If $200 is all you can set apart for your new display, do not despair – you won’t need a $500+ monitor in order to enjoy a crisp image quality and a smooth gameplay performance.

In this list, you’ll find the top five monitors for gaming under 200 USD. All monitors are essentially different from each other, and there’s no doubt that at least one is ideal for you depending on what type of games that you play.

Even with less than 200 USD, nowadays you can get a great monitor with either a 144Hz refresh rate, a curved display, an ultrawide resolution, or a 27-inch screen size.

Zoom Out: The 5 Best Gaming Monitors Under $200 For 2018

TypeMonitorSizePanelResolutionRefresh RateVRR 
Best Gaming MonitorLG 24MP59G (Editor's Pick)24-inchIPS1920x108075HzFreeSync
Best 144Hz Gaming MonitorAOC G2460PF24-inchTN1920x1080144HzFreeSync
Best 144Hz Curved Gaming MonitorAcer ED242QR24-inchVA1920x1080144HzFreeSync
Best 27-Inch Curved Gaming MonitorAcer ED27327-inchVA1920x108075HzFreeSync
Best UltraWide Gaming MonitorLG 25UM5825-inchIPS2560x108060HzNone

LG 24MP59G-P – Best Gaming Monitor Overall

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About the Monitor

The LG 24MP59G-P is not only one of the best monitors you can get for gaming at this price, it’s also the best one for overall use such as watching movies, working, and even doing some entry-level color-critical designing.

Image Quality

Based on an IPS panel with 8-bit color depth support and over 99% sRGB color gamut, you can expect accurate and vibrant colors from this display. Furthermore, due to the wide 178-degree viewing angles, the picture won’t shift in color or contrast when it’s viewed from certain off-angles.

Just like most monitors under $200, the LG 24MP59-P offers the Full HD resolution with 1920×1080 pixels which at this screen size results in a decent pixel density, meaning you’ll have enough screen real estate as well as vivid and sharp details. Moreover, you’ll be able to achieve higher framerates as the resolution isn’t demanding.

Connectivity includes an HDMI, a DisplayPort, and a VGA port. Unfortunately, the monitor is tilt-only and not VESA mount compatible. It could also have a bit thinner bezels, but all of that is negligible due to the image quality and performance values for the money.

Gaming Performance

The LG 24MP59 monitor offers AMD FreeSync technology which allows users with AMD’s FreeSync-compatible graphics cards to entirely eliminate screen tearing and stuttering. This is achieved as the GPU synchronizes its frame rate to the monitor’s refresh rate within the dynamic range which in this case amounts 40Hz-75Hz via both HDMI and DisplayPort connectors.

If you have an NVIDIA card, you will still be able to use the monitor up to 75Hz, but you won’t be able to activate the variable refresh rate technology. NVIDIA’s version of FreeSync is called G-SYNC and is only available on more expensive monitors.

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Exclusive Features

Another exclusive gaming feature of the LG 24MP59 display is the 1ms Motion Blur Reduction technology which eliminates ghosting or motion blur by backlight strobing. In short, it reduces the 5ms response time speed closer to 1ms allowing pixels to change from one shade into another more quickly and thus provide you with a more fluid and clear fast-paced gameplay.

Note that the 1ms Motion Blur Reduction technology can’t be active at the same time as FreeSync and that the monitor brightness will be reduced when this feature is enabled. So, don’t use it unless you’re playing fast-paced games. Unlike FreeSync, 1ms MBR works with NVIDIA cards as well.

Moving on, the LG 24MP59-P offers even more features which many gamers will find useful. First off, ‘Black Stabilizer’ increases visibility in dark-themed games by altering gamma curvature. Next, you can place a custom crosshair on your screen to increase your precision in FPS games.

Finally, there’s ‘Dynamic Action Sync’ which you can enable to bypass certain image post-processing to further reduce input lag and you will also find two pre-calibrated picture presets for FPS and one for RTS game genres.

Conclusion

Overall, you won’t find a better budget gaming monitor than the LG 24MP59 under $200 unless you’re looking for a monitor exclusively for competitive FPS gaming in which case you should check out the 144Hz gaming monitor we’ll get into next.

On Amazon, you will see that the monitor is also available as a 27-inch model. Although you may be tempted to get a larger monitor for only $50 extra, we advise against it as the Full HD resolution on the 27-inch screen results in a poor pixel density and you will get a pixilated picture in return – unless you’re sitting further away from the monitor to actually not notice the rather prominent pixels.

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What We Loved

  • Unbeatable value for the price
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync and 1ms MBR
  • Crisp and vibrant image quality

What We Didn’t Like

  • No VESA mount
  • Tilt-only

AOC G2460PF – Best 144Hz Gaming Monitor

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About the Monitor

If you’re looking for the best monitor under $200 for competitive gaming, look no further than the AOC G2460PF. Although it’s one of the few 144Hz monitors actually available for just under 200 USD, it doesn’t mean it’s bad. In fact, the AOC G2460PF gives you everything you need to get that incredibly smooth and fluid fast-paced gameplay that gives you the edge over your opponents with regular monitors.

Image Quality & Gaming Performance

As a TN panel monitor, you should expect the common drawbacks of this panel technology including the narrow viewing angles which cause the image to shift in color and contrast when it’s viewed from certain angles. Furthermore, the colors aren’t anywhere near as vibrant as they are on the previously mentioned LG display.

However, you will get a significantly faster native response time speed of only 1ms (gray to gray) which along with the 144Hz refresh rate eliminates ghosting and allows you to enjoy FPS games in all of their glory.

Features

The AOC G2460PF 144Hz 1ms gaming monitor also features AMD FreeSync technology with an excellent 35-144Hz dynamic range over the DisplayPort and 35Hz-120Hz over the HDMI.

In the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu, you will also find ‘Shadow Control’ feature which improves visibility in dark areas of games. What’s more, using the monitor’s hotkeys, you can toggle between the pre-calibrated picture presets including FPS, RTS, Racing, and two customizable Gamer profiles.

Design & Connectivity

Another thing that makes the AOC G2460PF the best 144Hz monitor for the money is its versatility concerning both ergonomics and connectivity. The monitor boasts full ergonomic support including tilt, pivot, height, swivel, and VESA mount compatibility.

As far as connectivity is concerned, there’s a VGA, a DVI, an HDMI with MHL support, a DisplayPort, a quad-USB hub, and two 2W built-in speakers.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a 24” 1080p 144Hz 1ms FreeSync gaming monitor, the AOC G2460PF is the most budget-friendly option yet it offers premium bonuses.

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What We Loved

  • Cheap 1080p 144Hz 1ms FreeSync gaming monitor
  • Fully ergonomic
  • Rich connectivity

What We Didn’t Like

  • None

Acer ED242QR – Best 144Hz Curved Gaming Monitor

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About the Monitor

With $200, you can opt for one more type of a monitor with 144Hz; the Acer ED242QR is one of the few curved gaming monitors you can get under 200 USD which thanks to its aggressive 1800R curvature brings extra immersion to the gaming experience.

Image Quality

The Acer ED242QR 144Hz gaming monitor features a VA panel which will seal the deal for some gamers while breaking it for others. While the VA panel delivers the best contrast ratio performance than the rest of the panels, it also has its disadvantages.

The exceptional 3,000:1 static contrast ratio will provide you with true black colors and a better relation between the darkest and the brightest tones which is the main asset of VA panels. On a downside, you will encounter slight shifts in contrast when the image is viewed from certain angles though it’s not nearly as noticeable as it’s the case with TN panels.

Gaming Performance

In comparison to the previously mentioned 144Hz display with a 1ms response time, the VA panel of the ED242QR offers only 4ms which will, in turn, result in prominent ghosting of the fast-moving objects even at high frame rates.

So, we don’t recommend the Acer ED242QR over the AOC G2460PF if your primal gaming interest is competitive, fast-paced gaming. If you’re interested in the middle ground between an IPS and a TN panel, then the Acer ED242QR PC monitor is for you.

In short, you will get the fluidity and smoothness of the 144Hz refresh rate and a much better image quality, but you will also have to face distinct motion blur which is a nightmare for any hardcore FPS player, but on the other hand, may be a perfectly fine sacrifice by other players.

Features

Like most modern monitors, there is some sort of “visibility-increasing” feature available. The Acer ED242QR offers a feature called ‘Black Boost’ which can brighten up the dark areas of games, but other than that, there are no additional game-enhancing features except for AMD FreeSync with 48-144Hz dynamic refresh rate range.

On Amazon, you will also be able to find the same Acer ED242QR monitor with a 75Hz refresh rate instead of 144Hz for $30 less.

Design & Connectivity

The Acer ED242QR monitor has an HDMI, a DisplayPort, and a DVI-D port available. However, it has no VESA mount compatibility while the ergonomics only include the ability to tilt the screen by -5°, 20°.

What We Loved

  • Affordable curved 144Hz gaming monitor
  • True blacks

What We Didn’t Like

  • No VESA mount
  • Prominent ghosting in fast-paced games

Acer ED273 – Best 27-Inch Curved Gaming Monitor

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About the Monitor

Although we’ve advised against getting a 27-inch monitor with the 1920×1080 resolution due to the poor pixel density, we know that some of you will do so anyway since a 24-inch display is just too tiny for some users.

In this case, we recommend the Acer ED273 wmidx as the best 27-inch gaming monitor under 200 USD. This is essentially the 27-inch version of the Acer ED242QR but with a 75Hz refresh rate since the 144Hz version is over $250.

Image Quality

Since a 27-inch screen is, after all, noticeably larger than a 24-inch one, and when we add to that the 1800R screen curvature of the Acer ED273, you will be able to put the monitor a bit further from you and still comfortably watch it. This will reduce the pixel-y appearance of the image.

In fact, you won’t be bothered by this at all while gaming. However, if you also plan on using your monitor for a lot of reading and typing, the somewhat smudgy text and blurry details will make that experience a bit irritating despite using tools such as Windows’ ClearType. For the best results, if you decide to go this route, we recommend using AMD’s or NVIDIA’s virtual resolution feature.

Features

Just like the ED242QR model, the Acer ED273 is based on a VA panel with the superior 3,000:1 static contrast ratio and offers AMD FreeSync, but with 48-75Hz range. It also lacks VESA mount and it’s tilt-only while the connectivity consists of an HDMI, a VGA, and a DVI-D though it also offers two 3W integrated speakers.

Overall, if you really want a 27-inch monitor under 200 USD, the Acer ED273 will make the downsides of such screen size/resolution combination as overlooked as they can be thanks to its curved screen. Furthermore, since it supports FreeSync, it’s also one of the best monitors for Xbox One X and S.

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What We Loved

  • Affordable 27-inch monitor
  • True blacks

What We Didn’t Like

  • Poor pixel density
  • No VESA mount

LG 25UM58 – Best UltraWide Gaming Monitor

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About the Monitor

Nowadays, you can even get an ultrawide monitor under 200 USD. This type of a monitor offers a 21:9 aspect ratio as opposed to the standard 16:9 giving you extra horizontal space for a more cinematic viewing experience. The ultrawide monitors are great for PC gaming, watching movies, and multi-tasking as well.

The LG 25UM58-P is the only 21:9 monitor available for under $200. Note that the monitor is 25-inch in diagonal but longer in width than a standard display. So, the monitor is as tall as a regular 20-inch 16:9 monitor, but wider – which may take some time getting used to.

Image Quality

The LG 25UM58-P offers the 2560×1080 Full HD Ultra Wide resolution which makes it the highest resolution monitor you can get under 200 USD. Since it is a fairly small monitor in size, it will provide you with an incredibly rich pixel density of 111 PPI (Pixels Per Inch).

This means that the image will have maximum detail and plenty of screen real estate for you to work with. The monitor is based on an IPS panel with true 8-bit color depth and over 99% sRGB color gamut, so the colors will be accurate and consistent which may interest aspiring designers as well.

Gaming Performance

Unfortunately, the LG 25UM58 is the only monitor on our list which doesn’t support AMD FreeSync though it’s possible to overclock it to 75Hz refresh rate. Nonetheless, if your favorite games support 21:9, you will be able to enjoy them on a whole new level.

Keep in mind, though, that some games that don’t support ultrawide resolutions will just have black borders on the sides or stretch the image. You can check which games support the 21:9 aspect ratio here.

Just like the LG 24MP59G we’ve mentioned, the LG 25UM58 offers its share of game-enhancing features including Black Stabilizer, pre-calibrated picture presets, and advanced picture and color adjustments but it lacks the 1ms Motion Blur Reduction technology.

Design & Connectivity

The design consists of thin bezels at the top and at the sides which make it a great choice for a multi-monitor setup as well. It also has 75 x 75 mm holes for VESA mount while the screen can be tilted by -5/20 degrees. Lastly, there are two HDMI 1.4 ports available.

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What We Loved

  • Highest-resolution monitor under 200 USD
  • High pixel density
  • Vibrant colors

What We Didn’t Like

  • No AMD FreeSync

Conclusion

This brings us to the end of our best gaming monitor under 200 USD buyer’s guide. As you can see, for just $200, you can get a pretty neat monitor. Each monitor on the list has its advantages and disadvantages, so only you can know which one is the best for you.

If you mainly play competitive FPS games, then you should definitely get the AOC G2460PF. In case you want a curved monitor, you have a choice between two models depending on what type of games you prefer. Lastly, if you want the most accurate and vibrant colors, you can choose between an ultrawide monitor or a standard display.

All things considered, we’ve found the LG 24MP59G-P to be the best monitor overall except for hardcore competitive FPS; plus – it will save you the most money as it’s also considered the best gaming monitor under 150 USD!

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Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time on writing for DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.

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