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The 4 Best HDR Gaming Monitors - Spring 2024 Reviews

Best HDR Gaming Monitors

Having a proper display that delivers an optimal HDR experience is beneficial for playing the latest HDR games. There are a few factors that make a monitor great for HDR, most notably its contrast ratio. A high contrast ratio helps the monitor display deep blacks in dark rooms, and when combined with an effective local dimming feature and high peak brightness, it can also make highlights pop against the rest of the image. You'll also want something that displays a wide range of colors in HDR so that images are life-like and realistic.

Although most monitors are still behind TVs regarding overall image quality and processing in HDR, some high-end monitors with Mini LED backlighting or OLED panels provide fantastic performance. While there's a big gap between premium and budget-friendly monitors in terms of HDR, there are some entry-level models that are at least decent for HDR. Besides picture quality, you'll also want to consider a monitor's gaming performance, particularly with its motion handling, so that fast-moving objects are sharp. Low input lag is also important, but most monitors have low input lag anyway.

We've bought and tested more than 310 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.

Note: We recently published our Test Bench 2.0, and we're updating our reviews to this new test bench. As such, it may seem that two similar monitors have wildly different scores, but scores aren't comparable between different test benches.

  1. Best HDR Gaming Monitor

    The best HDR monitor for gaming we've tested is the Dell Alienware AW3225QF. It's a 32-inch 4k monitor that offers both high-end gaming performance and premium picture quality, and you can buy it directly from Dell's website. What makes it so fantastic for HDR is that it has a near-infinite contrast ratio that displays perfect blacks next to bright highlights, and those highlights pop without any blooming against dark backgrounds. It even displays an incredibly wide color gamut with a remarkable color volume, so your favorite games look stunningly vivid and life-like, and the high resolution makes content appear full of detail.

    Another advantage of this monitor is its near-instantaneous response time, which results in crystal-clear motion in games with no distracting blur trail. Its 240Hz refresh rate benefits most gamers, and this monitor supports all common VRR formats to reduce screen tearing. It also supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so you can reach its max 240Hz refresh rate over HDMI. Unlike many monitors, it even supports Dolby Vision, but you need to update its firmware for it to work properly.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range HDR Gaming Monitor

    If you don't need a high-end 4k monitor like the Dell Alienware AW3225QF, you can often find the Dell Alienware AW2725DF for a lower cost. It's a step down from the AW3225QF in terms of features, as it doesn't support Dolby Vision or HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so you can only take full advantage of it with DisplayPort connections. That said, it still offers high-end gaming performance and premium picture quality as it also has a QD-OLED panel, meaning it displays bright and vivid colors next to deep and inky blacks, so your HDR games look life-like. However, images aren't as detailed because it has a lower 1440p resolution than the AW3225QF.

    Besides that, it has an outstanding response time that leads to sharp motion and an incredibly high 360Hz refresh rate that's ideal for competitive gamers. Its 27-inch screen is also big enough for most gamers, but if you prefer an ultrawide gaming experience, the Dell Alienware AW3423DWF is another great option with a QD-OLED panel. However, it has a lower 165Hz refresh rate, so gaming doesn't feel as smooth as on the AW2725DF.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range HDR Gaming Monitor

    If you find QD-OLEDs like the Dell Alienware AW3225QF and the Dell Alienware AW2725DF too expensive, you can still find some of the best HDR gaming monitors in the mid-range price category, although there are trade-offs. The Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx is a good overall gaming display that also has decent picture quality in HDR, but it doesn't display the same deep and inky blacks as the Dell QD-OLED monitors. Instead, it has a decent Mini LED backlighting feature that improves the contrast ratio in dark rooms but doesn't eliminate all blooming. That said, it gets brighter than the Dell monitors, as highlights really pop in HDR.

    Gaming also feels smooth, and while it has a 160Hz refresh rate, it's still good enough for most gamers. It has a good response time across its VRR range, leading to sharp motion, and unlike the AW2725DF, it supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. The biggest downside is that it has increased input lag at 60Hz, which is especially disappointing for console gaming. If that's important to you, the Sony INZONE M9 is a better choice, but it has a worse local dimming feature than the Acer.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget HDR Gaming Monitor

    Although most budget gaming monitors don't offer anything special for HDR, the AOC Q27G3XMN is better than most similarly-priced options when it comes to picture quality. This is because it uses Mini LED backlighting and it actually has a higher native contrast ratio than the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx, so it displays even deeper blacks next to bright highlights, ideal for HDR gaming in dark rooms, and colors are very vivid too. However, there are still a few trade-offs versus the Acer as it has a lower resolution, so images aren't as detailed.

    The AOC also uses a different panel type than the Acer, which has more black smearing behind fast-moving objects, but there's still minimal blur trail as it has a fast response time. As the AOC is an entry-level monitor, it has limited extra features, which is expected for a low-cost display, but it still has essential gaming perks like crosshairs and a frame rate counter.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung Odyssey OLED G9/G95SC S49CG95: The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9/G95SC S49CG95 is a much larger, more immersive alternative to the Dell Alienware AW3225QF and has a QD-OLED display. Its super ultrawide 49-inch screen delivers outstanding picture quality, but the large size isn't for everyone, and this model is very expensive. See our review
  • Cooler Master Tempest GP27U: The Cooler Master Tempest GP27U is a 27-inch, 4k monitor similar to the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx, and it has a lower input lag at 60Hz. This feature is useful for playing console games, but this model also costs more. See our review
  • ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM: The ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM is a 27-inch gaming monitor that's in the same price range as the Dell Alienware AW2725DF. It has a 240Hz refresh rate, so it's good if your setup can't take advantage of the 360Hz Dell but doesn't display the same vivid colors. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 09, 2024: Replaced the Dell Alienware AW3423DWF with the higher refresh rate Dell Alienware AW2725DF for consistency with other recommendations. Replaced the Dell S3422DWG with the AOC Q27G3XMN, which has better picture quality. Removed the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85 and the Dell Alienware AW3423DW from Notable Mentions as they aren't alternatives to any of the main monitors.

  2. Feb 21, 2024: Replaced the Dell Alienware AW3423DW with the Dell Alienware AW3225QF as the 'Best HDR Gaming Monitor' as it has better performance. Replaced the ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM with the Dell Alienware AW3423DWF as 'Best Upper Mid-Range,' as it can cost less than the ASUS and has better HDR performance. Removed the 'Best 4k HDR Gaming Monitor' category with the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85, as our new 'Best HDR Gaming Monitor' is 4k. Added the Samsung Odyssey OLED G9/G95SC S49CG95, Dell Alienware AW3423DW, ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM, and AOC Q27G3XMN as Notable Mentions. Removed the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9/G95NA S49AG95 and Corsair XENEON 27QHD240 as Notable Mentions.

  3. Nov 24, 2023: Replaced the Sony INZONE M9 and the Gigabyte M32UC with the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx because it offers better HDR performance than both of those monitors and costs less; added the INNOCN 27M2V to Notable Mentions.

  4. Aug 30, 2023: Added the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 as 'Best 4k HDR Gaming Monitor' to give another option; replaced the LG 27GR95QE-B with the ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM for consistency with other articles; added the Corsair XENEON 27QHD240 to Notable Mentions.

  5. Jun 09, 2023: Updated text for clarity throughout; added the INNOCN 27M2V and the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85 to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best HDR monitors 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.