Although larger monitors have become more popular in recent years, there is still a lot of demand for smaller, 24-25" 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 13 monitors that are available in these sizes and below are our recommendations for the best 24-25 inch monitors that are available to purchase in 2018. Check our recommendations for the best 27 inch monitors and the best 28-32 inch monitors.
The Dell U2518D is the best 25 inch monitor that we have reviewed so far. It is a versatile monitor with wide viewing angles, a nice design, and a great stand. It delivers good picture quality, with great peak brightness in SDR, and excellent gradient handling. It supports HDR, although this doesn't add much, unfortunately.
Gamers will appreciate the excellent response time, but unfortunately, it is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't support any VRR technologies like FreeSync or G-SYNC. Although the U2518D has low input lag for most uses, professional gamers might find it too high. It has some nice additional features, including a USB Hub, and two USB BC1.2 charging ports.
Like most IPS monitors, the Dell U2518D doesn't perform as well in a dark room due to the poor black uniformity and mediocre native contrast. Overall, it is a versatile 25", 1440p monitor that delivers good performance and should please most people.
If you like the Dell U2518D but want something more budget-friendly, check out the Dell P2417H, it is one of the best 24 inch monitors in this price range. This IPS monitor has a very similar design to the U2518D, including a nearly identical stand. To save on costs, it doesn't support HDR and is limited to a 1080p resolution. The P2417H has a slower response time but makes up for it with much lower input lag.
If you're looking for a gaming monitor, check out the Dell S2417DG, it is the best 24 inch monitor for gaming that we have reviewed so far. It has some excellent gaming features, including a fast 144 Hz refresh rate, an incredibly fast response time, and NVIDIA G-SYNC support.
Like most Dell monitors, it has a good design with excellent ergonomics. The stand can be easily adjusted to the ideal viewing position. It lacks the flare that is common on many high-end gaming PCs, instead opting for a clean, professional look that fits in anywhere.
Unfortunately, it uses a TN panel, which isn't great for a dark room, as it has a poor contrast ratio and bad black uniformity. Unlike the IPS panels more commonly found on gaming monitors, TN panels don't have good viewing angles, and even when viewing from directly in front, the edges of the S2417DG might appear non-uniform.
If you have an AMD graphics card and would prefer a FreeSync compatible 24-25" monitor, check out the BenQ Zowie XL2540. The Zowie has an extremely fast 240 Hz refresh rate, and extremely fast response time, so motion looks stunningly smooth. Like the Dell S2417DG, the XL2540 has a TN panel which doesn't perform very well in a dark room and has poor viewing angles. It's also limited to a 1080p resolution.
If the Dell S2417DG is too expensive for you, the ViewSonic XG2402 is a cheaper gaming alternative. It has an excellent 144 Hz response time and FreeSync support, great for Xbox One S/X gamers. Motion looks crystal clear on the XG2402 thanks to the incredibly fast response time that produces very little motion blur. It is also free of PWM-flicker. Unfortunately, like the Zowie XL2540, the XG2402 has a TN panel that doesn't look as good in a dark room and has narrow viewing angles.
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.