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 reviewed more than 100 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 we've tested so far is the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB. It's a decent overall 4k monitor with good build quality, great picture quality, and good gaming features.
It has native FreeSync support, reducing screen tearing, and it's compatible with newer NVIDIA graphics cards. The input lag is really low, and the high resolution and large screen give you an immersive gaming experience. It has one of the widest color gamuts we've tested so far, and it gets really bright in HDR, so highlights pop the way they should. It has a VA panel, so the contrast ratio is excellent, resulting in deep blacks, and it has decent black uniformity.
Unfortunately, the 60Hz refresh rate is limiting for serious gamers, and motion looks blurry. Also, the viewing angles are disappointing and the out-of-the-box color accuracy is sub-par. However, it comes with a remote, which is extremely rare for a monitor and is great for when you want to sit back and watch videos. Overall, this is the best HDR gaming monitor we've tested so far.
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 dark room performance, but motion looks a lot more clear on this monitor 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 low 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 a monitor with a 144Hz refresh, the Acer is a great alternative.
The best 1440p HDR gaming monitor that we've tested so far is the Samsung CHG70. 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 compatible with recent NVIDIA graphics cards as well.
The response time is excellent when playing at the monitor's maximum refresh rate; however, it's noticeably slower when playing at 60Hz, leading to more blur trail behind fast-moving objects. This monitor has a VA panel that's well-suited for dark rooms. It can produce deep blacks thanks to its high contrast ratio, but its black uniformity is poor, which can be distracting. Also, viewing angles are mediocre, so it's not the best choice if you want to do some co-op gaming.
Although it supports a wide color gamut and HDR content is delivered with vibrant colors, the monitor can't get bright enough to make much of a difference from SDR content. However, 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, the Samsung 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. This monitor's 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.
For those looking for an HDR gaming monitor that won't break the bank, check out the Dell U2518D, the best budget HDR gaming monitor we've tested so far. It has a 25 inch IPS panel that delivers good overall picture quality with decent viewing angles.
The monitor has a great stand that makes it easy to adjust to a comfortable position, and most casual gamers will be happy with the monitor's performance. The low input lag makes it fairly responsive to your actions and the fast response time ensures crisp motion. Although the monitor supports HDR, it doesn't have a wide color gamut and it's unlikely that you'll notice much improvement using it in this mode. Some games do look slightly more realistic in HDR than in SDR, provided you make the right adjustments and change the proper gaming settings.
Unfortunately, there's no support for any advanced gaming features like FreeSync, which might deter the most competitive gamers who might also find the input lag high. If you don't want to spend too much but still want a monitor that's decent for HDR gaming, this is a good choice, though HDR highlights won't pop as well as with other monitors on this list.
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.