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. 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. This monitor combines a sharp 1440p resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate for an immersive gaming experience with smooth motion handling. Its FreeSync support helps to reduce screen tearing and owners of NVIDIA graphics cards can also take advantage of it too, as it's compatible with G-SYNC. The monitor feels well-built and the stand has excellent ergonomics, allowing for all manner of adjustments.
This monitor has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, which is great for co-op gaming. Gray uniformity is excellent, so you shouldn't notice any dirty screen effect or vignetting around the corners. There aren't many extra features on this monitor, but it does have integrated speakers if you need them and the backlight is flicker-free, which can help with eye strain on long gaming sessions.
Unfortunately, as is expected of most IPS monitors, its contrast ratio is also low, making blacks look grayish in the dark. Also, while it does support HDR, it can't display a wide color gamut and its peak brightness isn't enough to bring out small specular highlights. On the whole, it delivers outstanding gaming performance, making it the best FreeSync gaming monitor we've tested.
If you're looking for a monitor with a better response time for improved motion handling, then check out the LG 27GL850-B. Its ergonomics are worse than the ASUS TUF VG27AQ, but despite having a lower refresh rate, the LG has a better response time at its max refresh rate, and the response time is much better at 60Hz, which is great for console gamers. Like the ASUS, it has an IPS panel, so it has wide viewing angles that come at the cost of its dark room performance, which isn't good due to the disappointing contrast ratio and poor black uniformity. However, it performs well in bright rooms thanks to its good reflection handling and good peak brightness.
If you're looking for the best FreeSync gaming monitor we've seen, check out the ASUS, but if you want better motion handling, the LG is also a great choice.
The best G-SYNC gaming monitor we've tested so far is the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ. It's one of the better gaming monitors we've seen thanks to its high refresh rate and low input lag.
This monitor has a native refresh rate of 144Hz that can be overclocked to 165Hz, so you get a better gaming experience. Because of this, the response time is excellent and motion looks very clear. The response time at 60Hz is also good, and there's a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. The input lag is also incredibly low, even with G-SYNC VRR enabled, but serious console gamers might be disappointed that there's more lag at 60Hz than some other high-end monitors. This monitor also has great viewing angles, good out-of-box color accuracy, and the 27 inch, 1440p screen delivers an immersive gaming experience.
Unfortunately, as is the case with most IPS panels, it has a mediocre contrast ratio and poor black uniformity, and it doesn't support HDR either. Regardless, this monitor offers an excellent gaming performance, making it the best G-SYNC gaming monitor we've tested so far.
If you want a cheaper monitor with native G-SYNC support, then the Dell S2716DGR/S2716DG is a great gaming alternative. Although its TN panel doesn't deliver the same wide viewing angles as the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ, it has one of the best response times we've seen, and it's equally as amazing even at 60Hz, which is great for console gamers. Motion is very clear and there's a black frame insertion to further reduce any motion blur. Its input lag is incredibly low and it has excellent ergonomics, so you can place the monitor how you like. Unfortunately, it's not a good monitor for any other use than gaming as it has only decent brightness, mediocre viewing angles, poor native contrast, and bad black uniformity.
If you want the best G-SYNC gaming monitor we've tested, the ASUS is an excellent choice, but if you want something cheaper and still get a great gaming experience, then look into the Dell.
The best ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested so far is the LG 34GK950F-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 on this monitor 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.
Unfortunately, like with most IPS panels, black uniformity is bad and the contrast ratio is poor, so blacks look more gray in dark rooms. Still, most gamers should be happy with this monitor, making this the best ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested.
If you want to take immersion to the next level with an even wider monitor, 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 for an ultrawide gaming monitor, as the size fits easily on most desks, but if you want the most immersive experience you can get, consider the Samsung.
The best budget gaming monitor we've tested so far is the ViewSonic XG2402. It delivers a great gaming experience, very low input lag, a quick refresh rate, and amazing motion handling. It's still compatible with AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology even when using a DisplayPort connected to a newer NVIDIA graphics card.
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 excellent, 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.
05/15/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
03/20/2020: Added Dell Alienware AW2720HF to notable mentions.
11/27/2019: Replaced ASUS VG279Q with ASUS TUF VG27AQ, removed Gigabyte AD27QD.
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.