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This best sub $500 monitor selection includes some of the top monitors, rated favourably by some of the top computer reviewers and filtered by price ranging from $300 to $500.

At this liberal price you can get yourself a great LED monitor from leading brands like Asus, Samsung and HP.

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HP EliteDisplay E271i

HP EliteDisplay E271i LED monitor


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HP EliteDisplay E271i
Samsung Series 7 S27C750P
HP Envy 27
Asus PA248Q
ASUS VB178T
HP EliteDisplay E271i LED monitor
Samsung Series 7 S27C750P Full HD Monitor
HP Envy 27 LED-lit Monitor
Asus PA248Q
ASUS VB178T Monitor
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Release Date
Aug 2013
Apr 2013
Feb 2013
Jun 2012
Sep 2012
Aspect Ratio
16:9
16:9
16:9
16:10, Widescreen
5:4
Brightness
250.0 cd/m^2
300.0 cd/m^2
250.0 cd/m^2
400.0 cd/m^2
250.0 cd/m^2
Contrast Ratio
5000000:1
3000:1
10000000:1
1000:1
50000000:1 (dynamic)
Dot Pitch
0.311 mm
0.3114 mm
0.27 mm
0.264 mm
Max. Resolution
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1200
1280 x 1024
Response Time
7.0 ms
5.0 ms
7.0 ms
6.0 ms
5.0 ms
Screen Size
27.0 inch
27.0 inch
27.0 inch
24.1 inch
17.0 inch
Monitor Type
IPS LED Backlit
LED
LED-backlit LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
LED Monitor
LCD Monitor
Viewable Picture Size
27.0 in.
27.0 in.
24.0 in.

  • The HP EliteDisplay 271i is a reasonably priced 27-inch business monitor that delivers relatively accurate colors, good grayscale reproduction, and crisp text. It has a flexible stand and a USB hub but it doesn't support USB 3.0 or HDMI video.


  • The Samsung Series 7 S27C750P is an attractive 27-inch monitor that uses MVA panel technology to deliver rich colors and sharp viewing angles. It is equipped with a flexible stand and two HDMI ports but lacks a few features and has trouble displaying the darkest shades of gray.


  • This stylish display features an MVA panel and it can pivot to portrait mode, but we wouldn't recommend using it for applications where color accuracy is paramount.


  • It's not an open and shut case, but the Samsung S27C750P monitor just about earns our recommendation mainly on the strength of its anti-glare finish and outstanding design. There's better value to be found elsewhere, but this is a very good monitor for the discerning shopper.


  • The HP Envy 27 27-inch monitor is not only aesthetically pleasing, it delivers rich colors and premium audio quality courtesy of Dr. Dre's Beats Audio technology.It's also more expensive than most 27-inch monitors.


  • Checking the colour gamut coverage, sRGB reached 97%, Adobe RGB at 76% and NTSC at a lowly 71%. Brightness consistency was mostly satisfactory except for the right side which was much brighter - up to 16.3% difference at 100% brightness setting. Checking the screen on pure black there was clear light leak on that side too. Colour consistency across the display was fairly even, apart from the bottom centre third where it varied by Delta-E 4.4 at 100% Brightness. It wasn't the worst in colour accuracy, but not great either.


  • The Asus PA248Q is a low-priced IPS monitor that doesn't skimp on performance or features.


  • The Asus PA248Q is a reasonably priced 24-inch IPS monitor offering solid performance and a generous feature set. Its grayscale performance is good but not great, though.


  • The Asus PA248Q is aimed at serious graphics professionals and enthusiasts and delivers great performance and plenty of features for the money. It offers more screen space than a typical 24inch display and offers a full set of adjustments and comes calibrated.