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. It's a great gaming monitor, with excellent low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. It also has an extremely fast response time, resulting in clear motion, with very little blur behind fast-moving objects. There is noticeable ghosting in some scenes though, as there's significant overshoot in some transitions.
It has decent peak brightness and good reflection handling, so you shouldn't have any issues in a bright room. The XF251Q also has good gray uniformity and very good gradients.
Unfortunately, the XF251Q isn't the most versatile monitor, as the image degrades at an angle, and it doesn't look as good in a dark room.
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 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 27 inch gaming monitor under $200 that we've tested so far is the HP 27F. It's a decent 27" 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.
The 27F 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 the HP 27F isn't the most versatile monitor, it's a good 27" gaming monitor that should please most casual gamers.
If you like gaming in a dark room, the Samsung CF398 might be a better choice for gaming. It has a much better contrast ratio than the HP 27F, so blacks look black in a dark room, not gray. This monitor isn't quite as bright as the HP, but it has a slightly faster response time. Unlike the HP, this monitor supports FreeSync even when connected to a recent NVIDIA graphics card.
Overall, although the HP 27F 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 CF398 might 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.