It’s easy to sometimes get caught up in the technicalities of the inside of your computer for example and spend all your money trying to make it over powered but all that will be a waste of money if your monitor sucks and proceeds a 1950’s black and white film display. Don’t get me wrong spending 90% of your budget on a gaming monitor isn’t a good idea either. It is actually possible to get a good monitor for under $100 but you’ve really got to do a lot digging through the dirt, some monitors may seem good on the surface but they may just actually end up burning out after a couple months of hard gaming. This guide will have you avoid those problems and let you save some money at the same time.
5 Great Monitors Under $100
HP Pavilion 21.5-Inch
In my opinion this wouldn’t be a very good budget gaming monitor guide without including a HP monitor. I might not be a fan of some HP products but I really can’t fault their monitors. This monitor is up to date and of course offers full 1920 x 1080p high quality HD playback, it also is 16:9 and about 2 million pixels which allows the colors in your gaming to shine to their full capacity. If you ever had a monitor that looks like it blur or lags then you might have blamed it on something like your CPU but it actually could have been due to your poor quality monitor. This HP monitor has a 7 millisecond response time which is really fast and makes sure that if the rest of your setup is good then the monitor won’t let you down by giving you motion blur. If you are a health conscious gamer then take note this monitor was built without mercury and arsenic materials so you can game 24 hours a day in piece of mind. The one fault I would give with this monitor is that I wouldn’t exactly call it long lasting and you should be very careful to not give it any knocks. At such a low price it looks like cheaper materials might have had to be used.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Don’t always pass off a smaller brand that you’ve never heard of and automatically go for the big brand that has spend all their money on advertising. Unlike some of the other budget monitors in this guide the ViewSonic monitors are nearly always well kept in stock, have super support and raving reviews, let me tell you why. The 22 inch version of this monitor currently comes in under our desired budget and boasts full 1920x 1080p, in built speakers, 10 million to 1 contrast ratio. This all makes sure that you get an excellent display perfect for gamers. It is compatible for both windows and mac gamers and is very easy to swivel around so that you can get the best views of whatever game you are playing. The one thing I would mention about this is that in my personal opinion the plastic material this is made out does feel quite cheap but I would say that is too be expected at this price range.
This LED monitor has a 50,000,000:1 high contrast ratio and has HDMI 1080 making sure that you get a crisp high definition playback for all of your games. Another good feature with this Asus monitor is that you get to use “Smart View Technology” which actually is a very clever feature that allows you too adjust the color parameters to make sure you get a good image quality if you are lying down or sitting on a chair. The monitor is 21.5 inches in size and if you want a monitor that can mount on a wall then you will be able to do that with this Asus VS228H. The one thing bad thing about this monitor as that it is not often in stock due the low price making it a very popular option for gamers around the globe.
I would describe this Acer monitor as a smart little ecological powerhouse, it is very sleek and slim and overall is an extremely great bang for your buck. The backlight is non mercury LED like most other good monitors and the color support is 16.7 million which really does a good job of bringing out and highlighting the colors in whatever game you are playing. If you buy this monitor then you always get the piece of mind that you are helping the environment, this G226HQL monitor is RoHS certified and as mentioned earlier does not include mercury white lighting like a lot of other gaming monitors. If you don’t really care about the environment then the all the eco warrior stuff might still be bonus for you as this monitor is built to deliver up to 68% power savings which over hundreds of hours of gaming can really save you a bit of money, not to mention the fact this monitor is already going to save you money due to the low price. If you want other low priced tech then you can read our best gaming headset under 100 guide.
If you are lucky enough to get this Scepter 24 inch monitor during a sale you are no doubt going to get yourself a great bargain. This monitor has a 5 million to 1 dynamic contrast ratio which gives it great color and of course HDMI inputs. If it didn’t then have either, I would not have put it in this guide. There is nothing worse than buying a new monitor then forgetting to buy speakers so the good thing about this monitor is that it has in built speakers. They may not produce the highest quality imaginable but they are a great feature in my opinion. Spectre are a great company and they are clearly experts in what they do which is backed up by the support they provide to customers which is something bigger brands are unable to do. I really like this monitor and would absolutely recommend it to my gaming buddies on a budget.