No gaming monitor is perfect for everyone. The best monitor for you depends on your needs, from the equipment you'll be playing on to even the specific games you'll be playing. The best gaming monitors have fast response times that produce very little motion blur, as well as extremely low input lag to make sure every key press matches what's happening on the screen. In recent years, new gaming technologies have emerged that have drastically changed the way we game. AMD's FreeSync and NVIDIA's G-SYNC deliver fast, tear-free motion. Ever faster response times have become the norm. There are so many models out there with such a wide variety of features that it can be hard to choose.
We've reviewed over 100 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best gaming monitors for a variety of needs and budgets. For the best console gaming monitors, see our articles about the best gaming monitors for PS4 and the best gaming monitors for Xbox One. See also our recommendations for the best curved gaming monitors. If you're looking for the best gaming experience possible, also check out our recommendations for the best gaming mice.
The best FreeSync monitor that we've tested so far is the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. It has fantastic motion handling because of its high refresh rate and low response time. The 1440p resolution also delivers a great image on the 27 inch screen. With FreeSync variable refresh rate support, which works well with NVIDIA graphics cards, you can get a tear-free gaming experience. This monitor has a similar design to some other ASUS gaming monitors, and the stand is fantastic.
This monitor has great ergonomics as you can adjust it in almost any way you like, with rotation into portrait mode and the possibility to VESA mount it. With thin borders, it favors a multi-monitor setup. Unfortunately, this panel has poor contrast ratio and black uniformity, as blacks look gray in a dark room. It lacks a good peak brightness and wide color gamut, so although HDR is supported on the monitor, it doesn't look very good.
If you feel like your gaming experience would be better with a low refresh rate and response time, this is a great choice.
If you're looking for a monitor that's better at motion handling, the LG 27GL850-B is a good choice. It doesn't have as high of a refresh rate as the ASUS TUF VG27AQ, but its response time is incredible, similar to some 240Hz monitors, so motion looks clear with no blur trail behind fast-moving objects. Like most IPS panel monitors, it has wide viewing angles, but that comes at the cost of a good contrast ratio, which is poor on this monitor, and blacks look gray. However, it covers nearly all of the sRGB color space used in most content and it supports a wide color gamut for HDR content, so combined with its 1440p screen, you'll see the fine details in your games.
If you're looking for the best FreeSync monitor we've tested, the ASUS is a great choice, but the LG does an even better job at motion handling.
The best G-SYNC gaming monitor we've tested so far is the ASUS ROG Swift PG27QZ. It's a fantastic gaming monitor with an excellent response time that makes motion look clear, and there's a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. The input lag is incredibly low even with G-SYNC is enabled, which most gamers will appreciate. It has a high native refresh rate of 144Hz, which could be overclocked to 165Hz, and with VRR enabled, it can go down to 20Hz for a nearly tear-free gaming experience.
In terms of picture quality, this monitor has accurate out-of-the-box colors, and it has excellent coverage of the sRGB color space used in most content, but it doesn't support HDR. As is the case with most IPS panels, the contrast ratio is mediocre and blacks look gray, but the viewing angles are amazing, so it's a great choice for co-op gaming. Also, the gray uniformity is excellent, so scenes with panning shots and sports will look great.
With a 27 inch, 1440p screen, this monitor offers plenty of screen real estate for an immersive gaming experience. Overall, it's the best G-SYNC gaming monitor we've tested so far.
If the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ is too expensive, check out the Dell S2716DGR/S2716DG instead. This 27 inch, 1440p monitor is almost as good as the ASUS for gaming, but is a lot less versatile, as it has poor viewing angles and worse uniformity. For gaming, though, it has an outstanding response time, resulting in exceptionally clear motion with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects.
Overall, the ASUS is the best G-SYNC gaming monitor, but if you want something cheaper and don't need the versatility, the Dell is a better choice and is almost as good for gaming.
The best ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested so far is the LG34GK950F-B. If you don't like the hassle of a multi-monitor display, the 1440p resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio offers fantastic immersion. The input lag is superb, and gamers will be happy to know that it supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology and is also compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology. There's also a black frame insertion option to reduce blur, so the motion handling is fantastic, and the response time is exceptional as well.
This monitor has impressive viewing angles with its IPS panel, and it's a good choice for gamers in a bright room with its reasonable peak brightness and great reflection handling. However, like with most IPS panels, black uniformity is bad and the contrast ratio is poor, so blacks look more gray in dark rooms. HDR is supported on the LG, but with an okay color gamut, there won't be a wide range of colors displayed. On the upside, although the panels are made almost entirely out of plastic, the build quality is acceptable, and two USB 3.0 ports are included.
If you want a good ultrawide gaming monitor with outstanding input lag, this is a good choice.
If you want to take immersion to the next level, check out the Samsung C49RG9/CRG9. Unlike the LG 34GK950F-B's 21:9 aspect ratio, this monitor is much wider at a whopping 32:9, which is equivalent to two 1440p monitors placed side by side. Its VA panel has a decent contrast ratio, but black uniformity is rather poor, as there's noticeable clouding throughout the screen. As with most VA panels, viewing angles are also disappointing, but the monitor's curved panel does help a bit, making it easier for you to see the sides. As for HDR performance, this monitor has a decent wide color gamut and an impressive peak brightness to make highlights pop in HDR content.
Overall, the LG is a better choice, as the size fits easily on most desks, but if you want the most immersive experience you can get, consider the Samsung, though you may need a bigger desk and a beefier graphics card.
The best budget gaming monitor we've tested so far is the ViewSonic XG2402. It delivers a fantastic gaming experience, very low input lag, a quick refresh rate, and amazing motion handling. Even when using a DisplayPort connected to a newer NVIDIA graphics card, it's still compatible with AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.
This is a good monitor for well-lit rooms with good peak brightness and great reflection handling, but with a TN LCD panel, it has inadequate viewing angles, the contrast ratio isn't good, and the resolution is only 1080p. On the upside, the SDR color gamut is great, so it can produce many different colors.
Overall, this is a good budget gaming monitor if you're looking for low input lag and quick refresh rate and don't mind the lower resolution. For more recommendations, check out the best budget gaming monitors.
03/20/2020: Added Dell Alienware AW2720HF to notable mentions, updated text for clarity.
02/21/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
11/27/2019: Replaced ASUS VG279Q with ASUS TUF VG27AQ, removed Gigabyte AD27QD.
10/31/2019: Minor text changes.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best PC gaming 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 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.