Although the best monitors will not increase the actual performance of your computer, everything you see will look much better. You do not even have to worry about breaking up your piggy bank – many of the best monitors available today are affordable enough for everyone to take part in the action. They can also contain higher resolutions and refresh rates than you are used to – a victory for everyone.
And now that 2018 has been rolled around and manufacturers are showing their new screens, this is probably the best time to pick up one of the best monitors. So, whether you are looking for a gaming monitor to keep up with your gaming PC or the best USB-C monitor for your MacBook or Dell laptop, TechRadar has everything for you. We have compiled a list of the best monitors you can buy in 2018 – each tested and personally reviewed by us. So let's dive into it without further thought.
1. BenQ PD3200U
Top for (a part of) the gamers and pro & # 39; s
Screen size: 32-inch | Aspect ratio: 16: 9 | Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 | Brightness: 350 cd / m2 Response time: 4ms | Look angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1,000: 1 | Color support: sRGB 100% Weight: 8.5kg
Design may seem boring to some
Some have a bit of a niche
Now that computers are equipped with the coding technologies that can be displayed as standard with the intended resolution, 4K monitors are being asked more and more often. That explains why BenQ has added the PD3200U, a huge 32-inch Ultra HD display, to its Designer Monitor range. Intended for workers, the company has apparently inadvertently made a screen that gamers can also enjoy, as long as they fit their desks. On the other hand, given the relatively slow response time of 4 ms, the PD3200U is best suited for video makers. For example, 3D designers will be grateful for the inclusion of a CAD / CAM mode, while all others will enjoy the factory-calibrated color accuracy and Rec. 709 adherence.
Read the full review: BenQ PD3200U
2. AOC Agon AG352UCG6 Black Edition
Screen size: 35-inch | Aspect ratio: 21: 9 | Resolution: 3,440 x 1,440 | Brightness: 300 cd / m2 Response time: 4ms | Look angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 2.500: 1: | Color support: sRGB 100% Weight: 26 pounds
Phenomenal color performance
120 Hz refresh rate
Clunky OSD menu
It may be marketed as a gaming monitor, but if you need an ultra-wide monitor, you really can not do much better. Thanks to the fantastic color support, the strong contrast ratio and the fast-paced refresh rate of 120 Hz – everything you do on your PC feels fast, spicy and looks good while you do it. It's on the expensive side, but if you look at all the technology that is built into the AOC Agon AG352UCG6 Black Edition, it's really hard to see why it's one of the best monitors you can buy in 2018 – care just make sure you have the hardware to control it.
Read the full review: AOC Agon AG352UCG6 Black Edition
3. Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ
Screen size: 27-inch | Aspect ratio: 16: 9 | Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 | Brightness: 600 cd / m2 Response time: 4ms | Look angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 50,000: 1 | Color support: Adobe RGB 99% | Weight: £ 28
Beautiful image quality
When it comes to the best monitors, we sometimes come across something that combines so many high-end features that it almost seems alien – the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ is such a display. This beautiful display is not only equipped with an Ultra-HD 4K screen, but it also covers it with HDR and Nvidia G-Sync tech – a trifecta of advanced features that make this the best monitor you can buy today, if you the cash. If you are working with photo or video editing, you really can not go wrong with this screen.
Read the full review: Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ
4. Acer Predator X34
A gaming monitor with attitude
Screen size: 34-inch | Aspect ratio: 21: 9 | Resolution: 3440 x 1440 Brightness: 300 cd / m2 Response time: 4ms G2G (gray to gray) | Look angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 100 million: 1 | Color support: SRGB 100% Weight: 9.9kg
Perfect color accuracy
Limited port selection
Loudspeakers with a weak power
If you get tired of that classic aspect ratio of 16: 9, nothing like the game like a cinematic screen of 21: 9. It might not be ideal to watch Netflix or play one of the few games that does not yet support, but the Acer Predator X34 is a good example of what an ultra-wide monitor can do. With an attractive aluminum edge and a polygonal stand that looks like a crow's-foot, this massive 34-inch panel is a wonder to behold. What's more, armed with Nvidia's G-Sync technology, you do not have to worry about enabling VSync and highlighting your graphics card. The Acer Predator X34 does all the heavy work for you. This is about as compelling as a gaming monitor gets.
Read the full review: Acer Predator X34
5. Dell UltraSharp UP3218K
Screen size: 32-inch | Aspect ratio: 16: 9 | Resolution: 7,680 x 4,320 | Brightness: 400 cd / m2 Response time: 6ms | Look angle: N / A | Contrast ratio: 1.300: 1 | Color support: sRGB 100% Weight: 8.5kg
Amazing 8K resolution
Limited 8K content
Rarely do we encounter the kind of technology that is so far ahead of what everyone does, that we are stunned. The Dell UltraSharp UP3218K is the most recent example. Finding a monitor that can achieve the raw beauty that the UltraSharp UP3218K does would simply be nearly impossible. It is not only the resolution, Dell has also come a long way to ensure that the build quality and color reproduction were the best in the industry, and it did well. It is a very expensive monitor, but it is aimed at professionals – it is unlikely that many consumers would have the horsepower to drive this thing anyway. So, if you are a professional looking for the best monitor for your work, then look no further.
Read the full review: Dell UltraSharp UP3218K
- This product is only available in the US and the UK at the time of this writing. Australian readers: view a good alternative in the BenQ PD3200U
6. Asus MG248Q
A reasonable price for 144Hz and Adaptive Sync
Screen size: 23.6 inches Aspect ratio: 16: 9 | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Brightness: 350 cd / m2 Response time: 1ms | Look angle: 170/160 | Contrast ratio: 100000000: 1 | Color support: SRGB 100%, Adobe RGB 72% Weight: 16.9 kg
Refresh frequency of 144Hz
1ms response time
Adaptive synchronization for AMD, only for Intel
If your computer can not play 4K or even 1440p games, the Asus MG248Q is the best alternative. Although the Asus MG248Q only has a 1080p TN panel, instead of IPS, it compensates for any shortcomings with super-fast response times and Adaptive Sync. The latter reduces the tearing of the screen if you have an AMD graphic card, a clear demonstration that the MG248Q fits the budget gamer. On the other hand, even Nvidia fans can look forward to the refresh rate of 144 Hz. But without the right GPU equipped, you might be better off saving for the Asus ROG Swift PG248Q with G-sync.
Read the full review: Asus MG248Q
- This product is only available in the USA at the time of writing. British and Australian readers: view a good alternative in the Acer S277HK
7. Alienware 25
A ubiquitous solution for screening cracks
Screen size: 24.5-inch | Aspect ratio: 16: 9 | Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 | Brightness: 400 cd / m2 Response time: 1ms | Look angle: 170/160 | Contrast ratio: 1,000: 1 | Color support: sRGB 119% Weight: 11.7kg
High refresh rate
Depending on your budget, this can destroy the bank in classic Alienware style, but the Dell's 25-inch gaming monitor will not tear your screen. Whether you choose Team Red or Team Green for your graphic needs, there is a configuration designed specifically for you. By removing part of the heavy work from the GPU that would otherwise be spent on VSync, the refresh rate of 120 Hz of the Alienware 25 could in fact be viable. So as long as your graphics card can handle it, you can expect to reach 120 frames per second. The response time of 1 ms is just gravy.
Read the full review: Alienware 25
8. BenQ Zowie XL2540
A monitor tailored to the needs of professional gamers
Screen size: 24-inch | Aspect ratio: 16: 9 | Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 | Brightness: 400 cd / m2 Response time: 1ms | Look angle: 170/160 | Contrast ratio: 1000: 1 | Color support: NTSC 72% Weight: 7.5kg
High refresh rates
Limited attraction outside of pro-gamers
At first glance, you may not believe it, but the BenQ Zowie XL2540 is at least the gaming monitor that is the Asus Predator X34. And although it may not look like it looks from the inside out, it does its work remarkably well, with dazzling light effects for a refreshing 240Hz refresh rate and almost immediately 1ms response time. There is no G-Sync or FreeSync, because this monitor assumes that you already have a rig that is sufficient to eliminate screen tears by itself. Instead, this monitor keeps it simple by providing you with lots of visual presets, a control panel "S Switch" for managing those presets and even a few adjustable light curtains.
9. LG 34UC79G-B
A reasonable access route to ultra-wide and FreeSync
Screen size: 34-inch | Aspect ratio: 21: 9 | Resolution: 2,560 x 1,080 | Brightness: 250 cd / m2 Response time: 10.3ms | Look angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000: 1 | Color support: sRGB 92.1% Weight: 8.6 kg
Curved 21: 9 screen design
Less resolution than rivals
Ineffective game modes
If you use games with AMD or Intel-based graphics cards and you want to use ultra-wide displays without spending a fortune, this is the monitor you need to watch out for. At 34 inches diagonal, the LG 34UC79G-B is equipped with AMD FreeSync for elimination of screen cracks and a 21: 9 aspect ratio that is most suitable for games and movies. Although the resolution is lower than that of many other widescreen displays on the market, it can not be denied that the LG 34UC79G-B delivers a clear picture – and with astonishing color accuracy. Moreover, you can change the altitude, which is more than can be said for even some of the more expensive 4K monitors available today.
Read the full review: LG 34UC79G-B
10. HP Omen X 35
Screen size: 35-inch | Aspect ratio: 21: 9 | Resolution: 3,440 x 1,440 | Brightness: 300 cd / m2 Response time: 4ms | Look angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 2.500: 1: Color support: sRGB 98.7% | Weight: 26.4 pounds
If you are planning to pick up a new one Nvidia Turing graphics card at launch (we can not blame you), you will want a monitor that can use that powerful graphics card. The HP Omen X 35 is perhaps the best gaming monitor for you. With a WQHD screen with 98.7% sRGB coverage, the best PC games will appear on this screen. And it is G-sync enabled, so you do not even have to worry about tearing the screen or artifacts.
Read the full review: HP Omen X 35
Gabe Carey and Bill Thomas also contributed to this article