Best PC mon­i­tors 2019

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Top-qual­ity dis­plays for ev­ery bud­get

Max­i­miz­ing your bang for buck at the bud­get end of the mar­ket is very much a mov­ing tar­get. As we go to press, for in­stance, Ama­zon UK is list­ing this rather de­sir­able Dell SE2717HR for just £127. It’s one hell of a lot of PC mon­i­tor for the money.

Cer­tainly, it checks all our boxes at this end of the mar­ket. For starters, it’s made by a recog­nis­able and big brand. That doesn’t guar­an­tee an ab­sence of ma­jor hor­rors – even the big boys get it wrong – but it re­duces the chances of buy­ing a to­tal dud. Typ­i­cally, it’s also eas­ier to find end user re­ports con­cern­ing mon­i­tors from the larger man­u­fac­tur­ers. There are sim­ply more of them out there.

What­ever, this is a 27-inch model with an IPS panel and static con­trast of 1,000:1. So, you’re guar­an­teed good view­ing an­gles, plus de­cent con­trast and colours. The most ob­vi­ous short­com­ing is the mere 1080p Full HD na­tive res­o­lu­tion. That trans­lates into 1,920x1,080 pix­els. On a 27-inch LCD panel, you are there­fore look­ing at just 82 pix­els per inch. Not ter­ri­bly im­pres­sive. But then, right now, it only costs £127 – and that’s enough to make it our best bud­get buy.

A big-brand 27-inch IPS panel for £127 is hard to beat.

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