Computer Monitor Terms and Definitions

Looking to purchase a new computer monitor? Here’s a few terms you should know before buying:

Aspect Ratio

Aspect ratio measures the ratio between a monitors width and height with the width being represented on the left side of the ratio. Monitors were initially released in 4:3 aspect ratios but have since moved to the 16:9 standard also used in televisions. Both 4:3 and 16:10 aspect ratio monitors are available and desirable for certain situations. Other uncommon ratios include cinema, 21:9, 5:4, 1:1, and 6:7.


Brightness is measured in candela per square meter (cd/m2) often referred to in units by nits. A monitor with a more nits is often desirable for rooms with a lot of ambient light. If your monitor is too bright by default, then keep in mind that this number is easily adjustable through the front control panel or additional software.

Built-in Speakers

Many monitors today come with built-in speakers which help to free up your desk space. These speakers are generally hidden in the bezel of your monitor. While built-in speakers can be convenient the sound that is emitted from them is generally inferior to that of external speakers.


Common types of connectors for computer monitors include Analog (RGB), DVI, HDMI, and Displayport.

Contrast Ratio 

The difference between a monitor’s deepest black and whitest white.

Dynamic Contrast Ratio

Dynamic contrast ratios can be measured differently by various manufacturers and therefore are easily misrepresented on specification sheets. The dynamic contrast ratio is often the ratio of black that can be produced when using a processor to adjust the lighting in certain situations. We recommend you pay more attention to your monitor’s static contrast ratio.

Input Lag

Input or display lag is the time it takes for a signal to be input into a display and then shown by that display. This measurement is not shown under manufacturer’s specifications. This number is most important to gamers who play FPS or time-sensitive games. As manufacturer’s add additional filters to displays in order to generate a better and more crisp picture this number continues to climb. Some monitors and TVs have gaming modes which ignore certain filters in order to give the display a lower input lag. This time has been measured as high as 68ms.

LCD – LED vs. CCFL Backlights

LCD monitors are based upon “liquid crystal display” technology. As liquid crystal displays cannot emit light directly a backlight is needed for the picture to be displayed. CCFL or cold-cathode fluorescent lamps and LED “light emitting diode” backlights are used for this. Modern LED backlit LCD displays are thinner, use less energy, can produce deeper blacks, and do not emit mercury. While the price differential between LED and CCFL LCD monitors used to be substantial, today it is minimal.


There are many different types of panels which manufacturers use the most common being TN or “twisted nematic” panels. TN panels, in general, have high response times and are less expensive than other panel types. Other panel types including IPS, AFFS, MVA, PVA, ASV, and PLS are used mainly for specialty professions including photographers, engineers, and graphic designers. Modern IPS-Pro monitors are highly desirable for such professions but come at a much steeper cost than a typical business or consumer monitor.


A pixel is represented in dots and squared and represents the smallest point in a display which can be controlled. Each pixel can display a different color and given separate instruction based upon its address.

Pixel Pitch

Also referred to as dot pitch, pixel pitch measures in millimeters the distance from a red, blue, or green dot, to another red, blue, or green dot. The smaller this number (distance) is between these dots the crisper your image will be.

Viewing Angle

Viewing angle is a measurement of color clarity for various angles that you might see your monitor at up to 180 degrees. Higher is better.


Resolution is measured in pixels by width and then height. 1920 x 1080p resolution is considered full high definition; however, many IPS displays go beyond this amount of pixels. This allows photo, video, and graphic design professionals to have more to work with.

Response Time

Measured in milliseconds your response time is the time it takes for a pixel to go from black to white and then back again. A fast response time is desirable for gaming or movies as it limits the blur which can sometimes be seen during action sequences.


It’s been proven in various studies that a larger monitor, up to 24 inches, can improve productivity. For monitors larger than 27 inches we recommend you have 2-3 of space between your position and the location of the monitor.

Stand Adjustment

Some computer monitors have a stand which can be adjusted by tilt, swivel, or both. See the manufacturer’s specifications for this number which is represented in degrees. Many modern computer stands can also be removed in order to mount the monitor or kick it back into a book stand position.

Vesa Compliance/Compatibility

When a monitor says that it is VESA compliant or has VESA mount compatibility this simply means that the mounting holes in the back comply with the Video Electronics Standards Association and therefore should work with any number of mounts that you can purchase online. For computer monitors holes are generally 100 x 100, 75 x 75, 200 x 100 and 200 x 200mm.


Computer monitor warranties vary by manufacturer and model number. In general, coverage lasts between 1-3 years and replacement is based upon what is written in the contract. Most manufacturers also vary on their pixel replacement policy.



Best LED LCD Monitor Under $200 2016

Buying a new monitor doesn’t always have to be expensive. In recent years prices for quality high definition monitors have gone down as the popularity of larger monitors has increased and production costs of these monitors have decreased.  In this post, we’ll review the ten bestselling LED/LCD computer monitors under $200. The order is determined by taking overall popularity, customer reviews, and the author’s personal opinion into perspective.


Traditional LCD monitors or “liquid crystal displays” use fluorescent lighting which does a good job as a backlight for your monitor but contains environmentally harmful mercury and is up to 50% less energy efficient than the more modern LED backlit monitors. Despite this more efficient technology fluorescent-lit LCD monitors still dominated the market up until recently because of the price differential between the two. Now that LED backlit LCD monitors have come down in price overall they have started to replace the older fluorescent LCD models in the top ten.

Top 10 Monitors Under $200

1.) Viewsonic  – VX2450WM-LED and VX2250WM-LED Series Review

Viewsonic has dominated the market in recent years by releasing quality products at a price level that is $20-30 lower than its competitors. Per Amazon, the two bestselling monitors of the year belong to Viewsonic’s “WM-LED Series” which includes the 24 inch VX2450WM-LED and the 22 inch VX2250WM-LED.


Like most large monitors in these monitors have full high definition resolution (1920x1080p). What really sets them apart is their contrast ratios. Contrast ratio measures color on a monitor from the blackest black to the whitest white. The 24 inch version has a mega-dynamic contrast ratio of 20,000,000:1 and the 22 inch version, 10,000,000:1. Beyond what seems like a good “number” Viewsonic has improved their LED technology by giving their LED lights the ability to completely turn off in order to create a more realistic black. A 5ms response time will keep action scenes smooth during movies, but may not be sufficient for gaming. Viewsonic’s VX2453MH-LED (also under $200) and it’s larger version  the VX2753MH-LED were designed with gaming monitor specifications in mind having 2ms and 1ms response times respectively. If you’re looking for a gaming or performance enthusiast monitor see our review of the best gaming monitors.


The color is accurate for a TN (twisted nematic) type panel and perfect for home or office use, however; if you’re a graphic designer, then it might be a beneficial to take a look at our list of the best IPS (in-plane switching) monitors for photo editing for additional color accuracy.

Integrated Speakers

The integrated speakers on these monitors are pretty standard. They definitely won’t blow you away, but they are convenient for browsing and create a lot of space on your desktop. If you listen to a lot of music or like to play games on your computer, then you might want to consider purchasing some decent PC speakers or a pair of headphones to go along with this monitor.


Both of these models come with a standard analog VGA connector as well as a DVI connector for diverse connectivity options. If you need an HDMI port, then you may want to consider a DVI to HDMI cable or another monitor that comes with an HDMI out.

VESA Compatibility

A lot of monitor manufacturers, including Viewsonic in some cases, skimp by leaving out the mounting holes on the back of their monitors. A nice feature for these models is that they both include 100mm x 100mm VESA compliant holes for wall mount or monitor stands.


Viewsonic uses one of the highest grade panels in the industry and they back it up with one of the industry’s best warranties, a 3 year parts and labor warranty with Viewsonic’s “Pixel Performance Guarantee”. If you ever have a problem with a monitor, then it’s also nice that Viewsonic provides 24/7 online service and customer support.

Additional Technical specifications:

For additional details on this product’s specifications be sure to see our top ten list below which makes it easy to review our top ten picks.

Computer Monitor Review and Comparison Table

Here’s an easy-to-read table which should help you compare specifications so that you can find the right type of monitor.

Product Brand / Model NumberResolution / Response Time / Contrast Ratio (DCR)Technical DetailsWarrantyPrice
Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 5ms, Dynamic Contrast Ratio 20,000,000:1D-Sub, DVI, 300 cd/m2 brightness rating, 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, Tilt adjustable, VESA mount compliant 100mm x 100mm3 year parts and labor warranty
ASUS ML238H 23-Inch Wide Ultra-Slim LED Monitor1920 x 1080, 2 ms, 10,000,000:1170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 0.265mm pixel pitch, 16.7 Million display colors, 250 cd/m2 brightness rating, 30 - 85 KHz H. Refresh Rate, and D-Sub and HDMI 1.3 connectors. Swivel & Tilt adjustable with an ultra-thin 16.55mm display.3 years.
Acer S231HL bid 23-Inch Widescreen Ultra-Slim LED Display1920 x 1080, 5ms, 12,000,000:1170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 0.265mm pixel pitch, 16.7 Million display colors, 250 cd/m2 brightness, D-Sub, DVI, HDMI connectors, and tilt adjustable.3 years.
Viewsonic VX2453MH-LED 24-Inch Ultra-thin Widescreen LED Monitor1920 x 1080/ 2ms/ DCR 30,000,000:1D-Sub, 2xHDMI, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle3 years Includes Pixel Performance Guarantee
ViewSonic VX2250WM-LED 22-Inch (21.5-Inch Vis) Widescreen Full HD 1080p LED Monitor with Integrated Stereo Speakers1920 x 1080/ 5ms/ 10,000,000:1170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle/ D-Sub, DVI connectors/ tilt adjustable / 2 x 2W built-in speakers and VESA 100x100mm compatible3 Years limited parts and labor warranty.
Samsung B2230 LCD Monitor1920 x 1080/ 5ms/ 70000:1170°(H) / 160°(V)/ 300 cd/m2 brightness rating/ 0.282mm pixel pitch/ D-Sub, DVI connectors / 75 x 75mm VESA Mount Standard.3 year manufacturer's warranty.
ASUS VH236H1920 x 1080, 2ms, 20000:1160°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 0.266mm pixel pitch, 300 cd/m2 brightmess, D-Sub, DVI, HDMI connectors, built in 2 x 2w speakers, VESA compatible 100mm x 100mm, and tilt adjustable.3 years limited.
Acer S201HL bd 20-Inch Widescreen Ultra-Slim LED Display1600 x 900/ 5ms/ 12,000,000:1170°(H) / 160°(V)/ 0.276mm/ 16.7 Million colors/ 250 cd/m2/ 30 - 80KHz H refresh rate/ Tilt adjustable.3 years.
ASUS VH198T 19-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor1440 x 900/ 5ms/ 10M:1170°(H) / 160°(V)/ 0.248mm/ 16.7 Million colors/ 250 cd/m2 brightness rating/ D-Sub, DVI-D/ tilt adjustable/ built-in speakers.3 year limited parts and labor warranty.
Acer V173 Djb 17-Inch LCD Monitor1280 x 1024/ 5ms/ 20,000:1160°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 0.264mm pixel pitch, 16.7 Million display colors, 250 cd/m2 brightness rating, D-Sub connector, and tilt adjustable.3 year limited.

Overall we feel that the Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED and the ASUS ML238H 23-Inch Wide Ultra-Slim LED Monitor give you the best overall value.

We appreciate your feedback. If we’ve missed something or have experience with one of the monitors above, then please leave a comment below. Also, see our monitors under $100 post.


How to Use your TV as a Computer Monitor

As technology continues to improve more and more consumers are beginning to be aware of the advantages of having a HTPC (home theatre PC) based entertainment system. While there are plenty of good alternatives to using a PC, the Roku Streaming Player and Apple TV come to mind, none of them give you the total flexibility that a PC can give. To accommodate the  increased demand for HTPC manufacturer’s have released HTPC cases with remotes that make it easier than ever to control your computer from the comfort of your couch.

Whether you want to setup a HTPC or just want to be able to hook your laptop or gaming PC into your television there are several easy ways to do this. Here’s a few steps you can take to make use of your TV as a monitor.

Can Your TV be Used as a Monitor?

The first thing to figure out is whether your TV can be used as a monitor. In order to do this simply turn the monitor around and look at the available connectors. While there are ways to connect through Component, or even composite cables from your PC to your TV, the picture for these types of screens is usually substandard. We’ll focus on looking for an HDMI, DVI, or VGA output on your TV. Most newer HDTV or flatscreen TVs come with one of these 3 ports.







Do you need an Adapter?

Once you figure out whether or not your TV does have these type of connectors look at the back of your PC to see what type of video/audio outputs that your computer has. HDMI to DVI adapters and others are available. For VGA: Make sure to do your research before converting an analog signal to a DVI and vice versa.

What do you need for Audio?

If you have an HDMI connection on your PC and on your TV, then an audio signal is already carried through the HDMI cable. For other types of connections you most likely need one of two things; a mini to an RCA stereo adapter to use your audio out on the PC and the stereo connection in your TV, or a mini to mini plug for those of you who have a mini plug on your TV.


While it’s easy to connect your PC into your TV remember that your TV is not a monitor and does not have the same types of specifications or durability that your monitor has. Make sure to setup a screen saver that is quick to act when you’re not using your TV set. Accidentally leaving your computer on all day can easily burn the image into an LCD display. If you have a question, need help with compatibility, or would like to add to this post, then please leave a comment below.

Viewsonic VX2250WM-LED 22-Inch Monitor Review

Jobs today increasingly demand a multiple display setup to increase overall worker productivity. I personally use a dual display setup with my PC at work and then a laptop. This allows me to have one screen open to write, another screen open to work on images, and the laptop to browse and take home with me. Even a large monitor is more difficult to navigate then having an “A” screen and a “B screen” where the lines are always divided. In this post I’ll review some of the best-rated monitors of the year that are also VESA compatible which for monitors means that they have either 75 x 75mm, 100mm x 100mm holes or 200mm x 100mm holes. This allows them to be used with stands or wall mounts that are compatible with these sizes of holes. Even if you aren’t buying dual display monitors online right now it’s still a good idea to look for a VESA compatible monitor if you plan to expand your setup in the future.

ViewSonic VX2250WM-LED 22-Inch Computer Monitor – VESA Wall Mount Compatible

In my personal opinion, a 22 inch monitor is perfect for use with a monitor stand on your computer desk. It’s not too big or too small. While you could certainly use a larger monitor if you end up mounting it on the wall two or three 22 inch monitors on your desktop seem the easiest to navigate between. If you’re looking for a dual display monitor for a gaming setup, then I’ve listed the top rated VESA compliant monitors by order of size in a comparison table below.

One of the most popular monitors this year is the Viewsonic VX2250WM-LED 22 inch monitor which for its price and specifications gives you a great picture quality, warranty, and is of course 100mm x 100mm VESA compliant.


The environmentally friendly VX2250WM-LED uses LED backlighting technology on a LCD (liquid crystal display) which consumes 40% less energy than traditional monitors and doesn’t use mercury. In addition to these benefits, the LED backlights on this monitor are dimmed completely in order to producer truer blacks than have been seen with LED/LCD technology before. Additional details include a Mega 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio for a large array of color and detail, full 1980×1080 HD resolution, and a 5ms response time for smooth motion while watching movies or other video.


Viewsonic uses one of the highest grade panels in the industry and backs it up with its industry leading “Pixel Performance Guarantee”. The parts and labor are 3 years standard.


Overall the price for this monitor is as cheap or cheaper than other monitors with similar specifications and quality, but if you’re considering purchasing a lot of monitors for your office or work space it is tempting to purchase a similar 20 inch monitor for about 66% of the overall price. If you’re looking for a great gaming monitor, then I highly recommend Viewsonic’s new VX2453Mh-LED series as well which is VESA compatible and has a faster response time.

3 Good Computer Monitors from 20 to 22 Inches

When I first started writing about monitors a few years back a 20-22 inch monitor was large and expensive. Since then, consumers have demanded larger and larger monitors until the point where a 20-22 inch monitor is now consider standard. Because of the increased demand in larger monitors you can now get an incredible deal on a monitor this size at a price point of half of what they used to be. In this post we’ll review the best rated 20, 21, and 22 inch computer monitors for 2011 based on value, popularity, and specifications.

ViewSonic VX2250WM-LED Computer Monitor

Viewsonic makes quality affordable products which provide consumers with the latest in design and innovation. The Viewsonic 2250WM-LED may be the best selling LED monitor of 2011. It’s inexpensive at right around $150 and it’s 100mm x 100mm VESA compliant so it’s easy to mount it on your wall or monitor stand and it’s ideal for creating a multiple display monitor setup.


The VX2250WM-LED has full high definition 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 5ms response time, and a MEGA 10 million to 1 dynamic contrast ratio allowing it to create clear and vivid detailed imaging and videos.


This monitor comes with integrated speakers and while they certainly won’t produce crystal clear or quality sound it’s nice to have them when you’re simply browsing the internet or listening to videos on Hulu or YouTube.


Overall we really like this monitor as a budget option for offices and those looking to do some casual gaming or movie watching. The stand is sturdy, it’s easy on your eyes, and it comes with a DVI and VGA cable so don’t have to purchase it separately. A 3 year warranty with Viewsonic’s pixel performance guarantee is also included.

Acer V223W EJBD 22-Inch Wide LCD Display

Another solid option in this price range is the Acer V223W LCD Display which you can get for about $20 cheaper than the VX2250WM-LED. It doesn’t have full high definition resolution (1680 x 1050) but with this size of monitor you’re more likely to use the 1680 x 1050 resolution anyway.


Overall the picture is good, not great, but you get what you pay for. This is one of the better value options and is perfect for a home office.

Samsung B2230

Although LED monitors are up to 40% more energy efficient than standard LCD monitors the Samsung B2230 makes up for some of that with MagicEco a technology that allows you to work at 50-100% darkness in order to improve its overall energy efficiency. This is a 1080p full high definition monitor which gives you beautiful pictures and vivid detail. It’s an attractive monitor which has a glossy bezel and is thinner than most you’ll come across; however, at around $159 it’s tempting to go with the Viewsonic 2250WM-LED which costs less and has better specifications. The allure to some will come through owning a Samsung device which is made of quality parts and built to last for a long time.

Additional specifications include D-Sub and DVI connectors, a 70,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 5 ms response time, Magic Angle, and 16.7 Million display colors.

Viewsonic VX2453MH-LED LED Monitor Review

While input lag is certainly an important determination when considering a gaming monitor, response time is where most entertainment and gaming enthusiasts begin. This post will feature several of the latest/new computer monitors which feature low, 1-2ms response times. If you’ve come looking specifically for a gaming monitor, then you may find the gaming monitors tab above useful which compares and reviews the most popular pc gaming monitors at any point in time during the year.

Viewsonic VX2453MH-LED LED Monitor Review

We recently got out our hands on the Viewsonic VX2753MH-LED the 27 inch version of this monitor to try out and use. This new monitor has quickly reached the top the best sellers list of gaming monitors by delivering high specifications at an affordable price. Viewsonic has also made several design changes that have improved it’s overall contrast and portability from previous models.


The blacks on this monitor are deeper than we’ve seen before as Viewsonic’s LED technology now shuts off the LED in order to produce a pitch black pixel. The dynamic contrast ratio is listed at 30M:1 which is certainly helped by this better technology. It’s full HD, 1920 x 1080 resolution, and has a 2ms response time (the 27 inch version is listed as having a 1ms response time). As advertised we see no tearing while playing games like Battlefield Bad Company 2 or watching movies.

Viewsonic has made this design more portable by taking out a lot of the weight in it and making it super-thin. They’ve also added a bookstand feature which allows you to remove the monitor stand and lean the monitor back. This allows you to have the monitor at one more angle – “desk/head level”. Overall this monitor weighs 9 pounds with the stand and is a great option for traveling on business trips or LAN parties.
Technical Details
Other technical details for the VX2453MH-LED include 2 HDMI and D-Sub connectors, built-in speakers, anti-glare surface panel, tilt adjustable Down 5°, Up 20°, 250 cd/m2 brightness rating, 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, and a 3 year parts and labor warranty with Viewsonic’s Pixel Performance Guarantee.
Overall we feel that this is a great monitor which is rather large but not too large for your work space. Don’t plan on using the internal speakers as they’re just “ok”, but if we rate this monitor on what really matters, picture, we’d give it 4 and a half stars. In comparing multiple sites it seems to be cheapest at Amazon for around $200. For an extra $100 you can get the 27 inch version, so you’ll have to determine if the extra viewing area is worth the price.

6 Good Multiple LCD Monitor Display Stands for Dual Flat Screen Setups

Multiple monitor display setups have become increasingly popular as studies continue to prove that larger monitors and increased flexibility with monitors can lead to improved productivity in the work place (Source:, 30 Inch Cinema Display Study).
This trend is also supported/magnified by the decreasing price of larger monitors overall and the widespread capabilities of even low priced graphics cards to support multi monitor setups. This post will not explain how to install a multiple monitor display setup, but rather take a look at some of the best rated dual, triple, and quad monitor stands that will help facilitate your setup. If you’d like to take a look at some great multi-monitor software that helps you get the most out of your setup, then we recommend you take a look at this article from LifeHacker.

Best Rated Multiple LCD Monitor Display Stands

Tyke Supply Dual LCD Monitor Stand desk clamp

This easy-to-install desk clamp from Tyke Supply provides you with complete double-link swing arms which optimize ergonomics and monitor views with separate tilt, rotate, side-to-side, height, and tension adjustments. It fits monitors up to 24 inches in size which are VESA mount compliant and up to 16 pounds each (75 x 75 mm / 100 x 100 mm).

Overall: You’ll be surprised just how easy this clamp is to install. Simply clamp it to the desk with two finger screws. At around $50 it’s the best value you’ll find; however, if you find that you need to adjust your setup often, then you may want to go with a model that is easier to adjust.

Planar 997-5253-00 Dual Monitor Stand

If you’re willing to spend a little more and would like something more mobile than a clamp, then consider the Planar 997-5253-00. Planar for years has made trusted medical monitor devices and has recently branched out to consumer displays. This particular display stand was released back in 2009 and has received nearly 5 star customer reviews from all major retailer websites. It supports monitors from 17-24 inches with a maximum capacity of 33 pounds per monitor. Although it’s unlikely you’ll find 2 LCD monitors that weigh in excess of 66 pounds together this shows how heavy duty this product truly is. This stand makes it easy to tilt (+/- 15°), swivel (+/-20° ), rotate (90° for landscape or portrait mode) and height adjust (up to 13 inches) your monitor to where you feel the most comfortable. Comes with a 3 year manufacturer parts and labor warranty.

DoubleSight Dual Monitor Flex Stand Up To 24IN 22LBS/MONITOR

See Technical Details/Customer Reviews.

Ergotron DS100 Dual-monitor Desk Stand

This well built dual monitor desk stand easily accommodates a dual flat panel monitor setup up to 24 inches and 62 pounds. It will work with 75 x 75 mm or 100 x 100 mm VESA compliant monitors.

Cable Organizer

The Ergotron DS100 comes with a cable system which organizes and routes your cables as well as a low-profile base which saves you additional desk space.

Triple LCD Monitor Flat Screen Stands

Let’s face it, sometimes dual monitors aren’t enough. A triple or quad stand display setup is ideal for graphic design, engineering, finance, and gaming (eyefinity technology).

Ergotron DS100 Triple-monitor Desk Stand

We’d recommend The Ergotron DS100 durable steel and aluminum constructed triple-monitor desk stand for triple display setups for up to 21 inch monitors. While the hole pattern 100 x 100 mm & 75 x 75 mm may allow for larger monitors, we feel you’re better off purchasing a different stand for larger setups. Comes with a 5 year parts and labor warranty.

Tyke Supply Triple LCD Monitor Stand up to 21″ Monitors

This Tyke supply triple stand, like the dual stand above, is easy to install and requires no drilling. It secures up to 3 21 inch monitors weighing up to 13 pounds a piece. 36″ double-link swing arms optimize ergonomics and monitor views with separate tilt, rotate, side-to-side, height, and tension adjustments.

Ergotech Triple Horizontal LCD Monitor Arm Desk Stand (100-D16-B03)

Technical details for the Ergotech 100-D16-B03 include VESA FDMI MIS-D 75, 100, 17-24 inch monitors – 25lbs per pivot weight capacity, and 20 degrees up and 10 degrees down (pivot). We feel it’s one of the best available for Eyefinity setups.

What one owner had to say about it:

“I ordered this stand after ordering and returning other products because they could not support three 23″ Samsung monitors. This one does with a little room to spare although at this size, there is some limit to the angular adjustment on the wing monitors. This setup provides adjustments for tip, tilt and height as well as the angle of the side/wing monitors. Plenty of adjustment for me.”

DoubleSight Triple Monitor Flex Stand Up To 20IN 22LBS/MONITOR

Quad LCD Computer Monitor Display Stands

TykeSupply Quad LCD Monitor stand Fully adjustable New (Clamp)

The Tyke Supply Quad LCD monitor stand is fully adjustable and holds up to 4 monitors which it secures in an elevated position with double link swing arms. It includes tilt, rotate, side-to-side, height, and tension settings and because of the pole each monitor can be rotated to allow others to view presentations or multimedia.

Tyke Supply Quad Freestanding LCD Monitor Stand Holds up to 22 Inch Widescreen Monitors

Here’s another quad display stand from Tyke Supply that is free standing. It’s completely versatile with adjustable tilt, rotate, side-to-side, height, and tension settings which allow you to position it where it’s most comfortable for you. The right position can help to reduce back and neck aches and eye strain.

Technical Details: Supports up to 4 22 inch monitors weighing up to 13 pounds a piece. Pole is die-cast aluminum. Hole spaces are for 75 x 75 mm / 100 x 100 mm VESA compliant monitors.


Did you find what you were looking for? If not, leave a comment below and we’ll respond as soon as possible. While this post covers most mid-range freestanding and clamp displays there are many other higher-end stand options available from the companies listed.

Choosing a Monitor Online – Buying Guide

In this post we’ll talk about the advantages and disadvantages of buying or choosing a monitor online. This guide will include a learning guide for monitor specifications/terms that you should know before making a purchase. If you’d like to see our top ten lists for monitors, then simply pick a category in our tab section above.

Buying and choosing a computer monitor online can be a daunting task. While you’re in the store it’s easy enough to sit in front of a perspective monitor and see the size of it, the steadiness of the stand, picture quality, and other qualities in a monitor that you may typically look for. Although it may seem simpler to purchase a computer monitor in the store there are many reasons you should buy a computer monitor online.

Advantages to Choosing a Monitor Online


While in the store they generally list basic technical details on the sales tag; however, more detailed specifications are usually available online at the manufacturer’s website. For example, a monitor in the store may say that it’s high definition, but may not include the max resolution, refresh rate, response time, panel type, or other important information.


Online it’s easy enough to price shop, while in the store you are stuck with whatever the retailer gives you. In general you can find all electronics cheaper online. Even when a retailer claims to have a “sale” just remember that that same sale price is most likely available with online merchants as well.

No Salespeople

Although you may have a salesperson working with you at a store, remember it’s his job to sell you on a product. Sales tactics include putting higher resolution pictures on pricier monitors which may or may not have better specifications than their less expensive counterparts. A salesperson might also pressure you in to purchasing a larger monitor than you need just to receive a higher commission. While many salespeople can be helpful, it’s important to remain objective. If you go to a store, then grab the model numbers of the monitors you liked best and then return and then search online to see if you can find a better price.

Customer Reviews are Best

While you may be able to grab some insightful information from your neighborhood salesperson information from customers who own and have used the product are best as there is no incentive for them to make a “sale”. A happy customer returning to write a review about a product they liked or disliked speaks far more loudly than anything someone will tell you. While buying a monitor online try to get a monitor that has 4 or more stars.


One hesitation that consumers have about purchasing electronics online is shipping costs. While in the past this was a burden, with a larger purchase or bundle you can usually get shipping free at places like


Store selection is limited and determined by looks, store space, commissions, and product relationships. Online most retailers have a much wider selection.

Term and Specification Guide to Computer Monitors

Adjustment – Tilt, swivel, height

If you’re monitor never seems like it’s in the right spot, then consider a monitor that is tilt, swivel, pivot, or height adjustable. Conversely if you simply want a “sturdy” stand that won’t move, then consider a monitor with no adjustment.

Connectors – DVI, HDMI, VGA/Analog

It’s important to know what type of connectors your computer has before purchasing a monitor. While there are cords that you can purchase separately that allow for example, DVI to HDMI, it’s easier to find one that is already compatible with the type of connectors that your motherboard or video card has.

Analog: Analog/VGA connectors are typically (not always) blue. You can also identify it by its 15 pins.

DVI:  Typically identified by a white plug. DVI images are generally sharper than Analog; however, with most monitors there is very little distinguishable difference.

HDMI: A audio/video interface designed for ultimate flexibility. No loss in video quality occurs between DVI and HDMI. DVI to HDMI and HDMI to DVI connectors are available for additional options.


Contrast ratio measures the darkest color that a monitor can produce (blackest black) vs. the lightest color (whitest white). In general the higher the contrast ratio, the better the color. Because various manufacturer’s define how they label their contrast ratio differently (static vs. dynamic etc…), we recommend you read consumer reviews in order to get a better understanding of your monitors color output. A better contrast ratio will allow for increased detail for photos and images.

Glossy vs. Matte Screen

Glossy screens are attractive and easier to clean than Matte screens but sometimes can be annoying in a well-lit room. To counteract the glare that comes with a glossy screen many manufacturers place an anti-glare coating on their monitors. You can generally see whether this is available in the specifications portion of the product page.


LCD or “Liquid Crystal Display” is a thin technology which uses the light modulating properties of liquid crystals. LCD monitors are not lit themselves and therefore use fluorescent backlighting on standard LCD listed monitors or LED backlighting on LED LCD monitors.


Some confusion exists because LED monitors are actually liquid crystal display or LCD monitors. LED or “light emitting diode” is a more energy efficient and less environmentally harmful (contains no mercury) way of lighting your display. LED monitors are typically easier on the eyes. If you have eye strain which you can attribute to monitor use, then purchasing an LED LCD monitor is a priority. While in the past LED LCD monitors were much more expensive than standard LCD monitors they are now nearly identical in price.

Panel Type  – TN Vs. IPS 

TN or twisted nematic panels are the most common consumer panel type. This is because they are more energy efficient and have higher refresh rates. TN panels are not desirable for photo editing as photo editing requires precise color reproduction. Standard TN or twisted nematic monitors can only reproduce a portion of the color gamut because they use 6 bits per color (Red, Green, Blue) for a total of 18 bits. This makes them unable to display the 16.7 million colors available in 24-bit truecolor or 256 shades of red, green and blue. While dithering can be used to produce some of the desired colors a TN monitor is simply undesirable when trying to match exact colors. IPS or in-plane switching panel monitors use 8 bit per color so as to allow them to fully reproduce nearly 100% of the color gamut. Other panel monitors including MVA (multi-domain vertical alignment), PVA (pattern vertical alignment panels), AFFS (advanced fringe field switching), and ASV (advanced super view) are desirable for this reason as well. Modern IPS monitors can reproduce 10 bit per color and display up to 1.07 billion colors or 1024 shades of red, green, and blue.

Refresh Rate

The refresh rate on a monitor is the amount of times that the display draws the data in a second. While in the past a low refresh rate could cause eye strain, most consumer monitors now come with sufficient refresh rate. 3D monitors sometimes use up to a 120hz refresh rate to allow for  dual side technology which dedicates 60hz to each eye while in 3D.


Resolution is the number of display pixels in each dimension that can be displayed. 1920×1080 resolution is generally marked as full high-definition or 1080p. Many IPS monitors go up to 2560-by-1440-pixel resolution allowing for an increased amount pixels to work with (mainly for photo editing).

Response Time

The response time is the time that it takes a pixel to go from black to white and back again. On any computer monitor this is measured in ms or milliseconds. The faster the response time the less blurring and ghosting users will experience during action packet sequences of movies or gaming. A good gaming, entertainment, or video editing monitor should have a response time under 3ms. More casual computer users should consider any monitor with a response time of 5ms or less.


Not all warranties are created equal. In our top ten tabs above we have a section just for the warranty so that you can see exactly what the warranty is for each monitor. Other than duration, the most important aspect of warranty is a company’s pixel return policy which states how many dead, black, or bright pixels there must be before a monitor is returned.

What Size Monitor Should You Choose?

Back in 2005 Apple did a study that made the case that a larger monitor can improve productivity among workers by 50-65% on certain tasks. states that this productivity phases out after about 24 inches. This is especially important when you need to use two windows side by side for data analysis or spreadsheet creation. If you’re purchasing a monitor for work use, then strongly consider one around 24 inches. If your monitor is for casual use, then a monitor smaller than 24 inches would be based solely on personal preference.

What Monitor Should You Buy/Choose?

See our tabs above for lists of the top rated computer monitors for 2013.


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Good and Cheap 27 Inch LED/LCD Computer Monitors 2016

When it comes to gaming, the bigger the monitor the better.  As we’ve watched the progression of Eyefinity and the popularity of multi-screen gaming increase the popularity of large screen gaming monitors has increased as well. Large monitors have also become more and more prevalent  at the work place as costs for large monitors decrease. As we mentioned in our post on multi-LCD display setups studies from both Apple and have shown that a larger monitor also increases worker efficiency by allowing additional viewing area and work space.In this post we’ll review the 4 most popular 27 inch TN panel LED computer monitors available.

If you’re a photo editor, graphic designer, or need a monitor with accurate color reproduction, then see this article on IPS monitors for photo editing. After our review is done make sure to see our specification chart below for our overall bestsellers list for 27 inch monitors (You can also take a look at our tabs above).Viewsonic VX2753MH-LEDThe all new Viewsonic VX2753MH-LED is turning heads because of its all new ultra-slim design, portability features, versatility, and incredible picture.PortabilityThe VX2753MH-LED features an all new book stand option which allows you to remove the stand and lean the monitor back for a unique eye level view. Viewsonic also took a lot of weight (weighs 10 pounds with the stand) out of this monitor so it’s perfect for your next trip or LAN party.


Viewsonic is well-known for making high-quality monitors with great specifications for low prices. The VX2753MH-LED is certainly no exception and boasts a full high definition 1920 x 1080 resolution, quick 1 ms response time for blur-free motion, and mega contrast ratio of 30,000,000:1 for deep black color. True blacks for this monitor are produced by completely dimming the LED backlight.

Additional specifications include D-Sub and 2 HDMI connectors, Anti-glare screen, 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 300 cd/m2 brightness rating, tilt adjustable Down -5, Up 20 degrees, and built-in 2W x 2 speakers. The VX2753MH-LED comes with a 3 year parts and labor warranty with Viewsonic’s Pixel Performance Guarantee.

Acer S273HL bmii 27″ Full HD LED Monitor


The Acer S273HL features an ultra-slim frame with a stylish black bezel, brushed metal finish, and unique L-shaped base which makes it easier to fit your keyboard right underneath it.


The Acer S273HL like the VX2753MH-LED was designed with performance enthusiasts in mind. You get an incredible full high definition 1920 x 1080 picture, a dynamic contrast ratio of 12,000,000:1, and quick 2ms response time for smooth motion during even the highest action sequences.

Technical details include a 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 0.3114mm pixel pitch, 16.7 Million display colors, 300 cd/m2 brightness rating, built in speakers, D-Sub and 2 HDMI connectors, -5° to 15° tilt adjustable, and a 3 year parts and labor warranty from Acer.


The design of the Acer S273HL isn’t for everyone but we feel like there is value for most in the incredible picture you get for the money.

HP 2711x 27-Inch LED Monitor – Black


The HP2711x has an incredible full high definition picture featuring a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms response time, dynamic contrast ratio of 3,000,000:1, and a LED backlight that produces deeper blacks for increased contrast and detail.

Other technical details include a 0.3114 mm pixel pitch, 250 cd/m2 brightness, D-Sub, DVI-D, and HDMI connector, Tilt adjustable, and a 1 year parts and labor warranty.


The Hp2711x has a glossy screen which admittedly isn’t for everyone. The Bright View anti-glare gets rid of most of this annoyance but specifications for similarly sized TN panel monitors in this price range are slightly better.

Acer HN274H BMIIID 3D 27-Inch LED Monitor

We’ve been waiting for the release of Acer’s 3D LED monitor for a long time and now that it’s finally here it doesn’t disappoint. The Acer HN274H is the world’s first 27 inch LED monitor which is nVidia 3D-ready. It is somewhat on the expensive side however, this version actually comes with nVidia’s 3D vision glasses included which cost you around $150 if purchased separately. Expect to pay additional money for any monitor that is nVidia 3D ready.


For most PC users this monitor is simply impractical at this price range. If you’re a gamer or want to watch 3D movies, then this is the monitor you’ve been looking for if smooth frames, performance, and 3D is a must. It’s full High definition with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 10,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio, 120 hertz refresh rate, 2ms GTG refresh rate and it comes with diverse connectivity options including D-Sub, DVI, and 3 HDMI connectors.


There are a lot of really great LED monitors out there this year. If you want a standard LED monitor, then we’d recommend the VX2753MH-LED from Viewsonic. Photo Editors should probably look at the Dell Ultrasharp, or Apple Thunderbolt models for a good intermediate IPS monitor. For a list of the best IPS panel monitors see our tab above. These picks include monitors from Enzo, NEC, and other color-sensitive critical name companies.

Best PC Gaming Monitors

Best Gaming MonitorsChoosing the right gaming monitor is important when you consider how much time you are in front of your PC. Some monitors claim to be the best while they fall short in versatility, color reproduction, resolution, response time, or input lag. In this review we’ll go over what to look for in a monitor designed for PC video games and give you of our 4 top picks for this year for 22, 24, and 27 inch computer monitors. You can also take a look at our top ten list of the best gaming monitors.

Guide for Choosing a Monitor

Panel Type – TN. Vs. IPS

TN or twisted nematic panels are the most common panel types for consumers. They typically have faster response times and therefore less blurring when it comes to intense sequences for movies and games. On the other hand, IPS or in-plane switching displays can display color more accurately. Overall you’re probably better of getting a TN panel monitor.

Response Time

Measured in milliseconds response time is the amount of time it takes for a pixel to cross the color spectrum from black to white and then back again. A slow response time is undesirable as it can lead to blurring and ghosting. We recommend that you look for a monitor with a response time of 3ms or less for gaming.


LED monitors are in fact LCD or “liquid crystal displays”. The actual difference lies in the way the monitor backlighting works. LED monitors use “light emitting diodes” while standard LCD monitors use CCFL (fluorescent lights). CCFL monitors use more energy, are thicker, emit mercury, and have lower contrast ratios. Some of this is due to the continued progression of LED backlighting technology which allows the LED to be completely turned off in order to produce a deeper black, and therefore more contrast.


Most modern monitors that are 22 inches or larger come with full HD resolution or 1920 x 1080p. While the resolution can certainly go higher than this and is needed for photo editing monitors this is not necessary for PC gaming.

Best Monitors for PC Gaming

Here are our picks for the top 22, 24, 27 and 3D gaming monitors:

27 Inch – Viewsonic VX2753MH-LED Review

This new monitor boasts unparalleled performance with a 1ms response time, little to no input lag, full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution, a super high 30M:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and an all new design that allows you to remove the stand base and tilt the monitor back. This adds another viewing angle and with it weighing in at under 10 pounds it’s the most portable 27 inch monitor available.

If there’s one downside to this monitor it’s that Viewsonic removed the VESA mounting holes in the back. This was probably done to save weight and keep it “portable” for trips and LAN parties. If that’s a deal breaker for you, then we highly recommend the ASUS VE276Q as a secondary option or the Acer HN274H BMIIID as a 3D option if you have the money. Overall we still think it’s one of the best gaming monitors of 2011.

24 Inch – ASUS ML248H 24-Inch LED Monitor Review

Released earlier this year the Asus ML248H has quickly become a favorite of gamers. It has an ultra slim 16.5mm profile, is Full 1080P HD with HDMI, accurate color with a 10M:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 2ms response time, and even a touch sensitive control panel. The design of it includes a sturdy ring stand which allows you to easily tilt up and down and pivot side to side so you can angle it just to the right location. This monitor has a rebate at Amazon right now which makes it a great overall value.

Overall this is a great monitor with a brilliant picture but the ring stand may not be for everyone. If it’s not, then try the little brother to the 27 inch monitor above the VX2453MH-LED or the ASUS VE248H.

22 Inch – ASUS ML228H Review

The best 22 inch gaming monitor was a little bit of a difficult choice because in many instances gaming grade monitors that were 20 inches were only $10-20 cheaper than the 24 inch monitors – making it well worth the upgrade. The ASUS ML228H which is very similar to the monitor above is a good value at around $150. If you don’t have to have the faster response time, then you can also save some considerable money by going with a monitor like the Acer V223W EJBD.

Overall we still recommend you go for the 24 inch monitor rather than the 22 unless you want to give on the specifications a little and get a value oriented monitor rather than a budget one.

Best 3D Gaming Monitor 2011

Acer HN274H BMIIID Review

Released in quarter 2 of 2011 the highly anticipated Acer HN274H BMIIID 3D monitor did not disappoint and is our choice of best 3D gaming monitor for 2011. It’s received almost 100% positive reviews because of its dependable functionality when it comes to safety and reliable viewing. You really can’t compare the 3D or 2D picture with anything else.

The color and picture is accurate with 16.7 million colors and a staggering 100,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. In 3D viewing it has a 120 Hz Vertical and 140Hz Horizontal refresh rate.

This combined with its 2ms response time means you’ll have no ghosting or blurring issues. One of the features we like the most is that it comes with D-Sub, DVI, and 3 HDMI connectors for all of your devices. The price is a little on the heavy side, but that being said it comes with nVidia 3D glasses which can be quite expensive on their own.

ProductPriceResolution/ Response Time/ Contrast RatioConnectors/ OtherWarranty
Viewsonic VX2753MH-LED 27-Inch LED Monitor - Black
1920 x 1080/ DC 30,000,000:1/ 1msD-Sub, HDMI x 2/ 300 cd/m2 brightness/ 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle/ tilt adjustable, and built-in speakers.3 years and Includes a Pixel Performance Guarantee from Viewsonic.
ASUS ML248H Ultra-Slim 16.5mm Profile w/ Ring Stand for easy Tilt and Swivel.
1920 x 1080/ 2ms/ ASCR 10,000,000:1D-Sub, HDMI/ 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle/ 0.2652mm pixel pitch/ and 16.7 Million display colors.3 year limited parts and labor warranty from Asus.
Acer HN274H BMIIID 3D 27-Inch LED Monitor
1920 x 1080 / 2ms response time/ Acer Adaptive contrast management 100,000,000:1D-Sub, DVI, HDMI x 3/ 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle/ 0.3114mm pixel pitch/ 16.7 Million display colors/ 300 cd/m2 brightness/ TN Panel / Tilt adjustable -5° to 15°/ 2W x 2 built-in speakers/ nVidia 3D Glasses included.3 years parts and labor from Acer.


Overall if you can afford it, then the Acer HN274H BMIIID is of best monitor for both 3D and 2D Gaming in 2011, but we’d love to know what you think. Leave us a comment below.