Do monitors have speakers?

A black monitor with a multicolour pattern on the display next to a set of black speakers and an RGB keyboard.
Credit: Razer

A black monitor with a multicolour pattern on the display next to a set of black speakers and an RGB keyboard.
Credit: Razer

Do monitors have speakers? This is a common question for those in search of a display. After all, monitors can be a significant investment, so you'll definitely want to know whether they have sound capabilities before making a purchase.

While gaming speakers and soundbars are enticing, it may not always be practical to acquire them alongside one of the best gaming monitors, well, for most people anyway.

So, continue reading to discover what key factors to consider in your next monitor upgrade.

Do monitors have speakers?

In short, while some monitors do have built-in speakers, many do not.

Much like wireless headsets, including speakers in the monitor incurs additional costs to the manufacturer. For that reason, some models are made without speakers to either keep costs down or tailor them more towards segments of gamers who they know will only use headphones or speakers.

Speakers in TVs and monitors tend to also not be the absolute best quality, generally speaking. That's down to the slimline structure of a monitor or TV, which doesn't give much room to work in when it comes to sheer speaker size.

A black ASUS monitor featuring yellow branding on the display.
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ALL OR NOTHING? Many high-end displays will have speakers, but you may be left wanting at lower price tags

Should you buy speakers with your monitor?

Ultimately, whether or not you need speakers with your gaming monitor, comes down to your individual situation.

If you're already equipped with one of the best PC gaming headsets, or a set of RGB computer speakers, spending extra money for a monitor with built-in speakers is likely to be unnecessary.

Most monitors have headphone jacks, allowing you to connect speakers, headphones, or a gaming headset easily, regardless of whether there are built-in speakers or not.

If, however, do not have extra peripherals such as a gaming headset or a speaker, then it could be worth your while investing in a monitor that is equipped with speakers.

Are monitor speakers good?

Whether or not the speakers in a monitor are good, ultimately comes down to specific examples, as the quality will vary.

For example, the ASUS ROG Strix XG43UQ, an outstanding HDMI 2.1 monitor, is equipped with ASUS SonicMaster 10-watt stereo speakers, which should produce powerful audio output.

Some other monitors, on the other hand, don't really deliver in the sound department in much the same way as many 4K TVs don't pack a punch either.

So, in short, yes, some built-in monitor speakers should be able to produce high-quality audio output, but if you're going for something more on the budget end you may be left wanting.

How to work out if a monitor has speakers?

In order to find out whether a monitor has speakers or not you'll have to look closely at the listed specifications of any given monitor.

A monitor that does feature built-in speakers is very likely to list that amongst its specifications, if it is not listed then your safest bet is to assume that it does not come with built-in speakers.

Should you get a monitor with speakers?

It depends on how important audio is to your gaming experience. We'd say that if you're playing competitively, absolutely by headphones or speakers even if your monitor has speakers built-in.

This is the best to ensure the highest audio quality possible.

If you're more casual you can usually get away with the monitor's speakers, but we'd recommend looking into at least a great gaming soundbar.

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