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 17 monitors that are available in these sizes, and below are our recommendations for the best 24 inch monitors to purchase in 2019. Check our recommendations for the best monitors under $200, the best 27 inch monitors, and the best 28-32 inch monitors.
The Dell U2518D is the best 25 inch monitor that we have tested so far. This is a very good 25" monitor with a 2560x1440 resolution, which is great for multitasking or a more immersive gaming experience. It's a versatile monitor with wide viewing angles and an easy to adjust stand with great ergonomics.
This monitor delivers good overall picture quality, with great peak brightness, wide viewing angles, and excellent out of the box color accuracy. It has decent motion handling, with a fast response time and nearly flicker-free backlight, but the lack of variable refresh rate support and limited 60Hz refresh rate may disappoint more serious gamers.
This monitor supports HDR, but this doesn't add much, unfortunately, as it can't display a wide color gamut. Overall, though, it's a very good monitor that should please most people.
If you want something a bit cheaper than the Dell U2518D, check out the Dell U2415 instead. The biggest difference in these models is the native resolution and size. This monitor is slightly smaller and has a slightly lower native resolution, which might be disappointing to some people. Unlike the other Dell, it doesn't support HDR, although this doesn't add much anyway. On the other hand, it has slightly lower input lag and a better vertical viewing angle.
Overall, the U2518D is better for most people, but if you want to save a bit of money and don't mind compromising on native resolution, the U2415 is a great alternative.
If you're a gamer, the Dell S2417DG is the best 24 inch monitor for gaming that we've tested so far. This is an excellent gaming monitor with an outstanding response time, flicker-free backlight, and outstanding low input lag. It has an extremely fast refresh rate and can be overclocked even higher for an extra kick. All of this results in an outstanding gaming experience, with almost no noticeable blur trail behind fast-moving objects.
This monitor also supports G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology, which unfortunately only works with NVIDIA graphics cards. Like the majority of Dell monitors, it has outstanding ergonomics, making it a breeze to place in a perfect viewing position.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look as good when viewed at an angle, and blacks are gray and cloudy, especially when viewed in a dark room. Overall, though, it's a good monitor for most uses and it has excellent gaming performance that should please even the most demanding gamers.
If you have a PC with an AMD graphics card, or an Xbox One, the BenQ Zowie XL2540 is the best FreeSync alternative to the Dell S2417DG that we've tested so far. This is a great gaming monitor with an extremely fast response time, low input lag, and an extremely fast refresh rate. The native resolution is a bit lower than the Dell, which might disappoint some people. It supports FreeSync and it works with NVIDIA's adaptive sync drivers when connected to a recent NVIDIA graphics card.
Overall, the higher native resolution of the S2417DG makes it a slightly better choice for most people, but if you want a FreeSync monitor and don't mind compromising on native resolution, the BenQ Zowie XL2540 might be a better choice.
The Dell P2417H is the best 24 inch monitor in the budget category. It's a decent monitor for most uses, with decent picture quality and acceptable motion handling. Like most Dell monitors, it has great ergonomics, with great swivel, tilt, and height adjustments, and it can rotate to portrait orientation, which is great for a multi-monitor setup.
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 is good for gaming as well, but the response time is a bit slower than most gaming monitors, and it doesn't support any advanced gaming features like FreeSync.
Overall, this is a decent monitor that should please most people.
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", 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, unlike the Dell, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, so it isn't as well-suited for all uses. If you just want better gaming performance than the P2417H, the XG2402 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.