The 8 Best-Selling Monitor Brands Of Q2 2017

Monitors To Consider

Two manufacturers of monitors stayed dominant during the second quarter of 2017, as measured by sales through technology distributors. HP Inc. led the way, followed by Dell, according to The NPD Group, a Port Washington, N.Y.-based market research firm. Those two vendors were responsible for nearly all of the top 10 best-selling monitors during the second quarter, according to the firm. NPD Group's DistributorTrack sales database is comprised primarily of U.S. Global Technology Distribution Council members.

In the following slides, we've rounded up the eight monitor brands with the highest sales in the second quarter, based on The NPD Group's data from distributors.

8. Planar Systems

Beaverton, Ore.-based Planar Systems saw little change in terms of its share of monitor sales through distributors in the second quarter, with 2.9 percent of the market, compared with 3 percent during the same quarter a year earlier.

Among the company's top monitors on the market is the Planar IX Series, a 28-inch LCD monitor that features 4K (3,840 x 2,160) resolution, a height-adjustable stand and connectivity including DisplayPort and HDMI.

7. Asus

Taiwan-based Asus also largely stayed the course during the second quarter, with its share of the monitor market slipping just a bit to 5.4 percent from 5.6 percent the year before, in terms of sales through distributors.

Along with an assortment of gaming-focused monitors, Asus offers monitors for professional uses such as the ProArt PA329Q. The 32-inch monitor features 4K resolution, inputs via DisplayPort, mini-DisplayPort and HDMI, and top-notch Adobe true color reproduction. The monitor also has an ergonomic tilt, swivel and height-adjustable stand.

6. Lenovo

China-based Lenovo was one of the few gainers during the second quarter of the year, with an increase of its share of monitors sold through distributors to 9.6 percent, up from 6.8 percent during the same period a year earlier.

Lenovo broke into the top 10 for best-selling monitors, with the ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 24 monitor. The 23.8-inch LED monitor features 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, DisplayPort connectivity and a weight just over 12 pounds. The monitor, which was the No. 6 best-selling monitor during the second quarter, also includes a small PC that is compatible with ThinkCentre Tiny PCs and ThinkCentre Thin Clients.

5. Samsung

The second quarter saw Samsung's share of monitor sales through distributors drop to 9.8 percent from 10.8 percent from a year earlier.

Recent debuts by the South Korean firm include the 49-inch CHG90 monitor and the 27- and 32-inch CHG70 monitors, which are focused on gaming users. The monitors feature QLED (quantum dot) technology for improved color and contrast, as well as High Dynamic Range (HDR) picture enhancement and AMD's low-latency Radeon FreeSync 2 technology.

4. ViewSonic

Brea, Calif.-based Viewsonic maintained its position in the monitor market during the second quarter, with 10.3 percent of sales via distributors, identical to the results from a year before.

ViewSonic's monitor offerings include the VG2860mhl-4K, a 28-inch LED monitor with 4K resolution. The monitor has a large number of connectivity inputs--DisplayPort, HDMI, MHL, DVI and USB--as well as ViewSonic's MultiPicture technology for viewing up to four split windows at a time.

3. Acer

Taiwan-based Acer slipped to a 10.6 percent market share during the second quarter, in terms of monitor sales via distributors, down from 11.1 percent during the same period of 2016.

Recent introductions by Acer include the Predator Z301CT, a 21:9 curved monitor with eye-tracking functionality, aimed at enabling immersion in gaming. The 30-inch monitor has 2,560 X 1,080 resolution and also features a rapid, 200Hz refresh rate.

2. Dell

Along with Lenovo, Dell was the only other vendor to gain share in the monitor market during the second quarter. Round Rock, Texas-based Dell grabbed 15.7 percent of monitor sales through distributors during the quarter, compared with 14.7 percent a year earlier.

The top-selling monitor during the second quarter was Dell's P2217H, according to The NPD Group. The 22-inch LCD monitor includes slim borders around the display and the ability to pivot, tilt and swivel the monitor. The P2217H includes 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and a range of ports--DisplayPort, HDMI and USB.

1. HP

Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP Inc. held its spot as the top vendor for monitors sold through distributors during the second quarter of the year, though sales did fall slightly, to 28.6 percent from 29 percent during the same period the year before.

HP enjoyed having seven of the 10 best-selling monitors during the quarter, according to The NPD Group, led by HP's EliteDisplay E222. The 21.5-inch monitor includes resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, features such as pivot rotation and glare reduction, and low power consumption. The E222 also includes a number of port inputs--USB, HDMI, DisplayPor, and VGA.