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's a lot of choice in these sizes. From basic office monitors to the best gaming monitors, there is something for everyone.
We've reviewed over 15 monitors that are available in these sizes, and below are our recommendations for the best 24 inch monitors to purchase in 2020. 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 we've tested so far is the Dell U2518D. It's a 1440p monitor that performs well for any type of use, and out of the box, the colors are extremely accurate and it shouldn't need any sort of calibration. With an IPS panel, it has good viewing angles, but not as good as some other IPS monitors. You can still share your screen with people next to you or sit close to the screen without losing much image accuracy.
Unfortunately, the contrast ratio is mediocre and the black uniformity is inadequate, so blacks look gray in dark rooms. If you're planning on using this monitor in a bright environment, such as an office, it can get really bright and it handles reflections well to combat glare. The gray uniformity is also excellent, so uniform colors on the screen, such as web pages or documents, won't be distracting.
Gamers will appreciate the excellent response time and great input lag, but the 60Hz refresh rate and lack of variable refresh (VRR) rate technology will disappoint serious gamers. Overall, this is the best 25 inch monitor we've tested.
If you're shopping on a limited budget, take a look at the Dell U2415. Although it's slightly smaller than the Dell U2518D and has a lower resolution, the 16:10 aspect ratio makes this monitor 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 color accuracy isn't as good and black uniformity is quite poor. Unlike its bigger brother, this monitor doesn't support HDR, which is disappointing.
Overall, if you can stretch your budget slightly, the U2518D is a better choice; otherwise, the U2415 is a good choice if you don't mind the lower resolution and lack of HDR support.
The best 24 inch gaming monitor that we've tested so far is the Dell S2417DG. It has a 144Hz refresh rate that can go up to 165Hz with the factory overclock setting, and it uses G-SYNC VRR technology to reduce tearing in games. The input lag is exceptionally low in native resolution, but it does increase a bit with VRR enabled. The response time on the TN panel is fantastic, so there's minimal motion blur, and it includes a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur.
Unfortunately, the use of the TN panel comes at the cost of good picture quality. The contrast ratio is poor, black uniformity is bad, and the viewing angles are inadequate if you need to share your screen with others. On the upside, it can get fairly bright and it handles reflections well, so the monitor performs well even in bright rooms.
Overall, it performs well for gaming, making it the best 24 inch gaming monitor we've tested so far.
If you have a PC with an AMD graphics card or an Xbox One, the BenQ Zowie XL2540 is a better choice than the Dell S2417DG due to the native FreeSync support. NVIDIA's G-SYNC is also compatible with a driver update, should you choose to change the graphics card in the future. This is a great TN monitor with an extremely fast response time and low input lag. Although the native resolution is a bit lower at 1080p, this monitor has a blazingly fast 240Hz refresh rate.
Overall, the Dell is a better choice, but if you want a FreeSync monitor and don't mind the lower resolution, the BenQ will do just fine.
The Dell P2417H is the best 24 inch monitor in the budget category. It's a fairly basic monitor but still performs admirably. With a 1080p resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate, this IPS monitor delivers decent picture quality and acceptable motion handling. Although not as stylish as the rest of Dell's lineup, the ergonomics are great on this monitor, allowing you to adjust the height, tilt, swivel, and rotation to portrait mode. 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 can do some casual gaming, but the slower response time and lack of advanced gaming features may deter more serious gamers.
If cost is a concern, this monitor is a very decent choice.
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 inch, 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, the use of a TN panel does impact viewing angles, but peak brightness and reflection handling are very good, suitable for a bright room.
If you just want better gaming performance than the Dell, the ViewSonic might be a better choice.
03/13/2020: Minor changes to text, added HP OMEN X 25f, Acer Nitro XF252Q, and Dell S2419HGF to notable mentions.
01/14/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
11/15/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
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.