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Top 5 Cheap & Best IPS Panel PC Monitors Under 300

Updated on February 19, 2015

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The list of 5 best PC monitors with IPS panel for photo editing, gaming and other professional works. Detailed reviews with pros and cons listed including pictures. Compare and buy online up to 40% discount.

Why do you need IPS panel?

There are 4 types of LCD panels. TN (Twisted Nematic), Vertical Alignment (VA), In-plane Switching (IPS), Super-IPS (S-IPS).

TN panel being the most common and cheapest, it have good response time but produce poor viewing angles and color reproduction.

The VA panel has wide viewing angles and good color reproduction but lacks fast response time and can produce ghost effects and picture lag.

These drawbacks are corrected with IPS panel technology which produce good color reproduction, better viewing angles, less refresh rate and quick response time. But its expensive. Comparatively less expensive IPS panels are e-IPS panels which range from $150 and above. The S-IPS panels are the most expensive. Another new type is PLS technology developed by Samsung but its also expensive.

Here we list the best IPS panel monitors for photo editing or gaming purpose. Choose according to your need.

#5 ViewSonic VX2770SMH

The 27 inch W-LED back-lit frameless monitor boasts of super clear IPS panel with 1080p resolution with 30M:1 contrast ratio and 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. The monitor is known for its energy saving capabilities.

It is mercury free and saves 40% energy compared to traditional models of the same screen size. The 178 degree ultra wide viewing angle with IPS panel eliminate image distortion and color shifting no matter which angle you watch the picture. The connections available are HDMI, DVI, HDCP and VGA.

The dual stereo speakers produce SRS premium sound. Say goodbye to those thick clunky plastic frames. This model is thin, glossy, stylish and frameless. The stand is also stable and sturdy.


  • Energy Saver
  • Good quality speakers
  • Sleek eye-catchy frameless design


  • Not height adjustable and cannot be swiveled
  • No DVI cable provided

Overall Rating: 8.6 / 10

#4 Asus MX279H

The 27 inch IPS Full HD monitor with 80M:1 ASCR provide vivid image clarity. The MX series is known for their award winning sundial-inspired design. Design is edge-to-edge frameless with sleek and beautiful stand. 178/178 viewing angle is pretty good.

You get much more space in front of the monitor. Asus MX279H offers multiple device connectivity with dual HDMI connection and VGA input. It has 2 built-in 3 watt speakers with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower amplifier. The sound output is very good. The touch sensitive controls and QuickFit feature makes the monitor absolute bang for the buck.

Asus offers 3 year warranty for the system and 3 year warranty for the panel. All other features are same as that of Asus MX239H which is listed No.1 in Top 7 Monitors under $200.


  • Easy to connect
  • Excellent color reproduction
  • Slim bezel, Stable stand
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Amazing and beautiful design


  • No DisplayPort
  • Not very quick response time

Overall Rating: 8.6 / 10

#3 Asus PA248Q

Asus PA248Q has an ergonomic design with A+ grade IPS panel pre-calibrated to give 100% sRGB color reproduction. The 24 inch LED back-lit monitor has an aspect ratio of 16:10 with 1920 x 1200 resolution and 6ms response time.

178/178 ultra wide angle provide enough room to sit and watch with little loss of color fidelity. Asus PA248Q is the world’s first monitor with 4 USB 3.0 connections on board. Other connections include DisplayPort, HDMI and VGA. The monitor is flexible with tilt, swivel, pivot adjustment and height adjustment features.

The high grade IPS panel gives deep rich colors. It also comes with a matte finish non-reflective anti-glare coating. Asus QuickFit Button and Splendid Technology add value to the monitor.

Overall this is a fully featured IPS monitor with a budget friendly price tag for professionals.


  • A+ grade IPS panel
  • 1920 x 1200 resolution
  • 4 USB 3.0 ports
  • Flexible


  • No VESA mount
  • Users have reported screen flicker problem with some pieces

Overall Rating: 8.6 / 10

#2 Aus VS278Q-P

First of all this is a business monitor which can also be used for home. Asus VS series comes with business monitors. This one here has an embedded power adapter for space saving. The monitor is slim, stylish and space saving. It will go right along with your desk. Plus it is VESA mountable; you don’t even need a desk for placing this.

The 27 inch monitor has a contrast ratio of 80M:1 and aspect ratio of 16:9. The 1ms ultra fast response time is apt for gamers also. Aspect Control function allows you to select a preferred display mode among Full and 4:3 for true-to-life gaming or movie watching without any data loss or image distortion.

Also the monitor is EPEAT Gold and Energy Star certified which ensures less energy consumption and less environmental pollution. Asus Splendid technology and QuickFit Virtual Scale offers ease of use. Connections available are Dual HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA. It comes with a headphone jack also.


  • VESA mountable
  • Embedded power adapter
  • Dual HDMI
  • 80M:1 contrast ratio


  • No HDMI cable

Overall Rating: 8.8 / 10

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ASUS VS278Q-P 27" Full HD 1920x1080 1ms DisplayPort HDMI VGA Monitor
ASUS VS278Q-P 27" Full HD 1920x1080 1ms DisplayPort HDMI VGA Monitor

A review: " I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a lower priced monitor with great performance."


#1 Dell U2412M

The 24 inch IPS panel LED back-lit display offers brilliant picture quality. Dell U2412M is known for its amazing adjustability and flexibility. The monitor can be height adjusted, tilted, swiveled and pivot adjustable to suit to your workspace.

You will not experience any color loss or contrast variations looking from any angle. The 178/178 ultra wide viewing angle makes sure of that. The display is 1920 x 1200 resolution with 16:10 aspect ratio and 2M:1 dynamic contrast ratio which is ideal for every graphics professionals.

The IPS panel provides rich and accurate colors and the LED backlight ensures its mercury free and environmental friendly. Dell offers guarantee for the panel i.e 100% replacement if a single dead pixel is found within the warranty period. The 8ms response time is not much quick but you get ghost-free images.

The connections available are 4 USB ports, a DisplayPort, 1 DVI port and a VGA input. Another interesting feature is that you can change energy usage settings like text brightness and color temperature with single touch of a button. The color temperature slider on the monitor can be used to make colors cooler or warmer easily.

The monitor is Energy Star 5.1, EPEAT Gold and TCO certified. There is an Energy Usage bar that indicates energy consumption. The PowerNap feature enables users to control brightness levels and sleep mode according to the need.


  • Flexible and adjustable. Tilt, Swivel, Pivot and Height adjustment features.
  • 1920 x 1200 resolution with 16:10 aspect ratio.
  • Lot of connections available.
  • Energy usage can be controlled easily.
  • Less energy consumption.


  • No HDMI.
  • No Speakers.
  • 8ms response time is not so good for gamers.

Overall Rating: 9 / 10


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    • akhildev143 profile image

      Akhil Dev 3 years ago from India

      Thank you for the feedback timorous.. I haven't used HP monitor personally but my friend has a 22fi IPS. Its pretty nice for the price.

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      timorous 3 years ago from Me to You

      Nice overview of several IPS panel monitors. My older Viewsonic LCD monitor died recently, so I was forced to get a new one. Since I didn't currently have the budget for a larger monitor, I settled on an HP 20" IPS monitor (Pavilion 20xi). It's small, but has the same screen area as a 19" monitor, but widescreen.

      One thing that impressed me right away (after a bit of tweaking) was how clear the text is. It's almost like reading a print magazine. The color consistency across the screen is also impressive. The usable viewing angle is much wider than LCD's. The 178 degrees is a bit misleading though. This the point where the image has noticeably faded to grey, but still significantly better than LCD. It comes with both a DVI and VGA cable, but no HDMI or Display Ports. It was $120 at my local Staples store.