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The 6 Best Gaming Monitors - Spring 2023 Reviews

Best Gaming Monitors

The gaming monitor market is continuously growing, and it's becoming easier to find the ideal monitor for your needs. Depending on the games you play and your price range, you'll need a different monitor than someone else. Most gaming monitors have variable refresh rate (VRR) support, low input lag, and a quick response time for a good gaming experience. However, what makes higher-end monitors better than cheaper ones is the included features, like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for gaming on the PS5 or Xbox Series X. There are others with a higher refresh rate and lower resolution for more competitive esports gaming, so there's no perfect solution for everyone.

We've bought and tested over 265 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best gaming monitors to buy. Also, see our picks for the best 4k gaming monitors, the best 240Hz monitors, and the best budget gaming monitors.

  1. Best Gaming Monitor

    The best gaming monitor we've tested is the Dell Alienware AW3423DW. It's an excellent ultrawide gaming monitor that doesn't have the highest resolution or refresh rate compared to other monitors, but it's known for its incredible motion handling and remarkable picture quality. It has a QD-OLED display, so it combines the perfect black levels of OLEDs with the wide range of colors of quantum dot displays. Content looks amazing in dark rooms, and colors look vivid in HDR, but there are issues when using it in a bright room as the black levels raise, so it's better to game with it in the dark.

    Its OLED panel provides a near-instantaneous response time, resulting in an incredibly smooth motion without any blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It also has a 175Hz refresh rate that you can achieve over a DisplayPort connection from your PC. Lastly, it natively supports G-SYNC variable refresh rate (VRR) technology to reduce screen tearing, which is beneficial if you have an NVIDIA graphics card and want to take full advantage of it. If you have an AMD graphics card and don't need G-SYNC, there's a FreeSync variant of this monitor, Dell Alienware AW3423DWF, that's a bit cheaper and offers similar performance.

    See our review

  2. Best Console Gaming Monitor

    If you game from a PS5 or Xbox Series, you'll want a monitor that can take full advantage of those consoles, like the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75. It's different from the Dell Alienware AW3423DW because it has a 32-inch 4k screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is ideal for consoles. After all, they don't support ultrawide gaming. Its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth lets you take full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, as you can play 4k @ 120Hz games on it. It has a max refresh rate of 165Hz, but if you want something with an even higher 240Hz refresh rate to also use with PC gaming, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 is a good alternative, but it costs more, and the consoles can't take advantage of the 240Hz refresh rate anyways.

    In terms of the Neo G7's gaming performance, it's excellent thanks to its fast response time across its entire refresh rate range. It also has low input lag for a responsive feel. It delivers great picture quality, and while it doesn't offer the same perfect black levels as the Dell, it instead has Mini LED backlighting that lets highlights get brighter in HDR and has a decent local dimming feature.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Gaming Monitor

    If you aren't willing to spend a ton on your next gaming monitor but still want excellent performance for both consoles and PC gaming, check out the Gigabyte M32U instead. It has a 32-inch, 4k screen like the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75, with the main difference being that it doesn't feature Mini LED backlighting. It means it doesn't have the same excellent picture quality, especially for dark room gaming or HDR, but it has a different panel type with wider viewing angles, making it the better choice for co-op gaming.

    It has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for console gaming, and even if you game from a PC, it's excellent thanks to its low input lag for a responsive feel, 144Hz refresh rate, and fast response time across its entire refresh rate range. It also has native FreeSync VRR support to reduce screen tearing with AMD graphics cards, and if you have an NVIDIA graphics card, it's G-SYNC compatible. If you find the 32-inch screen size too big, there's a smaller version, the Gigabyte M28U, that you can get for cheaper, but it has worse ergonomics and doesn't get as bright.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Gaming Monitor

    If you don't need a high-resolution monitor and prefer an option in the lower mid-range price category for PC gaming, then the Gigabyte M27Q X is a great choice. It's a different type of monitor from the Gigabyte M32U because it has a lower 1440p resolution, so images aren't as sharp; however, it has a higher 240Hz refresh rate, which is ideal for competitive PC gaming. It lets you play games at a high frame rate with ease, and it has native FreeSync VRR support with G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing.

    Its response time is fantastic at its max refresh rate and remains quick even with lower-frame-rate signals. It also has a backlight-strobing feature that works at the same time as the VRR feature, which isn't something all monitors can do, and it works across a wide refresh rate range. Gaming feels responsive thanks to its low input lag too. It also has a few extra features to improve your gaming experience, like various overlay and crosshair features and an Eagle Eye mode that zooms into a part of the screen so you can see your game better, giving you a competitive advantage.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Gaming Monitor

    If you're on a budget, there are plenty of options. You'll have to sacrifice a few features, but you can still get something with impressive gaming performance, like the ViewSonic XG2431. It has a lower resolution than the Gigabyte M27Q X and a smaller screen, so it doesn't deliver the same immersive gaming experience but has the same 240Hz refresh rate. Combined with its lower resolution, it's easier for your graphics card to reach its maximum refresh rate and isn't as taxing on your graphics card either.

    The high refresh rate helps provide an extremely fast response time, and it has low input lag for a responsive feel. It also has an optional backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur, and unlike many monitors, you can control the flicker of it to your liking. While images aren't very sharp due to the 1080p resolution, the image clarity is still decent enough to see details in your games. However, if image clarity is important to you, then check out the Gigabyte M27Q, which is a 1440p budget-friendly monitor, but it has a lower 170Hz refresh rate, meaning the ViewSonic still offers the best gaming performance.

    See our review

  6. Best Cheap Gaming Monitor

    If you need a basic monitor for gaming that doesn't cost much, consider the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx. It has a 1080p resolution and 24-inch screen size like the ViewSonic XG2431, but with a lower 165Hz refresh rate, this monitor is better for casual gamers who don't play games at a high frame rate or for those getting into PC gaming for the first time. While its motion handling isn't as good as on the ViewSonic either, it still has an excellent response time at its max refresh rate and is great at 120Hz. However, there's ghosting with 60Hz objects when you have VRR enabled, so if you're playing games at a low frame rate, it's better to disable VRR for improved motion handling.

    It has native FreeSync support like the ViewSonic, and it's also G-SYNC compatible if you have an NVIDIA graphics card. It has a backlight-strobing feature that isn't as customizable as that on the ViewSonic, and if you prefer not to use it, the backlight remains flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain during long gaming sessions. Its input lag is also low, no matter the frame rate of your game.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung LS34BG850SNXZA: The Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85uses the same QD-OLED panel as the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, but it costs more for the same performance, so it isn't worth getting unless you can find it on sale. See our review
  • Cooler Master Tempest GP27U: The Cooler Master Tempest GP27U delivers a great HDR experience with brighter highlights than the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75. Considering it's harder to find and there are some bugs, the Samsung monitor is the better overall choice. See our review
  • LG 32GP850-B: The LG 32GP850-B is a 1440p monitor that costs less than the Gigabyte M27Q X with a lower 180Hz refresh rate. Get this if you want to save some money and prefer the lower refresh rate and bigger screen size; otherwise, stick with the Gigabyte. See our review
  • Dell AW2523HF: The Dell Alienware AW2523HF is a great 360Hz gaming monitor if you need that high frame rate, but you can also save money by getting the ViewSonic XG2431, especially if your graphics card can't handle that high of a frame rate anyways. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Mar 09, 2023: Renamed the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 to the 'Best Console Gaming Monitor' to be consistent with other recommendations; added the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Feb 09, 2023: Replaced the LG 27GP850-B with the Gigabyte M27Q X because the LG is harder to find and the Gigabyte has a higher refresh rate; replaced the HP X24ih with the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx because it's cheaper; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  3. Jan 10, 2023: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.

  4. Nov 30, 2022: Updated text for accuracy throughout and verified that the products are still available; added the Dell AW2523HF and Gigabyte M32UC to Notable Mentions.

  5. Nov 02, 2022: Removed the Gigabyte M27Q X because it's hard to find and renamed the Gigabyte M32U as the 'Best Mid-Range Gaming Monitor'; added the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 and the LG 27GP850-B to their respective categories; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

All Reviews

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 gaming 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.