Although 1440p and 4k monitors are generally more popular than 1080p monitors due to the higher resolution, 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, making them more accessible to those with lower-end hardware. The picks in this article are mainly for gaming as most 1080p monitors aren't as well-suited for office use, as they usually have a lower pixel density and text can look blurry. 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 225 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best 1080p monitors to buy. See our recommendations for the best 1440p monitors, the best 4k monitors, and the best monitors under $200.
The best 1080p gaming monitor we've tested is the ASUS VG279QM. It delivers an excellent gaming experience, with an extremely fast 280Hz refresh rate, resulting in outstanding motion handling with barely any noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects, even when gaming at 60Hz. It also has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, which further improves the appearance of motion.
It has wide viewing angles and outstanding ergonomics, so you can easily place it in an ideal viewing position. It also has great peak brightness in SDR and decent reflection handling, so it can easily overcome a bit of glare if you're in a bright room. It supports HDR as well, but like most monitors on the market, it fails to deliver a truly impactful HDR experience, so if you're looking for an impressive HDR experience, you might be better off with a TV instead.
Unfortunately, the fairly low native resolution of this monitor results in just decent text clarity, so it's not as well-suited for office use or media creation. It also has high input lag at 60Hz, so it's not ideal for gaming on older consoles that are limited to 60Hz. Despite these limitations, it's a great monitor overall that should please even the most demanding gamers.
If you have limited space or prefer a smaller screen when gaming, go with the ASUS VG279QM's little sibling, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM. It performs almost identically to its bigger brother, with a few minor differences. The larger screen results in slightly sharper text and images, but it's limited for some uses due to the 1080p native resolution. It offers very similar motion performance, with an incredibly fast response time at the max refresh rate, and motion looks excellent even when gaming at 60Hz on older consoles.
Overall, both ASUS monitors are excellent for gaming, so choosing between them depends entirely on your preference and budget. The VG279QM is better overall, but the differences are fairly minor and shouldn't be noticeable.
The best 1080p gaming monitor with a 360Hz refresh rate that we've tested is the Dell Alienware AW2521H. Its relatively small size doesn't deliver the most immersive gaming experience, but it more than makes up for it with its impressive motion handling. The standout feature is, of course, its 360Hz refresh rate, and it feels incredibly responsive. Fast motion looks clear with almost no ghosting, thanks to its exceptional response time.
Unlike other monitors in this recommendation, 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 and find ways to improve it, and like most gaming monitors, you can add a virtual crosshair, timer, or frame rate indicator on the screen. There are four USB 3.0 ports so that you can plug your peripherals or dongles into the monitor for a cleaner setup. Lastly, the stand offers great ergonomics, making it easy to adjust the screen to your needs.
Unfortunately, it doesn't work at all with FreeSync, so you need a recent NVIDIA graphics card to take full advantage of this monitor. It also supports HDR, but it has low contrast, poor black uniformity, just decent peak brightness in HDR, and no wide color gamut, so there's little benefit to using HDR. Although it has a few limitations, overall, it's an excellent gaming monitor for casual and esports gamers.
If you're on a limited budget, check out the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx. It's an excellent gaming option with a 24 inch screen and a 144Hz refresh rate that you can overclock to 165Hz for a more responsive gaming experience. It has native FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing, and although it's not certified by NVIDIA, G-SYNC still works over a DisplayPort connection.
Gamers should appreciate the quick response time whether you're playing at the max refresh rate of 165Hz or at 60Hz. Motion looks smooth with minimal blur trail behind fast-moving objects. There's an optional backlight strobing feature to further improve motion clarity, but it only works within a narrow range. It has low input lag, meaning you won't notice any delay, and it has a flicker-free backlight, which helps reduce eye strain. It's also a great choice for co-op gaming because it has narrow viewing angles and excellent ergonomics with a full 360-degree swivel range.
Unfortunately, while it supports HDR, it doesn't add much. It can't display a wide color gamut, has low HDR peak brightness, a mediocre contrast ratio, and there's no local dimming feature, so it's better for SDR gaming. On the plus side, if you want to use it in a well-lit room, it gets bright enough to fight glare and has good reflection handling.
If you prefer a larger, 27 inch screen, check out the LG 27GN650-B. It has much worse ergonomics than the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx because you can't swivel the stand, but the bigger screen helps deliver a more immersive gaming experience. It has many of the same gaming features, like a 144Hz refresh rate, but you can't overclock it to 165Hz. It has FreeSync support, and it's NVIDIA certified to be G-SYNC compatible. It also has an exceptional response time and low input lag for responsive gaming. Unfortunately, it's limited on extra features as it only has one USB port, and it doesn't have speakers. It also doesn't get very bright, but it still has good reflection handling.
If you want the best 1080p monitor and you're on a budget, you can't go wrong with the Acer, but if you prefer something a bit bigger, then check out the LG.
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.
Jul 23, 2021: Replaced ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN with Dell Alienware AW2521H. Replaced Dell S2721HGF with ASUS VG279Q.
May 25, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the LG 27GN650-B, Acer Predator X25, and MSI Optix MAG273R to Notable Mentions.
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.