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The 5 Best Budget Gaming Monitors - Spring 2019
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Best Budget Gaming Monitors
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Depending on your needs, even budget monitors can deliver a great gaming experience. While they may lack some of the advanced features and fancy designs found on more expensive models, even budget monitors can offer low input lag, excellent response times, and even frame rate matching technologies like FreeSync or G-SYNC. Budget gaming monitors are typically smaller, but many of them are versatile monitors that are great for PC and console gaming alike.

We've reviewed 67 monitors, and below you'll find out recommendations for the best cheap gaming monitors to buy in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best monitors for Xbox One, the best gaming monitors for PC, and the best gaming monitors for PS4. If you're looking for a good pair of headphones, check our recommendations for the best gaming headsets.

  1. Best Budget Gaming Monitor: ASUS VG279Q

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 1920x1080
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    The ASUS VG279Q is the best cheap gaming monitor that we've tested so far. It delivers an excellent gaming experience that should please even the most demanding gamers. It has outstanding low input lag so you can respond instantly to what's happening on screen, and it has an extremely fast response time, so fast moving objects have very little blur behind them.

    As a budget gaming monitor, it doesn't have many advanced gaming features. There's no RGB bias lighting, but it does have a few virtual overlays, including a virtual crosshair which can't be detected by games. It also supports FreeSync, something which is great for Xbox One owners, and is one of the few FreeSync monitors to have an optional black frame insertion feature.

    Unfortunately, the 1080p resolution might be disappointing for some gamers, as the image isn't as sharp as a 1440p or 4k monitor. It's a bit more expensive than most budget monitors, but if you can find it on sale it's an excellent gaming monitor that should please most.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: Acer XF251Q

    Size : 25 "
    Resolution : 1920x1080
    Refresh Rate : 75 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you're looking for something a bit cheaper than the ASUS VG279Q, check out the Acer XF251Q instead. This monitor isn't as versatile as the ASUS, but delivers great overall gaming performance. It has a slower refresh rate than the ASUS, but still has a similar response time and excellent low input lag. It delivers passable picture quality, but the image degrades when viewed at an angle. Overall, although it's not as good as the ASUS, this is a decent monitor for most uses.

    See our review

  3. Best 144Hz Budget Gaming Monitor: ViewSonic XG2402

    Size : 24 "
    Resolution : 1920x1080
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you are looking for the best cheap gaming monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate from the ones we've tested so far, then check out the ViewSonic XG2402. It has decent picture quality and decent performance in most uses.

    When it comes to gaming, this monitor performs very well thanks to the very low input lag, extremely fast response time, and the remarkable 144Hz refresh rate. The monitor is very responsive, moving content looks crisp, and gameplay is smooth. This monitor supports FreeSync VRR for tear-free gaming, which will also work with NVIDIA's new FreeSync drivers. It also has an integrated USB hub, which is very helpful if your PC does not have many USB ports.

    Unfortunately, dark room performance is not good, and the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side. Overall, it is a decent monitor for most uses, and it should please even the more serious gamers.

    See our review

  4. G-SYNC Alternative: Dell S2417DG

    Size : 24 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    G-Sync

    If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the Dell S2417DG is the best G-SYNC budget gaming monitor that we've tested so far. Although a bit more expensive than the ViewSonic XG2402, this monitor delivers excellent gaming performance, even for more serious gamers. It has an outstanding response time that delivers crystal clear motion, extremely low input lag, and an incredibly fast 144Hz refresh rate. The 1440p native resolution delivers a more detailed gaming experience and is great for Xbox One S/X owners.

    Unfortunately, this monitor doesn't look as good in a dark room, and the image degrades when viewed at an angle. Overall, it is a good monitor for most uses, and the excellent gaming performance should please even the most demanding gamers.

    See our review

  5. Larger Alternative: Dell S2719DGF

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you like the gaming performance of the ViewSonic XG2402 but would prefer a larger monitor, check out the Dell S2719DGF instead. This monitor has a larger 27" screen and a higher native resolution, which is great. It delivers very similar overall gaming performance to the ViewSonic, with an extremely fast response time, fast refresh rate, and low input lag. The refresh rate can also be overclocked to 155Hz for a little extra boost.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ASUS VG248QE: Good gaming monitor, but no variable refresh rate technology. See our review
  • AOC AGON AG271QX: Great gaming monitor, but lacks any VRR support. See our review
  • AOC AGON AG271QX:  Great monitor for gaming, but the XG2402 is almost as good for a lot less. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best cheap gaming monitors currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.

If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

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