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The 6 Best 1080p Monitors - Fall 2018
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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 17 monitors with a 1080p resolution, and below are our recommendations for the best ones to purchase in 2018.

  1. Best Ultrawide 1080p Monitor: LG 34UC79G-B

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.5
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 34 "
    Resolution : 2560x1080
    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.
    :
    FreeSync

    The LG 34UC79G-B is the best ultrawide 1080p monitor that we have reviewed so far. It has a 21:9 aspect ratio, making it wider than typical 1920x1080 monitors. This wide format makes it easier to multitask, allowing you to comfortably place two almost full-sized windows side-by-side.

    The 34UC79G also has some great gaming features, including a fast 144 Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support. The 34" curved screen also provides a more immersive gaming experience, and the smaller resolution makes it easier to run on older graphics cards. It has excellent low input lag and a fast response time that produces little motion blur.

    Unfortunately, the stand isn't the best, as it has a large footprint and limited ergonomics. It also isn't great in a dark room, as it has poor black uniformity and there is noticeable flashlighting. Overall though, this is one of the best 1080p monitors we've tested and a good monitor for most uses.

    See our review

  2. Smaller Alternative: LG 29UM69G-B

    Size : 29 "
    Resolution : 2560x1080
    Refresh Rate : 75 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 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.

    See our review

  3. Best 1080p Gaming Monitor: BenQ XL2540

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.4
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    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 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.

    See our review

  4. Cheaper Alternative: 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 the BenQ Zowie XL2540 is too expensive for you, check out the ViewSonic XG2402. It is less bright than the Zowie, and has a 144 Hz refresh rate, compared to the incredibly fast 240 Hz of the XL2540. But unless you're playing older games, or have a very high-end PC, you likely won't be able to take advantage of the 240 Hz refresh rate, so there isn't a huge advantage. Overall, it is a good option if you're looking for a budget 1080p monitor.

    See our review

  5. Best 1080p Office Monitor: Dell P2417H

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.3
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 24 "
    Resolution : 1920x1080
    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.
    :
    No

    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.

    See our review

  6. Smaller Alternative: Dell P2217H

    Size : 22 "
    Resolution : 1920x1080
    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.
    :
    No

    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.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ASUS VG245H. Decent monitor, but the VG248Q has a higher refresh rate and faster response time. See our review
  • LG 29UM69G-B. Decent monitor, a good alternative if you want something smaller than the 34UC79G-B. See our review
  • ASUS VG248QE. Great 1080p gaming monitor, but the ViewSonic XG2402 is better and cheaper. See our review
  • Acer XF251Q. Great gaming monitor, but a lower refresh rate than the XG2402. See our review
  • Samsung CF398. Decent budget 1080p monitor if you want something bigger, but can't get very bright. See our review

All Reviews

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.

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