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Large computer monitor reviews

Last updated: 14 July 2014

When you're in the market for a new computer monitor, bigger is almost always better. But settling on a suitable screen isn't all that simple. With so many options available, making the move to a massive monitor can quickly drive you mad, unless you know what you're looking for and, more importantly, what works with your computer. As well as the below results from our tech testing lab, you can read our monitor buying guide to narrow down your needs.

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Our test of 12 mega-monitors, ranging in price from $320 to $1200, can help you find your dream screen.

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

  • have the best display
  • are the best performers
  • are easiest to use
  • 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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Screen size (inches)
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The size of the image area of the screen, measured diagonally in inches.

Native resolution
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Maximum resolution, which also provides the best image quality for most tasks.

Test results

Display score
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Display performance is made up of: colour, brightness & contrast (50%), text (20%), glare/surface reflections (10%), angles of view (10%) and Blu-ray playback (10%).  All monitors were tested with out-of-the-box settings except for those that offered the sRGB colour mode. Monitors were switched to sRGB if available.  The brightness and contrast levels recorded are the settings out-of-the-box.  Monitors were warmed up for 30 mins before each test.

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Ease of use score
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Ease of use comprises an assessment of: stability (30%), port access (20%), height adjustment (15%) on-screen menu (10%), tilt (10%), controls (5%) hardware installation (5%) and manual (5%).

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Annual energy cost
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Based on the usage scenario of five hours per day active, plus 19 hours per day on standby, calculated at 26c per kWh.

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Specifications

Aspect ratio
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16:9 is the general purpose aspect ratio common across most brands of monitors.  While you can use an elongated 21:9 screen for general tasks, they're much better suited to working with multiple programs or windows at the same time without having to buy a second screen, working with long images, documents such as spreadsheets, or widescreen video games. 

Type of screen
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LED: Light-emitting diode, IPS: In-plane switching, TN: Twisted nematic.

Claimed response time (ms)
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Pixel response time: How fast a pixel can change from black to white and back to black.  Slow response times can create blurry images or show ghosting. Most LED monitors have a maximum response time of 6ms, while IPS can go as high as 14ms.  

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Height adjustment (mm)
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A good monitor should be versatile with a wide range of ergonomic options, such as a wide swivel range, tilt range and adjustable height.

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Built-in webcam
Built-in microphones
Screen finish

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