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In the market for a good yet cheap gaming Monitor, then you should check out 1080p 144Hz Gaming Monitors as they have changed the gaming landscape.

A good number of tests have been done to benchmark the performance of users in games on different refresh rates, and have all confirmed the higher refresh rates do make a significant difference.

As more frames are displayed by screen, more data is shown to the user every second, which in turn leads to slightly better reaction time. This might not look all that significant initially, but the split-second difference makes quite a difference in fights in multiplayer shooting games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, etc.

While even 240Hz gaming monitors are now available in the market, they are very expensive as all technology is when it is introduced; 144Hz 1080p refresh rate monitors on the other hands are something like many things before it (60Hz 1080p monitors for example) have become very cheap recently and you can get a very good quality monitor at a fraction of the cost of what they used to cost 2-3 years ago (Just after they were introduced). It’s a happy medium otherwise as well, as 1080p resolution provides a decent amount of details and clarity while not being too demanding on your CPU/GPU when it comes to reaching high frame rates.

Cheapest 144Hz Monitors

1. AOC C24G1 – Full HD – The Cheap 144Hz Monitor

This is the cheapest option, from a reputable company available at the moment; In fact, it is one of the cheapest options available right now. But don’t let the price fool you, it is a great option for high refresh rate gaming on a budget.

With its thin bezels, red accents, nice textured matte finish, and overall gaming looks, it improves the gaming vibes of your system even before you plug it in. As for the stand, it offers a metal stand with 70 degrees of swivel, along with -5/20 degrees of tilt and offers 100×100 VESA mount compatibility.

Being an AOC product is a big plus as the display quality they offer on a budget is unmatched, also unmatched is the warranty/support they offer with this display:

  • 3-year support with replacement
  • 1-year (one-time) accidental damage protection

Screen Specifications

  • 24″ VA panel with (1920×1080) Full HD resolution
  • 8-bit color depth, 3,000:1 static contrast ratio, 250-nit peak brightness, and 178-degree wide viewing angles.
  • The Pixel Density of the monitor is 93 PPI (Pixels per Inch)
  • The Panel is curved with a curvature of 1500R
  • 1ms (MPRT) response time, 4ms average without MPRT
  • AMD Free Sync support

Gaming Specific Features

  • Custom on-screen crosshairs
  • AOC Game Color (pre-set color saturation modes for different genres)
  • AOC Shadow Control (pre-set gamma modes for better visibility in shadows).

Connectivity

It has 1 Displayport port along with 2 HDMI 1.4 ports (HDMI 1.4 can only support 120Hz, you would have to use Displayport cable to go to 144Hz refresh rate), VGA inputs along with audio line-out are also included.

OUR TAKE
If you are in the market for a gaming monitor, its a good buy for you. If you do color-sensitive work or want an understated look, with no preference for refresh rate there are better options for you out there.
PROS

  • Great value for money – Cheapest 144Hz Full HD monitor from a reputable brand
  • AOC Warranty Support
  • IPS like Wide viewing angles with VA’s great contrast levels
  • Small bezels
  • Great gamer look without going overboard
  • Plenty of features including 1ms MPRT and FreeSync
  • 100×100 VESA compatible, swivel and height-adjustable stand
CONS

  • Refresh rate without MPRT is on the slower side but you can’t enable MPRT along with FreeSync, you would have to choose one
  • Steeper Curvature
 

2. Sceptre C248B-144RN – 144Hz Gaming on a Budget

Sceptre has been providing customers with good monitors and TVs for years, and while Sceptre is not the first name that comes to mind when it comes to gaming monitors, with the C248B-144RN monitor, the company has done a great job at making a no-frills good budget gaming monitor.

The Sceptre C248B-144RN monitor features a slim design with thin bezels; Note: that the image is not edge-to-edge as shown in promotional images as there’s a black border (although thin) around the screen which is the case with all ‘bezel-less’ and ‘frame-less’ designs, at least for now. The design is very understated and will go well in all settings. You can tilt the screen of the monitor by -5°/15° and remove the stand in case you want to mount the screen using the 75x75mm VESA pattern. The screen has a matte anti-glare coating which eliminates reflections and improves visibility in case a bright light is shining from behind you.

Screen Specifications

  • 24″ VA panel with (1920×1080) Full HD resolution
  • 8-bit color depth, 3,000:1 static contrast ratio, 250-nit peak brightness, and 178-degree wide viewing angles.
  • The Pixel Density of the monitor is 93 PPI (Pixels per Inch)
  • The Panel is curved with a curvature of 1500R
  • 3ms pixel response time
  • AMD Free Sync support

Connectivity

It has one Displayport 1.2 (144Hz) port along with one HDMI 1.4 port and 1 HDMI 2.0 port (HDMI 1.4 can only support 120Hz, you would have to use Displayport cable or an HDMI 2.0 cable on their respective ports to go to 144Hz refresh rate), a headphone jack is also included.

OUR TAKE
If you are in the market for a gaming monitor, you can’t go wrong with this. It has a more gradual curve than the AOC C24G1 Monitor and has a more understated look which some people like. Like I said in the AOC Monitor section, if you do color-sensitive work, with no preference for refresh rate there are better options for you out there.
PROS

  • Great value for money
  • IPS like Wide viewing angles with VA’s great contrast levels
  • Small bezels
  • 75×75 VESA compatible
  • Gradual Curve
  • Overclocking Possible
CONS

  • No swivel or height adjusting stand
 

Cheapest IPS 144Hz

Monitors with IPS panels while slightly expensive than the VA/TN panel monitors in the market offer the most accurate color reproduction and the widest viewing angles. IPS panels also offer a good balance between TN and VA variants when it comes to the overall performance and image quality.

Now, VA panels offer the best contrast ratio (~3,000:1) which results in deeper blacks as opposed to TN and IPS displays with ~1,000:1 contrast ratio. However, IPS panels still offer punchier colors and they don’t have black smearing issues associated with VA panels which is why most users prefer the IPS technology.

3. AOC 27G2 27″ – Part Gaming, Part Content Creation

The AOC 27G2 is an easy to recommend 144Hz 27’’ gaming monitor with an IPS panel that offers much better image quality than the TN/VA panel monitors, plus offers much wider viewing angles. This model is comparable to the popular Asus VG279Q, but it’s considerably cheaper with no immediately perceivable disadvantages.

The design of the AOC 27G2 IPS gaming monitor is great; Stand offers a lot of flexibility and supports up to 130mm height adjustment, 90° pivot, +/- 30° swivel, -5°/22° tilt, and the monitor offers 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility. Adding to the positives, the stand is sturdy and has an inbuilt cable management slot. The screen has a matte anti-glare coating which eliminates reflections and improves visibility in case a bright light is shining from behind you. The bezels are matte-black and ultra-thin.

Screen Specifications

  • 27″ IPS panel with (1920×1080) Full HD resolution
  • Dithered 8-bit color depth, 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, 250-nit peak brightness (even reaching 300 nits according to some users), and wide viewing angles of IPS panels.
  • The Pixel Density of the monitor is 81 PPI (Pixels per Inch)
  • The Panel is flat
  • 5ms pixel response time
  • AMD Free Sync support

Connectivity

Connectivity options include two HDMI 1.4 ports, a single DisplayPort 1.2 input (So you have to use, display port for the full 144Hz refresh rate), VGA, and a headphone jack.

Gaming Specific Features

  • Custom on-screen crosshairs
  • AOC Game Color (pre-set color saturation modes for different genres)
  • AOC Shadow Control (pre-set gamma modes for better visibility in shadows).
OUR TAKE
If you are in the market for an IPS gaming monitor, but rarely also do color-sensitive work you can’t go wrong with this. It has a flat panel which some people like more than the curved monitors. AOC has factory-calibrated the monitor at Delta E < 2 which is fit for entry-level color-critical tasks. For professional use, there are better color-critical displays of course, but for basic content creation, the monitor will do just fine.
PROS

  • Excellent value for money
  • IPS display with vibrant yet accurate colors
  • Ergonomic design
  • Largest display size in its range
  • 3 Year Dead Pixel Guarantee
CONS

  • Nitpick: Lower Pixel density due to bigger size
  • Nitpick 2: Nipple button or Joystick as not-fun people call it, for onscreen display navigation would’ve been better than separate buttons
 

4. Acer Nitro VG240YP – 23.8″ FHD IPS 144Hz

The Acer VG240YP was the first 24’’ 1080p 144Hz IPS gaming monitor to be available; Previously, only 27″ models were available which many users avoided due to the noticeably inferior pixel density, plus the 24″ model also offers price advantages over 27’’ models.

As an offering from the Nitro series, the monitor includes some subtle ‘gaming’ elements like the Y-shaped stand which is matte black towards the front and dark red towards the back. The bottom bezel is made of matte black plastic, The On Screen Display is controlled by pressable buttons and a joystick at the rear of the monitor on the bottom right side. In terms of stand design, it’s a tilt-only (-5°/20°) one, but the monitor is VESA mount (100×100) compatible and has very thin bezels.

Screen Specifications

  • 23.8″ IPS panel with (1920×1080) Full HD resolution
  • Dithered 8-bit color depth, 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, 250-nit peak brightness, and wide viewing angles of IPS panels.
  • The Pixel Density of the monitor is 93 PPI (Pixels per Inch)
  • The Panel is flat
  • 5ms pixel response time

Connectivity

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports (which is a unique offering in this price range), a single DisplayPort 1.2 input (So can use any of the three ports for the full 144Hz refresh rate)

Gaming Specific Features

  • GameView – Which is a group of picture presets for various types of situations/ game types (Action, Racing, Sport, Eco, Movie, etc)
  • Aim Point (custom crosshairs)
  • Black Boost (increases visibility in darker games or shadows)
OUR TAKE
If you are in the market for an IPS gaming monitor but want a sharper display than AOC offering, you will not be disappointed by going with one.
PROS

  • IPS display with vibrant yet accurate colors
  • Excellent value for money
  • Small Bezel
  • Higher PPI than AOC offering
CONS

  • Stand only allows tilt, no swivel or height adjust
  • Small display size compared to AOC offering mentioned above
 

Cheapest QHD 144Hz

As the saying goes: “The higher the resolution the better”, although we would just like to add that, go for as high resolution as long as your current setup is/can max out the details of the previous resolution level. If your PC rig is is consistently able to hit 1080p @ 60Hz or more, you should invest in a 1440p or higher display (as you might upgrade your rig in future and wouldn’t want to be stuck with a 1080p display then. 2560×1440 in comparison to 1920×1080 provides you with much sharper details and allows you to get more screen real estate at the same sharpness level but of course that comes with its costs like 1440p panels are a little harder for GPUs to drive than 1080p panels when it comes to gaming.

5. Samsung 27″ CJG56 QHD – 144Hz Curved Gaming Monitor

While the previous Samsung QHD monitor, the C27JG50 (catchy name, I know) was an affordable 1440p 144Hz curved gaming monitor, but it was missing one important feature: AMD FreeSync. Samsung has not fixed their mistake with the new CJG56 model.

The monitor has a VA panel with all the usual features like 3,000:1 static contrast ratio, a 300-nit peak luminance, and true 8-bit color depth (16.7 million colors with 100% sRGB color space coverage), the Samsung monitor delivers an immersive viewing experience with vivid blacks and vibrant colors. Although The gaming monitor has a tilt-only stand (-3­°/17°), but fortunately it’s VESA mount compatible. The back is in matte finish with a pretty wide stand, which covers decent space on the desk. It is very subtle both in its design as well as the curve of the panel, with no gamery accents/reds to speak of.

Screen Specifications

  • 27″ VA panel with (2560×1440) QHD resolution
  • True 8-bit color depth, 3,000:1 static contrast ratio, 300-nit peak brightness.
  • The Pixel Density of the monitor is 108 PPI (Pixels per Inch)
  • The Panel is curved with a curvature of 1800R
  • 4ms pixel response time

Connectivity

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0 (With 144Hz available on DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0, with HDMI 1.4 capping out at 120Hz), and a headphones jack (also known as auxiliary jack).

Gaming Specific Features

  • Game Mode (picture presets for different games like FPS, RTS, RPG, and AOS)
  • Low Input Lag Mode
  • Eye Saver Mode (reduces eye strain, on long term use)
  • Black Equalizer (increases visibility in shadows or darker video games)
OUR TAKE
If you are in the market for a cheap 1440p 144hz gaming monitor from a renowned brand, you will not be disappointed by going with this monitor.
PROS

  • Affordable
  • High Contrast Ratio
  • High Pixel Density
  • Low input lag
  • Subtle Curve that doesn’t offend anyone
CONS

  • Tilt-only design
  • Visible ghosting in fast-paced games
  • No backlight strobing ability
 

6. Acer XG270HU – 144Hz Gaming Monitor

Acer XG270HU is one of the cheapest 27 inch 1440p gaming monitor with 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms pixel response time, which makes it one of the better options on the market What makes this monitor even more compelling is the fact that it provides variable refresh rate (VRR) support for both AMD (FreeSync) and NVIDIA (GSync) compatible graphics cards.

While Acer crushes in value, the design is where they falter a bit, it is definitely one of its weakest points as its quite likely that you will be put off by its bronze and orange color scheme; to make matters worse the stand is not VESA mount compatible and it’s tilt-only by -5°/15°.

Screen Specifications

  • 27″ TN panel with (2560×1440) QHD resolution
  • 8-bit color depth, 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, 350-nit peak brightness.
  • The Pixel Density of the monitor is 108 PPI (Pixels per Inch)
  • 1ms pixel response time
  • FreeSync, G-Sync compatible

Connectivity

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, DVI (With 144Hz available on DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0, with DVI capping out at 75Hz), and a headphones jack (also known as auxiliary jack).

OUR TAKE
If you are more interested in playing FPS games and are in the market for a cheap 1440p 144hz gaming monitor with a fast pixel response time, you will not be disappointed by going with this one, as its TN panel offers true 1ms pixel response time.
PROS

  • Image quality is crisp and has high details
  • Input Lag and Pixel Response Time is Low
  • Compatible with both FreeSync & G-SYNC
CONS

  • Calibration is required to achieve the optimal image quality
  • Stand offered is tilt-only
  • Mounting holes are not VESA compliant
 

Cheapest 4k UHD 144hz

7. Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ – 27″ IPS 4K UHD 144Hz DP HDMI G-SYNC HDR

If you’re looking for the absolute best gaming monitor specs money can buy, your search ends on ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ. The monitor supports 4K resolution up to 144Hz (with some caveats), HDR1000 and offers NVIDIA G-SYNC as well with full-array local dimming (FALD), stellar brightness (up to 1000nits), and wide color gamut.

Not only that, but the monitor features premium design, Aura Sync controlled RGB lighting and some nifty gaming features.

The appearance of the monitor might look too flashy to some people, yet the design itself is very sturdy with great ergonomics including -/+ 35° swivel, 90° pivot, up to 120mm height adjustment, -5°/20° tilt support on the stand, and 100 x 100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Screen Specifications

  • 27″ IPS panel with (3840×2160) 4k resolution
  • 10-bit color depth, 1,000:1 static contrast ratio (50,000:1 HDR), 1000-nit (in HDR, 600-nit otherwise) peak brightness.
  • The Pixel Density of the monitor is 163 PPI (Pixels per Inch)
  • 1ms pixel response time
  • FreeSync, G-Sync compatible

Connectivity

Connectivity includes HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4, a headphones jack (also known as auxiliary jack), and a dual-USB 3.0 hub, (With 144Hz available on DisplayPort and up to 60Hz on HDMI 2.0).

Gaming Specific Features

Asus adds their GameVisual and GamePlus features which consist of customizable crosshair overlays for FPS games, on-screen timers, and custom color presets for various gaming genres, display usage scenarios like FPS, RTS, RPG, Racing, Cinema, sRGB, etc.

OUR TAKE
People who are looking to buy the best-specced monitor in the market or do color-sensitive work along with gaming, this monitor is one of the best of the few choices available to them today.
PROS

  • 384-zone backlighting offers great contrast and true blacks
  • HDR1000 support results in stunning HDR image quality
  • The stand allows every kind of adjustment
  • The panel has a wide color gamut with accurate and consistent colors
  • Input lag and response time is low
CONS

  • Expensive
  • DP 1.4 limitations
  • Visible haloing in certain scenarios can be prevented by disabling local dimming
 

8. Acer Predator XB273K – 27″ UHD IPS Monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC

If you want a 4K 144Hz gaming monitor that doesn’t break the bank (like the ASUS PG27UQ gaming monitor), the Acer Predator XB273K may be just the right choice for you. While it doesn’t have the full-array local dimming system for the impeccable HDR1000 viewing experience, it still offers all the important features for a gaming monitor such as 4K, 144Hz, G-SYNC, HDR400, etc and is available at almost half the price.

The design of the monitor is quite solid and has great build quality although features fairly thick matte black bezels. The monitor comes with a stand that allows height adjustment up to 100mm, a swivel of +/- 20°, a tilt of -5°/25°; it doesn’t allow rotation (pivot) though. The monitor can be VESA mounted via the 100x100mm pattern.

Screen Specifications

  • 27″ IPS panel with (3840×2160) 4k resolution
  • 10-bit color depth support (8bit + FRC), 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, 350-nit (400-nit peak in HDR) brightness.
  • The Pixel Density of the monitor is 163 PPI (Pixels per Inch)
  • 1ms pixel response time
  • FreeSync, G-Sync compatible

Connectivity

Connectivity includes HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4, a headphones jack (also known as auxiliary jack), and a dual-USB 3.0 hub at the side (one of them offers fast charging too), and one upstream along with two additional downstream ports at the back, (With 144Hz available on both DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0).

Gaming Specific Features

  • GameView – Which is a group of picture presets for various types of situations/ game types (Action, Racing, Sport, Eco, Movie, etc)
  • Aim Point (custom crosshairs)
  • Black Boost (increases visibility in darker games or shadows)
OUR TAKE
This device is for who are looking to buy the best specifications for the gaming performance and are not looking for eye candy, do color-sensitive work along with gaming and yet are on a budget, this monitor is one of the best of the few choices available to them today.
PROS

  • The Panel is Factory-calibrated
  • Image quality is great
  • A wide array of connectivity options
  • Cheap Compared to Other Options
CONS

  • Design lacks pivot option
  • DP 1.4 limitations
  • Only has HDR400
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