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The 5 Best 120Hz Monitors - Winter 2023 Reviews

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Best 120Hz Monitors

While gaming devices are becoming more powerful to deliver smooth gameplay at high frame rates, there's still a lot of interest in 120Hz gaming, mainly from consoles. The latest Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles support 120Hz gaming at various resolutions. There are very few monitors that natively run at 120Hz, though, so most of the picks below default to a higher native refresh rate, but we've also tested their performance at 120Hz at their native resolution. When looking for a monitor for gaming at 120Hz, you'll want good motion handling and low input lag for a responsive feel.

We've bought and tested more than 260 monitors, and below are our picks for the best 120Hz monitors to buy. Also, check out our recommendations for the best monitors for PS5, the best monitors for Xbox Series X, and if you want a slightly higher refresh rate, the best 144Hz monitors.


  1. Best 120Hz Monitor

    The Gigabyte AORUS FO48U OLED is one of the few monitors available with a native 120Hz refresh rate and a 4k resolution and it offers fantastic gaming performance, making it the best 4k 120Hz monitor we've tested. It delivers stunning picture quality thanks to its OLED panel, and while OLEDs are more common as TVs, they're becoming more popular in the monitor market. With a 48-inch screen size on this monitor, you get an immersive gaming experience that's great for small spaces. OLEDs are great for dark room gaming because they have a near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity, resulting in deep and inky blacks in dark scenes.

    This monitor is fantastic if you want to use it for gaming with the PS5 or Xbox Series X. With HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on its two HDMI ports, it can take full advantage of either console with 4k gaming up to 120 fps. However, it doesn't support the full bandwidth of HDMI 2.1, as it's limited to 24 Gbps, but that only affects the text clarity with the PS5 and doesn't change anything with the Xbox. Lastly, motion looks incredibly smooth at 120Hz, and it has low input lag for a responsive feel.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range 120Hz Monitor

    If you find the Gigabyte AORUS FO48U OLED too expensive or don't want the 48-inch screen size but still want the best 4k 120Hz monitor, look into the Gigabyte M32U. It's different from the FO48U because it has a smaller 32-inch screen, and while it doesn't offer the same immersive gaming experience, images look sharper due to its higher pixel density. It doesn't have an OLED panel either, so it isn't as good for dark room gaming as blacks look gray, but it also gets brighter for well-lit rooms.

    It still offers an excellent gaming experience with an excellent response time at 120Hz, and it also has an optional backlight strobing feature that works at 120Hz to reduce persistence blur. Its input lag remains low with 120Hz signals for a responsive gaming experience. Like the FO48U, it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth that lets you play games from the PS5 or Xbox Series X, and if you're also a PC gamer, it has a slightly higher 144Hz max refresh rate. If you still find the 32-inch screen size too big, there's the Gigabyte M28U available, which is essentially a smaller monitor that costs less but has a less ergonomic stand.

    See our review

  3. Best Lower Mid-Range 120Hz Monitor

    If you're looking for something cheaper and don't need the 4k resolution of the Gigabyte M32U, then the LG 27GP850-B is a great alternative in the lower mid-range price category. It's best to buy this monitor directly through LG's website. It's designed more with PC gamers in mind, as it has a max refresh rate of 180Hz, but it still provides an excellent gaming experience with consoles. It can downscale a 4k @ 60Hz image from the PS5 and Xbox Series X, which results in a sharper image than a native 1440p signal, but without HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, you can't play 4k @ 120Hz games, which is the sacrifice you have to make for getting something cheaper.

    The motion handling with 120Hz signals is better than the Gigabyte, as it's fantastic. It also has low input lag and provides good picture quality in well-lit rooms as it has high peak brightness and good reflection handling, but it isn't as good for dark room gaming because it has a low contrast ratio. Even if you want a bigger display, the LG 32GP850-B has incredible motion handling at 120Hz, so you get an excellent gaming performance no matter which size you get.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget 120Hz Monitor

    If you're on a budget and want a monitor that's great for 120Hz gaming, check out the ViewSonic XG2431. As you get into the budget category, it's harder to find 1440p displays like the LG 27GP850-B, so it's easier to find a 1080p display like this one, which also has a smaller screen size, but the image clarity is still decent. It's a great choice if you prefer smoother gameplay over a sharp image, like when you're gaming with 1080p @ 120Hz signals, but you won't be able to use it with 4k @ 120Hz signals as it lacks HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.

    Luckily, it works well with the consoles as it can also downscale a 4k image, and while its variable refresh rate (VRR) support works with the Xbox, it doesn't with the PS5, so you'll see some screen tearing. It's a great gaming monitor, and it delivers incredibly clear motion, with little blur behind fast-moving objects and low input lag, for a responsive gaming experience. Despite being a budget model, it still has a few neat features for gamers, including an optional backlight strobing feature to improve the appearance of fast motion.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap 120Hz Monitor

    If you want something cheaper than the ViewSonic XG2431, the LG 24GL600F is a good, cheap alternative that doesn't cost much. It's a step down from the ViewSonic in terms of features, as it has a lower refresh rate, but that doesn't make a difference if you're gaming up to 120Hz. It's a good monitor for gaming, and even if it has a slower response time than the ViewSonic, resulting in more noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects, the motion handling is still great. It still has low input lag, ensuring you can respond quickly to the action on-screen, which is great for fast-paced games that rely on precise inputs.

    Unfortunately, by stepping down to a cheap monitor like this one, you lose a lot in picture quality. It has poor viewing angles, so it's best enjoyed from directly in front, as the image degrades rapidly at an angle, especially if it isn't centered at eye level. It also has bad black uniformity, low contrast, and mediocre color accuracy. While it delivers a smooth gaming performance, if you care about picture quality, you're better off getting a more expensive model.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75: The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 is a high-end 4k monitor that costs a bit more than the Gigabyte AORUS FO48U OLED. It's a different type of display with Mini LED backlighting and gets much brighter, but the Gigabyte still delivers better blacks and has better motion handling, so it's worth getting for cheaper. See our review
  • LG 32GQ950-B: The LG 32GQ950-B is an excellent 4k gaming monitor that's similar to the Gigabyte M32U and has higher HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and better motion handling at 120Hz. Considering it costs more for little difference in performance, it's better to go for the Gigabyte. See our review
  • Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx: The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx is a 1080p monitor that delivers better picture quality than the LG 24GL600F, but it costs more and can be harder to find. If you want the cheapest display, go for the LG, but if you don't mind spending a bit more for better picture quality, the Acer is a good alternative. See our review
  • Gigabyte M27Q: The Gigabyte M27Q is a great monitor with the same specs as the LG 27GP850-B with a 1440p resolution and 170Hz max refresh rate and costs less, but the LG has a faster response time at 120Hz, so if you want the best performance, go for the LG. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 14, 2022: Updated text for clarity and verified that the monitors are still available; added the LG 32GQ900-B to Notable Mentions.

  2. Nov 01, 2022: Replaced the Dell G3223Q with the Gigabyte AORUS FO48U OLED because it has better picture quality; replaced the Gigabyte M28U with the Gigabyte M32U for consistency and renamed to 'Best Mid-Range Monitor'. Replaced the Gigabyte M32Q with the LG 27GP850-B and renamed to 'Best Lower Mid-Range Monitor' because it has better motion handling; removed the LG 42 C2 OLED; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors currently available that you can use at 120Hz. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. 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 that support at least a 120Hz refresh rate. 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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