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Best Cheap Monitors (August 2020): Great Screens To Buy For $200 Or Less

There are some excellent budget PC monitors if you're looking to game or work from home.

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More people are working from home every day, but it can be difficult transitioning into working within your home, especially if your office has a lot of the tools you need for your daily duties. One of them might even be a monitor, and while you may not need to plug your laptop into one to get your work done using an external monitor, they're a handy tool to have that increases your screen space and makes doing your work easier. To help make the transition easier, we've collected our picks for the current best budget monitor you can get for $200 or less, all of which feature free Amazon Prime shipping, so you don't have to leave the house to get a cheap display with decent input lag, even if it's not a 4K monitor.

Of course, while we're focusing on finding you a cheap monitor that's good for your daily work routine, these can also double as a good computer monitor for gaming. Just keep in mind that they won't stack up against their more expensive gaming monitor counterparts--these are all still in the budget monitor range, after all. You end up paying extra for things like Freesync, a good refresh rate, contrast ratio, a thin bezel, viewing angle, the standard 16:9 aspect ration, IPS monitor functionality, so finding a cheap 4K monitor to take advantage of your new graphics card, a freesync monitor, multiple connectivity options, good screen size, low input lag, or even an ultrawide monitor is pretty difficult, and HDR is pretty rare in PC monitors in general.

That said, all of these picks have everything you need in a gaming monitor: full HD resolution, a standard HDMI port (which lets you just plug just about any device into it), and the occasional array of bonus gaming features like a 144Hz refresh rate. They may not boast a 4K resolution, but they can still enhance your gaming experience beyond the standard budget monitor with strong brightness, decent color accuracy and color reproduction, and a lack of screen tearing. And for many, the standard 1080p resolution and non-ultrawide aspect ratio is still great for gaming, and most players don't really need an IPS panel to enjoy their favorite games--a normal computer monitor will do just fine.

Many of these studio monitors are currently discounted, though please note that Amazon's prices on any cheap monitor fluctuate on a dime, so what you see below may not represent what you see when you click through. Please note the price before you make your final best budget monitor purchase. We've found picks for those with a high refresh rate, a pure budget gaming monitor under $100 that still have a decent contrast ratio, those with a great viewing angle, and a couple of picks if you're looking for a curved monitor. If you're looking to pair your new budget gaming monitor with an affordable gaming rig, check out our guide on how to build a gaming PC.

Note: The prices shown below indicate a product's standard list price and may not reflect any current discounts or other fluctuations.

The best budget monitors:

Budget monitors under $100

Best budget gaming monitors

Best budget 144Hz monitors

Best budget curved monitors

Best budget portable monitors

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Some of the monitors above are nearly 35% higher then they should be. Try to wait the pandemic out if you can, if not go cheap or buy used.

Save your money for newer models next year at better prices and that have the features that can take advantage of the new consoles coming out as well.

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My last couple monitors sucked..

I use my 4k tv in Man Cave.

But I know it's not working out too well..

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Oh goodness, prices have jumped in just four days. Prices are gouged to death right now. Less then six months ago prices where nearly 25% less. If monitor costs $100 it now costs 125$, 200$ now 250$ If you can possibly wait till this fall or next spring, would be good advice because just about everything has increased too much l

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I don't want to imagine how 1st worlders view the 60 hz monitors... wich are pretty standard here.

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@santinegrete: A lot of it really depends on what you use monitors for. I won't go into detail about work/professional use- but stick to gaming. If all you play is strategy, RPG, wow, or adventure like games then a IPS panel, with HDR, tons of color/light options monitor would suit you better then a TN, VA, super fast mhz monitor that does FPS, Racing, MOBAs like gaming best.

It is like vehicle options people pay for, but rarely ever use. And buying a monitor that is built towards the games you play the most will give peeps the best bang for their bucks. I am using a 3 yr old - benq IPS, HDR, 27", 75mhz, 5ms latency, with great options and features. For the RPG types of games I play, it is amazing. But if I mostly played FPS, the slower framerates may not be optimal. And when you compare this monitor, against a high speed tn/va panel, you can immediately notice how much nicer the colors and brightness is.

Higher priced monitors, close the differences between the two for sure, but that may be money better spent elsewhere.

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@jenovaschilld: Can I get ur Suggestions for me Dude?

I need 24" or bigger as im now used to larger screens since Ive been using my Huge 4K tv as monitor for a year now.

~I'm bout to finally upgrade my video card to something to go with new monitor.

Whatev I can get for 2-300 bucks..

So my monitor price range is 200-300 also..

I don't play a lot of FPS fast games anymore and like bright mode.

Actually I play everything. I got like 600+ games on STeam alone..

Thanks man

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@sippio: So pixel density is what makes some monitors so silky smooth and why many phones are oled well before TV screens and monitor, as it is harder to stretch sooo much awesome while keeping the dozens of options that a computer monitor may need. 1080p looks good upto 24" 25" but looks worse any larger. 2k or 1440p looks great at 25" -32" but starts looking thin any larger. And 4k looks good from there on. Squeezing in so many pixels into a tight area is not only gorgeous but can be easier on your eyes. People who play FPS most freq do not like going above 24"-25" because they cannot use peripheral vision as well. Meanwhile us RPG/ adventure gamers love the biggest we can get, but for the most part 27" up is the sweet spots. Now the jump from 1080p to 2k 1440p is very noticeable, and the jump from 1440p to 4k is not so much, and often people have time noticing because games being developed just do not use 4k assets solely and focus on the largest buying block, 720-1080p.

Okay, so alot above, I know. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFZ5ofmZt58&feature=emb_logo linus tech tips buyer guide 2019, has helpful user information. So https://www.newegg.com/benq-ew2780q-27/p/N82E16824014725 this monitor would be most appropriate for you. at $300 and https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-q27q-10-27-ips-led-qhd-freesync-monitor-black/6404031.p?skuId=6404031&ref=212&loc=1&ref=212&loc=1&gclid=CjwKCAjw8J32BRBCEiwApQEKgTcmPylLWpBBJV1DjlDG4YawrYNVjJbOeH2l3yNcJKG3u-ZyWR1aNBoCEAoQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds at 200$

And this one at 250$ https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-PB277Q-WQHD-2560x1440-Monitor/dp/B01EN3Z7QQ

Here is what makes these monitors great for gaming. 27" 2k, IPS - cannot say enough about an IPS monitors (that are calibrated well), 60-75mhz, and decent build qualities. Faster framerates are really nice for about any game, especially FPS, but color correct depths and density of IPS is also hard to pass up. I would keep response times or monitor latencies below 6ms.

I should also mention that now, is really not a time to buy electronics because of the pandemic that has slowed production and demand is high. Just about everything is 25% marked up. So a 100$ monitor will now cost 125, and a 300 > 375. About as bad as 2017 when bitcoin market drove prices up. If you can wait till winter, not only will you get much better prices as production goes up, demand goes down, and the flooded used market will also drive prices down. There will also be newer products out as well. Faster, larger, IPS, new tech, and faster framerates, and more and more ultrawides as well.

I have been wanting one of those HDR 600, but will wait till prices cooldown alot.

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@sippio: So pixel density is what makes some monitors so silky smooth and why many phones are oled well before TV screens and monitor, as it is harder to stretch sooo much awesome while keeping the dozens of options that a computer monitor may need. 1080p looks good upto 24" 25" but looks worse any larger. 2k or 1440p looks great at 25" -32" but starts looking thin any larger. And 4k looks good from there on. Squeezing in so many pixels into a tight area is not only gorgeous but can be easier on your eyes. People who play FPS most freq do not like going above 24"-25" because they cannot use peripheral vision as well. Meanwhile us RPG/ adventure gamers love the biggest we can get, but for the most part 27" up is the sweet spots. Now the jump from 1080p to 2k 1440p is very noticeable, and the jump from 1440p to 4k is not so much, and often people have time noticing because games being developed just do not use 4k assets solely and focus on the largest buying block, 720-1080p.

Okay, so alot above, I know. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFZ5ofmZt58&feature=emb_logo linus tech tips buyer guide 2019, has helpful user information. So https://www.newegg.com/benq-ew2780q-27/p/N82E16824014725 this monitor would be most appropriate for you. at $300 and https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-q27q-10-27-ips-led-qhd-freesync-monitor-black/6404031.p?skuId=6404031&ref=212&loc=1&ref=212&loc=1&gclid=CjwKCAjw8J32BRBCEiwApQEKgTcmPylLWpBBJV1DjlDG4YawrYNVjJbOeH2l3yNcJKG3u-ZyWR1aNBoCEAoQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds at 200$

And this one at 250$ https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-PB277Q-WQHD-2560x1440-Monitor/dp/B01EN3Z7QQ

Here is what makes these monitors great for gaming. 27" 2k, IPS - cannot say enough about an IPS monitors (that are calibrated well), 60-75mhz, and decent build qualities. Faster framerates are really nice for about any game, especially FPS, but color correct depths and density of IPS is also hard to pass up. I would keep response times or monitor latencies below 6ms.

I should also mention that now, is really not a time to buy electronics because of the pandemic that has slowed production and demand is high. Just about everything is 25% marked up. So a 100$ monitor will now cost 125, and a 300 > 375. About as bad as 2017 when bitcoin market drove prices up. If you can wait till winter, not only will you get much better prices as production goes up, demand goes down, and the flooded used market will also drive prices down. There will also be newer products out as well. Faster, larger, IPS, new tech, and faster framerates, and more and more ultrawides as well.

I have been wanting one of those HDR 600, but will wait till prices cooldown alot.

Awesome post man,,,I didn't even know you posted this reply..Sorry man.

~I like that monitor but can't go back to 27" again. but I might if they start looking like shit at 33" and ^... I will be getting ur opinion when I find one...

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@jenovaschilld: thanks for the input, IPS is indeed very rare (and expensive by extension) here. This new chinese 24" TV I use as monitor now barely hits HD and is 60 hz, but no doubt colors are vivid. Thank god I'm not into serious online Shooter competition, I'd be on a loosing end with such basic display D:

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@santinegrete: You know alot of people use tvs as monitors, and while the gap between pixel density of tv is slowly closing in on those of monitors (couple of thousand dollar range) there are still some things that monitor shine at. But a good little tv sure is awesome, till a monitor becomes available.

There are some things you can do to find a great monitor cheap. Pawn shops, flea markets often have some amazing monitors but because it is often hard to figure out which monitor are good or not (and labeling is complicated), they sometimes sell them at a low price just to move them. There was a apple imac desktop all in one, that was gutted but for some reason the monitor was perfect. A little work and he was able to convert it for pc use, he even made a wooden frame around it, kinda cool. $30. Ebay will have some good monitor, since some people constantly upgrade. Monitors have so many hours of life, that alot of times you will get years of use and pay 1/2 the price. I look for ones that have no stands, they throw em away, and then upgrade and sell them much cheaper.

Also some sites have low priced IPS monitors that are not top of the line but still get the job done just fine. asus ips monitor 27" newegg for 150$ Of course right now is a bad time to buy electronics because of the pandemic inflation around the world. But you may find something great on craiglist.

I cannot brag enough on a properly calibrated and adjusted IPS monitor for Non- FPS games. It is hard to go back, in deed.

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Somebody likes AOC. I have a Sceptre. Anyone looking for a cheap, big, and good looking monitor should look into Sceptre.

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Just recently (in the last week) bought myself the LG UltraGear 27GL850-B Nano-IPS Monitor. It is fantastic. The colour is really deep and rich and the motion rate is great too. Worth the money for sure :)

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@openmind23: Yeah that monitor is insane, but not really, -cough- in the realm of the article's spirit above.

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@openmind23: Same monitor I'm using. Picked it up a few months ago was selling out everywhere. Really popular because the price isn't too expensive for the quality you get.

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