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