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 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 with native FreeSync is the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM. It's one of the best gaming monitors we've tested so far with an incredible 240Hz refresh rate that you can overclock to 280Hz. It has native FreeSync support, and it's G-SYNC compatible with newer NVIDIA graphics cards, which reduces screen tearing.
It has an incredible response time at its max refresh rate of 280Hz, and even when playing at 60Hz, the response time is amazing, resulting in minimal motion blur. It even has a Black Frame Insertion feature to reduce motion blur. The input lag at its native resolution is really low, but sadly, it dramatically increases at 60Hz, so it's not suggested for competitive gamers. The picture quality on this monitor is good. It gets bright enough to combat glare, has good reflection handling, and the screen is very consistent when displaying a large area of a solid color. Lastly, like most ASUS monitors, it has outstanding ergonomics, allowing you to place the screen how you like.
Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio with its IPS panel, so blacks appear closer to gray when viewed in the dark. Fortunately, that means it has wide viewing angles, ideal for co-op gaming. It supports HDR10, but it doesn't display a wide color gamut, so HDR content doesn't look all that different from SDR content. Its 1080p resolution may be too low for multitasking, but that means it doesn't put too much stress on your graphics card when gaming. All in all, this is the best 25 inch option for gaming that we've seen so far.
The best 24 inch gaming monitor with native G-SYNC support that we've seen up until now is the Dell S2417DG. It's a well-built gaming monitor with excellent ergonomics and a USB hub so you can charge your devices while gaming.
The TN panel on this monitor delivers an exceptionally fast response time, whether you're playing at its max refresh rate of 165Hz or at 60Hz. It has a Black Frame Insertion feature that also clears up motion blur if you see any. Its input lag is also incredibly low, ensuring your actions are registered as quickly as possible. If you also want to use this monitor for office use in your at-home setup, its 1440p resolution allows you to see text more clearly without zooming in too much, but the 24 inch screen isn't the best for opening multiple windows at once.
Sadly, with a TN panel, it has a low contrast ratio, bad black uniformity, and narrow viewing angles. It also has disappointing out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you may need to get it calibrated to enjoy this monitor to the fullest. On the upside, it performs well in bright rooms because it gets bright enough to combat glare, and it has great reflection handling. Overall, if you're looking for the best 24 inch monitor for gaming and you have an NVIDIA graphics card, you can't go wrong with the Dell.
The best 25 inch monitor for office use that 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 users.
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 has an outstanding color volume.
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 office monitor and most people should be happy with it.
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 it 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 as the other Dell, and the black uniformity is quite poor. Unlike the U2520D, this monitor doesn't support HDR, which is disappointing, but this shouldn't be a problem if you need a simple monitor for your at-home office setup.
Overall, if you can stretch your budget slightly, the U2520D is a better choice. However, if you don't mind the lower resolution and lack of HDR support, the U2415 is a good choice, making it the best 24 inch monitor for office use that we've tested so far.
The Dell P2417H is the best 24 inch monitor if you are on a budget that we've tested so far. It's a simple 1080p monitor with a 60Hz refresh rate that 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. The 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, 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. Also, 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.
08/27/2020: Replaced the Dell Alienware AW2521HF with the ASUS VG259QM; moved the Dell S2417DG to main pick.
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.