With E3 2018 and Gamescom well behind us now and with a bunch of news about upcoming games, such as Battlefield 5 and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, as well as some much-anticipated new graphics cards from NVIDIA, it’s time to go back to the basics and look at your gaming monitor. It is, after all, the thing you look at all the time while you’re gaming on your desktop PC.

A monitor is something that a gamer truly cannot skimp on. What use is a powerful GPU if you have a monitor that cannot do it justice?

And still, more goes into a good gaming monitor than you might actually think!

In this article, we will be looking at the absolute best gaming monitors that will dominate 2019, and we’ll offer an in-depth guide explaining which features to keep an eye out for and how to ultimately pick the best monitor for your needs!

Zoom Out: Top 20 Gaming Monitors For 2019

Without any further ado, here are the best monitors for gaming that you can get today. They’re sorted in different categories to make picking the ideal one easier.

CategoryMonitorSizeResolutionPanel Type 
Top Budget Gaming MonitorsAcer SB220Q21.5in1080pIPS
LG 24MP59G-P24/27in1080pIPS
AOC Q2778VQE27in1440pTN
Acer G257HU25in1440pIPS
Best 144Hz Gaming MonitorsAOC G2460PF24in1080pTN
LG 24GM79G-B24in1080pTN
MSI Optix MAG24C24in1080pVA
Top Rated 240Hz Monitors For GamingDell Alienware AW2518HF25in1080pTN
ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q24.5in1080pTN
Best FreeSync Gaming MonitorsPixio PX27627in1440pTN
Pixio PX277h27in1440pIPS
The Best G-SYNC Gaming MonitorsAcer Predator XB241H24in1080pTN
Acer Predator XB271HU27in1440pIPS
Best 4K Monitors For GamingLG 27UD58-B24/27in2160pIPS
Samsung UH75028/32in2160pTN
Acer Predator XB281HK28in2160pTN
Best Gaming Monitors For XBOX One X and PS4 ProASUS VP28UQG28in2160pTN
Samsung U32J59032in2160pVA
Best Ultrawide Gaming MonitorLG 29WK600-W29in1080PIPS
LG 34UC79G-B34in1080pIPS
ASUS MX34VQ34in1440pVA
Acer XR342CK34in1440pIPS
AOC Agon AG352UCG635in1440pVA
Best HDR Gaming MonitorsSamsung C27HG7027in1440pVA
Samsung CHG9049in1080pVA
Acer Predator X272160p2160pIPS

Top Budget Gaming Monitors

First, we will be looking at the best budget monitors that you can buy. Choosing the ideal product is particularly difficult in the lower price ranges since manufacturers find ways to cut corners by excluding certain features that you might need. The end result is a wide selection of monitors with different combinations of features, so picking the best one for your needs can take quite a bit of research.

Luckily, we are here to present you with a narrowed down selection!

Acer SB220Q

best budget gaming monitor 2019

About the Monitor

The first entry on the list comes from Acer, a popular Taiwanese hardware manufacturer that brings us the absolute cheapest gaming monitor that manages to present considerable value for your money – the Acer SB220Q.

What we have here is a 21.5-inch Full HD IPS monitor with a slim profile and even slimmer bezels. It is a great bargain on virtually every front, and now we’ll see why!

Features

  • The Display
    As mentioned above, the Acer SB220Q is equipped with a solid IPS display, boasting a 1080p resolution, a 75 Hz refresh rate, and the 4ms response time that is the standard for most IPS monitors.
  • Ports
    The SB220Q is a bit limited in the connectivity department, seeing as it comes only with a single HDMI port and a single VGA port.
  • Additional Features
    • AMD FreeSync – If you own an AMD GPU, you’ll be glad to know that this monitor supports FreeSync, ensuring flawless and stutter-free elimination of screen tearing with no performance hit.
    • Adjustable stand – The monitor can only be adjusted for tilt, but a lack of adjustability isn’t that big of an issue when it comes to a monitor this cheap.

Downsides

  • Small screen
    The 21.5-inch screen of this monitor is a bit below the modern standards. Of course, the question of whether this is too small a diagonal for a gaming monitor display is entirely subjective.
  • Few Ports
    The SB220Q is a bit lacking in the port department, as it only includes a single HDMI port and a single VGA port, the latter being largely obsolete today. This means that those who intend on connecting multiple devices to the monitor will have to resort to adapters and switches.

Final Thoughts

All in all, the Acer SB220Q is by no means the perfect monitor and the panel quality, naturally, doesn’t compare to some pricier solutions, but affordability is this monitor’s key strength. If you’re looking for a cheap and reliable no-frills IPS monitor, this one will fit the bill.

What We Loved

  • Beautiful design in a budget monitor
  • Decent IPS display
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Extremely affordable

What We Didn’t Like

  • Screen small by current standards
  • Only two ports

LG 24MP59G-P

best budget gaming monitor

About the Monitor

Next up, we have a more expensive but an all-around better monitor coming from none other than one of the biggest Korean tech companies, LG, and the monitor in question is the LG 24MP59G-P.

This excellent budget monitor comes in both a 24-inch and a 27-inch version, both of them equipped with a solid Full HD IPS display and packing some useful extra features. We’d recommend the 24-inch one, though, mainly due to 1080p looking much better on smaller screens.

Features

  • The Display
    The monitor’s IPS LCD display comes with a 75 Hz refresh rate, just like the SB220Q, the obvious advantage being the larger screen size option. The 5ms response time may seem a bit discouraging, but LG provided a neat way around this inherent limitation of IPS panels (more on that below).
  • Ports
    Much like the above Acer monitor, the 24MP59G comes with an HDMI 1.4 port and a VGA port but it throws in one additional DisplayPort 1.2 input for good measure
  • Additional Features
    • Motion blur reduction – With their motion blur reduction technology, LG has managed to create an illusion that the 5ms panel is actually a 1ms one. Those who have had the opportunity to use a real 1ms monitor will almost definitely spot the difference and notice some minor ghosting, though.
    • AMD FreeSync – As before, FreeSync is always a welcome addition in budget monitors, considering that AMD graphics cards tend to be much better than Nvidia’s in lower price ranges.
    • Game Mode – The monitor allows for quick and easy switching between different “modes” that are meant to provide an extra edge in particular types of games. The black stabilizer makes it easier to spot enemies in the darkness while dynamic action sync minimizes input lag.
    • Adjustable stand – Once again, we have a stock stand that only supports tilt adjustment.

Downsides

  • No VESA support
    Sadly, while the stock stand definitely looks nice, it can only be adjusted for tilt and is not the most stable stand out there either. Usually, this wouldn’t be a big drawback and replacing it would be a breeze if only the monitor came with VESA support. Unfortunately, it does not

Thoughts

If you’re looking for an affordable IPS gaming monitor, then the LG 24MP59G-P (or its 27-inch counterpart) would be a very good choice, mainly due to its panel quality. The motion blur reduction is a useful feature, too, although it is known to cause eye strain in some users.

What We Loved

  • Great display at this price point
  • Elegant design with a slim profile
  • AMD FreeSync

What We Didn’t Like

  • No VESA support

AOC Q2778VQE

best monitor for gaming

About the Monitor

And now, we step up from FHD to QHD with AOC Q2778VQE, a gaming monitor made by a lesser-known but highly specialized Taiwanese company that has a great track record when it comes to monitors and TVs alike.

Features

  • The Display
    With its 27-inch 1440p TN display, this AOC monitor truly is a sight to behold. The TN panel brings lightning-fast response times as low as 1ms, although the refresh rate is capped at the good old 60 Hz.
  • Ports
    The AOC Q2778VQE is the most affordable budget gaming monitor here, as it comes with a DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI 1.4 port, a VGA port, and a DVI port – one of each. Plus, even though it lacks built-in speakers, it does include a 3.5mm audio jack, allowing users to plug their headphones directly into the monitor.
  • Additional Features
    • VESA support – The monitor’s standard stand is fairly stable and can be adjusted for tilt, but VESA support is there to ensure that you can easily get another more adjustable stand or a wall mount, if you so desire.
    • Adjustable stand – As before, the stock stand can be adjusted only for tilt.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxwf8rbKg58

Downsides

  • Bulky bezels by today’s standard
    These past few years, making bezels as thin as possible seemed to be a top priority for OEMs, and it included everything from monitors and TVs to smartphones. And in this world of slim bezels, this monitor sticks out like a sore thumb. Of course, this is another highly subjective downside and it is not necessarily a drawback unless you’re planning on a multi-monitor setup.
  • Bland design
    Bezels aside, we can’t help but point out that, while this is an excellent QHD monitor, it definitely doesn’t look the part. The overall design of the monitor is bland and cheap-looking, including everything from the overall blocky appearance and the plastic used for the exterior.

Final Thoughts

If you’re the kind of person who prefers function over form, then you’ll definitely like the AOC Q2778VQE. What it lacks for in aesthetics, it more than makes up for with its great 27-inch QHD display, not to mention that it is quite cheap considering said screen size and resolution.

What We Loved

  • Massive QHD budget monitor
  • Great value
  • Fast response time
  • VESA support

What We Didn’t Like

  • Very thick bezels by modern standards
  • Unimpressive design

Acer G257HU

gaming monitor

About the Monitor

If you’re looking for a budget QHD monitor but find the design or the TN panel of the AOC Q2778VQE off-putting, you’ll be glad to know that there is another, better solution out there: the Acer G257HU, a monitor that balances affordability and quality quite well.

Features

  • The Display
    As stated in the introduction, the G257HU is a QHD monitor. It is slightly smaller than AOC’s slightly cheaper offering at 25 inches, and it boasts an excellent IPS panel that truly brings colors to life, although it only supports refresh rates of up to 60 Hz and has a response time of 4ms.
  • Ports
    Acer has kept it simple with the ports in this monitor, as it includes one HDMI 1.4 port, one DisplayPort 1.2, and one Dual Link DVI-D port.
  • Additional features
    • Adjustable stand – The stand can only be adjusted for tilt.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8jvyBgCyXQ

Downsides

  • Poor stand
    There’s no denying it, the stand that ships with this monitor is quite disappointing. Not only is it very limited in terms of adjustability, but it also boasts a rather unusual and impractical design. Not many will find the four feet of the stand appealing, not to mention that they take up extra space, especially if your computer desk is set against a wall.
  • No VESA support
    Another major feature that really should be present in a monitor that sits on the fence between budget and mid-range solutions is VESA support, and it is lacking in the G257HU. This makes the fault of the stock stand all the more problematic, as it cannot be replaced easily with a third-party stand or wall mount.

Final Thoughts

With the above in mind, it is fairly obvious that the main advantage of the Acer G257HU is the display quality. Sure, it may lack extra features like FreeSync or VESA support, but if you’re looking for the cheapest QHD gaming monitor that doesn’t skimp on image quality, then you’ll find this one to be the ideal choice.

What We Loved

  • Beautiful 1440p display
  • Elegant design with slim bezels

What We Didn’t Like

  • No VESA support
  • Subpar stand

Best 144Hz Gaming Monitors

In this category, we will be taking a look at several 144 Hz monitors. The monitors with such high refresh rates are very popular among gamers due to their ability to display framerates well beyond 60 FPS, making them feel much more responsive.

AOC G2460PF

best 144hz monitor

About the Monitor

The very first monitor in this category comes from AOC, and it is the G2460PF. This monitor is part of the company’s AOC Gaming series of monitors which is, obviously, focused on making high-quality monitors geared specifically towards gamers. Sure enough, the conspicuous red stripe and the brushed steel texture immediately establish the G2460PF as a gaming monitor, but what’s under the hood?

Features

  • The Display
    The AOC G2460PF is 1080p 24-inch monitor that utilizes a TN panel with a snappy 1ms response time. This low response time, combined with the high 144 Hz refresh rate and overall cheap manufacturing costs, is precisely what makes TN panels the top choice in performance-oriented budget monitors.
  • Ports
    The monitor is fairly versatile when it comes to connectivity, as it includes an HDMI 1.4 port, a DisplayPort 1.2, a VGA port, and a DVI port. On top of that, it also comes with four USB 2.0 ports and a 3.5mm audio jack.
  • Additional Features
    • Built-in speakers – The AOC G2460PF is the first monitor on this list to come with a set of two 2W integrated speakers. While a convenient feature to have, these underpowered speakers set in the slim body of a monitor are hardly viable substitutes for headphones or proper external speakers.
    • Adjustable stand – The stand of the G2460PF supports height, swivel, pivot, and tilt adjustment.
    • VESA support – The monitor is compatible with any 100×100 VESA mount.
    • AMD FreeSync – FreeSync is particularly useful to have in a monitor with a high refresh rate since, as stated before, it eliminates screen tearing with no significant performance hit.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTPxUt5OhlU

Downsides

  • Not the best visual quality
    While TN panels are cheap and offer great performance, there is also the inevitable tradeoff in the visuals department. In the case of this monitor, the contrast is not the best, blacks appear gray, and colors generally seem flat and washed out, especially if no calibration is done. As such, you’ll probably find this monitor lacking if you’re used to IPS or VA displays.

Final Thoughts

If you’re considering getting this monitor, then the question that you should ask yourself is: do you truly prize performance over visuals? If the answer is yes and you cannot afford anything more expensive, then we’d wholeheartedly recommend the AOC G2460PF. If that’s not the case, then you will probably find one of the following monitors to be more appealing.

What We Loved

  • Great performance at this price point
  • Fully adjustable stand
  • AMD FreeSync

What We Didn’t Like

  • Underwhelming visuals

LG 24GM79G-B

top gaming monitors

About the Monitor

Coming up next is yet another LG monitor, only this one is a pricier and more serious solution than the 24MP59G featured in the previous section. Indeed, the LG 24GM79G-B is pretty much everything that you’d expect out of a relatively inexpensive 144 Hz monitor.

Features

  • The Display
    Once again, as with the above AOC monitor, we have a 24-inch 1080p display and a TN panel, albeit one of a noticeably higher quality. Of course, the monitor retains the same 144 Hz refresh rate, although the response time is a bit higher at 2ms instead of the usual 1ms. On the bright side, LG’s motion blur reduction works much better here, so the difference is indistinguishable.
  • Ports
    The LG 24GM79G-B skips the old analog DVI and VGA ports, including two HDMI 2.0 ports and a single DisplayPort 1.2. In addition to that, there are also three USB 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm audio jack.
  • Additional Features
    • Adjustable stand – The stand of this monitor brings all the adjustability that you could ever ask for, including tilt, pivot, swivel, and height adjustment.
    • VESA support – As usual for a monitor in this price range, the LG 24GM79G-B is compatible with any 100×100 VESA mount.
    • AMD FreeSync – Much like the previous monitor, the 24GM89G-B is compatible with AMD FreeSync.
    • Motion blur reduction – The same motion blur reduction technology featured in the cheaper LG 24MP59G is present here, although it does work better considering that this monitor has a lower response time to begin with.
    • Control panel – One of the most conspicuous things about this monitor is the large control panel on the front which allows the user to quickly switch between different profiles and features such as dynamic action sync, black stabilizer, FreeSync, and motion blur reduction.

Downsides

  • Thick bezels
    Again, we come to the subject of the bezels. While the bezels in the case of this monitor are not significantly thicker than those on the above AOC model, they do stand out more due to the bland design. It goes without saying that this is something highly subjective, but we thought it worth pointing out nonetheless.
  • Subpar visuals
    There’s just no escaping poor visuals with TN panels, and although the panel used by this monitor is better than the one found in the AOC G2460PF, it still has a limited color gamut which leads to the same kind of washed-out colors as before. Alas, this is a necessary tradeoff when it comes to budget 144 Hz/1ms monitors.

Final Thoughts

All in all, the LG 24GM79G is a great representation of a relatively affordable high-performance monitor that would fit well on any competitive gamer’s desk. The slightly better display and the wider range of features place it a notch above the AOC G2460PF, but if you’re someone who prefers a balance of performance and visuals rather than prioritizing just one or the other, the following monitor is certain to pique your interest.

What We Loved

  • Top-notch performance
  • Highly adjustable stand
  • Convenient control panel
  • VESA support
  • AMD FreeSync

What We Didn’t Like

  • Bulky bezels
  • Uninspired design
  • Bland colors

MSI Optix MAG24C

good gaming monitor

About the Monitor

You can’t have your cake and eat it, too, or so the saying goes. It doesn’t quite apply to the Optix MAG24C, as MSI has managed to create a monitor that strikes a great balance between performance and visuals with this inexpensive monitor.

Features

  • The Display
    The display of the MAG24C has the same diagonal and resolution as the previous two models, but there are two important distinctions. First, it boasts a 1800R curved screen, and second, it utilizes a high-quality VA panel which can not only achieve the same 1ms response time and 144 Hz refresh rate, but it can also handle color reproduction much better.
  • Ports
    The Optix MAG24C doesn’t overdo it with ports, as it has only a single HDMI 1.4 port and a single DisplayPort 1.2, in addition to a DVI port and a 3.5mm audio jack.
  • Additional Features
    • Adjustable stand – The stand of the MAG24C can be adjusted for swivel, tilt, and height, and there is sadly no pivot adjustment, although it is arguably unnecessary in a curved monitor.
    • VESA support – As expected, the monitor has VESA support, although it is compatible with 75×75 mounts rather than the 100×100 ones that are more popular with monitors.
    • AMD FreeSync – Once again, a feature that no good affordable 144 Hz monitor can go without – FreeSync.
    • LED lighting – The back of the monitor is lined with four red LED strips, a feature not commonly seen in monitors.

Downsides

  • Curve not really necessary
    Much like slim bezels, curved monitors and TVs have gained notable popularity recently. This display design has its own pros and cons (see guide at the end), but we feel that it is largely unnecessary in non-ultrawide monitors and constitutes an unnecessary increase on the price.

Final Thoughts

In the end, there’s no denying it – the MSI Optix MAG24C is the ultimate 144 Hz monitor, at least in our book, all because of how well it balances performance and visuals. Granted, a VA panel is still not quite as good as an IPS one when it comes to color reproduction, but it in another league compared to TN ones.

What We Loved

  • Great balance of performance and visuals
  • Highly adjustable stand
  • VESA support

What We Didn’t Like

  • Curved display not necessary in a 16:9 monitor

Top Rated 240Hz Monitors For Gaming

If you own a high-end gaming rig, demand nothing short of the very best performance possible and 144 Hz just doesn’t cut it, then going 240 Hz is your best bet. In this section, we will be looking at two of the very best 240 Hz gaming monitors currently available, both of them coming from renowned hardware manufacturers.

Dell Alienware AW2518HF

240hz monitor

About the Monitor

The first of the two monitors is made by Dell, and it belongs to their Alienware brand – the Alienware AW2518HF. In true Alienware fashion, this monitor sports a bold design, characterized by a silver finish and some attention-grabbing geometry, as well as remarkably thin bezels, all of which leaves a strong impression from the very first glance.

Features

  • The Display
    Unlike the design, the display of the Alienware AW2518HF doesn’t seem all that remarkable initially – a 25-inch 1080p display with a TN panel, a 1ms response time and, of course, the 240 Hz refresh rate which is its main selling point. However, it should be noted that the panel found here handles color accuracy much better than lower-priced TN panels.
  • Ports
    Dell sure didn’t skimp on ports when it came to this monitor. First and foremost, it has two HDMI ports and one DisplayPort, but on top of that, it comes with a total of five USB 3.0 ports: four Type A and one Type B port. And of course, it also has a 3.5mm audio jack and even a line-out port.
  • Additional Features
    • Adjustable stand – The stand of the AW2518HF is fully adjustable, so pivot, tilt, swivel, and height can all be adjusted.
    • VESA support – As expected, this beefy monitor supports 100×100 VESA mounts.
    • AMD FreeSync – Once again, an indispensable feature for any performance-oriented monitor, FreeSync is here to ensure a smooth 240 Hz gaming experience that is free of any stuttering or screen tearing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApOmxORXBJI

Downsides

  • Bulky Stand
    While it is great that the stand is fully adjustable, stable, and even looks great, it does have one flaw – it takes up a fair amount of space behind the monitor. Granted, this is a minor issue considering everything else that the stand has to offer, but if you have a small desk or your desk is set against a wall, it might be an issue.

Final Thoughts

All things considered, the Dell Alienware AW2518HF is quite a good deal – it has a quality TN panel, comes with FreeSync, and doesn’t even cost too much. Not to mention the gorgeous design and the excellent stand, even if it does take a bit too much space.

What We Loved

  • Beautiful design with very thin bezels
  • Quality TN panel
  • Plenty of ports
  • Fully adjustable stand
  • AMD FreeSync

What We Didn’t Like

  • Stand takes up a fair amount of space

ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q

best 240hz gaming monitor

About the Monitor

Following up next is another monitor from a prestigious manufacturer and recognizable brand – the Asus RoG Swift PG258Q. It is similar to the above Alienware monitor in some respects, most obviously some design elements, but there are a couple of extra features that justify the higher price.

Features

  • The Display
    Like the Alienware AW2518HF, this is a 1080p TN monitor with a 1ms response time and 240 Hz refresh rate, although it is half an inch smaller – an insignificant difference, of course. It goes without saying that it utilizes a great TN panel, one that performs just as well when it comes to color accuracy.
  • Ports
    The PG258Q doesn’t pack as many ports as the above Alienware monitor, including only a single HDMI port and a single DisplayPort, plus two USB 2.0 ports and a 3.5mm jack.
  • Additional Features
    • Adjustable stand – The stand of the PG258Q is fully adjustable, supporting tilt, height, pivot, and swivel adjustment.
    • VESA support – The monitor is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.
    • Nvidia G-Sync – After several FreeSync monitor, we come to the first G-Sync one. There are some fundamental differences to how these two technologies work, but in essence, they both eliminate screen tearing and stuttering at high framerates. The key difference, as you may have guessed, is that G-Sync is only compatible with Nvidia GPUs.
    • Light signature – A definitely unique feature about this monitor is the “light signature” which is projected onto the desk from the base of the stand. It can be customized with the provided filters.
    • GamePlus – The PG258Q comes with the GamePlus mode which allows the player to display a crosshair, a timer, or an FPS counter on top of the image. It also has a neat alignment function which makes it easier to set up multiple monitors.
    • Nvidia 3D Vision – Though 3D may be old news, the monitor supports Nvidia’s 3D technology. This is hardly a major selling point, but if you’ve missed out on the 3D hype, then it might be a neat feature to try out along the way.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi_CSF-Nedo

Downsides

  • Expensive

The Asus RoG Swift PG258Q is a quality monitor, no doubt about that, but as usual, an increase in quality means an increase in price, and this monitor sure is pricey. It is quite a bit more expensive than the above Alienware model.

  • Gaudy design

While the monitor definitely looks good, not everyone will find the design appealing. Be it the asymmetry, the highlight on the stand or the pattern on the back, those who prefer a cleaner design or a more minimal approach in general, the design of this monitor might be off-putting.

Final Thoughts

A true high-quality gaming solution replete with some neat extra features, the Asus RoG Swift PG258Q is the go-to 240 Hz monitor for Nvidia users mainly due to the G-Sync support. It is on the expensive side, sure, but we find this increase in price to be justified only if it is G-Sync you’re after, as all the major features found here are also present in the noticeably cheaper Alienware AW2518HF.

What We Loved

  • Quality TN panel
  • Fully adjustable stand
  • Nvidia G-Sync
  • Convenient GamePlus mode

What We Didn’t Like

  • Expensive
  • Design won’t agree with everyone

The Best FreeSync Gaming Monitors

freesync monitor

We have already introduced AMD FreeSync, as it was already featured in a number of the previously described monitors. A much better alternative to regular Vsync, FreeSync is a feature that you should definitely take advantage of if you have an AMD graphics card.

We have picked out two of what we consider to be the best FreeSync monitors available at the moment, both of them coming from a lesser known but highly reliable manufacturer of gaming monitors – Pixio.

Pixio PX276

best freesync gaming monitor

About the Monitor

Pixio’s second monitor that we’re featuring here is a slightly more expensive one, but rightly so. The PX277h is bulkier but follows the same design philosophy as its more affordable counterpart, but it does some things much better.

Features

  • The Display
    Just like the PX276, the PX277h is a 27-inch 1440p monitor with a 144 Hz refresh rate, but the key difference is that it uses an IPS panel with a 5ms response time that not only has much better color accuracy but also supports HDR.
  • Ports
    The connectivity options are something that’s virtually identical between these two Pixio monitors. The PX277h, too, has one HDMI 2.0 port, one HDMI 1.4 port, and one DisplayPort 1.2, although it skips the DVI ports. It does keep the 3.5mm audio out, though, and throws in a USB 3.0 port as well.
  • Additional Features
    • Adjustable stand – Like the stock stand of the previous monitor, this one can also be adjusted only for tilt, although it fares a bit better design-wise.
    • VESA support – The monitor supports 100×100 VESA mounts.
    • HDR support – This is the first monitor on our list that actually supports HDR, which is great news for anyone who wishes to take advantage of this feature on their PC or console.
    • Integrated speakers – As with the PX276, the PX277h also comes with a set of two 3W speakers.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YCjzCdHsnE

Downsides

  • Limited stand adjustment
    With only the basic tilt adjustability, this monitor will leave some users wanting. After all, one would expect a greater degree of adjustability from a monitor in this price range, but as with its more affordable counterpart above, it can be paired with any VESA stand/mount or with Pixio’s own adjustable stand that is sold separately.
  • Relatively high response time
    While many people wouldn’t mind gaming on a monitor with a response time of 5ms, those who are used to faster TN panels might.

Final Thoughts

While the monitor itself can hardly be called affordable, it definitely is for a QHD one that not only has a 144 Hz refresh rate and FreeSync, but a quality IPS panel with HDR support as well. That said, if those are the features you prize in a monitor and you don’t mind the mediocre stock stand and the 5ms response time, then this would be the ideal monitor for you.

What We Loved

  • Solid TN panel
  • Beautiful and slim design
  • Good value

What We Didn’t Like

  • Low-quality stand

Pixio PX277h

top gaming monitor

About the Monitor

Pixio’s second monitor that we’re featuring here is a slightly more expensive one, but rightly so. The PX277h is bulkier but follows the same design philosophy as its more affordable counterpart, but it does some things much better.

Features

  • The Display
    Just like the PX276, the PX277h is a 27-inch 1440p monitor with a 144 Hz refresh rate, but the key difference is that it uses an IPS panel with a 5ms response time that not only has much better color accuracy but also supports HDR.
  • Ports
    The connectivity options are something that’s virtually identical between these two Pixio monitors. The PX277h, too, has one HDMI 2.0 port, one HDMI 1.4 port, and one DisplayPort 1.2, although it skips the DVI ports. It does keep the 3.5mm audio out, though, and throws in a USB 3.0 port as well.
  • Additional Features
    • Adjustable stand – Like the stock stand of the previous monitor, this one can also be adjusted only for tilt, although it fares a bit better design-wise.
    • VESA support – The monitor supports 100×100 VESA mounts.
    • HDR support – This is the first monitor on our list that actually supports HDR, which is great news for anyone who wishes to take advantage of this feature on their PC or console.
    • Integrated speakers – As with the PX276, the PX277h also comes with a set of two 3W speakers.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YCjzCdHsnE

Downsides

  • Limited stand adjustment
    With only the basic tilt adjustability, this monitor will leave some users wanting. After all, one would expect a greater degree of adjustability from a monitor in this price range, but as with its more affordable counterpart above, it can be paired with any VESA stand/mount or with Pixio’s own adjustable stand that is sold separately.
  • Relatively high response time
    While many people wouldn’t mind gaming on a monitor with a response time of 5ms, those who are used to faster TN panels might.

Final Thoughts

While the monitor itself can hardly be called affordable, it definitely is for a QHD one that not only has a 144 Hz refresh rate and FreeSync, but a quality IPS panel with HDR support as well. That said, if those are the features you prize in a monitor and you don’t mind the mediocre stock stand and the 5ms response time, then this would be the ideal monitor for you.

What We Loved

  • High-quality IPS panel
  • HDR support
  • Great overall value

What We Didn’t Like

  • Limited adjustability
  • 5ms response time

The Best G-SYNC Gaming Monitors

And now, after we’ve seen the two best FreeSync monitors, it is only natural to take a look at G-Sync ones as well! This proprietary technology of Nvidia’s is compatible with nearly all of their gaming-oriented graphics cards, so if you own one – and chances are you do – a proper G-Sync monitor will ensure a stutter-free gaming experience and animations as smooth as butter.

As before, we have two monitors in this category, both of which are made by Acer and belong to the same series, no less.

Acer Predator XB241H

best g sync monitor

About the Monitor

The first monitor we will be taking a look at is the Acer Predator XB241H, and it is the more affordable of the two. It sports an aggressive gaming-oriented design with red highlights on the stand which cement its identity as a gaming monitor.

Features

  • The Display
    The XB241H is a 24-inch 1080p monitor with a performance-oriented TN panel. That said, it supports refresh rates as high as 144 Hz and response times as low as 1ms. Furthermore, with overclocking, it can actually reach refresh rates as high as 180 Hz.
  • Ports
    Acer has kept it simple in regard to ports here, as the monitor comes with a single HDMI port and a single DisplayPort, plus the usual 3.5mm audio jack.
  • Additional Features
    • Adjustable stand – The stand of the XB241H can be adjusted for tilt, pivot, swivel, and height.
    • Integrated speakers – The monitor comes with a set of 4W stereo speakers, but as stated before, monitor speakers are rarely good for anything but a substitute for external speakers of headphones.

Downsides

  • Limited connectivity
    With only two ports, this monitor may not be the ideal solution for those who plan on connecting multiple devices to it, nor for those who would want to use their monitor as USB hub.
  • Dubious value
    The Predator XB241H is quite a pricey monitor – quite pricey for a 1080p monitor with an average TN panel, to be more precise. There are cheaper monitors out there that actually offer more for less money.

Final Thoughts

The Acer Predator XB241H is an all-around solid monitor – it performs great, many gamers will appreciate the design, and has a good, fully adjustable stand. However, it is rather pricey considering the not-so-great panel quality and a lack of ports. As such, we’d only really recommend this monitor if you’re after a 144 Hz TN one that supports G-Sync. If not, you will probably find a better deal elsewhere.

What We Loved

  • Great panel performance
  • Appealing gaming-oriented design
  • Fully adjustable stand

What We Didn’t Like

  • Only one HDMI port and one DisplayPort
  • Dubious value

Acer Predator XB271HU

g-sync gaming monitor

About the Monitor

The second monitor in this category belongs to the same series, as mentioned in the introduction. The XB271HU is something of a big brother to the XB241H – they share a virtually identical design, although the former does a number of things better than the latter.

Features

  • The Display
    This is also a 144 Hz monitor, although it takes a step up when it comes to both size and panel technology – it is a 27-inch 1440p IPS monitor. That said, with this panel technology also comes a slightly higher response time, so this model is actually a bit slower in that regard, with a response time of 4ms.
  • Ports
    As the previous monitor, the XB271HU comes with a single HDMI 1.4 port and a single DisplayPort 1.2, as well as a 3.5mm audio jack. It does throw in five USB 3.0 ports though: four Type A ports and one Type B port.
  • Additional features
    • Adjustable stand – Considering that the cheaper monitor came with a fully-adjustable stand, it is only natural that the pricier variant should come with one, too.
    • VESA support – The monitor is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.
    • Integrated speakers – Again, like its more affordable counterpart, the XB271HU includes dual 4W speakers, although they are not significantly better.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAL1-8i1AKI

Downsides

  • Expensive
    While the above monitor was only relatively expensive for its feature set, anyone will agree that the XB271HU is one expensive monitor. As such, only gamers with deeper pockets will even consider buying it.
  • No HDR support
    The XB271HU lacks one particular feature that we’d expect to see in an IPS monitor this expensive, and that is HDR. After all, HDR is not a minor feature and both PCs and consoles take advantage of it to deliver an improved experience.

Final Thoughts

Just like the XB241H, the Acer Predator XB271HU is undeniably a well-made monitor, but the value for money is another matter. It boasts a superb 1440p 144Hz IPS display, albeit one can’t help but wonder at the lack of HDR support in a monitor this expensive. But alas, such is the price of G-Sync (no pun intended), so if you’re willing to trade HDR support for this technology, we feel that the price is quite justified.

What We Loved

  • Superb IPS display
  • Great balance of performance and visuals
  • Appealing gaming-oriented design
  • Fully adjustable stand

What We Didn’t Like

  • LExpensive
  • No HDR support

Best 4K Monitors For Gaming

4K, or Ultra HD, is the next big resolution goal of gaming. And while 4K TVs are well on the way towards replacing Full HD TVs as the new standard, gaming monitors are lagging behind somewhat. This is mainly due to how demanding it is to render games in 4K, at least for the current generation of graphics cards.

In the case that you do actually have a rig that can handle 4K or merely plan on upgrading to a more 4K-capable build in the near future, here are the best 4K gaming monitors currently available.

LG 27UD58-B

best 4k gaming monitor

About the Monitor

The first entry in this category is, once again, an LG monitor – the LG 27UD58-B. This model is a great budget 4K solution, even though it doesn’t look like much at first glance. The overall design is quite unremarkable, but if you’re making a budget monitor, it only makes sense to cut corners in this department.

Features

  • The Display
    The monitor comes with a 27-inch screen and an excellent IPS panel which brings the usual benefits of this technology: great color reproduction but a 5ms response time and the standard 60 Hz refresh rate.
  • Ports
    The 27UD58-B keeps it simple in regard to ports: two HDMI 2.0 ports and a single DisplayPort 1.2, all of which support 4K at 60 Hz.
  • Additional Features
    • AMD FreeSync – The monitor comes equipped with FreeSync, which is great news for AMD owners, although the number of AMD GPUs that can handle 4K is rather limited.
    • Adjustable stand – The stand can only be adjusted for tilt, as is to be expected from a budget monitor.
    • VESA support – The monitor is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.
    • LG Screen Split – Multitaskers are definitely going to appreciate LG’s Screen Split mode which allows for easy and convenient management of multiple desktops simultaneously. On top of that, it also features several picture-in-picture modes. Not a gaming feature, that’s for sure, but can be good to have nonetheless.
    • Game Mode – As the previous LG monitors on this list, the 27UD58-B has multiple game modes that can be switched on the fly and that can make certain types of games more enjoyable or just give you a slight advantage in multiplayer.

Downsides

  • Backlight bleed
    While the panel quality is more than adequate considering the pricing, the monitor has a minor problem with backlight bleeding. Namely, there is a noticeable bleed in the corners, and while not everyone will mind this, it can become quite off-putting if you’re viewing the monitor in a dark room.
  • Relatively high response time
    With a response time of 5ms, this monitor is not exactly fast, but those who aren’t used to 1ms monitors are unlikely to spot the difference, especially with pixel density this high.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, if you’re looking for the best budget 4K monitor, the LG 27UD58-B fits the description perfectly. If your main concern when it comes to a monitor is the display quality, you’ll find nothing to complain about here. The relatively low price is likely to help you overlook the shortcomings of the stand and the 5ms response time.

What We Loved

  • Solid panel quality
  • Very affordable for a 4K monitor
  • AMD FreeSync

What We Didn’t Like

  • Some backlight bleed in the corners
  • 5ms response time

Samsung UH750

4k gaming monitor

About the Monitor

The next 4K gaming monitor that we have lined up comes from Samsung, and this company surely needs no introduction. Not only is it the biggest South Korean tech company, it is the biggest South Korean company, and the UH750 monitor is only a part of their massive array of products.

Features

  • The Display
    The monitor boasts a huge 28-inch screen, and with Samsung’s Quantum Dot technology and the 2160p resolution, it is more than capable of bringing out the smallest of details that will make an image come to life. Best of all, the visuals don’t come at the cost of performance, as the UH750 has a response time of 1ms. The refresh rate only goes as high as 60 Hz, but that’s nothing new in a 4K monitor.
  • Ports
    The monitor has two HDMI ports (one 1.4 and one 2.0), a single DisplayPort 1.2, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
  • Additional Features
    • AMD FreeSync – Once again, we have a monitor that supports AMD FreeSync
    • PBP and PIP – Standing for picture-by-picture and picture-in-picture, these are essentially the same multitasking feature found in the above LG monitor. Needless to say, such a feature is always welcome in a monitor as large as this one.
    • Adjustable stand – As with the above LG monitor, the stand can only be adjusted for tilt.
    • VESA support – The UH750 is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts

Downsides

  • Subpar stand
    Once again, a 4K monitor with a relatively low price tag cuts some corners when it comes to the stock stand. Tilt is the only thing that can be adjusted, so if you are used to a greater degree of adjustability, a third-party VESA stand or wall mount would be in order.
    Not only does the stand lack adjustability, but it is also quite flimsy and feels cheaply made. Moving the desk will make the monitor wobble, and nobody wants to see their pricey 4K gaming monitor wobbling every time the desk is bumped

Final Thoughts

All things considered, the Samsung UH750 is a great monitor. It manages to offer solid color reproduction despite utilizing a TN panel, not to mention the extra degree of visual fidelity made possible with Quantum Dot technology, as well as the fact that it has a response time of only 1ms.

What We Loved

  • Great color reproduction for a TN panel
  • 1ms response time
  • Sleek design
  • AMD FreeSync

What We Didn’t Like

  • Flimsy stand with limited adjustability

Acer Predator XB281HK

best 4k gaming monitor 2019

About the Monitor

And for the final entry in this category, we have yet another product from Acer’s Predator series – the XB281HK – and it looks quite similar to every other product in this lineup, with an aggressive angular design that is clearly aimed towards gamers.

Features

  • The Display
    The XB281HK uses a TN panel, like the Samsung UH750, thus combining a 1ms response time with a massive 28-inch 2160p screen. As before, the refresh rate remains at 60 Hz.
  • Ports
    The monitor is equipped with only two main input ports: one HDMI 1.4 port and one DisplayPort 1.2. In addition to these two ports, the monitor also has five USB 3.0 ports – four type A and one type B port, as is usually the case with monitors.
  • Additional Features
    • Adjustable stand – Something that sets the XB281HK apart from the previous two monitors is its high-quality stand which supports tilt, pivot, and swivel adjustment.
    • VESA support – The monitor is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.
    • Nvidia G-Sync – Whereas the two previous monitors implement AMD’s FreeSync, this one will be more appealing for Nvidia owners due to having G-Sync instead.
    • Built-in Speakers – Yet again, we have a monitor that’s fitted with two mediocre 2W speakers which just might prove a convenient feature to have.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyGv7TxOSIc

Downsides

  • Limited connectivity
    With only a single HDMI and a single DisplayPort, the monitor may leave some users wanting – particularly those who would want to connect multiple devices to this monitor. Not to mention that the version of HDMI found here (HDMI 1.4) can only support refresh rates of up to 30 Hz in 4K.
  • Washed-out colors
    The same old issue with TN panels – poor color accuracy and even poorer viewing angles. But as with the case of higher response time with IPS panels, it doesn’t look as bad once you get used to it.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, if you’re looking for a good performance-oriented 4K gaming monitor, then we could hardly think of a better solution than the Acer Predator XB281HK. Sure, its connectivity is pretty limited and HDMI 1.4 in a 4K monitor is just counter-intuitive, but if you’re all about performance and are an Nvidia user, you’ll find that this monitor will fit your needs nigh-perfectly.

What We Loved

  • Good panel performance
  • High-quality stand
  • Multiple USB 3.0 ports
  • Nvidia G-Sync

What We Didn’t Like

  • Only two input ports
  • Uses HDMI 1.4
  • Colors appear washed-out

Best Gaming Monitors For XBOX One X and PS4 Pro

Most people prefer setting up their consoles in the living room and enjoying their games from the comfort of a sofa. But of course, there are some issues with gaming on a TV, mostly revolving around high response times and lots of ghosting. And even if you don’t mind those, perhaps you’d simply prefer to keep your hobby away from the living room.

Whatever the case may be, we’re here to suggest the two best monitors for console gaming.

ASUS VP28UQG

best 1440p monitor

About the Monitor

The first of the two monitors listed here is more of a budget solution – the Asus VP28UQG. It is a great 4K monitor with a neutral design that doesn’t look like much but definitely delivers, especially considering the price.

Features

  • The Display
    The VP28UQG is yet another large 28-inch 4K monitor with a TN panel that allows it to reach response time as low as 1ms. As before, the refresh rate remains capped at 60 Hz.
  • Ports
    The monitor is equipped with a single DisplayPort 1.2 but also with two HDMI 2.0 ports, which is good news since consoles use HDMI as a means of connecting to a display. On top of that, there’s also a 3.5mm audio jack which allows for wired headphones or a headset to be connected easily to the monitor itself.
  • Additional Features
    • Adjustable stand – The stand that ships with the monitor supports only tilt adjustment, something that is quite common among budget monitors, as we’ve determined already.
    • VESA support – The monitor is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.
    • AMD FreeSync – The Asus VP28UQG has FreeSync support, which is good news for Xbox One owners, seeing as this console is now compatible with FreeSync.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNWxSCwR0gE

Downsides

  • No HDR
    This might be a bit nitpicky, after all, we didn’t list this as a drawback for any of the 4K monitors with TN panels in the previous category. The thing is, both the PS4 and the Xbox One make a big deal out of HDR and some games truly do look a lot better with it. But since it’s missing here, those who decide to go with the VP28UQG will miss out on this feature
  • Not the best color reproduction
    As is very common for the more affordable monitors that use a TN panel, the color accuracy is not spectacular, so if you’re used to an IPS or a VA monitor/TV, then this monitor might seem like a step-down in the visual department.

What We Loved

  • Decent 4K TN display
  • FreeSync support for Xbox One users

What We Didn’t Like

  • No HDR support
  • Colors appear washed out

Samsung U32J590

best console gaming monitor 2019

About the Monitor

The second monitor in this category is another budget 4K monitor, albeit one with a different set of priorities than the one made by Asus. The Samsung U32J590 is bound to appear as a significant upgrade over the VPU28UQG, even though it is only slightly more expensive.

Features

  • The Display
    The U32J590 is, naturally, also a 4K monitor, but it prioritizes visuals over performance, unlike the above Asus model. That said, it uses an excellent VA panel combined with Quantum Dot technology to deliver vibrant colors worthy of the massive 32-inch screen. As always, this comes at the expense of the response time as it is stuck at 4ms. Furthermore, as the other 4K monitors, it has a refresh rate of 60 Hz.
  • Ports
    The Samsung U32J590 comes with two HDMI 2.0 ports and one DisplayPort 1.2. In addition to that, there is a 3.5mm audio jack, but no other ports of any kind.
  • Additional features
    • Adjustable stand – Yet again, we have a budget monitor with a highly rudimentary stand that can only be adjusted for tilt.
    • VESA support – The monitor supports 100×100 VESA mounts.
    • PBP and PIP – As the previous Samsung monitor, the UH750, the U32J590 has the same picture-by-picture and picture-in-picture modes that are sure to help with multitasking on your PC.
    • Game Mode – This monitor’s game mode uses selective contrast boosting to improve visibility in dark in-game environments, thus providing an edge in competitive gaming.
    • AMD FreeSync – Like the above Asus monitor, the Samsung U32J590 also supports AMD FreeSync.

Downsides

  • No HDR
    We’ve mentioned it with the previous monitor, and we’ll mention it again now – the unfortunate lack of HDR support. While it is understandable that a TN monitor doesn’t offer this feature (after all, TN panels don’t support HDR), it is the only thing keeping this VA monitor from being the ultimate budget 4K option, be it for console or PC gaming.

Final Thoughts

With all that said, the U32J590 should be your top pick if you’re looking for a monitor that can offer visuals comparable to those of quality TV sets, regardless of panel performance. It offers highly accurate color reproduction and a great contrast ratio, ensuring an all-around superb visual experience. It is quite a shame that it doesn’t support HDR, otherwise it would have been nigh-perfect.

If you’re looking for an HDR-capable monitor, best check the best HDR gaming monitors section below.

What We Loved

  • Beautiful VA display
  • Huge screen
  • AMD FreeSync

What We Didn’t Like

  • No HDR support

Best UltraWide Gaming Monitors

In the penultimate section, we will be taking a look at ultrawide gaming monitors. As the name so obviously suggests, these monitors pack a display surface quite wider than that of a regular widescreen, boasting an aspect ratio of 21:9 instead of the standard 16:9.

With a 21:9 ultrawide monitor, you get a larger desktop surface which facilitates multitasking, enables a wider FOV in some games, and increases immersion as well, especially in the case of curved

LG 29WK600-W

best ultrawide gaming monitor

About the Monitor

We start this category off with a budget option from LG, the LG 29WK600-W. It has a bit of an unusual color scheme, mixing a grey frame with a white body and silver stand, and while it may not seem that impressive at first glance, what you get under the hood is quite a bargain at this price point.

Features

  • The Display
    The monitor comes with a hefty 29-inch screen, a 1080p display, and an IPS panel. So, while the response time is the usual 5ms and the refresh rate goes no higher than 75 Hz, you’ll be pleased to know that the monitor has HDR to make up for it.
  • Ports
    The 29WK600-W is equipped with two HDMI ports and a single DisplayPort, plus the 3.5mm audio out for headphones.
  • Additional features
    • Adjustable stand – Unsurprisingly, the stand that accompanies this budget monitor, like many others in this price range, only supports tilt adjustment.
    • VESA support – The monitor is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.
    • Built-in speakers – The speakers are, once again, quite mediocre, although they are more powerful than the average monitor speakers at 5W each.
    • AMD FreeSync – As most budget monitors do, the LG 29WK600-W comes complete with AMD FreeSync.
    • HDR – Not only is the monitor remarkably affordable for an ultrawide model, but it supports HDR to boot.
    • LG Screen Split – As described before, the LG Screen Split facilitates multitasking by providing users with easy access to picture-by-picture and picture-in-picture modes. Needless to say, this is a feature that is bound to come in handy with an ultrawide monitor.
    • Game Mode – Like the other LG monitors listed here, the 29WK600-W includes the black stabilizer and dynamic action sync features.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHIypw7XvTc

Downsides

  • Relatively slow response time
    As mentioned with several other IPS monitors on this list, the 5ms response time of this panel may seem slow to those who are used to faster performance-oriented monitors, while others are unlikely to notice the difference.

Final Thoughts

With everything taken into account, what we have here is the ideal budget ultrawide monitor. A quality panel, HDR support, and a couple of convenient extra tricks, the only major drawback being the mediocre stand and the response time that might be a tad too high for some people.

What We Loved

  • Great-looking IPS display
  • HDR-compatible
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Very affordable for an ultrawide monitor

What We Didn’t Like

  • 5ms response time

LG 34UC79G-B

best ultrawide gaming monitor 2019

About the Monitor

If you’re looking for a more serious solution and are willing to pay extra for it, LG has just the thing: the LG 34UC79G-B. This is a monitor geared more towards gamers, as can be inferred from the design – there’s plenty of red highlights on the stand to go around. However, LG makes some important hardware improvements, too.

Features

  • The Display
    The LG 34UC79G-B shares its resolution, panel technology, and pixel response time with its more affordable counterpart described above. However, the key changes here are the size of the screen, which is now a humongous 34-inches, complete with a refresh rate that can go up to 144 Hz. As the previous monitor, the response time is a bit high at 5ms.
  • Ports
    The monitor is equipped with two HDMI 2.0 ports and a single DisplayPort 1.2, as well as a total of three USB 3.0 ports – one upstream and two downstream ones.
  • Additional Features
    • Adjustable stand – The stock stand can be adjusted for tilt and height.
    • VESA support – The monitor is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.
    • AMD FreeSync – Yet again, the monitor supports FreeSync when combined with a FreeSync-capable AMD card.
    • Motion blur reduction – The 34UC79G-B comes with a useful motion blur reduction feature that, according to LG, makes the monitor’s 5ms response time feel like 1ms. While it does this quite effectively, it does tone down the backlight to achieve this effect – something to be kept in mind.
    • Game mode – As with other cheaper LG monitors, this one also comes with “game mode” which includes a crosshair, as well as a black stabilizer and dynamic action sync features that can improve perception and reaction time in games.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ3Kd797xao

Downsides

  • Low pixel density
    With 81 ppi, this 34-inch monitor is equivalent to a 27-inch 16:9 monitor in this regard and is really pushing the boundaries as to how big a 1080p monitor can get. Because of this, the display may not appear sufficiently sharp to those who are used to displays with higher pixel density or those who are simply used to sitting close to their monitor.
  • Pricey
    As usual, with high quality comes a high price, and this applies to the LG 34UC79G-B as well. It’s roughly twice the price of the above-described budget monitor that comes from the same company.

Final Thoughts

All in all, the LG 34UC79G-B is almost a flawless monitor. With its enormous curved screen, the vibrant IPS display, and the 144 Hz refresh rate, it is truly a superb gaming monitor. As far as we’re concerned, the only missing is a higher resolution that could truly do a 34-inch monitor justice. Nonetheless, if you don’t mind the lower pixel density, then you’ll definitely find this ultrawide 144 Hz monitor to be well worth the money.

What We Loved

  • Massive curved screen
  • 144 Hz with AMD FreeSync
  • USB hub on the back

What We Didn’t Like

  • Low pixel density
  • On the expensive side

ASUS MX34VQ

ultrawide gaming monitor

About the Monitor

Now, we have another monitor from Asus – the MX34VQ, and it is something else. Its huge curved screen and metallic frame truly are a sight to behold. Of course, this monitor is not all about the looks, and it has a couple of useful features under the hood.

Features

  • The Display
    As mentioned above, this is a curved monitor, and with a screen size of 34 inches, it rivals the LG model above. However, an area where it makes a definite and vital improvement is the resolution – it has a 1440p display with a pixel density of 109 which blows the LG 34UC79G-B out of the water. On the other hand, the refresh rate only goes as high as 100 Hz while the response time is the usual 4ms.
  • Ports
    The MX34VQ is equipped with a total of three HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.2, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
  • Additional features
    • Adjustable stand – Unfortunately, the stand of the monitor can only be adjusted for tilt.
    • AMD FreeSync – The monitor is compatible with AMD FreeSync, something that is bound to come in handy with its refresh rate.
    • Built-in speakers – An odd exception to the rule, the MX34VQ is a monitor whose integrated speakers are actually quite solid, with an RMS of 8W each.
    • Integrated Qi wireless charger – The pad on the base of the stand is not there just for show. It is actually a built-in charger that can wirelessly charge any phone that supports the Qi wireless charging standard.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6G619ujzJvo

Downsides

  • Expensive
    You probably saw this one coming a mile away. Indeed, with the kind of technology and sheer quality that went into this monitor, it is only natural for it to have a hefty price tag attached. As such, only enthusiasts with deeper pockets will be able to afford this one.
  • Limited stand and no VESA compatibility
    As mentioned above, the stand can only be adjusted for tilt, and we would have preferred to have both swivel and height adjustment at this price point. Normally, a subpar stand wouldn’t be a problem, but since it is not detachable and there is no VESA support, you’re essentially stuck with it. It all makes sense considering that the stand is also a Qi charger, but some might not need this feature and would prefer a more adjustable monitor instead.
  • No HDR
    Finally, another prominent feature that we would have liked to see in the MX34VQ is HDR support, especially seeing as this is a rather pricey VA monitor we’re talking about.

Final Thoughts

There’s just no denying it, the Asus MX34VQ is one beautiful monitor, both in regard to design and in regard to the display itself. If what you’re looking for is a truly immersive ultrawide monitor, then this one definitely fits the bill, although the actual bill is a whole other matter. If the stand or the lack of HDR support don’t discourage you, you’re in for a great experience if you go with the MX34VQ.

What We Loved

  • Extremely high-quality display
  • Solid built-in speakers
  • Integrated Qi charger
  • AMD FreeSync

What We Didn’t Like

  • Very expensive
  • Not VESA compatible
  • No HDR

Acer XR342CK

best gaming monitor 2019

About the Monitor

Following suit, we have another monitor from Acer, the XR342CK, which is not part of their gaming-oriented Predator series. The design is nowhere near as aggressive as the aforementioned series, and the monitor itself is quite similar to the above Asus model, although it does differ in a number of respects.

Features

  • The Display
    Like the MX34VQ, it is a 1440p curved monitor with an IPS panel and a slightly lower 75 Hz refresh rate and the same 4ms response time. As a plus, it is actually HDR-ready, something that’s missing from the similarly-priced MX34VQ.
  • Ports
    The Acer XR342CK comes equipped with quite a few ports. First, there are two HDMI ports, a 2.0 and a 1.4 one. Then, there’s one regular DisplayPort 1.2 and one DisplayPort mini. Finally, there’s a total of five USB 3.0 ports, four downstream and one upstream, as well as a 3.5mm audio jack.
  • Additional Features
    • Adjustable stand – The XR342CK ships with an excellent stand that can be adjusted both for tilt and height.
    • VESA support – The monitor is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.
    • AMD FreeSync – Once again, we have a monitor that supports FreeSync.
    • Built-in speakers – Much like the above Asus model, the XR342CK is an exception to the rule that monitors usually come with poor speakers. Indeed, the integrated speakers here have an RMS of 14W each, some of the best speakers that you can find in a monitor.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ArLi3PzSGc

Downsides

  • Expensive
    This one is pretty much a given. With such a high-quality 1440p IPS display, HDR support, a good stand, a number of USB ports, and even solid speakers, the XR342CK is quite an investment, although it is more than worth the money, provided that you can afford it.
  • Low refresh rate
    Many people would be fine with 60 Hz in their gaming monitor, but those who are willing to pay for a high-end monitor such as this would probably expect more than just 75 Hz. Of course, this particular monitor prioritizes visuals over performance, so it is only natural that other features took precedence over a triple-digit refresh rate.

Final Thoughts

All in all, the Acer XR342CK is a monitor that almost has it all. If you’re not looking for a performance-oriented monitor, then this one would be well worth the price. As mentioned above, it has virtually all the features that you’d expect out of a proper gaming monitor: a great panel, HDR support, and an excellent stock stand. If you are looking for performance though, then the next monitor might pique your interest.

What We Loved

  • Superb display quality
  • Quality stand
  • Plenty of ports, USB hub included
  • Good integrated speakers

What We Didn’t Like

  • Expensive
  • Refresh rate might be low for some people

AOC Agon AG352UCG6

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About the Monitor

And now, we have an AOC Agon monitor, which is AOC’s own line of gaming monitors. And while the AOC Agon AG352UCG6 has a number of similarities with the previous two Acer and Asus monitors, it has a few tricks of its own that justify its higher price.

Features

  • The Display
    This monitor is also a curved ultrawide 1440p one, but it uses a VA panel and is slightly larger at 35 inches. It also shares the 4ms response time with the previous two monitors, although it offers a higher refresh rate than either of them at 120 Hz.
  • Ports
    This Agon monitor is more limited when it comes to connectivity options, although not by much. It has one HDMI 1.4 port and one DisplayPort 1.2. On top of that, it also has two USB 3.0 ports.
  • Additional features
    • Nvidia G-Sync – Great news for Nvidia users, the monitor is compatible with G-Sync
    • Integrated speakers – Once again, we have an ultrawide monitor with built-in speakers, although the ones found here do not even come close to either the Acer XR342CK or the Asus MX34VQ with their meager RMS of only 2W.
    • Adjustable stand – The stand is highly adjustable, allowing for tilt, height, and swivel adjustment.
    • VESA support – The monitor is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.
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Downsides

  • Expensive
    Again, something that is pretty much a given considering the specs, is that the monitor is quite pricey. It is the most expensive ultrawide monitor on this list, so the price is definitely something to keep in mind
  • Weak speakers
    It is far from uncommon to find poor speakers in a monitor. As we’ve previously ascertained, it’s pretty much the norm and very few monitors have integrated speakers that are actually any good. The thing is, with a monitor in this price range, we’d expect something more than the bare basic speakers that can be found in monitors that come at less than half the price of this one.
  • No HDR
    Much like the Asus MX34VQ, the AG352UCG6 lacks HDR support, a feature that we’d definitely like to see in a monitor this expensive if it uses a panel which supports HDR.

Final Thoughts

There’s no denying it, the AOC Agon AG352UCG6 is one very pricey monitor, but if you’re looking for the very best and are willing to pay for it, there’s hardly a better ultrawide gaming monitor out there – a beautiful curved VA display with a 120 Hz refresh rate, shipping complete with a highly adjustable stand. Granted, the speakers are on the weak side and HDR is once again missing in action, but these two shortcomings are not likely to be real deal-breakers for anyone looking for a performance-oriented ultrawide monitor.

What We Loved

  • Superb 1440p VA display
  • 120 Hz refresh rate
  • Highly adjustable stand
  • Nvidia G-Sync support

What We Didn’t Like

  • Very expensive
  • Weak speakers for a monitor this pricey
  • No HDR support

Best HDR Gaming Monitors

And finally, we come to HDR. Standing for “high dynamic range”, this technology came hand in hand with the new wave of 4K displays. What does it do for image quality? In short, it makes it appear more natural and much closer to real life than digital technology could ever achieve before by improving contrast and expanding the range of colors that can be displayed. That said, it is obvious as to why someone would want an HDR gaming monitor, and we are here to make some suggestions!

Samsung C27HG70

best 4k gaming monitor

About the Monitor

The first monitor in this section comes from Samsung. The model in question is the C27HG70, a sizeable QHD monitor intended for gaming. It sports a fairly minimalistic design, characterized by glossy dark grey coloring which makes sure it can blend in with most interiors, making it great for those who are not very appreciative of the more aggressive designs.

Features

  • Display
    As already stated, the C27HG70 is a QHD monitor with a VA panel, and with a screen that’s just the right size at 27 inches. Not only that, but it also has a response time of 4ms, a refresh rate of 144 Hz, and, obviously, HDR support.
  • Ports
    The monitor has two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.4, two USB 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm audio output jack.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – The monitor supports FreeSync with all FreeSync-capable AMD cards.
    • Adjustable stand – The C27HG70 comes with an unusual and highly adjustable dual hinge stand that supports pivot, tilt, and swivel adjustment.
    • VESA support – The monitor is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.
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Downsides

  • Not the best viewing angles
    While VA panels can generally match the speed and color reproduction of IPS panels, the same can’t be said for their viewing angles. Now, the viewing angles on this monitor are by no means as bad as with most TN panels, but setting it up just right may take some effort, especially due to its unconventional stand.
  • Bulky stand
    Speaking of the stand, though it may offer a lot in regard to adjustability, it also takes up a fair amount of space behind the monitor, making it less than ideal for small desks, especially those positioned up against a wall.
  • Clouding
    Another common issue with VA panels that seems to be lamentably common in curved screens is clouding and poor black uniformity. That said, if you mainly intend on using the monitor in a dimly lit room, this might prove to be a serious distraction.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, the biggest selling point of the Samsung C27HG70 is just how well it balances the quality of the visuals and performance. It has a VA panel with great contrast and color accuracy, HDR support, and a 144 Hz refresh rate all packed into a single modestly-priced frame.

What We Loved

  • Great balance between visuals and performance
  • 144 Hz refresh rate
  • Highly adjustable stand
  • AMD FreeSync support

What We Didn’t Like

  • Setting up properly can be a bit of a hassle
  • The stand takes up a lot of space
  • Prominent clouding

Samsung CHG90

best hdr gaming monitor 2019

About the Monitor

Next, we have a Samsung model that sports a design similar to that of the C27HG70, although this one really takes things to the extreme, as it is a humongous 49-inch curved monitor that comes with an appropriate price tag – the CHG90.

Features

  • The Display
    At 49 inches, this is by far the largest monitor on this list, with an aspect ratio of 32:9. The resolution is fitting, too, albeit the vertical resolution is only 1080p. Like the previous model, it has a response time of 4ms, and a refresh rate of 144 Hz. It goes without saying that it supports HDR as well.
  • Ports
    The monitor doesn’t skimp on ports either. It has two HDMI 2.0 ports, a regular DisplayPort 1.4 and a mini DisplayPort, plus two USB 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm jack.
  • Additional features
    • Adjustable stand – As expected of a device in this price range, the stand can be adjusted for tilt, swivel, and height.
    • VESA support – The monitor supports 100×100 VESA mounts.
    • AMD FreeSync – Like many other gaming monitors, the CHG90 comes with AMD FreeSync support.
    • Game Mode – Yet again, we have a monitor that uses a smart black equalizer to give the player an edge in multiplayer.
    • Easy multitasking – Seeing as it is literally as wide as two regular 16:9 monitors put side by side, it only makes sense to include multitasking features in this monitor. The CHG90 has both a picture-by-picture mode and allows the user to easily partition the display in a variety of ways.
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Downsides

  • Extremely expensive
    With an MSRP of $999, is the second most expensive monitor on this list, second only to the following model.
  • Few games support the 32:9 aspect ratio
    Unsurprisingly, not many games natively support this monitor’s aspect ratio. This is nothing unusual, considering that even 21:9 support is far from commonplace. As such, when it comes to games, you’ll likely have to resort to mods in order to not have parts of your massive monitor sit idly.
  • Low pixel density
    Another issue with the monitor is the lacking pixel density, which is caused partly by monitor’s insane width and partly by the vertical resolution of only 1080p. We would have preferred to see at least 1440p in a monitor such as this, and besides, those who would be willing to spend a thousand dollars on a monitor would probably have a GPU capable of handling the increased resolution.

Final Thoughts

Put simply, the Samsung CHG90 is a monitor that you get if you’re really in it for its over-the-top aspect ratio. Sure, it still has HDR support and a 144 Hz refresh rate, but it has nothing that’s not already available in the smaller and cheaper C27HG70. Plus, the pixel density here is not quite encouraging, and if you really intend on going all out with a monitor, we suggest checking out the following model.

What We Loved

  • Great balance between visuals and performance
  • 144 Hz refresh rate
  • Huge amount of screen space
  • AMD FreeSync support

What We Didn’t Like

  • Extremely expensive
  • Aspect ratio is seldom natively supported by games
  • Low pixel density

Acer Predator X27

best console gaming monitor

About the Monitor

If you thought that the Samsung CHG90 was expensive, just wait until you see what the Acer Predator X27 has in store. This monitor stands out from the competition at first glance, both because of its unusual design and the top-of-the-line features that it brings.

Features

  • The Display
    The Acer Predator X27 is a 27-inch 4K IPS gaming monitor utilizing Quantum Dot technology. Performance-wise, it can push a refresh rate of 144 Hz and has the usual IPS response time of 4ms. It should be noted, however, that it can only push 144 Hz in 4K when overclocked. The refresh rate is also limited by the pixel format when HDR is in use: it goes up to 120 Hz with 4:2:2 and only 98 Hz with 4:4:4.
  • Ports
    The monitor is equipped with a single HDMI 2.0 port, as well as one DisplayPort 1.4 input. Moreover, it has an audio out in the form of a 3.5mm jack, as well as four USB 3.0 type A ports and a single type B one.
  • Additional features
    • Adjustable stand – As is to be expected from a monitor in this price range, the stock stand can be adjusted for height, tilt, and swivel.
    • VESA support – The Predator X27 is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.
    • Nvidia G-Sync – Unlike the previous two monitors that came with FreeSync, the X27 uses Nvidia G-Sync instead, allowing for tear-free gaming with supported Nvidia cards.
    • Built-in speakers – The monitor even comes with integrated stereo speakers, although they are pretty average, with an RMS of 8W each.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quiL3jQUSXA

Downsides

  • The price
    How much does a 144 Hz 4K IPS monitor cost? Quite a lot – $2000, in fact. As such, to call this monitor expensive would be an understatement.

 Final Thoughts

The Acer Predator X27 is the kind of monitor that will only be appealing to true hardcore enthusiasts who are capable and willing to spend several thousand dollars on a 144 Hz 4K gaming monitor and a PC capable of making the most out of its capabilities.

What We Loved

  • Top-of-the-line display quality
  • 4K 144 Hz gaming monitor
  • Solid speakers
  • Nvidia G-Sync support

What We Didn’t Like

  • “Expensive” is an understatement

How To Pick The Best Monitor For Your Needs

Now that we have gone over the very best monitors on the market (and some who are on their way), it’s time to address some important features, explain what they do, how important they are, and ultimately, help you pick the gaming monitor which is the best fit for you.

Resolution

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The first and, arguably, the most important thing about a gaming monitor is the resolution. The resolutions that you can commonly find in monitors today are as follows:

  • HD Ready (720p) – Largely outdated and only found in low-end office monitors, budget TVs, and laptop screens today. There are no serious gaming monitors that still use this resolution.
  • Full HD (1080p) – Currently the most popular resolution which provides the best balance between quality and performance. Even the modern GPUs that are in the low-end can handle 1080p fairly well, but it takes a mid-range or a high-end one to truly push the FPS counter to the limit, at least in the case of the more demanding AAA games.
  • Quad HD (1440p)– The current middle-ground between the slowly-fading 1080p and the 2160p now looming on the horizon, QHD resolutions are commonly found in mid-range and high-end monitors today. Most GPUs can perform well with 1440p, but only the more powerful ones will actually be able to push it to a stable 60 FPS.
  • Ultra HD (2160p)– The future of gaming that is yet to enter the mainstream, native UHD/4K monitors are almost exclusively high-end products and only the most powerful GPUs can run games in 2160p at stable framerates above 30 FPS.

With all that said, which resolution should you pick?

Pick Ultra HD if:

  • You have a GPU that can run games in this resolution with acceptable framerates i.e. GTX 1070 or better.
  • You want a future-proof solution. This is hardly cost-efficient, since 4K monitors are quite expensive today and more affordable ones are bound to come out. However, if you plan on upgrading to a 4K-capable gaming configuration in the near future and need to change the monitor as well, then there is no reason not to plan ahead.

Pick Quad HD if:

  • You want a balance between quality and performance. High-end graphics cards can easily run games in QHD with an optimal 60 frames per second, while mid-range ones such as the Radeon RX 580 or GTX 1060 can generally manage anywhere from 30 to 60 FPS based on the game in question.

Pick Full HD if:

  • You want the best possible performance. If you are a competitive gamer and want every possible advantage that you can get, pushing a triple-digit framerate on a monitor with a triple-digit refresh rate is most easily achieved with 1080p.
  • You have a dated GPU. Graphics cards from a few years ago will struggle keeping up with the graphics advancements alone, even if resolution is not taken into consideration.

Screen Size

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Screen size is something that those who are not quite tech savvy may see as the most important entry on a monitor’s specification sheet. However, contrary to what some may think, bigger is not always better.

When picking a TV, you’d usually try to find a size that best fits the size of the room. In the case of monitors, not only do you need to pick one that fits your desk, but you also need to keep pixel density in mind.

Namely, since you’re going to be viewing a monitor up close, having a monitor too large for its resolution will result in visible pixels and some nasty aliasing in games, requiring even more GPU processing power to be put into anti-aliasing.

To avoid this, we’d suggest going no larger than 24 inches with 1080p monitors. As for 1440p and 2160p, both of then look great on monitors that are 27 inches and larger in size, although most will agree that any 16:9 monitor with a diagonal of over 30 inches is uncomfortable for desktop use. Which brings us to…

Aspect Ratio – Widescreen vs Ultrawide

best gaming monitors

Modern gaming monitors come in two flavors: widescreen, with an aspect ratio of 16:9, and ultrawide, with an aspect ratio of 21:9. In rare cases, ultrawide monitors can go even further beyond, such in the case of the Samsung CHG90, which is a 32:9 monitor.

Now, there is one very clear advantage to an ultrawide monitor, and it’s simply the fact that a larger screen will allow you to have a wider field of view in games. On top of that, outside of gaming, ultrawide monitors offer much more screen space that greatly helps with multitasking, be it work or simply web browsing.

On the downside, many developers intentionally disable FOV adjustment in competitive games so as to prevent those with larger monitors from having an unfair advantage. Furthermore, a larger screen also means that the monitor will need to have a higher display resolution in order to avoid having a low pixel density and the abovementioned issues that come with it. As such, best be sure that your GPU can handle an ultrawide monitor before you get one.

It should also be noted that curved ultrawide monitors can offer a sense of immersion that’s only rivaled by VR nowadays, so if you’re someone who likes getting sucked into the game world, you’d probably appreciate having one such monitor.

Finally, there’s the inevitable question of price. Naturally, a giant screen comes at a significant price increase, and not only that, but ultrawide monitors often lack certain features that can be found in more affordable, regular widescreen monitors.

Refresh Rate

best monitor for gaming

The refresh rate determines how many times the monitor can refresh the display each second, and it is measured in Hertz (Hz).

And what are the benefits of high refresh rates?

Well, a monitor’s refresh rate is equal to the maximum number of frames that the monitor can display per second, so if you want higher FPS and all the benefits that it brings, i.e. smoother animations and reduced motion blur, a high refresh rate should be your top priority.

Most monitors have a refresh rate of 60 Hz, but many gaming monitors push this up to 144 Hz, and as you can see in this article, even to 240 Hz. You should keep in mind, though, that the higher the FPS gets, the less noticeable the difference is. So, while there is a significant difference between 30 and 60 FPS, the difference between 60 and 144 FPS is still discernible, albeit to a lesser extent, and in the case of 144 vs 240 FPS, the difference is minor at best. In fact, many people can’t tell the difference.

Ultimately, before deciding which refresh rate you want in your monitor, you should consider the capabilities of your GPU and what games you’ll be playing.

The GPU question is fairly obvious – if it can consistently run games at framerates higher than 60 in a given resolution, then a higher refresh rate would be in order. However, it should also be mentioned that some games, particularly eSports games, are more easily pushed to a triple-digit FPS. Reaching that goal with any newer AAA titles is virtually impossible without a very powerful machine and/or reducing graphics settings.

Response Time

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The response time is a simpler matter than the refresh rate. What it determines is how quickly a pixel can change from black to white, from one color to another, or from one shade of grey to another. It is measured in milliseconds (ms), and in practice, it signifies how blurry fast-moving images will be.

In modern monitors, response times range from 1 to 4ms for TN panels, while IPS panels are a bit slower as they cannot go lower than 4ms (more on panels below). VA panels are the slowest of the three, although they tend to be on par with IPS panels in the case of gaming monitors.

Generally, people don’t start noticing any significant blur as long as the response time is under 10ms. Needless to say, you won’t find a gaming monitor with such a high response time, as they tend to stay in the 1-5ms range.

However, a 1ms monitor ultimately does feel smoother than a 4ms, if only slightly so. As such, if you play a lot of fast-paced games and have mostly used 1ms monitors before, you should probably stick with this response time.

In the case that you aren’t used to gaming on a 1ms monitor and don’t care about the slight advantage that it such a low response time might get you, a 4ms monitor would do just fine.

Panel Type

best 1080p monitor

We’ve mentioned response times, and now, for the panel technology. Modern gaming monitors utilize one of the three following types of panels: twisted nematic (TN), in-plane switching (IPS), or vertical alignment (VA).

TN panels are the most popular in low-end monitors because of how cheap they are to manufacture, but they also have a place in the more performance-oriented ones, as they are the fastest panels currently available, able to achieve 240 Hz refresh rates and 1ms response times. However, they have very poor viewing angles and generally limited color reproduction i.e. the colors often appear washed-out.

IPS panels prioritize visuals over performance and they have the highest color accuracy and the best viewing angles. While the more expensive ones can reach high refresh rates, IPS panels cannot have a response time lower than 4ms due to technological limitations.

VA panels present a viable middle ground between TN and IPS panels. In terms of visuals, they excel when it comes to contrast and can handle color reproduction better than TN panels but are still not quite as good as IPS ones in that department. As for performance, they can also reach high refresh rates, but the response times are not as good and ghosting being quite commonplace with these panels.

With all that said, it should be fairly obvious how to pick the right one. If you prefer performance over visuals, go with TN. If you value visuals over performance, go with IPS. If you want the best of both worlds, go with VA.

Connectivity

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There are multiple connectors that are used to connect a GPU to a monitor.

The two most popular ones are HDMI and DisplayPort, both of which are currently on fairly even terms when it comes to the supported resolutions and refresh rates, although this does vary based on the version in question. Furthermore, both can transfer audio.

HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 both support 4K, but the latter version can display 4K with a refresh rate of 60 Hz, whereas the former can only go up to 30 Hz. Both can go as high as 120 Hz in 1080p, though.

As for DisplayPort, DP 1.2 also supports 4K at a refresh rate of 60 Hz and can also do 240 Hz in 1080p. DisplayPort 1.4 is a whole other beast, as its maximum supported resolution is actually 8K, but that kind of resolution won’t be important for some time yet. What should be noted about DP 1.4 is that It supports 4K with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, as well as 1080p with a refresh rate of 240 Hz.

Apart from these two, there are also two connectors which are slowly getting obsolete: DVI and VGA.

DVI is actually still being widely implemented in many monitors, especially cheaper ones. The latest and most popular version of this connector, Dual Link DVI-D, can support refresh rates of 144 Hz in 1080p and 60 Hz in 1440p. Unlike HDMI and DisplayPort, Dual Link DVI-D cannot transfer audio until it is connected to a GPU with an adapter.

VGA, on the other hand, is teetering on the verge of extinction as fewer and fewer graphics cards and monitors implement it. That’s no wonder, seeing as it cannot support resolutions higher than 1080p at a refresh rate of 60 Hz.

HDR – What Is It and Do You Need It?

hdr monitor

As mentioned in the article, HDR (high dynamic range) allows certain displays to reach levels of realism never before possible with an LCD screen. It makes the bright areas brighter and the dark areas darker, improving contrast, which is precisely why it provides games and videos with the aforementioned dash of realism.

Now, that’s all fine and dandy, but do you really need it?

Well, we can’t speak for subjective preferences, but Windows 10 has had integrated HDR support for a while now, so HDR can technically be used for any PC game.

Of course, you also need to make sure that you’re using a HDMI connection and that your GPU supports HDR. Here’s a list of all GPUs that support HDR. As for consoles, all versions of the PlayStation 4 and all versions of the Xbox One support HDR.

Integrated Speakers – Are They Any Good?

Speakers in monitors are not very common, speakers in gaming monitors are rare, and good speakers in gaming monitors – even more so. Unlike TVs that are usually used in the living room, a desktop monitor doesn’t rely on built-in speakers since it is pretty much a given that the user will have headphones, or at least a set of dedicated speakers.

Now, not only do manufacturers have little incentive to raise the prices of their monitors (especially gaming monitors) with quality integrated speakers, but it’s also more difficult to cram good speakers into the thin frame of a computer monitor. As a matter of fact, even TV speakers have seen a decline in quality because TVs are getting slimmer and slimmer.

With that in mind, speakers should never truly influence your choice of monitor. Sure, they may be a convenient feature to have when you’re watching YouTube or otherwise surfing the web, but considering that you can get a solid set of stereo speakers complete with a subwoofer for what is essentially pocket change, you really shouldn’t put integrated 2W speakers before any other feature.

Conclusion

And with that, we conclude our take on what the best gaming monitors are. Hopefully, it will have provided you with some insight into all the specifications and numbers attached to different monitors. More importantly, we hope that it will help you make a well-informed choice when shopping for your next monitor!

New technologies and new monitors are being announced, developed and released all the time, and as such, we will be updating this page in the future. So, be sure to check back from time to time and stay up to date!

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