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 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 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 worrying about 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 and one of the best 1080p gaming monitors for gaming.
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 and you don't mind compromising on viewing angles, 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 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 1080p Dell P2417H is the best 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.
10/10/2019: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.