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The 6 Best 1080p Gaming Monitors - Spring 2019
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Best 1080p Gaming Monitors
65 Monitors Tested
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Even though most of the top monitors released in 2019 have a native resolution of at least 1440p or 4k, there is still a lot of demand for good 1080p gaming monitors. 1080p monitors are great for console gaming, or if you have an older PC. As 1080p doesn't require as much processing power, even older computers can run the latest games at decent frame rates at 1080p.

We've reviewed 65 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best 1080p gaming monitors that are available for purchase in 2019. See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best gaming monitors under $200, and the best gaming monitors under $300.

  1. Best 1080p Gaming Monitor: ASUS VG279Q

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 1920x1080
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    The ASUS VG279Q is the best 1080p gaming monitor that we've tested so far. It is an outstanding gaming monitor with excellent motion handling, low input lag, and wide viewing angles. It has an excellent response time and is one of the few monitors we've tested that has an optional black frame insertion feature.

    This monitor supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, even when connected to a recent NVIDIA graphics card or an Xbox One, which is great. It also has a few useful additional features, like the ability to add crosshairs to any game without fear of getting banned for cheating. This monitor also has a great stand and can easily be placed in the perfect viewing position. It has a display alignment feature, which is perfect if you're doing a multi-monitor setup.

    The ASUS VG279Q isn't perfect, though, as, like most IPS monitors, it doesn't look as good in a dark room. Overall, though, it is an excellent gaming monitor that should please most users.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: ViewSonic XG2402

    Size : 24 "
    Resolution : 1920x1080
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you want a great 1080p gaming monitor but the ASUS VG279Q is too expensive, check out the ViewSonic XG2402 instead. This monitor has an even better response time than the ASUS, but lacks a black frame insertion feature. It also has worse uniformity and poor viewing angles.

    Like the ASUS, the ViewSonic XG2402 has outstanding low input lag, a good selection of inputs, and supports FreeSync variable refresh rate, which is great for gaming on a PC with an AMD graphics card or an Xbox One.

    See our review

  3. 240Hz Alternative: BenQ XL2540

    Size : 25 "
    Resolution : 1920x1080
    Refresh Rate : 240 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you want the best motion possible, the BenQ Zowie XL2540 is the best 240Hz 1080p gaming monitor we've tested so far. The 240Hz refresh rate delivers outstanding motion clarity, with an extremely fast response time, and a hidden black frame insertion feature that can further improve motion clarity. Like the ASUS VG279Q, the Zowie supports FreeSync and has an incredibly wide FreeSync range, ensuring an almost perfect tear-free gaming experience. This monitor also has a unique external controller that can be used to quickly switch between 3 different setting presets.

    See our review

  4. Best 60Hz 1080p Gaming Monitor: Samsung C27F398

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 1920x1080
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you're looking for the best 60Hz monitor for console gaming, check out the Samsung CF398. This is a good gaming monitor overall, with good dark scene performance, low input lag, and FreeSync support, which is great for Xbox One gamers.

    This monitor has a decent 60Hz refresh rate, and when connected to a PC with an AMD graphics card, the refresh rate increases a bit to 72Hz. It has a great response time, so fast-moving objects only show a short blur trail behind them. The backlight is flicker-free, so there aren't any distracting duplications in motion.

    Unfortunately, this monitor can't get very bright, and it has a fixed stand with only basic ergonomic adjustments, so it isn't as versatile as the ASUS VG279Q. Overall, though, it is a decent monitor for most uses.

    See our review

  5. IPS Alternative: Dell P2417H

    Size : 24 "
    Resolution : 1920x1080
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    No

    If you want a good 60Hz 1080p gaming monitor but don't like the poor viewing angles of the Samsung CF398, check out the Dell P2417H instead. This monitor has great wide viewing angles, a fast response time, and low input lag. Unfortunately, it doesn't support FreeSync VRR, which is a bit disappointing. If you're looking for a smaller monitor, the Dell P2217H is also a  good choice, and performs almost identically to the larger model.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget 1080p Gaming Monitor: Acer XF251Q

    Size : 25 "
    Resolution : 1920x1080
    Refresh Rate : 75 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you're looking for a cheap 1080p gaming monitor, check out the Acer XF251Q. It delivers great gaming performance, with an excellent response time, extremely low input lag, and support for FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. It also has great ergonomics and is well-built, which is uncommon for a budget monitor.

    This monitor only supports a 75Hz refresh rate, which might disappoint some more serious gamers, but otherwise it performs great. It also has two HDMI inputs, which is great for connecting your PC and a console if you don't have enough room for a TV.

    Unfortunately, its TN panel has poor viewing angles, so it is definitely best enjoyed from directly in front, and it isn't very accurate with the out of the box settings. Overall, though, if you're looking for a simple, no-frills budget gaming monitor, this one is a great choice.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ASUS VG248QE: Great 144Hz gaming monitor, but the XG2402 is better overall. See our review
  • ASUS VG245H: Great gaming monitor, but almost identical to the XF251Q for about the same price. See our review
  • HP 27f: Good 75Hz gaming monitor, but the XG2402 is much better for about the same price. See our review
  • MSI Optix G27C: Good gaming monitor, but higher than average 60Hz input lag. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 1080p gaming monitors currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.

If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

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