BUYER'S GUIDE / The Best Monitors
Our pick of the best LCD displays
The 6 best LCD monitors of the moment: the best all-rounder, the best-value LCD monitor, the best budget option, the best choice if money is no object.
This monitor is our surprise favourite of the moment! You may need a large desk to make room for this 32", 13 kg display, but the large screen size combined with QHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels) and a pitch of 0.27 make it a very pleasant model to use. It boasts a nice, deep black (2500:1 contrast) and accurate colour fidelity (Delta E = 2.3). The 12.5 ms response time isn't great for fast-action gaming but it's fine for occasional games and for watching movies.
The ViewSonic VP2772 is a worthy successor to the VP2770-LED, offering a wide-gamut Adobe RGB colour space and in-factory calibration. It's an excellent monitor for imaging professionals or anyone interested in working in WQHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels). Viewing angles are excellent, the stand is practical and there's a good range of connections to choose from.
The Iiyama ProLite XU2380HS is an entry-level display that covers the basics. With good image quality and wide viewing angles, it's an excellent choice for office computing, web work and even a spot of graphic design or photo editing. The only downsides are the basic build (no swivel stand, height-adjustment etc.) and the low-quality speakers. Then again, this is a low-cost monitor.
With a basic but functional set of connections, decent colour fidelity (although the green is a little off the mark) and surprisingly high contrast for a TN monitor (1270:1), the Iiyama ProLite E2483HS-B1 is a respectable display that's one of the best-value options out there right now.
The XB270HU is our new reference gaming model. It was about time someone dared to combine IPS with G-SYNC, and the result is impressive indeed. We were pleasantly surprised by the responsiveness of the panel, which, when coupled with ULMB, displays sharp moving images. Our only complaint is that the ULMB option isn't compatible with 120 Hz mode, but this isn't really much of a problem.
The BS888UHSU is a great way to experience Ultra HD resolution without breaking the bank. It's a 28" TN monitor with narrow viewing angles and lowish contrast, but it makes up for it with high responsiveness and excellent default colours.