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The Best Budget Monitors for 2023

Desktop monitors tend to last a long time, so if you last bought one when iPhones were a novelty, or Tesla automobiles were as exotic as jetpacks, a lot has changed. Today, you can get quite a spread of screen, and a lot more functionality for your money, than in the ’00s or the ’10s.

Many of today’s low-priced monitors—ones with prices topping out at around $200—perform quite well and include at least the essential connectivity and usability features you need for everyday computing. But shop around, and you’ll see that some have a surprising mix of features beyond the basics. Whether you’re on a tight budget, live in tight quarters, need a couple of screens on the cheap, or simply have modest computing needs, you can find lots of low-priced monitors worth considering.

How to choose among them? We tested a bunch. The best of the lot are outlined below, where we’ll go over their pros and cons. Finally, we also have some sage general advice to follow when looking at budget panels, having eyeballed and benchmarked lots of them in PC Labs.

Deeper Dive: Our Top Tested Picks

HP 24mh 23.8-Inch Display

Best Budget Monitor for General Use

4.0 Excellent

Bottom Line:

HP’s 24mh IPS-based budget monitor is surprisingly feature-rich for its price, packing three inputs, a stand with ergonomic chops, and built-in speakers. Plus, the panel delivers a high contrast ratio and stellar sRGB color coverage for the money.

PROS

  • Excellent sRGB color coverage
  • High contrast ratio for an IPS monitor
  • DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA connectors
  • Stand supports height, pivot, and tilt adjustment
  • Built-in 2-watt speakers

CONS

  • Warranty limited to one year
  • Brightness fell short of its rating

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Dell 24 S2421HGF

Best Budget Gaming Monitor

4.0 Excellent

Bottom Line:

The Dell 27 Curved Gaming Monitor (S2721HGF) offers great 1080p gaming performance in an affordable 144Hz display.

PROS

  • Great gaming performance
  • Vibrant picture in shows and movies
  • Low price
  • Sturdy, ergonomically friendly base

CONS

  • Low color accuracy with default settings

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NZXT Canvas 32Q Curved

Best Budget Large-Screen Gaming Monitor

4.0 Excellent

Bottom Line:

NZXT’s first foray into monitors is a successful one, as the Canvas 32Q Curved impresses with its handsome design and low input lag.

PROS

  • Attractive design
  • Affordable price
  • Good color range and low input lag
  • DisplayPort-capable USB-C included

CONS

  • Limited screen settings
  • Color accuracy, HDR implementation don’t impress
  • No built-in speakers

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Samsung 24-Inch CF396 Curved LED Monitor

Best Budget Curved Monitor

4. 0 Excellent

Bottom Line:

Samsung’s 24-Inch CF396 Curved LED Monitor has the modest port selection and 1080p resolution of a typical under-$200 display, but the panel is bright and vibrant, with some surprising features on call.

PROS

  • Curved screen
  • Great sRGB color coverage
  • Bright for a budget monitor
  • Mini-joystick controller

CONS

  • Sparse port selection
  • Stand limits you to tilt adjustment
  • Meager one-year warranty

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HP U28 4K HDR Monitor

Best Budget 4K Monitor

4.0 Excellent

Bottom Line:

HP’s U28 4K HDR Monitor offers high resolution and pixel density, masters the sRGB color space, and renders nuanced HDR content. It’s a fair-value pick for prosumer content creators and others seeking a midsize panel with good color chops.

PROS

  • Bright IPS screen with 4K resolution
  • Great sRGB color coverage and accuracy
  • Stand supports full range of ergonomic adjustments
  • Mini joystick controller for OSD menus

CONS

  • HDR effect is only subtle
  • Lacks built-in speakers

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LG 24MP88HV-S

Best Budget Monitor With a Sleek Design

4. 0 Excellent

Bottom Line:

It’s the details that make the LG 24MP88HV-S a winning 24-inch 1080p entertainment panel: dual HDMI ports, peppy built-in audio, a joystick control for the menus, and ultra-thin bezels ideal for twin- or triple-screen arrays.

PROS

  • Extremely trim bezels
  • Twin HDMI ports
  • All ports are outward-facing
  • Dual 5-watt speakers
  • Joystick-style menu controller
  • Excellent sRGB color coverage

CONS

  • Stand could be steadier
  • Higher-than-60Hz refresh requires tweaking
  • Warranty is just one year

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Acer SB220Q

Best Monitor for the Very Tightest Budgets

3.5 Good

Bottom Line:

The Acer SB220Q is a 21.5-inch monitor, priced to fly off shelves, with a quality IPS panel and a basic feature set. It will suffice for most mainstream use if you want a small display.

PROS

  • Low price for an elegant design
  • Three-year warranty
  • Ultra-thin IPS panel
  • Lightweight and compact

CONS

  • 21.5 inches is small by today’s budget-monitor standards
  • Basic feature set

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Philips 272E1CA Curved Frameless Monitor

Best Budget Monitor for Warranty Coverage

3.5 Good

Bottom Line:

The Philips 272E1CA Curved Frameless Monitor looks more attractive than most budget desktop displays, but its core traits—modest brightness, low resolution, limited ergonomics—cement it as a capable, if not outstanding, low-cost entry among 27-inch panels.

PROS

  • Cleverly designed base
  • Built-in speakers
  • Trim-looking bezels
  • Four-year warranty

CONS

  • Modest brightness
  • Tiny OSD buttons
  • Only supports tilt adjustment

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ViewSonic VG1655

Best Budget Portable Monitor

4. 0 Excellent

Bottom Line:

Generally available for less than $150, ViewSonic’s 15.6-inch VG1655 has the same modest range of color coverage as most other mainstream-grade portable monitors we’ve tested. But the feature set stands out for a budget price: It’s one of the few to offer a built-in stand, a five-way mini-joystick controller, and a sophisticated onscreen display. It muscles out a win on the strength of those conveniences.

PROS

  • Five-way mini-joystick controller
  • Fully realized OSD
  • Built-in stand allows for easy tilt
  • Bright, with solid contrast ratio
  • Good value for money

CONS

  • Some colors dull in photos and video

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Buying Guide: The Best Budget Monitors for 2023

In the market for a low-cost display? The key thing to know: Although no two budget monitor models are identical, manufacturers tend to make similar feature choices to keep prices down.

Cheap monitors used to be limited to panel sizes of 19 or 21 inches, but today, no one should have to settle on a desktop panel at that small a size without specific reason. That is because for less than $200 (and, in some cases, considerably less), you can get a general-purpose monitor with a high-quality if moderate-size (generally 24-inch, sometimes 27-inch) screen, with a native resolution that is reasonable for the panel size. Usually that is 1080p at these screen sizes. (More on that in a moment.) The “budget” category for 4K panels and gaming-specific panels starts higher than $200, however (around $300 and $250, respectively).

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The display should be accompanied by at least a basic stand that supports tilt adjustment, plus a pair of video ports (most commonly, HDMI and VGA), and an onscreen display (OSD) menu system controlled by a row of buttons concealed on the bottom edge or back of the monitor, or splayed across the face of the bottom bezel.

(Credit: Zlata Ivleva)

That description above approximates the minimum configuration for a mainstream budget monitor, but often, display manufacturers will sweeten the pot with one or more extras. These may include items such as an extra input port and/or audio jack, a stand that has additional ergonomic adjustability, built-in speakers, a curved panel, or a small joystick controller for the OSD (instead of clumsier buttons).

The addition of one or more of these extras, along with the monitor’s performance in quantitative measures such as brightness and color coverage, help separate standout budget monitors, such as the ones you see here, from the merely average ones. (See more about how we test monitors.)


Budget Displays: What Overall Types Are There?

Most low-cost desktop displays are fine for general-purpose use, but note some specialized classes of monitors that you’ll also see in the $200 and under price zone.

As a group, desktop budget panels are relatively portable, in the sense that most are light enough (and have a small-enough screen) to reposition around the house. But true portable monitors are ones you can throw into a bag and take with you to a coffee shop, a conference, or a hotel room. In most cases, you would use one of these attached to a laptop, with the panel acting as a second screen for productivity work. And the panel draws its power from the PC, not from a plug in the wall.

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Portable monitors’ screen sizes range from 12 to 15.6 inches, and they tend to be IPS panels with mediocre color coverage (seldom rated for much more than 70% of the sRGB gamut). Most have primitive, foldable stands; in some cases, the folding stand also serves as a screen protector when in transit. A nice touch is that many make use of USB Type-C ports for input—sometimes they have two—along with, perhaps, a mini-HDMI port.

As for full-size desktop displays, gaming monitors also show up, on occasion, in this price zone, though we would extend the “budget” definition for gaming displays to around $250, as opposed to less than $200. Most high-performance gaming panels will set you back more money. Budget gaming monitors tend to have curved screens based on vertical alignment (VA) technology, plus support for AMD FreeSync adaptive sync technology (or, more rarely in this budget segment, support for G-Sync at the G-Sync Compatible level), and refresh rates of up to 144Hz. We’ll get into all that in more detail further down.

You will also spot a few budget-priced photo-centric monitors, though real creative-pro panels tend to be pricier than $200. Still, the ones that come in below that price mark have high color accuracy and coverage for the sRGB space (see more about the criteria for the best monitors for photo editing), usually at FHD, aka 1080p (1,920 by 1,080 pixels) or WUXGA (1,920 by 1,200 pixels) resolution and featuring relatively high brightness levels.


What Resolution and Screen Tech Should I Seek in a Cheap Monitor?

As noted earlier, the mainstream budget monitors we have reviewed have had screen sizes ranging from 22 to 27 inches (measured diagonally). The lion’s share of them have been at 24 inches.

On most panels in this price class, you can expect a native resolution of Full HD (aka 1080p), which is fine for a 22- or 24-inch monitor but is borderline low for a 27-incher. The smaller the screen size for a given resolution, the higher the pixel density, and (all else being equal) the sharper the image. But if you’re working at tasks such as email, word processing, and spreadsheets, or just surf the web, rather than doing photo or video work, the larger screen may be worth any potential slight graininess evident in the image.

One pleasant surprise is that most of today’s budget monitors have LCD panels based on in-plane switching (IPS) technology. IPS displays are known for their very wide viewing angles, rated at up to 178 degrees in both vertical and horizontal dimensions. This means that you can look at the screen from the side, above, or below with no shifting in the color or posterization. Most of the time, the viewing angles we see with IPS panels are better than what we see with VA screens, the other common panel type in today’s budget displays (especially gaming ones). And IPS viewing angles are considerably better than those of older-school twisted nematic (TN) tech, notorious for looking faded out at off-center angles. Nowadays, TN is best avoided, simply given the quality of the cheap competition.

(Credit: Samsung)

IPS also tends to deliver the best overall image quality of the three main LCD panel technologies. Nearly all the budget IPS monitors we have reviewed show good-to-excellent coverage of the sRGB color space. (sRGB is the color palette used for web-based photos and graphics, as well as many other applications.) It wasn’t too long ago that IPS panels were pricier than displays using these other technologies, but that dynamic, clearly, has shifted.

We also encounter some budget VA panels, mostly in curved-screen or gaming-friendly monitors. They have very high contrast ratios (generally rated at 3,000:1) and are capable of rendering inky blacks. They vary more in image quality and color coverage than IPS panels do, though, so looking carefully at reviews of these is a good idea.

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Then there’s the issue of refresh rate. Mainstream budget monitors have pixel refresh rates of either 60Hz or (much less commonly) 75Hz. Budget gaming panels have somewhat higher refresh rates, up to 144Hz. Some budget gaming panels include support for adaptive sync—almost always AMD FreeSync, in this price range—to reduce screen tearing or stuttering. A 60Hz rate is essentially all you need unless you’re a dedicated PC gamer, and even there, different game genres (and sets of eyes!) will garner more benefit from a 60Hz-plus refresh rate than others.

Most low-priced displays are light on ergonomic features (in the form of stand flexibility), being limited to the control of the screen’s tilt angle. In a few cases, we’ve seen stands that have been rickety and poorly designed, or too light for the panels they support. (That is where, again, reviews come in handy.) Expect some exceptions: Some budget monitors we have tested of late have had substantial stands that add height and pivot control.


What Ports Should I Expect to Get in a Budget Monitor?

Most budget monitors include a basic pair of ports, with the same two video inputs on most: HDMI and VGA. A decade ago, VGA—which supports an analog video signal—was found on most computers and monitors. Today, it’s seldom seen on any new desktops or laptops, but it remains useful for connecting up older, pre-HDMI computers.

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A few budget monitors add a second HDMI port or a DisplayPort connector. USB Type-C display input (which pushes a DisplayPort signal over the USB-C interface) is rare in low-priced displays, except in portable monitors, where it has become the norm.


About half the budget monitors we have reviewed include a pair of built-in speakers, ranging from 2 to 5 watts. Although, for the most part, they can push a reasonably loud signal, their audio quality is uniformly mediocre. They tend to sound a bit tinny and have poor bass response. Still, unless you’re an audiophile, it’s nice to have dual speakers for when you need them, if you don’t want to clutter up your desk with separate PC speakers. Many monitors include headphone jacks, and a few add audio-in jacks. 

What’s uncommon is any connectivity beyond that. Pricier panels will have creature comforts like USB hubs built into the monitor housing, but the under-$200 crowd leaves that kind of convenience feature off, most of the time.

Like on many lower-cost electronics, manufacturers often skimp on budget-monitor warranties, with most of them covering their displays for a mere one year. A few have surprised us, though, with three, or even four-year, coverage plans. (For one: Take a bow, Philips.)


So, Which Budget Monitor Should I Buy?

The better low-priced displays tend to offer small surprises for the money versus the rest. That could be a curved screen, a panel with a minimal bezel, or a mini-joystick controller in place of tiny OSD buttons. Additions like these add a modicum of value to these displays, and it’s these nuances that make all the difference at this price. Whether you are seeking a cost-effective monitor for home or home-office tasks, low-impact gaming, or taking with you on vacation, you can find many capable—and some downright compelling—choices. Roll on down the page for the best ones we have reviewed.

The 5 Best Budget And Cheap Monitors – Summer 2023: Reviews

  1. Table of Contents
  2. Intro
  3. Best Monitor

    1. Best Work

      1. Best Budget 32-Inch

        1. Best Budget 24-Inch

          1. Best Cheap

            1. Notable Mentions
            2. Recent Updates
            3. All Reviews
            4. Discussions

            Updated May 31, 2023 at 01:05 pm

            By Nicholas Di Giovanni

            If you’re looking for a monitor on a budget, there’s a good chance you’ll find a good option for your needs. Although they’re usually smaller, with simpler designs and fewer added features, budget monitors can still offer a good user experience for work or play. Many monitors include gaming features like variable refresh rate (VRR) support or higher refresh rates. You can also find low-cost 4k monitors if you care about text clarity, but it’s easier to find 1440p displays in the budget category.

            We’ve bought and tested over 275 monitors, and below, you’ll find our top picks for the best monitors available for purchase at a low cost. Also, check out our recommendations for the best monitors under $200, the best budget and cheap gaming monitors, and the best 1080p monitors.

            1. Best Budget Monitor

              Gigabyte M27Q

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              7.8

              Office

              7.8

              Gaming

              8.4

              Media Consumption

              7.6

              Media Creation

              8.0

              HDR

              6. 5

              Size

              27″

              Pixel Type

              IPS

              Max Refresh Rate

              170 Hz

              Variable Refresh Rate

              Yes

              Native Resolution

              2560 x 1440

              HDR10

              Yes

              See all our test results

              The best monitor we’ve tested in the budget category is the Gigabyte M27Q. It’s a very good overall monitor that’s versatile for different uses, like if you need something for gaming and working on the side. It has a 27-inch screen with a 1440p resolution, which results in decent text clarity, but because it uses a BGR subpixel layout instead of RGB, like on most monitors, some programs don’t render text well with it. Regardless, you still see plenty of detail while playing games, and it has a 170Hz refresh rate with variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing. It also has great motion handling thanks to its fast response time, and it has low input lag for a responsive feel.

              It has a few extra features that make it versatile for other uses besides gaming, like a KVM switch. This makes it easy to switch between devices and use the same keyboard and mouse connected to the monitor. It also has a USB-C port with DisplayPort Alt Mode that lets you display an image from a compatible display, but because it’s limited to 10W of power delivery, it isn’t enough to charge a laptop.

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            2. Best Budget Monitor For Work

              Dell S2721QS

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              Gaming

              7.1

              Media Consumption

              7.6

              Media Creation

              8.4

              HDR

              6.4

              Size

              27″

              Pixel Type

              IPS

              Max Refresh Rate

              60 Hz

              Variable Refresh Rate

              Yes

              Native Resolution

              3840 x 2160

              HDR10

              Yes

              See all our test results

              If you need something only for work and aren’t a gamer, consider a high-resolution display like the Dell S2721QS. It’s different from the Gigabyte M27Q because it has a much lower refresh rate and doesn’t have many extra gaming features. It doesn’t have a USB hub like the Gigabyte, but its main advantage is its high 4k resolution. This lets it display extremely sharp text, which is ideal for productivity and makes it easy to multitask. If you want something with a USB hub, the Dell S2722QC is another option with both USB-A and USB-C ports, and it’s worth getting when you can find it on sale.

              The S2721QS is a good choice in a well-lit room thanks to its high SDR peak brightness and very good reflection handling, meaning you won’t have any issues with visibility. It also has wide viewing angles that keep the image consistent from the sides and impressive ergonomics that make it easy to adjust if you need to share your screen with others.

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            3. Best Budget 32-Inch Monitor

              LG 32GN650-B/32GN63T-B

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              Gaming

              8.0

              Media Consumption

              7.4

              Media Creation

              7.5

              HDR

              6.6

              Size

              32″

              Pixel Type

              VA

              Max Refresh Rate

              165 Hz

              Variable Refresh Rate

              Yes

              Native Resolution

              2560 x 1440

              HDR10

              Yes

              See all our test results

              While few budget-friendly monitors are available with larger screens than 27 inches, some, like the LG 32GN650-B, are decent enough for everyday use and offer more screen space. It’s also sold as the 32GN63T-B, and both models perform the same, so you can get whichever you can find for cheaper. You’ll have to sacrifice on resolution if you want a bigger screen at a low cost, and that’s the case here as the LG has a lower 1440p resolution compared to the Dell S2721QS. This means text doesn’t look as sharp, but with more screen real estate, you can still multitask.

              It’s a gaming monitor like the Gigabyte M27Q, and the main difference is that it has worse motion handling with more smearing and inverse ghosting, but it’s still good enough if you’re getting into PC gaming. It also has low input lag for a responsive feel and FreeSync VRR support with G-SYNC compatibility. Additionally, it has a VA panel that looks good in dark rooms thanks to its high native contrast, but it has narrow viewing angles, and the image looks washed out from the sides.

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            4. Best Budget 24-Inch Monitor

              ViewSonic XG2431

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              8.4

              Media Consumption

              7.1

              Media Creation

              7.6

              HDR

              6.0

              Size

              24″

              Pixel Type

              IPS

              Max Refresh Rate

              240 Hz

              Variable Refresh Rate

              Yes

              Native Resolution

              1920 x 1080

              HDR10

              Yes

              See all our test results

              If you prefer a smaller screen, there are more options you can choose from with a 24-inch screen than a 32-inch screen. If that’s the case, the ViewSonic XG2431 is a great choice as a 24-inch monitor. Instead of the 1440p resolution of the LG 32GN650-B/32GN63T-B, it has a lower 1080p resolution, making it easier for your graphics card to reach its 240Hz max refresh rate. With this, you get a smoother gaming experience, and the response time is fast across its entire refresh rate range, resulting in minimal blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It also has a customizable backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur, which isn’t something all monitors have, and it’s a nice addition to a budget-friendly display.

              Although it doesn’t have many extra features, it has a USB hub with two USB ports. It’s good if you want to connect your mouse and keyboard directly to the monitor or if you need extra USB ports to charge other devices. It also has great ergonomics and wide viewing angles, making it a better choice than the LG for co-op gaming, as everyone sees a consistent image from the sides.

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            5. Best Cheap Monitor

              ASUS VG246H

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              6. 5

              Office

              7.6

              Gaming

              6.3

              Media Consumption

              6.5

              Media Creation

              7.2

              HDR

              2.7

              Size

              24″

              Pixel Type

              IPS

              Max Refresh Rate

              75 Hz

              Variable Refresh Rate

              Yes

              Native Resolution

              1920 x 1080

              HDR10

              No

              See all our test results

              If you’re on a tight budget and want something cheap, some good cheap monitors are available, but you’ll get fewer features than if you were to get something in the budget category. The ASUS VG246H is a decent, cheap display with a 24-inch screen and 1080p resolution, like the ViewSonic XG2431. However, it doesn’t have a fast refresh rate for gaming, so it’s better to get this only if you need a simple monitor for work. It has outstanding ergonomics that make it easy to adjust, and with wide viewing angles, you can easily share your screen.

              Despite its budget price, it still has an sRGB picture mode with great accuracy before calibration, meaning images look life-like without any calibration. It also has good reflection handling if you want to use it in a room with a few lights, but it doesn’t get bright enough to fight intense glare. If that’s important, the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx is a brighter alternative but costs more. It’s also harder to find cheap 27-inch monitors as they cost more. The LG 27MN60T-W is an okay monitor for work, but it has limited ergonomics.

              See our review

            Notable Mentions

            • HP X24ih:
              The HP X24ih is a gaming alternative to the ASUS VG246H, with a higher 144Hz refresh rate. However, it costs more, so go for the ASUS if you want something cheaper.
              See our review
            • Gigabyte M34WQ:
              The Gigabyte M34WQ is a budget-friendly ultrawide monitor with a wider screen than the LG 32GN650-B/32GN63T-B, but it costs more. However, if you want an ultrawide and don’t mind spending a bit more, it’s a good choice.
              See our review

            Recent Updates

            1. May 31, 2023:
              Removed the Dell G2722HS because it went up in price; renamed the Dell S2721QS as the ‘Best Budget Monitor For Work’ and added the Gigabyte M27Q as the ‘Best Budget Monitor’ for consistency with other articles; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

            2. Mar 31, 2023:
              Replaced the HP X27q with the Dell G2722HS because it’s cheaper; added that HP and the AOC CU34G2X to Notable Mentions.

            3. Jan 30, 2023:
              Replaced the HP X24ih and the LG 27GL650F-B with the ASUS VG246H and the HP X27q because they’re each cheaper; updated Notable Mentions based on changes and market pricing.

            4. Dec 01, 2022:
              Removed the Gigabyte M32Q and the ViewSonic XG270 because their costs went up and replaced them with the LG 32GN650-B and the LG 27GL650F-B; updated Notable Mentions based on market prices and changes in the article.

            5. Oct 04, 2022:
              Complete restructuring to reflect current prices and availability; replaced the Dell S2721D with the Dell S2721QS because it has a higher resolution; replaced the ASUS VG246H and the LG 32QN55T-B with the ViewSonic XG2431 and the Gigabyte M32Q because they’re better. Removed the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx and the Gigabyte M27Q; added the ViewSonic Elite XG270 and the HP X24ih as ‘Cheap’ categories; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

            All Reviews

            Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best cheap monitors and the best monitors on a budget. They are adapted to be valid for most people. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.

            If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our monitor reviews that are currently under $350. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

            Inexpensive 4K monitors for your computer: top 5 best

            If you think that 4K monitors can’t be inexpensive, then you are very wrong. There are many affordable displays with this resolution on the market, and today we will talk about the best of them.

            True, when buying such a monitor, you should understand that, like all inexpensive gadgets, they have a number of compromises, which made it possible to reduce their cost to a reasonable one. They cannot boast of either high brightness, or a huge diagonal, much less a high refresh rate. Although the latter is more of a virtue. After all, if you are looking for an affordable monitor, then your computer is unlikely to be equipped with top-end hardware. And, therefore, he simply will not be able to display a 4K picture with a high refresh rate. Accordingly, it is hardly worth overpaying for this “chip”.

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            • Samsung S27A700NWI
            • Philips 288E2A
            • LG 32UN500-W
            • AOC U32E2N
            • Xiaomi Mi 27 4K Ultra Clear
            • Diagonal: 27″
            • Resolution and matrix: 3840×2160 pixels, IPS
            • Response and update rate: 5 ms, 60 Hz

            The monitor’s high resolution 4K not only increases image detail, but also allows for greater depth of hue. Not the last role in this was played by the high-quality IPS-matrix of the model with support for HDR 10 and the ability to display over a billion colors. And, of course, like all IPS matrices, it boasts wide viewing angles of 178 degrees.

            In addition, the monitor reduces eye fatigue with an intelligent vision protection system certified by the German Technical Inspectorate and Flicker-Free technology that eliminates backlight flicker. Its brightness of 300 cd/m2 is sufficient for comfortable work indoors, and modern DisplayPort and HDMI ports are available for connecting signal sources.

            • Diagonal: 28″
            • Resolution and matrix: 3840×2160 pixels, IPS
            • Response and update rate: 4 ms, 60 Hz

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            Philips 288E2A in many ways resembles the development of the Korean manufacturer, differing from it in a slightly larger diagonal and a slightly shorter response time. At the same time, the monitor is positioned as an excellent solution for designers and 3D graphics specialists – primarily because of the high detail and realistic image that 4K resolution provides, coupled with proprietary Ultra Wide-Color technology.

            The monitor is also built on an IPS-matrix with a brightness of up to 300 cd/m2 and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. It provides 119.7% sRGB color space coverage and 106.9% NTSC coverage with over a billion shades. There is also support for AMD FreeSync technology along with Flicker-Free flicker suppression technology. To connect to an image source, the device has a pair of HDMI ports and one DisplayPort.

            • Diagonal: 31.5″
            • Resolution and matrix: 3840×2160 pixels, VA
            • Response and update rate: 4 ms, 61 Hz
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              How to choose the diagonal and resolution of the monitor

            If Samsung S27A700NWI and Philips 288E2A look alike, like brothers, then LG 32UN500-W stands out from their background due to the use of a VA-matrix, a noticeably larger diagonal of 31. 5 inches and higher brightness up to 350 cd/m2 . And for a 4K monitor, these are undeniable advantages. At the same time, despite the low refresh rate of 61 Hz, the gadget is positioned as a gaming solution. Most likely, AMD FreeSync, Dynamic Action Sync and Black Stabilizer technologies played a role in this. But even with this in mind, we would not classify it as a game.

            The monitor can also display over a billion colors. It offers a high contrast ratio of 3000:1 and covers 90% of the DCI-P3 color space. He also has built-in stereo speakers with a power of 5 watts per channel, and you can use two HDMI ports and one DisplayPort to connect to a computer.

            • Diagonal: 31.5″
            • Resolution and matrix: 3840×2160 pixels, VA
            • Response and update rate: 4 ms, 60 Hz

            Slim and elegant, the AOC U32E2N monitor features a high-quality 31.5-inch VA panel with 178-degree wide viewing angles and a 350 cd/m2 brightness for its price range. And to reduce eye strain, it supports Flicker-Free technology and has a proprietary AOC Low Blue Light mode, which completely blocks harmful radiation in the blue part of the spectrum without losing the color qualities of the display. And, of course, like any VA monitor, it boasts a high contrast ratio of 2500:1.

            The monitor has its own 3W stereo speakers, offers a DisplayPort and two HDMI ports for connecting to a computer, and can be wall-mounted using 100x100mm VESA mounts. Well, the frameless design makes it possible to use it in multi-monitor installations.

            • Diagonal: 27″
            • Resolution and matrix: 3840×2160 pixels, IPS
            • Response and update rate: 6 ms, 60 Hz

            Well, our selection is completed by a very interesting monitor from the Chinese Xiaomi. Its main feature is realistic and accurate color reproduction with delta E < 1, confirmed by PANTONE Validated certificate. The gadget provides 99% coverage of DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB color spaces.

            The monitor supports several professional modes at once. You can quickly switch between sRGB, Adobe and DCI-P3 color spaces, enable high contrast mode for CAD/CAM work or activate dark room mode. At the same time, the device has a VESA DisplayHDR 400 certificate with a high brightness of 400 cd / m2, and the TÜV Rheinland certificate guarantees low radiation in the blue part of the spectrum for less eye strain.

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            Rating of the cheapest monitors for PC

            To work at a computer it is not necessary to buy an expensive and sophisticated monitor. The simplest one will do just fine. We have compiled a rating of good and cheapest computer monitors with positive reviews.

            1st place – AOC e970Swn

            For $85-86 you can buy an AOC e970Swn monitor. This is a fairly simple model without any unique features.

            Characteristics:

            1. Screen size 18.5 inches;
            2. TFT TN matrix;
            3. Resolution 1366×768;
            4. Brightness 200 cd/m2;
            5. Contrast 700:1;
            6. Response time 5 ms.

            What can you say about this monitor? It is cheap, and this is its main advantage. But there are other advantages: excellent quality image, no glare, high-quality good matte plastic, pixels are not visible. To some, it may not seem bright enough – keep this in mind, because the brightness parameter is only 200 cd / m2. In any case, this is one of the best cheap monitors – we recommend it.

            2nd place – AOC e2070Swn

            Slightly more expensive than the previous model. This monitor will cost only $90, so it can also be considered one of the cheapest.

            Characteristics:

            1. Screen size 19.5 inches;
            2. TFT TN matrix;
            3. Resolution 1600×900;
            4. Brightness 200 cd/m2;
            5. Contrast 600:1;
            6. Response time 5 ms.

            Actually, it differs from the previous monitor only in a larger diagonal and resolution. Considering the small difference in price, we would recommend this model in the first place. She is better.

            As for the pros and cons, customer reviews, everything is in order with this monitor. He copes with his task, and more is not required of him – we recommend. The only thing is the stand. She is unimpressive and looks flimsy, completely unreliable.

            3rd place – BenQ GL955A

            This is a more expensive $130 monitor. It is difficult to say why the price is higher in this case, because the characteristics of this model are no better than the models presented above:

            1. 18.5″;
            2. TFT TN matrix;
            3. Resolution 1366×768;
            4. Contrast 600:1;
            5. Brightness 200 cd/m2;
            6. Response time 5 ms.

            This is a simple monitor for undemanding users. It is reliable and durable, it has a fairly strong stand, thanks to which the monitor does not stagger even with a strong impact on the table. Its main drawback is narrow viewing angles, so this model is for one person. Despite the higher cost compared to the previous ones, this is still an inexpensive monitor.

            4th place – Philips 223V5LSB

            For $120 you can get a Philips 223V5LSB monitor. Its characteristics:

            1. Screen size 21.5 inches;
            2. TFT TN matrix;
            3. Resolution 1920×1080;
            4. Brightness 250 cd/m2;
            5. Contrast 1000:1;
            6. Pixel response 5 ms.

            The characteristics of this model are better than those of all the monitors that we have presented above. Therefore, so far it is the best model, but among them it is not the cheapest. The monitor is quite large and has FullHD resolution, which is a big plus. Perhaps this is one of the cheapest monitors with FullHD resolution.

            The monitor is of high quality, shows an excellent image and at the same time is light. Moreover, it is so light that when you type text on the keyboard, this monitor will stagger a little. Rather, it is even a disadvantage. But everything else is great! Recommended.

            5th place – Samsung S22D300NY

            The approximate cost of this monitor is $115.

            Characteristics:

            1. Screen size 21.5 inches;
            2. TFT TN matrix;
            3. Resolution 1920×1080;
            4. brightness 200 cd/m2
            5. contrast ratio 600:1
            6. Pixel response time 5 ms.

            Please note: this monitor is slightly inferior in performance to the previous model, but it also costs $5 less. We would recommend choosing the previous model in this rating, because. an overpayment of only $ 5 suggests more advantages in this case.

            The main advantages of this model are the cost, resolution and screen size. In addition, the image is pretty good, but there is a big minus – viewing angles. They are small, and watching a movie together on this monitor is no longer very comfortable. Learn it. In any case, the device is worth the money, so we recommend it.