The Best Monitors With Built-in KVM Switch (2022 Reviews)

Looking for a monitor with a built-in KVM switch? Check out the best models currently available and everything you need to know about them!

Are you often working with two PCs and would like to use a single set of keyboard and mouse for both computers on a single display?

Then a monitor with a built-in KVM switch is for you! Here are the best models available as well as all the information you need to know about them!

TypeMonitorSizeResolutionPanelRefresh Rate 
Best 1440p Monitors27”2560x1440IPS170Hz
27”2560x1440IPS240Hz
32”2560x1440IPS170Hz
27”2560x1440IPS60Hz
Best 4K Monitors28”3840x2160IPS144Hz
32”3840x2160IPS144Hz
Best UltraWide Monitors34”3440x1440IPS144Hz
40”5120x2160IPS60Hz
49”5120x1440IPS60Hz
49”5120x1440VA120Hz
budget pick

Gigabyte M27Q

Gigabyte M27Q Monitor
  • High pixel density
  • Accurate and vibrant colors
  • FreeSync up to 170Hz
best value

Gigabyte M34WQ

Gigabyte M34WQ
  • High pixel density, ultrawide format
  • Accurate and vibrant colors
  • FreeSync up to 144Hz
best overall

MSI MPG321UR-QF

MSI MPG321UR QD Monitor
  • High pixel density, 4K UHD
  • Accurate colors, Adobe RGB gamut
  • FreeSync up to 144Hz

Monitors with built-in KVM switches allow you to quickly and effortlessly swap between PCs you control with your keyboard and mouse.

Not only do these monitors bring more convenience and remove clutter, but they can also be a more cost-effective solution!

In the review summaries below, we’ll help you pick the model that’s most suited for your preferences and use case.

If you want to view our changelogs for this particular buying guide, you can do so at the end of this article.

Best 1440p Monitors

If you’re buying a monitor with an integrated KVM switch, the 2560×1440 resolution models offer excellent value for the price!

The Pros:

  • High pixel density
  • Accurate and vibrant colors
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync and MBR up to 170Hz
  • Height-adjustable stand

The Cons:

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

About The Monitor

The Gigabyte M27Q is the cheapest monitor with a built-in KVM switch you can get yet it offers an exceptional gaming experience with a rapid pixel response time speed and a high 170Hz refresh rate. Moreover, it’s based on an IPS panel with accurate and vibrant colors as well as wide viewing angles.

In fact – at around $300, the M27Q is cheaper than KVM monitors with 1920×1080 60Hz or 2560×1440 60Hz screens, such as the Dell U2422HE (~$400) or the Dell U2722DE (~$550). So, even if you don’t need the gaming features of the M27Q, it still offers better value for money!

Image Quality

The 1440p resolution hits the pixel density sweet spot on 27″ sized screens. With roughly 108 PPI (pixels per inch), you get sharp details and plenty of screen space without having to use any scaling.

Further, if you intend on gaming, 1440p is significantly less demanding to drive than 4K UHD, allowing you to maintain higher frame rates.

The Gigabyte M27Q also has amazing colors with 95% Adobe RGB and 92% DCI-P3 gamut coverage, equivalent to ~140% sRGB gamut size.

A gamut clamp is also available in case you want to restrict the color output to 100% sRGB for better accuracy when editing/watching sRGB content.

You also get a very good peak brightness of 350-nits, so the screen can get more than bright enough even in well-lit rooms.

The IPS panel of the monitor provides 178° wide viewing angles, ensuring that the image remains perfect regardless of the angle you’re looking at the screen; brightness, contrast, gamma and colors are consistent, which along with the wide gamut support allows you to use the display for color-critical work.

Some IPS glow is preset, which is an expected drawback of this technology and you get a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, so blacks won’t be as deep as that of VA panels with a ~3,000:1 contrast ratio, but VA monitors have their own disadvantages.

Finally, the Gigabyte M27Q has a BGR subpixel layout instead of the regular RGB. This affects text clarity a bit in applications that do not support ClearType, but for most people, it won’t be an issue. Scaling can also further improve text clarity.

Visit our M27Q review for more information.

Features

amd freesync logo

Moving on, the monitor supports AMD FreeSync, which allows for a variable refresh rate (VRR) resulting in tear-free gameplay up to 170FPS. You can also use VRR with compatible NVIDIA GPUs (GTX 10-series or newer) over DisplayPort.

Motion Blur Reduction is available as well; it uses backlight strobing to reduce perceived motion blur at a cost of image brightness, but it cannot be active at the same time as VRR on this monitor.

Other features include Black Equalizer (improves visibility in dark scenes by altering the gamma curvature), PiP/PbP, crosshair overlays and ‘Dashboard’ that allows you to track system performance (GPU/CPU temperature, utilization, etc.) on the screen.

Design & Connectivity

Gigabyte M27Q Monitor Design

The stand is quite sturdy and offers height adjustment up to 130mm as well as tilt by -5°/20° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, USB-C (DP 1.2 Alt Mode and 10W PD), a headphone jack, a dual-USB 3.0 hub and a built-in KVM switch.

The Pros:

  • High pixel density
  • Accurate and vibrant colors
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync and MBR up to 240Hz
  • Height-adjustable stand

The Cons:

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

About The Monitor

If you want an even higher refresh rate, the Gigabyte M27Q-X model is for you.

Image Quality

The M27Q-X is actually the best value 1440p 240Hz gaming monitor available; other 1440p 240Hz monitors go for around $700 yet they don’t even feature KVM support!

Another good news is that, unlike the M27Q, the M27Q-X variant uses a regular RGB subpixel layout, resulting in crisp and sharp text.

The extra 70Hz doesn’t offer quite as a noticeable boost in motion clarity as opposed to going from 60Hz to 120Hz+, but if you can run games at such high frame rates, your gaming experience will be smoother and more enjoyable.

In terms of image quality, you get the same viewing experience with a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, a specified 350-nit peak brightness (goes up to 450-nits in real use) and a wide ~97% Adobe RGB color gamut with an sRGB mode available.

Aim Stabilizer Sync is available as well, allowing for simultaneous VRR and MBR performance.

Check out our Gigabyte M27Q-X review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Gigabyte M27Q X Monitor Design

The stand is identical to the M27Q model with height adjustment up to 130mm, tilt by -5°/20° and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.4, USB-C (DP 1.4 Alt Mode and 18W PD), a headphone jack, a dual-USB 3.0 hub, two 2W built-in speakers and a built-in KVM switch. PiP and PbP are supported too.

The Pros:

  • Accurate and vibrant colors
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync + MBR up to 170Hz
  • Ergonomic stand

The Cons:

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

About The Monitor

The Gigabyte M32Q is the best 32″ 1440p monitor with a built-in KVM switch.

Image Quality

While you get the normal RGB subpixel layout with the M32Q for clearer text, it has a lower pixel density of 92 PPI (pixels per inch) than the M27Q, so the details overall won’t be as sharp and you’ll have less screen real estate.

In terms of detail clarity and screen space, you get the same viewing experience as with a 24″ 1080p monitor, but on a bigger 32″ sized screen!

The M32Q has wide color gamut support with 94% DCI-P3 coverage (~120% sRGB) and a provided sRGB mode. Other panel-related specifications are similar to the M27Q and include a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, wide 178° viewing angles and a 400-nit peak brightness with basic HDR10 support.

Thanks to the rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed and 165Hz (170Hz OC) refresh rate, there’s no ghosting behind fast-moving objects, ensuring a smooth fast-paced gaming experience.

Additionally, the monitor supports VRR up to 170Hz as well as Gigabyte’s Aim Stabilizer Sync technology that allows VRR and MBR to be used simultaneously.

Other features include Dashboard, Black Equalizer, PiP/PbP and various picture presets. Check out our full M32Q review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Gigabyte M32Q Design

The stand of the M32Q is robust and versatile with up to 130mm height adjustment, +/- 30° swivel, -5°/20° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0 ports, a headphone jack, a USB 3.0 hub (1 upstream + 3 downstream), USB-C (DP 1.2 Alt Mode, 15W PD) and a built-in KVM siwtch.

The Pros:

  • High pixel density
  • Professional-grade color accuracy and Adobe RGB gamut coverage
  • Fully ergonomic stand, USB-C with 65W PD, DP-out for daisy-chaining

The Cons:

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

About The Monitor

While both the M27Q and M32Q monitors can be used for basic color-critical work, if you need full coverage of the Adobe RGB color space as well as professional-grade factory calibration, you should get the ViewSonic VP2785-2K.

Image Quality

The ViewSonic VP2785-2K has 100% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB and 96% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage, and it comes factory calibrated at Delta E < 2. Further, it supports 14-bit 3D LUT, hardware calibration and uniformity correction.

You’ll also find dedicated picture presets for Adobe RGB, sRGB, EBU, DCI-P3, SMPTE-C, Rec709, DICOM SIM and D50 color modes as well as three custom calibration profiles.

Additionally, there are various customizable picture modes for different scenarios (Video Editing, Animation, CAD/CAM, Photography, etc.) – all of which allow you to fine-tune gamma, sharpness and other settings. There are also ambient light and presence sensors on the monitor; PiP/PbP modes are supported as well.

Design & Connectivity

ViewSonic VP2785 2K Monitor Design

The stand of the monitor is robust and versatile with up to 130mm height adjustment, +/- 60° swivel, -5°/21° tilt, 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options are abundant and include HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, DisplayPort-out for daisy-chaining, USB-C (DP 1.2 Alt Mode, 65W PD), a USB 3.0 hub (1 upstream + 3 downstream) and a headphone jack.

Alternatives

  • ViewSonic VP2785-4K – 4K version of the monitor with the same features, though it’s more than twice the price
  • ViewSonic VP2771 – the best professinoal monitor with KVM if you just need the sRGB color gamut; it also has USB-C with 60W PD, DP-Out, etc.

Best 4K Monitors

Next up, we have the best 4K monitors with integrated KVM switches!

The Pros:

  • High pixel density, 4K UHD
  • Accurate and vibrant colors
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync + MBR up to 144Hz
  • Height-adjustable stand

The Cons:

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

About The Monitor

The Gigabyte M28U offers an amazing value as a 4K 144Hz gaming monitor, but it’s also great for other use and its KVM switch is just the icing on the cake!

Image Quality

Based on a 28″ IPS panel, this 4K UHD monitor offers a high pixel density of 157 PPI (pixels per inch), allowing for crystal-clear details and plenty of screen real estate.

Further, the M28U has a wide 94% DCI-P3 color gamut (with a provided sRGB mode) for saturated and rich colors, while HDR content gets a boost up to 400-nits from the standard 300-nits.

HDR is supported and there are 8 dimming zones, but you’re still just getting a glimpse of HDR, so it’s not really a ‘true’ HDR monitor – such monitors are naturally much more expensive.

The Gigabyte M28U has a rapid 1ms GtG response time speed for zero ghosting in fast-paced games and it supports Aim Stabilizer Sync for simultaneous VRR and MBR performance.

Other supported features include PiP/PbP, Dashboard, Black Equalizer, crosshair overlays and various picture presets.

Check out our Gigabyte M28U review for more details.

Design & Connectivity

Gigabyte M28U Monitor Design

Just like all Gigabyte’s monitors mentioned so far, the design is the same and includes a sturdy stand with basic ergonomics (height adjustment up to 130mm, tilt by -5°/20° and VESA mount compatibility).

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.1 ports (with 24 Gbps and DSC), DisplayPort 1.4, USB-C (DP 1.4 Alt Mode, 15W PD), a headphone jack, a USB 3.0 hub (1 upstream + 3 downstream) and dual 3W integrated speakers.

Alternatives

If you don’t need a high refresh rate, but would rather have professional-grade color accuracy and/or USB-C with 90W Power Delivery, check out the Dell U2723QE with an IPS Black panel (2000:1 contrast ratio).

The Pros:

  • High pixel density, 4K UHD
  • Accurate and vibrant colors
  • DisplayHDR 600, Adobe RGB gamut
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync + MBR up to 144Hz
  • Ergonomic stand

The Cons:

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

About The Monitor

If you want a 32″ 4K monitor with a KVM switch, look no further than the MSI MPG321UR-QD!

Image Quality

4K UHD resolution looks incredibly sharp even on 32″ sized screens, so with roughly 140 PPI, you get plenty of screen real estate and crisp details. At this pixel density, scaling is optional as some users go with the native 100%, while others prefer 125%.

The MSI MPG321UR-QD also has an impressive color gamut of 100% Adobe RGB, and it features dedicated DCI-P3 and sRGB emulation modes.

On top of that, it has VESA’s DisplayHDR 600 certification meaning that HDR content gets a boost in peak brightness up to 600-nits and there are 16 dimming zones that can improve the contrast ratio and dynamic range in scenes where dark and bright objects are far apart.

Features

The monitor is equipped with plenty of additional features, such as MPRT-Sync (allows for simultaneous or separate MBR and VRR performance), crosshair overlays, an ambient light sensor, PiP/PbP, various picture presets and Night Vision (improves visibility in dark scenes).

Design & Connectivity

MSI MPG321UR QD Monitor Design

The stand of the monitor is quite sturdy and offers a good range of ergonomics, including up to 100mm height adjustment, -5°/20° tilt, +/- 30° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, two HDMI 2.1 ports, USB-C (DP 1.4 Alt Mode, 18W PD), three audio jacks (headphone, microphone and combo), six USB-A 2.0 ports, three USB-B 2.0 ports and an integrated KVM switch.

Alternatives

If you’re looking for something a bit cheaper, check out the Gigabyte M32U. It doesn’t have as many USB ports or as wide color gamut, but it’s ~$100 cheaper. It’s the 32″ version of the previously-mentioned Gigabyte M28U.

Don’t need a high refresh rate? Check out the Dell U3223QE with USB-C (90W PD), an IPS Black panel and professional-grade factory calibration.

In case you want a larger 43″ 4K monitor, consider the Gigabyte FV43U with 144Hz and DisplayHDR 1000. However, due to its BGR subpixel layout and an issue when displaying gray text on dark backgrounds on the top of the screen, we can only recommend it as a monitor mainly for gaming and content consumption. It’s not ideal for work and office-related use due to subpar text clarity. Some users might find it acceptable with proper ClearType and scaling settings though.

Best UltraWide Monitors

Ultrawide monitors provide you with extra horizontal screen space, resulting in a wider field of view for a more cinematic viewing experience. They’re also very useful for audio/video editing and productivity/spreadsheet type of work.

The Pros:

  • High pixel density, ultrawide format
  • Accurate and vibrant colors
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync + MBR up to 144Hz
  • Ergonomic stand

The Cons:

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

About The Monitor

Here we have yet another Gigabyte model. In fact, Gigabyte was the first monitor manufacturer to start adding built-in KVM switches to most of their line-up, and other companies followed suit.

Image Quality

The Gigabyte M34WQ is a 34″ 3440×1440 IPS flat-screen ultrawide monitor with wide viewing angles, quick response time and wide color gamut.

It’s basically equivalent to a 27″ 2560×1440 monitor that’s just ~33% wider. So, you keep the height and the pixel density of a 27″ 1440p display and get added horizontal screen space.

Most video games support the 21:9 aspect ratio natively and even a lot of older games can be patched or modded for the ultrawide format. Movies shot at the ~21:9 aspect ratio are also displayed on the monitor without black borders at the top and bottom of the screen.

Moving on, the M34WQ has a wide 91% DCI-P3 color gamut (with a provided sRGB mode), a 1,000:1 contrast ratio and a peak brightness of 400-nits with the basic DisplayHDR 400 support.

The main disadvantage of the monitor is that it has a flat screen rather than a curved one which most users prefer on ultrawide displays. However, at a certain viewing distance (at least 2.5ft or ~80cm), this becomes almost negligible.

Features

Aim Stabilizer Sync is supported (VRR + MBR at the same time or separately) up to 144Hz. Other features include PiP/PbP, Dashboard, Black Equalizer, various picture presets, crosshair overlays and advanced image adjustment tools, such as gamma, sharpness, color vibrance and 6-axis hue/saturation.

Design & Connectivity

Gigabyte M34WQ Design

The stand of the monitor is sturdy and offers height adjustment up to 130mm, tilt by -5°/21°, +/- 30° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports (max 100Hz), USB-C (DP 1.4 Alt Mode, 18W PD), a headphone jack, a dual-USB 3.0 hub, dual 3W integrated speakers and a built-in KVM switch.

Alternatives

If you want a curved ultrawide monitor with a built-in KVM switch, your only choice is a VA panel variant at this price range, the Philips 346B1C. We only recommend it if you can find it around its $480 MSRP.

The Pros:

  • High pixel density
  • Accurate and vibrant colors
  • Delta < 2 factory calibration
  • Ergonomic stand, USB-C with 90W PD

The Cons:

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

About The Monitor

Want something even better in the ultrawide form factor? Check out the Dell U4021QW!

Image Quality

This 40″ ultrawide display with a screen resolution of 5120×2160 is essentially equivalent to a 32″ 4K UHD monitor that’s 33% wider!

Further, it uses an IPS panel with a wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut and a provided sRGB emulation mode with Delta E < 2 factory calibration.

The Dell U4021QW has a peak brightness of 300-nits, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 178° wide viewing angles and a subtle screen curvature of 2500R.

It’s limited to 60Hz and doesn’t support a variable refresh rate, but thanks to its vibrant colors, high resolution, ultrawide format and quick response time, video games will look great and run smoothly, though you’ll have to resort to V-Sync if you’re bothered by screen tearing.

The monitor supports Uniformity Compensation and PiP/PbP.

Design & Connectivity

Dell U4021WQ Monitor Design

The stand of the monitor is robust and offers up to 120mm height adjustment, +/- 35° swivel, -5°/20° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports (max 30Hz at 5120×2160), four downstream USB 3.0 ports, one upstream USB-B port, one downstream USB-C port, Thunderbolt 3 with 90W PD, a headphone jack, RJ45, and KVM.

Alternatives

If you’re looking for something a bit cheaper, check out the Dell U3821DW 38″ 3840×1600 ultrawide monitor with built-in KVM.

The Pros:

  • High pixel density
  • Accurate colors
  • Delta < 2 factory calibration
  • Ergonomic stand, USB-C with 90W PD

The Cons:

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

About The Monitor

Need even more screen space? Consider a super-ultrawide monitor with a 32:9 aspect ratio! The Dell U4919DW is the only IPS option available with a built-in KVM switch.

Image Quality

A 49″ 5120×1440 32:9 ultrawide monitor is basically equivalent to two 27″ 2560×1440 displays side by side, just without the bezels in-between them.

The Dell U4919DW uses an IPS panel with the basic sRGB gamut coverage for accurate colors (Delta < 2 factory calibration), while other specs include a 1,000:1 contrast ratio and a peak brightness of 350-nits.

It supports PbP and Uniformity Compensation, but it lacks FreeSync support and it’s limited to 60Hz.

In truth, buying this monitor mainly for the KVM switch isn’t worth it unless your main use case is audio/video editing to take advantage of all the horizontal screen space. Otherwise, you can buy two 27″ 1440p monitors for $1,000 less and get the same amount of screen real estate.

Design & Connectivity

dell ultrasharp u4919dw monitor

The Dell U4919DW has premium design quality with up to 90mm height adjustment, -5°/20° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.4, two upstream USB 3.0 ports, five downstream USB 3.0 ports and USB-C (DP 1.4 Alt Mode and 90W PD).

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio and pixel density
  • Wide color gamut
  • Plenty of features, including FreeSync up to 120Hz
  • Ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options, including RJ45 and USB-C (90W PD)

The Cons:

  • Moderate ghosting in darker scenes in fast-paced games

About The Monitor

If you don’t need an IPS panel for color-critical work, but would like a 49″ super-ultrawide display, the Samsung S49A950 is for you!

Image Quality

Based on a VA panel with a 3,000:1 contrast ratio, the Samsung S95UA delivers deep blacks, while its peak brightness of 400-nits allows it to get more than bright enough even in well-lit rooms.

Further, it has a wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage for vibrant colors as well as AMD FreeSync up to 120Hz support for smooth and tear-free gaming experience.

Its VA panel is a bit slower when it comes to pixel response time, so some ghosting will be noticeable in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes. Unless you’re particularly sensitive to it, this won’t be an issue for most gamers.

Design & Connectivity

Samsung S49A950 Monitor Design

The stand of the monitor is sturdy and offers height adjustment up to 120mm, tilt by -4°/17°, swivel by +/- 15° and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 inputs, USB-C (DP 1.4 Alt Mode, 90W PD), a headphone jack, three downstream USB 3.0 ports, RJ45, built-in speakers and an integrated KVM switch.

Conclusion

These are the best monitors with built-in KVM switches currently available! Did you find the best model for you? Feel free to leave us a comment below if you need help picking the monitor that’s most suited for you!

All in all, the Gigabyte M27Q, M27Q-X, M32Q, M28U and M34WQ all offer excellent value for money regardless of whether you’re looking for a gaming model or one for regular use.

For photo editing, the ViewSonic VP2785-2K is our recommendation if you need Adobe RGB color gamut coverage; otherwise, check out the alternatives we mentioned for it with different color gamuts.

If you can afford something a bit pricier, we recommend the MSI MPG321UR-QD since it has excellent performance and image quality as well as plenty of features.

Updates +

  • May 8, 2022:
    – Added the Samsung S95UA.
  • April 20, 2022:
    – Added the Gigabyte M27Q-X.

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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.