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The 6 Best Monitors Under $1,000 - Spring 2019
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Best Monitors Under $1,000
64 Monitors Tested
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With a budget of $1000, you can get pretty much any monitor on the market. Whether you are looking for the most versatile monitor or the best gaming monitor, there are some great displays within this price range.

We've tested 64 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best monitors under $1000 that are available for purchase in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best 4k monitors, the best gaming monitors, and the best ultrawide monitors.

  1. Best Monitor Under $1,000: LG 27UK650-W

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.9
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    The LG 27UK650-W is the best monitor under $1000 that we've tested so far. The 27UK650-W has a 27", 4k screen, which is great for multitasking and office work, although it doesn't support any Picture-in-Picture modes, which is a bit disappointing.

    This monitor is also very good for gaming. Although, like most 4k monitors, it is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, it has an excellent response time that delivers clear motion with little blur. It also has excellent low input lag, a flicker-free backlight, and it supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, even with recent NVIDIA graphics cards.

    Unfortunately, like the majority of IPS monitors, the LG 27UK650 doesn't look quite as good when displaying dark scenes in a dark room. Overall, though, it is a great monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  2. Larger Alternative: LG 32UD99-W

    Size : 32 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you like the LG 27UK650 but would prefer a larger screen, check out the LG 32UD99. It is nearly identical to the UK650, but with a larger, 32" screen. Both monitors perform very similarly, with the same decent picture quality, excellent response time and low input lag. This monitor has a few more inputs, with the addition of USB-C and USB 3.0 ports, so you can use it as a USB hub to connect your input devices.

    See our review

  3. Best Gaming Monitor Under $1,000: ASUS PG279QZ

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.9
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    G-Sync

    If you want the best gaming monitor under $1000, get the ASUS ROG PG279QZ. It is great for pretty much any usage but it is an excellent gaming monitor. It has excellent motion handling, with an extremely fast response time that delivers crystal clear motion, and excellent low input lag that feels incredibly responsive. It supports NVIDIA G-SYNC and has an excellent wide VRR range thanks to the high 144Hz refresh rate.

    This monitor has decent picture quality and is bright enough for most uses. The IPS panel delivers wide viewing angles, but unfortunately, dark room performance isn't the best, as it has an okay native contrast ratio and disappointing black uniformity. It has an excellent SDR color gamut but doesn't support HDR.

    Overall, it is a great monitor, with a simple design and excellent stand that fits in any environment. It doesn't have some of the fancier design elements found on more expensive gaming monitors, but it delivers a solid performance that should please most people. This is the updated version of the ASUS ROG PG279Q. Both models perform almost the same.

    See our review

  4. FreeSync Alternative: Samsung C27HG70

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you like the ASUS PG279QZ but would prefer a gaming monitor to match the FreeSync capabilities of your AMD graphics card or Xbox One, check out the Samsung CHG70. Available in 27" and 32", this 1440p monitor delivers a great gaming experience, whether you are gaming on a console or PC. This monitor has outstanding motion handling, thanks to a fast refresh rate and fast response time.

    This is also one of the best HDR monitors that we've tested so far, with a wide color gamut, good native contrast, and local dimming feature. Although it has a 1440p native resolution, the Samsung CHG70 can also accept a 4k input and will downscale to 1440p. Overall, it is a great gaming monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  5. Best Widescreen Monitor Under $1,000: Dell U3818DW

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.7
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 38 "
    Resolution : 3840x1600
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    No

    The Dell U3818DW is the best widescreen monitor under $1000 that we've tested so far. The 38", 3840x1600 screen delivers a more immersive gaming experience and makes it easier to multitask. It also has wide viewing angles, great for a quick co-op game or for sharing your work with someone else.

    One of the defining features of this monitor is the unique set of connections. They allow you to connect two computers at once and work on both at the same time, with only one keyboard and mouse. This monitor is very versatile, with DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB-C connections, and it supports USB Power Delivery, so you can charge your laptop while you use it with the monitor.

    Unfortunately, the Dell U3818DW doesn't look as good in a dark room. It also doesn't handle fast motion very well, as there is significant overshoot that causes smearing in fast-moving objects. Overall, it is a great widescreen monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  6. Wider Alternative: Samsung C49HG90

    Size : 49 "
    Resolution : 3840x1080
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you like the Dell U3818DW but would like a more immersive gaming experience or a wider format screen for easier multitasking, check out the Samsung C49HG90/CHG90 instead. This massive 49" screen is great for multitasking, and the Picture-by-Picture mode allows you to work with two computers at once, splitting the screen into two 27", 16:9 virtual screens. For gaming, this offers an extremely immersive gaming experience, beaten only by VR headsets.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell U2718Q: Good mixed usage monitor, but the LG 27UK650-W is a bit better for about the same price. See our review
  • Acer Predator XB271HU: Good monitor, but the CHG70 is better and cheaper. See our review
  • Dell Alienware AW3418DW: Very good gaming monitor, but the price varies a lot and is often over $1000. See our review
  • AOC AGON AG271QX: Decent cheap monitor, but not as good as our other picks. See our review
  • BenQ Zowie XL2540: Decent gaming monitor, but the TN panel and 1080p resolution are limiting. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors currently available for under $1000. They are adapted to be valid for most people. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.

If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our monitor reviews under $1000. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

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