The 15 Best Monitor Brands in 2022
Are Dell monitors good?
Is HP overpriced?
When searching for your next display, it can be overwhelming when you’re met with so many options, one of your many questions is likely which PC monitor brands you should consider.
Well, today, we will be helping you answer just that!
This feature will take you through everything from the best gaming monitor brands, to the best manufacturers for work displays. We’ll also include where each brand shines the most.
- Best Overall Monitor Brand: Dell / Alienware
- Best Gaming Monitor Brand: ASUS
- Runner-Up Best Monitor Brand: Samsung
- Runner-Up Best Gaming Monitor Brand: Acer
- Solid All-Round PC Monitor Brand: HP / Omen
- Great Brand for High-End Monitors: LG
- Fantastic Gaming Monitor Brand: BenQ
- Best Budget Gaming Monitor Brand: AOC
- Second Best Budget Monitor Brand: Spectre
- Great Gaming Monitor Brand: MSI
- Great Brand for Video Editing / General Use: Philips
- Great Monitor Brand for Work Display: Lenovo
- Cheapest Monitor Brand: Viewsonic
- Cheapest High-Spec Monitor Brand: Viotek
- Good Gaming Monitor Brand: Gigabyte
The Top 7
We’ve ranked this list into 3 parts; “The Top 7” & “Worth Considering” for the best 15 brands, and a few more “Honorable Mentions” for certain companies who we don’t rank as the best, but shouldn’t be completely written off.
Our 7 front-runners are the best monitor manufacturers at balancing great screen specs, gorgeous design/build quality, reputation, and price.
Bear in mind that these manufacturers have 100s of different monitors and who is best will often depend on your needs (resolution, framerate, budget, etc.).
This is why we’ve included the best picks for each brand to guide you while we go.
Best Overall Monitor Brand: Dell / Alienware
At the top of our list is the behemoth manufacturer in all things technology.
Texas-founded Dell has always been a frontrunner in providing a great mixture of budget desktops with everything a simple general/work users would want, and then higher-end displays with great color gamuts, contrast ratios and build qualities.
At this point, however, what makes us consider Dell the best manufacturer overall is their ownership of the Alienware brand.
With this combination, Dell now has something for everybody:
- Cheap IPS panels that offer great budget use
- Mid-range monitors for gaming, video/photo work, or a premium office setup
- With Alienware; high-end monitors that represent the best display technology on offer today with incredible options for premium gamers.
A huge majority of their options also come at a very competitive price-point (you don’t feel like you’re paying an unfair amount for the reputation/service of a well-known brand with many of Dell’s screens).
Our main highlighted monitor today is the SE2719h. This display is one of the best balances between specs and price for your standard user.
With a 27 inch screen, IPS panel, fantastic picture quality for the price, and all hosted in a gorgeous build quality/design, there’s a reason why this is one of the most popular monitors on the market (and with its thin bezels, would be perfect for a dual-screen setup).
For gamers, the Alienware AW2721D is one of the best monitors for gaming today and tops our list of 1440p 240hz screens (a very hard category with a lot of competition). This is a premium monitor of course, and we have more budget-friendly options highlighted by other manufacturers below.
With something for everybody, and often with specs/prices rivaling other frontrunners, we think Dell is on the top of their game today and well deserving of the best PC monitor brand accolade.
2022 update: Dell, alongside their Alienware subsidiary, retain the rank as our top pick for 2 years running. With a solid stream of new releases and some fantastic products old and new that stand the test of time, Dell has done a good job at providing options for every major use type and budget in today’s market.
Best Gaming Monitor Brand: ASUS
While Dell is very capable in the gaming sector (especially at the premium range with Alienware), ASUS gives them a run for their money in this category and is equally worth your consideration.
With a huge range of monitors, Taiwanese-based ASUS has its fingers in all of the gaming pies; with some very innovative monitors in the high and low-end price points.
Where we think they shine most, however, is in the mid-range offerings.
Few (if any) monitor companies have more compelling balances between specs for the average gamer, build quality, and price.
Taking our best ASUS monitor pick, the VG27VH1B, as an example: offering 165/144hz options, very fast 1ms MPRT response time, a decent 1500R immersive curvature, AMD Freesync & Nvidia G-sync compatibility, a fantastic 120% sRGB color gamut great technology for sharp blacks all hosted in a full HD 27″ offering with perfect, close-to-frameless build quality.
For all of this to come in its relatively cheap price tag is a fantastic offering and demonstrates just how capable ASUS are of providing some of the best value monitors for gaming.
Don’t count them out if you’re after a more expensive offering too; we constantly feature ASUS across our articles touting more premium specs like the highest Hz, 1440p 240hz, 4k 144hz & 1440p 144hz ultrawide monitors.
While there are a few great contenders on this list for gaming, ASUS offers the best balance of specs and value in today’s market and is our pick for the best gaming monitor manufacturer.
Runner-Up Best Monitor Brand: Samsung
Our next display manufacturer is one that needs no introduction…
One of the biggest players in the TV space, Samsung has extended its reach to providing its efficient screen supply chains to create high-quality monitors and very competitive offerings in some of the main PC display categories.
Samsung positions many of its offerings as business monitors, with lightweight, cheap yet deceptively decent LED screens leading their budget range, their monitors are a compelling choice if you want a great picture quality for general use/media without breaking the bank.
Our best Samsung monitor pick is a shining example of that; the S24R356FHN is a gorgeous full HD display hosted in a fantastic shell and is a very close competitor to our top Dell pick if you’re after something simple but capable of a beautiful picture for the price (we’d go for whichever is cheaper at the time of viewing if this describes you).
For gaming; we wouldn’t recommend Samsung in most cases for budget/mid-range offerings, but they do have some mouth-watering expensive gaming displays. Our favorite of which is the Odyssey G9, with its QHD, 1000R Curve, 240hz setup in a super-ultrawide aspect ratio (essentially, 2 16:9 screens in one) and dual DisplayPort output, this is arguably the best gaming monitor on the market for those after next-level immersion.
While not our #1 pick due to its gaps in non-premium gaming, Samsung is a behemoth for a reason.
With the company’s huge capability in producing high-quality LED panels, they are easily one of the best monitor brands for work setups (and gaming if your budget is very high!).
Runner-Up Best Gaming Monitor Brand: Acer
Although we rank ASUS as the best brand for gaming monitors, it was a close race, and just behind them is another Taiwanese powerhouse.
While far from exclusively focussed on gaming, this area is where Acer really shines. With some very compelling options in budget, mid-range, and premium, we often feature Acer for their innovative products, leading the pack for 1440p 144hz ultrawide screens.
We appreciate Acer is also good at balancing offerings with TN, VA, and IPS panels, allowing them to cater to a wide range of user requirements and budgets.
Our best Acer monitor pick is one to rival the ASUS offering above if your budget is just a little tighter.
With a smaller screen size but still boasting a gorgeous quality full HD screen, 1ms response time, and 144hz, the XFA240 bmjdpr contains all the necessities of a gaming monitor (including DisplayPort/HDMI, G-Sync, and more) if you don’t need a 27-inch display at a price that feels like a steal to still get such a quality product from a very reputable brand.
All in all, Acer is one of the best gaming monitor manufacturers in the field today and is easily one of the companies you should focus your searches on when looking for your next immersive setup, whatever the price range.
Solid All-Round PC Monitor Brand: HP / Omen
Don’t be deceived by us not ranking HP as the top/runner-up overall pick, we’ve called these brands the top 7 for a reason!
Californian-based Hewlett-Packard doesn’t have quite the same level of offerings in the mid/high-range, but they have some really fantastic products for a budget office/general use monitor.
Leading that charge is one of the best budget options on the list; the 1D0J9AA.
With the fantastic, sleek build quality you expect from HP hosting a full HD screen with respectable specs; you’re, of course, not going to get the best picture quality at this price range.
But for the budget users? We’re quite floored by how HP has packed such a beautiful offering in this price-tag. Especially considering many larger brands often opt to add what feels like a “tax” to purchase from a reputable manufacturer with decent customer service.
This would be a great option for an office setup (even purchasing multiple units to run a productive multi-screen environment).
On the gaming front, HP’s sub-brand, Omen, doesn’t rule the roost as much as ASUS, Alienware, and Acer, but in certain categories, has some of the best value options.
Our favorite example is in the 1440p 240hz category; whereby the Omen X is one of the cheapest screens in the category, capable of offering a high-end gaming experience at a deceptive low premium price.
While there are some gaps in the mid-range, if you’re looking for a budget monitor that still has a great reputable company behind it, or like the look of some of the high-end value offerings from Omen, know that HP is still without a doubt one of the top PC monitor manufacturers today.