You don't necessarily need to spend a small fortune to get a decent monitor. Although they typically lack more advanced features, budget monitors can still deliver a decent experience for most uses if you're not too picky. Monitors in this price range are typically smaller-sized and limited to 1080p resolutions, which is still just fine for occasional use or casual gaming.
We've reviewed 53 monitors and below you'll find our top picks for the best monitors under $200 available for purchase. See also our recommendations for the best gaming monitor under $200.
The Dell P2417H is the best monitor under $200 that we've reviewed so far. It is a decent 24" IPS monitor that delivers okay picture quality and has decent motion handling. It has a great response time, good for gaming or watching movies, and it has excellent low input lag. Like most Dell monitors, it also has a good stand with great ergonomics that can be easily placed in the most ideal viewing position, or rotated for a multi-monitor setup with a larger monitor.
The P2417H has good viewing angles, and a passable contrast ratio, but unfortunately, it can't get very bright and has poor black uniformity. This makes it better suited for medium-lit rooms, as it doesn't look great in a really bright or really dark room. Some users may be disappointed by the simple 1080p resolution and limited 60 Hz refresh rate, but it is good for casual gamers, as it doesn't require an expensive gaming PC to achieve good gaming performance.
It also comes with great connectivity, thanks to VGA, HDMI, and DisplayPort connections, and it has a USB upstream port, so you can use it as a USB Hub. Overall, although the P2417H doesn't have many advanced features, it is a decent, well-rounded monitor that should please budget shoppers.
If you like the Dell P2417H, but are looking for something a bit smaller or cheaper, check out the Dell P2217H instead. There is no significant difference between the two, other than the size. The P2217H we reviewed had slightly better viewing angles, but worse black uniformity, but these can vary between individual units of the same model.
If you're looking for the best monitor under $200 for gaming, check out the Acer XF251Q. It is a decent 1080p, TN monitor with great gaming performance. It has low input lag, and a great stand with great ergonomics, similar to the Dell P2417H. It has great motion handling but unfortunately, it delivers only mediocre picture quality.
The Acer XF251Q has a 75 Hz refresh rate, which is good, although it may disappoint more serious gamers. It also supports FreeSync, ensuring a tear-free gaming experience when gaming on a PC with an AMD graphics card or on an Xbox One. It also has an excellent response time, so fast moving objects look clear, with little blur trail behind them, and the backlight is flicker-free.
Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, so it isn't great for showing off your latest games to your friends. It also has poor accuracy out of the box, although some quick settings changes can correct most of the inaccuracies. Overall, the XF251Q is a great gaming monitor that should please most budget gamers.
If you like the Acer XF251Q, but want something with a slightly better stand, check out the ASUS VG245H. It has a slightly better stand with a wider tilt range and full swivel range. Other than that, they are both 75 Hz TN monitors with great gaming performance, including FreeSync support. The VG245H we reviewed had worse black uniformity, but this can vary between individual units of the same model.
If you want the most bang for your buck, the Dell D3218HN is the best large monitor under $200 that we've reviewed so far. It is a decent 32" monitor with an IPS panel and a 1080p refresh rate. It produces decent picture quality and has low input lag.
The D3218HN has good viewing angles and can get bright enough for most rooms, but unfortunately, it has only mediocre reflections handling, so it isn't as well suited for a really bright room. It has a great response time, good for gaming or watching movies, and the backlight is flicker free.
Unfortunately, it has a fixed stand with very few ergonomic adjustments, and it has poor black uniformity. Overall though, it is a decent 32" monitor that should please most budget shoppers.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors under $200. They are 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 of our monitor reviews 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.