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Best Monitor

Dual screen two monitor gaming computer
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A good monitor is almost a necessity to ensure you get the greatest visual effect as you work, study, or play games. The best computer monitors have built-in speakers that can be used as your primary source for audio, or as a backup in case your computer or external speakers go out. Also, look for a monitor with the ports you need. Most monitors support VGA and HDMI. There are options if you use DisplayPort.

Best overall

Dell SE2416H monitor

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Dell SE2416H

For home or business

The Dell SE2416H computer monitor has the highest image resolution available. The 24-inch screen is framed by a small bezel where the power and settings buttons are housed and to provide a little stability to the screen. This Dell monitor will automatically reduce brightness or start sleep mode when it’s not being used. The screen easily handles panoramic views and displays in rich colors. Its base is sturdy yet designed to allow for adequate tilt, both side-to-side and back-and-forth, to position it perfectly. This monitor has both VGA and HDMI ports.

Best value

AOC E2270SWDN monitor

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AOC E2270SWDN FHD Monitor

Ultra-thin

The AOC E2270SWDN FHD Monitor is pretty skinny, but it has a lot of features packed into its frame. This multimedia monitor comes with an adjustable stand, but it can also be mounted to save desk space. It uses full high definition resolution to display images and videos with bright colors and in great detail. Plus the pixel refresh rate is fast, so you won’t be disturbed by blurring or image ghosting. The AOC computer monitor has a VGA and DVI port.

Best for gaming

HP X24c gaming monitor

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HP X24c Gaming Monitor

24-inch curved monitor

The screen of this monitor from HP is curved to give you a full-immersion experience as you play games online. It has an impressive refresh rate of 144Hz, which is nearly double the speed of standard monitors. This means you won’t experience lag or images the fade in and out during gameplay. The HP X24c Gaming Monitor is adjustable for both height and tilt, so you can be comfortable in any position you play. You have a lot of connectivity options with this monitor. HDMI, VGA, DVI, and USB are all supported. It also supports DisplayPort.

Best touch screen

HANNspree HT225HPB touch screen monitor

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HANNspree HT225HPB

Multi-touch points

The HANNspree HT225HPB features 10-point touch technology, so the entire screen is sensitive and reactive to your touch. It features an on-screen keyboard, but can easily be connected to a traditional one. It has a decent image resolution that is displayed on the LED screen and a sturdy base that keeps the monitor secure as you tilt and turn it. It also won’t easily tip over if accidentally bumped. The monitor supports both HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity with flicker-free backlighting and a blue light filter. Both help reduce eye strain. It also has dual built-in speakers.

Things to consider when choosing a monitor

Design

A lightweight monitor is typically easier to move around or hang, though it should also be sturdy. A large base for standard computer monitors, or an a-frame stand for touch screen monitors, offer the best support. Also, keep your eye on the dimensions versus the screen’s total viewing area; some manufacturers don’t account for the size of the bezels in their listed screen size. If you’re looking for a touch screen it’s also important for the monitor to have a large display because of the on-screen keyboards.

Another design element that makes a big difference is the bezels – the plastic edge around the screen. The bezels shouldn’t interfere with viewing capability, especially if you use more than one monitor. Thinner bezels give you more room, allow for better panoramic views while also providing a safety net if you need to flip or tilt your screen. If you choose a touch screen monitor, look for one with edge-to-edge glass. This is because you don’t want to spend your entire workday bumping your finger against the edges of the display. This also makes monitors look sleeker and more attractive.

Finally, on most standard monitors, the display controls, which you use to change the screen’s brightness, color, and contrast, are physical buttons located on the bezel. However, when these buttons are in the same place on a touch screen, you constantly bump them while typing and using touch functions. While most displays have a feature that locks the buttons when they’re not in use, a few house the controls in more practical places. We recommend looking for a monitor with display controls located somewhere other than the bezel if you’re looking at purchasing a touch screen monitor.

Touch Surface

When touch screen monitors first became available, most couldn’t handle more than one or two points of touch, and most of them were difficult to use. Now, many have ten-point multi-touch screens, which means they can register up to ten simultaneous touches at a time, making a variety of tasks much easier.

Touch screen monitors with glass surfaces are the best because they are the most durable and comfortable to use. They also more closely mimic the shiny, glossy screens we are accustomed to on smartphones and tablets.

The only downside to a glass touch screen is its reflective surface; it’s a bit distracting to see yourself and your surroundings reflected in the screen when you sit down to work. These highly reflective surfaces can also cause eyestrain. Some of the monitors we looked at have a matte surface, which eliminates glare but is not as smooth.