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Best Monitors under $100 - Cheap Computer Monitors

Updated on April 2, 2014

Buy a new LCD and LED Monitors for under $100

Prices have dropped a lot in the past couple of years, and now if you are looking for a computer monitor that costs under $100, you will probably be pleasantly surprised with the choices.

Here are the best flat screen computer monitors for under $100. Whether you are upgrading your current model, replacing an old CRT monitor, or buying a extra monitor to connect to your computer or laptop, I'm sure you'll be happy with the choices.

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Which kind of connection do you have on your computer? - Buy a monitor with the same type of connection.

Comparison of VGA, DVI, and HDMI Ports
Comparison of VGA, DVI, and HDMI Ports

You may have only one of these choices, or all three. VGA is an older type of connection that is lower resolution. If you have DVI or HDMI on your computer, then you should buy a monitor with DVI or HDMI input ports. If you want to watch HD video but don't have a DVI or HDMI connection on your computer, you may be able to add these options by installing a video card in your computer, if you have the room to do so.

18 to 20 inch Monitors - 2014 Current Deals - Under $100

These are decent sized screens that have a VGA cable connection, and the picture quality will be a huge improvement over most old CRT monitors.

This will work for standard computer use (word processing, internet use, etc) but if you want to watch HD video or bluray or edit photos, I'd recommend you buy a monitor with HDMI or DVI.

Viewsonic VA1938WA-LED 19-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor
Viewsonic VA1938WA-LED 19-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor

Lots of positive reviews on this one, and it even comes with a VGA cable!

19" (18.5" Vis) Widescreen LCD, VGA input

10,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio

Up to 40% energy saving with LED backlight

Automatic Aspect Ratio Adjustment

VESA mountable 100mm x 100mm

 
ASUS VS197D-P 18.5" WXGA 1366x768 VGA Back-lit LED Monitor
ASUS VS197D-P 18.5" WXGA 1366x768 VGA Back-lit LED Monitor

- VGA connection only.Contrast Ratio: 50,000,000 :1 (ASCR)

- 16.7 Million Colors

- 18.5"

- 1366 x 768 Widescreen LCD w/ LED Backlight

- 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio

 

Small 15 and 16 inch Monitors - Sometimes, you don't need a big screen.

Here are the best selling small monitors for under $100.

HL163ABB 16-Inch LED LED backlight Monitor
HL163ABB 16-Inch LED LED backlight Monitor

- 1366 x 768 resolution

- 500:1 contrast ratio

- 16:9 widescreen format

- LED Backlit

- VGA Input

 
AOC E1649FWU 16-Inch 1366 x 768 16 ms LED LCD Monitor
AOC E1649FWU 16-Inch 1366 x 768 16 ms LED LCD Monitor

- Portable 16" Monitor

- USB powered. No other connections.

- Ultra thin. Only 1.4" thick and 2.3 pounds.

- Fold out stand for either landscape or portrait viewing

- 15.6" diagonally viewable area

- 500:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time, and a 1366 x 768 resolution @60Hz.

- Can be used in a multiple monitor set up.

- Idea for travel.

 

Looking for a Monitor with HDMI or DVI inputs?

Unfortunately, most monitors with these options cost a little more than $100. Here are the cheapest ones I could find. Since prices change a lot, it's possible that one of these will go on sale, especially as the big Black Friday / Cyber Monday shopping days approach.

ASUS VS228H-P 21.5" Full HD 1920x1080 HDMI DVI VGA Back-lit LED Monitor
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5" Full HD 1920x1080 HDMI DVI VGA Back-lit LED Monitor

- Full 1080P with HDMI

- VESA Mountable

- HDMI, DVI, and VGA inputs.

 
ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" Full HD 1920x1080 2ms HDMI DVI VGA Monitor
ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" Full HD 1920x1080 2ms HDMI DVI VGA Monitor

Display Type: Wide Screen TFT LCD w/ LED Backlight

Display Area: 23.6"

Max/Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Interface: 1x VGA Port, 1x DVI-D Port, 1x HDMI Port

 

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Swivel Desk Stand for your Monitor - Rotating Stand and Height Adjustable

3M MS110MB Easy-Adjust LCD Monitor Stand, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 to 13 1/2, Black
3M MS110MB Easy-Adjust LCD Monitor Stand, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 to 13 1/2, Black

This 3M Easy-Adjust Monitor Stand attaches to any LCD monitor with 75 x 75 millimeter or 100 x 100 millimeter VESA-D monitor bolt hole patterns.

 

Buy a Refurbished Monitor and Save More Money! - Current Refurbished Monitors on Ebay

Maybe you'll find a really cheap 15", 17", or 19" monitor on Ebay. Always check out the seller's feedback and the shipping charge before purchasing. There ARE some amazing deals on Ebay, but you have to be careful.

Features to Consider

Glossy or Matte (Non-Glare) Screens - There are two choices for LCD screens. Non-Glare screens, also called Matte, have a rough surface which lessons the amount of reflections. If you have windows or lights in your room, they may cause reflections that make looking at a glossy monitor difficult. However, glossy screens may have higher contrast and brightness. Glossy is usually preferred for watching movies. According to the Matte vs Glossy Screens Debate Page, 78% of poll responders prefer Matte.

Input Choices

VGA - This is the oldest kind of input. If you have an old computer, you probably have VGA on it. Some newer computers and laptops also have this. VGA is an analog signal and won't produce as sharp of a picture as a DVI or HDMI connection.

DVI - Most newer computers have a DVI port. DVI is for a digital signal and it produces a really clear picture. In many cases, using a DVI cable is the best way to connect your PC to your monitor, and if the monitor doesn't include a DVI cable, you can buy a cable for cheap. If your old computer doesn't have a DVI port, you may be able to add a video card with DVI.

HDMI - Like DVI, it is a digital signal and will produce a clear picture. This option is more common on a TV than a computer monitor.

Response Time - This is how fast a pixel can change color. Faster is better. A difference in response time is most noticeable when watching fast moving action scenes in sports and video games. On monitors with a slower response time, you may see a blur.

Viewing Angle - Can people from an angle see the screen? If you want to collaborate on projects, a wider viewing angle will make it easier for everyone to see the screen.

Speakers - Some monitors have built-in speakers. Don't worry, you can buy separate computer speakers for under $10!

Any Questions or Comments on Buying a Computer Monitor?

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      Ken Weiss 

      4 years ago

      I don't know that I would buy a new monitor for under $100, but would certainly consider a good refurbed one for $100 or less.

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