The AOC 24G2 remains the leader among low-cost 1080p options. For USD 170The 24G2 delivers a great experience by offering a 24-inch, 1080p 144Hz IPS panel that performs well and has solid color quality – whether you get the original 2019 edition or the 2020 update.
It also includes an ergonomic stand with height adjustment that is often missing from other budget 1080p monitors. The overall package that AOC offers is balanced between gaming performance and image quality, which is why I continue to recommend it.
Other options considered included MSI G242 and Gigabyte G24Fbut both are more expensive and don’t seem to offer anything better than the AOC. I also liked the performance BenQ delivers with the EX2510. It’s a better all-round package than the AOC 24G2, but it’s very hard to justify the $ 250 when the Asus VG259QM is just USD 230…
What is worth buying if I need to spend less than $ 170?
Unfortunately, in most cases the answer is no. You can save around $ 10 by opting for a curved VA panel with 1080p 144Hz specs instead. However, we usually find that these monitors perform much worse than the 24G2, with ugly issues like blur in the dark, which makes them not worth the little savings. The same can be said for TN monitors, which can be found for around $ 150, you will sacrifice overall performance for a small discount.
Monitors with a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz to 165Hz these days have a slightly more average refresh rate given the prevalence of 240Hz and above, especially at 1080p. This is by far the most popular category for 1080p shoppers, and there are a huge number of options to choose from, which makes picking one a bit tricky. For this reason, we divide this category into two groups: better IPS quality and more budget monitors for gamers on a budget.
It should be noted that the most beneficial option will depend on your location and local prices. While this is usually the case, there is a lot of volatility in the monitor market today and supply issues are affecting displays, but not to the same extent as other PC components.
For most people, our best recommendation for 1080p 144Hz is the AOC 24G2. The 24G2 and larger 27-inch variant (27G2) includes an IPS panel, adaptive sync, and refresh rates reaching 144Hz. We were impressed with the build quality, including features such as a height-adjustable stand not often found on more budget displays. But one of the key features, especially the new 2020 variant, is response time, which is very good and in some respects on par with more expensive 1440p monitors. The 24G2 is one of the best 1080p IPS monitors we’ve tested for motion clarity, making it a great choice for gaming.
At some point, we hesitated to continue recommending 24G2, given that last year AOC quietly changed the panel without changing the name or informing customers. However, we bought the newer version and found that while it doesn’t work the same way as the old one, it actually does better in some respects. Other aspects are solid as well, including wide gamut support and contrast ratio, however the older 2019 edition outperforms in contrast ratio and factory calibration, so it might be worth looking for an older model if you need those features. But overall, it’s a versatile monitor with a decent feature set and excellent performance at this price point.
Two alternatives: BenQ and MSI
If you can’t find AOC, there is a great alternative at BenQ EX2510… While it is usually more expensive than the 24G2 for a similar performance level, if the price is similar to the 24G2 in your area, then this is also a good choice. MSI Optix G242… It uses the same panel as the newer AOC 24G2, suggesting performance should be similar in terms of response time and color rendering, although MSI will use different overdrive settings. Judging by the previous MSI monitors we reviewed, they are able to get decent results from this panel.
Will be more or cheaper
If you want something more in the 27-inch range, in addition to the AOC 27G2, we will also consider G27F from Gigabyte and the M27F, which offer the classic IPS 1080p 144Hz. Gigabyte mainly focuses on 27-inch 1080p monitors in its lineup, and these two options are often competitively priced in the $ 220 range.
While products like the AOC 24G2 and MSI G242 can be fairly affordable, there are cheaper options that are worth considering as well. Both Pixio PX248 Prime and Asus VP249QGR decent options available. We tested both the PX248 Prime and the Prime S version, and honestly, we’d save money to get a slightly cheaper non-S model that retails for just $ 170. Response times are similar to the older 24G2, and while factory calibration may take some work, this is an acceptable panel overall.
What not to buy
We would avoid VA 1080p monitors for now. There is no value proposition compared to IPS, especially since most of these VMs use rather mediocre panels with issues such as blurring of darkness and slow response times. V Asus VG24VQFor example, it’s a particularly popular option, but it costs $ 180 – just $ 10 less than a decent IPS like the MSI 24G2, and $ 10 more than cheaper options like Asus’ own VP249QGR.
As for the 1080p 144Hz TN panels, their value proposition is again small. You can find several monitors with these specifications below $ 150, for example Acer KG241QP, but many options, in our opinion, are overstated. The LG 24GL600F was a great budget option at the time of release, but the low price of the IPS puts it about the same mark as the budget IPS alternatives. You might want to consider one for backlight strobe technology, although finding a panel that performs well at 144Hz at an affordable price is tricky.
Monitors with a resolution of 1080p are still very popular among gamers. While some will no doubt be keen to upgrade to a higher resolution on their next monitor purchase, if you only have around $ 200 to spend, you will have by far the best 1080p experience. There are several types of 1080p monitors on the market and we recommend VA or TN panels in this category depending on where the prices are at any given time. But in 2020, with the release of several really high quality, yet affordable IPS options, we believe the best bang for your buck right now comes from this often premium monitor technology.
The best budget 1080p monitor so far is AOC 24G2… It is not only the best 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor on the market overall, but also thanks to low price $ 180We also think this is the best 1080p monitor you can get.
The 24G2 uses a 24-inch 1080p 144Hz flat panel IPS panel with adaptive timing and low frame rate compensation. The gaming experience is great due to a number of factors. We get a high refresh rate, excellent adaptive sync implementation that works flawlessly with AMD or Nvidia GPUs, and fast response times thanks to the use of IPS technology.
The 5ms gray-to-gray average using optimal overload settings is slightly faster than equivalent VA panels and comes close to some TN that usually sell for about the same price. Combine that with a strobe backlight mode and the 24G2 offers very good motion control, making it ideal for action-packed gaming.
AOC backs this up with low input lag, high contrast ratio for the IPS panel, low power consumption, and an ergonomic design that includes a height-adjustable stand rarely seen in budget monitors. Even the factory color reproduction is stable with the bonus of wide color gamut.
This is a nearly complete kit that covers all key areas of a gaming monitor. With so low Retail price $ 180 which puts it in the ranks of several popular TN monitors, we see no reason to choose a TN panel over this IPS model. This is a great buy.
Larger alternative and even cheaper options
There are several other options that we like in this market. If you want something bigger, say 27 inches, AOC 27G2 is the older brother of 24G2, which is sold by USD 210… We would have preferred its similarly priced Acer Nitro VG271P as the Acer model has a more limited kickstand and does not have adjustable overload when adaptive sync is enabled. While we believe both the 24G2 and 27G2 provide the best return on investment in the 1080p marketplace, $ 180 may be the high end of your price range, and understandably so.
There are other 1080p 144Hz monitors available closer to $ 150, which represents a decent savings of 17% or so. For this price, you’re looking at a VA curved monitor, but you still get a 144Hz display with adaptive sync performance. VA panels are generally slightly slower than IPS and can suffer from a problem called “dark level blur” where slow response times for dark colors in particular can cause more blur than desired. But we think this issue tends to be a bit exaggerated given that modern VA panels are pretty decent.
If you’d rather save and spend $ 150, here’s what we recommend: For the VA 1080p 144Hz options, we have Viotek GN24CB which is close to the characteristics we see with the 24G2. It is available for only 150 dollars in the USA. It does not have a height-adjustable stand, and its performance is not as good at lower refresh rates like 60Hz.
If you can’t get Viotek or want a height-adjustable stand, another AOC monitor would be our choice. C24G1… At around $ 145, it has the same height-adjustable design as our top recommendation for IPS, although the panel’s performance isn’t as good but good enough for its price point. Other than that, we’re not thrilled with the value proposition of any 1080p TN monitors right now, so we’ll just stick with the options we mentioned.