Best Gaming Monitor Under $100, Here Is My Top 3 Picks


There are quite a few different options out there when you’re searching for a panel that fits you’re specific needs so lets take a look at a few of the best gaming monitors for under $100. What brand, make, model, resolution and response time should you be looking for? Also can you really get a good monitor for gaming at this price point? In this article I will highlight some top picks and then crown an overall winner. In addition to gaming these would make great general purpose monitors as well.$100 monitor for the masses


# 4 Bonus HP Pavilion $100 Gaming Monitor


Model: HP Pavilion 21.5-Inch IPS LED HDMI VGA Monitor

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I know this is supposed to be a short and sweet top 3 list but this HP monitor had to be thrown in due to its popularity. It is a 21.5 inch IPS panel and in my opinion will be better suited towards the non gamer and / or casual gamer who uses the PC for movies, editing, homework, ect more then gaming. It is a beautiful display in terms of performance and especially design, however, the response time is a bit slower coming in at 7ms.

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#3 ViewSonic VA2246M $100 Gaming Monitor


Model: ViewSonic VA2246M LED 22-Inch Monitor

Price: Check link for current price.

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Coming in at number 3 we have a very nice 22 Inch, which tends to be the size you will get at this price point, ViewSonic VA2246M gaming monitor. It features a nice 5ms response time. That is fairly fast to be honest but not as fast as some more expensive options. However this monitor will do just fine for all of your 1080p gaming and I wouldn’t hesitate to use it from games such as League of Legends, Minecraft, World of Warcraft, Farcry 4, Battlefront and so forth and so on. Although this won’t be my top pick it should still pair up well with any entry level to midrange PC.


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#2 Acer G226HQL $100 Gaming Monitor


Model: Acer G226HQL 21.5-Inch Screen LED Monitor

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The Acer G226HQL is another 21.5 Inch gaming monitor coming in at under $100. For more detailed information on this panel check out my full review of it here. In my review I have it scored very high and I believe it to be one of the best cheap monitors out there period. A native resolution of 1920x1080p with a 60Hz refresh rate will allow you to watch HD video as well as game in stunning form. The Acer also features a low response time of 5ms which is to be expected at this price point.

Your input/outputs for the Acer G223HQL are DVI and VGA. Slightly disappointing here to not have a HDMI connection but you will likely want to use DVI anyways for gaming. The only other shortfall I can see is there are also no VESA mounts on the back of the panel for wall mounting. Keep these things in mind if it is of concern to you.


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#1 Asus VS228H-P $100 Gaming Monitor


Model: Asus VS228H-P/VS228 21.5-Inches Led Backlight Widescreen Computer Monitor

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Coming in at number one is the Asus VS228H-P. At times the price bounces above $100 but I believe it is worth the extra money.

This ASUS monitor has received extremely high praise from customer reviews on Amazon and has been a top seller for years.

It features an amazing 50,000,000 to 1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio, a max screen resolution of 1920x1080p, and also a 5ms response time. A fully HD, thin, good looking and fast performing all around gaming monitor that you can be proud of. One major feature is the VESA wall mount functionality which would work (of course) with wall mount and arm mount applications alike.

Lastly this panel comes with VGA, DVI and HDMI outputs so whether you want to use it with your gaming PC or your Xbox One you should have no issues at all.


Can I really get a good cheap gaming monitor for under $100?


I get asked this question from time to time and I think it stems from the fact that not everyone wants to shell out $250 for a higher end gaming monitor. They want to be able to pickup an inexpensive monitor to play their games on while still being able to view everything in beautiful HD 1080p settings.

The short answer is Yes. You can certainly get a great monitor for this price range. The things you will be sacrificing is size and resolution mainly. As you can see all three monitors on the list are no larger then 21.5 inches with a resolution max of 1920×1080. This is completely fine and actually for a lot of people a monitor of 21.5 inches or smaller is actually preferable. Especially in dorm room / bedroom situations.

You wont be able to compare one of these to the big dogs of the gaming monitor world but that is OK. You aren’t looking for the biggest, baddest in the land. You are just looking for a good cheap gaming monitor that doesn’t break the bank.


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The bottom line here is whether you go with the ViewSonic, the Acer, or the ASUS you will end up with a pretty awesome display for all your gaming needs. As shown in the article above I believe the best gaming monitor for under $100 would be the ASUS VS228H-P and I know it is a bit over budget and if that’s a problem go ahead and get the Acer G226HQL because it really is a close second in my opinion. In the end get whatever suits your needs the best and you will be one happy camper.

Maybe you are interested in higher range gaming monitors? If so take a look as my $200 and $300 monitor lists as well. Also if you are into PC building make sure and check out some of the custom builds I have written here on the website such as this $700 gaming PC build.

If you made it this far in the article good on you! Any day is a good day when we are talking about PC gaming gear. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop me one in the section below and remember if you liked the article to like, share, +1 and all that jazzy schtuff as well.

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  • Jaylin

    Thanks for the article and the advice Anthony! I’ve actually been looking into and researching gaming PC’s quite a lot lately. I even have my own website on them.

    What type of Monitors do you recommend for a more extreme PC Build? Based on my research I’ve always been interested in the BenQ ZOWIE XL2730 27″ 144Hz e-Sports Monitor and the ASUS MG24UQ 23.6″ IPS 4K 4ms HDMI DP Ergonomic Adaptive-Sync Gaming Monitor (this is ignoring price of course lol).

    Also when it comes to Monitors less than $100 I’d also recommend a look at the Acer S220HQL Abd 21.5-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor.

    Thanks for the Article!

    • Anthony

      Hello Jaylin,

      It just depends on what suits your personal needs. For instance the first two monitors you mentioned have a $200 price difference from each other. I think either option could be awesome but what are you using it for? Also the under $100 Acer option you suggested is another great choice. It lacks a HDMI output, however for most this wont be an issue and if it is you can just buy a cheap converter cable.

  • Paul

    Interesting picks Anthony for the best gaming monitors under $100. I’m confident at least one of the monitors you list here is as good as my 20-something inch (don’t even remember off the top of my head) LG that I got over three years ago for quite a bit more than $100 and which is a great monitor for me. New buyers are getting better value than ever for their money now, but hey, that’s the beauty of technological advancement. Thanks for this.

    • Anthony

      You are welcome Paul. I agree with you now is a great time and the future is only looking brighter for technology. I remember buying one of the old clunky box monitors for over $300 back in the day and now we can get $100 displays that are absolutely insane in comparison. Thanks for the input and stop back soon!

  • Milos

    I think your article is very informative, especially for those with lower monthly income. Choices of monitors are great. But for GAMING I would recommend saving money, not for bigger monitor, not for LCD/LED TV, projector or VR headset. Go for PLASMA. I recently switched from OLED TV and difference is huge. Plasma is old technology and cheap now. But in terms of picture quality and gaming performances it is the best.

    • Anthony

      Hey there Milos,

      Thanks for the input. Personally I find that for under $100 and 1080p these 3 monitors fit the bill perfectly for gaming without hitting the wallet too hard. I used to have a plasma TV and I did love it back in the day but their ship has sailed unfortunately for now.

      Take care,


  • andrejs

    Great review of cheap monitors and right in time as I am about to looking for the birthday present for my twelve years old son.
    He, like many of his peers, is addicted to computer games, so why no to make an enjoyable present.
    I prefer Acer as the boy has good Acer gaming laptop and bigger screen will bee better.

    • Anthony

      Hello Andrejs,

      I think your son will enjoy the Acer G226HQL! Especially if it is an upgrade in quality and size. Glad to see you taking an interest in his hobbies as well. Let me know if I can further help you.

      Thanks again,


  • Brok

    Really good post on cheap gaming monitors. I’m not a huge gamer by any means, but I’ve started playing more sports games on my computer instead of gaming consoles.

    Came across this post, because I’m looking to update my old monitor with something better, but don’t want to spend too much.

    With the type of games I play the resolution should be just fine on these $100 or less monitors.

    Thanks for the list I’ll check out each one and see which works best for me!

    • Anthony

      Hey Brock!

      These monitors would work good for BOTH PC gaming or Console gaming on 1080p. You are right any of them would be great for your needs. Luckily these days there are a lot of low cost options. If I can help you further just give me a shout.


  • Anthony

    Haha for a second there I thought I wrote this 😉 Anyways loving these choices you made and they are definitely the best choices.

    As a fellow gamer, I use to struggle to find great monitors at a cheap price. Companies just weren’t offering the high refresh rate that I wanted at a cheap price.

    I love BenQ, but since I love triple monitor setups I would say that my favourite has got to be the Acer monitor.

    They always make nice looking monitors that are perfect for a triple monitor build.

    What’s your favourite monitor out of the three?

    • Anthony

      First of all… nice name!

      Second I think that all three of these monitors can be a good option for the sub $100 price range. Of course if I am picking one then it would be the ASUS monitor because it is a tad bit faster then the other two and better for gaming. If you need anything at all going forward let me know.

      Thanks a bunch for commenting,


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