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The 5 Best 1080p Monitors - Spring 2024 Reviews

Best 1080p Monitors

You don't need a high-resolution monitor for a great gaming experience, and 1080p gaming monitors can perform very well. Higher-end 1080p gaming monitors are typically designed for competitive gaming because they include the highest refresh rates, even upwards of 500Hz, so they're a great choice if you crave gaming performance over graphical detail in games. Most 1080p monitors are available in 24- or 25-inch screen sizes at different price points.

When looking for a gaming monitor, it's important to consider which type of variable refresh rate (VRR) format it supports so that it's compatible with your graphics card. Its response time is also important if you want crisp motion. While high-end gaming monitors prioritize gaming performance, they can be versatile for other uses, like productivity. Though they don't deliver the same sharp text clarity as 1440p or 4k monitors, smaller 1080p monitors provide decent enough text clarity and can be used side by side to provide a highly productive workspace.

We've bought and tested over 310 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best monitors to buy with a 1080p resolution. See our recommendations for the best budget and cheap gaming monitors, the best 24-25 inch monitors, and the best gaming monitors under $300.

  1. Best 1080p Monitor

    The best monitor with a 1080p resolution we've tested is the Dell Alienware AW2523HF. It has a 25-inch screen and a fast 360Hz refresh rate, which is great even for competitive gaming. It has FreeSync VRR support to reduce screen tearing with AMD graphics cards and is also G-SYNC compatible with NVIDIA graphics cards. It has a few other gaming features, like a dark stabilizer to help you see your opponents better in dark areas and different crosshairs to give you a competitive advantage in FPS games.

    It has an incredible response time, so fast-moving objects look sharp, even at lower refresh rates. While it doesn't have a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur, motion looks crisp even without it. Besides its impressive gaming performance, it also delivers good picture quality with accurate colors, wide viewing angles, and great peak brightness, meaning it looks good in well-lit rooms. This monitor often goes on sale, but if you have trouble finding it available, consider the Sony INZONE M3, as it's another great gaming monitor. However, it has a lower 240Hz refresh rate.

    See our review

  2. Best 1080p G-SYNC Monitor

    If you want to take full advantage of an NVIDIA graphics card and are willing to spend considerably more, it's better to get a native G-SYNC monitor like the Dell Alienware AW2524H. It's the best 1080p gaming monitor and is higher-end than the Dell Alienware AW2523HF. It has a faster 500Hz refresh rate, but the main benefit of getting the AW2524H is that it has features you can only use with an NVIDIA graphics card. These include variable overdrive to improve motion handling based on the refresh rate and NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer to measure the latency of each source in your setup, helping identify which causes the most delay.

    Besides those extra features, this monitor offers impressive gaming performance with a fast response time at any refresh rate, especially at its max refresh rate, so there's minimal motion blur. Unlike the AW2523HF, it has a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur, but it doesn't work at the same time as VRR.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget 1080p Monitor

    If you want to save money or don't mind getting something with a lower refresh rate, check out a budget model like the ViewSonic XG2431. There are trade-offs for getting something cheaper, and in this case, the ViewSonic has a lower 240Hz refresh rate than the Dell Alienware AW2524H. It doesn't have native G-SYNC support like the Dell, but it's still G-SYNC compatible and has FreeSync support, so its VRR support works with any type of graphics card.

    It's impressive for gaming, as motion looks extremely sharp, especially at high refresh rates. This monitor is better than other budget-friendly monitors because of its versatile backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur. You can adjust the backlight strobing flicker to your liking, which isn't something all monitors can do. However, like many monitors, this feature doesn't work simultaneously with VRR. Besides that, it has other useful gaming features, like black stabilization, so it's easier to see your opponents in dark scenes.

    See our review

  4. Best Cheap 1080p Monitor

    If you're looking for a cheap, entry-level 1080p monitor without many features and plan on using it for work, check out the ASUS VG246H. It has a much lower refresh rate than the ViewSonic XG2431, so it's not ideal for gaming, but it's a good choice for productivity, especially at this price point. It has a very ergonomic stand, so you can easily adjust it to your preferred viewing position, which you can't do with most low-cost monitors.

    It also has wide viewing angles that keep the image consistent from the sides, which is ideal if you need to share your screen with someone else. Unlike other entry-level displays, it has a dedicated sRGB mode, so colors and images are accurate without calibration. However, you'll still need to calibrate it for the most accurate colors. It also has good enough reflection handling if you want to use it in a room with a few lights, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight intense glare.

    See our review

  5. Best 1080p 144Hz Monitor

    If you want a cheap and basic monitor like the ASUS VG246H but instead want something that's at least good enough for gaming, look for a 1080p monitor with a 144Hz native refresh rate, like the ASUS TUF Gaming VG249Q1A. It's better for gaming than the VG246H because of its higher refresh rate, which you can overclock to 165Hz. While this isn't as good for competitive gaming as the ViewSonic XG2431, it's still very good for PC gaming, especially if you're on a limited budget and are building your first gaming setup. It has incredible motion handling, and fast-moving objects look fairly crisp, even at lower refresh rates. Like the ViewSonic, it also includes a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur, but it isn't as customizable.

    It has FreeSync VRR support to reduce screen tearing and is G-SYNC compatible, so it works with NVIDIA graphics cards. It's rather limited in features, which is expected of a cheap gaming monitor. However, you can still add virtual crosshairs to give you a competitive advantage, as your game's anti-cheat tool won't detect it.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP: The ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP is a premium 1080p competitive gaming monitor with a slightly higher refresh rate than the Dell Alienware AW2524H. However, it usually costs more and has worse picture quality. The Dell is the better choice unless you need to have the highest possible refresh rate. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 17, 2024: Confirmed that our picks are available and updated the text to ensure proper information is provided about each product. Replaced the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx with the ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP in the Notable Mentions.

  2. Jan 31, 2024: Added the ASUS VG246H as 'Best Cheap' for consistency with other articles; removed the ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN from the Notable Mentions because it's hard to find.

  3. Nov 23, 2023: Replaced the Acer Predator X25 bmiiprzx with the Dell Alienware AW2524H for consistency with other articles; replaced the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx with the ASUS TUF Gaming VG249Q1A because the Acer is hard to find.

  4. Sep 29, 2023: Made sure that the monitors are still available to purchase and updated text for clarity.

  5. Aug 02, 2023: Verified that the monitors are still available to purchase and updated text for clarity; added the ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

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.