Best Computer Monitors 2024

Best Computer Monitors 2024

Working from home has become the new normal for many people, so finding the best computer monitor is more important than ever. After all, you surely want to see the best visual quality from your coworkers' best webcams. While many PC components are still enduring depressing shortages, performing a screen upgrade is one of the most accessible and impactful changes you can make to your gaming rig. 

Below, we list the best computer monitors across various categories, from gaming to budget 4K and HDR.

The Quick List

The Best Computer Monitors You Can Buy Today

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Best Computer Monitor

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Best Ultrawide Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 49 inches / 32:9
Resolution: 5120 x 1440
Panel Type: SVA (VA)
Refresh Rate: 240 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 1ms
Adaptive-Sync : G-Sync Compatible, FreeSync

Reasons to buy

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Accurate color out of the box
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Tight curve delivers maximum immersion

Reasons to avoid

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No motion blur reduction
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No speakers

The Samsung Odyssey G9 is an absolute beast of a monitor, measuring a staggering 49 inches across. To help make viewing content more immersive, you'll find a 1000R curve, which is among the tightest currently found on a gaming monitor. You can think of the Odyssey as having two 27-inch 1440p displays melded into one sitting on your desk. Speaking of your desk,  you'll need a mammoth footprint to accommodate the Odyssey G9.

Our testing showed that the Odyssey G9 delivered superior contrast (2,152.9:1 following calibration) and hit 58,881.7:1 regarding HDR testing. 

However, not everything is roses with the Odyssey G9. It doesn't offer blur reduction, a framerate counter, or speakers. However, we can overlook those admissions given the excellent image quality and speed offered by this ultrawide monitor. 

Read: Samsung 49-Inch Odyssey G9 Review 

Best Computer Monitor for Gaming

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2. Dell S3222DGM

Best Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 32 inches, 16:9
Resolution: 2560 x 1440 @ 165 Hz
Panel Type: VA
Refresh Rate: 165 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 4ms
Adaptive-Sync: FreeSync Premium Pro

Reasons to buy

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Sharp image with vivid and accurate color
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Premium level contrast
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Solid video processing
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Excellent build quality

Reasons to avoid

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No HDR

The Dell S3222DGM is the best gaming monitor for many gamers. This follow-up to the highly-rated S3220DGF boasts a 32-inch VA panel, QHD resolution, and 165 Hz refresh rate with Adaptive-Sync support. Other perks in its favor are 85 percent coverage of DCI-P3 and a display curve with an 1800mm radius. 

However, Dell knocks it out of the park with the S3222DGM's contrast ratio. VA panels are known for their excellent contrast, but the S3222DGM is rated at an impressive 3,000:1, easily blowing away IPS competitors. But our sample managed to better that figure by a third, coming in at 4,000:1 in instrumented tests.

This 32-inch monitor offers plenty of vertical screen real estate without the need for scrolling and 1440p resolution, the current sweet spot between image quality and gaming performance. And while the S3222DGM is targeted primarily at gamers, we found that it is also great for general productivity and anything in between. 

While the S3222DGM lacks HDR support, its excellent contrast doesn't detract from that missing "bullet point" and its overall performance is hard to beat at this price point. Throw in Dell's usual solid build quality, and this represents a great monitor for enthusiasts looking to build out a mid to high-budget gaming PC.

More: Dell S3222DGM review

Best Ultrawide Computer Monitor

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Best Overall Ultrawide Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 34 inches / 21:9
Resolution: 3440 x 1440
Panel Type: QD-OLED
Refresh Rate: 165 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 0.5ms
Adaptive-Sync: FreeSync & G-Sync Compatible

Reasons to buy

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Stunning SDR and HDR images
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Deep contrast and color saturation
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Large color gamut
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Super smooth motion processing
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No need for calibration
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Premium styling and build quality

Reasons to avoid

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No flaws of consequence

Desktop-class OLEDs are becoming more prevalent in gaming monitors, and one of the leaders in this space is the Alienware AW3423DFW.

This 34-inch ultra-wide monitor features an 1800R curve with a resolution of 3440 x 1440. The standout feature, however, is the Quantum Dot OLED (QD-OLED) panel that offers a wide color gamut and inky blacks that gamers crave.

Other plusses here include great color saturation, premium build quality, excellent video processing, and calibration that is dialed in straight out of the box.

The $1,100 price tag is not for the faint of heart, but the AW3423DFW's performance makes it well worth the price of admission. 

Read: Alienware AW3423DW Gaming Monitor Review 

Best Curved Computer Monitor

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Best Curved Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 32 inches / 16:9
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Panel Type: VA
Refresh Rate: 240 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 1ms
Adaptive-Sync : G-Sync Compatible, FreeSync

Reasons to buy

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Stunning SDR and HDR images
+
Color accurate out of the box
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Next-level gaming performance
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Smooth motion processing and low input lag

Reasons to avoid

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Color gamut volume is just average

It’s hard to be all things to all people, but the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 tries its best. It uses a 32-inch VA panel that combines Mini LED lighting (1,196 dimming zones) and a Quantum Dot film to deliver greater contrast than what’s available on traditional VA monitors (25,000:1 in our testing compared to 3,000:1 typically found in VA panels).

Samsung also infused the Odyssey Neo G8 with a tight 1000R curve and a fast 240Hz refresh, which is a rarity at this 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution. Whether looking at SDR or HDR content, the Odyssey Neo G8 impresses with accurate color, and overall gaming performance is excellent.

While we would have liked a bit more color volume from the Odyssey Neo G8, it provides a lot of bang for the buck at its $1,499 MSRP. However, the monitor is often on sale, taking its price below $1,200.

Read: Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 Review 

Best Computer Monitor for 4K Gaming

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Best Computer Monitor for 4K Gaming

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 32 inches / 16:9
Panel Type: 3840x2160
Refresh Rate: 240 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 0.03ms
Adaptive-Sync: FreeSync & G-Sync Compatible

Reasons to buy

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Stunning image with broad contrast and rich color
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Greater color volume than most other OLEDs
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Perfect motion resolution and low input lag
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Solid build quality and attractive styling

Reasons to avoid

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No flaws of consequence

The Alienware AW3225QF ticks all the right boxes for anyone looking for a large monitor to pair with a PC or a current-generation console. It measures 32 inches across, has a 4K resolution, and its refresh rate tops out at 240 Hz. Best of all, it uses a QD-OLED panel to give you unmatched contrast and luscious colors.

The monitor even supports Dolby Vision, which makes it a perfect fit for the Xbox Series X. The AW3225QF does so many things well, but it’s not perfect. However, it is near the top of its class in most categories and does so with excellent motion resolution and low input lag. Throw in the fabulous build quality that we expect from Alienware, and you have a monitor that is equally adept at handling any of your gaming needs; well, that is if you don't mind the $1,200 price of entry.

Read: Alienware AW3225QF Review 

Best Budget 4K Computer Monitor

Samsung's UR59C is an affordable curved 4K monitor with premium image quality.   (Image credit: Samsung)

6. Samsung UR59C

Best Budget 4K Computer Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size / Aspect Ratio: 32 inches / 16:9
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Refresh Rate: 60Hz
Panel Type: VA
Adaptive-Sync: None

Reasons to buy

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Quality build
+
Effective curvature

Reasons to avoid

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No USB ports
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Needs calibration

The Samsung UR59C is a budget champion, delivering 4K resolution from its VA panel and a contrast of 2590.5:1 after calibration).  Samsung isn't positioning the UR59C as a high-end gaming monitor, so you're limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and there are no provisions for FreeSync or G-Sync

If you frequently multitask with multiple windows open, you'll appreciate the 1500R curve that keeps content closer to your line of sight. The UR59C came out of the box with some nasty color errors, but our calibration settings managed to reduce the error from 4.3dE to 0.9dE -- so it's well worth taking a few minutes to get those settings dialed into the OSD.

For more of our picks on value-priced monitors, check out our Best Budget 4K Monitors round-up.

More: Samsung UR59C review

Best Portable Computer Monitor

Best 17-inch Portable Gaming Monitor: Nexigo NG17FGQ

Best 17-inch Portable Gaming Monitor: Nexigo NG17FGQ (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)
Best Portable Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Panel Type / Backlight: IPS / W-LED, edge array
Screen Size / Aspect Ratio: 17.3 inches / 16:9
Max Resolution & Refresh Rate: 1920x1080 @ 300 Hz
Color Depth: 8-bit
Max Brightness: 300 nits
Response Time: 3ms
Contrast: 1,000:1
Ports: 2x USB-C, 1x HDMI
Touch: None
Dimensions: 15.5W x 9.9H inches
Weight: 2.1 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Impressive video processing and game performance
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Accurate color with calibration
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Solid build quality

Reasons to avoid

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No extended color or dynamic contrast for HDR
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Can be tricky to run at 300 Hz

The Nexigo NG17FGQ is a 17.3-inch portable monitor that packs quite a punch. Not only is the large panel size something of a rarity in this space, but it also boasts a blazing-fast refresh rate of 300Hz with a USB-C cable using DisplayPort Alt-Mode. If you opt for an HDMI cable, the maximum refresh rate drops down to a still impressive 240Hz. 

Gaming performance is solid, colors are plentiful and accurate, and build quality is impressive in this category. Other niceties include a remote for navigating the OSD and integrated speakers.  across the board is excellent with the NG17FGQ, and it can produce some amazing colors once the panel is calibrated. Its overall good build quality also means that it should stand up to the rigors of being tossed around in a bag while traveling. 

While the 300Hz refresh rate is the headlining feature of the NG17FGQ, be sure that you have a laptop GPU that is capable of pushing that performance at 1080p.

More: Nexigo NG17FGQ Review 

What to Look for in a Best Monitor

  • What’s your monitor’s purpose? If it’s gaming, you’ll generally want something with a high refresh rate (ideally 100Hz or more), low response time and AMD FreeSync or Nvidia G-Sync for fighting screen tears at low framerates. For general use, look for high contrast, and for creative work prioritize color accuracy.
  • What resolution do you want? More pixels means a sharper image. No one should be buying anything under 1080p/FHD (1920 x 1080) these days. But if your budget can handle it, 4K is as sharp as it gets at a reasonable price. Many gamers find 1440p/QHD (2560 x 1440) a good compromise between price and high-refresh-rate performance.
  • Contrast and color. We consider contrast the most important factor in image quality, with 1,000:1 being solid. Color errors are particularly important avoid for content creators, and anything with a Delta E (dE) greater than 3 may show visible errors.
  • Panel tech: When it comes to image quality, TN < IPS < VA. VA monitors generally have better contrast than even the best IPS panels (3,000:1 and higher), although IPS panels are often more colorful.
  • What size do you want? These days, 24-inches is on the small side and 27 inches is mainstream, while 32-inches is a good large size for those on a budget. Anything bigger than 43 inches probably won’t fit on a regular desktop. For portable monitors, stay in the 17-inch range or under. Anything bigger isn't really all that portable.
  • sRGB or DCI-P3? In most cases, you’ll either be getting a monitor made for the sRGB color space or the more colorful DCI-P3 one. Technically, Windows, the web and non-HDR games and video all use sRGB, but if you want an extra colorful screen, an accurate DCI-P3 monitor is more appropriate.
Christian Eberle
Contributing Editor

Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.

  • Sergei Tachenov
    What, no 24" monitors or 1080p (except compact ones)? Not even in the “best monitor for competitive gaming” category?
    Reply
  • Endre
    Admin said:
    We break down the best computer monitors for upgrading your setup in 2021.

    Best Computer Monitors 2021 : Read more

    I really like that list (especially the Asus ProArt 32” monitor).

    I own a ViewSonic VP2768-4K, which is a very good monitor too.
    Reply
  • Soaptrail
    Sergei Tachenov said:
    What, no 24" monitors or 1080p (except compact ones)? Not even in the “best monitor for competitive gaming” category?

    Also missing a best Ultra Wide choice.
    Reply
  • AZRainman
    You need to have separate categories for Freesync and G-Sync monitors.
    Reply
  • Soaptrail
    AZRainman said:
    You need to have separate categories for Freesync and G-Sync monitors.

    Unless they do just Freesync since Nvidia supports both.
    Reply
  • Niglodonicus
    Yeah, this list is pretty thoroughly clueless. Samsung is notorious for making hypebeast garbage with terrible QC, and your #1 monitor is no exception. AND it's curved? How about a budget category?
    Reply
  • maik80
    Scharon Harding you never used the Pro XDR Display? Use it and make the list again
    Reply
  • stefanuyt
    Sergei Tachenov said:
    What, no 24" monitors or 1080p (except compact ones)? Not even in the “best monitor for competitive gaming” category?
    same here..
    I work from home (I'm a programmer). I use 2 monitors (also at work).
    What can I do with such big monitors? I now have two 22inch monitors. Looking to replace them...
    But 32 inch??? Then I need to buy a new desk too :(
    I guess 24inch in also good, but bigger is too big
    Reply
  • Sleepy_Hollowed
    Zero ultra wides? I know there only like two or three manufacturers offering those but yikes.
    Reply
  • Co BIY
    I bought a 27" 16:10 recently for a programing station. It's a better ratio for productivity and deserves a spot too.

    32" is pretty big at first but once but once you have it you won't want to go back. (Just like 2 and then 3 screens!)

    I feel like I can hardly work now with just one screen. Single screen and HDD on a work computer - the problems of the technologically spoiled.
    Reply
  • sammykhalifa
    AZRainman said:
    You need to have separate categories for Freesync and G-Sync monitors.
    No, they need a list that isn't just mostly about video games.
    Reply