The 6 Best Monitors For Xbox Series X - Spring 2021 Reviews

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If you have an Xbox Series X and prefer gaming on a monitor, there are plenty of options to choose from, especially if you're looking for a high refresh rate. However, there aren't many high-refresh 4k monitors on the market at this time, which means that you might have to sacrifice resolution to get smoother gameplay, as most models with a high refresh rate have a 1080p or 1440p resolution. Thankfully, the Series X supports all common resolutions, so you don't have to worry about compatibility.

Note that we've recently purchased an Xbox Series X, but we have yet to test our monitors with it. These recommendations are based on predictions and reported specifications.

We've tested over 160 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best monitors for the Xbox Series X. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best 4k monitors, the best 1440p 144Hz monitors, and the best budget gaming monitors.


  1. Best 4k Monitor For Xbox Series X: LG 27GN950-B

    8.3
    Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    160 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The LG 27GN950-B is the best Xbox Series X monitor with a 4k resolution we've tested. Its 27 inch screen feels incredibly immersive, and images remain razor-sharp even if you sit up close due to its high pixel density. It's better suited for a moderate to well-lit room because it gets bright enough to overcome glare, but its low contrast ratio makes blacks appear grayish in the dark. It has wide viewing angles so that you don't lose image accuracy when viewing from the side, great for playing co-op games.

    Although it has a maximum refresh rate of 160Hz, you're still limited to 60Hz when connected to the Xbox Series X due to the lack of HDMI 2.1 ports. That said, the response time at 60Hz is amazing, and it has VRR support to minimize screen tearing. It delivers a pretty decent HDR experience thanks to its wide color gamut and high peak brightness, but unfortunately, its edge-lit local dimming can be quite distracting.

    Sadly, it offers limited ergonomics because the stand can't swivel; it only has limited height and tilt adjustments. It has two USB 3.0 ports that you can use for charging or data and a Picture-in-Picture mode that lets you display two input signals simultaneously. So, although the lack of an HDMI 2.1 port might be disappointing for some, this is still a great gaming monitor that most people should be happy with.

    See our review

  2. Dark Room Alternative: BenQ EW3270U

    Size 32"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    60 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you prefer something that has better dark room performance, then consider the BenQ EW3270U. It has a lower refresh rate than the LG 27GN950-B, but that shouldn't be a problem if you're just using the Xbox Series X and playing 4k @ 60Hz games. It also has a different panel type than the LG; the BenQ's VA panel has a higher contrast ratio to display deeper blacks, but that comes at the cost of narrow viewing angles. In terms of gaming, it has a quick response time, low input lag, and FreeSync support. At a 32 inch screen size, it also offers more real estate, providing a more immersive gaming experience. The monitor supports HDR10 and displays a wide color gamut, but sadly, it fails to get bright enough to truly bring out any highlights.

    If you want the best monitor for Xbox Series X with a 4k resolution, you can't go wrong with the LG, but if you want to save some money and have something with higher contrast, go for the BenQ.

    See our review

  3. Best 1440p Monitor For Xbox Series X: Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA

    8.8
    Gaming
    Size 32"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    240 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA is the best gaming monitor for Xbox Series X that we've tested. It's a versatile option with excellent gaming performance. It has a high native 240Hz refresh rate, and you can reach 144Hz over HDMI when connected to the Xbox. It has an aggressively curved screen, and there's even some RGB lighting on the back panel.

    It has features most gamers are looking for, such FreeSync support. It has an incredibly quick response time that remains fast when gaming at 60Hz, and it also has a Black Frame Feature that flickers at an incredibly wide range, helping the appearance of motion. Input lag is incredibly low, and even though it only slightly increases with VRR enabled, most people shouldn't notice it. It's a great choice for dark room gaming because its VA panel has great native contrast and okay black uniformity. There's an edge-lit local dimming feature, but it performs terribly and can get quite distracting.

    Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks washed out when viewing from the side, and it's not suggested for a wide seating arrangement. It has okay ergonomics as you can even rotate it into portrait mode, but it has a narrow swivel range. On the plus side, it's good for HDR gaming as it displays a wide color gamut and has acceptable HDR peak brightness, enough to make some highlights stand out. Overall, this is the best monitor for Xbox Series X if you want a 1440p resolution.

    See our review

  4. Wider Viewing Angle Alternative: MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD

    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    165 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    If you want a monitor with wider viewing angles than the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T, then check out the MSI Optix MAG274RF-QD. It's only available in a 27 inch size, and the screen is flat. Viewing angles are good, which means you don't lose image accuracy when viewing from the side; however, it comes at the expense of a lower contrast ratio, so it isn't as well-suited for dark rooms. It has better response times than the Samsung, and it supports VRR to reduce screen tearing. It has exceptional DCI P3 coverage to display a wide range of colors in HDR, but its peak brightness only mediocre, which means it can't produce bright highlights. There's a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, although it can only deliver up to 15W of power.

    Overall, the Samsung and the MSI are quite similar in gaming performance, so choosing between them depends on your setup and needs. The Samsung is better for dark rooms and delivers a better HDR gaming experience, but the MSI has wider viewing angles.

    See our review

  5. Best HDR Monitor For Xbox Series X: LG OLED48CXPUB

    8.7
    HDR Gaming
    Size 48"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    120 Hz
    Pixel Type
    OLED
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best monitor for Xbox Series X for playing HDR games is the LG OLED48CXPUB. Although it's a TV that we tested as a monitor, the 48 inch screen is still small enough that you can use it as a computer screen. It delivers impressive overall performance, even better than most monitors, and the picture quality is exceptional thanks to its OLED panel. It can individually turn off pixels, resulting in an infinite contrast ratio and perfect blacks.

    It has a 120Hz panel with HDMI 2.1 support. This means you can play 4k games up to 120fps from the Xbox Series X, which you can read about in the TV review. It has FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing, a near-instant response time, and low input lag. In terms of HDR content, it displays a wide color gamut, has outstanding gradient handling, and has decent peak brightness in HDR, enough to bring out some highlights. If you want to use it in a well-lit room, it has fantastic reflection handling and gets bright enough to combat some glare.

    Unfortunately, any OLED has the risk of permanent burn-in with constant exposure to static elements. This could be problematic if you also connect it to a PC whose interface has static elements and use it for long hours. We suggest using it for other uses, like watching movies or playing varied games. If you don't think this would be an issue, this is one of the best monitors for Xbox Series X that we've tested.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Monitor For Xbox Series X: LG 32UL500-W

    7.4
    Gaming
    Size 32"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    60 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The LG 32UL500-W is the best monitor for Xbox Series X in the budget category that we've tested. It has a massive 32 inch screen with a 4k resolution to deliver an incredibly immersive gaming experience. It can display deep blacks due to its VA panel's high contrast ratio, making it great for dark rooms, but it isn't ideal for well-lit environments because it doesn't get very bright. Viewing angles are pretty decent for a VA panel and should be fine for sharing content or playing co-op games.

    Gaming-wise, it has decent response times and a 60Hz refresh rate, which results in reasonably clear images with only a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects. Input lag is low, and it supports VRR to reduce screen tearing. It has excellent DCI P3 coverage to produce a wide range of colors, but like most budget monitors, its peak brightness isn't high enough to display bright highlights in HDR.

    Unfortunately, the ergonomics are terrible because it only allows for tilt adjustment, so you might want to VESA-mount it if you have trouble getting a comfortable viewing position, and it even has a quick-release feature to remove the stand. There are speakers built-in if you don't have dedicated ones, but no USB inputs of any kind. It has a flicker-free backlight and a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain. Overall, it's a good, large-size monitor that's easy on the wallet.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Gigabyte M27Q: The Gigabyte M27Q is a great, feature-rich monitor, but it can't display a 1440p @ 120Hz signal from an Xbox Series X. See our review
  • ASUS TUF VG27AQ: The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is an excellent 1440p gaming monitor, but it has slow response times at 60Hz. See our review
  • Philips 436M6VBPAB: The Philips Momentum 43M6VBPAB is a decent alternative to the LG 48 CX OLED, and it doesn't have burn-in risk, but its response time is slower. See our review
  • ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q: The ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q is an excellent gaming monitor, but it has a high input lag at 60Hz and doesn't have as many features as the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD. See our review
  • Dell S2721QS: The Dell S2721QS is a 4k monitor with good response times and VRR support, but it may be hard to find due to low availability. See our review
  • LG 27UK650-W: The LG 27UK650-W is a great 4k monitor, but its response time is slower than the LG 27GN950-B, and it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. See our review
  • Dell S3221QS: The Dell S3221QS is similar to the BenQ EW3270U, but it has worse motion handling. See our review
  • ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ: The ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ is an excellent alternative to the LG 27GN950-B, but it's a lot more expensive. See our review
  • LG 27GN850-B: The LG 27GN850-B is a good 1440p alternative to the LG 27GN950-B. It has wider viewing angles but doesn't get as bright. See our review
  • BenQ EL2870U: The BenQ EL2870U is a budget 4k monitor, but its TN panel has narrow viewing angles. See our review
  • ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV: The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is a great 1440p budget monitor, but it's limited to a 75Hz refresh rate. See our review
  • Dell S2721DGF: The Dell S2721DGF is an impressive choice for gaming, and it's cheaper than the MSI MAG274QRF-QD, but it has less accurate colors. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 21, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the Dell S2721DGF to Notable Mentions.

  2. Mar 25, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. No change in recommendations.

  3. Feb 23, 2021: Replaced Gigabyte G27Q with MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD, replaced Dell S2721QS with LG 32UL500-W.

  4. Feb 02, 2021: Replaced the ASUS VG27AQ with the Gigabyte M27Q because it costs less.

  5. Jan 12, 2021: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best gaming monitors for the 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 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.

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