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The 5 Best Monitors Under $200 - Spring 2022 Reviews

Best Monitors Under $200

You don't necessarily need to spend a small fortune to get a decent monitor. Although they typically lack more advanced features, the best monitors you can get for under $200 can still deliver a decent experience for most uses. Monitors in this price range are typically smaller and usually limited to 1080p resolutions, which is still just fine for occasional use or casual gaming.

Note: The price of most electronics has been increasing significantly, and some of these choices are slightly over $200. Our picks are ones that we think are worth paying just a bit more based on their performance, and you might be able to find them on sale for less than $200.

We've tested over 220 monitors, and below you'll find our top picks for the best monitors under $200 available for purchase. See our recommendations for the best budget gaming monitors, the best budget monitors, and the best 1080p monitors.

  1. Best Gaming Monitor Under $200: Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx

    The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx is the best gaming monitor under $200 that we've tested. It's a great overall monitor with excellent performance that rivals more expensive options, so while this monitor is slightly over $200, it offers great value. It's well-built and offers excellent ergonomics as you can rotate the screen a full 360 degrees.

    It has many gaming features, like a fast 144Hz refresh rate that can overclock to 165Hz. It has native FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing, and even though it's not certified by NVIDIA, G-SYNC compatibility also works on it. Gaming feels responsive thanks to the low input lag, and motion looks smooth as it has a remarkably quick response time at any frame rate. It also has a few extra gaming perks, like the ability to add a virtual crosshair that your system won't detect.

    Sadly, even though it supports HDR, it doesn't provide the best HDR gaming experience. It has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray, and there's no local dimming feature to improve it either. Also, it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop and doesn't display a wide range of colors. If this isn't a problem for you, it's the best gaming monitor in this price range.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: AOC 24G2

    If you're on a tight budget and prefer something cheaper, look into the AOC 24G2. It's not as well-rounded as the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx because it doesn't support HDR, has a slightly lower 144Hz refresh rate, and doesn't offer as wide of a swivel range. Still, it has excellent gaming performance, and it's a better choice to use in a well-lit room because it has better reflection handling and great peak brightness. In terms of gaming, it also has an incredible response time, so you won't notice much motion blur, and it has an optional backlight strobing feature. It also has VRR support and low input lag for a responsive feel.

    If you want the best monitor for under $200, the Acer is a great choice because it's versatile, but if you don't mind compromising just a bit for something cheaper, then check out the AOC.

    See our review

  3. Best Office Monitor Under $200: Dell S2421H

    The best office monitor under $200 is the Dell S2421H. It's a simple office monitor that doesn't cost much, and it has good enough performance for most people. It has a 24 inch screen with a 1080p resolution, so the text clarity is decent. It also has a flicker-free backlight, which helps reduce eye strain during long working sessions.

    It doesn't have many extra features, but it does have built-in speakers, which is great if you want to listen to music or videos without paying extra to buy dedicated speakers. It has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate when viewing from the side, and it has decent peak brightness in SDR. It also has good reflection handling, so while it's not good enough for rooms with a ton of light around, it's fine if you have some light nearby.

    Unfortunately, its stand has terrible ergonomics as you can only tilt it. While it's a good choice for a multi-monitor setup, thanks to its very thin bezels, you'll likely need to buy mounting arms so you can adjust the screens in ideal viewing positions. It also doesn't support HDR, but that's normal for a low-cost office monitor. All in all, it's one of the best choices you can get for the office for under $200.

    See our review

  4. Alternative With Better Ergonomics: ASUS VG246H

    If you prefer something with better ergonomics, check out the ASUS VG246H instead. It's similar to the Dell S2421H as it also has a 1080p resolution and a 24 inch screen, but it has fewer inputs than the Dell. However, it has outstanding ergonomics and wide viewing angles, so you can easily adjust the stand to your ideal viewing position. It has decent peak brightness in SDR and very good reflection handling, so visibility isn't an issue. It also has excellent gray uniformity and amazing accuracy out of the box, which is great if your work requires accurate colors. The fairly small screen isn't the best for multitasking, but it has decent text clarity.

    If you're looking for the best office monitor under $200, check out the Dell, but if you want better ergonomics, then look into the ASUS.

    See our review

  5. Best Portable Monitor Under $200: Lepow Z1 (Black)

    The best portable monitor under $200 is the Lepow Z1. These types of monitors are different from typical desktop models because you're supposed to use them on the go, and they often sacrifice picture quality for their smaller size. It comes with a folio case to protect the screen that doubles as a stand.

    Portable displays have different inputs than desktop monitors; in this case, it has a Mini HDMI input and two USB-C ports. One of the USB-C inputs supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, meaning that you can display an image from a compatible device, and the other one is for charging only. Although the 1080p resolution may not seem appealing, the smaller screen provides higher pixel density, meaning that text looks sharp and legible. It has wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate if you place the screen next to your laptop or desktop monitor.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't offer good picture quality, and it's not for content creators. It can't display a wide color gamut, even in SDR, so it doesn't display a wide range of colors. The out-of-the-box accuracy is also poor. Motion looks terrible because it has a slow response time, and you'll notice motion artifacts. However, this is typical of most portable monitors, and it's still one of the best portable monitors under $200.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • MSI Optix G272: The MSI Optix G272 is a great 27 inch gaming monitor if you want something bigger than the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx, but it's also hard to find, and it's slightly over $200. See our review
  • LG 24GL600F: The LG 24GL600F is a good gaming monitor, but it doesn't perform as well as the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx. It has a lower 144Hz refresh rate, and its viewing angles are worse because it uses a TN panel. Still, it's much cheaper if that doesn't bother you. See our review
  • Lepow Z1 Gamut (Black): The Lepow Z1 Gamut is better than the Lepow Z1 as it displays a wider color gamut, but it costs slightly more. See our review
  • HP X24ih: The HP X24ih is a great gaming monitor with a 24 inch screen and a really fast response time, but it's over $200, and it has worse ergonomics than the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx. See our review
  • ASUS VG248QG: The ASUS VG248QG is an impressive gaming monitor, thanks to its exceptional motion handling. However, it has a TN panel with worse viewing angles than the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx. See our review
  • Samsung Odyssey G3 S24AG30: The Samsung Odyssey G3 S24AG30 is a good low-cost gaming monitor with higher contrast than the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx, so it's better for dark room gaming, but it also has much worse motion handling. See our review
  • AOC CQ27G2: The AOC CQ27G2 is great for gaming, and it has a 1440p resolution if you prefer. However, it costs more than the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx and has worse motion handling, so it's not worth getting. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Mar 15, 2022: Replaced the MSI Optix G272 with the AOC 24G2 because the MSI is harder to find and over $200 and renamed category to 'Cheaper Alternative'; updated Notable Mentions based on availability.

  2. Jan 14, 2022: Replaced the Dell S2721DGF with the MSI Optix G272 and renamed it to 'Large Alternative' because the Dell is too expensive; replaced the HP X24ih with the Dell S2421H because it's cheaper, and renamed the ASUS VG246H to 'Alternative With Better Ergonomics'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  3. Nov 09, 2021: Added the ASUS VG246H as a cheaper alternative to the HP X24ih. Refreshed the text throughout.

  4. Sep 10, 2021: Replaced the Lepow Z1 Gamut with the Z1 because of low availability; removed the Dell S2721D as 'Best 1440p' because it's too costly, and added the HP X24ih as 'Best Office'; added the MSI Optix G272 and Acer Nitro RG241Y to Notable Mentions.

  5. Jul 13, 2021: Moved the Dell S2721HGF to 'Dark Room Alternative' for consistency; added the Lepow Z1 Gamut; updated Notable Mentions based off market availability.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors under $200. 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 reviews of monitors 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.