From gaming to working from home, to virtual learning, to streaming and shopping online, we spend hours of our day in front of the computer. While taking breaks as often as possible and limiting screen time help give your eyes a break, for many of us, our jobs and our lives require us to be in front of the computer regularly. If you’re going to be starring at a screen all day, make sure you’re looking at a high-definition monitor.
High-definition monitors are the standard when it comes to where to start when looking for a new computer monitor. Delivering clear and color-corrected visuals means less strain on your eyes and a better viewing experience, whether you’re playing video games or watching the latest viral video on YouTube.
A high-definition monitor is a must-have for anyone who watches any type of video on their computer. By using an HD monitor, you’ll be able to see movies and shows in widescreen, which is how they were intended to be watched. The monitor will also be better equipped to keep up with the demands of graphics-heavy video games.
We’ve included a variety of high-definition monitors on our list because when it comes to screens, bigger isn’t necessarily better. On average, larger screens have a bigger price tag, but this is also greatly influenced by other features, including the resolution, pixel refresh speed and response time. Then there’s the less technical aspect, which is the physical size. Depending on your desk set up, it can be advantageous to forgo one larger monitor for two smaller monitors that sit side-by-side.
Save your eyes and get the best picture possible with a high-definition monitor. Check out some of our favorites below.
1. ViewSonic 22 Inch Gaming Monitor
The ViewSonic 22 Inch Gaming Monitor comes with preset modes that customize your viewing experience whether you’re gaming, streaming, surfing and more. The ViewSonic has a full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution, a refresh rate of 60 Hz and an ultra-fast response rate of 2ms, making this a great option for gamers who want a tear-free, no lagging gaming experience. The screen includes a 50M:1 MEGA Dynamic Contrast Ratio that is perfect for a crisp and clear picture when streaming movies and shows, making this a great option for people who do most of their TV watching online. The ViewSonic can be wall-mounted, another reason this screen is great not only for gamers, but for those who do a lot of video streaming. The ViewSonic also comes with dual 2W built-in speakers.
Pros: Fast response rate of 2ms, crisp visuals for gaming and streaming, can be wall-mounted.
Cons: Avid gamers will likely want to used headphones or more robust speakers than the ViewSonic’s built-in speakers.
2. Acer 21.5-Inch Screen LED Monitor
The Acer 21.5-Inch Screen LED Monitor is an affordable and compact monitor that delivers clear images, with an adjustable stand that is perfect for a student or casual home use. The Acer has a 1920 x 1080P resolution and a response rate of 5ms. The slim monitor is lightweight, great for a small desk space, and uses Acer Adaptive Contrast Management for bright graphics. Smartphone users will like the Acers MHL port1, which allows users to hook up their smartphone to the monitor and see their small phone on a big screen while simultaneously charging their phone.
Pros: Affordable, 5ms response time appropriate for surfing online, can connect and charge a phone while screen sharing.
Cons: The Acer is affordable, but one of the reasons for its low price is because it does not have an HDMI port.
3. Acer SB220Q bi 21.5 Inches Full HD
For an affordable monitor that can be used for basic gaming or streaming videos online, we recommend the Acer SB220Q bi. The Acer has an admirable 4ms response time and a 75Hz refresh rate. The 21.5 full HD 1920 x 1080 display has a zero-frame design that makes it appropriate to use on its own or next to a second monitor for a widescreen view. The Acer includes HDMI and VGA ports for easy connection to other tech. A slight five to 15-degree tilt angle is included for comfortable viewing and the monitor can be set up vertically or horizontally.
Pros: Affordable, 4ms response time for light gaming and streaming, HDMI and VGA port.
Cons: The Acer is not compatible with a Vesa mount.
4. Samsung 28-Inch 4k UHD LED-Lit Monitor
Watch video come to life with the Samsung 28-Inch 4k UHD LED-Lit Monitor. The clear and crisp Ultra HD monitor has a picture quality that is four times higher than Full HD. The gaming monitor has a 1ms response time and AMD FreeSync that reduces the occurrence of tearing and lagging while playing video games. Realistic images are made possible thanks to the monitors’ 1 billion colors, which gives viewers 64 times more color than traditional monitors. Two HDMI ports and one Display port make it convenient for users to hook up their gaming devices and connect laptops. The large screen has Picture In Picture (PIP) capabilities that enable users to view two screens at once. Compatible with both Mac and Windows, the Samsung is also compatible with the Vesa mount.
Pros: Only 4K option on the list, 1ms response time reduces lagging and ghosting, 1 billion colors.
Cons: The joystick control is located on the back of the monitor, which can be difficult to access.
5. LG 27 Inch Full HD Ultragear G-Sync Compatible Gaming Monitor
Gamers, it’s time to see your graphics exactly how they were intended to be viewed. The LG 27 Inch Full HD Ultragear G-Sync Compatible Gaming Monitor is one of only a handful of monitors that Nvidia has certified as G-Sync compatible, meaning the monitor has the variable refresh rate necessary to deliver the framerate-smoothing feature of GeForce drivers. The monitor has an impressive 144 Hertz refresh rate and a 1ms motion blur reduction, giving viewers a seamless and glitch-free gaming experience. Made with Radeon-free Sync technology, the LG has a full 1920 x 1080 HD and IPS display. The stand included with the monitor is also height adjustable and can be tilted and pivoted.
Pros: G-Sync compatible, full HD display, adjustable stand.
Cons: Dead pixels can occur.
6. HP 23.8-inch FHD IPS Monitor
For users who want to create a wall of monitors, we recommend the HP 23.8-inch FHD IPS Monitor. The HP has a micro-edge finish or Bezel-less frame that makes it ideal for use with two monitors side by side. Like the ViewSonic, the HP has a 23.8 visible screen with an HD resolution of 1920 x 1080p. Also, like the ViewSonic, the HP works with a Vesa mount and can be used in Vertical or Portrait setting for web developers. The HP is great for a shared workspace because it can be tilted, pivoted, and adjusted by height to fit every user.
Pro: Micro-edge that is ideal for side-by-side screens, can be tilted and adjusted, appropriate for wall mounting.
Cons: The HP has a 5ms response rate, which is fast enough for surfing and streaming but is not suitable for advanced video games with high-end graphics.