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The Best Computer Monitors on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about other computer accessories before like, laptop cases, external hard drives, and expert-recommended ergonomic keyboards and mouses, here we’ve rounded up the best-reviewed monitors on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best computer monitors under $100

HP Pavilion 21.5-Inch IPS LED HDMI VGA Monitor

“Great monitor! I was little hesitant at first because its specs, such as contrast ratio and response time, seemed a little lower than others. I’m an avid gamer who needed a new monitor right before college that wouldn’t burn a hole in my pocket. Very happy with what I got. I also thought 21.5” was a little small for gaming, but it’s pretty big in person and it’ll definitely satisfy anyone who wants to watch movies or play games often. After about a month’s use, I’ve encountered no problems, and only see quality!”

Acer G226HQL 21.5-Inch Screen LED Monitor

“I use this when working from home and, in comparison to what I’m accustomed to in the office, this is a phenomenal upgrade. Typically while at work I have to run dual monitors and I still experience difficulties toggling between windows, applications, etc. When at home the higher resolution of this monitor allows me to get more done in fewer clicks, increasing productivity and of course creating a better experience.”

Best curved computer monitors

ASUS Designo Curved MX34VQ 34” UWQHD 100Hz DP HDMI Frameless Monitor

“Fantastic monitor. A lot bigger in person. The width, curve, and resolution make for a fantastically immersive experience. The level-of-detail increase over my previous monitor is amazing. I’m looking at my games completely different now and I am constantly amazed at the difference and feel. Everything is so fluid.”

ViewSonic VX2758-C-MH 27-inch 1080p Curved UltraWide Gaming Monitor

“This is without a doubt the best monitor I have ever owned. It is stylish and sleek yet affordably priced. Unpacking it and setting it up was a breeze. I spent a few minutes tweaking the display settings to my liking and was immediately blown away by how crisp and sharp the images were. Even the computer wallpaper I’ve stared at for months suddenly revealed new details that I had never seen before!”

Samsung C27F398 27” Curved Monitor

“Wow. I can’t believe the quality of the screen for the price I paid. Color reproduction is outstanding. The curve … oh the curve … I’ll never buy a flat screen again! Curve is the way to go. I use this for work, gaming, and Photoshop. I couldn’t be happier.”

Best ultrawide computer monitors

LG 34UM69G-B 34-Inch 21:9 UltraWide IPS Monitor

“I’ve had this monitor a month now and I love it. The joystick button makes navigating the menu so easy. The built-in speakers actually sound very good for watching TV and movies, and playing games so I’m not even using external speakers. The viewing angle is such that I can see the screen perfectly no matter where I am in relation to the monitor. Like other reviews have said, this monitor is simply amazing.”

Dell UltraSharp U3415W 34-Inch Curved LED-Lit Monitor

“For productivity, this thing is a major boost to my workflow with enough screen real estate to put up three full-sized windows for browsing, word-processing, etc. For gaming, the extra width gives a much more immersive effect no matter what game you play, provided it supports ultra-wide resolution (which most do nowadays). I have only a very little bit of light bleed in one corner, but hardly visible, no dead pixels, and the color calibration is outstanding right from the factory.”

Best fast-refresh monitors for gaming

Acer Predator XB272 27” Full HD TN Monitor

“I think this is the best competitive first-person shooter monitor available to date. I don’t have the precise terms to describe it but if you thought 144Hz is the human limit for perceiving smooth motion you’re simply mistaken. It’s one thing to not want to spend the money for a monitor like this, it’s something else to incorrectly claim there is virtually no difference. If you have a serious mind-set for competitive first-person shooter games I don’t think you’ll regret buying this monitor.”

Alienware 25” Gaming Monitor

“I haven’t had Alienware stuff in a long time. I’m glad to have bought this, the 240Hz [refresh rate] has help me be able to game a lot better. I perform better, the color is amazing, and so far I haven’t had any problems with the monitor. I’m looking forward to buying their new ones in the future once they get released.”

Best 4K-resolution monitors for movie watching

Dell Ultra HD 4K Monitor

“I am very happy with the monitor. The colors are just beautiful on this one and watching nature documentaries is a pure pleasure, especially at night at full brightness. The brightness can be pushed to very high values and it is enough to make working in the afternoon very comfortable. I am a scientist and reading research papers with vectors graphics is really nice; mathematical equations never looked so pretty. I have been so spoiled by this sharpness and clarity that other HD screens now look very dull and reading on them is not comfortable at all.”

Acer CB281HK 28-Inch 4K Ultra HD FreeSync Monitor

“Working on my computer now has changed. The Acer monitor is large enough for complex spreadsheets, Word docs, presentation, and every business task. But watching videos, movies, and games is an exceptional experience. Having full HD and sharp picture is a real pleasure. Easy to install and optimize. Highly recommended.”

Best touch-screen computer monitors

Planar Helium PCT2235 Touch Screen 22” Full HD Resolution Monitor

“All I can say is: Wow, what a great product! I’ve only had it for a couple days, but I love it. The picture is crisp, clear, and bright, with no dead pixels, and the touch feature is quite responsive and does indeed register all ten of my fingers when they are placed on its surface simultaneously. This monitor allows me, at the risk of sounding like a weirdo, to become more intimate with my computer. I’ve got it set up as the main display with an older Dell monitor to its immediate right for a sweet dual monitor setup, and as it stands, I can’t really think of any complaints.”

ASUS 15.6” 1366x768 HDMI Touch Screen LCD Monitor

“I purchased two of these monitors to pair with small computers in a retail-shop setting. I’m very pleased! I don’t know all the tech jargon but the displays are very clear, bright, and easy on the eyes. The touch is very responsive — it may take some getting used to as it is quite different than my laptop touch screen, but that’s not a problem at all. For the price, there is no comparison.”

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The Best Computer Monitors on Amazon, According to Reviewers