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The 5 Best HDR Gaming Monitors - Winter 2023 Reviews

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Best HDR Gaming Monitors

Monitors are great for gaming as they deliver low input lag and a fast response time, but they aren't as good as TVs yet when it comes to HDR. However, they're slowly getting better as new technologies in monitors like QD-OLED panels and Mini LED backlights result in brighter highlights, better contrast, and better colors than traditional monitors. Like with TVs, you'll want a monitor that gets bright enough to make highlights pop and also display a wide range of colors for a vivid HDR experience. It's also important to get a monitor that supports HDR on the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

We've bought and tested more than 260 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the monitors for gaming in HDR. Also, see our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 4k HDR monitors, and the best 4k gaming monitors.


  1. Best HDR Gaming Monitor

    The best HDR gaming monitor we've tested is the Dell Alienware AW3423DW. It's best to buy directly through Dell's website and this 34-inch ultrawide monitor uses a new QD-OLED display, which offers a near-infinite contrast ratio and decent peak brightness in HDR. It allows it to display extremely bright highlights in HDR right next to darker areas with no distracting blooming. Thanks to its quantum dot technology, it can display an incredibly wide color gamut in HDR, so your favorite games or movies look stunningly vivid and life-like.

    Like other OLED displays, it has a near-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 variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, which helps reduce tearing and ensures a visually consistent gaming experience, even if the frame rate of your game drops. While it has a 175Hz max refresh rate, it can only reach a max of 144Hz with a 10-bit signal over DisplayPort, and unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR with the Xbox Series X because it doesn't support a 4k signal, but it's still a great choice if you want to use it for PC gaming in HDR.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range HDR Gaming Monitor

    If you're looking for the best HDR monitor for gaming and prefer something with a higher 4k resolution, check out the Samsung Odyssey G7 S32BG75. It costs about the same as the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, but you can find it cheaper when it goes on sale. The difference is that it doesn't use a QD-OLED panel for perfect black levels, so you get worse HDR performance, but considering it still has a VA panel with Mini LED local dimming that produces deep blacks with minimal blooming and highlights pop, the HDR performance is great.

    In terms of gaming, it's better than the Dell if you want to use it with the PS5 or Xbox Series X. It has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth that lets you play 4k games up to 120 fps on either console, including in HDR, but like most monitors, it doesn't support Dolby Vision from the Xbox. You can reach its max refresh rate of 165Hz over DisplayPort in HDR, and if you want a future-proof monitor, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 is a similar model with a max 240Hz refresh rate that costs more, so the Neo G7 is the cheaper option.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range HDR Gaming Monitor

    If you're looking for something cheaper in the mid-range price category, there are some trade-offs you're going to have to make, especially when it comes to HDR performance, as cheaper monitors don't usually have good HDR performance. That's the case with the Gigabyte M32UC, which is an excellent gaming monitor with many of the same features as the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75, but its HDR performance is just okay. It's because it doesn't have Mini LED backlighting or even a local dimming feature, so while it displays deep blacks thanks to its high contrast ratio, it doesn't have anything to further improve it. It also has decent HDR peak brightness, but small highlights don't pop against the rest of the image.

    Luckily, it offers HDMI 2.1 bandwidth that lets you take full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, including in HDR. It has good motion handling with low input lag for a responsive feel and has VRR support to reduce screen tearing. Also, its 32-inch screen has a slight curve that brings the edges more within your field of vision, so they don't look too washed out if you're gaming and sitting too close to it.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range HDR Gaming Monitor

    If you want to save money and find the Gigabyte M32UC too expensive, then a lower mid-range option like the Dell S3422DWG is a good alternative. It's different from the Gigabyte because it has a wider 34-inch screen with a lower 1440p resolution, so you don't get the same sharp images. However, unlike the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, it downscales a 4k @ 60Hz signal from the PS5 and Xbox Series X, which results in a sharper image than a native 1440p signal. It means you can use it for HDR gaming from the Xbox, but because it's an ultrawide display and the consoles don't support ultrawide gaming, you'll get black bars at the sides.

    Despite its lower cost, it still delivers a decent HDR experience. Like the Gigabyte, it has a VA panel with a good native contrast, and while it doesn't have a local dimming feature either, blacks look deep, and the black uniformity is excellent. One of its advantages is that it has good HDR peak brightness, making highlights pop, and it also displays a wide range of colors in HDR with good color volume that makes most colors look vivid.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget HDR Gaming Monitor

    While you won't get good HDR performance with a budget monitor, some still offer great gaming performance with a decent enough HDR experience. That's the case with the Gigabyte M27Q, which is an impressive 1440p gaming monitor with alright HDR performance and is good enough if you're on a tight budget. It has a smaller screen than the Dell S3422DWG, so you don't get the same immersive gaming experience, but the 27-inch screen is still big enough to view a lot of your game at once. In terms of HDR, it has a lower contrast than the Dell, so blacks look gray in the dark, but it at least has an impressive color gamut and okay HDR peak brightness.

    You'll enjoy gaming on this monitor because it has excellent motion handling, especially with high-frame-rate signals, but it's limited to a max refresh rate of 120Hz over a DisplayPort connection with 10-bit signals due to bandwidth limitations. Still, you get a responsive gaming experience thanks to its low input lag. Like the Dell, it also downscales 4k @ 60Hz signals from the PS5 and Xbox Series X, meaning you can play HDR games on it.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Gigabyte AORUS FO48U: The Gigabyte AORUS FO48U OLED is an excellent gaming monitor with an OLED panel like the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, but with a bigger 48-inch screen and 16:9 aspect ratio, so it's a good choice for console gaming. However, it doesn't use a QD-OLED panel, so colors aren't as vivid as on the Dell. See our review
  • Samsung Odyssey Neo G9: The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is a super ultrawide monitor that uses Mini LED backlighting like the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75. However, only get this if you want the larger screen and don't mind spending more. See our review
  • Sony INZONE M9: The Sony INZONE M9 is a good HDR monitor that costs a bit more than the Gigabyte M32UC and has great HDR peak brightness. It also has an alright local dimming feature, but considering there's more blooming than on the Gigabyte, the Gigabyte delivers better dark room performance. See our review
  • Dell S3221QS: The Dell S3221QS is in the same price range as the Dell S3422DWG, and it's a different type of monitor because it has a 4k screen, but it doesn't get as bright in HDR, so only get it if you want the 4k resolution and don't want the ultrawide screen of the S3422DWG. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 13, 2022: Restructured article to reflect overall HDR performance and not just focus on gaming; replaced the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 with the cheaper Samsung Odyssey Neo G7; replaced the Sony INZONE M9 with the Gigabyte M32UC because it has better dark room performance; replaced the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM with the Gigabyte M27Q because it has better gaming performance; updated the Notable Mentions based on changes.

  2. Oct 07, 2022: Restructured the article, adding mid-range, upper mid-range, and lower mid-range picks. Replaced the budget model with the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM.

  3. Jun 10, 2022: Replaced the Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA with the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, as it's far superior for gaming in HDR.

  4. 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.

  5. Jan 14, 2022: Verified picks for availability and updated text for clarity; added the LG 32GN600-B to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best HDR monitor for gaming 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.

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