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20 Different Types of Computer Monitors

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Quicklist: Computer Monitors

  1. Dell 27-inch LED backlit LCD Monitor
  2. ZCYJIKK 12-inch 1366×768 IPS TFT LCD Monitor
  3. SAMSUNG Business S22R350FHN 22-inch Monitor
  4. Planar Helium PCT2435 Touch-Screen 24-inch LED LCD Monitor
  5. HP 24mh FHD Monitor
  6. Sceptre 20-inch 1600×900 75Hz Ultra-Thin LED Monitor
  7. ViewSonic VA2246MH-LED 22-inch Full HD 1080p LED Monitor
  8. LG 24M47VQ 24-inch LED Monitor
  9. SAMSUNG 22-inch T35F LED Monitor
  10. Asus VA24EHE 23.8-inch Monitor, Plasma Display Panel Monitors
  11. HUION Kamvas Pro 24 Drawing Monitor
  12. XP-PEN Innovator 16 Pen Display 15.6-inch Drawing Monitor
  13. BenQ 24-inch IPS Monitor
  14. Orion Images Corp 19RCR 19-inch Rackmount Ready LCD Monitor
  15. HUSHIDA 55-inch Interactive Multimedia All-in-one Smart Whiteboard
  16. XYGStudy seven-inch QLED Quantum Dot Display IPS HDMI 1024×600 Capacitive Touch-Screen
  17. XYGStudy for Raspberry Pi Jetson Nano 7-inch QLED Display Capacitive Touch-Screen
  18. UPERFECT QLED Portable Monitor Pressure Sensitive Touch-Screen
  19. VIOTEK GNV34DBE 34-inch Curved Gaming Monitor
  20. Samsung UH850 Series 31.5-inch 4K QHD 3840×2160 QLED Desktop Monitor

Most people in today’s world of technology use computer monitors daily at work, at home, and at school. Monitors are available in an array of designs, shapes, colors, and sizes. About a year ago, I was in the market for a new monitor.

The monitor I had been using I had for more than a decade before but finally stopped working. I was really sad because it was huge and I loved it.

As a reporter and freelance writer, I use my computer on a daily basis for many hours per day so it was important for me to find another monitor that I really enjoyed using. I researched all the different styles and types of monitors but the main selling point for me was the size.

I made the decision that I wanted a 27-inch monitor, the same size as the one I had, although even larger ones are available.

The History of Computer Monitors

Computer monitors have been around for about 70 years, beginning with the invention of touch-screen technology by E. A. Johnson in 1965, although it did not really catch on at that time.

In 1973 the Xerox Alto computer was released on March 1, which came with the first computer monitor. This particular monitor featured CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) technology and sported a monochrome display.

In 1975, George Samuel Hurst created the first resistive touch-screen display but it was not actually produced and put into use until 1982. We have all heard of, and possibly used if you are old enough, a McIntosh Computer developed by Apple.

The first model was produced in 1976 when the Apple I and Sol-20 computers hit the market. These were the first computers to feature a built-in video output port which allowed for a computer monitor or video screen.

In 1977, James P. Mitchell unveiled LED (light-emitting diode) display technology but LED monitors did not become available for purchase to the average consumer for three more decades. Also in 1977, the Apple II was produced and provided the first color display on a CRT monitor.

By  1987, the first VGA (Video Graphics Array) monitor, the IBM 8513, was released and in 1989, the SVGA (Super Video Graphics Array) standard for computer displays was officially defined by VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association).

In the mid to late 1980s, color CRT monitors could produce a 1024 x 768 resolution display and about 1995, one of the very first LCD monitors became available for desktop computers. One of the first models on the market for purchase was the Eizo L66, which was manufactured and released by Eizo Nanao Technologies.

 

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Computer Monitor illustration with modem, keyboard, console and mouse.

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In 1997, IBM, along with Apple, and Viewsonic, began to develop color LCD (liquid crystal display) monitors that offered comparable or even better quality and resolution than CRT monitors. In 1998, the Apple Studio Display was one of the earliest and most affordable color LCD monitors for desktop computers.

In 2003, LCD monitors became more popular than CRT models for the first time and by 2007, LCD consistently outsold CRT monitors. 

Jeff Han offered up the very first interface-free, touch-based computer monitor in 2006, and in 2009, NEC began manufacturing LED monitors for desktop computers with the MultiSync EA222WM. By 2010, several companies, including AMD and Intel, began to phase out their support for VGA.

Touch-screen LCD monitors began to become a more affordable option for the average consumer in 2017 with prices for 20 to 22-inch touchscreen monitors dropping below $500.

Today, LCD monitors, many of them widescreen models, are common throughout the PC industry.  Because the prices have dropped so much, many people use multiple-monitor setups.

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Computer Monitor Types

There are five types of computer monitors and below is a list with options for each type.

CRT Computer Monitors (Cathode Ray Tube)

These monitors use Cathode Ray Tube technology to produce the picture on the screen and are more commonly used for creating television screens. The monitors use a stream of intense high-energy electrons that then forms the images on a fluorescent screen.

In essence, a  cathode ray tube is a vacuum tube that contains an electron gun at one end and a fluorescent screen at the other end.

CRT monitors are still being used in some organizations and companies but most offices have quit using them because they’re bulky, heavy, and expensive to replace when they break down. This type of monitor is no longer manufactured and will eventually be completely phased out.

An old cathode ray monitor

LCD computer monitors replaced CRT monitors over a decade ago so most people just recycle them when they are retiring their old systems and swapping everything out for new.

LCD Computer Monitors (Liquid Crystal Display)

This is a very popular type of computer model in today’s world. It is compact and lightweight and does not consume as much energy as CRT monitors. The images transmitted by the monitor are clear and have very little flicker.

Disadvantages include a relatively high price tag, image quality that is not always consistent if you view it from different angles, and monitor resolution is not always constant which can reduce the performance level.

— Dell 27-inch LED backlit LCD Monitor SE2719H IPS Full HD 1080p 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz HDMI VGA

A photo close up photo of Dell 27 LED backlit LCD Monitor SE2719H IPS Full HD 1080p 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz HDMI VGA,Black isolated in a white background.

This 27-inch LED-backlit LCD monitor has an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. It is manufactured by Dell and is the one I chose to use with my desktop computer.

It gives a great picture that is high-quality, it is lightweight, and easy to position and maintains. It offers both HDMI and VGA input connectors but does not have a VESA mount.

— ZCYJIKK 12-inch 1366×768 IPS TFT LCD Monitor with AV HDMI BNC VGA Input Portable Mini HD Color Screen Display with Built-in Speaker & Remote

ZCYJIKK 12" Inch 1366x768 IPS TFT LCD Monitor with AV HDMI BNC VGA Input Portable Mini HD Color Screen Display with Built-in Speaker & Remote

This LCD monitor will not take up much room since it’s only 12 inches but it has many features, including built-in speakers and a remote for added convenience.

— SAMSUNG Business S22R350FHN 22-inch 1920×1080, IPS panel, thin bezels, VGA/HDMI, Monitor

SAMSUNG Business S22R350FHN 22" 1920x1080, IPS panel, thin bezels, VGA/HDMI, Monitor, Black

This Samsung monitor provides a great quality picture and at 22 inches doesn’t take up much room on your desk.

— Planar Helium PCT2435 Touch-Screen 24-inch LED LCD Full HD Resolution MonitorPlanar Helium PCT2435 Touch Screen 24" LED LCD Full HD Resolution Monitor

This touch-screen monitor has great picture quality and let’s face it, the touch screen is just fun and easy to use.

— HP 24mh FHD Monitor – Computer Monitor with 23.8-inch IPS Display (1080p) – Built-In Speakers and VESA Mounting – Height/Tilt Adjustment for Ergonomic Viewing – HDMI and DisplayPort

HP 24mh FHD Monitor - Computer Monitor with 23.8-Inch IPS Display (1080p) - Built-In Speakers and VESA Mounting - Height/Tilt Adjustment for Ergonomic Viewing - HDMI and DisplayPort - (1D0J9AA#ABA)

This amazing monitor gives you a large screen with great picture quality without taking up too much disk space due to its ultra-slim design. It offers panoramic viewing with plenty of connectivity so you can use it with multiple devices, including game consoles.

LED Computer Monitors (Light-Emitting Diodes)

LEDs are the monitor of choice for most consumers. The monitors feature a flat panel or slightly curved displays which make use of light-emitting diodes for back-lighting, instead of cold cathode fluorescent (CCFL) backlighting used in LCDs.

The monitors use a lot less electricity than CRT or LCD monitors. They also produce images with higher contrast and are more durable than the other two types of monitors.

LEDs feature a thin design which makes them convenient to place on your desk and they do not produce as much heat as the other types of monitors.

— Sceptre 20-inch 1600×900 75Hz Ultra-Thin LED Monitor 2x HDMI VGA Built-in Speakers, Machine Black Wide Viewing Angle 170° (Horizontal) / 160° (Vertical)

Sceptre 20" 1600x900 75Hz Ultra Thin LED Monitor 2x HDMI VGA Built-in Speakers, Machine Black Wide Viewing Angle 170° (Horizontal) / 160° (Vertical)

This LED monitor will also give you plenty of desk space because it has an ultra-thin design and built-in speakers —very important when you want to conserve desk space.

— ViewSonic VA2246MH-LED 22-inch Full HD 1080p LED Monitor with HDMI and VGA Inputs for Home and Office in Black

ViewSonic VA2246MH-LED 22 Inch Full HD 1080p LED Monitor with HDMI and VGA Inputs for Home and Office,Black

This monitor works well with laptops, PCs, Macs, and POS systems with HDMI, and VGA inputs. It is great for home or office use and provides a very vibrant picture quality.

— LG 24M47VQ 24-inch LED-lit Monitor

LG 24M47VQ 24-Inch LED-lit Monitor, Black

This monitor has split-screen capabilities and is easy to use. It also features a color wizard and comes in a variety of sizes.

— SAMSUNG 22-inch T35F LED Monitor with Borderless Design, IPS Panel, 75hz, FreeSync, and Eye-Saver Mode (LF22T350FHNXZA)

SAMSUNG 22-inch T35F LED Monitor with Border-Less Design, IPS Panel, 75hz, FreeSync, and Eye Saver Mode (LF22T350FHNXZA), Dark Blue Gray

This three-sided borderless display monitor offers a clean design for your workspace.  You can place it anywhere and have a full technicolor experience since there is no color washing out.

It is great for watching TV series or videos or playing games. It also features an Eye Saver Mode that minimizes the amount of blue light emitted making it easier on the eyes.

— Asus VA24EHE 23.8-inch Monitor, 1080P, Full HD, IPS, 75Hz, HDMI D-Sub DVI-D, Adaptive-Sync / FreeSync, VESA wall mountable, Eye-Care, Flicker-free, and Low Blue Light

Asus VA24EHE 23.8” Monitor, 1080P, Full HD, IPS, 75Hz, HDMI D-Sub DVI-D, Adaptive-Sync / FreeSync, VESA wall mountable, Eye Care, Flicker-free and Low Blue Light

This monitor is great for business, school work, or your home office and boasts Asus Eye Care technology — flicker-free, with built-in blue light filters limiting eye fatigue.

Plasma Display Panel Monitors

This type of monitor uses small cells of charged gases to create the image on the screen and these cells can be likened to the fluorescent light bulbs we use in our homes and offices. Each plasma cell creates its own illumination.

The monitors eliminate the need for a separate backlight but they are also heavier than LCD models. Plasma screens also use more electricity than LED or LCD monitors and are more susceptible to “burned-in” images if the monitor is left on for extended periods of time.

— HUION Kamvas Pro 24 Drawing Monitor 2.5K Resolution QHD Pen Display Full Laminated Screen Anti-Glare Glass 20 Express Keys with Dual Touch Bar Battery-Free Stylus 8192 Pressure Sensitivity-23.8-inch

2020 HUION Kamvas Pro 24 Drawing Monitor 2.5K Resolution QHD Pen Display Full Laminated Screen Anti-Glare Glass 20 Express Keys with Dual Touch Bar Battery-Free Stylus 8192 Pressure Sensitivity-23.8in

Using plasma display technology, this device is great for artists and other creatives who want to use it to touch up photos or create artwork. You can draw with this monitor and add special effects to your photos.

— XP-PEN Innovator 16 Pen Display 15.6-inch Drawing Monitor Full-Laminated Technology Graphics Monitor with Tilt Support Passive Pen and 8 Customizable Shortcut Keys (Supports 92% Adobe RGB Color Gamut)

XP-PEN Innovator 16 Pen Display 15.6 Inch Drawing Monitor Full-Laminated Technology Graphics Monitor with Tilt Support Passive Pen and 8 Customizable Shortcut Keys(Supports 92% Adobe RGB Color Gamut)

XP-PEN Innovator 16 Drawing pen display is a great option for artists on the go because of its top-leading nine-millimeter profile.

The monitor is sleek and stylish with a black and silver design and provides a fully laminated screen with tilt support. It allows you to create vibrant artwork that is embellished by lifelike hues and extremely sharp details.

Because the design features both a mechanical and a virtual wheel, you can zoom in and out of your canvas and even adjust your brush size.

It has eight programmable short keys that help streamline workflow better. It pairs well with many of the most popular digital art software, including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

— BenQ 24-inch IPS Monitor | 1080P | Proprietary Eye-Care Tech | Ultra-Slim Bezel | Adaptive Brightness for Image Quality | Speakers | GW2480

BenQ 24 Inch IPS Monitor | 1080P | Proprietary Eye-Care Tech | Ultra-Slim Bezel | Adaptive Brightness for Image Quality | Speakers | GW2480 Black

The plasma-infused monitor is easy on the eyes with Proprietary Eye Care Technology. Its ultra-slim bezel design provides a sleek, elegant look for your home office.

— Orion Images Corp 19RCR 19-inch Rackmount Ready LCD Monitor (Black)

Orion Images Corp 19RCR 19-Inch Rackmount Ready LCD Monitor (Black)

The LCD monitor features a plasma panel which makes it commercial grade level and it can be used with security systems. This is a great option for your business because it will provide an extremely sharp picture with very detailed images.

The monitor has automatic power recovery and is designed to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long.

— HUSHIDA 55-inch Interactive Multimedia All-in-one Smart Whiteboard for Meeting and Teaching, 1080p 10-Point Multi Infrared Touch-Screen Commercial Display Full HD Monitor

HUSHIDA 55inch Interactive Multimedia All-in-one Smart Whiteboard for Meeting and Teaching, 1080p 10-Point Multi Infrared Touch Screen Commercial Display Full HD Monitor

Hushida’s 55-inch interactive whiteboard set computer monitor offers a projection screen, play box, projector, and electronic whiteboard combined in one device.

Great for presentations and various types of meetings the high-definition screen is similar to a home theatre screen and offers an amazing visual experience. Its whiteboard system allows you to display sound, images, and text together at once which makes teaching or meetings much more fun. 

Quantum dot (QLED) display and OLED Display Monitors

A quantum dot display device uses quantum dots (QD), which are semiconductor nanocrystals that produce pure monochromatic red, green and blue light. Many of the more recent commercial products use QLED and photo-emissive particles. 

OLED can make screens much darker for better contrast, even though the screen is actually brighter. This makes it a great option for content that is HDR and for use in brighter rooms with tons of lighting. The monitor comes in a variety of sizes and is very affordable.

— XYGStudy seven-inch QLED Quantum Dot Display IPS HDMI 1024×600 Capacitive Touch-Screen G+G Toughened Glass Panel Supports Raspberry Pi 4 3 Raspbian RetroPie Jetson Nano Xbox360 PS4 Switch etc @XYGStudy

7 inch QLED Quantum Dot Display IPS HDMI 1024×600 Capacitive Touch Screen G+G Toughened Glass Panel Supports Raspberry Pi 4 3 Raspbian Retropie Jetson Nano Xbox360 PS4 Switch etc @XYGStudy

Seven-inch QLED Quantum Dot Display offers Capacitive Touch and works with a variety of devices and systems. It features single-point touch, is driver-free, and supports several game consoles.

— XYGStudy for Raspberry Pi Jetson Nano 7-inch QLED Quantum Dot Display Capacitive Touch-Screen 1024×600 LCD, G+G Toughened Glass Panel Supports Various Devices and Systems

XYGStudy for Raspberry Pi Jetson Nano 7inch QLED Quantum Dot Display Capacitive Touch Screen 1024×600 LCD, G+G Toughened Glass Panel Supports Various Devices & Systems

This type of monitor is great for gamers since it supports an array of different gaming consoles and offers touch-screen technology.

— UPERFECT QLED Portable Monitor Pressure Sensitive Touch-screen, 100% DCI-P3, 100% Adobe RGB, 500 Nits Brightness, QLED Technology 15.6-inch 1080P Screen,10 Point Pressure Sensitive Smart Touch

QLED Portable Monitor Pressure Sensitive Touchscreen, UPERFECT 100% DCI-P3, 100% Adobe RGB, 500 Nits Brightness, QLED Quantum Dot Technology 15.6" 1080P Screen,10 Point Pressure Sensitive Smart Touch

This type of monitor is great for use with tablets, as well as laptops and desktop computers. It does a great job enhancing the screen color performance, has a wider color volume, and delivers better brightness which makes for an exceptionally vivid and lifelike picture.

— VIOTEK GNV34DBE 34-inch Curved Gaming Monitor | 144Hz UWQHD 4ms | 2X HDMI 2.0, 2X DisplayPort 1.4, 3.5mm | G-Sync-Ready, FreeSync | 3-Year Warranty (VESA)

VIOTEK GNV34DBE 34-Inch Curved Gaming Monitor | 144Hz UWQHD 4ms | 2X HDMI 2.0, 2X DisplayPort 1.4, 3.5mm | G-Sync-Ready, FreeSync | 3-Yr Warranty (VESA)

This curved monitor works well with all desktop computers and gaming computers and consoles. It provides a very realistic, lifelike picture that will make you feel like you are actually there.

— Samsung UH850 Series 31.5-inch 4K QHD 3840×2160 QLED Desktop Monitor for Business, AMD FreeSync, DisplayPort, USB Hub, 3-Year Warranty (U32H850UMN)

Samsung UH850 Series 31.5 inch 4K QHD 3840x2160 QLED Desktop Monitor for Business, AMD FreeSync, DisplayPort, USB Hub, 3-Year Warranty (U32H850UMN)

The monitor features two HDMI Ports, one DisplayPort, one mini DisplayPort, and a four-port USB 3.0 Hub with quick-charge capabilities.

Best Type for Various Purposes

Graphic Design

An LCD monitor with high resolution and vibrant colors can help with creating detailed images, and a larger screen size can show more of the image while taking a closer look.

Touchscreen capability like that available on the Planar Helium PCT2435 can let you work without any interface tools, but it may not be as reliable or portable as a dedicated digital drawing pad. Some artists may want more than just the “best” monitor to see how their work looks on other screens.

Eyesight

It may cost a little bit extra, but a large HD monitor like the curved Viotek will reduce eye strain. Going even bigger isn’t a bad idea, either. Monitors like the Samsung Q60B are reasonably priced with ample screen real estate.

Gaming

A gamer gaming with a large monitor.

For a multiple monitor setup, it helps to select monitors with thin bezels around the edges. The bottom bezel may sometimes be larger than the sides, which will only matter for monitors in portrait orientations. Beyond that, a simple LED monitor should be enough for the typical gamer.

Home Office and Business

A businessman working focus on monitor.

Multiple monitors make a massive difference to workflow. Exceptionally large monitors are harder to put into portrait orientation. For those two reasons, smaller LED monitors are usually the go-to choice. Bigger monitors aren’t a bad thing, though, especially for those with eyesight problems.

Streaming

Picking a monitor for streaming doesn’t have a major impact on the quality of the content. A second monitor can be helpful to keep an eye on the stream from the user’s end while also keeping the content flowing, but it isn’t strictly necessary.

Image Editing (Photo / Video)

An editor editing images on monitor.

As an extension of graphic design, serious image editors also may want to have a sharp LCD monitor. For the general population, any modern monitor can handle the task of editing images at fairly high resolutions with no hiccups.

Music Production

A bigger screen can help keep a wide array of mixing tools and visualizers on screen for a smoother production experience. The resolution doesn’t necessarily need to be stupendous, but it should at least allow the user to make out the details on the various infographics without squinting.

Programming

A woman programmer create coding on monitor.

As with music production and office work, more screen space and multiple monitors help with programming. Because of the way code is often written, portrait orientation will show more of the code than traditional landscape orientation.

A monitor like this rotatable 27″ display from Samsung can create a high-efficiency programming station. Programming itself is doable with average picture resolution, but higher-end models may be needed for projects like graphical video games.

Video Conferencing, like Zoom

It’s possible to video conference from a smartphone, so any basic LED monitor is more than enough for a Zoom meeting.

For a meeting room for combined online and in-person meetings, a bigger monitor may be necessary to let everyone see what’s going on. This will matter more for those that are frequently sharing visual information through the conference.

Top Brands

Dell

Dell monitor.

Dell is a popular computer manufacturer that offers several different types of monitors. The company’s lineup includes basic TN (twisted nematic) panels, IPS (in-plane switching) displays , and ultra-wide screens.

Dell also sells curved monitors under its Alienware gaming brand. Features to look for include resolution (1080p, 1440p, 4K), refresh rate (60Hz, 144Hz, 240Hz), and adaptive sync technology (FreeSync or G-SYNC).

LG

LG monitor.

LG is best known for its TVs, but the company also makes excellent computer monitors. Its lineup includes IPS screens as well as ultra-wide and curved models. LG’s monitors come in a variety of resolutions, including 1080p, 1440p, and 4K.

Some models also feature high refresh rates of 144Hz or even 240Hz, making them ideal for gaming. It produces a wide range of monitors for both business and consumer use.

The company’s offerings include 4K UHD (ultra-high definition) models, ultrawide IPS screens, and gaming-oriented displays with high refresh rates.

Samsung

Samsung monitor.

Samsung is another well-known TV manufacturer that also offers a range of computer monitors. The company’s lineup includes both curved and flat IPS displays in various sizes and resolutions.

You’ll also find ultra-wide screens and models with high refresh rates of up to 144Hz. Samsung’s monitors come with a variety of features to choose from such as resolution, refresh rate, and adaptive sync technology.

ASUS

Asus monitor.

ASUS is a Taiwanese electronics company that offers an array of PC components and peripherals, including an extensive selection of monitors.

The company’s monitors range from basic TN panels to high-end IPS screens with 4K resolution. FreeSync and G-SYNC are also supported on some models.

Acer

Acer monitor.

Acer is a Taiwanese electronics company that sells a variety of computer products, including laptops, desktops, and monitors. The company offers several different types of monitors, including TN, IPS , and curved models.

Acer’s monitors come in a variety of sizes and resolutions, including 1080p, 1440p, and 4K. Some models also feature high refresh rates of 144Hz or even 240Hz, which is ideal for gamers who need the fastest and most responsive gameplay possible.

Viewsonic

Viewsonic monitor.

ViewSonic is an American company that specializes in visual display products, including LCD monitors. The company’s monitor lineup includes TN, IPS, and LED (light-emitting diode) models.

Its lineup includes TN, IPS, and VA (vertical alignment) panels in various resolutions, including 1080p, 1440p, and 4K. Some models also feature high refresh rates of 144Hz or even 240Hz.

HP

HP monitor.

HP is a US-based technology company that offers a wide range of products, including laptops, desktops, printers, and monitors. The company’s monitor lineup includes TN, IPS, and LED models.

You’ll find a variety of sizes and resolutions to choose from, including 1080p, 1440p, and 4K. Many models come equipped with high refresh rates of 144Hz or 240Hz.

BenQ

BenQ monitor.

BenQ is a Taiwanese electronics company that sells a variety of visual display products, including LCD monitors. The company’s monitor lineup includes TN, IPS, and VA panels in various resolutions, including 1080p, 1440p, and 4K. Some models also feature high refresh rates of 144Hz or even 240Hz.

Where to Buy

A high-quality monitor is essential to get work done more efficiently and effectively if you work from home. The best monitor should be one with ample space to work on and offer a quality display so you don’t have to strain your eyes to see.

Whether you just need a better upgrade for your trusty old monitor or you need a new monitor because the current one is dead; we have a list of options from different suppliers and retailers and a look at the prices will help you budget in advance. For gaming fans, we have you covered as well. Keep reading for more.

Dell

Dell is doing some exciting things when it comes to producing fair-priced, high-quality monitors. For instance, if you’re constantly looking for a monitor that you can carry around and work remotely wherever you are, the C142H is the perfect pick.

Made to fit whatever bag you carry around, you can use a USB-C to connect it to your laptop for better display and image quality with 1080pixel and 60Hz refresh rate.

Samsung

Samsung offers excellent value for money and every time they release a new monitor, they slash the prices of previous models considerably. Their monitors typically come with enhanced viewing angles with an IPS display.

Some even come with a borderless screen, a fast refresh rate, and a seamless and fluid picture display. You can buy them directly from Samsung or retailers such as Best Buy.

BestBuy

Best Buy is offering a wide selection of monitors from 27-inch smart monitors to 24-inch LEDs; from all your favorite models to some of the newer, more exciting options. Best buy offers free shipping for some of its items and same-day pickup.

B&H Photo

Apart from delivering your choice of monitor, B&H Photo offers the cheapest deals and is not limited to one type of brand, so you can find anything from Dell to HP and anything in between. With $100 you can get the perfect screen to connect your laptop to or go a little higher and bigger with a premium alternative.

Since 1973 B&H Photo has been offering video and photo equipment throughout the US and continues to sell them online. Excellent customer service is one of the major things that stand out for B&H Photo (Newsweek recognized the company in 2019 and 2020 for this).

HP

With lower prices and a wide collection of monitors to pick from than Lenovo and Dell, HP is offering you a better deal on a silver platter with no strings. Say hello to a low-cost monitor that will brighten your work days.

Here’s a list of reliable retailers in the UK:

Currys

Promising “massive savings” on its monitor deals, Currys which started as a bicycle trader in 1927 has grown to become a leading electrical retailer in the UK.

Though the company has been facing problems you won’t be disappointed with their range of monitors. Price cuts on already cheap monitors and free shipping will guarantee you the ideal monitor to work with.

Amazon

Amazon is one of the most reliable retailers and they offer monitors at affordable prices. The best part is that prime-day shipping deals from Amazon will make your buying experience hassle-free. The company also offers monitor accessory suggestions that you just may need.

Argos

At Argos, you can get your monitor shipped the same day after purchase, which is very convenient if your old monitor is dead and you need to finish your work as soon as possible.

The catalog retailer has big screens of 4K and Ultrawide models but if you’re a modest customer their main stock is more moderate cheap monitors.

Photo of dual computer monitors

Frequently Asked Questions

Are IPS better than LED?

Televisions with LED-backlit features use less power and provide, generally, a brighter picture. In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology is simply another type of LCD TV technology. It provides more accuracy in the images while producing the picture and displays more vivid colors from narrow viewing angles.

What is the most common type of monitor?

Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) units are the most common. They are utilized with mobile devices as well as desktop computer monitors and laptops. They have many advantages, such as high-energy efficiency, better brightness, and better lighting, and they have a thin, flat design that takes up less space.

What are the two basic categories of monitors?

The two basic types of monitor technologies that are available to consumers are CRT monitors and LCD monitors. There are big differences between LCD and CRT, and while LCD technology has advanced to the point where its viewing quality is comparable to CRTs, some people today still choose to purchase CRT monitors.

The only drawback is that CRT monitors are extremely hard to find and are not produced any longer. They can be found at places like flea markets, garage sales, and in places, such as eBay, online garage sale sites, and thrift stores.

Do monitors have memory?

Yes, as a matter of fact, they do. Many modern monitors do have memory in them but this type of memory is not used for the same information that’s handled in the computer itself. The monitor’s memory is simply used to control the monitor’s behavior and does not affect the computer at all.

What is a monitor called?

Most often, computer monitors are known simply as your monitor but sometimes they are referred to as your computer screen or a visual display unit (VDU).

What to look for in a computer monitor?

What to look for in a  computer monitor depends on what you need the monitor to do. You may need a computer monitor for gaming, business, creative purposes, or general use at home. 

If you need a computer monitor for gaming, you should go for one compatible with all the features in your graphics card for efficient gaming. In addition,  you should go for monitors with the lowest latency possible (five milliseconds or less), full HD resolution, and a response rate of at least 60Hz or faster for better performance. 

Want a monitor for business use? We recommend you go for an IPS or a LED Display screen with a full HD resolution. The screen should also be wide to allow for multiple computing. Going for additional features like webcams and microphones is also a plus.

Need a monitor for creative and multimedia tasks? Go for a monitor that is specifically designed for content creation. This might mean going for a widescreen with full HD resolution and lower response time (5ms or less)  to minimize unwanted effects like ghosting and motion blur. 

If you need a computer for general home applications like surfing the web and emailing, then a mid-sized monitor with minimal features will do. However,  this depends on your preference.

How long do computer monitors last?

The lifespan of a computer monitor depends on the type you are using, the frequency of use, and the construction material. 

According to vssmonitoring.com, a Cathode Ray Tube monitor will last up to 10 years if used for eight hours daily. A Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) Monitor used for eight hours daily will last between 10 to 20 years. On the other hand, LED and OLED monitors will last between 30 and 40 years when subjected to eight hours of daily use.  

Can you use a TV, smart TV, or a 4K TV for a computer monitor?

Yes. You can use a  TV,  smart TV,  or a 4KTV for a computer monitor, provided that they have HDMI OR VGA inputs to connect to the processing unit of a computer.

Can you use a TV as a second computer monitor?

Yes.  You can use your TV as a second computer monitor provided that your computer and TV have HDMI adapters. All you need is to connect your computer to your TV screen using a special HDMI cable, and you are good to go.  

If you use an old computer processor featuring old DCI outputs, get a simple DVI-to-HDMI cable to connect it to your HDTV or VGA cable via VGA adapters. 

Can a computer monitor be used as a TV?

Yes. You can use your computer monitor as a TV. All you only need is to connect your monitor to the streaming device using an HDMI cable. If you are using an old monitor without HDMI inputs, you must get an HDMI to VGA converter like Morehead HDMI to VGA converter. 

Note: The streaming device must have an HDMI input to transmit signals to the output screen.

Can you use a computer monitor for PS4 or Xbox?

Yes. You can use a computer monitor for ps4 or  Xbox, provided your monitor has an HDMI input. Suppose your monitor doesn’t have an HDMI input. In that case, you can connect your monitor using alternative adapters like HDMI to VGA cable, HDMI to DVI adapter, or an HDMI  to display port adapter, depending on the type of adapter on your monitor.

How are computer monitors measured?

According to pcmag.com, you can determine the monitor size by measuring the distance between one corner of the screen’s viewable area and the corner on the opposite end.

Are computer monitors universal?

Yes. According to techwire.com, all computer monitors can work with any computer processing unit irrespective of the brand or the operating system. This is because modern operating systems like Mac and Windows are designed to work with any visual display unit connected.

That implies you can use a Mac monitor with Linux PC and vice versa.

What to use to clean the computer monitor?

For non-LCD computer monitors, you will need a piece of dry microfiber cloth and 70% isopropyl alcohol

For LCD and LED monitors; you’ll need to use an LCD  cleaning spray like 1:1 white vinegar and distilled water in place of isopropyl alcohol.

To clean, use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe away the dust. Mist a portion of the microfiber cloth with the cleaning solution and use it to wipe the screen, and then leave it to air-dry.

How high should the computer monitor be?

Experts recommend positioning your monitor in a place where its top edge is two or three inches above the level of your eyes to allow for a comfortable view without turning, bending, or straining your neck.

How many watts does a computer monitor use?

The number of watts consumed by a computer monitor depends on the type. Below is a tabulation of the average user’s energy consumption by different types of monitors. 

Computer Monitor Type Energy Consumption
17″ CRT 80 Watts
17″ LCD 35 Watts

Additionally, the number of watts a computer monitor may consume may also depend on your use frequency and habits. More specifically, your monitor is likely to consume less energy if you use it for fewer daily hours and have activated power save mode.

Can computer monitors be tracked?

Yes. If lost, a computer monitor can be tracked using its serial number. However, computer monitors are unreliable when tracing the previous history of web pages or information processed using the monitor because they don’t store any information besides their programmed information.

Can computer monitors be repaired?

Yes. You can get a replacement screen if your standalone monitor is broken. However, the repair cost almost doubles the cost of a new monitor. So, it’s upon you to decide whether to repair or go for a new screen.

What to do with an old computer monitor?

If you have stocked several old monitors in your place that are still functional, you should recycle, sell them at a small profit or donate them. 

Where to recycle computer monitors?

The best place to recycle your computer monitor is at the manufacturing company. If you have several computers that you need recycling, find the product manufacturer online and contact them regarding the same.

Do computer monitors have speakers?

Yes.  Some computer monitors have speakers to allow you to listen to music and other audio. Check for an audio input jack at the back of the monitor to ascertain whether your monitor has speakers.

Do computer monitors have cameras?

Most computer monitors don’t have cameras. However, they can be mounted with cameras at the top of their screens to facilitate virtual meetings and video calls.

Do computer monitors have HDMI?

According to sources, most modern monitors feature an HDMI port at the back. However, most manufacturers don’t include an HDMI cable, meaning you must buy it separately.

Can you bring a computer monitor on a plane?

Yes. Most airlines will permit you to bring a  computer monitor onboard as a carry-on luggage provided that it meets the specified requirements regarding its size and weight.