Com­po­nent Watch

With screens this ex­pen­sive, ev­ery penny saved is well worth it

Micro Mart - - Buyer’s Guide -

About six months ago we took a look – no pun in­tended – at the best mon­i­tors on the mar­ket. Ad­mit­tedly, not ev­ery­one wants to drop £500+ on a screen, but if you’re the sort of per­son who wants an all-singing, all-danc­ing mon­i­tor and are won­der­ing what a dif­fer­ence that amount of time can make to the price of the best (even if, ad­mit­tedly, they’re not the best any longer) then this week’s Com­po­nent Watch has you cov­ered with a se­lec­tion of deals on these hand-picked high-end mon­i­tors.

Deal 1: Philips BDM4350UC RRP: £599.99 / Deal Price: £560.02 At 43” this Philips mon­i­tor is one of the largest on the mar­ket, and its 4K, IPS panel is more than up to the task. A 5ms re­sponse time is lower than most, but there are builtin 7W speak­ers and three USB 3.0 ports (one fast-charg­ing) along­side the HDMI and dual Dis­playPort in­puts and a VESA­com­pat­i­ble mount. It’s clearly de­signed to work as a TV and a mon­i­tor, and that makes it a great choice for HTPCs and me­dia boxes. Where to get it: Box - bit.ly/2fRpDm1

Deal 2: Asus PG27AQ RRP: £835.98 / Deal Price: £710.92 This 27” mon­i­tor has a 4K res­o­lu­tion (3840 x 2160), with a height-ad­justable stand, HDMI and Dis­playPort in­puts and 4ms re­sponse time on its IPS panel. It was voted the best 4K mon­i­tor of 2015, and you get a free copy of Doom if you buy be­fore the end of Au­gust, so there’s plenty to like here! De­signed for gamers, it has a special bright/high-con­trast gam­ing mode with crosshair over­lays, an FPS counter and a time avail­able within the mon­i­tor’s HUD. And low-blue-light sup­port for night gam­ing, along­side two 2W speak­ers. Where to get it: More Com­put­ers - bit.ly/2gJ5ehx Deal 3: BenQ BL3201PT RRP: £749.99 / Deal Price: £714.35 This 32” 4K (3840 x 2160) mon­i­tor has a 4ms re­sponse time, HDMI and Dis­playPort in­puts and a VESA mount, but what re­ally makes it worth the money are the 10-bit dis­play panel and CAD/CAM mode. De­signed for pro­fes­sional and high-fi­delity use, it’s ideal for video ed­i­tors and artists, with pic­ture-in-pic­ture and pic­tureby-pic­ture sup­port. Two built-in 5W speak­ers, a line-in and head­phone/line-out com­plete the pack­age. Where to get it: Bal­li­com In­ter­na­tional - bit.ly/2g7dKpI

Deal 4: Sam­sung U32E850R RRP: £949.97 / Deal Price: £729.955 Sam­sung’s name is al­ways a good one, and that goes dou­ble for their top-class mon­i­tors. This 4K 32” screen has a res­o­lu­tion of 3840 x 2160, a 4ms re­sponse time and FreeSync tech­nol­ogy to min­imise la­tency and tear­ing. Pic­ture-in­pic­ture, pic­ture-by-pic­ture, gam­ing and low-light modes are just the start of its many fea­tures. It has dual HDMIHDMI-iin, DiDis­playPort,lPt minii i Dis­playPort, and four USB 3.0 ports with fast-charge sup­port. There are no speak­ers, but you can buy an op­tional sound­bar that mounts seam­lessly on the read of the mon­i­tor for high-qual­ity sound. Im­pres­sive. Where to get it: John Lewis - bit.ly/2fLWRQg

Deal 5: Acer Preda­tor XB321HK RRP: £899.99 / Deal Price: £759.99 The Acer Preda­tor is a su­per high­end 32” gam­ing mon­i­tor with G-Sync sup­port, a 4K/UHD screen and height-ad­justable stand. 4ms re­sponse time, HDMI and Dis­playPort con­nec­tiv­ity and a USB 3.0 port make it a solid choice, but the GameView mode en­hances blacks and colours for ideal gam­ing per­for­mance. It’s light on fea­tures­fea­tures, but if you want all your money to go into the screen this is the model to choose! Where to get it: Ebuyer - bit.ly/2fRmNwZ

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