If you want to play your favorite video games in vivid colors and truly immerse yourself in the graphics, you will need a darn good gaming monitor. Even the best gaming computers will be nothing unless the monitor can render images in realistic detail. Thanks to lowered manufacturing costs, the price of monitors has gone down in recent years. You can get a solid gaming for as little as $100. The best cheap gaming monitor currently available is the HP Pavilion 22cwa. Here is a list of more excellent budget gaming monitors:
10 Best Cheap Gaming Monitor – 2017
This is the best cheap gaming monitor you can buy for best value. It has a 21.5-inch LCD screen, so it’s generously large. The screen is backlit so graphics are always visible regardless of the angle. I was impressed with how vivid the graphics were. The screen resolution is Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. Plus, the monitor has In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology, so the graphics are rendered in high color fidelity. The profile of the monitor is quite thin too, so it fits easily on any surface without occupying too much space. The stand is Open WEDGE designed so it provides easy access to HDMI and VGA ports. If you have this screen, you really will not need any other.
This slim widescreen monitor renders full HD graphics with backlit LED display. There are several features that make this product one of the best. The display mode comes with an aspect control function so the user can choose a preferred display mode. This makes it very easy to switch between watching movies and games with different aspect ratios. The monitor has a tech tool to automatically improve the display contrast as well, so graphics are rendered quite lifelike. It has what’s called Smart View tech that definitely improves color quality. It’s very difficult to be unimpressed by this monitor. It doesn’t even feel like a budget gaming monitor.
This BenQ is one of the lowest costing gaming monitors currently available. It has a 24-inch screen, which is slightly smaller than the two mentioned above. However, this monitor renders color images slightly better than the two previous ones. Thanks to Human Vision and Senseye 3 tech, colors are shown in the truest quality. The monitor has a whopping six calibration tools to get the best color mode as possible. If there’s a downside, then it’s the pre-designed compatibility with Windows 8 machines. However, this monitor will work with any type of PC regardless of the OS so it’s not a big deal.
This monitor is one of the expensive ones on this list. But I find it totally worth investing in because this monitor is designed to show images in extremely high detail. The monitor is designed exclusively for gaming with a 144Hz refresh rate. So the graphics on screen are stunningly intricate. This is the ideal monitor to play advanced full HD 1080 games and even 3D games. It has VGA, DVI and HDMI input ports. If you really have the money, I highly recommend in investing in this monitor.
This is a super widescreen gaming monitor with an impressive 2560 x 1080 screen resolution. It also has an amazing 250 cd/m2 of screen brightness. While some people may find that just a tad bit too bright, for others, like me, it’s perfect for playing games. The brightness can especially help when playing games with dark color themes like Halo. Plus, it allows screen splitting so this is definitely one of the best cheap gaming monitors for dual or multiplayer games.
This monitor has a 144hz response rate, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 80,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 1ms responsive time. All these specs are geared towards rendering graphics vividly and in high detail. Usually, monitors with similar specs cost a lot more. This monitor is definitely a bargain and I highly recommend it for hardcore gamers. It’s also wall mountable and has swivel adjustment.
This gaming monitor offers smooth graphics for casual to hardcore gaming as well as watching movies. Response time is 5ms, which is very decent considering the time. It has Asus aspect control so images are shown in true to life form with as minimal distortion as much as possible. You can adjust color parameters as you like using Smart View technology. This is a great budget gaming monitor that is well worth investing in.
This gaming monitor has rather standard features compared to other monitors on this list. However, the defining feature that makes this monitor well worth buying is the ultra thin design. The screen is super thin bezel made. Also, it sports a sleek silver metallic design that looks very hip in the living room or on your desktop.
AMD FreeSync technology gives this budget gaming monitor super fast response time. Input lag is minimal, so gaming experience is quite seamless. I really liked the black stabilization tech that gives all games the ultimate visibility regardless of in-game contrast. Plus, it has hotkeys calibrated for gaming mode. Settings are highly customizable, making this monitor well worth every penny.
10. Acer G226HQL
This gaming monitor is one of the cheapest you can buy. Despite the price, the specs are quite decent. Screen size is 21.5 inches, resolution is 1920 x 1080 and response time is 5ms. The glaring downside is that it has no HDMI ports. VESA mount also has to be bought separately. If you can live with that, this gaming monitor will be quite sufficient otherwise.
Tips for Buying a Budget Gaming Monitor
Here are several tips to keep in mind when shopping for a cheap gaming monitor:
The bigger the gaming monitor is the better. However, you might want to choose a smaller one if there are space concerns.
The bigger screens require better screen resolutions. Maximum full HD screen resolution is 1,920 by 1,080 for screens up to 27 inches. Any larger and you will need better resolutions.
Response and refresh rate refers to how fast a pixel can change. It’s given in milliseconds (ms). The ideal ms rate is 2 or less. But monitors with rates up to 5ms are quite sufficient for gaming needs.
Make sure the monitor comes with adequate connectivity. Some may not have HDMI ports so you should be sure that you don’t need one before buying one of these.
If you are on a budget, you may not be able to benefit from latest tech like Ultra-High-Definition (UHD). But don’t be too disappointed. Budget range monitors can be quite detailed in comparable ways.