Remarkably good image quality, stylish design and delightful ergonomics make LG’s IPS236V an excellent choice for anyone who edits photos or video – or just wants everything to look really, really good. The headline act is its in-plane switching panel, which delivers wider viewing angles and considerably better colours and image quality than the more common twisted-nematic panels found in budget monitors. The LG is a superb 23in monitor, particularly given its £150 asking price.

Best Monitor 2012: The runners-up

LG IPS236V

About the PC Advisor Awards 2012

Our annual roll call of honour considers every piece of hardware and software that has passed through our Test Centre over the past year. We look for innovation and excellence, outstanding performance and value for money.

Only excellent products make the PC Advisor Awards shortlist, and we congratulate all the manufacturers represented on the list. If a product still looks great from the view point of up to a year after its first review, the chances are that it is great.

That does, however, mean that our PC Advisor Awards coverage is not necessarily a buyer’s guide – for that you should visit our Test Centre and Reviews. Some of the products may no longer be available, and in some categories they may have been superseded.

Whittling down the shortlist to pick out individual winners isn’t easy. In all cases arguments could be (and were) made for products other than the eventual winners. But winners there must be.

See pcadvisor.co.uk/awards for details on our other award winners