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Reflects cost as of February 2017
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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.
Full HD performance score
A viewing panel scores image quality (30%), reflections from the screen and bezel (25%), Blu-ray movie playback (20%), horizontal and vertical viewing angles (15%) and text quality (10%). All monitors tested simultaneously at 1920 x 1080 resolution.
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4K performance score
Applicable for monitors that feature a 4K resolution. A viewing panel scores image quality (50%) and movie playback (50%).
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Ease of use score
We assess port placement (30%), stand features (25%), on-screen menu intuitiveness (20%), menu control placement and physical characteristics (15%), and comprehensiveness of instructions manuals (10%).
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Running cost per year
Based on power measurements undertaken when the monitor is on for 5 hours and in standby for 19 hours; we use a cost per kWh of 30 cents.
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A glossy or matte screen finish will influence picture quality. Gloss screens, for example, typically appear quite vibrant, but it can be very reflective. This makes them difficult to use in bright environments, though some screens have an anti-glare coating to offset this somewhat.
Stated response time (ms)
The time it takes for a pixel to change from black to white and back to black. Measured in milliseconds. Slow response times can create blurry images or show ghosting, but most consumer monitors respond within 1-5ms.
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Stated screen refresh rate (Hz)
Sometimes called frequency, defines how often the screen image is refreshed (redrawn) each second. Measured in hertz (Hz), a higher refresh rate theoretically results in a smoother picture with less evidence of flickering, ghosting, double images and shadowing. Standard monitors have a minimum refresh rate of 60 Hz, which is suitable for most tasks, aside from fast-paced gaming.
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Speakers built into the body. Sound quality was not assessed.
Video Graphics Array input. Often found on older PCs and gaming devices. Can handle 120Hz refresh rate. Does not carry an audio signal.
Included in this review
- CHOICE buy
- Overall score
- Full HD performance score
- 4K performance score
- Ease of use score
- Running cost per year
- Bezel thickness
- Stand functions
- Weight kg
- Good points
- Bad points
- Energy Star rating
- Native resolution
- Stated diagonal screen size
- LCD panel type
- Screen finish
- Stated brightness
- Stated response time
- Stated screen refresh rate
- Stated viewing angles
- VESA wall mount
- Built-in speakers
- USB 2
- USB 3
- Audio out
- AMD FreeSync
- NVIDIA G-Sync
- Pixel policy
- Warranty years