Want a new monitor for gaming that’s cheap but also good and reliable? Afraid you won’t pick the best option due to the tons of research that needs 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 around $150 including IPS, 144Hz, and curved models – and we’ll help you pick the perfect one for you.
Top 3 Best Gaming Monitors Under 150 USD For 2020
These are the three best PC monitors under 150 USD for gaming as well as other everyday activities such as web-surfing, watching movies, etc.
Make sure to follow our guidelines to ensure that you don’t overpay for features that you won’t need. You can visit our guide on how to choose a gaming monitor, but we’ll cover everything in the monitor reviews below too.
All of the monitors in the list were thoroughly tested and reviewed, and we guarantee that they are the best picks in their respective categories.
In case you can afford something more expensive, make sure to check out the following guides:
LG 24MP59G – Best Monitor For Mixed Use
About the Monitor
If you don’t play competitive games and/or your FPS (Frames Per Second) rate doesn’t exceed 75FPS in many games, the LG 24MP59G is the best gaming monitor under 150 USD for you.
The LG 24MP59G features an IPS panel which is why it costs almost as much as the 144Hz models with TN and VA panels included in this guide.
Its IPS panel provides the impeccable 178-degree wide viewing angles, so the image won’t shift in color, contrast, or brightness when you look at it from skewed angles.
Further, it provides accurate, consistent, and vibrant colors with 8-bit color depth support and 99% sRGB color gamut which makes this display adequate for entry-level color-critical work!
Just like all monitors at this price range, it has a screen resolution of 1920×1080 (Full HD) which provides a decent pixel density on 24″ monitors allowing for plenty of screen space as well as sharp details and text.
What’s more, 1080p is not demanding on your CPU and GPU, so you’ll be able to maintain a higher FPS rate in video games.
You’ll be able to find 27″ 1080p IPS monitors at this price range. However, we recommend 24″ models as 1080p results in a notably lower pixel density on 27″ displays which causes a more pixel-y image quality – you’ll have less screen real estate as everything takes up more space and the details won’t be as clear.
Besides providing the best colors and viewing angles, IPS monitors also have a fast response time speed. You won’t notice any trailing of fast-moving objects on the LG 24MP59G.
Moving on, the LG 24MP59G IPS gaming monitor offers plenty of useful features including AMD FreeSync which provides a variable refresh rate (VRR) for compatible graphics cards.
Since the LG 24MP59G is one of the rare monitors at this price range that has a DisplayPort input, you can use FreeSync with compatible NVIDIA cards too in addition to most of AMD GPUs.
The LG 24MP59G FreeSync range amounts to 40-75Hz, so as long as your FPS rate is within that range, you won’t get any screen tearing, stuttering, or juddering. FreeSync doesn’t work below 40FPS, but as soon as your FPS rate jumps back to 40FPS+, it will be active again.
Additionally, the monitor offers the 1ms Motion Blur Reduction technology. When you enable this feature, it strobes the backlight in order to reduce the perceived motion blur, but it decreases the monitor’s maximum brightness and it cannot be active at the same time as FreeSync.
Other useful gaming features include Black Stabilizer (improves visibility in darker games), customizable crosshair overlays, and pre-calibrated picture presets (FPS, RTS, etc). Visit our LG 24MP59G review for more information.
Design & Connectivity
While the design of the LG 24MP59G is sturdy, it’s not VESA mount compatible, and you can only tilt the screen of the monitor as far as ergonomics go. Connectivity options include HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, VGA, and a headphones jack. FreeSync works over both HDMI and DP with a 40-75Hz VRR range.
If you mainly play undemanding eSports titles or video games where you can maintain high frame rates (100FPS+), consider the following 144Hz monitors we’ll get into next. They won’t have as good colors or viewing angles, but they will provide you with a lot more immersive and responsive gaming experience.
As far as the alternatives for the LG 24MP59G go, you may want to consider these two displays:
- Samsung C24F396 – A curved 24″ 1080p monitor with a VA panel which provides deeper blacks, but not as accurate colors or wide viewing angles.
It also supports FreeSync, but only up to 72Hz and only over HDMI as it doesn’t have a DP input.
- Acer CB242Y – A 24″ 1080p IPS monitor with 1ms MBR and FreeSync up to 75Hz just like the LG 24MP59G.
However, the Acer CB242Y doesn’t have a DisplayPort socket, so you won’t be able to use FreeSync if you have/plan to get an NVIDIA GPU.
The Acer CB242Y has a fully ergonomic stand with thinner bezels though, and it’s a bit cheaper. So, if you have an AMD GPU and don’t plan on getting an NVIDIA card, the CB242Y is a better pick for you.
- AMD FreeSync up to 75Hz
- Plenty of additional features including 1ms MBR
- Vibrant and accurate colors
- DisplayPort input
- Not VESA mount compatible
- Tilt-only design
AOC C24G1 – Best 144Hz Monitor For $150
About the Monitor
Not so long ago, you couldn’t find a 144Hz monitor under $200, let alone for just $150.
Nowadays, there are numerous 144Hz models available at this price range and we’ve included all of them and compared them to each other in the chart below, and the AOC C24G1 offers the best value for the money.
The AOC C24G1 features a 1500R curved screen with a VA panel which doesn’t offer as accurate colors as the IPS technology, but it provides a higher static contrast ratio of 3,000:1 as opposed to 1,000:1.
Such high contrast makes for notably deeper blacks and a more vivid relation between the darkest and the brightest tones. The viewing angles are 178° too, but some minor shifts in contrast are expected when looking at the screen from certain angles (only in extreme scenarios).
While the colors aren’t as vibrant as what you’d see on the LG 24MP59G, they are good nonetheless and actually better than any TN panel display near this price range.
Now, the AOC C24G1 has a specified response time speed of 1ms. This refers to the MPRT measure which is achieved via backlight strobing which you can enable in the monitor’s OSD (On-Screen Display) menu by first disabling FreeSync, and then setting the MBR option to a number between 1 and 20.
The higher the number, the clearer the motion, but so is the cost of the monitor’s maximum brightness. Not all monitors with MBR have this ability to adjust the frequency of backlight strobing, so you’ll be able to find the perfect trade-off between motion clarity and picture brightness for you with the AOC C24G1.
If you don’t want to use this feature, either because you prefer FreeSync or because the screen gets too dim for you, you are left with the standard GtG response time speed which amounts 4ms.
The main problem with VA panels is that they have a slow pixel transition time when dark pixels are involved which results in prominent black smearing in fast-paced games.
For hardcore competitive gamers, this can be very distracting; for casual gaming, it’s tolerable considering the image quality and general performance you get for the price.
Besides the 1ms Mode feature, you get AMD FreeSync with a 48-144Hz VRR range, pre-calibrated picture presets (FPS, RTS, Racing), AOC Shadow Control, AOC Game Color (color saturation adjustments), and Low Input Lag (bypasses certain image post-processing in order to deliver minimal input lag of only ~4ms).
In addition, there are advanced picture adjustment tools available including three gamma modes and an sRGB color temperature preset.
Finally, the AOC C24G1 has four response time overdrive presets allowing you to eliminate ghosting at high frame rates and pixel overshoot at low frame rates by selecting the appropriate mode according to your refresh/frame rate.
Design & Connectivity
The stand of the monitor is excellent considering the price. It’s quite sturdy and even offers up to 130mm height adjustment, +/- 35° swivel, -5°/20° tilt, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.
Connectivity options include two HDMI 1.4 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, VGA, and a headphones jack. Note that both HDMI and DP support FreeSync and 144Hz. So, if you have a laptop that only has an HDMI port, the AOC C24G1 is perfect for you.
Overall, the AOC C24G1 is a great gaming monitor for the price. However, if you are a competitive FPS gamer, check out the TN panel display we’ll get into next.
There are many similar 24″ 1080p 144Hz VA models available around this price range. Here’s how they compare to AOC’s model:
|1ms MPRT (MBR)||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No||No|
|Overdrive||4 Modes||3 Modes||1 Mode (On)||3 Modes||2 Modes (On/Off)||2 Modes (On/Off)||3 Modes|
|Gaming Picture Presets||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|6-axis And Gamma Settings||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
*There isn’t much information about the Viotek GFV24C available as it’s a new display. It does look good on paper, and it’s the only flat-screen model available with these specs. We’ll update the article as soon as we have more information or hopefully review it ourselves.
Also, note that we have only put the specs that differentiate across all models in the chart above. So, all of the monitors have DisplayPort 1.2, a 3,000:1 contrast ratio, 48-144Hz FreeSync range, a stable G-SYNC performance, etc.
We didn’t include manufacturers’ GtG pixel response time specifications as they aren’t credible anyway.
Be sure to also check out the AOC 24G2 which usually goes for around $180, but it sometimes goes on sale for $165. It has an IPS panel and 144Hz! So, its contrast may not be as high as that of the C24G1, but it has more vibrant colors and faster response time for no visible smearing in fast-paced games.
- AMD FreeSync up to 144Hz
- Plenty of gaming features including 1ms MPRT
- High contrast ratio
- Ergonomic and well-built design
- Moderate ghosting in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes
Sceptre E255B - Best 144Hz eSports Monitor For $150
About the Monitor
Okay, the Sceptre E255B-1658A is a bit over $150, it’s usually available for $165, but if you want the best performance in competitive FPS games, it’s actually the cheapest TN model available – and that extra $15 are a very good investment!
The Sceptre E255B has a TN panel, so you won’t have as good colors and viewing angles as VA and IPS panels, but you will have the best pixel response time for virtually zero noticeable trailing and motion blur of fast-moving objects.
It’s based on a newer 24.5″ panel, so the viewing angles and the image quality are actually pretty decent, much better than that of the older 24″ TN models. You get 8-bit color depth support, a peak brightness of 300-nits, and a contrast ratio of 1,000:1.
The Sceptre E255B-1658A is all about performance, not image quality. Besides the rapid 1ms GtG response time speed and low input lag, you get a 165Hz refresh rate which doesn’t really provide a noticeable difference in comparison to 144Hz, but hey, every millisecond counts if you’re a hardcore gamer.
AMD FreeSync is supported up to 165Hz with a 60-165Hz VRR range, and it works well with compatible NVIDIA cards.
The OSD menu of the monitor is not particularly rich or user-friendly, but you will find all the standard adjustments as well as FPS and RTS pre-calibrated picture presets and a crosshair overlay.
There are only two overdrive modes which isn’t ideal. So, make sure the overdrive option is enabled in competitive titles where you can easily maintain a high FPS rate.
If you notice pixel overshoot at lower frame rates, you may want to disable it. For more details, visit our Sceptre E255B-1658A review.
Design & Connectivity
The Sceptre E255B-1658A has a great design for the price with a metal stand. You can also mount the screen on a third-party stand if you want more adjustments as the stand is tilt-only by -5°/15°.
At the back of the monitor, you will find the following ports: HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, and an audio line-in port for the 2W built-in speakers. Both HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 inputs support 165Hz at 1080p.
The Sceptre E255B is the cheapest gaming monitor with a 1ms GtG response time speed, and it’s the cheapest 165Hz display available. So, if you want to see the best results in competitive games, you should definitely go for it.
Alternatively, you may want to check out the LG 24GL600F which is sometimes available for ~$150 when on sale.
We also recommend considering the AOC G2590FX which is the best $200 gaming monitor for competitive gaming.
Lastly, if you want both vibrant colors and 144Hz as well as a decent pixel response time performance, check out the Acer VG240YP monitor with an IPS panel which can be found for ~$170.
Visit our best gaming monitor under $200 buyer’s guide for more information.
- Quick response time speed
- AMD FreeSync up to 165Hz
- Sturdy design with VESA mount compatibility
- Narrow viewing angles
- Inferior image quality to IPS and VA panels
- Tilt-only stand
Hopefully, we’ve helped you pick the best gaming monitor under 150 USD for your needs and budget. Still not sure which one to pick? Leave us a comment below and we’ll gladly help you out.
If you want the best performance in competitive games, particularly in FPS titles, you should definitely get the Sceptre E255B or the LG 24GL600F.
In case you do a bit of content creation on the side and want a color-accurate display, the LG 24MP59G is for you. It provides a great gaming performance and if you mainly play more graphically-oriented games where your FPS rate doesn’t exceed 75FPS, you won’t lose anything by not getting a 144Hz display.
Finally, the AOC C24G1 offers a good balance between the two. You’ll get a punchy image quality with wide viewing angles as well as a smooth and responsive gaming experience thanks to 144Hz and FreeSync.
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.