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 more than 80 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best 1080p monitors to purchase in 2020. 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 monitor we've tested so far. The resolution of this monitor may seem fairly basic, but don't be fooled, this monitor has one of the best motion handling, especially for gaming. The excellent response time, low input lag, and 144Hz refresh rate provide a great fast-paced gaming experience with very little blur. There's even FreeSync variable refresh rate support to ensure you see as little image tearing as possible. Those with a recent NVIDIA graphics card can take advantage of this technology as well with a driver update.
Unfortunately, if you're looking for an immersive experience through HDR, you won't find it here. But the IPS panel does provide wide viewing angles and great color accuracy. It doesn't perform well in dark rooms, as the contrast ratio and black uniformity are poor, but that's to be expected with most IPS monitors.
There are also a few additional features we normally don't find on monitors, such as built-in speakers and a virtual crosshair. Needless to say, this monitor is a great choice for fast action games and can also perform well in any office setting.
If you're looking for something cheaper that can still perform decently, take a look at the ViewSonic XG2402. It has the same great response time, high refresh rate, and low input lag found on the ASUS VG279Q, but the biggest difference is the panel type, as the ViewSonic uses a TN panel. As such, the viewing angle isn't as good and contrast ratio is slightly worse. On the upside, the inclusion of a USB 3.0 hub is much appreciated.
Overall, the ASUS has better viewing angles and better build quality, but if you're shopping on a budget, the ViewSonic is a worthy consideration.
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 and don't mind compromising on refresh rate, the LG 29UM69G-B is the best smaller alternative.
If you're looking for a monitor mainly for office use and you rarely multitask, then the Dell P2417H is the best 1080p office monitor we've tested so far. It has the typical professional Dell design with a nice stand that allows many ergonomic adjustments so you can position it comfortably with ease. It has an IPS panel and the image remains accurate when you share it with a coworker. Its smaller size and 1080p resolution might be limiting if you want to use it for media creation or regularly multitask, but if document editing or email correspondence are your main tasks, the Dell will do the job. It can get decently bright and you won't have issues unless you place it in a very bright room with ample glare and reflections.
This monitor performs well for office work and for casual gaming thanks to the low input lag and fast response time. However, if you're a serious gamer where every millisecond counts, you'll want a lower input lag and might find the lack of advanced gaming features, like FreeSync support, limiting. Also, keep in mind that in a dark room, blacks look more like gray due to the low contrast ratio.
Overall, this monitor is a great choice if basic office work is your main task and you casually play a game here and there.
If the Dell P2417H seems like a good option but you'd prefer something smaller and cheaper with similar office performance, the Dell P2217H is a great alternative. The two monitors have different sizes but perform very similarly in all uses. This Dell is cheaper but still delivers the same overall picture quality and resolution despite the smaller screen size. Our unit had slightly worse black uniformity than the other Dell, but this can be attributed to panel variance and the difference is only noticeable when viewed side by side in a dark room, which is unlikely to resemble your normal use.
If a 24" monitor can fit your desk and extra cash isn't an issue, the Dell P2417H is the way to go; otherwise, the P2217H will do the job despite its smaller size and will save you a bit of cash.
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.
12/06/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
10/10/2019: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.