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 over 75 monitors and below you'll find our top picks for the best monitors under $200 available for purchase in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best gaming monitor under $200, the best budget gaming monitors, the best budget monitors, and the best 1080p monitors.
The Dell P2417H is the best monitor under $200 that we've tested so far. It's a decent 1080p monitor, with wide viewing angles, great ergonomics, and excellent gray uniformity. It has decent overall motion handling, with a great response time and flicker-free backlight, but it doesn't support any of the variable refresh rate technologies, like FreeSync.
Despite the budget price, this monitor has a decent selection of inputs and a few extra features, including a built-in USB hub with 4 USB ports. It has an HDMI and DisplayPort input, as well as a VGA input, which isn't used very much anymore but is useful if you have an older computer lying around.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look as good in a dark room, due to the poor black uniformity and mediocre contrast ratio. Overall, though, it's a decent monitor for most uses.
If you like the Dell P2417H but are looking for something a bit smaller or cheaper, check out the Dell P2217H instead. There's no significant difference between the two, other than the size. The unit we reviewed had slightly better viewing angles and worse black uniformity, but these can vary between individual units of the same model.
Overall, although the P2417H is slightly better, if you're limited in space and don't mind the slightly worse back uniformity, the Dell P2217H offers almost identical performance.
If you want better gaming performance on a budget, the Acer XF251Q is the best monitor under $200 for gaming that we've tested so far. Although this TN monitor doesn't deliver the best picture quality, it makes up for it with its great motion handling and low input lag. It has a fast response time, flicker-free backlight, and a good 75Hz refresh rate. It even supports FreeSync, but as it lacks a DisplayPort connection, it isn't compatible with NVIDIA's new drivers.
This monitor has a few additional gaming-oriented features, including the ability to add virtual cross-hairs to any game. It doesn't support HDR, but this doesn't add much for most monitors anyway. It has decent peak brightness, so there shouldn't be any issues using it in a bright room. The image degrades when viewed at an angle, so it's best enjoyed from directly in front.
Unfortunately, this monitor isn't very accurate out of the box, and some color errors may be noticeable. Overall, though, it's a very good gaming monitor, great for budget shoppers.
If you want a monitor with a better swivel range, check out the ASUS VG245H instead. This 24" monitor performs almost identically to the slightly larger Acer XF251Q, but it has a better height adjustment, much wider swivel range, and a better tilt range. This makes it easier to place it in an ideal viewing position without VESA mounting it. On the other hand, the ASUS has worse black uniformity than the Acer, so it doesn't look as good in a dark room.
Overall, the Acer XF251Q and the ASUS VG245H are extremely similar. The Acer is the best gaming monitor under $200 for most people, but if you want a better stand and don't plan on using it in a dark room, the ASUS is a good alternative.
If you're willing to stretch your budget a bit, the ViewSonic XG2402 can usually be found for a bit more than $200 and delivers a better gaming experience than the Acer XF251Q. The ViewSonic has a faster refresh rate and a faster response time, so motion looks even clearer with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. Thanks to the higher refresh rate, it has a much wider variable refresh rate range, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience, even when your computer can't quite keep up with the fast action on-screen.
Overall, although the Acer XF251Q is the best gaming monitor under $200 that we've tested so far, if you're willing to stretch your budget just a bit, the ViewSonic XG2402 is a worthwhile investment.
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.