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The 3 Best Monitors Under $200 - Fall 2022 Reviews

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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.

We've bought and tested over 250 monitors, and below you'll find our top picks for the best gaming 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 Monitor Under $200

    The best monitor we've tested under $200 is the HP X24ih. If you're looking for a monitor in this price range, it's best to go for something smaller with a 24-inch screen size as they tend to cost less, and that's the case with this monitor. Whether you need it for gaming or office use, it's a very good choice, and despite its lower 1080p resolution, the text clarity is still decent. If you want to use it in a well-lit room, it gets bright enough to fight glare and has good reflection handling. It's well-built with okay ergonomics. However, it doesn't offer swivel adjustment. If that's what you want, the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx has better ergonomics, but it costs more than $200.

    In terms of gaming performance, it has a 144Hz refresh rate that's ideal if you're just getting into PC gaming. Its motion handling is incredible, with minimal blur, and it has low input lag for a responsive feel. Although you don't get the same features as higher-end monitors, it still has a frame rate counter and a virtual crosshair that your system won't detect to give you a competitive edge while gaming.

    See our review

  2. Best 27-Inch Monitor Under $200

    If you want something bigger, the LG 27GL650F-B is a good alternative with a 27-inch screen size. It isn't as good as the HP for office use, and as it has the same 1080p resolution as the HP X24ih, it has a slightly lower pixel density, but the image clarity is still decent, and you get to see more of your game at once. It also has a 144Hz refresh rate, and while its motion handling is worse than the HP, it's still excellent, especially with high-refresh-rate games. There's a newer model available with even better motion handling, the LG 27GN650-B. However, it doesn't get as bright, so you have to choose whether you want a quicker response time or higher brightness.

    Unlike the HP, the 27GL650F-B actually supports HDR, which is rare for a model in this price range. However, it doesn't add much because it has low HDR peak brightness and a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray in the dark and highlights don't pop. Still, if you want to use it in SDR, like for productivity use, its out-of-the-box accuracy is great, and it displays a wide range of colors.

    See our review

  3. Best Portable Monitor Under $200

    While the above monitors are standard desktop monitors, you can also find portable monitors for under $200. These 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. If that's what you're interested in, consider the Lepow Z1. Although the 1080p resolution may not seem appealing, the smaller 15-inch screen provides higher pixel density, meaning that text looks sharp and legible, which is great if you need an extra screen for on-the-go work.

    It has a folio case to protect the screen that doubles as a stand. One of its USB-C inputs supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, meaning you can display an image from a compatible device. Unfortunately, it doesn't offer good picture quality and can't display a wide color gamut, even in SDR, meaning it doesn't display a wide range of colors. There's a higher-end monitor that does, the Lepow Z1 Gamut, but it costs more.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ASUS VG246H: The ASUS VG246H is a good alternative to the HP X24ih if you don't need something for gaming, as it has a lower refresh rate, and it's great for the office. However, the HP still gets brighter and is better overall. See our review
  • Samsung Odyssey G3 S24AG30: The Samsung Odyssey G3 S24AG30 is a cheap 24-inch gaming monitor like the HP X24ih, and it's a better choice for dark room gaming. However, it has worse motion handling, so the HP is still better overall. See our review
  • ASUS VG248QG: The ASUS VG248QG is an impressive gaming monitor with exceptional motion handling. It's slightly cheaper than the HP X24ih, but as it has a TN panel, it has a worse viewing angle, so the image looks washed out as soon as you move off-angle. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Sep 23, 2022: Replaced the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx with the HP X24ih because it's cheaper; updated Notable Mentions based on change and market availability.

  2. May 27, 2022: Removed the AOC 24G2 because the Acer Nitro XF243Y is better overall; put the LG 27GL650F-B as the 'Best 27 Inch Monitor'; moved the Dell S2421H to Notable Mentions.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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.

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