The 7 Best FreeSync Monitors - Winter 2021 Reviews

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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 tested over 145 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.


  1. Best FreeSync Gaming Monitor: Samsung LC27G75TQSNXZA

    8.8
    Gaming
    Size 32"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    240 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best FreeSync gaming monitor that we've tested is the Samsung Odyssey G7. This excellent gaming model is available in a 27 inch and 32 inch size, so you can choose whichever suits you best since they have the same resolution and refresh rate. It has an impressive build quality, and its ergonomics are reasonably good as it can rotate to portrait mode despite its curved screen, which is rare. It can produce deep blacks thanks to its VA panel's high contrast ratio, making it a fantastic choice for gaming in the dark.

    It has exceptional motion handling. It has an incredibly quick response time and a 240Hz refresh rate, resulting in a remarkably smooth and responsive gaming experience. It has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature that can improve motion clarity; however, it isn't usable while variable refresh rate is active. Regarding its VRR, it supports FreeSync natively and is certified as G-SYNC compatible. It supports HDR, but the overall experience is just okay because it doesn't get bright enough, and its edge-lit local dimming is awful.

    Unfortunately, like most VA panels, it has sub-par viewing angles that make the image look washed out when viewed from the side, which isn't ideal for sharing content or playing co-op games. There are two USB 3.0 ports to charge your mobile devices, and there's a Picture-in-Picture mode that lets you display two input signals at once, great for streamers using a second computer to stream. Overall, it's a great choice for casual and serious gamers alike and also the best FreeSync monitor that we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Wide Viewing Angle Alternative: ASUS TUF VG27AQ

    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    165 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you often share content or play co-op games, then you might want to consider a monitor that has wider viewing angles, like the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. Unlike the Samsung Odyssey G7, it only comes in a 27 inch size. It has an IPS panel with great viewing angles, so images remain accurate when viewed from the side. Plus, it has significantly better ergonomics due to its much wider swivel range. Unfortunately, it has a mediocre contrast ratio, which means it isn't as well-suited for dark rooms. It has a lower 165Hz refresh rate; however, it should still be fast enough for most people. It doesn't have a Picture-in-Picture mode like the Samsung, but it does have a pair of built-in speakers if you don't have dedicated ones.

    Overall, the Samsung is a better choice due to its faster response time and higher refresh rate. However, if you need wide viewing angles and don't mind a few compromises, the ASUS is an excellent alternative.

    See our review

  3. Best 1080p FreeSync Monitor: ASUS VG279QM

    8.7
    Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 1920x1080
    Max Refresh Rate
    280 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best 1080p FreeSync monitor that we've tested is the ASUS VG279QM. Although it has a fairly humble 1080p resolution, it's an excellent gaming model with a 280Hz refresh rate. Combined with an exceptionally low input lag, it provides an incredibly smooth and responsive gaming experience to satisfy even the most hardcore gamers.

    It supports FreeSync natively to reduce screen tearing, and it has been certified to be compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC. It has low input lag that significantly increases when playing at 60Hz, making it less suitable for console gaming. It has an impressive build quality, and its ergonomics are excellent. Its viewing angles are great thanks to its IPS panel, and it gets bright enough for use even in well-lit environments. That said, its reflection handling is just decent, so it's best to avoid placing it in direct sunlight. Lastly, gray uniformity is outstanding, so you shouldn't see any dirty screen effect.

    Unfortunately, its low contrast ratio makes blacks look grayish in dark rooms, but thankfully, it has pretty decent black uniformity. In terms of HDR, it can deliver a very decent experience. It's able to bring out small highlights in games, especially if you're gaming in a darker environment, but it doesn't get bright enough for HDR movies. On the upside, it has a USB 3.0 port, so you can charge your mobile devices while gaming. Overall, this is the best FreeSync monitor with a 1080p resolution that we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Smaller Alternative: ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM

    Size 25"
    Resolution 1920x1080
    Max Refresh Rate
    280 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you don't need a 27 inch monitor or simply want a higher pixel density for a 1080p screen, check out the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM. It's a smaller variant than the ASUS VG279QM, so it offers similar overall performance, and any differences between them can be attributed to panel differences. The VG259QM also has a fantastic response time that stays excellent even at 60Hz, has a Black Frame Insertion feature, and the input lag is really low. However, like its bigger variant, the input lag dramatically increases at 60Hz, so it's not suggested for console gaming. It has an IPS panel, so as expected, it has wide viewing angles and a low contrast ratio. It supports HDR10, but it doesn't display a wide color gamut for HDR content, and it can't get bright enough to truly bring out highlights in HDR.

    Overall, the VG279QM is the best FreeSync monitor with a 1080p resolution we've tested, but if you don't mind a smaller screen that will also cost you less, look into the VG259QM.

    See our review

  5. Best 4k FreeSync Monitor: LG 27GN950-B

    8.3
    Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best FreeSync monitor with a 4k resolution that we've tested is the LG 27GN950-B. It's a great 27 inch gaming model that delivers exceptional motion handling without sacrificing resolution. It has an IPS panel with good viewing angles so that you can easily share content with others. It doesn't handle reflections all that well, but it gets bright enough to overcome glare. Like most IPS panels, it has a mediocre contrast ratio that makes blacks appear grayish, so it isn't the best choice if you like gaming in the dark.

    Images in fast-moving scenes look incredibly clear thanks to this monitor's quick response time and 144Hz refresh rate. However, it requires a graphics card that supports Display Stream Compression technology and a DisplayPort connection to achieve its full potential. It supports FreeSync and is certified as G-SYNC compatible. It supports HDR and delivers a pretty decent experience at that, although the edge-lit local dimming can be rather distracting.

    Unfortunately, the ergonomics are sub-par due to the lack of swivel adjustment. It has two USB ports for charging, a Picture-in-Picture mode, and there's even some customizable RGB lighting on the back of the monitor. The backlight is flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain on those long gaming sessions. Overall, it's a great gaming monitor that most people should be happy with.

    See our review

  6. Larger Alternative: LG OLED48CXPUB

    Size 48"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    120 Hz
    Pixel Type
    OLED
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you want a monitor with a bigger screen than the LG 27GN950-B, then you should consider the LG 48 CX OLED. It's a much better choice if you often game in the dark as its OLED panel can produce perfect blacks. Its response time is near-instantaneous, and it has a 120Hz refresh rate. The difference here is that it has HDMI 2.1 ports, making it a perfect fit for gaming consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Unfortunately since it's a TV, there are no ergonomic adjustments to speak of. Also, like all OLEDs, there are risks of permanent burn-in with static content, like a game's user interface. It shouldn't be an issue for most people, though, and there are ways of mitigating the risks.

    Overall, the 27GN950-B is a better choice if you want a smaller but more versatile monitor that allows for ergonomic adjustments. However, if you want a big screen to get the best game immersion, then go with the 48 CX OLED.

    See our review

  7. Best Budget FreeSync Monitor: ViewSonic XG2402

    8.2
    Gaming
    Size 24"
    Resolution 1920x1080
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The ViewSonic XG2402 is the best FreeSync monitor in the budget category that we've tested. It's a 24 inch model with a 1080p resolution, a 144Hz refresh rate, and native FreeSync support. It has a good build quality despite its budget price, and the stand has good ergonomics, allowing you to adjust it to your optimal viewing position.

    As expected, this TN panel is superb when it comes to motion handling. Its response time is exceptional, so there's almost no blur behind fast-moving objects. It has a 144Hz refresh rate, low input lag, and along with its native FreeSync support, it's also G-SYNC compatible. There's no HDR support, but you do get integrated speakers and a generous selection of ports, including two USB 3.0 ports. Lastly, its response time and input lag are just as good when playing at 60Hz, making it a good choice for console gaming.

    Unfortunately, its TN panel has a poor contrast ratio, and there's a lot of clouding throughout the screen, making it a poor choice for dark room gaming. Viewing angles are passable but nothing to write home about, and although it has great reflection handling, it can't get bright enough to fight glare in well-lit environments. All in all, if you're on a budget, this is the best FreeSync monitor in that price range that we've tested.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Gigabyte AD27QD: The Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD is an excellent FreeSync gaming monitor, but the ASUS VG27AQ is better for a similar price. See our review
  • LG 27GL850: The LG 27GL850-B is a very good FreeSync monitor, but the ASUS VG27AQ is better. See our review
  • Acer Nitro XV273: The Acer Nitro XV273X is an excellent gaming monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate and 1080p resolution, but it's worth getting the ASUS VG279QM over this. See our review
  • Dell Alienware AW2521HF: The Dell Alienware AW2521HF is a cheaper alternative to the ASUS VG259QM, but it has worse ergonomics. See our review
  • BenQ EW3270U: The BenQ EW3270U is a good 4k gaming monitor; get this if you don't want to buy the LG 48 CX OLED. See our review
  • ASUS Pro Art Display PA278QV: The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is a great budget monitor that's versatile for most uses, but it has a limiting 75Hz refresh rate. See our review

Recent Updates

12/21/2020: Removed Samsung C27HG70 and LG 27UK650-W. Added Samsung Odyssey G7 and LG 27GN950-B.

10/27/2020: Replaced the LG 32UD99-W with the LG 48 CX OLED.

08/28/2020: Replaced the Acer Nitro XF252Q; removed the BenQ XL2540.

06/30/2020: Minor text and structure changes; replaced ASUS TUF VG279Q with ASUS VG279QM.

01/08/2020: Added the ASUS TUF VG27AQ instead of the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD.

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 our reviews of monitors with native FreeSync support. 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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