The 8 Top Computer Monitors to Fit Your Budget

Les meilleurs écrans pour ordinateur de 2023 Editor's picks

If you or your kids work or study on a computer at home, an extra monitor may promote better productivity. One or two external monitors placed at eye level can also help with posture, especially if you’re working off a laptop. (We’re all guilty of hunching!) This roundup of the best computer monitors of 2023 (especially for back-to-school) will help you find the panel that’s the right fit for your family—from gaming monitors and 4K monitors to screens that are easy on the eyes and wallet.

Our editor’s picks

Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Refresh rate: 60 Hz

Response time: 6.5 ms

Speakers: No

Ports: One HDMI, One VGA

  • A VGA port lets you connect to older PCs

  • The stand offers no ergonomic features

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Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Refresh rate: 75 Hz

Response time: 1 ms

Speakers: No

Ports: One HDMI, one VGI

  • Has a speedy 1 ms response time and 144 Hz refresh rate

  • No height adjustment

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Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Refresh rate: 75 Hz

Response time: 5 ms

Speakers: No

Ports: One HDMI, one VGA

  • 75 Hz refresh rate and Adaptive-Sync/FreeSync Technology promises clear video playback

  • Has limited stand adjustments

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Resolution: 2560 x 1080 (UltraWide Full HD)

Refresh rate: 75 Hz

Response time: 5 ms

Speakers: No

Ports: Two HDMI

  • Flicker Safe dimming technology helps minimize eye fatigue

  • There are no built-in speakers

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Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Refresh rate: 60 Hz

Response time: 5 ms

Speakers: No

Ports: USB-C

  • It weighs just 1.6 pounds—including its folding stand

  • No touchscreen interface despite its portable, tablet-like design

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Resolution: 2560 x 1440 (QHD)

Refresh rate: 165 Hz

Response time: 5 ms

Speakers: No

Ports: Two HDMI 2.0, one DisplayPort

  • Its base can be adjusted to change the tilt or height

  • Some users say the display’s colours aren’t as vibrant, but games still look rich

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Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (UHD)

Refresh rate: 60 Hz

Response time: 4 ms

Speakers: No

Ports: Two HDMI 2.0

  • Game Mode feature lets you see all the details in dark areas during gameplay

  • A few users say the stand’s ergonomics are difficult to place

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Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD IPS)

Refresh rate: 60 Hz

Response time: 5 ms

Speakers: No

Ports: One HDMI, one DisplayPort, four USB 3.0 ports

  • VESA wall-mountable and ergonomic design provides a comfortable viewing experience

  • Doesn’t have a USB-C port for smartphones

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In this guide
Types of monitors
Gaming computer monitor Gaming

Monitors for gaming are typically high-performance, featuring quick response times, speedy refresh rates and higher resolutions.

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Samsung curved computer monitor Curved

They’re not for everyone, but curved monitors can provide a more immersive experience and improved sense of depth. The trade-off? A bit of screen glare in brighter rooms.

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LED

These monitors’ display is basically made from very small bulbs, like mini Christmas lights and are energy-efficient.

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LCD

A.K.A. Liquid Crystal Display, these monitors use liquid crystals between two pieces of polarized glass and have visuals that are high-definition.

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Ultrawide computer monitor Ultrawide

Popular among gamers, ultrawide monitors are also useful for multitaskers who don’t want the hassle of setting up and syncing a second screen.

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4K Ultra HD monitor 4K Ultra HD

Another popular monitor for gaming, 4K Ultra HD monitors support 4K resolution. With four times the amount of pixels of a traditional HD monitor, they also provide better clarity, vibrancy, and picture sharpness.

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Features to consider
  • Screen size: Unless you’re looking for a portable monitor, you probably don’t want to go much smaller than 24 inches. A range of 27 to 29 inches is great and 32 inches and higher will be perfect for bingeing Netflix and gaming.[1] 
  • Resolution: As with TVs, the general rule here is bigger monitors demand a higher resolution, especially if you’re sitting close.
  • Refresh rate: This term refers to how quickly your monitor refreshes the picture. A rate of 60 Hz (60 frames per second) is fine, but the higher you go the smoother the video, which is key for gamers.[2] 
  • Response time: This number tells you how quickly individual pixels switch from white to black. One millisecond (1 ms) is mighty fast—key for gamers—while 5 ms is average.[3] 
  • Panel technology: There are three common types of panels: twisted nematic (TN), in-plane switching (IPS) and vertical alignment (VA). TN panels are less costly, responsive and support high refresh rates. IPS panels are a bit more pricey but have much better image quality than TN panels. A compromise between TN and IPS panels, VA panels have excellent contrast and are good multi-purpose displays.[4]
  • Ports: Figure out in advance how you plan to connect your monitor to your computer (HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C, etc.) and make sure the panel has a matching port.
  • Speakers: If you don’t want to buy headphones or external speakers, search for a screen with built-in audio.
  • Stand: Do you want to be able to tilt, swivel or rotate the screen? If yes, you’ll want to look for an ergonomic stand with all these capabilities.
Best budget monitor
Onn. 22” Full HD LED Monitor Onn. 22” Full HD LED Monitor Onn. 22” Full HD LED Monitor Onn. 22” Full HD LED Monitor Onn. 22” Full HD LED Monitor
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz

  • Response time: 6.5 ms

  • Speakers: No

  • Ports: One HDMI, One VGA

If you need a monitor that gets the job done without emptying your bank account, this one will do the trick. This budget 22-inch LED monitor works perfectly well for office work, school activities and watching a bit of streaming video. And it’s Full HD to boot.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Straightforward design and setup mean you can get up and running in minutes.

  • A VGA port (which is rare these days) lets you connect to older PCs.

  • It has a surprisingly bright contrast ratio of 3,000:1, making it a good fit for well-lit rooms.

Cons
  • The refresh rate and response time will prove too slow for serious gamers, but casual players probably won’t mind.

  • The stand offers no ergonomic features, but the monitor is VESA wall–mount ready.

The draw
Excellent Monitor. Love it. I don't think you can get anything better at this price. The size of the monitor is also good and there is no strain to the eyes.
-H Mehra, Walmart customer
The downside
It's been great to me, but the only turn off with it is that there is no sound built in the moniter.
-Malakai, originally posted on Walmart.com
Best budget gaming monitor
Acer KA2 23.8 Acer KA2 23.8 Acer KA2 23.8 Acer KA2 23.8 Acer KA2 23.8 Acer KA2 23.8
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

  • Refresh rate: 75 Hz

  • Response time: 1 ms

  • Speakers: No

  • Ports: One HDMI, one VGI

Acer’s small but powerful curved-screen gaming monitor makes only small sacrifices to help gamers on a modest budget. It’s still lightning-fast, uses adaptive-sync technology to reduce immersion-killing issues such as screen tearing and provides different connectivity options.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The speedy 1 ms response time and 75 Hz refresh rate is great for everything from shooters to racing sims.

  • Tearing prevention technology is perfect for reducing graphics distortion during marathon gaming sessions.

  • The chic, nearly frameless design makes it feel like you’re looking through a window into your virtual worlds.

Cons
  • There’s no height adjustment.

  • There are no built-in speakers.

The draw
This monitor is a pretty good match for my HP desktop. It has a high resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. The 24 inches is a good size without ultra 4K video (which I don't have).
-STEVEN, staples.com
The downside
There is no audio jack therefore you won’t be able to connect speakers to it.
-Mafalda, Currys
Best monitor for a home office
ASUS 27” FHD LED IPS Monitor ASUS 27” FHD LED IPS Monitor ASUS 27” FHD LED IPS Monitor ASUS 27” FHD LED IPS Monitor ASUS 27” FHD LED IPS Monitor
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

  • Refresh rate: 75 Hz

  • Response time: 5 ms

  • Speakers: No

  • Ports: One HDMI, one VGA

Looking to buy a good monitor for work? This robust ASUS display is the right monitor for the job. It has plenty of screen real estate (27 inches to be exact), for comfortable viewing of multiple spreadsheets and emails. The Low Blue Light technology helps lessen eyestrain while reading or typing documents. Plus, when you’re finished work for the day, it’ll even do a respectable job with movies and games, making it one of the best 27-inch monitors for your buck!

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The swift 75 Hz refresh rate along with Adaptive-Sync/FreeSync Technology helps promise crisp and clear video playback.

  • It has VESA mounting holes that match most wall mounts, so you can easily attach it to a wall and free up desk space. (Wall mount not included.)

  • The frameless design is perfect for focusing on content and utilizing the whole screen.

Cons
  • The monitor has limited stand adjustments, which can only be tilted back.

  • It only has one HDMI and VGA port input so connecting multiple devices, like other monitors may be difficult.

The draw
Like this monitor so much, I bought another one for the office. You get a lot of great features for the price. Simple, timeless, design.
-talbalos, originally posted on asus.com
The downside
Great screen, and great controls for viewing modes. The stand is fixed though, can't adjust height or angle, or anything, can't rotate either.
-haya, originally posted on Walmart.com
Best ultrawide monitor
LG 34WP500 34 LG 34WP500 34 LG 34WP500 34 LG 34WP500 34 LG 34WP500 34 LG 34WP500 34
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1080 (UltraWide Full HD)

  • Refresh rate: 75 Hz

  • Response time: 5 ms

  • Speakers: No

  • Ports: Two HDMI

This ultrawide monitor is a fantastic choice for multitaskers and gamers who don’t want the clutter and bother of hooking up multiple displays. At a boastful 34 inches, it provides loads of room to view several applications or documents at once. (If you’re also looking for a printer check out our roundup of the best ones.)

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The wide viewing angles provide flawless entertainment.

  • HDR10 provides stunning images and elevated picture quality for unparalleled realism.

  • Flicker Safe dimming technology helps minimize eye fatigue.

Cons
  • The large screen size may be too big for your space if you have a small desk.

  • There are no built-in speakers.

The draw
For a time, I've been looking at a monitor of this size and quality to add to my home workstation. This LG Ultrawide has all the features I wanted and needed such as refresh rates, quality pixels and easy installation of my personal data.
-Big Dre, Walmart customer
The downside
It has only 2 HDMI ports which might be a technological drawback later for me when I upgrade my old computer. It's an OK screen that does the job for me with a little bit of an issue in rendering white color sometimes.
-bolo591, Walmart customer
Best portable monitor
ASUS 15.6 ASUS 15.6 ASUS 15.6 ASUS 15.6 ASUS 15.6 ASUS 15.6 ASUS 15.6 ASUS 15.6 ASUS 15.6
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz

  • Response time: 5 ms

  • Speakers: No

  • Ports: USB-C

If you happen to need a monitor that you can move around the house to share with others or take on work trips, look no further. This small, portable display from ASUS is designed to go anywhere and connects easily to a variety of devices via standard USB-C connectivity.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • An intuitive onscreen display system controlled by a pair of physical buttons lets you adjust viewing modes and settings in a snap.

  • It quickly connects with almost any modern laptop to provide an easy second-screen solution.

  • It weighs just 1.6 pounds—including its clever folding stand, which doubles as a screen cover.

Cons
  • It has no touchscreen interface despite its portable, tablet-like design.

  • It has no HDMI inputs, though it does support DisplayPort over USB.

The draw
I really like the size and weight. It is extremely easy to carry along with my laptop. I also like that it doesn't require separate power and powers off the USB port in the [laptop].
-AlanL, originally posted on walmart.com
The downside
The only "downfall" I would say is that it does use a lot of your laptop battery since it doesn't have its own charger and for some reason I was expecting it to be touchscreen. Other than that, very well worth it!
-EDMONDS, originally posted on cdw.com
Best gaming monitor
LG UltraGear QHD Gaming Monitor LG UltraGear QHD Gaming Monitor LG UltraGear QHD Gaming Monitor LG UltraGear QHD Gaming Monitor LG UltraGear QHD Gaming Monitor LG UltraGear QHD Gaming Monitor LG UltraGear QHD Gaming Monitor LG UltraGear QHD Gaming Monitor
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1440 (QHD)

  • Refresh rate: 165 Hz

  • Response time: 5 ms

  • Speakers: No

  • Ports: Two HDMI 2.0, one DisplayPort

This gorgeous 32-inch QHD display is one of the best gaming computer monitors. The blazing fast refresh rate of 165 Hz helps make all your favourite (and new) games smooth, incredibly clear—reducing blur and ghosting—for hours of the ultimate gaming experience.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Its base can be adjusted to change the tilt or height of the monitor to help you play more comfortably.

  • The sleek, modern borderless design aesthetically fits into any home.

  • The Dynamic Action Sync feature gets you close to real-time gaming by responding to action, and your opponents with minimized input lag.

Cons
  • Some users say the display’s colours aren’t as vibrant, but games still look rich.

  • Some reviewers say the stand can be a bit wobbly.

The draw
Outstanding! Playing my games at 166 MHz, HDR, 1440P and gorgeous, fast at an incredible price.
-Mmm Mmm, Walmart customer
The downside
I'd give it a 4.5 if I could. The only thing missing in my opinion is a USB hub but you can always buy one.
-CaliSense, originally posted on bestbuy.com
Best 4K monitor for gaming
Samsung 32 Samsung 32 Samsung 32 Samsung 32
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (UHD)

  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz

  • Response time: 4 ms

  • Speakers: No

  • Ports: Two HDMI 2.0

This ultimate display brings all the detail of true 4K resolution to your desktop. With over 8 million pixels that support a vast variety of colours, this monitor gives you the best of 4K gaming and is perfect for streaming your favourite shows, plus more.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Game Mode feature boosts contrast, letting you see all the details in dark areas during gameplay.

  • Play The Sims and watch Netflix at the same time with the split-screen function, so you never miss the action or the movie.

  • The large screen means you can view documents and surf the web with less scrolling to search more efficiently.

Cons
  • It doesn’t have the best viewing angles, so it might not be ideal to watch in a group.

  • A few users say the stand’s ergonomics are a smidge difficult to place, but it is wall mountable.

The draw
I use this monitor for movies and gaming has a beautiful picture quality. I really appreciate and recommend to everybody.
-Mega5000, originally posted on Samsung US
The downside
The stand is too big, you can't move the panel up and down.
-Sergio, originally posted on Samsung US
Best monitor for photo editing
ASUS ProArt Display PA248QV 24.1 ASUS ProArt Display PA248QV 24.1 ASUS ProArt Display PA248QV 24.1 ASUS ProArt Display PA248QV 24.1 ASUS ProArt Display PA248QV 24.1 ASUS ProArt Display PA248QV 24.1
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD IPS)

  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz

  • Response time: 5 ms

  • Speakers: No

  • Ports: One HDMI, one DisplayPort, four USB 3.0 ports

A large screen monitor perfect for editing content, that also affordable? Yes, please. If you enjoy working on video content and editing photos, this Samsung computer is a great option. It’s equipped with superb colour accuracy and IPS technology for liquid crystal displays that will take your image editing to the next level.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The VESA wall-mountable and ergonomic design with tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustments provides a comfortable viewing experience

  • The ProArt display lets you experience bright whites, deep blacks and a rich range of colour.

  • 60 Hz speedy refresh rate lets you load images and files quicker.

Cons
  • It doesn’t have a USB-C port so you can’t connect certain USB-C devices like your smartphone.

The draw
So far a beautiful display. The extra resolution is great for a bit more workspace. It quickly adapts to other aspect ratios as required by 1080 game modes. The colors are vibrant, and the screen stand feels like quality
-Dustinblah, Walmart customer
The downside
Great color and screen. Difficult instructions re: set up and operation
-PeteN, originally posted on asus.com
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Chad Sapieha has been writing about video games and technology for more than two decades, with thousands of stories appearing in national publications including The Globe and Mail and The National Post, and appearances on CTV News, Global News, and CBC radio. He has also written about parenting in the digital age for Today's Parent, Parenting.com, and Common Sense Media. Chad lives in Southern Ontario with his wife, daughter, and a criminally adorable dog named Ron Swanson.
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