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 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 200 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, the best monitors for PS5, and the best monitors for Xbox Series X.
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 model, 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 one of the best HDR gaming monitors, with great contrast, decent peak brightness in HDR, and a wide color gamut. It has a local dimming feature to improve contrast, but like most monitors, it's not very useful.
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. Some people might find the 1440p resolution a bit low on the 32 inch model, so if you want a sharper image, go with the 27 inch instead. 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, but it 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. It's a fantastic choice for HDR because even though its HDR brightness is only okay, its near-infinite contrast ratio and wide color gamut deliver a satisfying HDR experience. It delivers an amazing gaming experience, with low input lag, a nearly instantaneous response time, and a slew of additional gaming features like VRR. Unfortunately, it may be susceptible to permanent burn-in with static desktop elements, but the risk is small if you watch varied content and take a few precautions on your computer, like hiding the taskbar.
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 CX has been replaced by the LG 48 C1 OLED, but they're pretty much the same. Get whichever one you can find at the cheapest price.
The best HDR monitor for gaming with an ultrawide screen that we've tested is the Samsung Odyssey G9. Its 49 inch curved screen delivers an extremely immersive gaming experience, filling your entire field of vision when sitting up close. It delivers an impressive gaming experience, with low input lag and a good response time. Samsung has done an impressive job with its VA panel, as it has none of the issues with black smearing that typically plague VA panels, but there's some overshoot.
Of course, a good HDR gaming experience isn't just about the gaming performance. It has good contrast, which is essential for a good HDR experience. There's a local dimming feature to improve contrast, but unfortunately, it's terrible. On the other hand, it has great peak brightness in HDR, so bright highlights stand out the way the content creator intended, and it can display a wide color gamut.
When you're not gaming, it's a good monitor for most uses. The super ultrawide format is excellent for office work, as it's like having two 27 inch, 1440p screens side by side. It also has a few useful productivity features, including Picture-in-Picture/Picture-by-Picture modes, so you can see two sources at once.
Note: The Samsung Odyssey G9 has been replaced by the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9, but we haven't tested it yet. This article will be updated once we've tested the new model.
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. It has a much faster response time at its max refresh rate of 165Hz, but it's not as good at 60Hz. It 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. 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 model 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.
It's 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, it 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.
Sep 13, 2021: Refreshed the text and added the Dell S3422DWG to the Notable Mentions.
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.
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.