PC monitors come in all shapes and sizes, but if you have the room and the budget, getting something that's larger than 30 inches can make a huge difference for gaming, multimedia editing, or just plain old web browsing and word processing. No matter what you use the monitor for, we rounded up the best of the best big monitors that will dominate your office or gaming room.
One of the best things about a big monitor is how great 4K looks when you don't have to scale it down, and this 32-inch option from BenQ is a perfect example. The IPS panel has excellent viewing angles and plenty of ports, including one DisplayPort, two HDMI, one Mini DisplayPort, an SD-card reader, and five USB 3.0 ports.
Of all the 4K monitors we looked at, the BL3201PH offers the best combination of price and performance, plenty of connectivity, all the right ergonomic adjustments, and a good assortment of features in an easy-to-navigate configuration screen.
A sensor can tell when the room is dark or bright and adjusts accordingly, and built-in speakers deliver decent sound. If you need a big, multipurpose 4K monitor, consider the BenQ BL3201PH. It starts at about $700.
Dell UltraSharp U3417W
Ultrawide monitors are fantastic for multi-tasking; you can set up multiple windows side by side, effectively removing the need to switch back and forth. Dell decided to add a curve to its 34-inch UltraSharp monitor to make it easier to see edge to edge. The wide, IPS panel display has a 3,440 x 1,440 resolution and a five millisecond response time.
PCMag was impressed enough to award this monitor with an Editors' Choice, stating:
The Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor U3417W uses an ultra-wide, curved-screen In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel to deliver outstanding color, grayscale, and viewing-angle performance. Brimming with features, it's our top pick for high-end, extra-large displays.
With great color and contrast and a stand that can rotate, tilt, and twist to accommodate most desks, this should be on your short list if you're looking for an ultrawide curved monitor. It starts at about $775.
Gamers often don't need a super high resolution; a 2,560 x 1,080 resolution allows for better framerates and games still look great on a 35-inch curved AMVA display. The BenQ XR3501 has a 144Hz refresh rate for silky gaming, it has built-in speakers for when you aren't wearing a headset, and the color is spot on. The 21:9 aspect ratio lets you see more at once, and ports include two HDMI, DisplayPort, and Mini DisplayPort.
Tom's Hardware named this monitor the best 35-inch gaming monitor out there, stating in its review:
If resolution is a factor, the XR3501 offers only 1080p; but again, we'd urge you check one out in the flesh before deciding as the extra contrast might just change your mind. And don't forget that pushing fewer pixels means you can rock out high framerates with a sub-$300 video card.
If you don't mind not having G-Sync or FreeSync in your monitor, this is a strong choice for big and bad gaming. It starts at about $630.
Sometimes only the biggest will do when it comes to gaming, and in that case you probably want to check out the Acer XR382CQK. This 38-inch curved monitor has an IPS panel, 21:9 aspect ratio, 3,840 x 1,600 resolution and is compatible with AMD FreeSync.
PCMag awarded it an Editors' Choice award in its review, where the site said:
Its massive 38-inch IPS panel delivers crisp, accurate colors and very good grayscale performance, and its sharp curve makes you feel closer to the action than with a traditional flat panel.
The stand allows for easy rotation, tilt, and swivel, and ports include four USB 3.0, two HDMI, and DisplayPort. If you want a big gaming monitor with a 75Hz refresh rate and five millisecond response time, this is it. It starts at about $1,450.
Gamers out there with AMD graphics cards might be looking to take advantage of a monitor with AMD FreeSync, technology that significantly reduces screen tearing and delivers an overall better picture. This 34-inch curved monitor has an IPS panel, a 21:9 aspect ratio, 2,560 x 1,080 resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate.
While some may cry for greater resolution, we think the 34UC79G goes far beyond "just fine" the way it is. A lower pixel count means higher framerates which translates to smoother motion and better gaming. Coupled with the best contrast we've yet seen from an IPS panel and you've got a near-perfect gaming monitor.
Toss in plenty of ports, including two HDMI, two USB 3.0, and DisplayPort, and you're getting a great deal on a FreeSync-enabled monitor that starts at about $600.
ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q
While AMD has its own FreeSync technology that helps deliver a smoother picture, NVIDIA GPU owners will want to look at a monitor that is compatible with G-Sync, like the ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q. This 34-inch curved monitor has an IPS panel, a 3,440 x 1,440 resolution, a five millisecond response time and a 100Hz refresh rate.
It doesn't come cheap, but it delivers an ultra-smooth gaming experience, with rich, accurate colors and sharp image detail. It also offers a generous selection of gamer-friendly features, such as crosshair-aiming targets, on-the-fly refresh rate toggling, and several gaming picture presets.
The built-in speakers aren't going to blow you away, but a 3.5mm jack lets you plug in a headset, and there are also two HDMI ports, two DisplayPorts, and a DVI port. This monitor starts at about $1,200.
Acer Predator XB321HK
If you love a big monitor but don't exactly like the curved trend that is frequently seen in these sizes, the Acer Predator XB321HK might be for you. This 32-inch, 4K monitor comes equipped with G-Sync for your NVIDIA GPU, deep colors and great contrast, and a 9.2 millisecond response time.
This 32-inch, 4K display is as gorgeous and responsive as it is massive, with Nvidia G-Sync support for extra-smooth gaming. The monitor's customizable profiles and extra features are neat, and its built-in speakers are surprisingly rich.
For a big 4K monitor that delivers outstanding performance and doesn't have a curved display, check out the Acer Predator XB321HK. It starts at about $1,400.
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