Quality at a mid-range price
Unfortunately, the well-known saying “quality has its price” has too much truth in it, which is why you have to dig deeper into your pocket for certain demands. Especially if you want to do image and video editing relatively professionally or if you want to have a high-quality picture when gaming, you should reach for a more expensive screen that provides you with the corresponding values. We’ll show you which monitors are of high quality, but still under the $500 limit here.
Finding the best monitor under $500 is not that easy and there are many good screens that do not appear in this top three. Our decision therefore fell on the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV, which is a strong all-rounder in the field of office and graphics applications. In second place is the ASUS VG279QM, which can be overclocked up to 280 Hz and is a strong gaming monitor. Close behind, but still in third place, is the Gigabyte M27Q, which is particularly suitable for content creators and has a strong color gamut.
Best Monitor under 500 Dollar: ASUS ProArt PA278CV
The best monitor for under 500 Dollar is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. The 27-inch model has a resolution of 1440p, which provides plenty of screen real estate for better multitasking. Like most IPS panels, it has wide viewing angles that make it easier to share content with others. The screen handles reflections well and is bright enough to avoid glare, so it works well in bright rooms. The stand can be adjusted for height, tilt and swivel, and can also be rotated into portrait mode.
In addition to the very low input lag, it has a refresh rate of 75 Hz, making the desktop experience a bit smoother and more responsive than a typical 60 Hz screen. The screen fully covers the sRGB color space and its color accuracy is excellent, but Adobe RGB coverage is somewhat limited. The Asus offers plenty of connectivity options, including a USB hub with four USB 3.0 inputs and a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort and 65W charging. This power should be enough to charge the laptops.
Unfortunately, the Asus does not support HDR. However, it has an excellent response time and supports VRR, which is an important feature for gamers. Integrated speakers offer moderate sound and a flicker-free backlight is easy on the eyes. All in all, the Asus is a real top all-rounder for everyday office use that will satisfy most users.
Fast gameplay in 1080p: ASUS VG279QM
- Overclockable to 280Hz
- Good ergonomics
- Strong response time
- No HDMI 2.1
- Low contrast
- High input lag at 60 Hz
The best 240 Hz gaming monitor with a 1080p resolution is the ASUS VG279QM – and that for under 500 Dollar. The 27-inch screen allows for numerous ergonomic settings, handles reflections well, and gets bright enough. The response time is excellent and the 240 Hz can even be overclocked up to 280 Hz, which allows for even faster gameplay. The Asus supports FreeSync out of the box and is certified as G-Sync compatible. Input lag is low, but increases significantly when gaming at 60 Hz. All in all, however, it is a good monitor that should please both casual gamers and hardcore gamers.
For all content creators: Gigabyte M27Q
- 170 Hz
- Wide viewing angles
- Good visibility in bright rooms
- Exceptional SDR color gamut
- Black looks gray in dark environments
- Poor ergonomics
The best work monitor for content creators is the Gigabyte M27Q. The 27-inch IPS panel has a resolution of 1440p and has a typically wide viewing angle, which means that images remain clearly visible even from the side – ideal for showing work to colleagues and clients. In bright rooms, the IPS panel still delivers good images, but in dark environments, you’ll notice that the Gigabyte has a somewhat low contrast.
The monitor has almost full sRGB coverage and Adobe RGB coverage, the latter being one of the highest available in this price range. It can display a wide color gamut, but its peak HDR brightness is a bit weaker.
The only point that might be a deal-breaker for some is the use of a BGR subpixel layout. While this doesn’t affect image quality, it can lead to blurry text in some cases. Some people are bothered by this, others don’t see it at all. There are a few ways around this problem, but each solution has its drawbacks. If the BGR subpixel layout or the USB-C power supply are not a deal-breaker, the Gigabyte M27Q is a good choice.
Monitors under 500 Dollars in comparison
Best Monitor under 500 Dollar
ASUS ProArt PA278CV
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