Large computer monitor buying guide: Compare flat, curved, LCD, IPS monitors and more

How to find the best large computer monitor for your home or office.

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The days of the big and bulky CRT monitors that were once a hallmark of desktop computers are long gone. They've been replaced by slim high-resolution screens which, just like TVs, are available in ever-increasing size.

Whether you want a 27-, 29- or 34-inch monitor – or maybe something even bigger – you're spoiled for choice. With prices ranging from $250 up to $2,000, you'll need to compare image quality, screen sizes, aspect ratios, ergonomics and more before you buy.

Keep reading to find out how to choose the best large computer monitor for your needs.

Compare some of the best large computer monitors

Data obtained January 2019. Prices are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.
Name Product Average Price (AUD) Screen Size (inches) Brightness (cd/m²) Interfaces/Ports Response Time Weight (kg) Purchase Today
AOC M2870VQ
AOC M2870VQ
$219
28
300
VGA, DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI
4 ms
6.8
The AOC M2870VQ has an off-timer that can be set automatically in order to save power.
Acer G277HL
Acer G277HL
$229.95
27
250
DVI, HDMI, VGA
4 ms (Gray to Gray)
3.9
The Acer G277HL comes in multiple colours and has LED backlight technology.
Asus VP278H
Asus VP278H
$250.95
27
300
HDMI, D-sub
1 ms (Gray to Gray)
7.2
The Asus VP278H has four different light settings to protect your eyes from form harmful blue light.
Philips 356M6QJAB/75
Philips 356M6QJAB/75
$374
34.6
250
VGA, DisplayPort, HDMI
5 ms (Gray to Gray)
7.08
The Philips 356M6QJAB/75 screen produces an ambient glow designed to enhance movie-watching and gaming.
Viewsonic VX3276-2K-mhd
Viewsonic VX3276-2K-mhd
$383.90
32
250
HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort
4 ms
5.6
The Viewsonic VX3276-2K-mhd has a blue light filter and a frameless design.
LG 34UM69G-B
LG 34UM69G-B
$449
34
200-250
HDMI, DisplayPort, USB Type-C
1-5 ms
6.4
The LG 34UM69G-B has a motion blur reduction suitable for gaming purposes.
Samsung LC27JG50QQEXXY
Samsung LC27JG50QQEXXY
$599
27
250-300
DisplayPort, HDMI
4 ms (Gray to Gray)
3.7
The Samsung LC27JG50QQEXXY has a curved screen that offers four display modes for different uses.
BenQ SW2700PT
BenQ SW2700PT
$989
27
350
DVI-DL, HDMI, DisplayPort, USB, Card Reader
5 ms (Gray to Gray)
12.44
The BenQ SW2700PT has an advanced black and white mode that offers three different presets.
HP Z43
HP Z43
$1,584
42.51
350
HDMI, USB
8 ms (Gray to Gray)
16.95
The HP Z43 can broadcast content from four PCs simultaneously, making it suitable for workplace collaboration.
Dell UP3017
Dell UP3017
$2,109
30
350
HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, USB, Audio line-out
6-8 ms
9.59
The Dell UP3017 allows you to customise your colour preferences and is compatible with other Dell products.

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What is a large computer monitor?

In the world of computer monitors, a large monitor is typically 27 inches (measured diagonally) or bigger.

There are many monitors available measuring 30 inches and above, and some top-end gaming monitors push up towards the 50-inch mark. For example, check out our review of the 49-inch Samsung CHG90 QLED.

Pros and cons

There are several reasons why bigger is better:

  • Better viewing. Whether you're streaming a movie or sharing photos, chances are you spend a large portion of each day staring at your computer monitor. A good-quality large monitor can offer a much more detailed and user-friendly viewing experience than that five-year-old model currently on your desk.
  • More work space. An ultra-wide screen allows you to easily look at documents side by side and view large spreadsheets without continually having to scroll back and forth. If you're a creative type, a large monitor gives graphic designers, photographers and multimedia professionals the high resolution and screen space they need to accurately display and edit images.
  • Immersive viewing and gaming. With a large monitor, your PC can double as a home entertainment centre where you can stream movies and TV shows. It also offers a much more immersive and involved experience for gamers.

If you're a gamer, check out our detailed comparison of gaming monitors for more info on how to choose the best 4K monitor for your gaming needs.

There are two main drawbacks of large computer monitors:

  • Cost. While high-quality monitors are a lot more affordable than you might think, the larger you go, the more you'll need to spend. And when you can pick up a no-frills 24-inch model for less than $200, you might decide that a smaller monitor is all you need.
  • Space. They're a lot slimmer than those old CRT monitors, but a big widescreen monitor can still take up a lot of desk space. You'll need to make sure you've got sufficient room for a large monitor before handing over any cash.

Which large computer monitor is best for me?

The only way to answer this question is to ask yourself a few other questions. How big of a screen do you need? How much desk space do you have to work with? What will you be using the monitor for? How much are you prepared to spend?

The bottom line is that provided you have sufficient space, it's generally worth buying the biggest monitor your budget allows. Once you've spent any amount of time using a large monitor, going back to a smaller screen just doesn't cut it anymore.

Only after you've worked out these specifics will you be able to start comparing products to find the best large computer monitor for your needs.

What are my options?

One of the main ways to differentiate between big computer monitors is to take a closer look at the panel types they use. There are a few options available:

LCD/LED

The vast majority of modern LCD monitors use LED technology and come in two standard types:

  • Twisted nematic (TN) panels are the most common because they're cheap and offer very fast response times. However, they have poor colour accuracy and limited viewing angles.
  • Vertical alignment (VA) panels offer more accurate colours, improved contrast ratios and better viewing angles than TN panels, but their response times are slower.

IPS/PLS

These anagrams respectively stand for in-plane switching and plane-to-line switching, two very similar types of technology designed to offer better colour accuracy and contrast, a much wider viewing angle and improved image quality. They're the most expensive option and have a slower response time – so they may not be suitable for gamers – but they are generally considered to be the best option.

OLED monitors offering better contrast ratios and faster response times are also starting to emerge. However, as they're not widely available and still prohibitively expensive, OLED is not yet a viable option.

Compare LED/LCD, OLED and QLED smart TVs

How to compare computer monitors

The first step in choosing a computer monitor is to consider your budget. Entry-level 27-inch monitors start at around $250. From there, prices increase in line with screen size and any other special features, such as a curved monitor and 4K resolution. Top-spec gaming monitors can cost as much as $2,000.

Next, compare screen size, image quality, resolution and ease of use before deciding which large computer monitor to buy. Make sure you consider the following essential factors:

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