The Best Gaming Monitors (Editor’s Picks For 2024)

Check out the best gaming monitors currently available. We've narrowed down your selection to only our top-recommended models!

Nowadays, choosing a gaming monitor that’s most suited for you can be overwhelming due to the sheer amount and variety of available models.

That’s why we made this buyer’s guide! Here, you’ll only find our favorite monitors for gaming – sorted by budget!

MonitorSizeResolutionPanelRefresh
Rate
24”1920x1080IPS165Hz
27”2560x1440IPS170Hz
27”2560x1440VA180Hz
24”1920x1080IPS240Hz
27”2560x1440IPS240Hz
34”3440x1440IPS144Hz
27”2560x1440IPS165Hz
28”3840x2160IPS144Hz
32”2560x1440IPS260Hz
32”3840x2160IPS144Hz
42"3840x2160OLED120Hz
27”2560x1440OLED360Hz
34”3440x1440OLED165Hz
32”3840x2160OLED240Hz
32"3840x2160VA165Hz
39"3440x1440OLED240Hz
45"3440x1440OLED240Hz
49”5120x1440OLED240Hz
*Recommended monitor - a review section will be added soon
budget pick

BenQ EX240

BenQ MOBIUZ EX240
  • Vibrant colors
  • 24″ 1080p 165Hz
best value

AOC Q27G3XMN

AOC Q27G3XMN Monitor
  • 336-zone mini LED FALD
  • 1200-nits peak brightness
  • 27″ 1440p 180Hz
best overall

Dell AW3423DWF

Dell AW3423DWF Monitor
  • Infinite contrast ratio
  • 1000-nits peak brightness
  • 34″ 3440×1440 165Hz

Now, while we already have a comprehensive best gaming buyer’s guide with over 25 recommended models, this guide is more compact with a focus on the best value for money models that are highly regarded and have proven to be reliable.

So, you can just pick according to your budget and preferences with ease of mind.

Of course, we’ll also explain exactly why we picked these models and how they compare to their alternatives in the review summaries below; here’s the sum-up by budget:

The Pros:

  • Vibrant and accurate colors
  • Plenty of gaming features, including VRR and MBR up to 165Hz
  • Ergonomic stand, USB hub

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)
  • Design lacks pivot option

About The Monitor

The BenQ EX240 is the best budget gaming monitor you can get for under $150.

Image Quality

If you’re interested in buying a monitor for gaming, the BenQ EX240 is the cheapest model you should consider. It’s only $20 – $40 more expensive than the budget ~22″ – 24″ models with 60/75Hz, so it’s really worth the investment for 165Hz.

The monitor is based on an IPS panel, which boasts a strong 350-nit peak brightness and a static contrast ratio of ~1,000:1.

Further, the BenQ EX240 has a bit wider color gamut with 80% DCI-P3 color space (~115% sRGB gamut size) for more saturated and rich colors.

The 1080p Full HD resolution results in a decent pixel density of roughly 92 PPI (pixels per inch) on the 24″ screen of the BenQ EX240, which means you’ll get a fair amount of screen space and reasonably crisp details and text.

On the 27″ 1080p model, you get a considerably lower pixel density, resulting in more pixelated details, which is why recommend the 24″ model.

Also, the 1080p resolution will allow you to take advantage of 180Hz even with budget gaming rigs as it’s not very demanding on the GPU.

Features

Moving on, the BenQ EX240 has a fast pixel response time speed, so there’s no prominent ghosting behind fast-moving objects, making for a smooth and responsive gaming experience.

Variable refresh rate (VRR) is supported for smooth and tear-free gameplay up to 180FPS.

Alternatively, you can use Motion Blur Reduction, which uses backlight strobing to reduce perceived motion blur at the cost of picture brightness.

Other useful features include Black eQualizer for better visibility in dark scenes, Color Vibrance for adjusting color saturation and various picture presets.

Check out our BenQ EX240 review for more information.

We also recommend the BenQ EX240 as the best budget 1080p 120Hz monitor for the PS5 and the Xbox consoles.

Design & Connectivity

BenQ Mobiuz EX240 Review

The monitor also has a sturdy and ergonomic stand with up to 100mm height adjustment, +/- 15° swivel, -5°/15° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphone jack, dual 2.5W integrated speakers and a dual-USB 3.0 hub. The 1080p 120Hz mode is supported for the PS5 and Xbox consoles.

Alternatives

The Pros:

  • Vibrant and accurate colors
  • Fully ergonomic design
  • Plenty of gaming features including FreeSync and MBR up to 170Hz
  • High pixel density

The Cons:

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

About The Monitor

If your budget is around $250, the Acer XV272UV is our top recommendation for mixed-use, including productivity work, gaming and basic content creation.

Image Quality

The next step from the BenQ EX240 is a 27″ 1440p high refresh rate gaming monitor and we find that the Acer XV272UV offers the best value for money here.

You get a bigger screen with a higher resolution to back it up. Not only do you get more screen space, but with a pixel density of roughly 108 PPI (pixels per inch), details and text are notably sharper and clearer.

This is why most gamers find this screen size and resolution to be ideal; not to mention that it’s significantly less taxing on your GPU than 4K UHD.

Further, the monitor has a decent peak brightness of 400-nits and a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, while its 95% DCI-P3 wide color gamut coverage adds extra vibrancy to the image without excessive over-saturation.

Features

The Acer XV272UV has a rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed for virtually no ghosting in fast-paced games.

It supports a variable refresh rate up to 170Hz for tear-free gameplay and works with both AMD and NVIDIA GPUs without any issues. Motion Blur Reduction is available as well for CRT-like motion clarity at a cost of picture brightness.

Other features include Black Boost (improves visibility in dark scenes), various picture presets, crosshair overlays and on-screen timers.

Visit our Acer XV272UV review for more details.

Design & Connectivity

Acer XV272UV Review

The design boasts full ergonomic support with up to 110mm height adjustment, +/- 90° pivot, +/- 180° swivel, -5°/25° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0 ports, dual 2W speakers and a headphone jack.

Alternatives

There are plenty of excellent 27″ 1440p high refresh rate IPS gaming monitors available nowadays ranging from $200 to $250 (depending on sale).

So, we recommend checking them all out and choosing whichever is the cheapest or according to your design/feature preference:

We don’t recommend going with a VA model as they’re not really cheaper yet suffer from slower response times, which result in black smearing, and many units are affected by VRR brightness flickering.

If you want a 32″ 1440p high refresh rate IPS gaming monitor, we recommend the ASUS PG329Q. As for 24″ 1440p models, check out the Koorui GP01.

The Pros:

  • High peak brightness
  • Wide 96% DCI-P3 and 90% Adobe RGB color gamut
  • 336-zone mini LED FALD
  • Decent response time, low input lag
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 180FPS
  • Fully ergonomic stand

The Cons:

  • Minor blooming/haloing noticeable in certain scenes
  • Minor ghosting

About The Monitor

The AOC Q27G3XMN is the most affordable gaming monitor with proper HDR support.

Image Quality

Thanks to its 336-zone mini LED FALD (full-array local dimming) backlight, the Q27G3XMN offers a similar HDR viewing experience to that of $500+ displays!

These zones can dim parts of the image that are supposed to be dark without greatly affecting the areas that are supposed to remain bright, thus significantly increasing the contrast ratio.

Naturally, when viewing particularly demanding scenes (fireworks, stars in the night sky, subtitles, etc.), some light from small illuminated objects will bleed into the surrounding dimmed zones and create blooming.

This is an expected drawback of this technology, and most users will find it tolerable given the image quality you get in return.

What’s more, the AOC Q27G3XMN has an impressive 1200-nit peak brightness for punchy highlights and a wide color gamut, covering 96% of the DCI-P3 color space and around 90% Adobe RGB.

When it comes to pixel response time speed, it’s faster than the typical VA panels, but some minor ghosting behind fast-moving objects is still noticeable (mainly in dark scenes). Most gamers won’t mind it though.

Check out our full AOC Q27G3XMN review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

AOC Q27G3XMN Design

The stand of the monitor offers height adjustment up to 130mm, +/- 30° swivel, -5°/23° tilt, 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports (limited to 144Hz), DisplayPort 1.4 and a headphone jack.

Alternatives

  • KTC M27T20 – another 27″ 1440p 165Hz flat-screen VA model. It has a bit faster response time speed, 576-zone mini LED FALD, USB-C 90W PD and KVM, but goes for up to ~$150 more

The Pros:

  • Accurate colors
  • Fully ergonomic design, USB hub
  • Plenty of gaming features including FreeSync and MBR up to 240Hz

The Cons:

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

About The Monitor

In case your budget is around $300 and you’re looking for the best monitor for competitive gaming, we recommend the ViewSonic XG2431, but we’ll also include a few excellent alternatives below.

Image Quality

Keep in mind that thanks to its fast response time speed, low input lag and high refresh rate, even the Acer XV272UV can be great for competitive gaming if you can maintain a high frame rate at 1440p.

In fact, some gamers prefer having a higher resolution as it makes all details sharper. However, if you have a weaker system or just want the clearest motion and the lowest input lag you can get, we recommend the XG2431.

To start with, this gaming monitor has a maximum refresh rate of 240Hz, which doesn’t provide quite as a big jump in responsiveness as going from 60Hz to over 120Hz, but you can definitely feel the difference!

In terms of image quality, you’re getting an IPS panel with wide viewing angles and full sRGB gamut coverage for accurate and vivid colors without over-saturation, as well as a decent 350-nit peak brightness and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio.

The 1080p resolution provides you with a respectable pixel density and allows you to easily maintain high frame rates as it’s not very demanding to drive.

Features

The ViewSonic XG2431 monitor supports a variable refresh rate up to 240Hz for tear-free gameplay and has a rapid pixel response time speed for virtually no trailing behind fast-moving objects.

Its main feature, however, is the PureXP Motion Blur Reduction technology with Blur Busters 2.0 certification, ensuring impeccable backlight strobing performance and customization.

Using this monitor at 120Hz with strobing and steady 120 frame rate results in truly CRT-like motion clarity with zero motion blur or other unwelcome visual artifacts.

You can use MBR all the way up to 240Hz for lower input lag, but the image won’t be quite as clear, though you can fine-tune it to your personal liking.

So, the XG2431 provides you with excellent gaming performance regardless of your preferred playing style. You can use it at a fixed 240Hz for minimal input lag, with a variable refresh rate for no tearing, or with MBR for no blur.

Check out our ViewSonic XG2431 review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

ViewSonic XG2431 Monitor Design

The stand of the monitor is robust and versatile with up to 120mm height adjustment, +/- 90° swivel, 90° pivot, -5°/15° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports, a headphone jack, two 3W built-in speakers and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

Alternatives

You can also find a 360Hz gaming monitor for around $300 – 400$. We recommend the Acer Aopen 25XV2QF or the Acer XV252QF – both with 390Hz OC and MBR support.

Its higher refresh rate provides you with lower input lag, provided you can achieve 390FPS, but its backlight strobing is not as well-implemented as that of the XG2431. Also, note that the difference between 360Hz and 240Hz is less noticeable than 240Hz vs 144Hz.

Serious eSports players should also consider the BenQ XL2566K with a 360Hz TN panel. It has incredibly fast response times and an excellent MBR implementation, but has inferior image quality to IPS versions and goes for $600.

There’s also the ASUS PG27AQN with a 27″ 1440p 360Hz IPS panel with exceptional response time performance for ~$1000.

There’s also a 24.5″ 1080p 500Hz G-SYNC IPS gaming monitor, the Dell AW2524H, but we don’t recommend it as it’s expensive and doesn’t have a very fast pixel response time speed. Instead, you should get the ASUS PG248Q with a 540Hz panel – though it goes for $900, so it’s mainly intended for professional players.

The Pros:

  • Wide color gamut
  • Plenty of gaming features including MBR and FreeSync up to 240Hz
  • Height-adjustable stand and rich connectivity options

The Cons:

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

About The Monitor

If your budget is ~$350 and you’re not interested in ultrawide displays or HDR, the HP Omen 27qs offers amazing value for the price.

Image Quality

Just like the $250 Acer XV272UV, the HP Omen 27qs is a 27″ 1440p IPS gaming monitor with a wide color gamut and a fast response time speed, but it has a higher 240Hz refresh rate!

So, if you cannot get above 170FPS in competitive titles or you mostly play games in which that’s unfeasible, the 170Hz XV272UV will suit you better for less money, that is, unless you plan on upgrading your rig.

Other panel-related specifications include a 400-nit peak brightness, a wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut and a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio.

Variable refresh rate is supported with a 48-240Hz dynamic range, and the monitor supports Motion Blur Reduction.

You also get the standard set of gaming features, such as Black Stretch, crosshair overlays, on-screen timers, various picture presets, etc.

Check out our HP Omen 27qs review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

HP Omen 27qs Design

The design of the monitor includes a height-adjustable stand up to 130mm, tilt, 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports, a dual-USB 3.0 hub, a headphone jack and two 2W built-in speakers.

Alternatives

There are 300Hz models available too, such as the ASUS XG27AQMR, but we find that the extra 60Hz is not worth $200+ more.

The Pros:

  • Vibrant and accurate colors
  • Ergonomic design, built-in KVM
  • Plenty of gaming features including VRR + MBR up to 144Hz
  • High pixel density

The Cons:

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

About The Monitor

The Gigabyte M34WQ is the best value monitor you can get for ~$420. It’s a 34″ 3440×1440 144Hz flat-screen ultrawide monitor with an IPS panel!

Image Quality

A 34″ 3440×1440 ultrawide monitor is essentially a 27″ 1440p monitor that’s ~33% wider, providing you with extra horizontal screen space, which is great for productivity work and audio/video editing. Additionally, compatible games and videos are more immersive due to the extended field of view.

On top of that, the M34WQ has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, vibrant colors (91% DCI-P3) and a fast response time speed for minimum ghosting.

It also has a strong peak brightness of 400-nits and a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, as expected from an IPS display.

Features

Variable refresh rate is supported with a 48-144Hz dynamic range, while other useful gaming features include Aim Stabilizer Sync, Black Equalizer (improves visibility in dark scenes), Dashboard and PiP/PbP.

Check out our full Gigabyte M34WQ review for more details.

Design & Connectivity

Gigabyte M34WQ Design

The Gigabyte M34WQ has a stand with height adjustment up to 130mm, tilt by -5°/21°, swivel by +/- 30° and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports, USB-C with DP Alt Mode and 18W Power Delivery, a dual-USB 3.0 hub, an integrated KVM switch, built-in dual 3W speakers and a headphone jack.

Alternatives

If you’re looking for something similar but cheaper, check out the Sceptre E345B-QUN168W, though it doesn’t have quite as many features.

Another ultrawide monitor worth considering at this price range is the Gigabyte G34WQC-A.

It uses a curved VA panel with a higher contrast ratio for deeper blacks, but suffers from smearing behind fast-moving objects in dark scenes and some units are affected by VRR brightness flickering – so consider it only if you’re not sensitive to these visual artifacts!

For a 34″ 3440×1440 high refresh rate IPS ultrawide monitor with a curved panel, you’ll have to invest $500 for the Acer XR343CKP. However, we recommend saving up $800 for the Dell AW3423DWF or considering a mini LED or an OLED display for better HDR image quality. We’ll get more into these monitors below.

The Pros:

  • High peak brightness, decent pixel density, wide color gamut
  • 576-zone mini LED FALD
  • Quick response time, low input lag
  • Plenty of features, including VRR and MBR up to 165FPS
  • Fully ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options, including KVM and USB-C with 90W PD

The Cons:

  • Minor blooming/haloing noticeable in certain scenes
  • Occasional flickering issues when using VRR and local dimming simultaneously

About The Monitor

If you want a gaming monitor with proper HDR support, the Cooler Master Tempest GP27Q is the most affordable model we recommend.

Image Quality

It features a 27″ 1440p IPS panel with exceptional 99% Adobe RGB and 98% DCI-P3 gamut coverage for rich colors. You’ll also find a dedicated color preset for each gamut, including sRGB and BT. 2020.

Its main feature is the 576-zone mini LED FALD (full-array local dimming) backlight. These zones can dim parts of the image that are supposed to be dark, while the areas that should remain bright can reach up to 1200-nits of brightness. As a result, you simultaneously get deep and inky blacks with bright and punchy highlights.

In some demanding scenes (fireworks, stars in the night sky, etc.), the light from small illuminated objects can bleed into the surrounding dimmed zones and create the halo effect or blooming. This is an expected drawback and it’s tolerable considering it’s only visible in those demanding scenes.

Features

The Cooler Master GP27Q also supports VRR and MBR up to 165Hz, though not at the same time.

In some games, using VRR and local dimming simultaneously can cause some flickering issues, so you might need to disable one of the two features.

We find that the Tempest GP27Q is an excellent gaming monitor despite its blooming and occasional flickering issues. The 27″ 1440p 165Hz IPS panel with fast response time, VRR support, exceptional color gamut coverage, fully ergonomic stand and extensive connectivity options (KVM, USB-C) is worth $500 without even adding the 576-zone mini LED FALD backlight to the equation.

Check out our full Tempest GP27Q review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Cooler Master Tempest GP27Q Design

The monitor has a fully ergonomic stand with up to 110mm height adjustment, 90° pivot, -5°/15° tilt, +/- 15° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DP 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports, USB-C with DP Alt Mode and 90W Power Delivery, a headphone jack, two 3W integrated speakers and built-in KVM functionality.

Alternatives

There’s also the Cooler Master Tempest GP27U variant with a higher 4K UHD resolution, but it goes for $800. For gaming and content consumption, 1440p still looks great on 27″ sized displays and it’s a lot less taxing on your GPU, so unless you need 4K resolution for work, we recommend the GP27Q.

NOTE

Keep in mind that the Acer XV275K P3 27″ 4K 160Hz IPS gaming monitor with a 576-zone mini LED FALD backlight can be found on sale for $550.

The Pros:

  • Vibrant and accurate colors
  • Fully ergonomic design, USB hub, KVM, USB-C with 65W PD
  • Plenty of gaming features including FreeSync and MBR up to 144Hz
  • Very high pixel density

The Cons:

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

About The Monitor

In case you prefer visual fidelity over moderate performance gain or HDR, 4K 144Hz might suit you better than 1440p 240Hz – and the Acer XV283K KV offers by far the best value for money in this category.

Image Quality

The 4K UHD resolution results in a high pixel density of 157 PPI on the 28″ viewable screen of the Acer XB283K. In comparison to 108 PPI of 27″ 1440p displays, you get significantly sharper details and text, as well as more screen real estate.

However, you will also need to apply scaling in order to make small text readable; this will reduce the amount of screen space, but further increase detail clarity.

1080p monitor vs 4K (Scaling)

Now, keep in mind that the difference between 1440p and 4K on a ~27″ sized monitor is not actually that noticeable in games and videos at a normal viewing distance.

Since 4K UHD is significantly more demanding than 1440p, the difference is performance will be a lot more obvious, which is why we usually recommend at least 32″ 4K monitors for gaming.

If, however, you plan on using the monitor for other use too, be it photo/video editing, coding/programming, productivity work, etc., then the Acer XB283K KV makes more sense – you get sharper text and more details for your work as well as an excellent gaming experience, provided you got a powerful enough gaming rig.

Moving on, the Acer XB283KKV has an IPS panel with a wide 90% DCI-P3 gamut coverage (with an sRGB mode available), excellent Delta E < 1 factory calibration, a 400-nit peak brightness, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio and a rapid 1ms GtG response time speed.

Features

It supports a variable refresh rate with certified G-SYNC compatibility for smooth tear-free gameplay up to 144FPS, as well as backlight strobing via its Visual Response Boost technology.

You’ll also find plenty of additional features, including built-in light and color temperature sensors, Black Boost (improves visibility in dark scenes), crosshair overlays, various picture presets, etc.

Check out our full Acer XB283K KV review for more details.

The Acer XB283K KV is also a great monitor for the Xbox Series X and the PS5.

Design & Connectivity

Acer Predator XB283K KVbmiipruzx Review

The stand of the monitor is robust and versatile with up to 115mm height adjustment, 90° pivot, -5°/20° tilt, +/- 20° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, two HDMI 2.1 ports, a USB-C port (DP Alt Mode, 65W PD), a quad-USB 3.0 hub, a headphone jack, two 2W integrated speakers and built-in KVM functionality.

Alternatives

  • Gigabyte M27U – a bit higher brightness and slightly wider color gamut; USB-C has only 18W PD

The Pros:

  • Vibrant and accurate colors
  • High peak brightness
  • Ergonomic design, USB hub
  • Plenty of gaming features including VRR up to 260Hz
  • High pixel density

The Cons:

  • Design lacks swivel option
  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology, but A-TW polarizer helps minimize the issue)

About The Monitor

In case you want a 32″ gaming monitor with a rapid 240Hz refresh rate, the LG 32GQ850 is the best model available!

Image Quality

Thanks to its nano IPS panel with 98% DCI-P3 gamut coverage, the LG 32GQ850 offers gorgeous colors! It also has a strong peak brightness of 450-nits for SDR and 600-nits for HDR, which along with 16 dimming zones can make certain HDR scenes appear notably better, though still not ‘true HDR.’

The display is overclockable to 260Hz, supports VRR and has a fast 1ms GtG pixel response time speed for virtually no ghosting in fast-paced games.

Another great thing about this monitor that’s not very common is that it has an A-TW polarizer that noticeably helps with IPS glow and improves the perceived black depth.

Other features include Black Stabilizer, crosshair overlays, various picture presets and a refresh rate tracker.

Check out our full LG 32GQ850 review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

LG UltraGear 32GQ850 Review

The stand of the monitor offers height adjustment up to 110mm, -5°/15° tilt, 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility. There’s also RGB lighting at the back.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.1 ports with full 48 Gbps bandwidth, DP 1.4 with DSC, a dual-USB 3.0 hub and a DTS HP:X headphone jack with 3D audio simulation.

All inputs support 1440p 260Hz with 12-bit color depth, and the monitor can upscale to 4K 120Hz with VRR and HDR for the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

The Pros:

  • Vibrant and accurate colors
  • Ergonomic design, USB hub, KVM
  • Plenty of gaming features including FreeSync and MBR up to 144Hz
  • Very high pixel density

The Cons:

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

About The Monitor

If you’d like a 32″ 4K 144Hz gaming monitor, we recommend the Gigabyte M32U, which can be found for as low as $650.

Image Quality

Most users find that 4K UHD resolution better suits 32″ screens than 27″-28″ sized displays as you still get a very high pixel density (140 PPI in this case) but without having to rely on scaling.

Additionally, while 1440p looks great on 27″ monitors, 32″ 1440p displays have the same pixel density as 24″ 1080p screens, so 4K UHD is a much better choice here.

The Gigabyte M32U is based on an IPS panel with strong 400-nit peak brightness, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, a wide 90% DCI-P3 color gamut (sRGB mode available) and a fast 1ms GtG pixel response time speed.

Features

Variable refresh rate is supported with a 48-144Hz dynamic range for tear-free gameplay. The monitor also boasts Aim Stabilizer Sync, which allows VRR and MBR to work at the same time.

Other features include Black Equalizer, various picture presets, crosshair overlays and Picture in Picture/Picture by Picture support.

Check out our full M32U review for more information. It’s also a great monitor for the Xbox Series X and the PS5.

Design & Connectivity

Gigabyte M32U Monitor Design

The stand of the monitor is sturdy and offers height adjustment up to 130mm, tilt by -5°/20°, +/- 30° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, two HDMI 2.1 ports, a USB-C port (DP Alt Mode, 18W PD), a USB 3.0 hub (3 downstream + 1 upstream), a headphone jack, two 3W built-in speakers and a KVM switch.

The Pros:

  • Infinite contrast ratio, wide color gamut, decent brightness
  • Instantaneous response time
  • Plenty of additional features including VRR up to 120Hz

The Cons:

  • Stand not adjustable
  • Risk of permanent burn-in and temporary image retention
  • Too big for regular desktop use for most users

About The Display

The LG OLED42C3 TV can be found for $900, making it one of the best value gaming displays in this price range.

Image Quality

OLED displays don’t need a backlight to create an image; instead, each pixel emits its own light. As a result, you get an infinite contrast ratio with true blacks and no backlight bleeding, glowing, or other visual artifacts.

Additionally, the LG 42C3 has a 98% DCI-P3 wide color gamut, 178° wide viewing angles and true 10-bit color depth for smooth gradients.

Another advantage of OLEDs is the instantaneous pixel response time speed, resulting in no visible trailing behind fast-moving objects.

The main disadvantage, however, is brightness as OLED displays cannot get as bright as high-end LED-backlit LCDs.

Still, the LG C3 can reach 700-nits for small highlights (10% window), which along with its wide color gamut and infinite contrast ratio provides you with the best HDR viewing experience at this price range – far better than that of any equally priced LED LCD.

A 100% full white window is limited to around 180-nits, which some users might find acceptable, but it’s generally too dim for rooms with strong ambient lighting (screen facing a big window, studio lighting, etc).

 100% White Window Max Brightness (SDR)100% White Window Max Brightness (HDR)10% White Window Max Brightness (HDR)1 - 3% White Window Max Brightness (HDR)
Samsung QD-OLED Panels250-nits250-nits500-nits1000-nits
ASUS PG34WCDM270-nits270-nits750-nits1200-nits
ASUS PG27AQDM250-nits160-nits850-nits900-nits
LG 27GR95QE200-nits130-nits650-nits650-nits
LG 45GR95QE160-nits160-nits650-nits800-nits
Corsair Xeneon Flex190-nits160-nits650-nits800-nits
LG OLED42C3180-nits130-nits700-nits700-nits
ASUS PG42UQ200-nits120-nits800-nits800-nits
LG OLED48C3200-nits150-nits800-nits800-nits
Gigabyte FO48U110-nits110-nits500-nits600-nits
LG 48GQ900130-nits130-nits600-nits600-nits

*PC Mode, Game Optimizer enabled
**Uniform Brightness enabled

Further, OLED displays have a risk of permanent image burn-in if bright static elements are left on the screen for too long. However, as long as you’re mindful about how you use the display and take advantage of the integrated burn-in prevention features, this won’t be an issue.

Most people will find the 42″ sized screen too big for regular desktop use, though it’s manageable if you sit a bit further from it and mainly use it for games and videos. You get a decent pixel density of 106 PPI (pixels per inch).

Moving on, the LG OLED42C3 offers plenty of useful features, including variable refresh rate (40-120Hz range) and WebOS 23.

Obviously, besides PC gaming, the C3 is great for the PS5 and Xbox consoles too.

Design & Connectivity

LG OLED42C3 Design

The stand of the TV is sturdy and supports 300x200mm VESA mount compatibility. It has a glossy screen surface for more vivid image quality, but it’s also reflective, so you’ll have to keep in mind the lighting in your room.

Connectivity options include four HDMI 2.1 ports, RJ45, tuner, a digital audio jack, three USB 2.0 ports, WiFi and Bluetooth.

Alternatives

The ASUS PG42UQ uses the same panel but with a matte anti-glare coating, so while it’s better at handling reflections, the image isn’t quite as vivid in dark rooms.

It’s also overclockable to 138Hz, has a heatsink for slightly higher brightness and a DisplayPort 1.4 input, but it doesn’t support Dolby Vision or any integrated smart TV features.

Overall, both models have their advantages and disadvantages, so it’s up to your personal preference. However, while the 42C3 can be found for $900, the PG42UQ usually goes for ~$1400, so LG’s model offers drastically better value for money.

If you want a big 42″ monitor, but don’t want to deal with the risk of OLED burn-in, check out the Gigabyte FV43U and the upcoming Samsung S43CG70.

The Pros:

  • Infinite contrast ratio, wide color gamut, decent brightness
  • Instantaneous response time
  • Plenty of additional features including VRR up to 240Hz
  • Fully ergonomic stand, USB hub

The Cons:

  • Risk of permanent burn-in and temporary image retention

About The Monitor

The ASUS PG27AQDM is a 27″ 1440p 240Hz OLED gaming monitor, offering both a responsive and immersive gaming experience in the popular 27″ 16:9 form factor!

Image Quality

Just like any OLED display, the ASUS PG27AQDM has instantaneous pixel response time speed and an infinite contrast ratio.

The monitor also offers a wide 98.5% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage, VRR support up to 240Hz for tear-free gameplay and a decent peak brightness of up to 900-nits for small HDR highlights.

In SDR, it has a maximum brightness of 250-nits for a full-screen white window, which some users might find too dim, but under normal lighting conditions (not directly facing a big window or using studio lighting), it gets bright enough.

Unlike LG’s OLED TVs, the ASUS PG27AQDM has a matte anti-glare coating, so the image won’t be quite as vivid, but it’s much better at handling reflections.

Further, LG’s W-OLED panels use an RWBG subpixel layout, so there will be some noticeable fringing on small text and fine details. It’s not noticeable in games and videos, but it might bother some users when using the screen for work.

Check out our ASUS PG27AQDM review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

ASUS PG27AQDM Monitor Design

The stand of the monitor offers height adjustment up to 110mm, -5°/20° tilt, +/- 30° swivel, 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4 with DSC, a dual-USB 3.0 hub and a headphone jack.

Alternatives

There are 8 monitors using the same panel with different design, features, connectivity options, warranty and pricing.

You can see how they compare in the table below.

 LG 27GR95QELG 27GS95QEASUS PG27AQDMCorsair 27QHD240Acer X27UAOC AG276QZDKTC G27P6
Max. SDR Brightness (100% White Window, Uniform Brightness Enabled)200-nits275-nits250-nits160-nits200-nits260-nits200-nits
Max. HDR Brightness (100% White Window)140-nits275-nits160-nits140-nits230-nits140-nits200-nits
Max. HDR Brightness (10% White Window)650-nits600-nits850-nits650-nits650-nits650-nits750-nits
Max. HDR Brightness (≤3% White Window)  600-nits600-nits900-nits750-nits750-nits700-nits900-nits
USA Burn-in Warranty (can vary by region)2-year2-year2-year3-yearNone3-yearNone
Display Inputs1x DP 1.4
2x HDMI 2.1 (48 Gbps)
1x DP 1.4
2x HDMI 2.1 (48 Gbps)
1x DP 1.4
2x HDMI 2.0
1x DP 1.4
2x HDMI 2.1 (24 Gbps)
1x DP 1.4
2x HDMI 2.0
2x DP 1.4
2x HDMI 2.0
1x DP 1.4
2x HDMI 2.0
USB-C (DP Alt Mode + Power Delivery)NoNoNo65W90WNo65W
USB Ports2x USB-A
1x USB-B
2x USB-A
1x USB-B
2x USB-A
1x USB-B
4x USB-A
1x USB-C
2x USB-A
1x USB-B
2x USB-A
1x USB-B
2x USB-A
1x USB-B
KVMNoNoNoYesYesNoYes
Audio Ports1x HP + Mic
1x Optical Digital
1x HP + Mic
1x Optical Digital
1x HP1x HP1x HP1x HP
2x5W Speakers
1x HP
2x3W Speakers
PS5 SupportFull
(4K HDR + 120Hz VRR)
Full
(4K HDR + 120Hz VRR)
1440p HDR + 120Hz VRR
or
4K HDR + 60Hz VRR
Full (with chroma)
4K HDR 4:2:0 + 120Hz VRR
1440p HDR + 120Hz VRR
or
4K HDR + 60Hz VRR
1440p HDR + 120Hz VRR
or
4K HDR + 60Hz VRR
1440p HDR + 120Hz
or
4K HDR + 60Hz
Xbox Series X/S SupportFull
(4K HDR + 120Hz VRR)
Full
(4K HDR + 120Hz VRR)
4K HDR + 60Hz VRR
or
1440p SDR + 120Hz VRR
Full
(4K HDR + 120Hz VRR)
4K HDR + 60Hz VRR
or
1440p SDR + 120Hz VRR
4K HDR + 60Hz VRR
or
1440p SDR + 120Hz VRR
4K HDR + 60Hz
or
1440p SDR + 120Hz
Other+ Hardware Calibration+ Hardware Calibration+ PiP/PbP– Requires manual swapping between SDR and HDR modes+ PiP/PbP
 Price / ReviewLG 27GR95QELG 27GS95QEASUS PG27AQDMCorsair 27QHD240Acer X27UAOC AG276QZDKTC G27P6

ASUS also plans to release the ASUS XG27AQDMG version with a glossy screen surface for $750.

However, we recommend the MSI MPG 271QRX instead.

It’s a 27″ 1440p 360Hz gaming monitor with a QD-OLED panel, providing you with a higher refresh rate, clearer text, higher color volume and a 3-year burn-in warranty for $800.

The 27GR95QE can be found for as low as $700, whereas Acer’s model can be found for $600. So, these 27″ 1440p 240Hz W-OLED models might still be worth considering if you want to save $100 – $200 by not going with the MSI MPG271QRX.

Also, keep in mind that more OLED monitors are expected in 2024.

If you’d rather have a higher resolution 27″ HDR display and/or a mini LED model, we recommend the Innocn 27M2V.

The Pros:

  • Infinite contrast ratio, wide color gamut, high brightness
  • Instantaneous response time
  • Plenty of additional features including VRR up to 165Hz
  • High pixel density
  • 3-year warranty that covers burn-in

The Cons:

  • Risk of permanent burn-in and temporary image retention

About The Monitor

Want an ultrawide gaming monitor with an OLED panel, you’re going to love the Dell Alienware AW3423DWF!

Image Quality

The Dell AW3423DWF uses Samsung’s QD-OLED panel, which improves upon LG’s OLED panel mentioned above.

First of all, you get even wider viewing angles and higher peak brightness. Not only can the AW3423DWF reach 1,000-nits for small highlights, but it can also sustain ~250-nits for a 100% white window, making it more suited for desktop use.

It also has a wider 99.3% color gamut, which results in more saturated colors as well as higher perceived brightness.

Just like any OLED display, it has an instantaneous response time speed and an infinite contrast ratio.

Further, the AW3423DWF has a high 165Hz refresh rate and smooth variable refresh rate performance. You’ll also find other standard gaming features, such as crosshair overlays and Dark Stabilizer.

Next, the 34″ 3440×1440 ultrawide panel provides you with a higher pixel density of 110 PPI, resulting in sharper text and a reasonable screen size for any setup. It’s not a good option for consoles though as they lack native ultrawide support, but you can play with black bars at the sides of the screen.

Lastly, QD-OLED panels are more resistant to burn-in. Dell even offers a 3-year warranty that covers burn-in for the AW3423DWF.

Note that QD-OLED panels use a triangular RGB subpixel layout, which can cause minor fringing on small text, but most users won’t be bothered by this.

Be sure to check out our full Dell AW3423DWF review for more details.

Design & Connectivity

Dell AW3423DWF Review

The monitor’s stand is robust and versatile with up to 110mm height adjustment, +/- 20° swivel, -5°/21° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

The screen has a semi-glossy finish, which raises blacks under direct lighting, so it’s best to use in a dark room (true for any OLED).

Connectivity options include two DisplayPort 1.4 inputs, HDMI 2.0, a headphone jack, a line-out and a quad-USB 3.0 hub.

Alternatives

There’s also the Dell AW3423DW, which is the same monitor as the AW3423DWF but with a G-SYNC module and a higher 175Hz refresh rate; however, it’s up to $200 more expensive and has fewer features.

There are 6 monitors that use the same QD-OLED panel, offering a similar image quality and performance. However, they still have some differences in features, warranty, connectivity options, price, HDR accuracy, etc. Here’s how they compare:

 Dell AW3423DWFDell AW3423DWMSI MEG342CMSI 341CQPSamsung OLED G8Philips Evnia 34M2C8600
Max. Refresh Rate165Hz (120Hz 10-bit)175Hz (144Hz 10-bit)175Hz 10-bit175Hz 10-bit175Hz 10-bit175Hz 10-bit
Ports2x DP 1.4,
1x HDMI 2.0,
4x USB
1x DP 1.4,
2x HDMI 2.0,
4x USB
1x DP 1.4
2x HDMI 2.1
1x USB-C (65W PD)
4x USB
1x DP 1.4
2x HDMI 2.1
1x USB-C,
2x USB
1x Mini-DP 1.4,
1x micro HDMI 2.1
1x USB-C (65W PD)
1x USB-C
1x DP 1.4,
2x HDMI 2.0,
1x USB-C (90W PD),
4x USB
Cooling fans121NoneNone1
HDR
(AMD GPUs)
GoodGoodGoodNot TestedBad*Bad**
HDR
(NVIDIA GPUs)
GoodGoodGoodNot TestedGoodBad**
PiP/PbPYesNoYesYesNoYes
Ambient Light SensorNoYesYesNoYesYes
Updatable FirmwareYesYesYesYesYesYes
Other Notable FeaturesN/AG-SYNC moduleKVM switchKVM SwitchTizen OSKVM Switch
Ambiglow RGB
Price (MSRP)$1,100$1,300$1,100$900$1,500$800
Burn-in Warranty (in the US)3 years3 years3 years3 yearsN/AN/A
*Limited to ~450-nits unless VRR is disabled
**HDR Game Mode reaches ~1000-nits but over-brightens the image, while True Black Mode is limited to ~450-nits and some scenes are too dark

The pricing and warranty can vary by region. Generally, we recommend going with the Dell AW3423DWF due to its price and warranty that covers burn-in.

Note that ASUS released a 34″ 3440×1440 240Hz ultrawide 800R curved monitor based on LG’s W-OLED panel, the ROG Swift PG34WCDM.

We’re also expecting more 34″ and 39″ W-OLED models, as well as monitors using Samsung’s third-gen 34″ 3440×1440 240Hz QD-OLED panel in 2024. Check out our OLED monitors article for more information.

If you’re really worried about burn-in or don’t like the AW3423DWF for any reason, the Dell AW3821DW with an IPS panel is a decent ultrawide alternative at this price range.

In case you’d like something in the super-ultrawide format, check out the Samsung Odyssey G9 or the LG 49WQ95C. Keep in mind that these three displays don’t offer nearly as good HDR image quality as the AW3423DWF.

The Pros:

  • High peak brightness, high pixel density, wide color gamut
  • 1196-zone mini LED FALD
  • Quick response time, low input lag
  • Plenty of features, including VRR and MBR up to 165Hz
  • Ergonomic stand, USB hub

The Cons:

  • Minor blooming (in very demanding scenes)
  • The aggressive 1000R screen curvature won’t appeal to some gamers
  • VRR can add micro-stutter or brightness flickering in some scenes

About The Monitor

Want a 32″ 4K high refresh rate gaming monitor with proper HDR image quality? Check out the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7!

Image Quality

The Neo G7 has a strong peak brightness of 1200-nits for HDR content, and thanks to its VA panel with a high native contrast ratio and 1196-zone mini LED FALD, you get deep blacks with less noticeably blooming as opposed to IPS variants.

It also has a wide color gamut support with 95% DCI-P3 coverage, so you won’t get quite as vibrant colors as that of the Cooler Master GP27Q with 99% Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 coverage.

Next, the Neo G7 is one of the rare VA panel monitors with a rapid pixel response time speed for zero ghosting, but its VRR performance isn’t ideal as it can exhibit brightness flickering in certain scenarios (mainly in in-game menus and loading screens as well as in games with fluctuating frame rates).

You can use the ‘VRR Control’ option to prevent this flickering in case you encounter it, but then this option can add latency/micro-stutter instead. So, you’ll most likely need to adjust these settings depending on the game and your personal tolerance to these visual artifacts.

Other features include Black Equalizer, crosshair overlays, Picture in Picture and an integrated sensor that adjusts brightness according to ambient lighting.

Check out our full Neo G7 review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Samsung S32BG75 Review

The stand of the monitor offers height adjustment up to 120mm, +/- 15° swivel, -9°/13° tilt, +/- 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DP 1.4 with DSC, two HDMI 2.1 ports with 40 Gbps and DSC, a headphone jack and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

The screen has an aggressive 1000R curvature which some users won’t like, some will love, and some won’t mind at all, but keep in mind it takes some time to get used to it.

Alternatives

  • Innocn 32M2V – A 32″ 4K 144Hz monitor with a flat-screen IPS panel, DisplayHDR 1000 and 1152-zone mini LED FALD. It has wider viewing angles and a wider color gamut, but its response time speed is not as fast and it has more blooming than the Neo G7. It also has flickering artifacts when using VRR and local dimming simultaneously in some games.
  • Acer X32FP – Another 32″ 4K 144Hz IPS model with 576-zone mini LED FALD and a faster response time speed with smoother VRR performance

There’s also the Neo G8 model with a higher 240Hz refresh rate for $200 more, however, it has scanlines issues and considering how demanding it is to drive 165FPS at 4K UHD, let alone 240FPS, we find that the Neo G7 is a much better product overall.

The Pros:

  • Infinite contrast ratio, wide color gamut, decent brightness
  • Instantaneous response time
  • Plenty of additional features including VRR up to 240Hz
  • Bendable screen, USB hub
  • 3-year warranty that covers burn-in

The Cons:

  • Tilt-only stand, not VESA mount compatible
  • Expensive
  • Risk of permanent burn-in and temporary image retention
  • Low pixel density

About The Monitor

If you want to invest over $1500 in a gaming monitor, there are quite a few options worth considering with the Corsair Xeneon Flex 45WQHD240 being the most interesting one!

Image Quality

The monitor features a bendable screen, allowing you to bend it from a steep 800R curvature to a completely flat screen (or anywhere in between).

Further, it has a wide 98.5% DCI-P3 color gamut and a peak brightness of up to ~800-nits for small highlights. However, for a 100% white window in SDR, it’s limited to around 160-nits. Some users might find this too dim, but it’s acceptable under normal lighting conditions.

Another thing that might repulse some users is the low pixel density. The 3440×1440 resolution on a 45″ sized screen has a pixel density of 83 PPI (pixels per inch), which is equivalent to that of a 27″ 1080p display.

Considering that you’ll be sitting a bit further away from a 45″ screen than you would from a 27″, the individual pixels won’t be as noticeable. In fact, at a distance of roughly 41 inches (~104cm), the pixels aren’t distinguishable by the human eye at this pixel density.

On top of that, the LG’s W-OLED panel used here has the RWBG subpixel layout with minor fringing on small text and fine details.

All of these issues aren’t really noticeable in games and videos, but if you want to use the screen for work too, text clarity won’t be ideal.

The Corsair Xeneon Flex supports VRR up to 240Hz for tear-free gameplay as well as other standard gaming features, such as crosshair overlays and a refresh rate tracker. It also supports PiP/PbP.

Design & Connectivity

Corsair Xeneon Flex 45WQHD Monitor Design

The stand of the monitor is tilt-only by 22°. The legs are removable, but the screen is not VESA mount compatible. You can get the desk clamp adapter separately though.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.1 ports, DP 1.4 with DSC, USB-C with DP Alt Mode and 30W PD, two USB 3.0 ports at the back and two at the front, a headphone jack and an additional USB-C port (upstream).

Alternatives

There’s also the LG 45GR95QE based on the same panel but with a fixed 800R curvature for $1700. The overall image quality and performance are very similar, but some users might find the 800R curvature to be too aggressive.

It implies that you shouldn’t sit more than 80cm away from the screen to take full advantage of the curvature, but due to the low pixel density, the image might be too pixely for you while sitting so close to the screen. The Corsair Flex allows you to use a more moderate ~1800R curvature, which most users prefer.

The LG 45GR95QE does have a more ergonomic stand and it’s VESA mount compatible. However, Corsair offers a 3-year warranty that covers burn-in, while LG’s 2-year warranty doesn’t cover it!

So, it comes down to your personal preference – both models have advantages and disadvantages.

The Pros:

  • Instantaneous response time speed
  • Infinite contrast ratio
  • Wide color gamut
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 240Hz
  • Ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • Risk of burn-in

About The Monitor

If you want a super-ultrawide gaming monitor, the Samsung OLED G9 offers exceptional value for the money.

It is available in two versions: G95SC with built-in Smart features and G93SC without Smart features for ~$100 less.

Image Quality

The Samsung OLED G9 has a 49″ 5120×1440 240Hz panel, which is basically equivalent to two 27″ 2560×1440 displays side by side without the bezels in between them. As you can imagine, it delivers quite an immersive gaming experience.

Further, it uses a QD-OLED panel with a strong peak brightness performance (1000-nits peak for small HDR highlights and 250-nits for a full white field) and a wide 99% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage.

It has a second-gen QD-OLED panel with an improved subpixel layout, so fringing on small text and details is minimal and won’t bother most users at all.

Be sure to check out our full OLED G9 review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 Design

The stand of the monitor offers height adjustment up to 120mm, -2°/15° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DP 1.4 with DSC, HDMI 2.1, micro-HDMI 2.1, dual 5W integrated speakers, a headphone jack, an upstream USB-C port and two downstream USB-C ports. The G95SC model also has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth.

Alternatives

Another monitor worth considering at this price range is the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 with a 49″ 5120×1440 240Hz 1ms curved VA panel and a 2048-zone mini LED FALD backlight. It offers a higher brightness but has blooming artifacts.

If you want something even more extravagant is the Samsung G95NC with a 57″ 7680×2160 240Hz mini LED panel, though it’s quite expensive and demanding.

Conclusion

These are the best gaming monitors we recommend!

If you’re on a tight budget, you can’t go wrong with the BenQ EX240. However, if you have a bit better PC, you should invest in the AOC Q27G3XMN.

For competitive PC gaming, both the ViewSonic XG2431 and the HP Omen 27qs offer exceptional performance. For professional players, we’ve included the best models as alternatives for the XG2431.

In case you want a 4K UHD monitor for PC/console gaming or a good balance between work and play, the Acer XB283K KV and the Gigabyte M32U are definitely the best in terms of value for money.

Finally, for the best HDR viewing experience, all of the $800+ models recommended offer excellent image quality and performance for the price, so you can just pick according to your budget and personal preference; our favorite is the Dell AW3423DWF thanks to its excellent value for the money.

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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.