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The size monitor you should choose is largely a matter of personal preference, but monitors from 20 inches to 24 inches should satisfy most users. Today's budget monitors almost always have a resolution of 1920x1080, which is perfect for watching Blu-ray movies. Faster response times are better, as you'll be less likely to see any ghosting or motion lag effects on the display. If you want to watch Blu-ray movies on the monitor or connect it to a game console, opt for a display with an HDMI port. Otherwise, a DVI-D input will work fine. Budget IPS displays deliver excellent color performance and wide viewing angles, but TN displays have faster response times.

Screen Size Resolution Response Time Ports Display Type
Dell UltraSharp U2312HM estimated price $190
23 inches 1920 x 1080 8ms DVI, VGA, DisplayPort, USB x 4 IPS
AOC i2367fh estimated price $160
23 inches 1920 x 1080 5ms HDMI x 2, VGA IPS
BenQ GW2450 estimated price $170
24 inches 1920 x 1080 4ms DVI, VGA VA
Acer G246HL estimated price $140
24 inches 1920 x 1080 5ms DVI, VGA TN
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