The monitor is one of the most under appreciated components of your desktop, even though it is the main focus 99% of the time. The majority of us are content if the screen we pick is within our price range and can output at a high resolution, but the unfortunate truth is that this mentality holds you back from the visuals treats the tech world has to offer.
You get what you pay for in this world of glamorous definitions and the promise of crystal clear playback, and therefore this list may not be what the cost conscious majority are looking for. However, those of you with money to burn and an insatiable desire for the best need look not further. Here is our top choices for the best monitors you can buy right now.
1) Philips Brilliance BDM3490UC: £707.37
The Philips Brilliance is one of the undisputed kings of the monitor scene and rules with an iron fist. With a huge 34-inch curved screen that can output at a 3440 x 1440 resolution, perfectly tuned brightness scaling and widespread 21:9 aspect ratio it stands as the ultimate gaming monitor on the market. But even if you don’t fancy reveling in some extraordinarily pretty video games, it also functions extremely well as a productivity enhancing display. Because who could possibly strip themselves away from such a pretty screen, after all.
LG make fantastic displays that look great even before you turn them on, but once you power up the UltraWide 34-inch monitor you’ll be blown away by phenomenal clarity and color balance. This monitor adds an impressive and immersive field of view and surprisingly high quality speakers with some seriously meaty bass to play with. Perfect for anyone who wants the full package from a single purchase.
3) Acer Predator X34: £659.99
Again with the curved displays! Well we can’t help it, they just work so damn well, and the same can be said of the Acer Predator. With inbuilt NVIDIA G-Sync, there is no threat of screen tearing or stuttering during gaming, and a sleek design with a variety of vanity lighting make it an attractive addition to any office. You can also enjoy a 100Hz boost to your refresh rate, which makes for some shockingly impressive visual feats.
Don’t be fooled by the relatively unexciting look this monitor hides behind, the BenQ XR3501 is a powerhouse through and through. With a vibrant and high quality panel, a whopping 144Hz and extremely low input latency, there is a great deal to impressed with here. The resolution is slightly lower than other similar priced displays on the market, but it is a tried and true option when it comes to choosing a replacement monitor. The BenQ XR3501 is one of the best offerings in the 21:9 monitor race, so don’t hesitate in checking it out.
Although smaller in size than those previously mentioned, the Acer S277HK doesn’t slack when it comes down to pure unmitigated beauty. Pumping out a wildly impressive 3840 X 2160 resolution scale and unexpectedly clear sound quality from its inbuilt speakers, this is a perfect display for a worker. That isn’t to say you won’t get an excellent experience when turning to gaming or movies, although the size is better fitted to more general purpose activities. Don’t even get us started on how awesome the contrast and color output is in practice, which is guaranteed to blow users away.