Monitor Buying Guide
We stock the latest range of top brand LCD and LED computer monitors and touch screens at fantastic low prices. Whether it’s for business, home or high-end gaming purposes, you’ll find the best monitor to suit your needs. You can search by screen resolution, response time and connectivity. We have a great range embracing the latest technology, such as DVI and HDMI connectivity or in-built monitor audio speakers, in a range of screen sizes from 17" to 28" from brands such as Acer, AOC, BenQ, HannsG, iiyama, LG, Philips, Samsung, Viewsonic & more.
As a basic rule, the bigger the LCD monitor, the higher the display resolution. Still, it’s worth thinking over what are you going to use your screen for, you can save a considerable amount of money with our guide.
Basic business models: 17 to 20 inch
17 inch is the size category in which you’ll find screens with 4:3 aspect ratio. You might want these LCD displays if you’re really short of office space or you are working with applications that require the aspect ratio of old CRT monitors. At 19 inches, almost all monitors have a 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution below 1,366x768-pixels. 20 inch screens will generally have a 1,600x900-pixel resolution and a 16:9 ratio, and although this not the top these days, they will cope with HD movies and are perfect generalists for the office. If you need an HDMI to VGA connection, visit our accessories section.LCD LED monitor deals
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Advanced business monitors: 21.5 to 23 inch
LCD PC screens between 21.5 and 22 inches reach the 1,920x1,080 resolution and this is the category where you’ll find some extra features, such as HDMI connectivity and DisplayPort. You should opt for these if you are working with graphics and video.LCD monitors 20 - 23 inch
Gamer and graphics pro monitors: 27 to 30 inch
Price range for this PC monitor category is very broad, prices start around 200 pounds and stretch to the 400s depending on technology. These LCD screens are capable of 1,920x1,080- and 2,560x1,440-pixel resolutions and 27 inch LCD models are becoming a good bargain with their extreme definition. Unless you are in a really video-graphics heavy business, you’ll be happy with this screen size.LCD monitors 27 - 30 inch
The specialists: 24 inch
This LCD size has a category of its own, these displays can work both at 1,920x1,080- and 1,920x1,200-pixel resolutions. Prices of these models are quite high, especially as the best one use the IPS panel technology, though they may come handy if the fine tuning of high resolution and the specific monitor size is important for you.LCD monitors 24 inch
If you usually share your business monitor with co-workers or family, choose a monitor stand allowing you to tilt and swivel or even turn the monitor to view in portrait mode. In this case, you might opt for a matte LCD screen with large viewing angle to avoid reflection and loss of image quality. For business monitor setups, check our splitter and video cable accessory range.
A business monitor camera is great for video-conferencing or chatting and you don’t need to worry about the resolution in this case.
Built-in speakers might save you some desk space but they generally producer lower quality sound than stand-alone PC speakers. If you plan to use them regularly, look for displays with at least 2 watts rating.PC speaker deals
Our privacy filters allow to protect your work from onlookers by narrowing the viewing angle. After applying these value for money filters, display content is hidden from anyone who is not directly in front of the screen. The privacy filter blacks out data from a side view with no blurring or image distortion. Filters protect screens from scratches and abrasions and they can reduce glare by attaching them with the matte side facing the viewer. The privacy filter is easy to attach and you can also use it on a laptop without the need of removing it when the notebook is closed. You can buy filters for widescreen and 4:3 monitors as well in our LCD accessories section.Monitor filter deals
A built-in USB connection might be useful if you are transferring data on pendrives and you can also make use of a built-in card reader. DVI (Digital Visual Interface) is the standard connection accepting video signals from a digital source, so at least one DVI connector is preferable and it is worth buying a DVI-to HDMI cable for more connectivity (see below).
With HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface), you can send video and audio signals from an HD source (Blu-ray player, set top box, etc.) to your business display with just one cable. It’s essential, if you plan to use your business monitor as a TV and is usually included in screens above 22 inches. For HDMI cables and other monitor accessories check our LCD acessories section.HDMI display deals DVI display deals Video cables
Multimedia displays offer a large selection of connectivity options. DVI, HDMI, VGA and DisplayPort connectors allow you to work easily on video and photo projects, and built-on card readers will spare you office space and money as you won’t need to buy a stand-alone card reader. If your monitor will double as a TV, you can get one with high performing speakers (above 2W/speaker) and a TV tuner. 3D monitors are also available so you might use your screen as a fully functional TV, whilst saving office space. Shop high speed HDMI video cables.HDMI cable deals
Windows 8 was designed to be touch screen monitor friendly and you’ll find a nice range of these devices at Misco. These screens are bezel-free so you can swipe them comfortably and have at least five point touch capabilities which means they can use the input of at least one hand. Touch screen monitors above 19 inches tend to have ten point touch capability so you can use them as tablets. If you prefer this input method, don’t forget to check if the screen can tilt. Go to our position setting filter to get tilting tousch screen monitors.Touch screen monitor deals
|Twisted nematic (TN)||2ms or less response time||Narrow viewing angles, relatively low brightness, and inaccurate color reproduction.|
|Vertical alignment (VA)||Better colour reproduction than TN’s, higher maximum brightness||Lower response, lowest black levels of all types|
|In-plane switching (IPS)||Tie with PLS with the best viewing angles, accurate colours||Blacks are less deep than in VA’s, slowest response time|
|Plane-line switching (PLS)||Viewing angles as wide as IPS, lower price, higher brightness, lower consumption||Generally lower contrast, less options to choose from|
3D Technology (a.k.a. alternate frame sequencing or eclipse method): A technology that uses battery operated glasses and a 120Hz panel to deliver 3D images.
Aspect Ratio the proportional relationship between width and height of a display. While early LCD monitors and CRTs had a 4:3, most of today's models offer a 16:9 aspect ratio; this is the format used for high-definition movies and television broadcasts.
Meter a measure of light emitted per unit area, this unit is frequently used to specify the brightness of a display device. While most consumer desktop liquid crystal displays have luminances of 200 to 300 cd/m2; high-definition televisions range from 450 to about 1000 cd/m2.
Florescent Lamp) The most common form of monitor backlighting for computer and television liquid crystal displays used today. Not as bright as LED backlighting, but less expensive to manufacture.
Contrast Ratio the ratio between the display’s blackest black and its whitest white.
DisplayLink A peripheral connection technology via USB from DisplayLink used to send video via a USB port.
DisplayPort A digital interface between a computer and a monitor used to transmit high-definition video and audio via a single cable.
Interface) An industry-standard interface used to accommodate analog and digital monitors with a single connector. Using a DVI connector and port, a digital signal that is sent to a video source (f.i. an analog monitor) is converted into an analog signal.
(Full High Definition) A monitor must have a resolution of at least 1,920 by 1,080 to be considered a full high-definition display.
Multimedia Interface) A widely used digital for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from an HDMI-compliant source device to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device.
Switching)One of three major screen technology used for liquid crystal displays (TN and PVA being the other two) known for its excellent color and viewing-angle characteristics. New IPS deliver very good color and viewing-angle performance.
Display) Flat panel display, electronic visual display, or video display that uses the light modulating properties of liquid crystals. It is used in everything from laptops and TV sets to digital watches, LCD panels utilize multiple sheets of glass, a liquid-crystal material, and various amounts of voltage to create image on the screen.
Diode) display A LED monitor has a flat panel display, which uses an array of light-emitting diodes as a video display. LED backlighting is used in the majority of today’s LCD and TFT displays available in the market.
(thin film transistor) LCD A TFT LCD is a variant of a liquid-crystal display that uses thin-film transistor technology to improve image qualities such as addressability and contrast.
Vertical Alignment) A panel technology known for wide viewing angles (second only to S-IPS technology), good black depth, good color reproduction and depth, and fast response times due to the use of RTC (Response Time Compensation) technologies
Capacitive Touch A capacitive touch screen is a device display screen that relies on finger pressure for interaction. Capacitive touch screen devices uses a matrix of conductive elements under glass and low voltage to detect fingertip movement.
Alignment) A panel technology known for high contrast ratios, very good black levels and wide viewing angles. Using modern RTC technologies while it offers a pixel faster response times response compared with TN and it’s less expensive than IPS, it is normally more expensive than TN panels.
Resolutionit defines the number of pixels a monitor can display, both horizontally and vertically. For instance, a monitor with a 1,920x1,080 resolution displays 1,920 pixels across the width of the screen and 1,080 from top to bottom.
Response time The amount of time needed for a pixel to go from black to white (black-to-white) or to transition from one shade of gray to another shade of gray (gray-to-gray) once the signal is received from the video card. Also referred to as response time, it is measured in milliseconds.
(Twisted Nematic) The most common panel technology used in desktop monitors and LCDs that consists of a substance called a nematic liquid crystal that is confined between two plates of polarized glass. It is known for fast pixel response, but mediocre color and gray-scale accuracy.
(Ultra High Definition) Sometimes referred to as 4K displays, these monitors have a 3840 pixels wide by 2160 pixels tall (8.29 megapixels), which is four times as many pixels as a 1920x1080 one.