Monitors come in many shapes and sizes, and although 27 inch and 34 inch monitors have become very popular recently, there are quite a few good monitors available in 28", 29", and 32" sizes. Although they're 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 100 monitors, and below you'll find our top picks for the best 28-32 inch monitors that are available for purchase. See our recommendations for the best 4k monitors, the best 1440p monitors, and the best gaming monitors.
The best 32 inch monitor we've tested so far is the LG 32UD99-W. This monitor's 4k resolution makes it a great choice for both productivity and gaming. Text remains sharp and easy to read, and the monitor's size allows you to have multiple windows open at the same time without feeling cramped.
The IPS panel has wide viewing angles, so images don't appear washed out when viewed from the side, which is great for sharing content or for co-op games. Although the monitor's refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, it does support FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, which provides a nearly tear-free gaming experience. Input lag is low, the response time is good, and the monitor's flicker-free backlight helps to reduce eye strain during those long gaming sessions. The monitor's clean and minimalist design fits easily into any setting and the slim bezels are great for multi-monitor setups.
Generally speaking, IPS monitors have rather mediocre contrast ratio and black uniformity; however, this is one of the best performing IPS panels we've seen in terms of displaying deeper blacks. It has decent color accuracy out of the box and it supports HDR, though the monitor's peak brightness may struggle to bring out highlights in HDR content. Overall, this is the best 32 inch monitor we've tested so far.
If the LG 32UD99-W is slightly out of your budget, check out the Dell U3219Q. It's also a 4k monitor with a 60Hz refresh rate; however, build quality and ergonomics are significantly improved compared to the LG. The downside is that it doesn't support variable refresh rate technology, black uniformity is noticeably worse, and the backlight isn't flicker-free. It has decent HDR performance and there's a local dimming feature as well, though it performs rather poorly. On the upside, it gets bright enough to combat glare and its reflection handling isn't bad, but it struggles in really bright rooms. Lastly, this monitor has great color accuracy out of the box and it also has a USB 3.0 hub for charging.
Overall, the LG is still our main recommendation, but if your budget is tight, the Dell is a good alternative that performs admirably.
If you prefer using your monitor in dark rooms, consider the BenQ EW3270U. It doesn't get as bright and can't handle reflections as well as the LG 32UD99-W, but it has a much better contrast ratio, displaying deeper blacks when viewed in the dark. Although VA panel monitors are known to have bad viewing angles, the BenQ actually has decent viewing angles, which are some of the best we've seen on a VA monitor so far. It has an excellent input lag and a good response time, but unfortunately there's some blur motion trail behind fast-moving objects. If you're a photographer, you'll be happy to know it has excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used for photo editing and the 4k resolution allows you to see more detail.
If you're looking for the best 32 inch computer monitor we've tested so far, then look into the LG, but if you prefer a monitor with better dark room performance, then consider the BenQ.
The best 32 inch gaming monitor we've tested so far is the Samsung C32HG70. It's a good overall monitor with great gaming performance. Although we tested the 27 inch version of this monitor, we expect its performance to be the same for the 32 inch version, except it doesn't have a flicker-free backlight.
It has the features most gamers expect to find in a monitor. It has a 144Hz refresh rate, native FreeSync support with G-SYNC compatibility, and it has an outstanding response time at its max refresh rate. Input lag is also really low, and it's actually slightly lower with VRR enabled, ideal for competitive gaming. Sadly, its response time at 60Hz is bad, resulting in ghosting with fast-moving content. Also, with a VA panel, this monitor is ideal for dark-room gaming, as it displays deep blacks. Additionally, it delivers a decent HDR experience as it covers 90% of the DCI-P3 color space used in most HDR content.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, which is expected from a VA panel, and its black uniformity is poor. It also has a full-array local dimming feature, but like most monitors, it's bad. On the upside, it has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, it has great peak brightness, and it has good reflection handling too. All in all, this is the best 32 inch monitor for gaming we've seen so far.
If you prefer a monitor with native G-SYNC support, then the LG 32GK850G-B is a good choice too. It doesn't support HDR like the Samsung CHG70, but its native 144Hz refresh rate can be easily overclocked to 165Hz. The response time at its max refresh rate is exceptional, similar to the Samsung, and it has an excellent response time at 60Hz too, resulting in smooth motion. It doesn't have a black frame insertion feature, but you likely won't need it anyway. Sadly, this monitor has mediocre out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you have to get it calibrated to enjoy the monitor to the fullest. It also has narrow viewing angles due to its VA panel, but that means it has a good contrast ratio, displaying deep blacks when viewing in the dark.
Overall, if you want the best 32 inch monitor for gaming we've tested, the Samsung is a great choice, but if you want a monitor with native G-SYNC support, the LG is a good alternative.
The best 28 inch monitor in the budget category is the BenQ EL2870U. It's a decent overall monitor that's best suited for gaming and has some nice extra features for a budget monitor.
This monitor has a very low input lag, even with VRR enabled, resulting in a responsive gaming experience. The motion handling is good so fast-moving objects look fairly clear, but the limited 60Hz refresh rate might be more suited for console gamers than serious competitors. It supports FreeSync VRR technology to reduce screen tearing and it's G-SYNC compatible. The 28 inch, 4k screen gives you an immersive gaming experience and allows you to open multiple windows at once if you're using it for work. It also has great out-of-box color accuracy, so you won't need to get it calibrated unless you want too.
Unfortunately, it uses a TN panel, so the contrast ratio, black uniformity, and viewing angles are all disappointing. It also doesn't get very bright, and although it supports HDR, it can't display the wide range of colors needed in that mode. However, it comes with good extra features like built-in speakers. Overall, this is the best 28 inch budget monitor we've tested.
07/20/2020: Removed the Dell S3219D; updated text for clarity.
03/20/2020: Replaced the LG 32UD59-B with the BenQ EW3270U and added the Dell S3220DGF to notable mentions.
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.