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 temporarily removed the 'Best Office' category because we haven't tested many office monitors recently. The ones that we have tested have been discontinued or are only available through third parties at a much higher price. That said, the monitors that we recommend for gaming are also well-suited for office use, so you should be able to find something that suits your needs.
We've tested over 25 monitors 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 support we've tested is the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM. It's impressively well-built, and it includes a stand with outstanding ergonomics so that you can place the screen in a comfortable viewing position. It has good reflection handling and gets pretty bright, so glare shouldn't be an issue. Like most IPS panels, it has wide viewing angles that make it great for sharing content or playing co-op games.
Its motion handling is amazing. It has an exceptional response time and a 240Hz refresh rate that you can overclock up to 280Hz for an even smoother gaming experience. It also has a black frame insertion feature to improve motion clarity, and unlike most monitors, you can use it simultaneously with VRR. Its input lag is a bit high at 60Hz, so it isn't the best option for 60fps console gaming.
Unfortunately, there are no usable USB ports, which might be disappointing for some. You do get a pair of built-in speakers, though, and it supports HDR. In addition to its flicker-free backlight, it also has a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain. Overall, it's a great monitor that should please most people.
If you prefer a monitor with USB ports, check out the Dell Alienware AW2521HF. Like the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM, it's also a 25 inch 1080p model that delivers an excellent gaming experience. However, it has a USB hub with four USB 3.0 ports, which means you can plug your peripherals directly into the monitor, with only a single cable leading to your PC. You have to compromise on other features, though, as it lacks speakers and HDR support. Also, you can't overclock its 240Hz refresh rate.
If you want the smoothest gaming experience, go with the ASUS. However, if want want USB ports and don't mind compromising on a few things, go with the Dell.
The best 25 inch gaming monitor with native G-SYNC support that we've tested is the Dell Alienware AW2521H. It's an excellent gaming monitor with a 25 inch, 1080p screen, and an incredibly fast 360Hz refresh rate. One of a handful of 360Hz gaming monitors, the Dell delivers the best overall experience due to its superb response time, delivering crystal-clear motion with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects.
The relatively low pixel density isn't for everyone, as it results in just decent text clarity; however, it puts a lighter load on the graphics card, making it easier to achieve decent frame rates in your favorite games. It's not the best for atmospheric games like RPGs, but it's a great choice for fast-paced shooters and MOBAs. It's also a good option for use as an office monitor, though not as good as a larger, higher-resolution screen.
Its IPS panel has wide viewing angles, great peak brightness, and outstanding accuracy out of the box. It supports HDR, but sadly this doesn't add much, as it can't get very bright in HDR and can't display a wide color gamut. It also has low contrast, so it's not the best choice for gaming in a dark room. Overall, although it's not as versatile as some of the competition, this is an amazing choice if you want the absolute best gaming experience for your NVIDIA graphics card.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx is the best budget 24 inch monitor for gaming that we've tested. It's a versatile 1080p monitor that delivers an amazingly smooth gaming experience. It has wide viewing angles and excellent ergonomics, making it easier to place the screen for optimal viewing and share content with others. It handles reflections well and gets pretty bright, enough to overcome glare in most lighting conditions.
It has a 165Hz refresh rate and exceptional response times, resulting in clear images with almost no blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It has native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility. There's a black frame insertion feature that can further reduce motion blur, but it isn't usable while VRR is active, and it only works above 119Hz. Unfortunately, even though it supports HDR, it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough for a true HDR experience, which is expected for a budget monitor.
There's a pair of speakers built-in, and you can add a virtual crosshair or frame rate counter to the screen. There's software to control the monitor's settings with your mouse and keyboard, and you also get a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain. Overall, it's the best 24 inch gaming monitor if you're looking for a wallet-friendly option.
Oct 06, 2021: Added Dell Alienware AW2521HF as an alternative to the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM with USB Hub. Removed 'Best Office' category because there aren't any better choices than what we already recommend.
Aug 09, 2021: Updated text for clarity. Removed the Dell U2518D from the Notable Mentions, as it's quite old now and starting to be difficult to find. Added the MSI Oculux NXG253R to the Notable Mentions.
Jun 10, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the Acer Predator X25, AOC 24G2, Samsung T55, and ASUS VG246H to Notable Mentions.
Apr 13, 2021: Added the ASUS TUF Gaming VG258QM to notable mentions; minor adjustments to text for clarity.
Feb 12, 2021: Verified the accuracy of picks and their availability. Removed Dell U2415 and Dell U2417H because they're older models that are harder to find. Replaced ViewSonic XG2402 with Acer Nitro XF243Y.
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 reviews of 24-25 inch monitors. 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.