As always, we begin the month by going through the list of the five most popular monitors.
These are all reasonably priced HD 1080p displays, preferably LED-backlit. Anything sub-par in resolution or lacking a digital signal input is out of the question and out of the list. There simply is no reason to buy a monitor without these features in 2012.
1920 x 1080 isn’t the only pixel count you’ll find on one of the most popular monitor sizes. In fact, 1680 x 1050 still makes its rounds. The price difference is so little I no longer feel that going for the lower resolution is justified financially.
Let’s see what’s happening on the scene this month!
One month it’s ViewSonic VX2450WM, other months it’s VX2250WM on the top spot. These two displays seem reluctant to let go of their top positions.
It packs the ubiquitous 1080p resolution, sports a DVI and a VGA video connector, effectively hopping over both limitations I set for any modern computer monitor.
It sells for $153.00 at the time of writing, making it one of the cheaper 22″ HD displays. It isn’t the most inexpensive model in the category, but it definitely gets the job done with flying colors.
I don’t think I blow anyone’s cover if I tell you the guys at ViewSonic have a good idea about what most consumers want to see on their desks.
Nothing proves that better than the fact that the two most popular displays this month are made by them.
The VX2453MH-LED is a LED-backlit 24″ 1920×1080 monitor, as the name also implies.
What you’ll find interesting about it is that it doesn’t have a DVI connector unlike virtually any other 24-Incher with a digital input option. It makes up for the lack of the input by offering 2xHDMI instead, plus the mandatory D-SUB 15.
Right now it sells for $189.99, effectively competing to be the cheapest LED/1080P/HDMI 24-Inch monitor you’ll find this month. Keep an eye on its price: anything more than what it cost at the time of writing is a sign to check the alternatives.
Due to it having a native HDMI input, it also qualifies as a budget Mac Mini monitor.
Please note that this monitor can not be wall-mounted. It has no VESA mounting points. See next model for that.
Anyone surprised? Didn’t think so.
ViewSonic continues to dominate the top 5 list with yet another 24-Inch LED monitor. This time they put a DVI and a VGA connector on it instead of HDMI, though.
Another difference is that the VA2448M-LED can be mounted on monitor arms and wall-mounting brackets.
Going for $179.99 at the time of writing makes the 2448M a good pick. For use with gaming consoles and Mac Minis, see HDMI to DVI cables.
The former king of the 24″ budget category, VX2450WM-LED finishes at the fourth position. Not too shabby for a display that’s supposedly superseded by the VX2453MH-LED.
Compared to its ‘successor’ the 2450WM lacks HDMI connectivity options, but makes up for it with a DVI input and VESA mounting points.
At the time of writing the display can be had for $179.99. Unless it goes up in price later on, you can make a good deal with it.
Yes, another ViewSonic LED Monitor. What can I do? They know what makes a decent budget computer display.
$139.99 at the time I type this, makes it the cheapest display out of the five featured. As mentioned by some customers, the monitor is sold without a DVI cable. If you were planning on connecting it to a DVI signal source, get a DVI cable as well. Or a VX2250WM-LED for roughly $10 more.
You basically have to hunt to find a Full-HD budget monitor in the top 10 not manufactured by ViewSonic.
I wanted to give other brands a fair fighting chance, which is why I included the first display that meets the requirements I set at the beginning.
It costs $199.99 when I write this.
For the sum you get a non-LED (I had to rig the rules to give it a fighting chance. I know.) monitor that’s HDMI enabled. It might not be the most economically feasible option of all six contestants, but it’s made by Samsung. A big pro for fans of the brand.
The list may seem like it specifically caters to Viewsonic, but it wasn’t meant to do that. Viewsonic just blows out the competition in terms of sales figures. When covering the most popular displays, I can’t argue with numbers.
If anything, I would like to recommend you also take a look at the list of sub $200 24″ monitors I compiled last month. It does mention other brands, too!