PCR’s guide to back-to-school monitors

With the back-to-school season fast approaching, we see what the biggest monitor brands have to offer students and schools.

ASUS – 0871 220 3227

Dedicated to creating products for today’s and tomorrow’s smart life, ASUS is the world’s No.1 motherboard brand as well as a top-three consumer notebook vendor.Today, the company is pioneering new mobile trends with the ASUS ZenFone series, and rapidly developing VR and AR products.

The company is also leading the pack when it comes to gaming, as a key name in the space with award winning notebooks, peripherals and monitors under the ASUS ROG banner.

ASUS ROG Swift PG248Q is definitely a gamer’s monitor, with a mind-blowing 180Hz refresh rate capability, tripling the 60fps standard for gaming and tripling it. Specifically designed with esports in mind, this 24-inch monitor is competition grade and was the exclusive monitor of ESL ONE and The International. It’s also one of the most affordable G-Sync displays on the market.

Featured product: Asus ROG Swift PG248Q

Dell – 0800 085 4878

Based in Round Rock, Texas, Dell is a household name and one of the largest technology organisations on the planet. Dell sells everything from PCs and servers to network switches and printers, and is currently the number one shipper of PC monitors in the world.

In the monitor space, Dell is truly ahead of the curve with the Dell UltraSharp UP3218K

– the world’s first 31.5-inch 8K monitor. But it doesn’t just rely on a stunning resolution, Dell has ensured that build quality and colour reproduction are top of the class. With a lofty RRP, this monitor is more for professionals and very specialised education institutions, but if price isn’t an issue there are few better options than the Dell UltraSharp UP3218K.

But should price be a sticking point, Dell delivers a wide range of monitors to suit every need and budget. These encompass everything from budget to premium gaming options.

Featured product: Dell UltraSharp UP3218K

HANNspree – 0871 666 0850

HANNspree is a global consumer electronics manufacturer specialising in visual technology.

The company is a part of the HannStar Display Corporation, one of the largest glass panel manufacturers in the world, consequently both the HANNspree and HannsG brands benefit from a rich heritage and world-class technological process in display technology.

HANNspree offers a complete portfolio of monitors, each carefully crafted to focus on a blend of design, performance and practicality. The range enables you to select the right monitor for your individual requirements, no matter how specific they may be.

One such product is the distinct HANNSapple. Originally launching over a decade ago, HANNspree brought back the HANNSapple as a celebration of the company’s origins and to shake-up bland modern design by offering a fun, vibrant alternative-choice for design conscious and educational spaces. A favourite with Nurseries, childrens’ hairdressers, kitchen designers and hoteliers, the original apple designed tech from HANNspree inspired digital learning, offered playful distraction for children in daunting adult surroundings and injected energy into bold, modern culinary environments.

Featured product: HANNSapple

Acer – 020 8759 0620

A renowned name in the tech world for its business, consumer and gaming solutions, a particular area of expertise for the 42-year old Taiwanese organisation is its monitors.

The company has all bases covered, categorising its offerings as design and performance, with thin, elegant design and high-performance display technology; entertainment; touch; gaming; basic and; prosumer.

Within its Predator gaming brand, the standout is the Predator X34, a gaming monitor that promises ultimate immersion. UltraWide QHD, (or 3440 x 1440) and a deep, 1900R curve help to deliver on that promise, complemented by Nvidia G-Sync and a 120Hz overclockable refresh rate. But the Predator X34 is much more than the display, with a statement polygonal stand and an attractive aluminium bezel.

Featured product: Acer Predator X34

BenQ – 0870 850 4417

BenQ operates and maintains an active presents in the local markets it serves in more than 100 countries across the globe.

Though the brand has only been around for 17 years, BenQ has built up a solid portfolio of quality products that have received a good critical and commercial reaction. Solely focusing on display solutions, BenQ creates a wide range of projectors, monitors, interactive flat panels and digital signage along with Jamboard by Google – a cloud-based collaborative digital whiteboard.

One particular stand out product that is designed to meet the rising demands for large-sized viewing and ultra-high definition, is the PD3200U. This monitor boasts a 32”W 4K display built with BenQ’s advanced IPS technology, providing creative professionals over 300 per cent working space to work confidently in 100 per cent sRGB and Rec.709 colour spaces.

Featured product: BenQ PD3200U

AOC – 0120 639 0400

When it comes to monitors, there are few brands as iconic as AOC. Founded in 1967, the company has continued its focus on display technology and has continued to innovate

in the field with the goal of delivering a great experience with its products, no matter the purpose of use.

For demanding professionals, the company provides computer displays with high resolutions, high colour accuracy and an impressive set of advanced features. For style-conscious home users, it offers high- performance monitors with unique, eye-catching designs. For standard office purposes, AOC fulfils important energy efficiency standards with its broad range of business monitors, many of which come with comprehensive ergonomic adjustment options.

The company’s latest offering is a new, portable monitor with USB-C connection. Designed for the person who lives on the go, but who needs more display than a single laptop screen, the I1601FWUX is the solution with a 15.6-inch IPS display in FHD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). The smart cover added to the monitor set acts as the panel holder in portrait and landscape modes and the built-in auto-pivot feature rotates the display into the correct orientation. Its stylish design with 8.5 mm thickness and only 800 g weight ensures, that the monitor comfortably fits in any bag.

Featured product: AOC I1601FWUX

LG – 0344 847 5454

Synonymous with tech in South Korea, LG is a leading brand in all forms of displays ranging from TVs to desktop monitors.

Flagship among the latter is the LG 34UC79G-B, which is the world’s first 144Hz IPS UltraWide gaming monitor. The 21:9 curved UltraWide FHD IPS display with a 144Hz refresh rate offers fluid game play and dynamic field of view ideal for immersive gaming. Thanks to the high refresh rate, gaming is smoother and clearer when compared to monitors with refresh rates of 60Hz or 75Hz. Combine the smooth action with the curved screen, and gamers will love the optimised and immersive gaming experience.

The company also stocks a wide range of high- end 4K and 5K monitors for enthusiasts and professionals, along with cheaper options that don’t skimp on quality. Whatever you need, whether it be for gaming, content creation or general use, LG has you covered.

Featured product: LG 34UC79G-B

Samsung – 01932 455 000

It might be more well known for its TVs and smartphones, but all the display tech that Samsung has pioneered for its other devices also can be found in a wide range of desktop monitors.

If you’re in the market for a conversation starting set piece that will make anyone envious, you don’t have to go much further than the absolutely breathtaking Samsung CHG90. What you’re getting is a groundbreaking 49-inch super ultra-wide 32:9 curved screen that entirely fills your field of view. With a 3840 X 1080 resolution, HDR, Quantum Dot technology and support for AMD’s new Radeon FreeSync 2 technology along with blue light-eliminating eye saver mode the Samsung CHG90 is as eye catching to use as it is to look at.

Featured product: Samsung CHG90

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