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Best Budget Gaming Monitor – Buyer’s Guide And Monitor Reviews

While looking for a new gaming monitor, you’ve probably come across an unfamiliar brand that offers a display with the same specifications as the one by a more popular manufacturer, but at a lower cost.

Then, you’ve most likely pondered whether the less known alternative is worth the risk and what exactly will you lose by going the cheaper route.

In this guide, you will find the answers to your questions. We’ve compiled a list of all the cheapest gaming monitors that are actually good and have proven an excellent performance.

We also compare these cheap gaming monitors to their counterparts by famous brands, so you’ll know exactly what the advantages and disadvantages are there.

If there isn’t a worthy off-brand monitor available for a specific category, we’ve included the most cost-efficient alternative instead.

The 14 Best Budget Gaming Monitors For 2019

TypeMonitorSizeResolutionPanelRefresh RateVRRG-SYNC 
Best 1080p Gaming MonitorsHP VH240a24”1920x1080IPS60HzNoneN/A
ViewSonic VX3276-MHD32”1920x1080IPS60HzNoneN/A
Best 144Hz Gaming MonitorsSceptre C248B-144RN
(Editor’s Choice)
24”1920x1080VA144HzFreeSyncUnstable
Sceptre E255B-1658A25”1920x1080TN165HzFreeSyncStable
Best 240Hz Gaming MonitorAcer XF250Q
(Editor’s Pick)
25”1920x1080TN240HzFreeSyncCompatible
Best 1440p Gaming MonitorsAOPEN 27ML1U27”2560x1440IPS75HzFreeSyncStable
AOC Q3279VWFD832”2560x1440IPS75HzFreeSyncStable
Best 1440p 144Hz Gaming MonitorsViotek GFT27DB27”2560x1440TN144HzFreeSyncStable
Nixeus EDG27S v2
(Editor’s Pick)
27”2560x1440IPS144HzFreeSyncStable
AOPEN 32HC1QUR32”2560x1440VA144HzFreeSyncStable
Best UltraWide Gaming MonitorsLG 29WK60029”2560x1080IPS75HzFreeSyncStable
Viotek GN34CB34”3440x1440VA100HzFreeSyncStable
Best 4K Gaming MonitorsASUS VP28UQG28”3840x2160TN60HzFreeSyncStable
Samsung U32J59032”3840x2160VA60HzFreeSyncUnstable

In case you’re looking for the best budget monitors that aren’t off-brand, check out our following buying guides:

We will go into details about every monitor listed in the table above as well as about its alternatives. However, if you are unsure what panel type, screen size, resolution, and refresh rate is ideal for you, we recommend having a look at our complete gaming monitor buyer’s guide.

Best 1080p Gaming Monitors

Looking for the best budget 1080p monitor? In this category, you will find cheap monitors for gaming that offer exceptional value for the money as well as a reliable performance and a decent picture quality.

HP VH240a – Best Monitor For Overall Use

About the Monitor

The HP VH240a is the best monitor you can get for around $100. It has an IPS panel for vibrant colors, 1080p for clear and sharp details, built-in speakers, and an ergonomic stand.

If you’re looking for something cheaper, check out the models under the ‘Alternatives’ heading below.

Image Quality

Based on an IPS panel, the HP VH240a delivers rich colors with 8-bit color depth (6-bit + FRC, 16.7 million colors), wide 178-degree viewing angles, and a quick 5ms response time speed.

So, you get significantly better colors than that of similarly priced TN-panel displays as well as wide angles which ensure the perfect image quality no matter the angle you’re looking at the screen.

While the response time speed isn’t as fast as that of TN panels (1ms), there isn’t any trailing of fast-moving objects noticeable on the HP VH240a.

1080p (Full HD, 1920×1080 resolution) is the most widespread resolution and still considered as the standard, and thanks to the pixel-per-inch ratio of ~91 PPI (pixels per inch) it offers on a 24″ screen, the HP VH240a provides vivid details and a decent amount of screen real estate.

Design & Connectivity

Best 24 Inch Monitor

The HP VH240a is one of the rare monitors that offers a fully ergonomic design at this price range. You can elevate the screen up to 100mm, pivot it by 90°, swivel by +/- 180°, tilt by -5°/30° or mount it using the 100x100mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity options include one HDMI port, one VGA (D-Sub) port, a headphones jack, and two integrated speakers.

Alternatives

  • Acer SB220Q – If you’re looking for a smaller and more affordable display, but would still like 1080p and IPS, the Acer SB220Q is the best monitor under $100. Plus, it supports AMD FreeSync up to 75Hz, but it doesn’t have an ergonomic design.
  • LG 24MP59G – The best gaming monitor for $150. It offers AMD FreeSync and a 75Hz refresh rate. It also has DisplayPort and it’s G-SYNC compatible.
  • Sceptre E205W – The cheapest monitor we recommend. It has a TN panel and only 1600×900 resolution, so we suggest you save up at least for the SB220Q unless you’re on a really limited budget and/or need multiple displays.

What We Loved

  • Good value for the price
  • Fully ergonomic design
  • Vibrant colors and crisp image quality

What We Didn’t Like

  • No AMD FreeSync

ViewSonic VX3276 – Best Gaming Monitor For PS4 & Xbox One

About the Monitor

Now, if you want a bigger monitor than the 24″ HP VH240a, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First of all, if you get a larger monitor, for instance, a 27″ display, but keep the 1080p resolution, you get a lower pixel-per-inch ratio i.e. pixel density.

So, in a nutshell, for the price of a cheap 27″ 1080p display, you can get an above-average 24″ 1080p monitor and, therefore, a better image quality due to the higher pixel density as well as a smoother performance and extra features the better panel provides.

Image Quality

When it comes to console gaming, you will be sitting a bit further from the screen, so you won’t be able to distinguish individual pixels as you would from up-close which allows you to take advantage of a bigger screen.

For 1080p consoles, the ViewSonic VX3276-MHD is a great gaming monitor. It’s basically a small TV with the responsiveness of a gaming display; plus, it’s affordable!

The monitor is based on an IPS panel, so you get wide viewing angles, vibrant colors, and a quick response time speed for minimal ghosting. No TV could even come close to the input lag and response time performance of the ViewSonic VX3276 at this price range.

Features

In the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu of the monitor, you will even find some exclusive gaming features including pre-calibrated picture presets for FPS, RTS, and MOBA genres as well as three customizable profiles.

There’s also a feature called Black Stabilization which alters the gamma curvature in order to increase visibility of objects in darker video games.

Design & Connectivity

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The stand is tilt-only, but you can mount the screen on a third-party stand via the 100x100mm VESA mount pattern. Connectivity options include HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, a headphones jack, and two 2W built-in speakers.

What We Loved

  • Affordable
  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only design
  • No AMD FreeSync
  • Low pixel density for PC use

Competitive FPS gamers out there should definitely invest in a 144Hz gaming monitor. Luckily, the prices of these type of displays keep getting lower and lower!

Sceptre C248B-144RN – Cheapest 144Hz Gaming Monitor

About the Monitor

The Sceptre C248B-144RN is the most affordable gaming monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate. What’s more, it has a curved screen with a high contrast ratio and support for AMD FreeSync.

Image Quality

This cheap gaming monitor uses a VA panel with a superior contrast ratio of 3,000:1. Now, the colors won’t be as accurate as they are on IPS panels, but the higher contrast provides deeper and more vivid black shades.

Further, VA panels offer a lot better color quality and viewing angles than TN panels.

While Sceptre specifies a 3ms (GtG) response time speed for the C248B 144Hz gaming monitor, the pixel transition in real use is noticeably worse than the 1ms response time of TN panels or even 4-5ms of IPS panels.

There’s prominent trailing and motion blur in fast-paced games, especially in darker scenes with a lot of dark pixels, but at this price range, it’s acceptable.

However, if you’re a really competitive gamer, you should look for a 144Hz monitor with a TN panel and 1ms response time; you will get a worse image quality, but a lot smoother performance.

In case you prefer having better visuals over topping the scoreboards, the Sceptre C248B-144RN will provide you with both responsive and immersive gaming experience for a ridiculously low price.

Features

The Sceptre C248B supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-144Hz variable refresh rate (VRR) range and LFC (Low Framerate Compensation).

If you have a compatible graphics card, FreeSync will allow the monitor to change its refresh rate dynamically which in turn eliminates screen tearing and stuttering within the 48-144FPS range.

FreeSync isn’t guaranteed to work well with compatible NVIDIA cards. Some Sceptre C248B units work well, others don’t. You should be able to get it to work by using CRU and fiddling with the drivers a bit.

There are also FPS and RTS pre-calibrated gaming presets available.

Design & Connectivity

Best Gaming Monitor Deals

While the stand is tilt-only by -5°/20°, the screen is VESA mountable (75x75mm). The screen curvature is 1800R which isn’t really noticeable on a 24″ screen, but it’s a nice touch. Connectivity options include two HDMI ports, DisplayPort 1.2, and a headphones jack.

144Hz is supported over both DisplayPort and HDMI, so the Sceptre C248B is also the best cheap gaming monitor if you want to get 144Hz on your laptop that only has an HDMI port or if you have an Xbox One X and want to game at 1080p/120Hz. Note that the HDMI1 port is limited to 120Hz whereas the HDMI2 port supports 144Hz.

Alternatives

  • AOC C24G1/MSI MAG241C – Similar 24″ 1080p 144Hz curved gaming monitor with G-SYNC compatibility and Motion Blur Reduction for less ghosting.
  • Acer ED242QR – Essentially the same monitor by Acer. Slightly more expensive, but G-SYNC compatible.
  • Acer XFA240 – A 24″ 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor with a 1ms response time speed (TN panel) and G-SYNC compatibility.

While there are budget off-brand 27″ 1080p 144Hz VA curved gaming monitors available as well, we recommend getting the C24G1 or the MAG241C instead for that amount of money as they offer better image quality and performance.

What We Loved

  • Cheapest 144Hz monitor
  • High contrast ratio and crisp image quality
  • AMD FreeSync
  • 144Hz over HDMI and DP

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only design
  • Moderate ghosting in fast-paced games

Sceptre E255B-1658A – Best Budget Monitor For Competitive Gamers

About the Monitor

Sceptre also offers an exceptional high refresh rate gaming monitor with a TN panel. The Sceptre E255B-1658A is a 24.5″ gaming monitor with 1ms response time, AMD FreeSync, 1080p, and a 165Hz refresh rate.

Image Quality

Since it has a TN panel, the Sceptre E255B offers somewhat washed out colors in comparison to the IPS and VA counterparts as well as narrow 160°/170° viewing angles.

However, it also offers a rapid response time speed for virtually zero ghosting in fast-paced games. If you want the best performance in first-person shooters, this is the best gaming monitor for you under $200.

Features

Just like with the C248B, there are FPS and RTS pre-optimized picture profiles available in the OSD menu. AMD FreeSync is supported up to 165Hz over both DP and HDMI and it works well with compatible NVIDIA cards.

Design & Connectivity

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You can tilt the screen by -3°/15° or mount it using the 75x75mm VESA pattern. Connectivity options include two HDMI ports (one HDMI 2.0 port and one HDMI 1.4 port), DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, and two 2W integrated speakers.

Alternatives

  • AOC G2590FX – A similar monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate, more gaming features, G-SYNC compatibility, and a slightly better picture quality.
  • Acer XFA240 – A 24″ 1080p 144Hz 1ms G-SYNC compatible gaming monitor.
  • LG 24GL600F – A 24″ 1080p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitor with Motion Blur Reduction.

What We Loved

  • Quick response time speed
  • 165Hz
  • AMD FreeSync

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only design
  • Narrow viewing angles and poor color quality

Want the absolute best performance in competitive video games? A 240Hz gaming monitor will ensure you get the most responsive gaming experience possible.

Acer XF250Q – Cheapest 240Hz Gaming Monitor

About the Monitor

There aren’t any 240Hz monitors by Viotek, Sceptre, and similar brands, but luckily, there is no need because Acer offers a very affordable model; Its price is often below $300, which is over $50 less expensive than any other 240Hz display.

Image Quality

The Acer XF250Q Cbmiiprx is the cheapest 240Hz gaming monitor which doesn’t mean it’s not good. Quite the contrary, it’s one of the rare 240Hz FreeSync monitors that’s officially (certified by NVIDIA) G-SYNC compatible.

As far as the image quality is concerned, you get 1080p, a 400-nit peak brightness, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 160°/170° viewing angles, and 8-bit color depth – the same as with any 240Hz model.

Features

The jump to 240Hz from 144Hz is not as noticeable as going to 144Hz from 60Hz, but it’s definitely there. However, to take advantage of the 240Hz refresh rate, make sure you can run video games at such a high frame rate, or at least close to it.

Moving on, the Acer XF250Q offers the Black Boost (gamma curvature) and Aim Point (custom crosshairs) gaming features as well as the advanced gamma and 6-axis hue/saturation color adjustments.

Design & Connectivity

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Another surprising thing about this cheap monitor is the design quality. You can elevate the screen up to 150mm, tilt it by -5°/35°, swivel by +/- 60°, pivot by 90°, and VESA mount it.

At the back of the monitor, you will find HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, and an audio line-in port for the built-in speakers. FreeSync is supported over both DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0.

Alternatives

  • Acer XG248Q – A 24″ 240Hz gaming monitor with G-SYNC compatibility and Motion Blur Reduction that’s also reasonably priced.

What We Loved

  • Unbeatable value for the price
  • G-SYNC compatible
  • 240Hz 1ms
  • Fully ergonomic design

What We Didn’t Like

  • None

If you prefer having better graphics over responsiveness, you should go for 1440p instead of 144Hz given that your PC rig can run video games at such resolution without issues.

AOPEN 27ML1U – Best 1440p Monitor For Overall Use

About the Monitor

A 27″ 1440p monitor will provide you with the perfect pixel-per-inch ratio; you get maximum details and screen space without having to use scaling. Add to that the IPS panel technology for the vibrant colors, wide viewing angles, and quick response, and you get an all-around exceptional monitor for gaming, office use, and everything else.

The AOPEN 27ML1U is the cheapest 27″ 1440p IPS monitor yet it offers excellent image quality, performance, and features. Now, you may not have heard of AOPEN, but they actually used to be a sub-company of Acer. You will also notice that AOPEN monitors use the same naming scheme (AOPEN 27ML1U bmiipx) and OSD/user manual layout as Acer.

Image Quality

As we’ve already established, the AOPEN 27ML1U offers a crystal-clear picture with plenty of screen real estate. Its IPS panel supports 10-bit color depth via dithering (8-bit + FRC) with 100% sRGB gamut. Other panel-related specs include a 350-nit peak brightness, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, a 4ms response time speed, and a 75Hz refresh rate.

Features

AMD FreeSync is supported, but with a rather narrow 48-75Hz VRR range. Using CRU (Custom Resolution Utility), you may be able to extend the range to around 40-75Hz. FreeSync works with compatible NVIDIA cards as well without any issues.

There’s also the motion blur reduction called ‘TVR’ (Turbo Visual Response) which strobes the backlight for better motion handling. Other gaming features include Black Boost and Aim Point.

Design & Connectivity

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The AOPEN 27ML1U has a tilt-only stand, but the screen is VESA mount compatible. Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0 ports, a headphones jack, and two 2W built-in speakers. FreeSync works over both HDMI and DP.

What We Loved

  • Excellent value for the price
  • Vibrant colors and crisp details
  • Plenty of gaming features

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only stand
  • Narrow FreeSync range

AOC Q3279VWFD8 – Affordable 32″ 1440p Gaming Monitor

About the Monitor

If you want a bigger monitor, the AOC Q3279VWFD8 offers exceptional value for the money.

Image Quality

With AOC’s 32″ monitor, you get similar specifications including a 10-bit IPS panel with a 75Hz refresh rate, 1440p resolution, and a bit lower peak brightness of 250-nits.

However, since it’s a bigger monitor, you get a lower pixel density. So, you won’t get as crisp details and as much screen real estate. Basically, you get the same pixel density as you would on a 24″ 1080p monitor, but a lot bigger screen.

Features

The AOC Q3279VWFD8 doesn’t offer as many gaming features as the AOPEN though. You will find pre-calibrated picture presets (FPS, RTS, Racing, three custom modes), AOC Shadow Control (quick gamma adjustments), AOC Game Control (saturation), and four overdrive profiles.

AMD FreeSync works well with NVIDIA cards, just make sure you have the latest NVIDIA drivers.

Design & Connectivity

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At the back of the monitor, you will find DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, and DVI connectors (one of each) as well as a headphones jack. FreeSync works over both HDMI and DP with a 48-75Hz range. The stand is tilt-only and not VESA mount compatible.

What We Loved

  • Great value for the money
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Vibrant colors

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only stand
  • Not VESA mount compatible
  • Narrow FreeSync range

Want a gaming monitor that offers both 1440p and 144Hz, but don’t want to spend a fortune on it? Don’t worry, the following displays offer an amazing gaming experience at a reasonable price.

Viotek GFT27DB – Cheapest 1440p 144Hz 1ms Gaming Monitor

About the Monitor

Viotek offers the cheapest 1440p 144Hz gaming monitors including the Viotek GFT27DB with a TN panel and the Viotek GN27DB (and GN27DW) with a curved VA panel.

The Viotek GFT27DB offers a rapid 1ms response time speed for competitive gamers while the VA models offer a higher contrast ratio and better colors for those who prefer better visuals.

Image Quality

The TN panel used in the GFT27DB is exceptional as Viotek managed to increase its color gamut to 115% sRGB.

So, you get a bit better colors than that of a standard TN display, but still not as good as that of VA and IPS panels.

You also get the narrow 160°/170° viewing angles which isn’t an issue as long as you’re sitting directly in front of the screen.

Features

The Viotek GFT27DB supports AMD FreeSync with LFC and it works well with NVIDIA cards. You will also find customizable crosshair overlays and FPS/RTS picture presets in the OSD menu.

Design & Connectivity

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Connectivity options are abundant and include three HDMI ports (one HDMI 2.0 port and two HDMI 1.4 ports), DisplayPort, a headphones jack, and dual 2W built-in speakers. The stand can only be tilted, but you can mount the screen via the 75x75mm VESA pattern.

Alternatives

  • Dell S2719DGF – A 27″ 1440p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitor by Dell with a premium design quality (full ergonomic support) and a 155Hz overclockable refresh rate.
  • Viotek GN27D – A curved 27″ 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor with a VA panel. It offers better image quality but has more ghosting.

What We Loved

  • Good value for the price
  • Plenty of gaming features including FreeSync
  • Quick response time speed

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only design

Nixeus EDG27S v2 – Best Gaming Monitor Under $400

About the Monitor

As an IPS panel display, the Nixeus EDG27S v2 offers the perfect balance between Viotek’s GFT27D TN-panel model and the GN27D VA-panel models, but at a bit higher price. You get vibrant colors and a quick response time speed as well as wide viewing angles.

Image Quality

The Nixeus EDG27S v2 is an exceptional gaming monitor for the price. Although it may not offer flashy features such as HDR (High Dynamic Range), it offers a crystal-clear image quality.

Besides, the more expensive similar models have only the very basic HDR support which is just a glimpse of what HDR should be like. Moreover, most PC games don’t support HDR nor 10-bit color depth anyway.

Features

Additionally, it’s one of the rare FreeSync models that supports variable overdrive meaning that you can use aggressive response time overdrive at the same time as FreeSync for minimal ghosting at high frame rates.

Plus, it comes with a wide 30-144Hz VRR range out of the box and FreeSync works without issues with NVIDIA cards! However, it doesn’t have any additional gaming features such as custom crosshairs, gaming presets, motion blur reduction, etc.

Design & Connectivity

Best Affordable Gaming Monitor

The Nixeus EDG27S v2 is VESA mount compatible, but its stand is tilt-only. At the back of the monitor, there are two DisplayPort 1.2 ports and two HDMI 2.0 port as well as dual 2W built-in speakers and a headphones jack.

Alternatives

What We Loved

  • Excellent value for the price
  • Variable overdrive
  • Wide FreeSync range
  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only stand

AOPEN 32HC1QUR – Affordable 32″ 1440p 144Hz Curved Gaming Monitor

About the Monitor

The AOPEN 32HC1QUR is essentially a 32″ version of the previously-mentioned Viotek GN27D. So, you get a 1440p 144Hz curved VA-panel display with AMD FreeSync and a bigger screen, but a lower pixel density.

Features

AMD FreeSync is supported and it works without issues with compatible NVIDIA cards. The AOPEN 32HC1QUR FreeSync range is 48-144Hz over both HDMI and DP.

Other gaming features include Black Boost, Aim Point, overdrive presets, three customizable picture profiles as well as advanced picture adjustments including gamma and 6-axis hue/saturation.

Design & Connectivity

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The stand of the AOPEN 32HC1QUR is tilt-only, but you can mount the screen via its 100x100mm VESA pattern. Connectivity options include DVI, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, and a headphones jack.

Alternatives

  • AOC CQ32G1 – A 32″ 1440p 144Hz VA-panel curved gaming monitor with FreeSync and Motion Blur Reduction.
  • LG 32GK650F – A 32″ 1440p 144Hz VA-panel flat-screen gaming monitor with FreeSync and Motion Blur Reduction.

What We Loved

  • Good value for the price
  • High contrast ratio
  • Plenty of gaming features including AMD FreeSync

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only stand
  • Moderate ghosting in fast-paced games

Ultrawide monitors have an aspect ratio of 21:9 as opposed to the standard 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. This provides extra horizontal screen real estate for work, but also extends your field of view in games that support the ultrawide format for a more immersive gaming experience.

Check out our dedicated best ultrawide monitors buyer’s guide for more information.

LG 29WK600 – Budget UltraWide Gaming Monitor

About the Monitor

The LG 29WK600 is the best cheap ultrawide monitor for gaming as well as other use such as office-related tasks and overall multimedia enjoyment.

Image Quality

Based on an IPS panel with 8-bit color depth and 2560×1080 resolution, you get punchy colors and crisp details with plenty of screen space available thanks to the display’s above-average pixel density.

The monitor also supports HDR but only via software emulation. So, it can accept the HDR10 signal, but the monitor lacks brightness, contrast, and color gamut for a notable improvement in image quality.

In short, you will get more saturated colors in compatible content which may look better in some games and worse in others.

Features

Gaming features include Black Stabilizer, FPS/RTS presets, customizable crosshairs, and AMD FreeSync with a 40-75Hz VRR range over both HDMI and DP; it also works without issues with compatible NVIDIA cards.

Design & Connectivity

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The LG 29WK600 is tilt-only, but it’s VESA mount compatible. There are also two 5W integrated speakers, a headphones jack, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and a single DisplayPort port.

Alternatives

  • LG 34WK650 – 34″ model of this monitor. It has a bigger screen with the same resolution and therefore a lower pixel density. It’s also height adjustable.

What We Loved

  • Vibrant colors and an immersive image quality
  • Plenty of gaming features including AMD FreeSync

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only stand

Viotek GN34CB – Budget 1440p 100Hz UltraWide Curved Gaming Monitor

About the Monitor

If you want both an ultrawide resolution and a high refresh rate, the Viotek GN34CB (GN34CB – black model, GN34CW – white model) is the most affordable option available.

Image Quality

The Viotek GN34CB has a screen resolution of 3440×1440 pixels which results in a rich pixel density on its 34″ screen. In addition, its high contrast ratio of 3,000:1 delivers deep blacks for vivid details in shadows and dark parts of the image.

Finally, the 100Hz refresh rate provides a notable boost in motion clarity in comparison to the standard 60Hz/75Hz displays. As with all VA panels, the response time is a bit slower, so there is visible smearing of fast-moving objects, but it’s tolerable – unless you’re primarily a competitive FPS gamer.

Features

AMD FreeSync is supported with a 48-100Hz VRR range and it works with compatible NVIDIA cards as well. Using CRU, you can extend the VRR range to 40Hz for a better performance at lower frame rates.

Other features include three gamma presets, hue/saturation adjustments, picture modes (FPS, RTS), three overdrive presets, custom crosshairs, and Picture in Picture/Picture by Picture.

Design & Connectivity

Best Cheap Curved Gaming Monitor 2019

As with most cheaper gaming monitors, sacrifices had to be made to save on the price. The Viotek GN34CB has a tilt-only stand, but luckily, it’s VESA mount compatible (100x100mm). Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, DVI, and a headphones jack. FreeSync is supported over both HDMI and DP.

Alternatives

The price difference between 60Hz/75Hz and 100Hz 3440×1440 VA ultrawides is very small, so we highly recommend you invest in the 100Hz model

  • Samsung S34J550 – A 34″ 3440×1440 75Hz FreeSync ultrawide monitor that’s only slightly cheaper (~$20) than the Viotek GN34CB.
  • MSI MAG341CQ – MSI’s gaming monitor based on the same panel as the Viotek GN34CB.

What We Loved

  • Excellent value for the price
  • High contrast ratio and pixel density
  • Plenty of gaming features including AMD FreeSync

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only stand
  • Moderate ghosting in fast-paced games

There aren’t any good 4K UHD off-brand monitors we can recommend. Instead, we’ve selected the following popular and reliable yet cheap 4K displays.

ASUS VP28UQG – Budget 4K Gaming Monitor

About the Monitor

The ASUS VP28UQG is the best 4K monitor for console gaming, especially if you have an Xbox One X as it supports AMD FreeSync over HDMI.

Image Quality

It’s based on a TN panel, so you get narrow viewing angles and the colors aren’t particularly rich, but you get a rapid 1ms response time speed for minimal ghosting which is ideal if you play competitive fast-paced console games.

4K UHD ensures stunning detail clarity on this 28″ display with a high pixel density of 163 PPI. The monitor also supports 10-bit color depth and has a decent peak brightness of 300-nits.

Features

The ASUS VP28UQG supports AMD FreeSync with a 40-60Hz VRR range; the range could be wider, but no 4K FreeSync monitor offers a wider VRR range without fiddling with CRU. FreeSync also works well with compatible NVIDIA cards.

Other gaming features include customizable crosshairs, on-screen timers, and pre-calibrated picture presets. The monitor also supports HDCP 2.2, so you can stream copy-protected content from Netflix and similar services in 4K UHD resolution.

Design & Connectivity

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The stand is tilt-only, but you can mount the screen via the 100x100mm VESA pattern. At the back of the monitor, you will find two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort, and a headphones jack.

Alternatives

  • LG 27UD58 – A cheap 27″ 4K monitor with an IPS panel. It offers better colors, but also has a slightly slower response time speed. It doesn’t support FreeSync over HDMI though, only over DP.
  • LG 27UK650 – A bit pricier 27″ 4K IPS monitor with entry-level HDR support as well as FreeSync over HDMI.

What We Loved

  • Affordable 4K monitor
  • Quick response time
  • FreeSync over HDMI

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only stand

Samsung U32J590 – Affordable 32″ 4K Monitor

About the Monitor

If you want a bit bigger 4K monitor, the Samsung U32J590 is the cheapest 32″ 4K model available yet it offers an exceptional image quality.

Image Quality

The Samsung U32J590 features a VA panel, so you get the superior contrast ratio (3,000:1) for vivid black shades and an overall better relation between the brightest and the darkest colors.

While the response time speed is a bit slower, it’s more than adequate for casual gaming.

Features

AMD FreeSync is supported over both HDMI and DP with a 40-60Hz VRR range, but it doesn’t work well with NVIDIA cards. Note that if you have an NVIDIA card, you will still be able to use the monitor without any issues, you just won’t be able to use FreeSync.

The Samsung U32J590 is also the only monitor in this list that uses PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) to regulate brightness at lower backlight levels, so if you are sensitive to screen flickering, you may experience headaches or eye strain.

Additionally, the monitor supports HDCP 2.2 and Picture in Picture/Picture by Picture.

Design & Connectivity

Cheapest Gaming Monitor

The Samsung U32J590 has a tilt-only design, but it’s VESA mount compatible. Connectivity options include HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, and a headphones jack.

Alternatives

  • LG 32UD60 – A 32″ 4K VA-panel monitor with a wider color gamut and built-in speakers.

What We Loved

  • Inexpensive
  • Crisp image quality and high contrast ratio
  • FreeSync over HDMI

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only stand
  • Moderate ghosting in fast-paced games
  • Unnoticeable screen flicker at lower backlight levels, may cause issues to those sensitive to it

Conclusion

If you’re having second thoughts or if you still aren’t sure what gaming monitor is for you, feel free to leave a question in the comments below.

For ~$100, you can’t go wrong with the HP VH240a or one of its alternatives, but if you enjoy fast-paced games and can run games at high frame rates, we recommend you save up for the Sceptre C248B-144RN.

In case you’re a hardcore FPS gamer, the Sceptre E255B-1658A or the Acer XF250Q, depending on your budget, will drastically improve your gaming experience.

Finally, the Nixeus EDG27S V2 is for those who want the best of all worlds at a fair price. If it’s too expensive for you, the AOPEN 27ML1U is an excellent cheaper alternative.

Those interested in a more immersive gaming experience can opt between two excellent ultrawide models while console gamers can get high-quality panels at low prices depending on their preference.

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