MSI has nailed the best budget Prime Day gaming monitor with this $120 144Hz IPS display

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High refresh rate monitors at this price don't often come with response times as low as the MSI Optix G272. There are a lot of monitor deals popping up for this year's Prime Day, but few can beat the value of this $119 monitor on Walmart.

The MSI Optix G272 is an 1080p IPS panel with a mediocre contrast ratio of 1000:1, but those aren't dealbreakers given that this monitor can reach up to a 144Hz refresh rate and has a 1ms response time. Rtings tested it on the "Fast" response rate setting and found the pixels to swap colors, not just grey-to-grey, in 8.6 ms, which is significantly faster than most panels at this price.  This means that there's very little blur on fast-moving objects, especially in FPS games.

MSI Optix G272 | 27-inch | 1080p | IPS | 144Hz | $352.60 $119 at Walmart (save $233.60)

MSI Optix G272 | 27-inch | 1080p | IPS | 144Hz | $352.60 $119 at Walmart (save $233.60)
Normally, a $120 IPS monitor would be, at best a 1080p 75Hz panel. But this is a proper gaming monitor, with a 144Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time on its IPS screen. It's also sporting a nicely restrained design, too, with a narrow bezel making it all but frameless on three sides. It's not the brightest, so don't expect any retina-searing visuals, but this is a fantastic budget gaming option.

The monitor doesn't come with AMD's FreeSync or Nvidia's G-Sync adaptive refresh rate technologies, but it does have Adaptive Sync. Adaptive Sync works on a DisplayPort connection with a lot of AMD cards and recent Nvidia cards. You can check if your Nvidia graphics card supports it here.

For non-PC gaming uses, this monitor can also hit 120Hz for consoles over its HDMI 1.4 port, and it has a headphone jack if you need to keep your setup simple.

The MSI Optix G272 is an impressive monitor at a price that's under what you'd find other 1080p 144Hz panels at. It typically runs for about $155, which puts the current price around $36 below the norm, and right now, that makes it one of the best monitor deals available.

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