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Monitors

Samsung  C49HG90 49''

Samsung C49HG90 49''

From £1,040
  • Screen size: 49''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
7 Offers from 5 shops >
Iiyama  XB2783HSU B3 27''

Iiyama XB2783HSU B3 27''

From £211
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Dell  P2418D 24''

Dell P2418D 24''

From £234
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 4 shops >
Hp  Z24 nf G2 23.8''

Hp Z24 nf G2 23.8''

From £193
  • Screen size: 23.8''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
5 Offers from 4 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 >
Asus ROG Swift PG27VQ 27''

Asus ROG Swift PG27VQ 27''

From £794
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
6 Offers from 6 shops >
Viewsonic  VP3881 38''

Viewsonic VP3881 38''

From £1,240
  • Screen size: 38''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Iiyama Pro Lite XB3270QS B1 31.5''

Iiyama Pro Lite XB3270QS B1 31.5''

From £286
  • Screen size: 31.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Iiyama Pro Lite XB2779QQS S1 27''

Iiyama Pro Lite XB2779QQS S1 27''

From £751
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Acer  EB490QK 48.5''

Acer EB490QK 48.5''

From £523
  • Screen size: 48.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
5 Offers from 5 shops >
Viewsonic  XG3240 32''

Viewsonic XG3240 32''

From £485
  • Screen size: 32''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: VA
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Samsung  C49J890DKU 49''

Samsung C49J890DKU 49''

From £918
  • Screen size: 49''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD/TFT
3 Offers from 3 shops >
BenQ  EL2870U 28''

BenQ EL2870U 28''

From £405
  • Screen size: 28''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TN
5 Offers from 4 shops >
BenQ  BL2780 27''

BenQ BL2780 27''

From £213
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
8 Offers from 5 shops >
Iiyama  GB2730QSU B1 27''

Iiyama GB2730QSU B1 27''

From £278
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
7 Offers from 6 shops >
Iiyama  GB2760QSU B1 27''

Iiyama GB2760QSU B1 27''

From £331
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 4 shops >
Acer  V277BI 27''

Acer V277BI 27''

From £192
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Technology: LCD/TFT
  • Brightness: 250 cd/m²
5 Offers from 3 shops >
LG  27UK650 27''

LG 27UK650 27''

From £486
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
6 Offers from 5 shops >
LG  34WK650-W 34''

LG 34WK650-W 34''

From £423
  • Screen size: 34''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
6 Offers from 5 shops >
Acer  VG240Y 23.8''

Acer VG240Y 23.8''

From £160
  • Screen size: 23.8''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Iiyama  GB2560HSU B1 24.5''

Iiyama GB2560HSU B1 24.5''

From £157
  • Screen size: 24.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
6 Offers from 4 shops >
V7  L27HAS2K 27''

V7 L27HAS2K 27''

From £216
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Asus  PG279Q 27''

Asus PG279Q 27''

From £896
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
10 Offers from 7 shops >
Iiyama  X 4071 UHSU 39.5''

Iiyama X 4071 UHSU 39.5''

From £555
  • Screen size: 39.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Aoc  I 2481 FXH 23''

Aoc I 2481 FXH 23''

From £172
  • Screen size: 23''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
7 Offers from 6 shops >
LG  32 MP 58 HQ 31.5''

LG 32 MP 58 HQ 31.5''

From £624
  • Screen size: 31.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
6 Offers from 6 shops >
Dell  U 2417 HA 24''

Dell U 2417 HA 24''

From £344
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Hp  P 223 21.5''

Hp P 223 21.5''

From £122
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Samsung  U32H850 32''

Samsung U32H850 32''

From £673
  • Screen size: 32''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
7 Offers from 5 shops >
Iiyama  B 2791 HSU B 1 27''

Iiyama B 2791 HSU B 1 27''

From £221
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TN
11 Offers from 6 shops >
Dell  AW 2518 H 25''

Dell AW 2518 H 25''

From £442
  • Screen size: 25''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
6 Offers from 3 shops >
Dell  S2719DM 27''

Dell S2719DM 27''

From £322
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
7 Offers from 5 shops >
Samsung  U32J590 31.5''

Samsung U32J590 31.5''

From £840
  • Screen size: 31.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: VA
4 Offers from 4 shops >
BenQ  gw2280 21.5''

BenQ gw2280 21.5''

From £129
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
4 Offers from 3 shops >
BenQ  EX3203R 32''

BenQ EX3203R 32''

From £582
  • Screen size: 32''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: VA
4 Offers from 4 shops >
Asus  Va249na 23.8''

Asus Va249na 23.8''

From £112
  • Screen size: 23.8''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
6 Offers from 5 shops >
Asus  XG248Q 23.8''

Asus XG248Q 23.8''

From £467
  • Screen size: 23.8''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
AG Neovo  U19 19''

AG Neovo U19 19''

From £76
  • Screen size: 19''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LCD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acer  T232HLbmidz 23''

Acer T232HLbmidz 23''

From £325
  • Screen size: 23''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
5 Offers from 5 shops >
Aoc  g2460Pqu 24''

Aoc g2460Pqu 24''

From £146
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 2 shops >
Iiyama ProLite X2483HSU 24''

Iiyama ProLite X2483HSU 24''

From £134
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
5 Offers from 5 shops >
Asus  mg 28 uq 28''

Asus mg 28 uq 28''

From £377
  • Screen size: 28''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TN
5 Offers from 5 shops >
Samsung  S 27 E 330 H 27''

Samsung S 27 E 330 H 27''

From £155
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Technology: LED
  • Brightness: 300 cd/m²
5 Offers from 4 shops >
LG  34 UC 79 G 34''

LG 34 UC 79 G 34''

From £631
  • Screen size: 34''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
4 Offers from 4 shops >
NEC  P 212 21.3''

NEC P 212 21.3''

From £848
  • Screen size: 21.3''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Hannspree  HP 246 PJB 24''

Hannspree HP 246 PJB 24''

From £181
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
5 Offers from 4 shops >
Dell  U2417H 24''

Dell U2417H 24''

From £219
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Iiyama  G2730HSU B1 27''

Iiyama G2730HSU B1 27''

From £165
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TN
6 Offers from 6 shops >
Iiyama  B2483HSU B1DP 24''

Iiyama B2483HSU B1DP 24''

From £166
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
6 Offers from 6 shops >
Asus  XG27VQ 27''

Asus XG27VQ 27''

From £431
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 4 shops >
Asus  Vp28uqg 28''

Asus Vp28uqg 28''

From £253
  • Screen size: 28''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 4 shops >
Asus  PB 277 Q 27''

Asus PB 277 Q 27''

From £269
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
LG  22MK400H B 22''

LG 22MK400H B 22''

From £85
  • Screen size: 22''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
6 Offers from 5 shops >
LG  27MK430H 27''

LG 27MK430H 27''

From £149
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Asus  VA279HAE 27''

Asus VA279HAE 27''

From £149
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 2 shops >
LG  32ML600M B 31.5''

LG 32ML600M B 31.5''

From £205
  • Screen size: 31.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Acer  H257HUSMIDPX 25''

Acer H257HUSMIDPX 25''

From £355
  • Screen size: 25''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
6 Offers from 6 shops >
Iiyama ProLite XUB2490HS 23.8''

Iiyama ProLite XUB2490HS 23.8''

From £191
  • Screen size: 23.8''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
8 Offers from 4 shops >
Viewsonic  VX 2457 23.6''

Viewsonic VX 2457 23.6''

From £189
  • Screen size: 23.6''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LCD
6 Offers from 5 shops >
BenQ  PD 2700 Q 27''

BenQ PD 2700 Q 27''

From £590
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
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.