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The 5 Best Monitors under $500 - Fall 2018
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Best Monitors under $500
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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 25 monitors that are available for under $500, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best ones to buy in 2018.

  1. Best Monitor Under $500: Samsung C27HG70

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.8
    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.
    :
    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

    The best monitor available under $500 that we have reviewed so far is the Samsung CHG70. It has some excellent gaming features, including FreeSync support, a lightning fast 144 Hz refresh rate, and an excellent fast response time. It has a large, curved 27" screen with a 1440p resolution, great for gaming or multitasking.

    It also has excellent gradient handling and HDR support, great for watching movies or other multimedia between gaming sessions. It has a decent stand that can easily be adjusted to a comfortable viewing position, which is great as the viewing angles, unfortunately, aren't very good.

    Overall, it is a good mixed-use monitor and an excellent gaming monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  2. G-Sync Gaming Alternative: Dell S2417DG

    Size : 24 "
    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.
    :
    TN
    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 an excellent gaming monitor, but would prefer a G-Sync monitor to match your NVIDIA graphics card, check out the Dell S2417DG. It delivers very similar performance to the Samsung CHG70, with the same 1440p resolution, an excellent fast 144 Hz refresh rate. It is a bit smaller, with a flat 24" screen, and it doesn't support HDR. It has even better motion handling than the CHG70, with an excellent response time and versatile black frame insertion feature. Overall, it is a good monitor for most people and is an excellent choice for gaming.

    See our review

  3. Best Ultrawide Monitor Under $500: LG 34UC79G-B

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.5
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 34 "
    Resolution : 2560x1080
    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.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you want to get the most bang for your buck, the LG 34UC79G-B is the best ultrawide monitor available for under $500 that we have tested so far. It has a large, 34" curved screen with wider than average viewing angles, great for sharing work with multiple people.

    Gamers will love the excellent motion handling, with a fast response time that delivers clear motion with little blur. It has an optional black frame insertion feature that can clear up motion, and it has an excellent fast refresh rate, as well as FreeSync support.

    It delivers decent image quality, but it isn't very bright and has poor black uniformity. Overall, it is a good monitor for most uses but is especially well suited for an office or for gaming.

    See our review

  4. Best 4k Monitor for Under $500: LG 27UD68P-B

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.6
    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

    If you want a good 4k monitor, but don't want to spend more than $500, check out the LG 27UD68P-B. 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.

    The 27", 4k screen is great for multitasking. It is compatible with LG's optional Screen Split 2.0 software that, as the name suggests, allows you to split the screen into multiple virtual screens, which is great for multitasking without always having to resize windows.

    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.

    See our review

  5. Best Value Under $500: Dell U2518D

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.7
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 25 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    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

    If you want to get the most for your investment, the Dell U2518D offers the best price to performance. This budget-friendly monitor delivers good overall performance and has a great array of features. It has the same great stand we've come to love from Dell, it is a breeze to place in an ideal position, and it can be rotated to a portrait mode for a wonderful multi-monitor setup.

    It supports HDR, which is truly impressive for this price range, although there isn't much benefit to using it as it doesn't have a wide color gamut. It has decent viewing angles, great brightness in SDR, and good reflection handling, so it is a good choice for a large, bright room.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't have any great gaming features. Some gamers will find the 60 Hz refresh rate limiting and will be disappointed by the lack of a variable refresh rate. Overall, it is a good monitor that fits well for most uses and should please most people.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • AOC AGON AG271QX. Great gaming monitor, but the CHG70 is better overall.See our review
  • BenQ Zowie XL2540. Great gaming monitor, but the S2417DG is more versatile and cheaper. See our review
  • Dell U2715H. Good, versatile monitor, but more expensive than better models. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors currently available for under $500. 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.

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