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Top 10 Monitors of 2017

Welcome to our list of the top 10 monitors of 2017. The holiday season is here and, if you’re like us, you’re out on the hunt for the perfect gifts. As you know, that’s way easier said than done. So, we’re here to be your holiday heroes. If you’ve got a tech lover or two on your list, you’re in the right spot. For a lot of us, monitors are an afterthought. The reality is that they shouldn’t be. It doesn’t matter if you’re gamer, graphic designer, movie watcher, or regular office worker, the right monitor can make a huge difference. From curved and ultra-wide to simple HD, there are a lot of excellent monitors for all kinds of needs and budgets. Whether you’re looking for yourself or someone else, this list is the best place to start your search.

The Top 10 Monitors of 2017:

  1. Samsung CF791
  2. Dell UltraSharp 27 (U2717D)
  3. BenQ PD3200U
  4. Samsung UE590
  5. Acer S277HK
  6. Acer Predator XB272
  7. Alienware 25
  8. Dell SE2716H
  9. Asus MG248Q
  10. LG 34UC89G

1. Samsung CF791

Samsung CF791

The Samsung CF791 is our favourite monitor of the year. Its big, beautiful curved LED screen gives you stunningly accurate colours and fantastic contrasts. At 34-inches, there’s a lot of screen to look at. The 1440p display has got a 100Hz refresh rate and adaptive frame-rate technology for Radeon gaming cards. That means that it can handle the most graphic intensive games with ease.

Its big, beautiful curved LED screen gives you stunningly accurate colours and fantastic contrasts.

Beauty has a price. So, it isn’t surprising that the CF791 is a bit expensive. It’s also worth mentioning that it’s not a 4K monitor. If you’re looking for the absolute best resolution, the CF791 may not be for you. However, if you’re on the hunt for a big display that could easily outlast your computer, this monitor is well worth the investment.

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2. Dell UltraSharp 27 (U2717D)

Dell UltraSharp 27

The sleek and dependable Dell U2717D is a monitor that’s at home in an office. That said, just because it’s designed for the office doesn’t mean that it can’t look great. The U2717D’s nearly bezel-less design gives you maximum screen space while its accurate colours make images pop. The easy-to-use menu system makes it simple to set up and its 4 USB 3.0 ports add some extra convenience if you need to charge your phone.

The U2717D’s nearly bezel-less design gives you maximum screen space while its accurate colours make images pop.

First off, this monitor is not designed for gaming. So, it’s not shocking that it doesn’t handle games too well. The plastic casing can also feel a little cheap and it’s generally a bit expensive for not excelling in one single area.

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3. BenQ PD3200U

BenQ PD3200U
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The BenQ PD3200U has a giant, 32-inch 4K LED screen that is great for professionals and, mostly by accident, gamers. A big screen with 4K resolution means that the picture on this monitor is fantastic. It also has a (much needed) sturdy, adjustable stand and a very reasonable price tag.

A big screen with 4K resolution means that the picture on this monitor is fantastic.

Keeping in mind that this monitor is aimed at professionals, the 4ms response time might feel a little slow for gamers looking for top-of-the-line specs. Since the monitor is pretty huge, you’re going to need some desk space as well.

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4. Samsung UE590

Samsung UE590

The Samsung UE590 is perfect for gamers on a budget. At 28-inches, it’s big. The 4K display is also AMD FreeSync compatible. That means you’ll get fantastic gaming performance with great colour accuracy and resolution. In spite of all the great things that this monitor has going for it, the best thing about it may be its price. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better gaming monitor at a lower price.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better gaming monitor at a lower price.

There isn’t much to complain about when it comes to this monitor. One thing to note is that the screen isn’t particularly adjustable. The UE590 also lacks USB ports which is a bit inconvenient if you have lots of things to plug in.

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5. Acer S277HK

Acer S277HK

The beautifully designed 27-inch, 4K LED Acer S277HK is perfect if you want a 4K display without having to spend too much. Marketed as a “zero frame” monitor, it can feel like the screen is floating above the stand. With its high-resolution screen that boasts a 60Hz refresh rate, this screen gives you crisp, smooth images. The S277HK also has a ton of ports on the back so you won’t have to worry about your connectivity options.

Marketed as a “zero frame” monitor, it can feel like the screen is floating above the stand.

Unfortunately, the S277HK doesn’t come with any USB ports so be ready to charge your phone using your computer. The stand is nice but it’s not adjustable and you can’t swivel or rotate it. If you need flexibility from your monitor, it could be a deal breaker.

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6. Acer Predator XB272

Acer Predator XB272

Using G-Sync, Nvidia’s screen tearing prevention software, the Predator XB272 gives you an excellent 240Hz refresh rate to make sure that even the most demanding games look smooth and fluid. With super thin bezels, the 27-inch LED full HD screen gives you a lot of room to game on. This monitor also has a lot of controls that let you customize the display settings.

With super thin bezels, the 27-inch LED full HD screen gives you a lot of room to game on.

This monitor is more or less limited to gamers. Its resolution isn’t great but that’s masked by the high frame rate when you’re playing games. However, if you’re doing other things, it won’t look as pretty. One last thing worth noting is that the connectors aren’t particularly future-proof. That’s a pain if you want this monitor to keep pace with the latest and greatest.


7. Alienware 25

Alienware 25

Alienware, the iconic Dell-owned gaming brand, makes it on the list with the 24.4-inch Alienware 25 gaming monitor. First off, this monitor looks great. It also performs equally well. Alienware created this monitor with gamers in mind. To virtually eliminate any screen tearing for both NVIDIA and Radeon users, you can pick up this monitor with Nvidia G-Sync or AMD Free Sync. The Alienware 25 also boasts a high 120Hz refresh rate and low response time to keep your games running smoothly.

To virtually eliminate any screen tearing for both NVIDIA and Radeon users, you can pick up this monitor with Nvidia G-Sync or AMD Free Sync.

The major issue with the Alienware 25 (and with Alienware, in general) is that it’s very pricey. The monitor’s resolution is also only 1080p. If you’re used to 4K monitors, the resolution drop could leave you disappointed.

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8. Dell SE2716H

Dell SE2716H
The Dell SE2716H may not be a cutting-edge monitor but that doesn’t mean that it’s not good. With a slightly curved, 1080p display, the SE2716H is a nice, budget-friendly introduction to curved monitor technology. While it won’t be able to hang with the monitors at the top of this list, it still gives you accurate colours and has a solid contrast ratio. When you combine that with the curved screen, you get an immersive monitor experience at a very affordable price.

When you combine that with the curved screen, you get an immersive monitor experience at a very affordable price.

As with all budget monitors, this display has some weaknesses. For one, the monitor can only be tilted up and down. So, you’ll have to move the entire thing if you want to angle it a little more to the left or the right. Another issue is that its brightness is nothing to write home about. Still, it’s all-in-all a solid monitor choice.

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9. Asus MG248Q

Asus MG248Q

The Asus MG248Q was designed for gamers on a budget. This 1080p monitor has a 144Hz refresh rate and a fast 1ms response time. To leave no doubt about who it’s made for, it also has Adaptive Sync technology that reduces screen tearing for users with AMD graphics cards. In a nutshell, you can run games without any delays. It also has a nice sleek design so this 23.6-inch monitor doesn’t take up too much desk space. The MG248Q also has a decent range of motion. You’ll be able to raise, lower, rotate, and pivot the screen.

To leave no doubt about who it’s made for, it also has Adaptive Sync technology that reduces screen tearing for users with AMD graphics cards.

One of the biggest issues with the monitor is its use of TN panel technology over (superior) IPS technology. This means that colours tend to look dimmer or blurred when you’re not looking at the monitor head-on. The fact that Adaptive Sync is only available for AMD graphics cards is another bummer. It would have been great if it was compatible with other graphics cards as well.

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10. LG 34UC89G

LG 34UC89G

The super-wide 34-inch LG 34UC89G features a big curved HD display. For gamers, this monitor comes with Nvidia G-Sync anti-screen tearing technology so you won’t have to worry about any choppiness when playing your favourite game. The 1080p screen has a 144Hz refresh rate (that can be overclocked to 166Hz) to keep your games lag-free. It also has a great design that plays into its focus on gamers.

The 1080p screen has a 144Hz refresh rate (that can be overclocked to 166Hz) to keep your games lag-free.

Generally speaking, this monitor is only really good for gaming. The resolution is also a bit low given how much you’ll have to pay for it. Another thing to note is that there is a lack of the connections and ports that you would have expected on this kind of monitor.

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