Best New PC Monitors from Samsung, Dell, and HP in 2014
If you're going to get a computer monitor, then you should consider getting one from a reputable brand. This article will feature the best PC monitors of the year from trusted brands like Samsung, Dell, and HP and give you a review of our top overall LED and LCD pick for each.
What's the difference between LED vs LCD?
LED is the newer technology which allows for a more environmentally friendly monitor that doesn't use mercury and consumes far less power. This is because LED monitors use a "light emitting diode" technology for backlighting. LED Monitors in general are also less strenuous on your eyes. LED monitors are generally thinner, and are able to produce deeper blacks due to the ability to dim or completely turn off LED lights.
When looking for a PC monitor you certainly get what you pay for. While inexpensive monitors can certainly give the allure of high product specifications for a cheap price, visibly you can often see the difference between what is a quality made product and what is a cheaply made product.
Expect to pay a little more for a LED monitor than a LCD one - disadvantages to some LED monitors include complaints that the backlighting bleeds into the screens. This is not as much of a problem with newer models that have been released in 2011-2012.
Samsung PC Monitors
Now A world leader in digital technology, more than 70 years ago Samsung was formed with a goal of making the world better through a wide array of businesses. Their high-technology division has been especially sustainable as they continually put out high quality durable products that consumers will return for.
What size of Screen should you purchase?
A larger screen can make you more productive. Productivity501.com states that computer monitors up to 24 inches increase your overall productivity while monitors over or under 24 inches will make you less effective (assuming you aren't sitting a distance from your monitor).
Best Samsung LCD Monitors
Our featured Samsung LCD monitor is the Samsung B2430H. This 16:9 widescreen monitor has an attractive glossy look to it and a dynamic contrast ratio of 70,000:1 bringing you deep and dramatic tones. Despite being a LCD monitor it comes with a MagicEco features which allows you to reduce your power consumption.
The B2430H has a fast response time of 5ms. The faster the response time the better (especially for movies and gaming). Response time is basically the time it takes a pixel to go from black to white and back again. A low response time can cause blurring while gaming or watching videos. If your purpose for this monitor is for gaming, then look for a response time of 3ms or less. If you want more information on gaming monitors, then take a look at this hub on the best gaming monitors for 2012.
Additional Specifications: HDMI Connectivity, D-Sub, DVI, 1920 x 1080 Recommended Resolution, 300 cd/m2 brightness, and 1 year parts and labor warranty.
Cons: The glossy monitor is both a positive and negative at times. If you work around a lot of lights sometimes it's better to search for a matte finish monitor.
What one owner said about the Samsung B2430H Monitor:
"By far the nicest, cleanest picture I've ever had using a monitor. Amazing color and clarity, plus supports RGB for older monitors, HDMI for a TV/game input, and DVI for a normal computer display. "
Samsung LCD Monitors
Top Samsung LED Monitors 2012 - 2013
Our featured Samsung LED monitor is the Samsung PX2370 23 inch Widescreen LED Backlight monitor. This monitor is part of Samsung's ultra slim line which is only 16.5 mm thick. Additional specifications include:
Dynamic Contrast Ratio of 5,000,000:1 - Because a contrast ratio measures the darkest dark and the whitest white the higher the contrast ratio the better. The 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio of the PX2370 will give you an incredible array of bright colors and a clearer picture.
A 3 Year parts and labor warranty.
2 MS Response time - The PX2370 also features a blazing fast 2ms response time, perfect for gaming, or watching movies on your PC.
Dell PC Monitors - LED/LCD
Dell Ultrasharp LCD Monitors
There are many inexpensive Dell monitors in the marketplace today; however, Dell has released their "Ultrasharp" series which is a higher-end version of their standard monitors. These monitors offer a super wide viewing angle with Dell's IPS (in-plane-switching technology) which allows you to view them from a horizontal or vertical angle of 178 degrees - one of the industries highest. The Ultrasharp series monitors also offer a high contrast ratio and tilt and swivel designs for easy adjustment.
Multiple Monitor Software
The Ultrasharp series also comes Dell's client manager software which easily allows you to control all of your monitors remotely.
With Ultrasharp "premier color" you get perfect colors that are compatible with industry standards - accurate and precise.
New Dell LED Monitors
Our featured Dell LED monitor is the P2411H. So far it's been drawing great reviews so I wanted to make sure to list it here as well.
Here's what one certified owner has to say about the Dell P2411 H Led Monitor:
"Great picture, awesome stand, excellent value."
Best HP Monitors
HP LED Monitors
The featured LED monitors from HP to the right all feature full HD (1920x1080) resolution as well as a crisp 3,000,000:1 contrast ratio for clear and defined images. Perfect for office or home use and casual movie watching the 11x series includes a fast 5ms response time. It was also featured in this post on the best monitor under 300.
Full Tilt Adjustment
This series of monitors actually allows you to adjust the monitor backwards and then all the way down to a flat surface.
Includes D-Sub, DVI-D, and HDMI connectors.
What one verified owner said about the HP 2711X LED Monitor
"The HP 2711x has exceeded my highest expectations. I upgraded from an HP w2207h which I'd had for a few years and was also very happy with it as well. It's still working fine on another computer now. My primary use is for the 2711x is the post processing of photos with Adobe PhotoShop CS5. The monitor is very bright and can be set between 50 to 60 % brightness and 60 and 70 % contrast without any problem and I find the color reproduction to be the best I've seen in this price range."
Samsung LED Monitors
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Top Rated HP LCD Monitors
To the right I've featured some more of the top rated and bestselling HP monitors for 2012 - 2013 .
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