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 tested 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 support that we've tested is the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM. It's one of the best gaming monitors we've tested, 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 improve the appearance of motion. The input lag at its native resolution is really low, but sadly, it dramatically increases at 60Hz, so it's not suggested for competitive console gamers. The picture quality 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 monitor for gaming that we've tested.
The best 24 inch gaming monitor with native G-SYNC support that we've tested is the Dell Alienware AW2521H. It's an excellent 1080p gaming model that delivers an incredibly responsive gaming experience thanks to its whopping 360Hz refresh rate. It has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, and it gets bright enough to fight glare easily, so you shouldn't have any visibility issues in well-lit rooms. The stand allows for a good amount of ergonomic adjustments, allowing you to place the screen at your ideal viewing position.
As mentioned, it has a 360Hz refresh rate and, combined with its exceptionally low input lag, every action feels nearly instantaneous. It has a superb response time that results in clear images in fast-moving scenes and a Black Frame Insertion feature that can further improve motion clarity. It supports G-SYNC to reduce screen tearing, but sadly, it isn't compatible with FreeSync. Also, even though it supports HDR, it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough for HDR content.
There are four USB 3.0 ports that you can use for charging, and you add a timer or frame rate counter on the screen. There's a feature that measures the input lag and helps to reduce it, and there's even some RGB lighting on the back that you can customize. The backlight is entirely flicker-free, which is great for reducing eye strain on those long gaming sessions. Overall, it's an excellent monitor that should please casual and serious gamers alike.
The Dell UltraSharp U2520D is the best 25 inch monitor for office use that we've tested. It's a well-built model with impressive ergonomics, making it easy to adjust the screen, and you can also rotate it into portrait mode in either direction. Its IPS panel gives you wide viewing angles that allow you to see the same accurate image, whether you're viewing the screen directly in front or from the sides. It's a good choice if you work in a well-lit office space as it gets bright enough to combat glare, but it's best to avoid placing it opposite a window because the reflection handling is just okay.
It has great out-of-the-box color accuracy and an outstanding SDR color gamut. It covers the sRGB color space entirely and has great coverage of Adobe RGB. It even provides a decent HDR experience, as it displays a wide color gamut and gets bright enough in HDR to make some highlights stand out. Response time is great, but the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz.
Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio and doesn't have any gaming features like VRR support. However, it has some extra office-oriented features like a USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, which lets you display an image from a compatible device and charge it at the same time. Overall, while it isn't the best option for gaming, it's well-suited for office use, and most people should be happy with it.
If you're on a budget or don't want to spend a lot of money to get a smaller secondary monitor for your at-home office setup, then check out the Dell U2415. It has a lower resolution than the Dell UltraSharp U2520D, but it has a unique 1920x1200 resolution and a 16:10 aspect ratio. This provides you with more vertical space than typical 16:9 monitors, making it easier to view more text in a document at once. The U2415 performs very similarly to the U2520D as it has wide viewing angles, good out-of-the-box color accuracy, decent peak brightness, and good reflection handling. Photo editors should also appreciate its good coverage of the Adobe RGB color space and impressive gradient handling. Sadly, it doesn't have any VRR support and doesn't support HDR, but that's expected for an office monitor in this price range.
The U2520D is more versatile overall, and you get HDR support, but if you prefer saving some money and you don't need a high resolution, then look into the U2415.
The Dell P2417H is the best 24 inch monitor if you are on a budget that we've tested. It's a simple 1080p model with a 60Hz refresh rate that comes in the same frame as most Dell models, 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 option on a budget, this is a very decent choice. It doesn't have the sharpest resolution or the most features, but for a model this size, it's the best 24 inch monitor in the budget category we've tested.
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.
12/16/2020: Minor text and structure changes. Replaced Dell S2417DG with Dell Alienware AW2521H.
10/26/2020: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
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.
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 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.