Top Ten Best Rated Computer Monitors 2011 – 2012

This article gives a review and comparison of our top rated computer monitors for 2011.  At the end of this article you’ll also find a learning guide and price and specification comparison chart for our top ten picks.  Since this is a general article it will include picks from all monitor sizes and types (LED, LCD etc…). You can see our tabs for more specific monitor picks and comparisons.  If you are looking for a monitor for gaming, then check out our article on the best gaming monitors.

Top 10 Best Rated Computer Monitors 2011

Viewsonic has taken a quick lead in the monitor race this year not only because they offer a quality product, but also because they continue to provide innovation at industry low prices.  Viewsonic also offers the best pixel warranty in the business with a full 3 year warranty and its Pixel performance guarantee.

1.)  Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor

The Viewsonic VX2450WM is an LED backlight monitor which means it uses an energy savings technology in order to give you a brighter picture with 50% less energy consumption.  This mercury free monitor also comes with a 5ms response time, and 20,000,000:1 MEGA contrast ratio for quality blur-free pictures for gaming and movie action sequences.   The VX2450WM also features full high definition 1920x1080p clarity as well as integrated stereo speakers.

Mount It:  You can mount the VX2450WM anywhere you’d like as it’s VESA mount compliant (100mmx100mm)

Connectors: Analog RGB, Digital, D-Sub, DV

Warranty: 3 Years

2.)  ViewSonic VX2250WM-LED 22-Inch (21.5-Inch Visual) Widescreen LED Monitor

The Viewsonic VX2250WM-LED is both inexpensive and environmentally friendly, this 22 inch widescreen LED monitor from Viewsonic has an incredible picture.  It includes Full HD resolution (1080p) and a Mega Contrast ratio of 10,000,000:1 for viewing colors the way they were meant to be viewed.  Like the monitor above it is easily mounted on a wall and requires 40% less energy than traditional LCD monitors.  Additional Features:  Integrated Speakers and 5ms response time.

Connectors:  Analog RGB, Digital, D-Sub, and DVI

Warranty: 3 Year Labor and Parts – Includes Pixel Performance Guarantee

3.)  ViewSonic’s VX2739WM 27-Inch Full HD Monitor

The perfect blend of price and performance the VX2739WM 27 inch computer monitor was designed as a budget option for performance seekers and media enthusiasts.  It has a 1ms response time (a first for 27 inch monitors) and is viewable in full high definition 1080p.  It also features 4 easy to use convenient USB ports for all of your devices.

Connectors: HDMI, DVI, VGA, and 4 USB.

Warranty: 3 Year Labor and Parts – Includes Pixel Performance Guarantee

4.)  Samsung PX2370 23-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor with LED Backlight

Samsung computer monitors exude quality, durability and style.  This LED backlit monitor showcases a touch of color charcoal finish and a thin profile of 16.5mm.  Images are brilliantly displayed in full high definition and with a dynamic contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1.  The Samsung PX2370 also has a “magic eco” feature that makes it easy for you to save more energy than ever before.  Easily adjust your monitor to 50-100% brightness.

Connectors: Analog RGB, Digital, DVI, and HDMI

Warranty: 3 year limited parts and labor warranty.

5.) ViewSonic VA2431WM 24-Inch Widescreen LCD monitor with Speakers

Connectors: Analog RGB, Digital, D-Sub, DVI-D

Warranty: 3 years Parts and Labor

6.)  ASUS VH238H 23-Inch LED Monitor

The Asus VH238H is an inexpensive monitor that is perfect for gamers.  Its 2ms response time allows for blur-free motion and its 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast ratio provides the colors and detail that ever gamer is looking for.

Connectors: D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI

Warranty: 3 Year limited parts and labor warranty.

7.)  ASUS VH198T 19-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor

The Asus VH198T is the perfect option for your home or office.  It gives you a quick response time of 5ms and allows you to save money over time on energy (up to 40%).  It also comes with a 10,000,000:1 Contrast ratio.  Additional Details: 10,000,000:1 Contrast ratio, Splendin Video Enhancement Technology, and Mercury Free.

Connectors: Analog RGB, Digital, D-Sub, DVI-D

Warranty: 3 Year limited parts and labor warranty.

8.) Acer V223WEJBD 22-Inch Wide LCD Display

If you’re looking for a great budget monitor option, then consider the Acer V223WEJBD.  At under $140 you get a fast 5 ms response time, 50:000:1 Dynamic Contrast ratio and a screen that can display up to 16.7 million colors.  The brilliant screen is high definition (1680 x 1050) and is optimized by the DVI interface with HDCP support.

Connectors: Analog RGB, Digital, D-Sub, DVI

Warranty: 3 Year limited parts and labor warranty.

9.) Apple LED Cinema Display 27-Inch MC007LL/A

When you go with an Apple product, you not your aren’t getting a budget or cheap product and the Apple LED Cinema Display certainly isn’t inexpensive; however, if you are a designer and need true color and a high level of resolution (2560×1440) it might just be for you, it certainly is for the people that have put it in our top ten list.

10.) HP x22LED 21.5-Inch Widescreen Full HD Monitor

This ultra-thin (1 inch) monitor from HP allows you to play games, watch videos, and still have a stylish monitor.  It includes HP’s latest diagonal WLED backlit panel monitor technology.

What’s in the box? Includes a DVI-D cable and AC Adapted with power cable.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed this peek at the top computer monitors of 2011.  Don’t forget to check out our other top ten tabs above!

Computer Monitor Learning Guide – What to look For:

Did you know?

Productivity501 states that your computer productivity increases with a large screen?  This productivity increases up to 24 inches and then begins to slide back down again.

Response Time

If you’re looking to do some gaming with your computer monitor, then look for a response time that’s under 3ms and it will help to prevent blurring and ghosting from action sequences.

Refresh Rate

The higher the refresh rate the better.  Computer monitors that have a high refresh rate can help with headaches and eye strain.

Comparison Table/Review – Top Computer Monitors 2011

Product NamePriceResolution/ ConnectorsContrast Ratio/ Response Time/ OtherWarranty
Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor1920 x 1080/ Analog RGB, Digital, D-Sub, DV20,000,000:1 MEGA contrast ratio/ 5ms3 Year Labor and Parts – Includes Pixel Performance Guarantee
ViewSonic VX2250WM-LED 22-Inch (21.5-Inch Visual) Widescreen LED MonitorFull HD 1080p/ Analog RGB, Digital, D-Sub, and DVIMega Contrast ratio of 10,000,000:1/ 5ms response time3 Year Labor and Parts – Includes Pixel Performance Guarantee
ViewSonic’s VX2739WM 27-Inch Full HD Monitor1080p Full HD (16:9) / HDMI, DVI, VGA, and 4 USB.100,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio/ 1ms/ Integrated Speakers3 Year Labor and Parts – Includes Pixel Performance Guarantee
Samsung PX2370 23-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor with LED Backlight1920 x 1080/ Analog RGB, Digital, DVI, and HDMI5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio/ 2msWarranty: 3 year limited parts and labor warranty.
ViewSonic VA2431WM 24-Inch Widescreen LCD monitor with Speakers1920 x 1080/ Analog RGB, Digital, D-Sub, DVI-DDC 100,000:1 (1000:1) / 5ms3 Year Labor and Parts – Includes Pixel Performance Guarantee
ASUS VH238H 23-Inch LED Monitor1920 x 1080/ D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast ratio/ 5ms 3 Year limited parts and labor warranty.
ASUS VH198T 19-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor1920 x 1080/ Analog RGB, Digital, D-Sub, DVI-D10,000,000:1 Contrast ratio/ 2ms (GTG) 3 Year limited parts and labor warranty.
Acer V223W EJBD 22-Inch Wide LCD Display1680 x 1050/ Analog RGB, Digital, D-Sub, DVI50:000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio/ 5ms3 Year limited parts and labor warranty.
Apple LED Cinema Display 27-Inch MC007LL/A2560 by 1440/ Mini DisplayPort connector12 ms response time / Ambient light sensor/ Built-in iSight and microphone/ 49 watts of stereo sound/ Three USB 2.0/ 375 cd/m2 Brightness Full 3 Year Warranty
HP x22LED 21.5-Inch Widescreen Full HD Monitor1920 x 1080/ 1 VGA; 1 DVI-D1000:1 static contrast ratio/ 5 ms / 250 cd/m² brightness/ anti-glare monitor1 year parts and labor Warranty.