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Monitors

Acer  B 276 HUL 27''

Acer B 276 HUL 27''

From £387
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Technology: IPS
  • Brightness: 350 cd/m²
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Philips Brilliance BDM 4350 UC 42.5''

Philips Brilliance BDM 4350 UC 42.5''

From £432
  • Screen size: 42.5''
  • Technology: LCD
  • Brightness: 300 cd/m²
2 Offers from 2 shops >
V7  L 238 DPH 2 ES 23.8''

V7 L 238 DPH 2 ES 23.8''

From £129
  • Screen size: 23.8''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Eizo  EV2780 27''

Eizo EV2780 27''

From £1,160
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
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Iiyama ProLite XU2390HS 23''

Iiyama ProLite XU2390HS 23''

From £124
  • Screen size: 23''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 2 shops >
Viewsonic  VX 2457 23.6''

Viewsonic VX 2457 23.6''

From £162
  • Screen size: 23.6''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LCD
4 Offers from 3 shops >
Aoc  i2790PQU 27''

Aoc i2790PQU 27''

From £178
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
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Hp  Z24I 24''

Hp Z24I 24''

From £209
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Iiyama ProLite XB2481HS B1 24''

Iiyama ProLite XB2481HS B1 24''

From £152
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 3 shops >
Hannspree  HP 246 PJB 24''

Hannspree HP 246 PJB 24''

From £182
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
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Hp  E243 23.8''

Hp E243 23.8''

From £202
  • Screen size: 23.8''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
4 Offers from 2 shops >
Samsung  S22E450 22''

Samsung S22E450 22''

From £119
  • Screen size: 22''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
11 Offers from 3 shops >
Aoc ProScreen Q2577 25''

Aoc ProScreen Q2577 25''

From £256
  • Screen size: 25''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Acer  V227QBI 21.5''

Acer V227QBI 21.5''

From £101
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Iiyama ProLite T1532SR 15''

Iiyama ProLite T1532SR 15''

From £340
  • Screen size: 15''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LCD
2 Offers from 1 shop >
NEC MultiSync X551S 55''

NEC MultiSync X551S 55''

From £5,198
  • Screen size: 55''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Philips  273V5LH 27''

Philips 273V5LH 27''

From £134
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
4 Offers from 2 shops >
NEC MultiSync V652 65''

NEC MultiSync V652 65''

From £2,356
  • Screen size: 65''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Elo  1523L 15''

Elo 1523L 15''

From £514
  • Screen size: 15''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: TFT Touch Screen
1 Offer from 1 shop >
MSI  MAG241C 24''

MSI MAG241C 24''

From £269
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: VA
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Aoc  PDS241 23.8''

Aoc PDS241 23.8''

From £362
  • Screen size: 23.8''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BenQ  ST 650 K 65''

BenQ ST 650 K 65''

From £1,501
  • Screen size: 65''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Elo  1723L 17''

Elo 1723L 17''

From £581
  • Screen size: 17''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: TFT Touch Screen
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BenQ  RL2455HM 24''

BenQ RL2455HM 24''

From £129
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Viewsonic  VP3881 38''

Viewsonic VP3881 38''

From £1,229
  • Screen size: 38''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
LG  27 UD 88 27''

LG 27 UD 88 27''

From £579
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
1 Offer from 1 shop >
LG  32 MP 58 HQ 31.5''

LG 32 MP 58 HQ 31.5''

From £221
  • Screen size: 31.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Aoc  I 2080 SW 27''

Aoc I 2080 SW 27''

From £69
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Asus  PB328Q 32''

Asus PB328Q 32''

From £511
  • Screen size: 32''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Iiyama ProLite E1780SD-B1 17''

Iiyama ProLite E1780SD-B1 17''

From £126
  • Screen size: 17''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BenQ  PV 270 27''

BenQ PV 270 27''

From £871
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Dell  P 4317 Q 43''

Dell P 4317 Q 43''

From £718
  • Screen size: 43''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
LG  34UM59 P 34''

LG 34UM59 P 34''

From £377
  • Screen size: 34''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Samsung  LH22DBDP 22''

Samsung LH22DBDP 22''

From £343
  • Screen size: 22''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Dell  P2418D 24''

Dell P2418D 24''

From £233
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BenQ  ew 2775 zh 27''

BenQ ew 2775 zh 27''

From £139
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
LG  43UD79 B 43''

LG 43UD79 B 43''

From £619
  • Screen size: 43''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Dell  UP3218K 32''

Dell UP3218K 32''

From £3,155
  • Screen size: 32''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Fujitsu  E22 8 TS Pro 21.5''

Fujitsu E22 8 TS Pro 21.5''

From £124
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Asus  VW22ATL 22''

Asus VW22ATL 22''

From £118
  • Screen size: 22''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Iiyama Pro Lite XUB 2792 QSU B 1 27''

Iiyama Pro Lite XUB 2792 QSU B 1 27''

From £279
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Lenovo  L24i 10 23.8''

Lenovo L24i 10 23.8''

From £136
  • Screen size: 23.8''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Lenovo  Thinkvision T23i 23''

Lenovo Thinkvision T23i 23''

From £188
  • Screen size: 23''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Iiyama Pro Lite X 2888 HS B 1 28''

Iiyama Pro Lite X 2888 HS B 1 28''

From £175
  • Screen size: 28''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Eizo  EV2750-WT 27''

Eizo EV2750-WT 27''

From £752
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Iiyama  T2234 22''

Iiyama T2234 22''

From £542
  • Screen size: 22''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Asus  VX229 21.5''

Asus VX229 21.5''

From £125
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Aoc  I2460PX 24''

Aoc I2460PX 24''

From £252
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
LG  29UM65 29''

LG 29UM65 29''

From £376
  • Screen size: 29''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Eizo  EV3237-BK 31.5''

Eizo EV3237-BK 31.5''

From £1,107
  • Screen size: 31.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Hp  Z 27 n 27''

Hp Z 27 n 27''

From £575
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Technology: LED
  • Brightness: 350 cd/m²
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BenQ  BL912 19''

BenQ BL912 19''

From £135
  • Screen size: 19''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Dell  U2417H 24''

Dell U2417H 24''

From £196
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Philips  BDL4271 42''

Philips BDL4271 42''

From £929
  • Screen size: 42''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acer  XF 270 H 27''

Acer XF 270 H 27''

From £310
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TN
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acer  BM 320 BMIDPPHZX 32''

Acer BM 320 BMIDPPHZX 32''

From £589
  • Screen size: 32''
  • Technology: LCD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Asus  VZ279HE 27''

Asus VZ279HE 27''

From £159
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Asus  BE 209 TLB 19.45''

Asus BE 209 TLB 19.45''

From £124
  • Screen size: 19.45''
  • Technology: IPS
  • Brightness: 250 cd/m²
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Hp DreamColor Z24X 24''

Hp DreamColor Z24X 24''

From £630
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
LG  34 UC 88 34''

LG 34 UC 88 34''

From £621
  • Screen size: 34''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
2 Offers from 2 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.