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Budget computer monitor reviews

Big monitors can outlast your PC and you can pick up a good one for less than $300.
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01.Introduction

Measuring monitor

We test 16 wide-screen 22" and 24" LCD monitors priced from $240 to $360

A single desktop monitor can outlast the usefulness of several computers. Unlike PCs, monitors don’t have a hard drive or a continually updating operating system, and they can usually be plugged into each new PC as it comes along.

LCD displays are the norm and widescreen is the preferred format, to suit multimedia programs and movie viewing. You can even buy desktop computer screens up to 30 inches or more, but they’ll set you back about four times the price of 22-24-inch models, which are affordable for just about anybody.

Across several brands, there’s also models available in the 25, 26 and 27-inch range, but the sweet spot for price and performance is definitely in the 22-to-24-inch range.   

We bought and tested 16 widescreen displays to see how they compare for performance, ease of use and features. We tested eight models in the 22-inch class and eight in the 24-inch class.

See our buying guide for computer monitors.

Brands tested

22 inch

  • AOC F22s
  • ASUS VK222H
  • Dell S2209W
  • HP LE2201w
  • LG W2253TQ
  • Philips 220E1SB/75
  • Toshiba PA3719A-1LC2
  • Viewsonic VG2227wm

24-inch

  • Acer H243HX
  • AOC 2434Pw
  • ASUS MS246H
  • BenQ G2420HD
  • Dell S2409W
  • Philips 244E1SB/00
  • Samsung P2350
  • Viewsonic VG2427wm
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