Do Monitors Have Speakers? Complete Guide

Monitors are an essential part of a computer system. I don’t need to indulge in it further as you’re reading this on a monitor, probably. Without it, you may not be able to view your computer’s doing. If you’re like me, you wouldn’t want to add any extra peripherals to the already multiple things attached to your desktop. So, here’s the answer to “do monitors have speakers?”.

Short answer: Some of them do but they come at a hefty price than the ones that don’t. 

Long answer:

Speakers In A Monitor – A Dream or A Reality?

You may draw a lot of parallels between a TV and a monitor. These days, you can even compare the sound quality of the two. That is, however, if you buy a monitor with built-in speakers. 

So, speakers on a monitor are true-as-a-day reality. Some gaming companies such as ASUS and AOC have produced impressive sound quality possessing monitors. Gamers love them because with higher refresh rates, they also come up with speakers. As a result, they don’t have to buy them separately. 

Are The Speakers In A Monitor Good Enough?

Well, if I were you, I wouldn’t bet a lot on the monitor speakers. I mean yes, there are companies that produce epic sound quality. At the same time, they may not beat the external speakers. The reason is that the external speakers have been built by keeping the wider audience in mind. Those are not only bought by gamers but audiophiles of all sorts. 

Therefore, the manufacturers have to put a lot of effort into producing something that appeals to all of their customers and not just gamers. 

In doing so, they take care of inching closer to the perfect balance between treble and bass. They want their sound depth to be breathtaking but at the same time, they don’t want to overdo it. 

The speakers in a monitor are good for normal use, however. If you aren’t an avid gamer or you think you need the speakers just to let your computer speak out necessary commands and nothing else, then the built-in speakers would do fine. 

Otherwise, I highly recommend that you buy dedicated ones. 

How Do I Know Do Monitors Have Speakers?

Knowing if your monitor has speakers shouldn’t be rocket science. You could just play any sound on your PC and let the speakers talk if there are any available. 

Else, follow these steps:

Step 1: Check for the physical presence of the speakers. Usually, the speakers are located on the side panels or anywhere on the bottom. Some models have them built at the back. You may find small slits or gauze-like openings in the speakers. 

Step 2: Connect your PC to the monitor via any option available. I recommend doing that by using the DisplayPort or the HDMI. The VGA is still an option but that produces low-quality sounds. So, only go for it when you think you don’t have any other option. 

Step 3: Search for the audio icon which is in the form of a speaker in the menu tray in the Windows Taskbar and right-click it. In the menu, search for Playback devices. There, you should see the name of your monitor, given it has speakers. Alternatively, there could be the name of the built-in speakers as well. Select any of the two and try playing a sound. 

Do you hear any sound? If yes, then your monitor has speakers. 

If you don’t hear any sound, they may not be present. Heck, you won’t even see the name of your monitor on the speaker list in that case. 

Do All PC Monitors Have Speakers?

No, not all PC monitors come with speakers. The gaming monitors such as those built by ASUS may have speakers. However, they are a bit costly. Before buying them, weigh the pros and cons and see if you really need a monitor with speakers or not. 

Why Do Some Monitors Not Have Speakers?

Some monitors don’t have speakers because the manufacturers have to incur extra costs to build them. That cost then goes down to the consumer in a trickle-down effect. Let’s be honest, the company has to earn some profits as well. 

Do Monitors Have Speakers? Conclusion 

Some monitors such as the ASUS XG43UQ ROG Strix come with built-in speakers. However, they cost more than the traditional monitors. Their sound quality is also not at par with the external speakers. However, that doesn’t mean that they are a complete loss. For minimal usage, you will find them more than enough. 

Lisa Antonio
Lisa enjoys technology & has built many laptops and enjoys tinkering with technology!