The Best Gaming Monitors Under 200 USD (2022 Reviews)

Looking for the best gaming monitor under $200? We've selected the absolute best choices including 144Hz, ultrawide and curved models.

If $200 is all you can give away for your new display, do not despair — you won’t need a $500+ monitor to enjoy a crisp image quality and a smooth gaming performance.

In this guide, you’ll find the best monitors for gaming under 200 USD.

All monitors are different from each other, and there’s no doubt that at least one is perfect for you, depending on what type of games you play.

MonitorSizePanelResolutionRefresh RateVRRG-SYNC 
24”IPS1920x1080144HzFreeSyncStable
24”IPS1920x1080144HzFreeSyncCompatible
24”VA1920x1080165HzFreeSyncUnstable
29”IPS2560x108075HzFreeSyncStable
best overall

LG 24GN600

LG 24GN600 Monitor
  • FreeSync & MBR up to 144Hz
  • Vivid colors, wide viewing angles
  • Quick response time speed

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

Check out the reviews below to find the best gaming monitor under 200 USD for you!

If you want to view our changelogs for this particular buying guide, you can do so at the end of this article.

The Pros:

  • Quick response time, low input lag
  • Vivid colors, wide viewing angles
  • Plenty of gaming features, including FreeSync and MBR up to 144Hz

The Cons:

  • Tilt-only stand
  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About The Monitor

The LG 24GN600 is a 24″ 1080p 144Hz IPS gaming monitor with a rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed, ensuring both an immersive and responsive gaming experience.

Image Quality

Based on an IPS panel, the LG 24GN600 boasts 178° wide viewing angles meaning that the image will remain perfect regardless of the angle you’re looking at the screen.

Thanks to its rich and consistent colors that cover the entire sRGB color space, you can enjoy vivid image quality and even do professional color-critical work if you have a colorimeter to profile the display. For basic content creation though, the LG 24GN600 is more than good enough right out of the box.

As it’s the case with all IPS monitors, there’s some IPS glow and the native contrast ratio is mediocre at ~1,000:1, so you won’t get as deep blacks as that of VA panel monitors with a contrast ratio of around 3,000:1. However, VA technology has other disadvantages, which we’ll get into later.

Moving on, the LG 24GN600 monitor has a decent peak brightness of 300-nits and most importantly, a rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed for no visible ghosting behind fast-moving objects.

Features

freesync and gsync

In addition to its rapid response time speed and low input lag, the LG 24GN600 supports variable refresh rate (VRR) for tear-free gameplay up to 144Hz.

VRR synchronizes the refresh rate with GPU’s frame rate. So, if your frame rate is 70 FPS (Frames Per Second), the refresh rate dynamically changes to 70Hz in order to display 70 whole frames without tearing; what’s more, no perceptible latency is added like it’s the case with V-Sync.

You can use VRR as long as you have an AMD FreeSync compatible GPU. While not officially certified as ‘G-SYNC Compatible’ by NVIDIA, VRR also works with compatible GeForce GPUs (10-series or newer) over DisplayPort without any issues.

The LG 24GN600 also supports MBR (Motion Blur Reduction), which uses backlight strobing to reduce perceived motion blur at a cost of picture brightness. However, VRR and MBR cannot be active at the same time.

Other features include crosshair overlays, Black Stabilizer (improves visibility in darker scenes) and various picture presets.

Design & Connectivity

LG 24GN600 Monitor Design

The stand of the monitor is tilt-only, but the screen has ultra-thin bezels and it’s VESA mount compatible via the 100x100mm pattern. So, you can easily pair it with a decent $30 desk stand for full ergonomic support and more desk space.

Alternatively, there’s the LG 24GN650 model, which is the same monitor but with a more ergonomic stand.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports and a headphone jack. All display inputs support 144Hz at 1920×1080 and the 1080p 120Hz mode is supported on the PS5 and Xbox consoles.

Alternatives

If the LG 24GN600/650 is not available or if it’s overpriced, check out the HP X24i (tilt-only stand) and X24ih (ergonomic stand) as they’re based on the same panel.

The Pros:

  • Quick response time, low input lag
  • Wide color gamut, wide viewing angles
  • Plenty of gaming features, including FreeSync and MBR up to 144Hz
  • Fully ergonomic stand

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)
  • Brightness not adjustable in sRGB mode

About The Monitor

The AOC 24G2 is another popular 24″ 1080p 144Hz IPS gaming monitor. Here’s how it’s different from the LG 24GN600 and which one should you choose.

Image Quality

Although both monitors use IPS panels, the AOC 24G2 has one developed by PANDA, while the one in the LG 24GN600 is made by BOE.

Firstly, the AOC 24G2 doesn’t have quite as fast pixel response time speed as the LG 24GN600. So, there’s some minor ghosting noticeable in certain fast-paced scenes, but it’s rather subtle and not nearly as obtrusive as it is on most VA monitors.

Having said that, if you mostly play fast-paced games competitively and are sensitive to ghosting, the LG 24GN600 will suit you better.

The AOC 24G2, on the other hand, has a wider color gamut with 90% DCI-P3 gamut coverage (~125% sRGB gamut size). So, it has more saturated and vibrant colors. Moreover, it has a bit higher contrast ratio, up to 1,500:1, while the peak brightness is the same at around 300-nits.

So, if you’re not that picky when it comes to pixel response time, the AOC 24G2 will provide you with a bit more immersive image quality.

It even has an sRGB mode that can restrict the color gamut down to ~100% sRGB in case you need accurate colors, but you cannot adjust brightness in this mode; it’s locked to 90/100, which might be too bright for some users.

Still, since the over-saturation is fairly mild, most users will prefer using the native gamut for the extra vibrancy.

Features

The AOC 24G2 has certified G-SYNC compatibility for smooth VRR performance with both AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards.

Additionally, it supports MBR, Shadow Boost (improves visibility in dark scenes), Game Color (color vibrance adjustment) and crosshair overlays

Design & Connectivity

aoc 24g2 monitor back

The design of the monitor is exceptionally good for the price. You get full ergonomic support including up to 130mm of height adjustment, 90° rotate, +/- 30° swivel, -5°/22° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include a single DisplayPort 1.2 socket, two HDMI 1.4 ports, VGA and a headphone jack. Both HDMI and DP support 144Hz at 1920×1080.

The Pros:

  • Low input lag
  • Wide color gamut, high contrast
  • Plenty of gaming features, including FreeSync and MBR up to 144Hz
  • Ergonomic stand

The Cons:

  • Minor ghosting in fast-paced games, particularly where dark pixels are involved
  • Some units prone to VRR brightness flickering

About The Monitor

Under $200, you can also get a great 144Hz gaming monitor with a curved VA panel, the AOC C24G1A. It’s even factory-overclocked to 165Hz for a small boost in motion clarity in comparison to 144Hz (though it’s not noticeable).

Image Quality

The VA panel of the AOC C24G1A offers an exceptional static contrast ratio of 3,000:1 in comparison to the 1,000:1 contrast ratio of IPS panels.

Now, such high contrast ratio provides you with deeper blacks and better relation between the darkest and the brightest tones, which is the main asset of VA panels.

The colors aren’t as consistent as that of IPS displays, but they are vibrant and vivid regardless thanks to the 89% DCI-P3 (~120% sRGB) wide color gamut support of the C24G1A. So, you get more saturated colors with the ability to restrict the gamut to the standard 100% sRGB using the sRGB color temperature mode.

For entry-level color-critical work, IPS is still the better technology due to its wider viewing angles and no gamma shift.

In comparison to the previously mentioned 144Hz monitors, the VA panel of the AOC C24G1A has a slower response time speed, resulting in noticeable trailing behind fast-moving objects, especially in dark scenes.

Still, the C24G1A is one of the faster VA monitors, so the amount of ghosting might not bother a lot of gamers.

On balance, if you mostly play competitive FPS games, the IPS models will provide you with better results and performance. The AOC C24G1A is more suited for those who play FPS games more casually and prefer immersion provided by the higher contrast ratio and wide color gamut.

Features

amd freesync logo

The AOC C24G1A offers plenty of game-enhancing elements, including MBR, Shadow Boost, pre-calibrated presets (FPS, RTS, Racing) and crosshair overlays.

It supports AMD FreeSync over both HDMI and DP with a 48-144Hz VRR range, and although it’s not certified as G-SYNC Compatible by NVIDIA, FreeSync works with compatible NVIDIA cards.

Unfortunately, some units of the AOC C24G1A (and most other monitors based on VA panels) are affected by the brightness flickering issue when VRR is enabled.

This brightness flickering is mostly visible when your FPS fluctuates a lot or when it gets below 48FPS and triggers LFC. It doesn’t affect all units of the monitor, and it’s not visible in all video games.

Design & Connectivity

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The AOC C24G1A boasts a sturdy design with decent ergonomics, including up to 130mm of height adjustment, +/- 30° swivel, tilt and 100×100 VESA mount compatibility.

It has an aggressive screen curvature of 1500R, which nicely complements the monitor and adds a bit of extra depth and immersion. Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, VGA and a headphone jack. Both HDMI and DP support 144Hz.

Alternatives

Alternatively, you might want to check out the older AOC C24G1 model with a standard 144Hz refresh rate and no wide color gamut support.

The Pros:

  • Highest resolution monitor under 200 USD
  • Vivid colors, wide viewing angles
  • Plenty of features, including FreeSync up to 75Hz

The Cons:

  • Tilt-only stand

About The Monitor

Nowadays, you can even get an ultrawide monitor for under 200 USD. This type of 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.

Ultrawide monitors are great for PC gaming, watching movies and multi-tasking as well.

The LG 29WP60G is the only 21:9 monitor available for under $200. Note that the monitor is 29-inch in diagonal but longer in width than a standard display. So, the monitor is as tall as a regular 23-inch 16:9 monitor, but wider — which may take some time getting used to.

Image Quality

The LG 29WP60G offers 2560×1080 Full HD Ultra-Wide resolution, which makes it the highest resolution monitor you can get for under 200 USD.

Since it is a fairly small monitor in size, it will provide you with a decent pixel density of 96 PPI (Pixels Per Inch).

This means that the image will have very sharp details and plenty of screen real estate for you to work with.

As if that’s not enough, 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.

Features

The LG 29WP60G supports AMD FreeSync with a 40-75Hz VRR range, and it works well with compatible NVIDIA GPUs.

If your favorite games support 21:9, you will be able to enjoy them on a whole new level!

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

The LG 29WP60G offers its share of game-enhancing features, including Black Stabilizer, MBR, pre-calibrated picture presets and advanced picture and color adjustments.

Design & Connectivity

LG 29WP60G B Monitor Design

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 100x100mm holes for VESA mount while the screen can be tilted by -5°/20°. Connectivity options include HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, USB-C (DP Alt Mode and 7.5W PD) and a headphone jack.

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 LG 24GN600.

In case you’re more of a single-player kind of gamer and don’t care about scoreboards, the AOC C24G1A will provide you with a more immersive gaming experience thanks to its high contrast ratio while the AOC 24G2 is the best option if you want a little bit of both.

Finally, in case you don’t care much for high frame rates and fast-paced gaming, the LG 29WP60G offers decent performance, but a more immersive image quality as well as accurate and consistent colors.

Updates +

  • May 12, 2022:
    – Replaced the LG 25UM58 with the LG 29WP60G.
  • February 10, 2022:
    – Added the LG 24GN600.
    – Removed the AOC G2590FX.
  • November 24, 2021:
    – Checked up on the guide to ensure that our picks are still the best options available.

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Rob Shafer

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