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Best Thin Bezel Monitor (Bezelless)

Getting the right monitor isn’t simply down to the technical specs but aesthetics and practicality are very important. We have been getting two questions thrown at us recently, one asking which is the best thin bezel monitor and the other is a bezelless monitor. Both questions are exactly the same and have the same answers. So we decided we would go through all of our best gaming monitor lists that we have and provide a list to help you find a thin bezel monitor and bezelless monitor for your budget and requirements.

Best Thin Bezel Monitor in 2017

Make & ModelMonitor Details
Asus ROG Swift PG279Q
Asus ROG Swift PG279Q with G-SYNC
2560x1440 (1440p)
27 Inch
Panel: IPS
Ref. Rate: 165Hz
Res. Time: 4ms
NVIDIA G-Sync
Best For Gamers
Acer Predator XB271HU2560x1440 (1440p)
27 Inch
Panel: IPS
Ref. Rate: 144Hz
Res. Time: 4ms
NVIDIA G-Sync
Best For Gamers
Dell Ultrasharp U2417HJ1920x1080 (1080p)
24 Inch
Panel: IPS
Ref. Rate: 60Hz
Res. Time: 8ms
ASUS MX27AQ2560xx1440 (1440p)
27 Inch
Panel: AH-IPS
Ref. Rate: 60Hz
Res. Time: 5ms
LG 24MP88HV-S1920x1080 (1080p)
24 Inch
Panel: IPS
Ref. Rate: 60Hz
Res. Time: 5ms
Dell Gaming S2716DG2560x1440 (1440p)
27 Inch
Panel: TN
Ref. Rate: 144Hz
Res. Time: 1ms
G-SYNC
Great For Gaming
HP Pavilion 25xw1920x1080 (1080p)
25 Inch
Panel: IPS
Ref. Rate: 60Hz
Res. Time: 8ms
Acer R240HY bidx1920x1080 (1080p)
24 Inch
Panel: IPS
Ref. Rate: 60Hz
Res. Time: 4ms
Thin Bezel Monitor

1. Dell Ultrasharp U2417HJ – The Best Frameless Monitor

The Dell Ultrasharp U2417HJ is by far the leading frameless monitor on the market. This specific model is one of the latest monitors to be released that features on our list.

The screen is 24 inch with a 1080p resolution on an IPS panel. This means you can rest assured that you will have great colour reproduction, wide viewing angles and high-quality performance.

The U2417HJ has lots of great selling points, as described above, but the one that seems to make the biggest impact when comparing other similar models is the charging stand. That’s right, this Dell monitor comes with a charging stand built in meaning if you have a Qi or PMA enabled smartphone then you can get a full battery without ever having to plug it in.

Dell Ultrasharp U2417HJ

Screen: 24-inch, IPS Panel, 1920×1080, 8 ms Response Time (OK for light gaming), 60Hz
Notable Features: VESA (100mm),  Qi and PMA Wireless Charging for smartphones
Ports: HDMI, Display Port, mDP, Headphone Port, USB Hub (note a lack of VGA here)

U2417HJ Pros

  • Attractive design with bezel-free features
  • Built in charging stand for smartphones
  • IPS Panel
  • mini DisplayPort and DisplayPort support

U2417HJ Cons

  • Normal price is a little higher than “normal” monitors, although the features and quality do warrant the higher cost
  • 8ms response time isn’t ideal for regular gamers

 

Bezelless Monitors and Why You Might Want One

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The reasons some people will be looking for a bezelless monitor or thin bezel monitor will simply be down to preference and how they use their computer. One of the most common reasons though is having two or more screens next to each other. The bezel is the small gap or margin between the screens last pixel and the edge of the monitor. Not only can these frames be distracting and ugly for normal computer use but for gamers, coders and content creators they can be a real pain. I see a lot of Flight Simulator gamers spend thousands of dollars on monitor setups to ensure the frames are super thin or when possible bezelless.

These types of monitors are a fairly new in terms of design and concept. For anyone that has used a dual screen setup, you will know exactly how frustrating it is having a large gap between the two screens! So you will at least appreciate the reasoning behind these monitors.  To maintain continuity between all the screens on a multiscreen setup you should be looking at a narrow frame, basically the thinner the better. As you research the best thin bezel monitor you will quickly notice that over the past year or two most manufacturers have adopted to what customers want by reducing the frame widths and calling their new monitors either bezelless or ultra-thin bezel.

If you are looking to pick up a few new monitors with thin bezels then you are in luck as the costs are very affordable these days. With that in mind be sure to check out the benefits of a ultrawide monitor as they provide you with a larger and more immersive solution to gaming.

How wide are the bezels on a thin bezel monitor?

As noted above some will call a monitor bezelless but 99% monitors are not truly frameless. This is where the ultra-thin bezel name has been coined. There are some monitors that have a small frame down to 2mm but there is also one (ASUS MX27AQ) that has a 0.8mm bezel thickness! It’s that thin you won’t be able to measure it accurately with a ruler!

How do I setup a Multi-Screen Computer?

Assuming you have bought your brand new thin bezel monitors and now want to get them hooked up and working. In general, setting up your new screens should take no longer than a few minutes as on most fairly new graphics cards you will have multiple output options, during the buying process you just need to ensure you either buy a monitor with the required connections or you can pick up a converter. For example, you can convert VGA to HDMI or even DisplayPort to HDMI, the options are available regardless.

With that being said you are ALWAYS better making sure your graphics card and monitor will connect directly without a split or converter as in some cases they can degrade the performance of a screen.

All you have to do is plug everything into the relevant sockets and windows should take over the rest. If you are hoping to game with these new screens then your NVIDIA or AMD graphics card will be able to add some extra functionality with the likes of 3d Surround technology for NVIDIA and Eyefinity for AMD.