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If you're looking for a new computer monitor, you probably want one that will 1) offer a good selection of the best technologies available today and 2) last for a really, really long time so you don't have to spend this much money again. Well, we've gathered up a few of the best computer monitors available on the market that meet both 1 and 2, with the added bonus of 3) fairly reasonable prices. Take a look!
Also, we like to add a word about 4k resolution here before things get too complicated: Computer display screens tend to vary in size – especially when it comes to width. When width increases, pixels increase too. However, this leads to some odd resolution numbers that are a lot larger than 1080p but don't exactly look like 4K. This is because 4K is a very casual industry term that works best with TVs, while the more catch-all term “ultra HD” is more authentic for the variety of pixel ratios that computer monitors have. When in doubt, look at the actual pixel numbers to make a decision. The more you know!
There are certain features that all good monitors share – and this Dell model has just about all of them. That 27-inch screen, for example, is one of our favorite sizes: It's small enough to find on most desks and tables, but large for multitasking and a variety of different work projects or games. The resolution is also ultra HD at 2560 x 1440, so you'll be able to easily adjust windows without losing clarity, working on more demand design projects, or just enjoy your latest movie download with every detail just right.
There are few extra features available for this model, which is Dell's way of keeping the price as low as possible. However, you do get the much underestimated feature of full adjustability, including tilt, height, pivot, and swivel to get whatever angle that you want for your work.
One downside to be aware of is that, because of availability issues, this monitor may be difficult to find in some locations.
At 28 inches, this monitor is a bit larger than our Dell and Asus picks, but still small enough to easily fit on your desk. There's more focus on motion here, which makes this display an excellent pick if you like to use your monitor for more entertainment activities and fewer spreadsheets. There are modes to reduce eyestrain and screen flickers, as well as a 1-millisecond response time and optimization software for video. Resolution is also particularly high at 3840 x 2160 pixels.
Of course, if you want an entertainment monitor you probably have strict needs when it comes to display ports. Fortunately this Samsung model comes with DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 for you to work with. However, it's important to note that it uses AMD FreeSync tech, which is incompatible with Nvidia G-Sync if that's a particular battle that you're invested in.
This monitor hits the mainstream for nearly all of its specs, which include a 27-inch screen with a 2560 x 1440 resolution using IPS technology. There are filters for reducing eyestrain and flicker, as well as the ability to easily adjust the monitor to whatever angle you prefer. The refresh is top notch at 144Hz for those of you who love action (response time is down to 4ms, but hopefully this is less important to you), while several game-oriented display modes allow you to customize your gaming experience for best results. Ports include DisplayPort, HDMI/MHL, and USB 3.0. In other words, if you want a cutting-edge monitor at an affordable price, this is a model to consider.