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LCD or Thin Film Transistor Liquid Crystal Display screens, are the current trend of monitors for personal computing, compelling CRTs to become obsolete. TFT LCD monitors for PC's find dominant usage in offices, homes, and various other business organizations by individuals. The best monitor is essential for the optimum visual experience in playing games, watching movies, web browsing and usage of various other software applications on a PC. With an integrated TV tuner support, contemporary monitors allow you to enjoy various favorite TV programs, and some of the best PC monitors 2013 even support viewing visuals in full stereoscopic 3D.

To choose the display size of your monitor, it's best to first decide what you intend to use your monitor screen for. Since you wouldn't be likely to change your monitor often, the right features should take priority over cost saving. Furthermore, whatever the purpose of your monitor, an LCD screen with full HD resolution is a pretty common feature and a must have. Moreover, HDMI and DisplayPort input ports have versatile adaptability for connectivity, and are well known especially for viewing high-definition content.

By and large, the desired performance of the monitor you purchase can be judged on parameters such as display size (diagonal), resolution, aspect ratio, contrast ratio, viewing angle, brightness, response time and power consumption.

Screen size:
For gaming, watching movies and TV, widescreen displays are recommended and 24 inch screen size with 1920x1080 resolution is sufficient. If you need a multifunction monitor, you could opt for 28-inch displays which allow you to watch them from farther away.

Aspect ratio:
Widescreen displays with aspect ratio 16:9 (sometimes 16:10) are the most widely used format leaving the standard screen displays with aspect ratio 4:3 far behind.

Contrast ratio:
The static contrast ratio, which measures the screen's efficiency to display darkest and brightest colors at any given point of time, would be great if it is at least 1000:1.

Based on these aspects, choose a best monitor for PC considering the authorized reviews from our best product listing.

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NEC MultiSync EA294WMi

NEC MultiSync EA294WMi IPS LED Monitor


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NEC MultiSync PA242W
Acer B296CL
Samsung Series 9 S27B971D
Asus PA249Q
NEC MultiSync EA294WMi IPS LED Monitor
NEC MultiSync PA242W-BK Desktop Monitor
Acer B296CL LED LCD Monitor
Samsung Series 9 S27B971D Monitor
Asus PA249Q LCD Monitor
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Release Date
Jul 2013
Sep 2013
Aug 2013
Jul 2013
May 2013
Screen Size
29.0 inch
24.0 inch
29.0 inch
27.0 inch
24.1 inch
Aspect Ratio
21:9
16:10
21:9
16:9
16:10
Brightness
300.0 cd/m^2
340.0 cd/m^2
300.0 cd/m^2
300.0 cd/m^2
350.0 cd/m^2
Contrast Ratio
1000:1
1000:1
100000000:1
1000:1
80000000:1
Max. Resolution
2560 x 1080
1920 x 1200
2560 x 1080
2560 x 1440
1920x1200
Response Time
6.0 ms
8.0 ms
8.0 ms
5.0 ms
6.0 ms
Monitor Type
IPS TFT with W-LED backlight
AH-IPS
IPS frameless LCD
LED PLS
AH-IPS
Viewable Picture Size
29.0 in.
24.1 in.
23.6 in.

  • The NEC MultiSync EA294WMi is a pricey 29-inch ultra-wide monitor offering good grayscale performance, wide viewing angles, and a wealth of features. Its color is generally good but greens are a bit out of whack.


  • The Philips Brilliance 298X4QJAB also has a 21:9 aspect ratio and is £100 cheaper than this; you'd be silly to ignore its appeal in comparison.


  • Colour uniformity was very good, the biggest discrepency coming at 83% Brightness, along the top third with the middle showing a Delta-E of 4.9. Everything else was much lower. Colour accuracy overall gave an average Delta-E of 1.84 with the problem area being dark cyan colours at 4.72. Colour coverage results showed a slightly disappointing 99% sRGB coverage, 76% NTSC and 82% Adobe RGB. In the brightness test the panel could reach a high 365 cd/m2. Contrast ratio is advertised at 1000:1. In our tests, at 50% brightness it was 610:1 and at 100% a reasonable 680:1.


  • 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 Acer B296CL is a reasonably priced 29-inch Ultra-wide monitor offering a generous selection of ports, solid IPS color performance, and an ergonomic stand. Its issues - the panel loses some luminance when viewed from an extreme vertical angle, and the monitor does not have an auto-rotate feature - are few and minor.


  • The Samsung Series 9 S27B971D is an attractive 27-inch PLS monitor that delivers bold and accurate color reproduction and very dark blacks. It is well equipped and offers wide viewing angles but it has trouble at the dark end of the grayscale and is very expensive.


  • If you just want accurate color, and you want it without going through the effort and expense of calibration, then the Samsung Series 9 might be for you. But we also think that the "average" user looking for an exceptional all-purpose monitor will be better served by less expensive competitors.


  • When compared to last year's S27B970D monitor, the new Samsung S27B971D changes just one feature - swapping its predecessor's distractingly glossy display for a matt one, which makes a big difference when using it on a daily basis for photography. In all other regards the two monitors are exactly the same, sharing the beautiful design and high-specification, along with 99% sRGB colour gamut coverage and a very respectable 77% of the AdobeRGB spectrum.


  • The Asus PA249Q delivers the rich, accurate colors that graphics professionals require and it's jam-packed with features but it has trouble at the dark end of the grayscale, and it's expensive.