The 6 Best Monitors For Xbox Series X - Summer 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 although we have an Xbox Series X, we have yet to officially test all monitors with it, so these recommendations are based on predictions and overall performance.

We've tested over 190 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: Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx

    8.6
    Gaming
    Size 28"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx is the best Xbox Series X monitor with a 4k resolution we've tested. It's a 28 inch IPS model with wide viewing angles and outstanding ergonomics. It has good reflection handling and gets bright enough for most rooms, but glare might still be an issue in very well-lit, sunny settings. It has full sRGB coverage and good color accuracy out of the box.

    It's one of the first monitors to support HDMI 2.1, so you can play 4k games up to 120fps for a smooth gameplay experience. It has exceptional response times to deliver an incredibly clear image in fast-moving scenes. It supports variable refresh rate (VRR) to minimize screen tearing. It can display a wide color gamut for HDR, but it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop, and it lacks local dimming.

    There's a USB hub with four USB 3.0 ports, and two of them are located on the side so that you can easily access them. It also has a USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and can deliver up to 65W of power, which is enough to charge thin and light laptops while you're gaming, but not power-hungry ones with a dedicated GPU. All in all, it's an excellent and feature-rich monitor that most people should be happy with.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: Dell S2721QS

    Size 27"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    60 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you're shopping on a tight budget, then check out the Dell S2721QS. Like the Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx, it's also an IPS panel monitor but an inch smaller. It doesn't have any HDMI 2.1 ports and is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, but it still has good response times and VRR support. Unfortunately, it's pretty light on gaming features, and it also doesn't have any USB ports. You do get built-in speakers, though, and there are also Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes that let you display two input sources simultaneously, great for watching a TV show or movie while gaming.

    If you can afford it, go with the Acer. It's a much better gaming monitor because it has a higher refresh rate and much faster response times. However, the Dell is a good alternative if you only have a small budget to work with.

    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 best gaming monitor for Xbox Series X with a 1440p resolution that we've tested is the Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA, otherwise known as the Odyssey G7. It's available in both a 27 and 32 inch size, so you can get the one you prefer, and we tested the bigger variant. It's an excellent gaming monitor that most people should enjoy, and it's also packed with gamer-oriented features.

    It has a high 240Hz refresh rate with native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. The high refresh rate helps deliver an incredibly fast response time that remains quick even when gaming at 60Hz, so motion looks smooth. It also has a black frame insertion feature to help improve the appearance of motion, but you likely won't need it. It has a VA panel with an impressive contrast ratio that delivers deep blacks, and it gets bright enough to combat glare if you want to use it in a well-lit room.

    Sadly, it has an edge-lit local dimming feature, but it performs terribly and doesn't improve the contrast at all. It also has narrow viewing angles so the image loses accuracy when viewing off-center, so it's not the best choice for co-op gaming. Input lag is very low, and it has two USB 3.0 inputs so that you can charge your devices while gaming. All in all, this is the best monitor for Xbox Series X with a 1440p resolution.

    See our review

  4. Wider Viewing Angle Alternative: Gigabyte M27Q

    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    170 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you prefer something with wider viewing angles, then look into the Gigabyte M27Q. It has a lower refresh rate and worse dark room performance than the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T, but the image remains accurate no matter where you sit. The max refresh rate over HDMI is 144Hz and it has native FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing. It also has low input lag and a quick response time for a responsive gaming experience. We read reports that it can't display a 1440p @ 120Hz signal from the Xbox Series X unless it's updated to the latest firmware, but we haven't confirmed that with testing yet.

    If you want the best monitor for Xbox Series X in the 1440p category and you tend to game in dark environment, check out the Samsung. If you prefer something with an IPS panel and wider viewing angles, then look into the Gigabyte.

    See our review

  5. Best HDR Monitor For Xbox Series X: LG OLED48C1

    8.8
    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 OLED48C1. This is a TV that we tested as a monitor because it's marketed as such. It offers unique features and performance that most monitors don't have, but there are a few drawbacks too. It doesn't have a DisplayPort input, so if you also want to game with your PC, you're limited to HDMI.

    It has four HDMI 2.1 inputs, so it can display 4k games up to 120fps from the Xbox Series X. It has VRR support in the form of native FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR. It also has G-SYNC compatibility. Motion looks smooth thanks to its near-infinite contrast, and it has low input lag. OLED panels stand out for their near-infinite contrast as they can turn off individual pixels for perfect blacks levels, making this TV a great choice for dark room gaming. It displays a wide color gamut and has good HDR peak brightness, enough to make some highlights stand out.

    Unfortunately, OLEDs have the risk of permanent burn-in when exposed to static elements for long periods. This could be problematic if you're going to use it only for PC use, but we don't expect it to be an issue for those who watch varied content, like gaming on the Xbox. If this doesn't concern you, it's the best monitor for Series X that we've tested.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Monitor For Xbox Series X: Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx

    8.6
    Gaming
    Size 24"
    Resolution 1920x1080
    Max Refresh Rate
    165 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best monitor for Xbox Series X in the budget category that we've tested is the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx. This is an excellent 1080p gaming monitor with exceptional motion handling. It's decently well-built, and it comes with a stand that allows for tons of ergonomic adjustments. It uses an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, and it provides great visibility in bright settings. It's not the best option for dark rooms, though, as its low contrast ratio makes blacks appear gray.

    It has exceptional response times, whether you play at 120Hz or 60Hz, resulting in clear images and almost no blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It also has a flicker-free backlight, which effectively eliminates image duplication and helps reduce eye strain. Its variable refresh rate works over a wide refresh rate range, so you get a nearly tear-free gaming experience even when frame rates are low. It has native FreeSync support, and we confirmed G-SYNC works too.

    Unfortunately, it's pretty light on extra features as there are no USB ports of any kind. Also, even though it supports HDR, the lack of a wide color gamut and the screen's low HDR brightness make the overall experience rather underwhelming. Nonetheless, it's an amazing budget gaming monitor worth considering.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG 27GN950-B: The LG 27GN950-B is a great 4k gaming monitor with a 160Hz refresh rate, but it's hard to find at the moment due to low availability. See our review
  • Dell S3221QS: The Dell S3221QS is similar to the Dell S2721QS, but it has worse motion handling because of its VA panel and black smearing. See our review
  • LG 27UK650-W: The LG 27UK650-W is a great 4k monitor and a good alternative to the Dell S2721QS, but it's an older model that's difficult to find. See our review
  • Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx: The Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx is one of the best 1440p gaming monitors we've tested, but it's hard to find. See our review
  • Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx: The Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx is an excellent 1440p gaming monitor, but its low screen brightness might be an issue for some people. See our review
  • Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X: The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X is a good alternative to the Samsung Odyssey G7, but it's hard to find. See our review
  • MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD: The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is a good alternative to the Gigabyte M27Q, but it's more expensive, and some people may not like its over-saturated colors. See our review
  • Philips 436M6VBPAB: The Philips Momentum 43M6VBPAB is a decent alternative to the LG 48 C1 OLED, and it doesn't have burn-in risk, but its response time is slower. See our review
  • BenQ EW3270U: The BenQ EW3270U is a bigger dark room alternative to the Dell S2721QS, but it has narrower viewing angles because it uses a VA panel, and its ergonomics are significantly worse. See our review
  • LG 32GP850-B: The LG 32GP850-B is an excellent 32 inch gaming monitor with an IPS panel and 1440p resolution, but it costs more than the Gigabyte M27Q and has a lower refresh rate than the Samsung Odyssey G7. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jul 14, 2021: Replaced the LG CX with the newer LG C1; added the LG 32GP850-B to Notable Mentions; updated text for clarity.

  2. Jun 16, 2021: Replaced LG 27GN950-B with Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx. Replaced the Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q-X with the Gigabyte M27Q due to low availability. Removed BenQ EW3270U and added Dell S2721QS as cheaper alternative. Replaced the LG 32UL500-W with the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx as 'Best Budget'.

  3. May 19, 2021: Replaced the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD with the Gigabyte FI27Q-X; updated Notable Mentions based on market availability.

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

  5. Mar 25, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. 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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