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 57 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best gaming monitors for PC. See also our recommendations for the best curved gaming monitors.
The ASUS ROG PG279QZ 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 PG279QZ is a great monitor for most uses and an excellent gaming monitor that should please even the most demanding gamers.
The PG279QZ is the updated version of the ASUS ROG PG279Q. Both models perform almost the same.
If you like the ASUS ROG PG279QZ, 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.
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.
If you like the LG 27UK650, but would prefer a larger screen, then check out the LG 32UD99. It is a nearly identical monitor to the 27UK650, but with a larger, 32" screen. This may not seem like much, but this larger size gives the 32UD99 a 40% larger display area. It also has a few extra features, including a USB hub that can be used to charge your devices, or easily connect your keyboard and mouse to the monitor, great if you have a limited number of USB ports on your computer. Other than that, the 32UD99 delivers the same great gaming performance as the 27UK650.
If you want the best 1080p PC gaming monitor, check out the BenQ Zowie XL2540. It 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.
If you're looking for a cheaper 1080p gaming monitor than the BenQ Zowie XL2540, check out the ViewSonic XG2402. 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 VRR technology, ensuring a tear-free gaming experience, even when the framerate drops during intense action. Unfortunately, it doesn't look as good in a dark room, and the image loses accuracy when viewed at an angle. Overall, the XG2402 is a great gaming monitor that should please most people.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best gaming monitors for 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.