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The 3 Best Monitors Under $200 - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Monitors Under $200

While you can get the latest gaming features and best technology with high-end and more expensive monitors, there are still some decent options for under $200. As monitors have gone up in price and companies tend to focus on premium models, the selection of monitors in this price range is getting smaller, as you're usually limited to 24-inch displays with a 1080p resolution. Still, they offer features most gamers want, like a high refresh rate, variable refresh rate support, and good motion handling.

We've bought and tested over 265 monitors, and below you'll find our top picks for the best monitors that you can find for under $200. See our recommendations for the best budget gaming monitors, the best budget monitors, and the best 1080p monitors.

  1. Best Monitor Under $200

    The best monitor you can get for under $200 for all-around use is the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx. If you can't find it for under $200 with certain retailers, you can also get it directly through Acer's website, although that costs just over $200. It's a versatile display designed with gamers in mind, as it has a 165Hz refresh rate with variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing when the frame rate of your game drops. It also has a fast response time with high-frame-rate signals, resulting in minimal motion blur.

    Even if you want to use it for productivity or casually browsing the web, it has remarkable ergonomics that make it easy to adjust the screen. It also gets bright enough to fight glare and has good reflection handling for use in well-lit rooms. While the 24-inch screen may seem small, this is the size you'll have to settle on for something in this price range. If you want something bigger, the HP X27q is also a good alternative with a higher 1440p resolution, but it costs more than $200.

    See our review

  2. Best Gaming Monitor Under $200

    If you're looking for the best gaming monitor under $200, there are a few options that are better for gaming than the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx. One is the ASUS VG248QG, which has a 24-inch, 1080p screen like the Acer. However, it uses a different panel type with better motion handling. Its TN panel has a remarkable response time, especially at its max refresh rate of 165Hz, and like the Acer, it has FreeSync VRR support with G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing.

    However, there are a few trade-offs for using this panel type. It has worse viewing angles than the Acer, so the image looks washed out as soon as you move off-center, and it has worse uniformity. It doesn't support HDR either, but even monitors that do support HDR in this price range don't have good HDR performance, so that doesn't make much of a difference. Still, this is an impressive gaming monitor, so if you're a competitive gamer on a tight budget, it offers better performance than the Acer.

    See our review

  3. Best Office Monitor Under $200

    If you're looking for something for office work, consider the ASUS VG246H. Like the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx and the ASUS VG248QG, it has a 24-inch, 1080p screen, but it doesn't have the same gaming features and performance as the other two monitors, so only get this if you want to use it for work purposes. However, it's better than the ASUS for productivity because of its much wider viewing angles, making it easier to share the screen with a coworker or client. It's also great if you want to use it for a secondary monitor and have to swivel it to face you or if you prefer using it in a vertical position, as it has remarkable ergonomics.

    Although it's a cheap monitor, it has an sRGB mode that results in amazing accuracy before calibration, which is ideal if your work requires accurate colors. It also has very good reflection handling if you want to use it in a room with a few lights, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight intense glare.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG 27MN60T-W: The LG 27MN60T-W is a larger alternative to the ASUS VG246H if you want a 27-inch monitor for office work, but it has much worse ergonomics, so the ASUS is still the better choice for office use. See our review
  • HP X24ih: The HP X24ih is a great gaming monitor with better picture quality than the ASUS VG248QG, but it's gone up in price, so it costs more than $200. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 25, 2023: Replaced the LG 27GL650F-B and the HP X24ih with the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx and the ASUS VG248QG because the LG and HP have gone up in price; updated Notable Mentions based on changes and market prices.

  2. Nov 22, 2022: Restructured the article to reflect how people are searching for monitors under $200; renamed the LG 27GL650F-B as the 'Best Monitor' and the HP X24ih as the 'Best Gaming Monitor Under $200'; removed the Lepow Z1 and added the ASUS VG246H as the 'Best Office Monitor'.

  3. Sep 23, 2022: Replaced the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx with the HP X24ih because it's cheaper; updated Notable Mentions based on change and market availability.

  4. May 27, 2022: Removed the AOC 24G2 because the Acer Nitro XF243Y is better overall; put the LG 27GL650F-B as the 'Best 27 Inch Monitor'; moved the Dell S2421H to Notable Mentions.

  5. Mar 15, 2022: Replaced the MSI Optix G272 with the AOC 24G2 because the MSI is harder to find and over $200 and renamed category to 'Cheaper Alternative'; updated Notable Mentions based on availability.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors under $200. They're adapted to be valid for most people. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.

If you would prefer the make your own decision, here is the list of all our reviews of monitors under $200. 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.