11 Cheap Monitors (Under $200) Ranked from Best to Worst

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Even if you own a laptop with a gorgeous display that you love working on, you can be more productive by connecting to another monitor (or preferably two or three). Whether it's for the home, office or mancave, you'll need at least one good monitor (maybe even a gaming monitor). Fortunately, you can get a good monitor for under $200, with some decent models costing less than $100. At those prices, you can even buy multiple displays without breaking the bank, or resorting to using an older laptop as a wireless display.

We've tested 11 different affordable screens – measuring everything from brightness to color quality and response time – and ranked them from best to worst, and there's sure to be one that's right for you.

What to expect for less than $200

In this price range, expect screens that are between 21 and 24 inches and have 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution, but not higher. Some of the monitors we looked at use IPS display technology for improved color and wider viewing angles, but the majority use the older TN technology, which is serviceable but has its limitations. You’ll also give up niceties like built-in USB connections, faster refresh rates and height-adjustable stands.


Product Name Screen Size Panel Gamut Brightnesss Response Time
Acer R240HY bidx 24 inches IPS 103% 194 nits 4ms
Acer G226HQL 22 inches TN 107% 199 nits 2ms
Asus VS228H-P 22 inches TN 110% 184 nits 5ms
Asus VS248H 24 inches TN 108% 241 nits 2ms
BenQ GL2760H 27 inches TN 113% 288 nits 2ms
Dell SE2416HX 24 inches IPS 108% 179 nits 6ms
HP Pavilion 22cwa 22 inches IPS 97% 171 nits 7ms
LG 24MP58HQ-P 24 inches IPS 108% 208 nits 5ms
Samsung SD300
24 inches TN 114% 242 nits 5ms
Sceptre E248W 24 inches TN 103% 273 nits 5ms
Viewsonic VA2446M 24 inches TN 119% 226 nits 5ms



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