5 Best Gaming Monitors Under $150: 2018 Reviews and Top Picks

Best Gaming Monitors Under $150

In the world of PC gaming, more often than not, there is a huge focus on the parts inside of the build and less on what controls all of that hardware. While there is plenty to be said about keyboards, mice and headphones, there are few pieces of equipment that are also essential in boosting user experience.

Take, for example, monitors.

After much searching, we tracked down the top 5 gaming monitors under $150.

The best of the bunch was found to be the AOC G2260VWQ6. It offers exceptional price to performance ratio, granting a 75Hz response time for around $115.

However, for those who like options, we’re presenting more choices for the best gaming monitors under $150 below.. You might want to start taking notes after this part.

Breakdown of The Top 5 Gaming Monitors Under $150

Details Our Rating
The KillerAOC G2260VWQ6

AOC G2260VWQ6

  • refresh rate: 75Hz
  • response time: 1ms
  • screen size: 21.5”
4.7/5
The All-ArounderViewSonic VX2257-MHD

ViewSonic VX2257-MHD

  • refresh rate: 60Hz
  • response time: 2ms
  • screen size: 21.5”
4.6/5
The Larger All-ArounderViewSonic VX2457-MHD

ViewSonic VX2457-MHD

  • refresh rate: 60Hz
  • response time: 2ms
  • screen size: 23.6”
4.6/5
The HDMIAsus VP247H-P

Asus VP247H-P

  • refresh rate: 60Hz
  • response time: 1ms
  • screen size: 23.6”
4.5/5
The IPS Asus VN248Q-P

Asus VN248Q-P

  • refresh rate: 60Hz
  • response time: 5ms
  • screen size: 23.8”
4.4/5
#1

AOC G2260VWQ6

This panel is called The Killer for a reason, and we’re going to refer to it as such from now on so that its insane name never has to be typed again. This monitor is not only the most inexpensive on the list, but also features the most impressive specs.

While on the small end at 21.5”, The Killer still wins out among the bunch. The 19020x1080 resolution fits perfect in our criteria, the 1ms response time is perfect for gaming, and the low price tag means you can get all of this on the cheap.

However, the point that sets this display apart from the rest in the refresh rate. The rate is bumped from the 60Hz featured on all of the other panels to 75Hz.

While not an insane jump and certainly not on the level of higher monitors, this jump is impressive considering the cost of around $115.

Additionally, the monitor supports freesync. If screen tearing has got you down, The Killer can help.

Of course, on the back end are an HDMI, a DisplayPort, and DVI connection which means that  it can integrate perfectly into your system. The monitor doesn’t feature built-in speakers, but that’s probably a better thing at the end of the day.

Overall, The Killer is a fantastic display at a fantastic price and is the best suited as a gaming monitor under $150.

#2

ViewSonic VX2257-MHD

ViewSonic has been making displays for a long time. Needless to say, they know a few things about making a good monitor.

While the VX2257-MHD (say that five times fast) isn’t the best on this list, it is quite an impressive panel for around $130.

Starting out, this 21.5” display features a necessary 1920x1080 resolution with the ability to produce around 16.7 million colors. This display strikes a nice sweet spot for gaming, being relatively small and inexpensive while still holding some nice features for gaming.

The display supports freesync which is nice to avoid screen tearing, and the 80,000,000:1 contrast ratio, while not necessary, is nice to have.

However, the monitor falls behind only meeting the minimum 60Hz refresh rate and featuring a 2ms response time. While certainly not a deal breaker, the specs are less impressive than some of the other options on this list.

Of course, the panel features all of the essential hookups, with ports for HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI.

#3

ViewSonic VX2457-MHD

For a little more money, the ViewSonic VX2457-MHD will give you a bit more screen real estate than the ViewSonic VX2257-MHD. For closer to $140, this display runs at 23.6” as opposed to the 21.5” of the ViewSonic VX2257-MHD.

Outside of that, the monitors are pretty much the same. This panel again supports freesync, as a 2ms response time, and a 60Hz refresh rate. However, the main difference here is in contrast ratio.

As opposed to the 80,000,000:1 of the previous panel, the VX2457-MHD features a 1,000:1 contrast ratio. For arguments sake, this is probably a more accurate number than the 80,000,000:1 before, but it’s a difference nonetheless.

The backend features everything as before, making this a great all around option if you’re looking for a little screen real estate.

#4

Asus VP247H-P

Asus certainly isn’t a new name to PC hardware either. While making both high-end and low-end parts, Asus maintains a pretty consistent quality across their line, and the VP247H-P is no exception to that.

Of course, this panel features a 1920x1080 resolution. This time it’s spread across a nice 23.6” display.

This monitor wins out over previous ones due not only to the size, but due to the response time. Instead of 2ms, this display chops the response time down to 1ms, making it ideal for gaming.

The only issue here is the lack of DisplayPort input on the monitor. It only features DVI, VGA, and HDMI around back.

While these ports can certainly make the cut for gaming, DisplayPort is generally the optimal option. Regardless, the screen size, response time, and refresh rate of 60Hz make this monitor a great option for gaming despite the lack of DisplayPort input.

#5

Asus VN248Q-P

This monitor sticks out from the pack for not necessarily being optimized for gaming. As opposed to the rest of the monitors on this list, the Asus VN248Q-P is an IPS panel and not a TN panel.

While there is plenty of information out there about the difference between the two, the main focus is in how IPS reproduce color. These panels have a much more accurate rendition of color, meaning an IPS panel is essential if accurate color representation is important to you.

A lot of gamers like to upload content to YouTube where they need to make logos and images for their videos. In this case, accurate color is essential.

However, this comes at a cost. While the IPS panel is a definite upgrade, the response time suffer. This monitor features the slowest response time on this list at 5ms.

Despite this, the 60Hz refresh rate, 1920x1080 resolution, and generous 23.8” screen size compensate for the slower response time. Combine that with all the essential hookups like DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI, and this panel is an excellent choice for those who want a monitor that does more than just gaming.

Selection Criteria - The Three R’s

There are no shortage of displays for cheap. While even small televisions have the ability to hook up to your PC and output a display, most inexpensive options aren’t optimal for gaming.

With that being said, there are some very particular aspects to look for in a panel that is optimized for gaming under $150.

Resolution

Before anything else, the monitor has to have at least a resolution of 1920x1080. At this point in time, it is simply unacceptable to be gaming on anything less than this resolution, with 4K becoming more of a mainstream consumer option by the day.

This resolution is the baseline, in 2017, that games should be played at, so the monitor has to hold up with that expectation.

Response Time

A quick response time is incredibly important in a gaming monitor. This isn’t the measure of input lag onto the screen, but rather how quickly the monitor can change a pixel from on color to a different on.

A faster response time means that the panel will produce the next frame faster, leading to a more fluid gaming experience. All of the monitors on this list (with the exception of one) have a response time under 3ms.

Refresh Rate

Refresh rate is also incredibly important to high frame rate gaming. However, the refresh rate isn’t the same thing as frame rate.

The refresh rate of a monitor is the measure of how many times in a second that a display updates it’s buffer, whether the frames are unique or identical. All of the monitors on this list of a refresh rate of at least 60Hz.

Wrapping it Up

For $150, it can be difficult to find a display that holds up with the extraneous needs of gaming. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t solid options at the price point.

At a slight sacrifice for screen space, there are high-quality monitors that can suit gaming needs perfectly with HD resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, and low response times.

While all of the options on this list are solid, the needs of your rig will determine what monitor you need to buy.

If gaming is just your thing, then The Killer is an excellent choice. If you want to do a little photo/video editing as well, then The IPS is great.

Overall, any of these monitors would be a solid addition to any gaming rig at under $150.

You can also check out our guide about Top 20 Best Gaming Monitors 2018 by clicking here

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