Whether you're looking for a capable gaming display or a monitor that works wonders with 4K content, there are plenty of options available. We rounded up some of the best monitors on the market, separating them into different categories.

Best 4K monitor

BenQ PD3200U

We included the BenQ BL3201PH in our round-up of the best 4K monitors and for good reason — it was a killer monitor with exceptional visuals. There's a newer model on the market if you'd like to take advantage of more recent technologies, the PD3200U ($799.99). This display sports 100 percent sRGB with IPS tech for great viewing experiences, and the vibrant colors and 4ms response time make it also capable of some fluid gaming.

This isn't just any old 4K panel. It's calibrated for the designer or professional who requires high accuracy when working with digital content, which is why it received a reward or few. Other standard features include flicker-free and low blue light. Ports include two HDMI 2.0, four USB 3.0, DisplayPort 1.2, and Mini DisplayPort 1.2.

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Best 4K Monitors

Best monitor for gaming


AOC has grown to become one of the go-to brands when it comes to top-quality gaming displays. The AGON series is packed full of excellent monitors and the AG27 ($599.99) is a dream to game on. Whether you have an NVIDIA or AMD GPU installed, there are G-Sync and FreeSync models available. Both come with a 165Hz refresh rate and a 1440p resolution for truly immersive visuals.

There's also a good number of ports, including VGA, Dual-Link DVI, HDMI 2.0, HDMI-MHL and DisplayPort connections. There are also four USB 3.0 ports (one of which is a dedicated fast charge port for your smartphone) as well as two integrated 3W speakers and an audio line in and headphone out. As a bonus, there's even a fold-out headphone stand, because you always need a place for them after a long session of fragging.

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Best Gaming Monitors

Best ultrawide monitor

Acer X34

Going all out with an ultrawide monitor allows you to not only get more done when attempting to be productive with work but also provides more real estate on a single screen for gaming. This negates the need for a second display, which can help with limited space or available ports. There are some seriously good ultrawide monitors out there from LG, AOC, ASUS, and others but the Acer X34 ($999.99) is our favorite here.

The monitor runs at 60Hz, but it can be overclocked to 100Hz, sports a resolution of 3440 x 1440, and comes rocking HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort support. The visuals are stunning, thanks in part to the IPS panel. Best of all, it's curved so it automatically looks awesome.

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Best Ultrawide Monitors

Best 1440p monitor

Dell UltraSharp U2715H

The Dell UltraSharp U2715H ($399.99) is starting to show its age now, but the display made it to a few of our best monitor guides. It's an excellent PC screen, even when compared to newer models from competitors. The small bezels allow for use without blocking out the surroundings and make for an easy time when setting up a dual-screen configuration.

The U2715H is also a solid workhorse thanks to the 2560 x 1440 resolution. Match this with reliable color reproduction, IPS technology, attractive aesthetics, good connectivity and VESA mount support, and you have a screen that's well worth picking up. Ports include two HDMI, a single Mini DisplayPort, as well as DisplayPort 1.2. There are also a total of six USB ports. Not bad for $400.

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Best 1440p Monitors

Best budget monitor


The VX2457-MHD ($139.98) targets gamers but everyone should consider it. What ViewSonic can offer at this price point is astonishing. It's a 24-inch 1080p panel with a two millisecond response time, 75Hz refresh rate and support for AMD FreeSync. If your PC runs an AMD graphics card, that means super smooth, tear-free gaming.

Not only that but you'll find DisplayPort connectivity alongside HDMI, a three-year warranty, built-in speakers, and a dedicated "game-mode" hotkey. It used to be the case that PC gamers had to spend a fortune, but great monitors like this prove otherwise. Even if you don't play games, for the price you'll be hard-pressed to find a better monitor.

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Best Budget-friendly Monitors

Still can't decide?

Take a look at our individual category monitor guides for more suggestions if you're still unsure as to what display best suits your requirements.

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