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Looking for the best monitor for gaming under 300 USD?

We’ve picked out the absolute best choices available in the $200-$300 range including 144Hz monitors, ultrawide displays, 1440p, and even 4K resolution models!

If you are on a tighter budget, head over to our best gaming monitor under 200 USD guide where you can still find some awesome monitors for gaming.

Top 10 Gaming Monitors Under $300 For 2018

TypeMonitorSizePanelResolutionRefresh RateVRR 
Best 1440p MonitorsAOC G257HU24.5-inchIPS2560x144060HzNone
Lenovo L27Q27-inchIPS2560x144060HzNone
ViewSonic VA271927-inchIPS2560x144060HzNone
ViewSonic VX321131.5-inchIPS2560x144060HzNone
Best 144Hz Gaming MonitorsLG 24GM79G (Editor's Pick)24-inchTN1920x1080144HzFreeSync
MSI Optix MAG24C24-inchVA1920x1080144HzFreeSync
Best UltraWide Gaming MonitorsLG 29WK60029-inchIPS2560x108075HzFreeSync
LG 34UM6034-inchIPS2560x108075HzFreeSync
Best 4K MonitorsLG 24UD5824-inchIPS3840x216060HzFreeSync
Samsung U28E590D28-inchTN3840x216060HzFreeSync

These are the best monitors under $300 for gaming, but some of the listed displays are also great for other activities including designing, editing, watching movies, etc.

All of the included monitors have proven reliable and flawless performance, and you can rest assured that they are worth the money; just make sure to follow our guidelines and recommendations and we guarantee you’ll pick the perfect monitor for your needs.

Best 1440p Monitors

In comparison to the standard 1080p Full HD resolution, 1440p WQHD will provide you with significantly more details and screen real estate. However, if you plan on playing the latest games at 1440p, make sure that your CPU and GPU will be able to handle it.

AOC G257HU – Most Affordable 1440p Monitor

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About the Monitor

The Acer G257HU is the cheapest 1440p monitor you can find yet it offers premium picture quality thanks to its high resolution and its IPS panel which ensures vibrant colors, wide viewing angles, and a quick response time speed.

Image Quality

Besides providing you with accurate and consistent colors, IPS panel monitors have 178-degree viewing angles which means the picture won’t shift in color and contrast when you viewed it from certain angles.

Although IPS panels don’t have as quick response time speed as TN displays, it’s still more than enough; the Acer G257HU gaming monitor offers 4ms response time which will eliminate most of ghosting in fast-paced games.

On balance, if you’re looking for a monitor for competitive gaming, you should get a 1080p 144Hz 1ms monitor which you can also get under $200. If you want better graphics and colors, go for the Acer G257HU.

Design & Connectivity

The Acer G257HU 25″ 1440p IPS monitor features a modern and slim design with ultrathin bezels while the X-shaped base provides stability and saves space on your desk.

Unfortunately, the monitor isn’t VESA mount compatible, so if you wish to mount it on a wall or a mounting arm, you will have to buy a fitting adapter which you can find on Amazon for around $30.

Furthermore, the Acer G257HU is tilt-only by -5/15 degrees. Connectivity is pretty decent and includes a DisplayPort, an HDMI, and a DVI port.

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What We Loved

  • Cheapest 1440p monitor
  • Vibrant colors
  • Plenty of screen space and details

What We Didn’t Like

  • No AMD FreeSync
  • Not VESA mount compatible
  • Tilt-only

Lenovo L27Q – Best 27-inch Gaming Monitor Under 300 USD

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About the Monitor

Next up, we have the Lenovo L27Q. Also a 1440p monitor with an IPS panel but a little bigger; many find 27″ to be the ideal size for a monitor while 2560×1440 is the perfect resolution for it!

Image Quality

The Lenovo L27Q offers the perfect screen size/resolution ratio; this ratio is referred to as pixel density which in this case amounts to 108.79 PPI (Pixels Per Inch). Basically, you get plenty of screen real estate as well as maximum details without any scaling necessary.

The IPS panel of the Lenovo L27Q display also offers a quick 4ms response time as well as the 178-degree wide viewing angles. It also provides an extended color gamut with 10-bit depth support through dithering (8-bit + FRC) amounting to 1.07 billion colors.

Once again – at this price point, if you want a 1440p resolution monitor, you have to sacrifice the refresh rate. So, if you mostly play competitive FPS games, we recommend getting a 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor instead. In case you play more graphically-oriented games, the Lenovo L27Q is one of the best 27-inch monitors under 300 USD in 2018.

Design & Connectivity

The design and connectivity of the Lenovo L27Q are rather humble; it’s not VESA mount compatible and ergonomics only include the ability to tilt the screen by -5/22 degrees. Connector ports include an HDMI and a DisplayPort. An upside is that the monitor has a slim design with thin bezels for a more cinematic viewing experience.

What We Loved

  • Affordable 27″ 1440p monitor
  • Vibrant colors

What We Didn’t Like

  • No VESA mount
  • Tilt-only
  • No AMD FreeSync

ViewSonic VA2719 – Best 27-inch Monitor Under 300 USD

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About the Monitor

As an alternative to the Lenovo L27Q, you may want to check out the ViewSonic VA2719, to be more precise – the ViewSonic VA2719-2K-SMHD model.

Image Quality

In comparison to the Lenovo L27Q, you are basically getting the same image quality and performance with the ViewSonic VA2719. However, the L27Q does have a slightly brighter image at 350-nits of peak brightness as opposed to the 300-nit of the VA2719. Moreover, Lenovo’s 27-inch 1440p IPS monitor also has a faster response time speed of 4ms whereas the ViewSonic has 5ms.

The difference between these specs isn’t all that visible in the actual use of the display; So, if you are on the fence between these two displays, you can freely decide according to the current price and availability of both monitors or your personal preference of the design. Both monitors will provide you with a stunning image quality thanks to the 2560×1440 screen resolution and vibrant colors of the IPS panel.

Design & Connectivity

Unlike the Lenovo L27Q, the ViewSonic VA2719 monitor is VESA mount compatible; what’s more, it has an additional HDMI port as well as two 3W integrated speakers – so two HDMI ports and one DisplayPort in total.

What We Loved

  • Affordable 27″ 1440p monitor
  • Vibrant colors

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only
  • No AMD FreeSync

ViewSonic VX3211 – Best 1440p Monitor Under 300 USD

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About the Monitor

If you want an even bigger monitor, the ViewSonic VX3211-2K-MHD is for you. It’s the absolute best 32-inch monitor under 300 USD.

Image Quality

The ViewSonic VX3211 monitor is based on an IPS panel with dithered 10-bit color support and over 99% sRGB color space coverage. You can also expect the impeccable 178-degree viewing angles as well as a rapid response time speed which you can increase to only 3ms by adjusting the Overdrive setting in the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu.

Even though the screen size is quite big, the WQHD resolution provides you with a decent pixel density identical to what you’d see on a 24-inch 1080p monitor. So, you won’t have as much screen real estate as you’d on a 27-inch 1440p monitor, but the picture will be crisp and vibrant.

Additionally, the ViewSonic VX3211 packs a bunch of useful features for gaming including pre-calibrated FPS, RTS, and MOBA picture presets as well as ‘Black Stabilization’ which increases visibility in dark areas of games. You will also have access to advanced picture adjustments such as 6-axis and six gamma settings (from 1.8 to 2.8).

Design & Connectivity

The ViewSonic VX3211 32″ 1440p IPS monitor boasts a modern and sleek design that will suit any environment. It’s tilt-only by -5/13 degrees, but you can VESA mount using the 100 x 100mm pattern. Connectivity includes a DisplayPort, an HDMI, and a VGA port which maxes out at 1920×1080. There are also two 2.5W integrated speakers.

Just like the previous three IPS monitors, the ViewSonic VX3211 is great for aspiring designers and photographers as well due to the color accuracy and consistency of IPS panels. However, it’s also limited to 60Hz without overclocking which is acceptable as a 1440p 144Hz monitor would cost you at least $400.

What We Loved

  • Great value for the money
  • Vibrant colors
  • Crisp image quality

What We Didn’t Like

  • No AMD FreeSync
  • Tilt-only

LG 24GM79G – Best 1080p 144Hz Monitor

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About the Monitor

If you’re looking for the best 144Hz 1ms monitor for competitive gaming, the LG 24GM79G-B has everything you need, and then some; Full ergonomic support, rich connectivity, and a flawless performance make it the best 144Hz gaming monitor under 300 USD.

Image Quality

Although there are numerous 1080p 144Hz gaming monitors available, we’ve found the LG 24GM79G to have the best picture quality, features, and overall value for the price.

In order to have the fastest response time speed of only 1ms, it features a TN panel. This also means that the monitor has a narrower viewing angles and not as vibrant colors as other panels. However, the LG 24GM79G display is factory-calibrated and its colors are more than decent for a TN panel.

TN panels have viewing angles of 170° horizontally and 160° vertically, so the image will shift in color and contrast when it’s viewed from skewed angles. So, as long as you are sitting in front of the screen, it’s not an issue.

Features

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The LG 24GM79G has its share of features including AMD FreeSync which allows gamers with FreeSync-compatible graphics cards to synchronize the GPU’s frame rate with the monitor’s refresh rate and allow the refresh rates to change dynamically according to the graphics card.

This entirely eliminates screen tearing and stuttering within the dynamic refresh rate range which in this case amounts to 48-144Hz/FPS (Frames Per Second) via both HDMI and DisplayPort.

Alternatively, you can use the motion blur reduction technology which via backlight strobing further eliminates motion blur or ghosting of fast-moving objects. This feature cannot be used at the same time as FreeSync and it will reduce the maximum brightness of the screen, but it delivers striking motion clarity.

Moving on, the LG 24GM79G 24″ 1080p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitor has additional features useful for gaming such as ‘Cross Hair’ that places a customizable crosshair on your screen, ‘Black Stabilizer’ for better visibility in dark games, two FPS and one RTS pre-calibrated picture preset, and finally, Dynamic Action Sync for minimal input lag.

Design & Connectivity

The LG 24GM79G-B features full ergonomic support (tilt, swivel, pivot, height, and VESA mount) and extensive connectivity options including two HDMI 2.0, a DisplayPort, and a dual USB 3.0 hub. The screen has an anti-glare coating to minimize reflections and distractions while beneath the bottom bezel, you’ll find five buttons to quickly swap between picture presets.

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What We Loved

  • Great colors for a TN panel
  • Motion Blur Reduction
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Extensive ergonomics and connectivity options

What We Didn’t Like

  • None

MSI Optix MAG24C – Best Curved Gaming Monitor Under 300 USD

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About the Monitor

Want a curved 144Hz gaming monitor? We highly recommend the MSI Optix MAG24C in this price range. Besides a 144Hz refresh rate, the monitor features a high-contrast VA panel with rich colors as well as a motion blur reduction technology.

Image Quality

The MSI MAG24C is the only monitor in this list with a VA panel. The strongest point of this panel is the superior static contrast ratio of 3,000:1. This means that there will be more details visible in the dark parts of the image as black shades are truly black in comparison to IPS and TN panels.

Additionally, the monitor boasts an extended color gamut of 110% sRGB, so you can expect intense and vibrant colors as well. While viewing angles amount to 178 degrees, some minor shifts in color and contrast are expected when looking at the screen from below or above though only at extreme angles.

The only drawback of VA panels is the slow response time speed which causes prominent motion blur in fast-paced games. However, the MSI Optix MAG24C features the 1ms MPRT motion blur reduction technology which uses backlight strobing to reduce ghosting and trailing.

Note that some ghosting will still be visible, particularly when dark pixels are involved, so if you are looking for the best 144Hz monitor performance-wise for competitive gaming, you should go for the LG 24GM79G instead. The MSI MAG24C is for those who want a better image quality and a more immersive gameplay at high frame rates.

Alternatives

On Amazon, you will also find the 27-inch versions of this gaming monitor, the Optix G27C2 and the Optix MAG27C. While they may also be available around the $300 mark, we still recommend the 24-inch version due to the higher pixel density.

If you plan on using the monitor only for gaming and don’t mind sitting a bit further from the screen, then you can consider the 27-inch 1080p versions; but keep in mind that text and other small items will appear blurry and fuzzy which makes the 27-inch versions unpractical for other everyday tasks such as reading and typing.

Design & Connectivity

Even though the monitor is only 24″, the 1800R curvature is noticeable and provides extra immersion. The MSI Optix MAG24C display also offers extensive ergonomics including tilt, swivel, height, and VESA mount compatibility while the connectivity options include a DisplayPort, an HDMI, and a DVI. AMD FreeSync is also supported with a 40Hz-144Hz dynamic range.

What We Loved

  • High contrast
  • Vibrant colors
  • Ergonomic
  • AMD FreeSync

What We Didn’t Like

  • Visible ghosting in fast-paced games

LG 29WK600 – Best UltraWide Monitor Under 300 USD

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About the Monitor

The LG 29WK600-W is one of the best computers monitors under 300 USD, and not just for gaming but for everyday entertainment, productivity work, and even some entry-level designing.

21:9 UltraWide vs 16:9 Widescreen

At first, you may need some time getting used to an ultra-wide monitor. The LG 29WK600 29-inch monitor is as tall as a regular 23-inch 16:9 monitor, just a lot wider.

The 21:9 format gives you a lot of advantages. In video games, you’ll have a wider field of view unless games don’t support ultrawide resolutions in which case, you’ll either have a stretched image or black borders at the sides. See a list of games that support 21:9.

The ultrawide resolution is also closer to the native format at which movies are shot, so you will be able to enjoy a more cinematic movie watching experience. Lastly, all that extra horizontal space will come in handy for your spreadsheets when working.

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Image Quality

The LG 29WK600 monitor uses an IPS panel with over 99% sRGB color gamut, a 5ms response time speed, and a 2560×1080 screen resolution which will provide you with a decent pixel density of 95 PPI.

Just like the LG 24GM79G, the LG 29WK600 offers plenty of useful features including Black Stabilizer, pre-calibrated picture presets, AMD FreeSync (40-75Hz range), Dynamic Action Sync, Cross Hair, etc. It’s also factory-calibrated.

Finally, the monitor also supports HDR10 content though due to its lack of proper color gamut and brightness capability, it barely scathes the surface of HDR (High Dynamic Range) viewing experience. Learn more about HDR monitors.

Design & Connectivity

While the LG 29WK600 29″ 1080p ultrawide IPS monitor is tilt-only, its stand is easily detachable, so you can mount it on the wall or a mounting arm using the VESA holes. The monitor has thin bezels and a matte screen coating which eliminates sunlight reflections. Turning to the connectivity, you’ll find two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, and two 5W built-in speakers.

What We Loved

  • Rich and accurate colors
  • AMD FreeSync
  • 75Hz
  • Great value for the money

What We Didn’t Like

  • HDR10 is software enabled only
  • Tilt-only

LG 34UM60 – Best UltraWide Gaming Monitor Under 300 USD

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About the Monitor

Next up, we have the LG 34UM60 which is basically a larger version of the LG 29WK600 with some minor differences; firstly, the LG 34UM60 doesn’t support HDR10 but it offers 1ms Motion Blur Reduction technology!

Image Quality

The main downside of this gigantic and gorgeous monitor is its pixel density. Since it’s 34″, the 2560×1080 resolution provides a pixel density of 81 PPI which is equivalent of 1080p on a 27-inch monitor.

So, if you also use your monitor for work or you read and type a lot, you should go for the 29-inch model. For gaming and web-surfing, the low pixel density won’t be as noticeable making the LG 34UM60-P an awesome gaming machine in this case.

Moving on, the LG 34UM60 ultrawide monitor also features an IPS panel with the same 99% sRGB color gamut, but due to its motion blur reduction technology, you will have an even faster response time speed.

All of the common LG features are available in this model as well including Black Stabilizer, Dynamic Action Sync, AMD FreeSync (40-75Hz range), and gaming presets though there’s no Cross Hair option.

Design & Connectivity

Connectors include an HDMI and a DisplayPort while the ultra-slim design is tilt-only and VESA mount compatible.

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What We Loved

  • AMD FreeSync
  • 75Hz
  • 1ms Motion Blur Reduction
  • Great value for the money

What We Didn’t Like

  • Low pixel density
  • Tilt-only

LG 24UD58

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About the Monitor

If you’re looking for a 4K display, the LG 24UD58 is the best IPS monitor under 300 USD. On Amazon, the 27-inch version of this monitor – the LG 27UD58 is sometimes also available for around $300 in which case we recommend it over the 24-inch model. Of course, if you can invest a bit over $300 for a monitor, the 27-inch version is a worthy investment.

Image Quality

The 4K Ultra HD resolution provides an incredible picture quality with maximum details. The LG 24UD58-B also features an IPS panel with 10-bit color support (8-bit + FRC) and factory-calibrated sRGB color space coverage. So, not only will the picture be sharp and crisp, it will have vibrant and accurate colors fit for aspiring designers.

Unfortunately, PC gaming at 4K is quite demanding, so you will need a powerful system or to lower the picture settings in certain games. A good thing is that due to the high resolution, you won’t need to use anti-aliasing which will help with the frame rate performance.

Since the LG 24UD58 supports FreeSync, the monitor is best paired with an RX Vega 56 and 64 cards as the variable refresh rate can also greatly help with the performance, though the dynamic refresh rate range is only 40Hz-60Hz. Other features such as Black Stabilizer and Dynamic Action Sync are also available.

Scaling

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Since the LG 24UD58 is only 24″, the 4K resolution will result in a very high pixel density of over 180 PPI. This will make everything tiny, so you will need to scale up everything in order to make text readable.

Unfortunately, some applications (including some video games) don’t scale well, though that’s mostly the case with outdated software.

Design & Connectivity

The LG 24UD58 4K monitor sports reasonably thick bezels and it’s VESA mount compatible, but tilt-only. Connectivity includes two HDMI 2.0 and a DisplayPort 1.2. FreeSync is supported via the DisplayPort only with a 40-60Hz range.

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What We Loved

  • Great 4K IPS monitor for the money
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Crisp image and rich colors

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only
  • FreeSync range only 40-60Hz
  • FreeSync works over the DisplayPort only

Samsung U28E590D

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About the Monitor

The Samsung U28E590D is a bit larger than the LG 4K model but it also features a TN panel instead of the IPS. So, you get less vibrant colors and narrow viewing angles, but a faster response time speed and a bigger screen.

Image Quality

The TN panel of the Samsung UE590 monitor supports 10-bit color depth and has a peak brightness of 370 nits which ensures a striking and bright picture quality. If you are on a budget, it’s the best gaming monitor for PS 4 Pro and Xbox One X under $300.

Thanks to its rapid 1ms response time speed, you won’t encounter any ghosting in fast-paced games. What’s more, the Samsung UE590 28″ 4K monitor supports AMD FreeSync with a 40-60Hz range over the DisplayPort making it an ideal display for AMD card users.

Design & Connectivity

At the back of the Samsung U28E590D, you will find two HDMI 2.0 ports and a DisplayPort as well as 75 x 75mm pattern for VESA mount. You can also tilt the screen of the monitor by -2/20 degrees.

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What We Loved

  • Inexpensive
  • 1ms response time speed
  • AMD FreeSync

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only
  • FreeSync range only 40-60Hz
  • FreeSync works over the DisplayPort only

Buyer’s Guide – How To Pick The Right Gaming Monitor

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When choosing a monitor for gaming at this price point, there are several things you should take into account. We’ve already been through the most important features and specifications for each monitor, so here’s a quick sum-up.

60Hz vs 75Hz vs 144Hz – What’s the difference?

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The video above can give you a general idea about motion clarity and smoothness at different frame rates.

Generally, a 75Hz monitor provides some extra fluidity in comparison to the standard 60Hz display, but it’s nowhere near the immersion and feel of 144Hz which is a must of competitive FPS gamers.

1080p 144Hz vs 1440p vs 4K

Unless you have a really powerful computer rig, we recommend against getting a 4K monitor. It’s simply too demanding and you will likely end up lowering picture settings in order to gain more frame rate which kinda defeats the purpose of a high resolution.

When it comes to 1080p 144Hz vs 1440p 60Hz, it solely depends on what type of games you play. For competitive first-person shooters such as CS: GO and Overwatch, a 144Hz monitor is an obvious choice – and if you play more graphically-oriented games, go for 1440p.

Is FreeSync worth it?

You’ve probably noticed that most gaming monitors in the list feature AMD FreeSync. This technology allows those with AMD FreeSync-compatible graphics cards to enable a variable refresh rate which eliminates screen tearing and stuttering within the dynamic range.

So, what about NVIDIA users?

NVIDIA’s variable refresh rate technology is called G-SYNC and, unlike FreeSync which is free, it adds a fee to the monitor’s price. So, you won’t find any G-SYNC monitors in this price range as the cheapest one will cost you around $400.

Therefore, if you don’t already have an AMD card and plan on buying both a new monitor and a new graphics card, we recommend going the FreeSync route as it offers a better performance/price at low-mid budget levels.

TN vs IPS vs VA

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Moving on, you’ll notice that most of the best gaming monitors under 300 USD in our list have IPS panels which offer wide 178-degree viewing angles, a fast response time speed, and accurate colors. TN panels, on the other hand, have narrow viewing angles and not as vibrant colors, so pick a monitor with a TN panel only if you want the best response time speed for minimal ghosting in fast-paced games.

Lastly, VA panels have the best contrast ratio for the deepest blacks as well as a superior relation between the brightest and the darkest colors. If you want a display with true blacks, though, you will have to cope with motion blur in fast-paced games. Moreover, at this price range, there aren’t many VA monitors.

UltraWide vs Widescreen

If one of the ultrawide monitors has caught your attention, there are some things you should keep in mind. First of all, ensure that video games you play the most support the 21:9 ultrawide format or you’ll play with black borders at the sides or a stretched picture.

Ultrawide monitors are great for watching movies as the 21:9 format is closer to the native aspect ratio of movies (2.39:1). Finally, the extra horizontal space makes for more enjoyable web surfing, working, multi-tasking, and other everyday activities.

Conclusion

There you have it! These are the absolute best gaming monitors under $300 you can get right now. We’ve carefully selected only the best models and made sure that you have a diverse selection.

For competitive gamers out there, the LG 24GM79G is clearly the best choice though we would also like to point out the LG 29WK600 and the ViewSonic VA2719 as excellent monitors for gamers who prefer stunning graphics over the high frame rates.

Joseph Moore

Head Editor

Joseph is a tech writer and copy-editor that has written and ghostwritten hundreds of articles for different online magazines and blogs.

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