Although 1440p and 4k monitors are generally more popular for everyday use than 1080p monitors, 1080p monitors are popular for gamers because they can achieve higher refresh rates. They deliver outstanding gaming performance at affordable prices, and they put a lighter load on the graphics card. This article mainly focuses on 1080p gaming monitors because monitors with this resolution are mainly designed for gaming, and not so much for office use because of the worse text clarity. If you need something for the office, also check out the best work monitors.
Although pretty much any monitor on the market can display a 1080p resolution, for this article, we're only looking at displays that have a native resolution of 1920x1080.
We've tested over 240 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best monitors with a 1080p resolution to buy. See our recommendations for the best 1440p monitors, the best 4k monitors, and the best monitors under $200.
The best 1080p monitor we've tested is the ViewSonic XG2431. It's a good overall monitor with impressive gaming performance thanks to the 240Hz refresh rate. The lower 1080p resolution helps you achieve a higher refresh rate, especially if your graphics card can't handle high bandwidth. It has native FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing, and even if it's not certified by NVIDIA, it's also G-SYNC compatible. Motion looks extremely smooth on it, especially at high frame rates, and it has low input lag for a responsive feel.
Even if you want to use it for co-op gaming, its stand is easy to adjust in an ideal position thanks to its swivel, height, and tilt adjustments. It has a few extra gaming features like a customizable backlight strobing feature meant to reduce persistence blur with fast-moving objects. However, if you find the 24-inch screen too small, the ViewSonic Elite XG270 is an excellent 27-inch gaming monitor with a fast refresh rate and fantastic motion handling, but the bigger screen also means that images aren't as sharp.
If you're on a budget, the ASUS VG248QG is an impressive gaming monitor with a few extra features to improve your gaming experience. It has a lower refresh rate than the ViewSonic XG2431, but with a 165Hz refresh rate, it's still good enough for most games. Thanks to its TN panel it has incredible motion handling with minimal blur behind fast-moving objects, but there's a trade-off because TN panels have a low contrast ratio and narrow viewing angles.
Still, if you don't care so much about picture quality, it's a great choice for gaming. It also has native FreeSync VRR support, G-SYNC compatibility, and low input lag for a smooth and responsive gaming experience. It even has an optional backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx is the best 1080p display we've tested to use with the Xbox Series X and PS5. Although 1080p displays aren't ideal for console gaming, this monitor downscales a 4k resolution from either console, resulting in a sharper image than native 1080p games. It means that you can play 4k games up to 60 fps from the PS5 or Xbox Series X without issue. You can also play 1080p games up to 120 fps if that's what you prefer. It also has VRR support that works with the Xbox but not with the PS5.
You won't notice any delay while gaming because it has low input lag, which means motion looks smooth for the most part due to the quick response time. It has overshoot with 60 fps content with VRR enabled, but if you disable VRR while console gaming, you won't notice much motion blur with fast-moving objects.
The best 1080p gaming monitor for esports gamers we've tested is the Dell Alienware AW2521H. Its standout feature is its 360Hz refresh rate, which is great if you play high frame rate games and feels incredibly responsive. Fast motion looks clear with almost no ghosting, thanks to its exceptional response time. Unlike other monitors in this list, it has native G-SYNC support, and with that, there are quite a few extra features available. NVIDIA's Reflex Latency Analyzer lets you measure the input lag of your entire system setup, and like most gaming monitors, you can add a virtual crosshair, timer, or frame rate indicator on the screen.
However, it doesn't support FreeSync, so if you're an esports gamer and want to take full advantage of the best 1080p gaming monitor, make sure you have an NVIDIA graphics card.
1080p monitors aren't common for the office because they have lower pixel density, resulting in worse text clarity. However, if you don't want to spend too much and the lower resolution doesn't bother you, a 1080p display can still be a good choice. The ASUS VG246H is the best office monitor we've tested. It's designed with office use in mind because it has exceptional ergonomics with a wide swivel range, making it easy to place the screen in an ideal position. The text clarity is still decent due to the smaller screen size, so text is legible, especially if you use Windows ClearType.
You won't have issues using it in offices with a few lights around because it has good reflection handling and decent peak brightness that's enough to fight glare from a few lights, but not if you place it opposite a bright window. If you need to share your screen with a coworker next to you, it also has wide viewing angles, and the image remains consistent from the sides.
Jun 16, 2022: Restructured article due to reflect user needs; replaced the ASUS VG279QM and the ASUS VG259QM with the ViewSonic XG2431 because it's better; renamed the Dell AW2521H and the Acer XF243Y to 'Best For Esports' and 'Best For Console Gaming' respectively; replaced the LG 27GN750-B with the ASUS VG248Q because it's cheaper; added the ASUS VG246H as the 'Best Office'.
Mar 21, 2022: Replaced the LG 27GN650-B with the LG 27GN750-B because it's easier to find and it's better, and renamed to 'Higher Refresh Rate Alternative'; added the ASUS TUF Gaming VG258QM to Notable Mentions.
Jan 24, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.
Nov 19, 2021: Replaced the ASUS VG279Q with the LG 27GN650-B because it's easier to find; added the LG 32GN50T-B, LG 27GN750-B, and the HP X24ih to Notable Mentions.
Sep 21, 2021: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors with a native resolution of 1080p that are 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.