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The 6 Best HDR Gaming Monitors - Spring 2022 Reviews

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Best HDR Gaming Monitors

HDR used to be very uncommon on monitors, but most monitors at least come with basic HDR performance now. Unfortunately, most monitors are still a few years behind TVs when it comes to HDR performance as HDR support doesn't mean that a monitor delivers the best image possible. Monitors 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, and as more games support HDR, the demand for good HDR monitors should increase.

We've tested more than 220 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.


  1. Best 1440p HDR Gaming Monitor

    If you want the best gaming monitor for HDR with a 1440p resolution, the Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA is a great choice. The 1440p resolution allows you to reach a higher frame rate without being too taxing on your graphics card. The model we tested has a 32 inch screen, delivering an immersive gaming experience. It's also available in a 27 inch size if you prefer, and our results are also valid for that model.

    It comes with a VA panel that has a high native contrast ratio for deep blacks, and even though the edge-lit local dimming feature performs terribly, the monitor still delivers a satisfying dark room experience. It displays a wide color gamut in HDR with excellent coverage of the commonly-used DCI-P3 color space, and its HDR peak brightness is okay overall, but it's still not enough to make some bright highlights pop. In terms of gaming performance, it has a 240Hz panel with a really quick response time and low input lag. Lastly, it has FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing.

    Unfortunately, no monitor is perfect, and this one has some flaws. It has some bugs with its VRR where the VRR doesn't work if you set the refresh rate to 60Hz. Also, it has a flickering issue with some dark content, but it's not too distracting, it depends on the content, and not everyone will see it. If these don't bother you, it's one of the best 1440p monitors for HDR gaming.

    See our review

  2. Best 4k HDR Gaming Monitor

    The LG OLED48C1 is the best 4k HDR gaming monitor we've tested. It's an excellent display, and even though it's actually a TV, the 48 inch model is widely used as a monitor, so we tested it as such. It has a few different features than a typical monitor because it doesn't have an ergonomic stand and lacks a DisplayPort input. However, it delivers outstanding picture quality, especially in HDR.

    OLEDs are unique because they don't have a backlight, and instead, they have self-lit pixels that turn themselves on and off. This means that the C1 has a near-infinite contrast ratio with perfect black uniformity, so blacks look amazing in the dark. It also displays a wide range of colors in HDR, and it has good peak brightness, so small highlights pop and are vivid, but larger areas of bright colors are dimmer. In terms of gaming, it has a 120Hz panel with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, meaning you can play 4k games up to 120 fps, and it has low input lag for a responsive feel.

    The main downside to using an OLED display as a monitor is the risk of permanent burn-in. It can be a concern with cumulative exposure to the same static elements over time, like the interface's user elements and the taskbar. However, it's not an issue if you tend to watch varied content and play different games, or even if you simply hide the taskbar. If you're not worried about this, then it's one of the best options for HDR gaming.

    See our review

  3. LED Alternative

    If you're worried about the risk of permanent burn-in or just want something brighter, then look into the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U. It doesn't have perfect black levels like the LG 48 C1 OLED, but its VA panel still has a high contrast, and you can leave it on all day without worrying about the risk of permanent burn-in. It also has impressive peak brightness in HDR and can sustain its brightness with large areas, so HDR content looks vivid. It also has impressive out-of-the-box accuracy, so you won't need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest. Despite its great HDR picture quality, it has a few gaming flaws, like its slow response time at 60Hz, and the input lag is higher than other monitors.

    If you want the best monitor for HDR, the LG delivers stunning picture quality, but if you're not a fan of OLEDs, then check out the Gigabyte.

    See our review

  4. Best Ultrawide HDR Gaming Monitor

    If you want a large screen with an ultrawide format, then the best monitor that we've tested is the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9. It's a great HDR gaming monitor that's one of the few monitors to use Mini LED backlighting, which provides greater control over its local dimming feature, and allows it to get bright. As a super ultrawide monitor, it has a 32:9 aspect ratio with a ton of screen space for an immersive gaming experience.

    With a VA panel, the native contrast ratio is great, and the Mini LED full-array local dimming feature does a good job at improving the contrast and the picture quality in dark scenes. The black uniformity is fantastic with local dimming enabled as there's minimal blooming around bright objects. It displays a wide color gamut in HDR and has excellent peak brightness, so highlights pop the way they should. However, you have to make sure the monitor is on its latest firmware because, with past firmware versions, there were major HDR problems with over brightening of scenes, to the point where HDR content was unviewable.

    It has a 240Hz refresh rate with VRR support, but there are some issues when you set the refresh rate to 60Hz, as there are flickering problems. Also, it has narrow viewing angles because of its VA panel, and due to the large 49 inch screen, the image will appear washed out if you sit too close. If you want the super ultrawide format, it's the best HDR monitor for gaming that we've tested.

    See our review

  5. Smaller Alternative

    If you're not a fan of the super ultrawide format, then check out the Dell S3422DWG. It doesn't have a local dimming feature like the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9, so while it doesn't display the deepest blacks, it's still good for HDR gaming. The smaller screen is better if you don't have a large desk or if you tend to game on your own and want to see the entire screen within your field of view. It displays a wide range of colors in HDR, and it has good peak brightness, so highlights pop and are vivid. It also has great gaming features like a 144Hz refresh rate with native FreeSync support, G-SYNC compatibility, and low input lag. It also has a quick response time for smooth motion handling, but there's black smearing behind dark objects in dark scenes.

    If you're looking for the best HDR monitor for gaming with an ultrawide format, the Samsung is a great choice, but if you prefer something with a smaller 34 inch screen, check out the Dell.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget HDR Gaming Monitor

    The best budget monitor for HDR gaming that we've tested is the Gigabyte M27Q. If you're on a budget, you won't find something with good HDR picture quality like the other monitors in this recommendation, but you'll at least get excellent gaming performance. The M27Q is like that, as it has a ton of gaming features, and it's excellent for gaming, but its HDR performance is a bit limited. Still, it's decent overall for HDR gaming.

    It comes with a 170Hz refresh rate, and it has a quick response time whether you're gaming at its max refresh rate or 60Hz. It has an optional backlight strobing feature to reduce motion blur, which you can use at the same time as the VRR, but there are a few bugs with it, as the feature stops working entirely if the refresh rate drops below 80Hz. Speaking of VRR, it's a native FreeSync monitor, and those with NVIDIA graphics cards can use the G-SYNC compatibility feature. You won't notice any delay while gaming either, as it has low input lag.

    As mentioned, the HDR picture quality leaves a lot to be desired, but that's normal for a budget-friendly model. It has a low contrast ratio, and as it lacks a local dimming feature, blacks look gray in the dark. It doesn't get bright in HDR, but on the plus side, it displays a wide color gamut and has incredible gradient handling. If you're willing to compromise in picture quality for a cheaper monitor, it's a decent choice.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Gigabyte G34WQC: The Gigabyte G34WQC is another lower-cost ultrawide gaming monitor, but it has worse motion handling and worse HDR peak brightness than the Dell S3422DWG. See our review
  • ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM: The ROG Swift PG279QM is an excellent 1440p, 240Hz gaming monitor, but because it has an IPS panel, HDR content doesn't look as good as on the Samsung Odyssey G7. See our review
  • Gigabyte G27QC: The Gigabyte G27QC is similar to the Gigabyte M27Q but with a VA panel; it has better contrast but narrow viewing angles and doesn't get as bright, so highlights don't pop as much. See our review
  • ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B: The ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B is similar to the Dell S3422DWG as it also has a VA panel, but it doesn't get as bright, so highlights don't pop as much. See our review
  • Gigabyte AORUS FO48U: The Gigabyte AORUS FO48U is an OLED display designed as a monitor, but it has many issues, and it's worth getting the LG 48 C1 instead. See our review
  • LG 34GP950G-B: The LG 34GP950G-B is a great ultrawide gaming monitor, but it costs more than the Dell S3422DWG and has an IPS panel, so it has worse dark room performance. See our review
  • Samsung LC49G95TSSNXZA: The Samsung Odyssey G9 is an older version of the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9, and it doesn't have Mini LED backlighting, so it has worse local dimming. See our review
  • Gigabyte M32U: The Gigabyte M32U is an excellent 4k gaming monitor with a 32 inch screen, but it delivers a worse HDR experience than the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U because it has a worse contrast. See our review
  • LG 32GN600-B: The LG 32GN600-B is a 32 inch budget-friendly monitor with a VA panel, so it delivers deeper blacks than the Gigabyte M27Q, but it's not as versatile for other uses. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

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

  3. Nov 10, 2021: Added the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U as 'Best 4k' and replaced the LG 48 CX with the newer LG 48 C1 as the 'Larger Alternative'; replaced the Samsung Odyssey G9 with the Odyssey Neo G9 because it has better local dimming; renamed the Samsung Odyssey G7 as 'Best 1440p'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  4. Sep 13, 2021: Refreshed the text and added the Dell S3422DWG to the Notable Mentions.

  5. 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.

All Reviews

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.

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