For some people, a screen is all they need. But for some of us, a second or third monitor can make a big difference to our mental health and productivity.
Different jobs require different monitors, and buyers have a wide budget. That’s why we’ve put together a list of great monitors that should have something for everyone, from small second monitors to large high-end monitors that can handle just about anything.
The best monitors won’t speed up your computer, but they can make your experience much better by making everything easier to see and read and increasing productivity. And, if you ask us, the best monitors are also affordable, so everyone can find an affordable screen that won’t hurt their eyes. With high pixel density, fast refresh rates, and so many different panel sizes, finding the best monitor has never been easier….
So which is the best ultra-wide monitor for you? Well, the main factor you want to consider is size. With the main selling point of these screens being their extended screens, you will want to make sure that they fit into the space you have planned. Most of the ultra-wide monitors in this Roundup are about 34 inches in size, but larger screens are also available. Make sure you have enough space (and money) on your desk before investing in your chosen model, the largest screens are also extremely heavy.
Here are some of the best monitors for you…..
Now that the best PCs can operate 4K more easily than ever before, the best 4K monitors are everywhere. That’s why BenQ has launched the PD3200U, a massive 32-inch ultra-HD display, as part of its designer monitor series. Marketed to creative and professional users, BenQ seems to have accidentally developed a panel that players can fall behind as long as they have room on their desks. But with factory calibrated color accuracy and CAD/CAM mode, 3D designers will love this display.
AOC Agon AG352UCG6 Black Edition
The AOC Agon AG352UCG6 Black Edition is a game monitor through and through, but it’s one of the best monitors if you need an extremely wide display. With its sublime color support, strong contrast ratio and lightning-fast 120Hz refresh rate, everything you do on your PC will look and feel better and faster. It’s on the expensive side, but this ultra-wide monitor can significantly increase productivity so it’s worth it. As long as you have the hardware to operate it, it’s one of the best monitors on the market.
The Ultrasharp U3417W from Dell is still a good choice if you want a large, ultra-wide monitor for general use, but it’s not for everyone. If you care more about gaming than productivity, you can save some money and still enjoy the extra immersiveness of a curved screen with the Samsung CHG70 (available in 27-inch and 32-inch versions). It adds features like HDR and FreeSync 2 support that the Dell lacks – not to mention a much higher refresh rate – and unlike many gamer-oriented monitors, it doesn’t look too out of place when it works twice in the home office.
ViewSonic markets its VX2457 monitor primarily as a budget-friendly option for gamers, but Windows Central highlights it as a great, affordable monitor for everyone. There’s also a smaller 22-inch model and a larger 27-incher, but the 24-incher at $130 will probably provide the best bang-for-the-buck for most people. However, like many less expensive gaming monitors, the VX2457 uses a TN display that offers better response time and refresh rate than the IPS panels you’ll find in this price range, albeit with some cost for color accuracy and viewing angle.
Dell’s latest ultra-wide display – the Dell Ultrasharp U3419W – maintains its leading position on our list, thanks to a winning combination of excellent image quality, great connectivity and great build quality. In addition to two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort connector, it now also features a USB-C, which can simultaneously connect the display to a laptop and provide up to 90W of power for charging.
It has a KVM function for connected devices as well. Connect a single keyboard and mouse to the USB ports upstream to control two computers at the same time, both of which are visible at the same time via the Picture-By-Picture function. For graphic work, 10-bit color and 99% sRGB coverage also means excellent image quality. Although the U3419W is slightly more expensive than its predecessor (the also excellent Dell Ultrasharp U3415W), we think that the extra features and more modern connectivity make the extra expenses worthwhile.
Designed for gaming, the LG 34UC79G is a well-priced ultra-wide monitor with DisplayPort plus dual HDMI. There’s a potential drawback: at 2, 560 x 1, 080, it doesn’t have as high a resolution as more expensive options – LG chose native 144Hz performance instead. However, we chose color accuracy, contrast and reduction of motion blur instead of high pixel count – and in most of these areas the LG delivers 34UC79G. The LG 34UC79G has a great contrast ratio and black levels, as well as vivid colors, but some calibration is required for maximum accuracy. The monitor also features a number of technologies designed to improve gaming performance, including AMD FreeSync (50-144Hz range) to reduce stuttering and motion blur. There is also a fast 1ms response time. A cheaper 29-inch version is also available.
Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC
The Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC, a close competitor to Dell, has sRGB color coverage of up to 99% and comes with a 4K UHD (3840×2160) resolution 40-inch LED panel, making every pixel of your project stand out.
Phillips’ proprietary VA LED screen technology allows for more vivid images using advanced vertical alignment technology to not only improve the contrast quality of your images, but also the richness and can improve the viewing angle, making it visible from a wider angle.
All the usual suspects are there regarding the types of connections that you can find on the monitor. HDMI, DisplayPort and D-Sub are the most common connectors on a high-end monitor. Philips gives its customer a bonus with the addition of a mini DisplayPort input and a MHL HDMI port, which allows you to connect a tablet or smartphone and mirror the screen without delay. The only drawback is that the monitor only supports 1080 resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate when the MHL is active.
The Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC is a competitor not only in performance but also in price compared to the Dell monitor, and the Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC is an affordable monitor that performs as well as a monitor that costs three times as much.
Choosing the right monitor makes it much easier to complete any project with access to the brightest colours and sharpest images. While the size and functions may vary from monitor to monitor, if you’re looking for a monitor for your graphic design company, make sure you know what’s important to you before you start shopping.