The Best 360Hz Monitors (2022 Reviews)

Looking for the fastest gaming monitor for the best performance in competitive titles? Check out the best models currently available!

When it comes to competitive gaming, the higher the refresh rate of a monitor the better, as you get lower input latency and smoother motion clarity.

In this guide, we’ve picked the top three 360Hz monitors for competitive gaming to narrow down your search!

Let’s get started.

MonitorSizePanelResolutionVRR 
24.5"IPS1920x1080FreeSync 
24.5"TN1920x1080FreeSync 
27"IPS2560x1440G-SYNC 
budget pick

Acer XV252QF

Acer Nitro XV252QF 390Hz Monitor
  • Overclockable to 390Hz
  • Affordable
best overall

BenQ XL2566K

BenQ Zowie XL2566K
  • Smoothest motion thanks to DyAc+
  • Additional gaming features
premium pick

ASUS PG27AQN

ASUS PG27AQN
  • High resolution and wide color gamut
  • 25″ 2368×1332 mode

There are many things competitive players should take into account besides the refresh rate.

These include a fast enough pixel response time speed to keep up with such a high refresh rate, variable refresh rate support for tear-free gameplay, backlight strobing for reduced perceived motion blur, and more!

Check out our review summaries below to see what makes these three monitors different from each other and to ensure you’re getting the model that’s most suited for your style of gaming!

The Pros:

  • Accurate colors
  • Overclockable to 390Hz
  • VRR and MBR support up to 390Hz
  • Plenty of gaming features
  • Fully ergonomic stand

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About The Monitor

The Acer Nitro XV252QF is one of the cheapest 360Hz gaming monitors yet it offers better performance and features than some of the more expensive models!

Image Quality

The XV252QF is based on a 24.5″ IPS panel with 178° wide viewing angles, a 400-nit peak brightness, a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, and a fast 1ms GtG pixel response time speed.

So, you won’t get quite as deep blacks as that of VA panel displays with a ~3,000:1 contrast ratio, but there are no VA monitors that go to 360Hz anyway.

Further, thanks to the strong 400-nit peak brightness, the screen can mitigate glare even in well-lit rooms.

The monitor even has a bit wider color gamut than the standard sRGB color space with a ~115% sRGB gamut volume, providing you with some extra saturation, which can be useful in competitive games by helping you distinguish enemies in certain environments.

Features

freesync and gsync

Two main reasons we recommend the Acer XV252QF are that it’s overclockable to 390Hz and that it supports backlight strobing all the way up to its maximum refresh rate.

There are 24.5″ 1080p 360Hz IPS models with G-SYNC modules, but these are not overclockable and if you want to use backlight strobing, they’re limited to 240Hz.

Having a dedicated G-SYNC module has its advantages, but they’re not crucial for competitive gaming since most players use either backlight strobing or uncapped frame rates.

Even if you wish to use a variable refresh rate, both AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible implementations work without issues up to 390FPS on the XV252QF.

It also offers standard gaming features, such as crosshair overlays, Black Boost (improves visibility in dark scenes), a refresh rate tracker and various picture presets.

Check out our full Acer XV252QF review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Acer XV252QF Monitor Design

The stand of the monitor is fairly sturdy and offers a good range of ergonomics, including up to 120mm height adjustment, -5°/25° tilt, +/- 180° swivel, 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports (max 240Hz), a headphone jack and dual 2W built-in speakers.

Alternatives

  • Acer Aopen 25XV2Q – the same monitor, just different branding; pick whichever is cheaper
  • MSI NXG253R, ASUS PG259QN/R, Dell AW2521H – 24.5″ 1080p 360Hz G-SYNC models. As we’ve mentioned, these aren’t overclockable and can only use MBR up to 240Hz yet they’re usually more expensive than the XV252QF. However, if you find them on a big sale and don’t care about MBR, they’re worth considering.

The Pros:

  • Impeccable MBR implementation up to 360Hz
  • Plenty of gaming features, including VRR up to 360Hz
  • Fully ergonomic stand with a shading hood and hotkey puck

The Cons:

  • TN panel with inferior colors and viewing angles

About The Monitor

If you want absolute CRT-like motion clarity, the BenQ Zowie XL2566K is for you.

Image Quality

Unlike the XV252QF, the BenQ XL2566K uses a TN panel, so it doesn’t have as wide viewing angles or quite as vibrant colors. The contrast ratio and brightness are similar to that of the 360Hz IPS panels at 1,000:1 and 320-nits, respectively.

However, it offers a faster pixel response time speed for even less ghosting and it has the exceptional DyAc+ backlight strobing implementation for zero motion blur.

So, if you want the smoothest motion possible and you’re willing to sacrifice a bit of image quality for it, go with the BenQ XL2566K.

Features

The monitor supports variable refresh rate up to 360FPS for tear-free gameplay and offers a few additional exclusive features, such as XL Setting To Share (easy import/export of monitor settings among users) and the S. Switch hotkey puck device for quick and remote OSD (On-Screen Display) adjustments.

Other features include Black eQualizer (improves visibility in dark scenes) and Color Vibrance (increases color saturation).

Design & Connectivity

BenQ XL2566K Monitor Design

The BenQ Zowie XL2566K is designed for professional gamers and as such offers full ergonomic support (155mm height adjustment, -5°/23° tilt, +/- 45° swivel, 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility), a sturdy stand that doesn’t take up a lot of desk space, a shading hood and a carrying handle.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports (max 240Hz), DisplayPort 1.4 and a headphone jack.

The Pros:

  • High pixel density
  • Wide color gamut
  • Plenty of gaming features, including VRR up to 360Hz and 25″ Mode
  • Fully ergonomic stand, USB hub

The Cons:

  • No MBR
  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About The Monitor

In case you want a monitor that’s great for competitive gaming and graphically-oriented games, as well as content consumption and creation, consider the ASUS PG27AQN.

Image Quality

The ASUS ROG Swift PG27AQN is based on a 27″ 1440p 360Hz IPS panel and while it has a faster response time speed than the Acer XV252QF, it lacks backlight strobing for the motion clarity of the Zowie XL2566K.

However, given that some gamers don’t like to use backlight strobing (either because they’re sensitive to the introduced flicker or because they prefer variable refresh rate or uncapped frame rates), the ASUS PG27AQN is still a valid option for serious players.

The higher screen resolution provides you with sharper details, which is obviously better for graphically-oriented games, photo/video editing and other use, but it’s also beneficial for competitive gaming.

Moreover, the ASUS PG27AQN has a wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut for even more saturated colors that can help enemies stand out more in certain situations.

Now, most competitive players prefer ~24″ sized screens as you get to see more of the screen at once, that is, you don’t have to move your eyes or neck as much as you would on larger displays.

This is why the PG27AQN features the 25″ Mode that puts black borders around the screen and displays a 25″ 2368×1332 (or 1920×1080) image. The 1080p resolution will look blurry, but 2368×1332 is displayed natively, resulting in just as sharp image quality as 1440p!

Features

Esports Dual Mode

The monitor has a dedicated G-SYNC module, which provides tear-free gameplay up to 360FPS and NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer for testing input latency if you have a compatible mouse.

Other features include Dark Boost (improves visibility in dark scenes), crosshair overlays, on-screen timers, a refresh rate tracker and various picture presets.

The ASUS PG27AQN even supports HDR, but since it’s edge-lit, you only get semi-HDR support. It can still improve the image in some games/scenes, but it’s just a glimpse of what proper HDR can do.

Check out our full PG27AQN review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

ASUS ROG Swift PG27AQN Review

The stand of the monitor is robust and offers height adjustment up to 100mm, +/- 25° swivel, -5°/20° tilt, 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, three HDMI 2.0 ports (max 144Hz), a headphone jack and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

Conclusion

That’s it! As you can see, choosing the best 360Hz monitor isn’t that difficult – it all comes down to your budget, PC rig and personal preference.

The Acer XV252QF offers excellent value for the money if you’re on a tight budget or simply don’t need anything better.

The BenQ XL2566K might be expensive, especially after considering that it uses a TN panel, but if you want the smoothest motion clarity, there’s no competition.

Finally, if you want a single display that’s as good for competitive gaming as it is for other uses, the ASUS PG27AQN is for you.

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Rob Shafer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.