Looking to upgrade your monitor to one with thin bezels? Buying a monitor for the first time? In this article, we give you a low-down on the best thin bezel monitors currently available in the market.
Remember those days when a monitor was basically an ugly beige box plopped up on our desks? Well today, the monitor technology is far more advanced and computer manufacturers have been competing across aspects such as picture quality and aesthetics, unlike in the previous years when it was all about the price and specs.
Nowadays, you’ve got the “bests” in various segments catering to various needs. There are monitors specially designed for gaming, those for for penny-pinchers, and the latest fad, thin bezels for those who prefer their machines sleek and minimal. Its also the ideal type of monitor if you’re looking to set-up multiple screens side-by-side and want the transition between them to be more seamless.
Whether you’re a gamer, a photo/video editor, a stock broker, or even a casual user, a monitor is a computer peripheral that is sure to increase your productivity and viewing experience by tenfold. If you have one already, two is always better. Why you ask? It makes switching between apps quicker, you can divide your tasks more efficiently, and peruse documents alongside for the purpose of comparing or referring.
Since the options are too many, we’ve narrowed down to 8 of our favorite thin bezel monitors in 2018 with 2 extra recommendations towards the end of this article. Take a look:
1. Asus MX279H 27-Inch Frameless Monitor:
A hugely popular monitor, the ASUS MX279H boasts of a full-HD screen, featuring an AH-IPS LED display with 178 degree wide-view angle. As the title suggests, this monitor comes with a frameless design while offering several other features such as a superlative video intelligence technology for better image quality, premium sound output thanks to SonicMaster sound optimization (co-developed by B&O), and 2 HDMI and VGA ports. The Asus MX279H has won several accolades including the “Good Design Award”, by virtue of its ultra-slim and ergonomic design. So far, there have been no complaints about dead pixels. However, what some users have reported is a slower response time which is usually not an issue, unless you’re into multi-player gaming. This monitor is especially awesome if you have a multi-monitor set-up because of its super narrow bezels.
- 1Excellent display, making movies, games, and wallpapers appear vibrant along with great detail even in darker scenes or areas
- 2Allows you to set up multiple monitors next to each other without them looking too clumped up
- 3Emmersive audio experience by reason of SonicMaster technology
- 4Easy to set up
- 5Stand is fairly stable
- 1Lack of VESA mount
- 2No option of adjusting height
- 3No DisplayPort
- 4Relatively slow response times (for gamers)
2. Lenovo LI2364d 23-Inch Widescreen Monitor:
The Lenovo LI2364d model is an extremely lightweight monitor that would take up minimum desk space. Similar to the Asus monitor mentioned above, this monitor also comes with 178-degree wide viewing angle along with easy cable management for a clean looking desktop. As far as the display is concerned, you get a Full HD, anti-glare screen, offering minute detail on a 23-inch screen. What’s more? You also get a faster response time of 7ms that rubs out problems like ghosting and distortion when connected to either HDMI or VGA ports. To boot, this monitor offers a refresh rate of 75 Hz, making your overall experience super smooth.
- 1Bright colors sans black-light bleed
- 2Convenient viewing angles
- 3Value for money
- 4Supports AMD Freesync
- 5Nearly no bezels
- 1Has only one HDMI and one VGA port
- 2Lack of built-in speakers
- 3Proprietary right over power cable
3. Acer R240HY ABMIDX 23.8-Inch Monitor:
A beautiful product from the house of Acer, the R240HY model features a full HD, widescreen VA monitor packed with a bunch of advantages such as a 100Million:1 contrast ratio, much faster response time of 4ms, Acer ComfyView technology for reduced glare, flicker-less technology, in-built blue-light filter, two 1.5W built-in speakers, and HDMI, DVI, and VGA ports along with the cables. This monitor sports a “zero-frame design”, enhancing its ultra-sleek look. It is ideal for those who plan to build video walls with multiple monitors placed adjacent to each other. The best part about the screen is that you can tilt it between -5 to 15-degree angle for greater convenience.
- 1Very affordable
- 2Super thin bezels
- 4Solid stand
- 1No support for VESA mount
- 2Backlight bleed in case of darkness
- 3Ghosting when Overdrive is enabled
4. Dell UltraSharp U2715H 27-Inch Monitor:
Dell has shown incredible consistency in making great quality computers and the UltraSharp U2715H monitor is no exception. This monitor features a beautiful Quad HD display with 16:9 aspect ratio, built into an almost bezel-less screen. It comes with a legion of features like anti-glare with hard coat 3H, in-plane switching, an arsenic-free glass, and mercury-free LED panel. What I really like about this monitor is that it is completely adjustable. You can tilt, swivel, adjust the height, and pivot up to 90-degrees in both, clockwise and anti-clockwise direction. This feature is missing in most of the other monitors so the Dell UltraShartp monitor has an edge over the rest in this aspect.
- 1Great support for MacBooks
- 2Non-noticeable input lags
- 3Easy on the eyes
- 4Superlative calibration
- 5Compatible with VESA stand
- 6Accurate colors and sharp texts
- 7Rotation up to 180 degrees
- 1Noticeable backlight bleed
- 2Slightly expensive
- 3Some users have reported a defect wherein the screen blacks out occasionally
- 4All USB ports are at the rear
5. Acer Predator XB241H 24-Inch Monitor:
Acer Predator XB271H is an ideal monitor for serious gamers who prefer thin bezels. It comes with a 3D-ready full HD wide screen with a swivel angle of up to 30 degrees, NVIDIA G-Sync, a TN display panel, two 2w built-in speakers, a 144 Hz refresh rate, and a flicker-less technology. The best part is that it offers a super fast response time of only 1 ms. It’s Acer ErgoStand allows you to not only swivel the screen but also tilt, pivot, and move it up and down for a comfortable viewing experience. In case you’re wondering whether this monitor supports VESA mount, the answer is yes! More than anything else, this monitor makes gameplay smooth as butter.
- 1Smooth gaming experience due to a higher refresh rate of 144 Hz
- 2Extremely narrow bezels with a sturdy stand
- 3No dead pixels
- 1TN panel; though of a good quality, can be fixed by means of calibration settings
- 2Vertical screen tear defect (a known defect whereby a vertical strip appears right at the middle of the screen every once in about 10 hours); can be fixed by sending the monitor to Acer for repair
6. ViewSonic VX2376-SMHD 23-Inch Monitor:
The ViewSonic VX2376 features an “ultra-slim” frameless screen backed by a full-HD resolution and a SuperClear IPS panel. Similar to many other monitors, this monitor also comes with a flicker-less technology and a blue-light filter to reduce the strain on your eyes. Other inclusions are built-in dual speakers, HDMI, VGA, and DisplayPort inputs and their cables, and a 3-year limited warranty. ViewSonic offers five viewing modes for an enhanced picture quality while you’re watching a movie, playing games, surfing the net, or performing simple tasks. This monitor is especially great for movie buffs!
- 1Beautiful IPS display
- 2Reasonably priced and the best in the entry-level segment
- 3Sleek with narrow bezels
- 4Multiple connectivity
- 1Incompatible with VESA mount; get the 24-inch model if you want the same
- 2Slight backlight bleed
- 3Some amount of ghosting
7. Asus Designo MX27AQ 27-Inch Monitor:
This monitor by ASUS sports the thinnest bezel of only 0.8 mm in breadth. It boasts of an elegant design that comes with a WQHD resolution, wide-viewing angles, and an AH-IPS panel technology. Other features include two 3w built-in speakers (stereo) supported by 2 X 3W amplifiers and SonicMaster sound technology co-developed by B&O and ICEpower, and great connectivity with DisplayPort and HDMI inputs. Apart from that, you also get the ASUS eye care technology which eliminates any fatigue or strain to your eyes while also eliminating flicker.
- 1Gorgeous display with excellent picture clarity, color accuracy, and sharpness
- 20.8 mm bezels
- 3Decent audio output
- 1Lack of VESA mount support
- 2Quite pricey
8. Asus Rog Swift PG279Q:
By now, you must have already figured out how much we love ASUS. But bias aside, this monitor is a beast. It features a WQHD screen resolution and an IPS panel display. Few of its other features include ASUS Eye Care technology, a refresh rate of 165 Hz, NVIDIA G-Sync tech, response time of 4ms, and an extensive connectivity with DisplayPort and HDMI inputs. What I personally love is its ergonomic stand given that you can tilt, swivel, pivot, and adjust height as per your liking.
- 1Super smooth gameplay
- 2Beautiful design
- 3Fast response time
- 1Backlight bleed
- 2Stuck pixels
- 3Users have reported occasional flickering
Factors to Consider Before Purchasing a Thin Bezel Monitor:
- Size – The saying, “bigger the better”, may not always stand true in case of monitors. If you have lesser desk space, its advisable to go for a smaller screen size of maybe between 22-25 inches. Plus, they’re cheaper. However, if budget is not a constraint and you have plenty of desk space then we’d suggest that you opt for a bigger screen between 27-34 inches.
- Panel Technology – As you may already be aware, there are two types of panel technology, namely, IPS and TN. IPS is great if you prefer vibrant colors irrespective of the viewing angle whereas TN should be your choice of panel tech if you’re a hardcore gamer as it facilitates faster refresh rates and response times.
- Refresh Rate – In case you’re not familiar, this term basically refers to the number of frames per second that a monitor can display. This factor is responsible for issues such as ghosting, screen tearing, and blurry images. You can read more about Refresh Rate in this article.
- Connectivity – Depending upon your needs and usage, its important to check what inputs you get along with the monitor. You should make sure that the one you’re planning to buy at least has a VGA and a DP. If you’re into gaming, then an HDMI input would be absolutely necessary to have. There are many monitor input options, you can read more about them at CNET.
- Brand exclusive features – Computer manufacturers often pack their products with an exclusive feature. For example, most of the ASUS monitors mentioned above come with a built-in speaker system powered by the SonicMaster technology. Its nice to look into proprietary features as they can come very handy.
Thin bezel monitors are an in-thing and you should definitely go check them out. These monitors are useful for gamers, graphic designers, and casual users alike. If you look at the specs, you’d realize that they are all mostly similar, except for differences in the factors mentioned above. Choose one depending upon your personal preferences, space, and performance needs.
Other notable thin bezel monitors are HP Pavilion 25 XW and AOC i2777FQ. Check them out too!