Best Gaming Monitors 2023: Budget, Curved, G-Sync and More

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Gaming monitor options keep growing with new brands, features, resolutions and display sizes available. It's an exciting time to be a PC gamer, but that also means that selecting the best gaming monitor for your rig is growing more complicated. The array of specs to consider is dizzying, from adaptive-sync technologies (Nvidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync) to refresh rates, panel types. screen curvatures and HDR support.

When seeking the best gaming monitor for your rig, there are different panel types vying for your eyeballs — IPS (opens in new tab), TN (opens in new tab), VA (opens in new tab) and even OLED (opens in new tab)— each with its own pros and cons. You can't forget about screen size and aspect ratio, which affect your views, desk space and, again, bank account. And we haven't even discussed bonuses, like speakers, RGB or port selection. How's a gamer to choose with all of these options?

For a deep dive into how to pick the best monitor--gaming or otherwise--check out our PC Monitor Buying Guide (opens in new tab). Below is a list of the best gaming monitors currently available, based on our own tests.

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When trying to buy the best gaming monitor for your PC, consider the following:

  • G-Sync or FreeSync? G-Sync only works with PCs with Nvidia graphics cards, while FreeSync only works with systems using AMD ones. You can technically run G-Sync on a FreeSync-only monitor, but performance isn't guaranteed. FreeSync monitors tend to be cheaper, but performance is comparable. For a detailed comparison of the two technologies’ performance, see our Nvidia G-Sync vs. AMD FreeSync comparison (opens in new tab) article. 
  • For image quality, TN < IPS < VA < OLED. Generally speaking. Typically, TN monitors are the fastest but cheapest, due to weaker viewing angles. IPS displays have slightly slower response times but better color than VA monitors. The best gaming monitors for contrast are VA, but VA also has slower response times. Displays with OLED panels are expensive but the most colorful by far. 
  • Refresh rates: bigger is better. This number explains the number of times your monitor updates with new information per second — stated in hertz (Hz) — and, therefore, how many frames per second (fps) the monitor can display. Bigger numbers mean smoother images. Refresh rate is especially important for gamers, so you’ll want to shoot for a monitor with at least 120 Hz (most gaming monitors offer at least 144 Hz), combined with the lowest response time you can find.
  • Resolution: Full HD, QHD, 4K. The most popular screen resolutions for gaming monitors are Full HD (1920 x 1080), QHD (2560 x 1440) and 4K (3840 x 2160). The more pixels a screen has, the sharper its image should look. So a 4K monitor will be able to show a more crisp image and more detail than a lower resolution Full HD monitor. Generally speaking, the lowest resolution monitors push the fastest refresh rates, reaching upwards of 500 Hz. Because they have to push many more pixels, 4K monitors usually top out at a 144 Hz refresh rate.

Best Gaming Monitors in 2023 

Dell S3222DGM

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Best Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 32 inches / 21:9
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Panel Type: VA
Refresh Rate: 165 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 0.2ms
Adaptive-Sync: FreeSync & G-Sync Compatible

Reasons to buy

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Sharp image with vivid and accurate color
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Premium level contrast
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Solid video processing
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Excellent build quality

Reasons to avoid

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No HDR

The Dell S3222DGM is just a great, all-around pick as the top gaming monitor thanks to its excellent image quality, plentiful features and typical solid build quality. At the heart of this display is a 2560 x 1440, curved VA panel that supports both AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync at up to 165 Hz.

The S3222DGM's delivers an enviable contrast ratio thanks to its 1800R curved VA panel. While the IPS competition often struggles to break much past 1,000:1, the S3222DGM's VA panels shot to 4209:1 in our tests. The display also reproduced 122 percent of the sRGB color gamut and 85 percent of the DCI-P3 gamut on our tests along with an incredibly accurate gamut error rate of 2.07dE. 

On the connectivity front, the S3222DGM features two HDMI 2.0 connectors and one DisplayPort 1.2 port. 

For anyone looking for an excellent gaming monitor that won't break the bank, it's hard to argue against the Dell S3222DGM. 

Read: Dell S3222DGM Gaming Monitor Review

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Best Widescreen Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 34 inches / 21:9
Resolution: 3440 x 1440
Panel Type: QD-OLED
Refresh Rate: 165 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 0.5ms
Adaptive-Sync: FreeSync & G-Sync Compatible

Reasons to buy

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Stunning SDR and HDR images
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Deep contrast and color saturation
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Large color gamut
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Super smooth motion processing
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No need for calibration
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Premium styling and build quality

Reasons to avoid

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No flaws of consequence

Desktop-class OLEDs used to be a rarity in the gaming monitor segment, but over the years, prices have come down, and more entries have entered the fray. The latest comes to us from Alienware, and it’s the jaw-dropping AW3423DFW.

This is a 34-inch ultra-wide monitor with a 1800R curve and a resolution of 3440 x 1440. However, the most important spec is its use of a Quantum Dot OLED (QD-OLED) panel, which offers an extremely wide color gamut and the blackest blacks you’ll find in a gaming monitor.

The QD-OLED “heart” of the AW3423DFW gives it unmatched contrast and excellent color saturation and we felt no need to calibrate the panel further out of the box. Throw in premium build quality – as we expect from Alienware – and top-notch video processing and the AW3423DFW hit all the high notes without any demerits worth mentioning for enthusiast gamers.

If you can get past the $1,100 price of entry, the AW3423DFW would make a perfect companion for Nvidia’s newest graphics cards, like the GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080.

Read: Alienware AW3423DW Gaming Monitor Review 


Best Budget Gaming Monitor: Monoprice Dark Matter 42770

Best Budget Gaming Monitor: Monoprice Dark Matter 42770 (Image credit: Monoprice)
Best Budget Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 25 inches, 16:9
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Panel Type: IPS / W-LED, edge array
Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 1ms
Adaptive-Sync: FreeSync & G-Sync Compatible

Reasons to buy

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Good contrast
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Superb overdrive

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly dark gamma
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No sRGB gamut option

With a price tag of around $250, the Monoprice Dark Matter 42770 is an easy to recommend 1080p gaming monitor with a wide color gamut, excellent contrast ratio for an IPS display and solid build quality. At this price, you're getting a relatively barebones monitor, but Monoprice spent its time throwing in the features that matter most to gamers on a budget.

The Dark Matter 42770 offers a 1ms GTG response time and tops out with a 144 Hz refresh rate. Another feather in its cap is that the monitor supports both AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-Sync Adaptive-Sync technologies. 

Although the monitor doesn't support HDR, its native dynamic range is excellent, and it features a wide color gamut and excellent gamma tracking. Its deep blacks are welcome here given that this is an IPS panel, with its color and contrast on part with monitors that costs hundreds of dollars more.

While the Dark Matter 42770 hits many high notes, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that it lacks USB ports or speakers. But given its attractive pricing and performance, we'll gladly accept those negatives for the great overall performance brought on by this 25-inch monitor. 

More: Monoprice Dark Matter 42770 review (opens in new tab)


Gigabyte G27F2

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Best Full HD Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 27 inches / 16:9
Resolution: Full HD
Panel Type: IPS
Refresh Rate: 170 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 1ms
Adaptive-Sync : FreeSync & G-Sync Compatible

Reasons to buy

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Excellent color accuracy and contrast
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Quick response and low input lag
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Super-smooth overdrive and video processing
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Solid build quality

Reasons to avoid

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No speakers

The Gigabyte G27F2 represents a revamp of the G27F we first reviewed in late 2020. While the original monitor was highlighted by a 144Hz panel, the new G27F2 revision ups that figure to 170Hz. While that might not be as fast as more high-end Full HD gaming monitors, we have to remember that the G27F2 has a bargain basement price of just over $200.

However, that low price doesn't mean that Gigabyte skimped on quality. You'll still find low response times and input lag compared to others in this segment. In addition, the build quality throughout is excellent, as is color accuracy and contrast (which is somewhat of a revelation given that the G27F2 uses an IPS panel instead of VA).

If there's one thing we could knock the G27F2 for, it would be its lack of integrated speakers. But that's just being nitpicky towards an overall excellent performance value in the Full HD gaming monitor segment.

More: Gigabyte G27F2 Gaming Monitor review 


Dell G3223Q: Best 4K Gaming Monitor

This 144Hz IPS panel is the best gaming monitor in 4K for most.  (Image credit: Dell)
Best 4K Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 32 inches / 16:9
Resolution: 4K
Panel Type: IPS
Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 1ms
Adaptive-Sync : FreeSync & G-Sync Compatible

Reasons to buy

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Pro-level color accuracy out of the box
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Colorful and bright image
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Low input lag
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Solid build quality

Reasons to avoid

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Average contrast and color gamut volume

The Dell G3223Q is a stellar entry in the 4K gaming monitor segment, offering a 32-inch panel size, low total input lag (measured at just 30ms) and an excellent balance between response and motion resolution. As you might expect for a 4K gaming monitor, we have a 144Hz refresh rate with support for both AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync Adaptive Sync technologies. 

Not only does the Dell G3223Q nail the basics, but it also offers a bright and colorful picture. And color accuracy straight out of the box is top notch in both DCI-P3 and sRGB color gamuts. With DisplayHDR 600 support, accuracy and color reproduction were also well represented in HDR mode. 

If there were any downsides, it was that contrast and color gamut volume came up a little bit short compared to some of its close rivals. However, with a street price of less than $800, the Dell G3223Q is easy to recommend for 4K gamers.

More: Dell G3223Q review


HyperX Armada 27

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Best 165Hz Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 27 inches / 16:9
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Panel Type: IPS
Refresh Rate: 165 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 1ms
Adaptive-Sync : FreeSync & G-Sync Compatible

Reasons to buy

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Wide and accurate color gamut
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Premium video processing
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Independent mode calibration ability
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Excellent build quality
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Super useful mounting arm included

Reasons to avoid

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No speakers, audio or USB

The HyperX Armada 27 is one of those standout monitors that offers the whole package. This is a 27-inch QHD display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 165Hz refresh rate HDR and premium built quality that we expect from HyperX.

One thing that makes the Armada 27 stand out (along with its smaller Armada 25 sibling) is the inclusion of a gaming mount for attaching the monitor to your desk instead of a traditional stand. This gives customers greater flexibility in positioning the Armada 27 for height, swivel and tilt.

Video processing on the Armada 27 is solid, with an excellent overdrive implementation, low input lag and minimal motion blur from the backlight strobe. Throw in handy calibration tools and good image quality, and the Armada 27 is a definite winner. We had only a few minor quibbles with the monitor, like the lack of speakers, but that doesn't detract from HyperX's rock-solid entry into the gaming monitor field.

Read: HyperX Armada 27 QHD 165 Hz Gaming Monitor Review 


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The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is the most colorful monitor we've ever tested.  (Image credit: MSI)
Best Gaming Monitor for Color

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 27 inches / 16:9
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Panel Type: IPS
Refresh Rate: 165 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 1ms
Adaptive-Sync : G-Sync Compatible

Reasons to buy

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Huge color gamut
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Fast response

Reasons to avoid

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No sRGB mode
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Backlight strobe creates artifacts

If you like your games to look extra colorful, the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is the best gaming monitor for your rig. This monitor posted the widest color gamut we’ve ever recorded: 112.19% of DCI-P3 after our recommended calibration. 90% of DCI-P3 would be impressive, so this is one color-saturated screen. 

Contrast is also strong for an IPS panel, hitting 1,129.1:1 after our calibration. And for those concerned about speed, this 165 Hz screen kept up with the 170 Hz Gigabyte M27Q in our testing 

Color purists, however, will lament the lack of an sRGB mode, considering the MAG274QRF-QD’s sRGB coverage is at 166.33%. Its backlight strobe for fighting motion blur is also a disappointment. You can’t use Adaptive-Sync with it, the brightness goes down by about 50% and it created ghosting that resulted in a parallax effect with fast motion. In addition, this is yet another gaming monitor to offer HDR but without any noticeable image boost over SDR.

But if you can get past those caveats, you’ll enjoy the most colorful monitor to ever hit our lab. 

More: MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD review 


The Viotek GNV34DBE has the curves you want and a good price for the specs. (Image credit: Viotek)
Best Curved Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 34 inches, 21:9
Resolution: 3440 x 1440
Panel Type: VA
Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 4ms
Adaptive-Sync : FreeSync

Reasons to buy

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Contrast
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Effective overdrive
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HDR

Reasons to avoid

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Needs calibration for best results
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Wobbly stand
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Low, with no height adjustment

The Viotek GNV34DBE is a well-performing and affordable curved gaming monitor. Its 1500R curve proved to add an immersive touch while gaming, helping to fill our peripheral vision. Despite its tight curve, we still found the GNV34DBE fit for working. There was no distortion, and we enjoyed having multiple windows open for boosted productivity. 

But it’s not just about the GNV34DBE’s curve. You also get a 144 Hz refresh rate and response times and input lag that kept up with 144 Hz rivals during our testing. On the battlefield, we realized the high pixel density of a 1440p screen and smooth gaming without any screen tearing, thanks to FreeSync. Color and contrast were competitive with pricier gaming displays too. 

With its edge-lit backlight, the GNV34DBE also makes a good HDR display, offering a noticeable improvement over your typical SDR monitor. At its low price, the build quality of the stand is lacking. But for a speedy gaming monitor with an effective curve, the Viotek GNV34DBE is a solid deal. 

More: Viotek GNV34DBE review


High contrast meets sharp 1440p resolution in the Aorus CV27Q. (Image credit: Aorus)
Best 1440p Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 27 inches, 16:9
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Panel Type: VA
Refresh Rate: 165 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 1ms
Adaptive-Sync: FreeSync Premium Pro

Reasons to buy

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Contrast
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Color accuracy
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Speed and responsiveness

Reasons to avoid

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Inaccurate sRGB mode
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No image controls for HDR

Gigabyte’s Aorus CV27Q is the best 1440p gaming monitor when it comes to high-speed gaming performance. With its impressive specs, it shined in our input lag and response time tests when pitted against 144 Hz rivals. Sure, you could get slightly better performance from the 1080p version, the Aorus CV27F, but then you wouldn’t be getting that sharper QHD resolution or higher pixel density (109ppi). 

With a VA panel offering 3,000:1 contrast, image quality is no joke either. The CV27Q has a low black level that made image depth look great, particularly with HDR titles. But as far as HDR goes, this monitor only goes up to 400 nits brightness; we prefer HDR displays that hit at least 600 nits.

Bonus features include Aorus’ active noise cancellation (ANC) feature, which uses two mics on the front bezel to reduce background noise others may hear coming from your gaming headset, a 1500R curve and RGB lighting on the back. The Asus ROG Strix XG279Q on this page is a hair faster. 

Read: Aorus CV27Q review 


Asus' ROG Strix XG27AQ is the best of the best 1440p gaming monitors.  (Image credit: Asus)
Best 1440p Gaming Monitor Splurge

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 27 inches, 16:9
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Panel Type: IPS
Refresh Rate: 144Hz (170 Hz with overclock)
Response Time (GTG): 1ms
Adaptive-Sync: G-Sync Compatible

Reasons to buy

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Excellent dynamic contrast
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ELMB blur reduction works in tandem with Adaptive-Sync
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Better than average HDR

Reasons to avoid

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Needs calibration for best accuracy

If you have extra room in your budget and want to squeeze out that additional drop of performance from your 1440p screen, the Asus ROG Strix XG27AQ may be the best gaming monitor for you. This screen is ready to compete with the speediest of screens, competing well against other 165-170 Hz screens in our response time test and falling just 1-3ms behind in our input lag test.

Out of the box, we recorded solid IPS contrast (1,158.4:1). Of course, you’ll want to calibrate to get rid of some visible grayscale tracking errors, but our recommended settings can help you there. This is also an excellent HDR monitor, thanks to a dynamic contrast feature that bumps contrast up to a whopping 22,506.9:1. 

Not only does it have the sharper resolution of your dreams, but it’s one of the rare monitors to allow you to run blur reduction alongside side screen tear-fighting Adaptive-Sync. 

Alternatively, the Asus ROG Strix XG279Q is another fantastic 1440p option with similar performance. But for slightly less money as of writing ($500 (opens in new tab)versus $570 (opens in new tab), respectively), the XG279Q features one of the best motion blur implementations we've seen and the rare ability to run motion blur alongside Adaptive-Sync. 

More: Asus ROG Strix XG27AQ review


With supreme 1440p image quality, this is the best 144Hz gaming monitor.  (Image credit: Razer)
Best 144Hz Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 27 inches, 16:9
Resolution: 2560 x 1440 @ 144Hz
Panel Type: IPS
Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 4ms
Adaptive-Sync: G-Sync Compatible, FreeSync

Reasons to buy

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Excellent HDR contrast
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Saturated color
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Near-100% DCI-P3 coverage
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Fantastic style and build quality

Reasons to avoid

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No true sRGB color mode
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User must manually switch between SDR and HDR modes

The Razer Raptor 27 is the best gaming monitor for 144 Hz refresh rates. It'll make any gamer you know jealous with premium touches, like an RGB stand, flat green cables for cable management and drool-worthy build quality. Plus, HDR delivery is some of the best we’ve seen in an edge-lit panel yet. 

Despite its 144Hz refresh rate, the Raptor 27 was able to stay competitive with 165Hz monitors in our benchmarking. There wasn't significant motion blur, but finicky, pro-level players will have to choose between dealing with it or activating the backlight strobe, which limits you to 120Hz, reduces brightness by 40% and grays out FreeSync and G-Sync Compatibility. 

If you like the Raptor 27's design but want more speed, the 2021 Razer Raptor 27 has a 165 Hz refresh rate for $100 more. (opens in new tab) 

More: Razer Raptor 27 review (opens in new tab)


If you want 240Hz, Asus' 27-inch ROG Swift PG279QM is the best gaming monitor for you.  (Image credit: Asus)
Best 240 Hz Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 27 inches, 16:9
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Panel Type: IPS
Refresh Rate: 240 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 2ms
Adaptive-Sync: G-Sync and FreeSync Compatible

Reasons to buy

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Huge color gamut with selectable modes
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Accurate out of the box
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Faultless video processing
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Premium build quality

Reasons to avoid

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No flaws of consequence

For speed demons, a 240 Hz monitor hits the spot. Up until recently, that level of speed required two things: settling for 1080p resolution and a TN panel. But the Asus' 27-inch ROG Swift PG279QM is the best gaming monitor in this class. It manages that speed with a color-accurate IPS panel. Not only does it deliver a huge color gamut, but it also has excellent video processing and premium build quality.

We should also mention that the Asus ROG Swift PG279QM is one of the rare monitors we've reviewed that doesn't have any glaring faults.

More: Asus ROG Swift PG279QM review (opens in new tab)


It's expensive, but the Samsung Odyssey G7 32-inch is nearly perfect.  (Image credit: Samsung)
Best 32-inch Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 32 inches, 16:9
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Panel Type: SVA
Refresh Rate: 240 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 1ms
Adaptive-Sync: G-Sync Compatible, FreeSync Premium Pro

Reasons to buy

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Size and shape ideal for gaming or work
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Low input lag

Reasons to avoid

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No speakers

The 32-inch Samsung Odyssey G7 is in a class all its own. It’s one of Samsung’s 1000R screens, meaning it’s one of the curviest gaming monitors you can find on the market. If you’re a fan of the immersive feel of a curved monitor, the 32” Odyssey G7 will elevate this experience even higher. 

At 32 inches, the Odyssey G7’s amazing 1000R curve drew us in, whether we were playing games or doing work. With this curvature, we could view productivity apps without any image distortion, and when gaming our vision was filled with action. The 32-inch, 16:9 build offers ample height for productivity and, coupled with 1440p resolution, hits a sweet spot for gaming. 

In terms of image quality, the 32-inch Odyssey G7 proved accurate before we even calibrated it while boasting a 2,121:1 contrast ratio, according to our testing. 

In our response time benchmarking, this monitor kept up with similarly specced screens, doing justice to the 240 Hz category. If you’re looking for high-end speed, image quality and form factor, this is it. 

More: Samsung Odyssey G7 32-inch review 


Viotek's GFI27DBXA is an extra colorful 27-incher.  (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)
Best 27-Inch Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 27 inches, 16:9
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Panel Type: IPS
Refresh Rate: 180 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 1ms
Adaptive-Sync: FreeSync

Reasons to buy

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Best-in-class overdrive means no motion blur
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Solid build quality

Reasons to avoid

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Switching to HDR is clunky
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Needs calibration for best picture

The 27-inch gaming monitor competition is crowded, but the Viotek GFI27DBXA stands out with an incredibly colorful image that’s also bright and sharp. The 1440p panel covers 101% of the DCI-P3 color space, according to our testing. Contrast, meanwhile, proved comparable to your typical IPS panel, but the dynamic contrast feature helped when gaming. Combined with the wide color coverage, the image impressed during gaming. 

Speed-wise, the GFI27DBXA is ready to play. In our benchmarks, it showed a competitive 6ms response time. With a 180 Hz refresh rate, it fell behind 165 and 170 Hz screens from more premium brands but only by 2-6ms. Plus, its overdrive is one of the best we’ve seen, ensuring zero perceivable delays for mainstream players. Plus, the monitor feels strong and reliable, despite its lower price.

For a strong alternative, consider the MSI Optix MAG272CQR, which may also be cheaper (opens in new tab).

More: Viotek GFI27DBXA review  


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Best Budget Curved Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 23.6 inches / 16:9
Resolution: 1080p
Panel Type: IPS
Refresh Rate: 165 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 4ms
Adaptive-Sync : FreeSync & G-Sync Compatible

Reasons to buy

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Saturated and accurate color
+
Excellent contrast
+
Low input lag
+
Superb value

Reasons to avoid

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Weak overdrive
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No sRGB mode
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No speakers or USB

The Dell S2422HG might be small in stature at just 23.6 inches across, but it packs quite a punch at a very attractive price point. Not everyone has the cash to drop $400 or $500 on a gaming monitor, so it's nice to see Dell providing a value-conscious entry here.

The S2422HG has a 1920 x 1080 resolution and a relatively fast refresh rate at 165 MHz. Dell uses a VA panel here, so you get excellent contrast at 3,000:1 (we measured better at 3,261.8:1) and a factory-rated brightness of 350 nits (although we only measured 324 nits). We also commend Dell for including both AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync compatibility in this budget-oriented monitor.

Video processing for the S2422HG was good in our testing, and the low input lag was appreciated. However, we did have to knock the motor for its lack of sRGB mode, no integrated speakers, and a lack of USB hub functionality.

But with an MSRP of $199, the Dell S2422HG represents an excellent value in this gaming monitor space. In addition, we've seen the S2422HG fall to as low as $170 in recent months, which makes it an easy-to-recommend gaming monitor.

Read: Dell S2422HG Review 


Samsung's massive ultrawide is an extremely premium option. (Image credit: Samsung)
Best Ultrawide Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 49 inches / 32:9
Resolution: 5120 x 1440
Panel Type: SVA (VA)
Refresh Rate: 240 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 1ms
Adaptive-Sync : G-Sync Compatible, FreeSync

Reasons to buy

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Accurate color out of the box
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Tight curve delivers maximum immersion

Reasons to avoid

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No motion blur reduction
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No speakers

The Samsung 49-Inch Odyssey G9 is one of the most extreme monitors on this page. Not only is it a massive 49 inches diagonally, but it also carries a 1000R curve, the most dramatic curve offered on a gaming monitor today. From a 2-3-feet distance, this panel will fill your view. It’s like having two 27-inch, 1440p monitors in one. You'll need nearly 4 feet of desk width and 17 inches of depth to accommodate it, but if you do, you’ll enjoy a wraparound gaming environment without image distortion. Are you looking for a smaller ultrawide? The Acer Predator X38 is also excellent. 

Testing of the 49-Inch Odyssey G9 revealed excellent contrast (2,152.9:1 after calibration), which climbed to 58,881.7:1 when it came to HDR testing. This is a bright monitor with a sharp picture and accurate DCI-P3 and sRGB color. 

At this price, though, we’d expect a little more. For example, the monitor doesn’t offer any blur reduction. However, we typically opt for Adaptive-Sync over motion blur reduction, and motion blur shouldn’t be an issue if you have a powerful enough graphics card. You also don’t get any speakers or, oddly, a framerate counter. But with solid image quality and a whole lot of speed for an ultrawide, some sacrifices are worth making.

More: Samsung 49-Inch Odyssey G9 review 


The ViewSonic Elite XG350R-C is an ultrawide value that's hard to top.  (Image credit: ViewSonic)

17. ViewSonic Elite XG350R-C

Best Budget Ultrawide Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 35 inches, 16:9
Resolution: 3440 x 1440
Panel Type: VA
Refresh Rate: 100 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 3ms
Adaptive-Sync: FreeSync

Reasons to buy

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Excellent contrast and accurate color
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Fast response from 100 Hz refresh rate
+
Good build quality
+
Loud speakers

Reasons to avoid

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No additional contrast in HDR mode
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No extended color

Currently going for $660 (opens in new tab), the ViewSonic Elite XG350R-C is cheaper than many other 35-inch ultrawides and ultrawides with fewer features (there’s even RGB lighting on the back of the XG350R-C). But what you’ll really love about the XG350R-C is its vivid and accurate color that makes textures pop, skin tones look natural, and everything looks more realistic. 

If you want life-changing HDR or to use HDR with Adaptive-Sync, look elsewhere. But in addition to a 21:9 aspect ratio, the Elite XG350R-C employs an 1800mm curve radius that engulfed us with solid image quality, making for an immersive ultrawide experience. 

More: ViewSonic Elite XG350R-C review


The ViewSonic Elite XG270QC offers strong HDR for cheaper than most.  (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)
Best Budget HDR Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 27 inches, 16:9
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Panel Type: VA
Refresh Rate: 165 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 3ms
Adaptive-Sync: FreeSync Premium Pro

Reasons to buy

+
Build quality
+
Accurate color
+
Adaptive-Sync with HDR

Reasons to avoid

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No sRGB mode

If you’ve wanted to try out an HDR monitor but can’t afford the best HDR monitors with FALD backlights, the ViewSonic Elite XG270QC (available here (opens in new tab)) is worth a look. Admittedly, it’s not quite FALD-quality, but with edge-lit backlighting, the runner-up, and a VA panel, this monitor’s HDR performance will give you a noticeable upgrade over SDR. 

This monitor kept up with other 165 Hz screens in our benchmarks, such as the Dell S3220DGF above. ViewSonic's XG270QC also delivers 1440p resolution with on-point gamma. Even without HDR, contrast hit 2,897:1 with our calibration settings. Plus, you get a surprisingly loud pair of 3W speakers.

For the ultimate HDR gaming, though, you'll want to visit our Best 4K Gaming Monitors list. 

More: ViewSonic Elite XG270QC review


The 280Hz Asus TUF VG259QM packs plenty of speed.  (Image credit: Asus)
Best High-Refresh Gaming Monitor

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 24.5 inches / 16:9
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Panel Type: IPS
Refresh Rate: 240 Hz (280 Hz with overclock)
Response Time (GTG): 1ms
Adaptive-Sync: G-Sync Compatible

Reasons to buy

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Phenomenal gaming with simultaneous Adaptive-Sync and ELMB 

Reasons to avoid

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Light gamma
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HDR doesn’t pop

The Asus TUF Gaming VG259QM isn’t the only 240 Hz monitor here, but it’s the only one that overclocks to an impressive 280 Hz so impressively. It’s not only about the high refresh rate, though. It’s also the ability to incorporate FreeSync (despite lacking certification) or G-Sync Compatibility alongside Asus’ Extreme Low Motion Blur (ELMB) feature that bests any monitor’s overdrive. With those features and 280 Hz, our inputs almost felt predicted. This is the kind of monitor that could help your game. Asus’ VG259QM topped our response time test and did admirably in terms of absolute input lag.

One of the downsides of this monitor is its HDR capability. Using an IPS panel with 1,000:1 contrast and only DisplayHDR 400 certification, HDR won’t look much better than SDR content. And, of course, you’ll need a decent graphics card to make the most out of this high-refresh screen.

But if you want one of the fastest monitors on the market, the VG259QM is up there. There are 360 Hz monitors now, but 280 fps is more achievable than 360 fps. And at $319 (opens in new tab), the VG259QM is favorably priced. 

More: Asus TUF Gaming VG259QM review  


Ready for eSports, this is the fastest monitor we've ever tested.  (Image credit: MSI)
Best Gaming Monitor for eSports

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 24.5 inches / 16:9
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Panel Type: IPS
Refresh Rate: 360 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 1ms
Adaptive-Sync: G-Sync

Reasons to buy

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Good contrast with variable backlight
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Incredibly smooth and fast

Reasons to avoid

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No extended color
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No speakers

If you're the kind of gamer who can take advantage of things like 8,000 Hz mice, the most advanced GPU, and play at a competitive level, the MSI Oculux NXG253R is as good as it gets. We’ve tested a few 360 Hz monitors, namely the Asus ROG Swift PG259QN, Alienware AW2521H, and Acer Predator X25, and they’re all amazingly fast and impressive. However, MSI’s 360 Hz monitor stands above them all as the fastest screen we’ve ever tested. 

Our benchmarking recorded the NXG253R’s absolute input lag at 17ms, 1ms faster than the next fastest 360 Hz monitor (Asus’ PG259QN). The NXG253R matched the other 360 Hz screens with a 3ms result when it came to response time. You also get Nvidia’s Reflex latency analyzer, plus G-Sync all the way down to 1 Hz. Nothing is missing for gaming performance here.

There are some things missing, though. Despite the high price (especially for a 1080p monitor), the NXG253R doesn’t have speakers. And its color gamut is sRGB, rather than the more colorful DCI-P3 that’s increasingly popular among gaming monitors. But this is still a bright screen with decent contrast (1,190.6:1) for an IPS panel. HDR is aided by a variable backlight, which brings contrast to a high 7,972.5:1 with HDR content. 

If you’re ready to leap to 360 Hz, the fastest refresh rate currently available on a PC monitor, the NXG253R is the best of the best for speed. 

More: MSI Oculux NXG253R review 


The AOC PD27 makes 240Hz look good.  (Image credit: AOC)
Best Gaming Monitor Splurge

Specifications

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 27 inches, 16:9
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Panel Type: VA
Refresh Rate: 240 Hz
Response Time (GTG): 0.5ms
Adaptive-Sync: FreeSync Premium Pro

Reasons to buy

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Wide, accurate color gamut
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Build quality, styling

Reasons to avoid

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Backlight strobe causes some smearing
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Expensive

The Samsung 27-inch CRG5 provides incredible speed at 1080p resolution, and the Porsche Design AOC Agon PD27 takes things to the next level, including a higher resolution, shorter response time, and a price tag that’s more than twice the size. 

For most, the CRG5 is in the sweet spot for a 240Hz monitor. Its 1080p resolution will require less graphics power than the 1440p PD27. When it came to our speed benchmarks, the PD27 was 1ms faster than the CRG5 in the response time test and 2ms slower in the absolute input lag test. So performance there is comparable, but the PD27 is also in a different style class.

With a unique metallic stand reminiscent of a racecar’s roll cage, LED lighting, including a projector that casts a customizable Porsche Design logo, and even its own remote, this monitor is as much about premium looks as it is about premium performance. If you want a little bit of it everything, it’s tough to beat this stylish monitor. 

More: Porsche Design AOC Agon PD27 review 


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Christian Eberle
Contributing Editor

Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.

  • shrapnel_indie
    waiting for a review on this one: Asus MG28UQ: (Going for as low as $513.54 USD right now) UHD, FreeSync, USB 3.0 that can charge devices, HDMA 2.0 & HDMA 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2? 1.3?


    EDIT: Yay! you did review it! (recently too): http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/asus-mg28uq-28-inch-uhd-freesync-gaming-monitor,4683.html
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  • Verrin
    I own an Acer XG270HU, great monitor. You have to be careful when buying it though, because some of their early production models had a firmware bug that prevented the overdrive from working properly, leading to some nasty ghosting/blur. I had to send mine in to get the firmware updated, and it wasn't a fun process. But once I got it back, I've been nothing but happy with the quality and features of this panel. IMHO FreeSync/G-Sync is probably the greatest development in gaming in the last decade.
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  • rahulkadukar
    When are you planning to review Acer XB271HU, next year ?

    This list is a joke, arguably the best gaming monitor in the world is not even on the list.
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  • mortsmi7
    I guess I'm the only one who desires an increase in picture quality/pixel density over screen realestate. I'll take my cheaper 1440p 27" IPS instead of a 1440p 32" LED any day.
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  • apertotes
    I wish that you had added contrast to the chart. The same can be said about the professional monitors article. I really believe it is the single most important attribute on a monitor.
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  • Achoo22
    I threw up in my mouth a little when I read the first line of the Asus PG279Q review: "Users looking to build a no-holds-barred rig can literally create an all-Asus system made up of premium components that deliver only the highest performance." Guerilla marketing with sponsored content much? Shame on you, Toms, for being complicit.
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  • SinxarKnights
    18202963 said:
    When are you planning to review Acer XB271HU, next year ?
    It is the same monitor with more inputs (really, it is exactly the same except the inputs).

    Glad I picked the Acer XB270HU, So good. Sadly mine has already developed two dead pixels in the lower left corner. Unfortunately it doesn't count as a defect for the Acer warranty and B&H won't exchange it after 90 days for dead pixels.

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  • MorningstarZero
    The link and pricing you have for the AOC G2460PQ in the article is wrong. The link takes you to Amazon for the AOC G2460PQU, a similar monitor to the AOC G2460PQ except for one small problem... the PQU DOESN'T have G-Sync. The pricing appears to be closely made off the PQU which is currently $228 (I'm guessing the price changed after this article was written.)

    Here's the link for the G2460PQ: https://www.amazon.com/AOC-G2460PG-24-Inch-LED-Lit-Monitor/dp/B00SIZ8QDM/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1467372059&sr=1-1
    It's currently selling for $414.
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  • sunny420
    You mention in the updates, "This month, LG makes the cut with its 34UC98..."
    I'm not seeing any information about this monitor in the article.
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  • Mopar63
    I daily use the Nixeus NX-VUE24A and the BenQ XL2730Z, I ditched my IPS gaming monitors for the amazing smooth game play I can get with both of these. While they are TN panels the game play experience in no way suffers and the Freesync implementation in both is outstanding.

    I wanted to love the Acer XR341CK and bought one, then promptly returned it. Early reviews got cherry picked samples, general consumer buying was a lottery and most ended with an issue. Attempts to get support where treated with bored indifference and I know two different people that went through 3 RMAs before getting a monitor with few enough issues to keep. (They had to pay for shipping each time and Acer would not offer to compensate after the first RAM was a failure as well) Seeing all these horror stories I chose the refund route.

    I am hearing that the QA issues have finally been resolved but I feel that for the price point quality should not be a crap shoot, but the norm.
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