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The 5 Best PC Gaming Monitors - Fall 2018
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48 Monitors Tested
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With the rapid growth of Esports in recent years, monitors and other gaming peripherals have gotten significantly better. New gaming monitors have fast refresh rates, low input lag, and outstanding response times for the clearest image possible. The great news is that you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to get a great gaming experience, there are some truly impressive gaming monitors out there that are at consumer-level prices.

We've reviewed 48 monitors, and below you'll find our top 5 picks for the best ones for PC Gaming.

  1. Best PC Gaming Monitor: ASUS ROG PG279Q

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    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.
    :
    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.
    :
    G-Sync

    The ASUS ROG PG279Q is the best PC gaming monitor that we have tested so far. It has a great 144 Hz refresh rate and an extremely fast response time, so motion looks smooth and has almost no blur trail. It also supports NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology, ensuring a perfect tear-free gaming experience when connected to a PC with a compatible NVIDIA graphics card.

    It has some great additional features for PC Gamers. There is a GamePlus menu that can be used to add new on-screen overlays, including a framerate counter or a virtual crosshair, great for games that don't have one. It also supports NVIDIA's Ultra Low Motion Blur feature, making motion even clearer at the expense of some brightness.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR, and it doesn't look as good in a dark room. Overall, the PG279Q is a great monitor for most uses and an excellent gaming monitor that should please even the most demanding gamers.

    See our review

  2. FreeSync Alternative: 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

    If you like the ASUS ROG PG279Q, but would prefer something that is compatible with your AMD graphics card or Xbox One S/X, check out the Samsung CHG70. The CHG70 is a very good VA monitor that supports FreeSync and HDR. The VA panel delivers better dark room performance, great for late-night gaming sessions, but unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle. Motion doesn't look quite as good as on the PG279Q, but overall, it should still please even competitive gamers.

    See our review

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

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    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

    The LG 27UK650 is the best 4k monitor for PC Gaming that we've tested so far. It is a very good 27", 4k IPS monitor with wide viewing angles and excellent low input lag. It supports HDR, although there isn't much benefit to it, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature that could improve dark room performance.

    The LG 27UK650 delivers great gaming performance for PC gamers. It supports FreeSync, great if you have an AMD graphics card, or even if you want to hook up your Xbox One S/X. It has a fast response time, and motion looks great with very little blur, but this may bother some people as it only has a 60 Hz refresh rate, so fast motion isn't very smooth.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't look as good in a dark room, as there is some clouding and flashlighting when viewed in a dark room. Overall, it is a very versatile monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  4. Best 1080p PC Gaming Monitor: BenQ XL2540

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    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 want the best 1080p PC Gaming monitor, check out the BenQ Zowie XL2540. The XL2540 is an excellent gaming monitor, with great features for PC gamers. It has an incredibly fast 240 Hz refresh rate for the most responsive gaming experience possible, and it supports FreeSync VRR.

    The Zowie XL2540 has an impressively fast response time, so motion looks stunning. It also has an optional black frame insertion feature that can further improve motion performance. It doesn't have many additional gaming features, but it does have a 'Black eQualizer' mode that can improve visibility in dark scenes. It also has a convenient external controller that allows you to quickly switch between different picture presets.

    Unfortunately, it isn't very versatile. The poor viewing angles and limited 1080p resolution aren't great for multitasking or for media creation. It is a great gaming monitor though, and it should please even serious gamers.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget PC Gaming Monitor: ViewSonic XG2402

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    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

    The ViewSonic XG2402 is the best budget monitor for PC gaming that we've reviewed so far. Like the ASUS ROG PG279Q, the XG2402 has an excellent 144 Hz refresh rate and outstanding response time, so motion looks crystal clear, with no blur trail behind fast moving objects. The ViewSonic supports AMD's FreeSync 2 VRR technology, ensuring a tear-free gaming experience, even when the framerate drops during intense action.

    It has only a few additional features and customization options. It doesn't have an optional black frame insertion feature, and it can't add a virtual crosshair to games that don't have one. It does have a highly customizable black stabilization feature that can help you spot other players hiding in the shadows. 

    Unfortunately, it doesn't look great in a dark room, and the image loses accuracy when viewed at an angle. Overall, although it isn't as versatile as the PG279Q, the XG2402 is a great gaming monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell S2716DG. Excellent gaming monitor, but the ASUS ROG PG279Q is a much better G-Sync monitor. See our review
  • Acer Predator XB271HU. Excellent gaming monitor, but the ASUS ROG PG279Q has a faster response time. See our review
  • AOC AGON AG271QX. Great gaming monitor, but the Samsung CHG70 is better overall and more versatile. See our review
  • HP OMEN 27. Great 1440p gaming monitor, but the Samsung CHG70 is cheaper and better. See our review
  • Acer Predator X27. Great 4k gaming monitor with impressive features, but extremely expensive. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors currently available to play video games on PC. 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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