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The 6 Best FreeSync Monitors - Winter 2019
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Whether you are a PC gamer with an AMD graphics card, or an Xbox One S/X owner, FreeSync support is a must when choosing a new display. Thankfully, FreeSync monitors have drastically come down in price, and are available for any budget. 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 usage, as most people don't use their monitor just for gaming.

We've reviewed 53 monitors and below are our picks for the best FreeSync monitors available for purchase in 2019. 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 C27HG70

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    The Samsung CHG70 is the best FreeSync monitor for gaming that we have reviewed so far. It uses a VA panel, which is somewhat unusual for gaming monitors, but this allows the CHG70 to deliver better dark room performance than typical IPS gaming monitors. It has an excellent 27" screen and 1440p native resolution that is great for gaming.

    The Samsung CHG70 has an excellent fast response time, and lightning fast 144 Hz refresh rate with AMD FreeSync support, ensuring a clear, tear-free gaming experience. It also supports HDR and has a wide color gamut that is great for HDR gaming on a supported console or PC.

    Unfortunately, due to the VA panel, the monitor doesn't have wide viewing angles. If you are sitting up close to the monitor, you may notice uniformity issues and the edges of the screen may appear different from the center. Overall, it is a great gaming monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: AOC AG271QX

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you want a great FreeSync gaming monitor, but are looking for something a bit cheaper than the Samsung CHG70, check out the AOC AGON AG271QX. It is a great gaming monitor. It has the same native resolution and refresh rate as the CHG70, but it uses a cheaper TN panel. Unfortunately, this results in a less accurate image when viewed at an angle, but it has a faster response time than the CHG70, so there is less blur behind fast moving objects. Overall, although the AG271QX is a bit less versatile than the CHG70, it is a great gaming monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

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

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you prefer a higher resolution screen, the LG 27UK650 is the best 4k FreeSync monitor that we've tested so far. It is a very good 27" 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. The 27UK650 supports FreeSync, with a great range over HDMI and DisplayPort, 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, the 27UK650 is a very good 4k monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  4. Larger Alternative: LG 32UD99-W

    Size : 32 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you like the LG 27UK650 but would prefer something with a larger screen, check out the LG 32UD99 instead. Both monitors perform very similarly, with no significant performance difference between them. It has a larger, 32" screen, which translates to 40% more viewing area, making it easier to see more of your workflow or to multitask. The 32UD99 also has a USB hub built-in, so you can clear up your workspace and have fewer cables running to your computer, which is especially great if you are using a laptop.

    See our review

  5. Best 1080p FreeSync Monitor: BenQ XL2540

    Size : 25 "
    Resolution : 1920x1080
    Refresh Rate : 240 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you have an older computer or older game console that can't output higher resolutions, the BenQ Zowie XL2540 is the best 1080p FreeSync monitor that we've reviewed so far. The Zowie is an excellent gaming monitor, that unfortunately isn't quite as versatile as some of the other monitors on this list.

    It has an incredible 240 Hz refresh rate that delivers outstanding motion performance with very little motion blur. It also has outstanding low input lag and a very wide FreeSync range that ensures a consistent tear-free experience.

    Unfortunately, the XL2540 has a TN panel, and it has poor dark room performance and poor viewing angles. This can bother some people as the edges of the screen can appear different from the rest when sitting too close. Overall, it is a decent monitor for mixed-usage, and an excellent gaming monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  6. Budget Alternative: ViewSonic XG2402

    Size : 24 "
    Resolution : 1920x1080
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you want a cheaper alternative to the BenQ Zowie XL2540, the ViewSonic XG2402 is the best budget alternative that we've tested so far. It has an excellent 144 Hz 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 the XG2402 has its own set of flaws. Like IPS panels, it doesn't perform that well in a dark room and it doesn't have a wide viewing angle either. Overall, it is a decent monitor with impressive gaming features, and it is available at a very low price.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG 27UD68P-B. Good 4k FreeSync monitor, but the LG 27UK650 is better overall. See our review
  • Samsung CHG90. Very good gaming monitor, but the 31:9 aspect ratio isn't for everyone. See our review
  • ASUS VG245H. Very good gaming monitor, but not very versatile. See our review
  • LG 34UC79G-B. Great gaming monitor, but low resolution for the size. 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.

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