Want a bigger and better screen for watching movies, playing games, juggling documents and surfing the net? PC Advisor checks out eight options across both budget and professional price ranges.

Bigger is better

When it comes to monitors, bigger is definitely better. A decent-sized display is key if you want to get the most out of your PC, particularly in this multimedia age. Most of us use our screens to view movies, play games and edit photos and video, rather than staring at spreadsheets.

Of course, it's not all about screen space. Since many of us will spend hours sitting in front of our monitor, plumping for a model that provides good viewing angles, screen brightness and resolution can go a long way to avoid eyestrain and recurring headaches.

Widescreen models, meanwhile, allow us to view several documents and applications at once - usually with enough room to view two documents side by side.

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System make-over

Unfortunately, PC vendors have long been known to skimp on the monitor in order to cram in better features elsewhere. Whether you've bought a desktop PC without a screen or are upgrading from an older, smaller display, an attractive, space-saving flat-panel is a worthy upgrade that will give your system an instant improvement.

Colour calibration can be an issue for creative professionals. If input is correctly matched to output, the colours onscreen are said to be ‘faithful' to the original files or those being created. It's an area where displays that allow sophisticated manual fine-tuning score highly. Inevitably these tend towards the upper end of the market.

We've rated eight affordable, general-purpose monitors to help you find the best viewing solution for your PC. Each is a plug-and-play model for the minimum of fuss; all the necessary cables are provided, except where otherwise indicated.

We've divided the displays into sub-£200 and £201-plus price categories, based on manufacturers' RRPs. All prices were correct at press time. Head to PC Advisor Shopping or hunt around online to find the best deal for your money.

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How we test: flat-panel displays

In testing these eight flat-panel displays, we aimed as far as possible to simulate normal usage.

To give the monitors a fair crack of the whip, we tested under natural light conditions, away from direct sunlight and distracting reflections that can interfere with visibility. Each screen was set to its factory defaults and calibrated using a Datacolor Spyder3 Elite.

We then ran a broad range of typical PC user and general-purpose applications - including playing back a blockbuster DVD ('Spider-Man 3', to be precise), running slideshows of digital photographs and a bout of gaming (courtesy of the old-school shooting game Quake).

Doing so allowed us to test screen visibility and response rates, and to spot any operational glitches - such as image lag, blurring or ghosting.

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