Top 5 Budget 144hz Gaming Monitors Under $200

Top 5 Budget 144hz Gaming Monitors Under $200

So today we will be going over five of some of the most popular gaming monitors under 200 based on the amazon ratings.

Some of these are 144-hertz while others are 165-hertz and there’s even a monitor in here that supports 120-hertz with the new Xbox series X and PS5.

So if you guys have been shopping around for a budget monitor you came to the right place.

ASUS TUF VG248QG

ASUS-VG248QG
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This brand actually knows what the hell they are doing not just in the monitor department but really everything else PC-related.

For $189 you’re getting some really nice gaming specs it features a 165-hertz refresh rate with a 0.5 millisecond response time.

The build quality just doesn’t compete with Asus if I’m being honest the stand is built like a tank with no extra play and it comes with tons of adjustability you get really nice tilt angles.

You also get a 100-degree swivel which I haven’t seen before on a budget monitor but on top of that, you also get a 180 degree rotate as well for both sides making this the perfect monitor for discord or coding setup.

It’s also VASA compatible, you just need to remove the neckpiece to get access to the mounting points in the back as far as looks it’s not the worst looking monitor in the list that’s for sure.

Pros Cons
VESA CompatibleNo HDMI 2.0 Support
No Backlight BleedBad Viewing Angles
0.5 MS Response Time / No GhostingBad Color Reproduction
Port Selection
Functional Stand
165HZ Refresh Rate

MSI Optix G241

MSI Optix G241
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The MSI Optix G241 this mono usually goes for $179 and is a 24-inch 1080p monitor with a 144-hertz refresh rate and a 1 millisecond response time as advertised

So let’s start with the build quality and aesthetics, it’s a pretty decent-looking monitor with an all-black color scheme.

It has really thin bezels which is nice if you plan on using it for a multi-monitor setup and the build quality is great.

There is very slight play horizontally which isn’t a big deal and the stand itself is built very well with little to no play.

However, ditching the stand altogether is an option since the monitor is vasa compatible that would ultimately be the best option here as the stand only gives you tilt adjustment.

The panel type was not listed anywhere but this monitor has a VA panel, VA panels tend to have much better viewing angles compared to TN panels and better color reproduction overall.

So for $170 you actually get a pretty solid gaming monitor, the only downsides found were the excessive backlight bleed and no 120-hertz support for current-gen consoles.

Pros Cons
VESA Compatible Backlight Bleed
Color ReproductionNo HDMI 2.0 Support
Color Accurate Panel
Great Viewing Angles
1 MS Response Time / No Ghosting

BenQ Zowie XL2411K

BenQ Zowie XL2411K
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This Monitor is the second most expensive monitor on the list, at $199 even it’s also the only monitor in the list that supports 120-hertz via PS5 or Xbox series X.

The other HDMI in display port will get you up to a 144-hertz refresh rate and a 1 millisecond advertised response time.

One thing that BenQ does really good is making ugly monitors, it’s practically in their DNA.

I don’t know why they always insist on going with these bulky bezels and a bulky stand but the upside is, that it’s built really well with virtually no play.

The stand while pretty bulky offers a lot of functionality, you get a nice tilt angle and a full 90-degree rotation option but only on one side.

In addition to that, the mount also offers a good range of swivel with an indicator on the base for easy tracking and the same tracking method can be seen on the neckpiece for height adjustability.

There is a hole in the stand for cable management and a handle up top for easy handling however it is completely detachable giving you the option to mount it if you like.

Pros Cons
VESA Compatible Bad Port Selection
No Backlight BleedMotion Blur
1 MS Response Time / No GhostingBad Color Reproduction
Bulky Design
Bad UI Menu
No HDMI 2.0 Support

Samsung CRG5

Samsung CRG5
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Samsung is no stranger in the monitor department in fact they’ve been killing it recently with their new G9 series monitors so their budget monitor should be just as good.

This Monitor is the most expensive monitor on the list, it costs $202 and it is the only curved monitor on this list it’s also a 144-hertz panel with a slightly slower 4 millisecond response time.

Being a curved monitor means that it has a VA panel, in terms of aesthetics it’s not the best-looking monitor with those bulky bezels but the stand looks pretty nice.

As far as the build quality, not a big fan as there is quite a lot of play both horizontally and vertically and the worst part is that you are pretty much stuck with it as it’s not even VASA compatible.

Pros Cons
Port SelectionNot VESA Compatible
Color ReproductionNo HDMI 2.0 Support
Curved DisplayLow Color Accuracy
Great Viewing Angles4 MS Response Time / Ghosting

Acer XFA240

Acer XFA240
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This is a very popular monitor and this currently goes for $193, so it’s up there near the budget amount.

Let’s start with aesthetics I’m usually never a fan of Acer monitors because of their notorious bulky design much like this one, it has really thick bezels which is a turn-off for me.

But it does have a nice sturdy stand aside from the red accent or on the base, you do have a lot of functionality, you get the usual tilt in addition to swivel and even height adjustability which is really nice.

However, you can ditch the stand altogether since it is VASA compatible and I do like the opening in the center of the neck for cable routing that’s nice.

Pros Cons
VESA Compatible Bad Port Selection
No Backlight BleedMotion Blur
1 MS Response Time / No GhostingBad Color Reproduction
Bulky Design
Bad UI Menu
No HDMI 2.0 Support

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