Best Gaming Monitor 2020 – Definitive Gaming Monitor Buying Guide

With 2020 ahead of us, 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. After all, 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 you can get in 2019, and after that, we’ll offer a brief and simple guide explaining which features to keep an eye out for and how to ultimately pick the best monitor for your needs!

The 23 Best Gaming Monitors for 2019

CategoryMonitorSizeResolutionPanel TypeVRR 
Top Budget Gaming Monitors21.5in1080pIPSFreeSync
24/27in1080pIPSFreeSync
27in1440pIPSFreeSync
Best 144Hz Gaming Monitors24.5in1080pTNFreeSync
24in1080pVAFreeSync
24in1080pIPSFreeSync
Best 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitors27in1440pVAFreeSync
27in1440pTNFreeSync
27in1440pIPSFreeSync
Top Rated 240Hz Gaming Monitors24.5in1080pTNFreeSync
24.5in1080pTNG-SYNC
Best 4K Monitors For Gaming27in2160pIPSFreeSync
27in2160pIPSG-SYNC
Best Gaming Monitors For Xbox One X and PS4 Pro31.5in2160pVAFreeSync
43in2160pVAFreeSync
Best UltraWide Gaming Monitors29in1080pIPSFreeSync
30in1080pVAFreeSync
34in1080pIPSFreeSync
34in1440pVAFreeSync
34in1440pIPSFreeSync
Best HDR Gaming Monitors27in1440pVAFreeSync
49in1440pVAFreeSync
27in2160pIPSG-SYNC
35in1440pVAG-SYNC

Best 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. As a result, there is a wide selection of affordable monitors with different combinations of features, so picking the best one for your needs can take a bit of research.

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

Acer SB220Q

Acer Sb220q

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 on this list. And despite this remarkably low price tag, the Acer SB220Q still manages to present good value for your money.

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!

Key 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 a 4ms response time which 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 1.4 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 in the 48-75 Hz range.
    • 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.
  • No VESA support – The monitor lacks VESA support, which is quite a shame, as we’re sure many would have welcomed the option to easily and conveniently replace the stock stand with a more adjustable one.

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 and don’t mind the lack of VESA support, this one will fit the bill.

The Pros

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

The Cons

  • Screen small by today’s standards
  • Only two ports
  • No VESA mount support

LG 24MP59G

Lg 24mp59g

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 variant, though, mainly because 1080p looks much better on smaller screens.

Key Features:

  • The Display – The monitor’s IPS display comes with a 75 Hz refresh rate, just like the SB220Q, though there’s the obvious advantage of a slightly larger screen. The 5ms response time may seem a bit discouraging, but the motion blur reduction feature helps with this, so unless you’re used to 1ms panels, you likely won’t have any issues with this monitor.
  • 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
    • 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. FreeSync works in the 40-75 Hz range, which is a tad better than the 48-75 Hz range of the SB220Q
    • Adjustable stand – Once again, we have a stock stand that only supports tilt adjustment.

Downside:

  • 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, like the SB220Q, it does not.

Final 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.

The Pros

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

The Cons

  • No VESA support

AOPEN 27ML1U

Aopen 27ml1u

About the Monitor

The next monitor on the list comes from a Taiwanese company called AOpen, which is not exactly a common name as far as gaming monitors are concerned. Still, the AOpen 27ML1U is easily one of the best budget monitors available at the moment, and for several reasons.

Its main selling point is that it is a relatively affordable QHD IPS monitor, and on top of that, it even comes with a stylish stand and a sleek exterior design with extremely thin bezels.

Key Features:

  • The Display – As stated above, the 27ML1U is a 1440p monitor, so the image is a fair bit sharper than what you’d get with a 1080p monitor. More importantly, it also uses an IPS panel, meaning great color reproduction and viewing angles. Finally, it has a 75 Hz refresh rate, so it feels a bit smoother than the average 60 Hz monitor and the Turbo Visual Response technology emulates a 1ms response time quite well.
  • Ports – You’re unlikely to find the AOpen 27ML1U lacking in the ports department, as it features two HDMI 2.0 ports, a single DisplayPort 1.2, plus the usual analog audio connector.
  • Additional Features
    • AMD FreeSync – As before, since we’re dealing with a monitor with a higher than average refresh rate, it makes use of AMD’s FreeSync, which is generally a superior alternative to V-sync. Here, it works in the 48-75 Hz range.
    • Adjustable stand – Just like with the previous models, the stand that comes with the 27ML1U is nothing spectacular, since it can only be adjusted for tilt. This is unsurprising, considering that this is an area where OEMs commonly cut some corners if they’re trying to make a monitor more affordable. Nonetheless, the stand is stable and looks good to boot, but replacing it won’t be a hassle because…
    • VESA support – The AOpen 27ML1U comes with full VESA support and is compatible with any 100×100 mount. This means that you will be able to find a replacement for the rudimentary stock stand quite easily without having to worry about compatibility issues.
    • Integrated speakers – The monitor comes with a set of dual 2W speakers which, while they are not exactly a good solution for gaming, are a convenient feature to have on the side.

Downside:

  • A bit pricey– Yes, this monitor is listed in the budget category and it is a great deal as far as budget QHD monitors are concerned, but one can’t deny that it’s still on the pricey side. As such, if you’re really pinching pennies, it might be better to go with one of the 1080p options listed above instead.

Final Thoughts

Overall, there’s very little to complain about when it comes to the AOpen 27ML1U. It is easily one of the best budget gaming monitors available, especially if you’re looking for a 1440p panel. As we have already established, it features a great display and looks good on the outside, and what more can you want at this price point?

Granted, it might be a bit of a stretch money-wise if you’re really on a tight budget, plus the stock stand is nothing spectacular, but it’s difficult to hold this against AOpen considering the quality of the display and the approachable pricing.

The Pros

  • Great-looking IPS display
  • Solid performance
  • Affordable for a 1440p monitor

The Cons

  • On the pricey side

Best 144Hz Gaming Monitors

While 60 Hz monitors are perfectly fine for most people, others – particularly competitive gamers – will want more responsiveness and smoother gameplay, which is where 144 Hz monitors step in. With such a high refresh rate, these panels can display more than twice as many frames per second as regular 60 Hz displays can, something that not only makes gameplay buttery-smooth but also provides something that can be an important competitive edge.

AOC G2590PX

Aoc G2590px

About the Monitor

The first entry in this category goes to a monitor from a well-known monitor manufacturer, AOC, and it’s their beautiful AOC G2590PX. model. The monitor features an incredibly sleek design with near non-existent bezels and stylish red highlights which easily establish the G2590PX as a gaming monitor without being “too much”.

Key Features:

  • The Display – The AOC G2590PX is a 25-inch 1080p TN monitor, which is unsurprising considering how popular this type of panel is, especially among cheaper monitors with high refresh rates. In addition to the 144 Hz refresh rate, it also features a 1ms response time, which is another notable advantage of this particular type of panel.
  • Ports – In addition to the dual HDMI 1.4 ports and a single DisplayPort 1.2 connector, this monitor also features a VGA port and a four-port USB 3.0 hub for good measure.
  • Additional Features
    • AMD FreeSync – Every 144 Hz monitor has to have adaptive sync, and as has been the rule for years now, the budget solutions always go with FreeSync due to how much cheaper it is to implement than G-Sync. It works in the 30-144 Hz range, which is pretty much the best anyone could ask for.
    • Adjustable stand – With the G2590PX, you get a highly adjustable stand that can be adjusted not only for tilt but also for height, pivot, and swivel. Plus, the stand is simple but still looks good, and it even has a convenient opening for cable management.
    • VESA compatibility – Sure, the stock stand that comes with this monitor is quite good, but in the case that you might want to replace it for whatever reason, you’ll be pleased to know that it is compatible with any 100×100 VESA mount.
    • Integrated speakers – As with the previous model, the G2590PX has dual 2W speakers, and while it’s a convenient feature to have, it’s not something to base your choice of monitor on

Downside:

  • Underwhelming visuals – As is usually the case with TN panels, the G2590PX has some issues with color accuracy. The panel actually fares better than the average TN model in this price range, the colors are decent and not as washed out as they usually are with affordable 144 Hz monitors. But still, it can’t compare to IPS or VA panels when it comes to either the colors or the contrast.

Final Thoughts

As we have already mentioned, the G2590PX is a budget solution, as far as 144 Hz monitors are concerned. True, it looks very sleek and appealing at first glance, but the performance benefits that it offers at its approachable price point inevitably come at the cost of color accuracy, contrast, and viewing angles.

True, it fares quite well in the visuals department compared to most TN panels but it will hardly impress anyone, especially someone used to higher-quality panels. But if you’re the kind of gamer who prioritizes performance over graphics, the G2590PX will offer more than satisfactory performance at a decent price.

The Pros

  • Great panel performance
  • Sleek exterior design
  • Highly adjustable stock stand
  • USB hub

The Cons

  • Unimpressive visuals

AOC C24G1

Aoc C24g1

About the Monitor

Moving on, we get to something a bit different. The next monitor on the list also comes from AOC and it, too, is a highly responsive 144 Hz model, but with a key difference – the AOC C24G1 is a curved VA monitor, so it manages to bring visuals and performance together in one well-priced package.

On the outside, the C24G1 doesn’t look half-bad. Much like the G2590PX, it features a matte black exterior with a reasonable touch of red, combined with a decent (if somewhat cheap-looking) stand.

Key Features:

  • The Display – As mentioned in the introduction, the C24G1 features a curved 1080p VA panel. Just as you might expect, this panel offers superb contrast and the performance is buttery smooth, without any noticeable blurring or ghosting. Meanwhile, the 1500R curve won’t do wonders for immersion but it is more than adequate for a 16:9 screen.
  • Ports – Just like the previous AOC model, the C24G1 features two HDMI 1.4 and a single DisplayPort 1.2, an analog audio jack, as well as a single VGA port. However, it lacks the previous monitor’s USB hub.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – As before, we have a budget 144 Hz monitor that comes with AMD FreeSync as its adaptive sync solution. The range is a bit narrower than the G2590PX at 48-144 Hz, but that’s not too big of a deal.
    • Adjustable stand – The stand that comes with the C24G1 can be adjusted for tilt, height, and swivel.
    • VESA support – The monitor supports 100×100 VESA stands and mounts.

Downsides:

  • Not the best color accuracy – While it fares better than the G2590PX in terms of contrast and overall immersion thanks to the curved screen, the AOC C24G1 doesn’t exactly shine in the color accuracy department either. The colors don’t look quite as good as they do on most IPS monitors in this price range.
  • Some ghosting issues – While VA panels tend to have excellent contrast and solid colors, ghosting is a relatively common problem. As for the C24G1, there is some noticeable ghosting in darker scenes, though it’s nothing deal-breaking.

Final Thoughts

All things considered, the AOC C24G1 is far from being a bad monitor, especially at its current price point. Sure, it may not be able to match an IPS panel when it comes to color reproduction but it still offers immersive visuals thanks to excellent contrast and a curved screen.

That said, if you’re after an affordable 144 Hz monitor that can also offer decent visuals, you’re unlikely to find a better one than the C24G1 – if you can look past the somewhat washed-out colors, that is.

The Pros

  • Curved screen
  • Excellent contrast
  • Good value for your money

The Cons

  • Washed-out colors
  • Some minor ghostin

Acer VG240Y

Acer Vg240y

About the Monitor

And for the final entry in this category, we have yet another monitor, and this one comes from Acer – the Acer VG240Y. As you might have guessed, what separates this model from the previous two AOC ones is the fact that it uses an IPS panel, which means you’re in for some very good visuals.

Design-wise, it is a bit gaudier, as it features a more detail-heavy front than the previous two monitors. This extends to the stand, too, which is a tad more attention-grabbing than the stands seen with the previous two models.

Key Features:

  • The Display – The display of the Acer VG240Y uses a Full HD IPS panel, and as is almost always the case with this type of panel, they beat TN and VA ones when it comes to color accuracy, though they aren’t quite as responsive as the former and don’t have contrast as good as the latter. The response time is the usual 4ms, but of course, Acer has implemented their own take on motion blur reduction to help with this.
  • Ports – The VG240Y keeps it simple when it comes to ports, and it just features the usual two HDMI 2.0 ports and a single DisplayPort 1.2 input.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – Seeing as this is yet another budget 144 Hz monitor, it is only natural that it, too, features FreeSync as opposed to the pricier Nvidia G-Sync. It is available in the 48-144 Hz range.
    • Adjustable stand – The VG240Y features an adjustable stand, albeit a highly rudimentary one. Though it may look good, the stock stand can only be adjusted for tilt, which is a bit disappointing
    • VESA support – As expected, the monitor is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.

Downsides:

  • Underwhelming stand – As stated above, the stock stand that ships with the Acer VG240Y will hardly impress anyone, and it is way too basic for a monitor in this price range. Granted, the monitor features a good IPS panel, but we feel that including a decent VESA stand wouldn’t have added too much to the price.
  • Poor contrast and backlight bleed – The chief downsides to IPS panels are poor black uniformity due and backlight bleed. Sure enough, a budget IPS monitor is not an exception, and the blacklight bleed is particularly noticeable if you usually use your PC in a darker room. Furthermore, the contrast cannot really compare to what the VA-equipped AOC C24G1 can offer either, and the blacks usually look dark gray instead.

Final Thoughts

Seeing as we have previously touched upon the inherent advantages and disadvantages of the three most popular panel types, it should be obvious as to why you might want to pick this monitor over one of the previous two models – the color reproduction. The VG240Y features vibrant colors that you just won’t see in a TN panel or any VA panels in this price range.

However, it still can’t compete with the AOC C24G1 as far as contrast is concerned, not to mention that that monitor also features a curved screen to boot. And then there’s also the highly rudimentary stand which would be easy enough to replace, but it would still constitute an extra investment on top of the price of the monitor.

The Pros

  • Great color accuracy
  • Effective motion blur reduction
  • Decent overall value

The Cons

  • Limited contrast
  • Backlight bleed
  • Highly basic stand

Best 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitors

Sometimes, just the performance isn’t enough. Sometimes, you want a sharp high-resolution display that is not only fast and responsive but is also capable of bringing colors to life or producing striking and immersive contrast.  And sure enough, if you’re willing to pay a little bit extra, you most definitely can get your hands on such a monitor.

Here are the best 1440p 144 Hz monitors that you can buy in 2019!

AOC CQ27G1​

Aoc Cq27g1

About the Monitor

The first monitor in this category is the AOC CQ27G1, and in many ways, it provides a perfect balance between performance and visuals. Even the monitor itself looks quite good, with thin bezels, a sleek stand, and a tasteful red highlight running along the bottom of the frame that immediately identifies it as a gaming monitor without being too conspicuous.

Key Features:

  • The Display – The CQ27G1 is a curved 27-inch monitor and naturally, since it’s in this category, it features a 144 Hz QHD panel. Now, the panel in question is a VA one, meaning that it has great contrast and solid color accuracy. The response time is good, too, though there is some minor ghosting in darker scenes.
  • Ports – This monitor is a bit conservative when the ports are concerned, as it features only one HDMI 2.0 port and one DisplayPort 1.2, plus a headphone jack.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – There can be no affordable 144 Hz monitor without FreeSync, so the CQ27G1 obviously features AMD’s adaptive sync technology. It is available in the 48-144 Hz range, so there’s nothing to complain about in this department.
    • Adjustable stand – The stand that ships with the CQ27G1 is of surprisingly high quality and it is highly adjustable, supporting tilt, height, and swivel adjustment.
    • VESA support – The monitor is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts

Downside:

  • Some minor ghosting – Few VA panels can escape ghosting issues, and the CQ27G1 does suffer from a limited amount of ghosting that is particularly noticeable in darker scenes.

Final Thoughts

All things considered, the CQ27G1 is a great deal. Its curved VA panel, with its superior contrast and good color reproduction, contributes a lot to the overall immersion, all the while it supports a high refresh rate that ensures the action is responsive and buttery-smooth.

The only real issue that we have with this monitor is the usual flaw that plagues most VA panels, and it’s ghosting. Granted, it’s not a deal-breaker and its mainly noticeable in dark scenes, but some people just can’t stand it. In any case, if you feel that this is not a major issue, then you’re bound to be happy with the AOC CQ27G1.

The Pros

  • Solid VA panel
  • Sleek exterior design
  • Good stock stand

The Cons

  • Some ghosting issues

Dell S2719DGF

Dell S2719dgf

About the Monitor

The next monitor, the Dell S2719DGF, is a somewhat different solution. On the outside, it may not look like anything more than a regular office monitor, but the panel offers exceptional performance, not to mention that many are bound to appreciate the sleek and non-aggressive design

Key Features:

  • The Display – The Dell S2719DGF is a 27-inch QHD 144 Hz monitor that uses a high-quality TN panel, so it’s obviously a performance-oriented monitor that offers not only high refresh rates but also extremely fast response time and hardly any motion blur. Of course, as is usually the case with TN panels, this comes at the cost of viewing angles, though the color accuracy is surprisingly good for this type of panel.
  • Ports – The monitor has one HDMI 2.0 and one HDMI 1.4 port, along with one DisplayPort 1.2 connector, two audio jacks, and a USB hub with four USB 3.0 ports.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – Like any relatively affordable monitor with a high refresh rate, this monitor features FreeSync, and it’s available in a 40-144 Hz range (40-155 Hz when overclocked with DP 1.2), which is more than satisfactory.
    • Adjustable stand – The stock stand is sleek and minimal, and it is fully adjustable, supporting tilt, height, swivel, and pivot adjustment.
    • VESA support – The monitor supports the standard 100×100 VESA mounts.

Downside:

  • Terrible black uniformity – The biggest downside of the Dell S2719DGF is its poor black uniformity. Though the contrast is mediocre, it’s solid for a TN panel, but the prominent backlight bleed can be extremely distracting as it will be visible in dark scenes.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Dell S2719DGF has a lot to offer: superb panel performance, color reproduction which is quite good for a TN panel, simple design, and a good stock stand. It is reasonably-priced, too, though the backlight bleed might be a deal-breaker for many.

The Pros

  • Excellent performance
  • Decent colors for a TN panel
  • Great stock stand
  • USB hub

The Cons

  • Very poor black uniformity

LG 27GL850

Lg 27gl850

About the Monitor

And last but definitely not least, we have the LG 27GL850, another monitor from LG that improves upon the general shortcomings of the previous two monitors in a number of ways. It may not look overly impressive when viewed head-on, but it features some beautiful red highlights on the back, and it definitely feels like a quality product overall.

Key Features:

  • The Display – We have taken a look at a VA and at a TN 1440p 144 Hz monitor, and now, we have an IPS one. That said, the LG 27GL850 offers excellent colors and viewing angles, all the while not sacrificing much in regards to performance, as it uses the “overdrive” mode to enhance response times. Naturally, it still can’t compare to TN’s native 1ms response time nor does it offer the kind of contrast you can expect from a VA panel, but it makes for a well-balanced solution.
  • Ports – The monitor has two HDMI 2.0 ports and a single DisplayPort 1.4 input, plus a headphone jack and a USB hub with two USB 3.0 ports.
  • Additional Features
    • AMD FreeSync – The monitor comes equipped with FreeSync, which is available in the 48-144 Hz range via DP 1.4 and in a narrower 48-100 Hz range via HDMI. We’d like to point out that LG markets the monitor as “G-Sync compatible” and they slapped a G-Sync sticker on the front, but it’s not a G-Sync monitor, it is merely a FreeSync monitor that is certified to work with Nvidia GPUs.
    • HDR – The LG 27GL850 comes with HDR support and it looks quite good, though HDR cannot truly shine with the monitor’s underwhelming contrast and mediocre brightness.
    • Adjustable stand – The monitor supports tilt, height, and pivot adjustment, but sadly no swivel
    • VESA support – The 27GL850 is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.

Downsides:

  • No FreeSync 2 – The monitor supports HDR but it lacks FreeSync 2 support, meaning that you cannot enable HDR and VRR at the same time.
  • Poor contrast and black uniformity – Sadly, even though the IPS panel looks good when it comes to colors and viewing angles, the main flaw of this particular technology is rather accentuated here. Namely, the panel has a very disappointing contrast ratio, especially for an HDR-compatible monitor in this price range, and the black uniformity is hardly any better.

Final Thoughts

As far as the color reproduction and the performance are concerned, there is very little to complain about with the LG 27GL850. The picture is crisp and responsive, and while the pixel response time can’t quite match that of a TN panel, you’re unlikely to notice this unless you’re used to TN monitors.

Granted, the lack of FreeSync 2 is something of a disappointment in an HDR-compatible 144 Hz monitor, plus the poor contrast and black uniformity are a big downside in a monitor this pricey. However, if you can tolerate this, you’d be set with a very well-rounded gaming monitor.

The Pros

  • Good color reproduction
  • Great response time
  • G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitor

The Cons

  • No FreeSync 2
  • Subpar contrast
  • Poor black uniformity

Top Rated 240Hz Gaming Monitors

If you own a capable gaming rig and demand nothing short of the very best performance, then a 144 Hz monitor just won’t cut it. Rather, it is a 240 Hz one that will catch your eye, as these are the fastest gaming monitors made so far. They offer unbeatable performance, so if that is what you’re after and you have the money and the right hardware, then one of the following models is bound to be the right choice for you!

Acer XF252Q

Acer Xf252q

About the Monitor

To start off, we have a more budget-friendly 240 Hz monitor from Acer, and it’s the XF252Q. This 1080p TN monitor is not exactly cheap, but it is a good deal as far as the monitors in this performance category are concerned.

It is a rather unassuming monitor when it comes to its outward appearance, since there is nothing about it that screams “gaming”, which is a bit unusual. It features slim bezels, a simple matte black exterior, and a minimalistic round stock stand, something that you will definitely like if you prefer your peripherals clean and inconspicuous.

Key Features:

  • The Display – As mentioned in the introduction, the XF252Q is a Full HD monitor that uses a TN panel, meaning that it offers excellent performance at the cost of image quality. And true enough, the Acer XF252Q is one of the fastest, most responsive monitors available, and it even offers color reproduction better than most other TN monitors.
  • Ports – The monitor features the usual two HDMI 2.0 ports and a single DisplayPort 1.2 input, along with four-port USB 3.0 hub and a headphone jack for good measure.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – Since it is a monitor that manages to bring 240 Hz and approachable pricing together, it should be fairly obvious that the XF252Q features FreeSync, and it is available in the massive 48-240 Hz range, which is unlikely to disappoint anyone.
    • Adjustable stand – The stock stand that ships with the XF252Q can be adjusted for tilt, swivel, and height.
    • VESA support – As usual, the monitor is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts, which is good news if you want to invest in a better stand or a wall mount.
    • Integrated speakers – The monitor comes with a set of dual 2W stereo speakers.
    • HDR – An unusual sight when it comes to TN panels to be sure: the XF252Q comes with HDR support, although sadly, the visual enhancements of HDR aren’t quite as noticeable here as they with IPS or VA panels.

Downsides:

  • Underwhelming picture quality – Though the XF252Q has better color accuracy than most TN panels, the picture quality still suffers in other departments, namely the contrast, the viewing angles, and very poor black uniformity.
  • Limited HDR – While it is a welcome feature to have, the monitor just doesn’t seem to have the kind of contrast needed to really make HDR worth it. As such, it remains a relatively superficial feature, since you won’t be getting a 240 Hz TN monitor because of HDR.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, the Acer XF252Q is a gaming monitor and performance is its primary strength, as it offers an amazing refresh rate and is remarkably responsive, allowing for smooth and snappy gaming at high framerates with no screen tearing or nauseating motion blur.

But as usual, it’s impossible to balance out performance and visuals without breaking the bank, and the XF252Q is ultimately more of a niche product for gamers who are looking for performance above all else. So, if you count yourself among those, then this is the perfect monitor for you. If not, then you would probably be better off with something else.

The Pros

  • Top-notch performance
  • Extremely low motion blur
  • Solid colors for a TN panel
  • USB hub

The Cons

  • Poor contrast and viewing angles
  • Bad black uniformity
  • Underwhelming HDR

Acer Predator XN253Q

Acer Predator Xn253q

About the Monitor

Next, we have another monitor from Acer, and this one belongs to their recognizable Predator brand: the Acer Predator XN253Q. In many ways, it is like a beefed-up, better-looking version of the XF252Q which still offers a 240 Hz TN display but with a somewhat better panel and Nvidia G-Sync thrown in for good measure.

Key Features:

  • The Display – Obviously, the XN253Q features a 1080p TN display with a 240 Hz refresh rate and a remarkably low response time. It offers good color accuracy and contrast for a TN panel, with only minimal backlight bleed.
  • Ports – The monitor only comes with a single DisplayPort 1.2 and a single HDMI 1.4 port, but it also features a total of four USB 3.0 ports and a headphone jack.
  • Additional Features
    • Nvidia G-Sync – Partly responsible for the monitor’s slightly beefier price tag, G-Sync is here to ensure flawless, smooth, lag-free, and tear-free gaming experience at high framerates.
    • Adjustable stand – The stand that comes with the XN253Q is both stable and looks good, and it is also fully adjustable, supporting tilt, height, swivel, and pivot adjustment.
    • VESA support – As is tradition, the monitor is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.
    • Integrated speakers – The monitor features two 2-watt speakers

Downside:

  • Pricey – While we feel that this monitor is a good buy, there’s no denying that the price is a bit too high for a 1080p monitor, 240 Hz or not. As mentioned above, G-Sync is partly to blame for this, but if you’re after performance, you likely won’t mind.

Final Thoughts

The Acer Predator XN253Q is not a perfect monitor, but it definitely stands out. If you’re set on getting a 240 Hz monitor, we can’t think of a better choice: it’s fast, responsive, looks good on the outside, and the panel even offers visuals better than what you’d usually get with a TN panel.

Of course, this and the inclusion of G-Sync inevitably mean that you’ll have to dish out a decent buck on it. But if you want a quality 240 Hz monitor, it will be worth the investment. However, many will agree that you could get a better deal if you aim for 144 Hz instead.

The Pros

  • Good visuals for a TN panel
  • Extremely responsive
  • Nvidia G-Sync
  • USB hub

The Cons

  • On the expensive side

Best 4K Monitors For Gaming

It feels as if it were only yesterday that the first 4K TVs started entering the mainstream, boasting this massive resolution that only a setup with multiple high-end GPUs could truly master. But here we are, a few years later, and 4K gaming monitors are becoming more and more popular. Sure, you still need a very powerful GPU if you want to achieve a stable and playable framerate in this resolution, but if you can afford it, then you’d be in for some serious eye candy.

LG 27UL500

Lg 27ul500

About the Monitor

The first monitor in this category is yet another model from LG, and it is the prime choice if you’re looking to get your hands on a 4K monitor without burning a hole in your wallet: the LG 27UL500.

The monitor boasts a fairly unassuming exterior, which is to be expected considering the modest price tag. It may not be much of an attention-grabber with its bland matte black frame and the somewhat bulky silver stand, but as far as the actual display is concerned, it’s unlikely you’ll find anything serious to complain about.

Key Features:

  • The Display – Since we’re talking about a 27-inch 4K display, you already know you’re in for some clean and crisp visuals. And as if that weren’t enough, this monitor also features an HDR10-compatible IPS panel, so you can rest assured that you’d be in for a truly spectacular experience if you were to buy this monitor.
  • Ports – The LG27UL500 keeps it simple in the connectivity department, as it comes with the usual one DisplayPort 1.2 and two HDMI 2.0 ports, plus a headphone jack.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – The monitor features FreeSync which, while not a priority feature in a 60 Hz monitor, is still a welcome addition in the case that you cannot maintain a stable 60 FPS in the 40-60 FPS range and don’t want to cap the performance at 30 FPS using V-Sync.
    • Adjustable stand – The LG 27UL500 ships with a basic stock stand that can only be adjusted for tilt.
    • VESA support – The monitor is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts, something that you’ll be glad to have if you require more adjustability than what the simple stock stand offers
    • HDR – A very welcome feature that we have already mentioned above, HDR can really make those graphics pop, and the IPS panel used by the LG 27UL500 is more than up to the task in this department.

Downsides:

  • Bland design – As mentioned in the introduction, the design is not one of the primary strengths of the LG 27UL500. Frankly, the matte black frame can come across as downright cheap, so even if you prefer your monitor clean and inconspicuous, chances are you’d prefer something a bit sleeker, especially for a 4K monitor.
  • Basic stand – Another issue that we have already touched upon is the stock stand. It may look decent paired up with this monitor, but it’s always a shame to see a VESA-compatible monitor ship with such a rudimentary stand that only supports tilt adjustment.

Final Thoughts

With all of the above in mind, one thing should be obvious – the LG 27UL500 is a budget 4K gaming monitor. As such, the manufacturer has inevitably cut some corners, as evident from the downsides we have listed above. Granted, they are perfectly valid shortcomings that should be pointed out, but considering the price, it’s understandable why they’re there.

The bottom line is, if you’re looking for a relatively affordable 4K monitor, then this model will offer just what you need: a quality HDR-compatible 4K IPS panel that is unlikely to leave you disappointed as far as the image quality is concerned

The Pros

  • Beautiful IPS display
  • HDR support
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Relatively affordable

The Cons

  • Uninspired design
  • Rudimentary stand

Acer XB273K

Acer Xb273k

About the Monitor

If the more affordable solution listed above is not to your liking and you’re looking for something a little more “premium”, then the next monitor we have lined up just might catch your eye – the Acer XB273K.

This is a truly high-end monitor, the subtle dash of red and the included privacy shield help it stand out at first glance, but most of what this monitor has to offer is confined to its superb display which is the epitome of “having your cake and eating, too”.

Key Features:

  • The Display – The Acer XB273K features a remarkable IPS panel that not only offers the superb clarity of 4K but also the speed and responsiveness of a 144 Hz refresh rate. And since this is a rather expensive IPS panel we’re talking about, it goes without saying that it features excellent color reproduction and HDR support. On top of all that, it has exceptionally low motion blur for an IPS panel, so it’s a gaming monitor through and through.
  • Ports – The XB273K features only a single HDMI 2.0 port and a single DisplayPort 1.4, along with a total of four USB 3.0 ports comprising the hub, plus one audio jack.
  • Additional features
    • Nvidia G-Sync – Unsurprisingly, this high-end monitor comes with Nvidia G-Sync support, which includes not only adaptive sync but also some extra features (such as motion blur reduction) which are very good to have in a monitor as pricey as this one.
    • Adjustable stand – The s Acer XB273K ships with a bulky stand that is adjustable for height, tilt, and swivel.
    • VESA support – As usual, the monitor comes with 100×100 VESA mount support.
    • Integrated speakers – The monitor features a set of dual 4-watt speakers, which is a bit more powerful than what you usually get with a monitor but they are still far from adequate for gaming.
    • HDR – As mentioned before, the monitor supports HDR, and the panel is more than capable of handling it. The brightness and the contrast aren’t perfect, but are still quite good
    • Screen shield – The privacy shields that are incorporated into the monitor’s design can help reduce glare from any windows or light sources that you have in your room, so they are a convenient addition.

Downsides:

  • Subpar black uniformity – Sadly, even at this price range, one can’t seem to escape the scourge of backlight bleed. While the panel offers vibrant and popping visuals on every front, along with decent contrast, it is nonetheless plagued by disappointingly bad black uniformity.
  • Extremely expensive – There’s no denying it, the Acer XB273K is one expensive monitor. This is nothing surprising considering that it’s a 27-inch 4K 144 Hz monitor equipped with G-Sync, but this doesn’t change the fact that you can build an entire gaming PC for the price of this monitor alone.

Final Thoughts

The Acer XB273K is a premium-quality monitor aimed at gaming enthusiasts who have enough enthusiasm and money to spare on a 27-inch 144 Hz 4K panel – not to mention a PC powerful enough to make full use of this monitor’s capabilities. If you don’t belong in said crowd and don’t have a high-end GPU such as the RTX 2080, then there are far better monitors out there that can meet your needs without burning a hole in your wallet.

The Pros

  • Excellent IPS panel
  • 4K 144 Hz combo
  • HDR support
  • Nvidia G-Sync

The Cons

  • Some backlight bleed
  • Disappointing black uniformity
  • High price tag

Best Gaming Monitors For Xbox One X and PS4 Pro

Console gaming and living rooms are often inseparable, and many console gamers prefer to enjoy their games on a big TV while also enjoying the comfort of a sofa. But of course, there are many reasons why you may want to hook a console up to a monitor instead: maybe the TV has too much input lag or motion blur, or maybe you’d simply prefer to keep your hobby more private and away from the living room.

Whatever the case may be, we’re here to recommend what we feel are the two best monitors for console gaming that you can get in 2019.

Samsung U32J590

best console gaming monitor 2019

About the Monitor

The first monitor in this section is another budget 4K monitor, albeit one that’s slightly different from those that we’ve already taken a look at in the previous section. The Samsung U32J590 boasts a clean and fairly unremarkable design but its primary appeal lies in its size, and with a diagonal of 32 inches, it is among the largest monitors on this list.

Key Features:

  • The Display – As mentioned above, this is a 32-inch 4K monitor and it uses a very good VA panel, meaning that it offers good color reproduction thanks to Samsung’s Quantum Dot technology and it has even better contrast than what you’d get with most IPS panels. But of course, the performance isn’t exactly its strong suit, as it boasts the usual 60 Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time.
  • Ports ­- The Samsung U32J590 comes with one HDMI 2.0 and one HDMI 1.4 port, along with a single DisplayPort 1.2 input.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – Despite only supporting refresh rates up to 60 Hz, this monitor still features FreeSync in the 40-60 Hz range, and it will definitely help if you were to also pair it up with a GPU that would struggle to maintain a stable framerate in 4K. But of course, if you mainly plan on using the monitor with a console, we should note that the Xbox One supports FreeSync while the PlayStation 4 does not.
    • Adjustable stand – The U32J590 comes with a basic stand that can only be adjusted for tilt, so you might want to ditch it for a more adjustable stand or mount
    • VESA support – As usual, the monitor is compatible with any 100×100 VESA stand or wall mount.

Downside:

  • No HDR – When it was first introduced, HDR was quite a big deal with consoles, as it could considerably enhance in-game visuals if implemented properly and paired with a good display. Sadly, the Samsung U32J590 doesn’t support HDR, which is quite a shame since it comes with a very good VA panel.

Final Thoughts

Obviously, the size, the specs, and the approachable price tag of this monitor make it a highly appealing option for console gamers. Whether you plan on using it as a desktop monitor or solely for console gaming, it will more than likely live up to your expectations.

The Pros

  • Beautiful VA display
  • Large screen
  • AMD FreeSync

The Cons

  • No HDR support

Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB

Philips Momentum 436m6vbpab

About the Monitor

The next monitor is a bit of an oddball – is it a monitor or a TV? Well, technically, it is a monitor because it lacks the connectors that you’d usually find in a TV. But apart from that, it might as well be one, with its massive screen and decidedly TV-like stand.

Key Features:

  • The Display – This Philips Momentum model is a 43-inch 4K monster that you definitely won’t want to use as a regular desktop monitor. Just like the above Samsung model, it features a solid VA panel, only this time it comes complete with HDR support. It is extremely bright and is quite responsive for a display of this size, which is always good news as far as gaming is concerned.
  • Ports – This monitor features a few extra ports. In addition to having two HDMI 2.0 and one DisplayPort 1.4 input, it also features a Mini DisplayPort (also 1.4), two USB 3.0 ports, and a USB-C port, along with two 3.5mm analog jacks.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – The Momentum, too, comes with FreeSync in the 48-60 Hz range, which is nothing spectacular but still a neat feature to have if you end up using it with a PC or an Xbox One.
    • VESA support – Unlike most monitors, the Philips Momentum uses a 200×200 instead of a 100×100 VESA pattern, obviously because of its sheer size.
    • HDR – As mentioned above, this monitor supports HDR, and it has the brightness and the contrast necessary to really make the colors pop
    • Integrated speakers – The speakers found in this monitor are, unsurprisingly, more “TV-grade”. It has dual 7-watt speakers which are better than what you’ll find in conventional monitors, but we’d still go with either a headset or a soundbar with a subwoofer instead.

Downside:

  • Expensive – The main drawback of the Philips Momentum is its hefty price tag, as it costs way more than what most people would be willing to spend on a monitor – or on a TV, for that matter.

Final Thoughts

All things considered, the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB is a TV in nearly everything but name, as it is much closer to a TV set than a regular monitor. That said, it is more of a TV substitute that can be great for gaming, as it features a panel that not only looks good but is also quite responsive and has low motion blur, something that you don’t find often in TVs.

The Pros

  • Excellent 43-inch 4K display
  • HDR support
  • Extremely bright
  • AMD FreeSync

The Cons

  • Very expensive

Best UltraWide Gaming Monitors

Many agree that 32 inches is as large as monitors can get before they become extremely uncomfortable to use at a desk. However, there is a way to get all that extra screen space without sacrificing comfort, and that way is called “ultrawide monitors”.

Not only do ultrawide monitors offer way more screen space than regular 16:9 monitors do, but they can also allow a wider FOV in games and greatly enhance immersion, especially if we’re talking curved 21:9 or 32:9 displays.

LG 29WK600

Lg 29wk600

About the Monitor

We start this category off with a budget ultrawide option from LG, the LG 29WK600-W. Design-wise, it is almost identical to the LG 27UL500 that we have already seen in the 4K section, featuring a simple matte black frame and a bulky silver stand. And though it may not seem all that impressive at first glance, what you get under the hood is quite a bargain at this price point.

Key Features:

  • The Display – The monitor comes with a hefty 29-inch diagonal, it is a 1080p display, and uses an IPS panel. That said, the visuals and the performance are mostly what you’d expect: solid viewing angles, good colors, a refresh rate that goes no higher than 75 Hz, and a response time of 5ms. Furthermore, it even supports HDR, which is always a welcome addition, especially in a monitor as relatively cheap as this one.
  • Ports – The 29WK600-W is equipped with two HDMI 2.0 ports and a single DisplayPort 1.2 input, plus the 3.5mm audio out for headphones.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – As most budget monitors do, the LG 29WK600-W comes complete with AMD FreeSync, which works in the 40-75 Hz range.
    • 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
    • HDR – As we have mentioned above, not only is the monitor quite affordable for an ultrawide model, but it supports HDR, which is a definite plus.

Downsides:

  • No curve – Sadly, the main drawback of the LG 29WK600 is that it doesn’t feature a curved display. This is a high-priority feature in ultrawide monitors, as it can greatly enhance immersion.
  • Uninspired design – We have already mentioned that this monitor is nigh-identical to the LG27UL500 when it comes to the design, and what we have said for that monitor goes here: it is quite bland and doesn’t exactly scream “quality”, but that is only expected with a monitor in this price range.
  • Basic stand – Again, like the LG27UL500, the LG 29WK600 features the same rudimentary stand that, while it is stable and wholly capable of fulfilling its purpose, can only be adjusted for tilt.

Final Thoughts

With everything taken into account, what we have here is a near-ideal budget ultrawide monitor. A solid panel, HDR support, and a couple of convenient extra tricks, the biggest drawback being the lack of a curved screen, along with an unimpressive design and a rudimentary stand.

The Pros

  • Solid IPS display
  • HDR support
  • FreeSync
  • Good price

The Cons

  • No curved screen
  • Bland design
  • Basic stand

Sceptre C305B-200UN

Sceptre C305b 200un

About the Monitor

Next, we have another budget-friendly ultrawide monitor from a lesser-known company. Sceptre is a monitor and TV manufacturer and was actually founded all the way back in 1984, though they didn’t leave much of a footprint in the gaming monitor part of the market lately. But the Sceptre C305B-200UN just might surprise you, though it doesn’t look like much at first glance.

Key Features:

  • The Display – The Sceptre C305B-200UN is a curved 30-inch monitor with a 1080p resolution and a refresh rate of up to 200 Hz, depending on the type of connector used. The monitor uses a VA panel, so the contrast is quite good, but the response time isn’t exactly stellar at 5ms.
  • Ports – The monitor comes with one HDMI 2.0 port, two HDMI 1.4 ports, and one DisplayPort 1.2 connector, along with a headphone jack.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – Naturally, the monitor comes with FreeSync, and the supported range with DisplayPort is the expected 48-200 Hz. However, it’s a bit more limited if you use an HDMI port, as the 2.0 one can only support up to 165 Hz and the 1.4 ones can only do 75 Hz in the monitor’s native resolution.
    • Integrated speakers – The monitor has two 3-watt speakers built-in.
    • Adjustable stand – The stand that comes with the monitor is stable but quite basic, as it only supports tilt adjustment
    • VESA support – Oddly enough, this ultrawide monitor is compatible with 75×75 VESA mounts, rather than the usual 100×100 that you see in monitors.

Downsides:

  • Ghosting – At such a relatively low price point, the C305B-200UN can’t be perfect, so the signature flaw of the VA panel shines through. Namely, there is some moderate ghosting to contend with, though it is only really noticeable in darker scenes, as usual.
  • Basic stand – As mentioned above, this Sceptre monitor comes with a rudimentary stand that can only be adjusted for tilt, and we would have loved to see one that offered a bit more flexibility in terms of adjustment.

Final Thoughts

All in all, the Sceptre C305B-200UN is just what you’d expect of a curved ultrawide VA monitor: great contrast, immersive, and with solid color reproduction. The refresh rate is an exceptional 200 Hz, and the ghosting is the only real downside to the display itself.

Of course, it is also remarkably affordable, so if you’re looking for an affordable curved ultrawide monitor, then this is the model for you, as it truly offers remarkably good value for your money.

The Pros

  • Great VA panel
  • 200 Hz refresh rate
  • Excellent value

The Cons

  • Ghosting issues
  • Unimpressive stock stand

LG 34UC79G

Lg 34uc79g

About the Monitor

Moving on, we have yet another monitor from LG, and it is a bit flashier than the previous one. The LG 34UC79G-B is geared mainly towards gamers, as can be inferred from the design as well as the panel specifications, which are unlikely to disappoint a performance-oriented gamer.

Key Features:

  • The Display – The LG 34UC79G-B shares its resolution, panel technology, and pixel response time with the LG 29WK600. However, the key changes here are the size of the screen, which is now a humongous 34-inches, and it is curved to boot. On top of that, the monitor features a refresh rate that can go up to 144 Hz, while the response time remains at 5ms.
  • Ports – The monitor is equipped with two HDMI 2.0 ports and a single DisplayPort 1.2 connector, as well as a total of two USB 3.0 ports and two audio jacks.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – Naturally, you can’t have a 144 Hz monitor without adaptive sync, and LG went with FreeSync for this model as well. It is available in the 50-144 Hz range, and while 50 is a bit higher than the usual lower limit, this is unlikely to be an issue.
    • Adjustable stand – The stock stand can be adjusted for tilt and height, lacking swivel adjustment, which is a bit disappointing
    • VESA support – The monitor is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.

Downsides:

  • Pricey – As usual, with high quality comes a high price, and this applies to the LG 34UC79G-B as well. It’s roughly twice as expensive as either of the above two monitors.
  • No HDR – The markedly cheaper LG 29WK600 features HDR, so it’s quite a shame that this monitor, which is significantly more expensive and uses an IPS panel with similar specs, does not.

Final Thoughts

All in all, the LG 34UC79G-B is very close to being the very best ultrawide monitor that you can get for this kind of money. With its enormous curved screen, the vibrant IPS display, and the 144 Hz refresh rate, it is truly a superb choice for gaming.

The Pros

  • Massive curved screen
  • 144 Hz refresh rate
  • AMD FreeSync

The Cons

  • No HDR support
  • On the expensive side

MSI Optix MAG341CQ

Msi Optix Mag341cq

About the Monitor

The next monitor on the list comes from MSI, and in a way, it improves upon one of the primary shortcomings of the previous LG 34UC79G. Namely, the MSI Optix MAG341CQ is another 34-inch curved ultrawide monitor that costs about the same, but it shuffles the priorities around a bit.

Key Features:

  • The Display – As stated above, the MAG341CQ is a 34-inch ultrawide monitor, but it differs from the LG 34UC79G mainly in the fact that it uses a VA panel and boasts a noticeably higher resolution. However, it takes a bit of a step back in the performance department, as the refresh rate is down to 100 Hz from the LG’s 144 Hz.
  • Ports – The MSI Optix MAG341CQ has two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.2 input, and even a DVI port. DVI is actually capable of handling the monitor’s resolution, but the refresh rate will go no higher than 60 Hz, so using either HDMI or DisplayPort instead would be preferable.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – Once again, the monitor comes with FreeSync which is available in the 48-100 Hz range, allowing for smooth and tear-free gaming at high framerates.
    • Adjustable stand – The stand, unfortunately, is nothing to marvel at, as it is yet another basic stock stand that can only be adjusted for tilt.

Downsides:

  • No native VESA support – What is definitely surprising about the MAG341CQ is the fact that it lacks integrated VESA support. On the bright side, MSI does sell a VESA adapter that is easy enough to install, but paying an additional $20 for something that has become such a common feature among monitors just feels “eh”.
  • No HDR – Once again, we have a great panel that offers crisp visuals, stark contrast, and vibrant colors, but it still lacks HDR, another feature that is more and more common among gaming monitors.
  • High response time – With a response time of 8ms, the MAG341CQ may feel sluggish, especially for those who are used to faster panels. The ghosting isn’t too noticeable, but it is bound to bother those who mainly used performance-oriented TN monitors in the past.

Final Thoughts

Much like the LG34UC79G, the MSI Optix MAG341CQ is not exactly a perfect monitor, but it is still an incredibly good deal at its current price. You’d be getting a curved 34-inch ultrawide monitor with a fast 1440p VA panel that offers great visuals, immersion, and enhanced performance.

Ultimately, the high response time takes away from the fluidity enabled by a 100 Hz refresh rate, while the lack of HDR and native VESA support are merely minor inconveniences. After all, you can’t have everything at this price point, and if you find that this monitor does have the features that you deem to be most important in a gaming monitor, then you will definitely not regret buying it.

The Pros

  • 1440p VA panel
  • 100 Hz refresh rate
  • Great contrast
  • Good value

The Cons

  • VESA adapter sold separately
  • Lacks HDR support
  • Relatively slow response time

LG 34GK950F

Lg 34gk950f

About the Monitor

And to close this section of the buying guide, we have a premium-quality monster from LG – the LG 34GK950F. On the outside, it doesn’t look as gaudy as most high-end gaming monitors, as it boasts a sleek black frame and a simple-looking stand, with some red highlights on the back. However, once you look at the spec sheet, you’ll immediately realize why it comes with such a hefty price tag.

Key Features:

  • The Display – Like the previous two models, the LG 34GK950F is a curved 34-inch monitor, and it features a panel that has it all: IPS, 1440p, 144 Hz, HDR, and even efficient motion blur reduction that does a decent job of emulating a 1ms response time.
  • Ports – The monitor features two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.4 connector, along with two USB 3.0 ports, and a headphone jack.
  • Additional Features
    • AMD FreeSync 2 – The LG 34GK950F comes with FreeSync 2, an updated version of FreeSync that works exclusively with HDR monitors and it has low framerate compensation for when the FPS drops below the supported threshold. It works in a respectable 55-144 Hz range over DisplayPort but only in a 55-85 Hz range if you’re using HDMI.
    • Adjustable stand – Thankfully, this LG monitor comes with a not particularly good-looking but highly adjustable stand that can be adjusted for tilt, height, and swivel. There is no pivot adjustment, since it’s pointless having it in an ultrawide monitor.
    • VESA support – The monitor comes with native 100×100 VESA mount support
    • HDR – As mentioned above, the monitor supports HDR, which really makes it very close to a “full package”.

Downsides:

  • Disappointing contrast – Again, a common issue with IPS panels that takes away from the HDR experience is the limited contrast. The brightness is good enough, but needless to say, you might find the overtly gray blacks distracting if you tend to play in a dark or dimly-lit room.
  • Expensive – With a quadruple-digit MSRP, the LG 34GK950F is not for everyone, that much is certain. 

Final Thoughts

All in all, despite its (relatively few) shortcomings, the LG 34GK950F is undoubtedly one of the best ultrawide gaming monitors that you can get right now. It features a superb panel that brings the vibrant colors of IPS, the clarity and crispness of 1440p, and the fluidity of a 144 Hz refresh rate, with very little motion blur.

Granted, the contrast is not the best but until OLED monitors become a thing (a more affordable thing), IPS and VA will always be weighing against each other when it comes to the balance of color accuracy and contrast. Rest assured, if you can afford the LG 34GK950F and have a PC that’s good enough to make full use of it, you will hardly find an ultrawide solution better than this one.

The Pros

  • Beautiful IPS display
  • 144 Hz refresh rate
  • HDR support
  • AMD FreeSync 2

The Cons

  • Mediocre contrast
  • Highly expensive

Best HDR Gaming Monitors

We have already touched upon the subject of HDR with many of the monitors previously listed in this buying guide, and at this point, there’s just no denying that this technology is here to stay. Short for “high dynamic range”, HDR allows games to appear much closer to real life with enhanced brightness and contrast, so how could you not want such a feature in a monitor?

Granted, the relevance of HDR depends on how well it is implemented by the developers, if at all. But due to its growing popularity, more and more games continue to implement HDR, and it is quickly becoming a must-have with high-end monitors. So, here are a few suggestions regarding the best HDR monitors that you can get in 2019!

Samsung C27HG70

best 4k gaming monitor

About the Monitor

The first monitor in this category comes from Samsung, and it is a relatively moderate mid-range option. On the outside, the Samsung C27HG70 doesn’t look very impressive, with a simple matte black frame and a gray stand. However, being a mid-range monitor, it focuses more on features than on outward appearance.

Key Features:

  • The Display – The C27HG70 is a curved 27-inch 1440p monitor that uses a VA panel, and it also supports refresh rates of up to 144 Hz on top of that, making it a very good gaming solution all-around.
  • Ports – The monitor has two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.4, two USB 3.0 ports, a 3.5mm audio output jack and a microphone jack.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync 2 – The monitor supports FreeSync 2, which is, of course, a must in a 144 Hz HDR monitor. It is available in the 48-144 Hz range via DP and in the 48-100 Hz range via HDMI.
    • Adjustable stand – The C27HG70 comes with an unusual and highly adjustable dual hinge stand that supports pivot, tilt, and swivel adjustment. It takes up a bit more space than your average stock stand, but overall, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to replace it
    • VESA support – The monitor is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.

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 monitors, 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 issue that can manifest with VA panels is clouding, which negatively affects 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 visuals and performance. Sure, there is the potentially distracting clouding and the viewing angles could be better, but the colors and the contrast are both on point, and the monitor is responsive, boasting a high refresh rate, with no jarring motion blur.

The Pros

  • Curved QHD VA display
  • 144 Hz refresh rate
  • Highly adjustable stand
  • AMD FreeSync 2 support

The Cons

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

Samsung CRG9

Samsung Crg9

About the Monitor

The next monitor is yet another Samsung model, and it’s a truly outstanding one. The CRG9 is a massive monitor that takes all the features of the C27HG70 and adds a monstrous ultrawide 49-inch screen on top of all that. Design-wise, both the main body and the stand are quite similar to the previous monitor, the width being the main factor that distinguishes the CRG9 from the more affordable model seen above.

Key Features:

  • The Display – This curved 49-inch monitor truly puts the “ultra” in ultrawide with its 32:9 screen and 5120×1440 resolution. Like the previous model, the CRG9 also uses a responsive VA panel that once again blends accurate colors, great contrast, and a high refresh rate (120 Hz) together in a single package, albeit not a very reasonably-priced one this time.
  • Ports – The CRG9 comes with two DisplayPort 1.4 and one HDMI 2.0 connectors, along with 4 USB ports (2×3.0 and 2×2.0), a single analog audio output jack and a single microphone jack.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync 2 – The CRG9, too, uses FreeSync 2 as its adaptive sync technology, though at this price point, we would have expected to see G-Sync instead. It works in the 48-120 Hz range.
    • Adjustable stand – The stand that ships with the CRG9 looks similar to the one that comes with the C27HG70, though it doesn’t use a dual hinge design. Still, it is stable and highly adjustable, supporting tilt, height, and swivel adjustment.
    • VESA support – The monitor supports the standard 100×100 VESA configuration, though this particular monitor may just be a tad too large to be fully stable with that configuration.

Downsides:

  • Extremely expensive – With an MSRP of $1500, the CRG9 is easily one of the most expensive monitors on this list and it’s not one that the majority of people will be able to afford.
  • Unusual aspect ratio – Unsurprisingly, few games will natively support the 32:9 aspect ratio. After all, 21:9 isn’t exactly commonplace either, so if you want to make use of all the extra screen real estate in-game, you’ll have to resort to mods or do some tinkering.

Final Thoughts

The Samsung CRG9 may seem a bit absurd, and that’s because it is. It’s not every day that you encounter a 49-inch 32:9 monitor, let alone one with a panel that both looks great and has a 120 Hz refresh rate. Naturally, it also comes with an absurd price tag attached, but if you can actually afford a monitor this expensive and have a PC capable of managing this kind of resolution, then you will find little to nothing to complain about.

The Pros

  • Massive screen
  • Beautiful VA panel
  • Great HDR
  • AMD FreeSync 2

The Cons

  • Uncommon aspect ratio could mean compatibility issues
  • Extremely high price tag

Acer Predator X27

Acer Predator X27

About the Monitor

The Samsung CRG9 is expensive, but it’s not as expensive as it gets. Indeed, Acer has an even pricier model – the Acer Predator X27. It stands out not only because of the sleek and somewhat unusual design but also because of its outstanding specs.

Key Features:

  • The Display – The Acer Predator X27 is a 27-inch monitor and it’s not ultrawide, unlike the CRG9. However, it is a 4K monitor equipped with a top-of-the-line IPS panel with remarkable color reproduction. Performance-wise, it can go as high as 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 ports.
  • Additional features
    • Nvidia G-Sync – Unlike the previous two monitors that came with FreeSync, the X27 uses Nvidia G-Sync instead, allowing for tear-free gaming and some convenient extra features when paired with supported Nvidia cards.
    • 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. It also looks quite good, if a bit too attention-grabby.
    • VESA support – The Predator X27 is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts
    • Built-in speakers – The monitor even comes with integrated stereo speakers and they are more powerful than those of most monitors, as they boast an RMS of 8 watts each.

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.
  • Limited contrast – We have already mentioned numerous times that IPS panels struggle with contrast, and even the most expensive ones are not exempt from this. Of course, the X27 handles contrast better than cheaper IPS monitors do, but it’s still far from the kind of contrast offered by VA panels and blacks will inevitably appear gray, especially in darker rooms.

Final Thoughts

There is not much to say about the Acer Predator X27 apart from that it’s the very high-end of the high-end, the kind of monitor that will appeal to true hardcore enthusiasts who are willing and able to spend $2000 on a 4K 144 Hz IPS gaming monitor.

The Pros

  • Superb IPS panel
  • 4K 144 Hz display
  • Nvidia G-Sync

The Cons

  • “Expensive” is an understatement
  • Limited contrast

How To Pick The Best Monitor For Your Needs

Now that we have gone over some of the very best monitors currently on the market, 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.

The Resolution

Ultra Hd Gaming Monitor

The first and, arguably, the most important aspect of a gaming monitor is the resolution. The resolutions that you will encounter 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, 1080p allows for the best in-game performance, though it doesn’t look as good compared to higher resolutions. Even low-end GPUs can handle 1080p quite well now, but it will take at least a mid-range one to really push the FPS counter if you don’t want to lower the graphics settings in the more demanding games.
  • Quad HD (1440p) – The current middle-ground between the slowly-fading 1080p and the 2160p which is now looming on the horizon, QHD resolutions are commonly found in mid-range and high-end monitors today. Most GPUs can perform well in 1440p, but only the more powerful ones will actually be able to push it beyond a stable 60 FPS.
  • Ultra HD (2160p) – The future of gaming that is yet to enter the mainstream (as far as monitors are concerned), native UHD/4K monitors can only be handled by high-end GPUs. Naturally, 4K offers unmatched visuals, and offers the kind of image fidelity never before possible in a desktop monitor.

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. RTX 2070 or better.
  • You want a future-proof solution. This is hardly cost-efficient, since quality 4K monitors are usually pricey and the more affordable ones inevitably end up having to cut some corners in other departments. Still, 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 5700 or the RTX 2060 can generally manage a stable 60 FPS or more, depending on what game we’re talking about.

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 to keep up with the advancements in graphics alone, even if resolution is not taken into consideration. So, if you need a new monitor and won’t be able to afford a GPU upgrade any time soon, 1080p is your best bet.

The Screen Size

Gaming Monitor Size

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.

First and foremost, since you’re going to be viewing the monitor up close, you should keep pixel density in mind. Some monitors are too large for their native resolution and as a result, they have lower pixel density. This leads to more aliasing and the image not being as sharp nor as crisp as what you’d get with a smaller monitor that has the exact same resolution.

Generally-speaking, 24 inches is the ideal monitor size for 1080p, and this resolution doesn’t look that good on 27-inch screens. Meanwhile, 27 inches is perfect for 1440p and 2160p. Of course, these resolutions would look good on screens even larger than this, but as far as 16:9 displays are concerned, anything over 27 inches tends to be uncomfortable to view up close.

But that only goes for 16:9 displays! Which brings us to…

The 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 some rare cases, ultrawide monitors can go even further, such in the case of the Samsung CRG9, 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, which 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 players with larger monitors from having an unfair advantage over others. 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 great sense of immersion, 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 pricing. Naturally, a giant screen comes with a significant price increase. That is not to say that affordable ultrawide monitors don’t exist – after all, we have mentioned such monitors in this buying guide. However, as is usually the case with budget components and peripherals, they inevitably have to cut some corners in order to reach a lower price point. As such, a cheaper ultrawide monitor will usually lack some features that are available in regular widescreen monitors in that same price range.

The 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 directly corresponds 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, enhanced responsiveness, 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 240 Hz. You should keep in mind, though, that the higher the FPS gets, the less noticeable the difference gets. That is to say, there is a significant difference between 30 and 60 FPS that anyone can tell, while the difference between 60 and 144 FPS is still very noticeably but to a lesser extent. And as for the difference between 144 and 240 FPS, most people can actually barely distinguish between the two.

Ultimately, before deciding what kind of 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 beneficial. However, it should also be mentioned that some games, particularly eSports games, are more easily pushed to a triple-digit framerate. Reaching that goal with any newer AAA titles is virtually impossible without a very powerful machine or without reducing the graphics settings.

Response Time

The response time is another important entry in the spec sheet that a gamer should take note of, but thankfully, it is a way simpler matter than the refresh rate.

The response time determines 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 and whether there will be any discernible ghosting.

In modern monitors, response times usually range from 1ms to 4ms, depending on the type of panel. TN panels are the fastest type of panel available at the moment and they are the only ones that can achieve true 1ms response times. Meanwhile, IPS and VA panels cannot go lower than 4ms, though many gaming monitors that come equipped with these panel technologies use various techniques to emulate a 1ms response time, and many pull it off quite well.

best monitors for gaming

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 1-4ms range.

However, a 1ms monitor ultimately does feel smoother than a 4ms, if only slightly so. So, 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 such a low response time might provide, a 4ms monitor would do just fine, especially since IPS and VA panels can offer better visuals than the faster TN panels.

Panel Type

best 1080p monitor

We have touched upon the advantages and disadvantages of the three dominant panel technologies a number of times throughout the article, and now we will go over all of those in a little more detail. As we have established, modern gaming monitors utilize one of the three following panel technologies: twisted nematic (TN), in-plane switching (IPS), and vertical alignment (VA).

TN panels are the most popular in budget monitors because of how cheap they are to manufacture, but they also have a place among the more expensive performance-oriented ones. Namely, TN panels are the fastest type of panel currently available, and this is the only type of panel capable of achieving 240 Hz refresh rates and 1ms response times. The performance comes at the cost of visual fidelity, though, and TN panels usually have very poor viewing angles and underwhelming color reproduction i.e. the colors often appear flat and washed-out.

IPS panels prioritize visuals over performance and they have the best color accuracy and the best viewing angles. While they can reach 144 Hz refresh rates, IPS panels cannot have a response time lower than 4ms due to technological limitations. Furthermore, many IPS panels have issues with backlight bleeds and the contrast is usually not the best.

VA panels present a good middle ground between TN and IPS panels. In terms of visuals, they excel when it comes to contrast, and they easily beat both IPS and TN panels in this department. As far as color reproduction is concerned, they are noticeably better than TN panels but aren’t quite as good as IPS ones, though the difference can be negligible based on the quality of the panel. Performance-wise, they can also reach 144 Hz refresh rates, though they can struggle with ghosting issues as they usually have response times a tad higher than IPS panels do.

With all that said, it should be fairly obvious how to pick the right type of panel based on your preferences.

If you prioritize performance over visuals or are on a tight budget, go with TN.

If you want vibrant colors and good viewing angles, go with IPS.

If you want great contrast and an all-around balanced monitor, go with VA.

Connectivity

Gaming Monitor Connectivity

In the connectivity department, the two most popular choices with monitors at the moment are HDMI and DisplayPort, so in this section, we’ll see how they compare against each other.

ConnectorBandwidthMaximum ResolutionMaximum Refresh RateHDR supportFreeSyncG-Sync
HDMI 1.410.2 Gbit/s4K24-30 Hz @2160p
120 Hz @1080p
NoYesNo
HDMI 2.018.0 Gbit/s4k60 Hz @2160p
240 Hz @1080p
YesYesNo
DisplayPort 1.217.28 Gbit/s4K60 Hz @2160p
240 Hz @1080p
NoYesYes
DisplayPort 1.432.4 Gbit/s8K60 Hz @ 4320p
120 Hz @2160p
240 Hz @1080p
YesYesYes

In today’s monitors, you’ll find both HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 2.0, as well as both DP 1.2 and DP 1.4 inputs. As you can see, it’s not just about the type of connector but also which version of the connector the GPU and the monitor are using.

As far as gaming monitors are concerned, the things you need to keep an eye out for are the maximum supported refresh rate in a given resolution, along which whether the connector supports HDR and G-Sync. Furthermore, both HDMI and DisplayPort can transfer audio.

Apart from HDMI and DisplayPort, you can still encounter DVI and VGA connectors in monitors.

DVI is actually still viable among cheaper monitors (Dual-Link DVI-D, to be precise), as it supports refresh rates of up to 144 Hz in 1080p and 60 Hz in 1440p. As for VGA, it is already largely obsolete, as it only supports a refresh rate of up to 60 Hz in 1080p, and it cannot handle any higher resolutions.

HDR – Is It Worth 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, enhancing 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 and is it worth the money?

Whether you like the visual enhancements provided by HDR is an entirely subjective issue. After trying it, some can’t go back to SDR while others can hardly tell the difference or just don’t care for it. Furthermore, HDR is now available even in cheaper monitors, so it’s unlikely that you would have to pay extra just for HDR support.

However, a game needs to actually support HDR for it to have any effect, and the same goes for video content. Sadly, not that many games support HDR on PC yet, relatively speaking at least. So, it’s best to check how many HDR-compatible games you’ll be playing before you decide if HDR is going to be a priority feature for you. If it turns out that there aren’t that many right now, then it would be better to prioritize other features, but if HDR happens to be a part of the package, it won’t hurt.

Of course, you also need to make sure that you’re using an HDMI connection and that your GPU supports HDR. Here’s a list of all GPUs and PC games that support HDR at the moment. As for consoles, all versions of the PlayStation 4 and all versions of the Xbox One support HDR, and it’s not exclusive to the PS4 Pro or the Xbox One X.

AMD FreeSync vs Nvidia G-Sync – Which Should You Choose?

Difference Between Freesync And Gsync

You’ve undoubtedly noticed that all the monitors listed here come with either FreeSync or G-Sync, so what’s the deal with these, do you need them, and which should you choose?

Well, for starters, both FreeSync and G-Sync are adaptive sync technologies. The former is developed by AMD while the latter is developed by Nvidia, and both serve as superior V-Sync alternatives when it comes to gaming at high refresh rates.

You can read a more extensive article on the subject here, but here’s the gist of it:

  • FreeSync is cheaper to implement, so it is more popular, especially in budget and mid-range monitors. Furthermore, the FPS range within which FreeSync is available varies from model to model, and you can find the complete list of FreeSync monitors here. Finally, FreeSync used to be available only with AMD GPUs but some FreeSync monitors are now compatible with Nvidia GPUs, and you can check out that list here.
  • G-Sync is an all-around superior technology but it is more expensive to implement due to licensing fees. However, G-Sync often works better and offers some extra features such as motion blur reduction, ghosting reduction, etc.

So, generally, if you own an Nvidia GPU and can afford it, G-Sync is the obvious choice. However, FreeSync is way more wallet-friendly and available in a much wider selection of monitors.

Integrated Speakers – Are They Any Good?

Integrated Speakers

Speakers aren’t a very common feature in monitors, and integrated speakers that are actually good are virtually non-existent. 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 be using headphones or will at least have a set of dedicated speakers.

Now, not only do manufacturers have little incentive to raise the prices of their monitors (especially gaming monitors) by including quality integrated speakers, but it’s also more difficult to cram good drivers into the thin frame of a 2019 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 influence your choice of monitor. Sure, they may be a convenient feature to have when you’re watching YouTube or 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

At this point, we’d usually pick out the winners, but since we’re dealing with such an expansive list of diverse monitors with wildly different specifications, it’s simply impossible to pick the best monitor, as each category has models that excel in one way or another.

All in all, we hope that we have provided you with an ample selection of monitors, as well as all the information that you need in order to pick out the very best one for your needs. As usual, if you feel that we have overlooked anything or made any mistakes, feel free to let us know in the comments and we’ll update the article as soon as possible!

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