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Last updated: 16 March 2017


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More and more of what we do on our computers can benefit from the big-screen treatment, from browsing the internet to home video editing, and plenty of people are even replacing their TV with a large computer monitor. You can learn more about the market with our monitor buying guide, and get insights and advice on particular models from what we found when testing.

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4K UHD (ultra-high definition), which is essentially four times the resolution of high-definition, has been around for a couple of years, but it was hard to find a good- quality model for less than $1000. So we've added three 4K screens that cost between $500 and $600 to our review of 13 mega monitors, to find out if you can get a good-quality 4K unit without burning a hole in your hip pocket. The rest are high-definition models that range from $250 to $600. All monitors we tested are either 27- or 28-inches across.

Our expert testers put every monitor through its paces to find the models that:

  • have the best high-defintiion display
  • have the best 4K display
  • are the best overall performers
  • cost the least to run.

Our interactive comparison tool also helps you find which monitors have all the specs you need, such as HDMI, DVI and VGA inputs, screen type (LED, IPS, TN), inbuilt speakers and adjustable height settings.

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      The monitors maximum resolution. Note that 4K falls short of displaying 4000 horizontal pixels. These screens are technically ultra-high definition (UHD), not true 4K. 4K is used interchangeably with UHD as a marketing term.

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