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For the best cheap monitors we've limited our selection to the top rated monitors which have a Reviewgist score of 70 and above, which essentially means that these models have earned positive reviews and are highly recommended. Additionally, this budget friendly list is set in the ascending order of price. Most of the leading monitors available at an economical budget are from Dell and Viewsonic with LED backlighting and high resolution of at least 1080p.

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ViewSonic VA2406M

ViewSonic VA2406M-LED Monitor


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ViewSonic VA2406M
ViewSonic VX2370Smh
Dell S2440L
Hewlett Packard 27xi
NEC MultiSync EA294WMi
ViewSonic VA2406M-LED Monitor
ViewSonic VX2370Smh-LED Monitor
Dell S2440L 24 inch LCD Monitor
Hewlett Packard 27xi Monitor
NEC MultiSync EA294WMi IPS LED Monitor
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Release Date
Sep 2012
Dec 2012
Sep 2012
Feb 2013
Jul 2013
Screen Size
24.0 inch
23.0 inch
24.0 inch
27.0 inch
29.0 inch
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen (16:9)
Widescreen (16:9)
Widescreen - 16:9
16:9
21:9
Brightness
270.0 cd/m^2
250.0 cd/m^2
250.0 cd/m^2
250.0 cd/m^2
300.0 cd/m^2
Contrast Ratio
1000:1
1000:1
5000:1
1000:1
1000:1
Max. Resolution
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
2560 x 1080
Response Time
5.0 ms
7.0 ms
6.0 ms
7.0 ms
6.0 ms
Monitor Type
LED Monitor
LED Monitor
LED Monitor
LED Monitor
IPS TFT with W-LED backlight
Viewable Picture Size
23.6 in.
23.0 in.
24.0 in.
27.0 in.
29.0 in.

  • When it comes to the best picture quality and absolute convenience, the ViewSonic VA2406M-LED is a little lacking, but the pros outweigh the cons. The LED backlighting is a plus. It gives this monitor an advantage over many other monitors using TN technology by helping reduce power consumption and improve contrast and brightness. It is a good monitor and a solid purchase.


  • The budget end of the monitor market is suddenly rife with quality 23- to 24-inch 1080p screens with cheap IPS panels in them. You've got to love the fact that you can pick up a full HD screen running one of the best monitor technologies out there for just over a ton. It certainly makes a huge difference compared to the weak, washed-out 24-inch TN panels we were once grateful to pick up for around £200.


  • The Dell S2440L is constructed to a very high standard, the edge-to-edge glass adding a touch of class to its already very clean minimalist lines. The display itself is capable of impressive performance. It's not the cheapest 24inch display you'll find, but feels well worth the money.


  • We recommend this monitor if you're looking for something that's impressive in appearance, beyond the budget bin in style, and is at least passable in its color performance. The attractive design and staggeringly large contrast ratio that the S2440L tested with justify its price, but its color shortcomings make it a bad choice for graphic design or photo editing, and it certainly isn't the best choice for gaming.


  • As long as you have no advanced demands, the Pavilion 27xi will meet your basic needs with aplomb.


  • The HP Pavilion 27xi is a beautifully designed 27-inch monitor featuring a bezel-less cabinet and a gorgeous IPS panel. Performance is solid but the panel?s reflective coating can be distracting.


  • HP may have placed their Pavilion name branding on their latest 27-inch display but it frankly offers the same general performance of its more expensive ENVY monitor but at a lower price. The IPS display technology provides it with wide viewing angles and some good color but it still sits at that same 1920x1080p as smaller more affordable displays. Overall, it is a good option for those that are looking for large screen with a basic set of features that still has a relatively thin profile.


  • The NEC MultiSync EA294WMi is a pricey 29-inch ultra-wide monitor offering good grayscale performance, wide viewing angles, and a wealth of features. Its color is generally good but greens are a bit out of whack.


  • The Philips Brilliance 298X4QJAB also has a 21:9 aspect ratio and is £100 cheaper than this; you'd be silly to ignore its appeal in comparison.


  • Colour uniformity was very good, the biggest discrepency coming at 83% Brightness, along the top third with the middle showing a Delta-E of 4.9. Everything else was much lower. Colour accuracy overall gave an average Delta-E of 1.84 with the problem area being dark cyan colours at 4.72. Colour coverage results showed a slightly disappointing 99% sRGB coverage, 76% NTSC and 82% Adobe RGB. In the brightness test the panel could reach a high 365 cd/m2. Contrast ratio is advertised at 1000:1. In our tests, at 50% brightness it was 610:1 and at 100% a reasonable 680:1.