In an era when computers were used mainly for productivity and surfing the web, monitors weren’t very good simply because they didn’t have to be. Flash forward to today and we’re watching more streaming content and are consuming more media on our devices than ever. That means monitor manufacturers have had to step up their game as a result.
Monitors have gotten so impressive that it can be difficult to even know where to begin when it comes to picking one for your own needs. But thankfully, that’s not something you have to worry about as we’ve created the perfect starting point for you. Below is a list of our favorite five computer monitors, all of which bring something unique to the table and would make a worthy companion to your computer.
Acer SB220Q Ultra-Thin Monitor
The thing that makes Acer’s monitor so notable is that the bezels are virtually non-existent – meaning that nothing is going to stand in between you and the content you love so much. In addition to a 75HZ refresh rate (using the HDMI port, of course), you also get a 4ms response time out of this IPS panel – making it perfect for hardcore gamers in particular.
HP 23.8-inch FHD IPS Monitor
This monitor has it all: integrated speakers, an energy-efficient halogen display and plenty of ports to connect to whatever computer you have. It’s an ultra-slim monitor that’s quite a bargain.
In addition to Samsung’s ultra-slim design and effortlessly sleek profile, this monitor offers a refresh rate of 60HZ. It also features a unique “Eye Saver Mode,” which optimizes your viewing experience by reducing the types of blue light emissions that could harm your eyes and that can even keep you up at night if you’re not careful. It also features an impressively wide viewing angle of 178 degrees both horizontally and vertically, making this ideal for both portrait and landscape configurations.
Like many of the other entries on this list, this BenQ model offers an edge-to-edge bezel design – giving it an appearance that is more in line with what we expect from a TV as opposed to a computer monitor. But the best part is that the included intelligent brightness technology actively adjusts the brightness according to the content you’re actually watching – meaning that you get perfect image quality regardless of factors like ambient lighting conditions. That’s particularly important if you’re planning on watching a lot of streaming content or playing video games.
The ASUS VG248QZ is a 24-inch full HD 144HZ monitor designed for the passionate, tech-savvy gamers among us. The refresh rate is higher than a lot of the other entries on this list – which means that the response time is faster at well, coming in at a stunning 1ms. This monitor also has two built-in stereo speakers – very uncommon for a computer monitor – designed to guarantee that your games are more immersive and lifelike than before. As far as connectivity is concerned, it offers DisplayPort, Dual-Link DVI-D and HDMI ports, so it’s definitely a worthy choice in a wide range of different situations.