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2018’s Best Gaming Monitors Under 200 

Nowadays, almost everybody plays video games. This fast-paced day and age, while full of great conveniences we didn’t have a decade ago, also brings with it the added stresses of higher workloads, shorter deadlines, difficult commute routes, and overall less disposable energy for our hobbies and interests. However, thanks to advances in mobile, miniaturized computing technology, video games are available to suit any gaming preference or budget, from available mobile games to cheaper consoles and gaming rigs.  Whether you’re a hard-core gamer invested in the latest AAA titles, first-person shooters, or competitive online multiplayer games, or a casual player looking to kill a few hours a day in between work or study, then gaming has something of value for you. 

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No matter what your needs are – whether you’re a die-hard for smooth PC gaming, a console-enthusiast, or a graphics buff that’s a mix of both – you’d probably consider buying a dedicated gaming monitor on which you can play your favorite games without having to settle for a smaller screen. For competitive and professional gamers, a monitor that’s built specifically for gaming will provide a plethora of features you otherwise wouldn’t have with a typical consumer monitor.  In addition to the advantages it’ll add to your game, everyone from hobbyists, enthusiasts, and casual video gamers can get a lot of great benefits and value from a gaming monitor that caters to their needs. 

Gamers, hardcore and casual alike, have a ton of options available to them if they’re in the market for the best gaming monitors this 2018. However, no two gaming monitors are precisely alike. Gaming monitors come with different specs, different shapes, different sizes, and built materials, and with all the options available to the average gamer, it’s a little bit overwhelming to try and figure out which gaming monitor is the best for you. 

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We’ve come up with this list of 2018’s best gaming monitors under $200 for gamers who want that premium feel that comes with a built-for-gaming monitor without having to break the bank (or rob one). Our list includes the best gaming monitors under $200 that come with the latest 2018 tech from trusted brands. Featuring the best budget gaming monitors that 2018 has to offer, we’re confident that if you’re in the market for the best gaming monitor in this price range, you’ll find what you’re looking for right here. 

What to Consider 

Now, gaming monitors come with a wide range of features and technical specifications that cater to a wide range of gaming needs. While you’re not going to be getting anything with 4K ultra HD resolution at incredibly-fast refresh rates for under $200, this list of the best monitors for gaming under $200 will still have incredible value. But to guarantee that you’re getting the best gaming monitor that your money can buy, take a look at what we recommend. 

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  • Resolution 

Resolution is one of the critical factors to consider when purchasing a gaming monitor in any price range, as it determines the level of clarity and detail you can get from your screen. But if you’re looking for the best gaming monitor under $200, the resolutions you need to know about are HD and FHD. HD Resolution refers to the standard 720p format (1280 x 720), which is not what you want to be looking for in a gaming monitor. While higher-end and more expensive options such as UHD and 4K are raising the bar for gamers everywhere, FHD or Full HD resolution in 1080p (1920 x 1080) is still considered an excellent resolution that will satisfy just about anyone’s gaming needs. 

  • Size 

Size refers to the diagonal size of your gaming monitor’s display. When choosing what size monitor you want, consider where you want to place it, whether you have space for it, and just how portable do you want it to be. At this price range for the best budget gaming monitor of 2018, you shouldn’t expect a monitor that’s more than the standard 24 inches. However, because we like to exceed your expectations, we have included in this list the best 27-inch gaming monitor under $200. 

  • Panel 

LCD Gaming Monitors which are the norm in computing displays come with a display panel where all your graphics – your colors, your lights, your pictures – are visually outputted. The most common display panels in monitors today are IPS, VA, and TN. TN (Twisted Nematic) is the oldest of the technologies listed, and while TN panels offer superior refresh rates and response times, they provide sub-optimal color accuracy and contrast ratios. IPS (In-Plane Switching) panels were developed to correct the TN panel’s disadvantages, resulting in better colors, contrast ratios, viewing angles, and overall image quality, at the cost of lower refresh rates and higher response times. VA (Vertical Alignment) panels, on the other hand, are considered the compromise panel, providing a reliable medium between the TN’s refresh rates and response times and the IPS’ better colors and image quality. If you’re wondering what refresh rates and response times are, read what’s up next on our list of things to consider when buying the best gaming monitor under $200. 

  • Refresh Rate 

Refresh rate (Hz) refers to the number of times the monitor changes the picture in a second. 60 Hz refresh rates provide a 60 frames-per-second framerate, which is enough for most gamers, whereas for competitive players and graphics buffs, you should opt for higher 120Hz or 144Hz monitors for the added clarity and detail. 

  • Response Time 

Response time refers to the time it takes a pixel on the screen to change from black to white or vice versa, and usually ranges between 1ms and 5ms for gaming monitors under $200. While low response times are better than high ones, we don’t recommend basing your decision on response time. That is unless you’re a competitive gamer who would benefit the most from the low-response-time advantage. 

  • VRR Technology 

VRR, short for variable refresh rate, refers to whether or not your monitor can synchronize its refresh rate with the power of your computer’s graphics processor, a feature that eliminates screen tearing and ensures smoother images. In this list of the best gaming monitors under $200, VRR refers to whether or not a gaming monitor is compatible with the most popular VRR technologies, namely Nvidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync.     

Now that you’re up to scruff with the best things to consider when buying a gaming monitor under 200 dollars take a look at our choice of the best gaming monitors at this price range.  

 

Our Top Picks for 2018’s Best Gaming Monitors Under 200 

 

LG 24MP59G-P 

2018’s Best Gaming Monitor Under $200 

 

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This year’s number one and overall best gaming monitor under $200 is none other than the LG 24MP59G-P.  When evaluated against all the other contenders for the top spot in this list of 2018’s best gaming monitors under $200, the LG 24MP59G-P outperforms the competition – and it has a pretty attractive price tag, too. 

 

The Best Pros: Unparalleled value, excellent image quality, and motion blur reduction technology 

The Worst Cons: Non-height adjustable, VESA mount incompatible 

 

The LG24MP59G-P delivers a lot of value for its price tag. With its sleek design, great display, and thin bezels, this gaming monitor isn’t just great for gaming, but perfect for watching movies or doing work, too. 

 

Picture Quality 

The LG 24MP59G-P is built with a 24-inch IPS panel and offers Full HD resolution at 1920 x 1080 pixels. For a 24-inch display, 1080p hits the sweet spot in pixel density for both screen space and picture quality. With IPS technology, the LG24MP59G-P boasts an extremely wide 178° viewing angle, giving you picture-perfect image quality even you view the screen at extreme angles. The LG24MP59G-P supports 8-bit color depth and 99% sRGB range or gamut, so you won’t have to miss out on vibrant, color-accurate images in your video games. 

 

Performance 

For gamers, the LG 24MP59G-P has high-enough performance specs to satisfy even the pickiest of players. Programmed with AMD FreeSync, the LG 24MP59G-P works with variable refresh rate technology with compatible video cards (sorry, Nvidia users). The monitor itself has a 75 Hz refresh rate, but with AMD FreeSync can synchronize with your computer at 40-75 Hz when connected via HDMI or DisplayPort. 

 

Features 

While its 5ms response time isn’t all that attractive, the LG 24MP59G-P makes up for the slack with built-in 1ms motion blur reduction technology that can get rid of artifacts typical of higher response times using strobe backlights. With the 1ms MBR, the LG 24MP59G-P’s response time becomes closer to 1ms, making this monitor a top-tier pick even for the most competitive gamers on a budget. 

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For gamers, the LG 24MP59G-P offers even more functionality. The built-in Black Stabilizer improves lighting and visibility, especially in dark-themed games by modifying gamma curvature on the monitor. Additionally, FPS gamers have the option to place a custom crosshair on their screen to increase precision and customization and overall have more fun. The LG24MP59G-P also comes Dynamic Action Sync, which reduces input lag for an intensely enjoyable, fast-paced gaming session. 

 Connectivity on the LG 24MP59G-P is top-notch, featuring an HDMI port, a DisplayPort, and a VGA port. However, one of the drawbacks to this monitor is the lack of adjustment options and the absence of a VESA mount. If you want to adjust the LG 24MP59G-P, you’ll be a little disappointed to know that this model is tilt-only – no swivel or height adjustments. But with all the other features at this price range, the lack of a mount or adjustments is negligible.  

 

Verdict 

The LG 24MP59G-P bags first place and overall best in our list of 2018’s best gaming monitor under $200. Delivering high value and outstanding performance for its price range, the LG 24MP59G-P deserves the top spot, and we can’t recommend it enough. If you’re in the market for the best budget gaming monitor, you’re in great hands with the LG 24MP59G-P. 

 

Specifications: 

 Resolution: 1920 x 1080 FHD 

Panel Size: 24” IPS 

Refresh Rate: 75 Hz 

Response Time: 5ms (1ms with MBR) 

VRR Technology: AMD FreeSync 

 

AOC G2460PF 

The Best 144Hz Gaming Monitor Under $200 

 

For competitive gamers, you can’t go lower than 144 Hz refresh rate on a 1ms response time. But if you think you have to break the bank to get specs this good, then we’re proud to prove you wrong. The AOC G2460PF is intended for competitive gameplay, and bags the title of 2018’s best 144Hz gaming monitor under $200.  

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The Best Pros: 144 Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time at this price range is an incredible value 

The Worst Cons: Narrow viewing angles and poor colors and contrast ratios. 

 The AOC G2460PF delivers the best value for competitive gamers who need higher refresh rates and lower response times to stay on top of the competition. Fluid game-play and smooth graphics packed into a budget gaming monitor make the AOC G2460PF the best 144hz gaming monitor under $200 of 2018. 

 

Picture Quality 

While it does have great features for the competitive gamer, the AOC G2460PF comes with a TN panel and all of the drawbacks you can expect from it. The AOC G2460PF has a narrow viewing angle that distorts the color display when being viewed at different angles, and the colors and contrast ratio leaves a lot for wanting. However, with the AOC’s 24-inch TN Panel, you get a much faster native response time of 1ms and a 144Hz refresh rate – which is rare to see in this price range. The AOC G2460PF offers Full HD resolution at 1920 x 1080, and with the 24-inch display, you’ll have lots of screen real estate at Full HD resolution. 

 

Performance 

At 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, the AOC G2460PF is the monitor to beat regarding sheer gaming performance. Competitive gamers at any price range look for at least 144 Hz refresh rate, and the AOC G2460PF delivers. And for even better graphics and seamless gameplay, the AOC G2460PF comes fully AMD FreeSync compatible, so as long as you’re running an AMD FreeSync-ready GPU on your computer, you’ll be able to enjoy variable refresh rates from 35 to 144 Hz over the DisplayPort, and 35-120 Hz on the HDMI. With the high refresh rate, low response time, and FreeSync VRR, you’ll be able to enjoy fast-paced, action-packed gaming without fear of screen tearing so you won’t miss a thing. 

 

Features 

The AOC G2460PF is feature-packed with an additional Shadow Control feature, activatable via the on-screen display menu. Shadow Control improves visibility in darker-themed games. The AOC G2460PF also comes with excellent picture presets designed for different gaming genres – including first-person shooters, real-time strategy games, and racing games – as well as two customizable profiles to tailor your display to your preferences.  

 Connectivity on the AOC G2460PF is excellent and versatile, with a VGA port, a DVI port, and HDMI port with MHL support, a DisplayPort, quad-USB hub, and built-in speakers. The monitor also comes with built-in full ergonomic support so that you can tilt, pivot, swivel, and adjust the height of the AOC G2460PF with ease. The monitor also comes with VESA mounting capability, so you can put it on your desk or mount it on the wall to save space or add aesthetic. 

 

Verdict 

Competitive gamers with a budget, look no further because we’ve found for you the best 144hz gaming monitor under $200. The AOC G2460PF delivers the best gaming performance across any other gaming monitor in this price range. With 144hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, get ready to dominate the field with the AOC G2460PF.    

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Specifications: 

 Resolution: 1920 x 1080 FHD 

Panel Size: 24” TN 

Refresh Rate:144Hz 

Response Time: 1ms 

VRR Technology: AMD FreeSync 

 

Acer ED242QR 

The Best 144Hz Curved Gaming Monitor Under $200 

Competitive gamers looking at this list may have looked at the AOC GG2460PF and not be impressed by the value. If you didn’t like the poor colors and contrasts on the AOC, or if you thought it was too simple, too straightforward, then the Acer ED242QR is the answer. With a curved screen, a 144Hz refresh rate, and a below $200 price tag, the Acer ED242QR is nothing short of really, really cool. 

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 The Best Pros: Curved 144 Hz in this price range is a ludicrously good deal 

The Worst Cons: No VESA mount, display artifacts in fast-paced games 

The Acer ED242QR makes it to our list for the sheer premium of a 144Hz in a curved gaming monitor, all for under $200. With the Acer ED242QR, you can get great immersion added to your gaming experience all thanks to the 1800R curvature. 

 

Picture Quality 

The Acer ED242QR comes with a VA panel, that may not deliver best-in-class colors or performance, but offers the best of both worlds when compared to traditional TN panels or IPS panels. The Acer ED242QR doesn’t have the super wide viewing angles you would get from an IPS, but not nearly as narrow as you would get from a TN. The contrast ratios on the Acer ED242QR are amazing – featuring darker blacks and brighter whites – thanks to its VA panel, and the shift in color accuracy when compared with an IPS are negligible, but outstanding when compared with a TN. The Acer ED242QR comes with a 24″ display that offers Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. We’ve mentioned before with the LG and the AOC that 24″ FHD screens offer an excellent ratio of screen space and pixel density, so you get a relatively large screen without sacrificing image quality. 

 

Performance 

While it shares the same refresh rate as the competitive-gamer-centric AOC G2460PF, the Acer ED242QR only has a 4ms response time, which means despite the higher refresh rates, users might see ghosting and other artifacts when playing high-intensity, fast-paced video games. While the average gamer and even some competitive gamers who subscribe to gaming genres other than fast-paced first-person shooters will enjoy the premium of a 24″ curved gaming monitor, we don’t recommend the Acer ED242QR if you’re primary interest is competitive gaming. While the difference in response rate is rather minimal, we understand that, in competitive gaming, you take every edge you can get. 

 The Acer ED242QR also comes AMD FreeSync-ready, so if you’re running Radeon under the hood (or any FreeSync compatible GPUs), you’ll be able to enjoy tear-free gaming with a variable refresh rate of 48-144Hz.  

If you’re not that into competitive gaming, however, and you think curved gaming monitors are super cool (which they are) then the 144Hz curved ED242QR is a premium that you can afford. 

 

Features 

The Acer ED242QR comes with its visibility-increasing functionality, this time under the name “Black Boost” which improves lighting and visibility in dark-themed games or areas of games. 

 The Acer ED242QR comes with an HDMI port, a DisplayPort, and a DVI-D port. It’s not VESA mount compatible, which is a bit of let-down, but the ergonomics of the monitor are acceptable with -­5­­° to 20° tilting. 

 

Verdict 

Unless you’re a hardcore gamer who needs call for something a lot faster than a 4ms response rate, the Acer ED242QR is one the best gaming monitor under $200. With 144Hz refresh, the Acer ED242QR’s curved screen is a pure premium, and you can get this gaming monitor for under $200. 

 

Specifications: 

 Resolution: 1920 x 1080 FHD 

Panel Size: Curved 24” VA 

Refresh Rate: 144Hz 

Response Time: 4ms 

VRR Technology: AMD FreeSync 

 

Acer H226HQL 

The Best 21-inch Gaming Monitor Under $200 

If 24 inches for a screen is way too big for you, then the Acer H226HQL is your best bet. Save on desk space without compromising performance with the Acer H226HQL – our pick for the 2018’s Best 21-inch Gaming Monitor under $200. 

 

The Best Pros: Outstanding performance, stylish design, and excellent image quality 

The Worst Cons: No VRR, Most people find 21 inches too small for gaming 

 

The Acer H226HQL is sleek and stylish, with a super thin bezel for almost frameless viewing. At a 60Hz refresh rate and 5ms response time, you probably won’t be winning any world championships for fast-paced, competitive gaming, but if you’re not interested in that and more interested in desk real estate, the 21.5-inch Acer H226HQL is for you. 

 

Picture Quality 

The Acer H226HQL compromises nothing regarding picture quality. With a 1080p (1920×1080) Full HD IPS panel, the Acer H226HQL delivers an excellent color-accurate picture that can be viewed accurately at up to 178° viewing angles for both vertical and horizontal viewing. The IPS technology in this gaming monitor ensures excellent contrast ratios and overall excellent imaging. The built-in Acer Adaptive Contrast Management system boasts 100,000,000:1 dynamic contrast, meaning the brightest whites and darkest blacks you’re going to get without resorting to a super-expensive OLED monitor.  

 

Performance 

Gaming-wise, the Acer H226HQL doesn’t outperform anything, but it doesn’t lag behind the competition either. For a 21.5-inch gaming monitor, the Acer H226HQL offers a 60Hz refresh rate, so you’ll still be able to hit high standards with 60FPS gaming with this monitor. With a 5ms response rate, you might have trouble with visual artifacts and ghosting, but if you’re not into fast-paced gaming, you won’t even notice the relatively high response time. 

 

One of the significant downsides of the Acer H226HQL is the lack of VRR technology, so even if you had a G-Sync ready or FreeSync ready GPU, this monitor wouldn’t be able to make use of that technology. 

 

Features 

Apart from the excellent functionality of the Acer Adaptive Contrast Management system (accessible via the on-screen display menu), the Acer H226HQL doesn’t offer a lot regarding gamer-centric features. For connectivity, the Acer H226HQL boasts a VGA, DVI, and HDMI port. 

 

Verdict 

If you’re in the market for a 21-inch gaming monitor under $200 and aren’t interested in fancy refresh rates or VRR, then there’s no reason not to get the Acer H226HQL with its top-tier image quality and contrast ratios. The Acer H226HQL delivers on a lot of gaming needs – be it desk space or vibrant colors – and deserves its spot on our list for the best 21-inch gaming monitor under $200. 

 

Specifications: 

 

Resolution: 1920 x 1080 FHD 

Panel Size: 21.5” IPS 

Refresh Rate: 60Hz 

Response Time: 5ms 

VRR Technology: N/A 

 

Acer ED273 

The Best 27-inch Gaming Monitor Under $200 

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 The Acer  H226HQL mentioned above was an excellent pick for people who want a smaller monitor. On the other hand, if you want an absolute monster of a gaming monitor under $200, then look further than the Acer ED273. Oh, and before I forget – it’s curved.  

 

The Best Pros: Larger curved screen for gamers who want to go big on a budget 

The Worst Cons: Pixel density may leave you wanting 

 While we don’t really believe that 27 inches and 1080 FHD go super well together, there’s no denying that a big 27″ curved screen offers way more in terms of function and access – not to mention aesthetically. The model listed here comes with a 75Hz refresh rate, but if you’re willing to go a little over budget for the higher refresh rate, the 144Hz version of this beautiful piece of hardware is available for a little over $250. 

 

Picture Quality 

With the 1080p resolution on a 27-inch screen, users may encounter issues with readability and smudgy text. You’re going to have to sacrifice a little bit of clarity if you’re planning on getting the Acer ED273, but with its VA panel and semi-wide viewing angles, the ED273 delivers a great, color-correct picture that smoothens out especially with the propriety virtual resolution features from either Nvidia or AMD. 

 

Performance 

With a 75Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time, you’ll be able to play most games on the Acer ED273 without a hitch. Built with AMD FreeSync technology, the Acer ED273 performs even better and eliminates screen-tearing and graphical artifacts if you use it on a machine with FAMD FreeSync compatible graphics processing. With AMD FreeSync, you’ll be able to experience variable refresh rates from 48Hz to 75Hz.  

 

Features 

Ergonomics could be better as the Acer ED273 features no VESA mount compatibility and tilt-only adjustment. Connectivity is at-par with competitors with the Acer ED273 featuring an HDMI port, a VGA port, and a DVI-D port, in addition to built-in 3W integrated speakers. 

 

Verdict 

Just like the ED242QR, the curved screen on the Acer ED273 is a pure premium. Large-set but easy on the eyes, the Acer ED273 is an excellent purchase if you want a bigger gaming monitor at budget prices. The Acer ED273 has earned its place in this list of the best gaming monitors under $200.  

 

Specifications: 

 

Resolution: 1920 x 1080 FHD 

Panel Size: Curved 27” VA 

Refresh Rate: 75Hz 

Response Time: 4ms 

VRR Technology: AMD FreeSync 

 

LG 25UM58 

The Best Ultrawide Gaming Monitor Under $200 

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Ultrawide monitors offer a distinct experience at 21:9 aspect ratios. Maybe in past days, ultrawide monitors were a luxury that you could only afford if you robbed a bank, but today the LG25UM58-P ultrawide gaming monitor joins our list of the best gaming monitors under $200.  

 The Best Pros: The Ultrawide cinematic (21:9) experience for $200 

The Worst Cons: Ultrawide takes some getting used to, and it’s not for everyone 

 

Picture Quality 

At 2560×1080 Ultrawide resolution on a 25″ display, the LG 25UM58 is the highest resolution you can get at this price range. The ultrawide LG 25UM58 is a relatively small monitor, which means pixel density on it incredibly saturated. It gives you the best details and clarity, so much screen space, and with its IPS panel, you get better colors, too, with 8-bit color depth and 99% sRGB color range. 

 

Performance 

The LG 25UM58 doesn’t come with AMD FreeSync or any VRR technology. And while that was a minor let-down, the LG25UM58 picks up its slack by being overclockable to 75Hz refresh rate. So, if your favorite titles include 21:9 support, get ready for an entirely new level of immersion. 

 

Features 

Apart from the game-changing ultrawide that not only makes video games that support feel and play so much better, the ultrawide LG 25UM58 also accommodates hard-core multitasking and parallel work on various projects (if gaming isn’t everything). The thin-bezel design is stylish and sleek, and the LG 25UM58 supports VESA mounting. Tiltable to -5°/20°, the LG 25UM58 doesn’t break records in ergonomic function, and it only comes with two HDMI 1.4 ports – which should be enough for the average consumer. 

 

Verdict 

With the LG 25UM58, you get to have the ultrawide experience for under $200. Game-changing ultrawide not just for playtime but also for work is an exceptional value that nets the LG 25UM58 this year’s spot for the best ultrawide gaming monitor under $200. 

 

Specifications: 

 Resolution: 2560 x 1080 (Ultrawide FHD) 

Panel Size: 25” Ultrawide IPS 

Refresh Rate: 60Hz (75Hz OC) 

Response Time: 5ms 

VRR Technology: N/A 

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There you have it for our list of 2018’s Best Gaming Monitors under $200. We hope we were able to help you find out which best budget gaming laptop was best for you. 

 

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