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Black Friday 2017: Best monitor deals

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Black Friday 2017 is well and truly underway, so it you’ve been thinking about buying a new monitor for Christmas or simply upgrading your current setup to something a bit more substantial, now’s the time to get one. Here are the best Black Friday monitor deals we’ve found so far.

Whether you’re looking for a great Full HD screen, one with a high refresh rate for super smooth gaming or a fancy curved panel, we’ve got you covered. Black Friday is also a great time to think about jumping up to either a 2560×1440 monitor or one that supports 4K, as you won’t find cheaper prices than these any time soon. If this is the case, you might also want to check out our dedicated Black Friday graphics card hub while you’re here, just in case your current card is looking a bit tired and in need of a refresh.

If you also spot a deal that isn’t featured here, then let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to the list. We’ll be keeping track of more deals across all of PC gaming over in our main Black Friday hub, but for now, let’s dive straight on in the world of display deals.

Best Black Friday monitor deals in the UK

  • AOC E2470SWH – £107 from Amazon

A 24in Full HD monitor for just over £100, you say? AOC’s E2470SWH doesn’t have any fancy features, but if you’re looking for a cheap second TN screen, this could serve you extremely well.

  • Asus VC239H – £124 from Amazon

A 23in monitor with a lovely IPS screen, Asus’ VC239H should have pretty good image quality compared to the other £100-odd monitors on this list. Its super slim bezels also look pretty stylish, which is a rarity at this kind of price range.

You can get bigger monitors for less (see the BenQ and Philips monitors below), but this TN-based 24in AOC has a higher 75Hz refresh rate for super smooth gaming and AMD FreeSync support, plus a bunch of blue light filters to help take care of your eyes.

  • BenQ GL2760H – £127 from Amazon

This 27in monitor only has a TN panel and a 1920×1080 resolution, but you’re unlikely to find a bigger screen for less. It also comes with all of BenQ’s various eye-care tech, so those who suffer from eye strain might want to give it a look.

The Philips 273V5LHAB might only have a 1920x1080 resolution, but its TN panel is surprisingly good, making it excellent value at £150

The Philips 273V5LHAB might only have a 1920×1080 resolution, but its TN panel is surprisingly good, making it excellent value at £150

  • Philips 273V5LHAB (above) – £150 from Amazon

Slightly more expensive than the BenQ above, but having tested this 27in monitor myself, I can say with certainty that this has excellent image quality despite its 1920×1080 resolution. It’s pretty basic, but if you want a big screen without breaking the bank, the 273V5LHAB is a great choice. Stay tuned for our full review.

  • AOC AG272FCX – £320 from Currys

This 27in gaming monitor has a 144hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support. Pound for pound, I’d probably recommend going for the Asus MG278Q below, but if you’re after a fancy curved IPS screen, it’s probably a price worth paying for fewer pixels.

  • Asus MG278Q – £387 from Amazon

This 27in TN monitor has a lovely 2560×1440 resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate, making it a great pick for those with beefy graphics cards who really want to push past the 60fps barrier. It also has AMD FreeSync support and two HDMI ports.

A smaller version of the excellent XF270HUA (below), this 144Hz IPS panel is great value for money. It only has a 1920×1080 resolution compared to its 27in 2560×1440 sibling, but that’s still more than enough pixels for a 24in screen.

The Acer XF270HUA is a superb 27in 2560x1440 monitor with a high 144Hz refresh rate

The Acer XF270HUA is a superb 27in 2560×1440 monitor with a high 144Hz refresh rate

  • Acer XF270HUA (above) – £499 from Amazon 

We loved this monitor when we tested it – its colour accuracy is fantastic, and its 144Hz refresh rate means you can get super smooth frame rates, too. It’s also got loads of port and a highly flexible stand. Read our review to find out more.

  • Asus ROG Swift PG278QR – £510 from Scan

A 27in monitor with a great 2560×1440 resolution, a 165Hz refresh rate and G-Sync support. TN panel aside, this is a good buy if the 144Hz refresh rate of the Acer above isn’t quite enough for you.

  • Iiyama X2788QS – £224 from Scan

If a high refresh rate isn’t important to you and you just want a good 27in 2560×1440 monitor, this Iiyama is much cheaper than its gaming-geared rivals. It also has an IPS screen to help ensure it’s got good colour accuracy and AMD FreeSync support too.

  • Acer Predator Z271T – £ 300 from Scan

This 27in curved monitor has everything. Not only does it have a 144Hz refresh rate and Nvidia G-Sync support, but you also get Tobii’s eye-tracking sensor thrown in as well, which sits on the bottom bezel and lets you control a game’s camera with just your eyes. I’ve tried a Tobii eye sensor before and it works really well, but not all games support it. It only has a VA panel rather than IPS, but this is still a pretty good price if you fancy giving eye-tracking a go. Alternatively, you can get a flat, IPS 2560×1440 version for £600.

  • Acer Predator XBV271HK – £500 from Overclockers (NEW LOWER PRICE)

Fancy a 4K monitor? This 27in model from Acer could be just the ticket. It also comes with Nvidia G-Sync support to help eliminate screen flicker, as well as a USB hub and HDMI and DisplayPort connections.

  • Dell S2817Q – £396 from Scan

If Acer’s 4K monitor above is a bit too expensive, this one from Dell costs less than £400. It doesn’t come with G-Sync support or anything fancy like that, but this is still a pretty decent deal if you’re looking to upgrade your pixel count.

  • HP Omen Quad HD 27in – £550 from Currys

This fancy 27in monitor comes with a 2560×1440 resolution and Nvidia G-Sync support. It’s still quite expensive, but let’s be honest, how many monitors in this list look quite this nice?

Need more pixels in your 27in monitor? This 4K screen from Dell is currently £200 off. It doesn’t have any fancy gaming features, but its IPS display should mean pictures look stunning.

  • Acer Predator X34A – £800 from Amazon / Scan

Historically, this 4K monitor often demands around £1000, and no wonder – it’s got a curved 34in 3840×1440 IPS screen, Nvidia G-Sync support and its refresh rate can be overclocked to 100Hz. At £800, it’s highly tempting indeed.

Like the LG above, this is an ultrawide monitor, this time coming in at 34in. Admittedly, the resolution’s a bit low on this particular model – I prefer to see 3840×1440 on 34in monitors – but to get one of those you’re looking at paying almost double, so this really isn’t that bad for the money. If you do want a curved ultrawide monitor, then check out Acer’s XR342CK for £590.

There's a lot to like about Asus' ROG Swift PG258Q, even if you're not so keen on the stand's glowing LED light

There’s a lot to like about Asus’ ROG Swift PG258Q, even if you’re not so keen on the stand’s glowing LED light

  • Asus ROG Swift PG258Q – £485 from Novatech / CCL (with a free copy of Assassin’s Creed)

We’ve just finished testing this 25in monitor (review is forthcoming), and it’s a good ‘un. With a massive 240Hz refresh rate and good image quality, Asus’ PG258Q is a great choice for those who want the ultimate high refresh rate monitor.

This mad 38in curved 3840×1600 FreeSync monitor has an IPS panel and a 75Hz refresh rate, assuming your graphics card get break 60fps at 4K widescreen, of course! Normally £1200, this is a pretty good deal if you’re after a ginormous monitor to up your game.

Save almost 20% on this 32in 4K monitor, which now costs just £800. Its IPS 60Hz panel should ensure great colour reproduction and it also comes with Nvidia G-Sync comes as standard.

Best Black Friday monitor deals in the US

  • Samsung LU28H750UQNXZA – $330 from Samsung

Samsung’s 28in 4K monitor is quite the bargain at this price. Normally $500, this stylish monitor has one of Samsung’s own QLED panels, which uses the same technology as the company’s TVs, so colour accuracy should be excellent.

  • AOC I2757FH – $150 from BestBuy

This 27in monitor is currently $130 cheaper than usual at Best Buy, making it a pretty good deal if you want a large screen on the cheap. It’s a shame it doesn’t have a 2560×1440 resolution, but its IPS panel should ensure top-notch image quality.

  • Dell S2718HN – $180 from BestBuy 

If you want a slightly fancier 27in monitor deal, this curved display from Dell is your next best bet. It only has a 1920×1080 resolution, but its IPS panel should mean superb colour accuracy. It’s also got super slim bezels (the frame bit round the outside of the monitor) and support for AMD’s FreeSync technology.

Dell's S2716DGR is a great monitor for the money

Dell’s S2716DGR is a great 27in monitor for the money, particularly when it also has a 2560×1440 resolution, Nvidia G-Sync and a 144Hz refresh rate.

  • Dell S2716DGR (above) – $350 from Best Buy

This is a great deal for those after a 27in monitor. Not only does it have a 2560×1440 resolution, but you also get Nvidia G-Sync support and a high 144Hz refresh rate. It’s only a TN panel, so image quality may not be great, but this is a much better value for money than other 2560×1440 monitors on this list.

  • AOC G2460VQ6 – $138 from Walmart

You get a good range of ports on this 24in Full HD monitor (VGA, HDMI and DisplayPort), which is more than can be said for other discounted displays we’ve seen this week. The curved Samsung below has a bit more going on for less money, but this is still a decent deal while it lasts.

  • Samsung C24F390 – $130 from Best Buy

If you fancy a slightly smaller curved monitor, then Samsung’s C24F390 is a pretty good bargain at this price. It doesn’t have an IPS panel, but it does come with AMD FreeSync support.

4K monitors are still quite expensive, but this enormous 40in AOC model is currently $200 off at Best Buy. It’s curved, too, making it even more immersive than your typical flat screen monitor.

The Asus ROG Swift PG278QR

The Asus ROG Swift PG278QR has a great 165Hz refresh rate and Nvidia G-Sync support.

  • Asus ROG Swift PG278QR (above) – $650 from Walmart

Currently $50 off, this 27in TN monitor has a gorgeous 2560×1440 resolution (just what you want at this kind of screen size) and a refresh rate that can be overclocked all the way up to 165Hz – not too unlike the Asus ROG Swift PG248Q I reviewed recently. You also get Nvidia G-Sync support as well.

  • Acer GN276HL – $200 from Newegg

A 27in monitor with a high 144Hz refresh rate. At this kind of price, we can’t really complain that it only has a 1920×1080 resolution – especially when it normally costs $130 more. You can also get a further 10% off by entering the code BF17FLYER38 at checkout.

  • Alienware AW2518HF – $417 from Newegg 

$400 might seem like a lot of money for a 24.5in Full HD monitor, but this Alienware display has a massive 240Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support. Its design may be a bit OTT for some people, but as long as you’ve got the graphics card setup to make the most of those extra frames, this is $400 well spent (especially when it usually costs $500).

Monitor Buying Guide advice

So you’ve had a look at the deals, but are those monitors right for you? There are several things to consider when buying a new display, including resolution, panel technology, refresh rate and overall size. We’re in the process of writing a more detailed buying guide to help you make better and more informed purchasing decisions, but for now, our top tips are as follows:

  • Keep in mind what your current PC is actually capable of – it’s no good splashing out on a 4K screen if your graphics card isn’t up to it. Of course, if you’re buying a 4K monitor with the intention of also upgrading your graphics card to go with it, then don’t let us stop you. For reference, we’d recommend buying either an Nvidia GTX 1080 or AMD Vega RX 64 for proper, Ultra-tier 4K gaming, but the GTX 1070Ti is also a pretty safe bet if you’re prepared to knock down the settings slightly.
  • If you’re thinking about buying a 27in monitor, make sure you get one with a 2560×1440 resolution. I’ve used plenty of 27in monitors with regular old 1920×1080 resolutions before, and it’s just too grainy. Your desktop looks out of focus, text is all pixelated, emails become hard to read – it’s a mess, so do yourself a favour and go for a higher resolution, even if your graphics card is really only built for 1080p gaming. You’ll thank yourself later.
  • If you can, try and opt for a monitor with an IPS panel. Response times aren’t as fast as cheaper TN panels, but I’ve personally never been able to tell the difference. IPS screens also have much better image quality, so colours will look richer and less washed out.
  • Monitors with VA panels have much deeper blacks and better contrast than TN or IPS panels, but colour accuracy can be a bit hit and  miss depending on manufacturer. I’ve yet to find one that I’d heartily recommend over a good IPS panel, but if you’re dead set on getting a VA screen, Samsung are probably the best when it comes to this type of technology. Really, though, they’re better for office work rather than gaming.
  • I know high dynamic range (HDR) is all the rage on consoles and 4K TVs at the moment, but HDR monitors aren’t quite there yet, so be wary if you happen to see one going cheap. Standards are all over the place at the moment, and there are known problems getting it to work with Windows 10, so I’d steer clear of HDR for now until manufacturers get their act together.
  • Ultra-wide (21:9) monitors are fantastic for general office work, but not all games are kitted out to support that kind of aspect ratio, which often means you’re left with black bars either side of a regular 16:9 image. If you’re down with that, great – I certainly am with my trusty Dell U2913WM – but it’s just something to keep in mind if you’re buying one primarily for gaming.

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