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The 2 Best Monitors Under $200 - Spring 2024 Reviews

Best Monitors Under $200

While getting a new monitor can cost a lot, there are still some good options for under $200. Although many monitors in this price range are basic and don't offer extra features you'd find on high-end models, some are still good enough for everyday use, even if you're a gamer. With the monitor market continuously growing, even cheap displays are starting to get some extra perks, but they still lag behind more expensive options in terms of performance.

There are a few factors to consider when looking for a monitor. Most options under $200 are available in a 24-inch screen size with a 1080p resolution. However, there's considerable variation among these monitors, and you must consider your needs and how you'll use it. For example, if you want the best gaming monitor under $200, it's important to get something with good motion handling, but versatile ergonomics are more important for work purposes, so there's no perfect solution for everyone.

We've bought and tested over 300 monitors, and below, you'll find our top picks for the best monitors that you can find for under $200. See our recommendations for the best budget and cheap gaming monitors, the best budget and cheap monitors, and if you're willing to stretch your budget a bit, the best gaming monitors under $300.

  1. Best Monitor Under $200

    The best monitor under $200 we've tested is the ASUS VG248QG. It has good brightness and impressive reflection handling, making it a good choice for brighter environments. It also has fantastic ergonomics, so you can position it properly for long work sessions and swivel the screen to share information with others. While images wash out from the sides, text is still legible from a wide angle. Additionally, it has integrated speakers for online meetings and training videos. However, it has sub-par contrast, so deep blacks appear gray in darker rooms, and the screen looks cloudy. It also has only satisfactory text clarity.

    However, while it doesn't have great picture quality, you'll still be happy with this monitor if you intend to use it for gaming, as it's also our best gaming monitor under $200. The main advantage of monitors with TN panels like this one is their remarkable motion handling, and the ASUS is no exception, as it has a fast response time at any refresh rate without any noticeable overshoot. It also has variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing, and there are a few extra gaming features like backlight strobing and even a virtual crosshair that your game's anti-cheat tool won't detect, giving you a competitive advantage.

    See our review

  2. Best Office Monitor Under $200

    If you're looking for something for office work, consider the ASUS VG246H. It doesn't have the same gaming features and performance as the ASUS VG248QG, so consider it only for work purposes; otherwise, stick with the VG248QG if you want something versatile for both office and gaming use. It's better than the VG248QG for office use because it has better ergonomics and wider viewing angles, making it easy to share your screen with others next to you as they'll see a consistent image from the sides. While the 24-inch size is smaller than our picks for the best office monitors, this is what you can expect if you want a low-cost office monitor, and this size is ideal if you want to use it in a multi-monitor setup.

    Although it's a cheap monitor, it has an sRGB mode that results in great accuracy before calibration, which is important if your work requires accurate colors. It also has very good reflection handling if you want to use it in a room with a few lights, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight intense glare.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG 27MN60T-W: The LG 27MN60T-W is a larger alternative to the ASUS VG246H if you want a 27-inch monitor for office work, but it has much worse ergonomics, so the ASUS is still the better choice. See our review
  • Dell S2721HGF: The Dell S2721HGF is an alternative to the ASUS VG248QG if you want something that's larger and gets brighter, but it tends to cost more than $200. See our review
  • MSI Optix G273: The MSI Optix G273 is a larger alternative to the ASUS VG248QG. Because it has wider viewing angles and gets brighter, it's more versatile for office work. That said, it has worse motion handling for gaming and usually costs more than $200. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Mar 05, 2024: Removed the Gigabyte GS27QC because it's hard to find, and renamed the ASUS VG248QG as 'Best Monitor.'

  2. Jan 11, 2024: Replaced the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx with the Gigabyte GS27QC for consistency with other articles and because of availability; removed the MSI Optix G272 because it's hard to find; replaced the HP X24ih with the MSI Optix G273 in Notable Mentions.

  3. Nov 03, 2023: Added the Dell S2721HGF to Notable Mentions; updated text for clarity throughout.

  4. Sep 13, 2023: Made sure that the monitors mentioned are still available for purchase under $200, and changed the order of the categories to reflect how people are searching for monitors.

  5. Jul 18, 2023: Verified that the monitors are still available to purchase for under $200 and updated text for clarity throughout; added the HP X24ih to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors costing less than $200 that are available to purchase. They're 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 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.