PC Monitor Test

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Our test winner is the AOC - AGON AG273QCG Gaming Monitor: The device is high-quality in processing and convinces particularly with a low reaction speed, a high refresh rate and a large range of functions. Our favourite with the test score of 9.1/10!

We tested 7 PC Monitors and paid special attention to the reaction time, luminosity, viewing angle stability and colour display.

Whether in the office or at home: A life without screens is unthinkable nowadays. That makes it all the more important to find the right screen for the job. You can find out which screen suits you best in our test report.

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last modified: 23.06.2020, 9:58
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Our winner: AOC AGON AG273QCG Gaming Monitor AOC CQ32G1 Gaming Monitor Review Philips 272B7QPTKEB Review Philips Momentum 326M6VJRMB Multimedia Monitor  Review LG Electronics UltraGear Gaming Monitor 27GL850-B Review Denver Electronics MLC-2701 Curved Computer Monitor Review

AOC AGON AG273QCG Gaming Monitor

AOC CQ32G1 Gaming Monitor

Philips 272B7QPTKEB

Philips Momentum 326M6VJRMB Multimedia Monitor

LG Electronics UltraGear Gaming Monitor 27GL850-B

Denver Electronics MLC-2701 Curved Computer Monitor

Test seal: AOC AGON AG273QCG Gaming Monitor, Rating 1.6
Test seal: AOC CQ32G1 Gaming Monitor, Rating 1.8
Test seal: Philips 272B7QPTKEB, Rating 1.8
Test seal: Philips Momentum 326M6VJRMB Multimedia Monitor , Rating 1.8
Test seal: LG Electronics UltraGear Gaming Monitor 27GL850-B, Rating 2
Test seal: Denver Electronics MLC-2701 Curved Computer Monitor, Rating 2.8
  • High reaction speed
  • High refresh rate
  • Flashing angle stability
  • Many connections
  • LED ring
  • Height adjustable
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Colour representation
  • Stability of viewing angle
  • Contrast
  • Colour representation
  • Design (little edge)
  • Ergonomics settings
  • The angle of view stability
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Colour representation
  • Many connections
  • Ambiglow
  • Height adjustable
  • High reaction speed
  • Stability of viewing angle
  • Handling
  • Height adjustable
  • 90° rotation
  • Contrast ratio
  • Stability of viewing angle
  • Monochrome areas are partly somewhat coarse-grained
  • Few connections
  • Not height adjustable
  • Reaction speed
  • Reaction speed
  • Stability of viewing angle
  • Brightness
  • Colour representation
  • Not height adjustable

Particularly convincing with its reaction speed of 1 ms and the refresh rate of 165 Hz.

Shines with an optimal representation of colour, brightness and contrast, but with a range of functions that could be improved.

A monitor that is suitable for office work with high resolution and many ergonomic settings.

Brilliant with its high colour spectrum and high luminance.

Convinces with a high viewing angle stability and is the only device that can be turned by 90°.

Solid screen with a high contrast ratio. Colours, in turn, could be displayed more vividly and naturally.

Ports VGA, HDMI, Display port, USB, Headphone out, 2W DTS Sound HDMI, Display port HDMI, Display Port, Mini Display Port, VGA, Audio Input & Output HDMI 2.0, Displayport 1.4, Mini DisplayPort 1.2, USB 3.0, Headphone out HDMI, Display port, USB, Headphone out HDMI, VGA
Scope of delivery Driver CD, warranty card, power, HDMI, display port, audio and USB cables Power cable, HDMI/display port, driver CD, warranty card Monitor, bracket, stand, quick guide, DP cable, HDMI cable, DP to mini-DP cable, VGA cable, USB-A to USB-B cable, AUX cable, power supply Power cable, HDMI/DisplayPort cable, driver CD, warranty card Driver CD, warranty card, power, HDMI, display port, audio and USB cables Operating instructions, mounting accessories, power, HDMI and VGA cables
Luminosity
Colour representation
Reaction time
Viewing angle stability
Range of functions
Display size 27 inch 31.5 inch 27 inch 31.5 inch 27 inch 27 inch
Display LCD display LCD display LCD LCD display LCD display LCD display
Display brightness 400 cd/m² 300 cd/m² 350 cd/m² 600 cd/m² 350 cd/m² 250 cd/m²
Screen aspect ratio 16:9 16:9 16:9 16:9 16:9 16:9
Refresh frequency 165 Hz 144 Hz 60 Hz 60 Hz 144 Hz 75 Hz
Response time 1 ms 1 ms 5 ms 4 ms 1 ms 8 ms
Contrast ratio 1.000:1 3.000:1 1,000:1 3.000:1 1000:1 3.000:1
Panel technology TN VA IPS MVA panel IPS VA
Camera resolution 2560 x 1440 2560 x 1440 2,560 x 1,440 (QHD) 3840 x 2160 2560x1440 1920 x 1080
AMD FreeSync No Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Nvidia G-Sync Yes Yes - - Yes -
LED light LED ring Yes Yes Ambiglow Yes Yes
Tiltable Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pivotable Yes Yes Yes - Yes -
Height adjustability 11 cm - 15 cm 11 cm 10 cm -
Height 42.7 cm - 53.7 cm 53.2 cm 37.5 cm 49.4 cm 46.7 cm 44.9 cm
Width 61 cm 71 cm 61.3 cm 72.9 cm 61.2 cm 61.2 cm
Depth 22.9 cm 23.7 cm 6 cm 27.8 cm 22.4 cm 24.4 cm
Weight 8,137 g 7,355 7.5 kg 5,412 g 6,121 g 6,302 g
Additional warranty 3 years 3 years from date of purchase 3 years 2 years from date of purchase 2 years 2 years
Packaging Printed with information, instructions and images Printed with information and images Cardboard Printed with information and images Printed with information and images Printed with information and images
Quality of instructions Good Excellent Good Excellent Good Excellent
Manual language GER, FR, NL, PL, ES, IT, PT, RU GER, EN, FR, NL, PL, ES, IT, PT GER, EN EN EN, FR, GER, PL, SRP, SLV, ES, PT, IT, SCH, CE EN, GER, DK, SP, NL, IT, FR, PT, SV, FI, NO
Quality impression Excellent Excellent Good Good Excellent Satisfactory
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*All prices include VAT (if applicable, extra charge for delivery. Check the particular online shop to find information about the availability. Changes of indicated prices since the last update remain reserved.

Tested products

1st place: AOC AGON AG273QCG Gaming Monitor

Test seal: AOC AGON AG273QCG Gaming Monitor, Rating good

The AGON AG273QCG Gaming Monitor by AOC makes a high-quality processed impression. The screen impresses especially with its fast reaction time of 1 ms and the high refresh rate of 165 Hertz. The image quality is convincing with high contrast and a rich, strong and natural representation of the colours. It is to be criticized that especially when surfing the internet, monochrome areas sometimes appear coarse-grained. The displayed content is also clearly visible on the curved screen from different angles. In the settings, you will find many additional options to adjust the screen to your individual preferences and activities. The screen is also ergonomically impressive and can be swivelled and rotated in all conceivable directions, although the tilt angle could be a little higher.

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AOC CQ32G1 Gaming Monitor - thumbnail Test seal: AOC CQ32G1 Gaming Monitor, Rating good

2nd place: AOC CQ32G1 Gaming Monitor

The CQ32G1 Gaming Monitor from AOC has been manufactured to the highest quality. The monitor's luminosity and colour display are particularly noteworthy. The image quality is impressive due to a high contrast ratio and a natural and strong representation of the colours. The viewing angle stability is high and the displayed contents can still be easily read from all different viewing angles. The response time of 1 ms is very low, but due to the VA panels, streaking occurs faster than with the AGON AG273QCG. Also to be criticized is the small range of functions, for example, the screen is not height adjustable and has very few connections.

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Philips 272B7QPTKEB - thumbnail Test seal: Philips 272B7QPTKEB, Rating good

3rd place: Philips 272B7QPTKEB

Overall, the Philips 272B7QPTKEB makes a good impression. The monitor, mainly intended for office use, offers a QHD resolution with high contrast, good colour representation and sufficient brightness. It also convinces with its many ergonomic adjustment options (tiltable, swivel, rotatable, height-adjustable) and high viewing angle stability. The response time and refresh rate are not quite as good in comparison to the other tested monitors but are sufficient for the office.

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Philips Momentum 326M6VJRMB Multimedia Monitor  - thumbnail Test seal: Philips Momentum 326M6VJRMB Multimedia Monitor , Rating good

4th place: Philips Momentum 326M6VJRMB Multimedia Monitor

The high colour range and luminance of the Momentum 326M6VJRMB Multimedia Monitor from Philips is particularly noteworthy. The picture quality is impressive with a high contrast ratio and a natural and vivid representation of colours. Other positive features are the many connection options, ergonomic flexibility and the Ambiglow function. The viewing angle stability and reaction speed are expandable. The screen is ideal for you if you want to use it for photography and graphic design applications.

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LG Electronics UltraGear Gaming Monitor 27GL850-B - thumbnail Test seal: LG Electronics UltraGear Gaming Monitor 27GL850-B, Rating good

5th place: LG Electronics UltraGear Gaming Monitor 27GL850-B

The UltraGear Gaming Monitor 27GL850-B from LG Electronics makes a high-quality manufactured impression. The device's operation using a button that resembles a joystick is pleasant and intuitive. The reaction speed of 1 ms, which enables a smooth image transmission, should be emphasized. In addition, the screen is the only one of all tested products that can be rotated by 90°.

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Denver Electronics MLC-2701 Curved Computer Monitor - thumbnail Test seal: Denver Electronics MLC-2701 Curved Computer Monitor, Rating satisfactory

6th place: Denver Electronics MLC-2701 Curved Computer Monitor

The MLC-2701 Curved Computer Monitor by Denver Electronics is particularly impressive with its high contrast ratio and high viewing angle stability. The colours also made a strong and natural impression to me at first. In direct comparison with the other screens, I only noticed how pale and partially washed out the colours are displayed on the screen. The colour representation is still not bad, but can't keep up with the competing products in the test. The monitor has two integrated loudspeakers, but I missed the height adjustment and more connection options.

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AOC - AGON AG273QCG Gaming Monitor

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  • The distance between you and the screen should be about half a meter.
  • Depending on the height of your desk and your own height, your office chair should have a seat height of between 42 and 53 cm.
  • Pay attention to the pixel density! As a general rule: the higher the pixel density, the sharper the picture.
 

In the run-up to the test, we defined practical requirements and established the following test criteria:

  • Scope of functions
  • Response time
  • Luminosity
  • Colour representation
  • Stability of viewing angle

In order to be able to evaluate these criteria, we have defined several tests for PC screens.

First, the devices are connected to computers and put into operation as recommended by the manufacturer. Then the picture quality of the screens is checked. For this purpose, a test image was developed with which colour representation, contrast and brightness can be evaluated. When calibrating the screen settings, the menu navigation and the scope of the settings are assessed.

In further test runs, all devices are used in everyday work. Particular attention is paid to ergonomics, sharpness and reaction time. It is also tested whether the displays on the screens are still clearly visible, depending on the viewing angle.
Finally, additional functions such as loudspeakers and lighting, if available, are tested.

Test image contrast
The test image developed by us is used to test the contrast, brightness and colour representation of the screens.

In order to exclude errors and to ensure that the test is not affected by everyday use, each test is carried out in several runs.

The test criteria are given percentages depending on their importance. The final mark is finally calculated objectively from the test criteria using an algorithm.

Product selection

Our product selection is based on the observation of the current market. In addition to popular brand products, we also include insider tips in our selection. Criteria such as price and range of functions are an important factor for us. The test field is also determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest).

The devices are purchased anonymously or lent to us by the manufacturer. Dealers and manufacturers have no influence on the tests and our evaluation.

As soon as new relevant products come on the market, our test field will be expanded to include them. The new products undergo the same tests as already tested devices.

Whether it's for working, playing games or watching movies - choosing the right PC screen is not easy. After all, you're usually sitting in front of the monitor for several hours and shouldn't strain your eyes over the charge. Not all PC monitors are capable of all setting functions. We give you some decision guidance when choosing the right monitor.

Once you know what you want to use the monitor for, you can choose from a variety of screen types.

LED monitors

The most widely used monitors today are LED monitors. Apart from their low price, they score points above all because of the technology, which is developed further every year. The LED technology used enables a particularly flat design of such monitors. In terms of colour, LED monitors offer rich and strong colours and high contrasts. The power consumption of such PC monitors is usually low.

It should be noted that LED screens are by no means successors to LCD monitors, as some dealers would have us believe. Both types of monitor use liquid crystals that are irradiated with light-emitting diodes. This is where the name LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) comes from. So LED screens are actually LCD screens. In the case of PC screens with LEDs, the liquid crystals are also illuminated by LEDs.

The response time of LED monitors depends not only on the screen itself but also on the other hardware used. LED PC monitors are particularly suitable for continuous operation due to their low power consumption. The extremely flat design also makes them a good choice when space is at a premium.

LCD/TFT monitors

These PC monitors were primarily the replacement of the old CRT monitors. Unlike LED screens, LCD/TFT screens still use conventional fluorescent tubes to illuminate the liquid crystals. As a rule, all LCD monitors offered today use TFT technology, which stands for "Thin Film Transistor" and is the basis for active-matrix screens.

Such PC monitors score particularly well with their flicker-free display and particularly high colour spectrum. The resolution is usually 1920×1080 to 1920×1200, i.e. Full HD. In terms of response time, these flat PC screens are roughly in line with LED monitors.

A small disadvantage compared to screens with LED technology is the slightly lower contrast and the limited viewing angle. The colours are also somewhat paler.

FED monitors

So-called field emission screens are also flat screens, in which electron beams are used to create actively luminous dots on a screen with a fluorescent layer. However, the complete screen is not described here. FED screens do not require background lighting, but function as self-luminous screens.

CRT screens

The CRT screen or cathode ray tube screen has largely been displaced from the market by flat screens. It is based on the cathode ray tube by Ferdinand Braun and is still produced in different sizes. The decisive factor when using such a cathode ray tube screen is not the resolution of the display, but the viewing distance.

Plasma screens

Plasma displays are colour flat-screen monitors in which different coloured light is generated with the aid of phosphors. The phosphors are excited by plasma generated by gas discharges. Plasma screens are mainly used in the form of television sets, as they are usually built as rather large screens (from 42-inch screen diagonal). Plasma screens manufactured in sandwich construction are gradually being pushed out of the market by LCD monitors. Well-known manufacturers such as Samsung stopped producing such screens several years ago.

OLED monitors

OLED screens with organic light-emitting diodes are also used as PC screens. Especially the fact that the material properties also allow the production of flexible screens speaks for OLED screens. These PC screens do not require any backlighting and offer very high contrast compared to conventional LCD screens, making them the first choice for graphic designers, especially as colour-accurate screens. OLED screens require less energy than LCD monitors and also become less warm. They can be manufactured exceptionally thin.

The biggest disadvantage of OLED screens is the relatively short life span of some components made of organic materials. An OLED screen only lasts about half as long as an LCD screen. The lifetime can be influenced slightly by sufficient cooling. They are also particularly susceptible to environmental influences such as incorrect air humidity, penetrating oxygen and the like. The display must, therefore, be hermetically sealed. Colours in such PC screens normally age irregularly, which can result in colour shifts over time.

SED screens

The SED technology is related to the technology of field emission screens and was originally developed by Canon and Toshiba. SED monitors have a particularly high efficiency, which is reflected in much lower power consumption than LCD screens. In addition, the achievable contrast of SEDs is exceptionally high, as no backlighting is used in this technology. A very fast response time - similar to classic CRT monitors - and high colour fidelity round off the spectrum of advantages. However, SED screens only support a single resolution and repeatedly show pixel errors. Even with SED screens, there is a risk of burning in static screen contents.

Anyone who works regularly and for long periods of time on a computer will appreciate the advantage of a monitor over a laptop or even a tablet. But there are some more points to consider when buying such a PC screen apart from the screen technology.

Adjustability

Ideally, a monitor should be adjusted so that the eyes are at the same level as the top edge of the screen. For this purpose, the desired candidate is at best height adjustable. A monitor that can only be adjusted in its inclination is not sufficient. A monitor that fits in height, rotation and inclination are not only easy on the eyes but also on the back.

The number of connections

Usually, several devices are used in combination with the screen. For this purpose, you should pay attention to a minimum equipment of connections when buying the PC screen. These include an HDMI and display port. If you work with Apple, you will also need a Thunderbolt 3 port to transfer both power and data. Possibly existing DVI and VGA connections are also practical. This means that older hardware can still be used without problems.

The correct resolution

As a rule, it can be said that the higher, the better. 1920×1080 pixels (Full HD) has now become the standard. Better still, you should reach for a device with 4K resolution, which is about four times as high, even though the difference is almost invisible to the naked eye.

If the resolution is slightly higher, the size of the screen should be increased accordingly. Because with increasing resolution, icons and fonts become smaller.

The reaction time

The reaction time is especially important for gamers and people who like to watch movies on the PC. A reaction time of one to two milliseconds, as indicated on many monitors, is completely sufficient. If the reaction time is more than ten milliseconds, a jerking will inevitably be noticeable as soon as fast images are in play. If, on the other hand, you are running normal office applications on your PC, you won't have any problems even with slow reaction time.

The size of the PC screen

Standard PC monitors have between 24 and 27-inch screen diagonals. The ideal size of the monitor depends primarily on the available space and the seat spacing. The professional association of ophthalmologists advises a distance between 50 and 80 centimetres between the screen and the eye.

In any case, the screen should have a minimum size of 24 inches. It still offers enough space to place two program windows next to each other, for example. Even for small-scale work, such as Excel, you are still on the safe side with a 24-inch monitor.

The size of a screen is usually directly reflected in the price.

In general, the monitor surface should be inclined to a matt finish. Otherwise, objects may be reflected in the view all too easily, making concentrated work impossible. Many office monitors are also capable of the pivot function. This allows the screen to be turned upright and displays one side completely over the entire screen surface.

Monitors with curvature

So-called curved monitors are also becoming increasingly popular. Due to their adaptation to the likewise curved field of vision of humans, these can offer a considerably more pleasant picture experience than a conventional screen.

There are different monitor curvature radii on the market, which differ slightly from one another and are designed for different applications. Curved monitors offer some not insignificant advantages than there are:

  • They cover a wider range of peripheral vision (panorama)
  • They reproduce the natural curvature of the human field of vision and are therefore easy on the eyes.
  • Images are perceived larger because a larger part of the field of vision is covered.
  • Depth perception is improved and distortion is reduced.
  • Last but not least, curved monitors also have an aesthetic advantage. They set a beautiful accent in any room.

Curved screen
Curved monitors are less susceptible to light irradiation

Thanks to their eye-friendly advantage, curved PC screens are particularly suitable for the workplace. The general eye strain is 33 percent lower than with flat screens. If you work with graphics, for example, the lower distortion at the edges of the screen on a curved monitor is an additional benefit. For gamers, a curved screen also provides a much more realistic viewing experience.

Curved monitors can also reduce glare and other problems associated with light sources.

The right refresh rate

The refresh rate is always important when fast-moving images need to be displayed on a screen. Of course, the cooperation between the graphics card and the screenplays a decisive role here. If the frequency at which the former is generated is higher than the frequency that the monitor can display, jerking and other picture errors occur.

To avoid this, the refresh rate of the monitor is ideally increased so that more newly generated images are displayed per second. Until now, monitors have typically displayed 60 frames per second. However, many new PC monitors already have a much higher frame rate of 144 Hz. This development is particularly beneficial for gamers.

The panel type

In addition to the response time and refresh rate, the type of panel is also decisive for smooth picture experience. This refers to the construction and display type of LCD.
The most common panel types are TN (Twisted-Nematic), VA (Vertical Alignment) and IPS (In-Plane Switching).

TN panels are characterized by particularly fast response time, while VA panels are exceptionally colourfast. The largest market share is held by TN panels, which are well suited for office and multimedia applications as well as games due to their fast response times and attractive prices. IPS panels combine both advantages but usually weaken in the refresh rate. Only a few models are available with a refresh rate of 144 Hz or higher - and if they do, at a very competitive price.

G-Sync

If you own a monitor with a refresh rate of 60 Hz and cannot play without jerking and delay, you will sooner or later be confronted with the G-Sync technology developed by NVidia. This technology synchronizes the image output with the output of the graphics card and eliminates the problems mentioned above. Prerequisites are an appropriate graphics processor and a G-Sync capable monitor.

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Our test winner is the AOC - AGON AG273QCG Gaming Monitor: The device is high-quality in processing and convinces particularly with a low reaction speed, a high refresh rate and a large range of functions. Our favourite with the test score of 9.1/10!

We tested 7 PC Monitors and paid special attention to the reaction time, luminosity, viewing angle stability and colour display.

Whether in the office or at home: A life without screens is unthinkable nowadays. That makes it all the more important to find the right screen for the job. You can find out which screen suits you best in our test report.

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