Whether you only game occasionally or are simply on a budget, you can still get a decent gaming experience for less than $200. The best gaming monitors under $200 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 tested over 130 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 under $200 available in a 27 inch size is the MSI Optix G27C5. It's a fairly well-built option with limited ergonomics, but most gamers should appreciate its very good gaming performance. Its 1080p resolution may be too limiting if you also use it for work, but it isn't too taxing on your graphics card.
It has a high 165Hz refresh rate with FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. Its response time at its max refresh rate is good, and it's still fairly quick at 60Hz, but you may notice some motion blur at this refresh rate. It has a Black Frame Insertion feature, but sadly, it doesn't flicker below 120Hz. Input lag is incredibly low and stays low with VRR enabled, which is great. It's a great choice for dark-room gaming because of its VA panel and great contrast ratio, so blacks appear as they should. It also has outstanding gray uniformity, so solid colors across the screen look great, but this may vary between units.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, but that's expected from a VA panel, and it doesn't support HDR. However, it's also a good choice for use in fairly bright rooms as it has decent peak brightness and good reflection handling, but it's best to avoid placing it opposite a window. Overall, thanks to its fast response time and low input lag, this is the best gaming monitor under $200 with a 27 inch screen that we've tested.
The best gaming monitor under $200 available with a 24 inch screen that we've tested is the LG 27GL600F. It provides very good gaming performance with incredible motion handling, and it has enough features to please most gamers. However, it doesn't offer much in terms of ergonomics, so it may be difficult to place in an ideal viewing position.
It has a native 144Hz refresh rate that you can't overclock. Thanks to its TN panel, it has a remarkable response time at its max refresh rate that's equally as good even when gaming at 60Hz. Input lag is incredibly low, it has FreeSync support, G-SYNC compatibility, and you can add virtual crosshairs on the screen for FPS games. It has a flicker-free backlight for those long gaming sessions, and you can introduce flicker to improve the appearance of motion, and it flickers between 120Hz and 144Hz. Lastly, it gets bright enough to combat glare in well-lit rooms and has great reflection handling.
Unfortunately, its TN panel doesn't result in the best picture quality. It has a low contrast ratio and terrible black uniformity that makes blacks appear blueish/gray when viewed in the dark. It also has narrow viewing angles, so you only get the most accurate image when viewing from directly in front. Regardless of these small issues, this is one of the best gaming monitors under $200 that we've tested.
If you prefer a monitor with better ergonomics, then check out the ASUS VG245H. It has a lower max refresh rate than the LG 24GL600F, 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 LG in terms of gaming. Motion handling is superb as it has an extremely quick response, and the input lag is low. Sadly, the picture quality isn't the best, as it also has narrow viewing angles, a low contrast ratio, and there are uniformity issues.
Overall, the best gaming monitor under $200 we've tested is the LG, but if you prefer something with a stand with better ergonomics, check out the ASUS.
The best gaming monitor under $200 that you can also use for work or other uses is the HP 27F. This well-rounded model offers decent gaming performance that should please casual gamers. The 1080p resolution may be too limiting if you also plan on using it for productivity, but it's still good enough for most uses.
It has incredibly low input lag that is equally as low even when gaming with VRR enabled, which is great. It has a 75Hz refresh rate, which may not be enough for competitive gamers, but the FreeSync support is a nice addition for casual gamers to a monitor in this price range. Its response time at 75Hz is decent, and it's a bit slower at 60Hz, so you may notice some motion blur. It has wide viewing angles, ideal for co-op gaming, and if you want to game in a bright room, it has great reflection handling and decent peak brightness.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have a Black Frame Insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion. It doesn't support HDR and also has a low contrast ratio, but that's expected from an IPS panel. All things considered, this is one of the best gaming monitors under $200 that we've tested.
If you want something with an even higher resolution, then check out the Lenovo Q27q-10. It has a slower response time than the HP 27F, so you may notice even more motion blur. However, the 1440p resolution delivers clear text and is great for productivity. In terms of gaming, it performs very similarly to the HP, as it has a 75Hz refresh rate, FreeSync support, low input lag, but the main difference is that it's also G-SYNC compatible with NVIDIA graphics cards. It also has built-in speakers, so you don't have to buy an external setup if you don't want to. Sadly, it's also not suggested for dark-room gaming as it has a low contrast ratio, but it has decent peak brightness and great reflection if you want to use it in a well-lit room.
If you want the best gaming under $200 in terms of versatility, check out the HP, but if you want a 1440p model, look into the Lenovo.
11/23/2020: Removed the Acer XF251Q, Dell P2417H, Dell P2217H, and AOC CQ27G1; added the MSI Optix G27C5, LG 24GL600F, HP 27F, and Lenovo Q27q-10.
09/24/2020: Replaced HP 27F with AOC CQ27G1.
07/22/2020: Removed the Samsung CF398 as a 27 inch alternative; added the ASUS VG245H as an alternative to the Acer.
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 our reviews of monitors 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.