logo SilverBulletPC.com
The world's most practical PC.

PC Accessories
Highest Value Monitors

Understanding how to pick a monitor requires answering these six questions...

  1. How big?
  2. Reduce eye strain?
  3. Specific software requirements?
  4. Action gamer?
  5. Connection preference?
  6. On a budget?

How big?

The size is measured diagonally.

Reduce eye strain?

Its best to consider these points:

  • LED displays are sharper, clearer, include local dimming, and have faster refresh rates, making it the most important detail to look for
  • IPS technology is good because there is more color accuracy and a vastly improved viewing angle (yet worse blackening; if you need better blacks then lean towards high-end VA, TN or OLED)
  • be sure there is sufficient resolution for size: consider 1080p a minimum for small sizes, 4K a minimum for medium sizes, and 8K a minimum for large sizes
  • TUV certified is good
  • PVM is bad (flickers)
  • DC dimming is good (less flicker)
  • VA panel is ok if IPS is unattainable

Specific software requirements?
Our business philosophy makes software compatibility very likely across the board. However, cutting edge requirements may require purchasing alternatives. It is important to review the requirements of your software before purchasing hardware. If any questions feel free to contact us.

Action gamer?
If you are an action gamer, then refresh speed is a big point. Consider 1ms your ultimate choice, and anything slower than 6ms a bit of a handicap. Its also important to not get too big of a screen, so that your eyes will travel less to catch what's happening. In contrast, a graphics emersion gamer will usually want a bigger screen, as much resolution as possible, and will be happy with a somewhat slower refresh rate (5ms-10ms). An action gamer will also want what's called FreeSync (aka AdaptiveSync). This is a technology that coordinates frame refreshing in the monitor, to more accurately coincide with the GPU, which then clears up image wobbles and other artifacts as the graphics images change. Its important that FreeSync is both a feature of the monitor, and a feature of the GPU.

Connection preference?
Then there are connections. VGA was the universal standard for many years, but it is limited to a 2K screen resolution. HDMI or DisplayPort will be necessary to deliver 4K video. HDMI 1.4 delivers 4K with compromises, while HDMI 2.0 delivers 4K without compromises. DisplayPort generally delivers better performance and features than HDMI. But it depends on version. For a full 60Hz 4K performance you'll need HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2a. If you have to have smooth 4K performance then those are your minimums. There's currently a big rush to add Adaptive Sync to more monitors and GPU's. This is a feature that fixes all those little wobbles and imperfections in fast video. And for all that to work the connection specification must also support it. Currently, your best bet is DisplayPort 1.2a or higher, because the HDMI implementation of Adaptive Sync is not yet ready in a lot of scenarios, even where it says it is supported. For these reasons, if performance 4K video is important, then be sure you buy a monitor capable of Adaptive Sync, and with a DisplayPort connection. Even Intel plans on adding it to their gen10/gen11 CPU's. But for comparison purposes, unless you want to spend more, stay away from G-Sync. It is a different standard, far less common, and costly.

On a budget?
Currently, the sweet-spot in affordable high value is to include LED and IPS, and then for non-performance uses to go with resolution between 4K (3840x2160) and 8K (7680 x 4320), and for performance uses to go with 1080p (1920x1080). These are the realms where it is possible to get far more for your money.

However, if price is no object, then you'll want a monitor that raises the standard in these areas: faster refresh speed, greater color accuracy, more colors, higher dynamic range (HDR), more resolution, better pixel alignment, considerable viewing range, excellent blackness, higher contrast ratio, and more brightness. You may also want to consider OLED.

Given all that, we have selected a few monitors with exceptionally high value...

Highest-Value Small 1080p Monitor

This is likely the highest-value cheap small monitor for all possible uses. It is so good, that it is currently a favorite amongst action gamers on a serious budget. But it works just as well in other areas of interest. It includes LED and IPS, two of the most important things to look for to be easy on the eyes. It is only 21.5", has a 4ms response time, which is better than good, and sometimes sells for less than $100. It has that super cool super thin look. It does not include speakers. There are great reviews from hundreds of happy users. The Acer SB220Q-bi 21.5" Full HD IPS Ultra-Thin Zero Frame Monitor works with both HDMI and VGA.

Super Fast Small 1080p Monitor

However, a serious action gamer not on a serious budget will find this monitor even better. It is 24", has a 1ms response time, which is the best there is, and of course sells for three times as much, which is likely still worth it. It includes 2 watt speakers. The ASUS VG248QE 24" 1080p 1ms Gaming Monitor works with HDMI, Dual-link DVI-D, and DisplayPort.

Highest-Value Small 4K Monitor

This is by far the best deal we've seen for a good quality 4K monitor. It has all the right features for all purposes: 4ms refresh, IPS, LED, great contrast, great blacks, DisplayPort, HDMI, looks good, and great price: Phillips 276E8VJSB.

Highest-Value Small 4K Monitor

For a superior value all-purpose monitor, small 4K is the way to go. This UHD 27" monitor is 1st place at techradar, and has all the right features for all common uses. This is one of those high-end monitors that took a big dip in price due to some minor complaints mainly affecting mac users: LG 27UD88-W.

Premium 4K Monitor

If you simply cannot compromise quality, then this LG UltraFine 4K may be what you're looking for. It features a Nano IPS display, DCI-P3 (a special color accuracy standard used in movie production), HDR (greater range between dark and light), a near border-less display (screen runs right up to the edges of the monitor), and 4K Daisy Chain with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

Highest-Value Large 4K Monitor

The LG 43UD79-B is a 42.5" monitor that we highly recommend. It has just the right combination of features for a great all-purpose 4K monitor. Its 5ms refresh rate makes it just good enough for demanding action games, the 10-bit color depth with Color Gamut CIE1931 NTSC 72% standard keeps it on par in engineering and graphic applications, the 3840x2160 resolution is the perfect compromise between all objectives, and its screen is very easy on the eyes. It even has 10 watt rich bass speakers.

About Contact Privacy Disclaimer Warranty HOME