If you sit in front of their PC a lot, you must be aware about the importance of audio output. From streaming your favorite documentaries on Netflix to listening to your favorite music during breaks, the audio output of a computer is as important as the display. However, we are often limited by space on our desk and very few PC monitors have built-in speakers, especially at the $300 price range. Though they are rare, they do exist.
I know it’s quite easy to hook an external speaker to your PC, but it’s helpful to have a built-in speaker, especially for day to day tasks or if you want to watch something in comparatively low volumes. So, if you want to take a look at the best affordable PC monitors with built-in speakers, here are our recommendations.
1. ACER V277U 27-INCH WQHD FREESYNC MONITOR
And it doesn’t end there. It has an IPS LCD screen that can produce 100% the sRGB color space. That makes it suitable for some graphic design and rich content editing work too.
The picture quality is sharp and crisp, and the several users praise that in their reviews on Amazon. As of now, this monitor has garnered over 75% positive reviews.
2. ASUS MZ27AQ DESIGNO
What makes this monitor special is that it supports 100% sRGB, thus making it perfect for photo-editing and other color-sensitive jobs. That’s why it has Designo in its model name.
Coming to the main point, this Asus monitor bundles two 6W speakers co-developed by Harmon Kardon. They are coupled with a 5W mini subwoofer. Together, they give you a decent sound experience. The sound doesn’t get muffled and is clear and loud. In fact, few users on Amazon compare the audio output to that of laptops.
Other than that, the picture quality is sharp, and so far this monitor has managed to rake in 74% positive reviews with users liking it for its picture quality, brightness, and the value-for-money proposition.
3. DELL S SERIES 23.8-INCH MONITOR (S3219D)
At the time of writing, this VA panel has amassed in a rating of 4.6-stars out of 5 on Amazon, with users praising this gaming monitor for its picture and screen quality.
For those unaware, VA panels usually churn out darker blacks thanks to a better contrast ratio compared to the IPS and TN panels. Though this Dell S Series monitor packs a set of down-firing speakers, there are few settings regarding the same apart from the ones which let you control the volume through the built-in menu.
4. SAMSUNG C27F591 27-INCH CURVED MONITOR (IT LC27F591FDNXZA)
Though you might need to calibrate it as per your preference, you can rest assured about its contrast ratio and picture quality. This FHD screen boasts of deep blacks and vibrant color, and undoubtedly, this is the main selling point of this monitor.
But as we mentioned above, the 5W speakers in this monitor occupy a far lesser berth when it comes to performance. On the upside, you’d be able to hear the bass and punch in songs and videos. However, as per the folks at Trusted Reviews, this VA panel needs a little bit of tweaking.
5. BENQ EL2870U 28 INCH HDR 4K GAMING MONITOR
The picture quality is quite good, and you can switch on the HDR when viewing content. However, don’t expect to be blown away by the HDR content quality. Again, the preference for colors and contrast vary from person to person. So we’ll just leave it there and simply suggest that you check out this monitor in action if you plan to buy it just for an affordable HDR10 feature.
There’s a prominently-visible button at the front bezel, which eases the whole process.
SING AND WORK
With these speakers, you will be able to merge your work and play with ease. These monitors are great for basic computing and home use (some even are great for gaming and photo editing). You just have to find the quality of sound. If you want something loud, you can settle with the BenQ or the Asus model.