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 76 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. This 25 inch monitor delivers a great overall gaming experience. It has a limited 75Hz refresh rate, but still delivers exceptionally smooth motion with very little blur. It also supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, which is great for a tear-free gaming experience, and it has excellent low input lag.
This monitor doesn't deliver the best picture quality, but still looks good for most uses. It has a mediocre contrast ratio, but it gets decently bright and has good reflection handling, so it's a good fit for a bright room.
Unfortunately, in dark scenes, especially, there is some overshoot which causes haloing around moving objects; this may be distracting. Overall, though, although it isn't as versatile as some more expensive monitors, this remains a great gaming monitor that should please most casual gamers.
If you want a slightly more versatile gaming monitor than the Acer XF251Q, check out the Dell P2417H. This 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.
This monitor has excellent low input lag, good for all but the most competitive gamers. Like the Acer, this monitor is limited to a 1080p resolution, which may disappoint some people as it isn't that great for multitasking. It isn't quite as bright as the Acer, but still looks good in most rooms.
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 60Hz refresh rate and lack of variable refresh rate. Overall, though, it's 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 Dell P2417H. There is almost no significant difference between the two other than the size, which is great. Like the larger Dell, this is a good gaming monitor, with great response time and excellent low input lag. Some gamers may be disappointed by the 1080p resolution and 60Hz 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 gaming monitor under $200 that we've tested so far is the HP 27F. It's 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's completely flicker-free and supports FreeSync so that you have a tear-free gaming experience. However, serious gamers might find the maximum 75Hz refresh rate too limiting.
Unfortunately, the monitor doesn't look as good in a dark room, due to the mediocre contrast ratio. This monitor also has a fixed stand, which isn't great, and it can't be VESA mounted either. Overall, it's 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. This is a 27-inch VA panel monitor that delivers deep blacks in a dark room thanks to the high contrast ratio. It has a faster response time, so motion looks clearer than on the HP. The monitor has a maximum refresh rate of 60Hz and supports Freesync VRR. When FreeSync is enabled, the maximum refresh rate increases to 72Hz, which still might not be enough for the 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.