If you’re looking to jump back into gaming, you’ll want to make sure your rig is up to the task. You can splash the cash on a new desktop or keyboard, but don’t forget your display. Luckily, you don’t have to spend big bucks for a solid monitor. We’re here to save you some green. Here are the best cheap 144Hz monitors you can get right now.
In our case, we’re defining cheap monitors as those costing less than $250, including monitors on sale. Regardless of the cutoff, all of our picks pack a smooth 144Hz refresh rate and most include FreeSync technology. Ready to upgrade your battle station? Let’s go!
The best cheap 144Hz monitors:
Editor’s note: All of these monitors were available at the time of writing, but we’ll be sure to update this list as we find new options.
Acer Nitro XF243Y
Even though Acer’s Nitro monitor may not be one of the largest on this list, it’s loaded with specs that match the pack. It measures at 23.8-inches across, and AMD’s Radeon FreeSync technology pairs perfectly with your graphics card. The Acer Nitro may be a cheap 144Hz monitor, but you can overclock it to 165Hz. Acer also added plenty of room for angle adjustments. The Nitro XF243Y monitor offers a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080p resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio.
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Lenovo G25-10 144Hz monitor
This Lenovo 144Hz monitor is just slightly larger than Acer’s option at 24.5-inches, but a little real estate can go a long way. It keeps up with a Full HD resolution and AMD’s FreeSync technology. Lenovo also added a blue light filter so you can stay in the game for longer with less stress on your eyes. The ultra-fast 1ms response time nearly eliminates lag and time-to-screen. You can pack in peripherals thanks to HDMI and DisplayPort options too.
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MSI Optix MAG240CR
MSI builds gaming laptops with the best of them, so it only makes sense that it can churn out some solid monitors too. This 24-inch model is a perfect example, though you may have to adjust to the curved display. Once you’re comfortable with the design, you can really start to make the most of AMD’s FreeSync and MSI’s built-in RGB lighting. Even though most of MSI’s laptops are extremely expensive, this cheap 144Hz monitor comes in at just over $200.
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Gigabyte G27F 144Hz monitor
While Gigabyte may not be the most instantly recognizable name on the list, the G27F is a great pick for a limited budget. You may know Gigabyte from the lightweight, powerful Aero gaming laptops — many of which packs a crisp OLED display or up to a 240Hz refresh rate. This cheap monitor doesn’t quite match those highs, but a 144Hz refresh rate is nothing to scoff at. Even better, it’s the largest monitor on the list so far with a 27-inch display.
Our small budget means that many of these 144Hz monitors are a bit limited in size. This AOC monitor is a perfect example, though the three-sided frameless design helps to make the display feel larger. It offers everything you’d expect — Full HD resolution, AMD FreeSync, and a 1ms response time. AOC’s G2490VX is also VESA mount ready, so you can add the monitor just about anywhere you want it. The VA panel ensures 170-degree viewing angles, so feel free to grab a few and build a true battle station.
BenQ Zowie XL2411P
This 144Hz monitor from BenQ technically busts our budget, but it’s currently on sale. Sure, you’ll have to accept some thicker bezels with the Zowie, but the exclusive Color Vibrance and Black eQualizer technologies should make your games look picture-perfect. You can even adjust the Zowie XL2411P vertically or rotate 90-degrees for a portrait viewing experience. As for connectivity, BenQ chose DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-DL, and headphone jacks for plenty of flexibility.
Dell S2421HGF 144Hz monitor
Alienware may be the most famous element of Dell’s gaming lineup, but the mothership brand is a competitor in its own right. Just look at the G5 laptops or this affordable monitor for all the proof you need. It may only measure at 24-inches across, but Dell managed to slim the bezels down to almost nonexistence. FreeSync and a 1ms response time are must-haves, and you can even customize three different color profiles for your favorite games.
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We’ll end our list of the best cheap 144Hz gaming monitors right where it began — with a 23.8-inch Acer model. However, this version doesn’t bear the Nitro nameplate. Instead, it relies on a Twisted Nematic panel. Otherwise, the two options are remarkably similar: you can overclock this version to 165Hz and FreeSync keeps it in lockstep with your graphics card. In fact, the biggest changes you’ll notice are in the monitor itself. This Acer XF240Q comes with larger bezels all around, and the stand isn’t nearly as sleek.