Every computer needs a monitor at some point for user interaction. No matter what the purpose of the computer, desktop, or server, a monitor will be connected, even if it’s indirectly. While there are many fancy monitors with high refresh rates and high resolutions, many people just want a relatively cheap monitor that does what it needs to. To help you find a top tier budget monitor, we’ve drawn up a list of our top 5 recommendations.
Note: All prices are in US Dollars from Amazon US for new models offered by official sellers and are correct at the time of writing.
The Asus VZ249HE is a 23.8-inch 1080p 60Hz monitor that costs $129. The IPS LCD panel gives the monitor excellent viewing angles, allowing 178 degrees of accurate colour appearance. The monitor also includes the “Asus Eye Care” technology which ensures a flicker-free backlight and a blue light filter to help prevent eye strain and fatigue.
The Acer SB220Q is a 21.5-inch 1080p 75Hz monitor available for $93.99. An IPS panel gives excellent viewing angles and 75Hz gives a slightly smoother experience than a standard 60Hz monitor. AMD’s FreeSync technology is also included to eliminate screen tearing for devices with AMD graphics cards.
LG Full HD IPS UltraWide
The LG Full HD IPS Ultrawide offers a 21:9 format 2560×1080 display for $149.99. The 25-inch screen has a 75Hz refresh rate while the widescreen format presents an extra 33% screen real-estate over a standard 1080p monitor. It also has VESA mounting points on the back allowing you to use a wall or arm mount rather than the included stand.
The Sceptre U279W-4000R monitor is a relatively cheap 27-inch 4K option at $249.97. The monitor runs at 60Hz when using an HDMI cable, but supports up to 70Hz when using a DisplayPort cable. A blue light filter and anti-flicker backlight is designed to help prevent eye strain. FreeSync is designed to prevent screen tearing in games. VESA mount points allow you to wall or arm mount the monitor rather than using the supplied stand.
The AOC 27G2 is a budget gaming monitor with a 27-inch 1080p resolution for $209.99. The key selling point for this monitor is the smooth 144Hz refresh rate, ideal for gamers looking for a smooth and fast experience. The monitor implements FreeSync and is certified by Nvidia as G-Sync compatible to prevent screen tearing no matter what graphics card brand you prefer. The IPS panel offers wide viewing angles and the VESA mounting points allow you to wall or arm mount the monitor.