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The top 10 displays from Samsung, Apple, AOC and more

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Picking out a new monitor can be overwhelming, with so many options to choose from and many different specs to understand.

To help you on your journey of finding a new monitor, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up all of our favourite PC monitor picks so you don’t have to. Our expert team has a lot of experience when it comes to monitors, with our review units ranging from basic displays for day-to-day work, all the way to specialist monitors designed for hardcore gamers and creative professionals.

We’ve kept in mind all the key features of a monitor that you may want while creating this list; for instance, we use a colourimeter to test out all the most important screen specs and to check which monitor is up to snuff when it comes to more professional work, all to ensure that you’re picking up a colour accurate monitor.

We also take into account the design, any smart features that may be hidden away as well as the usability. Every monitor on this list has also been tested for at least a week to make sure that we have a broad view of all the pros and cons that come with each device. 

If you’re looking for something more specialised, we recommend that you check out our Best Gaming Monitor roundup as well as our Best Curved Monitor roundup. Don’t be discouraged if there isn’t anything on this list that piques your interest right now as we update our top picks every time another fantastic monitor comes through our doors, so make sure you bookmark this page and come back soon for even more recommendations.

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How we test

Learn more about how we test monitors

We use every monitor we test for at least a week. During that time, we’ll check it for ease of use and put it through its paces by using it for both everyday tasks and more specialist, colour-sensitive work.

We also check its colours and image quality with a colourimeter to test its coverage and the display’s quality.

Samsung Smart Monitor M7

Best overall monitor

Pros

  • Versatile monitor that can also be used as a smart TV
  • Solid performance for home office workers
  • TV mode makes it an ideal option for people in small or shared acommodation

Cons

  • Not a great fit for gamers or creatives

The Samsung Smart Monitor M7 is a versatile choice to pair with your PC, and represents one of our favourite all-round monitors.

What’s especially clever about the Smart Monitor M7 is that it’s not only a monitor, but also is able to be used like a 32-inch 4K smart TV, complete with Tizen OS. We found this to be an especially useful function during testing, and offered an excellent user experience in line with Samsung’s full-fat smart TVs, as opposed to this quasi-monitor-television.

We found the 32-inch 4K panel to offer up a decent all-round experience to offer up good brightness and colours, as well as dynamic imagery, which will definitely suffice for generalists wanting a versatile and capable monitor. In addition, the fact it features HDR10 causes supported content to look noticeably punchier.

Where the Smart Monitor M7 really shines though is with that versatility, and the wealth of features on offer alongside the fact this is a multi-function panel. The integration of both Samsung SmartThings and DeX for Galaxy phone owners was especially welcome, and unlocked the potential of the Smart Monitor M7 even more so than before. SmartThings is handy for streaming your phone screen to the monitor, while DeX allows you to use your Galaxy phone as a portable computer of sorts in a desktop-like fashion.

The design of the Smart Monitor M7 is nice too, with an understated look that’s helped along by the thin bezels. It looks to have been designed to be as innocuous as possible, so as to fit in with practically any setup. This could also be seen to contribute to the monitor’s wide appeal, given it’ll look great wherever it’s placed.

The new Samsung M8 Smart Monitor is now available with a more glamorous design and brighter panel, but we still think the M7 represents better value at its current price.

Reviewer: Alastair Stevenson
Full review: Samsung Smart Monitor M7 review

AOC Agon AG405UXC

Best gaming monitor

Pros

  • Superb value for money
  • USB-B and USB-C connectivity for full KVM support
  • Impressive colour accuracy

Cons

  • Colour gamuts could be wider
  • Some smearing and ghosting apparent in testing

The AOC Agon AG405UXC is a remarkable all-rounder of a gaming monitor. It doesn’t sport truly cutting-edge display technology but it nails all the wants of a modern gamer.

For less than £600, you’re able to pick up a gaming monitor which offers a crisp 40-inch 1440p IPS panel equipped with a 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms GtG response time and VRR technology.

The quality of this AOC display is outstanding, scoring strong results in our benchmarking. It came in at 99.2% sRGB, 84.9% DCI-P3 and 75.5% Adobe RGB. Top scores for a monitor focused on gaming performance over creative work, especially at this reasonable price.

It’s not short on added features either, with HDR support that will get the brightness up to 486 nits (361 nits in SDR). Then, the onboard KVM functionality is wondrously useful. The monitor offers four USB-A, one USB-B and one USB-C port which, with KVM support, means you can use it as a useful dock for all your wired keyboards, mice and the like.

Reviewer: Alun Taylor
Full review: AOC Agon AG405UXC Review

Acer Predator X32 FP

Best Mini LED monitor

Pros

  • Very colourful and very bright
  • Four HDMI 2.1 inputs with VRR support
  • Four USB ports, 90W PD charging and full KVM support
  • Great HDR performance with VESA DisplayHDR 1000 Certificate

Cons

  • 576 local dimming zones can’t wholly eradicate blooming
  • A little on the expensive side
  • Big, chunky and a bit cheap-feeling
  • Speakers need more volume and bass

Mini LED is all the rage across productivity and gaming laptops right now. Monitors are in on the hype too, like with the Acer Predator X32/FP. This gaming-focused Mini LED from Acer gets plenty right, doing its best to justify its high price tag.

Expectedly with a Mini LED panel, the Acer Predator X32/FP excels in colour and brightness. The selection of colour is luxurious and abundant, hitting 99.8% for sRGB and Adobe RGB as well as 94.7% for DCI-P3. Peak brightness gets up to a lofty 455 nits in SDR, and a wondrous 1043 nits in HDR mode – that’s positively glorious stuff. These impressive specs are joined by little motion blur, cementing this luxury Mini LED panel as a great all-rounder.

With a resolution hitting 3840×2160 alongside a 160Hz refresh rate and built-in USB hub, this monitor can excel for gamers, creatives or productivity users. Specifically for gamers, this monitor also dons AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, for dodging screen tearing at those higher rates. There’s VRR (variable refresh rate) as well as a whopping four HDMI 2.1 ports.

Reviewer: Alun Taylor
Full Review: Acer Predator X32/FP review

AOC Gaming 25G3ZM/BK

Best budget gaming monitor

Pros

  • 240Hz refresh rate
  • Exceptional value
  • Impressive colour accuracy
  • Strong colour gamut coverage

Cons

  • Some visible ghosting
  • No USB connectivity
  • Could be brighter
  • HDMI and DP connectors not latest spec

Getting into PC gaming can be expensive but the AOC Gaming 25G3ZM/BK is here to help. With this AOC monitor, you’re getting a whole lot for under £200. The big sell is a 240Hz refresh rate, making it ready to go for competitive gaming.

It isn’t all about that though, the high refresh rate wouldn’t be enough to sell this monitor itself. Thankfully, that’s not the case. For this low price, you get surprisingly strong colour accuracy and gamut coverage to rival monitors twice this price. The raw stats see a great contrast ratio at this price of 4000:1 and coverage of 99.7% sRGB, 80.8% Adobe RGB and 91.2% DCI-P3. These numbers are remarkable for a device under the £200 mark.

Outside of benchmarks, the proof was in the pudding too. This 1080p panel offers up strong viewing angles, pleasing colour and an overall delightful gaming experience, even if brightness is a little lacking. Again, for the price, the design isn’t half bad either. This doesn’t look like a sub-£200 device, even if it is largely made out of plastic. There are slim bezels and a sturdy base that add up to a sleek combination.

Reviewer: Alun Taylor
Full Review: AOC Gaming 25G3ZM/BK review

Apple Studio Display

Best monitor for Mac

Pros

  • Excellent 5K image
  • Complete setup with integrated speakers
  • Mics and webcam
  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Lacks proper HDR support
  • Not great for Windows owners

If you’re hunting for a monitor to use with your Mac or MacBook, then the Apple Studio Display is a logical, and indeed powerful, choice.

We found it to be one of the best-looking monitors we’ve ever reviewed, thanks to an professional aesthetic that sits well alongside Apple’s equally pro-grade laptops and desktops. It features an aluminium construction, complete with the typical Apple-like precision we’ve come to expect. There aren’t any controls on the monitor though, which means you have to control the Studio Display using the connected device.

The Studio Display is a feature-packed panel, complete with some fantastic sounding speakers, a built-in webcam and even the internals of an iPad with an A13 Bionic chipset and 64GB of storage. We did find that connectivity to Windows laptops to be difficult, which presents the idea that the Studio Display is only designed for Mac users. If you want a Windows-based equivalent, you’re better off looking elsewhere.

As for the display itself, the Studio Display offers up sharp images thanks to a 5K resolution. We found it’s an adequate LCD panel for Mac users that offers similar tech to pro-grade offerings from a few years ago. With 600 nits of brightness, this is a vibrant panel with great colour accuracy too. But it lacks the punch of a Mini LED display, as well as the powers of Apple’s ProMotion tech that offers up a 120Hz refresh rate to ensure smoother scrolling.

At $1599/£1499, this is an expensive choice, but if you’ve got your heart set on having a capable panel to pair with your Mac, then the Apple Pro Display should serve you well.

Reviewer: Max Parker
Full review: Apple Studio Display review

Samsung M8 Smart Monitor

Best premium smart monitor

Pros

  • Fantastic 4K picture quality
  • Improved design is stylish
  • Smart features are very useful
  • Loud integrated speakers

Cons

  • Not enough upgrades to justify high price
  • Poor port selection
  • Low refresh rate rules out serious gaming

The Samsung M8 Smart Monitor is the more expensive sibling to the M7 Smart Monitor. It shares the same 32-inch screen size and 3840×2160 resolution, as well as all the excellent smart features, but comes with a more glamorous design.

The M8 looks similar to Apple’s iMac, with a stylish, sturdy stand and a range of colour options including Blue, Green and Pink. It has tiny screen bezels, and even comes bundled with a detachable webcam in case you need to jump into a Zoom meeting.

Our tests proved that the M8 does have superior brightness and colour coverage compared to the cheaper M7, but we’re still disappointed by the lack of a QLED or Mini LED upgrade which would have justified the big price difference.

It’s the smart features that impressed us most during testing, allowing you to watch the likes of Netflix and Disney Plus, or even play Google Stadia or Xbox Game Pass, all without the need to plug into a PC. A remote control and support for Alexa and Bixby also make navigation seamless.

We were really impressed with the M8 during the review process, but it’s hard to recommend over Samsung’s more affordable M7 monitor unless you really like the look of the luxurious design and colour options.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full review: Samsung M8 Smart Monitor review

LG UltraWide Ergo 34WN780-B

Best ergonomic monitor

Pros

  • Superb ergonomic arm design
  • Widescreen, high-resolution display
  • Solid, accessible connectivity
  • Good build quality

Cons

  • Middling contrast ratio
  • Mediocre colours
  • No USB-C ports

Ergonomics are a very important part of modern workspaces, and getting a monitor that’ll be comfortable to use for extended periods is vital. We reckon the LG UltraWide Ergo 34WN780-B is the best monitor option in terms of ergonomics.

We found its versatile arm to offer excellent adjustability with 130mm of height adjustment, 25 degrees of tilt and a mighty 280 degrees of swivel. It’s an easy monitor to get comfortable with, which means it’s sure to suit pretty much anyone in practically any workspace. The actual arm itself feels robust and sturdy, especially since it’s designed to hold a 34-inch ultrawide panel. 

During testing, we found the LG UltraWide Ergo 34WN780-B to offer solid brightness levels for office situations, although its image quality and colours were a little middling. They’re sure to be fine for most office based productivity tasks, but you’ll be pushing the boundaries with anything more intense. 

LG has focused on making this monitor as versatile as possible, especially given it’s an IPS panel which should give you great viewing angles, and features a 75Hz refresh rate for smoother on-screen motion. The port selection isn’t bad either, with a couple of USB-As, DisplayPort and HDMI all represented, and they all face outwards for convenient access. 

All in all, the LG UltraWide Ergo 34WN780-B is a great choice for those who want plenty of adjustability and an exemplary ergonomic monitor. It may not be the best for colour sensitive applications, but if you need something comfortable for general working, you won’t go wrong here.

Reviewer: Mike Jennings
Full review: LG UltraWide Ergo 34WN780-B

Samsung Odyssey G9 OLED (2023)

Best ultra-wide monitor

Pros

  • Perfect blacks from OLED tech
  • Crisp vivid imagery with high contrast
  • High refresh rate and response time
  • Easy assembly

Cons

  • Low peak SDR brightness
  • Awkward port placement
  • Space-hogging build

The Samsung Odyssey G9 OLED (2023) is a massive monitor, ideal for those who are looking for deep immersion during gameplay. It features a 32:9 ultrawide curved 49-inch OLED display, which will easily engulf your desk, so you will need to ensure that you have enough space. The set-up was easy thanks to the bespoke clip-in mechanism that locks the screen into the base, so much so that our reviewer didn’t need any assistance. 

It comes with two 5W stereo speakers, located on the back of the device. It managed to kick out decent audio, but you will want to invest in some external hardware for a truly remarkable experience. There is Bluetooth support to connect any audio accessories, alongside a Display Port, microHDMI 2.1, standard HDMI 2.1, and two USB-A inputs.

The Odyssey G9 OLED opted for a 1440p resolution, with a top refresh rate of 240Hz. Thanks to the inclusion of OLED, the monitor managed to hit a perfect black level of zero, allowing for brilliantly detailed performance within darker scenes. Contrast performance was excellent, with games like Cyberpunk 2077, Destiny 2 and Fortnite all popping off of the screen. 

Colour coverage hit it out of the park, with tests showing 100% sRGB, 99% Adobe RGB, and 98% DCI-P3 results, meaning that this monitor will be well-suited for professional creative workloads, such as photo or video editing. Our review noted that these high results, combined with the aspect ratio, made games feel incredibly immersive. Forza Horizon 5 looked incredible, with a wider view of the scenery and buildings adding to the sense of speed as cars whiz by. While not every game will have support for this aspect ratio, it’s massively impactful in the games that do. 

If you’re looking for a monitor that will stretch across your desk and look great while doing it, then the Samsung Odyssey G9 OLED (2023) is a very easy recommendation. 

Reviewer: Chris Smith
Full Review: Samsung Odyssey G9 OLED (2023)

LG UltraGear 27GR95QE-B

Best OLED monitor

Pros

  • Impressive OLED image quality
  • Excellent motion handling
  • Great HDR performance
  • Supports DTX HeadphonesX

Cons

  • Matte finish is not to everyone’s taste
  • Whole-screen brightness is no match for Mini LED or VA rivals
  • Pricey for a 240Hz 27-inch gamer

OLED monitors don’t come cheap and, as such, you should expect high quality. The LG UltraGear 27GR95QE-B delivers.

The specifications are a stunning combination, pairing a high 240Hz refresh rate, solid 1440p resolution and a punchy OLED panel. It makes for a potent and versatile team-up.

The results produced by this LG are positively jaw-dropping, with truly deep blacks. Both SDR and HDR content are top-notch. In terms of accuracy, creators won’t be disappointed, with 99.7% sRGB, 94.3% DCI-P3 and 87% Adobe RGB.

The basics of the UltraGear 27GR95QE-B are absolutely nailed by LG here but it’s some of the added features. The matte display bats away light, making it ideal for awkward lighting settings, and DTS HeadphoneX 3D audio passthrough ensures you can get impressive sound when plugging into this monitor. LG Octagon RGB lighting is included as well, for gamers who like to customise lights to their setup.

Reviewer: Alun Taylor
Full Review: LG UltraGear 27GR95QE-B Review

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FAQs

What is ‘IPS’?

IPS (aka in-plane switching) is a screen technology for LCD displays that generally offers good viewing angles and accurate colour reproduction.

What is a monitor refresh rate?

The refresh rate is the number of times a screen will update its presented image. Higher refresh rates result in smoother motion. Most monitors feature a standard 60Hz refresh rate, but gaming monitors can be significantly higher.

What is HDR?

HDR (aka High Dynamic Range) is a technology that enables monitors to display a greater brightness and wider spectrum of colours.

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