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Monitors

Acer  H257HUSMIDPX 25''

Acer H257HUSMIDPX 25''

From £314
  • Screen size: 25''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
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Iiyama ProLite TF4637MSC B1AG 46''

Iiyama ProLite TF4637MSC B1AG 46''

From £2,414
  • Screen size: 46''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
LG  47 LV 35 A 47''

LG 47 LV 35 A 47''

From £1,032
  • Screen size: 47''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Philips  BDL5520QL 55''

Philips BDL5520QL 55''

From £1,281
  • Screen size: 55''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Samsung  UD 46 EC 46''

Samsung UD 46 EC 46''

From £2,058
  • Screen size: 46''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
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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  LH46OMDP 46''

Samsung LH46OMDP 46''

From £2,422
  • Screen size: 46''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
LG  24GM79G 24''

LG 24GM79G 24''

From £199
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TN
1 Offer from 1 shop >
LG  24MP59G 24''

LG 24MP59G 24''

From £134
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Elo  1723L 17''

Elo 1723L 17''

From £576
  • Screen size: 17''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: TFT Touch Screen
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Iiyama  T1634MC B4X 15.6''

Iiyama T1634MC B4X 15.6''

From £507
  • Screen size: 15.6''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Iiyama  G MASTER Black Hawk 22''

Iiyama G MASTER Black Hawk 22''

From £123
  • Screen size: 22''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
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Fujitsu Siemens  L 21 T 1 21''

Fujitsu Siemens L 21 T 1 21''

From £148
  • Screen size: 21''
  • Technology: LED
  • Brightness: 250 cd/m²
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Aoc  i2790PQU 27''

Aoc i2790PQU 27''

From £186
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Viewsonic  VP3881 38''

Viewsonic VP3881 38''

From £1,171
  • Screen size: 38''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
LG  32UD59 B 32''

LG 32UD59 B 32''

From £540
  • Screen size: 32''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: VA
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Viewsonic  VA 2261 22''

Viewsonic VA 2261 22''

From £84
  • Screen size: 22''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Iiyama  TH4265MIS B1 42''

Iiyama TH4265MIS B1 42''

From £1,148
  • Screen size: 42''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Asus  XG32VQ 31.5''

Asus XG32VQ 31.5''

From £540
  • Screen size: 31.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: VA
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Acer  V277BI 27''

Acer V277BI 27''

From £178
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Technology: LCD/TFT
  • Brightness: 250 cd/m²
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Philips  200V4 19.5''

Philips 200V4 19.5''

From £80
  • Screen size: 19.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Viewsonic  XG 2703 27''

Viewsonic XG 2703 27''

From £688
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
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Samsung  LH46LBTLBC 46''

Samsung LH46LBTLBC 46''

From £1,448
  • Screen size: 46''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sharp  PN-E702 70''

Sharp PN-E702 70''

From £5,177
  • Screen size: 70''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
NEC  V552 54.5''

NEC V552 54.5''

From £1,619
  • Screen size: 54.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Philips  BDL3260EL 32''

Philips BDL3260EL 32''

From £428
  • Screen size: 32''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Dell  P1917S 19''

Dell P1917S 19''

From £150
  • Screen size: 19''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: IPS
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Sony  FWL 40 W 705 C 40''

Sony FWL 40 W 705 C 40''

From £692
  • Screen size: 40''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Viewsonic  VG2233-LED 21.5''

Viewsonic VG2233-LED 21.5''

From £92
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
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Iiyama ProLite TH5564MIS B2AG 55''

Iiyama ProLite TH5564MIS B2AG 55''

From £2,152
  • Screen size: 55''
  • 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 >
Iiyama ProLite T1932 19''

Iiyama ProLite T1932 19''

From £483
  • Screen size: 19''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: LCD
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Aoc  M2060PWDA2 20''

Aoc M2060PWDA2 20''

From £108
  • Screen size: 20''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Samsung  LC 27 FG 70 FQUXEN 27''

Samsung LC 27 FG 70 FQUXEN 27''

From £328
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Viewsonic  VP 2785 27''

Viewsonic VP 2785 27''

From £934
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BenQ  BL 2423 PT 23.8''

BenQ BL 2423 PT 23.8''

From £148
  • Screen size: 23.8''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Samsung  C 27 h 800 27''

Samsung C 27 h 800 27''

From £327
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: VA
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Iiyama  E2783QSU 27''

Iiyama E2783QSU 27''

From £221
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TN
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BenQ  EL2870U 28''

BenQ EL2870U 28''

From £283
  • Screen size: 28''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TN
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Aoc  I220SWH 21.5''

Aoc I220SWH 21.5''

From £100
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Eizo FlexScan EV2730Q 26.5''

Eizo FlexScan EV2730Q 26.5''

From £805
  • Screen size: 26.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: IPS
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Lenovo ThinkVision T 2364 t 23''

Lenovo ThinkVision T 2364 t 23''

From £271
  • Screen size: 23''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Hp  VH 22 21.5''

Hp VH 22 21.5''

From £122
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Samsung SyncMaster 900 19''

Samsung SyncMaster 900 19''

From £485
  • Screen size: 19''
  • Aspect ratio: Normal
  • Technology: CRT
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Hannspree  HX193 19''

Hannspree HX193 19''

From £92
  • Screen size: 19''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Aoc  U 2879 VF 28''

Aoc U 2879 VF 28''

From £239
  • Screen size: 28''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Iiyama  LE 4340 SB 1 43''

Iiyama LE 4340 SB 1 43''

From £486
  • Screen size: 43''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Samsung  S 24 F 350 F 24''

Samsung S 24 F 350 F 24''

From £119
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Hp  LA2405 24''

Hp LA2405 24''

From £123
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acer  ET221QBI 21.5''

Acer ET221QBI 21.5''

From £105
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acer  BM 320 BMIDPPHZX 32''

Acer BM 320 BMIDPPHZX 32''

From £499
  • Screen size: 32''
  • 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 >
Samsung  U28H750UQU 27.9''

Samsung U28H750UQU 27.9''

From £329
  • Screen size: 27.9''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Dell UltraSharp U2412 24''

Dell UltraSharp U2412 24''

From £189
  • Screen size: 24''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Aoc  Q 3277 PQU 32''

Aoc Q 3277 PQU 32''

From £352
  • Screen size: 32''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LCD
3 Offers from 2 shops >
Asus  VK278Q 27''

Asus VK278Q 27''

From £244
  • Screen size: 27''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
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Aoc  AG241QG 23.8''

Aoc AG241QG 23.8''

From £399
  • Screen size: 23.8''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: TN
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acer  KG221Qbmix 21.5''

Acer KG221Qbmix 21.5''

From £89
  • Screen size: 21.5''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: LED
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Viewsonic  VP3268 32''

Viewsonic VP3268 32''

From £800
  • Screen size: 32''
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen
  • Technology: IPS
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Asus  VZ279HE 27''

Asus VZ279HE 27''

From £159
  • Screen size: 27''
  • 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.