10 best monitors and displays on the market 2016

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Not long ago, a monitor was as essential a purchase as a refrigerator. Without one, you wouldn't be able to complete tasks as basic as accessing your email and typing up documents. Now, however, we can accomplish that and more from an amazing device that lives in our pockets, making monitors more of a luxury than a necessity.

That's why these days we're seeing a rise in more extravagant displays designed for power users. Crafters of the best monitors you can buy now compete for pushing the most pixels or packing the highest curvature into their displays. Unfortunately, buying the latest and greatest could make even the best monitors more susceptible to hacking.

Taking into consideration factors like color gamut, response time and panel weight, however, is by no means an easy task. For this reason, we've gone ahead and rounded up the best monitors money can buy in order to join you in determining which suits your needs best.

Philips Brilliance BDM3490UC

1. Philips Brilliance BDM3490UC

Screen size: 34-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3440 x 1440 Brightness: 340 cd/m2 | Response time: 14ms | Viewing angle: 172/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 7.9kg

Super build quality
Great picture
Relatively good value
No G-Sync or FreeSync

Philips' Brilliance BDM3490UC should be your top pick if you're looking to watch movies or work from home. Its IPS display is bright and inviting, effectively emulating the movie theater experiencing (just make sure you bring the popcorn and close the curtains). The 21:9 curved display can be a bit disorienting, however, if you're accustomed to standard flat screen displays. Still, this one takes the cake for gaming. In the absence of both G-Sync and FreeSync, though, don't forget to tick the vertical sync box in all your games. Plus, as long as you're set on a 21:9 cinematic panel, the Brilliance is competitively priced as well.

Read the full review: Philips Brilliance BDM3490UC

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2. Acer Predator X34

A gaming monitor with attitude

Screen size: 34-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3440 x 1440 Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Response time: 4ms G2G (grey-to-grey) | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 100 million:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 9.9kg

Aggressive design
Perfect color accuracy
Limited port selection
Underpowered speakers

Cinematic monitors are a great alternative to 4K ones when it comes to gaming. In fact, you might say they're even better due to their ultrawide 21:9 aspect ratio. The Acer Predator X34 certainly looks the part, featuring an eye-catching aluminium bezel and angular, crow's foot-shape stand. It comes with a number of gaming mod cons in tow, including Nvidia's G-Sync frame-smoothing tech, an immersion-boosting curved shape and fantastic color reproduction that brings games to life. Short of strapping on a virtual reality headset, the Predator X34 is about as immersive as gaming gets.

Read the full review: Acer Predator X34

Philips 2586QJEB

3. Philips 258B6QJEB

Thin bezels feature on this well-connected QHD monitor

Screen size: 25-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 2,560 x 1,440 | Brightness: 350 cd/m2 | Response time: 14ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 87% | Weight: 15.4 pounds

Image quality
Adjustability
Small footprint
High response time
Tinny speakers

In terms of price, size and sharpness, QHD often hits the sweet spot, and Philips' 258B6QJEB is one of the most stylish 25-inch models arouund. Packing a pixel-resolution of 2,560 x 1,440, it provides more than enough room on the desktop to get productive, and because the monitor is compact it won't take up much room on your desk. It's versatile too thanks to its built-in rotate and height adjustability

Philips loaded the 258B6QJEB with an abundance of connectivity options that include two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports (one with a high-current output), VGA, DVI-D, DisplayPort, HDMI, a 3.5mm audio-in and headphone output sockets.

Read the full review: Philips 258B6QJEB

Samsung UD970

4. Samsung UD970

Get ready for ultra high-def on your desktop

Screen size: 31.5-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Brightness: 280 cd/m2 | Response time: 8ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 30.14 pounds

Colour accuracy
Landscape/portrait rotation
Hardware button menu navigation
Cost

A 4K display that's factory-calibrated for great colour accuracy and image quality, which makes it ideal for digital designers, CAD/CAM engineers or videographers who aren't put off by the high-price tag.

Read the full review: UD970

LG UltraWide 34UC97

5. LG UltraWide 34UC97

Great for work, games, and movies – but it's costly

Screen size: 34-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3440x1440 | Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Response time: 5ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1M:1 (DFC) | Colour support: SRGB 99% | Weight: 19.8 pounds

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Good speakers with bass
Great contrast and colour reproduction
Expensive

The LG's curved design, high resolution and huge diagonal make it a high quality replacement for single 4K panels or a pair of 1080p screens, and the form factor means it's tempting for work, games and movies.

Read the full review: 34UC97

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6. Acer S277HK

A bezel-less beauty

Screen size: 27-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Response time: 4ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 100,000,000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 11.9 pounds

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Bezel-less design
Refresh rate
No USB ports
Height not adjustable

A gorgeous IPS screen and bezel-free design make the S227HK a stunning display by itself or an even more impressive and immersive member of a multi-monitor setup.

Read the full review: S277HK

ViewSonic VP2772

7. Viewsonic VP2772

What this professional monitor lacks in style it makes up with exceptional picture quality

Screen size: 27-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Brightness: 350 cd/m2 | Response time: 12ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 18.8 pounds

Bezel-less design
Refresh rate
No USB ports
Height not adjustable

A rich set of features, great picture quality out of the box and hassle-free setup make the VP2772 an attractive monitor.

Read the full review: VP2772

Dell Ultrasharp UP2414Q

8. Dell UltraSharp UP2414Q

A superb display, but you're paying through the nose for a mere 24-inches

Screen size: 24-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Brightness: 350 cd/m2 | Response time: 8ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100%; Adobe RGB 99% | Weight: 10.58 pounds

Super display
Great features
Very expensive
Just 24-inches

A fantastic monitor that's a little ahead of its time in terms of GPU and operating system support.

Read the full review: UltraSharp UP2414Q

VX2776

9. Viewsonic VX2776

An almost bezel-less beauty

Screen size: 27-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 | Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Response time: 4ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1M:1 (DFC) | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 7.2 pounds

Stylish design
Good picture quality
Lacks VESA mount
No swivel functionality

Whether it's laptops, monitors or smartphones, bezels just aren't fashionable anymore. Viewsonic's VX2776 is an eye-catching 27-inch monitor with a bezel that measures just millimeters along the top and sides. This helps anything you're doing with it - from watching movies to playing games or viewing photos - really 'pop' out of the frame. It's all helped by impressive color accuracy.

On the downside, the VX2776 isn't as feature-packed as other 1080p panels in its price bracket, so don't expect adaptive frame syncing tech, or even a VESA wall mount. But if you're simply after a monitor that's rocking a thin design with minimal bezels and offers solid picture quality, the VX2776 is worthy of your consideration.

BenQ BL2710PT

10. BenQ BL2710PT

Aimed at CAD/CAM professionals, this feature-packed 27-inch monitor delivers

Screen size: 27-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3440x1440 | Brightness: 350 cd/m2 | Response time: 12ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 99% | Weight: 23.8 pounds

Port selection
Flicker-free backlight
Design
Touch controls

A feature-packed and well-connected monitor that offers plenty for the asking price. It may not be exciting to look at and the menu controls suffer from a lack of labeling, but these are minor caveats that don't detract from an overall worthy investment.

Read the full review: BL2710PT

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