The 6 Best Monitors For Xbox Series X - Fall 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. Although high-refresh rate 4k monitors with HDMI 2.1 support are becoming more common, there are still only a handful of them, meaning 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 210 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: Gigabyte M28U

    8.5
    Gaming
    Size 28"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best Xbox Series X monitor with a 4k resolution we've tested is the Gigabyte M28U. It's a 28 inch model with a flat IPS screen. Its large size and high resolution are great for game immersion and ideal for productivity and media consumption. It handles reflections well and gets decently bright, and it has wide viewing angles that make it easier to play co-op games. The ergonomics are limited, though, as it only allows for height and tilt adjustments.

    The response time at maximum refresh rate is outstanding, and while it's slower at 60Hz, it's still great. It also has a black frame insertion feature that's usable simultaneously with VRR to further improve motion clarity. It supports a wide color gamut, and it gets significantly brighter in HDR, enough to deliver a fairly decent HDR experience. The downside is that it has a mediocre contrast ratio, and its edge-lit local dimming is terrible, so it isn't ideal for dark rooms.

    There's a USB hub with three USB 3.0 inputs and one USB-C. The latter supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, but the power delivery is only 15W, which is only enough for small portable devices like smartphones. Its 60Hz input lag is a bit high out of the box, but there's a firmware update to fix that issue, so you need to make sure you update it to get the lowest input lag possible. Overall, it's a great monitor that most people should be happy with and the best monitor for Xbox Series X we've tested.

    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 don't want to spend so much on a monitor with HDMI 2.1 inputs, then check out the Dell S2721QS. It doesn't have HDMI 2.1 inputs like the Gigabyte M28U because it's mainly designed as a high-resolution office monitor, but it still offers very good gaming performance. It has a quick response time, and although it's limited to a 60Hz panel, you still get FreeSync support. The high pixel density helps produce sharp images, and this monitor is great to use in well-lit rooms because it gets bright enough to combat glare. It supports HDR, but it doesn't deliver a good HDR experience because it has a low contrast and just okay HDR brightness.

    If you want the best monitor for Xbox Series X and need HDMI 2.1 inputs to take full advantage of the console's capabilities, then check out the Gigabyte. However, if you don't mind sacrificing the HDMI 2.1 inputs for something cheaper, then check out the Dell.

    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 with a 1440p resolution that we've tested. This model is available in a 27 inch and 32 inch size, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. The 32 inch feels more immersive due to its larger size, but it has a lower pixel density, so the image doesn't look as sharp, especially when sitting close. The build quality is impressive, and it comes with a stand that allows for all manner of adjustments.

    It has a maximum refresh rate of 240Hz, which is more than enough for the Xbox Series X's 120Hz output. The response time is exceptional, even at 60Hz, so fast motion looks clear and smooth. It can display deep blacks and supports a wide color gamut, but it doesn't get quite bright enough for a true HDR experience, and its local dimming performs terribly and can be somewhat distracting.

    Feature-wise, you get a USB hub with two USB 3.0 ports and some RGB bias lighting on the back of the monitor. It also has a Picture-in-Picture mode that lets you display two input signals simultaneously, great for watching a movie or TV show while gaming. Like most VA panel monitors, the viewing angles are mediocre, so it isn't the best option for playing co-op games or sharing content. Nonetheless, this is a great monitor for the Xbox Series X and should please most people.

    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 need a monitor with better viewing angles than the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T, check out the Gigabyte M27Q. It's only available in a 27 inch size, and it uses an IPS panel with much wider viewing angles, which means the image remains accurate when viewed from the side. However, it does come at a cost, as its contrast ratio is only mediocre, making blacks look grayish in the dark. It has excellent motion handling, low input lag, and it supports variable refresh rate to minimize screen tearing. Its USB hub includes a USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, although the power delivery is limited to 10W.

    Overall, the Samsung and the Gigabyte are very similar gaming-wise, but the Samsung comes out ahead since it delivers a better HDR experience. However, the Gigabyte is a great alternative if you need better viewing angles.

    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. It's 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 some drawbacks. It doesn't have a DisplayPort input, so if you also want to game with your PC, you're limited to using an HDMI connection.

    It has four HDMI 2.1 inputs, meaning it can display 4k games up to 120 fps from the Xbox Series X. It has VRR support in the form of native FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR, and it also has G-SYNC compatibility. Motion looks smooth thanks to its near-instantaneous response time, and its input lag is exceptionally low. OLED panels 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 to provide an excellent HDR gaming experience.

    Unfortunately, there's a risk of permanent burn-in, which can happen with prolonged exposure to static elements. However, we don't expect it to be an issue for those who watch varied content. Also, since this is a TV, the stand doesn't allow for any ergonomic adjustments, so it may be hard to place the screen in a comfortable viewing position. Overall, although there are some downsides to using a TV as a monitor, it remains an excellent choice and is 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. It's 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 as its round base lets you turn the screen 360 degrees.

    It uses an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, and it provides great visibility in bright settings as it gets bright and handles reflections well. It's not the best option for dark rooms, as its low contrast ratio makes blacks appear gray. It has an exceptional response time, 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.

    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. 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. Overall, 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, and it lacks HDMI 2.1 inputs. 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 may be 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, and it has higher input lag than the Samsung Odyssey G7. See our review
  • Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx: The Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx is an excellent 1440p gaming monitor that costs less than the Samsung Odyssey G7, 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. It costs more and has a worse contrast. See our review
  • MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD: The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is a good alternative to the Gigabyte M27Q. 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
  • Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx: The Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx is a better pick than the Gigabyte M28U because it has lower input lag at 60Hz, but it's hard to find at this time. See our review
  • Gigabyte M32Q: The Gigabyte M32Q is essentially a larger version of the Gigabyte M27Q if that's what you prefer. See our review
  • LG 27GP850-B: The LG 27GP850-B is an excellent gaming monitor that costs less than the Samsung Odyssey G7, but it's only available in a 27 inch size and not 32 inches, and it has a worse contrast. See our review
  • Gigabyte AORUS FO48U: The Gigabyte AORUS FO48U OLED is an excellent monitor and a great alternative to the LG C1 OLED, but it has some issues with the screen dimming, and it may be hard to find at this time. See our review
  • Gigabyte AORUS FI32U: The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U is a great 32 inch 4k monitor with HDMI 2.1 ports, but it has high input lag at 60Hz. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Oct 08, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks and updated text for clarity. No change in recommendations.

  2. Sep 09, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the Gigabyte M32Q and LG 27GP850-B to Notable Mentions.

  3. Aug 10, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. Replaced Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx with Gigabyte M28U.

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

  5. 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'.

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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