The 5 Best Monitor Sizes For Gaming - Winter 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 150 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.

    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 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 Inch Gaming Monitor

    8.5
    Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    170 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    27 inch monitors are generally considered the best size, not only for gaming but for office use too. It gives you enough screen real estate to deliver an immersive gaming experience while maintaining that 16:9 aspect ratio, and it's not too big that parts of the screen are out of your line of vision. You can find 27 inch gaming monitors in a variety of resolutions; there are 1080p options available, like the Acer Nitro XF243Y, and there are 4k models as well, like the LG 27GN950-B.

    If you're looking for the best gaming monitor size, 27 inch 1440p monitors provide an ideal balance between a high resolution and refresh rate. 1440p models usually have high refresh rates, and at the same time, they deliver an immersive gaming experience. Monitors of this size and resolution also deliver clear text as they provide a good pixel density. Screens of this size with a 1080p resolution may result in blurry text, and even though a 4k resolution delivers even sharper text, it may be too heavy on your graphics card for gaming.

    The best 27 inch gaming monitor that we've tested is the Gigabyte M27Q. It's a low-cost option with excellent gaming performance, and the 1440p resolution helps deliver an immersive gaming experience. It has a high 170Hz refresh rate with FreeSync support, G-SYNC compatibility, and very low input lag. The response time is also incredible whether you're gaming at its max refresh rate or 60Hz. It has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, but sadly, that means it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray. For more options, see our recommendations for the best 27 inch monitors.

    See our review

  3. 28-32 Inch Gaming Monitor

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

    32 inch monitors are similar to the more popular 27 inch monitors, but they offer more space for multitasking. This size maintains the 16:9 aspect ratio, so they're not considered ultrawide, and you get an immersive gaming or viewing experience while the image fills out the entire screen. It's preferable to get one with a higher resolution at this size, like 1440p or 4k, as a 1080p resolution results in a low pixel density, and images don't look sharp.

    A 1440p resolution still delivers clear text and isn't too heavy on your graphics card when gaming, but if you want extremely clear images, then look for a 4k model. Most of the 32 inch models we've tested have VA panels, so that means they generally have narrow viewing angles. If you sit too close, the image may look washed out at the sides, and some of them are curved to help with visibility a bit, but it's best to sit back to help reduce this issue.

    The best 32 inch monitor we've tested is the Samsung LC32G7TQSNXZA, which is also available in a 27 inch size, and we tested the bigger variant. It's great overall, has an incredibly high 240Hz refresh rate, and the 1440p resolution delivers crisp images. It has an incredible response time to deliver smooth motion. The input lag is remarkably low, and it has FreeSync support with G-SYNC compatibility. Its VA panel has a great contrast ratio, but it also has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks washed out when viewing from the sides. Also, check out our recommendations for the best 28-32 inch gaming monitors.

    See our review

  4. 34 Inch+ Gaming Monitor

    8.4
    Gaming
    Size 34"
    Resolution 3440x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 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. 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 Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx. It's a well-rounded choice with great ergonomics for a screen of this size. It has a base plate that allows you to turn the screen around 360 degrees, so it's easy to place in an ideal viewing position. It has an excellent response time at its max refresh rate of 144Hz and remains fast at 60Hz, so it's a good choice for console gaming. It has native FreeSync VRR support and incredibly low input lag. Its IPS panel provides fairly wide viewing angles, but at the same time, it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks appear closer to gray when viewed in the dark. For other options, see our recommendations for the best 34 inch+ monitors.

    See our review

  5. Super Ultrawide Gaming Monitor

    8.0
    Gaming
    Size 49"
    Resolution 5120x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    120 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you want the ultimate immersive gaming experience that's just short of gaming on a virtual reality headset, then you may want to go with a super ultrawide monitor. They typically have a 32:9 aspect ratio and a 1440p resolution, which is equivalent to two 27 inch 1440p screens placed side-by-side. There aren't any 4k options at this time, mainly due to the difficulty of maintaining a playable frame rate at such a high resolution with current hardware.

    It's an unconventional aspect ratio that isn't supported by all games, so you may get black bars on the side. For productivity, this aspect ratio is great for multitaskers and for professionals working with programs that have a horizontal layout, like sound engineers or video editors. They often have a Picture-by-Picture mode, allowing it to display an image from two sources at the same time. If you're concerned about viewing angles, most of them are curved, which can help with visibility.

    The best super ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested is the Samsung C49RG9/CRG9. It has a 120Hz refresh rate, it supports FreeSync, and it's compatible with recent 10- or 20- series NVIDIA graphics cards. It has a decent wide color gamut and can get extremely bright to deliver a great HDR experience. The contrast ratio is acceptable, but its black uniformity is quite bad, with very visible clouding throughout the screen. On the bright side, it has a fast response time, low input lag, and a flicker-free backlight. If you're shopping for a super ultrawide, this one is a good option. See our recommendations for the best ultrawide gaming monitors.

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Recent Updates

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

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

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

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

  5. Jun 10, 2020: Replaced the LG 34GK950F-B with the LG 34GN850-B. Replaced the Dell S2417DG with the Dell Alienware AW2521HF.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best gaming monitor sizes. They are 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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