HDR used to be very uncommon on monitors, but it's growing in popularity as technology starts to improve. Unfortunately, most monitors are still a few years behind TVs when it comes to HDR performance as they don't get as bright and the few that have local dimming, can't do it well. Despite this, there are a few monitors that deliver a good 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 tested more than 190 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best HDR gaming monitors for a variety of needs and budgets. Also, see our recommendations for the best curved gaming monitors, best gaming monitors for PS4, and the best gaming monitors for Xbox One.
The Samsung Odyssey LC32G75TQSNXZA is one of the best HDR gaming monitors we've tested. It comes in both a 27 inch and 32 inch size, which is the one we tested. It's a great monitor overall, with reasonable ergonomics, great build quality, and a ton of gaming features. It looks sleek and even comes with extra features like RGB lighting and a Picture-in-Picture/Picture-by-Picture mode.
It has a high 240Hz refresh rate and an outstanding response time at both its maximum refresh rate and 60Hz, resulting in an incredibly smooth gaming experience. It also has an extremely low input lag, and it natively supports FreeSync and is NVIDIA-certified as G-SYNC compatible. When it comes to HDR, it's among the best HDR gaming monitors, with a wide color gamut, fair peak brightness in HDR, and a great contrast ratio that produces deep, inky blacks.
That said, because it uses a VA panel, it has narrow viewing angles, so it's not the best choice for co-op gaming since the image quickly loses accuracy as you move off-center. It's also limited to a 1440p resolution, which is great for most games but not ideal if you want to play in 4k HDR. On the upside, it has a large, curved screen that makes gaming feel super immersive. All things considered, most people should be impressed with it, making it our pick for the best HDR gaming monitor.
If you want a 4k monitor with an even bigger screen, check out the LG 48 CX OLED. This is actually an OLED TV that we also tested as a monitor, and it's hard to beat if you're looking for size and picture quality in a monitor, but it also comes with a price tag fit for a TV and lacks certain features that you can find on the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T. For instance, it doesn't have any DisplayPort connections, and it's limited to a 120Hz refresh rate. That said, its OLED panel has a near-infinite contrast ratio that delivers perfect inky blacks, and it has a nearly instantaneous response time, resulting in exceptionally clear motion. It's also a fantastic choice for HDR because even though its HDR brightness is only okay, its exceptional contrast ratio and wide color gamut deliver a satisfying HDR experience. Unfortunately, it may be susceptible to permanent burn-in with static desktop elements, but the risk is small if you watch varied content.
If you want a dedicated gaming monitor with a high 240Hz refresh rate, go with the Samsung, but if you're looking for a bigger screen with exceptional clarity and resolution, consider the LG.
The best HDR monitor for gaming with an ultrawide screen that we've tested is the Samsung Odyssey G9. It has a 49 inch screen that spans nearly your entire field of view, with an aggressive 1000R curvature that further increases immersion. It has a 1440p resolution to deliver sharp images and text, making it a good choice for gaming, media consumption, or productivity. It has poor ergonomics, although it's somewhat expected for a model this size. It handles reflections well and gets bright enough to overcome glare.
It has exceptionally low input lag, quick response time, and a 240Hz refresh rate, resulting in an incredibly smooth and responsive gaming experience. It supports FreeSync and is compatible with G-SYNC as well. It doesn't have a Black Frame Insertion feature, but the backlight is flicker-free, which helps minimize motion duplication. The overall HDR gaming experience is pretty decent thanks to its wide color gamut and high peak brightness. It can get over 1000 cd/m² in some scenes, making highlights stand out the way they should.
Unfortunately, the 240Hz refresh rate is only achievable if you have a graphics card that supports Display Stream Compression technology, which means an NVIDIA RTX 20- series card or newer or an AMD 5300 graphics card or newer. It has a local dimming feature; however, it performs poorly and is quite distracting. Nonetheless, this is the best HDR gaming monitor with an ultrawide screen we've tested and one that most people should be happy with.
If you don't have enough space for the Samsung Odyssey G9 or prefer something smaller, then check out the ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B. This smaller model delivers a good overall HDR experience, with much better contrast and better black uniformity than the Samsung. It has a much faster response time at its max refresh rate of 165Hz, but it's not as good at 60Hz. Like the Samsung, the ASUS has outstanding low input lag, for a responsive gaming experience, and supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology (VRR).
Overall, the Samsung is still the best HDR monitor for gaming for most users, as it has a much larger screen and it's a lot brighter in HDR, but if you're limited on space or just want to save some money, the ASUS is a good alternative.
The Gigabyte M27Q is the best monitor for HDR gaming in the budget category that we've tested. It's an excellent 27 inch 1440p gaming monitor with an IPS panel. It has a fast 170Hz refresh rate and an impressive response time, resulting in clear motion in fast-moving scenes. It's FreeSync Premium certified, and it also works well in NVIDIA's G-SYNC compatible mode, but it's not officially certified. Of course, it also has outstanding low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming experience.
This monitor is also pretty feature-packed. It has great connectivity, with two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, USB-C, and a built-in USB hub. There are a few ASUS gaming features, including a frame counter and an option to add virtual crosshairs to the screen. If you want, there's even an optional black frame insertion feature to reduce persistence blur, but it can't be enabled if the variable refresh rate feature is active.
Unfortunately, this monitor isn't the best choice for gaming in a dark room. It has a low contrast ratio, disappointing black uniformity, and no local dimming feature, so HDR doesn't stand out quite as well as it should in a dark room. It has decent peak brightness in HDR, though, so small highlights in games stand out a bit,
Jul 15, 2021: Replaced the LG 34GN850-B with the ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B and the Gigabyte G27Q with the Gigabyte M27Q. Moved the replaced models to the Notable Mentions.
May 19, 2021: Added the Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx to Notable Mentions.
Mar 22, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the LG 27GN950-B, Dell Alienware AW2721D, Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB, and Gigabyte G27QC to Notable Mentions.
Jan 25, 2021: Replaced Gigabyte G27QC with Gigabyte G27Q.
Nov 26, 2020: Added Samsung Odyssey G7, LG 48 CX OLED, Samsung Odyssey G9. Removed Philips 436M6VBPAB, Acer Predator X27, Samsung C27HG70, 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.