Best Monitors Under $200

Best Monitors Under $200

Whether you require an immersive gaming machine, a sleek and simple display for the central home computer, or just an extension to your small laptop screen, there is no reason to pay exorbitant mounds of cash for a reliable PC monitor that can meet your needs. When the technology was new, buying cheap translated into poor quality;  however, as computer technology progresses, it also becomes more accessible. As PC monitor technology gets more sophisticated, tech companies are able to pack better specifications into more compact and more cost-effective displays. With modern diverse customers having a wide variety of needs, the market for computer monitors is highly saturated with a spectrum of quality options. Consumers can stay under the $200 range and still expect many options for a satisfying, high-resolution experience.

Here are eleven of the best PC monitors to choose from under $200.

Features

  • Stunning from every angle
  • Adjustable Workspace
  • Integrated connectivity and audio
  • 3-sided micro-edge Design
  • IPS panel technology

Overall rating: 4.2 out of  5 

The HP VH240a is touted by its manufacturer as being incomparably adjustable with its very flexible stand options. The machine features mechanisms to adjust height and tilt and, possibly the most interesting capability, it can be converted into a portrait position. That flexibility makes this HP a wonderfully versatile option for creative people. These features are not at all easy to find in lower cost selections of computer monitors. The screen is 24”, 1080p resolution, and IPS equipped which translates to bright illumination and color balance. The device is also unique in its price zone due to premium features which include a wide viewing angle, almost frameless design, integrated audio and aluminum construction. It is far from the optimal gaming machine, but HP is a highly respected brand and this feature-packed first entry might be the very best option on this list for general yet highly adaptive and varied use.

Features

  • 24″ Class LED Monitor (24″ Viewable) Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, 144hz Response Rate
  • AMD FreeSync technology provides the smoothest gaming experience. Height adjust amount- 5.1 inches. Pixel Pitch (H) (V)- 0.276
  • Brightness – 350 cd/m2, Dynamic Contrast Ratio – 80,000,000:1, Response Time – 1ms

Overall rating: 4.0 out of  5 

This AOC monitor is a great value for what it offers in 2018. the display boasts a 24-inch screen, 1080p resolution, and 144Hz refresh rate.  that last part is particularly important to Gamers as, with a respectable graphics card, this display will provide a more than competent, high-resolution gaming experience. This machine, by a fairly unknown brand, supports the increasingly popular Freesync program allowing for flexibility in frame rate. Freesync is a technology developed by AMD and thus makes gaming at high resolution amazingly smooth. The monitor has a lightning fast response time and excellent color reproduction; furthermore, this pick is an excellent choice for casual PC users as well as the monitor doesn’t require a particularly impressive machine to run well.

Features

  • multimedia and productivity applications
  • Rapid 1ms response time reduces deviations in transition time to deliver high-quality moving images bringing immersive graphics to your movies and games
  • With VGA, DVI & HDMI inputs so you can easily power and extend the enjoyment from your smartphone or tablet on Full HD display

Overall rating: 4.3 out of  5 

This Acer monitor was one of the first PC displays to operate on a 144Hz refresh rate on a price point under $200. Comparable to the AOC, this Acer the 24-inch screen with a 1080p resolution. This particular Acer model is a wonderfully effective choice for the casual PC user; the combination of high resolution and quickness makes browsing, streaming, and photo viewing a joy. However, dedicated gamers may find one undesirable feature in this monitors lack of support of dynamic refresh rates. That means that games with a lower rate of frames per second may produce a phenomenon on the screen called tearing which is undesirable however infrequent. Mechanics such as Freesync may be in high demand, however, the blinding speed, 1ms response time and 3d compatibility all add up to a deliciously capable gaming machine for the right player.  All of that considered, the Acer is still an extremely competitive monitor at a more than reasonable price point.

Features

  • NO IMAGE TEARING: AMD FreeSync technology enables smooth frame rates to aid you in battle
  • COMFORTABLE GAMING: Flicker-Free technology and Blue Light Filter for all-day comfort
  • GAME ON: An arsenal of pre-set customizable visual modes keeps you ready for any FPS, RTS, or MOBA games

Overall rating: 4.3 out of  5 

Contrary to the previous Acer model, this ViewSonic is a product marketed toward gamers because it explicitly supports AMD Freesync.  This means that if your gaming PC runs an AMD graphics card this monitor can adjust its refresh rate to accommodate that of the video game and eliminate the possibility screen tearing. The monitor boasts a 24” screen, 1080p resolution and 75Hz refresh rate. The ViewSonic monitor features and impressive grayscale detail and black stabilization function to maintain a rich contrast in dark images or videos. While this monitor is heavily marketed toward the gaming community, its an option well suited to anyone looking for an affordable and versatile display. The biggest caveat to this model is its aesthetic design which is not overly attractive. Constructed out of glossy plastic and precariously propped upon its flimsy stand, the ViewSonic is a budget machine that looks the part. If you can look past those superficial aspects there is significant value in this display.

Features

  • 23.6″ LCD panel LED backlight (1920 x 1080 full HD)
  • 144Hz refresh rate – Display without after image.
  • 1ms response time helps eliminate screen tearing and choppy frame rates
  • Wide view angle – 178° visible.
  • Adaptive sync – keep screen tearing away from your monitor.

Overall rating: 4.1 out of  5 

The MSI Optix monitor is one of the most affordable curved display models. It ships with the very familiar 24”, 1080p, 144Hz refresh rate specifications; however, it packs those ever desirable features into the very popular, if often reserved for the upper-end models, curved screen. This display is possibly the most immersive display at this price point and, luckily for gamers, utilizes Adaptive Sync, a technology which functions in the same way as Freesync in the previous entry. The long and short of this inclusion is that the main option setting this piece of equipment apart from others on this list is purely stylistic: its luxurious, IMAX-like bend. That makes this a matter of preference; in either case, the question which begs to be asked is this: in 24 inches, does the curve make any difference?

Features

  • Low Blue Light Technology filters out harmful blue light, effectively diminishing eye fatigue and irritation
  • ZeroFlicker technology virtually eliminates flicker at all brightness levels for minimized eye strain and improved eye comfort during long hours of use
  • Ultra High Contrast Ratio: spectacular 12M:1 dynamic contrast ratio – for clear, defined on-screen content

Overall rating: 4.3 out of  5 

Immediately, this monitor by BenQ stands out amongst the previous entries on this list due to its impressive 27-inch display size. At $150, that size makes this monitor one of the most affordable 27-inch displays available on the market. That big display comes with the full 1080p we’ve come to expect and features all of the desirable ports. Uniquely, this budget-friendly monitor is distinctly not targeted at serious gamers as its maximum refresh rate is a mere 60Hz, which for browsing, streaming video, photo editing, and most anything else you could need to do aside from complex and high fidelity gaming is more than competent. No video will ever play at more than 48 frames per second; higher refresh rates are exclusively needed to maintain fluidity in detailed video games. So, while the build is probably not the most durable and the design not the slickest and most attractive, this large screen is very competent at a very reasonable cost.

Features

  • Contemporary sleek metallic design
  • Slim bezel with thin chassis
  • 2 x HDMI Ports (convertible to DVI)
  • VESA wall mount ready. HDMI Input Signal Support – 1920 x 1080 @ 75Hz, 1080/60p, 1080/60i, 720p, 480p, 480i, Built-in Speakers – 2 x 2W 8 Ohm

Overall rating: 4.3 out of  5 

If your needs necessitate a really conservative budget for PC monitors, then, this Sceptre model is most likely the best choice. It is the only monitor on this list to come in under $100 and it is one of the only 24” displays at that price point to feature 1080p resolution. The Sceptre refreshes at 75Hz and disappoints with a 5ms response time. What that means is that this option is all but completely out of the question for even slightly devoted video game players.  However, this relatively unknown monitor is a streamlined, slick and metallic piece of design that offers very acceptable grayscale performance and vibrant well-saturated colors in high resolution. The Sceptre is a cost-effective display that will get the job done in style.

Features

  • 21:9 UltraWide IPS Display
  • sRGB over 99%
  • PIP mode in Screen Split
  • Game Mode.Black Stabilizer. Compatibility-Windows 10
  • Without Stand W*H*D 24″x 2.2″ x 11.3″. With Stand (WxHxD)-24 x 7.4 x 15.1 inches

Overall rating: 4.1 out of  5 

The um58 by LG is an ultra-wide display at 25 inches with a  resolution of 2560 x 1080. It is technically the only ultrawide monitor on this list, and, ultimately, provides the most space for your buck. For gamers, there is a dynamic frame rate tech on-board, however, it only refreshes around 70Hz per second. While one of the models main marketing points is an internal split screen mechanism to best utilize the ultrawide resolution, this device is probably best recommended as an artists monitor. The 99% ideal color reproduction accuracy makes this screen perfect for photographers or graphic designers who absolutely need incredibly accurate colors in their display. In fact, the system features an entire color mode menu with which informed users can tinker. Additionally, when it comes to value, the aesthetic design and build of this machine are reminiscent of a more higher end model as its primary construction material is aluminum. That design coupled with the beautiful screen and low profile makes this entry wonderful for the casual PC user and especially artists.

Features

  • 23.8″ Full HD IPS Widescreen with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Response Time: 4ms, Refresh Rate: 60Hz, Pixel Pitch: 0.2745mm. 178 Degree Wide Viewing Angle, Display Colors: 16.7M
  • The zero-frame design provides maximum visibility of the screen from edge-to-edge.
  • Signal Inputs: 1 X HDMI, 1 x DVI (w/HDCP) & 1 x VGA. Does not support HDCP 2.2, the version this monitor supports is HDCP 1.4

Overall rating: 4.4 out of  5 

Well, there really is something on this list for everybody: this model has a currently in-demand zero bezel design. That means that the image flows right to the edge of the display much in the same way that the newest iPhone models do. Along with that typically higher price point option, this model boasts a beautiful 24in, IPS capable 1080p resolution screen with stunning color accuracy and grayscale detail. With a response time of 4ms and a refresh rate of 60Hz, this entry may not be most ideal for competitive gamers, but it is a decent budget model and more than effective as the finishing piece to a casual household PC. This is the model for minimalist and stylish people who are looking to furnish their desk with an attractive design at a price which doesn’t gouge the wallet.

Features

  • LED Monitor 23.6 inch with 1920×1080 resolution and Quick response time of 2ms (GTG) eliminates ghosting and tracers for more fluid video playback
  • 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio dynamically enhances the display’s contrast to delivering lifelike images. Viewing Angle (CR≧10) -170°(H)/160°(V)
  • Exclusive Splendid Video Intelligence Technology automatically optimize image quality with intelligent color, brightness, contrast and sharpness

Overall rating: 4.2 out of  5 

This Asus is the ideal monitor for budget gamers looking to develop an inexpensive multi-monitor display cave. Though it is not the most capable gaming device on the market, the VN247H-P is very competitive and, with its 9mm thick bezel, is practically designed to be set up beside another for almost seamless wide display orientation. It is 24” wide with 1080p resolution and IPS illumination. Its acceptable 5ms response time and 75Hz refresh rate complete the package of an enviable mid-range gaming screen. Perhaps the most exciting and rare feature for all of the thrifty gamers out there is the speaker system build into this monitor. All specifications combine in this case to form a monitor ideal for economic, multi-display gaming. Asus might be the reigning kings of producing inexpensive and yet well-executed computer monitors and this piece certainly lives up to that title.

Features

  • Dell 27″ Full HD 1920 X 1080 Monitor
  • 1 Year Advanced Exchange Service and 1 Year Limited Hardware Warranty
  • Simple, stylish design with the thin glossy bezels, matte screen and sturdy base for a clean, sleek look
  • Enjoy easy compatibility with both legacy and currentPCs via VGA and HDMI connectivity.

Overall rating: 4.2 out of  5 

The last entry on this list also happens to be the second entry to feature a screen size of 27” which, again, is very impressive for the price tag. This is the business computer display; the perfect addition to the home office. Such are the timeless but sophisticated and elegant design cues of dell, who, if nothing else, are reliable and presentable. The 1080p resolution is gorgeously lit by the IPS panel and, while the color accuracy is not as impressive as others on this list, the contrast and grayscale are lovely. The maximum refresh rate of 75Hz and response time of 5ms don’t quite place this model at the best value in gaming accessories; however, its wide field and Freesync capabilities make it quite serviceable.  At the end of the day, the dell provides the consistent and executive style of a highly capable home office desktop monitor perfectly suited for pouring over excel spreadsheets or the most colorful powerpoint business presentations.

Conclusion

The time when the budget-friendly end of the consumer Market of PC monitors was populated with lackluster machines of dismal quality has most assuredly passed. The market is saturated now with the economic jewels of accessible and powerful tech partly because advancements allow for the cheaper production and more compact construction of more advanced components. In a world filled with so many opulent 1440p machines, 4k monitors, and ultrawide, ultra-curved displays at over $1000, it’s comforting to know that there are high-quality options available at a low cost.

 

For general performance and versatility, the HP is the most respectable and reliable choice as it offers decent specs to gamers, stunning consistency to the casual user and unheard of in this cost bracket flexibility for artists, all packaged inside elegant and visually pleasing, well-constructed hardware from an old and reputable manufacturer. However, every entry on this list is an example of how casual and dedicated users alike can very comfortably shell out less than $200 and return home with a satisfying and competent monitor.  I hope that at least one of the computer displays on this list satisfied all of your criteria for the perfect purchase.

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