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 110 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 we've tested so far is the Acer XF251Q. It's a decent overall monitor and it has great gaming performance too. It's a bit over $200 now, but for its price, this is still a great choice if you're on a tight budget.
This monitor has a TN panel with outstanding motion handling. There's overshoot in the darker transitions, but it performs well with brighter transitions. It has a native 75Hz refresh rate, the input lag is low, and it has FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing. Despite being a budget-friendly monitor, it has built-in speakers, so you don't have to worry about getting an external setup if you don't want to. You can also add three different types of crosshairs on the screen for FPS games.
Sadly, the picture quality on this monitor isn't good. It has a low resolution, poor out-of-the-box color accuracy, a mediocre contrast ratio, and narrow viewing angles. However, its black uniformity isn't bad, especially for a TN panel, and it's good to use in moderately-lit rooms as it gets fairly bright and has good reflection handling. All in all, you're getting great gaming performance for a low cost with this one.
If you prefer a monitor with better ergonomics, then check out the ASUS VG245H. It has worse uniformity than the Acer XF251Q, but its stand allows for a wide range of adjustments, so you can place it in the position you want. It has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you don't have to worry about getting it calibrated. It also has a TN panel, a 75Hz refresh rate, and FreeSync support, and it performs very similarly to the Acer in terms of gaming. Motion handling is superb and there's less overshoot, and the input lag is low. Sadly, the picture quality isn't the best on this monitor, as it has even worse viewing angles, a low contrast ratio, and it has uniformity issues.
Overall, the best gaming monitor under $200 we've tested is the Acer, but if you prefer a monitor with a stand with better ergonomics, check out the ASUS.
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.
It has a low input lag, very good motion handling, and great out-of-the-box color accuracy. 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 good choice for console gaming after a long day of working at home.
Unfortunately, as it's a monitor with an IPS panel, the contrast ratio is low, so blacks look gray when viewed in the dark. Luckily, that means it has wide viewing angles, great for sharing your screen with others. While it might not be as good as the Acer, its versatility makes this one of the best gaming monitors under $200 that you can find.
If you like having a versatile gaming monitor but you're cramped for space, the Dell P2217H is a very similar, but smaller, alternative to the Dell P2417H. It performs almost identically to its big brother, with almost identical picture quality, but the unit we tested has slightly worse black uniformity, but this could vary from unit to unit. Its small size means will allow you to place it comfortably in a smaller gaming setup, which is good for those living in a smaller apartment or a dorm room. However, the smaller screen with a 1080p resolution means it has a higher pixel density, which helps with text.
Although the P2417H is the most versatile gaming monitor that we've tested so far, if you have limited space, the P2217H is a good smaller alternative.
The best gaming monitor under $200 with a 27 inch screen is the HP 27F. It's a decent overall monitor with an IPS panel that's a good choice for gaming but should please most type of people with any other use.
This monitor has a native 75Hz refresh rate, but it only works at 1080p. At non-native resolutions, it has a max refresh rate of 60Hz, but most graphics cards can upscale content, so this shouldn't be a problem for most people. It supports FreeSync VRR to reduce screen tearing, but it doesn't work with newer NVIDIA graphics cards since it doesn't have a DisplayPort input. The input lag is low and it has a decent response time. The viewing angles are wide, so it's a good choice for co-op gaming and the out-of-the-box color accuracy is impressive.
Unfortunately, it has a mediocre contrast ratio and black uniformity, which is expected from an IPS panel. However, it can get fairly bright and has great reflection handling, so you shouldn't have any issues placing it in moderately-lit rooms. Overall, this is the best gaming under $200 available in a 27 inch size that we've tested so far.
07/22/2020: Removed the Samsung CF398 as a 27 inch alternative; added the ASUS VG245H as an alternative to the Acer.
05/22/2020: Minor text and structure changes, updated notable mentions.
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.