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The 6 Best FreeSync Monitors - Fall 2018
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Whether you are a PC gamer with an AMD graphics card, or an Xbox One S/X owner, FreeSync support is a must when choosing a new display. Thankfully, FreeSync monitors have drastically come down in price, and are available for any budget. From basic 1080p gaming displays to the most advanced 4k monitors with HDR, there is something for every use. Most of our top picks are great for any usage, as most people don't use their monitor just for gaming.

We've reviewed 16 FreeSync monitors, and below are our picks for the 6 best ones available for purchase in 2018.

  1. Best FreeSync Gaming Monitor: Samsung C27HG70

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    The Samsung CHG70 is the best FreeSync gaming monitor that we have reviewed so far. It uses a VA panel, which is somewhat unusual for gaming monitors, but this allows the CHG70 to deliver better dark room performance than typical IPS gaming monitors. It has an excellent 27" screen and 1440p native resolution that is great for gaming.

    The Samsung CHG70 has an excellent fast response time, and lightning fast 144 Hz refresh rate with AMD FreeSync support, ensuring a clear, tear-free gaming experience. It also supports HDR and has a wide color gamut that is great for HDR gaming on a supported console or PC.

    Unfortunately, due to the VA panel, the monitor doesn't have wide viewing angles. If you are sitting up close to the monitor, you may notice uniformity issues and the edges of the screen may appear different from the center. Overall, it is a great gaming monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  2. Best 4k FreeSync Monitor: LG 27UK650-W

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you like the Samsung CHG70 but would prefer a 4k resolution, the LG 27UK650 is the best 4k FreeSync gaming monitor that we've reviewed so far. It has an excellent 27" screen and 4k resolution, great if you want the best gaming experience or a more versatile office PC. It has excellent low input lag and multiple ports, so you can easily connect a PC or two and a console.

    Unlike the CHG70, the LG 27UK650 uses an IPS panel, so it has better viewing angles but unfortunately, it does not look as good in a dark room. It supports HDR, but the effect isn't as pronounced as the CHG70 due to the lack of wide color gamut.

    Unfortunately, some gamers may find that the 60 Hz refresh rate is too limiting. The FreeSync range is limited as well, which may be an issue for PC gamers but is just fine for Xbox One S/X gamers. Overall, the 27UK650 is a slightly more versatile FreeSync monitor that should please pretty much anyone.

    See our review

  3. Larger Alternative: LG 32UD99-W

    Size : 32 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you like the LG 27UK650 but would prefer something with a larger screen, check out the LG 32UD99 instead. Both monitors perform very similarly, with no significant performance difference between them. It has a larger, 32" screen, which translates to 40% more viewing area, making it easier to see more of your workflow or to multitask. The 32UD99 also has a USB hub built-in, so you can clear up your workspace and have fewer cables running to your computer, which is especially great if you are using a laptop.

    See our review

  4. Best 1080p FreeSync Monitor: BenQ XL2540

    Size : 25 "
    Resolution : 1920x1080
    Refresh Rate : 240 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you have an older computer or older game console that can't output higher resolutions, the BenQ Zowie XL2540 is the best 1080p FreeSync monitor that we've reviewed so far. The Zowie is an excellent gaming monitor, that unfortunately isn't quite as versatile as some of the other monitors on this list.

    It has an incredible 240 Hz refresh rate that delivers outstanding motion performance with very little motion blur. It also has outstanding low input lag and a very wide FreeSync range that ensures a consistent tear-free experience.

    Unfortunately, the XL2540 has a TN panel, and it has poor dark room performance and poor viewing angles. This can bother some people as the edges of the screen can appear different from the rest when sitting too close. Overall, it is a decent monitor for mixed-usage, and an excellent gaming monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget FreeSync Monitor: ViewSonic XG2402

    Size : 24 "
    Resolution : 1920x1080
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you want a decent FreeSync monitor without breaking the bank, the ViewSonic XG2402 is an excellent choice. It is a great gaming monitor at an impressively low price. It uses a TN panel, which delivers an outstanding, nearly instantaneous response time, and it has excellent low input lag.

    The XG2402 has an excellent 144 Hz refresh rate, and it supports FreeSync over HDMI and DisplayPort. Unlike many FreeSync monitors, it has the same excellent FreeSync range regardless of your choice of connector. When the action gets too intense and your frame rate drops, it uses LFC to compensate, ensuring you always get a smooth, tear-free gaming experience.

    Unfortunately, the TN panel used in the XG2402 has its own set of flaws. Like IPS panels, it doesn't perform that well in a dark room and it doesn't have a wide viewing angle either. Overall, it is a decent monitor with impressive gaming features, and it is available at a very low price.

    See our review

  6. Larger Budget Alternative: LG 27UD58-B

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you like the budget FreeSync gaming performance of the ViewSonic XG2402, but would prefer a larger, higher resolution screen, check out the LG 27UD58-B. The LG is not as good as the XG2402 for gaming, as it is limited by a 60 Hz refresh rate, but it still has good motion handling that should please casual gamers. It has a larger, 27" screen, and an excellent 4k resolution that makes it easier to see more fine details in games.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG 27UD68P-B. Good 4k FreeSync monitor, but the LG 27UK650 is better overall. See our review
  • Samsung CHG90. Very good gaming monitor, but the 31:9 aspect ratio isn't for everyone. See our review
  • AOC AGON AG271QX. Great gaming monitor, but limited by the TN panel. The Samsung CHG70 is better. See our review
  • ASUS VG245H. Very good gaming monitor, but not very versatile. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best FreeSync monitors currently available. 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 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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