Whether you're a PC gamer with an AMD graphics card or an Xbox One 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 100 monitors, and below are our picks for the best FreeSync monitors available for purchase. See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best monitors for photo editing, 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.
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, this is a fantastic gaming monitor and is the best FreeSync gaming monitor we've tested so far.
If you like to game in a dark room, the Samsung CHG70 might be a better choice than the ASUS TUF 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, due to its VA panel. 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.
The best 1080p FreeSync monitor we've tested so far is the ASUS VG279Q. It's a good monitor for most uses with outstanding ergonomics and great gaming features, such as an incredibly low input lag and great response time, resulting in clear motion.
This monitor has outstanding color accuracy out-of-the-box, which is one of the best we've seen so far, so you likely won't need to calibrate your monitor. It can get really bright and has good reflection handling, so you can place it even in rooms with direct sunlight. Gamers will appreciate the fantastic response time at its max refresh rate, but there's a bit more motion blur when playing at 60Hz. Luckily, there's a black frame insertion feature to help reduce any motion blur. The input lag is also incredibly low, resulting in a responsive gaming experience.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR and the 1080p resolution might be too low for some, so if you're looking for a multimedia monitor, this isn't the best choice. However, it performs very well as a gaming and office monitor, making it one the best 1080p FreeSync monitors.
If you're on a tighter budget looking for a 1080p FreeSync monitor, then the Acer Nitro XF252Q is a good choice. The viewing angles aren't nearly as good as the ASUS VG279Q, but that's because the Acer uses a TN panel, which generally doesn't have good viewing angles. Instead, the TN panel is able to deliver a 240Hz refresh rate with extremely fast response time, resulting in clear motion, plus the input lag is incredibly low. Unfortunately, the contrast ratio is disappointing and the black uniformity is terrible, so it's not suited for dark rooms.
If you're looking for the best 1080p FreeSync monitor we've tested, the ASUS is a great choice. If you don't mind losing some picture quality for a higher refresh rate and great gaming features for a cheaper price, then look into the Acer.
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. It supports FreeSync, with a great range over HDMI and DisplayPort. Since the 60Hz refresh rate might be limiting for some computer gamers, it's still a good monitor for console 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 good 4k FreeSync monitor that should please most people.
If you want a bigger monitor with similar performance, the LG 32UD99-W is a good choice. The viewing angles aren't as wide as the LG 27UK650-W, but it's able to display a wide color gamut, so it's a better choice for watching HDR content. The smaller LG also has great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing, which is great news if you're looking for a monitor to edit photos or videos with. Although it's not designed to be a gaming monitor, the input lag is still incredibly low and the response time is good.
Unfortunately, the reflection handling is disappointing and the contrast ratio is mediocre. If you're looking for the best 4k FreeSync monitor we've tested so far, then look into the 27UK650-W. If you want something bigger with a wide color gamut, consider the 32UD99-W.
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, this is a decent monitor with impressive gaming features, and it's available at a very low price.
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 input lag is incredibly low, 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. 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.
05/01/2020: Minor changes to text for clarity. No changes to recommendations.
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.
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.