Looking for the best gaming monitor under 200 dollars, 200 euros or 200 pounds? We have collected the best monitors, including IPS, VA and TN panel type monitors that fall within that price range and selected the best of the best. We collect a huge amount of monitors and filter them based on specifications and user reviews, which tells us about a very important factor when choosing one: reliability. These monitors are perfect choices for budget-oriented people who just want to get the best monitor for PC or console that cost below 200.
Please note however, that these are estimated prices. All the monitors on the list below were found at $200 or less at Amazon.com when we checked and added them to the list. The list is updated as of October 2016.
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Now the second-most asked specification is screen size. Anything 23 inches and above should be sufficient enough for gaming, and for $200, you can get a nice 27-inch monitor right now, although not 144Hz refresh rate or 1440p resolution in any size yet. We have also included a recommended 21-inch monitor for those of you looking for smaller displays. You will have to live with 60Hz 1080p at this price, but this is fine for a lot of people who just want a new monitor once and for all. You can also get an UltraWide monitor at this range, giving you a resolution no other than 2560×1080. This means that the aspect ratio is 21:9 instead of the traditional widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio.
After you have decided a size, you have to think about panel types, and their advantages and disadvantages. Every panel type have their own set of them, so keep that in mind.
In short, if you want low input lag for fast-paced games like CS:GO or League of Legends, choose a TN panel-based monitor and if you want overall good picture quality and great viewing angles, choose an IPS monitor. VA panels are more rare, and they are sort of in-between, although they are subject to severe ghosting effects and those annoying vertical blocks with different colors.
We have tried to include some different panel types for each screen size and it ultimately comes down to what you are going to use the monitor for that decides the best pick for you. Have a look at the linked article above if you haven’t already, as it may aid you in deciding which kind of monitor you want. If you are going to buy a monitor for your XBOX One or PS4, then you don’t need to consider refresh rate as you wont get over 60FPS anyways, so only screen size and panel type should be your major concerns.
Best 21-inch monitor
This section features the best monitors between 21-inches and 22-inches as of November 2015. For most people, this would be insufficient for PC gaming, but it works out pretty well for others. We have chosen to only include an IPS monitor in this category, and you will find a display no other than the price winning Acer H226HQL bid as the IPS monitor pick. It’s an 21.5-inch IPS monitor with thin bezels that allows you to use the monitor in a multi-display setup. It’s also 60Hz, which makes this or the larger models very suitable picks for a console gaming monitor. Current generation consoles will not push more than 60FPS, so you will not benefit from a 144Hz monitor for console gaming.
Furthermore, the H226HQL has integrated speakers, DVI, HDMI and VGA connectors. It has a response time of 5 ms and a maximum resolution of 1920×1080.
There will be no TN monitor for this category, since there’s no pick that outmatches this monitor, and as a competitive gamer, you wouldn’t want a 21.5-inch monitor anyways.
Best 24-inch monitor
This category features both a TN and an IPS monitor. The best 24-inch IPS monitor under 200 is the Acer H236HL bid, which is the 24-inch version of the Acer H226HQL bid. It has the same specifications, just a larger screen. This monitor is perfect if you want to combine three 1080p monitors side-by-side because of the extremely narrow bezel. This monitor is a top candidate for the best budget gaming monitor as of 2015.
You can see a video of LinusTechTips doing a review of the monitor in the video below.
BenQ GL2460HM is the TN monitor on this list and this is more oriented at gamers who want a quick response time. It has been rated as an excellent gaming monitor based on the massive amounts of reviews it has gotten since it was first released and is one of the best 60Hz PC monitors. It offers a 1920×1080 resolution and an impressive 2ms GTG response time. It includes VGA, DVI and HDMI connectors and flicker-free technology to prevent you from getting eyestrain for staring at the monitor for too long.
It has VESA mounting options, which basically means that you can mount if on a wall if you wish to, and it features some (although poor) 1W stereo speakers. It’s not like you are going to use them anyways except on very rare occasions perhaps so it doesn’t really matter.
Best 25-inch monitor
A decent amount of people request the more rare 25-inch screen size on a monitor, so we have included some picks for these people. Nobody should feel being left out, so we’ve chosen the best 25-inch monitors for under 200, but we must admit, there wasn’t as many options as the other size categories. This section features some great monitors, though.
The best 25-inch IPS monitor for under 200 is the HP Pavilion 25xw. It’s a very beautiful and sleek design by HP, which can clearly be seen in the image below.
It has a very luxury and modern style to it, which fill fit great in modern homes. What’s even better is that it also has a narrow bezel, which makes it a great candidate for a multi-screen setup if you wish so. It offers a 1920×1080 resolution on a 25-inch screen and a 7ms response time, which is a fair spec given it is an IPS monitor. As far as connectivity goes, it has one VGA and two HDMI connectors with HDCP support. It also has tilt and swivel adjustment options, so that you can get the best viewing position.
The other monitor on this category is not a widescreen monitor like the others. The LG 25UM57is a 25-inch UltraWide monitor, meaning that it has an aspect ratio of 21:9 instead of the ordinary 16:9 (widescreen) aspect ratio. UltraWide monitors have extra space to the left and right, so this monitor has a resolution of 2560×1080, giving it an extra 320 pixels to the left and right, totaling 640 additional pixels. These UltraWide monitors have gained a lot of attention lately and are gaining more and more popularity every day. This particular monitor from LG has an IPS panel and a 5ms GTG response time, which isn’t bad. It covers over 99% of the sRGB gamut, but it only has two HDMI ports and nothing else (besides audio port).
Best 27-inch monitor
This section has three candidates, one for each major panel type (TN, IPS, VA). The IPS monitor in this category is the HP Pavilion 27xw, which is the larger model of the HP Pavilion 25xw. Spec-wise, they are exactly alike and they even cost the same.
For under 200, you can get a VA monitor, which some people like very much. The best VA monitor under 200 is the BenQ GW2760HS. This monitor offers an amazing 3000:1 contrast ratio, which is very high. The 27-inch monitor features a 1920×1080 resolution, 4ms GTG response time and integrated speakers. It also has all the additional special features that the other 24-inch BenQ had, such as flicker-free technology. This monitor has VGA, DVI and HDMI connectors and it has support for VESA mounting options. BenQ states on their website that this monitor has a very slim bezel, which could be a game-changer for some people.
The best 27-inch TN monitor is the BenQ GL2760H. This has a lightning fast 2ms GTG response time and an overall low input lag. This is a budget gaming monitor that can be used by competitive players in games where refresh rate doesn’t play a major role, unlike CS:GO, Quake Live and Call of Duty: 4.