Picking out the right computer monitor can seem daunting. There are so many choices and—to the uninitiated—so little difference between them.
Really, the best monitor is the one that works for your screen size and budget. There are plenty of general-use monitors that can get you through a day of web browsing, spreadsheets, and cat gifs. But certain users have very specific needs. It's the rare monitor that's powerful enough for designers, fast enough for gamers, easy to use, and reasonably priced. The LG 34UM95 is that monitor, and it's our Best of Year pick.
Best Computer Monitor of the Year
LG 34UM95 21:9 UltraWide
LG's 34UM95 stood head and shoulders above the rest this year, and not just because it's extra wide. This 21:9 display provides an unprecedented number of options and applications for professionals, from photo and video editors to architects and members of the CAD/CAM industry. For the price, the 34UM95 is a complex digital playground with endless possibilities.
Multiple Thunderbolt 2 inputs and a USB hub make source networking a cinch, while LG's masterful IPS panel and 10-bit support provide stellar color fidelity for professional and casual users alike. A 3,440 x 1,440 resolution gives editors and power users plenty of real estate, while on-board calibration and screen mapping software increase the value even further. (Est. price: $999, 34")
Read our full review of the LG 34UM95 21:9 UltraWide.
Runner-up: Asus MX279H
If you like to keep things simple, the MX279H provides a stellar combination of performance and attractive design. Flexible enough to cover basic tasks like web browsing and more complex tasks like gaming, the MX279H is a terrific value. (Est. price: $210, 27")
Read our full review of the Asus MX279H.