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The best screens for PC and Mac

This test was conducted in the United States and was originally published in English on the Wirecutter site. You can read it in its original version here.

We have spent hundreds of hours researching and testing screens to identify the best options for any office and budget. We believe that most people looking for a very good quality screen should opt for the HP Z27. This factory-calibrated 27-inch 4K screen is an excellent choice: it offers remarkable color reproduction, ergonomic and adjustable support as well as a USB-C port capable of receiving both image and data while charging a computer. portable via a single cable (article in English). We have other recommendations in case you need a smaller, larger or cheaper screen, a model without 4K or a monitor with a high refresh rate suitable for video games.

The complete guide

The best screen for most users: the 4K screen

A screen without 4K: a 27 inch version

A smaller and less expensive screen: the 24 inch screen

The inexpensive option that remains suitable: the 24-inch 1080p screen

A very large screen: 4K 32 inches

To multitask: the ultra-large screen

For gamers equipped with an Nvidia graphics card: the G-sync gaming screen

For gamers with an AMD graphics card: the FreeSync gaming screen

For further

The best screen for most users: the 4K screen

Who is he talking to ? Anyone who has purchased a new computer in the past two or three years, or plans to do so in the near future. Good 4K screens no longer cost much more than their non-4K counterparts, software developers have solved the main scaling issues, and more shows, movies and games are being offered for resolution 4K.

Why we like it: We believe that the HP Z27 embodies the best screen for most users because of its color accuracy, its fine borders, its adjustable support (three positions), its three-year warranty, its dead pixel policy ( explanations in English) and its excellent range of ports. In addition to traditional HDMI and DisplayPort connections and the hub (or hub) USB 3.0, it has a USB-C port capable of receiving display and data signals, and supplying up to 65 W of power to your laptop via a single cable (article in English), which has the merit of reducing the number of cords on your desk. Its color rendering quality is sufficient for most users, although it may require additional calibration for professional photography, video, and print jobs.

WIRECUTTER / SARAH KOBOS

Non-crippling faults: The Z27 is a little more expensive than some of its competitors such as the Dell U2718Q (our second choice) and the LG 27UD68P-B (our former first choice), but the latter do not have a USB-C port, and the LG only offers a one year warranty. The functionality of the Z27 is therefore well worth the additional cost.

While Windows and macOS apps have made great strides in supporting 4K in recent years, some are still a bit blurry or not quite suitable for the screen scale. It happens with all 4K displays, not just the ones we recommend. We provide some tips on how to change your screen settings in our full guide to 4K screens (in English).

Browse our comprehensive guide on the best 4K screens.

A screen without 4K: a 27 inch version

Who is he talking to ? Anyone whose computer does not support 4K, or anyone using applications that do not scale properly. That said, at a time when our choices of 4K screens often cost the same price (or less) than a 2560 x 1440 screen of the same size, most users will be better off with the higher resolution option.

Why we like it: The HP Z27n G2 has a 27 inch 2560 x 1440 resolution screen with fairly good color accuracy, although it is advisable to set them to “neutral” since the default sRGB setting presents serious quality problems. 'picture. This model has an HDMI port, a DisplayPort, a DVI port, three USB 3.0 type A ports and two USB-C ports. Its support tilts, turns, swivels and adjusts to different heights. The Z27n G2 has the same three-year warranty and the same dead pixel policy (explanations in English) as the Z27.

WIRECUTTER / SARAH KOBOS

Non-crippling faults: On our test unit, the default sRGB color preset presented a grainy appearance and significant ghost image issues – discrete afterimages appeared on the screen when we left a window open for more than a few minutes . It looked like a burn-in, even if the afterimages have finally disappeared and do not appear to have caused any permanent damage. Note: we did not encounter this problem when we configured in “neutral” mode.

Browse our full guide on the best 27-inch screens.

A smaller and less expensive screen: the 24 inch screen

Who is he talking to ? Anyone with limited office space, preferring a smaller screen or wanting a beautiful and precise screen sold for a few hundred euros less than the larger models we recommend. A 24-inch screen is still much larger than the largest laptop screen, but it will take up much less space on your desk than a 27-inch screen.

Why we like it: The 24-inch Dell UltraSharp U2415 is a 1920 x 1200 resolution IPS screen with the best overall image quality of all our screen choices. It costs about half as much as our 27 inch recommendations. In our tests, the factory calibrated screen obtained very good scores in terms of contrast, grayscale, and colors, it is precise enough to be suitable for professional work without the need for additional calibration. This model has thin borders, adjustable support and a wide selection of ports, with the same three-year warranty and the same dead pixel warranty as our 27-inch choice.

WIRECUTTER / ROZETTE RAGO

Non-crippling faults: The Dell U2415 has no major faults. It is smaller and has a lower resolution than our 27 inch choices. It might seem a bit narrow if you regularly dive into labyrinthine spreadsheets or open multiple windows side by side.

Browse our complete guide on the best 24 inch screens.

The cheapest option that remains suitable : 24 inch 1080p screen

Our low budget choice

The Asus VS239H-P

A very affordable 1080p screen

Granted, this is the best inexpensive 1080p screen, but you'd better save up for the Dell UltraSharp U2415 24 inch if you can.

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Who is he talking to ? Anyone who needs a good screen but cannot afford to spend more than 150 euros.

Why we like it: The Asus VS239H-P 24 inch offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS display, and it is the cheapest suitable display we have found. Indeed, it generally costs around 100 euros less than the Dell UltraSharp U2415. The sRGB preset of the VS239H-P (which we recommend and which is not the default preset) is precise enough to meet the needs of most users, but is not suitable for print jobs. We recommend that you save to give yourself one of our other choices if you can. That said, if you just need an inexpensive model that works well, the VS239H-P will do just fine.

WIRECUTTER / ROZETTE RAGO

Non-crippling faults: The contrast ratio of 271: 1 of the VS239H-P is abysmal, and this results in a gray tone rather than black to the dark scenes in movies and to photos of sky taken at night. For comparison, the Dell UltraSharp U2415 is at 971: 1 and most IPS displays are above 1000: 1.

The VS239H-P has DVI, HDMI and VGA ports, but no USB port. It is less adjustable than our other choices – it can only tilt – and its borders are wide. Asus warranty and pixel policy indicates that the manufacturer tolerates up to three dead pixels before replacing the display. Dell, on the other hand, replaces the UltraSharp for a single dead pixel.

Browse our complete guide on the best 24 inch screens.

A very large screen: 4K 32 inches

Who is he talking to ? Anyone who wants a giant 4K screen that can display apps without scaling and not afraid to shell out a pretty penny.

Why we like it: If a 27-inch screen isn't big enough for you, consider the Dell 32-inch 4K UltraSharp U3219Q. It combines good results in terms of colorimetry and grayscale, several ports dedicated to the display (including USB-C) as well as a USB hub that several computers can use at the same time. Dell U3219Q's USB-C port provides up to 90W of power, enough to charge a 15-inch MacBook Pro at full power, and it also transmits data, video, and audio . In addition, its menu buttons are easy to access and use.

This screen is large enough that it can be used without the need to scale the text or interface to make it readable. Like the Dell U2718Q, the U3219Q is sold with a three-year warranty and a Premium panel Guarantee, which is reassuring when you are about to spend more than 800 euros. This model costs several hundred euros more than the 27-inch screens we recommend, and it takes up much more space.

WIRECUTTER / MICHAEL MURTAUGH

Non-crippling faults: At around 850 euros at the time of this article's translation, the Dell UltraSharp U3219Q costs almost twice as much as our favorite 27-inch 4K screen model, the LG 27UD68P-B.

Browse our comprehensive guide on the best 4K screens (in English).

To multitask: the ultra-large screen

A very good product
The best ultra-wide screen The Acer XR342CKPbmiiqphuzx

The Acer XR342CKPbmiiqphuzx

The best ultra-wide screen

The Acer XR342CK Pbmiiqphuzx is the most accurate 34-inch ultra-wide screen, with enough pixels to replace two screens. Its 100 Hz refresh rate and FreeSync compatibility also make it a great choice for gaming.

* At the time of publication, the price was € 893.99

Who is he talking to ? A two screen configuration is usually the best option if you want to have multiple applications open at the same time. An ultra-wide model can, however, prove to be a better choice if you need a lot of uninterrupted horizontal space or if you don't want to be bothered by the borders between the two screens.

Why we like it: The Acer XR342CK Pbmiiqphuzx has good adjustable support, a large number of ports (including a USB-C port which can manage power, display and data via a single cable), d '' A three year warranty at a reasonable price. In addition, while none of the ultra-large screens we have tested offer particularly good color accuracy, the XR342CK has risen above the rest in this area. In addition, it offers some interesting features, including a refresh rate of 100 Hz, which is faster than normal, as well as the FreeSync technology from AMD (explanations in English), which worked with Nvidia cards during our tests. This makes it a great choice for gamers.

WIRECUTTER / ROZETTE RAGO

Non-crippling faults: Since the three-year warranty offered by Acer does not include a dead pixel warranty, take a good look at your screen for no dead pixels right after taking it out of the box so that you can exchange it if necessary. The backlight of this model also leaks a bit in the corners, which could wash out dark images. But this is a problem encountered with all of the ultra-large models we have tested.

Also note: most ultra-large screens are curved. This design minimizes viewing angle issues. When you sit in front of the monitor, the elements on the edges of the screen do not appear as washed out as on a flat screen of similar width. This provision, however, makes ultra-large screens misleading when performing precision tasks requiring straight lines, such as drawing, photo editing and other similar activities.

Browse our comprehensive guide on the best ultra-wide screens.

For gamers equipped with an Nvidia graphics card: the G-sync gaming screen

Who is he talking to ? Anyone with an Nvidia graphics card who frequently plays competitive multiplayer games or first-person shooters such as Overwatch or CS: GO, which could benefit from a high refresh rate and adaptive synchronization (explanations in English). Provided that this person is ready to pay more for a screen with slightly less precise colors. By the way, the 60 Hz refresh rate of our other screen choices is suitable for most games and, depending on the type of game, it is possible to enjoy a better experience with a screen with more faithful colors .

Why we like it: The Asus ROG Swift PG279QZ is a 27 inch IPS screen with a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz (which can be pushed up to 165 Hz with certain settings, although we do not recommend it) and taking supports G-Sync, the adaptive synchronization technology that works with Nvidia graphics cards. Its definition of 2560 x 1440 is perfect for gaming: it is wide, its display is thin, but it does not require a high-end graphics card to adapt to its parameters and its high quality refresh rates. You can rotate, rotate, tilt the screen on its support and adjust the height. The PG279QZ has an HDMI 1.4 port, a DisplayPort 1.2 port and two USB 3.0 Type-A ports.

WIRECUTTER / ROZETTE RAGO

Non-crippling faults: The PG279QZ does not offer precise image quality and its color reproduction is not as good as that of a conventional screen. Furthermore, it is not calibrated at the factory, so the colors of the screen that you will use may not correspond to the colors of the model we tested. While this is not a big factor for gaming screens, be aware that if you are looking for precision, the CHG70 is a better option.

The PG279QZ is old, and although the IPS panel is fine, given the improvements in recent years in terms of accuracy and response time, it is certain that we will soon see new models with better IPS panels appear. Asus told us that the PG279QZ will be replaced this year. We’ve also noticed that comments posted to Amazon often raise quality control issues: some complain about bleed, inconsistent grayscale, or dead pixels. Inspect the screen upon receipt so that you can replace it on time if you experience any problems.

Browse our comprehensive guide on the best gaming screens.

For gamers with an AMD graphics card: the FreeSync gaming screen

A great product
The Best FreeSync Screen The Samsung CHG70

The Samsung CHG70

The best FreeSync screen

If you have an AMD card and want adaptive synchronization, or if you have an Nvidia card and you don't mind solving some problems by hand, then the CHG70 is a superb screen with great versatility . It costs less than the PG279QZ and supports FreeSync and G-Sync.

* At the time of publication, the price was € 424.99

Who is he talking to ? People with an AMD graphics card who play many competitive multiplayer games or first-person shooters, who may benefit from a high refresh rate and adaptive synchronization (explanations in English) , and a screen with less precise colors does not bother. Note that the 60 Hz refresh rate of our other screen choices is suitable for most games and that, depending on the type of game, it is possible to enjoy a better experience with a screen with more precise colorimetry.

Why we like it: The Samsung CHG70 is the best 27-inch gaming screen compatible with AMD’s FreeSync adaptive sync technology. It also works with Nvidia cards if you have nothing against some quirks, such as manual adjustment of certain parameters or the disappearance of adjustments such as the response time when FreeSync is activated. With its price significantly lower than the PG279QZ, it is an excellent option for all those who want to leave the possibility of buying a new graphics card either Nvidia or AMD without having to get rid of their screen.

WIRECUTTER / ROZETTE RAGO

Non-crippling faults: However, we lose some functionality (explanations in English) when using an Nvidia card. For example, the refresh rate range narrows, and adaptive synchronization does not start automatically. The CHG70 is a curved VA display with a refresh rate of 144 Hz. Like the Asus ROG Swift PG279QZ, it offers many adjustment possibilities. This model has greater color accuracy than the PG279QZ, but has known problems with ghosting. In addition, some may notice motion blur in some games. This model also doesn't have built-in speakers (not even bad ones); so you’ll need to use headphones or computer speakers. Furthermore, its support is strangely large and impractical to adjust.

Browse our comprehensive guide on the best gaming screens.

For further

We are looking for screens with adjustable supports, to allow each user to find a position that suits him. If however you need an even more adjustable base for your screen in order to enjoy better ergonomics, we recommend that you opt for a screen arm (guide in English). All of our screen choices are compatible with the VESA system and our articulated arm recommendations.

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