Be it for video editing, gaming, or simply to enhance your home office experience, a great monitor can make all the difference. Choosing the right one isn’t particularly easy though and some of the best options can cost you thousands of dollars. That said, not everyone wants or even needs to spend a lot of money to get an excellent monitor. These may not be the most feature-packed or come with fancy designs, but here are some of the best budget monitors you can get right now, priced at under $300.
The best budget monitors:
1. Asus VG279Q
The Asus VG279Q is one of the best gaming monitors you can buy if you’re working with a budget. The 27-inch device has a Full HD IPS panel with a 144Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync compatibility, a 1ms response time, and low input lag. Your port needs are likely covered with the availability of an HDMI port, a DisplayPort 1.2, and dual-link DVI-D. It also comes with two built-in speakers.
It helps that it’s a good looking monitor too, with a three-sided frameless design. You can set it at different angles, adjust the height, and even mount it on the wall (VESA compatible). The Asus VG279Q is at the higher end of our budget, but it’s a high-quality monitor that should serve you well for gaming.
2. BenQ EL2870U
BenQ doesn’t quite match the refresh rate, coming in at just 60Hz, but it boosts the resolution of the EL2870U to 4K UHD. The large 28-inch display is AMD FreeSync enabled with a 1ms response time that should serve you well. Slim bezels on three sides and a pair of integrated speakers should help to completely immerse you into the action.
As far as ports and features go, you get an HDMI port, DisplayPort 1.2, and a headphone jack. You can tilt the screen, adjust the height, or mount it on the wall too. The BenQ EL2870U is HDR10 ready, and it’s just waiting for you to test it out.
3. Sceptre C305B-200UN
The Sceptre C305B is not only one of the most affordable ultrawide monitors around, but it’s also a pretty good for gaming as well. It offers an impressive 200Hz refresh rate and is compatible with AMD FreeSync. The 30-inch monitor comes with a curved screen with a Full HD (2560 x 1080) resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio. It’s a TN panel so the color accuracy isn’t great.
When it comes to connectivity, you get a couple of HDMI (HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 1.4) ports, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphone jack, and two built-in speakers. You can tilt the screen and it is compatible with select wall mounts.
4. LG 32MA70HY
Another great pick, and the widest option on the list, the 32-inch LG 32MA70HY packs plenty of features but takes a more mainstream approach. It may not be the best for gaming with a 5ms response time, but the Full HD display with HDR10 capability should be perfect for streaming your favorite shows.
You can also mount the LG 32MA70HY to your walls with the VESA mount and attach peripherals with two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort option. LG’s advanced Black Stabilizer should help bring even the darkest of scenes to life, and the IPS display offers just about everything you could want in a monitor.
5. Samsung SF354
Samsung’s phones and TVs are known for their impressive displays, and the SF354 monitor shrinks that power into a desktop-friendly size. The Full HD monitor is less than half an inch thick, with a large 27-inch display and four ultra-slim bezels. It’s FreeSync enabled with a dedicated Game Mode that helps to adapt to the ever-changing action of your favorite games.
Samsung equipped the SF354 monitor with an HDMI port and a DisplayPort, which should be enough for your basic peripherals. The SF354 has a flicker-free 60Hz refresh rate, as well as eye-saver mode and a wide 178-degree viewing angle to give you the best possible experience.
6. Acer SB230
The Acer SB230 doesn’t do much to distinguish itself when compared to the other options on this list. It’s specs and features are quite standard for an affordable monitor. You get a 23-inch IPS LCD screen with a Full HD resolution and 75Hz refresh rate. It comes with an impressive 1ms response time though and supports AMD FreeSync, so it’s even a decent option for gamers.
It comes with one HDMI port, a VGA port, and an audio port as well. The monitor can tilt, but it isn’t the most obvious mechanism. There’s no built-in option to mount it on a wall though. Ultimately, what makes the Acer SB230 an excellent option is its price point.
That’s the end of this roundup of some of the best budget-friendly monitors you can get for under $250. Interested in other options?