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 80 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 the ASUS VG279Q is too expensive for you, check out the ViewSonic XG2402 instead. This 24 inch, 1080p monitor delivers decent overall performance and a great gaming experience. It isn't as advanced as the ASUS, with worse viewing angles and no black frame insertion feature, but it has an outstanding response time and excellent low input lag.
Overall, although the ASUS is a much better monitor, if it's too expensive, the ViewSonic is a decent choice for most uses.
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 the LG 34UC79G-B is too big for your usage, check out the LG 29UM69G-B instead. This slightly smaller monitor is significantly cheaper as well and is a decent choice for most uses. It delivers very similar picture quality to the larger model, but has a lower refresh rate and slightly higher input lag, so it isn't quite as responsive on the desktop or when gaming.
Although the LG 34UC79G-B is much better overall, if you want something a bit smaller, the LG 29UM69G-B is the best smaller alternative.
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 use by the occasional gamer, and it 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 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 larger Dell we reviewed had better black uniformity than the smaller Dell we tested, but this can vary significantly between units.
Overall, although the P2417H is the better buy for most people, if you're limited in space, the P2217H is a good choice for most people.
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.