Best PC Monitors Under $200 Windows Central 2019

As display technology matures, we find higher specifications and features in lower-cost monitors. That means we're now treated to a great selection of high-quality monitors at lower prices. We've looked through everything you can get right now and found the Viewsonic VX2457 to be the one to beat for under $200.

Best Overall - ViewSonic VX2457-MHD

There was a time when buying a lower-priced PC monitor would leave you with a horrid design, mediocre display, and less-than-friendly port selection. Thankfully, as the tech has matured, features once reserved for the elite have made their way to the most affordable products.

That means you can now have adaptive sync in the form of AMD FreeSync, perfect for gamers who use a Radeon GPU. It also means a 75Hz refresh rate, low input lag, and a fast response time. All of these features are most important to gamers, but at this price, it's hard not to be impressed.

Ultimately the features gamers care about will also give regular PC users a better experience. Getting 1080p on this 24-inch screen showcases a great looking image, and while colors aren't going to be as accurate as on some more expensive monitors, you're not left wanting for an all-around quality experience.

Pros

  • AMD FreeSync
  • 75Hz refresh rate
  • Low input lag and response time
  • Superb price

Cons

  • Lacking color accuracy
  • Dated design

Best Overall

ViewSonic VX2457-MHD

A solid monitor that packs a punch in the budget segment.

This targets gamers, but everyone should give it a look. It's a 24-inch 1080p panel with a 2ms response time, 75Hz refresh rate, and FreeSync support.

Best Budget - AOC 22V2H

The best thing about this monitor is that it proves you really can have top quality without spending a lot of money. For a hundred bucks you get a 22-inch 1080p IPS panel, which is not the most common feature to find on a budget monitor. What that means for you is better color reproduction than a comparable monitor with a TN panel, along with much better viewing angles.

It looks sharp, and with super slim bezels and a metallic looking chin, it'll fit in at home or in the office. It doesn't have height adjustment, sadly, but it does have tilt, and with a 5ms response time, even gamers will be able to get along with it, especially thanks to its 75 Hz refresh rate.

Input-wise you get HDMI and VGA, and on the former you'll be able to make use of AMD FreeSync if you have Radeon graphics in your PC.

Pros

  • 1080p IPS panel has good colors and viewing angles
  • 75 Hz refresh rate
  • Low 5ms response time
  • FreeSync support

Cons

  • Only one HDMI
  • No height adjustment

Best Budget

AOC 22V2H

You can't go wrong with this panel

You get a 5ms response time, 1080p resolution, an iPS display with a classy design, multiple inputs, and, best of all, a stunning price.

Best Gaming - BenQ RL2455

BenQ's RL2455 monitors have long been favorites of competitive gamers and esports tournaments, and it's easy to see why. Not only is this an incredibly affordable gaming monitor, but it has a myriad of features that gamers are looking for with reliable performance to back it up.

One of the standout features of this brand has always been a 1ms response time and a 1080p panel that may lack absolute color accuracy but still looks vibrant and pleasing to the eye. The latest variant of the RL2455 comes now with a 75Hz refresh rate, which makes it an easy recommend to both console and PC gamers alike.

But this monitor is designed for the competitive edge through and through. The bezel has been designed to minimize distractions, and the built-in flicker-free technology keeps everything looking sharp and your focus on your games. It would have been nice to get AMD FreeSync included as well, likewise height adjustment, but for the price, it's tough to find many better gaming monitors.

Pros

  • 1080p resolution
  • Fast 75Hz refresh rate
  • Low 1ms response time
  • Superb price

Cons

  • Lacking color accuracy
  • No height adjustment

Best Gaming

BenQ RL2455S

A great option for console and PC gamers.

Right here you get a 1ms response time, a fast refresh rate, an excellent looking panel, and a fantastic price. Not much not to love!

Best Ultrawide - LG UM58

Even at this price point, you can get an ultrawide monitor, and LG's UM58 will give you 25-inches of 21:9 computing. If sheer space on a budget is what you're looking for, this is it. It isn't the widest you'll find, but it's also under $200, so there's little to complain about.

What's good is what else you get besides extra screen real-estate. Despite its price, this LG monitor boasts 99% sRGB coverage. This is extremely hard to find at this price point. And it can also be used for gaming thanks to the 5ms response time and LG's dedicated game modes and black stabilizer, which can help you get the edge.

It's a smart design, and perhaps the only real thing lacking is a VESA mount. As a bonus, though, LG makes use of the extra screen space with a split-screen function, which gives you 14 different choices, including four different picture-in-picture modes.

Pros

  • 21:9 ratio display
  • 99% sRGB coverage
  • Low 5ms response time
  • Dedicated modes for gaming and multiple windows

Cons

  • No VESA mount
  • No height adjustment

Best Ultrawide

LG UM58

There is a lot of screen for work and play

This UM58 by LG is a 25-inch ultrawide IPS display that isn't huge but for this price gives an impressive amount of space to work with.

Best Portable - HP V14 Portable Monitor

HP V14

Portable monitors are a great addition to your arsenal if you work on a laptop a lot since they're compact and can be stashed in your gear bag without any trouble. They don't take up space and you get more screen to work with. It's also possible to get a good one without breaking the bank, as the HP V14 proves.

The panel itself is 14 inches in size with a 1080p resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. It's got great viewing angles — almost a full 180-degrees both horizontally and vertically. The icing on the cake? It's powered by the same cable you'll get your video input from.

It hooks up to your PC or laptop by a single USB 3.0 cable, and since it's USB-A it's good for support on a number of older machines. The included case not only keeps it safe in your bag, but also doubles up as a kickstand, so you're up and running in a matter of seconds.

Pros

  • Great price
  • 1080p resolution display
  • Included case and kickstand
  • Single cable for power and video

Cons

  • Fixed brightness
  • Requires some setting up with drivers

Best Portable

HP V14

Take an extra screen on the road

Get an extra display to use with your laptop, with 1080p resolution, 60Hz refresh rate and a single USB cable operation for power and video.

Conclusion

The days of sub-par monitors at the more budget end of the market are long gone. As each of the products mentioned here proves, you can spend comfortably under $200 and still get a great monitor with all the features usually reserved for higher-end devices. Sure you might be missing out if you're looking for the best of the best, but if you're looking for reliable monitors to play games on or get some work done, there are plenty of options.

The Viewsonic VX2457 is the best of the bunch though, ticking virtually every box whether you're a gamer, a professional or a more casual PC user. It has a great price and tons of features, including 1080p and low input lag, making it a strong all-rounder for virtually any PC user.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Richard Devine Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently, you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming.

Rich Edmonds is a staff reviewer at Windows Central, which means he tests out more software and hardware than he cares to remember. Joining Mobile Nations in 2010, you can usually find him inside a PC case tinkering around when not at a screen fighting with Grammarly to use British words. Hit him up on Twitter: @RichEdmonds.

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