WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A BUDGET MONITOR.
Don’t accept anything under 1,920 x 1,080, but at the same time, it’s hard to find higher on a budget.
HDMI is best for easy connection, but sometimes DVI or even legacy VGA ports are useful for connecting to older PCs.
Even the cheapest screens can be tilted, but for productivity use, look for height and pivot adjustments.
IPS is the best quality, but VA panels are almost as good, and are usually cheaper with better contrast.
24-inch (often 23.5-inch) is the sweet spot, but a 27-inch screen is worth considering for those who game or just sit a bit further back.
Gamers should look for the lowest response time to avoid ghosting, but for day-to-day tasks, higher is not a problem.
Gamers should look for 75Hz or higher, but most affordable monitors have a 60Hz refresh rate.
Look for extra technologies such as game modes, as well as technologies such as FreeSync which can help eliminate tearing.