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|Currently, the sweet-spot in affordable high value is to include LED and IPS, and then for non-performance uses to go with resolution between 4K (3840x2160) and 8K (7680 x 4320), and for performance uses to go with 1080p (1920x1080). These are the realms where it is possible to get far more for your money.|
However, if price is no object, then you'll want a monitor that raises the standard in these areas: faster refresh speed, greater color accuracy, more colors, higher dynamic range (HDR), more resolution, better pixel alignment, considerable viewing range, excellent blackness, higher contrast ratio, and more brightness. You may also want to consider OLED.
Given all that, we have selected a few monitors with exceptionally high value...
Highest-Value Small 1080p Monitor
This is likely the highest-value cheap small monitor for all possible uses. It is so good, that it is currently a favorite amongst action gamers on a serious budget. But it works just as well in other areas of interest. It includes LED and IPS, two of the most important things to look for to be easy on the eyes. It is only 21.5", has a 4ms response time, which is better than good, and sometimes sells for less than $100. It has that super cool super thin look. It does not include speakers. There are great reviews from hundreds of happy users. The Acer SB220Q-bi 21.5" Full HD IPS Ultra-Thin Zero Frame Monitor works with both HDMI and VGA.
Super Fast Small 1080p Monitor
However, a serious action gamer not on a serious budget will find this monitor even better. It is 24", has a 1ms response time, which is the best there is, and of course sells for three times as much, which is likely still worth it. It includes 2 watt speakers. The ASUS VG248QE 24" 1080p 1ms Gaming Monitor works with HDMI, Dual-link DVI-D, and DisplayPort.
Highest-Value Small 4K Monitor
This is by far the best deal we've seen for a good quality 4K monitor. It has all the right features for all purposes: 4ms refresh, IPS, LED, great contrast, great blacks, DisplayPort, HDMI, looks good, and great price: Phillips 276E8VJSB.
Highest-Value Small 4K Monitor
For a superior value all-purpose monitor, small 4K is the way to go. This UHD 27" monitor is 1st place at techradar, and has all the right features for all common uses. This is one of those high-end monitors that took a big dip in price due to some minor complaints mainly affecting mac users: LG 27UD88-W.
Premium 4K Monitor
If you simply cannot compromise quality, then this LG UltraFine 4K may be what you're looking for. It features a Nano IPS display, DCI-P3 (a special color accuracy standard used in movie production), HDR (greater range between dark and light), a near border-less display (screen runs right up to the edges of the monitor), and 4K Daisy Chain with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.
Highest-Value Large 4K Monitor
The LG 43UD79-B is a 42.5" monitor that we highly recommend. It has just the right combination of features for a great all-purpose 4K monitor. Its 5ms refresh rate makes it just good enough for demanding action games, the 10-bit color depth with Color Gamut CIE1931 NTSC 72% standard keeps it on par in engineering and graphic applications, the 3840x2160 resolution is the perfect compromise between all objectives, and its screen is very easy on the eyes. It even has 10 watt rich bass speakers.