Best Gaming Monitors Under $300

Top 10 – Best Gaming Monitors Under $300

Best Gaming Monitors Under 300

As with most PC gaming peripherals out there, picking the right monitor can make a massive difference in your gaming experience. As such, it's important to pick one that suits your budget, and your needs!'

Today, I've got you covered. I'll be listing below the Top 10 best gaming monitors under $300, with lower price brackets included throughout the list.

​But how do you decide which monitors are the best?

Frankly, it all comes down to your own personal desires. One person might prefer a 22" screen, whereas another person might prefer a 25"-27" screen. There's not necessarily a quality difference between the two, but some people are simply more comfortable with smaller or larger screen sizes.

However, in doing my research and preparation for this list, I realized there are an awful lot of other things you can look at when judging the quality of a given monitor. Screen quality, build quality, and resolution, to name a few.

Hopefully, with the help of this list, you can decide for yourself what the best budget gaming monitor is for your purposes.

A quick note, though - if you are looking to upgrade your monitor, possible as a result of a recently upgraded video card, don't underestimate the importance of good PC case fans. They can make a huge difference in performance and cooling!​

Read on for my full list!

Best Gaming Monitors Under $200


If you're asking yourself "What is the best gaming monitor under $200?", you're in the right place! These 3 picks are the absolute best you can get at this price point!

1. ASUS VG245H 24"

ASUS VG245H
  • Pros
  • CONS
  • TECH SPECS
  • Screen Size: 24″
  • Resolution: 1920x1080px
  • FreeSync/G-Sync? FreeSync
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • Refresh Rate: 75hz
  • Screen Type: LED

If budget is your primary concern, it doesn't get much better than the VG245H.

The VG245H has a lot going for it - especially for under $200. You get a 24" screen with FreeSync capabilities (Essentially adaptive V-SYNC, but better), a 1080p screen, a rapid 1ms response time, and a 75hz refresh rate.

That's quite an impressive resume for a (roughly) $170 monitor! The monitor itself looks fantastic, with a futuristic "ridged" design on the stand, and super thin bezels (Which I love, personally).

The stand also allows for both tilt and swivel functionality, which is a nice plus - plenty of $260+ monitors don't even have that. It's also very well-built for the price. While the stand does wobble a tiny bit, it's nothing serious, and it's certainly a lot better than other budget monitors out there.

However, this monitor isn't perfect. Plenty of people have encountered a few minor QA problems (Slightly wobblier stands than usual), for instance. I also am not a big fan of 24" screens - they just feel a bit too small for me, honestly, but that comes down to personal preference.

Oh, and as with most monitors out there, the built-in speakers are basically garbage. But I can't really mark it down too much for that, as just about every monitor out there has that problem.

2. BenQ GL2460HM 24"

BenQ GL2460HM
  • Pros
  • CONS
  • DETAILS
  • Screen Size: 24″
  • Resolution: 1920x1080px
  • FreeSync/G-Sync? No
  • Response Time: 2ms
  • Refresh Rate: 60hz
  • Screen type: LED

If you've never used a BenQ monitor before, you've been missing out! Despite a few minor complaints (That I'll get into in a few paragraphs), they make fantastic budget and mid-range monitors. They're reliable, and the color/screen quality is always excellent (With a few exceptions).

Naturally, as with any budget monitor, they can't really stand up to the super high-end monitors in terms of resolution, refresh rate, etc. - but they hold their own for the price.

The GL2460HM is no exception! The screen is phenomenal, with surprisingly vibrant colors, and a crisp overall feel. The bezels on this monitor are also pretty thin (Not as thin as I'd like, but close enough!), which is a plus, of course.

The 2ms response time is nice as well, but I can't remember the last time I used a monitor with anything much higher than that, so my opinion there may be a bit useless - at least if you're upgrading from an old/low-end monitor.

My complaints with this monitor are pretty minor. For one, I dislike the glossy finish - it attracts fingerprints and just generally looks bad (in my opinion). However, if you're into that, it may be a plus for you.

Additionally, the OSD menu is pretty bad for fine-tuning colors, screen warmth, etc. - the options are far too limited for stuff like that. And, of course, it's a pain to navigate.

I'm happy to end this description on a positive note, though - the stand, though it lacks any real swivel functionality, is far sturdier than others I've used in the past - smash your keyboard as hard as you'd like, this thing will remain pretty darn solid!

3. LG Electronics UM57 25"

LG Electronics 25UM57
  • Pros
  • CONS
  • DETAILS
  • Screen Size: 25″
  • Resolution: 2560×1080 (WFHD)
  • FreeSync/G-Sync? No
  • Response Time: Not listed
  • Refresh Rate: 60hz? (Not listed)
  • Screen Type: IPS

I wrote a full LG Electronics UM57 review a bit ago, and I was pretty dang impressed with what LG is offering for just shy of $180. The UM57 has a freakishly wide screen with an insane 21:9 aspect ratio - it feels just phenomenal to use, especially if you grab more than one (For dual or triple monitor setups).

The bezels are super thin (As you know by now, I LOVE thin bezels), and the screen looks great. The color depth and definition is excellent, and the IPS display helps a lot with things like response time, and color quality in general (Though it comes down to personal preference more often than not).

The stand isn't great, but it's understandable why - LG clearly put their focus on the screen itself, and cut costs wherever they could. The stand is just a symptom of that.

Having said that, I can't fully excuse poor build quality no matter what the reasoning is. So, just be aware that this thing is going to wobble a bit from time to time.

Another complaint I have (more of a personal gripe) is that the UM57, like the BenQ monitor that preceded it on this list, has a glossy finish. I really wish monitor manufacturer's would just start using all-matte finishes, for gods sake.

Cost-cutting is pretty evident in other aspects of the monitor as well - notably, the fact that it's pretty lacking in the display port arena. You only have access to a meager 2 HDMI ports, with no VGA or DVI ports to speak of. Ouch!

All things considered, though, this monitor is really outstanding for what you pay - and the OSD is actually pretty good to boot! What more could you ask for?

Best Budget Gaming Monitors Under $250


We're moving up a tier! Here's 3 more options to help you decide for yourself what the best gaming monitor under $250 is!

4. HP Pavillion 27xw 27"

HP Pavilion 27xw
  • Pros
  • CONS
  • DETAILS
  • Screen Size: 27″
  • Resolution: 1920x1080px
  • FreeSync/G-Sync? No
  • Response Time: 8ms
  • Refresh Rate: 60? (Not listed)

Holy crap, this monitor. It's absolutely perfect for our $500 gaming PC build, and I might start recommending it on that page.

This thing absolutely blew me away design-wise, ladies and gentleman. You'd be forgiven for mistaking it for an Apple-brand product upon first glance - HP perfectly captured the minimalist, modern aesthetic that Apple goes for, and it works wonders.

However, unlike most Apple products out there, this thing is actually super sturdy despite its appearance. The stand has almost no wobble, and I've never felt afraid that it was going to topple off my desk.

One of my favorite things about this monitor is the bezel-free design - that's another thing HP clearly pulled from Apple, and I'm certainly not complaining. Instead of having big, chunky ridges sticking out along the side of the screen, it's just one smooth panel. It's amazing - trust me.

But that's enough gushing over the design and aesthetic. Let's talk about that screen!

So, the 27xw has a huge 27" IPS display, with a fairly basic 1920x1080p resolution - a bit disappointing that it wasn't 1440p, but not a huge problem. The screen has excellent colors - they're crisp and vibrant, bringing whatever game you're playing to life beautifully.

However, the 8ms response time is a unfortunate downfall of an otherwise awesome monitor. It's not too noticeable to me, though (Nor, I suspect, to most people).

Still, if you're a monitor buff who's used to 1-2ms response times, you might notice the difference.

The viewing angles are pleasantly wide, and the screen is pretty anti-glare for the most part. To make things even better, you can tilt the screen back a pretty decent distance (But not horizontally) - though its lacking any swivel functionality.

This monitor is so awesome, I actually have very few negative things to say about it - but it's not perfect. No monitor is.

The 27xw is lacking both VESA mounts and built-in speakers. Neither of these are deal-breakers for me, but I know a lot of PC gamers who simply won't buy a monitor if they can't mount it. It's up to you!

5. AOC G2460PF 24"

  • Pros
  • CONS
  • DETAILS
  • Screen Size: 24″
  • Resolution: 1920x1080px
  • FreeSync/G-Sync? FreeSync
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • Refresh Rate:  144hz
  • Screen Type: LED

I haven't used too many of AOC's monitors in the past, but the experiences I have had have been a bit on the underwhelming side. Don't get me wrong - they offer insane value in certain areas, but then they - for reasons I can't understand - under-deliver in other areas.

What do I mean by that? Well, the G2460PF is a INSANE monitor overall - I mean, 144hz refresh rate? In a $210 monitor? That's a crazy good deal, and the response time is also awesome.

...But then you realize it's only a 24", 1080p monitor. I mean, I'm not saying you won't get a good experience with it, but I just don't fully understand the logic here. Instead of including this crazy 90-degree display tilt functionality (Look at pictures on the Amazon store page), maybe they could have cut costs and just made a bigger, crisper screen.

But I'm nitpicking at this point.

To address the actual quality of the monitor, it looks really great for the most part. I did have a couple dead pixels in mine when I first got it (Same deal with the replacement they shipped me), but my experience seems to be pretty uncommon compared to most other customers on Amazon.

The colors look good, and the high refresh rate is awesome for maximizing FPS - same thing with the Free Sync technology. All in all, you're getting a screen-tearing-free monitor.

The stand feels sturdy enough, but I really don't like the brushed plastic combined with red trim. It just looks ugly. Speaking of, the bezels here are pretty bulky and unappealing as well.

However, the speakers are pretty decent, it's wall mountable (100mm), and you can tilt the screen a full 90 degrees.

All things considered, the pros definitely outweigh the cons, but I recommend reading the rest of the list before making your decision.

If you're looking for a smaller monitor, though (Perhaps for a Micro ATX build), you could do a lot worse than this one!

6. ASUS MX279H 27

ASUS MX279H
  • Pros
  • CONS
  • DETAILS
  • Screen Size: 27″
  • Resolution: 1920x1080px
  • FreeSync/G-Sync? No
  • Response Time: 5ms
  • Refresh Rate: 60hz? (Not listed)
  • Screen Type: IPS

The MX279H is one of the few 27" monitors under $250 that are truly fantastic in (almost) every way. Design-wise, this thing looks great - it has a nice matte finish, a bezel-free design, and a nice silver-on-black color scheme.

Moving on to visuals, the screen is also very nice. It's pretty freakin' big, sitting at 27", but 1440p would have been preferably over 1080p here - it just gives you more screen real estate. The colors look good, and there are no dead pixels or other issues to speak of.

The screen is IPS (thank goodness), and has excellent viewi​ng angles. There isn't a whole lot of tilt functionality, but there's enough to get you by (Unless you have a very short desk). There's no swivel, though, so bear that in mind if that's a dealbreaker for you.

I'm happy to report that this is one monitor that actually has decent speakers!

This was a bit of a surprise, to be honest, but a welcome one. While I'm cleaning up around my room, or doing other AFK stuff, I can easily pump music/video audio out of speakers on this thing with no complaints at all.

The stand on the MX279H is pretty sturdy, but you'd expect that from most metal frames. It'll sit well on your desk, without any wobbling or shaking.

Unfortunately, there are no VESA mounts by default - you'll have to pick up an adapter (Like this one) or simply go without. As with other 27" monitors on this list, this is a disappointment.

Finally, in terms of negative aspects, the OSD menu controls suck, the glossy finish on the back scratches easily and looks terrible, and some people reported that it needed calibration out-of-the-box.

That's about it!

7. AOC I2777FQ 27"

AOC I2777FQ
  • Pros
  • CONS
  • DETAILS
  • Narrow bezels
  • Beautiful, high quality display
  • 27" screen
  • Wall mountable

Despite the fact that the I2777FQ isn't really "gamer-tier" with a 144hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, I greatly prefer it to the G2460PF 24" listed above.

Why? Because it just looks better. The design is smarter, cleaner, and more modern. This is largely thanks to the brushed silver design, narrower bezels and the huge 27" display.

The screen itself looks great - the colors are beautiful, and the monitor just feels more sleek overall. Unfortunately, it's not an IPS, but hey - what can you do?

A few nice extra benefits are that it's wall-mountable (75mm) and the speakers are above-average for monitors in this price range. Not too much more I could ask for there!

As always, I do have a few complaints. For one thing,  as is always the case with monitors like this, 1080p on 27" does not look nearly as good as 1080p on 25". It's not that it's blurry or anything, it just means much lower pixel density all around, and you won't be getting as crisp a picture as you'd think.

My final gripe is that the power cable is proprietary - meaning it has a big, clunky power brick attached to it. Gross.​

Best Gaming Monitors Under $300


We're down to the last 3 monitors on the list!  It's time to find out what the best gaming monitor under $300 is - if you haven't already found the right one for you.

8. ASUS PB277Q 27

ASUS PB277Q
  • Pros
  • CONS
  • DETAILS
  • Finally a 1440p 27" monitor!
  • Flicker-free, blue-light filtering screen is easy on the eyes
  • 75hz refresh rate is great on this display
  • Fast 1ms response time
  • Very customizable stand (Height, swivel, tilt, and pivot)

Finally, a 27" monitor that actually has a 1440p display! The PB277Q is an awesome 27" monitor with a heck of a lot of customization.

First things first, let's start with the design and overall build of the monitor.

The monitor is pretty boring looking, with a basic black matte finish and normal-sized bezels (Not too big, not super thin). The stand is very unassuming, as well. The best way to describe this monitor is "corporate"-looking - it's the style of monitor you'd see stacked up in some office storage room by the dozens.

But, the quality of the screen and the monitor on a whole is nowhere near corporate. It's fantastic.

The massive 27" screen looks awesome with a 1560x1440p resolution, and the 75hz refresh rate will help you get all the FPS your video card can deliver (With at least a $500 gaming PC build, anyway).

The 1ms response time is great as well - to be fair, though, you'd expect that in a ~$260 monitor. We're no longer in the kiddie pool!

This monitor is also extremely customizable. You can customize the height, tilt, pivot and swivel functionality - basically, it doesn't matter how tall you are or what size your desk is. You can make this monitor work for you.

You can easily wall-mount it, as well, which I highly recommend doing (Because, again, we finally have a 1440p monitor on the list) if that's your thing.

The only complaint I have is that the viewing angles could be a little better - other than that, I haven't encountered any issues so far. Having said that, a few other Amazon customers have reported some QA problems, so be sure to read through a few.

9. VIOTEK NB32C 32

VIOTEK NB32C
  • Pros
  • CONS
  • DETAILS
  • Screen Size: 32″
  • Resolution: 1920x1080px
  • FreeSync/G-Sync? No
  • Response Time: Not listed
  • Refresh Rate: 60hz
  • Screen Type: Curved LED

This is one of the best monitors on this list - hands down. But it's also one of the most expensive, coming in at (As of me publishing this list) $299.99.

Yikes!

It does cut pretty close to our $300 budget, but it's (Arguably) worth it, in my opinion.

While you're absolutely getting your money's worth, there's a few things to point out.

First of all, this is a 1080p, 32" monitor. Yup.

If 27" had a low pixel density, can you imagine what a curved 32" monitor will be like?

Well, it's actually not too bad.

It's far from blurry, and the curved design really makes this thing look ridiculously amazing - once you try a curved monitor, you never go back - but things are bigger  on-screen than I'm used to.

Still, the level of immersion you get is far beyond anything you could hope to achieve with a standard flat-screen monitor.

Unfortunately, there's only a 60hz refresh rate, meaning you can't achieve the maximum FPS your video card can deliver (If you have a high-end, roughly $700 gaming PC build, that is).

So, we're sort of left with a similar conundrum to the AOC thing up above. We have an otherwise fantastic monitor, marred by a few odd design decisions. They could have easily saved some cash by making this a 27" curved monitor.

They then might have been able to up the resolution to 1440p, and the refresh rate up to at least 75hz.

Still, it's one of the best monitors you can get for right at $300, so it really comes down to your personal preferences.

I really have no actual complaints with this monitor other than what I just mentioned.

It functions perfectly, the colors look phenomenal, the design is epic, and it's very sturdy.

10. ASUS VG248QE 24

ASUS VG248QE
  • Pros
  • CONS
  • DETAILS
  • 144hz & 1ms response times are great
  • 1080p looks good on a 24" screen
  • Perfect if you want to soar beyond 60FPS in your games

I know, I know.. a 24" monitor this far down the list?

Just trust me - it's a good one.

The VG248QE is an amazing monitor. The build quality is second-to-none, and the 144hz refresh rate makes a MASSIVE difference in your gaming experiences (Again, so long as your rig can support over 60FPS in games).

The 1ms response time COMBINED with 144hz refresh rate is awesome. If you check this monitor out, you'll never want to go back to a traditional 60FPS monitor - I promise.

A 24" monitor running at 1080p looks really, really good - way better than a freakin' 32" running at the same resolution (I kid, I kid). The screen is ultra crisp and clear, and the colors are amazing.

The monitor itself looks decent enough, but the design could definitely be better. The bezels aren't oversized, but they are a little bigger than I personally like. Also, the surfaces are glossy (The screen is matte, fortunately), meaning fingerprint city, basically.

You can easily tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjust this thing into oblivion, making it great for desks (And humans 😉 ) of any size.

The stand is solid and well-built, so no complaints there​. I detected no wobbliness whatsoever.

The build-in speakers are also pretty good, surprisingly - always a plus in my book, no matter how rarely I'll use 'em.

But that's about all I have to say about this monitor. It's a great monitor overall, it just depends on your needs and desires!

What Is The Best Budget Gaming Monitor?


At the end of the day, as with everything, it comes down to what you want and need from your gaming monitor.

However, if you're wondering which monitor I personally recommend, it's easily the HP Pavillion 27xw. That thing completely blew my mind with its stunning, sturdy design, and the screen was gorgeous - I really couldn't ask for much more than that.

But there's plenty of awesome choices on this list, so don't feel obligated to go with any one in particular - pick the monitor that suits your budget, and your personal preference, and you can't go wrong.

If you're looking for some awesome games to play with your new monitor, here's a list of the top 5 survival games that don't suck! Good luck.

Conclusion

I'm yammered on long enough. I want to hear from you! If you're feeling particularly chatty, feel free to answer any of the questions listed below in the comments section!

  • Which monitor are you going to buy?
  • Do you have a dream monitor (No matter how expensive it is)? If so, what is it?
  • Do you like waffles?

Thanks for reading! I hope this list helped you out in some way. See ya next time.

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