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 110 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 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 it stays low when playing in HDR. Unfortunately, it has mediocre viewing angles, so the sides can look a bit washed out if you sit too close.
It can deliver an excellent HDR gaming experience. It has an impressive wide color gamut and it can get extremely bright to make small highlights pop. Needless to say, visibility isn't an issue in bright rooms, 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.
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. The backlight is technically not flicker-free, but it flickers at such a high rate that it shouldn't be noticeable. 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, 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 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 one 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 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 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, 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 budget monitor for gaming in HDR we've tested so far is the LG 27GL83A-B. It has a large 27 inch screen with a 1440p resolution to provide an immersive gaming experience. Its IPS panel has excellent viewing angles, which is great for playing co-op games. It gets bright enough to fight glare and it handles reflections well, so you shouldn't have any issues using it in a bright room. Dark room performance is rather disappointing, as it has a low contrast ratio and poor black uniformity. Thankfully, gray uniformity is excellent, as there's almost no dirty screen effect.
Motion handling is superb. It has a fantastic response time that results in very little motion blur, and it has a 144Hz refresh rate to make motion look buttery smooth. Combined with its low input lag, gaming feels incredibly responsive. It has native support for FreeSync and it's compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC as well. As for HDR, it can deliver an okay experience. It can display a wide color gamut but it can't get quite bright enough to make highlights pop.
There's not much in terms of extra features. There's a black stabilizer feature that can make objects in dark scenes more visible and you can add a virtual crosshair for shooter games. The backlight is flicker-free, which is great for reducing eye strain during those long gaming sessions. All in all, it's a great gaming monitor at a budget-friendly price.
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.