Cutting away any extra fluff, the Acer VG271U goes for the most important features: a fast 1ms response time, 144Hz refresh rate with reduced screen tearing and stuttering, over DCI-P3 and great contrast ratio. And it does that at an affordable price, making it the best gaming monitor for budget and performance.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Acer VG271U\r\nThis gaming monitor by Acer walks a fine line between budget and performance, focusing on what matters rather than fluff. It features a fast 1ms response time, 144Hz refresh rate, and great contrast ratio w\/ DCI-P3.\r\n\r\nPerformance\r\nWith a refresh rate of 144Hz, you\u2019re going to feel buttery smooth gameplay, in addition to FreeSync technology, which reduces screen tearing and stuttering. However, what\u2019s most impressive is response time. Typically, IPS panels have a 4ms response time, but Acer uses technology called \u201cVisual Response Boost\u201d or \u201cVRB\u201d to decrease blur between images and achieve 1ms response time. And it isn\u2019t a slouch in the color\/contrast department either. Through DisplayHDR 400 and DCI P3, you\u2019re getting vibrant colors and far better contrast than the ASUS VG245H 24\u2033 Gaming Monitor.\r\nDesign\r\nThe Acer Nitro VG271U doesn\u2019t make the same design choices you often see with \u201cgaming\u201d monitors\u2014you know, the obsession over sharp angles and robotic aesthetic. It certainly dabbles a bit around the base with its own angular design, but it\u2019s reeled back. The screen is 27-inches and displays in 2K or 1440p. In the back are two HDMI 2.0 ports, more up-to-date than the ASUS ROG PG279Q 27\u2033 Gaming Monitor\u2014and a single DisplayPort 1.2. The Acer VG271U is VESA mountable.\r\nValue\r\nThe Acer VG271U is putting in all the work to be a viable gaming monitor. It\u2019s rocking all the features you need for gaming: fast response time, high refresh rate, FreeSync, and great color and contrast ratio for eye candy. It isn\u2019t 4K, but 1440p is still leagues better than 1080p. And if you check the price of the ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q 34\u2033 Gaming Monitor, you\u2019d pay nearly four times as much for what is essentially a boost in pixels. We don\u2019t think it\u2019s worth it; the VG271U is a nice stepping stone.\r\nAcer VG271U Wrap Up\r\nThe Acer VG271U has all the makings to steal the number 2 spot on our list, aside from a slightly slower refresh rate of 144Hz. Otherwise it has newer HDMI ports, AMD FreeSync to reduce screen tearing\/stuttering, and a fast 1ms response time hardly seen in IPS panels. Not to mention DCI-P3 and DisplayHDR 400. The fact that it isn\u2019t 4K is hardly an issue.