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Top DisplayPort monitors under $400

DisplayPort is a powerful display connection standard that unfortunately doesn't get taken advantage of nearly enough. Here's a list of some of the cheap monitors that do.

This is where the magic happens. The dark, seedy, micro-packeting magic! Eric Franklin/CNET

DisplayPort has yet to supplant DVI as the premiere PC monitor connection standard. In fact, if the monitors I've reviewed over the past two years are any indication, HDMI is still far more ubiquitous than DisplayPort.

With a higher maximum bandwidth, a built-in cable retention feature, and multiple monitor (over one cable) support, I'm still scratching my head as to why DisplayPort isn't more popular than it is, at the consumer level at least.

It's a high-bandwidth input that (unlike HDMI) I've yet to have any technical problems with. Here's hoping more monitors take a cue from the following five.

Don't let this pic fool you, the Asus VE276Q is indeed a black, plain-looking monitor. Josh Miller/CNET

Asus VE276Q
The VE276Q offers decent performance, with a huge, 27-inch screen at a great price for its size. Read the full review.

Sure it's big and clunky-looking, but it also costs less than $200. So, you know, there's that. Josh Miller/CNET

Lenovo L2251x Wide
With a built-in Webcam, plenty of ergo support, and four whole USB ports for less than $200, I'm having a difficult time not just throwing my money at its pics.Read the full review.

Packed with features, the E231W truly satisfies. Josh Miller/CNET

NEC Multisync E231W
Sure, it requires some initial calibration, but once you're satiated on settings, the E231W will satisfy with its significant amount of services. Read the full review.

Another feature-rich, black monitor. Notice a trend? Me neither. Oh wait... Josh Miller/CNET

Dell UltraSharp P2210
No HDMI, but you're not here for lower bandwidth connections anyway are you? What the P2210 does have is four-way ergo support, multiple USB ports, and good movie and games performance. Read the full review.

And now for a monitor that likes to (literally) live on the edge. Just kidding. Monitors can't like things. Josh Miller/CNET

Dell UltraSharp U2412m
Sure it does its own stunts, but the U2412m is also, pound for pound, the best bargain on the list, with full ergo support, and a bountiful smorgasbord of OSD options. Read the full review.

Looking for specs and pricing? Compare these monitors head-to-head.