Best Overall

ViewSonic VX2457-MHD

ViewSonic VX2457-MHD

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The VX2457-MHD ($139.99) targets gamers but everyone should give it a look. What ViewSonic can offer at this price point is astonishing. It's a 24-inch 1080p panel with a two millisecond response time, 75Hz refresh rate and support for AMD FreeSync. If your PC runs an AMD graphics card, that means super smooth tear-free gaming.

Not only that but you'll find DisplayPort connectivity alongside HDMI, a three-year warranty, built-in speakers, and a dedicated "game-mode" hotkey. It used to be the case that PC gamers had to spend a fortune, but great monitors like this prove otherwise.

Bottom line: It's a solid monitor that packs a punch in the budget segment.

One more thing: You may want to use your own VESA mount, as the stand is a little flimsy.

Why the VX2457-MHD is the best budget monitor you can buy

This is why you should consider the ViewSonic VX2457-MHD if you're after a display for less than $200.

The VX2457-MHD is a gaming monitor, as seen by the specifications and marketing, but everyone will be able to take full advantage of the available features. This screen in particular sports a high refresh rate, Full HD resolution, super-low response time, and it can hook up with a PC and other devices via HDMI and DisplayPort.

It's also a 24-inch panel, making it the sweet spot for 1080p. Here are some highlights:

  • 1080p resolution.
  • 75Hz refresh rate.
  • Two millisecond response time.
  • AMD FreeSync.
  • DisplayPort and HDMI.

And when it's time to play some PC games, it's possible to select from pre-calibrated FPS 1, FPS 2, RTS, and MOBA settings that alter the combination of color and technologies for specific gaming scenarios.

Considering the price, this is some exceptional value, especially if you happen to be rocking an AMD GPU. Whether you play PC games or not, for $139.99, this is a great 1080p monitor.

Best Budget

AOC I2267FW

AOC i2267FW

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This may be a budget roundup, but the AOC I2267FW ($99.98) is an incredibly affordable display that offers a lot of screen real estate to work with. There's also a five millisecond response time, 1080p resolution, and IPS display technology. Throw in a bezel of just 2 mm, VGA and DVI ports and a solid price, and you have quite the PC monitor.

Bottom line: If you only have $100 for a new monitor, you can't go wrong with this panel.

One more thing: There is no VESA mount, unfortunately.

Best Portable

AOC i1601fwux

AOC I1601FWUX

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The AOC i1601fwux ($199.99) is a portable IPS display, sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a five millisecond response time. It's really targeting those who frequently travel and enjoy using more than one display, allowing this AOC panel to be plugged into a laptop without the need for a dedicated power lead.

Using a single USB-C connection, this slim and lightweight display can be used to extend or replace the laptop screen. It also comes with a stand, which is handy.

Bottom line: The i1601fwux by AOC is ideal if you plan on using a display when on the go.

One more thing: It's worth noting that having this plugged into your laptop will drain the battery at a faster rate.

Best Gaming

BenQ ZOWIE (RL2455)

BenQ ZOWIE RL2455

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The ZOWIE (RL2455) by BenQ ($169) is exceptionally good for its price. It contains a 24-inch 1080p display panel with a 60Hz refresh rate and a one millisecond response time.

It's not the best out there for accurate color work, but it offers a sharp picture with no ghosting, as well as a pair of HDMI inputs on the rear and built-in speakers. It's a lot of monitor for the money.

Bottom line: It's a great option for console and PC gamers.

One more thing: It has optimized presets for RTS, FPS, and Fighting game modes.

Best Ultrawide

LG UM57

LG 25UM57

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This UM57 ($157) by LG is a 25-inch ultrawide IPS display with a massive resolution of 2560 x 1080. This isn't huge when compared to 4K and above, but for this particular budget segment, it's an impressive amount of space to work with.

Ports include two HDMI connections, allowing for multiple devices to be hooked up. For the price, you shouldn't really expect to see much else.

Bottom line: There is a lot of screen to use in work and play, joined by a solid price and display technologies.

One more thing: VESA support allows you to mount more than one of these on a single stand.

Best Overall

ViewSonic VX2457-MHD

ViewSonic VX2457-MHD

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The VX2457-MHD ($139.99) targets gamers but everyone should give it a look. What ViewSonic can offer at this price point is astonishing. It's a 24-inch 1080p panel with a two millisecond response time, 75Hz refresh rate and support for AMD FreeSync. If your PC runs an AMD graphics card, that means super smooth tear-free gaming.

Not only that but you'll find DisplayPort connectivity alongside HDMI, a three-year warranty, built-in speakers, and a dedicated "game-mode" hotkey. It used to be the case that PC gamers had to spend a fortune, but great monitors like this prove otherwise.

Bottom line: It's a solid monitor that packs a punch in the budget segment.

One more thing: You may want to use your own VESA mount, as the stand is a little flimsy.

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Updated September 25, 2017: We refreshed this list to ensure we're offering the best monitors available for less than $200.