Cheap Gaming Monitors | Under $250January 10, 2019
Whether you are a Console or PC gamer, the first time you play any sort of game on a Gaming Monitor you will notice that it feels smoother, more responsive and easier on the eye. I am a console player and the first time I played Xbox on a gaming monitor I noticed an immediate increase in responsiveness, smoothness, color accuracy and it improved my overall gaming experience. Once you play on a proper Gaming Monitor you will find it hard to go back to playing on an average TV. Gaming Monitors do get quite expensive and usually what you pay for is what you get, recently Monitors and TVs, in general, have seen a drastic price drop due to the rate at which the technology is improving. That being said, there are a lot of Cheap Gaming Monitors on the market now that are really impressive and budget friendly.
In this article I will be going through a couple of my favorite Cheap Gaming Monitors, none of the Monitors I mention will be priced above $250 USD and I will also include a handy buyers guide for you to use when doing your own research.
You can get cheap Gaming Monitors in a variety of different resolutions, from Full HD 1080p, 2K, and 4K. When choosing a resolution you need to make sure your hardware can output the right resolution video to fully take advantage of the Monitor. At the sub $250 mark you are most likely going to come across 1080p displays, and that is fine for gaming and a lot of competitive gamers prefer it.
The screen size is the measurement from 1 corner of the monitor to the other diagonal corner. Size is an important factor and will impact how you play on the monitor. Think about how you will be playing on the monitor, if you need to be close 21 – 27″ is the ideal size, if you are sitting back from the screen quite a bit then bigger is better. Side note – bigger the display the higher the resolution you need to take full advantage of the size.
Response time is the amount of time it takes for one pixel to change and its measured in milliseconds, ms for short. When you input a command on either a keyboard or controller, the response time is how long it takes for that command to happen on the screen. When gaming you want the quickest response time possible, most gaming monitors have a response time from 5-1ms, 1ms being the best.
The refresh rate of a monitor is the speed (rate) at which the monitor’s image changes (refreshes). The faster the refresh rate, the more times the image can update every second and the smoother the image will look. This number of changes per second is measured in hertz (Hz). 60Hz would be the absolute minimum I’d accept for gaming monitors and some gaming monitors can reach 240Hz.
The number of inputs a monitor has on its rear determines how versatile the monitor can be, it determines how many things can be connected to it simultaneously. The last thing you want to do is switch display cables when you decide to do a bit of console gaming but you can’t because your PC is connected. More inputs = more versatility.
We have already discussed screen size but overall monitor size is something most people forget about when choosing a cheap gaming monitor. Make sure the dimensions of the monitor fit within the area you want to place it.
Overall aesthetics of a monitor can either make or break a gaming monitor, a monitor can have the greatest specs but if it looks like a Dell monitor from the office or school it can ruin the entire experience. Slim Bezels, Lighting Effect, Gaming Aesthetic, are all things you need to take into consideration, you will be looking at the monitor a lot so it’s important you like what you see.
When looking for a gaming monitor you will notice a lot of buzz words being thrown around. A few things that I class as extras are, HDR – The difference between the lightest and darkest part of an image, higher or wider is better. Free Sync or G Sync – Technologies developed to manage the refresh rate of a monitor and provide smoother playback.
Cheap Gaming Monitors Under $250
Resolution – Full HD 1080p | Screen Size – 24 Inch | Response Time – 1ms | Refresh Rate – 75Hz | Inputs – 2x HDMI, 1x D-Sub, 3.5mm Headphone Jack/Line-in ports| Overall Size (WxHxD) – 22 x (14.1-19.25) x 8.30 inches | Aesthetics – Gamer Aesthetic, Comes in Black | Extras – AMD FreeSync/Adaptive Sync, ASUS Eye Care technology, Game Fast Technology
The Asus VG245H is a great 24-inch gaming monitor at a very affordable price, it is targeted towards Console and PC users and offers a super fast 1ms response time coupled with a 75Hz refresh rate. The ability to connect a PC and a Console to this display via its 2 HDMI inputs is a delight when it comes time to switch from one to the other. You get a bunch of extra features with this monitor as well, AMD FreeSync/Adaptive Sync, ASUS Eye Care technology, and Game Fast Technology. Given the price of this monitor, it is a steal for anyone looking to step up to a Gaming Monitor.
BenQ Zowie 24 inch
Resolution – Full HD 1080p | Screen Size – 24 Inch | Response Time – 1ms | Refresh Rate – 75Hz, (60Hz – optimized for console) | Inputs – 2x HDMI ports, DVI-D, D-Sub, and 3.5mm Headphone Jack/Line-in ports | Overall Size (WxHxD) – 22.7 x 17 x 7 | Aesthetics – Understated design, Comes in Black | Extras – Black eQualizer, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free
BenQ has always produced top-notch monitors, and the Zowie 24 Inch gaming monitor continues this trend. You get 1ms response time and a refresh rate of 75Hz which can automatically switch to 60Hz for optimized console play. It is easily one of the brightest monitors on the market and the bezel is designed to limit any distraction around the edges from light bleed. The BenQ Zowie 24 inch is a no-frills gaming focused monitor that is one of the best you can pick up in this price range.
Resolution – Full HD 1080p | Screen Size – 24 Inch | Response Time – 1ms | Refresh Rate – 144Hz | Inputs – 2x HDMI , DisplayPort, USB Hub | Overall Size (WxHxD) – 22.3 x 17.1 x 9.4 | Aesthetics – Gaming Aesthetic, Black and Red | Extras – AMD Free Sync
The Viewsonic XG2401 is a hardcore gamer focused monitor that offers a blistering 144Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time, it is easily the fastest monitor I have on this list today. You get 2 HDMI ports to connect multiple devices and AMD Free Sync to help with reducing latency even further. When you look at this monitor is screamers gamer with its black and red design, some will love this and some won’t. You won’t find many monitors in the price range faster than the XG2401 if you are a hardcore gamer on a budget I would consider this monitor over all the others listed here.
Resolution – Full HD 1080p | Screen Size – 27 Inch | Response Time – 6ms | Refresh Rate – 144Hz | Inputs – 1 x DP (cable included) / 2 x HDMI 1.4 | Overall Size (WxHxD) – 24.13 x 17.89 x 9.51 | Aesthetics – Black w/ red stand | Extras – AMD FreeSync
The Viotek GN27C2 is a beautifully crafted monitor that I feel is personally the best looking of the bunch. The curved 27-inch screen and 1080p resolution look absolutely stunning. This monitor is definitely not the quickest with a response time of 6ms, but the 144Hz refresh rate helps a bit and AMD Free Sync helps to smooth out the overall user experience. The black body and red stand design is elegant yet still gamerish, you don’t buy this monitor for low latency gaming at the highest level, you buy this monitor if you are a casual gamer looking to add a stunning centerpiece to your study or office.
Resolution – Full HD 1080p | Screen Size – Curved 32 Inch | Response Time – 3ms | Refresh Rate – up to 144Hz | Inputs – DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort | Overall Size (WxHxD) – 28.28 x19.51 x 9.79 | Aesthetics – Curved and Sharp Design | Extras – AMD FreeSync, Anti Flicker
The Sceptre C325B-144R combines a stunning curved 1080p display with a 3ms response time and variable but up to 144Hz refresh rate, to bring you a gaming focus monitor with a bit of style. Add in AMD FreeSync and Anti Flicker and you have you get a pleasant gaming experience on a budget. You won’t find many 32-inch curved gaming focused monitors under $250 and the Sceptre would be on the top of that very small list.
If you are on a budget and looking to upgrade your stale old monitor to a fancy new Gaming Monitor, it’s hard to go past any of the Cheap Gaming Monitors I have listed today. In the sub $250 category you can’t get much better, in my opinion. Figure out how much space you have to work with at home and what can your hardware support, once you have that answer you can then make a decision on one of the monitors above.
Hopefully, you learned a thing or two today about choosing a gaming monitor, if you need any help making a decision on which monitor to purchase, feel free to hit me up in the comments section below.