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The 6 Best Monitors under $1,000 - Fall 2018
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With a budget of $1000, you can get pretty much any monitor on the market. Whether you are looking for the most versatile monitor or the best gaming monitor, there are some great displays within this price range.

We've tested 44 monitors under $1000 and below are our picks for the best ones available for purchase in 2018.

  1. Best Monitor Under $1,000: LG 27UK650-W

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.9
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    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

    The LG 27UK650 is the best monitor under $1000 that we have reviewed so far. It is a very good 27" 4k IPS monitor with excellent low input lag, a nice design, and wide viewing angles. The UK650 is bright enough for most uses and has good picture quality, better than almost every other monitor we've tested so far.

    The 27UK650 has great motion handling, good for gaming or watching videos. It has an excellent fast response time and is PWM flicker-free. It supports FreeSync, which is great, but the 60 Hz refresh rate limits the VRR range. The input lag is excellent, regardless of input resolution.

    Unfortunately, although it supports HDR, the effect isn't as noticeable as the UK650 doesn't have a wide color gamut and has disappointing color volume.

    See our review

  2. 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 a larger screen, check out the LG 32UD99. It is nearly identical to the UK650, but with a larger, 32" screen. Both monitors perform very similarly, with the same decent picture quality, excellent response time and low input lag. The 32UD99 has a few more inputs, with the addition of USB-C and USB 3.0 ports, so you can use the monitor as a USB hub to connect your input devices.

    See our review

  3. Best Gaming Monitor Under $1,000: ASUS ROG PG279Q

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    8.0
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    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.
    :
    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.
    :
    G-Sync

    If you want the best gaming monitor under $1000, get the ASUS ROG PG279Q. The PG279Q is great for pretty much any usage but it is an excellent gaming monitor. It has excellent motion handling, with an extremely fast response time that delivers crystal clear motion, and excellent low input lag that feels incredibly responsive. It supports NVIDIA G-SYNC and has an excellent wide VRR range thanks to the high 144 Hz refresh rate.

    The ROG PG279Q has decent picture quality and is bright enough for most uses. The IPS panel delivers wide viewing angles, but unfortunately, dark room performance isn't the best, as it has an okay native contrast ratio and disappointing black uniformity. It has an excellent SDR color gamut but doesn't support HDR.

    Overall, it is a great monitor, with a simple design and excellent stand that fits in any environment. It doesn't have some of the fancier design elements found on more expensive gaming monitors, but it delivers a solid performance that should please most people.

    See our review

  4. FreeSync Alternative: 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

    If you like the ASUS ROG PG279Q but would prefer a gaming monitor with VRR compatible with your AMD graphics card or Xbox One S/X, check out the Samsung CHG70. The CHG70 is a good FreeSync gaming monitor with some decent extra features, including HDR support and a curved 27" screen. It has a VA panel, so it doesn't have the wide viewing angles of the PG279Q, but the curved screen helps to make sure the image remains accurate at the edges of the screen.

    See our review

  5. Best Widescreen Monitor Under $1,000: ASUS PG348Q

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.6
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 34 "
    Resolution : 3440x1440
    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.
    :
    G-Sync

    If you want the best widescreen monitor under $1000, check out the ASUS ROG SWIFT PG348Q. Like the ROG PG279Q, it has an excellent response time and fast refresh rate, but unfortunately, the refresh rate is limited to a native 60 Hz that can be overclocked to 100 Hz. It has excellent low input lag that is slightly higher than the PG279Q, but it still delivers a great gaming experience.

    The 34", 3440x1440 screen is great for multitasking or for use in an office. The wide panel is perfect for displaying 2 or more full-screen windows, and the ASUS MultiFrame software makes it easier to organize your desktop. It also delivers a more immersive experience, great for gaming or watching videos during the day. 

    Overall, it is a good monitor with a unique design, and while it is great for gaming or for office use, it should please most people.

    See our review

  6. Wider Alternative: Samsung C49HG90

    Size : 49 "
    Resolution : 3840x1080
    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

    If you want an even more immersive experience, or simply want an even better office monitor, check out the Samsung CHG90. It has an extremely wide 49" screen, that is essentially two 1920x1080 screens placed side-by-side. This delivers an incredible multitasking experience. The Samsung Easy Setting Box software allows you to split the screen into multiple virtual screens and even has a picture-in-picture mode. Overall, the CHG90 is a good, mixed usage monitor, and the 144 Hz refresh rate, FreeSync support, and extremely immersive display make it a great gaming monitor.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell U2718Q. Good mixed usage monitor, but the LG 27UK650 is a bit better for less. See our review
  • Acer Predator XB271HU. Good monitor, but the CHG70 is better and cheaper. See our review
  • Dell Alienware AW3418DW. Very good gaming monitor, but the price varies a lot and is often over $1000. See our review
  • AOC AGON AG271QX. Decent cheap monitor, but not as good as our other picks. See our review
  • BenQ Zowie XL2540. Decent gaming monitor, but the TN panel and 1080p resolution are limiting. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors currently available for under $1000. 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 under $1000. 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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