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 67 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 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 60Hz 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, this monitor 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 unit we reviewed had slightly better viewing angles, but worse black uniformity, but these can vary between individual units of the same model.
If you want better gaming performance on a budget, the Acer XF251Q is the best gaming monitor under $200 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, the Acer XF251Q isn't very accurate out of the box, and some color errors may be noticeable. Overall, though, it is a very good gaming monitor, great for budget shoppers.
If you like the Acer XF251Q, but want something with a better swivel range, check out the ASUS VG245H. Overall, it offers very similar performance to the Acer. Both monitors have excellent response times, support FreeSync, and have good 75Hz refresh rates, and both have excellent low input lag. The unit we tested had worse black uniformity than the Acer, but this varies between units.
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.
This monitor has good viewing angles and can get bright enough for most rooms, but unfortunately, it only has mediocre reflection handling, so it isn't as well-suited for a really bright room. It has a great response time, which is 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.