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Computer monitors have advanced a great deal since the earlier CRT sets we used to have, and given the plethora of choices we have, it's quite hard to make a decision. Nevertheless there are a few key factors you should be aware of before purchasing.

Although monitor resolution has now gone from standard definition to high definition, many of today's monitors come with a max resolution of 720p, while a few go as high as 4K. In the current scenario a 1080p is the best practical resolution to get.

Next, if your budget allows you a choice between an LED backlit LCD panel and a traditional CCFL backlighting, pick the LED. You get better picture quality as well as better energy savings in the long run.

Speaking of panel, manufacturers have begun to innovate the technology used in their panels their LED and LCD monitors for various purposes, from better contrasts and refresh rates, to wider viewing angles. A couple of the most popular panel types are TN panels and IPS panels. TN panels are great for gaming, sporting response times of 2ms or less. IPS panels on the other hand have higher response time of 6ms which is the fastest they go. IPS panels are ideal for designers because they features superior contrast ratios and consequently better picture detail; along with wide viewing angles. The choice of panel ultimately depend on what use your computer monitor will be put to.

Another important consideration is what kind of connectivity your PC monitor gives you. The latest monitors use HDMI (High definition Multimedia Interface) ports and HDMI cables for connectivity since they support and carry high definition signals to display accurate HD content. However if your CPU doesn't support HDMI, you might have to looks for other more fitting options. The best monitors for computers are not only integrated with HDMI but also include other options like VGA, DVI, DisplayPort etc.

Lastly, having a matte screen for your computer monitor might be very convenient since they are great for all lighting conditions and suffer no glare from ambient light. Scroll down to check out our list of the most recommended computer monitors for specs and buying options.

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NEC MultiSync PA242W

NEC MultiSync PA242W-BK Desktop Monitor


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NEC MultiSync PA242W
BenQ GW2450
Asus VG248QE
Hannspree HL249DPB
BenQ GW2255
NEC MultiSync PA242W-BK Desktop Monitor
BenQ GW2450 Monitor
Asus Vg248qe 3d Monitor
Hannspree HL249DPB Monitor
BenQ GW2255 Monitor
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Release Date
Sep 2013
Dec 2012
Jan 2013
Dec 2013
Mar 2013
Screen Size
24.0 inch
24.0 inch
24.0 inch
23.6 inch
21.5 inch
Aspect Ratio
16:10
Widescreen (16:9)
16:9
16:9
16:9
Brightness
340.0 cd/m^2
250.0 cd/m^2
350.0 cd/m^2
250.0 cd/m^2
250.0 cd/m^2
Contrast Ratio
1000:1
5000:1
80000000:1
1000:1, 30000000:1 (Dynamic)
3000:1
Dot Pitch
0.27 mm
0.276 mm
0.276 mm
0.271 mm
0.248 mm
Max. Resolution
1920 x 1200
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
Response Time
8.0 ms
12.0 ms
1.0 ms
5.0 ms
6.0 ms
Color Depth
16.7 million
16.7 million colors
16.7 million colors
16.7 million colors
16.7 million colors
Monitor Type
AH-IPS
TFT active matrix
LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
LED
LCD Monitor
Viewable Picture Size
24.1 in.
24.0 in.

  • The NEC MultiSync PA242W-BK 24-inch professional grade monitor is a top performer that's loaded with features and settings options.

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    Displays like the NEC PA242W are expensive, but they also push the boundaries for what a display can do. Technologies like 3D LUTs and more uniform lighting will likely trickle down to more affordable hardware, but it will take time. For now if you want the most accurate, most uniform display that you can buy, you want the NEC PA242W. It's designed with image/video professionals in mind, and it performs admirably.


  • The BenQ GW2450 is a reasonably-priced 24-inch monitor based on VA (Vertical Alignment) panel technology. It offers robust colors and deep blacks but is short on features.


  • The screen specs are superb and BenQ has managed to make this monitor's response time much faster than typical VA panels.


  • By default the BenQ is very bright, which we found washed out the colours slightly. With a suitably lit room and a little tweaking, colour reproduction is vibrant without being overwhelming. At 178 degrees vertically and horizontally, the viewing angles are likewise pretty good and the matte screen reduces reflections from any direction. Backlight bleed is virtually non-existent and blacks very deep.


  • The Asus VG248QE is a 24-inch gaming monitor featuring a 144Hz refresh rate, a speedy pixel response, and a highly adjustable stand. It's a good performer but could use a few more gamer-centric features.


  • I think most of us will agree that a decent 120-144Hz screen is a rather desirable little gaming panel, minus forking out for an Nvidia 3D Vision bundle. Sure, Asus has got some impressive screen technology in its monitor range, but it needs to get a lot more competitive on the price front given the value on offer from both BenQ and Iiyama at the moment.

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    ASUS are fairly unambiguous in their marketing of the VG248QE on their website, on their printed materials and on the base of the monitor itself. This is designed to be a gaming monitor that delivers a super-responsive experience in fast paced games. With its super-low input lag, very good pixel responsiveness (with configurable overdrive) and 144Hz refresh rate the monitor does deliver a superbly smooth gaming experience.


  • It's very cheap, but this screen's poor default colour accuracy means it needs a colour calibrator to bring out its potential.