Although larger monitors have become more popular in recent years, there's 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's a lot of choice in these sizes. From basic office monitors to the best gaming monitors, there's something for everyone.
We've reviewed over 20 monitors that are available in these sizes, and below are our recommendations for the best 24 inch monitors to purchase. 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 we've tested so far is the Dell UltraSharp U2520D. Like most Dell monitors, it performs best as an office monitor, but it's surprisingly well-rounded and should please most people.
This monitor has what most people need to keep their productivity high. It has wide viewing angles if you need to share your screen with someone else, it gets bright enough to combat glare, and its reflection handling is okay. It also has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you won't need to get it calibrated unless you want to. If you're a photo editor, you should be happy to know it has great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space and it has an outstanding color volume too.
Unfortunately, like most monitors with an IPS panel, it's not ideal to use in the dark. It has a low contrast ratio, making blacks appear gray. However, even though this monitor is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't support any variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, it still has an impressive response time and a low input lag, making it good for casual gaming. Overall, this is a very good 25 inch office monitor.
If you're shopping on a limited budget, take a look at the Dell U2415. Although it's slightly smaller than the Dell UltraSharp U2520D 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 the color accuracy isn't as good, and the black uniformity is quite poor. Unlike its bigger brother, this monitor doesn't support HDR, which is disappointing, but this shouldn't be a problem if you just need a simple monitor for your at-home office setup.
Overall, if you can stretch your budget slightly, the U2520D is a better choice; otherwise, the U2415 is a good choice if you don't mind the lower resolution and lack of HDR support.
The best 25 inch gaming monitor we've tested so far is the Dell Alienware AW2521HF. It has an incredibly high 240Hz refresh rate, and it's one of the few monitors that has an IPS panel with that refresh rate. It's a good overall monitor that's especially impressive for gaming.
This monitor has one of the best response times at its max refresh rate we've seen so far. Motion is exceptionally clear, and even when playing at 60Hz, the response time is outstanding, which is ideal for console gaming. Its input lag is also really low, and even though it slightly increases with its VRR enabled, it shouldn't be noticeable for most people. It has native FreeSync support, and it's certified to work with newer NVIDIA graphics cards too. Even though the monitor is limited to a 1080p refresh rate, the picture quality is still good with its great peak brightness, very wide viewing angles, good out-of-the-box color accuracy, and excellent gray uniformity.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR, and due to its IPS, it has a low contrast ratio and disappointing black uniformity, so it's not ideal for dark room gaming. On the upside, it has RGB lighting on the stand, which you can control through the on-screen display. All in all, it's the best 25 inch monitor for gaming we've seen so far.
If you want a monitor with native G-SYNC support to really take advantage of your NVIDIA graphics card, check out the Dell S2417DG. Its 165Hz max refresh rate isn't as high as the 240Hz on the Dell Alienware AW2521HF, but it still has outstanding motion handling, so motion looks very clear. It also has a black frame insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion, and the input lag is extremely low. It has a 1440p resolution, but unfortunately, its TN panel doesn't produce good picture quality. Its contrast ratio is low, and it has poor black uniformity, narrow viewing angles, and disappointing out-of-the-box color accuracy. On the upside, like most Dell monitors, it's well-built, and it has excellent ergonomics.
If you want the best gaming monitor in a 24 or 25 inch size, you can't go wrong with the AW2521HF, but if you want native G-SYNC support and a higher resolution, check out the S2417DG.
The Dell P2417H is the best 24 inch monitor in the budget category that we've tested so far. It's a simple 1080p monitor with a 60Hz refresh rate, and it comes in the same frame as most Dell monitors, with the same good build quality and great ergonomics, so you can adjust it however you like.
Its IPS panel has decent viewing angles, but like most IPS monitors, it doesn't look good in the dark due to its low contrast ratio. If you care about accurate color reproduction, the good news is that it has great color accuracy out-of-the-box. There are two convenient USB 3.0 ports for charging located on the side and two more USB 2.0 ports on the back. The backlight is also flicker-free, which can help reduce eye strain. Motion handling is very good, and input lag is low; however, it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing when gaming.
Unfortunately, it doesn't get very bright, so it's best to avoid placing it in a really bright room. Overall, if you're looking for a small monitor on a budget, this is a very decent choice. It doesn't have the sharpest resolution or the most features, but for a monitor this size, it's the best 24 inch monitor in the budget category we've tested so far.
If you want a monitor with better gaming performance and features, then check out the ViewSonic XG2402. Like the Dell P2417H, it has a 1080p resolution and a 24 inch screen size. The biggest difference is its use of a TN panel, which has a much faster response time, and it has a high 144Hz refresh rate that makes motion look smooth and fluid. Unfortunately, it isn't well-suited for dark rooms either, as it has a sub-par contrast ratio and severe black uniformity issues, which is expected of most TN panels. Additionally, its narrow viewing angles result in a less accurate image if you're not seated directly in front of the screen. On the upside, it has great reflection handling, and it comes with FreeSync support that's also compatible with G-SYNC.
For most people, the Dell is more versatile and performs better overall, but if you want better gaming performance, then the ViewSonic is the best 24 inch gaming monitor we've tested in the budget category.
07/10/2020: Replaced the Dell U2518D with the U2520D; added the Dell Alienware AW2521HF and moved the S2417DG as an alternative; removed the BenQ XL2540.
05/12/2020: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
03/13/2020: Added HP OMEN X 25f, Acer Nitro XF252Q, and Dell S2419HGF to notable mentions.
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.