The 6 Best Monitors for 2023
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We’ve updated this guide to include our new portable monitor pick.
Whether you’re buying a first or second monitor for your desktop computer or buying a big screen to use with your laptop at home, a good monitor is a wise investment. There’s no single monitor that will work best for everyone, but our monitor guides cover all different sizes, uses, and prices, from basic, 24-inch budget models to big 4K screens to high-refresh-rate gaming monitors. Here we discuss the best ones you can buy as well as what you might need them for.
Best picture quality
If you watch 4K content or work with high-resolution media, 4K monitors are for you.
Big, affordable screen
Generally, 27-inch monitors offer the right balance of size and price for most people.
Bigger and better
Ultrawide monitors are good alternatives to dual displays for gamers or multitaskers.
Small and affordable
If you’re low on desk space, or you just don’t want to spend a ton, 24-inch monitors will do the trick.
- Best picture quality: 4K monitor
- A big screen for less money: 27-inch monitor
- A monitor for gamers: 27-inch gaming monitor
- The most affordable option: 24-inch budget monitor
- A very big screen: 32-inch 4K monitor
- Good for multitaskers: An ultrawide monitor
- The best portable monitor
- Further reading
Best picture quality: 4K monitor
The S2722QC is a great-looking 4K monitor. It doesn’t cost as much as Dell’s professional-grade displays but still offers a USB-C port with 65 W of charging and a USB hub.
Who this is for: Great 4K monitors make text sharper and show more detail in images. And they can give you extra desktop space so you can fit more stuff on your screen at once.
Photo: Andrew Cunningham
Why we like it: The Dell S2722QC offers a great balance of high-resolution 4K display, extra features like USB-C, and price. If you’re using this monitor with a laptop, the USB-C port allows a single cable to transmit both video signal and power between the devices. The S2722QC will charge most laptops over this USB-C connection, except for higher-powered machines like the MacBook Pro and Dell XPS 15. This monitor has realistic colors and nice contrast, so 4K content will look as the creator intended. It also has an adjustable stand and VESA-compatible mounts, so you can use it in a variety of configurations on your desk.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: The S2722QC doesn’t have a three-year warranty, like Dell’s other professional 4K displays do, but it does have a decent one-year warranty. Also, we’d prefer that the monitor had better audio, since its speakers don’t sound great for anything more than video calls. And better controls for fine-tuning how colors are displayed would make this monitor far more competitive compared with pricier displays.
A big screen for less money: 27-inch monitor
Asus ProArt Display PA278CV
This 2560×1440-resolution 27-inch monitor has good color accuracy, an adjustable stand, and all the ports most people will need.
Who this is for: This monitor is for anyone with a computer (or graphics card) that’s over three years old and that can’t support a 4K display, or for anyone who relies on apps that don’t scale well.
Why we like it: The Asus ProArt Display PA278CV is a 27-inch monitor with a wide variety of ports and decent color accuracy on most of its presets. (The exception is its sRGB preset, which offers fantastic accuracy but locks the display at a relatively dim brightness that we found too low for daily use.) The PA278CV has an HDMI port, a DisplayPort input and output, a USB-C port, and four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, making this monitor particularly good for anyone who wants to use it with a laptop. It provides enough power to charge most 13-inch laptops, and its flexible stand tilts, swivels, pivots, and adjusts in height. It also has a three-year warranty with a good dead-pixel policy.
Photo: Michael Murtaugh
Flaws but not dealbreakers: Although Asus advertises the color accuracy of its ProArt displays, in our tests the PA278CV was good but not great in that regard on almost every preset. If you’re in a dim or dark room, its sRGB setting is exceptionally accurate, but otherwise you’ll have to calibrate the screen yourself to get the best results.
A monitor for gamers: 27-inch gaming monitor
Asus ROG Strix XG27AQ
This monitor has the same 2560x1440p resolution as our other picks, but it also has a 144 Hz refresh rate, to make games look smooth and responsive.
$684* from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $457.
Who this is for: This monitor is for gamers who play fast-paced first-person shooters, real-time strategy games, or any games with quick movement. You’ll also need a PC with a dedicated graphics card to take full advantage of the 1440p resolution and 144 Hz refresh rate.
Why we like it: The Asus ROG Strix XG27AQ makes games look great, with a 27-inch, fairly color-accurate screen that has a 144 Hz refresh rate, to keep you competitive in fast-paced online games. The display can even hit 170 Hz with an “overclocking” feature, which lets you eke out a few more frames per second if you keep your brightness turned down. The monitor also has a sturdy, adjustable stand, easy-to-navigate controls, and a USB hub for extra peripherals. And we’ve recently seen it on sale for $300, a great price for a monitor with these features.
Photo: Dave Gershgorn
Flaws but not dealbreakers: The speakers on this monitor are just okay, and we wouldn’t recommend them for an immersive gaming experience. The colors could also be more accurate, or Asus could at least add better controls for adjusting the color, as it does in its ProArt line.
The most affordable option: 24-inch budget monitor
The VA24DCP is an affordable and reasonably color-accurate monitor with a USB-C connection and 65 W of charging. Its main flaw is its basic stand, which tilts the monitor up and down only, but that’s typical of almost all inexpensive monitors.
$139* from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $150.
Who this is for: This is for anyone who has limited desk space, prefers a smaller screen, or has less than $200 to spend, and for those who don’t mind giving up nice-to-have features such as an adjustable stand. A 24-inch monitor is a lot bigger than even the largest laptop screen, but it takes up much less room on your desk than a 27-inch monitor.
Why we like it: The Asus VA24DCP is a 24-inch, 1080p monitor with a USB-C port capable of 65 W of charging, making it a great budget option for those who need a basic monitor to connect to their laptop. The color accuracy and contrast are suitable for office work or watching videos, and it’s nicely priced. For desktop users or those with older laptops, it also has an HDMI port.
Photo: Dave Gershgorn
Flaws but not dealbreakers: This is a budget monitor, so you’re giving up a few features like an adjustable stand and a USB hub. These are nice to have, but they don’t affect daily use for many people, so we think that’s a fine compromise. However, the speakers on this monitor aren’t great, and we don’t recommend using them.
A very big screen: 32-inch 4K monitor
The Dell P3222QE is more expensive than most 27-inch monitors, but it has good color accuracy and USB-C connectivity, and the larger display makes it easier to see the detail in 4K photos and videos.
$898* from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $698.
Who this is for: This monitor is for those who want a ginormous 4K screen that can display apps without scaling and don’t mind paying more to get it.
Why we like it: If a 27-inch monitor isn’t big enough for you, consider the 32-inch Dell P3222QE 4K monitor. It combines good color and contrast, a few display inputs (including USB-C), four USB 3.0 ports, and a gigabit Ethernet port for wired internet connections. The P3222QE’s USB-C port delivers up to 65 W of power (which is enough to charge a 13-inch laptop at full speed), and it also transmits data, video, and audio. And it comes with a three-year warranty and Dell’s Premium Panel Guarantee.
This monitor is big enough that you may be able to use it without needing to scale up text or UI elements to make them readable. Like the Dell P2721Q, the P3222QE comes with a three-year warranty and a Premium Panel Guarantee, which helps make it easier to spend $700 on a bigger monitor. However, it still costs a couple hundred dollars more than the 27-inch monitors we recommend, and it requires a lot more physical space.
Photo: Andrew Cunningham
Flaws but not dealbreakers: The Dell P3222QE is pricey, and it normally costs more than our 27-inch 4K monitor pick, the Dell S2722QC.
Good for multitaskers: An ultrawide monitor
The Dell P3421W is a sturdy, 34-inch ultrawide monitor with a sharp, 3440×1440 resolution.
Who this is for: A dual-monitor setup is usually the best option if you want to have a bunch of app windows open at once. But an ultrawide model might be a better choice if you need a ton of unbroken horizontal space, or you don’t want monitor bezels in between windows.
Why we like it: The Dell P3421W has a sturdy adjustable stand, lots of ports (including a USB-C port that can handle power, display, and data over a single cable), and a three-year warranty. And it has a built-in KVM switch that allows you to easily swap your keyboard, mouse, and video between two computers. The 1440p display has a 60 Hz refresh rate, which is great for typical office work, web browsing, and casual gaming.
Photo: Dave Gershgorn
Flaws but not dealbreakers: If you use your display in direct sunlight, this monitor might not be bright enough for you. It can also provide 65 W of power over USB-C, but some laptops require more. If you have a laptop with an Nvidia GeForce RTX GPU or an Intel Core i7 processor, you might need to keep the laptop plugged in to a separate charger or use a Thunderbolt dock that can provide the extra power.
Most ultrawide monitors are also curved. This design helps minimize viewing-angle problems—when you’re sitting centered, things on the far edges of the screen won’t look as washed out as they would on a flat display of a similar width. But this also makes ultrawide monitors inaccurate for precision tasks requiring straight lines, such as drawing, photo editing, or similar design work.
The best portable monitor
Photo: Dave Gershgorn
Asus ZenScreen MB16ACV
The Asus ZenScreen MB16ACV has a sharp, 1080p display, which makes it a great second monitor for work.
Who this is for: Portable monitors can be helpful if you commonly work on a laptop away from an office, like in coffee shops, coworking spaces, or hotel rooms. If you already have a set workspace, you’d get more value from other monitors on this page.
Why we like it: The Asus ZenScreen MB16ACV has a quality 15.6-inch screen and an integrated stand, and it’s also compatible with older Windows laptops that don’t have USB-C ports. The MB16ACV also costs a competitive $200, about $100 cheaper than similar competitors, without sacrificing any key features.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: The MB16ACV has only one USB-C port, which is barely a flaw. Many portable monitors have two USB-C ports, one to connect to your laptop and another to plug into the wall to supply power to the monitor and computer. We never found a situation where we couldn’t just plug our laptop in to charge normally while using the MB16ACV.
Also, Asus software that allows older laptops to send video through a USB-A is available only on Windows. Those who have older Macs without a USB-C port will not be able to use the monitor as intended.
We look for monitors with adjustable stands to accommodate the widest range of postures and desk setups. But if you need an even-more-adjustable mount for your monitor to achieve better ergonomics, we recommend picking up a monitor arm. All of our monitor picks are VESA-compatible and will work with our monitor-arm picks.
This article was edited by Signe Brewster and Caitlin McGarry.
Further reading on monitors
The Best 4K Monitors
We’ve found the best 4K computer monitors, whether you’re editing photos or videos professionally or just want to maximize your usable desktop space.
The Best Budget Monitors
We researched and tested cheap monitors and found options for less than $200 that are good enough for most people.
The Best Ultrawide Monitors
Ultrawide monitors are appealing for viewing documents or browser windows side by side, and they make video games more immersive.
The Best 27-Inch Monitor
For those who have the desk space, 27-inch monitors hit the sweet spot of screen size and resolution, and we have recommendations for almost every scenario.
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Best computer monitors of 2023
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Screen constraint can hamper anyone’s workflow. Who hasn’t wasted precious time trying to find that one spreadsheet buried beneath 15 other open applications on an oh-so-small laptop screen? A full-size monitor lets you multitask without having to constantly scroll through different windows and allows you to neatly arrange them all right in front of you.
We’ve been testing seven of the highest-rated monitors over the past month to find the best computer monitor for work — or play — which we ultimately whittled down to three top picks.
Lenovo L24q-30 Monitor
Best computer monitor overall
This 23.8-inch QHD monitor has the chops to handle whatever you need it to, from Word docs to gaming. The Lenovo’s super slim bezels don’t distract the eye from its vibrant panel, and a blue light filter also helps decrease eye strain, making it ideal for longer workdays.
$199.99 at Amazon
$169.99 at Lenovo
$189.99 at Newegg
Dell UltraSharp 27
Best 4K monitor
For those constantly working with visual tasks like photo or video editing, Dell’s 27-inch UltraSharp 4K monitor is a no-brainer, bursting with vibrancy and a level of detail that was unmatched by other flat displays we tested.
$559.99 at Dell
Best large display under $1,000
If you have enough desk real estate, Samsung’s CJ791 affords the most space with a curved, ultra-wide 34-inch display. No matter how many different tasks and apps you’re juggling at once, you can neatly arrange them and spread them out in front of you.
$699.99 at Amazon
$699.99 at Samsung
Lenovo’s L24q-30 is an affordable, no-frills monitor that aptly expands your screen real estate. We tested the functionality of all the monitors when it came to productivity and personal work, alongside some light gaming and streaming. The 23.8-inch screen size provided us with ample room to work between spreadsheets and word processing simultaneously. Text appears crisp and colors are vibrant, so you’re never straining to see what you’re working on.
When streaming TV shows, movies or YouTube videos, colors looked accurate, and while it wasn’t the brightest experience (our two other top picks performed better), the images were never muted and, especially with animated content, still popped from the screen. But when it came to action or fast-moving content, we experienced more dropped frames and choppiness in comparison to others we tested. Therefore, we’d advise competitive gamers to steer clear.
Arguably our favorite feature of this entry-level Lenovo monitor would be the slim bezels. The content quite literally goes to the edge and provides an expansive area to work with. We were able, for instance, to comfortably keep a spreadsheet, Slack and Outlook open on this second display while using our laptop for core tasks. And if you’re concerned with eye strain, you can enable a blue light filter via the controls on the bottom.
Setup was also really simple with the L24q-30: Just snap in the arm on the back of the monitor and connect it to the stand. The baseplate felt a little cheap on its own, but once connected it was plenty sturdy. You can tilt the screen forward or backward, which is a plus. Lenovo also includes two core cables, power and HDMI; if you don’t have an HDMI port on your laptop, you’ll have to secure a dongle.
Priced under $200, the L24q-30 is a high-quality monitor that doesn’t sacrifice much, and is the best monitor for those on a budget, as well.
If you’re looking for the best option for creative tasks — or stunning picture quality while streaming content — the go-to choice is the Dell UltraSharp with 4K resolution.
The screen delivers a vibrant and sharp image thanks to its 4K resolution, which is double the pixels of the Lenovo L24q-30 and four times what a regular HD screen pushed out. It’s also set in a 16:9 aspect ratio, which likely matches up with your laptop quite well. The 27-inch display truly stretches to the edges, so you get a tremendous amount of screen real estate to work with. Those in creative industries will appreciate the room for long timelines in Final Cut Pro or to truly blow up pictures when working on Photoshop.
The UltraSharp’s color accuracy is second to none and it supports an extensive color gamut. That latter is key for photo or video editing and the UltraSharp performed well in our testing. For example, in side-by-side photo editing tests, the images depicted on the UltraSharp were very close to the original source. When viewing color waves that emerge from a sunset, you can make out clear hues between reds and oranges on this 4K panel. For more productivity centric trasks — like word processing, tracking emails or making a slide deck— it delivered on the promise of great colors.
Still, with its refresh rate of 60Hz, we wouldn’t suggest this for competitive gaming. While that’s plenty for everyday tasks, gamers will notice slowdowns in a Fortnite or Call of Duty match.
Those who seemingly never have a port on their laptop free will love the UltraSharp’s abundance of them. Not only does this monitor push for USB-C connectivity, but the ports are smart enough to cast a screen and data with ease. Furthermore, its USB-C port delivers power at up to 90 watts of power — plenty to charge a Mac or a PC. That USB-C port sits next to an HDMI, two display ports, an audio jack, an ethernet port and two USB-A ports. In other words: It can act as a full hub of ports for your laptop.
Overall, the 27-inch Dell UltraSharp not only provides an exceptional number of ports (and the ability to power your laptop!), but features the nicest flat display of the monitors we tested.
It’s not the cheapest option at $779.99 (though currently discounted to $619.99), but with a vibrant 4K picture that tops all other displays we tested, it’s worth the extra money if you’re a creative professional looking to invest in a monitor that’ll last you a long time or if you’re just someone who really values extraordinary resolution.
If you’re looking for a massive display that doesn’t take up an alarming amount of desk space — or completely deplete your savings account — the Samsung CJ791 is for you. Its ultra-wide 34-inch display has a slight curvature that isn’t just a gimmick — it actually matches up with the curves of your eye. The result is a more immersive experience that your eyes can easily take in, allowing you to see both the left and right sides of the display without any strain. The CJ791 also provides a full range of motion with an articulating stand, allowing you to set it at the best angle for you.
Like the Dell UltraSharp, it provides a one-cable connection experience for Macs and PCs that opt for USB-C. It’s just one cord, included in the box, that can power your laptop and deliver the image to a bigger screen. You also get an additional two USB-C ports on the back along with an HDMI and display port. As with the Dell, Samsung designed the CJ791 with USB-C connectivity in mind.
You can choose to see either a mirror of your laptop’s screen or an extension in a wide 21:9 aspect ratio. It doesn’t stretch the content but does give you more room for multiple applications to be run at once. It’s a dream for multitaskers as you can easily have Outlook, Slack, Word, Photoshop and a web browser open on the 34-inch display. And it looks great thanks to the Quantum Dot panel inside.
All content shines on the CJ791. It offers vibrancy that is unmatched along with crisp details. We didn’t experience any blurriness or fuzziness with text from any angle. Colors were truly able to pop both with photo edits, reading and watching videos. The refresh rate here can keep up with action movies and gaming alike at 100Hz paired with a 4-millisecond response time. Thanks to those last two specifications, the CJ791 was the best monitor for gaming that we tested. Gamers, take note here: It performed great with titles we tested including Microsoft Flight Simulator, Call of Duty and Fortnite. And in those we didn’t experience any screen tearing or blipping, which can not only hamper the viewing experience but can cost you a game.
If you’re looking for the most amount of workspace for a relatively small price tag, the $699 CJ791 is by far the best option for you.
After scouring both editorial and customer reviews, we landed on a testing pool of seven top monitors.
While testing, we paid close attention to the overall image quality in a range of applications and use cases, while also keeping an eye on brightness levels, contrast points and vibrancy of colors. Refresh rates and latency were tracked, given the importance of a quick response when gaming or editing video.
In terms of setup, we followed the instructions and wanted to ensure that all necessary components were included in the box. We noted all ports, and whether it opted for HDMI or DisplayPort, we made sure a cable was included in the box. We also tested power output on USB-C ports specifically.
Lastly, we looked into the included warranties with each of the monitors.
Dell UltraSharp 24-inch ($449. 99, originally $549.99; dell.com)
At $449.99, this 24-inch UltraSharp isn’t far behind our two higher-end picks. It has both a similar build and design to the 27-inch UltraSharp, our pick for best 4K monitor. This 24-inch variant keeps slim bezels and provides plenty of ports — but it knocks the resolution down to HD at just 1920 x 1200. At this price point, it should really be packing a 4K display.
Lenovo L22e-20 21.5-inch Monitor (currently unavailable)
This 21. 5-inch monitor from Lenovo was the most affordable out of our group at just $99.99, but it provides only an HD experience with a cheaper build. It also doesn’t give you a ton of room over a laptop, and for just $70 more, you can get a Lenovo L24q-30 with slimmer bezels and a better resolution.
LG Ultrafine 4K 21.5-inch ($799; bhphotovideo.com)
If you’re in the Apple ecosystem exclusively, there can be a case made for the 21.5-inch 4K UltraFine from LG. It’s a one-stop solution for expanding your Mac via a USB-C port while also providing power and an additional set of USB-C ports on the back. You don’t get much customization from the actual monitor though — with no physical buttons for control or even a power button. It’s also pretty expensive at $799 for such a small screen.
Samsung G9 ($1,479.99; samsung.com)
The G9 is really designed and built for games, with a price tag to match an expensive gaming PC. It features a more pronounced curve over the CJ791 and stretches the display to nearly 50 inches at 49 inches. It’s very immersive, providing a tremendous experience for gaming with a 240Hz refresh rate at just a 1-millisecond response time. It just locks itself in a higher tier due to its price.
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How to expand the screen to the entire monitor – EUROPC.ua
Sometimes, when you turn on a used computer or a used Windows laptop, you may find that the desktop image on the screen has narrowed, or greatly reduced, and is surrounded by a black frame. Why such a failure may occur, and how to expand the screen to the entire boo monitor – you will learn from this article.
Why the screen narrowed – the main reasons
Possible reasons for this situation:
- The screen resolution is set incorrectly.
- Video card drivers are missing.
- The user has connected an additional screen to the PC.
- The settings of the monitor itself have gone wrong.
How to adjust the screen if the resolution settings are wrong
Users encounter this problem most often after installing (reinstalling) the operating system. Another reason for this situation to occur is when the user changes the resolution settings for a certain video game or program. How to fix:
- using the right mouse button, enter the desktop settings;
- find “Screen settings”, go to the settings menu;
- in the “Resolution” line, select the value at which the desktop image will fill the entire screen, without black frames and stripes. Usually, the best result is obtained with the parameters marked with the word “Recommended”.
How to expand the screen to the entire monitor if the video card drivers are missing
This issue may occur if you recently installed or reinstalled Windows 10, or replaced your video adapter. As a rule, during the process of reinstalling the OS or replacing the video card, temporary drivers are automatically installed on the PC. If you do not immediately download specialized ones, over time you will encounter the problem of a tapering screen.
To make sure that the reason for the incorrect display of the image is the lack of drivers, go to the display settings menu. You will notice that in the “Permission” item, the drop-down list of permission options has disappeared (or it will be reduced to two options). Then go to Device Manager. Here, in the item “Video adapters” it will say “Standard VGA graphics adapter”, and in the item “Other devices” – “Unknown device”. How to fix: Download the necessary drivers from the disk that comes with the video card (or OS), or download them from the manufacturer’s (developer’s) website. The drivers are installed automatically. After installation, restart your PC.
How to expand the screen when connecting an additional monitor to a PC
If you have a second screen connected, while the desktop does not display correctly on the main one, the connected display is most likely the cause of the problem. How to check: Turn off the second screen. If the main image returned to normal, then your hypothesis is correct.
How to fix:
- enter the display settings menu;
- find the item “Screen resolution;
- select the main monitor in the “Screen” line;
- set the recommended parameters in the “Resolution” line.
How to expand the screen through monitor setup
If you’ve checked all of the above and none of them apply to your situation, the monitor’s auto-adjustment will solve the problem. Pay attention to the row of buttons located on the front or side of the monitor. Among others, you will notice the “Auto” button. To start the auto-tuning process, just click on it.
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Setting up dual monitors on Windows
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Computer recognition of multiple monitors.
Make sure the cables are properly connected to the new monitors, and then press the Windows key with the logo + P, to select the display option.
If you need help, here’s what to do:
Select Start and then open Options .
In the area System , select Display . The PC should automatically detect your monitors and display the desktop. If you can’t see the monitors, select Multiple monitors and then Detect .
Use the list next to the desktop image to select how your screen will be projected onto the screen.
After configuring the setting, select Apply .
You can change the resolution of the displays. However, we recommend that you use the recommended resolution to get everything you need for display.
Learn how to use multiple monitors in Windows
“Open screen” options
Computer recognition of multiple monitors.
Make sure the cables are properly connected to the new monitors, and then press the Windows logo key + P, to select a display option.
If you need help, here’s what to do:
Select Start > Settings > Systems > Display . The PC should automatically detect your monitors and display the desktop.