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 53 monitors and below you'll find our picks for the best gaming monitors under $200 that are available for purchase in 2018. If your budget is a bit more flexible, see our recommendations for the best gaming monitors under $300.
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 like the Acer XF251Q, but want something even cheaper, check out the ASUS VG245H. The VG245H offers similar great gaming performance to the Acer XF251Q, but it has a slightly smaller screen, and the model we tested had worse black uniformity, but this can vary between units, and neither monitor looks good in a dark room. Both feature the same 75 Hz refresh rate and limited 1080p resolution, and both have the exact same connectivity.
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 a 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.
If you want a cheap gaming monitor, but can't stand screen tearing, check out the LG 24MP59G. This 24", 1080p monitor has decent overall gaming performance, and it even supports AMD FreeSync, great for PC, or even Xbox One gaming. It delivers decent picture quality, with wide viewing angles and great gray uniformity.
The 24MP59G has great motion handling. It has a good response time, but there is a bit more blur than on more expensive models. It has some great additional gaming features, including the ability to add a virtual cross-hair for FPS games that don't have one. It can also add backlight flicker to help improve motion clarity, and it has great low input lag.
Unfortunately, the LG 24MP59G isn't the most versatile monitor. It has a fixed stand that can't be adjusted beyond the tilt, and it doesn't look good in a dark room. Overall, it is a decent monitor that should please budget shoppers.
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.