Gaming equipment a lot of the time doesn’t come cheap. If you are still finding your feet in the gaming space and are looking for an inexpensive monitor to sharpen your skills, then our list can help you out. If you are gaming in the FPS space then always look for monitors with the higher refresh and response rate like the Viewsonic, if the price is of utmost importance, then the HP can be a good option. As you can see generally TN panels are the preferred choice since they offer great picture quality and super-fast performance. These monitors are our picks for a solid budget or even backup monitor for many gamers and binge gamers.
We start off with the BenQ, which is a good option for pure gamers. Despite, its narrow viewing angles, this monitor is extremely good for gaming.
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The depth of the blacks and the vibrant colors are hallmarks of any great Twisted Nematic screen.
This monitor offers amazing value for money as things like motion handling and pixel response was top notch.
This monitor did also have some quirks in terms of the features it offers. The stand is quite solid and offers good support unlike the Asus on our list.
There are a DVI, HDMI, and VGA port. However, there is no display port option. These are vital for hard-core gamers as they look to get the best performance from all peripherals. Other options like the Viewsonic come with display ports and are in a similar price bracket.
The speakers are not great just like most budget gaming monitors. If this is a feature important to you then you need to look in the higher end market.
We were also surprised that the refresh rate was not 144Hz and was just 60Hz. The higher refresh rate would turn this beautiful monitor into a go-to option for many gamers around the world. However, 144Hz would probably have been quite a stretch for a budget option.
Key Features Screen Size: 24inch Panel Type: TN Response Time: 2ms Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Refresh Rate: 60Hz
This Asus is definitely an option worth considering for any entry level gamer on a budget.
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First up, we would like to note that if you are used to reading e-books or just reading extensively, on this screen you should set it to a lower resolution. Whilst this monitor offers a great 1080P experience for some games and movies, the text can be a bit hard to read.
We loved the fact that this monitor is extremely easy to connect and setup. The multiple port options make it handy to connect your console and PC at the same time. The responsiveness is a bit slow for high performance and FPS games, however, if you are entry level gamer then it can be a good place to start.
The stand was something which we didn’t quite like, as it is extremely sensitive. Just a slight tap on the desk can be picked up.
For basic gaming, a refresh rate higher than 60Hz could be a better option. Despite this monitors ability to produce great picture quality and smooth motion, a 24 inch would be ideal if you are looking for a piece for your primary gaming desktop.
Overall, we think this device is great for the casual gamer and for folks looking for an inexpensive backup option.
Key Features Screen Size: 21.5inch Panel Type: LED Response Time: 5ms Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Aspect Ratio 16:9 Refresh Rate: 60Hz
+ Extremely inexpensive + Ideal for budget gaming PCs
- Very average response rate - Wobbly stand with the slightest of movements
A cheap option from HP Pavillion. This monitor is the textbook definition of a budget display.
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First up, the design of the HP was something that caught our eye. Its slick design made it one of the more aesthetically pleasing options on our list, despite being only 21.5 inches.
This monitor is almost the definition of what one expects from a budget option. The response rate is a lot lower than the Asus or Viewsonic which makes it a big no for FPS gamers.
The colors are great with the IPS panel offering super wide viewing angles as well. The bezel was also quite narrow which was a big positive for us.
Connectivity is limited though with only VGA and HDMI options available. This monitor doesn’t have any slots for headphones or an inbuilt speaker.
The LED backlighting coupled with the ultra slim design is easy on the eye. Basically, if you are into the habit of having frag nights then this monitor might not serve you well. Instead, if you are used to having movie nights and the occasional LoL or Dota night then this monitor is a great choice.
Key Features Screen Size: 21.5 inch Panel Type: IPS Panel Response Time: 7ms Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Refresh Rate: 60Hz
HP Pavillion 22cwa
+ Good regular use/ gaming hybrid + Great picture quality
If you are looking for a large monitor and have a small budget then the AOC is it.
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The e2751She performs extremely well for gaming and intensive tasks. The 2ms response is quite good as well.
The viewing angle has always been the Achilles’ heel of any TN panel and this one is no different. If you are looking to have a bunch of friends over to watch a movie then you might be a bit restricted. Its size, however, makes it a great option for console gaming, everyday work and playing some intensive PC games thanks to its high response rate.
A 3.5mm jack is also present for connecting headphones, however, the inbuilt speaker sound quality is very average.
The black level adjustments do help the picture quality despite the colors not being as rich as those you find on an IPS display. Still, for a 27inch display with a minimal price tag, this monitor sure offers a good bang for your buck.
It’s pretty light, making it easy to move around the house.
The configuration was something we were tinkering with and we found the custom settings tend to work well, especially if you are making use of graphics card.
We thought it might be better if the monitor came pre-configured with its best possible settings. The settings UI is quite simple and offers the look of any regular monitor out there.
Key Features Screen Size: 27inch Panel Type: TN Panel Response Time: 2ms Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Aspect Ratio 16:9 Refresh Rate: 60Hz
+ Value for Money + Dual HDMI ports + Targeted at gaming
- Wish it came preconfigured better - Viewing angles
The amount of value for money and the overall pricing is very important to a lot of people. Most people won’t bother using 400$ or more on something like a gaming monitor But those people still want a good and decent screen for gaming. And that is actually far from impossible, very much proven by this screen from Acer.
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Is it the best PC screen? obviously not. It has minor flaws but to be honest, most people will not notice a single issue with this screen. It’s actually quite amazing what they managed to do with this screen at this price.
You won’t get any game mode button or any other special features. But that is to be expected at this price range, and it still manages to outperform a lot of more expensive monitors. the only real noticeable issue is the backlight bleeding. This means that if you’re watching something very dark on your screen and you have no lights on in the room, there will be a small light coming from the corners onto the screen. For me, this is not a problem since I usually play in a lighted room and I don’t watch a lot of movies on my computer, which is where this problem usually is present. Besides the minor issues I had with this screen, it’s truly amazing how it performs. It’s pretty much a 250$ screen for a mere 130$ and that’s hard to argue against.
If you’re looking for a great gaming monitor, and you are not a perfectionist, this is for you. If you are bothered by small issues such as backlight bleeding this is definitely not the ideal screen for you. But if you are looking for true value for money, this is a great pick. It goes without saying that if you’re looking for a serious hardcore gaming screen this is not for you. But if you’re looking for that you also have to be prepared to throw more money on the table, since this is as good as it gets at this price.