Updated on September 7, 2015 3:44 PM

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.

Editor's Choice : BenQ BL3200PT

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.

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Store Available Price £
Amazon 365.35 See offer  
Debenhams Plus - 419.00 See offer  
BHS Direct - 419.00 See offer  
Dabs.com - 467.90 See offer  

Experts & Pros : ViewSonic VP2772

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.

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Store Available Price £
Amazon 569.00 See offer  
Laptops Direct - 581.97 See offer  
Debenhams Plus - 587.00 See offer  

Top Value : Iiyama ProLite XU2390HS

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.

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Store Available Price £
Pixmania 129.99 See offer  
Amazon 133.67 See offer  
Dabs.com - 150.00 See offer  

Budget Option : Iiyama ProLite E2483HS-B1

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.

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Store Available Price £
BT Shop - 120.91 See offer  
Dabs.com - 120.91 See offer  
Amazon 122.47 See offer  

For Gamers : Acer XB270HU

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.

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Store Available Price £
Amazon 564.75 See offer  
Ebuyer - 679.98 See offer  

Ultra HD : Iiyama Prolite B28888UHSU

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.

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Store Available Price £
Amazon 326.82 See offer  
Laptops Direct - 394.97 See offer  
Debenhams Plus - 399.00 See offer  

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