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Best computer monitors 2022

Razer Raptor 27
Razer Raptor 27 (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

A monitor is the most crucial accessory for any PC since you wouldn't be able to see what you're doing without one. Whether you're looking for a capable gaming display or a monitor that works wonders with 4K content, there are plenty of options available, including the Razer Raptor. We rounded up some of the best computer monitors on the market, separating them into different categories for you to choose one easily.

Best overall: Razer Raptor 27

Razer Raptor 27

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Razer Raptor 27

Perfect for gaming or graphics work

Reasons to buy

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Non-glare IPS WQHD
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Outstanding color accuracy
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HDR + 144Hz
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Cable management and design
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NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Proprietary cables

The Razer Raptor 27 comes rocking a 2560x1440 resolution, a 144Hz refresh rate, and HDR 400 certification. You'll get either AMD FreeSync or NVIDIA G-Sync compatibility and a max brightness of around 420 cd/m², making this quite the compelling gaming monitor.

It's not just gaming where this panel truly shines, however. There are plenty of ports, including DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, USB Type-A 3.2 Passthrough, and a single USB Type-C PD (DP1.4 in Alt-mode). It's friendly with DCI-P3, has a non-glare finish on the panel itself, AdobeRGB color accuracy, and the WQHD resolution make this a suitable choice for photo and video editing.

Razer has managed to strike a remarkable balance between gaming, pro graphics, and a stylish design.

Using the Raptor with other Razer Chroma hardware makes for quite the visual experience too.

The design of the Raptor 27 breaks the mold a little, including RGB lighting and fresh-looking cable management. It's an extreme solution, but many PC gamers want nothing but a tight, clean, and minimal design, and the Raptor 27 fills that niche unlike any other display on the market.

It's not a cheap panel, but Razer has managed to strike a remarkable balance between gaming, pro graphics, and a stylish design that has been absent from this category.

Runner-up: BenQ PD3200U

BenQ PD3200U

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BenQ PD3200U

Best 4K monitor for most PC owners

Reasons to buy

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Thin bezel
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Sleek design
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USB-C connectivity
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Adjustable stand
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Strong warranty

Reasons to avoid

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No FreeSync or G-Sync
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Relatively costly
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No HDR

The BenQ PD3200U has been included in numerous roundups here at Windows Central for a good reason. It's a killer panel with full support for 4K (UHD). Should you enjoy the additional screen real estate or simply need a panel to enjoy 4K content on the PC, this is one worth considering.

What makes it so good is the gorgeous slim build and design, adjustable, sturdy stand, wide viewing angles — thanks to being an IPS panel — and USB-C connectivity (with an integrated dock) alongside DisplayPort and HDMI. For visuals, it makes the content really pop on-screen, comes with the standard 60Hz refresh rate you'd find on many 4K monitors, and an 8ms response time.

There's no synchronization tech, nor is there HDR, but at this price, it's a solid 4K monitor pick. When you need a no-thrills display that will let you get everything done through the workday, this BenQ screen is a great pick.

Best value: LG 24GL600F

LG 24GL600F

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LG 24GL600F

Excellent gaming monitor value

Reasons to buy

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144Hz refresh rate
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FreeSync
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Easy to use, intuitive controls
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Lots of display inputs
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1ms response time

Reasons to avoid

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No height or rotation adjust
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Not the greatest viewing angles
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Chunky bezels

This may technically be a gaming monitor, but we couldn't leave the LG 24GL600F out since it offers excellent overall value. For specifications, we're talking about a 144Hz refresh rate, a 1ms response time, and support for AMD FreeSync. That not only makes it good for general PC use but also as a solid gaming monitor.

It's also great for console gaming if you happen to have an Xbox located nearby. The only drawbacks to this display are the lack of any adjustment for height or rotation. Because of the panel tech, it doesn't rock the best viewing angles, and the bezels are on the chunky side.

Best gaming: LG UltraGear 38GN950-B

Lg 38gn950 B Reco

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LG UltraGear 38GN950-B

Butter-smooth gaming

Reasons to buy

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144Hz refresh rate
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G-Sync
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Easy to use, intuitive controls
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Lots of display inputs
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1ms response time

Reasons to avoid

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Requires more desk space
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Weaker contrast
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Pricey

If you're on the hunt for a gaming monitor, look no further than the exquisite LG UltraGear 38GN950-B. It's a monstrous monitor, rocking an ultrawide resolution of 3840x1600, which makes it perfect for gaming between 2K and 4K. The refresh rate is 144Hz, which is more than enough for a smooth gaming experience, so too is the 1ms response time.

You'll be able to fully appreciate the color accuracy and immersive performance thanks to the thin bezels and curved IPS panel. There's even HDR to bring games to life a little better with the latest graphics cards. The NVIDIA G-Sync is another great feature to use if you have an NVIDIA GPU, matching the refresh rates of the card and display.

This is one fine gaming monitor, but it comes at a steep price.

Best budget gaming: LG UltraGear 27GL850-B

LG UltraGear 27GL850-B

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LG UltraGear 27GL850-B

More affordable gaming

Reasons to buy

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Thin bezels
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1440p gaming
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G-Sync
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144Hz refresh rate
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1ms response time

Reasons to avoid

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No HDR

The LG UltraGear 27GL850-B is one of our favorite gaming monitors, which is largely why it's included in our best PC gaming monitors roundup. It's a 27-inch QHD monitor with everything you need in a capable gaming monitor.

HDR, which is largely reserved for high-end displays, isn't present here, but the monitor has a stellar 144Hz refresh rate and a fantastically low 1ms response time. Paired with the thin bezels and superb color accuracy, these features mean your games will look more immersive.

The benefits extend to gameplay as well, as a higher refresh rate and low response time mean that gameplay will look cleaner, crisper, and smoother. The monitor comes with the ability to adjust the height, swivel, and tilt so that you can find a viewing angle that works for you. There's even G-Sync!

Best creative: BenQ PD2720U

BenQ PD2720U

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BenQ PD2720U

Beautiful design for design work

Reasons to buy

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Outstanding color accuracy
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Three-year warranty
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Beautiful design
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Fully adjustable stand
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Generous port selection

Reasons to avoid

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Forgettable speakers
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Expensive

For professionals, the BenQ PD2720U is a no-brainer. The display rocks a 4K resolution, outstanding color accuracy calibrated out-the-box, and a beautiful design to go with all these excellent specifications.

As well as being specially calibrated for sRGB, AdobeRGB, and DCI-P3 color gamuts, allowing for a range of uses in design, photography, and development, plenty of color presets make it easy to switch tasks without much hassle quickly. There's even an included control puck to add even more convenience and improve overall work efficiency. You won't get amazing sound through the speakers, but that's not what this monitor is for.

It's tough to relay the crisp and vivid picture through photos, but the picture is absolutely stunning, especially when HDR10 is enabled. Overall, it's an excellent display for creatives.

Best budget creative: BenQ SW2700PT

BenQ SW2700PT

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BenQ SW2700PT

Great value professional display

Reasons to buy

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High-quality build with a versatile stand
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Hotkey puck for convenient picture control
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Outstanding color reproduction and HDR10
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16-bit 3D LUT
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Generous port selection, including USB-C

Reasons to avoid

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Not 4K
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A move to 16:10 would-be killer
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60Hz refresh rate

The BenQ SW2700PT is rather special. The company makes some of the best monitors on the market for professionals, and the SW2700PT is more affordable than you may believe at first. The highlight of this panel is the color reproduction and visual clarity — both are ridiculously good.

This monitor comes with 2560x1440 resolution, a 60Hz refresh rate, a response time of 5ms, and a brightness of around 300 nits for raw specs. Those aren't the best specifications around, and you'd be able to find brighter and faster displays, but for color accuracy, this is better than most monitors around this price point.

Gamut scoring sees this panel achieve a rate of 99% AdobeRGB, 97% DCI-P3, and 100% sRGB, making it perfect for photographers and creatives who work with software like Adobe Photoshop. You may not like this BenQ display because of the lack of 4K and the 16:9 aspect ratio, not to mention the rather mediocre 60Hz refresh rate.

Best ultrawide: BenQ EX3501R

BenQ EX3501R

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BenQ EX3501R

Exceptional display for creatives

Reasons to buy

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Color accuracy
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HDR10 certified
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3440x1440 resolution
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100Hz refresh rate

Reasons to avoid

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No VESA mounting
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No 4K

OK, so this is the largest display in our collection. The BenQ EX3501R is one display that can replace a dual-panel setup. With a 3440x1440 resolution, a 100Hz refresh rate, HDR10 certification, and a max brightness of around 300 cd/m², it's a solid display for not only creatives but general PC owners too.

It comes with plenty of ports, including a single DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0, two USB Type-A 3.0, and a single One USB 3.0 Type-C (fast-charging). Because this is BenQ, the monitor boasts excellent color accuracy out of the box. Content looks stunning on-screen.

Some folk may find it a little too big, however, for a desk environment. It's also not 4K, which is a shame, and there's no support for VESA mounting, so be sure to pack away your dedicated monitor arms. Still, it's a superb display for those seeking an ultrawide panel.

Bottom line

The best overall PC monitor is a tough choice to make. You have to decide what you want in a monitor before picking a random one off the shelf. Do you need something for gaming (we have a few recommendations for best gaming monitors), creative work, or just general PC work? Gaming enthusiasts require a low response time and high refresh rate, while creatives will enjoy excellent color accuracy.

There are so many great options out there as our collection here showcases. Still, the top pick we'd recommend you buy goes to the Razer Raptor. Gorgeous looks with exceptional color output are matched by a 2560x1440 resolution, a 144Hz refresh rate, and HDR 400 certification. It's definitely pricey, but overall, it's one of the best monitors out there for most people.

If you're looking to play some games, we'd recommend the excellent LG UltraGear 38GN950-B. This monitor is a monster for gaming, coming with a 3840x1600 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate with G-Sync, and striking design.

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.