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 as the 'Best Gaming Monitor' and the ViewSonic XG2431 as the 'Best Budget Gaming Monitor'. Replaced the Dell S2722DGM with the Dell S2721QS as the 'Best Budget PC Monitor', as it's significantly cheaper.

  3. Sep 14, 2022: Restructured the article from a by-usage structure to an overall best of list.

  4. Jun 23, 2022: Restructured the article to better match user expectations. Replaced the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx with the Dell S2721D as the 'Best Budget' pick.

  5. Apr 20, 2022: Completely restructured and expanded our recommendations.

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.

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