Monitors come in many shapes and sizes, and although 27" and 34" monitors have become very popular recently, there are quite a few good monitors available in 28", 29", and 32" sizes. Although they are sometimes seen as niche sizes, many of them offer the same great features found on more popular sizes, including advanced gaming features like FreeSync, high-resolution 4k screens, and, more recently, HDR support.
We've tested over 80 monitors, and below you'll find our top 7 picks for the best 28-32 inch monitors that are available for purchase in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best 4k monitors.
The LG 32UD99-W is the best 32 inch monitor we've tested so far. It's a great monitor for almost any usage. It has a great response time and low input lag, making it a great choice for gaming. The image remains accurate at an angle, and it has a great amount of screen real estate, making it a good choice for office use.
The LG32UD99-W is also a great choice for Mac users, as it has a built-in USB Hub, and it supports USB-C power delivery, so you can charge your MacBook while using the screen, with only a single cable going back to the MacBook. It also supports picture-by-picture, so you could even work simultaneously on your Mac and a PC.
Unfortunately, this monitor has a limited 60Hz refresh rate, which might disappoint some gamers. It can also be difficult to find sometimes, although it hasn't been discontinued by LG yet, so this situation might be temporary. Overall, the LG 32UD99-W is a great monitor for almost any usage.
If you want to save a bit of money, or are having a hard time finding the LG 32UD99-W, the Dell U3219Q is a very good alternative. The Dell is a very good monitor for most uses, with similar overall picture quality and great ergonomics, so you can easily place it in an ideal viewing position, or rotate the screen to share it with someone else. The Dell U3219Q isn't as good for gaming though, as it has a slower response time, and it doesn't support any of the variable refresh rate technologies like FreeSync.
Overall, the LG 32UD99-W is the best 32 inch monitor for most people, but if you want to save a bit of money, the Dell U3219Q is a cheaper alternative that performs almost as well.
If you often use your computer in a dark room, the LG 32UD59-B might be a better alternative. The VA panel on this monitor has a much better contrast ratio, so blacks look black in a dark room. This comes with a few trade-offs though, as the image degrades when viewed at an angle. The 32UD59-B also has fewer features than the more expensive 32UD99-W, as it doesn't support HDR and doesn't have any USB ports.
Although the LG 32UD99-W is a better choice for most people, especially if you're in a bright room, if dark room performance is important to you, the LG 32UD59-B is a better darkroom alternative.
The Samsung CHG70 is the best 32 inch gaming monitor. It's an excellent gaming monitor, with an excellent response time and flicker-free backlight, resulting in clear motion with very little blur, and no distracting duplications. It also supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, delivering a nearly tear-free gaming experience, and has an optional black frame insertion feature that can improve the appearance of motion.
The CHG70 has very good contrast, great peak brightness, and excellent gray uniformity. It also supports HDR and can display a wide color gamut, so HDR looks closer to what the content creator intended. It can't get very bright in HDR though, so small specular highlights in some scenes aren't as bright as they should be.
Unfortunately, the CHG70 has poor black uniformity, so it might not be the best choice for gaming in a dark room, especially if your games have a lot of dark scenes. Overall, though, it's a very good monitor for almost any use.
If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the LG 32GK850G-B might be a better choice. For most uses, this monitor isn't as good as the Samsung CHG70, as it doesn't support HDR and doesn't have an optional black frame insertion feature. For gaming, though, this is a great alternative, with an even faster response time, resulting in slightly clearer motion with less noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. It supports NVIDIA's G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology, resulting in a nearly-tear free gaming experience.
Overall, the Samsung CHG70 is the best 32 inch gaming monitor for most people, but if you want to get the best gaming experience possible with an NVIDIA graphics card, the LG 32GK850G-B is the best G-SYNC alternative.
The BenQ EL2870U is the best 28-32 inch budget monitor we've tested so far. It's a decent monitor for most uses, with good gaming performance, great accuracy out of the box, and outstanding gradients. It has a decent design, but the stand has very limited ergonomics, with no height adjustment or swivel, so it might be difficult to place the EL2870U in an ideal viewing position.
For gaming, the BenQ EL2870U has a great response time, with only a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects, and it has excellent low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. It has a limited 60Hz refresh rate, which might disappoint some people, but it supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, for a nearly tear-free gaming experience.
Although this monitor supports HDR, unfortunately, there's little benefit to it, as it can't display a wide color gamut, and it can't get very bright in HDR. Overall, though, it's a decent monitor for most uses.
If you want something even cheaper, check out the Dell S3219D. The Dell S3219D has a slightly larger screen, but a lower native resolution, resulting in text that isn't quite as sharp as the BenQ EL2870U. The S3219D has better contrast and better black uniformity than the EL2870U, as well as better gray uniformity, but it doesn't support HDR. This doesn't add much to the EL2870U, so this isn't a big loss for most people.
Overall, the BenQ EL2870U is better for most people, but if you're on a tight budget, the Dell S3219D is an acceptable alternative.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 28-32 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 the 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.