A state-of-the-art CPU – like one powered by the latest in the Intel 9th gen T-Series and even the upcoming AMD Ryzen 3000 series- deserves a great monitor. After all, the power of any computing device is in some ways only as effective as the display that houses it. And today, one could argue, people have more need for better monitors than ever before.
To some extent, this is simply because displays have to keep up with the tech inside them. However, it’s also because of the ways in which we use monitors today. When once we relied on them primarily for browsing, emailing, word processing, and the like, we now have more visually-oriented needs.
For some, these needs revolve around gaming. While consoles like the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch still get the most attention, and mobile gaming is in the mix as well, PCs are the most popular gaming platforms among developers. According to some surveys, over 50% of these developers release their games for PC use. So, naturally, there are millions of people around the world who rely on strong, capable monitors to bring their games to life.
For others, film and TV content comprise the greatest needs. Today, we tend to rely less and less upon cable and conventional television (or cinemas for that matter) for entertainment. Instead, through network-specific streaming sites, programs like Netflix and Hulu, and the like, we stream our entertainment. This happens frequently through tablets and smartphones, as well as through devices (like Apple TV) that connect to televisions. However, it also happens through our computers.
Sports, too, make for popular use of modern screens. It’s true that a lot of modern sports coverage is more about statistics and outcomes than actually watching matches. Apps alert us to sports developments in real time, and sites tracking scores and results for a world’s worth of football leagues can be accessed in a matter of one or two clicks. But many do still like to watch whole matches, or at least highlights, be it for football in their hometown or a tennis tournament across the world. A computer with a capable, beautiful display makes this easy and immensely satisfied.
The list of needs and uses could go on, but with the above in mind, this is our look at some of the best monitors you might want to consider as of the middle of 2019.
Dell 27 S2719DC USB-C Ultrathin Monitor
Everyone wants value for their money, and the Dell Ultrathin USB-C Monitor is exactly that – a value-for-money monitor. As its name suggests, the S2719DC boasts a slim frame with tiny bezels that draw inspiration from Dell’s XPS laptop line. It looks sleek and elegant, is dressed in aluminum, and yes, is ultra thin (and ultra light, too!).
The Dell Ultrathin USB-C Monitor isn’t 4k just yet, and that could give some potential buyers pause. But the display is still quite strong, actually (particularly given its price point), at 1440p. Besides, it offers HDR support, excellent colour accuracy, and the full sRGB spectrum.
BenQ PD3200U 32-inch LED Monitor
BenQ has been making excellent monitors for many years now, and you can add the BenQ PD3200U – which has been called the best monitor of 2019 – to the company’s long list of top-of-the-line offerings. It is a 32-inch combination of beauty and brawn, with its stylish-yet-simplistic design and its powerful inner workings. The BenQ PD3200U has 4K UHD resolution (3840 x 2160), a large screen, and exceptional colour accuracy.
The BenQ PD3200U is also loaded with special features – notably a pair of HDMI 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.2, and a mini DisplayPort. It even has an SD card slot and a 3.5mm audio port! Plus, it comes with a Keyboard Video Mouse (KVM) switch, which will come in handy for anyone who uses two PCs simultaneously (gamers take note!). Finally, despite being stacked with features and capabilities, the BenQ PD3200U is actually reasonably priced as well.
HP Z27 27-inch 4K UHD Display
Like the previous two monitors on this list, the HP Z27 is a great choice for most people and can handle pretty much everyone’s viewing needs. Its most impressive feature is probably its excellent colour accuracy, courtesy of a 1.07-billion-colour DreamColor engine. In other words, it’s as close to a professional-grade monitor as there is out there.
The HP Z27, though, isn’t just about colour accuracy. It is also packed with features, notably a variety of ports such as HDMI, DisplayPort, USB 3.0, and USB-C. it also comes with a three-year warranty and a dead-pixel policy – two offerings that not many other monitors come with. Its price range, though, might be a bit too steep for some. While well worth it in some cases, such as for anyone who needs a quality display for work purposes (graphic designers come to mind), it’s the priciest option on our list.
There are a lot of monitors out there, but you can’t go wrong with any of the three on this list these days. So, if you’re due for an upgrade or are looking for a new monitor, take a look at these first!