When shopping for a new gaming monitor, most people tend to look at the usual buzzwords and gaming features thrown around. One aspect that many people overlook, however, is the size of the monitor. With so many choices and so many buzzwords thrown around, it can get confusing. Size, resolution, viewing distance, and even the games you play can all impact your decision. As most people won't be using the monitor just for gaming, it's also important to consider how else you plan on using the monitor, not just now but in the long-term, when you're looking for the best screen size for gaming.
We've tested more than 175 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best gaming monitors in each size. See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best gaming monitors for Xbox Series X, and the best gaming monitors for PS5.
Larger-sized monitors are the norm now, but smaller models do have their benefits and are popular for some uses. 24-25" monitors offer enough screen space for gaming, and it's easier to see everything in your field of vision, like maps, during competitive gaming. Also, a smaller screen results in a higher pixel density, which translates to better text clarity in some cases. Monitors this size are great for fast-paced FPS games but not as good for more immersive ones like Adventure or RPG games.
Most of the models we've tested in this size have a 1080p resolution designed for gaming, specifically esports gamers. Because of this relatively low resolution, games can run at higher refresh rates without taxing your graphics card as much. Recent models support refresh rates as high as 360Hz, delivering an incredibly smooth gaming experience, even if you haven't been able to get your hands on one of the latest graphics cards yet.
The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM is the best 25 inch gaming monitor we've tested. It has an extremely fast 240Hz refresh rate that you can overclock to 280Hz, and coupled with its outstanding response times, delivers extremely clear motion in fast-paced gaming. It also has incredibly low input lag, good for even the best esports gamers. Although it technically only supports FreeSync variable refresh rate, it's also certified by NVIDIA to work with G-SYNC on recent NVIDIA graphics cards, so you can get the most out of it regardless of your choice of graphics card. Also, see our recommendations for the best 24-25 inch monitors.
27 to 32 inch monitors offer more space than 24 and 25 inch monitors while still maintaining the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio. These sizes are by far the most popular. They have the most models to choose from, with a wide range of features, so there's something for everyone no matter how you use your monitor or which types of games you play. Most models in these sizes have either a 1440p or 4k resolution, but a few 1080p options are available, mainly on budget models.
With so many options to choose from, 27 or 32 inch monitors are the most versatile out there. 1440p models are available with high refresh rates and fast response times, making them a great choice for fast-paced gaming. With HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 2.0 models starting to hit the market, some high refresh rate 4k models are now available but require high-end gaming setups to take full advantage of them, so most people are probably best looking at 1440p models with high refresh rates.
The best 27 to 32 inch monitor for gaming that we've tested is the Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA. This monitor delivers an outstanding gaming experience, thanks to its high refresh rate, fast response times, and outstanding low input lag. It's available in 27 and 32 inch variants, both with a 1440p native resolution. If you're after the clearest text, go for the 27 inch model. Both models are great choices for almost any type of game, but the 16:9 ratio might be a bit limiting for gamers looking for a more immersive gaming experience. Also, see our recommendations for the best 27 inch monitors and best 28-32 inch monitors.
You can take your gaming experience to next-level immersion with a 34 inch monitor, one of the best monitor sizes for gaming. Options of this size are known as ultrawides and generally have a 3440x1440 resolution and a 21:9 aspect ratio. This is great for gaming, as it delivers a more immersive gaming experience, making it a great choice for open-world games like some RPGs or simulation games. They also make great office monitors when working from home.
The extra screen space means it may be harder to see the edges, so to compensate for that, some 34 inch monitors have a curved screen, but some are still flat. Naturally, you're going to need a large desk and some extra space for a 34 inch monitor. One downside is that models of this size usually don't have the best ergonomics, and you likely won't be able to place it into portrait mode. However, if you only need a large screen to place directly in front of you, you should be happy with 34 inches.
The best 34 inch monitor we've tested is the LG 34GN850-B. It's a premium ultrawide monitor with impressive gaming performance, and it's a very good choice if you want to use it for office work as well. Its IPS panel provides wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate when viewing from the side. It has limited ergonomics, so it may be hard to place in an ideal viewing position. You can overclock its 144Hz refresh rate to 160Hz, and it has a quick response time and low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. Sadly, it doesn't deliver the best HDR experience because of its low contrast ratio and lack of local dimming. For other options, see our recommendations for the best 34 inch+ monitors.
If you use two or more monitors in a multi-monitor setup, then it may be worth getting one super ultrawide monitor instead. These types of monitors are rare, and only a handful of manufacturers produce them. They have a staggering 32:9 aspect ratio and 49 inch screen size, which is the equivalent of placing two 27 inch monitors side-by-side. Naturally, with a bigger screen, you can also achieve a larger resolution. Most super ultrawide monitors have a 5120 x 1440 resolution, which is the same vertical resolution as a 1440p screen, but with more horizontal pixels.
Since these super ultrawide monitors are so large, they're curved so that the screen's edges are easier to see. Like any monitor, this size has its limitations. There are often uniformity issues and, due to the monitor's larger size, the stands don't offer much in terms of ergonomics. You'll need a big desk to place it on, and not all content works with a 32:9 aspect ratio; it shouldn't be a problem if you're opening multiple windows side-by-side, but you may see black bars at the sides when watching movies or playing games.
The best super ultrawide gaming monitor that we've tested is the Samsung Odyssey G9. It sits above the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T and has many of the same features for gaming. Motion looks smooth thanks to its quick response time, input lag is low, and it still maintains the 240Hz refresh rate with native FreeSync support. It also has a VA panel, but its contrast is lower than most VA panel monitors, and even though it has an edge-lit local dimming feature, it doesn't improve the contrast all that much. Also, see our recommendations for the best ultrawide gaming monitors.
Jun 01, 2021: Updated text for clarity. No changes to product selection.
Apr 02, 2021: Removed the Gigabyte M27Q and made the Samsung Odyssey G7 the 'Best 27-32 Inch'; replaced the Acer XV340CK with the LG34GN850-B because it has a quicker response time; replaced the Samsung CRG9 with its replacement model, the Samsung Odyssey G9.
Feb 02, 2021: Replaced the ASUS VG27AQ with the Gigabyte M27Q because it's cheaper.
Dec 04, 2020: Replaced the Samsung CHG70 with the Samsung Odyssey G7.
Oct 05, 2020: Replaced the Dell Alienware AW2521HF with the ASUS VG259QM; replaced the LG 34GN850-B with the Acer Nitro XV340CK.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best gaming monitor sizes. They're 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.