Best monitors of 2016


The monitors listed below represent our favorites of the ones we've reviewed. Odds are that you're shopping for a monitor with a particular size and budget in mind, so use the models here as benchmarks for alternatives you may be considering. And check out the list to the left for the top LCD monitors listed by both screen size, internal technology, and specialty.

Best overall monitor

Dell U2713HM

The Dell UltraSharp U2713HM is an excellent monitor that will satisfy both the performance snob and the features diva alike.

4 stars Excellent The best overall monitor

Best professional monitor

HP DreamColor LP2480zx

The HP DreamColor LP2480zx is a performance monster that costs too much for the features it offers.

4 stars Excellent HP DreamColor LP2480zx

Best monitor value

Asus PA248Q

The Asus PA248Q is a low-priced IPS monitor that doesn't skimp on performance or features.

Price: $834.98 Check prices

4 stars Excellent Asus PA248Q

Best gaming monitor

HP ZR2740w - LED monitor - 27"

The HP ZR2740w sacrifices customization to deliver a powerful monitor at a reasonable price.

3.5 stars Very good

Best simple monitor

HP x2301 Micro Thin LED monitor

The HP x2301's low price, good performance, and sound design make it a new high-water mark for budget monitors.

3.5 stars Very good