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, resulting in minimal 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 console gamers. The picture quality is good. It gets bright enough to combat glare, has good reflection handling, and the screen is very uniform when displaying a large area of a solid color, though uniformity may vary between units. It also has outstanding ergonomics, allowing you to place the screen how you like.
Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio, 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 we've tested for office use. Its 25 inch screen gives you enough space to multitask, and its 1440p resolution ensures you get a sharp image. It also has impressive ergonomics, with a ton of adjustment options to set it exactly how you like, and it has a flicker-free backlight to reduce eye strain. Overall, it feels well-built and has a simple, clean design that looks professional, whether you're working from home or in the office.
In terms of performance, it gets bright enough to overcome glare, and its matte anti-reflective coating does an okay job of diffusing light. If you do a lot of color-critical work, it has a fantastic SDR color gamut, with great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing. For those who like to game on the side, it also has a fast response time and low input lag, but it lacks variable refresh rate (VRR) support. It's also limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, but that should be fine for most casual gamers.
Unfortunately, it has a mediocre contrast ratio. While that's expected of an IPS panel, it means that blacks look more like gray when viewed in the dark. On the upside, it comes with two USB-C ports, one that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and the other just for charging, as well as three USB 3.0 ports to connect and charge more devices. All in all, this is the best 25 inch monitor we've tested for the office.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y is the best 24 inch monitor for gaming that we've tested in the budget category. 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 that lets you 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 an excellent and wallet-friendly gaming monitor that should please most people.
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.
Dec 16, 2020: Minor text and structure changes. Replaced Dell S2417DG with Dell Alienware AW2521H.
Oct 26, 2020: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
Aug 27, 2020: Replaced the Dell Alienware AW2521HF with the ASUS VG259QM; moved the Dell S2417DG to main pick.
Jul 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.
Mar 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.