1080p monitors were the gold standard for a long time. In recent years, that torch has passed to 1440p resolutions (see our recommendations for the best 1440p monitors and the best 4k monitors). There are still some new 1080p monitors being released to the market, but they are typically cheaper monitors that aren't as good.
We've reviewed 60 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best 1080p monitors to purchase in 2019.
The LG 34UC79G-B is the best ultrawide 1080p monitor that we've tested so far. This 21:9 ultrawide monitor is great for multitasking, or if you are looking for a more immersive gaming experience. It has very good viewing angles, great for co-op gaming or for sharing your work with someone else.
Gamers will appreciate the ultra-fast 144 Hz refresh rate and FreeSync support. It also supports FreeSync when connected to a 10- or 20- series NVIDIA graphics card. Learn more about NVIDIA's new FreeSync drivers here. It also has excellent low input lag, and an excellent response time, so fast moving objects have very little blur trail behind them.
Unfortunately, the 34UC79G-B doesn't look as good in a dark room, and it also can't get very bright, so room conditions are an important factor before purchasing this monitor. Overall though, it is a good 1080p monitor with great gaming performance that should please most people.
If you like the LG 34UC79G-B, but would prefer something a bit smaller, check out the LG 29UM69G-B. This monitor has a smaller, 29" screen, but maintains the same wide format 1080p resolution. For gamers, it still has FreeSync support, but has a narrower range, and a 75 Hz maximum refresh rate. Unfortunately, the model we reviewed had terrible black uniformity, but this can vary significantly between units, even of the same model.
If you are looking for a true 1080p gaming monitor, check out the BenQ Zowie XL2540. It is an excellent gaming monitor with an extremely fast 240 Hz refresh rate and FreeSync VRR support. This delivers the most responsive gaming experience currently possible.
The XL2540 has an extremely fast response time, and motion looks crystal clear with little blur. The backlight can introduce flicker to further improve motion handling, at the cost of some brightness. There are no overlay options like newer, high-end gaming monitors.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have the greatest picture quality. The TN panel has disappointing viewing angles and poor black uniformity. Colors also aren't very accurate out of the box. Overall, this is an excellent gaming monitor for people that want the fastest performance, but don't really care about picture quality.
If the BenQ Zowie XL2540 is too expensive for you, the ViewSonic XG2402 is a great gaming alternative. It has an excellent 144 Hz refresh rate, extremely low input lag, and outstanding response time that delivers a crystal clear image with very little blur behind moving objects. Like the Zowie, it supports FreeSync as well, which is great. Unfortunately, like the Zowie, it doesn't look as good in a dark room and has narrow viewing angles. Overall, it is a great gaming monitor that should please most people.
If you want a good 1080p monitor for occasional office use, the Dell P2417H is the best 1080p office monitor that we've reviewed so far. Like most Dell monitors, the P2417H has a good design, with a clean, professional look. It also has a great stand that can easily be adjusted to an ideal viewing position, great if you're buying multiple monitors for a group of people, as they can each adjust the monitor to suit their needs.
The P2417H is nothing fancy though. The 1080p resolution isn't ideal for some types of office work, as it doesn't provide a great deal of screen real estate to work with. It also isn't the best as a gaming monitor, as it has a limited 60 Hz refresh rate and no VRR support. It does have excellent low input lag and a great response time, so if you want to play the occasional game, it should still provide a decent experience for casual gamers.
Overall, the P2417H is a decent, but basic, 1080p monitor. It is great for certain types of office work or for the occasional gamer, and it definitely comes at a great price.
If you like the Dell P2417H, but would prefer something a bit smaller, check out the Dell P2217H instead. There is really no difference between these two monitors beyond the size. You get the same great design and excellent ergonomics, just in a slightly smaller, cheaper package. The P2417H we reviewed had better black uniformity than the P2217H we tested, but this can vary significantly between units.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 1080p 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 1080p 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.