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This relatively liberal budget of around $300 can afford you some of the best monitors, with large screen displays of say, 23" or even larger to give you the best experience out of your Full HD resolution.

Monitors under the $300 bracket typically offer pretty quick response time of 5 ms or less, great contrast ratios; and since they're LED backlit panels, they also have a wide viewing angle. Our list of the best monitors under $300 is a selection of the top rated monitors as claimed by expert reviewers around the web.

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NEC MultiSync EA294WMi

NEC MultiSync EA294WMi IPS LED Monitor


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NEC MultiSync EA294WMi
Hewlett Packard 27xi
Lenovo LI2721s Wide
BenQ V2420H
ASUS VG23AH
NEC MultiSync EA294WMi IPS LED Monitor
Hewlett Packard 27xi Monitor
Lenovo LI2721s Wide LED-Lit Monitor
BenQ V2420H Monitor
ASUS VG23AH 3D Monitor
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Release Date
Jul 2013
Feb 2013
Sep 2012
Jun 2012
May 2012
Aspect Ratio
21:9
16:9
16:9
Widescreen (16:9)
16:9
Brightness
300.0 cd/m^2
250.0 cd/m^2
250.0 cd/m^2
250.0 cd/m^2
250.0 cd/m^2
Contrast Ratio
1000:1
1000:1
1000:1 / 10000000:1 (dynamic)
1000:1
1000:1
Max. Resolution
2560 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
Response Time
6.0 ms
7.0 ms
14.0 ms
5.0 ms
5.0 ms
Screen Size
29.0 inch
27.0 inch
27.0 inch
24.0 inch
23.0 inch
Monitor Type
IPS TFT with W-LED backlight
LED Monitor
LED-backlit LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
TFT active matrix
TFT active matrix
Viewable Picture Size
29.0 in.
27.0 in.
27.0 in.
24.0 in.
23.0 in.

  • 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.


  • 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 Lenovo LI2721s Wide is an attractive 27-inch desktop monitor offering solid IPS color quality and wide viewing angles. Its slow pixel response may be an issue for discerning gamers, though.


  • The BenQ V2420H is a power-friendly 24-inch monitor that generally delivers good performance and is housed in a thin, attractive cabinet. A few extra bells and whistles would be welcome, however.


  • The BenQ V2420H is an adequately performing monitor, but it isn't worth its high price when compared with the similarly priced, but superior performing competition.


  • BenQ's super-thin BenQ V2420H LED monitor has lower power consumption and higher contrast levels than a regular CCFL-backlit LCD monitor. Combined with its sleek and stylish design, it is a well-rounded product. Picture quality is merely good rather than great. However, if style is important to you the BenQ V2420H delivers it in spades.


  • The Asus VG23AH nails it in price, features, and 2D performance, but falls flat on its screen in 3D.


  • The Asus VG23AH is a relatively affordable 23-inch monitor offering IPS and 3D technology and a generous selection of video inputs. Color and viewing angle performance is quite good in 2D mode but there's significant crosstalk when viewing 3D images from a side angle.