Don’t want to spend a fortune on a gaming monitor? Well we have ten of the best budget gaming monitors for you to get your game on with!
When looking to purchase a new monitor, there are usually basic requirements we all look for. An adjustable and stable stand, USB ports, great resolution, and affordability are all ideal basic features. When you plan to spend the extra money to purchase a monitor that offers more than the basics, you expect an excellent viewing and/or gaming experience, control options, and speed.
For graphic design and photo editing, a monitor with high pixel resolution and excellent color coverage is a must. For serious gamers, being able to immerse yourself into the game is the main idea. In order to have a better gaming experience, a monitor must have a smooth transition between scenes without any blurring in addition to vibrant coloring. When you consider the number of extra features now available, deciding which monitor to buy can be overwhelming.
We’ve listed 10 affordable 4k monitors with varying features to hopefully help in your decision. Each one is designed by a trusted brand, and all are Ultra High Definition which is 4 times clearer than full HD. Mini reviews and features are listed under each monitor, and we only included monitors with ratings ranging from good to excellent.
|Monitor||Screen Size||Resolution||Panel Type||Display|
|Dell Ultra HD 4k Monitor P2415Q||24 Inch||3840 x 2160||IPS||4k uhd|
|Samsung U28E590D||28 Inch||3840 x 2160||IPS||4k uhd||Samsung U28E590D 28-Inch UHD LED-Lit Monitor|
|ASUS PB287Q 4k UHD LED Monitor||28 Inch||3840 x 2160||IPS||4k uhd|
|LG Electronics 4k UHD 27UD68-W||27 Inch||3840 x 2160||IPS||4k uhd||LG Electronics 4K UHD 27UD68-W 27" Screen LED-Lit Monitor|
|ViewSonic VX2475SMHL 4k 24" UHD LED Monitor||24 Inch||3840 x 2160||IPS||4k uhd|
|AtronVision Professional Gaming Monitor AVQ270||27 Inch||2560 x 1440||IPS||4k uhd||AtronVision Professional Gaming Monitor AVQ270|
|Upstar M280A1 28" UHD 4k LED-Lit Monitor||28 Inch||3840 x 2160||IPS||4k uhd||Upstar M280A1 28'' UHD 4K LED-Lit Monitor|
|Acer S277HK 27" 4k UHD||27 Inch||3840 x 2160||IPS||4k uhd||Acer S277HK wmidpp 27-inch 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) Widescreen Display|
|DoubleSight 28" UHD 4k Ultra High Resolution||28 Inch||3840 x 2160||IPS||4k uhd||DoubleSight 28" UHD 4K Ultra High Resolution LCD Monitor 3840 x 2160 Resolution, Speakers, VESA, LED Back Light|
|Philips 28" 4k UHD Monitor||28 Inch||3840 x 2160||IPS||4k uhd|
Pay Close Attention to the Following when Buying Your Budget Gaming Monitor
Before starting your search for a new budget monitor, there are a few things you should consider in order to find the perfect one to suit your needs.
- Transfer speed-usually listed in features as a 4ms or 5ms
- Stand variations-not all monitors offer tilt, swivel, pivot, or height adjustment
- Monitor size-4k monitor sizes vary on this list from 24-28″
- Preset modes-game, text, movie, etc.
- Portable device compatability
- Number of USB ports
- FlickerFree and/or eye saver modes
- PiP or PbP
- Other features that may be important to you such as In-Line Sighting or FPS modes
A well-known computer company makes it easier to trust that the majority of their products will be satisfactory. Dell is one of those companies. Their UHD 4k monitor offers 99% sRGB color coverage and factory color calibration for an excellent viewing experience. The 24″ screen is LED-lit and has a resolution of 3840 x 2160. The IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology for the LCD display offers wider viewing angles and brighter colors by allowing more light to pass through the panel. Color hues remain consistent from any view point.
MHL-compatible smartphones and tablets are easily connected and can be directly displayed while charging your device. It includes a high-speed USB 3.0 port as well as a DisplayPort.
The stand offers height adjustment, tilt, swivel, and can be pivoted from landscape to portrait. It is also detachable allowing the monitor to be mounted on the wall using a VESA-compatible 100mm xs 100mm mount.
Samsung offers an excellent 4k UHD monitor that uses 8 million pixels and provides 64x the colors available on regular monitors. The AMD FreeSync 1ms response time along with the screen refresh rate allows amazing transition between screens. This creates a viewing/gaming experience without image tearing and blurring. It contains a resolution of 3840 x 2160.
The FlickerFree and eye saver modes help reduce eye strain during long periods of use. You can multi-task using the PiP (Picture in Picture) which is adjustable by window and size. Other similar monitors do not offer this adjustability feature. The PiP feature on most monitors is located only in one corner without the ability to move or resize the window.
You can connect multiple UHD devices with the 2 HDMI inputs which contain upgraded HDMI support and allows UHD resolution a 60Hz refresh rate. A DisplayPort input is located on the back panel.
The matte black body is framed by a metallic rim bezel.
ASUS has a great 4k monitor that offers 157 pixels per inch and real 10-bit color which provides a smooth transition between scenes. With over 8 million pixels available, that is 4 times the amount on a Full HD. The ASUS Eye Care technology along with Flicker Free reduces eye strain during long periods of use. A 1ms GTG response time and 60Hz refresh rate guarantee a perfect viewing/gaming experience.
The ASUS exclusive SplendidPlus Video Intelligence technology greatly impacts images, color brightness, contrast, and sharpness. Pre-programmed viewing modes include reading, darkness, scenery, standard, theater, and SRGB night view. You can multi-task using the PiP or PbP switching easily between work and play. The Picture in Picture works in one corner of the screen while the Picture by Picture splits the screen down the middle.
A sleek design is attached to a versatile stand that allows you to tilt, swivel, pivot, or adjust the height. It is also detachable for wall mounting. This is another great feature as many similar monitors do not offer tilt, swivel, or pivot.
LG’s 4k UHD monitor has a few extra features for the gamers that really impressed us. First, the SRGB is over 99% and the resolution is 3840 x 2160 with 8.3 million pixels. The response time is 5ms with a refresh rate of 60hrz. It has FreeSync and game mode which allows excellent movement in high-speed games. It also eliminates stuttering that can occur due to differences in graphic cards.
The on-screen controls contain adjustments for volume, brightness, picture mode presets, ScreenSplit 2.0, dual controller, and more. You can resize and display multiple windows at once using many different options including 4 different PiP choices. This is the only monitor in this list that allows so many window choices. Simultaneous working and gaming has never been easier.
Game mode features 2 First-Person shooter modes and a RTJ pre-set mode. Black Stabalizer allows the details in darker scenes to be clearer and more apparent. 2 HDMI ports, 1 DisplayPort, and 1 audio jack port is easily accessible.
The ArcLine stand has a smooth curved base for stability. This is an excellent monitor for this price range.
View Sonic offers a 4k monitor with 3840 x 2160 resolution with 60Hz. The 4ms response time enables smooth transitions between scenes without streaking, blurring, or ghosting. The SuperClear PLS technology of 178 degrees allows wide-angle viewing. ViewMode technology contains preset modes including movie, web, text, game, and mono. It also has the FlickerFree and Blue Light Filter technology to reduce eye strain.
With 8 million pixels with a density of 187 PPI, the View Sonic monitor contains dual integrated 2W speakers. Connection options include a DiplayPort, MHL, and HDM. You can also connect mobile devices and charge them at the same time. This monitor also comes with an energy saving Eco-Mode feature and a 3-year limited warranty.
Built specifically for gamers, the AtronVision 4k monitor offers everything needed for a fantastic gaming experience plus a few extras. The 27″ widescreen LED monitor has a 2560 x 1440 resolution and a 178-degree wide viewing angle. It has a 4ms response time and FlickerFree and Low Blue Light features.
It contains HDMI and DVI with HDCP ports along with 1 audio-in and 1 audio-out port. Featured OSC controls include 3 game modes. We are most impressed with the 3 LOS (line of sight) modes for FPS. The contrast ratio is 1000:1 and the dynamic ratio is 80,000:1.
It is VESA 100ml x 100ml mountable for walls and has a 1-year warranty.
The Upstar widescreen 4k monitor has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 and a 16:9 aspect ratio. It includes a blacklight LCD. The response time is 5ms. The high gloss black is not for everyone. Users that work in well-lit rooms may find a matte finish is easier to view.
2 HDMI ports, 1 DVI port, and 1 DisplayPort are available. With the additional game mode feature, it detects changes in scenes, enhances colors, and adjusts contrast. Enabling high bandwith sources such as the DisplayPort allows the high performance panels in addition to the high density pixel count to create more vivid images. Picture in Picture is available in one corner and Picture by Picture splits down the middle for simultaneous windows.
The black and silver monitor includes a speaker and 3-year warranty. It has a viewing angle of 170 degrees (H) and 160 degrees (V). Up and down tilt is built in allows movement 5-15 degrees.
Acer proudly offers several extra features with this 4k UHD monitor. It has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 and the HDMI 2.0 connectivity increases bandwith up to 18 Gbps allowing users to transfer 4k content at 60fps. It also contains 100% SRGB color correction and IPS technology allowing 178-degree viewing angles.
Super Sharpness technology adjusts image quality. Acer EyeProtect technology features flicker free and blue light filters to reduce eye strain. Low Dimming adjusts down to 15% brightness in low-lit environments and ComfyView technology lowers reflection from external lights.
Acer EcoDisplay technology provides 68% power savings. The brilliant glossed white finish monitor has an aluminum front bezel to increase sturdiness. It allows a tilt of 5-15 degrees. The on-screen power, brightness, and OSD menu buttons are invisible unless in use.
Acer TrueHarmony rear speakers include DTS sound effects. Connections include a HDMI 2.0 port, DVI with HDCP port, and DisplayPort. The technology Acer continues to incorporate into their products increases our anticipation of what they will come up with next.
DoubleSight offers a monitor that features 3840 x 2160 resolution, an LED backlight, and a response time of 5ms. With 1.073 billion colors the aspect ratio is 16:9 and the contrast ratio is 1000:1.
It contains a DisplayPort and 3 HDMI ports. 2 rear-mounted 5w speakers are included. It is VESA 100mm x 100mm wallmount-compatible. The 28″ large screen is excellent for viewing/gaming. It also includes a 3-year limited warranty. While DoubleSight is lesser known than other companies listed, this monitor appears to meet and possibly exceed expectations.
The Philips 4k monitor has a 16:9 aspect ratio with color support of 1.07 billion colors. The dynamic contrast ratio is 50,000,000:1. Smart Response time is 1ms. Multiview allows dual connect and the ability to view simultaneously from 2 different PC’s. PiP and PbP are also included.
The stand allows pivoting from landscape to portrait, height adjustment, swivel from -65 to 65 degrees, and tilt from -5 to 20 degrees. It is also wall mountable with the VESA 100mm x 100mm. Connectors include DVI, MHL-HDMI, and DisplayPort. It also features built in speakers.
2-USB 2.0 and 2-USB 3.0 offer mobile high definition links for portable devices.
As you can see, there are many different brands of monitors available, and each brand offers even more selections with different features. The variety range in most tech-related products is large, and monitors are no exception.
Our suggestion is to decide on the features that are most important to you and narrow it down to a few. Research thoroughly, pay close attention to what others have to say about their experience with the monitor, and then decide on the best one for you.
We hope this article has been helpful in your decision, and we wish you the best of luck deciding on the perfect monitor to suit your needs.