Whether you're in a dorm or simply don't have space for a big TV, console gaming on a monitor is a great alternative. Like any technology, not all monitors are created equal, and there are very different requirements depending on your usage. Luckily, the Xbox One can take advantage of many of the recent PC gaming technologies, including FreeSync VRR, and some games support a 1440p resolution, so many of the best monitors for PC gaming are also great for gaming on the Xbox One.
We've tested over 140 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best monitor for Xbox One X. See also our recommendations for the best curved gaming monitors, the best monitors for PS4, and the best FreeSync monitors.
The best 4k gaming monitor for Xbox One X we've tested is the Dell S2721QS. It's a simple but versatile model that delivers good gaming performance. It has a 27 inch screen that provides amazing immersion and plenty of space for multitasking. The stand allows for a good amount of ergonomic adjustments, and it has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, making it a great choice for playing co-op games. It handles reflections well and gets bright enough to overcome glare, but it isn't ideal for dark rooms due to its low contrast ratio.
Motion handling is good, resulting in reasonably clear images in fast-moving scenes, and it supports variable refresh rate to minimize screen tearing. Input lag is very low and remains low even with VRR and HDR enabled. As for the HDR experience, unfortunately, it doesn't get bright enough to truly make highlights pop, so HDR content doesn't look much different from SDR.
There are only a few additional features, such as a pair of integrated speakers and a Picture-in-Picture mode that lets you display images from two input sources at once. The backlight is flicker-free, which helps minimize image duplication and reduce eye strain on those long gaming sessions. Overall, while it isn't the most feature-rich monitor, it should satisfy most gamers.
If you want a monitor with a bigger screen than the Dell S2721QS, then you're better off with a TV like the LG 48 CX OLED. It has an amazingly low input lag, a near-instantaneous response time, and a Black Frame Insertion feature that further improves motion clarity. It supports FreeSync and is compatible with G-SYNC. Like all OLEDs, it can produce perfect blacks due to its infinite contrast ratio, making it a fantastic choice for gaming in the dark. The downside is the risk of permanent burn-in, which can happen when static content remains on the screen for an extended period. However, we don't expect it to be an issue for most people, and there are built-in features that can mitigate the risks. Also, since this is a TV, there are no ergonomic adjustments, so you might not be able to get the best viewing position. On the bright side, if you plan on upgrading your console to the Xbox Series X, it has a 120Hz refresh rate and HDMI 2.1 ports.
Overall, the Dell is a better choice because it has better ergonomics and lower input lag, and it's significantly cheaper. However, if you want a big screen for the best immersion, go with the LG.
The best monitor for Xbox One that we've tested is the Acer Nitro XV273. It's an excellent gaming model packed with features. Its 1080p resolution is ideal for Xbox One owners as it doesn't need to upscale games, and it delivers good picture quality. Our unit has one of the best out-of-the-box color accuracy we've tested on any monitor, so you may not need to get it calibrated.
It has an outstanding response time at 60Hz that results in minimal motion blur, and it has a Black Frame Insertion feature to improve clarity. The input lag is incredibly low at 60Hz, and it stays low even in HDR. Speaking of HDR, it gets decently bright and has remarkable gradient handling, but sadly, it can't display a wide color gamut for HDR content. It has built-in speakers, which is great if you don't want to buy dedicated ones, and it has a USB hub so you can charge your devices while gaming. It has very good ergonomics and allows you to place the screen easily at your ideal viewing position.
Unfortunately, it isn't a good choice for dark room gaming because its IPS panel has a low contrast ratio and some backlight bleed. However, it has wide viewing angles, making it ideal for co-op gaming. If you game in a well-lit environment, it gets bright enough to combat glare and has decent reflection handling. Overall, it's great, should please most people, and is the best gaming monitor for Xbox One that we've tested.
If you find the Acer Nitro XV273X's 1080p resolution too low, then go with the Samsung Odyssey G7, which is a 1440p monitor. It's available in a 27 inch and 32 inch size, so you can go with the one that suits you best. The 32 inch provides more screen space, but it results in a lower pixel density, so the image doesn't look as sharp if you sit up close. It has a VA panel that's much better suited for dark rooms and a faster response time at 60Hz. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles that cause images to look washed out from the sides, which isn't ideal for sharing content or playing co-op games.
For most people, the Acer is a better choice due to its wider viewing angles. However, if you want a monitor with a 1440p resolution, the Samsung is a great alternative.
If you prefer a more compact model, the Dell Alienware AW2521HF is the best monitor for the Xbox One with a 25 inch screen that we've tested. It has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles so that the image remains accurate when viewed from the side, and it has good ergonomics, allowing you to adjust the screen easily. It has great reflection handling and gets bright enough to overcome glare. It isn't ideal for dark rooms, though, as it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look grayish.
The response time at 60Hz is outstanding, resulting in almost no motion blur behind fast-moving objects. It supports variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing, and it has a flicker-free backlight that helps minimize image duplication. Input lag is exceptionally low, even when VRR is enabled, making the gaming experience feel incredibly responsive. Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR, which might be disappointing for some.
There are four USB 3.0 ports, one of which can be used to charge your mobile devices even when the monitor is off. You can add a frame rate counter or a timer on the screen, and there's even some RGB lighting on the back that you can customize to set the mood. Black uniformity is sub-par due to visible backlight bleed; however, your experience may differ since uniformity varies between individual units. All in all, this is an impressive gaming monitor that most people should be happy with.
12/11/2020: Removed LG 27UK650-W, BenQ EW3270, LG 27GL850, and ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV. Added Dell S2721QS, LG 48 CX OLED, Samsung Odyssey G7, Dell Alienware AW2521HF.
10/16/2020: Minor changes to text for clarity; no changes to picks.
08/17/2020: Replaced ASUS VG279Q with ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV.
07/15/2020: Changed the LG from '1440p Co-Op Gaming Alternative' to '1440p Alternative'.
03/31/2020: Removed LG 32UD99-W, Gigabyte AD27QD, Samsung CHG70, Samsung C27HG70, ViewSonic XG2402, and Acer XF251Q. Added BenQ EW3270U, Acer Nitro XV273X, LG 27GL850-B.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best gaming monitors for Xbox One 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.