The big, the beautiful, and the bold. This year’s CES featured a collection of cutting-edge monitors with huge screen sizes, curved displays, and high pixel density. Some were designed for gamers with cash to blow. Others are for office workers and content creators. Below, we take a look at the best PC monitors we saw in Las Vegas.
12 HP Omen X Emperium 65
At 65 inches, the 4K Emperium was the biggest PC monitor we saw at the show. Given its size, the monitor—which offers 3,840-by-2,160-pixel resolution—is more like a replacement TV than a computer display. At the bottom is an integrated speaker, which can switch into a gaming mode that amplifies certain sounds in first-person shooters such as gun blasts and explosions. Unfortunately, the display also has a huge price tag. It’ll retail for $ 4,999 when it launches next month.
11 LG UltraWide Monitor 49WL95C
We noticed this upcoming curved LED monitor among the crop of displays LG Electronics was showing off at CES. It’s a 49-inch widescreen display with a very high 5,120-by-1,440-pixel resolution. The display will be a nice upgrade for anyone wanting to move up from a 3,840-by-1,080 widescreen monitor. It can also run content from a single USB-C cable via a PC, smartphone, or tablet. No price yet, but expect it to launch this year.
10 Samsung CRG9
Not to be outdone by LG, Samsung also showed off a 49-inch curved PC monitor. It too has a 5,120-by-1,440-pixel resolution and the same 32:9 aspect ratio. In addition, the CRG9 supports a 120Hz max refresh rate. Pricing and launch date have not yet been announced.
9 Lenovo ThinkVision P44W
Here’s another widescreen monitor, but from Lenovo. This 43.4-inch display features a 3,840-by-1,200 screen resolution and supports a 144Hz refresh rate. The stand below the display is also flexible, making it easy to tilt or rotate the monitor. Right under the screen is an area for ports, which pops out with a click and contains a headphone jack and two USB slots.
The monitor will arrive in April for $ 1,299. Bundled in is a detachable speaker that sits over the metal stand. Lenovo will also release a gaming version of the same monitor through its Legion line for $ 1,199.
8 Lenovo Legion Y27gq
The company also showed off a 27-inch gaming monitor that supports a 240Hz max refresh rate. The display has 0.5-millisecond response time, along with a 2,560-by-1,440 resolution. Under the screen is access to four USB 3.0 ports. The monitor’s stand can also easily tilt, raise, and rotate the display. It launches in April for $ 999.
7 Asus ProArt PA32UCX
Asus has created what it says is the world’s first 4K PC monitor that packs hundreds of mini-LED lights into the screen to produce more realistic and brighter colors. The effect is subtle, but the monitor has been designed to display a higher range of colors and deeper blacks than OLED technology. On the downside, the monitor is thicker than a typical flat panel because all those LED bulbs produce a lot of heat. The display is still a prototype, but Asus might launch it in the second or third quarter; there’s no word on pricing.
6 Asus Republic of Gamers Strix XG438Q
Hope you have a big desk. This 43-inch 4K gaming display has a 3,840-by-2,160-pixel resolution and supports a 120Hz refresh rate. Although the monitor is pretty big, Asus says it won’t strain your eyes because it was built to minimize blue light output and flicker. The display will arrive this spring, but Asus hasn’t determined the price.
5 MSI's Optix MPG341CQR
MSI is trying to change the way we play PC games with its latest 34-inch monitor. With compatible games, the monitor’s voice control will allow you to speak certain character actions like an attack or maneuver.
In addition, the monitor will come with a camera that can recognize your face to unlock gaming accounts. Unfortunately, MSI wasn’t willing to demo the voice control or facial-recognition technology at CES, explaining that the features are still under development. To integrate the voice commands, the company needs to work with developers on making their games compatible.
The monitor is slated to launch in May for $ 899. It’ll feature a 3,440-by-1,440-pixel resolution, along with a 144Hz refresh rate.
4 MSI Prestige PS341WU
MSI also unveiled a 34-inch monitor designed for content creators. It features a 5,120-by-2,160 screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio. Unfortunately, the monitor only has a 60Hz refresh rate, so it’s not ideal for gaming. It’s scheduled to launch around June for $ 1,799.
3 Razer Raptor
Razer’s upcoming gaming monitor is a 27-inch screen with some pretty convenient cable management; hide up to five cables through the aluminum stand. The screen can also tilt. The Razer Raptor has a 2,560-by-1,440-pixel resolution and a refresh rate of up to 144Hz. The monitor will arrive later this year for $ 699.
2 ViewSonic Elite XG350R-C
ViewSonic was also at CES with this curved 35-inch monitor. It’s designed for gamers and has a 3,440-by-1,440-pixel resolution. The screen also comes with a 100Hz refresh rate, a 3ms response time and built-in speakers. The monitor will be available at the end of this month for $ 716.
1 Alienware 55-Inch OLED Monitor
Dell’s Alienware gaming brand is preparing to release this 55-inch beast. It’s an OLED monitor with a 4K resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. We we’re pretty impressed with the screen’s high color contrast. Expect the monitor to arrive in the second half of 2019. No word on pricing yet.
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