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Best Monitor Deals: Best Prices at Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg and More

Cash in on savings on 2K and 4K displays from Acer, Dell, LG, Pixio, Samsung and ViewSonic.

To my eyes and wallet, the sweet spot for monitors in terms of getting the biggest screen with the highest resolution at an affordable price is either a 27-inch QHD display or a 32-inch UHD display. Each option produces a satisfactorily sharp picture for the size of the panel at an acceptable price. 

My current monitor is a 27-inch QHD (quad HD or 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution) monitor that I bought for $250, but I did nearly go with a 32-inch UHD (ultra HD or 3,840x2,160-pixel) display that would have offered more room and more pixels for only a minor fraction more money. Between these two different sizes, you can easily find a screen to perfectly fit your desk space, your work needs and, most importantly, your budget. The world's creatives, hobbyists and professional gamers who worry about color gamut and refresh rates might find that they need a higher-end screen than you'll find on our list, but these displays are big enough for most needs, and with sufficient pixel density to produce a sharp, quality image.

Be sure to check out CNET's monitor buying guide for more info, and keep updated on the best deals I currently see among 27-inch QHD and 32-inch UHD displays. I will continue to keep this story updated as pricing fluctuates and I uncover better deals, so check back often.

Best 27-inch monitor deals

These 27-inch models feature QHD resolution and give you more screen real estate than a 24-inch, FHD (full HD or 1,920x1,080 pixels) display, and better resolution, too. And it gives you all of that for not too much more money. You might also come across 27-inch 4K displays in your search. Those displays offer a certain quality worth consideration, but in my experience, a QHD or 2K resolution is more than sufficient when stretched across a 27-inch panel.


This is the model I ended up buying on Amazon after shopping around. I got it for a reasonable $250 -- right around where it's priced right now. It's an IPS panel with a QHD resolution, a rated 350 nits of brightness and thin screen bezels. I like the simple stand, although I wish it offered height support. Most monitors at this price, however, don't offer height adjustment, so I can live without it. It doesn't have internal speakers, but those are generally terrible and not something I'd ever use when I have a Bluetooth speaker in my home office. It has one DisplayPort and two HDMI ports, giving the flexibility to connect to a variety of PCs and laptops. I've got no complaints about its image, which I find to be sufficiently bright and crisp. The 32-inch version of this monitor is also tempting at its current price of $280.


This Acer model is on sale for even less than the above LG and shares many of the same specs -- both are IPS panels with HDMI and DisplayPort connections -- but this Acer is rated for only 250 nits of brightness. It does add integrated speakers and AMD FreeSync, which syncs the monitor's refresh rate (up to 75Hz in this case) with the frame rate of your PC's graphics card for stutter-free gaming. To be clear, FreeSync does not make this Acer a gaming display, but it will provide smooth gameplay up to 75 frames per second.


You can get this 27-inch Pixio monitor for less than $300 at its current sale price. It features a QHD resolution along with AMD FreeSync and a speedy 144Hz refresh rate if you want to use it for gaming in addition to work. It's rated for an ample 400 nits of brightness, so it should be a bit brighter than the Acer and LG models above.


The highlight of this ViewSonic model is its USB 3.2 Type-C port, which means you can connect a MacBook and other laptops with a USB-C port (but not HDMI) to the monitor without an adapter or special conversion cable. It also supplies both HDMI and DisplayPort connections along with AMD FreeSync and is rated for 300 nits of brightness. This model has been going in and out of stock on Amazon, but you can get the same deal at B&H.

Best 32-inch monitor deals

The next step up in size, resolution and price from a 27-inch QHD display is a 32-inch UHD display. Ultra HD is also commonly referred to as 4K.


This Samsung model has a relatively low max brightness of 270 nits, making it a better fit for a basement den or otherwise low-light room than for a sun-drenched office. It features AMD FreeSync, two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort and a headphone jack, but no USB ports. It's currently $40 off, dropping its price to a very reasonable $300.


This Samsung sale model stands out from the 32-inch UHD pack here because it features a USB Type-C port, which means you can connect a MacBook and other laptops with a USB-C port to the monitor without an adapter or special conversion cable. It also offers a pair of HDMI connections along with integrated speakers and a remote control. It's rare to find a USB-C monitor at this size and resolution for this low of a price. The downside? It's rated for only 250 nits of brightness.

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Like the other 32-inch displays here, this Acer model features a vertical alignment panel. VA panels typically offer better contrast ratios for deeper blacks and brighter whites than in-plane switching, or IPS, panels at the cost of viewing angles. It's rated for a sufficient 3,000:1 contrast ratio and 300 nits of brightness. For ports, you get two HDMI 2.0 ports and one DisplayPort 1.2 connection. It also supplies a pair of 2-watt stereo speakers. It's $150 off at Best Buy right now.


At 32 inches, a curved display starts to become an option and not just for gamers. A curved display lets you sit closer without needing to crane your head as much to see the whole screen. This curved Dell display features a gentle 1,800R curvature along with AMD FreeSync and integrated speakers. It also boasts a wealth of adjustability with tilt, swivel and height adjustment. It has a bounty of connectivity with two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort connection, two USB-A ports, a USB-B port and headphone jack. And it's currently $150 off direct from Dell.

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