2016 was a stunningly good year for screens. Tech has been improving for years now, but finally new ideas like Ultra Widescreens and 4K panels are becoming the norm and not the exception. Here’s what our readers thought was the best screen of 2016.

WINNER

Dell P4317Q 43-inch Ultra HD 4K Multi-Client Monitor
Price: R36 997

Specifications
  • 43-inch Ultra Widescreen IPS panel
  • 3840 x 2160 at 60 Hz (DP only)
  • 178°/178° Viewing Angle
  • 8ms grey-to-grey response time
  • 1000:1 contrast
  • DisplayPort 1.2
  • MiniDisplayPort 1.2
  • 2 x HDMI 1.4 (MHL)

Dell stuffed this particular monitor full of the latest innovations in screen technology, so it’s no wonder it captured the imaginations of the majority of our readers.

It was just a small majority, however, as this category was very tightly-contested – the Dell won by a tiny 0.2% margin over LG’s 34-inch 34UC98-W UltraWide IPS curved monitor, which itself only beat the next runner up – Samsung’s Ultra Widescreen 34-inch S34E790C – by a tiny 0.8%.

But the win is understandable; this monster screen offers a huge 43-inch viewing area, which is as big as you can get in a commercial business-ready monitor without venturing into TV territory. What’s so good about it is that you get all the goodness of monitor tech – an IPS panel for excellent colour reproduction and viewing angles and a fast response time that a TV just can’t beat – in a massive screen that can accommodate four different sources at the same time, or connect to a single UHD/4K/3840 x 2160 video source at a time.

Curves, shmurves – we‘re pretty sure our readers loved this monster flat screen for its sheer size, its impressive IPS panel and its productivity-enhancing potential. Whatever the case, it’s our Monitor winner in this year’s GOTY awards.

Votes
Percentage of votes: 25.5%
Runners-up: LG 34UC98-W (25.3%), Samsung Ultra Widescreen 34-inch S34E790C (24.7%)

Journalist’s choice

Deon du Plessis

I’m a PC gamer, so ask me for my monitor of the year and I’ll go with something as big as possible, with an Ultra Widescreen form factor and NVIDIA’s G-Sync tech built in. That being the case, I’d have been happier to see ASUS’s PG348Q Republic of Gamers Swift 34-inch Ultra Widescreen G-Sync screen doing a little better, coming in as it did with only 15% of the votes. I am a sad panda.

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.