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 60 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 Dell P2417H is the best monitor under $200 that we've tested so far. It has great ergonomics, decent overall picture quality with wide viewing angles, and decent motion handling. Gamers will appreciate the low input lag and fast response time, but it lacks any variable refresh rate technology and is limited to a 60 Hz refresh rate.
It has a versatile array of connections at the back; with HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA connections, you won't have any issues connecting any device, new or old. It also has a USB hub, great for connecting your keyboard and mouse to a computer with limited USB connections.
Unfortunately, the P2417H can't get very bright, and it doesn't look as good in a dark room, so it is a little less versatile. Overall though, it is a decent 1080p monitor that is great if you are looking for a basic monitor on a budget.
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.
The Acer XF251Q is the best gaming monitor under $200 that we've tested so far. It delivers great motion handling, with an incredibly fast response time, a decent 75 Hz refresh rate, and, unlike the P2417H, the XF251Q supports FreeSync, which is great.
It is a bit less versatile than the Dell P2417H. It has two HDMI connections and a VGA port, but it does not have the USB hub found on the Dell monitors. Unfortunately, it is not compatible with NVIDIA's new FreeSync drivers, as it does not have a DisplayPort connection.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look as good in a dark room, and the image degrades when viewed at an angle. The 1080p resolution and 75 Hz refresh rate are decent for casual gamers, but may disappoint more serious gamers. Overall, the Acer 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.