A Computer Builder’s Guide: Value for Money Monitors

Your monitor is pretty important. You can spend all the money in the world on the hardware inside your case but you’re never going to actually look at that. The monitor will be the actual device that reflects all your hard-work and will be staring into all day. For this reason your screen needs to be high quality and be the same standard as everything else inside.

In this article, I’m going to discuss my four of my favorite displays on the market, showing you what you can actually get for your money. We’re not going to get too crazy though. This means $1000+ IPS panels are out. We’re going to stick to the more affordable ones this time around. Read on to find out more!

Overview

If you’ve read my last issue of the “Computer Builders Guide”, I marked each of the hardware out of five for a specific topic. Today, I’m going to judge out of four features again. The evaluated features will include:

  • Value For Money
  • Resolution and Size
  • Inputs
  • Aesthetics

These features will help you, the consumer, understand where on the user market you are, decide between the specific monitors available to you and how much you’re willing to spend! All prices are off Amazon.com.

Viewsonic VX2753MH-LED 27-Inch LED Monitor

Personally, I love Viewsonic screens. I’ve been using their screens for over 6 years now, and they’ve always supplied my needs for a reasonable price. As the title says, this is a 27″ Widescreen LED monitor.

In my opinion, 27″ is the best size for a screen as it’s not too big and not too small. Everyone wants to be greener too and this LED backlight allows up to 40% energy saving. A great little feature which is going to save you money and the planet.

Viewsonic-VX2753MH-LED-27-Inch-LED-Monitor

With a 1920x1080p HD resolution and sporting 2 HDMI and a VGA input, this monitor is accompanied by an SRS sound system and external power supply. This is a great monitor which is simple and cheap but displays fantastic colours. The screen appears stylish with a thin black structure and stand which converts into a kickstand.

  • Value For Money- For $326 this is a pricey but not overly expensive. Pretty reasonable.
  • Resolution and Size- Good resolution and size. Multimedia shouldn’t be a problem.
  • Inputs- 2 HDMI and a VGA input provide easy access
  • Aesthetics- The thin black design is attractive and clean.

Price $326.37

Asus VG278H 27-Inch 3D Full-HD LED Monitor

I felt I couldn’t write this article without including at least one 3D monitor. 3D is a market which has been around for a while now. I think of 3D as Marmite — you either love it or hate it. Personally, at the cinema I would rather see a film in 2D, but, when it comes screens at home I seem to change my judgement.

This is another 27″ inch screen and my favourite. The screen comes with 2 glasses, which I think is definitely enough because really, when do you ever have more than two people viewing a computer?

I love the design of this monitor. Its a basic black structure with quick adjustment options for swivel, tilt and height. Inputs include HDMI, dual-link DVI-D and D-sub – not offering as many HDMIs as the previous monitor though. In conclusion, a strong and capable 3D monitor.

  • Value For Money – For $599 this monitor will set you back a few bucks.
  • Resolution and Size – Great resolution with a 27″ screen.
  • Inputs – A solitary HDMI input is a little disappointing but it does make up for it with the other inputs.
  • Aesthetics- A solid, sleek and stylish design.

Price $599

Dell UltraSharp U2312HM 23″ IPS LED LCD Monitor

Dell is a company who you expect quality from, regardless of their perceived ‘beige’ image. Their range of products have always seemed to please and amaze me. And from reading comments and reviews on this screen, I don’t think it’s going to change. Dell has created an affordable, full HD and beautiful looking widescreen display.

Inputs include 4 USB ports, a DisplayPort, plus DVI and VGA connections. All these ports are well placed and are easily accessible around the Ultrasharp’s smooth design. An interesting ability of the Dell is its strange way to make adjustments with a ‘support like” back structure which allows you to keep the monitor in its prime location at all times.

Dell UltraSharp U2312HM 23″ IPS LED LCD Monitor

However, the most important part of this monitor is the price to quality ratio. For only $210 this is a steal. I highly expected the price to be far more. And at this price it doesn’t hurt my pockets too much and gives you great quality to boot.

  • Value For Money – Brilliant!
  • Resolution and Size – Full HD. Great!
  • Inputs – No HDMI, but four USB's and various others are good.
  • Aesthetics- Black design which is easily adjusted.

Price $210

Gateway FHX2402L bid 24-Inch Widescreen Ultra-Slim LED

Finally, the Gateway FHX2402L from a company which isn’t the most well known, but still make quality goods. The monitor is 24″ and come with a stunning HD display and has one of the best refresh rates on the market. Inputs include VGA, DVI and HDMI. A great set of the necessary inputs.

Gateway FHX2402L bid 24-Inch Widescreen Ultra-Slim LED Back-Lit Display (Black)

Out of all the monitors, this is definitely the most aesthetically pleasing. With a slim and spectacular design, this screen is a joy to look at. For a price of $221, you really can’t go wrong with this purchase. This monitor really stands out as a forerunner among others of the same price – a great investment

  • Value For Money – $221, a reasonable price for a monitor of this calibre
  • Resolution and Size – Full HD.
  • Inputs – HDMI, VGA, DVI.
  • Aesthetics- Beautiful.

Price $221

Wrap-Up

Thanks for reading my summary of what I believe to be some of the best monitors on the market.

Let us know below if we missed out your favourite!


  • Spetz83

    Who wrote this article? The Asus block has a picture of an HP monitor and you switch from Euros to Dollars in between Monitors. Also, no mention of resolution or response time… This was kind of a waste of time to read.

    • DanielRP

      Totally agree, and it ends up as £ at the end!

      Sorry but this article is atrocious! Please just take the time to read through your work before making it public!

      • Bob

        This has to be the worst review on the history of Appstorm.
        The reviewer doesn’t saya word about the IPS, TN or LED technologies, and doesn’t cover anything about stuff like aspect ratios and screen resolutions.

        He also put in the wrong picture at the Asus screen..

        • http://www.ssiddharth.com/ Siddharth

          Hey all,

          Thanks for your valuable input. I’ve switched out the monitor images now. A few notes:

          Scott actually does mention for almost all of the monitors. Be it saying ‘full HD’ or saying 1920x1080p, it’s in there.

          Including display tech and response times are something we’re experimenting with at the moment. It sometimes puts too much emphasis on the tech itself with little focus on the other areas. But now that I know how the readers feel, I’ll definitely ask the writers to put these in.

          He, however, doesn’t mention aspect ratios as I personally consider them pretty moot. Almost all monitors now-a-days are 16:9.