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Conventional displays

Product Type Price Notes
LG 24MC57HQ-P 23.8" 1920x1080 IPS $139.99 VESA mountable, no height adjustment
Acer G257HU 25" 2560x1440 IPS $269.99 No height adjustment
Dell U2717D 27" 2560x1440 IPS $429.99 Factory calibrated with ΔE<2
Dell UP2716D 27" 2560x1440 IPS $629.99 10-bit panel, factory calibration to ΔE<2
Dell UltraSharp U3417W Curved 34" 3440x1440 IPS $1,019.99 Ultrawide, curved, factory-calibrated
Asus PA329Q 32" 3840x2160 (4K) IPS $1,199.99 10-bit panel, factory calibrated to ΔE<2

A cheap workhorse display: LG 24MC57HQ-P
Truth be told, there isn't much that's special about the LG 24MC57HQ-P—but that's a good thing. This 24", 1920x1080 monitor has an IPS panel and goes for only $140, making it perfectly suitable for basic gaming or office work. That money still gets you a screen with maximum brightness of 250 cd/m² and a claimed contrast ratio of 1000:1. The included stand doesn't have height adjustment, but we reckon that's fine. Something's gotta give at this price point. The monitor does have a VESA mount around back should one feel the need to bring it up a couple notches.

A higher resolution: Acer G257HU
For this set of peripheral staff picks, we're trying something new. How about a 25" 2560x1440 monitor? "There is such a thing?", you might ask. Yes, there is, and you needn't look further than the Acer G257HU to find it. The dot pitch of this 25" display works out to 118 PPI—not quite "high-DPI" territory, but close enough. The G257HU is priced affordably at $270, too. The only hitch with this monitor is its tilt-only stand, but once again, the low price implies some cutbacks. Because of that issue, we'd like to give a shout out to the similarly-specced Asus PB258Q for folks who need a fully-adjustable stand and a VESA mount. The PB258Q's price is normally much higher than the Acer we're recommending, but a sale could make it more competitive.

Getting serious: Dell U2717D
Above $400, we expect more from our monitors. Our "serious" monitor selection starts with the Dell UltraSharp U2717D. This 27" display offers a 2560x1440 resolution and an IPS panel. Those may seem like sedate specs so far, but the U2717D justifies its price with a factory calibration. Dell promises an average delta-E under two. Combine that fact with the panel 's 99% sRGB coverage, 1000:1 advertised contrast ratio, and 350 cd/m² maximum brightness, and you get an ideal "prosumer" display. The U2717D's ergonomics are also top-notch: its thin bezels and fully-adjustable stand sweeten an already-nice package. We think this monitor is a great deal at only $420. Dell's zero-bright-dot guarantee and three-year, advance-exchange warranty put the cherry on top.

Pro-level: Dell UP2716D

No, despite what the model name implies, the Dell UP2716D is not a lower-end alternative to the U2717D we discussed above. Quite the opposite, in fact. The UP2176D offers the same 27" size and 2560x1440 resolution as its little brother, but this display ups the ante with a 10-bit IPS panel that offers 100% Rec. 709 and 98% DCI-P3 color coverage. That kind of color versatility should make this display suitable for professional-level video work. Dell specs this display with a 1000:1 static contrast ratio and a 300 cd/m² maximum brightness, too. Owners can connect the UP2716D to their PCs using Mini DisplayPort, DisplayPort, and HDMI inputs. For peripheral connectivity, the UP2716D provides four USB 3.0 connectors with one charging port. As we'd expect from a pro-level display, the UP2716D comes factory-calibrated with an average delta-E of less than two.

Getting that curve on: Dell UltraSharp U3417W
If you don't game but still want a display with a couple acres of real estate, the Dell UltraSharp U3417W might be just what you need. This 34" curved colossus offers a 3440x1440 resolution and comes calibrated from the box for 99% sRGB color space coverage. The U3417W offers a 1000:1 static contrast ratio and a 300 cd/m² maximum brightness figure. There's also a USB hub for convenience. The 9W speakers included in the monitor may be a cut above the tinny-sounding things inside most monitors, too. Newegg is selling this beast for $1,109.99. Not a cheap price, but this monitor should be a cut above most others.

Going truly professional-grade: Asus PA329Q

Asus' PA329Q ticks all the boxes we have on our pro display checklist. Massive 32" diagonal? Check. 4K resolution? Check. Quantum-dot IPS panel? Yes, indeed. Color reproduction? I'm glad you asked: 100% Rec. 709, 99.5% Adobe RGB and 90% DCI-P3 coverage comes standard. This 32" monster combines all of those characteristics with a 14-bit lookup table, 10-bit output support, uniformity compensation, Mini DisplayPort and DisplayPort inputs, four HDMI connectors, five USB 3.0 ports, and even a card reader. The PA329Q's stand offers height, tilt, swivel, and pivot adjustments, too. Asus factory-calibrates this display to a delta-E of less than two, as well. Considering the PA329Q's monster specs, its price tag really isn't all that bad.