Gaming is tough, no doubt. You cannot just get up one day and decide to play a AAA game just like that. You need to be determined, committed, and resolute. But having a firm resolve is just not going to be enough, a much more essential step on your road to being a good gamer is building yourself a good gaming rig. And a very important part of a good gaming rig is the monitor, a 1080p 144Hz being the established gaming standard.
And if you are researching and looking for a good 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor but are not sure how you are going to choose, we have this guide prepared just for you. Whether it is for a system you are building, or for the one you already have, we have the perfect list for you.
List of Top 8 Best 1080p 144Hz Gaming Monitors
AOC 24G2 24
- 24″ Class (23.8″ Viewable)
- 1MS MPRT
- FreeSync Premium
- Narrow border and frameless design
- Adjustable height stand
- Eye Comfort for long gaming sessions
Our first pick of the day is going to make you quite happy, not only because of the amazing set of specifications but because of, wait for it, its amazing low-end price range.
That is right, it has an entry-level price point and a very solid standing in the monitor hierarchy and if you are looking for something on a budget, this could easily be one of the best options to consider.
With a 24-inch display, this entry-level monitor has an IPS (IPS stands for in-plane switching) display as opposed to a VA (standing for vertical alignment) or a TN (twisted nematic), or an OLED (organic light-emitting diode). All three being parts of the LED display panel technology. The IPS display gives it a wide, 178 degree horizontal set of viewing angles and excellent color production.
The IPS display is usually considered a middle ground between the TN and the VA with better response times than the VA panels and better viewing angles and colors than the TN. The AOX 24G2 having an IPS display with a refresh rate of 144Hz is also a plus, because, although much more common currently, IPS displays rarely have gaming quality refresh rates.
The AOC 24G2 has the AMD FreeSync technology, which synchronizes a GPU’s FPS (frames per second) with the monitor’s refresh rates (144Hz in this case). This gets rid of the stuttering and the screen tearing completely. The monitor also comes with a low blue light eye comfort mode.
Well, with so many positives, and in that price range. There is not a lot that is wrong with the AOC 24G2. And even if there is, it is not major. If we had to nitpick one, it would be the lack of adjustment of the brightness in the sRGB mode of the monitor.
With this price tag, you really cannot complain much. For gamers, this is an especially good option to consider, with the magnificent image quality and the minimal amount of motion blur. All together with the 1080p resolution that will give you a competitive environment without having to take too much from your GPU.
- Excellent price-performance ratio
- Excellent viewing angles and color production
- A perfect 24-inch size
- Great for gaming due to the Freesync feature
- No brightness adjustment for the sRGB mode
Acer XFA240 bmjdpr 24
- 24″ Class
- AMD FreeSync Compatible
- G-Sync Compatible
- Zero frames design
- Vision protected
Here we have another entry-level monitor in the list of Best 1080p 144Hz Monitors that do not hold back when it comes to competition with high-end monitors. This is another budget-friendly monitor you can look into if that is what you are searching for.
The price tag is generally considered an entry-level monster of a monitor to buy. For a monitor in that price range, the specifications and distinctive set of features it offers are excellent.
The Acer XFA240 is marketed as a gaming monitor; it comes with a TN (twisted nematic) panel, 350 nit peak brightness, a 1080p resolution (as do the other monitors in this list), a 24-inch display, a 144Hz refresh rate, and an input lag of 6ms.
The Acer XFA240 comes in a solid 24-inch display, but it is also available in a 27-inch model called the Acer XF270H Bbmiiprx. They are essentially the same thing except for a few size-related distinctions.
TN panel displays, which we did vaguely touch on before, do not have vibrant colors and wide viewing angles. However, they are considered the best for gaming because of their short response times, being 1ms. The motion blur is almost non-existent on this monitor.
Just like the monitor before, the Acer XFA240 is also AMD FreeSync compatible. It is also certified by NVIDIA as G-sync compatible. It has 6 buttons on the bottom right of its frame, which include volume control, overdrive settings, gaming mode, and input source selection.
Due to its TN panels, the ACER XFA240 does not offer viewing angles as wide as an IPS panel or a VN panel would produce. Which is balanced out by its amazing response time.
There is not much to dislike about this monitor. With its short response times, FreeSync, customizability, and price tag, the ACER XFA240 is a strong contender in our list of monitors right here.
- Short response time, ideal for gaming
- FreeSync compatible
- G-SYNC compatible
- Does not strain GPU
- Narrow viewing angles
- Less vibrant colors
- 24″ Class
- Rapid Response Time
- 22-Level Black Stabilization
- AMD FreeSync Compatible
- Flexible Connectivity
The ViewSonic XG2402 is a 24-inch display, uses TN panels (twisted nematic), has a 1080p resolution with refresh rates of 144Hz, a response time of 1ms, comes with 2-watt speakers, and an input lag of 9.8ms. It is very similar to the Acer XFA240.
The price range of this monitor is comparable to the two on our list before this one. It is advertised as a gaming monitor, and for a price point such as its own, offers so much.
The refresh rate and response time deliver a smooth, blur, and tear-free image quality. After enabling the AMD FreeSync, motion blurring and ghosting are reduced extensively, giving it an overall fluid look.
The body of the XG2402 is modernly designed, with an anti-glare, matte frame. There are six buttons on the extreme right on the bottom and are facing downwards which control the contrast, brightness, image adjustment, input source selection, color adjustment, audio adjustment, and setup menu.
The monitor comes with Black stabilization, which provides better visibility when during a dark visual scene.
Unlike the monitors before this one, this monitor has a rather simple and primitive-esque design. The bezels are thick, and the design is not something one would prefer if they have aesthetics in their list of requirements.
This monitor offers you everything you would need for basic, beginner-level gaming. And with a few adjustments, it might even be adequate for high-level gaming as well. With its excellent refresh rates and blur-free image quality, it might just be the one for you.
- Tear and blur-free image quality
- Black stabilization for dark scenes
- Good response time
- Simple design, and thick bezels
Samsung CFG73 monitor
- 24’’ and 27’’ Class
- Curved and super-fast
- Quantum Dot
- AMD FreeSync compatible
All the monitors before this were budget-friendly. Let us now go a little further and include a somewhat expensive, yet fairly decent monitor series. Samsung CFG73 series includes two monitors, the 24-inch Samsung C24FG73, and the 27-inch Samsung C27FG73.
The Samsung CHG73 series, is to some extent, pricier than the monitors we have discussed before. Buying one of these two monitors is going to require a moderate amount of investing, inducing the question of whether they are worth it, quality, and performance vise.
Both of the models in the series are 1080p 144Hz monitors with VA (Vertical Alignment) panels. While our focus will be on the 24-inch model in this guide, the 27-inch is substantially similar to it, so you can use the guide as a reference for the 27-inch one as well.
The monitor has a brightness peak of 350 nits. It comes with a Quantum dot display (increasing the brightness and color range). The screen resolution is of course 1080p, which is good on a 24-inch screen. You do get your money’s worth when it comes to image quality.
The monitor has a 1ms response time when toggled to fastest. Although TN panels are faster when it comes to response time, they do not have very good image qualities. The monitor is also equipped with AMD FreeSync like all of the ones before this. It has a black equalizer which does the same thing as black stabilization. And it offers a blue light filter.
You cannot find a lot of faults in the Samsung CFG73 monitor series; the price point itself is enough to prove that. However, this monitor does have a VA panel technology which may give you slower response times and performance.
The Samsung CFG73 series, the 24-inch C24FG73, and the 27-inch C27FG73 are two very strong gaming monitors you should consider. They offer a range of colors and qualities; the performance is as fast as it can be for the VN panel technology. The extra custom features make these monitors worthwhile.
- Image quality is unparalleled
- Quantum dot display adds to the performance and quality
- 1MPRT response time
- The response time is not as fast as a TN panel display
When it comes to 1080p 144Hz monitors, there are only a few, numbered, notable monitors that are very costly. The majority of the monitor with these particular specifications are very affordable and very practical. The AOC G2390VX being one of them, for its price, offers everything a high to mid-range monitor would offer.
The AOC G2390VX uses a 23.8-inch flat screen display, with VA panels. The peak brightness for this screen is 350 nits. It is different from other VA panels with its use of a flat-screen instead of a curved one, which improves the image quality noticeably. The VA panel technology gives it wide viewing angles and a better color range.
The wide viewing angles on a flat screen give the monitor a high contrast ratio. The curved screens have less of that, they also have a diminished peak brightness of 250 nits. The body is frameless from 3 sides, giving the monitor a very futuristic look. The borders are conveniently narrow in case you prefer multiple monitors.
In addition to everything stated above, the monitor comes with an AMD FreeSync and G-Sync. All these features allow a tear-free, stutter-free, operation. The reduction in screen lag and tear allows gaming to be easier and much convenient.
Just like every VA panel display, this monitor also has the issue of being relatively slow for gaming. But some reviews have shown dissatisfaction over the fact that this monitor has response times slower than the average response time of a VA panel display (which already is pretty slow if we compare it to a TN panel display)
The monitor is good-looking, has really good image quality, has different features that could optimize your gaming experience, in addition to a good price point. But we do believe that there are better monitors for the same price range, especially considering the issue with its response times.
- Is optimized for gaming
- VA panels give great image quality
- Has good viewing angles
- Has a flat screen instead of a curved
- Slower than other monitors of the same specifications
BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P
- 24″ class
- Lightning-fast 144 Hz refresh rate
- Black equalizer
- Flicker-free technology
- Blur reduction technology
With its vast range of qualities and slightly different features, the BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P might be the one to introduce you to high-level/ competitive gaming.
BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P is a low to mid-range 1080p 144hz monitor that is advertised as an esports monitor. With its very economical price and its promising set of features and properties, this monitor has found itself among the best economical gaming monitors the industry has to offer. Although most of our monitors here are in a similar price range, you might end up preferring this monitor over those if you go through its in-depth analysis with us.
The BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P has a TN panel display, a full HD resolution, with 144Hz refresh rates, its peak brightness is 350-nits, it also has a response time of 1ms. All these qualities, combined, make up for a more than adequate gaming computer.
This TN panel monitor, like every other TN panel monitor, has very fast performance. You do have to give up on the image quality though. This, however, as we mentioned before, is associated with the panel technology and not at all with the monitor mechanics. The viewing angles are narrow, and there is a minor decline in the color range. But it does come with a promise of very fast gaming performance. In addition to that, there are options of going around certain visuals to have even faster gameplay (the option of selecting different game modes).
The BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P comes with flicker-free technology, which gets rid of any eye discomfort during games. It does not have the option of Adaptive sync but works fairly well without it. It comes with blur reduction technology and a blue light filter. It also has a black eQualizer, which fixes the problem of low visibility in dark scenes.
So, all in all, even with the lack of adaptive sync, the custom features that come with this monitor give it a pretty solid standing.
If we had to pick something that this monitor does not do right, it probably will be the lower quality visual performance. But the speed makes up for it, so it should not be considered a problem if image quality and visual perfection are not your central focus.
With this monitor, your gaming experience is going to go smooth and fast. With its quick response time and pixel change, you barely get any stutter, ghosting, and lag. The option to remove visual distractions will help you immensely during your gaming sessions.
- Fast performance. Can be made even faster with different options
- Excellent set of custom features
- Blur reduction
- Black eQualizer
- The decline in image quality associated with TN panels
- No Adaptive-Sync
The Gigabyte G27F retails with a very attractive entry to mid-level price. It has everything you would need as a beginner gamer looking for something simple and straightforward.
We have had only one IPS panel-based display on our list before this, the Gigabyte G27F is going to be our second one. This flat-screen, 27-inch monitor also uses IPS panel technology and comes with a response time of 1ms. The max brightness can go up to 300-nits, and the 2 speakers available with it are 2 watts. It also comes with AMD-Freesync and G-SYNC.
Gigabyte’s official website for this monitor advertises this monitor for being simple and stylish, and we agree! The design for the monitor is very simple, but simple is not always bad, especially when it comes to gaming. The thin bezels, matte body, and sturdy looking stand is more for the functionality than the visual profiling but gives the monitor a very humble yet stylish exterior. With the 144Hz and quick response time, motion blur is almost non-existent. The IPS panel provides this monitor with great image quality and viewing angles as well. The display does not need any sort of calibration, its out-of-the-box calibrations are accurate enough.
The monitor comes with AMD-FreeSync, it is also G-SYNC compatible although not certified by NVIDIA. It comes with an on-screen display joystick (OSD Sidekick) that is conveniently present for tweaking display options. It also comes with different in-game assisting features like an aim stabilizer (to reduce motion blur), a gaming counter, and alignment (for multiple displays).
We believe that this monitor may be the best one in the list of Best 1080p 144Hz Gaming Monitors, even out of the other ones in this guide. It just does not have any visual and performance discrepancies. This monitor offers specifications beyond what one would expect from its price.
- Great image quality
- Great price-performance ratio
- Excellent price
- Custom features are vast
- In-game assistance for efficient gaming sessions
This entry-level monitor, again, has a similar price point to the rest of these 1080p 144Hz monitors. The FHD and refresh rates allow it to be very GPU compatible, and will not pressure your system in the slightest.
The MSI Optix MAG241C is a curved 24-inch screen with a VA (vertical aligned) display panel, with a 4ms response time (1ms MPRT) and an FHD resolution (144Hz refresh rate).
The IPS panels give this monitor wide viewing angles, color range, and high contrast. The design is modern with a curved screen, with a 1500R curvature. It is advertised as frameless and has thin bezels which allow better multi-screen performance.
The monitor comes with the AMD FreeSync that is going to make your in-game performance faster, smoother, and tear and stutter-free. Its OSD has a very simple UI, which will allow you very easily customize the display setting according to your needs and requirements.
The VA panels give rise to slower gaming response times as related to TN panels, within turn creates slight ghosting in games.
Altogether, the monitor is pretty decent and fairly user-friendly. The price range is a plus.
- VA panels give amazing image quality
- Wide viewing angles
- High contrast
- AMD-Freesync and other in-game assistance
- Slow response times like in other VA based monitors
- Ghosting in some fast games
The thing about gaming monitors is that, although they are very important, they are not the most essential part of your gaming rig that requires a majority of your budget. They do not need a lot of investment. You have to make sure you look for monitors that are well within your financial range but also serve you with your essential requirements.
So, before you set aside the money for your monitor, make sure you consider all the other components with it. Including the ones that do the work for you, like GPU and CPU.
With that being said, you literally cannot have a gaming rig without a monitor either, now can you? And if you end up getting a very budget-friendly yet unexciting, lacking monitor just for the sake of saving money, you might just ruin your whole gaming scene for yourself. This is exactly why it is important to have shopping smarts before buying something that might end up being paramount for the littlest of details.
In addition to our detailed list of reasonably priced monitors (in accordance with everything we claim above, assuredly), the guide below is going to help you in your spree for updating your gaming rig (or even if you are looking for a standalone monitor).
How much should your Resolution be?
The most important aspect of a monitor is probably its resolution. The normal standard of choice being, the higher resolution, the better the quality. But if you are considering buying a gaming monitor, the minimum requirement for your resolution should be 1080p, called full HD (FHD, represented as 1920×1080.
With that in mind, let us tell why buying a monitor with a resolution higher than the FHD is not always good. If you do not have a system that cannot keep up with the high resolution of your monitor, there is a high chance that your general gaming experience is going to deteriorate drastically. So, you have to make sure your choice of monitor is compatible with the kind of GPU/CPU you have in mind.
Are Higher Refresh Rates Equal to Better Performance?
For gaming, you should have a monitor with at least 75Hz refresh rates to have a really good gaming experience. A 144Hz gaming monitor is considered ideal for gaming, once you start playing on a 144Hz monitor, you cannot exactly get back to a lower refresh rate. So yes, generally, higher refresh rates do an equal better performance. But there is, again, the problem of GPU/CPU demands. If your system is not up to the mark, (an old, underperforming GPU or CPU), higher refresh rates may not be ideal for it.
Does Size matter?
Size and resolution go side by side. if you buy a monitor larger than a 27-inch with an FHD resolution, there is a high chance your monitor is going to have a lower pixel density, resulting in a drop in image quality and visuals. And besides, really big monitors also have inflation in their price range as well. Although it is up to you in the end, we do recommend a 24-inch to a 27-inch monitor with an FHD resolution.
What kind of Panels should my Monitor have?
We did touch on the topic of panel technology before for a bit. Let me give you more insight into what it is and how it affects a monitor’s display.
There are three major panel types companies employ these days. These types being
- Twisted nematic (TN)
- In-plane switching (IPS)
- Vertical alignment (VA)
The TN panels have the fastest response times, they are what one would get if one wants good performance, with high FPS, and minimum lag during gaming sessions. But it results in the TN panels having bad contrast, color ranges, and narrow viewing angles. But if image quality is not your priority, a TN panel display is probably what you would want to go for.
On the other hand, a VA panel has slow response times, typically the slowest among these three. The refresh rates are good, and the image quality is inviting. A VA panel monitor will have better viewing angles than the TN, but they would not be as good as the IPS panel (discussed right after). A VA panel has characteristics of both TN and IPS.
The IPS panels focus on image quality solely. Their response times are slow (although there are some with faster response times than VA panels) and their refresh times are relative. But they have a wide range of viewing angles, and their color range is the best amongst these three. If one is opting for image quality, an IPS panel type is the way to go.
What Impact does Response Time have on Performance?
Response time is the duration that a pixel in a monitor takes to change colors. Lower response times mean higher, faster performance. Ideally, you would want a monitor with low response times (most of the ones in our list adhere to this standard). However, your response time does depend on your display panels as well. Just make sure it is not higher than 5ms.
Now that you have gone through the basics, all you have to do now is go and buy a monitor.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I buy my monitor?
You can buy your monitor from any electronics store near you, but we do recommend getting it from an official franchise. Maybe order it online from Amazon.
How do I calibrate my newly bought monitor?
You do not have to worry about calibration, most monitors come pre-calibrated. But if that is not to your satisfaction, you can look up ideal calibration settings for the monitor you have bought.
My TN panel display monitor looks washed out, what do I do?
You can change the setting from the OSD. But you have to consider that TN panels are inherently not color-focused.
Does my monitor have to be NVIDIA G-SYNC certified to be able to run this feature?
No, some FreeSync monitors are not officially certified but can run NVIDIA G-SYNC. Just look up a list if you are unsure about yours’.
Where is my monitor’s input lag time on its specs list?
Companies do not usually add input lag in the list of specs. But if the refresh rates of your monitor are high, there is a high chance the input lag is low.
We do hope our guide helps you in your search for a good gaming monitor. It may not be the most important component of your gaming system, but it needs just as much thinking and research as the rest of the components. Otherwise, your gaming experience might end up being lackluster and unenjoyable.
Do leave us a comment below, telling us what your final choice was.
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