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Best Computer monitors

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Computer monitors

Best Computer monitors

We tested 25 computer monitors to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Computer monitor based on the following criteria:

  • Ease of use
  • Versatility
  • Viewing angle
  • Energy cost/yr. ($)
  • Display quality

Below lists the Computer monitors that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Computer monitor is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Computer monitors

Best Computer monitor for Ease of use

Ease of use indicates usability of controls on the display and in onscreen menus.


This Computer monitor which tested best for Ease of use has the following features: Screen size (in.), Touch screen, Widescreen, Screen finish, Backlight type, HDMI input and VGA input.

Best Computer monitor for Versatility

Versatility indicates features that increase a monitor's utility or capabilities. These might include the presence of a built-in camera, speakers, microphone, a base with adjustable height, DVI and HDMI inputs, USB ports, and so on.


This Computer monitor which tested best for Versatility has the following features: Screen size (in.), Widescreen, Height adjusts, Display rotates, Screen finish, Backlight type, Warranty 3 yrs. or more, DVI cable included, DisplayPort input, DVI input and VGA input.

Best Computer monitor for Viewing angle

Indicates our evaluation of picture quality for clarity and color accuracy at various horizontal and vertical viewing angles.


This Computer monitor which tested best for Viewing angle has the following features: Screen size (in.), Widescreen, Screen finish, Backlight type, Warranty 3 yrs. or more, DisplayPort input, DVI input and VGA input.

Best Computer monitor for Energy cost/yr. ($)

Estimated cost per year in dollars, calculated for 8 hours a day turned on and 16 hours in the computer-commanded standby mode, based on the current year's national average electricity rate. Your usage and local rates will affect your costs. Note that the energy costs are for a monitor optimized for the best picture quality and equal brightness -- the energy consumption would be less with dimmer picture settings.


This Computer monitor which tested best for Energy cost/yr. ($) has the following features: Screen size (in.), Widescreen, Height adjusts, Screen finish, Backlight type, Warranty 3 yrs. or more, HDMI input, DisplayPort input, Other connections and Speakers.

Best Computer monitor for Display quality

Display quality reflects image clarity, color accuracy, and contrast as judged by panelists who viewed text and photos, and on lab measurements.


This Computer monitor which tested best for Display quality has the following features: Screen size (in.), Widescreen, Height adjusts, Display rotates, Screen finish, Backlight type, Warranty 3 yrs. or more, HDMI input, DVI cable included, DisplayPort input and DVI input.