£330 27" DGM IPS-2701WPH Widescreen IPS Monitor: quad HD on a budget

You can get the Digimate IPS-2701WPH widescreen IPS monitor from Aria for a mere £330 excluding delivery. That's one of the cheapest monitors on the market that can display so-called quad HD resolutions, i.e. 2,560 x 1,440 pixels.

While it is not Ultra HD yet (that’s quad full HD instead at 3,840 x 2,560 pixels), it is more than enough pixels to make even the most powerful video cards on the market struggle when it comes to gaming.

The device comes with an LED backlit LG IPS panel with a dot pitch of 0.2331mm, a brightness of 350cd/m2, a response time of 6ms and a typical contrast ratio of 1000:1.

Note that you will only be able to reach the qHD resolution by using a dual-link DVI-D port (or the Displayport). The maximum resolution reached either on HDMI or VGA is only 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.

The monitor – which was unveiled nearly a year ago - comes with a three-year warranty, a VESA wall mount and two speakers.

The “2560” phenomenon started last year when a glut of monitors from South Korea went on sale on eBay with qHD resolutions for under £200.

We would discourage anyone from buying a monitor this big with a full HD display only but if you want to do so, check out our review of the AOC e2752Vq which costs around £200.