As is said time and time again on this website, monitors are very subjective things. And no monitor is perfect. Put those things together and it can clearly be very difficult to give absolute recommendations that will apply to every user. We choose to review monitors in as much detail as we do because we feel that it is necessary, to paint an accurate and complete picture of performance.
Having said that, we appreciate that users can sometimes be left feeling confused and perhaps overwhelmed, even after having a good read of some of our reviews. We have therefore introduced a new addition to the scoring system whereby some monitors are given a special ‘recommended’ badge as shown below.
This is given to those monitors which we found particularly enjoyable to review and that we feel really stand out amongst other competitors for various reasons. These models must also pass an additional criteria; we must deem them to be average or above in terms of ‘quality control’, which will be based upon user feedback and not just our own experiences. Gaining this accolade doesn’t automatically make for a perfect monitor. And if a model doesn’t gain this badge, it doesn’t make it a bad monitor – it may still be very well suited to certain users or excellent if you get a ‘good unit’. This is just an extra seal of approval and easy way for users to see which models we particularly like and think are worthy of special consideration.
We reserve the right, in rare cases, to withdraw this badge from monitors which were initially given this merit. This may happen if user feedback suggests poorer than average ‘quality control’ or a high prevalence of issues which did not affect our review sample. It may also be withdrawn from older models that have a worthy successor that we’ve also reviewed.