Best Monitor Buying Guide – June 2023

Best Monitor Buying Guide - June 2023

It’s time to update our Best Watcher Buy guide on Tweakers. We’ve tested dozens of new monitors in recent months, of which we’ve already been able to read a number of comprehensive reviews and reports. On this BBG, we recommend an OLED display for the first time; This spring, a wide range of OLED gaming displays will be released. We previously discussed ultra-fast triaxial with QD OLED panel from Samsung and LG, ASUS and Corsair monitors based on LG woled technology.

With prices typically approaching or exceeding €1,000, OLED screens will still be a thing for the foreseeable future. Unlucky, but even if you can’t spend much on a screen, we’ve got good news. At the lower end of the market, prices have dropped, so now you’re getting a much bigger screen for your money than you did a year ago. You can see that in the monitors we can recommend in the category under €250, including a wqhd monitor with height adjustment and USB-C connectivity, and a 240Hz IPS gaming monitor.

As always, this buying guide has an objective format. We’ll first look for the best affordable monitor under €250, followed by the best 4K monitor and the best 34-inch or 35-inch ultrawide. The last category, the Image Processing Monitors category, is new to this Best Buy guide. This question has been asked a lot in the comments within previous Best Buy guides. Have suggestions for monitors you’d like to see in a future Best Buy guide? Do tell us in the comments.

Each category is again divided into a few sub-categories, within which we choose one recommendation, or two in the case of the 4k category. These recommendations, as well as the most important alternatives suitable for a particular purpose, for example, are given in the table above. Be sure to read the text for each category if you have specific wishes; There you will find more options that may also be useful.

test method

We measure brightness, contrast, and color rendering with a Spectracal C6 colorimeter, which we standardize with JETI Spectral recruitments 1501spectrometer. Measurements are carried out using Vertical displays Calman Color Calibration Software. Most monitors in BBG have been tested according to our latest testing method. Here we’re not measuring the screen right out of the box, adjusting the brightness for color measurements to a value as close as possible to 150cd/m²; We also set the monitor for color spaces such as sRGB and, where appropriate, Display P3 and AdobeRGB, making adjustments to gamma and color temperature as needed. In our old test procedure, we didn’t and looked at any existing sRGB or Adobe RGB modes without tweaks.

HDR metering remained the same and we still measured response times using the image sensor and LeCroy Waverunner 6100 oscilloscope. Gaming monitors, that is, screens with a minimum refresh rate of 120 Hz or higher, have undergone more extensive testing over the past two years, capping and passing twenty transitions. We measure input lag with a Leo Bodnar tester. To determine viewing angles, we measure residual brightness and color change at a 45-degree angle from a vertical measurement. To measure uniformity, we look at the ratio between the brightness in fifteen measurement points, measured on a completely white screen and a completely black screen. We also identify relative color differences along the edges relative to the center. Finally, we measure the screen’s power consumption, both at maximum brightness and at a constant brightness of 150 cd/m2.

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