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 69 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best gaming monitors for PC. See our recommendations for the best curved gaming monitors and the best 4k gaming monitors. If you're looking for a good pair of headphones, check also our recommendations for the best gaming headsets for PC.
The ASUS VG279Q is the best PC gaming monitor that we've tested so far. It's an excellent 1080p gaming monitor, and it has outstanding motion handling, ensuring a smooth gaming experience, thanks to the extremely fast response time, high refresh rate, and FreeSync variable refresh rate support. These features also make this a great monitor for console gaming, especially if you have a new Xbox.
This monitor delivers decent overall picture quality. It has great peak brightness and decent reflection handling, so you shouldn't have any issues playing during the day. It also has excellent gray uniformity and has very little banding.
Unfortunately, like the vast majority of IPS monitors, this one has a mediocre contrast ratio and disappointing black uniformity, so it doesn't look as good in a dark room. Overall, it's a great PC gaming monitor that should please even the most demanding gamers and eSports players.
If you want the best gaming experience with your NVIDIA graphics card, check out the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ instead. Although NVIDIA now supports FreeSync with the ASUS VG279Q, a true G-SYNC monitor usually delivers a better gaming experience when paired with an NVIDIA card. This monitor has a higher resolution screen, so you can see more fine details in your favorite games, but otherwise performs about the same as the VG279Q.
If you game late at night in a dark room, check out the Samsung CHG70 instead. Available in 27" and 32" sizes, this 1440p monitor delivers an outstanding gaming experience, with low input lag and excellent motion handling. It has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature, and it supports FreeSync for a nearly tear-free gaming experience, even when connected to a recent NVIDIA graphics card. This monitor also looks great in a dark room, thanks to the very good native contrast ratio.
Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, so it isn't ideal for co-op gaming or watching the latest trends. Overall, though, it's a very good monitor with outstanding gaming performance that should please most gamers.
The LG 27UK650 is the best 4k monitor for PC gaming that we've tested so far. It's 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.
This monitor delivers great gaming performance for PC gamers. It supports FreeSync, which is 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 60Hz 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 this situation. Overall, it's 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's a nearly identical monitor, but with a larger, 32" screen. This may not seem like much, but this larger size gives it 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. This is great if you have a limited number of USB ports on your computer. Other than that, this monitor delivers the same great gaming performance as the 27UK650.
If smooth motion is more important to you than the level of detail in your favorite games, check out the BenQ Zowie XL2540. This monitor has a simple 1080p resolution which doesn't deliver as much fine detail as a 1440p or 4k screen. It delivers incredibly smooth motion, with an extremely fast, 240Hz refresh rate, and it has an optional black frame insertion feature, for even clearer motion.
This monitor isn't as versatile as some of our other picks as it doesn't look as good in a dark room, and the image degrades when viewed at an angle. On the other hand, it has great peak brightness and good reflection handling, so you shouldn't have any issues using it in a bright room.
There are a few great gaming features on this monitor as well. It has a unique external controller that can be used to quickly switch between your favorite picture presets. It also has some of the more common gaming features, like the Black eQualizer feature that makes it easier to spot objects hiding in the shadows. Overall, although it isn't the most versatile monitor, this is an outstanding gaming monitor.
If you want a cheaper alternative to the BenQ Zowie XL2540, check out the ViewSonic XG2402. This monitor has a slightly smaller screen, but this isn't very noticeable. It has a slower refresh rate, at 144Hz. This still results in incredibly clear motion, with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. This monitor has slightly more input lag, and in terms of picture quality, it isn't as bright as the BenQ, but this shouldn't make much of a difference for most people.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best PC gaming monitors. 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.