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10 of the best computer monitors for working gaming and everything in between

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We're willing to bet you spend a decent portion of your day on a computer, whether that be for work, school, or leisure activitiesLaptops are amazing inventions, but let's be real: Being confined to a 13- or 15-inch screen can be limiting. To get the work space you really need, a monitor is a must. This doesn't have to be your second screen, btw. Hook one up to a desktop for a powerful computing machine.

What to look for in a monitor

The most important features of a monitor truly depend on its intended use. If you're going to use it mostly for gaming you need a fast refresh rate, quick response time, and good graphics card to ensure the monitor can actually keep up with where you are in the game. Lagging is not welcome here. Read more...

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THE BEST OVERALL

Dell P2720DC

A middle-ground price point gives you desirable features in a monitor built to perform.

  • Size: 27 inches
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1440
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • Aspect ratio: 16:09
  • Screen coating: Anti-glare
$479.99 from Dell

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THE BEST FOR THE DEDICATED PC GAMER

Razer Raptor 27

A fast refresh rate and sharp graphics make this a killer gaming monitor.

  • Size: 27 inches
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1440
  • Refresh rate: 144Hz
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Screen coating: Non-Glare IPS Display
$699.99 from Walmart

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BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Samsung Business SR650

Samsung hits all your basic monitor needs without putting a huge dent in your wallet.

  • Size: 24 inches
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Refresh rate: 75Hz
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Screen coating: IPS Panel
$169.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR THE CREATIVE APPLE LOYALIST

Apple Pro Display XDR

While it's expensive, this monitor is a beautiful machine for the creative industry.

  • Size: 32 inches
  • Resolution: 6016 x 3384
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Screen coating: IPS Panel
$4,999 from Best Buy

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BEST FOR LARGE-SCREEN GAMING

Acer Predator XB271HU WQHD

Experience a fast refresh rate and quick response time when you game with this Acer monitor.

  • Size: 27 inches
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1440
  • Refresh rate: 144Hz
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Screen coating: Flickerless IPS Panel
$699.99 from Amazon

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BEST BUDGET MONITOR

HP Pavilion 21.5-Inch IPS LED HDMI VGA monitor

Get features and quality you need without spending a lot of money.

  • Size: 21.5 inches
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Screen coating: Anti-glare IPS
$99.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR A LARGE DISPLAY

Dell UltraSharp U3219Q

Get an edge-to-edge experience with this large UHD 4K monitor.

  • Size: 32 inches
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • Aspect ratio: 16:09
  • Screen coating: Anti-glare with 3H hardness
$1,050 from Dell

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BEST WIDESCREEN EXPERIENCE

Acer XR342CK Pbmiiqphuzx

Reduce eye strain and gain a larger workspace with this curved Acer monitor.

  • Size: 34 inches
  • Resolution: 3440 x 1440
  • Refresh rate: 50Hz (100Hz overclocking)
  • Aspect ratio: 21:9
  • Screen coating: IPS Panel
$649.99 from Acer

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THE BEST FOR THOSE SEEKING A SLEEK DESIGN

LG 27UK650-W

With virtually nonexistent bezels, you'll get all the screen you're promised here.

  • Size: 27 inches
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Screen coating: IPS Panel
$549.99 from Amazon

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BEST PORTABLE MONITOR

Lepow 15.6-Inch USB-C Portable Monitor

A portable monitor gives you a second screen no matter where you choose to work.

  • Size: 15.6 inches
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Screen coating: IPS Panel
$189.99 from Amazon

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