Best Monitors Under $100: The 6 Best Cheap 1080P Monitors

If this isn’t your first time browsing our website, you probably know just how expensive gaming equipment can be. And if you’ve already spent most of your budget as it is, you might not have enough cash left over for a high ticket monitor.

Besides, sometimes you don’t need every piece of your equipment to be top high-tech, and now that 1080P monitors have become so much more affordable than they used to be, you can pick up a pretty good one for under $100.

We’ve been checking them out, and have put together a shortlist of our favorite ones. We’re going to be reviewing them here for you today, but first we’re going to give you the lowdown on what you can and can’t expect from a monitor that costs under $100. Here goes.

What You Can and Can’t Expect from a Monitor that Costs Under $100

Any 1080 Pixel monitor will display your images in crisp and clear Full High Definition, and that means not only do you get a very clear image, but you also have an image that’s rich in its detail.

But in gaming you’re not just looking at static images, and graphic intensive gameplay requires a decent refresh rate. Now, we’re going to level with you here and say that budget monitors don’t usually have as good a refresh rate as some of the more expensive models.

But on the flip side, 1080 pixel gaming can provide pretty good refresh rates. Besides, gaming on a 4k monitor can actually cause your gameplay to be hindered and slowed down.

Moreover, monitors with really high refresh rates of up to 144 Hz require superior hardware in order to be used as intended, and if you have a budget for your equipment, you may not have the hardware that’s up to the task. The same goes for higher resolution monitors.

And we would also argue that a 1080 pixel screen is more than efficient for casual use.

So there’s definitely a good argument for going for an affordable 1080 pixel monitor, even if  you intend to save up for an upgrade in the future.

The industry standard for refresh rates on budget 1080 pixel monitors is 60 Hz, which is ample for casual use. But for graphic intensive gaming, the higher the refresh rate, the better. 


Reviews of 1080P Monitors Under $100

Johnwill 13.3 Inch Portable 1080P Monitor

Ok, so this is ever so slightly out of your $100 budget, however, it’s not out by much, and we couldn’t resist adding it to our shortlist because it’s such a good monitor, and is excellent value for money.

Not only does it feature a high resolution Full High Definition display, coming in at 1920 x 1080 pixels for crisp and clear images, but it also happens to be an IPS display, which means it can be easily viewed from many angles.

And whereas many budget monitors in this budget range are often 10.1 inches or fewer, this screen is a little large, coming in at 13.3 inches wide.

It’s also classed as a gaming monitor, and there are some PC games or game console games that can be comfortably played on it. 

It comes with built-in speakers, but if you prefer, you can attach earphones. It also features not one but two HDMI ports, and a micro USB port.

But that’s not all. It also happens to be portable, and to that end it comes complete with a metal stand. And it should fit into a standard size laptop carry bag.

But, if you prefer, you can also make use of the VESA mounting design to securely mount the monitor to a wall.

Pros

  • Full High Definition display 
  • Designed for easy portability
  • Features two HDMI input ports
  • IPS display with wide viewing angle
  • Can be VESA mounted to a wall

Cons

  • Costs ever so slightly above $100
  • The refresh rate is not stated in the product description

LONCEVON-12 inch IPS 1920x1080P Portable Small HDMI Monitor

If you’re looking for a portable monitor, this would be a good one to go for, because rather than coming with a traditional mount, it instead comes with a kickstand bracket. Or, if you prefer, you can mount it on a wall.

The screen has an excellent resolution, coming in at 1920 x 1080 pixels, so you get crisp and clear Full High Definition. And, even better, it also happens to be an IPS display, which means that you can see any image clearly at any angle. And the screen offers superb contrast at 1000:1.

It has all the ports you could wish for including HDMI for cameras and Raspberry Pi, BNC for CCTV, HDMI for gaming consoles, VGA for desktops and laptops, a USB port, and finally an AV port for DVD players and TV boxes.

It’s 12 inches wide, which is slightly smaller than the screen of a traditional laptop, but larger than most tablets and most 2-in-1 laptop/tablets. 

There are built-in dual speakers and there’s a protective rubber coating on the solid housing.

The refresh rate is 60 Hz, which is about standard for a 1080 pixel monitor in this budget range. Sure, it’s not as high as we’d like, but it’s more than ample for casual use. 

Pros

  • Full High Definition display 
  • Designed for easy portability
  • IPS display for viewing at angles
  • Features a wide range of inputs
  • Features superb contrast at 1000:1

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with a desk mount, and rests at an angle

BenQ GL2460HM 24″ LED Thin Bezel Monitor 

Whereas most 1080 pixel monitors that come to under $100 are usually very small, and are  often smaller than a laptop screen, this one is pretty generous in size, at a very nice 24 inches, which can come in very handy, and means that things aren’t too bunched up and crowded on the screen.

The other great thing about this monitor is the image contrast ratio, which comes in at a staggering 12000000:1.

And the other thing we love about this monitor is that it features an improved eco mode for higher energy efficiency.

It looks super stylish too, with its very thin bezel.

It features a VGA port, 2 HDMI ports, and 2 USB 3.0 ports. This means that you can connect it to gaming consoles, PCs or laptops, DVD and Blu-Ray Players, and to speakers (although it does have its own built-in speakers, too).

The refresh rate is 76 Hz, which is pretty good for a 1080 pixel monitor in this budget range. Sure, it’s perhaps not the perfect refresh rate for really graphic intensive gaming, but it’s more than ample for casual use. 

Pros

  • Full High Definition display resolution
  • Amazing image contrast at 12000000:1
  • Above standard refresh rate at 76 Hz
  • Very generous size coming in at 24 inches

Cons

  • Not an IPS display

ViewSonic VA2342, 23-Inch Screen LED-Lit LCD Monitor

This budget monitor has some great specs. To begin with, the screen has an excellent resolution, coming in at 1920 x 1080 pixels, so you get crisp and clear Full High Definition, with plenty of detail.

It also has a superb dynamic contrast ratio, which comes in at an extremely high 10million:1.

The refresh rate is a whopping 76 Hz, which is pretty good for a 1080 pixel monitor in this budget range. Sure, it’s perhaps not the perfect refresh rate for really graphic intensive gaming, but it’s more than ample for casual use. 

The screen is also quite generous for a monitor in this budget range. Coming in at 23 inches, it’s significantly larger than the screen sizes you get with laptops. 

It features VGA inputs, which means that you can hook it up to desktops and laptops. But perhaps more importantly, it also features a DVI input port, which can carry both analog and digital signals.

But that’s not all. We also love how it’s Energy Star certified, and how it has an Eco mode for energy efficiency and saving.

If you don’t want to keep it on a stand on your desk or table, you also have the option to mount it on a wall, thanks to the easy VESA mountable design.

And the other thing we love about this monitor is how it comes backed by a 3-year warranty, which is very reassuring.

Pros

  • Full High Definition display resolution
  • Amazing image contrast at 10million:1
  • Above standard refresh rate at 76 Hz
  • Very generous size, coming in at 23 inches

Cons

  • Not an IPS display
  • There’s no HDMI port

Pusokei 10.1inch HD 1080P Gaming Monitor

Now, this monitor was made with gaming in mind and falls very safely within your $100 budget. It has a nice widescreen display, and is quite modest in size at just 10.1 inches, so it won’t take up too much space on your desk

It is a TFT LCD display which features technology designed to improve image contrast, and the result is a contrast of 800:1. It’s compatible with 1920 x 1080 VGA inputs and those below.

It features HDMI/VGA/BNC/AV/USB input ports for either desktop PCs or laptops, and also boasts a remote control. There are just four buttons below the display, and they’re very intuitive to get to grips with. 

The refresh rate is 60 Hz, which is about standard for a 1080 pixel monitor in this budget range. Sure, it’s not as high as we’d like, but it’s more than ample for casual use. 

Pros

  • Monitor that’s aimed at gamers
  • Full High Definition display graphics
  • HDMI/VGA/BNC/AV/USB input ports
  • Remote control included in the box
  • High level of contrast at 800:1
  • The refresh rate is 60 Hz

Cons

  • Just 10.1 inches wide
  • Not so many customer reviews on the net

Arcadora 5.5 inch 1080P Display LCD Monitor

Did you know that you can get a 1080 pixel touch screen for under $100? Sounds good, huh? If that’s of interest to you, you should check out this monitor!

No need to bother with a mouse or tracking pad, instead you can simply tap icons or menu options to select them. It really couldn’t be any more intuitive and easy to use.

It boasts a Full High Definition display resolution, coming in at 1920 x 1080 pixels, so you get very crisp and clear images with plenty of clarity and detail. And it also has a 160 degree viewing angle.

You can view images in landscape mode, which is the default setting, or in portrait mode if that works better for you. 

You can hook it up to a Raspberry Pi, a TV box, a PC or laptop, or a game console, because it has all the ports you need, and it supports Windows, Linux, Raspberry Pi and Android operating systems. You can also attach earphones to it. 

The only drawback is the size, it’s the size of a large smartphone at 5.5 inches.

Pros

  • Features a very intuitive touch screen!
  • Features s Full High Definition display 
  • View in landscape or portrait mode
  • Works with a range of operating systems
  • Has all the input & output ports you need

Cons

  • The screen is only 5.5 inches wide
  • There aren’t many customer reviews around on the net for it just yet because it was only made available in Spring 2021

Stephen Deane

Stephen is a gaming and tech enthusiast. He has been playing computer games since the Commodore 64 days in the 80s. He has worked as Broadcast Engineer with BBC News and knows a thing or two about building, fixing, and playing with PCs.