Updated on 2 August 2013 by

This selection of the best monitors is limited to the top rated monitors which are available between $250 and $400. Some of the best sub $400 monitors have been released by Asus, Dell and BenQ, with HD resolutions going above 1080p and great contrast ratios due to the LED backlighting technology they use as opposed to the traditional LCD monitors. The best LED monitors under $400 also work great to conserve energy as they are the most power efficient.


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NEC MultiSync EA294WMi
Hewlett Packard 27xi
HP Envy 27
Lenovo LI2721s Wide
NEC MultiSync EA294WMi IPS LED Monitor
Hewlett Packard 27xi Monitor
HP Envy 27 LED-lit Monitor
Lenovo LI2721s Wide LED-Lit Monitor
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Release Date
Jul 2013
Feb 2013
Feb 2013
Sep 2012
Aspect Ratio
21:9
16:9
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
Contrast Ratio
1000:1
1000:1
10000000:1
1000:1 / 10000000:1 (dynamic)
Max. Resolution
2560 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
Response Time
6.0 ms
7.0 ms
7.0 ms
14.0 ms
Screen Size
29.0 inch
27.0 inch
27.0 inch
27.0 inch
Monitor Type
IPS TFT with W-LED backlight
LED Monitor
LED-backlit LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
LED-backlit LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
Viewable Picture Size
29.0 in.
27.0 in.
27.0 in.
27.0 in.
Average Rating
 4.3 stars
 4.0 stars
 3.8 stars
 4.1 stars