We have additional picks here for more expensive 24-inch monitors that fill a variety of needs, like additional screen space or a more flexible stand. But if you’re just looking for a good monitor that doesn’t cost too much, check out our guide to the best budget monitors.
Best 24-inch monitor
The VA2456-MHD has a reasonably color-accurate screen with good contrast, DisplayPort and HDMI inputs, and decent-sounding internal speakers. Its stand can only tilt up and down, but that’s fine for the price.
The great contrast ratio on the ViewSonic VA2456-MHD provides darker blacks, which makes for slightly better images in games, movies, or web browsing. It has both HDMI and DisplayPort connections (most budget 1080p monitors have one or the other), and its out-of-the-box color accuracy is good enough for anything other than professional photo or video editing. Its stand can only tilt up and down, but it doesn’t wobble too much. The built-in speakers aren’t great, but they’re fine for YouTube videos or your operating system’s bleeps and bloops, and ViewSonic backs the monitor with a three-year warranty and a decent replacement policy for screens with dead or stuck pixels.
Great for saving space
It costs a bit more money than our pick, but the ViewSonic VX2485-MHU has a USB-C port that can charge most 13-inch laptops, which can save space by eliminating extra chargers and cables from your desk setup.
The ViewSonic VX2485-MHU costs more than most 24-inch 1080p monitors, but its USB-C port can handle data, a display signal, and power all at once, replacing a video cable and your laptop’s charger simultaneously. This monitor can provide up to 60 W of power, enough for 13-inch laptops like the MacBook Air or the Dell XPS 13 (and many other laptops without powerful dedicated graphics chips). If you have a laptop that has only USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports, the convenience of the VX2485-MHU is worth paying a bit more for. 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.
More usable screen space
The Dell P2421 has a taller aspect ratio than our other picks, which means it offers extra vertical space that’s useful when scrolling through big spreadsheets or long web pages and documents.
The Dell P2421 is a 24-inch monitor with a 1920×1200-pixel resolution, rather than the typical 1920×1080. These extra 120 vertical pixels mean a little less scrolling in large documents or spreadsheets, and more room for your apps and games without taking up more space on a desk. The P2421 comes with a higher price than our 1080p picks, but it has good color and contrast, HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, and a USB hub with four USB Type-A ports for connecting keyboards, mice, and other accessories.
A great 4K 24-inch monitor
If you want a 24-inch monitor to edit 4K photos and video at their native resolution, or to watch higher-resolution television and movies, the Dell P2415Q is a solid choice.
If you want a 24-inch 4K monitor, we recommend the Dell P2415Q, both because it’s a quality monitor with accurate color and good contrast and because it’s one of the only 24-inch 4K monitors that any company still makes. It’s going on five years old, which means you don’t get features like USB-C or HDMI 2.0—you’ll have to use the DisplayPort to run 4K resolutions at 60 frames per second—and the thick border around its screen makes it look dated next to our other picks. But it still has all the ports most people will need and a USB 3.0 hub with four USB Type-A ports, and like other 4K monitors, it will make text and images sharper and more detailed.