These days computer monitors aren’t just for browsing the web or doing work – a lot of the time they’re used for high quality multimedia too. There’s an overwhelming choice on today’s market, in a variety of sizes, styles, and resolutions, to suit a variety of needs.

At PriceRunner we’ve sourced deals on over 1500 computer monitors for comparison. You’ll find everything from affordable LED desk monitors for the family computer station, to colossal curved screens for the most immersive movie and PC gaming experiences. There are models from all the top brands, including Apple and Dell, as well as PriceRunner favourite Samsung. Take a glance at our Buying Guide above for some crystal clear advice on picking out the perfect monitor for you.

Monitor Buying Guide

Today there are literally hundreds of different computer monitors available to buy and although it’s great to have so much choice, it can be hard to know which monitor is right for you. Take a look at our monitor buying guide to make sure you choose the ideal monitor for your needs.

Monitor size

It’s a good idea to consider what size monitor you need before you decide on anything else as the size of the monitor you choose will narrow down your options. Opt for a monitor that fits the space you are working in, as well as considering the kind of work you will be carrying out and the amount you want to spend.

A few years ago 20” was considered to be a large monitor, but now you can find monitors that are 30” or bigger. However, image resolution on the screen is usually no larger than 1080p, which means if you have a very large monitor you’ll simply be stretching the image which can end up making it look grainy. To ensure you have good picture quality stick to a screen around 23" to 24” or buy a pricier monitor with a higher resolution.


The resolution your monitor has will determine the amount of information that can fit on the screen. A higher resolution monitor can increase your productivity because you’ll be able to multi-task more easily and fit more words into the same space. Beware, though, that things may appear quite small on a very high resolution display.

Desktop monitors at the smaller end of the spectrum can be purchased with a resolution as low as 1366x768, but most monitors come with 1920x1080, which is more commonly known as 1080p. This resolution of monitor is popular because it produces a clean, crisp image and is the perfect amount of pixels for watching HD content such as Blu-ray discs.

With monitors larger than 30” it is possible to get a larger resolution, such as 2560x1440 which will stop the image from appearing stretched, but can still make pictures look a little grainy. The more recent 4K / Ultra HD, which is four times the resolution of 1080p, is starting to appear on TVs and even monitors but the high price of these means they remain mostly for professional use and very few models are available.

Mounting and stands

Most monitor stands designed for household use don’t have any other functions than tilting backwards and forwards so if you want your stand to perform other functions like moving up and down or swiveling without moving the base then you may need to consider getting a business monitor.

If you’re using a dual display you may need a wall mount or after-market arm, typically requiring VESA mounting capabilities which incorporate a standard pattern of screw holes for easy mounting. Some video games will even let you use 3 or more monitors, such as flight simulators, for example. If you are considering a triple purchase, the obvious recommendation would be to stick to the same exact model for all three, which will make calibrating a whole lot easier since you will be able to reproduce the exact same settings on each.


The majority of users will only need one DVI input, but it’s useful to also have a HDMI and VGA input as well. If you plan to use your monitor for different functions, for example as both a TV and a computer, then multiple inputs are essential. These days HDMI is more and more popular since it is both digital and capable of transmitting sound as well as picture, something VGA doesn't do at all and that DVI only does partially (no sound).

You can also find monitors that come with added extras such as headphone jacks or in built USB hubs. The majority of average sized and larger monitors will work with a universal power cord but newer super slim models can need to use an external power supply such as a laptop in order to work.

The following table illustrates what you should be looking out for when choosing a computer monitor.

Response time This is the measure of how long a pixel takes to change from black to white and back again. If your pixel response time is slow you can end up with a ghosting effect, for example a football flying through the air can look like it has a tail. The majority of monitors measure 5ms which is ideal for most functions, including gaming.
Refresh rate This is a measure of the number of times a picture can be updated on your display within a second. The refresh rate is measured in hertz and standard monitors usually refresh at around 60 hertz.
Contrast ratio This is the measure of the blackest black and the brightest white a monitor can display. Some manufacturers advertise the ‘dynamic contrast’ of a monitor which is not the same thing and won’t give you an indication of the contrast your monitor will produce.
Viewing angle This shows the angles that a monitor can be viewed from in degrees. In the past LCD screens proved problematic when viewed at certain angles but it’s much easier to see modern LCD monitors when the screen is angled.
Brightness This is an indication of the amount of light that a monitor can emit, which is measured in candelas per square metre (cd/m2). Brighter monitors are easier to see when the surrounding area is brightly lit, which is good for watching movies or TV.
Led backlighting An LED monitor is an LCD monitor that uses LED backlighting. LED’s use less power and can be used to produce brighter, slimmer monitors. They also take less time to warm up than the traditional CFL or compact fluorescent backlights. Another advantage is increased contrast, meaning much darker blacks, something regular "LCD" monitors cannot rival with. In other words, 'LED' and 'LCD' both use LCD screens with exactly the same technology, only the backlighting changes.
Matte or Gloss The LCD screen coating you choose can make a massive difference to the quality of your picture. A glossy coating will give a more vibrant look by enhancing the contrast on screen, but they’re also more likely to become reflective. Matte screens don’t look as vibrant but work better in bright conditions as they don’t reflect as much.
IPS or TN TN or twisted nematic panels are generally used in less expensive monitors because they have quick refresh rates and are power efficient and cheap to run. IPS or in-plane switching panels are used in more expensive monitors because they offer better viewing angles and produce a better colour. IPS is now more or less the norm.

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