1080p monitors were the gold standard for a long time. In recent years, that torch has passed to 1440p resolutions, which deliver a sharper image with larger monitors. New 1080p monitors with faster refresh rates and larger panels have started hitting the market though, and many of these deliver outstanding gaming performance at affordable prices.
We've reviewed 70 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best 1080p monitors to purchase in 2019. See our recommendations for the best 1440p monitors, the best 4k monitors, and the best monitors under $200.
The ASUS VG279Q is the best 1080p full HD monitor we've tested so far. It's a very good monitor for almost any use, thanks to its outstanding motion handling, excellent color and white balance accuracy, and wide viewing angles. It excels as a gaming monitor, thanks to the outstanding low input lag, excellent response time, and support for AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.
This monitor has a good selection of inputs, but only one of each, so it might be limiting depending on your needs. It has a few useful additional features, including built-in speakers, but it doesn't support HDR. It also has a few dedicated gaming features, including the ability to add virtual crosshairs to any game, without fear of the game detecting them.
Unfortunately, this monitor isn't perfect for everyone, especially if you plan on using it in a dark room. This monitor has a mediocre native contrast ratio, and disappointing black uniformity, so it doesn't look its best in a dark room. Despite this, it's still a very good monitor for most people.
If you want something a bit cheaper than the ASUS VG279Q, check out the ViewSonic XG2402. This is a slightly smaller, 24" monitor, which will actually look a bit better for some uses due to the higher pixel density. Unlike the ASUS, this monitor uses a TN panel, so it looks a bit worse in a dark room. The image degrades at an angle, which may be disappointing. Despite these flaws, this is still a great gaming monitor. It has a slightly faster response time than the ASUS, similar low input lag, and it also supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.
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're 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 144Hz 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 excellent response time, so fast-moving objects have very little blur trail behind them.
Unfortunately, this monitor doesn't look as good in a dark room and it can't get very bright, so room conditions are an important factor before purchasing this monitor. Overall, though, it's 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 75Hz 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 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, this one 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, which is great if you're buying multiple monitors for a group of people, as they can each adjust the monitor to suit their needs.
This monitor 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 60Hz refresh rate and no VRR support. It does have excellent low input lag and great response time, so if you want to play the occasional game, it should still provide a decent experience for casual gamers.
Overall, this is a decent, but basic, 1080p monitor. It's 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.