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14 WQHD monitors group test: Full HD is so 2012

Most IT product categories tend to evolve rapidly, but developments in computer monitors have been decidedly slower. Although larger screens are slowly becoming more affordable, the most common resolution remains 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. Nonetheless, this year we're seeing more and more manufacturers release WQHD monitors. Hardware.Info collected 14 different models of these very impressive monitors and tested them to find out which is the best one to get.

In the world of tablets and smartphones, the different brands are desperately trying to outdo each other with increasingly higher pixel densities. A few years back, Apple broke the 300 pixels-per-inch threshold with the iPhone 4, and we're now getting close to 500 ppi with Full HD resolution on 5in screens. Apple has two MacBook Pro notebooks with high-resolution screens of 2,880 x 1,800 and 2,560 x 1,600 pixels on screens with a diagonal of 15in and 13in, respectively. Very recently, a number of Windows laptops have been announced and/or released with similar pixel densities.

Separate computer monitors have been seriously lagging behind, however. The 'higher-than-Full HD' resolution screens that we are looking at in this review are 27in monitors with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, or WQHD.

New 27in monitors still tend to have a Full HD resolution, and there are simple reasons for this. Manufacturing displays with a high pixel-density is very expensive for smartphones already. Take the HTC One, for example. It has a 4.7in display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, which creates 469 pixels per inch. That little screens costs about the same to produce as a Full HD computer monitor.

The second reason is that more pixels (and more workspace) can quickly turn into a disadvantage. Everything on the screen becomes very tiny, since icons have a set number of pixels. The highrer the pixel-density, the tinier the icons. For this reason, a lot of people find the Full HD resolution to be too high for laptops, even on 15.6in screens, as icons such as buttons, menu items and so on become very small. You can read the rest of 14 WQHD monitors group test on