Whether you only game occasionally or are simply on a budget, you can still get a decent gaming experience for less than $200. They typically won't offer super fast refresh rates or high-resolution screens, but as prices come down, budget monitors are more feature-packed than ever before. Many budget monitors now even support newer gaming technologies like variable refresh rates and virtual on-screen displays.
We've reviewed 60 monitors and below you'll find our picks for the best gaming monitors under $200 that are available for purchase in 2019. If your budget is a bit more flexible, see our recommendations for the best gaming monitors under $300, the best budget gaming monitors and the best G-Sync monitors.
The Acer XF251Q is the best gaming monitor under $200 that we have reviewed so far. It is a great 25" gaming monitor. It has a great stand that can be easily placed in the perfect viewing position, or it can be VESA mounted for a great multi-monitor setup.
The Acer XF251Q has great motion handling. It has an excellent response time with very little blur, and it supports AMD FreeSync, great for Xbox One owners or PC gamers with an AMD graphics card. It has excellent low input lag and a 75 Hz refresh rate that is good for casual gamers, but may disappoint more serious gamers. It has a pair of HDMI inputs and a VGA port, but no DisplayPort or DVI.
Unfortunately, it only produces mediocre picture quality, as it doesn't look good in a dark room and the image degrades when viewed at an angle. Overall, though, it is a decent monitor that should please most budget-conscious gamers.
If you want something a bit more versatile than the Acer XF251Q, check out the Dell P2417H. It is a very good gaming monitor with wide viewing angles and a great stand. Overall, it produces decent picture quality; it has great gray uniformity and very good accuracy out of the box.
The Dell P2417H has excellent low input lag, good for all but the most competitive gamers. It is limited to a 1080p resolution, which may disappoint some people, as it isn't that great for multitasking.
Unfortunately, it has only decent motion handling. It has a great response time, so motion looks clear with only a slight blur trail, but some gamers may be disappointed by the 60 Hz refresh rate and lack of variable refresh rate. Overall, though, it is a decent monitor that should please most budget shoppers.
If you're really cramped for space, the Dell P2217H is a good smaller alternative to the P2417H. There is almost no significant difference between the two other than the size, which is great. Like the P2417H, the P2217H is a good gaming monitor, with great response time and excellent low input lag. Some gamers may be disappointed by the 1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate, but for casual gaming, it should please most people. It doesn't compromise on connectivity, either; it has the same connections as the larger model.
The best 27-inch monitor under $200 that we' tested so far is the HP 27f. It is an IPS monitor with decent overall picture quality and a basic 1080p resolution. The image remains accurate when viewed from the side, which makes it a great option for co-op gaming sessions. Also, it can get bright enough and you should have no issues if you plan to use it in a bright room.
Moving content looks crisp due to the fast response time and it feels very responsive due to the low input lag. It is completely flicker-free and supports FreeSync so that you have a tear-free gaming experience. However, serious gamers might find the maximum 75 Hz refresh rate too limiting.
On the downside, dark room performance is hurt by the monitor's mediocre contrast ratio. The HP 27f will trouble you with its bad ergonomics, and you can't VESA mount it to improve things. Overall, it is a good entry-level gaming monitor for the price and size.
If you like the HP 27f, but want better dark room performance, then get the Samsung CF398. The Samsung is a 27-inch VA panel monitor that delivers deep blacks in a dark room thanks to the high native contrast ratio. It has a faster response time and motion looks crisper than on the 27f. The monitor has a maximum refresh rate of 60 Hz and supports Freesync VRR. When FreeSync is enabled, the maximum refresh rate increases to 72 Hz, which might still not be enough for most serious gamers.
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 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.