5 Best Budget HD Monitors

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If you’re serious about multitasking, you need both a monitor and your notebook on your desk. These days a good, thin, and stylish HD display doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, and each of these screens will let you watch high-def video or check your Twitter feed in one window while you triage e-mail or surf the web in another. But, which one is right for your home office? We tested five monitors ranging in size from 21.5 to 24 inches to help you find the best canvas for work and play.

Acer S243HL

This 24-inch monitor offers lots of display for your dollar and a super-thin profile.

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Pros

Excellent picture quality and color depth
Wide viewing angles
Easy to switch between display modes
Generous warranty

Cons

Lighter colors wash out
Display doesn't feel as sturdy as others
No DVI port

ASUS ML228H 22-Inch Monitor

This stylish 22-inch monitor delivers a fantastic picture and wide viewing angles for less than $200.

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Pros

Excellent picture quality and color depth
Wide viewing angles
Crisp fonts and images
Comes with DVI-to-HDMI cable

Cons

No built-in speaker
Lacks DVI port

Dell ST2420L

This 24-inch HD monitor offers fairly good performance for a reasonable price.

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Pros

Good color depth
Wide viewing angles with antiglare coating
Robust adjustment and optimization options

Cons

Connectors difficult to access
Small fonts aren't very crisp
Sound bar costs extra

Samsung SyncMaster B2330HD

Samsung's versatile 23-inch combo HD monitor and HDTV smokes the competition.

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Pros

Integrated TV tuner
Excellent color depth
Wide viewing angles
Robust adjustment and optimization options
Multiple monitor and TV/media inputs
Streams media from USB drives

Cons

Doesn't come with HDMI cable

ViewSonic VX2250wm-LED 21-inch Monitor

This budget monitor delivers full HD resolution for a very low price.

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Pros

Slim profile
Wide viewing angles
Generous 3-year warranty

Cons

Colors aren't as deep as other budget models
Lighter colors are too washed out
Lacks HDMI port

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