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 best gaming monitors of 2018, as well as offer an in-depth guide explaining what features to keep an eye out for and how to ultimately pick the best monitor for your needs!

Zoom Out: The 20 Best Gaming Monitors For 2018

Without any further ado, here are the best monitors for gaming that you can get today.

TypeMonitorSizeResolution 
Top Budget Gaming MonitorsDell S2418HN24 in1080p
HP VH240a23.8 in1080p
ASUS VX24AH23.8 in1440p
AOC Q2778VQE27 in1440p
Best 144Hz Gaming MonitorsAOC G2460PF24 in1080p
AOC Agon AG271QX27 in1440p
Top Rated 240Hz Monitors For GamingDell Alienware AW2518H25 in1080p
Acer XF250Q24.5 in1080p
The Best FreeSync Gaming MonitorsNixeus NX-EDG27S27 in1440p
Acer XG270HU27 in1440p
The Best G-SYNC Gaming MonitorsAcer Predator XB271HU27 in1440p
Acer Predator XB241H24 in1080p
Best 4K Monitors For GamingAcer Predator XB272-HDR27 in2160pReleasing Q1 2018
Samsung UH75028 in2160p
Best Gaming Monitors For XBOX One X and PS4 ProASUS VP28UQG28 in2160p
Best UltraWide Gaming MonitorsASUS Designo Curved MX34VQ34 in1440p
AOC Agon AG352UCG35 in1440p
Best HDR Gaming MonitorsSamsung C27HG7027 in1440p
Acer Predator X2727 in2160pReleasing Q1 2018
ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ35 in1440pReleasing Q1 2018

So now that you’re aware of the best gaming monitors that you can buy today, let’s take a closer look at each of the monitors we’ve included in our list.

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 monitor for your needs can take quite a bit of research.

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

Dell S2418HN

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About the Monitor

The first entry on our list is a monitor from Dell, a versatile and well-known company in the IT world. The monitor in question is the Dell S2418HN, an affordable and all-around reliable solution.

The monitor sports an impressive-looking borderless InfinityEdge display which rests on top of a minimalistic metallic base. It supports resolutions up to 1080p, which is quite fitting for a 24-inch monitor.

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Features

  • Display quality
    Apart from supporting a Full HD resolution, the monitor also has a refresh rate of 60 Hz, as well as a 6ms response time. Furthermore, the LED backlighting allows for rich colors and power-efficiency.
    These numbers might seem discouraging for some, but the monitor’s refresh rate and response time will be more than enough to suit most people’s needs. It is fully capable of providing you with a stable 60 FPS and any blur resulting from relatively low response time will be unnoticeable by anyone who is not used to something as low as 1ms.
  • Connectivity
    The Dell S2418HN utilizes a single HDMI 1.4 port and a single VGA port, both placed facing downwards on the lower back of the monitor. Furthermore, while it does not have integrated speakers, it does also include an audio line-out.
  • Additional features
    • HDR – Something that truly sets this monitor apart from the competition is its HDR capability. Namely, HDR (high dynamic range) has the sole purpose of making images appear more realistic by enhancing colors and improving contrast.
    • Reduced eye strain – The Dell S2418HN greatly reduces eye strain by filtering out blue light and providing a truly flicker-free screen.
    • AMD FreeSync – Something that will make this monitor quite appealing to Radeon users is the inclusion of FreeSync. This technology is a much better V-sync alternative which fully eliminates screen tearing and stutter, all the while leading to no loss in performance.

Downsides

  • Lacking connectivity options
    As you can see, the monitor is somewhat limited in the connectivity department. First of all, it has a VGA port, a technology largely obsolete by today’s standards. Apart from it, HDMI is the only other option. Therefore, those planning to connect this monitor to a GPU via DisplayPort or DVI will have to resort to using adapters.
  • FreeSync only works with Radeon GPUs
    Seeing as FreeSync is AMD’s technology (based on the VESA Adaptive-Sync standard), it will only work with AMD graphics cards. As such, this monitor will definitely hold less appeal for those using a graphics card from Nvidia.

What We Loved

  • HDR-capable
  • Rich colors
  • Comfortable to use for long periods of time
  • AMD FreeSync

What We Didn’t Like

  • Poor connectivity options
  • Not as appealing for Nvidia users

HP VH240a

gaming monitor

About the Monitor

Our next budget monitor is made by HP, another big name in the industry. The particular monitor model in question is the VH240a, a reliable, if somewhat bland-looking solution.

The plastic exterior and base are mostly unremarkable, although it does have very thin edges, which makes it good for multi-monitor setups.

Features

  • Display
    Like the previously mentioned Dell monitor, the HP VH240a has similar technical specs: a LED-backlit Full HD display, a 60 Hz refresh rate, and a tad lower response time of 5ms.
  • Connectivity
    Again, this monitor is fairly similar to the previous entry in that it has one HDMI port and one VGA port. However, it lacks the audio line-out that the aforementioned monitor has.
  • Additional features
    • Integrated speakers – A convenient feature that some are bound to appreciate are the monitor’s built-in 2-watt stereo speakers. While they may be good for some basic multimedia reproduction, it goes without saying that they are far from ideal for gaming.
    • Adjustability – The monitor is quite flexible, as it supports tilt, height, and pivot adjustments. This allows the user to set up the monitor in a way that best fits their requirements.
    • VESA mounting – If you are a fan of wall-mounted displays, you will be pleased to know that the HP VH420a can be set up that way using VESA technology. The end result is a stable and flexible mount that will not take away from the monitor’s natural adjustability.

Downsides

  • Few connection options
    As we have mentioned, the HP VH240a shares the previous entry’s Dell monitor’s connection options which come down to either HDMI or VGA. And seeing as it lacks an audio input jack, you will need to use an HDMI connection if you wish to use the monitor’s onboard speakers.
  • Mediocre image quality
    Even though the monitor is quite good overall, especially considering the low price tag, the image quality is nothing to marvel at. This is especially noticeable in the color department.

What We Loved

  • Built-in speakers
  • Highly adjustable
  • Supports VESA mounting
  • Great value for money

What We Didn’t Like

  • Limited connectivity
  • Underwhelming color quality

ASUS VX24AH

best gaming monitor 2018

About the Monitor

The third budget gaming monitor that we are including on the list comes from none other than Asus. This versatile tech giant brings quite an impressive monitor to the table, the VX24AH.

What immediately sets it apart from the competition is the fact that it is a 2K monitor, in addition to its extremely thin borders and hollow circular base.

Note that we use the term 2K when we really mean 1440p. But even though this is technically not correct, we’ll stick to this term as it is widely widespread that 2K resolution equals 2560×1440.

Features

  • Display
    As stated in the introduction, the monitor supports a WQHD 1440p resolution. And do not think for a moment that this high resolution will make the VX24AH lag behind in other areas: this LED-backlit monitor has a very good response time of 5ms and a refresh rate of 60 Hz, which will be more than enough for the average gamer.
  • Connectivity
    Unlike the previous two monitors, the Asus VX24AH has a few more connection options. Namely, it has two HDMI ports, a VGA port, as well as two 3.5mm jacks, one for input and one for output. That said, you can connect two devices to it simultaneously while also having a dedicated audio in/out, which leaves little to be desired in this regard.
  • Additional features
    • Integrated speakers – Like a number of monitors in the lower price range, the Asus VX24AH also has a set of 2-watt stereo speakers. As with the previous entry, these will suffice for watching videos, they are far from ideal for serious gaming.
    • Asus Eye Care – Most, if not all of the newer Asus monitors use the company’s own Eye Care technology. What this convenient feature does is reduce eye strain by filtering out the harmful blue light and ensuring that the screen is completely flicker-free.
    • Asus SplendidPlus™ – This is another one of Asus’ patented technologies, and it strives to provide users with an optimal viewing experience. SplendidPlus represents a number of color configurations which the user can switch easily via a dedicated hotkey.

Downsides

  • Limited adjustability
    The screen does not have as many adjustment options as some other monitors do. Namely, it only supports tilt adjustments, with no height or pivot.
  • Weak speakers
    As we have already concluded, on-board monitor speakers are rarely good enough for serious audio reproduction. And with the total output power of 4 watts, do not expect any awesome bass or sound fidelity.

What We Loved

  • Supports 2K resolutions
  • Good connectivity options
  • Reduced eye strain
  • Great value for money

What We Didn’t Like

  • No adjustment options apart from tilt
  • Poor built-in speakers

AOC Q2778VQE

best monitor for gaming

About the Monitor

And finally, the last budget gaming monitor which we will list here comes from AOC. This is a lesser-known Taiwanese company, but a highly reliable one which happens to specialize in display technology, monitors and TVs alike.

The AOC Q2778VQE is quite something, especially among budget gaming monitors. It has a large 27-inch screen and supports 2K resolutions, although you wouldn’t guess it from the somewhat bland and unremarkable design.

Features

  • Display
    Like the Asus monitor in the previous entry, the Q2778VQE also supports a WQHD/2K resolution with a 60 Hz refresh rate. Unlike Asus’ VX24AH, this one also has a screen size worthy of that resolution: a massive 27 inches. Furthermore, something that competitive gamers will surely appreciate is the extremely fast 1ms response time.
  • Connectivity
    The AOC Q2778VQE is the by far the most versatile budget monitor in terms of connectivity. It has an HDMI port, DisplayPort, a VGA port and a DVI-D port. Furthermore, it also has a 3.5mm audio output, allowing users to conveniently plug a headset directly into the monitor if they’re using HDMI as a means of connection.
  • Additional features
    • VESA mountable – The monitor can easily be mounted on a wall using a standard VESA 100x100mm mount generally used with monitors.

Downsides

  • Bulky when compared to other monitors
    This is especially noticeable with the edges, which are quite thick by today’s standards. Granted, it detracts from aesthetic appeal, but it is hardly an issue unless you’re planning on a multi-monitor setup.
  • Bland design
    Even though we’re talking about a 27-inch 2K monitor, one simply can’t help but notice that the overall design choices make it look rather cheap. This includes everything from the blocky appearance to the plastic exterior.

What We Loved

  • Large 27-inch screen
  • Supports 2K resolutions
  • Versatile in terms of connectivity

What We Didn’t Like

  • Thick edges
  • Cheap-looking

Best 144Hz Gaming Monitors

In this category, we will be looking at pricier solutions. Namely, monitors supporting refresh rates of 144 Hz. Hardcore gamers often turn to these monitors because they support framerates well beyond 60 FPS, which makes them the most responsive monitors out there.

We will be looking at two 144 Hz monitors, both of which are made by AOC.

AOC G2460PF

best 144hz monitor

About the Monitor

The first AOC monitor in this section is the G2460PF, which is part of the company’s AOC Gaming series, which is obviously focused on gaming monitors. It has a textured grey exterior with a red highlight running along the bottom of the screen, which makes its status as a gaming monitor apparent at the very first glance.

Features

  • Display
    The G2460PF is a LED-backlit Full HD monitor with a 1ms response time. This, combined with the 144 Hz refresh rate, ensures high-fidelity images free of motion blur. On top of that, it also utilizes AMD’s FreeSync technology, which eliminates screen-tearing at no performance cost.
  • Connectivity
    The monitor has a number of ports, including a single HDMI port and a single DisplayPort. It also utilizes a VGA and DVI port, in addition to one USB input and four USB outputs.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – A technology we have already introduced, AMD’s FreeSync is a much better alternative to the regular V-sync since it does not affect performance.
    • Adjustability – Height, tilt, and pivot can all be adjusted with the G2460PF, allowing you to set up an optimal viewing angle.
    • Integrated speakers – As before, the monitor comes equipped with two 2-watt speakers which are convenient to have but will not blow anyone away with their power or sound quality.

Downsides

  • 1080p resolution
    Even though 1080p Full HD resolutions are still the most popular today, 2K is well on the way to becoming the new standard. As such, this monitor is unlikely to be a viable long-term solution.

What We Loved

  • 1ms response time
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Highly adjustable
  • A number of connectivity options

What We Didn’t Like

  • 1080p resolution bound to become obsolete in the coming years

AOC Agon AG271QX

144hz monitor

About the Monitor

As for the second entry in the best 144 Hz monitors category, we have the AOC Agon AG271QX. It has a metal base, a black frame and a dark red Agon logo on the front, rather than the company logo. The AOC logo is instead placed on the back of the monitor, on top of a dominant red highlight which hosts most of the monitor’s ports.

Features

  • Display
    The Agon fixes one of the previous AOC monitor’s main shortcomings: it is a 27-inch 2K monitor. Apart from the generally improved display quality, it shares the 1ms response time and AMD FreeSync technology with its lower-priced sibling.
  • Connectivity
    The Agon also improves slightly upon the cheaper variant’s connectivity options. Namely, it has two HDMI 2.0 ports, a single DisplayPort, a DVI and a VGA port. On top of that, it has two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, as well as an audio in and audio out in the form of a 3.5mm jack.
  • Additional features
    • Integrated speakers – The Agon comes with dual 3-watt speakers, and even though they are a tad better than what you usually get from monitor speakers, they are still far from adequate for gaming purposes.
    • Adjustability – As is expected from a quality monitor, it is also fully adjustable in terms of height, tilt, and pivot, allowing you to pick an optimal viewing angle.
    • Wireless QuickSwitch controller – Perhaps the most notable feature about this monitor is the controller that goes with it. It allows the user to adjust monitor settings quickly and easily, which can end up giving them a competitive edge.

165hz monitor

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Downsides

  • Not as appealing to Nvidia users
    As previously mentioned with one of the budget gaming monitors, FreeSync only works with Radeon graphics cards. If you are an Nvidia user, it would be wiser to turn to a G-Sync monitor, especially if you’re going for a more advanced and pricier one such as this.
  • Prone to backlight bleeding
    This particular monitor model is known to have backlight bleed issues, especially in the corners of the screen. While it is generally hardly noticeable, the effect can get worse over time or due to damage.

What We Loved

  • Excellent image quality
  • 2K resolution
  • 1ms response time
  • Wireless controller

What We Didn’t Like

  • Nvidia users cannot use FreeSync
  • Prone to backlight bleeding

Top Rated 240Hz Monitors For Gaming

If you own a high-end gaming rig and demand nothing short of the very best performance possible, 240 Hz refresh rates are the way to go. In this section, we will be looking at the two best 240 Hz gaming monitors that you can currently get, both of which come from renowned hardware manufacturers: Dell and Acer.

Dell Alienware AW2518H

240hz monitor

About the Monitor

The Dell monitor in question comes from their Alienware brand, one that has become known for high-quality (if pricey) gaming solutions. The exact model is AW2518H which sports the recognizable Alienware design philosophy, with attention-grabbing geometry and a silver finish. Other than that, it has very thin edges and the kind of quality build that you’d expect from such a well-established brand.

Features

  • Display
    While the monitor supports only 1080p resolutions, it makes up for that in other departments. Namely, the 1ms response time and the implementation of Nvidia’s G-Sync technology which, when combined with the 240 Hz refresh rate, make for a razor-sharp image and blur-free gameplay.
  • Connectivity
    The AW2518H relies solely on digital technology for GPU connection, as it has a single HDMI 1.4 port and a single DisplayPort 1.4 input. On top of that, it has four USB 3.0 ports, as well as a 3.5mm audio output jack.
  • Additional features
    • Nvidia G-Sync – Much like AMD’s FreeSync, G-Sync is the Nvidia counterpart that serves as a superior alternative to Vsync. The effect is largely the same: a lag and screen tear-free gaming experience with zero performance impact.
    • AlienFX – RGB lighting is commonly found in high-end gaming equipment, so it’s no wonder that Alienware included it in this monitor. Three strips and the Alienware logo, all of which are located on the back of the monitor, are dynamically lit so as to enhance your gaming experience.
    • Adjustability – As is to be expected from a powerful and expensive gaming monitor, it can be fully adjusted in terms of height, tilt and pivot to ensure the optimal viewing experience.

Downsides

  • Expensive for a 1080p monitor
    Obviously, a 240 Hz monitor is going to be expensive. However, our main qualm with this monitor’s price is that the size and resolution hardly justify it – especially the latter. As we have mentioned before, Full HD resolutions are slowly becoming obsolete in the gaming world, so this pricey monitor would hardly be worthwhile long-term investment
  • Bulky design
    Alienware was never known for subtlety, and their penchant for aggressive gaming design is evident in this monitor as well. The AW2518H is far from slim, to say the least, and its stand is arguably larger and bulkier than it needs to be.

What We Loved

  • 1ms response time
  • Nvidia G-Sync
  • Extremely thin edges make it good for multi-monitor set-ups

What We Didn’t Like

  • Screen size and resolution don’t justify the price
  • Design won’t appeal to everyone

Acer XF250Q

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About the Monitor

As for the second 240 Hz monitor that we have decided to include, it comes from none other than Acer, another highly recognizable name. The model in question is the XF250Q, and it is quite similar to the above Alienware model, both in terms of specifications and price. However, there are still differences that are worth noting.

Features

  • Display
    In terms of display and image quality, this monitor and the Alienware AW2518H are largely identical. Both have 1080p as their native resolution and both have a 1ms response time. The only difference is that Acer’s monitor utilizes AMD’s FreeSync instead of its Nvidia counterpart.
  • Connectivity
    The XF250Q is slightly different when it comes to connectivity options. It has one DisplayPort, one HDMI 2.0, one HDMI 1.4 and one DVI port. On top of that, it has five USB 3.0 ports.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync
    • Acer VisionCare – What this proprietary technology of Acer’s entails is quite simple: providing users with a flicker-free screen in order to reduce eye strain.
    • Adjustability – The XF250Q adjustment options include height, tilt, and pivot.
    • Integrated speakers – This monitor uses two 4-watt speakers which are quite a bit better than your regular monitor speakers. But don’t let that fool you – they are still far from impressive, although you will find no downsides to them when it comes to casual use.
    • VESA mountable – One clear advantage that Acer’s monitor has over the Alienware one is that it supports VESA mounting, thus being more flexible in terms of placement.

Downsides

  • Maximum resolution is 1080p
    Like the Alienware monitor, the XF250Q sacrifices resolution for a higher refresh rate. However, it manages to be somewhat cheaper than its Alienware counterpart while maintaining high image quality.
  • Weak speakers
    Once again, we face a set of monitor speakers that few will actually find useful, as their power and sound quality is nowhere near what a gamer would require.

What We Loved

  • 1ms response time
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Acer VisionCare
  • Fully adjustable and VESA-mountable

What We Didn’t Like

  • Not 2K-capable
  • Weak built-in speakers

The Best FreeSync Gaming Monitors

freesync monitor

We have already introduced AMD FreeSync, as it is utilized by a number of previously mentioned monitors. So, if you have equipped your gaming PC with an AMD GPU and want a monitor that would go well with it, then one of the two following monitors might be appealing to you, as they are the best FreeSync gaming monitors that you can currently get.

Nixeus NX-EDG27S

best freesync gaming monitor

About the Monitor

This monitor comes from a lesser-known company called Nixeus. People are often skeptical of hardware manufacturers that they have never heard of before, and rightly so. There is no need to be skeptical of Nixeus, though, as it is an American company whose products have left users quite satisfied, even though the company was only founded relatively recently in 2009.

The NX-EDG27S is an impressive monitor, to say the least. It sports a clean, all-black plastic design, and with a glossy stand which gives it a dash of elegance. But how does it fare in terms of performance?

Features

  • Display
    The NX-EDG27S is a 27-inch LED-backlit monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate, 4ms response time and most importantly: 1440p is its native resolution.
  • Connectivity
    This monitor has a number of connectivity options. While the single DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0 port are the only ones that can utilize its maximum 144 Hz refresh rate, it also has one HDMI 1.4 and one Dual-Link DVI port, both of which only support refresh rates of up to 60 Hz. On top of that, it also has two 3.5mm jacks, one of which serves as an audio input and the other as an audio output.
  • Additional features
    • Integrated speakers
    • VESA mounting
    • Full adjustability
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Features

  • Response time a bit high
    A response time of 4ms would be considered somewhat high by a number of gamers, especially fans of fast-paced games. Even though the difference between 1ms and 4ms response times is hardly visible for a lot of people, but hardcore gamers who are used to lower response times are bound to notice it.

What We Loved

  • 2K supported
  • A number of connectivity options
  • Adjustable and VESA-mountable

What We Didn’t Like

  • Response time too high for some people

Acer XG270HU

top gaming monitor

About the Monitor

As for the second of the two best FreeSync gaming monitors, we have another product from Acer. The model we’re talking about is the XG270HU, and it is quite similar to the abovementioned Nixeus monitor.

First of all, this monitor is quite thin and with even thinner edges, which make it a better option for multi-monitor set-ups than the slightly bulkier Nixeus NX-EDG27S. It is mostly black, but it has gentle red highlights on the sides of the base, as well as one running along the lower side of the screen.

Features

  • Display
    Much like the NX-EDG27S, this monitor has a 27-inch screen and has a 2K native resolution. One important difference lies exactly in the previous monitor’s only apparent flaw: the response time. Namely, the Acer XG270HU has the best possible response time of 1ms.
  • Connectivity
    Acer’s monitor lags behind the Nixeus in terms of connectivity options, as they come down to a single DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, and DVI port. Moreover, it also has an audio input and audio output 3.5mm jack.
  • Additional features
    • Adjustability – The XG270HU can be adjusted for optimal tilt.

Downsides

  • Rigid in terms of adjustability and placement
    Seeing as the stock stand that comes with the monitor only allows for tilt adjustments, and the fact that it is not VESA-mountable, both make the monitor lag behind the competition in terms of adjustability and placement flexibility. This would usually not be much of a problem, but seeing as the monitor is far from cheap, it cannot be overlooked.

What We Loved

  • 1ms response time
  • 2K support
  • Aesthetically pleasing design

What We Didn’t Like

  • Not enough flexibility for a monitor in this price range

The Best G-SYNC Gaming Monitors

Do you prefer Nvidia over AMD? Do you demand the smoothest gaming experience that can only be made possible with the highest refresh rates? Then a G-Sync capable monitor is the best choice for you. This proprietary technology of Nvidia’s is currently the best way to eliminate screen tearing, stutter and make those animations flow smooth as butter.

In this category, we will be looking at two monitors, both of which come from Acer, and from the same series no less!

Acer Predator XB271HU

g-sync gaming monitor

About the Monitor

The first monitor we will be looking at is the Acer Predator XB271HU. It is a large monitor which utilizes a borderless screen design, as well as red highlights on the stand which make it stand out as a gaming monitor from the get-go.

Features

  • Display
    The XB271HU will leave few users wanting when it comes to sheer display quality, as its 27-inch screen fully supports 2K resolutions. Not only that, but it also has a 144Hz refresh rate which can further be overclocked to a maximum of 165Hz. And lastly, it has a response time of 4ms.
  • Connectivity
    The monitor is somewhat limited in terms of connectivity, as it only has two input ports: a DisplayPort and an HDMI 1.4 port. Moreover, it has a single USB port.
  • Additional features
    • Integrated speakers
    • Full adjustability
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Downsides

  • Few connectivity options
    Seeing as it has only two input ports, connecting more than one device to this monitor can be quite a hassle, especially if you want to transfer audio from both devices since an HDMI connection is the only one capable of doing.
  • Weak speakers
    We were reluctant to highlight speakers as a flaw yet again, but it should definitely be noted in this case since we’re talking about an expensive monitor with speakers which are far below the overall price’s quality standard.

What We Loved

  • Excellent 2K image quality
  • Overclockable refresh rate
  • Fully adjustable

What We Didn’t Like

  • Limited connectivity
  • Speakers quality below the standard for this price range

Acer Predator XB241H

best gsync gaming monitor

About the Monitor

As you can tell from the name, the Predator XB241H belongs to the same series. As such, it is nigh indistinguishable from the previous monitor when it comes to outward appearance. Instead, it is the specifications where the only differences lie.

Features

  • Display
    The most obvious difference between these two monitors is that this one is smaller, at 24 inches, and that it has a lower 1080p resolution. Where it makes up for this is the response time, which is a lightning-fast 1ms. Moreover, it shares the XB271HU’s 144Hz refresh rate, but it can be overclocked to a slightly greater extent, all the way up to 180Hz.
  • Connectivity
    There are no differences in this regard, as the XB241H also uses one HDMI port and one DisplayPort as the only means of input.
  • Additional features
    • Integrated speakers
    • Fully adjustable

Downsides

  • Limited connectivity
    Seeing as it is identical to the previous monitor in this regard, it shares the same downsides as well – it is ill-suited for users wanting to connect multiple devices to a single monitor

What We Loved

  • 1ms response time
  • More affordable
  • Good value for money

What We Didn’t Like

  • Limited connectivity

Best 4K Monitors For Gaming

4K is the next big thing and is the future of gaming. In today’s gaming world, however, this incredible resolution is marginalized and only truly utilized to its full extent by the most powerful gaming PCs currently available. On the other hand, consoles and weaker PCs make due with upscaling technologies, although this approach is used mostly with 4K TVs, which are far more common than 4K monitors.

Now, whether you have an awesome gaming rig that can push a 4K monitor to the max or you just like planning for the future, we will present you with two of the best 4K gaming monitors that you can get.

Acer Predator XB272-HDR

g-sync gaming monitor

About the Monitor

The Acer Predator XB272-HDR is one impressive piece of tech. It is impressive in that it is the first 4K 144Hz monitor ever made, thus making an important statement that 4K gaming is coming faster than you might have thought: likely Q1 or Q2 2018.

It adheres to a similar design philosophy as the rest of the Predator-series monitors, although it is all-black with no red highlights. In terms of technical specifications, it is far beyond the other monitors in this series, and beyond the vast majority of other monitors in general.

Features

  • Display
    The Predator XB272-HDR is a 27-inch LED-backlit monitor with a maximum resolution of 2160p. What truly sets it apart from other 4K monitors currently available is its 144Hz refresh rate coupled with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology. That said, it provides a much sharper, smoother and more stable gaming experience than the regular 4K monitor. Furthermore, it will likely have a refresh rate of 4ms since that is the maximum for IPS panels.
  • Connectivity
    The exact connectivity options that the Predator XB272-HDR will be equipped with have not been revealed, but it will certainly have at least one DisplayPort 1.4 and one or two HDMI 2.0 ports. And seeing as it is a high-end monitor, it is likely that it will also have at least one USB 3.0 port for good measure.
  • Additional features
    • G-Sync – Seeing as the rest of the Predator series supports G-Sync, this one will almost certainly utilize the feature as well.
    • Adjustability – The Predator series are gaming monitors inside and out. As such, it is safe to assume that this high-end model will have a fully adjustable stand and will likely be wall-mountable, too.
    • HDR – As can be deduced from the very name of the product, it will support HDR, or High Dynamic Range. This is a display technology that relies on clever use of color and lighting to bring a dash of realism to the digital image never seen before.

What We Loved

  • First 4K 144Hz gaming monitor that supports HDR
  • Nvidia G-Sync
  • High adjustability and placement versatility

What We Didn’t Like

  • None for now

Samsung UH750

4k gaming monitor

About the Monitor

The other 4K gaming monitor we will be looking at comes from Samsung, a company which we are sure needs no introduction. This Korean tech giant brings us the UH750, a massive and stylish monitor that has a sleek metallic frame and base, as well as a remarkably slim profile – for a monitor of this size and specs, at least.

Features

  • Display
    The UH750 has a huge 28-inch screen that the 2160p display resolution truly does justice. On top of that, it has the lightning-fast response time of 1ms, which will leave no gamer wanting. And lastly, it has a 60Hz refresh rate.
  • Connectivity
    The monitor has two HDMI ports and a single DisplayPort, in addition to a 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync
    • PBP and PIP – Standing for picture-by-picture and picture-in-picture, these handy two features allow users to multitask more efficiently

Downsides

  • Limited adjustability
    Given the relatively low price tag, it is obvious that Samsung was going to have to cut some corners with this monitor. As it turns out, it suffers when it comes to adjustability, as tilt is the only thing that can be adjusted.
  • Flimsy stand
    Tying directly into the previous point, the stand is lacking in quality when compared to the rest of the monitor. Even though it looks metallic, it is made of plastic and is hardly stable. This flaw becomes all the more significant when you take into account that the monitor is not VESA-mountable.

What We Loved

  • Affordable for a 4K monitor
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Simultaneous input from two devices

What We Didn’t Like

  • Limited in terms of placement options and adjustability
  • Poor quality stand

Best Gaming Monitors For XBOX One X and PS4 Pro

TV sets are undoubtedly the most popular solution for console gaming. However, there are certain flaws that come with gaming on a TV, the biggest ones being high response times and lower pixel density. In any case, whatever your reason for steering clear of TVs in the situation may be, we will be presenting you with some of the best monitors for console gaming.

ASUS VP28UQG

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About the Monitor

This Asus monitor is an excellent choice for console gaming, and you will see exactly why. As for its outwards appearance, it doesn’t sport that aggressive design commonly seen with gaming monitors. Rather, it looks quite simple, with an unremarkable black plastic exterior and a circular stand. Whether this is a good or bad design choice is entirely up to the user.

Features

  • Display
    The Asus VP28UQG is a 4K monitor with an excellent 1ms response time, and although the 60 Hz refresh rate makes it a bit unattractive for PC gamers, this is not a problem for consoles since their achievable framerates rarely go over 60.
  • Connectivity
    The monitor has one DisplayPort 1.2 and two HDMI 2.0 ports, thus making it great for consoles which primarily rely on HDMI for connection. Moreover, it has one 3.5mm mini-jack which allows for easy connection of headphones or earbuds.
  • Additional features
    • Asus Eye Care – as we have previously introduced it with other Asus monitors, Eye Care reduces eye strain via blue light reduction and flicker-free screen refreshing.
    • AMD FreeSync
    • VESA-mountable

Downsides

  • No HDR
    This might seem a bit nitpicky, especially considering how affordable this 4K gaming monitor is, but a lack of HDR support will likely discourage some users who want to make use of their consoles’ HDR capabilities.
  • Lack of stand adjustability
    The monitor’s stand only supports tilt adjustment, so users who were hoping for some extra adjustability will have to take advantage of its VESA-mounting capabilities.

What We Loved

  • Affordable 4K gaming monitor
  • 1ms response time
  • Excellent connectivity options for consoles
  • VESA-mountable

What We Didn’t Like

  • Does not support HDR

Best UltraWide Gaming Monitors

In this section, we will be looking at UltraWide gaming monitors. These monitors have 21:9 width-to-height ratio instead of the 16:9 which is the standard widescreen format for gaming monitors today.

With a 21:9 UltraWide monitor, you get a bigger work surface and a wider FOV in games, which can present an advantage in competitive gaming. So, if you long for the convenience of an UltraWide monitor, you will be glad to know that we have pinpointed the two very best ones!

ASUS Designo Curved MX34VQ

best ultrawide gaming monitor

About the Monitor

First, we have a big monitor from a big name, the Asus Designo Curved MX34VQ. Its massive curved screen and metallic frame are a sight to behold, and it is one of the most immersive gaming monitors out there.

Features

  • Display
    As mentioned above, the Asus Designo Curved is massive – 34 inches to be exact. It is an ultrawide 1440p monitor with a 100 Hz refresh rate and is equipped with flicker-free backlighting. On top of that, it also has a 4ms response time.
  • Connectivity
    The Asus MX34VQ has three HDMI 2.0 inputs, a single DisplayPort 1.2 input, as well as a single 3.5mm audio input. This provides the monitor with all the versatility users would need.
  • Additional features
    • Integrated speakers – The monitor has built-in speakers which are of remarkably high quality, especially considering just how poorly monitor speakers usually perform.
    • Qi wireless charger – That glowing pad on the monitor’s base is not just for show. It is actually a wireless charging pad that is fully compatible with any device that supports Qi wireless charging technology, such as the latest iPhone 8 and many others.
    • Asus Eye Care – As we have previously introduced it in this article, this is an Asus-patented technology that reduces eye strain by filtering out blue light and eliminates screen flickering.

Downsides

  • Expensive
    You probably saw this one coming from the moment you read the intro. Indeed, with the kind of technology and sheer quality put into this monitor, it is only natural that it should have a hefty price tag. As such, only those with deep pockets will be able to afford it.
  • Demanding for hardware
    1440p monitors are demanding enough as it is, and UltraWide ones – even more so. As such, if you want to take full advantage of this monitor’s capabilities, you will need a top-notch gaming rig.

What We Loved

  • Native 4K support
  • Quality build
  • Excellent onboard speakers
  • Built-in Qi wireless charger

What We Didn’t Like

  • Highly expensive
  • Requires a powerful PC

AOC Agon AG352UCG

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About the Monitor

You may be familiar with the Agon series of monitors manufactured by AOC, especially since we have already mentioned one in this article already. The AG352UCG model is similar to the Asus Designo Curved in a lot of respects, but with some unique tricks of its own.

Features

  • Display
    The Agon AG352UCG is also a curved UltraWide 1440p monitor, albeit slightly larger at 35 inches. Like the Asus monitor, it has a 100Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time. And while its screen is not completely flicker-free, it does emit lower levels of blue light that still helps reduce eye strain.
  • Connectivity
    This Agon monitor is a more limited when it comes to connectivity options than the Designo Curved, although not by much. It has one HDMI 1.4 port and one DisplayPort. On top of that, it also has two USB ports.
  • Additional features
    • G-Sync
    • Integrated speakers – Yet another feature shared by these two UltraWide monitors are built-in speakers. Unlike those of the Designo Curved, this monitor’s speakers suffer from the generally low speaker quality that we have already discussed multiple times.
    • VESA-mountable
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Downsides

  • Expensive
    We have already mentioned that the Asus Designo Curved is expensive, but this AOC Agon monitor is still pricier, if not by much.
  • Weak speakers
    Once again, we have sub-par speakers. Keep in mind that we’re talking about a high-end monitor, and 2-watt speakers are simply unacceptable in this monitor’s price range.

What We Loved

  • Native UltraWide 1440p support
  • Massive 35-inch screen
  • Nvidia G-Sync
  • VESA-mountable

What We Didn’t Like

  • Very expensive
  • Weak speakers unfitting of the price range

Best HDR Gaming Monitors

And finally, we come to HDR. Standing for “high dynamic range”, this latest 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. 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 2K 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.

Features

  • Display
    As already stated, the C27HG70 is a 2K monitor, and its screen is just the right size of 27 inches. On top of that, it also has a refresh rate of 144Hz and the fastest possible 1ms response time.
  • Connectivity
    The monitor has two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, a USB 3.0 port and a 3.5mm audio output jack.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync
    • Fully adjustable
    • VESA-mountable
    • Reduced eye strain via flicker-free screen and blue light reduction

Downsides

  • Expensive for a 2K monitor
    In essence, HDR is the only feature that puts this monitor above other 2K models that can easily match its performance but that are quite a bit cheaper. It’s ultimately up to the user to decide if HDR is worth the extra buck.

What We Loved

  • Excellent 2K image quality
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Great gaming performance
  • Easily adjusted and wall-mountable

What We Didn’t Like

  • Expensive as far as 2K monitors go

Acer Predator X27

best console gaming monitor

About the Monitor

If you thought that the previously mentioned upcoming Acer Predator XB272-HDR was impressive, just wait until you see this beast! To be released in Q1 2018, Acer Predator X27 will blow users away both with its design and technical capabilities. It stands out from the competition at first glance, with its thin and elegant stand and its subtle dark red front buttons.

Features

  • Display
    The Acer Predator X27 is a 27-inch 4K gaming monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate. However, since it is an IPS monitor, its response time is slightly lower at 4ms.
  • Connectivity
    The monitor is equipped with a single HDMI 2.0 port, as well as two DisplayPort 1.4 inputs. Moreover, it has an audio out in the form of a 3.5mm jack.
  • Additional features
    • Nvidia G-Sync
    • Integrated speakers – The Predator X27 has two fairly impressive 7-watt speakers, which puts it a clear notch above other monitors in this regard.
    • Tobii Eye Tracking Technology – A revolutionary addition to the Predator X27, the Tobii Eye Tracking Technology works through the monitor’s built-in front-facing camera which tracks the player’s eye movements in order to provide a more responsive and dynamic gaming experience.
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Downsides

  • Price
    Even though the price has not been officially disclosed yet, it is fair to assume that it will be somewhere north of 1000$, considering the technology and the sheer quality that goes into this monitor.

What We Loved

  • Excellent picture quality
  • Nvidia G-Sync
  • Good onboard speakers
  • Tobii Eye Tracking Technology

What We Didn’t Like

  • Bound to be highly expensive

ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ

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About the Monitor

And finally, the last entry on this list belongs to an upcoming Asus RoG-branded gaming monitor. The monitor in question is the Swift PG35VQ set to release in Q4 2017, and no later than Q1 2018. It sports a clean exterior design with a prominent RoG logo both on the front of the monitor and projected at the base of the stand.

Features

  • Display
    The monitor sports an impressive ultra-wide curved 2K screen which is only made more impressive when you consider that it will have a 200 Hz refresh rate that won’t leave anyone wanting. The exact response time has not been disclosed yet, but due to the AMVA panel that is to be used, it is likely to be 4ms.
  • Connectivity
    Even though the monitor is to be released relatively soon, we still don’t know anything about what ports it will include. If we had to speculate, then it would likely have at least one DisplayPort 1.4 and one or two HDMI 2.0 ports. On top of that, it might also have a dedicated audio input and output jacks if it turns out that the monitor will have onboard speakers
  • Additional features
    • Nvidia G-Sync
    • AuraSync RGB lighting – Like most of the RoG-branded products, this monitor comes equipped with dynamic and customizable lighting, manifested via the large RoG logo that dominates the back of the monitor

Downsides

  • Price
    As with the Acer Predator X27 that we talked about above, this monitor is also likely to come with a four-digit price tag attached, given the advanced technology that goes into it.

What We Loved

  • Ultra-wide screen
  • 200 Hz refresh rate
  • G-Sync
  • AuraSync RGB Lighting

What We Didn’t Like

  • Bound to be expensive

How to Pick the Best Gaming Monitor For You?

Now that we are done listing the very best of the best monitors currently or soon-to-be on the market, we will address some important features, explain what they do, how important they are, and ultimately, help you pick the gaming monitor that makes the best fit for you.

Resolution

gaming monitor resolution

The first and most obvious specification is the resolution. So, which ones are currently available?

  • HD Ready/720p – Largely outdated and only still found in low-end office monitors and laptop screens. There are no gaming monitors still using this resolution.
  • Full HD/1080p – The current standard which provides the best balance of image quality and performance, as most modern GPUs can run it with the highest possible framerate.
  • 2K/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 high-end monitors today, and it takes a more powerful GPU to run it.
  • 4K/Ultra HD/2160p – The future of gaming that is yet to enter the mainstream, native UHD monitors still remain on the fringes since only the most powerful GPUs can support this extreme resolution.

With all that said, which should you pick?

  1. Pick Ultra HD if:
    1. You have a GPU that can run games in it with acceptable framerates, including everything from GTX 1070 (30+ FPS) to GTX 1080 Ti (60+ FPS). Of course, framerates will vary based on the game in question and the FPS values listed above are mere approximations.
    2. 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.
  1. Pick Quad HD if:
    1. 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 480 or GTX 1060 and above can generally manage anywhere from 30 to 60 FPS based on the game in question.
  1. Pick Full HD if:
    1. You want the best possible performance. If you are a competitive gamer and want every possible advantage that you can get, such as a three-digit framerate on a monitor with a three-digit refresh rate.
    2. You have a dated GPU. Usually, it can take around 5 years for a graphics card to become obsolete. By obsolete, we mean that it is unable to achieve playable framerates in newer games. However, if we take the new QHD and UHD resolutions into account, most GPUs from merely 2 years ago will not make the cut.

Screen size

This is a stat that those who are not quite tech-savvy prize above all else. To such people, bigger is better. A gamer, on the other hand, knows that that is not the case.

When you’re picking a TV set, you would want to find a good correlation between the size of the room and the size of the TV screen. In the case of computer monitors, the correlation between the screen size and resolution is the most important.

Usually, the best combinations are:

  • 24 inches with 1080p
  • 27 inches with 1440p
  • 32 inches with 2160p

These are the numbers that manufacturers mostly stick to, but you can always find monitors that deviate slightly from those numbers.

Why is this important?

Because the greater the difference between the screen size and resolution, the lower the pixel density will be. In turn, this means that the image will be blurrier and less defined. You don’t need to worry about separate pixels being visible with the naked eye though, as that only becomes the case when viewing TVs up close.

Refresh rate

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A refresh rate constitutes how many times per second the monitor can refresh the displayed image, and it is measured in Hertz.

Why is it important to keep refresh rates in mind?

The monitor’s refresh rate governs how many frames per second it can display, and the more frames you have, the smoother and sharper the image will be, and with minimal blurring.

Before making your pick, consider how compatible the monitor will be with your GPU in this regard. That is, if the GPU will be able to produce framerates that will do the high refresh rate justice, or if a 60Hz monitor would limit your GPU’s capabilities.

Response time

Response time governs how quickly a single pixel can change from black to white or from one shade of grey to another. It is measured in milliseconds, and in practice, it signifies how blurry fast-moving images will be.

In modern monitors, response times are usually either 1ms for monitors with TN panels or 4ms for monitors with IPS panels, which will be discussed in greater detail below.

As for response times, you should only prioritize 1ms monitors if you:

  1. Play a lot of fast-paced games
  2. Have gotten used to 1ms monitors

The difference between 4ms and 1ms response times is minimal, only likely to be noticed by those who have had experience with 1ms monitors before. If you don’t count among those people and you don’t need the slight edge that fast response times offer in fast-paced games, then you don’t need to worry about your monitor’s response time.

Panel type

144hz gaming monitor

As mentioned above, the two panels used in gaming monitors today are TN (Twisted Nematic) and IPS (In-Plane Switching) panels.

Without getting too technical:

  • TN panels have better overall performance, which includes higher refresh rates and faster response times
  • IPS panels offer better image quality, especially when it comes to colors, but lag behind TN panels in the performance department

When choosing between these two for gaming, it simply comes down to whether you want the most responsive monitor possible that will give you an edge in games, or if you want a better visual experience. All in all, it is a completely subjective choice.

Connectivity

There are several means of connection used by monitors today:

HDMI

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The most popular is the High-Definition Multimedia Interface, commonly abbreviated and known as HDMI. The versions of this connector used today are HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 2.0, which differ in terms of performance, with the latter being superior in every regard. In practice, however, you only really need HDMI 2.0 if you want to run 2K+ resolutions with high refresh rates. And lastly, HDMI is the only one of these technologies that can transfer audio.

DisplayPort

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DisplayPort is the most popular among gamers, and for a good reason. The latest DisplayPort 1.4 supports the highest possible resolution/refresh rate ratio, including 4K 120Hz support. It is very rarely included in TVs, which is why consoles don’t include it either. However, nearly every monitor and graphics card today have at least one DisplayPort.

DVI

curved gaming monitor

DVI comes in a number of variants, with the latest and most common one today being Dual Link DVI-D. In terms of performance, it is generally on par with HDMI. Granted, there are minor differences but none that the human eye is capable of perceiving. And, unlike HDMI, DVI cannot transfer audio.

VGA

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VGA represents an analogue means of connection that is on the border of becoming obsolete. Needless to say, it is a last resort solution that few still use today. Its maximum supported resolution is 1080p, which is already pushing its technical capabilities.

So, which one to go with?

We suggest the following:

  1. Use DisplayPort for your PC, especially if it is a monitor with a high refresh rate.
  2. Use HDMI on PC only with 60Hz monitors and with consoles. One obvious advantage of HDMI when it comes to consoles is that it can transfer audio.
  3. Use DVI as an alternative to HDMI if your GPU/monitor does not have enough ports for all your devices
  4. Use VGA only if you have no other choice

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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