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The size monitor you choose is largely a matter of personal preference, but budget monitors from 20 inches to 24 inches should satisfy most consumers, especially those who use the display for word processing, light gaming, and occasional video watching. Today's budget monitors typically have a resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is perfect for Blu-ray movies. Faster response times are better, as visible ghosting or motion lag effects on the display are less likely. If you want to watch Blu-ray movies or connect the budget monitor it to a game console, choose a display with an HDMI port; a DVI-D input is also acceptable. Budget monitors with IPS displays provide top-notch color performance, image accuracy, and wide viewing angles, but TN displays have faster response times and are still more common in the budget end of the market.

Screen Size Resolution Response Time Ports Display Type
Asus VS229H-P estimated price $153
21.5 inches 1920 x 1080 5ms HDMI, DVI-D, D-Sub IPS
Acer S230HL Abii estimated price $170
23 inches 1920 x 1080 5ms HDMI, D-Sub TN
HP 2011xi estimated price $150
20 inches 1600 x 900 7ms DVI-D, D-Sub IPS
Dell S2230MX estimated price $140
21.5 inches 1920 x 1080 2ms DVI-D, D-Sub TN