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The 5 Best 120Hz Monitors - Summer 2024 Reviews

Updated Jun 19, 2024 at 10:55 am
Best 120Hz Monitors

Although many gaming monitors and PCs support refresh rates higher than 120Hz, this is the max refresh rate that the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S support. Getting a monitor for gaming at 120Hz is a good alternative to getting a TV (see best 120Hz TVs) as they tend to cost less, are smaller, and are also versatile if you need a monitor for other uses, like productivity or even PC gaming. While modern gaming monitors have a native refresh rate higher than 120Hz, you can still get one to play at that refresh rate.

When looking for a new monitor, you'll want something with a fast response time at 120Hz so that motion looks crisp and which has a low input lag for a responsive feel, though most monitors have low input lag. A monitor with good HDR picture quality also contributes to a great gaming experience. This means you'll want to look for a monitor with vibrant, life-like HDR colors, a high contrast, and great brightness so that highlights pop. Lastly, a monitor with a 4k resolution and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth can take full advantage of gaming consoles for 4k gaming at 120Hz, but you can also consider a lower-resolution display to play at 120Hz if you want to save money.

We've bought and tested more than 315 monitors, and below are our picks for the monitors with the best performance at 120Hz to buy, including the best 4k 120Hz monitors. Also, check out our recommendations for the best monitors for PS5, the best monitors for Xbox Series X, and the best monitors for Xbox Series S.

  1. Best 120Hz Monitor

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    The best 120Hz monitor we've tested is the Dell Alienware AW3225QF. It's a high-end gaming monitor with outstanding performance and premium picture quality. While it has a maximum refresh rate of 240Hz, it's still great to use at 120Hz thanks to its near-instantaneous response time at any refresh rate, which results in almost no motion blur with fast-moving objects. It also has a 4k resolution and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so you can play 4k games with the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S up to 120Hz.

    Thanks to its QD-OLED panel, it even offers outstanding picture quality. This means it displays deep and inky blacks without any blooming and gets bright enough for highlights to pop. Additionally, it displays a wide range of colors in HDR that look extremely vivid and lifelike. Its high resolution makes games appear full of detail, and it has a big enough screen to deliver an immersive experience. However, its curved screen may not be for everyone, so check out the Gigabyte AORUS FO32U2P if you want a flat screen instead. That said, it costs more for a similar gaming performance, so the Dell monitor offers the best value.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range 120Hz Monitor

    If you find the Dell Alienware AW3225QF too much out of your price range but still want a premium display, look into the Gigabyte AORUS FO27Q3. It has a QD-OLED panel like the Dell, so it displays the same deep and inky blacks with vivid colors and bright highlights, delivering outstanding HDR picture quality. However, the main difference is that it has a lower 1440p resolution than the Dell, so images aren't as detailed and sharp, and it also has a smaller screen.

    That said, it still has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth to take advantage of gaming consoles, and it also supports downscaled 4k @ 120Hz signals, which are more detailed than native 1440p signals. Although it has a 360Hz refresh rate, it still performs very well at 120Hz, as it has a near-instantaneous response time for sharp motion. If you can't find this monitor available, you can also consider the Dell Alienware AW2725DF, which uses the same panel and performs similarly, so go for whichever monitor you can find for cheaper.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range 120Hz Monitor

    If you prefer a cheaper mid-range monitor, the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx is also a good choice for 120Hz gaming. It's different from the Gigabyte AORUS FO27Q3 because it doesn't have a QD-OLED panel, so it doesn't display the same deep blacks and vivid colors. However, this is the trade-off you need to make for getting a cheaper mid-range monitor. It still delivers good picture quality, as it has Mini LED local dimming that helps it improve its contrast in dark rooms, and there isn't much blooming around bright objects either. It also gets very bright, which is ideal for both HDR gaming and use in bright rooms.

    In terms of gaming performance, it doesn't have the same near-instantaneous response time as the Gigabyte, but fast-moving objects still look sharp at 120Hz. It also has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth to take full advantage of gaming consoles, and its 4k resolution helps deliver a detailed image.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget 120Hz Monitor

    If you want a monitor on a budget, check out the AOC Q27G3XMN, which offers great value as a low-cost display. It uses Mini LED backlighting like the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx, so it also looks great in dark rooms as it has a high contrast ratio and good local dimming feature, and highlights pop in HDR. However, it has a lower 1440p resolution than the Acer, so it doesn't display the same detailed images, and without HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, it can't take full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.

    Luckily, the AOC has a really quick response time at 120Hz, and while there's black smearing with fast-moving objects in dark rooms, motion still looks sharp. One downside is that it has noticeable VRR flicker with changing frame rates, particularly in dark scenes, but this isn't so much of an issue if you set a frame cap to 120 fps or disable VRR altogether.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap 120Hz Monitor

    While you can find the AOC Q27G3XMN for a low cost, if you need a simple and cheap display, check out the Dell G2724D, which you can find for cheap directly on Dell's website. It has a 27-inch, 1440p screen like the AOC, but it doesn't have any Mini LED backlighting, so it has much worse picture quality than the AOC, which is the trade-off for getting something cheap. This means blacks look gray in dark rooms, and highlights don't pop in HDR.

    On the plus side, it's still good for gaming as it has a fast response time at 120Hz. It has less smearing than the AOC, and it doesn't have any VRR flicker, either. Another advantage is that its VRR support works with the PS5, which the AOC and other entry-level monitors don't support, so it's a nice touch for a cheap display.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG 27GS95QE-B: The LG 27GS95QE-B is a 1440p OLED monitor that's in the same price range as the Gigabyte AORUS FO27Q3 and also delivers fantastic gaming performance. However, it doesn't display the same vivid colors as the Gigabyte, as it uses a WOLED panel and not a QD-OLED panel. See our review
  • Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75: The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 is a slightly cheaper alternative to the Gigabyte AORUS FO27Q3 that gets brighter. However, it doesn't have a near-instantaneous response time like the Gigabyte and doesn't display the same deep blacks, so the Gigabyte still offers the best performance. See our review
  • LG 27GR93U-B: The LG 27GR93U-B is cheaper than the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx and is a good option if you want a 4k monitor. However, it doesn't have Mini LED backlighting like the Acer, so it has worse picture quality. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jun 19, 2024: Moved the LG 27GS95QE-B to the Notable Mentions and added the cheaper Gigabyte AORUS FO27Q3 as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range 120Hz Monitor.' Replaced the Gigabyte M27U with the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx due to its better picture quality. Removed the LG 27GP850-B/27GP83B-B and replaced the LG 27GR75Q-B with the AOC Q27G3XMN in the budget category, as it also has better picture quality. Lastly, added the Dell G2724D as 'Best Cheap' for consistency with other recommendations. The Sony INZONE M9 and the LG 32GR93U-B were replaced with the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 and the LG 27GR93U-B in Notable Mentions based on the current monitor market.

  2. Apr 24, 2024: Replaced the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 with the LG 27GS95QE-B as 'Best Upper Mid-Range,' as it has better performance. Replaced the ViewSonic XG2431 with the LG 27GR75Q-B as 'Best Budget,' as it displays a more detailed image.

  3. Feb 08, 2024: Added the Dell Alienware AW3225QF as the 'Best 120Hz Monitor' and moved the LG 32GR93U-B to Notable Mentions; renamed the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 to 'Best Upper Mid-Range' monitor to reflect market position; replaced the Gigabyte M27Q P with the AOC Q27G3XMN in Notable Mentions because of the AOC's better picture quality.

  4. Nov 22, 2023: Replaced the Sony INZONE M9 with the LG 32GR93U-B because it has better motion handling at 120Hz; removed the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx because it's hard to find; replaced the Cooler Master Tempest GP27U, LG 32GQ950-B, and Dell G2724D with the Sony INZONE M9, Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx, and Gigabyte M27Q P in Notable Mentions for consistency with other articles.

  5. Sep 28, 2023: Added the Sony INZONE M9 as 'Best Upper Mid-Range Monitor' to give another option; added the ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM, LG 32GQ950-B, and Dell G2724D to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors currently available that you can use at 120Hz, including the best 4k 120Hz monitors. 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 the monitors we've tested with a refresh rate of 120Hz or higher. 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.