The Best Gaming Monitors Under 150 USD (2022 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 
22”IPS1920x108075HzFreeSync
24”IPS1920x108075HzFreeSync
24”VA1920x108075HzFreeSync
24”VA1920x108075HzFreeSync
24”VA1920x1080144HzFreeSync
best value

Philips 242E1GSJ

Philips 242E1GSJ Monitor
  • High contrast ratio, wide color gamut
  • FreeSync up to144Hz
  • VESA mount
best overall

Philips 246E9QDSB

philips 246e9qdsb
  • Wide color gamut, consistent colors
  • FreeSync up to 75Hz
  • VESA mount compatible

Due to the high demand of budget ~24″ 1080p 60Hz/75Hz monitors and component shortages, prices are often fluctuating. So, if any of the included monitors go for over $150, be sure to check out the alternatives we mention in the reviews 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.

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The Pros:

  • Consistent colors, wide viewing angles
  • Quick response time, low input lag
  • Plenty of features, including FreeSync up to 75Hz

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)
  • Tilt-only stand, not VESA mount compatible, no headphone jack

About The Monitor

While the Acer SB220Q used to go for around $90 before the whole component shortage situation and was our top-recommended model for under $100, it usually goes for ~$125 nowadays.

It’s still the cheapest good monitor we can recommend at that price if you’ve got a limited budget.

Image Quality

The Acer SB220Q uses an IPS panel, which provides you with consistent and vivid colors, while the 178° wide viewing angles ensure that the image will remain basically flawless regardless of the angle you’re looking at the screen.

Further, it has a peak brightness of 250-nits meaning that the monitor will be able to get more than bright enough under normal lighting conditions.

In particularly bright rooms with big windows and no blinders/curtains, it might not be able to get bright enough to mitigate glare, but there aren’t any brighter monitors at this price range.

As expected from IPS monitors, there’s some IPS glow, characterized as visible glowing around the corners of the screen. Its intensity varies from the viewing angle and from unit to unit, but it’s completely manageable in most cases.

Another weakness of IPS monitors is the mediocre contrast ratio of 1,000:1, so you won’t get quite as deep blacks as that of VA monitors with around 3,000:1 contrast ratio, however, VA technology has its own flaws, such as slower response time and not as consistent colors, which we’ll get more into when we get to our VA monitor picks.

Since the SB220Q has a 21.5″ viewable screen, the Full HD resolution results in a generous pixel density of 102 PPI (pixels per inch). So, you get a tad more screen space and detail clarity in comparison to the standard 24″ 1080p monitors.

Features

amd freesync logo

Moving on, the Acer SB220Q supports AMD FreeSync. This technology synchronizes the monitor’s refresh rate to GPU’s frame rates, thus preventing screen tearing at no perceptible input lag penalty.

The FreeSync range is 48-75Hz on this display, so as long as your FPS (Frames Per Second) is within that, there’ll be no tearing or stuttering. Using CRU, you might be able to extend that range a bit to ~40-75Hz.

Since the SB220Q doesn’t have a DisplayPort input, FreeSync can only be used over HDMI with supported AMD cards.

The 75Hz provides you with a small but noticeable boost in motion clarity in comparison to the standard 60Hz displays. Further, thanks to the monitor’s quick response time and low input lag, you get an enjoyable and responsive gaming experience.

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

Check out our full Acer SB220Q review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Acer SB220Q bi Monitor Design

The design of the monitor is slim with ultra-thin bezels, but the stand is tilt-only and not VESA mount compatible. Connectivity options include HDMI 1.4 and VGA. There are no audio jacks.

The Pros:

  • Vibrant and consistent colors, wide viewing angles
  • Quick response time, low input lag
  • Plenty of features, including FreeSync up to 75Hz

The Cons:

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

About The Monitor

If you want a 24″ 1080p monitor, the Philips 246E9QDSB is the most feature-packed model available for under $150.

Image Quality

A 24″ sized monitor with the Full HD resolution has a pixel density of around 93 PPI, which is a downgrade in comparison to the SB220Q. However, the difference is not that noticeable in real use and most users will prefer the bigger size of a 24″ screen.

Just like the SB220Q, the Philips 246E9 has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles and consistent colors, but it also has a wider 129% sRGB color gamut size, resulting in richer and more lifelike colors.

The peak brightness and contrast ratio are standard at 250-nits and 1,000:1, respectively and AMD FreeSync is supported with a 48-75Hz range over HDMI.

Check out our full Philips 246E9QDSB review for more details.

Design & Connectivity

philips 246e9qdsb monitor back

The monitor has diverse connectivity options with DVI-D, HDMI 1.4, VGA and a headphone jack available.

The stand of the monitor is tilt-only, but it’s VESA mount compatible via the 75x75mm pattern. If you’re using a 100x100mm mounting plate, it might cover the display’s inputs, so you might need to cut off that part or get a 75x75mm-only plate.

Alternatives

  • Philips 241E1S – with a more standard design, but not as wide color gamut (106% sRGB). It’s VESA mount compatible (100x100mm), but has no DVI port
  • AOC 24B2XH – same as the 241E1S, but without FreeSync support
  • Acer R240HY – No FreeSync/75Hz nor VESA mount compatibility

The following monitors offer additional features, but they’re usually over $150. It still might be worth checking them out:

  • ASUS VA24DQ – has a DisplayPort input, allowing FreeSync to be used with NVIDIA cards, as well as built-in speakers and an audio jack
  • Acer CB242Y – has a fully ergonomic stand, but no DP input
  • HP 24mh – has an ergonomic stand and DP input, but no FreeSync

If they’re close to $200, then keep in mind that you can get a 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor at that price range, such as the AOC 24G2 and the LG 24GN600, which can be found on sale for ~$150.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio
  • Plenty of features, including FreeSync up to 75Hz
  • Low input lag
  • Integrated speakers

The Cons:

  • Minor ghosting, mainly in darker scenes
  • Tilt-only stand

About The Monitor

The Sceptre E248W-19203R is the best 60-75Hz VA panel monitor you can get for under $150.

Image Quality

Since it’s based on a VA panel, the Sceptre E248W offers a high 3,000:1 static contrast ratio, resulting in significantly deeper blacks in comparison to IPS monitors.

On top of that, there’s no IPS glow, which makes this monitor especially great for playing games and watching videos in a dark room.

However, the colors and viewing angles aren’t as consistent as they are on IPS monitors, but unless you’re doing color-critical work, it won’t be an issue.

VA monitors at this price range also have a slower response time speed, so you might notice some smearing behind fast-moving objects in dark scenes. For everyday use and casual gaming, the amount of ghosting is tolerable or even negligible, but if you play FPS games competitively, you should be getting get a faster monitor anyway.

The peak brightness is the same as that of all budget monitors at 250-nits.

The Sceptre E248W-19203R monitor supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-75Hz dynamic refresh rate range over HDMI.

Check out our Sceptre E248W review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Sceptre E248W 19203R Monitor Design

The stand of the monitor is tilt-only, but the screen is VESA mount compatible via the 100x100mm pattern. The bezels are reasonably thin, but not ‘ultra-thin.’

Connectivity options include two HDMI 1.4 ports, VGA, a headphone jack and dual 2W integrated speakers.

Alternatives

  • Acer R242Y A – ultra-thin design, but no speakers or VESA mount compatibility
  • Acer K242HYL H – ultra-thin design with VESA mount compatibility, but no speakers nor audio jacks
  • MSI MP241X – ultra-thin design with VESA mount compatibility; no speakers, audio jacks or AMD FreeSync

If you’d like a curved monitor, check out the Samsung C24F396. On sale, it goes for close to $150. However, if you’re paying over $150, you should invest in a 144Hz monitor for gaming, such as the AOC C24G1A or one of the IPS models we mentioned.

144Hz Gaming Monitors

The cheapest 144Hz gaming monitor at the time of this writing is the LG 24GL600F, on sale for $155. However, it uses a TN panel with inferior color quality and viewing angles. Still, it has a fast 1ms GtG response time speed, making it a viable option for those who mainly play competitive FPS games.

As we’ve mentioned earlier, unless you’re on a really limited budget, we recommend investing in either a 144Hz IPS model, such as the LG 24GN650/600 and AOC 24G2, or a VA model, such as the AOC C24G1.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio
  • Plenty of features, including FreeSync up to 75Hz
  • Low input lag
  • Integrated speakers

The Cons:

  • Minor ghosting, mainly in darker scenes
  • Tilt-only stand

About The Monitor

Want a curved monitor? The MSI Pro MP242C is the best model available for under $150!

Image Quality

Just like with the Sceptre E248W, you get a VA panel with a high 3,000:1 contrast ratio, sRGB color gamut, 8-bit color depth and 250-nit peak brightness, but with a 1500R screen curvature!

In truth, such curvature is very subtle on a 24″ monitor, so the added immersion is minimal. The monitor is still a good option as you’re not paying more for the curved screen.

In fact, the MSI MP242C has plenty of useful features, including FreeSync up to 75Hz, 1ms MPRT backlight strobing technology and MSI’s Display Kit desktop application for quick and easy OSD-related settings adjustments.

Design & Connectivity

MSI MP242C Monitor Design

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

Connectivity options include one HDMI 1.4 port, one VGA port, a headphone jack and 2x2W integrated speakers.

144Hz Monitors Under $150?

60hz vs 144hz

You might be able to find a 144Hz gaming monitor for under $150 on sale – these usually include 24″ 1080p 144Hz flat-screen VA models, such as the AOC G2490VX, the Philips 242E1GSJ, the Acer PG241YP and the ViewSonic VX2418-P-MHD.

Related:Philips 242E1GSJ Review: Cheapest 144Hz Gaming Monitor

If you can find them on sale, they are the best options under $150 for casual gaming, watching videos and everyday use. However, due to their VA panels with slow response times, they’re far from ideal when it comes to competitive fast-paced games.

In case you play FPS games competitively, you should invest a bit more in a 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor with an IPS panel for faster response times, which can sometimes be found on sale for as low as ~$160. Here’s a list of all such monitors available, clicking on the ones not in bold will take you to a review.

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
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

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, the Sceptre E248W-19203R, the MSI MP242C and the Philips 246E9QDSB offer good value for money; you can pick between them depending on your personal preference.

For gaming, you should consider investing a bit more money in a 144Hz model with an IPS panel, but if you can’t afford it (or can’t find one on sale), the Philips 242E1GSJ will do just fine as long as you’re not too sensitive to smearing.

Updates +

  • August 7, 2022:
    – Added more 144Hz alternatives.
  • May 10, 2022:
    – Added the MSI MP242C.

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Rob Shafer

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.