It is worth investing in a good monitor. After all, you're probably looking at your screen more than anything else in an average work day. Unfortunately, there isn't a one-size-fits-all monitor for everyone. What's good for you will depend on how you use the monitor. Not to mention there are plenty of older models which could have made our shortlist despite being a year or two old. Here then are our current picks of monitors for work or play, including a couple that are good enough for both.
BenQ Mobiuz EX2710S
The BenQ Mobiuz EX2710S has everything you'd need for a mid-range gaming monitor, from the 165Hz refresh rate (along with AMD FreeSync Premium variable refresh rate) to the 1ms fast response time. The integrated speakers are also very nice, in a pinch. The only downside is its Full-HD resolution, which makes it less appealing for work. However, you're only paying slightly over S$400 for this monitor. BenQ also has a QHD version for those with a bigger budget.
Gigabyte M28U Gaming Monitor
A good all-rounder for both work and play is the Gigabyte M28U Gaming Monitor. It isn't the biggest at 28 inches, nor is its 144Hz refresh rate close to the highest. But you do get 4K resolution, great colours and wide viewing angles. There's even a KVM switch so you can connect two devices to it.
With an attractive minimalist design, the Huawei MateView will look great on your desk. It also looks perfect for documents and other office apps given its 4K resolution and 3:2 aspect ratio. I was also impressive by its connectivity, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. You can connect to it wirelessly via your PC or smartphone — it's especially easy with a compatible Huawei device. The touch-sensitive Smart Bar to adjust the monitor settings is also pretty cool, though you may have to get used to it.
LG UltraFine Ergo
The LG UltraFine Ergo replaces the usual monitor stand with a desk mount that clamps to the table. Not only does this reduce the monitor's footprint, it also lets you swivel, tilt and extend the monitor to your preferred height and angle. You can also do both portrait and landscape orientation. The screen itself is good, as you'd expect from an IPS 4K display. A USB-C port with power delivery also simplifies the cable management — you need a single cable with modern USB-C notebooks.
Pixle 27-inch 2K QHD IPS Monitor
Another all-rounder that's versatile enough for both work and play, the Pixle 27-inch 2K QHD IPS Monitor is not quite as polished as displays from more established brands. But as long as you don't mind getting your hands dirty, especially during the installation process, you'll get decent performance and good specs for a competitive price. The customer support was also very responsive and helpful during our testing.
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