Best LED LCD Monitor Under $200 2016

Buying a new monitor doesn’t always have to be expensive. In recent years prices for quality high definition monitors have gone down as the popularity of larger monitors has increased and production costs of these monitors have decreased.  In this post, we’ll review the ten bestselling LED/LCD computer monitors under $200. The order is determined by taking overall popularity, customer reviews, and the author’s personal opinion into perspective.

LED Vs. LCD

Traditional LCD monitors or “liquid crystal displays” use fluorescent lighting which does a good job as a backlight for your monitor but contains environmentally harmful mercury and is up to 50% less energy efficient than the more modern LED backlit monitors. Despite this more efficient technology fluorescent-lit LCD monitors still dominated the market up until recently because of the price differential between the two. Now that LED backlit LCD monitors have come down in price overall they have started to replace the older fluorescent LCD models in the top ten.

Top 10 Monitors Under $200

1.) Viewsonic  – VX2450WM-LED and VX2250WM-LED Series Review

Viewsonic has dominated the market in recent years by releasing quality products at a price level that is $20-30 lower than its competitors. Per Amazon, the two bestselling monitors of the year belong to Viewsonic’s “WM-LED Series” which includes the 24 inch VX2450WM-LED and the 22 inch VX2250WM-LED.

Picture

Like most large monitors in these monitors have full high definition resolution (1920x1080p). What really sets them apart is their contrast ratios. Contrast ratio measures color on a monitor from the blackest black to the whitest white. The 24 inch version has a mega-dynamic contrast ratio of 20,000,000:1 and the 22 inch version, 10,000,000:1. Beyond what seems like a good “number” Viewsonic has improved their LED technology by giving their LED lights the ability to completely turn off in order to create a more realistic black. A 5ms response time will keep action scenes smooth during movies, but may not be sufficient for gaming. Viewsonic’s VX2453MH-LED (also under $200) and it’s larger version  the VX2753MH-LED were designed with gaming monitor specifications in mind having 2ms and 1ms response times respectively. If you’re looking for a gaming or performance enthusiast monitor see our review of the best gaming monitors.

Color

The color is accurate for a TN (twisted nematic) type panel and perfect for home or office use, however; if you’re a graphic designer, then it might be a beneficial to take a look at our list of the best IPS (in-plane switching) monitors for photo editing for additional color accuracy.

Integrated Speakers

The integrated speakers on these monitors are pretty standard. They definitely won’t blow you away, but they are convenient for browsing and create a lot of space on your desktop. If you listen to a lot of music or like to play games on your computer, then you might want to consider purchasing some decent PC speakers or a pair of headphones to go along with this monitor.

Connectors

Both of these models come with a standard analog VGA connector as well as a DVI connector for diverse connectivity options. If you need an HDMI port, then you may want to consider a DVI to HDMI cable or another monitor that comes with an HDMI out.

VESA Compatibility

A lot of monitor manufacturers, including Viewsonic in some cases, skimp by leaving out the mounting holes on the back of their monitors. A nice feature for these models is that they both include 100mm x 100mm VESA compliant holes for wall mount or monitor stands.

Warranty

Viewsonic uses one of the highest grade panels in the industry and they back it up with one of the industry’s best warranties, a 3 year parts and labor warranty with Viewsonic’s “Pixel Performance Guarantee”. If you ever have a problem with a monitor, then it’s also nice that Viewsonic provides 24/7 online service and customer support.

Additional Technical specifications:

For additional details on this product’s specifications be sure to see our top ten list below which makes it easy to review our top ten picks.

Computer Monitor Review and Comparison Table

Here’s an easy-to-read table which should help you compare specifications so that you can find the right type of monitor.

Product Brand / Model NumberResolution / Response Time / Contrast Ratio (DCR)Technical DetailsWarrantyPrice
Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 5ms, Dynamic Contrast Ratio 20,000,000:1D-Sub, DVI, 300 cd/m2 brightness rating, 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, Tilt adjustable, VESA mount compliant 100mm x 100mm3 year parts and labor warranty
ASUS ML238H 23-Inch Wide Ultra-Slim LED Monitor1920 x 1080, 2 ms, 10,000,000:1170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 0.265mm pixel pitch, 16.7 Million display colors, 250 cd/m2 brightness rating, 30 - 85 KHz H. Refresh Rate, and D-Sub and HDMI 1.3 connectors. Swivel & Tilt adjustable with an ultra-thin 16.55mm display.3 years.
Acer S231HL bid 23-Inch Widescreen Ultra-Slim LED Display1920 x 1080, 5ms, 12,000,000:1170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 0.265mm pixel pitch, 16.7 Million display colors, 250 cd/m2 brightness, D-Sub, DVI, HDMI connectors, and tilt adjustable.3 years.
Viewsonic VX2453MH-LED 24-Inch Ultra-thin Widescreen LED Monitor1920 x 1080/ 2ms/ DCR 30,000,000:1D-Sub, 2xHDMI, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle3 years Includes Pixel Performance Guarantee
ViewSonic VX2250WM-LED 22-Inch (21.5-Inch Vis) Widescreen Full HD 1080p LED Monitor with Integrated Stereo Speakers1920 x 1080/ 5ms/ 10,000,000:1170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle/ D-Sub, DVI connectors/ tilt adjustable / 2 x 2W built-in speakers and VESA 100x100mm compatible3 Years limited parts and labor warranty.
Samsung B2230 LCD Monitor1920 x 1080/ 5ms/ 70000:1170°(H) / 160°(V)/ 300 cd/m2 brightness rating/ 0.282mm pixel pitch/ D-Sub, DVI connectors / 75 x 75mm VESA Mount Standard.3 year manufacturer's warranty.
ASUS VH236H1920 x 1080, 2ms, 20000:1160°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 0.266mm pixel pitch, 300 cd/m2 brightmess, D-Sub, DVI, HDMI connectors, built in 2 x 2w speakers, VESA compatible 100mm x 100mm, and tilt adjustable.3 years limited.
Acer S201HL bd 20-Inch Widescreen Ultra-Slim LED Display1600 x 900/ 5ms/ 12,000,000:1170°(H) / 160°(V)/ 0.276mm/ 16.7 Million colors/ 250 cd/m2/ 30 - 80KHz H refresh rate/ Tilt adjustable.3 years.
ASUS VH198T 19-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor1440 x 900/ 5ms/ 10M:1170°(H) / 160°(V)/ 0.248mm/ 16.7 Million colors/ 250 cd/m2 brightness rating/ D-Sub, DVI-D/ tilt adjustable/ built-in speakers.3 year limited parts and labor warranty.
Acer V173 Djb 17-Inch LCD Monitor1280 x 1024/ 5ms/ 20,000:1160°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 0.264mm pixel pitch, 16.7 Million display colors, 250 cd/m2 brightness rating, D-Sub connector, and tilt adjustable.3 year limited.

Overall we feel that the Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED and the ASUS ML238H 23-Inch Wide Ultra-Slim LED Monitor give you the best overall value.

We appreciate your feedback. If we’ve missed something or have experience with one of the monitors above, then please leave a comment below. Also, see our monitors under $100 post.

 

Top 10 Best LED Monitors 2012

LED LCD monitors are desirable because they give you more options, a better picture, and are more environmentally friendly than traditional LCD monitors.

LED monitors also use up to 60% less total energy than traditional LCD and use LED or “light emitting diode” technology in order to the light the back of the display.  LED technology prevents the need of fluorescent lamps or tubes that contain mercury which when thrown away is an environmental hazard.

ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED 24 Inch Monitor

Did you know that increasing your PC’s monitor size can help you to increase productivity?  While this increased productivity drops off above 24 inches, purchasing a 24 inch LED monitor allows you to multiple windows side by side or have additional viewing room on your screen.  The Viewsonic VX2450 is inexpensive and environmentally friendly solution to this upgrade and doesn’t disappoint when it comes to specifications.  This full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution monitor comes with a dynamic contrast ratio of 20,000,000:1, response time of 5ms, is VESA compliant 100mm x 100mm (for mounting), has D-Sub and DVI connectors, and comes with a full 3 year parts and labor warranty from Viewsonic.

What one customer on Amazon said about the VX2450:
“Rock-solid, beautifully saturated and bright image quality. Easy to use controls and driver disk (which you may need for optimum resolution on some computers). Kinda sexy multi-colored indicator light below the screen changes from blue (on) to amber (sleep) to off.Sturdy, adjustable stand which attaches easily.Just the right amount of “matte” finish to avoid the annoying glare and “mirror” effect that some screens have, without any sacrifice of brightness or clarity.”

Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch (23.6-Inch Vis) Widescreen LED Monitor with Full HD 1080p and Speakers – Black
Featured 24 Inch LED Monitor. Bestselling of 2011.
Amazon Price: $189.99 (as of 06/17/2011)Here’s a quick top 10 list, comparison, and overview of our other top LED monitor picks for 2011.  If you’d rather keep learning more about monitor specifications, then see our learning guide section below the comparison chart.

Top 10 Best LED Monitors 2011

ProductPrice ComparisonResolution/ Response Time/ Contrast RatioConnectors/ OtherWarranty
ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED 24 Inch Monitor
1920x1080p Full High Definition/ 5ms / Dynamic Contrast Ratio 20,000,000:1D-Sub, DVI3 Years parts and labor limited warranty. Includes Viewsonic's Pixel Performance Guarantee.
ViewSonic VX2250wm-LED Black monitor with Slim Design
1920 x 1080/ 5ms/ 10,000,000:1D-Sub, DVI/ Integrated Speakers/ Brightness: 250 cd-m2/ VESA compliant (mounting)3 Years parts and labor.
ASUS VH238H Black LED Backlight Monitor
1920 x 1080/ 2msD-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI/ Built in Speakers/ Greener Materials/ Energy star 5.0 compliant3 Year limited parts and labor warranty.
ASUS VH198T 19 Inch Widescreen LED Monitor
1440 x 900 / 5 ms Response Time/ 10000000:1D-Sub, DVI-D/ Built-in Speakers/ Comes with VGA Cable,
, DVI Cable, and
Power Cable included.
Audio Cable
3 Years
Apple LED Cinema Display 27-Inch MC007LL/A
2560 by 1440/ 12 ms response time Mini DisplayPort connector, MagSafe / Ambient light sensor/ Built-in iSight and microphone/ 49 watts of stereo sound/ Three USB 2.0/ 375 cd/m2 BrightnessFull 3 Year Warranty
HP 2011x Black 20" Slim Design
1600 x 900/ 5ms/ DCR 3,000,000:1 D-Sub, DVI-D / 250 cd/m21 Year Parts and Labor Warranty
ViewSonic VX2453mh-LED Black 24 Inch Monitor
1920 x 1080/ Dynamic Contrast Ratio 30,000,000:1/ 2msD-Sub, 2 HDMI/ Integrated Speakers/ 250 cd-m23 Years Limited Parts and Labor Warranty.
HP 2511x Black 25" Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor Slim Design
1920 x 1080/ 5ms / 3,000,000:1D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI/ 250 cd/m21 Year Parts and Labor Warranty
ViewSonic VA1931WA-LED Black 19" PC Monitor
1366 x 768/ 5ms / 10,000,000:1D-Sub/ 250 cd-m23 Years Limited Parts and Labor Warranty.
Acer S201HLbd Black 20" 5ms LED monitor
1600 x 900/ 5ms/ ACM 12,000,000:1D-Sub, DVI/ 250 cd-m23 Year Limited Parts and Labor Warranty.

Hopefully our comparison table above helped you to discover which monitor would be right for you.  In many ways your best bet is to buy your monitor online.  Whether you do it here at topcomputermonitors.com or not, in general, you can get a better price for a computer monitor if you buy it online.  Amazon is our vender of choice because they bring together various wholesalers who compete for your sale to make sure that you get the best price.

Computer Monitors – Term Learning Guide

Response Time

If you are planning on using your monitor for gaming, then we recommend you look for a monitor that has a fast response time.  You should look for one that is 3ms or less.  Because you’ll be using your monitor over a long period of time and sometimes for extended periods of time this could be one of your most important features.  A quick response time could mean saving yourself from eye strain and unattractive in-game ghosting that sometimes occurs.

Refresh Rate

The refresh rate is essentially how fast your computer monitor refreshes the data on your screen.  Computer monitors that do this slowly can often have an unseen flash that when repeated over many hours can give users headaches and eye strain.  A Refresh rate over 65Hz should be find for most users.  Those with extreme issues may want to purchase a 3D monitor as many 3D monitors come with 120Hz refresh rates.

Contrast Ratio

Another tip is to choose a monitor with a high contrast ratio. Your contrast ratio measures the darkest color that a monitor can produce (blackest black) vs. the lightest color (whitest white). In general the higher the contrast ratio, the better the color is.  One difficulty that you may come across with contrast ratios is finding out what “type” of contrast ratio a monitor  is using in their specifications.  Try to find a specific type of contrast ratio and compare it that way.  For example, compare monitors in DCR or “Dynamic Contrast Ratio” or a “Static Contrast Ratio”.

Adjustments

Remember to check your monitors adjustment settings before purchasing online.  Not all monitors can tilt or swivel, so if being able to adjust your monitor is important to you, then be sure to take that into consideration.

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If not leave us a comment below or consider the following articles for more information:  Computer Monitor Reviews, Best Rated LED/LCD PC Monitors, and finally this article on 3D PC Monitors.  Also, check out our category section to the side.