When shopping for a new gaming monitor, most people tend to look at the usual buzzwords and gaming features manufacturers put into their marketing. 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 size monitor for gaming.
We've tested more than 210 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best screen size for gaming. 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 and 25 inch 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 compared to larger screens with the same resolutions. These monitors 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. This relatively low resolution puts a lighter load on the graphics card, allowing it to push out more frames per second. Recent models support refresh rates as high as 360Hz, delivering an incredibly smooth and responsive gaming experience. The downside with a small 1080p screen is that you don't get much room for productivity, especially for split-screen multitasking.
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 time, it delivers extremely clear motion in fast-paced games. It also has incredibly low input lag, good for even the best esports gamers. Although it technically only supports FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR), 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. You can also check out our recommendations for the best 24-25 inch monitors for other options.
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 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 instead.
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 time, 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.
If you want a more immersive gaming experience, then an ultrawide with a 34+ inch screen might be the best gaming monitor size for you. There are some 38 inch models available, but they're usually designed for productivity. Ultrawide monitors have a 21:9 aspect ratio that gives you roughly 30% more horizontal space than a standard 16:9 display, so you get a wider field of view for better immersion and more screen real estate for multitasking. Although most of them have a curved screen that makes it easier to see the sides, you can still find some that are flat if that's what you prefer.
While a 21:9 aspect ratio is great for immersion, it does put a heavier load on the graphics card than a 16:9 display of the same resolution because there are more pixels to push. Also, keep in mind that not all games support a 21:9 aspect ratio, which means you might see some black bars at the sides, or the image might be stretched out to fill the screen. This happens most with competitive games, as a wider field of view may give a player an unfair advantage.
The best 34 inch gaming monitor that we've tested is the LG 34GP83A-B. It's a 34 inch model with a 3440x1440 resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate that you can overclock up to 160Hz. It has an exceptional response time, low input lag, as well as native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility. Unfortunately, it isn't the best option for dark rooms as it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks appear gray. Also, the stand only allows for height and tilt adjustments. For other options, make sure to check out 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 5120x1440 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. However, 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 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 performs terribly. Also, see our recommendations for the best ultrawide gaming monitors.
Sep 28, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. No change in recommendations.
Jul 30, 2021: Replaced the LG 34GN850-B with the 34GP83A-B for consistency; updated text for clarity.
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.
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.