The 4 Best Monitor Sizes For Gaming - Spring 2021 Reviews

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Choosing the best gaming monitor size can be difficult. With so many choices and so many buzzwords being thrown around, it can get confusing. Size, resolution, viewing distance, and even the type of games that 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 as well when you're looking for the best screen size for gaming.

We've tested more than 160 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best gaming monitors in each size. See also our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, best gaming monitors for Xbox Series X, and best gaming monitors for PS5.


  1. 24-25 Inch Gaming Monitor

    8.7
    Gaming
    Size 25"
    Resolution 1920x1080
    Max Refresh Rate
    280 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    Larger-sized monitors are the norm now, but smaller models do have their benefits. Compared to 27 inch monitors, 24 or 25 inch screens take up less space, which is important if you have limited real estate in your at-home gaming setup. Still, they 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, making images and text clearer to see.

    Most of the models we've tested in this size have a 1080p resolution designed for gaming, specifically esports gamers. There are a few 24 or 25 inch monitors with a 1440p resolution, but they're aimed at office use, and most gaming monitors have a 1080p resolution as it doesn't put that much stress on your graphics card. Due to the small size and low resolution, most 24 or 25 inch monitors are available for a budget-friendly price, but high-end gaming ones can get costly.

    The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM is the best 25 inch gaming monitor we've tested. It's an excellent gaming model with an incredibly high 240Hz refresh rate that you can overclock to 280Hz. Its response time at its max refresh rate is incredible, resulting in minimal motion blur, and even at 60Hz, the response time remains excellent. It has native FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support and is G-SYNC compatible. It has a low input lag that sadly increases significantly when gaming at 60Hz, so it's not suggested for console gaming. Despite having a low contrast ratio, the picture quality is great as it has wide viewing angles, great peak brightness, and decent color accuracy. Also, see our recommendations for the best 24-25 inch monitors.

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  2. 27-32 Inch Gaming Monitor

    8.8
    Gaming
    Size 32"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    240 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The most common sizes for monitors are in the 27 to 32 inch range. They offer more space than 24 and 25 inch monitors while still maintaining the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio. You can find monitors in these sizes in a variety of panel types and resolutions. If you're comparing two 27 inch and 32 inch models with the same resolution, the smaller screen will have a higher pixel density, resulting in clearer text. There are a handful of 27 inch, 1080p options available, like the LG 27GN750-B, while you can easily find 1440p and 4k options in this size range.

    The majority of 27 inch monitors we've tested have an IPS panel, providing wide viewing angles and a low contrast ratio. There are a few models with a VA panel as well, so you get a high contrast at the cost of viewing angles. However, 32 inch monitors usually have VA panels and have curved screens, like the Dell S3221QS, and we've only tested a few 32 inch IPS monitors, like the LG 32UD99-W. Choosing one size over another really comes down to personal preference.

    The best 27 to 32 inch monitor for gaming that we've tested is the Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA. It's actually available in both a 27 and 32 inch size, and we tested the larger model. It has a 1440p resolution to deliver clear images. Its native 240Hz refresh rate, very quick response time, low input lag, and variable refresh rate all help provide an excellent gaming experience. Its VA panel has a high native contrast ratio, and it has an edge-lit local dimming feature, but it performs terribly and causes uniformity issues. Also, see our recommendations for the best 27 inch monitors and best 28-32 inch monitors.

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  3. 34 Inch+ Gaming Monitor

    8.3
    Gaming
    Size 34"
    Resolution 3440x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    160 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    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 they generally have a 3440x1440 resolution and a 21:9 aspect ratio. This is good for atmospheric gaming as it delivers an immersive experience. If you also want to use it for work purposes, there's enough screen real estate to open multiple windows at once.

    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 just 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, but it has limited ergonomics, so it may be difficult to place in an ideal viewing position. Its 144Hz refresh rate can be overclocked to 160Hz, 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.

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  4. Super Ultrawide Gaming Monitor

    8.2
    Gaming
    Size 49"
    Resolution 5120x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    240 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    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 there are more horizontal pixels.

    Since these super ultrawide monitors are so large, they're curved so that the edges of the screen are easier to see. Like any monitor, this size has its limitations. There are often uniformity issues, and due to the larger size, the stands don't offer much in terms of ergonomics. You'll, of course, need a big desk to place it on, and not all content is suited for 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 LC49G95TSSNXZA. 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 recommendation for the best ultrawide gaming monitors.

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Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. Feb 02, 2021: Replaced the ASUS VG27AQ with the Gigabyte M27Q because it's cheaper.

  3. Dec 04, 2020: Replaced the Samsung CHG70 with the Samsung Odyssey G7.

  4. Oct 05, 2020: Replaced the Dell Alienware AW2521HF with the ASUS VG259QM; replaced the LG 34GN850-B with the Acer Nitro XV340CK.

  5. Aug 06, 2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.

All Reviews

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.

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