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Monitors

Viewsonic  XG 2703 27''

Viewsonic XG 2703 27''

From £768
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Lenovo  ThinkVision P27h 27''

Lenovo ThinkVision P27h 27''

From £367
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Acer  XB272 27''

Acer XB272 27''

From £629
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Technology: LED
  • Brightness: 400 cd/m²
2 Offers from 2 shops >
BenQ  PD2500Q 25''

BenQ PD2500Q 25''

From £271
  • Screen size: 25''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
5 Offers from 5 shops >
Acer  G246HLBbid 24''

Acer G246HLBbid 24''

From £101
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Acer  UT220HQL 21.5''

Acer UT220HQL 21.5''

From £241
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Asus  PG278Q 27 27''

Asus PG278Q 27 27''

From £773
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TFT active matrix
5 Offers from 5 shops >
Aoc  E2270SWN 19.5''

Aoc E2270SWN 19.5''

From £79
  • Screen size: 19.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
5 Offers from 4 shops >
Samsung  LH55DMEP 55''

Samsung LH55DMEP 55''

From £1,209
  • Screen size: 55''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Acer  H277HU 27''

Acer H277HU 27''

From £343
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
5 Offers from 4 shops >
Eizo  EV2455W 24''

Eizo EV2455W 24''

From £486
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LCD
4 Offers from 4 shops >
Asus  VP 228 H 22''

Asus VP 228 H 22''

From £284
  • Screen size: 22''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LCD
7 Offers from 4 shops >
Asus  vp 278 q 27''

Asus vp 278 q 27''

From £206
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Viewsonic  vx 2757 27''

Viewsonic vx 2757 27''

From £239
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TN
4 Offers from 3 shops >
Philips  BDM 4037 UW 40''

Philips BDM 4037 UW 40''

From £701
  • Screen size: 40''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
5 Offers from 5 shops >
Acer  BM 320 BMIDPPHZX 32''

Acer BM 320 BMIDPPHZX 32''

From £1,000
  • Screen size: 32''
  • Technology: LCD
4 Offers from 4 shops >
Acer  KG271bmiix 27''

Acer KG271bmiix 27''

From £511
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Acer  KG241Qbmix 23.6''

Acer KG241Qbmix 23.6''

From £141
  • Screen size: 23.6''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
7 Offers from 5 shops >
Acer  SA240Ybid 23.8''

Acer SA240Ybid 23.8''

From £106
  • Screen size: 23.8''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
4 Offers from 3 shops >
BenQ  XL2536 24.5''

BenQ XL2536 24.5''

From £432
  • Screen size: 24.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 4 shops >
Asus ROG Swift PG27VQ 27''

Asus ROG Swift PG27VQ 27''

From £746
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 4 shops >
Aoc  G2590VXQ 24.5''

Aoc G2590VXQ 24.5''

From £228
  • Screen size: 24.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
10 Offers from 5 shops >
MSI  MAG241C 24''

MSI MAG241C 24''

From £280
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: VA
5 Offers from 4 shops >
Philips  200V4 19.5''

Philips 200V4 19.5''

From £93
  • Screen size: 19.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Lenovo ThinkVision T 24 I 23.8''

Lenovo ThinkVision T 24 I 23.8''

From £226
  • Screen size: 23.8''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
3 Offers from 2 shops >
Philips  223V7QHSB 21.5''

Philips 223V7QHSB 21.5''

From £113
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Iiyama  E 2283 HS B 3 21.5''

Iiyama E 2283 HS B 3 21.5''

From £122
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TN
3 Offers from 2 shops >
Viewsonic  VG2233-LED 21.5''

Viewsonic VG2233-LED 21.5''

From £111
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 2 shops >
Iiyama ProLite XU2390HS 23''

Iiyama ProLite XU2390HS 23''

From £159
  • Screen size: 23''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
8 Offers from 4 shops >
Viewsonic  VA 2261 22''

Viewsonic VA 2261 22''

From £97
  • Screen size: 22''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Acer  ET 271 BI 27''

Acer ET 271 BI 27''

From £186
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
4 Offers from 4 shops >
BenQ  GW2765HT 27''

BenQ GW2765HT 27''

From £244
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
6 Offers from 4 shops >
Viewsonic  VX 2457 23.6''

Viewsonic VX 2457 23.6''

From £188
  • Screen size: 23.6''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LCD
5 Offers from 4 shops >
Asus  VW199D 19''

Asus VW199D 19''

From £117
  • Screen size: 19''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Asus  VS248H 24''

Asus VS248H 24''

From £157
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Asus  VS239H 23''

Asus VS239H 23''

From £156
  • Screen size: 23''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Asus  VK228H 21.5''

Asus VK228H 21.5''

From £158
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TFT active matrix
3 Offers from 3 shops >
BenQ  GL2460 24''

BenQ GL2460 24''

From £152
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
12 Offers from 5 shops >
Eizo ColorEdge CS230 23''

Eizo ColorEdge CS230 23''

From £430
  • Screen size: 23''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Eizo FlexScan EV2216W 22''

Eizo FlexScan EV2216W 22''

From £186
  • Screen size: 22''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LCD
4 Offers from 3 shops >
Eizo  FS2434 23.8''

Eizo FS2434 23.8''

From £358
  • Screen size: 23.8''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • 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  E2460SD 24''

Aoc E2460SD 24''

From £158
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Hp  LA2205 22''

Hp LA2205 22''

From £120
  • Screen size: 22''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TFT active matrix
2 Offers 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 >
Dell UltraSharp U2412 24''

Dell UltraSharp U2412 24''

From £193
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
7 Offers from 4 shops >
Elo TouchSystems  17A2 17''

Elo TouchSystems 17A2 17''

From £560
  • Screen size: 17''
  • Technology: LCD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Philips  220P4LPY 22''

Philips 220P4LPY 22''

From £155
  • Screen size: 22''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 2 shops >
Hp Elite E231 23''

Hp Elite E231 23''

From £194
  • Screen size: 23''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Hp  Z24I 24''

Hp Z24I 24''

From £162
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 3 shops >
Hp ELITE DISPLAY E241I 24''

Hp ELITE DISPLAY E241I 24''

From £137
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Dell UltraSharp U3415W 34''

Dell UltraSharp U3415W 34''

From £921
  • Screen size: 34''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
10 Offers from 5 shops >
Asus  VC279H 27''

Asus VC279H 27''

From £193
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 3 shops >
Aoc  U 2879 VF 28''

Aoc U 2879 VF 28''

From £284
  • Screen size: 28''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
5 Offers from 5 shops >
Lenovo  T 2254 P 22''

Lenovo T 2254 P 22''

From £292
  • Screen size: 22''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Asus  ROG MG 248 Q 24''

Asus ROG MG 248 Q 24''

From £304
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LCD
4 Offers from 3 shops >
Lenovo  Thinkvision T22i 21.5''

Lenovo Thinkvision T22i 21.5''

From £253
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 2 shops >
Hp  E233 23''

Hp E233 23''

From £234
  • Screen size: 23''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
10 Offers from 4 shops >
Aoc  G2460PF 24''

Aoc G2460PF 24''

From £243
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TN
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Iiyama  GB2730QSU B1 27''

Iiyama GB2730QSU B1 27''

From £201
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
9 Offers from 5 shops >

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.