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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HP EliteDisplay E271i
Asus PB278Q
Asus PA248Q
Asus VG278HE
ASUS VB178T
HP EliteDisplay E271i LED monitor
Asus PB278Q
Asus PA248Q
Asus VG278HE LED-lit LCD Monitor
ASUS VB178T Monitor
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Release Date
Aug 2013
Sep 2012
Jun 2012
Aug 2012
Sep 2012
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Widescreen - 16:9
16:10, Widescreen
16:9
5:4
Brightness
250.0 cd/m^2
300.0 cd/m^2
400.0 cd/m^2
300.0 cd/m^2
250.0 cd/m^2
Contrast Ratio
5000000:1
1000:1
1000:1
50000000:1
50000000:1 (dynamic)
Dot Pitch
0.311 mm
0.233 mm
0.27 mm
0.311 mm
0.264 mm
Max. Resolution
1920 x 1080
2560 x 1440
1920 x 1200
1920 x 1080
1280 x 1024
Response Time
7.0 ms
5.0 ms
6.0 ms
2.0 ms
5.0 ms
Screen Size
27.0 inch
27.0 inch
24.1 inch
27.0 inch
17.0 inch
Monitor Type
IPS LED Backlit
LED Monitor
LED Monitor
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor
Viewable Picture Size
27.0 in.
27.0 in.
24.0 in.
Average Rating
 4.0 stars
 4.1 stars
 4.0 stars
 4.3 stars
 4.0 stars

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