Last edited by KnightSword500 at Nov 9, 2016,
Monitors are always better than headphones unless you have to do quiet sessions at home.

Personally, I'd go with the Alesis in this price range. The Akai is an interesting concept but you'll be limited by the USB drivers and you never know how that tech will fare down the line, therefore I won't touch these. The other two monitors in this range are just too toylike.

If you can swing M-Audio Bx5 pair (about $200) it will be much better due to the bigger speakers and better response.

You'll also need an audio interface.