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Monitors

Acer  V226HQLAbd 21.5''

Acer V226HQLAbd 21.5''

From £68
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
9 Offers from 4 shops >
Philips  223V5LSB2 21.5''

Philips 223V5LSB2 21.5''

From £79
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
12 Offers from 4 shops >
Iiyama ProLite XU2290HS B1 22''

Iiyama ProLite XU2290HS B1 22''

From £106
  • Screen size: 22''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
5 Offers from 4 shops >
BenQ  RL2755 27''

BenQ RL2755 27''

From £215
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
7 Offers from 5 shops >
LG  23MB35PM 23''

LG 23MB35PM 23''

From £175
  • Screen size: 23''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
LG  19MB15T 19''

LG 19MB15T 19''

From £282
  • Screen size: 19''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: TFT Touch Screen
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Dell  E1715S 17''

Dell E1715S 17''

From £119
  • Screen size: 17''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 4 shops >
Iiyama  B2280HS B1 21.5''

Iiyama B2280HS B1 21.5''

From £108
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Philips  203V5LSB26 21.5''

Philips 203V5LSB26 21.5''

From £74
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 4 shops >
Acer  K242HLA 24''

Acer K242HLA 24''

From £127
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
7 Offers from 4 shops >
BenQ  GL2450 24''

BenQ GL2450 24''

From £170
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 3 shops >
BenQ  BL3200 32''

BenQ BL3200 32''

From £441
  • Screen size: 32''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 2 shops >
LG  24MB35PM 23.8''

LG 24MB35PM 23.8''

From £197
  • Screen size: 23.8''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Viewsonic  VG2437mc-LED 24''

Viewsonic VG2437mc-LED 24''

From £197
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Hannspree  HE195 18.5''

Hannspree HE195 18.5''

From £59
  • Screen size: 18.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
6 Offers from 4 shops >
Aoc  I960SRDA 19''

Aoc I960SRDA 19''

From £129
  • Screen size: 19''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 3 shops >
Acer  V246HL bd 24''

Acer V246HL bd 24''

From £94
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 2 shops >
Asus  MX279 27''

Asus MX279 27''

From £205
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Elo  1991 L 19''

Elo 1991 L 19''

From £622
  • Screen size: 19''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Iiyama  B 2875 UHSU B 1 28''

Iiyama B 2875 UHSU B 1 28''

From £339
  • Screen size: 28''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TN
4 Offers from 4 shops >
Iiyama  XB2783HSU B3 27''

Iiyama XB2783HSU B3 27''

From £195
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Acer  S222HQLCqbid 21.5''

Acer S222HQLCqbid 21.5''

From £65
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Asus  MG279Q 27''

Asus MG279Q 27''

From £506
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
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Asus  XG27VQ 27''

Asus XG27VQ 27''

From £411
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Iiyama  X2283HS-B3 21.5''

Iiyama X2283HS-B3 21.5''

From £115
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Acer  XF240H 24''

Acer XF240H 24''

From £210
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TN
7 Offers from 4 shops >
Dell UltraSharp U2415 24''

Dell UltraSharp U2415 24''

From £229
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
8 Offers from 5 shops >
Hannspree  HL326HPB 27''

Hannspree HL326HPB 27''

From £167
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Aoc  M2060PWDA2 20''

Aoc M2060PWDA2 20''

From £108
  • Screen size: 20''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 3 shops >
FAYTECH  FT 22 TMB 22''

FAYTECH FT 22 TMB 22''

From £375
  • Screen size: 22''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Fujitsu Siemens  L 21 T 1 21''

Fujitsu Siemens L 21 T 1 21''

From £194
  • Screen size: 21''
  • Technology: LED
  • Brightness: 250 cd/m²
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Hp  Z27I 27''

Hp Z27I 27''

From £857
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
LG  34 UM 68 P 34''

LG 34 UM 68 P 34''

From £837
  • Screen size: 34''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
NEC  PA302W 30''

NEC PA302W 30''

From £1,798
  • Screen size: 30''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
LG  32UD59 B 32''

LG 32UD59 B 32''

From £533
  • Screen size: 32''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: VA
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Samsung  SyncMaster P2470H 24''

Samsung SyncMaster P2470H 24''

From £104
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Philips  BDL3210 31.5''

Philips BDL3210 31.5''

From £437
  • Screen size: 31.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Iiyama ProLite TF4237MSC B1AG 42''

Iiyama ProLite TF4237MSC B1AG 42''

From £1,825
  • Screen size: 42''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Samsung  SE 450 DW 27''

Samsung SE 450 DW 27''

From £134
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Elo TouchSystems  3243L 32''

Elo TouchSystems 3243L 32''

From £1,120
  • Screen size: 32''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
3 Offers from 3 shops >
AG Neovo  X-15AV 15''

AG Neovo X-15AV 15''

From £375
  • Screen size: 15''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: TFT active matrix
1 Offer from 1 shop >
AG Neovo  L-W27 27''

AG Neovo L-W27 27''

From £143
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Iiyama ProLite XB3070WQS B1 30''

Iiyama ProLite XB3070WQS B1 30''

From £679
  • Screen size: 30''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
V7  L 215 DS 2 E 21.5''

V7 L 215 DS 2 E 21.5''

From £87
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
NEC  EA245WMI 24''

NEC EA245WMI 24''

From £347
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Hp  LA2306 23''

Hp LA2306 23''

From £541
  • Screen size: 23''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TFT active matrix
1 Offer from 1 shop >
LG  42WL10 42''

LG 42WL10 42''

From £695
  • Screen size: 42''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Iiyama ProLite TE5564MIS B1 55''

Iiyama ProLite TE5564MIS B1 55''

From £1,813
  • Screen size: 55''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Viewsonic  VG2732M 27''

Viewsonic VG2732M 27''

From £212
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Viewsonic  VG2719 27''

Viewsonic VG2719 27''

From £239
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
2 Offers from 2 shops >
LG  34 UC 79 G 34''

LG 34 UC 79 G 34''

From £489
  • Screen size: 34''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
V7  L23600 24''

V7 L23600 24''

From £150
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Lenovo ThinkVision LT2423 24''

Lenovo ThinkVision LT2423 24''

From £212
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
2 Offers from 2 shops >
NEC AccuSync AS222WM 21.5''

NEC AccuSync AS222WM 21.5''

From £196
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Eizo ColorEdge CX 241 24''

Eizo ColorEdge CX 241 24''

From £862
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Aoc  E970 18.5''

Aoc E970 18.5''

From £62
  • Screen size: 18.5''
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Eizo FlexScan EV2416W 24''

Eizo FlexScan EV2416W 24''

From £262
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Iiyama  ProLite B 2282 HD 21.5''

Iiyama ProLite B 2282 HD 21.5''

From £133
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Lenovo  T 1714 p 17''

Lenovo T 1714 p 17''

From £115
  • Screen size: 17''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Eizo ColorEdge CE240W 24.1''

Eizo ColorEdge CE240W 24.1''

From £1,211
  • Screen size: 24.1''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TFT active matrix
1 Offer from 1 shop >

Buying Guide - Computer Monitors

Types

computer monitorCRT (cathode-ray tube) monitors are still being manufactured, but in far fewer numbers than the preferred LCD monitor - and for good reason: a CRT computer monitor is heavy, bulky, and has a lower resolution compared to more modern versions such as the LCD monitor.  They also display in a 4:3 aspect ratio, which is not ideal for watching movies shot in widescreen (16:9) format, unlike the preferred LCD monitor.

A computer monitor's aspect ratio is the ratio of an image's width to its height, so an LCD monitor with a 4:3 aspect ratio is almost square, while one with a ratio of 16:9 is wider than its height.  A CRT computer monitor is sometimes the preferred choice among graphic artists, movie editors and other industry professionals who want the full range of the colour palette, the wider viewing angle and the true, deep blacks that a cathode-ray tube can offer (which an LCD monitor cannot).

LCD monitor types are similar to plasma televisions, both of which have a flat-screen.  No longer will your computer monitor need to take up the entire depth of your desk; a sleek, slim LCD monitor can sit at the back of your workspace and still provide plenty of room for papers, calculators, and other desktop items.  16:9 aspect ratio displays offer an easy way of using one computer monitor big enough to display two documents or images side by side, without the expense of a dual LCD monitor setup.  The LCD monitor has become the preferred standard monitor in households and offices.

Screen size

A 15-inch LCD monitor, once the standard, is now almost impossible to buy brand new.  A 17-inch LCD monitor is usually the smallest available nowadays, and is usually inexpensive to purchase.  If you do not have a lot of money to spend and find yourself in need of a computer monitor, a decent, basic 17-inch model can be purchased at an affordable price.  However, compare prices of LCD monitor models for the next size up, as you will probably find that for a small additional expense you can have a larger computer monitor size.

A 19 to 20-inch LCD monitor is about the median size right now and can be obtained at a very reasonable price.  You can comfortably view photos and videos, enlarge text for easy reading, and work on spreadsheets to your heart's delight on this type of LCD monitor.

The largest monitors, typically 22 to 24-inch LCD monitor models, are the preferred choice among those with serious photo or video editing to perform, or for those who enjoy playing games, especially online games.  Multiple windows can be employed at the same time and fully displayed on one of these models.  A larger monitor with a 16:9 aspect ratio is perfect for watching today's high-definition, widescreen movies.

A larger choice of LCD monitor is available, but you will pay a premium for going beyond the norm.  Also, bear in mind that while flat LCD monitor screens are by their very nature lighter than CRT monitors, larger models get increasingly heavy.

Features and connections

monitorContrast ratio: this tells you the difference in intensity between the whitest white and the blackest black.  For example, an LCD monitor with a higher contrast ratio typically offers better quality, but this can also be a function of the resolution and aspect ratio.

Connections: with digital television ruling the day, and analogue clearly on its way out, any LCD monitor you consider should have all the necessary connections and ports to hand.  Analogue signals, also known as VGA (video graphics array) must be converted to digital signals before a digital monitor, like an LCD monitor, can display them.  This can be achieved via a 15-pin connexion, a DVI interface, and a graphics card, or a strictly digital input such as DisplayPort.

Resolution: when considering an LCD monitor or CRT monitor, a very important aspect is resolution.  Your LCD monitor (or any other computer monitor) will display images much more clearly, when it is run at its native resolution.  For example, a 15-inch standard (4:3) LCD monitor's native resolution is usually 1024 x 768 pixels, while a 15-inch widescreen LCD monitor's resolution is 1280 x 800.

Generally speaking, the more pixels, the more expensive the LCD monitor will be.  If you will intend working with photos, graphics or movies, pay the extra money for a good, high-resolution LCD monitor; your eyes will thank you.  Otherwise, the standard resolution for an LCD monitor nowadays should suit the vast majority of general buyers.

Observe where the connections are located on your LCD monitor.  Some models of LCD monitor have the wires and cables routed through several paths along the back of the computer monitor.  This is not normally the best solution, especially if you know you will need to carry out plenty of changes, such as when changing games consoles.  Opt for easy access to connections, with cables of ample length that will allow you to move and tilt the display without disconnecting anything.  Look for a DVI or HDMI port for hooking up to digital peripherals, a dual display, or a good quality video card.

Speakers: if you are limited for space, look for an LCD monitor with built-in speakers.  While the sound from these will never replace a good stereo or sound system, they are adequate for everyday use, especially if you will be listening at your computer desk.

USB: a modern LCD monitor will include one or more USB ports, which can come in very useful for plugging in peripherals.  Typically, an LCD monitor that features USB connections will also have a built-in memory card reader, allowing you to see photos on the card directly on your computer monitor.

TV Tuner: if you want your LCD monitor to double as a television (or your television to double as a computer monitor), consider purchasing an LCD monitor that comes with a built-in TV tuner as another space-saving convenience.

Buying tips

Before you step into any electronics retail outlet, measure the space where you plan to place your CRT or LCD monitor.  Examine the light in the room and make a note of how close you will be seated to the monitor.  Also, consider the angle at which you will be viewing the computer monitor.  For most people, straight-on viewing is the norm, but if your monitor will double as a television or if it will be used for group gaming, you will probably be better off viewing it from an angle.  In that case, look for a model that experiences less image degradation when viewed at an angle: typically these monitors have higher resolutions and better contrast ratios.

Newer LCD monitor models offer sleek-looking, glossy screens, many of which have touch screen controls.  They are typically much more reflective than the standard matte-finish monitors most people are used to, and you may find the reflections distracting.

Also, consider the warranty when purchasing your LCD monitor.  While monitors are very well made these days, every once in a while, a monitor will stop working, so it is a good idea to have your computer monitor covered in the event a replacement is required.  The industry standard is a three-year warranty.