Monitors come in many shapes and sizes, with designs ranging from simplistic office monitors that blend into the decor to fancy gaming monitors with extreme designs. Whether it's for work or play, there are many good monitors available for under $500. From excellent gaming features to the largest screens you can get, there is something for everyone in this price range.
We've tested more than 80 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best monitors under $500 to buy in 2019. See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors under $200, the best budget gaming monitors, and the best 1080p monitors.
The LG 27UK650 is the best monitor under $500 that we've reviewed so far. This 27 inch, 4k monitor has excellent low input lag and great motion handling, including FreeSync support for Xbox One or PC gaming. It also has great wide viewing angles, perfect for side-by-side co-op games.
It has a fast response time, delivering clear motion with little blur trail. The 60Hz refresh rate is fine for most uses, but more demanding gamers might be disappointed. It also has good connectivity, including two HDMI ports and a single DisplayPort connection.
Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, it doesn't look as good in a dark room, and HDR doesn't stand out as well as it should. Although not always available for under $500, this is a very good 4k monitor that should please most people.
If you want something cheaper than the LG 27UK650-W, check out the LG 27UD68 instead. This is a great 4k monitor with decent picture quality, very good motion handling, and excellent low input lag. It's a bit worse overall than the other LG, with a slightly worse response time, but most people won't notice this. It also doesn't support HDR, but this doesn't add much for the other LG anyway.
Overall, the LG 27UK650-W is the best monitor under $500 for most people, but if you want something a bit cheaper and won't miss the response time, the LG 27UD68 is almost as good.
If you want an excellent G-SYNC gaming monitor to match your NVIDIA graphics card, check out the Dell S2417DG. It has a great 1440p resolution and excellent 144Hz refresh rate. It's a bit smaller than our other recommendations, with a flat 24" screen, and it doesn't support HDR.
This monitor has an excellent response time and versatile black frame insertion feature. The already amazing refresh rate can be easily increased to 165Hz, and G-SYNC support helps it to deliver an impressively smooth, tear-free gaming experience.
Overall, it's a good monitor for most people and it's one of the best gaming monitors under $500.
If you want something a bit bigger than the Dell S2417DG, check out the Dell S2716DGR/S2716DG instead. The 27 inch model delivers nearly identical gaming performance to the other Dell, but with a slightly slower response time, so there's a tiny bit more noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. This model also supports G-SYNC and has outstanding low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, but it has slightly worse uniformity than the smaller model.
Overall, the Dell S2417DG is slightly better for most people, but if you want something a bit bigger and are willing to make compromises on uniformity, the Dell S2716DGR/S2716DG is a great alternative.
If you want to get the most for your investment, the ASUS VG279Q offers the best price to performance ratio. This is a very good monitor for almost any use, and it's especially well-suited for gaming. It has outstanding motion handling, excellent low input lag, and decent overall picture quality. It has a great stand, with an outstanding range of ergonomic adjustments, so you can easily place it in an ideal viewing position.
This monitor has great peak brightness and good reflection handling, so you shouldn't have any issues using it in a bright room. It has wide viewing angles, perfect for sharing your screen with someone else, or if you're looking to do a multi-monitor setup and won't be sitting directly in front of it.
Unfortunately, this monitor's 1080p native resolution might disappoint some users, as this isn't ideal for multitasking. This monitor also doesn't look as good when displaying dark scenes in a dark room, although this shouldn't be that noticeable for most people. Overall, it's a very good monitor that should please most people.
If you want something with a higher native resolution, check out the Dell U2518D instead. Although not as good overall as the ASUS VG279Q, this 25" monitor delivers very good performance for the price, with good overall picture quality, decent motion handling, and HDR support. It has a higher native resolution, delivering a sharper image with more screen real estate. It isn't as good as the ASUS for gaming, though, as it has a slower refresh rate and no dedicated gaming features, but it's a versatile choice most uses.
Overall, although the VG279Q is better for most people, if the low native resolution bothers you and you don't need dedicated gaming features, the Dell U2518D is a good alternative.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors under $500 currently available. 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 $500. 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.