No gaming monitor is everyone’s cup of tea – it’s irrefutable that gamers care about different specs on the product sheet. Some value monitor’s refresh rate and response time so they can react faster in-game. Others enjoy slower-paced scenes and games with the best graphics, so brightness, resolution, contrast, and vivacity of colors take precedence. Certain gamer groups care about screen size over resolution because they play from the couch, and so forth. The point is, the products below aren’t in order. The best gaming monitor for you could occupy the last spot on this list:
Asus ROG Swift PG259QN is the top gaming monitor for 2021. It’s Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution might be insufficient for some, but its 360 Hz refresh rate makes the majority of gamers shed tears of joy. Furthermore, its Fast IPS (FIFS) panel has a response time of 1 ms gray-to-gray with 24.5 inches in diameter, which ensures vibrant colors and brightness HDR10 levels of dynamic range and color accuracy. The bezels are thin, and its sturdy base allows you to rotate it vertically. Another selling point is bright RGB LEDs on the back, which are compatible with Aura Sync.
If you are looking for the best gaming monitor for esports, take a look at Dell Alienware AW2521H. You’ll notice it nearly identical to the monitor above. It has a prettier, slimmer stand, and equally thin bezels. It’s also an FIPS panel with a 24.5-inch screen size, support for HDR10, and a refresh rate of 360 Hz. It also supports Nvidia G-SYNC, has a brightness of 400 cd/m2, 1000:1 contrast, and a response time of 1 ms (gray-to-gray), which is excellent. RGB lights are in the shape of an ellipse on the back and can be controlled via AlienFX software.
It’s time we mention the best FreeSync gaming monitor, which is Samsung LC27G75TQSNXZA in our opinion. It has a curved VA panel that isn’t as vibrant as IPS or FIPS or has equal viewing angles. However, its brightness of 600 nits, great contrast ratio, and the ability to display deep blacks are nothing short of amazing. It’s also bigger – 27-inches, and has a better resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels with support for HDR10. The refresh rate is slightly lower, 240 Hz, which is still leaps and bounds better than 60 Hz. We also liked the addressable RGB light ring at the back, called Infinity Core by Samsung.
We were surprised with the features this affordable gaming monitor has in its price range. Its 27-inch IPS Nano panel with a resolution of 256 x 1440 pixels and a refresh rate of 165 Hz also natively supports Nvidia’s variable refresh rate technology, G-SYNC. Furthermore, it has a low input lag, great color accuracy (98% DCI-P3), and a response time of only 1 ms GTG. The top and side bezels are extra thin – borderless frame, they call it. Honestly, the only compromise is giving up on HDR, as it has no support for it.
We’re upping the ante in terms of screen size now. Here’s Dell’s 34-inch curved (1900R) beauty named Alienware AW3420DW. It has an IPS Panel, a 2K resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels, 350 cd/m2 brightness, and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The stand has a small footprint, but aesthetics design in comparison to its other features. We’re talking 98% DCI-P3, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 2 ms gray-to-gray response time, and support for HDR and AlienFX™ Lighting. On top of everything, the support for the NVIDIA G-Sync technology to boost your gaming experience.
6. BenQ PD3200U
4K is all the rage in 2021. So why not play video games with BenQ PD3200U, a 32-inch 3840 x 2160 pixels monitor with a refresh rate of 60 Hz? It’s not for FPS games, but any games like Euro Truck Simulator 2 will benefit from the screen real estate. The response time is within reason, only 4 ms, and the contrast ratio is rather typical, 1000:1. The monitor’s peak brightness of 350 cd/m2 is good enough for dark rooms, which is preferred for racing games. BenQ also calibrates each unit for an sRGB color accuracy of 100%, so you can also use it for animation, 3D design, and even create a video game in Unreal Engine 4.
7. LG 27UK650-W
If you don’t have the funds for the monitor above but you are dead-set on 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels), we offer LG 27UK650-W. It has an IPS panel with a W-LED backlight and a screen size of 27 inches. Its contrast ratio is standard, 1000:1, and the gray-to-gray response time of 5 ms is sufficient for FPS games. The monitor’s brightness peaks at 450 nits, it supports HDR10 and has a color accuracy of 99% sRGB. The only apparent downside is the low refresh rate of only 60 Hz. Oh, and the lack of support for NVIDIA G-SYNC, although it supports AMD FreeSync.
The base for this monitor is wide and makes it look outdated. However, it has RGB around the edges, which is Razer’s signature design. But if you utilize VESA mounting, you’ll enjoy a 27-inch screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and extremely thin bezels. Plus, it has low input lag, 420 nits of peak brightness, support for HDR400, and 95% DCI-P3 color accuracy. Other specs include 1000:1 contrast ratio, 1 ms GTG response time, 144 Hz refresh rate, and support for both AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-SYNC. All of this makes it perfect for third-person shooter games.
Going back to the best esports gaming monitors, we have ASUS VG279QM, a great fit for games like PUBG. It’s equipped with a 27-inch IPS screen with a Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) and a refresh rate of 280 Hz. It supports AMD’s FreeSync technology, has a nice viewing angle, and displays motion with very blur. It’s also very ergonomic and minimalistic with its thin profile, narrow stand, and thin bezels on all sides. However, you might not like its low contrast in a dark room, which is typical for IPS panels. Finally, at this price point, the absence of HDR and a “high” resolution can’t be a flaw.
We’ll end the list with the top monitor for gaming from a couch. Acer Predator CG7 looks like a TV with its 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) resolution and 43-inch screen size. However, its contrast ratio of 4000:1, VA panel with a refresh rate of 120 Hz (overclockable to 144 Hz), a response time of 1 ms, and DCI-P3 90% color specter show that it is indeed a large gaming monitor. Add to that 178/178 viewing angles and native support for Nvidia G-SYNC and DisplayHDR 1000, and you have solid proof. It even comes with two 10 W speakers and a remote.