If you’re shopping for a new monitor and want to get the best bang for your buck, you’ll probably want to pick up a 27-inch QHD or a 32-inch UHD display. These monitors generally offer the best specs for the money when it comes to the screen size and resolution. There’s great options for both work and gaming, and just about any of these models will offer a satisfactorily sharp picture for their size without breaking the bank.
My current monitor is a 27-inch QHD (quad HD or 2,560×1,440-pixel resolution) monitor that I bought for $250. I nearly went with a 32-inch UHD (ultra HD or 3,840×2,160-pixel) display that would’ve offered more room and more pixels for only a bit more money. Between these two different sizes, you can easily find a screen to perfectly fit your desk space, your work needs and, most importantly, your budget. The world’s creatives, hobbyists and professional gamers who worry about color gamut and refresh rates might find they need a higher-end screen than you’ll find on our list, but these displays are big enough for most needs, and with sufficient pixel density to produce a sharp, quality image.
Be sure to check out CNET’s monitor buying guide and how we test monitors for more info, and keep updated on the best deals I currently see among 27-inch QHD and 32-inch UHD displays. I’ll continue to keep this story updated as pricing fluctuates and I uncover better deals, so check back often.
Best 27-inch monitor deals
These 27-inch models feature QHD resolution and give you more screen real estate than a 24-inch, FHD (full HD or 1,920×1,080 pixel) display, and better resolution, too. And they give you all that for not too much more money. You might also come across 27-inch 4K displays in your search. Those displays offer a certain quality worth consideration, but in my experience, a QHD or 2K resolution is more than sufficient when stretched across a 27-inch panel.
At $150, this Acer WQHD monitor is the most affordable model you’ll find on this list. It features a sleek, nearly bezel-less design, which makes it a great choice if you’ve got a multimonitor setup, and is equipped with one display port and two HDMI ports. It has an 27-inch IPS display with a 75Hz refresh rate, and it supports AMD Radeon FreeSync technology.
This 27-inch Pixio monitor is a great value even at its full list price, and right now at Amazon you can pick it up for even less. It’s automatically discounted by $40, and you can save an extra $20 by activating the instant coupon on the product page. It features a QHD resolution along with AMD FreeSync and a speedy 144Hz refresh rate if you want to use it for gaming in addition to work. It’s rated for an ample 350 nits of brightness.
This Samsung monitor is designed for serious gamers. It features a 27-inch QHD display with IPS panels and boasts a 165Hz refresh rate for fluid action. It also supports G-Sync and FreeSync Premium to prevent frame rates from dropping in the middle of play, as well as an impressive 1ms response time. The stand allows you to adjust the height, tilt and swivel, and you can even rotate it a full 90 degrees to use it in portrait mode.
Best 32-inch monitor deals
The next step up in size, resolution and price from a 27-inch QHD display is a 32-inch UHD display. Ultra HD is also commonly referred to as 4K.
This Samsung ViewFinity monitor is a solid value at less than $300. It features a vibrant 4K UHD display with HDR10 support for rich colors and sharp contrast. Plus, it automatically optimizes brightness and color temperatures depending on your environment to help reduce eye strain. This deal also comes with some bonuses, including six free months of Norton 360 Deluxe and three free months of YouTube Premium.
This 32-inch LG monitor features an IPS panel with a QHD resolution, a rated 350 nits of brightness and thin screen bezels. I like the simple stand, although I wish it offered height support. Most monitors at this price, however, don’t offer height adjustment, so I can live without it. It doesn’t have internal speakers, but those are generally terrible and not something I’d ever use when I have a Bluetooth speaker in my home office. It has one DisplayPort and two HDMI ports, giving the flexibility to connect to a variety of PCs and laptops. I’ve got no complaints about its image, which I find to be sufficiently bright and crisp.
This LG is similar to the above two monitors — 32-inch 4K display with FreeSync and built-in speakers — but is the brightest of the trio with a rating of 350 nits. It’s $50 off at LG right now.
This is one of the more affordable 32-inch 4K monitors with its current $40 discount. It has HDMI and DisplayPort connections, a 300-nit brightness rating and built-in speakers. It also supports HDR10 and AMD FreeSync and comes wrapped in a compact if basic package with thin bezels.