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 76 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 have 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 a bit cheaper than the LG 27UK650, check out the LG 27UD68P-B. Like the other LG, it has wide viewing angles, very good motion handling, and excellent low input lag. It has a great, stylish design, and a decent stand that can be easily adjusted to an optimal viewing position. Unfortunately, it can retain static images for a while, which may be distracting to some users. Like all IPS monitors, it also isn't great for dark room viewing.
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 is one of the best gaming monitors under $500.
If you like the Dell S2417DG but would prefer a larger model, check out the Dell S2716DG instead. The larger 27 inch model delivers nearly identical gaming performance, including the same great 1440p resolution and fast 144Hz refresh rate. Unfortunately, the unit we tested had worse black uniformity, which may be distracting in a dark room, and it doesn't get as bright as the smaller model.
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 the low native resolution of the ASUS VG279Q bothers you, check out the Dell U2518D instead. This monitor has a smaller, 25" screen, but a better 1440p native resolution, which results in sharper text and a more detailed gaming experience. Unlike the ASUS, this monitor supports HDR, although this doesn't add much. On the other hand, this monitor isn't as well-suited for gaming, as it has a much lower refresh rate and a higher input lag than the ASUS.
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.