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Best Everything: Best Monitors 2016

You may be the person who spends a huge part of every day looking at a computer screen, however, the monitor you’re using right now may be something that came bundled with your desktop PC, or maybe it’s something you bought when 1024×768 was considered a high resolution. Maybe you’re a designer seeking a 4K or even 5K monitor, or you’re that gamer who’s planning on upgrading his system.

There’s been a diverse range of monitors in the market launched this year, and while it makes things exciting, it’s also quite confusing. Don’t you worry I’ve categorised my best picks of the monitors launched this year for you to do a little less researching.

Best Basic Budget Monitor

HP 22es 21.5 Inch IPS LED Backlit Monitor

Looking for a basic monitor for viewing emails, surfing the web, and using some office applications? Then there’s no reason to spend a fortune on one with features that you’ll never use. So here’s HP’s 22es 21.5 inch IPS LED backlit display. You could also do a bit of Photo Editing thanks to the HP Enhance+ resolution that helps improve image quality with an “advanced” noise reduction for crisper, cleaner images. The monitor is sleek, great in design as well as in performance.

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Best 4K Monitor for Designers

Samsung UD970

The Samsung UD970 features a huge 32-inch panel with a 3840 x 2160 resolution 4K screen that’s factory calibrated for almost all of the Adobe RGB colour gamut and sRGB – ideal for digital designers CAD/CAM engineers or videographers who aren’t put off by the high price tag. The UD970’s  pixel response time of 8 milliseconds (grey-to-grey) will be enough to satisfy all but the most demanding of gamers.

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Best 4K GSync Monitor

Acer Predator XB271HK

Acer’s XB271HK is a massive 27-inch 4K monitor which supports Nvidia’s GSync technology, allowing you to pack even more detail into your games. Unfortunately, the monitor sticks to the traditional 60Hz rather than 144Hz, but you’re surely not losing out on image quality, as the XB271HK’s stunning IPS panel supports full sRGB colour gamut out of the box and only needs very mild tweaking to bring its colour temperature into line. Overall, the XB271HK is the best you could have right now for Ultra HD gaming.

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Best 1440p FreeSync Monitor

Asus MG279Q

Currently, the Asus MG279Q is surely the best FreeSync monitor. It’s a 1440p IPS screen with a refresh rate of up to 144Hz. The response time is 4 milliseconds which isn’t that bad, and the resolution climbs up to 2560×1440 for extra-high definition.  The FreeSync support offers a stutter-free gaming on AMD graphics cards, and its GamePlus overlay options let you add extra visual cues, such as crosshairs or timers, to help you stay on top of your game.

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Best 1440p GSync Monitor

Acer Predator XB271HU

Acer Predator XB271HU is a 27 inch 1440p IPS monitor that offers GSync support, with a 144Hz refresh rate which can be boosted up to a 165Hz thanks to GSync. Paired with a GeForce GPU, this 2560×1440 panel uses Nvidia’s GSync technology to smoothly sync the panel’s refresh rate to the graphics card’s to prevent screen tearing.

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Best Ultrawide Monitor

Dell UltraSharp U3415W PXF79

The Dell UltraSharp U3415W PXF79 similar to its name is an ultra-sharp 34-inch display with an IPS panel which is known to have the best color reproduction compared to any other display panels out in the market thanks to a color gamut score of 91% and an sRGB rating of 99%.  Dell was one of the first companies to release an Ultrawide monitor in the market. Hence the company surely knows what it’s doing, so the U3415W supports a maximum screen resolution of 3440×1440 and to improve the display output of the monitor, it also comes with a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a dynamic contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1.

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Best 10-bit Monitor for Photographers

NEC MultiSync PA322UHD

So you’re a professional photographer/videographer and are looking for a great monitor for your highly detailed photos or videos? Then, the 32-inch NEC MultiSync PA322UHD is the right choice for you right now. It covers 99% of Adobe RGB color space and has a 3840×2160 resolution, which is 4K UHD with IPS panel technology. Over 1.07 billion colors are supported and it comes with a 14-bit (3D) lookup table.

Please note, however, that you may need a graphics card that supports 10-bit in order to utilise 10-bit colors on this 10-bit display.

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