Best Monitors
2021/01

What makes the best monitor?

A monitor should be precisely tailored to the needs of the user, but that doesn’t make things any easier. Because every monitor has its individual strengths and weaknesses and many monitors are suitable for multiple purposes. In general, it can be said that simple activities like surfing the web, writing emails and composing texts work well on any monitor. But with so many different manufacturers, sizes and other values being advertised, it’s easy to lose track. How do you know which monitor is the right one for you?

Photographer, Gamer or Office worker? Different values are important depending on the field, and while displaying a wide color gamut and a large screen area is important for editing photos, sharp, clear type is important for anyone who spends their entire workday looking at a monitor. However, a fast response time and refresh rate is important for any gamer. Office workers especially need a screen that’s easy to adjust, as well as a clear image that’s still bright enough even in light-filled office spaces.

To help you find the perfect monitor for you, we’ve picked out some of the best ones here and divided them into different categories. In addition, we even offer you alternatives that have to make concessions in some points, but can shine with other features.

Monitors by type

The best 144Hz monitors

2021/09

144Hz monitor: ASUS VG27AQ

Panel
IPS
Refresh rate
165Hz
Response time
1ms
HDR
  • IPS panel
  • Price
  • no HDMI 2.1 port

A high Hertz number ensures a smooth and responsive picture, which is why 144 Hz monitors are becoming increasingly popular. The TUF Gaming Monitor VG27AQ from ASUS convinces with native FreeSync, a G-SYNC compatibility, as well as a response time of 1ms and provides with its IPS panel for brilliant colors. The monitor can also be adjusted well and also has a very wide viewing angle. The VG27AQ can also be used well in brightly lit rooms. Unfortunately, you will look for a HDMI 2.1 port in vain here as well, and even though it supports HDR10, you won’t see much difference with SDR content.

Alternative: ViewSonic Elite XG270QG

With native G-SYNC
  • Great response time
  • Low input lag
  • Good reflection behavior
  • Wide viewing angle
  • Poor color accuracy out of the box
  • Cannot produce deep blacks

Alternative: Acer XV340CK

For more space on the screen
  • UWQHD resolution
  • VRR support
  • Response time 1ms
  • Mediocre contrast ratio
  • Does not get bright enough to mitigate reflections

The best 240Hz monitors

2021/09

240Hz monitor: Samsung Odyssey G7

Panel
VA
Refresh rate
240Hz
Response time
1ms
HDR
  • FreeSync Premium Pro
  • 1000R camber radius
  • HDR
  • Game Mode
  • no HDMI 2.1 port

The best monitor with 240Hz is the Samsung Odyssey G7. It is especially convincing with its installed VA panel, which ensures a high contrast and thus produces a deep black. The WQHD resolution provides enough details and thanks to a response time of 1ms, VRR, FreeSync, G-Sync compatibility, the G7 is the perfect candidate to take home one victory after another. The curved design even gives you an immersive gaming experience, as it puts you more in the action.

Alternative: Samsung G9

The premium model
  • 49 inch
  • Brightness 1000 cd/m2
  • no HDMI 2.1 port

Alternative: ASUS VG259QM

Fast game on a small screen
  • Overclockable to 280Hz
  • Price
  • IPS panel
  • 25 inch
  • no HDMI 2.1 port

The best 4K monitors

2021/09

4K monitor: Dell S2721QS

Panel
IPS
Refresh rate
60Hz
Response time
4ms
HDR
  • Image Enhance for automatic image optimization
  • ultra-wide viewing angle
  • narrow display frame
  • mediocre contrast ratio

The best 4K monitor for diverse fields is the S2721QS from Dell, because it can convince creative minds, gamers as well as office workers. Creative minds will especially enjoy an excellent SDR color space with full sRGB coverage. The Adobe RGB coverage is also good, but not good enough for professional purposes. A good response time of 4ms, VRR, as well as FreeSync and G-SYNC compatibility are wonderful values for an extensive gaming evening, even if the refresh rate is only at 60Hz.

Alternative: Acer X27

Perfect for HDR content
  • Excellent wide color gamut
  • Excellent HDR brightness
  • 144Hz refresh rate
  • Native G-SYNC
  • Poor performance in dark rooms
  • Low contrast ratio

Alternative: Eizo CS2740

4K for the creative field
  • Extensive ergonomics features
  • USB-C port
  • Light shield included
  • no True Black panel
  • no built-in calibration probe
  • Price

The best Curved monitors

2021/09

Curved Monitor: Samsung Odyssey G7

Panel
VA
Refresh rate
240Hz
Response time
1ms
HDR
  • FreeSync Premium Pro
  • 1000R camber radius
  • HDR
  • Game Mode
  • no HDMI 2.1 port

The best curved monitor is the Odyssey G7 from Samsung. Due to the QHD resolution, it delivers a good picture, even though the 1000R curvature requires some getting used to at first. Thanks to the VA panel, the G7 also delivers very solid contrast and deep blacks, which is why you can use it very well in dark rooms. Gamers will be interested in the 240Hz refresh rate, a response time of 1ms and support for both FreeSync and G-Sync.

Alternative: LG 34GN850-B

Ultra wide view for gamers
  • Good out of the box color calibration
  • Very low input lag
  • Overclockable to 160Hz
  • Below average contrast ratio
  • No HDMI 2.1 port

Alternative: AOC CQ27G2U

For the small budget
  • High contrast
  • Low input lag
  • Excellent SDR color space
  • Price
  • Low viewing angle
  • Poor black uniformity

The best Pivot monitors

2021/09

Pivot monitor: ASUS ProArt PA278QV

Panel
IPS
Refresh rate
75Hz
Response time
5ms
  • OLED Display
  • Mini-LED-Lighting
  • ASUS Smart HDR
  • Dolby Vision
  • Low contrast ratio

The ProArt Display PA278QV from ASUS is becoming a real all-rounder due to its versatility and can score additional points with its Pivor function. The possibility to rotate the screen by 90° does not only find a good place in offices, but also in the gaming sector. Especially for streamers, a screen for reading the chat is important and due to the crystal-clear picture of the ProArt display, this is possible without any problems. The WQHD resolution does not make the font too small and everything runs smoothly thanks to the 75 Hz.

Alternative: Acer XB271HU

Pivot with 165 Hz
  • 165 Hz
  • native G-Sync
  • no HDR10

Alternative: LG 27UL850-W

Portrait format in 4K
  • 4K resolution
  • HDR
  • USB-C port
  • no HDMI 2.1

The best PlayStation 5 monitors

2021/09

PlayStation 5 Monitor: LG 27GN950-B

Panel
IPS
Refresh rate
144 Hz
Response time
1ms
HDR
  • Response time 1ms
  • DisplayHDR
  • almost frameless design
  • G-SYNC compatible
  • no HDMI 2.1 port

The latest console generation from Sony requires a good monitor so that the PlayStation 5 can also be connected to the PC. The 27GN950-B from LG can impress with an IPS panel, a 4K resolution and a response time of 1ms. In addition, the monitor features VRR, FreeSync and is G-Sync compatible. The 144 Hz are unfortunately not fully utilized, since this monitor still lacks a HDMI 2.1 interface. In return, 4K@60Hz runs wonderfully smoothly.

Alternative: BenQ EW3270U

The cheaper alternative
  • 4K resolution
  • Suitable for dark rooms
  • Price
  • 32 inch
  • no HDMI 2.1 port
  • 60Hz

Alternative: LG CX

The TV among monitors
  • TV as monitor
  • 4K resolution
  • HDMI 2.1 port
  • OLED panel
  • Non-adjustable stand
  • Theoretical burn-in
  • Poor performance in bright rooms
  • Price

The best Ultrawide monitors

2021/09

ultrawide monitor: Dell U3818DW

Panel
IPS
Refresh rate
60Hz
Response time
5ms
  • Wide color spectrum
  • High color accuracy
  • PremierColor
  • no HDMI 2.1
  • only sufficient black levels

The U3818DW from Dell is one of the best ultrawide monitors on the market. Thanks to the IPS panel, the monitor has a wide viewing angle and colors are displayed excellently. Especially if you work in the creative field, it is interesting to know that the screen covers the complete sRGB color space and also brings a good Adobe RGB color coverage. Unfortunately, black looks more like a dark gray, thanks to the not-so-good contrast ratio, and HDR is not supported either. One of its best features, however, is Picture-in-Picture, which displays two input signals at once.

Alternative: Acer XV340CK

Ultrawide for an excellent gaming experience
  • Ergonomically adjustable
  • Mediocre contrast ratio
  • No HDMI 2.1 port

Alternative: Dell AW3420DW

With native G-Sync
  • Native G-Sync
  • No HDR
  • Poor contrast ratio
  • No HDMI 2.1 port

The best Xbox Series X monitors

2021/09

Xbox Series X Monitor: LG 27GN950-B

Panel
IPS
Refresh rate
144 Hz
Response time
1ms
HDR
  • Response time 1ms
  • DisplayHDR
  • almost frameless design
  • G-SYNC compatible
  • no HDMI 2.1 port

The latest console generation from Microsoft requires a good monitor so that the Xbox Series X can also be connected to the PC. The 27GN950-B from LG can impress with an IPS panel, a 4K resolution and a response time of 1ms. In addition, the monitor features VRR, FreeSync and is G-Sync compatible. The 144 Hz are unfortunately not fully utilized, since this monitor still lacks a HDMI 2.1 interface. In return, 4K@60Hz runs wonderfully smoothly.

Alternative: BenQ EW3270U

The cheaper alternative
  • 4K resolution
  • Suitable for dark rooms
  • Price
  • 32 inch
  • no HDMI 2.1 port
  • 60Hz

Alternative: LG CX

The TV among monitors
  • TV as monitor
  • 4K resolution
  • HDMI 2.1 port
  • OLED panel
  • Non-adjustable stand
  • Theoretical burn-in
  • Poor performance in bright rooms
  • Price
Monitors by size

The best 27 inch monitors

2021/09

27 inch monitor: ASUS XG279Q

Panel
IPS
Refresh rate
144 Hz
Response time
1ms
HDR
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • max Refresh Rate: 170Hz
  • HDR10
  • Color Space: sRGB and DCI-P3
  • Lighting effect: Aura Sync
  • Micro HDMI-Port

The ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q not only convinces gamers, but can also be seen as a very good 27-inch monitor in general. 144Hz refresh rate and a response time of 1ms, as well as VRR, FreeSync and G-Sync support make the monitor the perfect gaming companion. Due to the IPS panel, colors are displayed excellently and even if the screen does not get bright enough with 480 cd/m², the sRGB color space is sufficiently covered.

Alternative: Samsung Odyssey G7

Excellent for all fields
  • Great contrast ratio
  • Very low input lag
  • FreeSync and G-Sync
  • low viewing angle
  • HDR content does not become bright enough

Alternative: LG 27UK650-W

With a 4K resolution
  • Wide viewing angle
  • 4K resolution
  • No local dimming
  • Limited HDR support

The best 32 inch monitors

2021/09

32 inch monitor: BenQ EW3270U

Panel
VA
Refresh rate
60Hz
Response time
4ms
HDR
  • HDR
  • Eye-care technology
  • no HDMI 2.1

The BenQ EW3270U is one of the best 32-inch monitors and is particularly suitable for dark rooms. The VA panel delivers deep blacks and good contrast, and thanks to the 4K resolution, texts and images are crystal clear. The monitor covers the entire Adobe RGB color space and also displays a large color space for HDR content. The monitor is also suitable for gaming thanks to its low response time of 4ms, VRR, FreeSync and G-Sync compatibility.

Alternative: LG 32GK850G-B

With native G-Sync
  • up to 165Hz
  • very energy efficient
  • high contrast
  • poor connectivitypoor connectivity

Alternative: Samsung U32J592UQU

The 4K all-rounder
  • 4K resolution
  • Picture in Picture / Picture by Picture
  • high contrast value 3000:1
  • poor ergonomic features
Monitors by purpose

The best Allround monitors

2021/09

Allround Monitor: ASUS XG279Q

Panel
IPS
Refresh rate
144 Hz
Response time
1ms
HDR
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • max Refresh Rate: 170Hz
  • HDR10
  • Color Space: sRGB and DCI-P3
  • Lighting effect: Aura Sync
  • Micro HDMI-Port

The ROG Strix XG279Q can not only score as a gaming monitor, because the masterpiece from ASUS can do a few other things that make it a perfect all-rounder. Positive features such as viewing angle stability, contrast value, energy efficiency, illumination, color purity, as well as video playback, the screen cuts a fine figure on almost any desk.

The IPS panel comes into its own very well in creative activities, as these panels are very true to color. Furthermore, the monitor can be perfectly aligned with the user and USB 3.0 ports are also available.

Alternative: ASUS ProArt PA278QV

Also excellent for the creative field
  • OLED display
  • Dolby Vision
  • Connection options
  • Calman verified calibration
  • Low contrast ratio

Alternative: Dell S2721QS

The designer piece
  • Image Enhance for automatic image optimization
  • Ultra-wide viewing angle
  • Narrow screen bezel
  • Mediocre contrast ratio

The best Gaming monitors

2021/09

The best gaming monitor: ASUS XG279Q

Panel
IPS
Refresh rate
144 Hz
Response time
1ms
HDR
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • max Refresh Rate: 170Hz
  • HDR10
  • Color Space: sRGB and DCI-P3
  • Lighting effect: Aura Sync
  • Micro HDMI-Port

The ROG Strix XG279Q from ASUS is a true dream for any gamer who appreciates a good resolution (WQHD), as well as a color-accurate IPS panel. In addition, a refresh rate of 170 Hz, a response time of 1ms provide sharp gaming graphics with high frame rates.

Additionally, the monitor supports Adaptive-Sync, is G-Sync compatible, and HDR10 additionally delivers excellent contrast and brilliant color performance. Ghosting and tearing are prevented thanks to Asus’ Extreme Low Motion Blur Sync technology (ELMB SYNC), so nothing stands in the way of an extensive evening of gaming.

Alternative: ViewSonic Elite XG270QG

G-Sync at 165 Hz
  • NVIDIA G-Sync (native)
  • RGB lighting
  • dark rooms

Alternative: LG 27GL850-B

Nano IPS for a clear picture
  • Nano IPS panel
  • Gaming mode
  • dark room
  • Brightness too low

The best Graphics monitors

2021/09

Graphic monitor: Eizo CG279X

Panel
IPS
Refresh rate
60Hz
Response time
13ms
  • wide color gamut (including 99% AdobeRGB coverage)
  • Resolution up to 4K
  • Sensor for automatic self-calibration
  • True Black Display
  • price

The Enzo brand is considered the holy grail among graphics monitors, and for good reason. The CG279X is one of the best monitors for creative minds and impresses not only with a good contrast ratio of 1300:1, but also a brightness of 350 cd/m2. Various models even enable 4K resolution so that every detail is visible, and 99% of the Adobe RGB color space, as well as 98% of the DCI-P3 standard are supported. This means that RAW formats converted to AdobeRBG are reproduced with absolute color fidelity.

Alternative: ASUS ProArt PA278QV

Creative from ASUS
  • OLED display
  • Dolby Vision
  • Connection options
  • Calman verified calibration
  • Low contrast ratios

Alternative: Acer X27

Perfect for Adobe applications
  • Complete coverage of the Adobe sRGB color space
  • Integrated USB hub
  • HDR
  • working in dark rooms

The best Office monitors

2021/09

office monitor: Dell S2721QS

Panel
IPS
Refresh rate
60Hz
Response time
4ms
HDR
  • Image Enhance for automatic image optimization
  • ultra-wide viewing angle
  • narrow display frame
  • mediocre contrast ratio

The S2721QS from Dell delivers a crystal-clear picture that is much more comfortable for the eyes, especially in an office job. The 4K resolution makes it possible, even if it is not mandatory. But this means there is enough space on the screen, which makes multitasking much easier. Due to the IPS panel and a very good color coverage, the monitor offers an excellent picture and brilliant colors.

In addition, the monitor can be individually aligned to the user as it brings very good ergonomic features and integrated speakers save space on the desk.

Alternative: ASUS ProArt PA278QV

Also excellent for the creative field
  • OLED display
  • Dolby Vision
  • Connection options
  • Calman verified calibration
  • Low contrast ratio

Alternative: Philips 329P9H/00

If it may be somewhat larger
  • USB-C docking station
  • build in webcam
  • Connection options
  • no real Eco mode
Monitors by budget

The best Monitors under 200 Dollars

2021/09

Monitor under 200 Dollar: HP 27F

Panel
IPS
Refresh rate
60Hz
Response time
5ms
  • AMD-FreeSync
  • ultra-thin micro-edge display
  • ultra-wide viewing angle
  • no VESA mount
  • dark rooms

If you only have a little money at your disposal, that doesn’t automatically mean that you have to sacrifice quality. The 27f from HP is a wonderful monitor under the magic limit of $200 and impresses with its ultra-thin design, as well as its IPS panel and an ultra-wide viewing angle. Furthermore, the monitor offers FreeSync, a refresh rate of 60 Hz and a response time of 5ms and is thus also wonderfully suitable for occasional gaming.

Alternative: Samsung C27F396FHU

Multimedia-Allrounder
  • High contrast
  • Energy efficiency
  • Connectivity

Alternative: BenQ GL2780

solid gaming for little money
  • internal speakers
  • Eye-care technology
  • Ergonomics

The best Monitors under 500 Dollars

2021/09

Monitor under 500 Dollar: LG 27UL850-W

Panel
IPS
Refresh rate
60Hz
Response time
5ms
HDR
  • 4K resolution
  • HDR
  • Color calibrated
  • no HDMI 2.1

A 4K monitor for under $500? That is also possible with the 27UL850-W from LG. This screen is particularly suitable for the creative field, because LG’s own True Color Pro software automatically calibrates the monitor so that it delivers the best possible picture. The IPS panel, a refresh rate of 60 Hz and a response time of 5ms are quite impressive at a price of less than $500.

Alternative: ASUS ProArt PA278QV

The all-rounder
  • Excellent ergonomics
  • Wide viewing angle
  • Flicker-free
  • 75 Hz
  • Low contrast ratio
  • Mediocre black balance
  • 4K resolution

Alternative: Dell U2718Q

4K for creative minds
  • Wide viewing angles
  • Excellent ergonomics
  • 4K resolution
  • Low contrast ratio
  • Mediocre black uniformity