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Monitors

Belkin OmniView Rack Console 17''

Belkin OmniView Rack Console 17''

From £550
  • Screen size: 17''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: TFT active matrix
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Elo  1915L 19''

Elo 1915L 19''

From £604
  • Screen size: 19''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: TFT active matrix
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Samsung  SyncMaster P2470H 24''

Samsung SyncMaster P2470H 24''

From £134
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
2 Offers from 2 shops >
NEC  MultiSync PA241 24''

NEC MultiSync PA241 24''

From £802
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TFT active matrix
3 Offers from 2 shops >
Iiyama  ProLite P1905S 19''

Iiyama ProLite P1905S 19''

From £146
  • Screen size: 19''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LCD
4 Offers from 4 shops >
Hanns.G  HP226 21.5''

Hanns.G HP226 21.5''

From £111
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Asus  VX24AH 24''

Asus VX24AH 24''

From £237
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
6 Offers from 6 shops >
Dell  P2416 24''

Dell P2416 24''

From £114
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
4 Offers from 4 shops >
Asus  Va326h 31.5''

Asus Va326h 31.5''

From £357
  • Screen size: 31.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 4 shops >
BenQ  EW277HDR 27''

BenQ EW277HDR 27''

From £263
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: VA
5 Offers from 5 shops >
Iiyama ProLite T2236MSC-B1 21.5''

Iiyama ProLite T2236MSC-B1 21.5''

From £293
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
6 Offers from 5 shops >
Acer  K272HULA 27''

Acer K272HULA 27''

From £324
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
6 Offers from 3 shops >
Asus  MB169B 15''

Asus MB169B 15''

From £223
  • Screen size: 15''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
11 Offers from 7 shops >
Dell  P 2016 19.5''

Dell P 2016 19.5''

From £162
  • Screen size: 19.5''
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acer  EB 321 HQUAwidp 31.5''

Acer EB 321 HQUAwidp 31.5''

From £253
  • Screen size: 31.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: IPS
3 Offers from 3 shops >
BenQ  BL2420PT 23.8''

BenQ BL2420PT 23.8''

From £241
  • Screen size: 23.8''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
6 Offers from 6 shops >
Samsung  LC 27 FG 70 FQUXEN 27''

Samsung LC 27 FG 70 FQUXEN 27''

From £470
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Acer  VG270BMIIX 27''

Acer VG270BMIIX 27''

From £401
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 4 shops >
Iiyama ProLite T1531SAW-1 15''

Iiyama ProLite T1531SAW-1 15''

From £393
  • Screen size: 15''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: TFT Touch Screen
2 Offers from 2 shops >
NEC MultiSync P242W 24''

NEC MultiSync P242W 24''

From £654
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
6 Offers from 4 shops >
NEC MultiSync V652 65''

NEC MultiSync V652 65''

From £2,601
  • Screen size: 65''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
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Philips  244E5QHAD 23.8''

Philips 244E5QHAD 23.8''

From £134
  • Screen size: 23.8''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acer  XF270HU 27''

Acer XF270HU 27''

From £493
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Viewsonic  VX 2457 23.6''

Viewsonic VX 2457 23.6''

From £124
  • Screen size: 23.6''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LCD
6 Offers from 5 shops >
Asus  VP 247 H 23.6''

Asus VP 247 H 23.6''

From £108
  • Screen size: 23.6''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 3 shops >
Eizo  FS 2735 27''

Eizo FS 2735 27''

From £955
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
2 Offers from 2 shops >
NEC  EX 241 UN 24''

NEC EX 241 UN 24''

From £364
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
5 Offers from 3 shops >
BenQ  PD 3200 U 32''

BenQ PD 3200 U 32''

From £422
  • Screen size: 32''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: IPS
9 Offers from 4 shops >
Samsung  S27H850QFU 27''

Samsung S27H850QFU 27''

From £401
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: PLS
4 Offers from 4 shops >
Asus MB 16AC 15.6''

Asus MB 16AC 15.6''

From £308
  • Screen size: 15.6''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
7 Offers from 5 shops >
Dell  U2718Q 27''

Dell U2718Q 27''

From £433
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 3 shops >
Iiyama  B 2875 UHSU B 1 28''

Iiyama B 2875 UHSU B 1 28''

From £372
  • Screen size: 28''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TN
4 Offers from 4 shops >
Philips  221b8ljeb 22''

Philips 221b8ljeb 22''

From £127
  • Screen size: 22''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Hp  3bz12aa 32''

Hp 3bz12aa 32''

From £379
  • Screen size: 32''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: VA
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Samsung  SMUD 55 E 55''

Samsung SMUD 55 E 55''

From £4,493
  • Screen size: 55''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
LG  23ET63 23''

LG 23ET63 23''

From £360
  • Screen size: 23''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TFT Touch Screen
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acer  K222HQL 21.5''

Acer K222HQL 21.5''

From £79
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
5 Offers from 4 shops >
Acer  XR 382 CQK 37''

Acer XR 382 CQK 37''

From £899
  • Screen size: 37''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
3 Offers from 3 shops >
LG  29WK600 29''

LG 29WK600 29''

From £235
  • Screen size: 29''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
3 Offers from 2 shops >
NEC  EA271U 27''

NEC EA271U 27''

From £758
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Hp  LA2205 22''

Hp LA2205 22''

From £99
  • Screen size: 22''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TFT active matrix
4 Offers from 2 shops >
NEC MultiSync X551S 55''

NEC MultiSync X551S 55''

From £5,194
  • Screen size: 55''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 4 shops >
Viewsonic  VG2239 22''

Viewsonic VG2239 22''

From £124
  • Screen size: 22''
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Iiyama ProLite E1980SD 19''

Iiyama ProLite E1980SD 19''

From £136
  • Screen size: 19''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
5 Offers from 5 shops >
Iiyama Pro Lite B1780 SD W1 17''

Iiyama Pro Lite B1780 SD W1 17''

From £124
  • Screen size: 17''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LED
13 Offers from 5 shops >
Iiyama ProLite X2380HS B1 23''

Iiyama ProLite X2380HS B1 23''

From £164
  • Screen size: 23''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Samsung  DM40D 40''

Samsung DM40D 40''

From £2,012
  • Screen size: 40''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
NEC  P801 80''

NEC P801 80''

From £6,075
  • Screen size: 80''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Samsung  S24D340H 24''

Samsung S24D340H 24''

From £129
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Lenovo ThinkVision T2254 22''

Lenovo ThinkVision T2254 22''

From £173
  • Screen size: 22''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Aoc  G2460VQ6 24''

Aoc G2460VQ6 24''

From £124
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
5 Offers from 5 shops >
Aoc  G2260VWQ6 21.5''

Aoc G2260VWQ6 21.5''

From £90
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
9 Offers from 8 shops >
Iiyama  Ee 2282 HV 21.5''

Iiyama Ee 2282 HV 21.5''

From £327
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
BenQ  ew 2775 zh 27''

BenQ ew 2775 zh 27''

From £196
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
5 Offers from 5 shops >
Dell UltraSharp U 2717 DA 27''

Dell UltraSharp U 2717 DA 27''

From £334
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Viewsonic  VX 2776 27''

Viewsonic VX 2776 27''

From £175
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Samsung  Ue 850 28''

Samsung Ue 850 28''

From £410
  • Screen size: 28''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acer  B 346 CK 34''

Acer B 346 CK 34''

From £1,295
  • Screen size: 34''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
6 Offers from 6 shops >
Samsung  LS 24 D 330 HSX 24''

Samsung LS 24 D 330 HSX 24''

From £107
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Neovo TX 17 17''

Neovo TX 17 17''

From £558
  • Screen size: 17''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LCD
3 Offers from 3 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.