If you don’t need or care about these things—and many people don’t—a budget monitor might be a good fit for you. There's a problem loading this menu right now. A 1300:1 screen won’t make things visible that are impossible to see on a 1000:1 screen; it’ll simply make the stuff that’s visible a bit easier to discern when you’re watching a movie or playing a game. Amazon.com will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. The coverage isn’t particularly generous, but it’s fine for the price. ViewSonic’s three-year warranty is respectable for a low-priced monitor; it covers parts, labor, and the LCD backlight. But its plastic stand was the wobbliest of anything we tested, and we didn’t love its proprietary “wall wart” external power brick or its shortish 6-foot cable. We then tested the accuracy of each monitor’s color—a screen with too-bright, oversaturated color might look good to the naked eye, but if it isn’t representing colors accurately, photos, videos, and web pages won’t look the way their creators intended. This monitor has the same three-year warranty and ViewSonic dead-pixel policy as our main pick—ViewSonic will replace the display if your monitor has more than two bright pixels, more than two dark pixels, or more than three total defective pixels of either type. ViewSonic’s VX2485-MHU is typically more expensive than our other picks and a bit above our price cap of $150, but it’s the only monitor we could find for less than $200 that met all of our requirements and included a USB Type-C port, too. It’s a 24-inch 1080p IPS screen with an HDMI port and a VGA port, so it meets (but doesn’t exceed) our bare-minimum requirements. Time is fleeting. Acer 23-inch HA230 abi full HD 75Hz VGA HDMI free Sync LED monitor> the Acer HA230 abi 23" Widescreen LCD IPS display combines stylish ultra-thin functionality with amazing 1920 x 1080 resolution, allowing you to enjoy High-Definition entertainment in the comfort of your home. Ratings above 3.0 mean you’d probably see a difference with your naked eye. Its stand is sturdy and doesn’t let the screen wobble too much, and it can tilt as well as swivel from side to side—the freedom of movement is worse than what you get from the Acer CB242Y’s stand but better than on most budget monitors. Like the other monitors we tested, the CB242Y is a 24-inch 1080p monitor with an IPS display panel, which means good viewing angles and better color and contrast than you can get from cheaper TN monitors. The CalMAN tests produce DeltaE 2000 numbers, which show how much the displayed color deviates from what it’s supposed to be: The lower the number, the better the result. Although it was the best thing you could get at the time we tested it, other sub-$150 monitors have thoroughly outstripped it in the meantime. It doesn’t include an HDMI port, just a DisplayPort and a VGA port—HDMI-to-DisplayPort cables and adapters are easy to find, but HDMI is much more common in the kinds of budget laptops and desktops you’d be connecting to a monitor like this. Sceptre E248W-19203R 24" Ultra Thin 75Hz 1080p LED Monitor 2x HDMI VGA Build-in Speakers, Metallic Black 2018, HP VH240a 23.8-inch Full HD 1080p IPS LED Monitor with Built-in Speakers and VESA Mounting, Rotating Portrait & Landscape, Tilt, and HDMI & VGA Ports (1KL30AA) - Black. He has been writing about laptops, phones, routers, and other tech since 2011. That’s all spoiled somewhat by its lack of extra features—other monitors toward the top of our price limit usually offer a better stand, higher refresh rates, FreeSync, or internal speakers, but the P244 doesn’t have any of those. The Asus ROG Swift PG279QZ is the best gaming monitor for people with Nvidia graphics cards, and the Samsung CHG70 is the best for those with AMD cards. And the monitor includes okay-sounding internal speakers and a three-year warranty. The Asus VA24EHE has color accuracy comparable to that of our top pick, the ViewSonic VA2456-MHD, as well as a tilt-only stand that doesn’t wobble and all the other features we look for in a budget monitor. Amazon.com reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. The CB242Y has VESA mounting holes for attaching a monitor arm or mounting it to a wall, but if you’re planning on doing that you should buy our top pick, the ViewSonic VA2456-MHD, instead. 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The Acer SA240Y Abi and HA230 Abi, the Asus VZ239H-W, the Dell SE2419HR and SE2419H, and the ViewSonic VX2376-SMHD and VX2476-SMHD don’t include VESA mounting holes. Several monitors came close to meeting all of our criteria, but we skipped testing them because they were missing one or more features. Photo: Andrew Cunningham, The monitor’s stand allows you to raise and lower the monitor, tilt it up and down, swivel it from side to side, and pivot it 90 degrees. Photo: Andrew Cunningham, The CB242Y’s HDMI and VGA ports. The Dell E2420HS is a version of the E2420H with a better stand and internal speakers, but it’s priced over our $150 cap. Its contrast ratio was also lower than that of anything else we tested, meaning blacks don’t look as black on the P244 as they do on the other monitors in this guide (we measured its contrast ratio at 870:1, while most other models we tested were around 1000:1 and our top pick, the VA2456-MHD, was 1319:1). A DeltaE value under 1.0 is perfect. VIVO Quick Attach VESA Adapter Plate, Designed for Acer and Viewsonic Monitors Including R240H… They’re a step above the other models we mention in the Competition section. All of that said, it’s still a nice-looking monitor that checks all the most important boxes, and it has the same okay-for-basic-use speakers as the other ViewSonic models we recommend. But if you use a desktop, a larger, 15-inch laptop that needs more power, or an older laptop without USB-C, this monitor is not worth the extra money. VESA Adapter for Acer R240HY bidx (does not fit R240HY Abmidx), SB220Q, SB270, SB230, RT240Y, R221Q, R231bmid, RT270, G227HQL, G237HL, G257HL, G257HU, G247HYL, SA240Y, SA220Q, SA230, and R241Y. Like most models we tested for this guide, the CB242Y lacks features that you can find only in more expensive monitors, such as a USB-C port or USB hub. It has thick, ugly, plasticky bezels, a tilt-only stand, and the least accurate color of anything we tested (though its contrast ratio is fine). It also has an HDMI port, a stand that allows it to tilt and swivel (but not pivot or adjust its height), a 75 Hz refresh rate, FreeSync support, good-enough-for-YouTube internal speakers, and a three-year warranty. 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