Although larger monitors have become more popular in recent years, there is still a lot of demand for smaller, 24-25 inch monitors. Whether you just want a monitor for a small desk or are looking to make a multi-monitor setup, there is a lot of choice in these sizes. From basic office monitors to the best gaming monitors, there is something for everyone.
We've reviewed over 15 monitors that are available in these sizes, and below are our recommendations for the best 24 inch monitors to purchase in 2020. Check our recommendations for the best monitors under $200, the best 27 inch monitors, and the best 28-32 inch monitors.
The best 25 inch monitor that we've tested so far is the Dell U2518D. It's a 1440p monitor with a good build quality, excellent ergonomics, and a clean design that fits well in any setting. Although the size may be a bit small, the resolution is great for multitasking, as text remains sharp and easy to read. The IPS panel offers good viewing angles and outstanding color accuracy out of the box, but unfortunately, it suffers from a mediocre contrast ratio and disappointing black uniformity, which is less ideal for dark room viewing.
If you plan on gaming with this monitor, the input lag is good; however, it doesn't support any advanced gaming features such as variable refresh rate, and it's also limited to 60Hz. Lastly, while this monitor supports HDR, its performance is limited by the lack of wide color gamut support. On the upside, this monitor can get fairly bright and handles reflections well, which is great for well-lit offices.
All in all, this is an all-around good monitor for most uses and should satisfy most people.
If you're shopping on a limited budget, take a look at the Dell U2415. Although it's slightly smaller than the Dell U2518D and has a lower resolution, the 16:10 aspect ratio makes this monitor great for productivity, as the extra vertical screen real estate lets you see more without having to scroll as much. It has the same minimalist design, good build quality, and excellent ergonomics, but color accuracy isn't as good and black uniformity is quite poor. And unlike its bigger brother, this monitor doesn't support HDR, which is disappointing.
Overall, if you can stretch your budget slightly, the Dell U2518D is a better choice; otherwise, the Dell U2415 is a good choice if you don't mind the lower resolution and lack of HDR support.
For a monitor with some gaming chops, the Dell S2417DG is the best 24 inch monitor for gaming that we've tested so far. Unlike the Dells we mentioned above, this one sports a TN panel. With it comes an outstanding response time and excellent low input lag, the 144Hz refresh rate and native G-SYNC support is simply the cherry on top. Like the majority of Dell monitors, it has outstanding ergonomics, making it a breeze to place in a perfect viewing position. Unfortunately, there are downsides to a TN monitor: viewing angles are bad, the contrast ratio is poor, and blacks appear gray and cloudy.
If you're in search of a small gaming monitor, this one gets our top recommendation.
If you have a PC with an AMD graphics card or an Xbox One, the BenQ Zowie XL2540 is a better choice than the Dell S2417DG due to the native FreeSync support. NVIDIA's G-SYNC is also compatible with a driver update, should you choose to change the graphics card in the future. This is a great TN monitor with an extremely fast response time and low input lag. Although the native resolution is a bit lower at 1080p, this monitor has a blazingly fast 240Hz refresh rate.
Overall, the Dell is a better choice, but if you want a FreeSync monitor and don't mind the lower resolution, the BenQ will do just fine.
The Dell P2417H is the best 24 inch monitor in the budget category. It's a fairly basic monitor but still performs admirably. With a 1080p resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate, this IPS monitor delivers decent picture quality and acceptable motion handling. Although not as stylish as the rest of Dell's lineup, the ergonomics are great on this monitor, allowing you to adjust the height, tilt, swivel, and rotation to portrait mode. Like most IPS monitors, it has good viewing angles, but unfortunately, it doesn't look as good in a dark room, where blacks appear gray. This monitor can do some casual gaming, but the slower response time and lack of advanced gaming features may deter more serious gamers.
If cost is a concern, this monitor is a very decent choice.
If you want a budget 24-25 inch monitor but are looking for better gaming performance than the Dell P2417H, check out the ViewSonic XG2402. This 24 inch, 1080p monitor delivers great gaming performance, with an incredibly fast response time, low input lag, and AMD FreeSync support. It has an extremely fast 144Hz refresh rate and outstanding low input lag, for an extremely responsive gaming experience. Unfortunately, the use of a TN panel does impact viewing angles, but peak brightness and reflection handling are very good, suitable for a bright room.
If you just want better gaming performance than the Dell, the ViewSonic might be a better choice.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 24 inch and 25 inch monitors currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. 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. 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.
01/14/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
11/15/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.