Best Gaming Monitor Under 100

Best Gaming Monitor Under $100 Dollars For 2017 – My Top 7 Picks

Finding decent gaming peripherals on a tight budget is hard - I know that as well as anyone. 

But finding decent gaming monitors on a budget? That's a million times harder.

Monitors are arguably one of the most important peripherals we PC gamers use. They determine how high our FPS can go, how good (Or bad) our games look, and just generally have a huge impact on our gaming experiences.

Imagine playing modern games at anything less than 1920x1080px, for example - they would look awful!

That's why I've decided to help you find out what the best gaming monitor under $100 dollars is, so you can be ready to kick butt and take names throughout the rest of 2017.

I wrote a similar article a while back on the top 10 best gaming monitors under $300, so why not do another article for those of you who want to spend even less?

Now, this list won't be my usual top 10 list - this is simply because there aren't that many solid gaming monitors that fit this price range. It sucks, but it's true. Most companies don't want to make monitors this cheap.

However, it will be a list of what I believe to be the 5 best picks you can possibly find for less than $100.

Best Gaming Monitor Under 100

Monitors - The Unsung Heroes Of PC Gaming

Before I get into the list, though, let's take a moment to appreciate these unsung PC gaming heroes. (Don't worry, you can just scroll down if you don't feel like reading this)

As stated above, monitors are pretty darn important - but if that's the case, why are they so often underlooked?

Pre built gaming PCs don't include them by default, and many people (Both veterans and newbies) who are building their own gaming rigs tend to simply use whatever old monitor they have lying around, in the interest of saving money.

Heck, even I've done that in the past! Shelling out upwards of $300 when you've already built a $500 gaming PC is one of the suckiest things ever. It essentially turns your $500 rig into an $800 rig - and often, even those monitors aren't that good!

Nobody wants that.

But, even beyond that, I believe the reason for this mentality is that people just don't view monitors as critical components of their build. Surely the video card, CPU, and RAM are all more important pieces of hardware, right?

Technically, yes - but it doesn't matter if you have an amazing beast of a rig with 6 case fans and vibrant LEDs if your monitor can't even manage 1080P gaming! And if you're opting for, say, a $1000 gaming PC, you won't even be able to crack 60FPS if your monitors refresh rate isn't higher than that.

Yuck.

So, while I'm not saying the monitors listed below are 140Hz, 1ms response time paragons of HD gaming, they'll be a whole lot better than whatever monitor you were going to dig out of your garage.

Enough of my rambling - let's get started!

What Makes A Good Budget Monitor?

For those of you who are really new to building your own gaming rigs (Or just PC gaming in general), you might be wondering how to tell if a given monitor is any good or not - what the heck do things like VGA, VESA, DVI, etc. even mean, anyway?

If that describes you, don't worry - most people don't know what the heck most of that really means for their gaming experiences, and most of it doesn't really matter to begin with. I will include details like that in the list below for those of you who are interested in those metrics (I'm not), but again - if you're new to PC gaming, don't worry about it.

Purely for the purposes of picking the absolute best budget gaming monitor, there are only 3 things you should be concerned with.

Screen resolution, screen quality (Includes color depth, crispness, etc.), and response time.

Screen resolution and quality are pretty self explanatory (At least, I hope so), but response time is a bit more complicated.

Many people describe response time as just being how quickly your monitors reacts to input from your peripherals (Keyboard and mouse), but that's a bit of an oversimplification.

What it really means how fast your monitor can react to changes on-screen. In other words, if you're staring at a completely static wall in a game, and you suddenly shift your view elsewhere, your monitors response time determines how quickly those pixels can change to something else.

Anyway, that's enough tech talk - the important takeaway here is just that those three things are super important to an optimal gaming experience.

Let's get on with the list!

Top 7 Best Cheap Gaming Monitors

#1 - HP Pavillion 22CWA 21.5" IPS

Best Cheap gaming monitors

Pros

Cons

The HP Pavillion 22CWA is one of the cooler looking monitors on this list - speaking strictly from a design point of view. With a beautiful IPS screen, full 1080P HD, and a rapid 7ms response time, it's an awesome pick on a budget.

The 22CWA has one of the coolest designs I've ever seen in a ultra-budget monitor - and it's surprisingly sturdy! This monitor has full 1080P HD compatibility, and a pretty-fast 7ms response time - not bad for a monitor just under $100.

The stand, as briefly mentioned above, is pretty sturdy for a budget monitor. It's not the best stand of all time, of course, but it's good enough - better than the Acer G257HU, anyway.

The bezels on this monitor are super-thin, and the monitor materials look and feel excellent. It has a solid 21.5" screen (A little small, but all monitors at this price range are either 22" or smaller) and remarkably clear picture quality.

The colors look decent, and the screen is neither too bright nor too dim - it fits a nice sweet spot. The fact that this is an IPS monitor is also a pretty big plus in my opinion.

A few people have reported a bit of backlight bleeding here and there, but it's not too noticeable during the day - and hardly worth complaining about, given the price.

I'll just say this now - this monitor is the #1 monitor I recommend out of all 5 on this list. It looks cool, and functions perfectly!

#2 - ViewSonic VA2246M 22" LED

ViewSonic VA2246M

Pros

Cons

ViewSonic isn't the first name that comes to mind when you think "Gaming monitor", but they provide excellent budget options for any purpose - gaming included. The VA2246M is a solid pick at just around $100, but it is lacking an HDMI port - you'll have to stick to DVI or VGA only.

The ViewSonic VA2246M offers one of the best price-to-performance ratios you can possibly get in a monitor under $100. Trust me, I've done my research!

Naturally, design-wise, the VA2246M doesn't look too fancy. The bezels are thin enough, but not razor-thin like I typically prefer. The color scheme is a pretty standard black, and the stand is a pretty boring shape as well.

However, none of that matters for a monitor this cheap. What does matter is actual performance and quality - and it excels in both of those areas.

The colors are vibrant, and the color reproduction is perfect. There's little to no backlight bleeding visible, and no dead pixels either. The screen just looks good - not as good as a $300+ monitor, naturally, but it holds it own pretty darn well for the price.

Unfortunately, this monitor lacks any HDMI ports - this is a huge bummer for those of you who prefer it over VGA or DVI, but if you're just getting started in PC gaming, it probably won't matter too much to you.

The screen has a bit of tilt functionality, but nothing to write home about. The built-in speakers are alright, but not great - no surprise there, most integrated speakers suck (In monitors of any price).

#3 - Acer S220HQL 21.5" LCD

Acer S220HQL

Pros

Cons

Acer's ultra-thin and ultra-cheap S220HQL is an excellent addition to my top 5 budget monitors. With only a 5ms response time, it's one of the faster-responding monitors on this list.

I've always loved Acer's products in the past (I'm a big fan of their G257HU, despite a few of its faults), and the S220HQL is really no exception to that rule. It has a few downsides that I'll get into in a bit, but it's a remarkably good monitor for what you're paying (Cheaper than any monitor so far on this list).

The design, like most budget monitors, is pretty unassuming. Noticing a trend yet? šŸ˜‰

The bezels are pretty thick and ugly looking, but the monitor itself is remarkably thin and lightweight. This is mostly a good thing, but I feel it may be contributing (At least somewhat) to the very noticeable stand wobbling while typing. More weighty monitors don't tend to have that problem.

It's one of those things you get used to, though, and it's really not something I'm going to take off too many points for, given the otherwise excellent value.

The 1080P resolution looks awesome here, and the colors look just as good as the previous monitors. There is a bit of minor backlight bleed, but it's only noticeable if your screen is completely black in a very dark room (Okay, I just described 90% of PC gamers, I know).

However, out of the box, a few people reported  that the colors looked a bit washed out - using the built-in color calibration utility in Windows fixed the problem for most people, though. It's also worth mentioning that this only happened to a few users - most people had no such problems.

Additionally, the monitor was exceptionally bright by default - but I consider that more of a pro than a con, being that you can easily tweak that in the OSD.ā€‹

#4 - ASUS VS228H-P 21.5" LED

ASUS VS228H-P

Pros

Cons

Asus is one of the biggest names in PC gaming, and for good reason - they make amazing products! The VS228H-P is a brilliant budget monitor with some neat features that cause it to stand out from the crowd.

This is probably my 2nd favorite monitor on this list - right next to the HP Pavillion listed above! First of all, it looks significantly better than most of the other monitors on this list design-wise, the OSD menu buttons aactually make sense (And are clearly labelled), and -...Okay, I'm getting ahead of myself.

First, the design. Sorry. So, the stand is pretty decent - not a whole lot of wobbliness to complain about, really. The bezels are thinner than most budget monitors, but still annoyingly visible (Edgeless technology, please make your way to monitors).

The glossy material isn't my favorite (Because it attracts fingerprints), but it definitely isn't a dealbreaker for me.

Oh, and this monitor actually supports all 3 major display types - HDMI, DVI, AND VGA! What a relief.

The screen looks awesome at 1080P, with a relatively quick 5ms response time. It has a few Asus-specific technologies operating behind the scenes, as well. Asus' Aspect Control feature allows you to set a preferred display mode (Full, 4:3, etc.) to suit whatever your current computer-related activity is (Whether it's gaming or Netflix binging). Pretty cool!

They also have Smart View and Splendid Video technologies operating as well, which essentially just work in the background to adjust color vibrance, image sharpness, and overall performance depending on what task you're performing on your PC. You also have plenty of options for calibrating this monitor to your personal preferences in the OSD menu.

VESA support is included by default, if you prefer to mount your monitors, but I typically leave them as is.

#5 - Acer G226HQL 21.5" LED

Acer G226HQL

Pros

Cons

We end this list with another Acer monitor - the G226HQL! With a fancy x-shaped stand and thinner bezels, this monitor is a strong competitor for the best budget gaming monitor under $100!

Yep, one more Acer monitor to add to this list! Coming in at around $97, it really doesn't get much better than this. The 21.5" screen looks really good at 1080P, and (Like most of the other monitors on this list) it also has a 5ms response time, making it great for gaming on a budget (Though the faster the better, obviously).

While the tilt functionality is a bit irritating to use (It isn't a simply hand adjustment, you actually have to pop off the stand and use a screw driver to tweak the stand to the perfect angle), it's still present, and a welcome addition.

The bezels on this monitor are thinner than the Sā€‹220HQL by a bit (Appreciated, nonetheless), and the X-shaped stand is a welcome variation from the typical round stands of most budget monitors. Unfortunately, this seems to have resulted in even more stand wobbliness than usual.

Again, it's one of those things you get used to, but still frustrating.

This monitor sadly does not include an HDMI port, nor does it have integrated speakers. For me, these are minor complaints, but they may be dealbreakers for some of you. Personally, I'd gladly pop on a pair of headphones and ignore any crappy built-in speakers to begin with.

The colors look pretty good, but it's definitely obvious that this isn't a high-end monitor - the blacks are pretty shallow, for example, and there's a bit of backlight bleeding around the edges.

My final complaint with this monitor is the glossy screen - I've always despised glossy screens, and I'll never stop despising them. Matte screens are the way to go, monitor companies - I don't care how cheap you're selling it for. Glossy screens reflect everything and just look worse in general.

Oh well. ā€‹

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#6 - AOC E2228SWDN 22"

AOC E2228SWDN 22-inch

Pros

Cons

If one of your main priorities is a low price, the AOC E2050SWD is one of the best options out there. Coming in at under $90 currently, it's the 2nd cheapest monitor on this list, and certainly one of my favorites.

AOC is a relatively well-known name in the monitor community, and they're known primarily for creating solid gaming monitors (With a few exceptions). The E2050SWD is one of the cheapest monitors on the market that are still suitable for gaming, and it's absolutely the cheapest monitor out of my top 7.

The E2050SWD is a 20" LED monitor with a rapid 5ms response time and a 1600x900 resolution - that's right, it's not 1080P, sadly, but no monitor under $90-$100 is, really. No good ones, anyway.

The bezels are extremely thin, and their material is a beautiful brushed plastic (It looks awesome). The stand feels crazy sturdy for the price, and the monitor on a whole feels pretty clean and modern. The screen itself is a glare-repellant matte, too, thank goodness!

It does require a bit of setup to get the optimal picture quality, but that's a a massive non-issue when you once again consider how ridiculously cheap this monitor is (Price-wise, not quality-wise). Check the reviews on Amazon for a few suggestions on setting it up!

Unfortunately, it has no HDMI ports - only VGA or DVI. It makes up for this with VESA mounts, though!

#7 - Sceptre E225W 22"

SCEPTRE E225W 22-inch

Pros

Cons

This actually is the cheapest monitor on this list, priced at right around $80 even. Seriously, you literally cannot get any cheaper without heading into terrible quality monitor land! The Sceptre E225W strikes an excellent balance between quality and price.

I'd never even heard of Sceptre prior to checking out the E225W, but I'm glad I have now! The E225W is a surprisingly high quality monitor with built-in speakers, and a pretty decent quality screen.

The screen is full 1080P with a 5ms response time (Yep, every monitor on this list has a 5ms response time - except the Pavillion), VESA wall mounting compatibility, and actual HDMI support. Phew!

I'm being completely honest when I say you literally cannot get a decent gaming monitor for less than $80. This is the very best you can possibly get for the cheapest price! If you go any lower, you start dipping into 1600x900P resolutions, slow 10ms+ response times, and a whole host of other undesirable things.

The E225W feels pretty cheap build quality wise, but really - what do you expect from an $80 monitor? I feel it's a worthy sacrifice. It isn't going to distract you too much with its wobbliness, but the glossy materials may annoy you a bit at first.

The screen looks good, and the colors have plenty of depth and vibrance to them. This monitor really doesn't have too many issues, aside from a few build quality problems and the occasional missing piece. It's an astounding pick for any budget gaming rig - personally, I recommend you include it with a $400 build, if you don't have a rig already.

Conclusion

Despite a few minor, nit-picky complaints I have about each individual monitor, any one of them would be a great addition to any pre built gaming PC, or even a budget gaming PC build.

I wouldn't recommend using them with higher-end builds, though - but that's simply because you'll be wasting all the extra performance you could be getting (Higher than 60 FPS, 1440p or 4K gaming, etc.).

My personal recommendation out of all of these would be the Pavillion 22CWA. It looks awesome, it has super-thin bezels, it supports HDMI, and it (Like the other monitors on this list, granted) has full 1080P.

The only downside to it, really, is the 7ms response time - but you really won't notice it unless you have a crazy high-end rig that can power through any game on Ultra.

Let me know what you guys think of my top 7 picks! Do you agree, disagree? Do you think there's other monitors I should have included on this list?

Drop a comment below and tell me about it.

Thanks for reading, and I hope this helped inform your purchase decision at least a little bit! See you all next time.

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