Best gaming monitors under $400

 

Now we are entering an exciting zone, best gaming monitors under $400. At first look the price might scare you, but do not worry, these screens offer great gaming features. These monsters are incredible if you decide to have a dual monitor setup, but be careful you might need to take measurements, as these are quite large and might not fit on your gaming desk. You can check out these gaming desks, as most of them offer quite a large working area.

In our list, we picked five best gaming monitors under $400. We based our picks on the price for the quality. Most of the screens on our list are more than 24 inch, which is a very nice size to play video games.

Most of them have a 1920 x 1080 resolution, which is ideal for gaming, you do not need more to enjoy a video game, but it would not hurt if your screen can have more.

If you are a serious/competitive gamer who relies on every split-second advantage you can get, then some of our options will be perfect for you, as they offer 144 HZ of refresh rate.

Editor’s pick: Our big winner here is the Acer GN276HL bid 27-inch Full HD. With an amazing 27 inch screen and a resolution of 1920 x 1080, this screen is perfect for casual gamers as well as hardcore ones. It even offers a refresh rate of 144 HZ and a response time of 1MS, making it a magnificent monitor for gamers.

 

HERE IS A COMPARISON CHART FOR THE PRODUCTS FOUND IN OUR ARTICLE.

Preview
Editor's Choice
Acer GN276HL bid 27-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) Display (VGA, DVI & HDMI Ports, 144Hz Refresh Rate)
BenQ BL3200PT 32-Inch VA Panel 2560x1440 Display QHD Designer Monitor
ASUS VG248QE 24" Full HD 1920x1080 144Hz 1ms HDMI Gaming Monitor
AOC G2460PF 24-Inch Professional Gaming LED Monitor Free Sync,144hz,1ms, Hght Adjust, Spk, VGA DVI HDMI DP USB
BenQ ZOWIE 27 inch Full HD Gaming Monitor - 1080p 1ms Response Time for Competitive eSports Gaming (RL2755)
Samsung C32F391 32-Inch Curved Monitor (Ultra- Slim Design)
Title
Acer GN276HL bid 27-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) Display (VGA, DVI & HDMI Ports, 144Hz Refresh Rate)
BenQ BL3200PT 32-Inch VA Panel 2560x1440 Display QHD Designer Monitor
ASUS VG248QE 24" Full HD 1920x1080 144Hz 1ms HDMI Gaming Monitor
AOC G2460PF 24-Inch Professional Gaming LED Monitor Free Sync,144hz,1ms, Hght Adjust, Spk, VGA DVI HDMI DP USB
BenQ ZOWIE 27 inch Full HD Gaming Monitor - 1080p 1ms Response Time for Competitive eSports Gaming (RL2755)
Samsung C32F391 32-Inch Curved Monitor (Ultra- Slim Design)
Resolution
1920 x 1080
2560 x 1440
1920×1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
Panel
TN
VA
TN
TN
TN
VA
Size
27 Inches
32 Inches
24 Inches
24 Inches
27 Inches
32 inches
Response Time
1MS
1MS
1MS
1MS
1MS
4MS
Rating
Editor's Choice
Preview
Acer GN276HL bid 27-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) Display (VGA, DVI & HDMI Ports, 144Hz Refresh Rate)
Title
Acer GN276HL bid 27-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) Display (VGA, DVI & HDMI Ports, 144Hz Refresh Rate)
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Panel
TN
Size
27 Inches
Response Time
1MS
Rating
Details
Preview
BenQ BL3200PT 32-Inch VA Panel 2560x1440 Display QHD Designer Monitor
Title
BenQ BL3200PT 32-Inch VA Panel 2560x1440 Display QHD Designer Monitor
Resolution
2560 x 1440
Panel
VA
Size
32 Inches
Response Time
1MS
Rating
Details
Preview
ASUS VG248QE 24" Full HD 1920x1080 144Hz 1ms HDMI Gaming Monitor
Title
ASUS VG248QE 24" Full HD 1920x1080 144Hz 1ms HDMI Gaming Monitor
Resolution
1920×1080
Panel
TN
Size
24 Inches
Response Time
1MS
Rating
Details
Preview
AOC G2460PF 24-Inch Professional Gaming LED Monitor Free Sync,144hz,1ms, Hght Adjust, Spk, VGA DVI HDMI DP USB
Title
AOC G2460PF 24-Inch Professional Gaming LED Monitor Free Sync,144hz,1ms, Hght Adjust, Spk, VGA DVI HDMI DP USB
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Panel
TN
Size
24 Inches
Response Time
1MS
Rating
Details
Preview
BenQ ZOWIE 27 inch Full HD Gaming Monitor - 1080p 1ms Response Time for Competitive eSports Gaming (RL2755)
Title
BenQ ZOWIE 27 inch Full HD Gaming Monitor - 1080p 1ms Response Time for Competitive eSports Gaming (RL2755)
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Panel
TN
Size
27 Inches
Response Time
1MS
Rating
Details
Preview
Samsung C32F391 32-Inch Curved Monitor (Ultra- Slim Design)
Title
Samsung C32F391 32-Inch Curved Monitor (Ultra- Slim Design)
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Panel
VA
Size
32 inches
Response Time
4MS
Rating
Details

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the 2017-10-23 at 07:09 and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

 

Best gaming monitors under $400

 

Acer GN276HL 27” Full HD Monitor

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the 2017-10-23 at 07:09 and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

It’s obvious that Acer isn’t cutting corners with regards to image quality or the features that matter most to gamers: speed and frame rate-matching. With this pretty monitor you get stable 144Hz operation, and thanks to HDMI 2.0, that input is now available for native QHD signals.

Though color accuracy and contrast may be a lower priority for some users, the GN276HL doesn’t skimp on either. Contrast ratios, both on/off and ANSI, are quite high at almost 100 Million:1. Giving you a crystal-clear viewing experience of all your content, perfect for gaming or watching movies.

This model offers an amazing rapid 1ms response time reduces deviations in transition time to provide high-quality moving images bringing immersive graphics to your movies and games. On top of that, the Acer GN27 offers the NVIDIA 3D Lightboost, meaning the 3D imagery is twice as bright as other solutions.

Until VA panels make their way into this market, that’s about as good as it gets. It’s a shame that this monitor doesn’t come equipped with G-Sync or FreeSync technology.We’re glad to see Acer joining the list of companies providing displays that are very color-accurate without calibration.

Even though most products benefit from an instrumented adjustment, users of the GN276HL can enjoy excellent image quality right out of the box. Just power up and set brightness to taste.

On top of all its magnificent features, this gaming screen uses mercury-free white LED backlighting and meet ENERGY STAR requirements. Meaning you are saving you and the world around you with this model.

Overall, this model is one of the best option in this price range, for the price and for the kind of gaming features it provides. Plus if you want a dual monitor setup this model won’t break your budget.

Specifications
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Size: 27 Inch
  • Response: 1MS
  • Panel: TN
  • Refresh: 144Hz
Pros
  • Amazing input lag time
  • Blazing fast pixel response time (1ms)
  • 3D options available
Cons
  • Slight Ghosting
  • No 3D glasses included
  • Stand is slightly flimsy

 

BenQ BL3200PT 32-Inch VA Panel 2560×1440 Display QHD Designer Monitor

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The BenQ BL3200PT is a large, feature-packed gaming monitor that includes a motion-blur-reducing mode, ultra-low input lag and even has a remote control for using the on-screen display.The display is an excellent lower-cost option for those who can’t quite stretch to spending the best part of $500 on a monitor.

As a straight desktop monitor, the BL3200PT is phenomenal. Sporting a 12,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, this monitor can differentiate between black levels and produce exceptionally nuanced images. This model offers the incredible CAD/CAM Mode. It provides superior contrast on 3D color lines. A great feature for gaming.

A 2560 x 1440 resolution may not be the highest around, but it’s certainly enough to play graphically-demanding games in incredible detail. Connectivity is top-notch, with a VGA/D-SUB, a DisplayPort, two HDMI and dual-link DVI. That’s plenty for a couple of computers and even a pair of games consoles.

Other extras include a built-in USB hub, with two ports situated on the left edge alongside a headphone jack.

However, that’s simply the compromise you make for a high-speed gaming panel with the extra features this model has. Moreover, for a monitor that makes no great claims for the utmost in image quality, it performs reasonably well.

Ultimately, this model cost a little bit higher compared to your other picks, but it offers superb gaming features and video editing features. So, whether you use it for gaming or for a more proffesionel way, this model is a great option.

Specifications
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1440
  • Size: 32 Inch
  • Response: 1MS
  • Panel: VA
  • Refresh: 60Hz
Pros
  • Fantastic gaming performance
  • Ergonomic design
  • Tons of AV inputs
  • Blur-reduction works well
Cons
  • Price is a little bit high
  • No FreeSync or G-Sync

 

Asus VG248QE 24″ Gaming Monitor

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Considering all factors, this is one of the best gaming monitors in the market for the price. The ASUS VG248QE comes with several gameplay-friendly features for the competitive gamer.

Smooth gameplay is achieved through the fast refresh rate and the correspondingly low response time and input lag time. Motion blur and ghosting becomes a rare occurrence when playing high fps required games.

The 3D module comes with Nvidia’s Light Boost Technology, providing the smoothest 3D gameplay experience possible which, of course, requires a 3D-supported Nvidia Graphic Card before it can be used.

The ASUS VG248QE comes with a broad range of adjustability which includes swirling ranges for 45 degrees for both sides, tilting angles of maximum 15 degrees both front and back, and lastly but probably most conveniently the height adjustment of 110mm.

The I/O ports are nothing to brag about. It comes with one HDMI port, one Dual Link DVI port, one DisplayPort 1.2, one audio line in and one headphone jack – just enough for a gamer’s needs but nothing more.

The color display accuracy of the monitor is quite good. Considering that the panel is of TN technology, one might expect a somewhat poor color saturation performance. However, the ASUS VG248QE defies these expectations.

Viewing angles are as always with TN panels, disturbing when viewed from sharper angles so for, full utility of the contrast brightness and colors you should adjust your seating so that you face the center of the screen.

Overall, if you’re on a tighter budget, the Asus VG248 is the perfect choice for you. It offers very good perfomance, it can compete with the higher tier monitor on our list without breaking your budget. Plus if you decide to go down the dual monitor path it won’t hurt your wallet.

Specifications
  • Resolution: 1920×1080
  • Size: 24 Inch
  • Response: 1MS
  • Panel: TN
  • Refresh: 144Hz
Pros
  • 144Hz refresh rate
  • Fast pixel response
  • Ergonomic stand
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles
  • No USB Ports
  • Could use more gamer-centric features

 

AOC G2460PF 24-Inch Free Sync Gaming LED Monitor

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If you’ve been itching to get your hands on a FreeSync-enabled display, but have found the prices to be a bit high, it’s worth checking out the AOC G2460PF. This 24” gaming monitor uses AMD’s FreeSync anti-tearing technology to deliver smooth gaming action, and it offers a quick pixel response, speedy refresh rates, and low input lag.

It’s loaded with ports and comes with a fully adjustable stand, and for the price, it’s tough to beat. This model includes VGA, DVI, HDMI w/MHL, display port, (4) USB, (1) USB hub, headphone jack, making it a great option for gaming or business.

The monitor has a 1,920-by-1,080 Twisted Nematic (TN) panel, housed in a 2-inch-thick, matte-black cabinet, framed by thin, black bezels. The display has a maximum brightness of 350 units, a variable refresh rate of up to 144Hz, and a 1-millisecond (gray-to-gray) Pixel response.

With the AOC G2460PF, one can take advantage of FreeSync anti-tearing technology without spending a fortune. This means it eliminates any tearing or stuttering by synchronizing the GPU and the monitor, so frames are displayed when ready. This also ensures the fastest possible frame rates and prevents any laggy and stuttering input from your gaming mouse.

This model offers a flicker-free technology for reduced eye fatigue. Meaning that normal LED-backlit monitors adjust brightness using pulse width modulation which can cause eye discomfort over long periods of time. Fortunately for us, the AOC G24 uses direct current backlight system to provide more comfortable and healthy viewing.

Ultimately, its low input lag, speedy refresh rates, and multiple gaming presets will appeal to all sorts of gamers, and its generous feature set provides lots of connectivity options and ergonomic adjustments.

Specifications
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Size: 24 Inch
  • Response: 1MS
  • Panel: TN
  • Refresh: 144Hz
Pros
  • Great price
  • Good gaming performance
  • FreeSync technology
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles
  • Poor gray-scale performance

 

BenQ RL2755 27-Inch Gaming Monitor

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Gaming monitors are often expensive, but BenQ’s RL2755 is relatively cheap and is well worth the price. The monitor has a 27” screen with a 1080p resolution, as well as several features usually found on pricier panels. It’s got special modes for different game genres, options to brighten up darker areas, and even a hook to hang headphones.

Most aspects of this panel’s specification are geared towards games. The underlying hardware uses TN technology, which is designed to serve up rapid response times and low prices, but TN screens can also suffer from poorer viewing angles and colors.

The 27in screen and 1,920 x 1,080 native resolution mean images aren’t particularly sharp, but that’s not always a bad thing – the modest resolution means you don’t need high-end hardware to get games running smoothly. The same could be said for the 60Hz refresh rate – it’s not groundbreaking, but it means that this panel meshes well with modest PCs, as well as consoles.

This model has a 1MS response time thanks to its lag-free technology, making it a very good option for playing online gaming. Especially for hardcore gamers, as lagging might be the difference between you winning the game or losing it.

As a gamer we tend to spend quite a bit of time in front of our computer screen, thus it is important for our gaming screen to offer good comfort and reduce eye fatigue. Fortunately for us, this model offers that kind of technology by eliminating flickering at all brightness levels, leading to less eye fatigue and more comfort.

This model offers dual HDMI ports adding more flexibility. The RL-Series allows you to connect your gaming console and another HDMI device to the monitor at the same time. Giving the user peace of mind, it can get annoying when you need to plug/unplug HDMI devices every now and then.

One of my favorite option of this gaming monitor is the customizable viewing preference. Allowing the user to choose between different screen sizes using Display Mode, and take advantage of the Smart Scaling feature and freely scale the screen content to a custom size. A feature we do not see often in this price range.

The BenQ has a decent set of promising game-friendly features, and there’s no denying the value on offer – for a 27-inch Full HD monitor, it is certainly a decent deal.

Specifications
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Size: 27 Inch
  • Response: 1MS
  • Panel: TN
  • Refresh: 60Hz
Pros
  • Competitive price
  • Gaming-friendly features
  • Great input lag performance
Cons
  • Extra modes aren’t that useful
  • OSD slow

 

Samsung CF391 Series Curved 32-Inch FHD Monitor

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The first curved screen on our list, The Samsung CF391 Series Curved. These kinds of monitors are not convenient when it comes to gaming. Us gamers prefer to have a standard monitor to play or favorite video games. Despite that, I still wanted to add this gem to my list as it offers good performance and add even more immersion when playing video games or watching movies.

The resolution of this screen is quite good, 1920 x 1080, it is not the highest on our list, but it’s still a good amount. The screen size is very good as well, 32 inches to be exact, which I find very big for the price. Plus the screen is curved, adding, even more, immersion when playing video games or watching a movie.

This model offers a VA type panel, even though hardcore gamers prefer TN panel when it comes to gaming, this screen offers great visual performance for a VA panel. If you’re a professional gamer, I’d say stick to TN panel but if you’re like me and prefer better visual, VA panel is the way to go.

The Samsung CF391 offers a gorgeous and sleek design. This model measures less than 0.5 inches thick, which is crazy for a computer screen. Keep in mind this monitor is all white, it’s not a big problem but some people like to make their gaming setup match together. Let’s not forget it is curved, you might need more space on your gaming desk.

Another great feature for gamers is the game mode option. This mode instantly optimizes screen colors and contrast for gaming to ensure you enjoy every scene at its best. The excellent 5000:1 contrast ratio delivers deep blacks and bright whites so you can clearly see even in the darkest or brightest scene. Making it a very good screen for playing video games or simply watching movies.

You won’t have any connectivity problems with this model as it offers two types of connection. Like most of the screens on our list this one provides a HDMI port and Display port.

On top of all those fantastic features the Samsung CF391 offers an energy saving technology. Meaning it reduces screen brightness to save power, plus the screen brightness automatically transitions fluidly reducing energy use even more.

Overall, I’d recommend this one if you have never experience the immersion of a curved screen. For the type of performance it offers this gaming screen is a very good option in this price range, for gaming or simply watching your favorite movies.

Specifications
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Size: 32 Inch
  • Response: 4MS
  • Panel: VA
  • Refresh: 60Hz
Pros
  • Curved screen
  • Large monitor, enhanced immersion experience
  • Low price
  • Amazing colors
Cons
  • Base not adjustable
  • Required a lot of space, especially if you want a dual setup

 

 

 

Conclusion

Whether you are upgrading or buying a second screen for you awesome setup, it’s always hard to make the final decision when purchasing. There’s always that small fear before clicking that order button, that is why I rounded up five best gaming monitors under $400. Based on a couple of different points as mentioned above.

These monitors will provide better visuals than standard HD monitors, and they won’t break your bank either. Perfect for any gamers.

We hope our list of best gaming monitors under $400 as helped you in your quest to find a great gaming monitor. Do not forget to leave us a comment in the section below.