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The 5 Best Monitors For Xbox Series X - Summer 2023 Reviews

Best Xbox Series X Monitors

The Xbox Series X is the current flagship gaming console from Microsoft, with more features and power than the Xbox Series S. It supports everything you'd expect to find in a current-gen gaming console, like variable refresh rate (VRR) support, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and support for 4k gaming up to 120Hz. Because of this, you'll want to get a 4k monitor with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth to take full advantage of the console. It also supports 1440p and 1080p games up to 120Hz, so you can't go wrong by getting a cheaper monitor with a lower resolution, but you won't be using the console to the best of its abilities either. Regardless of which type of monitor you get, most work with the Xbox as there are rarely any compatibility issues.

When looking for a monitor, it's good to consider the monitor's input lag for a responsive feel. While most monitors have low enough input lag for any type of gaming, some have increased input lag at 60Hz, which isn't ideal for reaction-based console games. It's also important to look at a monitor's response time if you want minimal motion blur.

We've bought and tested more than 285 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best gaming monitors for Xbox Series X. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best 4k gaming monitors, the best 1440p gaming monitors, and the best monitors for Xbox Series S.

  1. Best Monitor For Xbox Series X

    The Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 is the best monitor for Xbox Series X that we've tested. It's a fantastic gaming display with an incredibly fast response time across its entire refresh rate range, ensuring a smooth and responsive gaming experience. Although the Xbox Series X can't take full advantage of the monitor's 240Hz refresh rate, it delivers an incredible gaming experience with smooth motion handling even at 120Hz, and it's fully compatible with everything the Xbox offers. The high refresh rate is also great if you want to connect a gaming PC, but if you prefer getting something cheaper with a lower 165Hz refresh rate, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 is an excellent option that you can often find for less.

    The Neo G8's picture quality stands out thanks to its impressive Mini LED backlighting, which allows for fine control of the local dimming zones. It results in a great HDR experience, with bright highlights that pop next to deep blacks and very little blooming in dark scenes. It displays a wide range of colors, and, combined with its high peak brightness, colors look vivid for a great HDR gaming experience.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Monitor For Xbox Series X

    If you want a high-end monitor but don't necessarily need all the bells and whistles of the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85, consider the LG 32GQ950-B. It's a 32-inch, 4k monitor like the Samsung, with the main difference being that it doesn't have Mini LED backlighting. It doesn't offer the same great picture quality, but if your main focus is on gaming performance and not the picture quality, it's an excellent option. If you care about having great picture quality, you can also consider the INNOCN 27M2V, which gets brighter and has a better local dimming feature than the LG, but it has increased input lag at 60Hz and can be harder to find at times.

    The LG has a lower 160Hz refresh rate than the Samsung, but that doesn't make a difference, as the Xbox reaches a max of 120Hz anyway. It also has remarkable motion handling, even with 120Hz and 60Hz signals. It works well with the Xbox Series X because it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth that lets you take full advantage of the console. Its VRR support also works with most signals on the console to reduce screen tearing.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Monitor For Xbox Series X

    If you're looking for something cheaper in the mid-range price category, check out the Gigabyte M27U. It's similar to the LG 32GQ950-B, with a 4k resolution but a smaller screen. The main difference is that it has worse motion handling at 120Hz, but the response time is still quick, so motion looks smooth regardless. It supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, but it's limited to 24 Gbps HDMI bandwidth, which is half of the LG's 48 Gbps bandwidth. This means that the Xbox needs to use compression for demanding signals, which could negatively impact the picture quality, but 4k @ 120Hz signals still work without issue.

    Luckily, it has a few extra features that the LG doesn't have, like a backlight strobing feature that you can use as low as 60Hz, and it helps reduce persistence blur, but it also has some flicker issues at times. If you find the 27-inch screen too small and want something bigger, the Gigabyte M32U is a similar monitor with a bigger screen. However, because it costs more for a minimal difference in performance, only consider it if you want the larger size.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Monitor For Xbox Series X

    If you want the best Xbox Series X monitor on a budget, consider the Gigabyte M27Q. As you get into budget monitors, you'll find displays with lower resolutions and without HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. While this means budget monitors can't take full advantage of the Xbox like the Gigabyte M27U, most are still good enough for console gaming. That's the case with the M27Q as it works with any signal from the console except for 4k @ 120Hz, and it even downscales 4k signals, which results in a slightly more detailed image than 1440p signals.

    It has a slower response time than the M27U, but the motion handling is still good enough that you won't notice much blur. It has a backlight strobing feature to reduce screen tearing, but it doesn't work with 60Hz signals and causes image duplication, so if that bothers you, it's best not to use it altogether. There are other low-cost monitors you can also consider with better motion handling, like the LG 27GP850-B/27GP83B-B, but it tends to cost a bit more, so it's only worth getting if you care about motion handling.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Monitor For Xbox Series X

    If you want a simple and cheap monitor to use with your Xbox Series X, consider the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx. It has a smaller 24-inch screen and lower 1080p resolution than the Gigabyte M27Q, meaning images aren't as detailed. It also means that it isn't an ideal choice for co-op gaming, but it has wide viewing angles and incredible ergonomics that help you share the screen with a friend sitting beside you.

    It's a great gaming monitor, and while its overall motion handling isn't as good as the Gigabyte, it still has a great response time at 120Hz. However, it's worse at 60Hz with VRR enabled, as there's overshoot that causes inverse ghosting, but at least its VRR support works with the Xbox to reduce screen tearing. You can also disable VRR if you want better motion handling at 60Hz, but that could lead to screen tearing in games that don't have fixed frame rates. In terms of compatibility, it works best with 1080p signals at 60Hz and 120Hz from the Xbox, but it still downscales 4k and 1440p images with a 60Hz refresh rate.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG 27GR95QE-B: The LG 27GR95QE-B is an excellent high-end gaming monitor with even better picture quality than the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85, thanks to its OLED panel. It's a great choice if you want an OLED monitor, and it even supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, but with a lower resolution than the Samsung monitor, images aren't as sharp. See our review
  • Sony INZONE M9: The Sony INZONE M9 is an excellent gaming monitor that gets brighter than the LG 32GQ950-B. However, it also has worse motion handling, and the monitor is designed to be used with the PS5, so it has some features you can't use with the Xbox. See our review
  • Gigabyte M27Q P: The Gigabyte M27Q P is a newer version of the Gigabyte M27Q that costs about the same, so you can't go wrong with either if you're on a budget, but the M27Q has a much lower input lag at 60Hz. See our review
  • Dell Alienware AW2723DF: The Dell Alienware AW2723DF is a 1440p alternative to the Gigabyte M27U if you want something with lower resolution, so it's easier to play games at higher refresh rates. However, it costs a bit more and doesn't have HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so it can't take full advantage of the Series X. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Aug 30, 2023: Updated text for clarity and added the LG 27GR95QE-B, Gigabyte M27Q P, and Dell Alienware AW2723DF to Notable Mentions.

  2. Jul 06, 2023: Replaced the Gigabyte M32U with the Gigabyte M27U for consistency with other articles; removed the LG 27GP850-B/27GP83B-B because it's hard to find; added the INNOCN 27M2V to Notable Mentions.

  3. May 11, 2023: Verified that the monitors are still available to buy and updated text for clarity.

  4. Apr 12, 2023: Replaced the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 with the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 because the Neo G8 is available again; replaced the LG 27GP850-B with the LG 27GP83B-B because it's easier to find; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  5. Mar 01, 2023: Replaced the LG 32GP850-B and the ViewSonic XG2431 with the LG 27GP850-B and the Gigabyte M27Q because they're easier to find; replaced the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 with the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32B75 because it's cheaper; changed the focus of the article to only be on the Xbox Series X and not the Xbox Series S.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best gaming monitors for Xbox Series X 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 1080p, 1440p, and 4k 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.