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 85 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 best monitor under $200 that we've tested so far is the Dell P2417H. It's a versatile 1080p IPS monitor that has wide viewing angles and a flicker-free backlight. It has a simple and professional design that shouldn't look out of place in any setup, and the stand has a small footprint that still supports the screen well. The ergonomics are great as well, with full height and swivel adjustments and it sports thin bezels, making it great for multi-monitor setups.
This monitor has a ton of connectivity options, including DisplayPort, which is a nice addition for a monitor in this price range. It also still has a VGA port which is great if you have an older setup without digital outputs. The monitor has a 4-port USB hub, which is still active even when the monitor is in standby, which is a nice feature to have and should help keep your desktop tidy. While it doesn't have some more advanced gaming features like FreeSync or a 144Hz refresh rate, its low input lag and fast response time mean it should be fine for most casual gaming.
Unfortunately, its picture quality is only satisfactory and it doesn't support more premium features like HDR or local dimming. Dell uses an IPS panel for this monitor which gives it great viewing angles, but means that its black uniformity and contrast are both only mediocre, making this monitor better suited for use in a bright room like an office. Overall, it's a good monitor for its price, and should be versatile enough for most people.
If you want a good versatile monitor but don't have much space, go for the Dell P2217H. It's almost identical to the Dell P2417H but is smaller and cheaper. It maintains the same great ergonomic stand, connectivity options, and flicker-free backlight of the bigger version and looks identical. The unit we tested had slightly better viewing angles and worse black uniformity than the P2417, though this could vary between individual units of the same model.
If you have the space and are worried about black uniformity, go for the P2417H, but if you want to save a few bucks or don't want something as big, get the P2217H, one of the best monitors under $200.
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 and the ASUS 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, and one of the best PC monitors under $200.
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 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 is a worthwhile investment and one of the best computer monitors under $200.
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.
11/05/2019: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.