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 85 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, the best gaming monitor size, and the best curved monitors.
The ASUS VG279Q is the best 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.
If you like to game in a dark room, the Samsung CHG70 might be a better choice than the ASUS VG279Q. 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.
The Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD is the best 1440p FreeSync gaming monitor we've tested so far. It delivers an outstanding gaming experience, with an extremely fast response time, low input lag, and an optional black frame insertion feature. It also has an impressive selection of additional features, including a unique active noise cancelling feature, so your teammates only hear you, not the noise around you.
This monitor has decent picture quality. It has great peak brightness, but only decent reflection handling, so glare might still be an issue in a bright room. Like most IPS monitors, the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle, great for co-op gaming. The stand has very good ergonomics, and the side bezels are very thin, so it's also a great choice for a multi-monitor setup.
Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, it doesn't look quite as good in a pitch-black room, as it has a low contrast ratio, and the unit we tested has terrible black uniformity. Overall, though, it's a great monitor for almost any use, and is an impressive choice for PC gaming.
If you don't care about the extra features on the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD, the LG 27GL850-B is a cheaper alternative. It delivers impressive gaming performance, with an outstanding fast response time, resulting in exceptionally clear motion with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has outstanding low input lag, for a responsive gaming experience, and it has a good selection of inputs, including a built-in USB hub.
Overall, the Aorus is a bit better for most people, but if the extra features don't matter too much to you, the LG is a great cheaper alternative.
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.
If you want something a bit bigger than the LG 27UK650-W, check out the LG 32UD99-W instead. 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 LG 27UK650-W is the best 4k FreeSync monitor we've tested so far, if you want something bigger with more features, the LG 32UD99-W is a good, but much more expensive alternative.
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. If you're looking for something cheaper than the BenQ Zowie XL2540, get the ViewSonic XG2402, but if you want better dark room performance and viewing angles, go with the BenQ.
If you want the absolute fastest refresh rate, check out the BenQ Zowie XL2540. It has an incredible 240Hz 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 nearly tear-free experience.
There is a significant price difference between the BenQ Zowie XL2540 and the ViewSonic XG2402, and most computers aren't able to hit the frame rates necessary to take advantage of the BenQ's higher refresh rate. Because of this, the ViewSonic is a better choice for most people. If you have a high-end graphics card that can consistently hit high frame rates, the BenQ is a great alternative.
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.
11/04/2019: Changed the article structure, added the LG 27GL850, and updated the text.