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The 8 Best FreeSync Monitors - Spring 2020
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Whether you're a PC gamer with an AMD graphics card or an Xbox One S/X owner, FreeSync support is a must when choosing a new gaming display. Thankfully, FreeSync monitors have drastically come down in price and are available for any budget, and thanks to recent software updates, FreeSync is even supported on recent NVIDIA graphics cards. From basic 1080p gaming displays to the most advanced 4k monitors with HDR, there is something for every use. Most of our top picks are great for any use, as most people don't use their monitor just for gaming.

We've reviewed over 95 monitors, and below are our picks for the best FreeSync monitors available for purchase in 2020. See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best monitors for photo editing, the best gaming monitor size, and the best curved monitors. If you're looking for the best gaming experience possible, also check out our recommendations for the best gaming mice or the best gaming keyboards.


  1. Best FreeSync Gaming Monitor: ASUS TUF VG27AQ

    Test Methodology v1.1
    8.5
    Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    165 Hz
    LCD Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best FreeSync gaming monitor we've tested so far is the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. Its input lag is one of the lowest we've tested so far, and the incredible response time at its native 165Hz refresh rate produces almost no motion blur. It also has a black frame insertion feature to help reduce any motion blur, but unlike other monitors, BFI can still work when FreeSync is enabled. It also supports a wide range of refresh rates, from 20Hz to 165Hz, making sure you get the best gaming experience possible.

    With a 27 inch 1440p screen, the ASUS can deliver an immersive gaming experience. The out-of-box color accuracy is decent and it does an excellent job at covering the sRGB color space, which is used in most SDR content. Unfortunately, with an IPS panel, the contrast ratio and black uniformity are both mediocre, so when dark content is viewed in dark rooms, blacks look gray. However, the horizontal viewing angle is great, so the image remains accurate when viewed from the side, and because you can place the monitor however you like, it's a good choice for co-op gaming.

    This monitor also has good SDR peak brightness to combat glare in most rooms. Overall, it's a fantastic gaming monitor and is the best FreeSync gaming monitor we've tested so far.

    See our review

  2. Dark Room Alternative: Samsung C27HG70

    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    LCD Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you like to game in a dark room, the Samsung CHG70 might be a better choice than the ASUS VG27AQ. It has worse ergonomics and worse viewing angles than the ASUS, but it has a much higher contrast ratio, so blacks look black in a dark room. The Samsung also has a higher native resolution, so you can see more fine details in your favorite games.

    Overall, although the ASUS is the best FreeSync gaming monitor for most people and has better viewing angles, if you like to play in a dark room, the Samsung might be a better choice.

    See our review

  3. Best 1080p FreeSync Monitor: ASUS VG279Q

    Test Methodology v1.1
    8.3
    Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 1920x1080
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    LCD Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The ASUS VG279Q is the best 1080p FreeSync monitor that we've tested so far. It delivers decent picture quality, with great peak brightness, wide viewing angles, and excellent gray uniformity. It also has a great design with outstanding ergonomics, making it very easy to place it in an ideal viewing position or share your screen with other people.

    This monitor delivers outstanding gaming performance. It has an incredibly fast response time that delivers clear motion, with very little blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It has a wide FreeSync refresh rate range and fast 144Hz refresh rate, great for even the most demanding gamers. It has excellent low input lag for a responsive gaming experience.

    Unfortunately, like the majority of IPS monitors, it doesn't look as good in a dark room. It also has a limited 1080p resolution that may be disappointing to some users. Overall, though, it's a very good monitor with an excellent gaming performance that should please most people.

    See our review

  4. Cheaper Alternative: Acer Nitro XF252Q

    Size 25"
    Resolution 1920x1080
    Max Refresh Rate
    240 Hz
    LCD Type
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, check out the Acer Nitro XF252Q. The ASUS VG279Q has a much better contrast ratio and black uniformity, but the Acer has a higher refresh rate and supports HDR content. It also has excellent response time thanks to its high 240Hz refresh rate and motion looks clear, which is great for gaming. The input lag is also incredibly low at both its native resolution and with FreeSync enabled, so most gamers will enjoy this monitor. With a TN panel, the black uniformity is so bad that the screen looks blue when viewed in a dark room, so this monitor is not suggested for dark room gaming. However, it can get fairly bright and handles reflection well to combat glare in most rooms.

    If you're looking for the best 1080p FreeSync monitor, look into the ASUS, but if you're looking for a cheaper alternative, check out the Acer.

    See our review

  5. Best 4k FreeSync Monitor: LG 27UK650-W

    Test Methodology v1.1
    7.8
    Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    60 Hz
    LCD Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you prefer a higher resolution screen, the LG 27UK650-W is the best 4k FreeSync monitor that we've tested so far. It's a very good 27 inch monitor that delivers good picture quality, with wide viewing angles and great peak brightness.

    Gamers will appreciate the low input lag and excellent motion handling. The 4k resolution delivers a greater level of detail in your favorite games, but this comes at the cost of a lower refresh rate. This monitor supports FreeSync, with a great range over HDMI and DisplayPort. This is great for PC or Xbox One gaming.

    Unfortunately, although it supports HDR, it doesn't deliver the best HDR experience, as it can't display a wide color gamut and has limited HDR brightness. Overall, this is a very good 4k monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  6. Larger Alternative: LG 32UD99-W

    Size 32"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    60 Hz
    LCD Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you want something a bit bigger than the LG 27UK650-W, check out the LG 32UD99-W. It's significantly more expensive than the smaller LG, but it's a bit more feature-packed. It has a built-in USB hub, so you can connect your peripherals to the monitor. It also has a USB-C port with USB-C power delivery, so you can charge your device while using the screen, with only a single cable going back to your computer.

    Although the 27UK650-W is the best 4k FreeSync monitor we've tested so far, if you want something bigger with more features, the 32UD99-W is a good, but much more expensive alternative.

    See our review

  7. Best Budget FreeSync Monitor: ViewSonic XG2402

    Test Methodology v1.0
    8.3
    Gaming
    Size 24"
    Resolution 1920x1080
    Refresh Rate 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The ViewSonic XG2402 is the best budget FreeSync monitor that we've tested so far. It has an excellent 144Hz refresh rate, and it supports FreeSync over HDMI and DisplayPort. Unlike many FreeSync monitors, it has the same excellent FreeSync range regardless of your choice of connector. When the action gets too intense and your frame rate drops, it uses LFC to compensate, ensuring you always get a smooth, tear-free gaming experience.

    Unfortunately, the TN panel used in this monitor has its own set of flaws. Like IPS panels, it doesn't perform that well in a dark room and the image degrades at an angle, which can also be an issue if you're sitting too close.

    Overall, it's a decent monitor with impressive gaming features, and it's available at a very low price.

    See our review

  8. 240Hz Alternative: BenQ XL2540

    Size 25"
    Resolution 1920x1080
    Refresh Rate 240 Hz
    LCD Type
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you want a higher refresh rate, check out the BenQ Zowie XL2540. It doesn't have accurate colors like the ViewSonic XG2402, but if you're willing to lose some picture quality for a better gaming experience, the BenQ supports a refresh rate range from 20Hz to 240Hz. The response time is amazing so motion has very little blur trail, and there's also a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. Most gamers will be happy to know the input lag is also incredibly low, although it's a bit slower at 60Hz. Unfortunately, with a mediocre contrast ratio and disappointing black uniformity, the TN panel can't produce deep blacks, so dark room gaming won't look good on this monitor.

    If you're looking for the best FreeSync monitor in the budget category, consider the ViewSonic, but if you prefer a higher refresh rate, check out the BenQ.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD: Excellent FreeSync gaming monitor, but the ASUS TUF VG27AQ is better than the Gigabyte for a similar price. See our review
  • LG 27UD68: Good 4k FreeSync monitor, but the LG 27UK650 is better overall than the 27UD68. See our review
  • Samsung C49HG90/CHG90: The C49HG90 is a very good gaming monitor, but the 31:9 aspect ratio isn't for everyone. See our review
  • ASUS VG245H: Very good gaming monitor, but the VG245H isn't very versatile. See our review
  • LG 27GL850-B: The LG is a very good FreeSync monitor, but the ASUS TUF VG27AQ is better. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best FreeSync 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.

Recent Updates

03/04/2020: Minor changes to text for clarity.

01/08/2020 Added the ASUS TUF VG27AQ instead of the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD and made minor changes to structure and text to reflect the changes.

11/04/2019: Changed the article structure, added the LG 27GL850, and updated the text.

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