Whether you only game occasionally or are simply on a budget, you can still get a decent gaming experience for less than $200. Monitors this size typically don't offer super-fast refresh rates or high-resolution screens, but 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 and virtual on-screen displays.
We've reviewed over 80 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, the best budget monitors, and the best G-SYNC monitors.
The Acer XF251Q is the best gaming monitor under $200 that we've tested so far. Acer doesn't sacrifice much in their attempt to keep the price down. It's a good gaming monitor that has a fast response time and low input lag thanks to the TN panel. It also has a 75Hz refresh rate and FreeSync support that will no doubt please casual and hardcore gamers alike.
Unfortunately, there are some downsides, such as bad viewing angles, poor color accuracy out of the box, and a basic 1080p resolution. If you game in a bright room, you should know that it has decent peak brightness and handles reflections very well.
Overall, if you're looking for a good gaming monitor while staying within a tight budget, this is a great choice.
The Dell P2417H is a decent monitor if you need something more versatile than the Acer XF251Q, and is one of the best gaming monitors under $200. The 60Hz refresh rate and lack of variable refresh rate support may be disappointing for gamers, but Dell does get a lot of things right to make this an all-purpose monitor. Viewing angles are great on this IPS panel, along with impressive color accuracy and gray uniformity. Unfortunately, we can't say the same about black uniformity, as there's a significant amount of backlight bleeding.
As with most of their Professional Series monitors, Dell didn't skimp on the ergonomics: the stand is sturdy and allows for all manner of adjustments as well as being VESA mountable. The 1080p resolution is a bit of a letdown, but overall, it's a decent monitor for any office.
If you're cramped for space, the Dell P2217H is a very similar, but smaller, alternative to the Dell P2417H. It performs almost identically to the larger model, with almost identical picture quality, but the unit we tested has slightly worse black uniformity.
Although the Dell P2417H is the most versatile gaming monitor under $200 that we've tested so far, if you have limited space, the Dell P2217H is a nearly identical monitor.
The best gaming monitor under $200 available in a 27 inch size that we've tested so far is the HP 27F. It's a decent 27 inch monitor with good gaming performance. It isn't a very advanced gaming monitor, but it's an okay choice for casual gaming, or for turn-based games that don't need an extremely fast response time. Despite the budget price, though, it supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.
This monitor has wide viewing angles, much better than the Acer XF251Q, so it's a good choice for co-op gaming. It has excellent gray uniformity and great gradients. It doesn't look as good in a dark room, but it has decent peak brightness and great reflection handling, so glare in a bright room shouldn't be an issue.
Overall, although it isn't the most versatile monitor, this is a good 27" gaming monitor that should please most casual gamers.
If you like gaming in a dark room, a VA monitor like the Samsung CF398 will be a better choice than the HP 27F. It has a much better contrast ratio than the HP, so blacks look black in a dark room, not gray. Although both monitors support FreeSync, Samsung's implementation extends to recent NVIDIA graphics cards as well with a maximum refresh rate of 72Hz. Unfortunately, ergonomics don't fare much better here, with only tilt adjustment and VESA mount support available. If you do need to use this monitor in a bright room, it doesn't get quite as bright as the HP, but it's decent.
Overall, although the HP is the best gaming monitor under $200 that we've tested so far in the 27 inch size, if you like to play in a dark room, the Samsung will be a slightly better choice.
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.
11/26/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.