Whether you only game occasionally or are simply on a budget, you can still get a decent gaming experience for less than $200. The best gaming monitors under 200 dollars typically don't offer super-fast refresh rates or high-resolution screens. As prices come down, budget monitors have become more feature-packed than ever before. Many budget monitors now even support newer gaming technologies like variable refresh rates (VRR) and virtual on-screen displays.
Note: Some of the picks are just slightly over $200. Our picks are ones that we think are worth paying just a bit more based on their gaming performance, and you can likely find them on sale for under $200.
We've tested over 190 monitors, and below you'll find our picks for the best gaming monitors under $200 that are available for purchase. If your budget is a bit more flexible, see our recommendations for the best budget gaming monitors, the best budget monitors, and the best G-SYNC monitors.
The best gaming monitor under $200 with a 24 inch screen that we've tested is the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx. It's an excellent IPS panel monitor with a simple 1080p resolution. It has a flat screen with wide viewing angles, and it comes with a stand that allows for all manner of adjustments, meaning you can get a comfortable viewing position. It handles reflections well and gets bright enough to combat glare in most lighting conditions.
It has a 144Hz refresh rate, and you can overclock it up to 165Hz to make motion appear smoother and for greater responsiveness. It has an exceptional response time at its max refresh rate and 60Hz, which results in clear images with little blur trail behind fast-moving objects. Also, it has both native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. It has a black frame insertion feature that can help improve motion clarity, but it isn't usable simultaneously with VRR.
Unfortunately, even though it supports HDR, it can't display a wide color gamut, doesn't get very bright in HDR, which we somewhat expect of a budget monitor. Also, it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray when viewed in the dark. On the upside, it has built-in speakers, and in addition to having a flicker-free backlight, it has a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain. Overall, while it isn't the most feature-rich, it's an excellent gaming monitor that should please most gamers shopping on a tight budget.
If you want to save a bit of money, check out the AOC 24G2. It doesn't support HDR like the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx, but the Acer doesn't deliver a good HDR experience anyways. It has a 144Hz refresh rate with native FreeSync support, and even though it's not certified by NVIDIA, G-SYNC still works over a DisplayPort connection. Input lag is really low, and it has an exceptionally quick response time for a responsive gaming experience. It has a few extra features like crosshairs and gamma control, but there aren't any speakers or USB ports. It has a low contrast ratio too, but we expect this from an IPS panel.
If you want the best gaming monitor under 200 dollars that's available in a 24 inch size, check out the Acer. However, if you don't need HDR support and want to save them money, you can't go wrong with the AOC either.
The best gaming monitor under $200 in a 27 inch size is the Dell S2721HGF. Its large curved screen provides an immersive gaming experience, and while its 1080p resolution isn't the sharpest, it puts a lighter load on the graphics card so that you can get higher frame rates. It's impressively well-built, but it doesn't offer much in terms of ergonomics as you can only adjust the height and tilt. It sports a VA panel with a high contrast ratio, making it a good choice for dark rooms.
It has a 144Hz refresh rate and excellent response time, resulting in clear images with only a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects. However, the response time is much slower at 60Hz, so it isn't ideal for 60fps console gaming. It supports FreeSync natively and is certified as G-SYNC compatible. Despite having a VA panel, its viewing angles are adequate, but they still may not be good enough if you need to use the screen for co-op gaming.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR and is pretty light on extra features. You can add a frame rate counter or timer to the screen or use its dark stabilizer feature to make objects more visible in dark areas. There's also a display alignment feature that helps you align the displays in a multi-monitor setup. Overall, it's not the most feature-rich monitor, but it should please most people shopping on a tight budget nonetheless.
If you need something for co-op gaming or if you sit close to the screen, look into the MSI Optix MAG273R. You won't get the same high contrast ratio as the Dell S2721HGF because it uses a different panel type, but the wide viewing angles mean that you get an accurate image no matter where you sit. Motion looks smooth if you're gaming at its max refresh rate of 144Hz, and you won't get any of the black smear seen on VA panels like the Dell. However, the MSI's response time at 60Hz is slower, so you may notice some motion blur. Also, it has limited ergonomics as you can't swivel the stand. Still, it has native FreeSync support and low input lag, providing a great overall gaming experience.
If you want the best 27 inch gaming monitor in this price range, you should be happy with the Dell, but if viewing angles are important to you, go for the MSI.
Jul 13, 2021: Replaced the LG 24GL600F with the AOC 24G2 because it has wider viewing angles; added the MSI Optix MAG273R; added the ASUS VG249Q1A, MSI G272, LG 32GN59T-B, and ASUS VG246H to Notable Mentions.
May 14, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. Replaced HP X24ih with LG 24GL600F due to price increase.
Mar 16, 2021: Minor text and structure changes. Added HP X24iH as 'Cheaper Alternative' to the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx. Replaced Acer VG271 with Dell S2721HGF and removed MSI Optix G27C5 as it's no longer applicable. Removed LG 32GN50T-B due to low availability.
Jan 22, 2021: Removed ASUS VG245H, HP 27f, and Lenovo Q27q-10. Added Acer Nitro XF243Y, Acer Nitro VG271, and LG 32GN50T-B. Moved LG 24GL600F to notable mentions.
Nov 23, 2020: Removed the Acer XF251Q, Dell P2417H, Dell P2217H, and AOC CQ27G1; added the MSI Optix G27C5, LG 24GL600F, HP 27F, and Lenovo Q27q-10.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best gaming 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 to 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.