Although most monitors don't deliver a very good HDR experience, as panel technology improves they're starting to catch up with TVs. New technologies like QD-OLED displays and Mini LED backlights result in brighter highlights, better contrast, and better colors. New certification programs like VESA Display HDR also make it easier than ever to identify what you should expect when buying a monitor. The criteria for a good HDR gaming display are the same for TVs and Monitors: contrast, peak brightness, and local dimming are three of the most important factors when choosing an HDR display. All of these picks are chosen with HDR gaming from a PC in mind, but if you're a console gamer, make sure to also check out our picks for the best PS5 monitors and the best Xbox Series X monitors.
We've tested more than 240 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best HDR gaming monitors for a variety of needs and budgets. Also, see our recommendations for the best gaming monitors.
The best HDR monitor for gaming we've tested is the Dell Alienware AW3423DW. This 34-inch ultrawide monitor uses a new QD-OLED display, which offers a nearly-infinite contrast ratio and decent peak brightness in HDR. This allows it to display extremely bright highlights in HDR right next to darker areas with no distracting blooming. Thanks to the quantum dot technology, it can display an incredibly wide color gamut in HDR, so your favorite games or movies look stunningly vivid and lifelike.
Like other OLED displays, it also has a nearly-instantaneous response time, resulting in crystal-clear motion in games, with no distracting blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It also natively supports NVIDIA's G-SYNC Ultimate technology, which practically eliminates tearing and ensures a visually consistent gaming experience, even if your computer can't quite keep up and the framerate drops.
The best HDR monitor for gaming in the budget category we've tested is the Gigabyte M27Q. It's a great gaming monitor, with a 170Hz refresh rate and a quick response time whether you're gaming at its max refresh rate or 60Hz. It has an optional backlight strobing feature to reduce motion blur, which you can use at the same time as the VRR. Speaking of VRR, it's a native FreeSync monitor, and those with NVIDIA graphics cards can use the G-SYNC compatibility feature. You won't notice any delay while gaming either, as it has fantastic low input lag.
Of course, since it's a budget monitor, HDR doesn't add much, but it's DisplayHDR 400 certified and has a great HDR color gamut, so the latest HDR games look vivid and lifelike. Due to its low contrast ratio, bright highlights don't stand out as well as they should, but there's still a noticeable difference over SDR.
The best bright HDR gaming monitor we've tested is the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U. It's an excellent gaming monitor that delivers an impressive HDR experience. It has great peak brightness in HDR, and it's one of the few monitors on the market certified for VESA DisplayHDR 1000. This monitor is even brighter than many TVs on the market. HDR content gets extremely bright, especially when displaying bright highlights in dim scenes. It also has an impressive HDR color gamut and amazing contrast. Overall, HDR content looks vivid and incredibly lifelike.
It also delivers an excellent gaming experience, with a great response time at 120Hz or above, resulting in very clear motion with just a bit of blur around fast-moving objects. It supports FreeSync and G-SYNC Compatible variable refresh rate technology, which helps reduce tearing in games, and of course, it has excellent low input lag for a responsive gaming experience.
The best ultrawide HDR gaming monitor we've tested is the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9. It's one of the few monitors on the market that uses a Mini LED backlighting, which provides greater control over its local dimming feature, resulting in brighter highlights in HDR and better contrast. It can also display a wide color gamut, so HDR content looks more vivid and lifelike. As a super ultrawide monitor, it has a 32:9 aspect ratio with a ton of screen space for an incredibly immersive gaming experience in games that support it. It also delivers an incredible gaming experience with a great response time at the max refresh rate and fantastic low input lag, ensuring your actions are in-sync with what you see on the screen. It also supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, which helps reduce screen tearing.
It's also an incredibly large monitor, so it's not ideal for everyone. If you prefer something a bit smaller, check out the Dell S3422DWG instead. It's a great gaming monitor with a fast response time and low input lag, with a much easier-to-manage 34-inch curved screen. It has a VA panel with high contrast. However, it doesn't have a Mini LED backlight or local dimming, so HDR highlights don't stand out the way they should.
The LG OLED48C1 is the best 4k HDR gaming monitor we've tested. It's an excellent display, and even though it's actually a TV, the 48-inch model is widely used as a monitor, so we tested it as such. It has a few different features than a typical monitor because it doesn't have an ergonomic stand and lacks a DisplayPort input. However, it delivers outstanding picture quality, especially in HDR. OLEDs are unique because they don't have a backlight. Instead, they have self-lit pixels that turn themselves on and off. It means this TV has a near-infinite contrast ratio with perfect black uniformity, so blacks look amazing in the dark. It also displays a wide range of colors in HDR and has good peak brightness, so small highlights pop and are vivid, but larger areas of bright colors are dimmer. In terms of gaming, it has a 120Hz panel with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, meaning you can play 4k games up to 120 fps, and it has low input lag for a responsive feel.
If you prefer something without a smart interface that more closely resembles a standard monitor, then check out the Gigabyte AORUS FO48U OLED instead. It uses the same panel as the LG C1 OLED, resulting in nearly identical picture quality and overall performance, but it adds a single DisplayPort input and a built-in USB hub. It's mainly beneficial if you plan on gaming with an older graphics card that doesn't support HDMI 2.1, like any of the RTX-20 series cards.
Jun 10, 2022: Replaced the Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA with the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, as it's far superior for gaming in HDR.
Mar 15, 2022: Swapped the LG 48 C1 OLED and the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U to reflect user needs and renamed the Gigabyte to 'LED Alternative'; replaced the ASUS TUF VG34VQL1B with the Dell S3422DWG for consistency; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Jan 14, 2022: Verified picks for availability and updated text for clarity; added the LG 32GN600-B to Notable Mentions.
Nov 10, 2021: Added the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U as 'Best 4k' and replaced the LG 48 CX with the newer LG 48 C1 as the 'Larger Alternative'; replaced the Samsung Odyssey G9 with the Odyssey Neo G9 because it has better local dimming; renamed the Samsung Odyssey G7 as 'Best 1440p'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Sep 13, 2021: Refreshed the text and added the Dell S3422DWG to the Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors for gaming in HDR 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.