The Best Gaming Monitors Under 150 USD (2023 Reviews)

Check out the best gaming monitors under $150 right now so you don't waste any money. If you look well enough, you can get some really good gaming monitors for 150 USD.

Want a new monitor for gaming and everyday use that’s cheap but also good and reliable? Afraid you won’t pick the best option due to the tons of research that has to be done that you simply can’t find the time to do?

We’ve done the research for you!

In this guide, you’ll find all the best displays available for under $150  — and we’ll help you pick the perfect one for you.

MonitorSizePanelResolutionRefresh RateVRR 
24”IPS1920x1080165HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Stable)
24”IPS1920x1080144HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Stable)
24”IPS1920x1080165HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Stable)
24”VA1920x1080165HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Unstable)
24”VA1920x1080165HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Unstable)
best overall

AOC 24G2SP

AOC 24G2SP
  • Wide color gamut
  • Quick response time
  • Fully ergonomic design
budget pick

Pixio PX248 Prime

Pixio PX248 Prime
  • Inexpensive
  • Quick response time

Most of these monitors are only available for under $150 when they’re on sale, however, they are actually on sale more often than not.

So, in case none of them are on sale, we recommend waiting for a price drop or considering one of the alternatives we’ve included in the review summaries below.

Further, feel free to leave us a comment if you need help picking the best monitor for you and we’ll gladly help you out!

You can view our changelogs for this buying guide at the end of this article.

The Pros:

  • Wide color gamut
  • Quick response time, low input lag
  • Plenty of features, including VRR and MBR up to 165Hz
  • Fully ergonomic design

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About The Monitor

The AOC 24G2SP is the most feature-packed budget gaming monitor you can get for around $150!

Image Quality

To start with, the AOC 24G2SP has a wide 92% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage (~125% sRGB), providing you with extra saturated and color vibrancy compared to the standard displays with 100% sRGB color gamut.

The IPS panel of the monitor offers 178° wide viewing angles meaning that the image will remain flawless regardless of the angle you’re looking at the screen.

However, as expected from an IPS display, the static contrast ratio amounts to 1,000:1, so you won’t get as deep blacks as that of VA panels, which usually have a contrast ratio closer to 3,000:1, but suffer from other drawbacks.

Another thing to keep in mind about IPS monitors is IPS glow, which is characterized as visible glowing around the corners of the screen at certain viewing angles. It’s mainly visible when playing dark content in a dark room with high brightness settings, so it’s manageable.

Next, the AOC 24G2SP has a peak brightness of 300-nits, so it can get more than bright enough in well-lit rooms.

While you might be able to find a 27″ 1080p high refresh rate gaming monitor on sale for under $150, 24″ sized models actually have a few advantages.

Most importantly, you get a higher pixel density of 92 PPI (pixels per inch) as opposed to 81 PPI. As a result, you get more screen real estate and sharper details on 24″ 1080p displays.

Competitive FPS players also prefer smaller screens as it allows them to see all the action happening on the screen at once without having to move their eyes/neck as much as they would on 27″ or larger monitors.

Features

amd freesync logo

The AOC 24G2SP supports variable refresh rate (VRR) with a 48-165Hz range.

This technology allows your monitor to change its refresh rate dynamically according to GPU’s frame rates. For instance, at 65FPS, you get 65Hz and 65 whole frames are displayed without any tearing, stuttering or added perceptible input latency.

Below 48FPS, the monitor uses LFC (Low Framerate Compensation) to multiply the frame rate (47FPS -> 94Hz) in order to keep tearing at bay.

VRR on this monitor works over DisplayPort for NVIDIA GPUs (GTX 10-series or newer), over HDMI and DisplayPort for AMD GPUs, and over HDMI for Xbox consoles. HDMI is limited to 144Hz though.

The AOC 24G2SP also supports MBR (Motion Blur Reduction), which uses backlight strobing to reduce perceived motion blur at a cost of picture brightness, but it cannot be active at the same time as VRR.

Other features include Shadow Control (improves visibility in dark scenes by altering the gamma curvature), Game Color (saturation adjustment), a crosshair overlay, various picture presets and a refresh rate tracker.

Check out our full AOC 24G2SP review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

AOC 24G2SP Design

The AOC 24G2SP has an excellent design considering its price. The stand is sturdy and offers full ergonomic support with up to 130mm height adjustment, +/- 30° swivel, -5°/23° tilt, 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Just like all monitors included in the guide, the screen has a light matte anti-glare coating that prevents reflections without making the image too grainy.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 1.4 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, VGA and a headphone jack.

Alternatives

There are different versions of this monitor with basically identical image quality and performance. They just have different designs and/or connectivity options:

  • AOC 24G2SPU – with built-in speakers and USB hub; not available in the US
  • AOC 24G2 – the previous version of this monitor with 144Hz
  • AOC 24G2E – same as above; tilt-only stand
  • AOC 24G2U – same as above; USB hub and speakers, but not available in the US

The Pros:

  • Rapid 1ms GtG response time
  • Low input lag
  • Plenty of features, including VRR and MBR up to 144Hz

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)
  • Tilt-only stand

About The Monitor

The LG 24GN600 is another excellent budget gaming monitor. It’s a bit faster than the AOC 24G2SP but it doesn’t have as good colors or design.

Image Quality

Now, the AOC 24G2SP has a slightly higher 165Hz refresh rate, however, the difference between 165Hz and 144Hz is barely perceptible, so you definitely shouldn’t base your purchasing decision on this alone.

The LG 24GN600 does have a bit faster response time speed meaning that pixels take less time to change from one color to another, which results in less noticeable trailing behind fast-moving objects.

To be fair, the difference in pixel response time speed between these two gaming monitors is very subtle, so most gamers won’t even notice it. If, however, you mainly play fast-paced competitive games, we recommend getting the LG 24GN600.

Further, the LG 24GN600 only covers the standard sRGB color gamut, so the colors will be less saturated in comparison to the AOC 24G2SP, but the brightness and contrast ratio are the same at 300-nits and 1,000:1, respectively.

Features

The monitor supports VRR with a 48-144Hz range as well as Motion Blur Reduction.

Other features include Black Stabilizer (improves visibility in dark scenes), various picture presets and crosshair overlays.

It also supports HDR (High Dynamic Range), but it can only accept the HDR10 signal and display it. The monitor lacks proper hardware to actually improve the HDR image quality, so you can just ignore this type of HDR support.

Design & Connectivity

LG 24GN600 Monitor Design

The stand of the monitor is tilt-only, but you can detach it and mount the screen to a third-party stand via the 100x100mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.4, a headphone jack and a USB port (service only).

Alternatives

We find that the most noticeable difference between the AOC 24G2SP and LG 24GN600 for most gamers will be the color gamut as AOC’s colors are significantly richer. If you don’t have a third-party stand and don’t want to mount your screen, AOC’s ergonomic stand is also a big plus.

However, if you just play fast-paced games competitively, the LG 24GN600 will offer you with a bit smoother performance, so it might be worth those trade-offs.

There are a few more fast 24″ 1080p high refresh rate models, but they’re hard to find below $150:

The Pros:

  • Quick response time, low input lag
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 144Hz
  • Built-in speakers

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)
  • Tilt-only stand

About The Monitor

The Pixio PX248 Prime doesn’t have as wide color gamut as the AOC 24G2SP nor quite as fast response time speed as the LG 24GN600, but it’s always available for under $150 and still offers an enjoyable gaming experience.

Image Quality

With ~103 sRGB gamut size, the colors of the PX248 Prime are very similar to that of the LG 24GN600 (~100% sRGB), but you won’t get as vibrant colors as that of the 24G2SP (~125% sRGB).

Both the AOC 24G2SP and the Pixio PX248 Prime have a similar pixel response time performance, which is more than fast enough for a smooth gaming experience, though the LG 24GN600 is slightly faster with less noticeable ghosting.

The Pixio PX248 Prime does have one advantage over both monitors. It has the highest peak brightness of 400-nits, so if you’re gaming in a particularly bright room, the PX248 is the best option for mitigating glare.

Features

Variable refresh rate is supported with a 48-144Hz range and you get other standard gaming features, such as crosshair overlays, Black Equalizer, on-screen timers and a refresh rate tracker.

Design & Connectivity

Pixio PX248 Prime Design

The stand of the monitor is tilt-only, but the screen is VESA mount compatible via the 100x100mm pattern.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4, a headphone jack, a USB port for firmware updates and there are two 2W built-in speakers for basic audio output.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio
  • Plenty of features, including VRR and MBR up to 165Hz

The Cons:

  • Noticeable ghosting behind fast-moving objects, mainly in dark scenes
  • Prone to VRR brightness flickering
  • Tilt-only stand

About The Monitor

If you’d rather have a VA panel gaming monitor, the LG 24GQ50F is the best flat-screen model available!

Image Quality

The VA panel of this monitor provides you with a high 3,000:1 static contrast ratio, resulting in noticeably deeper blacks than that of IPS technology.

Additionally, you don’t get any IPS glow, which further improves the viewing experience when watching dark content in a dark room.

The viewing angles aren’t as good since there are some minor gamma/saturation shifts, but unless you plan on doing professional color-critical work, this won’t be an issue.

Next, the LG 24GQ50F has the standard sRGB color gamut, so due to its increased contrast ratio, the image will look more immersive than that of the Pixio PX248 and LG 24GN600 displays, but the colors won’t be as vibrant as that of the AOC 24G2SP.

The peak brightness is a bit lower at 250-nits, but that’s still more than enough under normal lighting conditions. If you’re in a particularly bright room with no means to block the lighting, you should consider a brighter monitor instead.

Features

The main drawback of most VA gaming monitors is the slow pixel response time speed, which results in smearing behind fast-moving objects that’s particularly noticeable in dark scenes.

Some users don’t mind this at all, some can tolerate it and some are completely repulsed by it. So, it all boils down to your own personal sensitivity to this type of visual artifact. For casual gamers, it most likely won’t be a big issue.

Another disadvantage of most VA gaming monitors is that they’re prone to VRR brightness flickering. The LG 24GQ50F supports variable refresh rate with a 48-144Hz range, however, in games with fluctuating frame rates, brightness flickering can be observed.

Related:What Is FreeSync Brightness Flickering And Can You Fix It?

It also usually occurs in in-game menus and loading screens, and when your frame rate is around the LFC (48FPS) threshold. The intensity of this issue varies from unit to unit, as well as from game to game and from your PC rig depending on how stable your frame rate is.

This issue can also affect IPS gaming monitors, but it’s not as common and even if you get an affected unit, it’s not as noticeable.

If you are not sensitive to screen tearing (it’s a lot less noticeable at 165Hz in comparison to 60Hz), you can just disable VRR to avoid this issue. The LG 24GQ50F also supports backlight strobing, so you can use that instead for better motion clarity if you don’t mind the introduced flicker and/or reduced brightness.

Other features include a refresh rate tracker, crosshair overlays and Black Stabilizer.

Design & Connectivity

LG 24GQ50F Monitor Design

The stand of the monitor is tilt-only, but there’s a 75x75mm VESA pattern for mounting.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 1.4 ports, DisplayPort 1.2 and a headphone jack.

Alternatives

There are a few more flat-screen 24″ 1080p high refresh rate gaming monitors, such as the AOC G2490VX and the Philips 242E1GSJ, however, they have even slower response time, resulting in more noticeable smearing, so we don’t recommend them.

The Pros:

  • Wide color gamut
  • High contrast ratio
  • Plenty of features, including VRR and MBR up to 165Hz
  • Ergonomic design

The Cons:

  • Noticeable ghosting behind fast-moving objects, mainly in dark scenes
  • Prone to VRR brightness flickering

About The Monitor

If you want a curved gaming monitor, the AOC C24G1A is our top recommendation for under $150!

Image Quality

The AOC C24G1A has a moderate 1500R screen curvature, but since it has a small 24″ display, it’s not that noticeable in real use. It adds a bit of extra depth without distorting the image too much, but there are other reasons to get this monitor.

First of all, it has a bit faster response time speed than the LG 24GQ50F. You’ll still get some smearing in dark scenes, but it’s as good as it gets as far as budget VA gaming monitors go.

Secondly, the AOC C24G1A has a wide ~90% DCI-P3 gamut coverage (~120% relative sRGB gamut size) for more vibrant color output.

Just like the LG 24GQ50F, it has a contrast ratio of 3,000:1 and a peak brightness of 250-nits. So, you get a bit more saturated colors, a slightly faster response time and a curved screen.

Features

The AOC C24G1A supports VRR with a 48-165Hz range as well as Motion Blur Reduction and other standard gaming features, including a crosshair overlay, Shadow Boost, Game Color, a refresh rate tracker and on-screen timers.

As expected, some VRR brightness flickering can occur in certain scenarios.

Design & Connectivity

aoc c24g1a monitor back

The stand is sturdy and offers height adjustment up to 130mm, -4°/22° tilt, +/- 30° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, VGA and a headphone jack.

Alternatives

  • AOC C24G1 – the previous version of this monitor with 144Hz and no wide color gamut

If none of the included monitors are available under $150, we’ve compiled a list of all 24″ 1080p 144Hz+ IPS gaming monitors, allowing you to quickly check if any of them are on sale. Monitors not in bold lead to our reviews for more information.

IPS MonitorMaximum
Refresh Rate
HDRBrightness
(cd/m²)
Color GamutErgonomics
Acer CP1241Y V165HzYes25095%
DCI-P3
Full
Acer RG241Y P144HzYes250sRGBTilt, VESA
Acer RX241Y P165HzHDR400400sRGBFull
Acer VG240Y S165HzYes250sRGBTilt, VESA
Acer VG240YP144HzYes250sRGBTilt, VESA
Acer VG242Y P165HzHDR400400sRGBTilt, VESA
Acer XF243YP165HzYes250sRGBFull
Acer XV240Y P165HzYes250sRGBFull
Acer XV242Y P165HzHDR400400sRGBFull
AOC 24G2144HzN/A25095%
DCI-P3
Full
AOC 24G2E144HzN/A25095%
DCI-P3
Tilt, VESA
AOC 24G2SP165HzN/A25095%
DCI-P3
Full
ASUS VG249Q144HzN/A250sRGBFull
ASUS VG249Q1A165HzN/A250sRGBTilt, VESA
ASUS VG249Q1R165HzN/A250sRGBTilt, VESA
ASUS VP249QGR144HzN/A250sRGBTilt, VESA
HP X24i144HzN/A350sRGBTilt, VESA
HP X24ih144HzN/A350sRGBTilt, Height, VESA
LG 24GN600144HzYes300sRGBTilt, VESA
LG 24GN650144HzYes300sRGBTilt, Height, Pivot, VESA
MSI G241144HzN/A25095%
DCI-P3
Tilt, VESA
MSI G242144HzN/A25095%
DCI-P3
Tilt, VESA
MSI G242P144HzN/A25095%
DCI-P3
Full
MSI G242PM144HzN/A25095%
DCI-P3
Full
MSI G2412170HzN/A250sRGBTilt, VESA
Pixio PX247144HzN/A350sRGBTilt, VESA
Pixio PX248 Prime144HzN/A350sRGBTilt, VESA
Pixio PX248 Prime S165HzYes400sRGBTilt, VESA
Sceptre E248B-FPT168165HzN/A250sRGBTilt, VESA
ViewSonic XG2405144HzN/A250sRGBFull
Philips 242M8144HzN/A25095%
DCI-P3
Tilt, VESA
Gigabyte G24F170HzYes30090%
DCI-P3
Tilt, Height, VESA
Gigabyte G24F-2180HzYes30095%
DCI-P3
Tilt, Height, VESA
BenQ EX240165HzHDR10350sRGBTilt, Height, Swivel, VESA

Conclusion

Did you find the best monitor under $150 for you?

Feel free to leave us a comment below if you need help picking the model that’s most suited for you!

Overall, we find that the AOC 24G2SP offers the best value for money for most gamers, while primarily competitive FPS players might want to opt for the LG 24GN600 instead.

The Pixio PX248 Prime is an excellent budget option if the other models aren’t on sale or you want to save some money.

In case you’re not sensitive to smearing and screen tearing, one of the VA models will provide you with a high contrast ratio for deeper blacks. Both the AOC C24G1A and the LG 24GQ50F are great models, so pick according to your preference.

Updates +

  • December 24, 2022:
    – Revamped the guide now that 24″ 1080p 144Hz+ gaming monitors are finally available for under $150 again.
  • November 24, 2022:
    – Moved the 1080p 144Hz IPS monitor list to the top of the article.
  • August 7, 2022:
    – Added more 144Hz alternatives.
  • May 10, 2022:
    – Added the MSI MP242C.

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Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.