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5 monitors for work or play

5 monitors for work or play

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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

BenQ Mobiuz EX2710S
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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.

Asus VA24EHF Eye Care Gaming Monitor

Asus VA24EHF
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The S$149 Asus VA24EHF Eye Care Gaming Monitor is a bit of misnomer. Saying that it's a gaming monitor — with a 100Hz refresh rate — is stretching it. Sure, you can play PC games on this 23.8-inch display. But it's more suitable as an affordable and decent, second screen at home or the office (if your company is too cheap to provide a monitor). And given that it costs about as much as an average dinner for a party of five at a restaurant in Singapore nowadays, it's not a bad deal.

MSI Pro MP251

MSI Pro MP251
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Designed for the office, the MSI Pro MP251 is cheap, functional, and offers some niceties such as a 100Hz screen. This S$169 25-inch (well, 24.5-inch) full-HD monitor has really thin bezels, a very slim frame, and speakers to boot.

Hisense G7H Mini-LED Gaming Monitor

Hisense G7H
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I have been impressed by recent Hisense TVs. But the Chinese firm is also moving into premium gaming monitors. Its latest S$829 G7H Mini-LED Gaming Monitor is a fine example of Hisense tapping its Mini-LED expertise in a different, albeit related product segment. It checks the boxes for picture quality, and has the gaming specs to satisfy its target audience. There's room for improvement, of course, but the G7H is a solid contender, especially with its attractive pricing.

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Acer Predator X27U

Acer Predator X27U
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As someone who has been using an OLED TV for console gaming for several years now, there are certain advantages for OLEDs over LCDs. You get perfect blacks (leading to high contrast), low latency, and great viewing angles. That's probably why there are now more OLED gaming monitors in the market, like the S$1,300 Acer Predator X27U, a 27-inch 1,440p gaming monitor touting a 240Hz refresh rate, and 0.01ms response time.

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