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 nearly 110 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best 1080p monitors to purchase. 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 is one of the best for 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. There are also a few additional features we normally don't find on monitors, such as built-in speakers.
Unfortunately, if you're looking for an immersive experience through HDR, it doesn't support it, but the IPS panel does provide wide viewing angles and excellent 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. Needless to say, this monitor is a great choice for fast action games and can also perform well in any office setting.
If you want to save some money and get a cheaper monitor, the ViewSonic XG2402 is a good choice. It doesn't have wide viewing angles like the ASUS VG279Q, and it even has a worse contrast ratio, but its TN panel has a much quicker response time for gaming. At its max refresh rate of 144Hz, the response time is outstanding, one of the best we've seen. It stays excellent even at 60Hz, resulting in clear motion. It has a low input lag, and even though it's not certified by NVIDIA to be G-SYNC compatible, it still works with newer NVIDIA graphics cards. Unfortunately, there's nothing special about the picture quality on this monitor as it has some uniformity issues and it doesn't support HDR. However, it's well-built and it has good ergonomics.
If you're looking for the best all-around 1080p monitor, the ASUS is a good choice, but if you prefer something cheaper, the ViewSonic is one of the best 1080p monitors we've tested so far.
The best 1080p gaming monitor we've tested so far is the ASUS VG279QM. It's one of the best gaming monitors we've seen so far and its 240Hz refresh rate can be overclocked to 280Hz, providing exceptionally clear motion.
It has an extremely quick response time at its max refresh rate, resulting in almost no motion blur. Even at 60Hz, the response time is outstanding, and even though there's a black frame insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion, you likely won't need it. The monitor has native FreeSync support and it's certified by NVIDIA to be G-SYNC compatible. The picture quality on this monitor is great; it has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, it gets bright enough to combat glare, reflection handling is decent, and it has really wide viewing angles.
The monitor has an extremely low input lag when playing at 280Hz, but sadly, it increases quite a bit at 60Hz. Like most IPS panels, it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks appear closer to gray when viewed in the dark. On the upside, this monitor has outstanding ergonomics and it's well-built, so you shouldn't have to worry about any build quality issues for a while. All in all, most people should be pleased with this monitor, making it the best 1080p gaming monitor we've tested so far.
If you prefer a smaller alternative to save some space on your desk, then check out the Dell Alienware AW2521HF. Its 240Hz refresh rate can't be overclocked to 280Hz like on the ASUS VG279QM, but it has a much lower input lag when playing at 60Hz. The response time on this monitor is once again exceptional, and even at 60Hz, motion is extremely smooth. It also supports FreeSync and it's G-SYNC compatible. Sadly, this monitor doesn't support HDR and it has some uniformity issues when viewing dark scenes in a dark room. However, it has great reflection handling and great peak brightness if you plan to use it in a bright room, so glare shouldn't be an issue for you.
All in all, the ASUS is the best 1080p gaming monitor we've seen, but if you prefer a smaller monitor, then check out the Dell.
The best ultrawide 1080p monitor that we've tested so far is the LG 34UC79G-B. This monitor's 21:9 aspect ratio provides incredible immersion when gaming, lets you multitask efficiently, and it's also great for watching movies, as most modern movies fill up the whole screen with no presence of black bars.
It has an excellent response time that results in very minimal motion blur, and its 144Hz refresh rate helps to deliver a picture with smooth, fluid motion. This monitor supports FreeSync variable refresh rate and it's compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC. There are a good number of inputs available, including a USB hub to charge your mobile devices or to plug in other peripherals. Although it's entirely made out of plastic, it has a good build quality; however, ergonomics are poor, as the stand allows for tilt and height adjustments only.
Unfortunately, while this monitor's peak brightness and reflection handling make it suitable for use in bright rooms, dark room performance can be rather disappointing, as its low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity can be quite distracting. On the upside, its IPS panel provides good viewing angles and the screen has a gentle curve that can help with visibility. If you find the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio too limiting, then this monitor is a good option, making this the best 1080p monitor with an ultrawide screen we've seen.
The best 1080p office monitor we've tested so far is the Dell P2417H. Although a 1080p resolution isn't ideal for watching videos or media creation, it does a good job as an office monitor, allowing you to still see text clearly and do a fair amount of multitasking.
It offers what most people need in an office monitor. It has impressive ergonomics, with a wide swivel range, and you can switch it into portrait mode. Its IPS panel offers good viewing angles for when you need to share your screen with others, it has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, and it has good reflection handling. The input lag is incredibly low, and it has four USB inputs if you want to charge your mobile devices or attach peripherals like a mouse or keyboard.
Unfortunately, it doesn't get very bright and it doesn't support any HDR, but this shouldn't be a problem if you're just using it for office work. On the upside, it has excellent gray uniformity, so large areas of uniform color, like on a web page, look great. Overall, this is the best 1080p monitor for office use we've seen so far.
07/31/2020: Removed the LG 29UM69G-B and the Dell P2217H; added the ASUS VG279QM and the Dell AW2521HF as gaming picks.
06/02/2020: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
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.