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 going on 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 85 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 ASUS TUF VG27AQ is the best FreeSync monitor that we've tested so far. At 27 inches, the 1440p resolution delivers a crisp image with exceptional motion handling, thanks to its high refresh rate and low response time. The support for FreeSync variable refresh rate ensures a nearly tear-free gaming experience and works well with NVIDIA graphics cards too. ASUS has largely kept the same design as their other gaming monitors, which is great because its stand is truly outstanding. It's clean and simple, with amazing ergonomics that allow for all manner of adjustments, including rotation into portrait mode and the ability to VESA mount it. If you're unable to achieve a good viewing position, the wide viewing angles of the IPS panel will help.
Unfortunately, this type of panel is also prone to poor contrast ratio and black uniformity, making it harder to recommend for use in a dark room. HDR is supported on this monitor; however, the mediocre peak brightness and lack of wide color gamut prevent it from being an impactful addition.
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The motion handling on the ASUS TUF VG27AQ is already impressive, so it's hard to imagine that it could get any better, but the LG 27GL850-B proves that it's possible. This 27 inch monitor has one of the fastest response times we've ever tested - even faster than many 240Hz displays! The result is exceptionally smooth, clear motion, with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. As with most IPS monitors, dark room performance is poor, with contrast ratio and black uniformity being worse than average. You shouldn't have any issues if you game in a bright room, though, as peak brightness is good and reflection handling is decent.
Overall, the ASUS is the best choice for most people, but If you want even better motion handling, the LG is a great choice.
The best G-SYNC gaming monitor we've tested so far is the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ. It has an extremely fast response time that delivers crisp motion in fast paced-games, and a very low input lag for a very responsive gaming experience. It features a flicker-free backlight to help avoid eye-strain but supports NVIDIA's ultra-low motion blur (ULMB) technology that allows it to introduce flicker to help the appearance of motion. The overall picture quality is decent with a peak brightness that's good enough for most rooms, but not enough for very bright ones. It has good, wide viewing angles that favor co-op gaming and supports G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology for nearly tear-free gaming. Gamers will also enjoy the great selection of gaming enhancing features like the optional crosshair or the FPS counter.
Unfortunately, just like most IPS monitors, it isn't the best choice if you regularly game at night or in a dark room, since blacks look more like gray. This monitor is nearly identical to the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q, so you should choose whichever is cheaper.
Overall, this is a very good monitor that delivers an excellent gaming experience, especially if you own an NVIDIA graphics card where you'll take advantage of the G-SYNC support.
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 that we've tested so far is the LG 34GK950F-B. It offers incredible immersion with its 1440p resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio, but without the distracting bezels of a multi-monitor setup. The curved IPS panel provides great viewing angles, and the monitor's decent peak brightness and impressive reflection handling make it a good choice for those in a bright room. However, we can't say the same about dark room performance, as contrast ratio is disappointing and black uniformity is quite poor, resulting in blacks that look more like gray.
Motion handling on this monitor is exceptional. It has amazing response time, an optional black frame insertion feature to reduce blur, and a high 144Hz refresh rate. Gamers will be delighted to hear that input lag is outstanding, and it also supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, as well as being compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC. And although this monitor supports HDR and can display a wide color gamut, its peak brightness won't be able to bring out highlights in HDR content. Unfortunately, ergonomics are pretty poor, as you can only adjust the swivel and tilt, but on the bright side, the build quality is decent and there's a USB 3.0 hub to let you charge your devices.
If you want an immersive gaming experience while keeping a clean, single monitor setup, this monitor should satisfy even the most hardcore gamers.
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. Viewing angles are also disappointing, but the monitor's curved panel does help a bit, making it easier for you to see the sides.
Like the LG, response time and input lag are both outstanding, and there's support for variable refresh rate as well, however, the panel is limited to 120Hz. 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, go with 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. This 24 inch monitor delivers a great gaming experience, with outstanding motion handling, extremely low input lag, and a fast refresh rate. It also supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, even when connected to a recent NVIDIA graphics card over DisplayPort.
This monitor can get very bright, and it has great reflection handling, so there shouldn't be any issues using it in a bright room. This monitor also has good ergonomics, so you can easily place it in the perfect position, or even turn it to portrait orientation for a multi-monitor setup.
Unfortunately, like most TN monitors, it isn't the most versatile display, as it has a limited contrast ratio, disappointing viewing angles, and the 1080p resolution might be too limiting for some users. Despite these flaws, it's a great gaming monitor at a very low price (for more options, see our recommendations for the best budget gaming monitors).
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.
01/23/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
12/24/2019: Verification of picks, minor text changes for accuracy.
11/27/2019: Replaced ASUS VG279Q with ASUS TUF VG27AQ, removed Gigabyte AD27QD.
10/31/2019: Minor text changes.