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 76 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. See also our recommendations for the best curved gaming monitors and the best gaming monitors.
The Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB is the best HDR gaming monitor we've tested so far. It delivers decent picture quality, has great motion handling, and has excellent low input lag. It has an outstanding contrast ratio, so it delivers deep blacks with decent uniformity. It's also extremely bright, and small highlights in some HDR scenes really stand out.
This monitor delivers very good gaming performance thanks to the extremely fast response time, low input lag, and support for AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. It's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, though, which may disappoint some people.
Unfortunately, this monitor has bad viewing angles and is best enjoyed from directly in front at comfortable viewing distance. It does have a local dimming feature, but unfortunately, it's bad, and doesn't improve the image.
If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the Acer Predator X27 is the best G-SYNC alternative to the Philips 436M6VBPAB that we've tested so far. HDR looks incredible on this monitor, thanks to the incredible HDR peak brightness and a great wide color gamut. This monitor also has impressive motion handling, a fast response time, and excellent 120Hz refresh rate. Unfortunately, it has higher-than-usual input lag, and it has a low contrast ratio, so it doesn't look as good in a dark room. Overall, though, it's a versatile G-SYNC monitor that's great for almost any use.
The Samsung C27HG70 is the best 1440p HDR gaming monitor that we've tested so far. This 27 inch, 1440p monitor delivers an excellent gaming experience and has decent HDR performance. It has a high contrast ratio, decent peak brightness in HDR, and it can display a wide color gamut.
This monitor has excellent motion handling with an extremely fast response time, flicker-free backlight, and a fast response time. It supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, which is great for Xbox One gamers or PC gamers with an AMD card or recent NVIDIA card. This monitor also has outstanding low input lag, so you can respond almost instantly to the action onscreen.
Unfortunately, although its VA panel is great for a dark room, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, which isn't ideal for co-op gaming. Overall, though, this is a decent HDR gaming monitor with excellent gaming performance that should please even the most competitive gamers. This monitor is also available in a 32" size, which we expect to perform similarly to the 27" one we've tested.
If the lack of wide viewing angles on the Samsung CHG70 bothers you, the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD is the best IPS alternative for HDR gaming. This is a decent monitor for HDR gaming; it delivers an outstanding gaming experience, but unfortunately, falls short in a few ways that limit the effectiveness of HDR. This monitor is a bit brighter in some scenes than the Samsung, but it has worse contrast and worse black uniformity, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature.
In terms of gaming performance, it's very similar to the Samsung. It has slightly better motion handling, with a slightly faster response time and similar low input lag.
The Dell U2518D is the best budget HDR gaming monitor we've tested so far. This monitor delivers a decent HDR gaming experience, with good picture quality, decent motion handling, and great low input lag. It has decent peak brightness in HDR, and small bright highlights in some scenes stand out well, but not quite as well as they should. This monitor can't display a wide color gamut, though, so the overall HDR performance isn't quite as good as the Samsung CHG70 or the Acer Predator X27.
In terms of gaming performance, this monitor isn't quite as powerful as the other picks on this list. It has an excellent response time, but there is a bit more noticeable ghosting than the other picks. It's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, with no variable refresh rate support, which might disappoint some gamers.
Overall, this is a good gaming monitor. Although HDR doesn't add much, with the right adjustments and game settings most games look a bit more realistic in HDR, with more pop than if they were just in SDR.
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.