Best Gaming Monitors Under $200

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AOC G2590FX 25″ Frameless Gaming Monitor

  • G-Sync compatible with an NVIDIA graphics card
  • Features for FPS games and converts SD content to HD for retro consoles
  • 1920 X 1080 resolution with 1ms, 144 Hz frame rate

The AOC G2590FX Frameless Gaming Monitor has a 24.5-inch frameless display with 1920 X 1080 resolution. It’s also engineered with 1ms, at a 144 Hz refresh rate with up to 20-levels of gray. These basic technical specs mean it’s definitely up to the task of handling some serious gaming. Though some special features do help set it apart from some of the competitors.

This includes AOC’s proprietary “Dial Point” which provides you superior accuracy for first-person shooters. The G2590FX has a special “Clear Vision” feature which is designed to covert SD content to HD quality images. This is especially nice if you have an old retro console around that you like to get nostalgic with.

When the AOC G2590FX is paired with an NVIDIA graphics card it’s compatible with G-Sync. It was also engineered to be “Flicker Free” and has a low blue light mode that helps to reduce eye strain for marathon gaming.

The Sceptre C248W-1920R is surprisingly affordable for a curved gaming monitor. You get the sense that it was specifically designed to appeal to gamers on a tight budget, who still don’t want to sacrifice visual quality. It also has multiple connection ports for HDMI, VGA, and PC as well as a display port

The curved display measures in at 24-inches to produce a more immersive viewing experience. It also has two built-in speakers that help enhance the audio experience, as well as additional audio ports. The sacrifice to make the price so low is that it only has a 75 Hz refresh rate. Even though it isn’t on the high end of what’s out there, it’s still respectable.


Acer Gaming Monitor 27” Curved ED273 Abidpx

  • 27-inch curved gaming monitor for an immersive experience
  • Vision Care Technologies to reduce eye strain for marathon gaming sessions
  • 178-degree viewing angle with up to 5-degrees of tilt

The Acer ED273 Abidpx is a high-quality curved gaming monitor that pushed right up to the limit of what you can buy for under $200. It measures in at 27-inches with 1080p resolution and it has a 144 Hz refresh rate which produces nearly cinematic quality images.

The Acer ED273 also offers a 178-degree viewing angle on both the horizontal and vertical. The mount is included in the purchase and it lets you tilt the gaming monitor by up to 15-degrees for a customized viewing experience.

This gaming monitor comes with a display port, as well as an HDMI port and a DVI port. This means you can potentially connect multiple devices at one time without having to waste a lot of time unplugging and plugging every time you want to switch to a new console.

Its also worth noting that this gaming monitor comes with Acer’s proprietary VisionCare Technologies which was designed for a flicker-less viewing experience and also includes a special Blue Light Filter, as well as low-dimming technology. This further helps reduce eye strain during marathon gaming sessions.

How We Picked

Manufacturing and tech improvements have helped high-quality gaming monitors to come down in price to the point where you can get a nice unit for under $200. Though in some cases, manufacturers have given into the temptation to cut a corner here and there.

Resolution And Refresh Rate

The refresh rate is a major criterion, that ranks up there right alongside resolution. We tried to filter out anything that was under 75 Hz. Ideally, 144 Hz was even better, but for a gaming monitor under $200, it’s pretty hard to find anything with a higher refresh rate. 1ms response rate is also somewhat standard, if not on the cutting edge for the best gaming monitors under $200.

When it comes to resolution, 1080p or the relative equivalent was also a key factor. Sure 4K is growing in popularity and availability as the way of the future. Unfortunately, it also tends to drive up the price, which makes it hard to keep your gaming system on a budget.

Flat Or Curved Display

Curved versus flat is also a key consideration that deserved to be weighed in on during the review process. In the past, a curved monitor usually landed outside of the $200 price range. It’s only been recent that they’ve come in reach of gamers working with a limited budget.

The advantage of a curved monitor is that you get a more immersive experience. If you’ve got a little bit more of a budget to play with, or you come into some money later on down the road, you can even link several of them together to make you feel like you’re inside the game. The downside of a curved monitor is that most of them feel awkward for times when you might want to play against a friend. It’s a little hard to share the same curved gaming monitor if you’re saying in a dorm room.

With a flat-screen gaming monitor, it’s much easier to have two people sit reasonably close together to play at the same time. Flat gaming monitors also tend to be a little lower in price, which can save you some money if you’re working with a slim budget.

Connection Ports

Connectivity and ports are also something we kept an eye out for. HDMI is sort of the standard now, though VGA still has a place in the gaming monitor world. Coming up fast and gaining traction is the display port, which allows you to connect a wider range of devices. When a unit had multiple connection ports we naturally moved it up the list for the simple fact that it spares you the hassle of unplugging and plugging in different consoles or devices when you want to use them.

Audio ports are also a nice touch as they let you connect to secondary speakers or even tap into a home audio system. Though most gaming monitors these days do come with some speakers built-in. You shouldn’t be overly dismayed if the wattage output of those speakers is a little on the low side. Especially when you consider that you’ll likely be sitting rather close to the gaming monitor.

Blue Light Filtering And Anti-Flicker

These are somewhat new technologies that are growing in demand. Right off the bat blue light reduction helps reduce eye strain, which is a big deal for marathon gamers. At the same time, there’s a growing body of research that points to excessive blue light exposure in the evenings contributing to certain sleep disorders.

A gaming monitor under $200 that also has some type of auto-dimming was something we saw as an added feather in the cap. While it’s not a make-or-break it type of feature, a lot of gamers do end up playing in low light conditions or a dark room. Bringing down the brightness output of the monitor by a miniscule 10 to 15% helps to reduce eye strain, while also making it easier to see what’s going on in the world around you.

ASUS VG245H 24-inch Full HD 1080p

ASUS VG245H 24-inch Full HD 1080p

Specs:

  • 24-inch display
  • 1080p resolution
  • Dual HDMI ports
  • Game Fast input technology
  • 75 Hz refresh rate
  • 1ms response time
  • Adaptive Sync
  • Eye care reduced blue light
  • Game Fast input technology

The ASUS VG245H attempts to marry a very friendly price point to the kind of essential features you want to find in a gaming monitor under $200. It measures in at 24-inches on the diagonal and displays images at 1080p resolution.

ASUS VG245H 24-inch Full HD 1080p

On the side, you will find dual HDMI ports, which is nice if you are using it for more than one device or console. It spares you having to constantly switch back and forth if you have more than one console.

ASUS VG245H 24-inch Full HD 1080p back

ASUS designed this gaming monitor with a 1ms response time and a refresh rate of 75 Hz. On paper, the frame rate is a little bit on the low side for a gaming monitor. Especially when you consider that some of the competitors have a 144 Hz refresh rate.

However, they compensate for this with their “Game Fast Input Technology” which helps to reduce input lag while making for better combos and in-game effects. The ASUS VG245H is compatible with AMD FreeSync technology which further helps to eliminate screen tearing as well as things like choppy frame rates.