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 120 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 budget gaming monitors, the best budget monitors, and the best 1080p monitors.
The best monitor under $200 we've tested is the Dell P2417H. It's decent overall and delivers the performance you would expect for its price, but it should still please people looking for a cheap screen for their at-home office or gaming setup.
This is a 24 inch model that gives you enough screen real estate to multitask while saving you some space on your desk compared to popular 27 inch monitors. However, the 1080p resolution might be too low for some people to see finer details when watching videos. It has great ergonomics, allowing you to place it how you like, and it has wide viewing angles if you need to share your screen with someone else. Gamers should appreciate the great motion handling and incredibly low input lag, and the 60Hz refresh rate is good enough for console gamers.
Unfortunately, it has a mediocre contrast ratio and poor black uniformity, so it doesn't perform well in dark rooms. However, it has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you won't need to get it calibrated if you don't want to. Overall, it's good for the office and gaming, and it's the best monitor under $200 that we've tested.
If you want a smaller monitor to use as a secondary screen or simply save some space on your desk at home, check out the smaller Dell P2217H. It mainly has the same performance as the larger Dell P2417H, except its out-of-the-box color accuracy isn't as good. It has the same wide viewing angles, excellent gray uniformity, and good reflection handling. It's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate with no variable refresh rate (VRR) support, but the motion handling is still great if you also want to use it for console gaming on the side. Since it's a smaller screen than the other Dell and has the same 1080p resolution, it has a higher pixel density, so the lower resolution shouldn't cause too many issues for most people. Lastly, like most Dell monitors, it has excellent ergonomics.
If you want the best monitor under $200 we've tested, the P2417H is a good choice, but if you're looking for something smaller, check out the P2217H.
The best computer monitor under $200 that we've tested available in a 27 inch size is the HP 27F. It's a decent overall model that won't cost you much. It's limited on extra features but if you're looking for a simple screen for the office and don't mind the 1080p resolution, this is a good choice.
It has an IPS panel, which provides really wide viewing angles if you want to share your screen with others. It's a good choice for most bright office environments as it has great reflection handling and it gets bright enough to combat glare. Unless you work in a color-sensitive business, like photo editing, you won't need to get it calibrated as it has great out-of-the-box color accuracy. It also has excellent gray uniformity, so solid colors across the screen, like on a web page or a document, look great without any darkened areas.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR and it has a low contrast ratio, which is expected from an IPS panel. It has a native 75Hz refresh rate and FreeSync support, but its slow response time results in motion blur and it doesn't have a Black Frame Insertion feature, so it's not ideal for competitive gamers. It also has very limited ergonomics, so it's hard to place it in an ideal position. Regardless, it performs well for its price and its screen size gives you enough space to multitask, so most people should be happy with it.
The best monitor under $200 for gaming that we've tested is the Acer XF251Q. It's simple, well-built, and even though it doesn't have many extra features found on higher-end, more expensive monitors, most people should be happy with it. The stand offers great ergonomics, so it should be easy to place in an ideal position.
It has a native 75Hz refresh rate, which helps provide smoother motion than a 60Hz panel. It has native FreeSync support, but for NVIDIA graphics card owners, it doesn't have G-SYNC support. The input lag is really low, and it stays low with VRR enabled, which is great. It has excellent motion handling too, so fast-moving content looks good. It's flicker-free, but there's no Black Frame Insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. If you game in well-lit environments, it has good reflection handling and decent peak brightness.
Unfortunately, it has a TN panel that results in narrow viewing angles and low contrast. It has a 1080p resolution, which may be too limiting for some, but it doesn't put too much stress on your graphics card. It doesn't support HDR, but this is expected from a budget-friendly monitor. Fortunately, it has built-in speakers, so won't need to buy an external setup if you want to. Overall, this is a decent gaming screen with good motion handling, making it the best monitor under $200 for gaming that we've tested.
If you want a monitor with an even better stand that has a really wide swivel range, then check out the ASUS VG245H. It's very similar in performance to the Acer XF251Q, except our unit has more uniformity issues, but this may vary between units. It also has a 75Hz refresh rate, FreeSync support, and no G-SYNC support. Input lag is really low and the response times at both its max refresh rate and at 60Hz are excellent. Even though it doesn't have a Black Frame Insertion feature, motion looks smooth and you shouldn't need it. It has narrow viewing angles and low contrast due to its TN panel, so it's not ideal for co-op gaming, especially in dark rooms. However, in bright rooms, it gets fairly bright and it has great reflection handling.
The Acer is the best monitor under $200 if you're a gamer, but if you want something with excellent ergonomics, then the ASUS is a good choice.
09/24/2020: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy.
07/22/2020: Added the HP 27F and removed the ViewSonic XG2402.
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. 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.