Although HDR is extremely common on TVs, it's just starting to gain popularity on monitors and, unfortunately, most monitors are a few years behind TVs when it comes to HDR performance. Despite this, there are a few monitors that deliver a decent HDR gaming experience. As more and more games support HDR, we expect the demand for good HDR monitors to increase drastically over the next few years.
We've tested more than 120 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best HDR 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. Also, see our recommendations for the best curved gaming monitors and the best gaming monitors.
The best HDR gaming monitor that we've tested is the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB. It's a massive 43 inch monitor with a 4k resolution that delivers great picture quality. It uses a VA panel with an outstanding contrast ratio, allowing it to produce blacks that look deep and inky in the dark. Input lag is very low and stays low when playing in HDR.
This monitor delivers an excellent HDR gaming experience. It has an impressive wide color gamut and can get extremely bright to make small highlights pop. Needless to say, visibility isn't an issue in bright rooms because of how bright it gets, although it's best to avoid direct sunlight, as its reflection handling is just okay. Response time is decent; however, some overshoot results in some motion artifacts, and there's no Black Frame Insertion feature to improve clarity. The refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, but as a tradeoff, there's FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility.
Unfortunately, it has mediocre viewing angles, so the sides can look a bit washed out if you sit too close. There's a USB hub that includes two USB 3.0 and a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt mode. It has integrated speakers if you don't have any dedicated ones, and it has a Picture-in-Picture mode that allows you to display two input sources at once. Overall, although this monitor isn't the best at motion handling, it delivers an HDR experience that most people should be happy with.
If you want a monitor with a higher refresh rate for HDR gaming, then check out the Acer Predator X27. It costs more than the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB and doesn't have as good a dark room performance because of its IPS panel, but motion looks a lot more clear on this one thanks to the higher refresh rate. It supports G-SYNC VRR to reduce screen tearing and the 4k, 27 inch screen delivers exceptionally crisp images. Unfortunately, its input lag is a bit high for a 144Hz monitor, which might disappoint more serious gamers. However, it has outstanding HDR performance thanks to its very wide color gamut and excellent HDR peak brightness. Since it has an IPS panel, the viewing angles are wide, which is great for co-op gaming.
If you're looking for the best HDR gaming monitor, the Philips is a good choice, but if you're looking for one with a 144Hz refresh, the Acer is a great alternative.
The best 1440p HDR gaming monitor that we've tested is the Samsung C27HG70. With a 1440p resolution, images look detailed and sharp without overtaxing the graphics card, which helps to achieve a higher frame rate for a smooth gaming experience. The 144Hz refresh rate also comes with support for FreeSync, and it's G-SYNC compatible with recent NVIDIA graphics cards as well.
The response time is excellent when playing at its maximum refresh rate; however, it's noticeably slower when playing at 60Hz, leading to more blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It has a VA panel that's well-suited for dark rooms. It displays a wide color gamut with good coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most content, and it gets bright enough to make small highlights pop in HDR, but its brightness isn't consistent across different content.
Unfortunately, viewing angles are mediocre, so it's not the best choice if you want to do some co-op gaming. It can produce deep blacks thanks to its high contrast ratio, but its black uniformity is poor, which can be distracting. Fortunately, there are two USB 3.0 ports to charge your mobile devices, one of which supports quick charging. On the whole, if you don't mind the narrow viewing angles, this is a great choice for some HDR gaming.
If you need a monitor with better viewing angles than the Samsung CHG70, check out the Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q. Its IPS panel has wide viewing angles, so images remain accurate when viewed from the side. Unfortunately, this does come at a cost, as its IPS panel doesn't deliver deep blacks like the Samsung. However, its gray uniformity is excellent, with only some minor vignetting at the corners and no dirty screen effect. It has a fast response time and low input lag even in 10-bit HDR mode, and its 144Hz refresh rate can be overclocked to 165Hz, resulting in smoother motion. This monitor comes with a ton of extra features, such as a Picture-by-Picture mode that allows you to display an image from two sources at the same time, an active noise cancelling feature so your teammates can hear you clearly, and many more.
If you want a better HDR gaming experience, look into the Samsung, but for wide viewing angles, the Gigabyte is a great choice.
The best HDR gaming monitor with an ultrawide screen that we've tested is the LG 34GN850-B. It's versatile with a 3440x1440p resolution, allowing you to see clear text and images. It offers great gaming performance, and it's well-rounded so that you can enjoy it no matter what you use it for.
It has a native 144Hz refresh rate that can be overclocked to 160Hz. Its response time at its max refresh rate is incredible, resulting in almost no motion blur, and it stays excellent at 60Hz. Even though it doesn't have a Black Frame Insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion, you likely won't need one. Input lag is incredibly low, it has native FreeSync support, and it's G-SYNC compatible with newer NVIDIA graphics cards too. It displays a wide color gamut for HDR content with great coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space, and it gets decently bright in HDR to bring out some highlights. Its IPS panel provides wide viewing angles, and if you want to use it in a well-lit room, it gets bright enough to combat glare.
Sadly, it's not ideal for dark-room viewing because it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks appear closer to gray. Its stand doesn't offer much in terms of ergonomics, so it may be a bit difficult to place in an optimal viewing position. On the upside, the 21:9 aspect ratio provides enough space for an immersive gaming experience or to open multiple windows at once. All things considered, this is one of the best monitors for HDR gaming that we've tested.
The Gigabyte G27QC is the best monitor for HDR gaming in the budget category that we've tested so far. Despite its budget price, it offers great gaming performance, and it's packed with features that should please most people. It has a curved screen, and its stand doesn't offer much in terms of ergonomics, so it may be difficult to place in an ideal viewing position.
The Gigabyte has a native 165Hz refresh rate, and it has FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing. It has a great response time at its max refresh rate, and if you want to use it for HDR console gaming, the response time at 60Hz is also great. It doesn't have a Black Frame Insertion feature, so you may notice some motion blur in really fast-moving scenes. Input lag is remarkably low, and it stays low with VRR enabled, which is great. HDR content looks good because its VA panel provides a great contrast ratio, it displays a wide color gamut, and its peak brightness in HDR isn't bad, but it may not get bright enough to truly bring out highlights. Additionally, the 1440p screen offers an immersive gaming experience with crisp images.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, which is expected from a VA panel, so it's not ideal for co-op gaming. It also has uniformity issues in dark scenes, but this may vary between units. It has nice extra features, especially for a monitor in this price range, such as built-in speakers, a USB hub, and Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes. If you're on a budget, you won't be disappointed with this.
09/29/2020: Replaced the LG 27GL83A-B with the Gigabyte G27QC; added the LG 34GN850-B as 'Best Ultrawide'.
07/31/2020: Replaced Dell U2518D with LG 27GL83A-B.
06/01/2020: Minor changes to text for clarity, updated notable mentions.
04/02/2020: Replaced Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD with Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best HDR 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.