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The 5 Best Monitors Under $500 - Winter 2019
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Best Monitors Under $500
63 Monitors Tested
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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 63 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 and the best 1080p monitors.

  1. Best Monitor Under $500: 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 is the best monitor under $500 that we have reviewed so far. This 27", 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, delivery clear motion with little blur trail. The 60 Hz 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, the 27UK650 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, the 27UK650 is a very good 4k monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: LG 27UD68P-B

    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 something a bit cheaper than the LG 27UK650, check out the LG 27UD68P-B. Like the 27UK650, 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.

    See our review

  3. Best G-SYNC Monitor Under $500: Dell S2417DG

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.5
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    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 G-SYNC gaming monitor to match your NVIDIA graphics card, check out the Dell S2417DG. It has a great 1440p resolution and excellent 144 Hz refresh rate. It is a bit smaller than our other recommendations, with a flat 24" screen, and it doesn't support HDR.

    The S2417DG has an excellent response time and versatile black frame insertion feature. The already amazing refresh rate can be easily increased to 165 Hz, and G-SYNC support helps it to deliver an impressively smooth, tear-free gaming experience.

    Overall, it is a good monitor for most people and is an excellent choice for gaming.

    See our review

  4. Larger Alternative: Dell S2716DG

    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.
    :
    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 like the Dell S2417DG, but would prefer a larger model, check out the Dell S2716DG instead. The larger 27" model delivers nearly identical gaming performance, including the same great 1440p resolution and fast 144 Hz 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 S2417DG.

    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 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.

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