The Top 5 Best Budget Gaming Monitors 2021

CyanCloud here! Finding a budget gaming monitor can be a struggle due to all the potentially expensive components nowadays. It’s not easy deciding between a high refresh rate or a better resolution, having a low response time or including FreeSync/G-Sync compatibility, or even what panel type to choose. If you’re unfamiliar with a lot of these terms, then I would highly recommend our monitor component overview article to understand the important specs when purchasing a monitor these days.

All of our selections do have a 1080p resolution simply due to the added cost of having a 144Hz 1440p monitor. This is generally preferred when considering a gaming monitor with a high refresh rate vs resolution due to improved reaction time and seamless visuals. However, if you’d like us to do some research on 1440p monitors, let us know! Nonetheless, below you will find what we believe to be 5 of the best budget gaming monitors you can find in the market right now:

5 - Acer Nitro XFA240Q

Screen Size: 23.6”
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Panel Type: TN
Refresh Rate: 165Hz
Response Time: 1ms
VESA Mountable: Yes
FreeSync/G-Sync: Yes

The Acer Nitro XFA240Q is a real top-of-the-line gaming monitor fitting many of the prime categories for a good competitive screen. Using a TN panel resulting in the be response time supported with 165Hz and FreeSync/G-Sync compatibility as well means you’ll have no concern with screen lag or tears. The stand allows for simply swivels, tilts, and height adjustments as well as allowing rotation for portrait mode. All in all, there’s not a lot to say about this monitor other than it's got fantastic specs for a gaming monitor and lands at a great price roughly around the $200 mark.

4 - Dell S2721HGF

Screen Size: 24”
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Panel Type: VA
Refresh Rate: 144Hz
Response Time: 1ms
VESA Mountable: Yes
FreeSync/G-Sync: Yes

The Dell S2721HGF is a fantastic budget monitor that checks all the necessary boxes for a quality gaming computer. The VA panel excels with a high contrast ratio to help create deeper black colors to help with gaming in the dark. The monitor has a high refresh rate at 144Hz supported with FreeSync and G-Sync compatibility to reduce any screen tearing. As mentioned above, all of these monitors are 1080p so the resolution isn’t the greatest, but it provides everything else to make a great gaming monitor for the more budget-conscious buyer. The only negative that has been regularly reported about this monitor is the poor ergonomics. The screen only allows for height and tilt adjustments, meaning no ability to switch the monitor to portrait or swivel from side to side. Nonetheless, an overall great option if the ergonomic downsides aren’t a big deal or you have a monitor arm to utilize instead.

3 - AOC 24G2

Screen Size: 24”
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Panel Type: IPS
Refresh Rate: 144Hz
Response Time: 1ms
VESA Mountable: Yes
FreeSync/G-Sync: Yes

The AOC 24G2 is a fantastic option for a budget gaming monitor stunting a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and an IPS panel. Viewing angles are great as expected for an IPS, but also has a much better ergonomic design over the previous Dell option with the provided stand as you can adjust the height, turn it into portrait, swivel, pivot, and tilt. It also does support VESA mounting so if you do carry your own monitor arm, then that works just as well! This monitor does also support FreeSync and has also been confirmed to work with G-Sync as well through consumers who own the monitor. With all of that said, the only real downfall to this monitor comes down to the menu navigation being somewhat tricky with the monitor buttons and the brightness cannot be adjusted while in sRGB mode which is the most common monitor mode. Other than that, this is a great budget monitor option that is worth the look.

2 - AOC C24G1A

Screen Size: 24”
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Panel Type: VA
Refresh Rate: 165Hz
Response Time: 1ms
VESA Mountable: Yes
FreeSync/G-Sync: Yes

The AOC C24G1A is a curved frameless VA panel monitor sitting at a 1080p resolution making it an all-around fantastic budget gaming monitor. Unfortunately, this monitor does face the same issues as the previous option on this list where the brightness cannot be adjusted in sRGB mode and the menu navigation is less than desired. However, it does come with all of the same benefits too such as being ergonomically sound allowing for height adjustments, swivels, pivots, and tilts as well as FreeSync/G-Sync support. However, with the monitor having a VA panel, the viewing angles aren’t as good as the IPS counterpart, but being it’s curved, that isn’t as much of a concern. Overall, this is very similar to the above option but has a couple of slight differences that might cater more to some than others.

1 - Gigabyte G27F

Screen Size: 27”
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Panel Type: IPS
Refresh Rate: 144Hz
Response Time: 1ms
VESA Mountable: Yes
FreeSync/G-Sync: Yes

Last but not least we have the Gigabyte G27F monitor in the top spot fronting a 27” screen size with 144Hz, 1080p resolution, and an IPS panel. This monitor is highly regarded as one of the best bangs for your buck budget monitors on the market due to its fantastic viewing angles, performance, refresh rate, and response time. This monitor offers everything you can want for a gaming monitor on top of being slightly larger than the rest of our options above. A couple of downsides that is unfortunate is the inability to swivel or turn the screen into portrait mode with the provided stand. However, with what this monitor offers, I wouldn’t expect this to be used in any way other than your main monitor, leading to no need to use portrait mode. Both FreeSync and G-Sync are supported on this monitor as well so there’s no concern with screen tearing. Overall, this is probably one of, if not, the best budget gaming monitors out there for the ideal components and performance it provides at a slightly larger scale with raving customer reviews across the board.

Those are our top budget gaming monitors to look into for 2021. Many of these are very similar but do provide some slight differences that may cater differently from one person to another. If you think there’s a monitor that should be added to this list or don’t believe one of the above deserves to be included, let us know!

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