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The 7 Best Gaming Monitors - Spring 2022 Reviews

Best Gaming Monitors

When it comes to gaming monitors, there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. Depending on the games you play and the equipment you use, you'll need a different monitor compared to someone else. Most high-end gaming monitors have a fast response time that produces very little motion blur, and they have extremely low input lag. There are extra technologies that further improve the user experience, like variable refresh rate (VRR) support and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. There are high-resolution monitors, like 4k, if you want an immersive gaming experience, and there are others that sacrifice resolution for a higher refresh rate for high-frame-rate gaming.

We've tested over 225 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best gaming monitors for many needs and budgets. Also, see our picks for the best 4k gaming monitors, the best 240Hz monitors, and the best curved gaming monitors.

  1. Best Gaming Monitor: Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA

    The best gaming monitor that we've tested is the Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA. It has excellent gaming performance that should please most gamers. It's one of the few monitors available in both a 27 and 32 inch size, and even though we tested the 32 inch variant, the results are also valid for the 27 inch model.

    It has native FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing, and if you have an NVIDIA graphics card, it's G-SYNC compatible. The variable refresh rate (VRR) support goes along with its 240Hz refresh rate, and you can achieve its full refresh rate range over a DisplayPort connection. Gaming feels smooth and responsive, thanks to the quick response time and low input lag. However, it has a slow response time in dark transitions, meaning you'll see some black smearing, typical of VA panels. It has a high contrast ratio, so it's a good choice for dark room gaming.

    Unfortunately, it has a terrible local dimming feature that causes intense blooming around bright objects. There are also reports of the backlight flickering with VRR enabled in certain types of content, but not everyone sees this, so your experience can be different. It has okay ergonomics, but the stand has a narrow swivel range. Overall, it's one of the best monitors we've tested if you want native FreeSync support.

    See our review

  2. Best Native G-SYNC Gaming Monitor: ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM

    The best gaming monitor with native G-SYNC support we've tested is the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM. It's an excellent gaming monitor, especially if you have a recent NVIDIA graphics card, as it has native support for G-SYNC, delivering a tear-free, visually consistent gaming experience at any refresh rate. Even if you have another PC or gaming console with an AMD graphics card, FreeSync also works on it. Additionally, the 1440p resolution helps deliver crisp images on the large 27 inch screen.

    It has an incredibly high 240Hz refresh rate, and motion handling is fantastic. It has a fast response time at its max refresh rate that results in almost no motion blur, but there's overshoot in most transitions. It has an even better response time at 60Hz, but this is because it doubles the number of frames with 60Hz content for smoother motion. If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, you can take advantage of the NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer the monitor has, which measures the input latency of your computer.

    Sadly, it's not a good choice for dark room gaming. It has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray, and even though it has a local dimming feature, it performs terribly and causes blooming around bright objects. It's also not the best choice for HDR gaming because its HDR peak brightness is just okay. If that doesn't bother you, it's the best G-SYNC gaming monitor we've tested.

    See our review

  3. Best 4k Gaming Monitor: Gigabyte M32U

    The best 4k gaming monitor that we've tested is the Gigabyte M32U. It's an excellent gaming monitor with a large 32 inch screen that provides enough screen space for an immersive gaming experience. The high resolution delivers an incredibly sharp and detailed gaming experience, as well as sharp text. Motion looks exceptionally smooth thanks to the quick response time, and it has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, as long as you update it to the latest firmware.

    It has a 144Hz panel, which you can achieve over a DisplayPort connection. Thankfully, even over HDMI, you can hit a max refresh rate of 120Hz with a 4k resolution thanks to the HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, which is ideal for console gaming on the Xbox Series X and PS5. However, it doesn't support full-bandwidth HDMI 2.1, as it's limited to 24 Gbps, so you're limited to chroma 4:2:0 from the PS5.

    Unfortunately, it's not a good choice for dark room gaming because it has a low contrast ratio. Even though it has an edge-lit local dimming feature, it performs terribly and causes blooming around bright objects. It also doesn't deliver a good HDR experience because it can't get bright enough to make highlights pop. Regardless, it's still one of the best monitors for gaming that we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Best Esports Gaming Monitor: Dell Alienware AW2521H

    The best gaming monitor for esports players is the Dell Alienware AW2521H. It has an extremely fast refresh rate, resulting in crystal-clear motion with almost no noticeable ghosting and almost no persistent blur. It has exceptionally low input lag, ensuring your actions are always in-sync with what you see on screen. It natively supports NVIDIA G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience.

    It has a decent selection of extra gaming features, including an optional backlight strobing feature to improve the appearance of motion. There's also a built-in USB hub, and you can use one of the ports with NVIDIA's Reflex Latency Analyzer, which can help you identify sources of latency in your gaming setup and improve your overall performance.

    The low resolution is great for esports games, as it's easier for your graphics card to sustain high frame rates, but it's not very good for multitasking, so overall, it's not a very versatile monitor. If you're mainly looking for a monitor for esports, then it's an excellent choice, though.

    See our review

  5. Best Console Gaming Monitor: LG 27GP950-B

    The LG 27GP950-B is the best monitor for PS5 and Xbox Series S|X gamers we've tested. It delivers a similar gaming experience as the Gigabyte M32U. Thanks to the 40Gbps bandwidth supported on both of its HDMI 2.1 ports, it's fully compatible with everything the Xbox and PS5 offer. It has a fantastic response time at the max refresh rate, resulting in extremely clear motion, with no distracting overshoot or ghosting behind fast-moving objects.

    It also has fantastic low input lag when gaming at 120Hz, so there's almost no delay between your actions and the action on-screen. It's fully compatible with both FreeSync and G-SYNC Compatible variable refresh rate technologies, resulting in a nearly tear-free gaming experience from almost any source. The PS5 doesn't support VRR yet, but when it does, this monitor will likely be compatible.

    Unfortunately, it's not a good choice for late-night gaming in a dark room, as it has low contrast, so blacks appear gray in the dark. As long as you have some lights on, it's a great monitor.

    See our review

  6. Best Ultrawide Gaming Monitor: Gigabyte M34WQ

    The best ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested is the Gigabyte M34WQ. It's an excellent gaming monitor with a 3440x1440 resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio, which provides a more immersive gaming experience than typical 16:9 monitors as it offers more horizontal screen space. It also has wide viewing angles, meaning the edges of the screen remain accurate if you sit too close.

    It has a 144Hz panel with native FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing, and even if it's not officially certified by NVIDIA, G-SYNC compatibility works on it. It has low input lag for a responsive feel, and you won't notice motion blur thanks to its quick response time. It also has a backlight-strobing feature that works with VRR enabled, which is rare for a monitor, but it only works within a narrow range. If you like to game in a room with a few lights on, visibility won't be a problem because it has high peak brightness and great reflection handling.

    Sadly, it doesn't perform as well in a dark room because it has a low contrast ratio, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve it. Even if you game in HDR, it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop, which is disappointing. Besides that, it's the best ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested.

    See our review

  7. Best Budget Gaming Monitor: Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx

    The best budget gaming monitor we've tested is the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx. At 24 inches in size, it's a bit smaller than other gaming monitors in this recommendation, but it offers excellent gaming performance at a low cost. It has gaming features like a 144Hz refresh rate that can overclock to 165Hz and native FreeSync support with G-SYNC compatibility.

    It has an incredible response time whether you're gaming at its max refresh rate or 60Hz, so motion looks smooth, and you won't notice any delay while gaming, thanks to its low input lag. It gets bright enough to fight glare and has good reflection handling, meaning visibility won't be an issue in most rooms. It also has wide viewing angles if you want to use it for co-op gaming, and the round stand on the base allows you to turn the screen a full 360 degrees.

    Sadly, it can't display a wide color gamut, and its HDR peak brightness is just okay. It has a low contrast ratio, so it's not a good choice for HDR gaming because highlights don't pop, and blacks look gray. Our unit has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, so you won't need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest. All in all, it's one of the best budget monitors for gaming that we've tested.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx: The Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx has a higher refresh rate and a better response time than the Samsung Odyssey G7, but it's also harder to find, and even if you do, it costs more than the Samsung. See our review
  • LG OLED48C1: The LG 48 C1 OLED is a 4k TV that we tested as a monitor. It's excellent for gaming, but it's more costly than most gaming monitors, and the risk of permanent burn-in might be an issue for some. See our review
  • ASUS VG279QM: The ASUS VG279QM is one of the best gaming monitors we've tested, with similar performance to the Samsung Odyssey G7. It has a higher 280Hz max refresh rate, but it also has a lower resolution, meaning if you want better clarity, go for the Samsung. See our review
  • Samsung Odyssey Neo G9: The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is a great ultrawide gaming monitor with a 32:9 aspect ratio if that's what you need instead of the 21:9 aspect ratio on the Gigabyte M34WQ. See our review
  • Dell S3422DWG: The Dell S3422DWG is a dark room alternative to the Gigabyte M34WQ, and it has better HDR performance, but it also has worse viewing angles and fewer features than the Gigabyte. See our review
  • Gigabyte M28U: The Gigabyte M28U is a smaller version of the Gigabyte M32U with worse ergonomics, but get whichever size you prefer. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 14, 2022: Completely restructured, adding the Dell Alienware AW2521H as the 'Best Esports Gaming Monitor' and the LG 27GP950-B as the 'Best Console Gaming Monitor'. Removed a few out-of-date Notable Mentions, and refreshed the text throughout.

  2. Mar 17, 2022: Replaced the Dell Alienware AW2521H with the Dell Alienware AW2721D and renamed it to 'Cheaper Alternative' to reflect user needs; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  3. Feb 16, 2022: Replaced the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG with the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM for consistency and moved the ViewSonic to Notable Mentions.

  4. Jan 17, 2022: Replaced the Acer Nitro XV272U with the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD because the Acer is hard to find; updated Notable Mentions based on market availability.

  5. Dec 08, 2021: Replaced the LG 34GP83A-B with the Gigabyte M34WQ because the LG is low on availability and to be consistent with other recommendations; added the Gigabyte FV43U and the Samsung Odyssey G5 S27AG50 to Notable Mentions.

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.