The Best Thin Bezel Monitors of 2017

Have you ever wanted to use a monitor without a huge plastic frame? Gone are the days when we indiscriminately had to go for a chubby and expensive monitor. The explosive developments in monitor technology have opened an entirely new world in front of us with heaps of alternatives.

Enter the no bezel monitor: Modern monitors include impressive state-of-the-art technologies featuring almost bezel less frames, touch screens, sensor gestures, and ultra-high resolution display with 3D engineering. (Curved monitors with thin bezel are growing in popularity. Check out the Best Curved Monitors in 2017 )

Most of the major manufacturers now produce no bezel or frameless monitors. Given that there are so many options to choose from, how would one go buying the best thin bezel monitor? Well, for a start, you can have a look at my short list of the best no bezel monitors below.

What is a no bezel / frameless monitor?

Whether it is for their smartphone or bigger and external monitors, the concept of thin bezels has been all the rage the last few years. As the name advocates, thin bezel monitors are designed with the specific notion of eliminating huge plastic frame around the display panel. Yes, we do agree that the expression “Bezel-Less” might sound a bit exaggerative! Instead, the term “Thin Bezel” is more appropriate here. The thing is, while putting next to each other, these thin bezel monitors give the illusion of a single-frame bezel-less arrangement. At this moment, a complete bezel less monitor is somewhat unfeasible with the existing methods and apparatuses.

Thin bezel monitors give the illusion of a single-frame bezel-less arrangement

The Aura of a Thin Bezel Monitor

First thing first, the very aura of thin bezel monitors distinguishes them as of other alternatives. Thin Bezel Monitors offer a larger viewing area. The scenario is particularly true for the setup of dual or triple monitor arrangements. Regardless of the usage, more screen space within the same housing is always a welcoming thought.

My Picks For The Best Thin Bezel Monitors

Name ResolutionConnectivityResponse RatePrice
HP 271920 x 1080VGA, HDMI (with HDCP support)7 ms$$
Acer R240HY Widescreen Monitor1920 x 1080VGA, DVI (w/HDCP) & HDMI (v1.4) Ports4 ms$
Dell UltraSharp U2715H 2560 x 1440Hdmi (mhl) ports, a displayport, a mini-displayport and usb 3.0 ports6 ms$$$
ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q2560 x 1440Displayport + HDMI5 ms$$$$
AOC I2267FW1920 x 1080VGA, DVI-D with HDCP ports5 ms$
Lenovo 23-Inch FHD1920 x 1080VGA, HDMI7 ms$$
Sceptre E E225W1920 x 1080HDMI, VGA5 ms$
ViewSonic (VX2478-SMHD)2560 x 1440HDMI, display port and mini display port5 ms$$$
ASUS Designo MX259H1920 x 1080HDMI and VGA ports5 ms$$
Acer S220HQL1920 x 1080D-Sub, DVI5 ms$

HP Backlit Monitor

27-inch screen, edge-to-edge ultra-wide viewing angle, incredibly thin and sleek design, and a Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution – what’s more can you expect from a monitor with such enticing asking price? That’s right, this time around, HP 27 inch monitor came up with a deal that is pretty hard to refuse!

At the outset, you would be blown away with its ultra-thin bezel design that will maximize your viewing area. The Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution in juxtaposition with IPS panel will let you enjoy a sharp and detailed view from almost any angle.

The 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio is perfect for amazing clarity and accurate color output. For a more versatile viewing, you can tilt the monitor from -5 degrees forward to +25 degrees backward effortlessly. As for connectivity, it is equipped with a single VGA port and 2 HDMI ports. It also comes with the usual LED Backlighting, Energy Star Certification, and Technicolor Color Certification.

PROS:
  • Ultra-wide viewing experience 
  • Panoramic view
  • 178/178 viewable angles
  • User control OSD settings
  • 27 inch
  • 7ms response rate

CONS:
  • Neutral setting looks a little warm
  • Not mountable

Last update was on: November 20, 2017 3:44 pm

Acer R240HY Widescreen Monitor

To answer the competition, Acer turned up with a pretty unique design for their frame less monitors – termed as ‘Zero Frame Design’. This design is aimed to experience visuals without boundaries, particularly when adding 2 or more monitors next to each other.

The Acer 23.8 inches Full HD 1920 x 1080 LCD display with IPS technology is a perfect solution for productivity and multimedia applications. You can enjoy stunning color from almost any viewing angle. For the best possible view, the display stand comes with an ergonomic tilt from -5° to 15°. It comes with a VGA port, a DVI port with HDCP, and a HDMI port for superior connectivity.

In addition to its exceptional Zero Frame Design with brushed hairline finish, this monitor comes with Acer’s patented Flicker-less technology. On top of eliminating the annoying screen flickering, it can shield your eyes from straining with its blue light technology. This monitor also features Acer EcoDisplay, and Energy Star Certification.

PROS:
  • 23.8 inches
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 178 degree viewing angles
  • Ergonomic stand
  • Acer Flicker-less technology
  • VGA, DVI (w/HDCP) & HDMI (v1.4) Ports
  • Energy-friendly

CONS:
  • Not VESA mount compatible.
  • Does not tilt up or down.
  •  Does not rise in height and visa versa

Last update was on: November 20, 2017 3:44 pm

Dell UltraSharp U2715H 27-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor

Content creators and gamers often complain about monitor’s color accuracy and precise details. However, with Dell UltraSharp U2715H, professionals can let their work come to life in precise color details. 

The ultra-wide viewing angle of this 27-inch frame less monitor comes with 99% sRGB settings out of the box. The QHD 2560 x 1440 resolution will let you enjoy a sharp and outstanding precision on the 27-inch canvas. In addition, it is perfectly in proportion to the ultra-wide 178-degree viewing angle.

You can pivot the monitor 90° clockwise or counter-clockwise for a multi-monitor setup. What’s more this particular monitor is VESA-compatible. Therefore, you can wall mount it with monitor arms. For connectivity, it comes with 2 HDMI ports, a Display Port, a Mini Display Port, and a USB 3.0 port. You can even charge devices via the USB 3.0 port. 

This professional monitor is ENERGY STAR Qualified, EPEAT Gold5 Rated, and is made with arsenic-free glass and mercury-free LED panel.

PROS:
  • 27 inches
  • Reliable and eco-efficient
  • Dell premium panel guarantee
  • Fully adjustable stand
  • Arsenic-free glass and mercury-free led panel.
  • Multi-monitor setup supported
  • Hdmi (mhl) ports, a displayport, a mini-displayport and usb 3.0 ports

CONS:
  • The power cord is a bit hard to push into the back
  • The screws for a vesa mount strip easily
  • Inputs not switchable

Last update was on: November 20, 2017 3:44 pm

ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q 27" 2560x1440 IPS 165Hz 4ms G-SYNC Eye Care Gaming Monitor

A handful of monitors ascended to this world with the idea to rule! ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q is such a monitor that expressly made for high-end productivity. Besides, we all know the forte of the Republic of Gamers (ROG) lineup in the case of gaming.

This monitor can be hailed as one of the kings of gaming monitors with a long list of features. To begin with, the WQHD (2560 x 1440) Resolution and the 27-inch display with a thin bezel can give you the best balance for gaming. It features an IPS panel with 178-degree viewing angle and 100% sRBG color gamut. In addition, this monitor set the new bar in flawless visuals with its humongous 165 Hz Refresh Rate.

G-Sync will help you in synchronizing the monitor with NVIDIA GPUs, resulting in minimizing display stutter and eliminating screen tearing. It comes with 2 USB 3.0 Ports, a Display Port, and a HDMI Port. The monitor stand is ergonomically designed with tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustments. You can also VESA wall-mount it or arm-mount it easily.  

Finally, Low Blue Light, Flicker-Free, GamePlus, and GameVisual technologies can offer a comfortable gaming experience.

PROS:
  • 27 inches
  • ASUS Eye care technology
  • 165Hz refresh rate
  • IPS Panel displays full sRGB
  • NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology
  • Ergonomic stand
  • VESA mount ready
  • Multi setup support

CONS:
  • Quality control issues

Last update was on: November 20, 2017 3:44 pm

AOC I2267FW 22-Inch Class IPS Frameless/Slim LED Monitor, Full HD,250 cd/m2 Brightness,5ms,50M:1 DCR,VGA/DVI

If you are on the lookout for a quality monitor on a budget, then very few can compete with the AOC I2267FW. AOC predominantly designed this monitor with 2mm ultra-narrow bezel for a seemingly borderless appearance.

It features a 21.5-inch viewable screen with a Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. Boating a 50,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and a response time of 5ms, this monitor is outfitted with an ultra-thin IPS panel for consistent image appearance from all viewing positions. The non-reflective, matte, and anti-glare coating of the display won’t leave any smudges or fingerprints on the screen.

When it comes to connectivity, this monitor comes with a VGA and DVI-D port to connect your devices. The conventional 60 Hz Refresh Rate is reasonable for a monitor of this price range. It is both Energy Star and EPEAT Silver Certified for its packaging and production. It comes with OSD menu, Power Saving Mode, and Off Timer.

PROS:
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD Resolution
  • MEGA Dynamic Contrast Ratio
  • Non-reflective matte anti-glare coating
  • 5ms Response Time
  • VGA, DVI-D with HDCP ports
  • Detachable multi-purpose stand

CONS:
  • No HDMI Ports
  • No VESA mount

Lenovo 23-Inch FHD LED-Lit 16:9 Widescreen Monitor

Lenovo is a Chinese cooperation and a veteran in the monitor sphere. Its displays are considered to be innovative and long lasting.

The 23 inch FHD LED thin bezel monitor is one of the latest models released by the company in the past twelve months. It comes with the standard 1080p resolution and 75 Hz refresh rate. It is a widescreen 16:9 monitor, with a quick response time to ensure a smooth visual experience without any ghosting or distortion of picture. It supports video sources from both HDMI and VGA inputs, which makes it a great option for any modern setup (albeit a USB port would have been highly appreciated!).

The frame of the monitor is super light in weight and its thin profile lets it stand out an elegant masterpiece on your table. The monitor has a 178 degree viewing angle and an antiglare layer on top, which means that you can enjoy high quality and vibrant pictures from anywhere in your office / room, without struggling for maintaining specific angles. The monitor is Energy Star certified and is compatible with Kensington lock for security.

With a one year warranty to back it up, you can get this monitor with full confidence.

PROS:
  • Elegant looks
  • 1920 x 1080 p
  • Refresh rate 14 milliseconds
  • Accurate colors
  • Energy efficient
  • Ergonomic stand

CONS:
  • Does not have VESA mounting holes
  • Does not have speakers
  • No display port or USB hub

Last update was on: November 20, 2017 3:44 pm

Sceptre E E225W-1920R 22" Ultra Thin LED Monitor

Sceptre may not be a brand that is super popular, especially when compared to the likes of HP, Dell, Asus and company. However, do not let this fact stop you from buying one of the brand’s brilliant product this year: The E225W. Moreover, you have nothing to worry about as Sceptre is an internationally certified manufacturer of LCD and LED, meaning that all of its products are up to standard or better.

The Sceptre E225W is pretty easy to distinguish from the rest due to its signature metallic frame, with a brushed outlook. The monitor has a tiny bezel and gives out a modernistic look. Aesthetics aside, it also comes with a 1080p and 5 ms response time, which means that you can enjoy the latest games and HD videos in highest quality, without worrying about lag or ghosting.

The colors on the screen are quite vivid, all due to the high quality LED backlight and 5000000:1 contrast ratio used by the manufacturer.  The monitor comes with support for both HDMI and VGA inputs, however, do not expect any other ports with it.

Sceptre offers a 1 year warranty with all of its monitors and gives a direct support to its customers round the clock.

PROS:
  • Minimalistic metallic design
  • Super thin bezel
  • Metal brushed cover
  • Smart energy saving
  • Auto alignment
  • Wall mount ready
  • 1 year warranty

CONS:
  • Not suitable for dual monitor systems
  • No USB support
  • Difficult to claim warranty

ViewSonic (VX2478-SMHD) 24 Inch IPS WQHD 1440p Frameless LED Monitor

We all know that ViewSonic is an authority in the monitor market. Every year, the company comes up with a range of stellar products to cater to the different requirements of their customers. With the demand for thin bezels increasing, it is no surprise to see that the American giant has released a top notch minimalistic monitor.

The ViewSonic VX2478-SMHD is an IPS frameless LED monitor. While frameless is a marketing term used by the manufacturer, the fact is that this monitor has one of the thinnest bezel size its size range, owing to the revolutionary edge-to-edge bezel technology from ViewSonic.

The IPS panel technology is a standard in most modern monitors, but with the patented ViewSonic IPS technology and the 2560 x 1440 resolution, the monitor will let you enjoy crisp / sharp image quality when doing office work or watching some movie. Moreover, you will not be seeing any blurring or tearing while viewing the screen, even when watching high resolution videos. The 80 million: 1 contrast ratio will show you the blackest of blacks and whitest of whites, while the 178 degree viewing angle will let you view the screen without resorting to maintaining specific positions.

The monitor comes with built in speakers which will let you experience stereo sound, without requiring any external devices. There is support for HDMI, display port and mini display port, making the monitor compatible with all modern devices.

ViewSonic warrants all its monitors for 3 years and the VX2478-SMHD is no exception.

PROS:
  • Super thin bezel Design
  • Patented IPS superclear Technology
  • Widescreen HD Resolution
  • Multi Connectivity
  • Auto optimization
  • 2560x1440 Resolution
  • 3 years warranty

CONS:
  • Just one cable for display ports
  • No dvi input
  • Height not adjustable

ASUS Designo MX259H 25" Full HD Monitor

Asus is one of the most popular monitor makes around and it is no surprise that another of its product has found the way to this list.

The MX259H is a 25 inch monitor built by Asus to serve its high end customer base. The monitor may be considered as a cousin to its Asus’s larger MX279H, but it comes with all the features found in the latter. Design wise, the monitor has one of the tiniest bezel I have seen and looks absolutely beautiful. It is a winner of the Good Design Award for this year, which is a testament to its aesthetics.

The monitor features an IPS panel and TUV Rheinland-certified flicker-free backlighting to give sharp and vivid pictures, without putting a strain on your eyes. The high contrast ratio enables you to enjoy deep blacks and bright whites, which allows the pictures to look more realistic. The monitor can be tilted to 25 degrees and is quite ergonomic. Combined with this and the fact that the monitor supports a 178 / 178 viewing angle, there are no dead angles to spoil your viewing experience.

There is also an embedded stereo system developed by Bang & Olufsen, meaning that the monitor can give you the best of both sound and display.

PROS:
  • 1920 x 1080
  • AH-IPS LED display
  • 178 wide-view angle
  • ASUS Eye Care technology
  • Good Design Award Winner
  • ASUS Rapid Replacement
  • HDMI and VGA ports

CONS:
  • Settings controls not user friendly
  • Minor flickering reported

Last update was on: November 20, 2017 3:44 pm

Acer S220HQL Abd 21.5-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor

The last monitor on my list is from Acer. I have already covered an Acer model above and I am sure that the manufacturer needs no introduction. It is one of the biggest monitor makers around!

The Acer H226HQL comes with a zero frame design and looks quite stylish. It has a 21.5 inch display and is a widescreen monitor. The 100 million: 1 contrast ratio added with White LED technology ensures that you get to see the best picture quality on this monitor, with no drags. The monitor has an eColor technology, which is unique to Acer and automatically helps to correct the colors in picture and change preset settings.

There is support for HDMI, VGA and DVI ports, which is pretty much what most people require.  Perhaps the only thing which is lacking in this monitor is a support for VESA mount.

PROS:
  • Ultra-thin monitor
  • 5ms response time
  • White LED technology
  • VGA and DVI port
  • 1920 x 1080

CONS:
  • Not VESA ready
  • Physical buttons not easily accessible
  • No headphone or speaker jack

Last update was on: November 20, 2017 3:44 pm

 

 

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