Best monitors with speakers for 2021
Even if you’re not interested in external speakers to hook up to your monitor, you may still want built-in speakers to do basic audio tasks while you work or play. This is also a useful option in the classroom or at home, where audio can be important but options for speakers or headphones are limited. These monitors have high quality speakers at affordable prices so you can get everything you need in one package! Our reviews have pointed out the best options for the year, so take a look and see what the perfect fit for your desk is.
Best Gaming Monitors
Asus Tuf VG27AQL1A
Many users are interested in a monitor that is suitable for gaming and that can also provide its own sound if necessary. If that sounds like you, start with this Asus pick. It has excellent gaming features such as a WQHD, a resolution of 2650 x 1440, a refresh rate up to 170 Hz for smooth action and G-Sync compatibility for your Nvidia GPU. The 27-inch monitor also features an impressive 1 millisecond response time, modes to aid eye fatigue and support for the latest HDR10 optimization (plus a unique shadow boost mode).
Gates for theincluding DisplayPort 1.2 and two HDMI 2.0 connections. While the speaker sound is solid and great for watching shows with others, it won’t match the quality and immersion of something like a great gaming headset. However, for internal speakers, this setup is hard to beat!
Dell S2419H S Series
If you’re looking for built-in speakers that can produce the best sound available, check out this Dell monitor. It offers dual 5 watt speakers (a rarity for the internal speaker power) tuned by Waves MaxxAudio for accurate audio production. It’s the best choice if you watch a lot of movies with other people on your monitor and want great internal audio support for them.
Of course, Dell knows how to make a good monitor in other respects as well. Theoffers a 60Hz refresh rate, 1080p resolution and 99% coverage of the sRGB color gamut. Connections include two HDMI 1.4 ports with dual connectivity with fast switching.
Acer Nitro VG270
The Nitro includes two 2W speakers for reliable audio in an incredibly functional, 27-inch design that combines minimalist shapes with easy access to ports. Gamers with AMD cards will appreciate the FreeSync support, as well as the 1080p resolution at a 75Hz refresh rate.
Gates for theinclude not only three HDMI connections, but also a VGA port to support legacy devices. It’s also one of our most affordable choices.
Watch Sonic VX2476-SMHD
If you’re looking for a family-friendly monitor that can do a little bit of everything, ViewSonic’s model has you covered. This 24-inch monitor features dual 3W speakers to support sound, with a durable modern design that won’t distract you. It offers 1080p resolution, 75Hz refresh rate, and display settings to reduce blue light and flicker issues.
Theconnectors offer HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort and VGA inputs for all kinds of connections. However, keep in mind that the design is not very customizable and not VESA compliant. It fits better in a central desk location in a family room or classroom, especially if headphones are not currently allowed.
HP’s 24-inch monitor comes with two integrated 2W speakers for internal audio support and a design that’s perfect when many people are watching (and listening) at the same time. The screen offers a 178-degree viewing angle, landscape or portrait mode options, adjustable height and tilt options, and VESA support for wall mounting. That makes it an ideal model for artists or designers to showcase content to their customers or get additional input from teams.
For other specifications, theoffers a resolution of 1080p, a response time of 5 ms and a refresh rate of 60 Hz. Connections include HDMI and VGA, but there is no DisplayPort on this model.
If saving money is an important goal for your monitor research, BenQ is here to help with a great 27-inch budget model that ensures you get internal audio support while remaining affordable. In addition to the included internal speakers, the monitor has a resolution of 1080p and a refresh rate of 60 Hz. Ports include VGA, DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4. There are also a number of modes for light filters and eye care technology.
Thedoes have some additional model options if you want to add options for height adjustment, a higher refresh rate, or HDR support. This all affects the price, but it’s nice to have simple upgrades that better suit specific purposes.
Research and Buy FAQ
Why buy a monitor with speakers?
Your desk may not have enough space for external speakers, or you may not want to deal with external cables. Headphones may not be an option if more than one person needs to hear (or if they are not allowed in the classroom). When the monitor is mounted, it can be difficult to find a space for outside speech. All these (and more) are reasons to consider internal speakers.
What should I pay attention to with a monitor with speakers?
Look for higher wattage speakers as this indicates more power and generally clearer sound. Otherwise, the same rules apply when looking for a regular monitor. Your desired resolution and refresh rate are important, screen size always matters, and if you’re gaming, G-Sync or Freesync can be important.
Can I connect external speakers to my monitor?
Yes. Even monitors with internal speakers generally have options for connecting external speakers via USB or other ports. You need to make sure that your audio settings output on your PC is set to the external speakers for it to work.
Are there any gaming monitors with speakers?
Yes, including one of our top picks, the Asus Tuf model. That said, built-in speakers aren’t great for immersive gaming or location tracking via sound.
What are the different types of screen panels?
The most common types consumers are likely to see are:
- IPS: IPS (In-Plane Switching) panels are an LCD panel with wide viewing angles that are generally considered the best option for average monitors. There are a number of different iterations, such as LG’s Nano IPS, that add other specific benefits as well.
- shall: VA (vertical alignment) panels are similar, slightly slower panels as standard IPS models. As time has gone by, they have lost most of their popularity to IPS.
- TN: Twisted nematic (TN) panels do not support higher image quality, but have fast response times. They are now a rare type of panel that you will find on the market.
What does the refresh rate refer to?
Refresh rate refers to how often a monitor refreshes the data on the screen, measured in Hz or times per second. With compatible media, a higher refresh rate can make video look smoother and contain more information for fast-reflex gameplay.
Are monitors with speakers good?
In general, internal speakers cannot achieve the quality or sound levels of external speakers or headphones. But they can be a useful alternative in many situations where internal speakers are the only option that will work. For basic audio, they are definitely up to the task.