The Best Gaming Monitors 2019

Bring your gaming to the next level with the perfect gaming monitor for you.

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Your gaming monitor is probably the most important and longest-serving investment into your gaming set-up that you’ll make.

It’s important then, that you get the best gaming monitor you possibly can to fully enhance your gaming experience.

What makes a monitor the best for your gaming experience?

Every gamer will prioritise different aspects of a gaming monitor depending on what they want out of it.

If you’re highly competitive in games such as Rainbow Six: Siege and Overwatch, you should prioritise having the highest possible refresh rate and low response time.

For those who want to sit back and bask in the glorious graphics of games like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice or Total War: THREE KINGDOMS, a stunning high-resolution monitor with an IPS display would probably be your priority.

Usually, it’s very difficult to have everything in a monitor without splashing the cash on something extremely high end. Therefore, it makes sense to prioritise the features that’ll most enhance your gaming experience.

Quick recommendation: The best all-round gaming monitor that I’d recommend wholeheartedly right now is the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q. It manages to combine a 1440p resolution, a 144Hz refresh rate and an IPS display without any trade-offs (more info below).

No matter what your requirements are, you’ll find the perfect gaming monitor for you below.

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1. ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q

The best all-round gaming monitor.

ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q the best all round gaming monitor
ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q (Image Credit: ASUS)

Screen size: 27-inch | Panel type: IPS | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Response time: 4ms | Refresh rate: 144Hz (overclocks to 165Hz) | Weight: 15.4 lbs

Pros:

  • Stunning 1440p
  • 144Hz refresh rate (overclocks to 165Hz)
  • The IPS display offers vibrant colours
  • No quality tradeoffs
  • G-Sync (anti-screen tearing)

Cons:

  • Can be expensive

It’s hard to argue that there’s any better all-round gaming monitor than the Asus ROG Swift PG279Q.

The problem with buying gaming monitors is that we’re forced to choose between picture quality and frame rate. The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q, however, combines a 1440p resolution, an IPS display, a 144Hz frame rate and Nvidia’s excellent G-Sync technology (anti-screen tearing). These specs make for an incredibly impressive gaming monitor which beats any other at this price range.

Games look gorgeous, run smoothly and respond instantly. There aren’t really any negatives to this outstanding monitor.

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Alternatives:

  • If you’re looking for the best 1440p FreeSync monitor, consider the ASUS MG279Q (more info below).
  • If you’re looking for the best FreeSync esports-focused 1440p monitor, check out the AOC Agon AG271QX (more info below).
  • If you’re looking for the best budget 1440p monitor, I recommend the Dell Ultrasharp U2518D Monitor.

2. Acer Predator X27

A mind-blowing 4K HDR gaming monitor.

Acer Predator X27 the best 4K HDR gaming monitor
Acer Predator X27 (Image Credit: Acer)

Screen size: 27-inch | Panel type: IPS | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Response time: 4ms | Refresh rate: 120Hz (overclocks to 144Hz) | Weight: 27.12 lbs

Pros:

  • Produces unbelievably crisp 4K HDR graphics
  • A very high refresh rate of 120Hz
  • A mind-blowing gaming experience
  • The IPS display offers vibrant colours
  • G-Sync (anti-screen tearing)

Cons:

  • Can be expensive
  • 4K gaming requires a powerful computer

The Acer Predator X27 is without a doubt the best HDR 4K monitor money can buy.

Not only does it pack every feature you could want in a gaming monitor but it also does that by breaking new ground technologically. It showcases both a beautiful HDR 4K resolution graphics and a remarkably high frame rate for a 4K screen at 120Hz (overclocks to 144Hz) which usually tops out at 60Hz. The Acer Predator X27 is packed with features such as G-Sync (anti-screen tearing) and more than enough USB 3.0, HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 ports. There are really no other downsides to this monitor apart from the fact that you need a beast of a PC to run games on this thing.

Incredibly cutting-edge and featuring everything you could possibly want in a 4K gaming monitor, the Acer Predator X27 is extremely future proof. If you bought this, you’d probably never need to buy another monitor ever again!

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Alternatives:

  • An almost identical in quality 4K monitor is the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ.
  • If you’re looking for the best 4K FreeSync monitor, check out the ViewSonic XG3220.
  • If you’re looking for the best mid-range 4K gaming monitor without the HDR premium, check out the Acer Predator XB321HK (more info below).

3. Acer Predator XB252Q

The best 240Hz competitive gaming monitor.

Acer Predator XB252Q the best 240Hz competitive gaming monitor.
Acer Predator XB252Q (Image Credit: Nvidia)

Screen size: 24.5-inch | Panel type: TN | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Response time: 1ms | Refresh rate: 240Hz | Weight: 16.56 lbs

Pros:

  • Lighting quick and responsive
  • A high refresh rate of 240Hz
  • Fast response time of 1ms
  • G-Sync (anti-screen tearing)

Cons:

  • TN display
  • Can be quite expensive

Perfect for competitive gamers, the Acer Predator XB252Q features a very fast refresh rate of 240Hz and the lightning-quick response time of 1ms. It’s fast, responsive and will give you an edge over opponents in competitive play.

Since this monitor is made with a total focus on competitive gaming, there’s is a trade-off made in order to squeeze out as much performance out of it as possible. Although the picture quality is great, it isn’t as sharp as higher resolution monitors and the TN display does mean that colours aren’t quite as vibrant.

However, I suspect for many competitive gamers out there who want any edge they can get, this trade-off is worth it.

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Alternatives:

  • If you have the budget and want a bigger screen size you could get the 27-inch version, the Acer Predator XB272, instead.
  • If you’re looking for the best 240Hz 1080p FreeSync monitor, I’d recommend the ASUS ROG Strix XG258Q.
  • If you’re looking for the best budget competitive gaming monitor, check out the ViewSonic XG2530. For FreeSync users, check out the ViewSonic XG2402.

4. ASUS VG248Q

The best budget 1080p gaming monitor.

ASUS VG248Q the best budget 1080p gaming monitor
ASUS VG248Q (Image Credit: Asus)

Screen size: 24-inch | Panel type: TN | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Response time: 1ms | Refresh rate: 144Hz | Weight: 12.13 lbs

Pros:

  • Usually very affordable
  • A high refresh rate of 144Hz
  • Fast response time of 1ms

Cons:

  • TN display
  • No G-Sync

Sometimes when looking for a gaming monitor, you just want the best value for money. The ASUS VG248QE offers some very good specs for a great price.

Its high refresh rate of 144 Hz and a fast response time of 1ms ensures games will run smoothly on this monitor. Unfortunately, in order to keep the price down, G-Sync hasn’t been included meaning it’s mainly suitable for AMD GPU users and a TN display is used instead of an IPS panel.

The fact that it’s so cheap with a 144Hz refresh rate, however, makes the ASUS VG248QE the best gaming monitor on a budget.

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Alternatives:

  • If you’re looking for a budget monitor with G-Sync, check out the alternative (slightly more expensive) version, the ASUS VG278Q.
  • If you want to go even more low-range, I’d recommend the variant with the lower refresh rate of 60Hz, the ASUS VG245H.
  • Another low-range alternative is the ViewSonic VXVP2458 which has a lower refresh rate of 60Hz but uses an IPS display panel.

5. Acer XR382CQK

An incredible curved wide screen gaming monitor.

Acer XR382CQK (Image Credit: Acer)

Screen size: 37.5-inch | Panel type: IPS | Aspect ratio: 24:10 | Resolution: 3840 x 1600 | Response time: 5ms | Refresh rate: 75Hz | Weight: 23.61 lbs

Pros:

  • The extra wide curved screen is extremely immersive
  • 75Hz refresh rate
  • The IPS display offers vibrant colours

Cons:

  • Requires a powerful computer
  • Can be expensive

A part of all of us is tempted every time we see one of these incredible curved wide screen monitors.

The Acer XR382CQK is a massive 38-inch curved screen and it’s absolutely gorgeous. It features a QHD ultra-wide panel with a 3840 x 1600 resolution, a refresh rate up to a 75Hz with FreeSync and a wider than average aspect ration of 21:9. The IPS display on the huge monitor means it not only looks great, but you can easily sit back on the couch and game to your heart’s content from there.

Of course, it can be quite expensive but if you’re willing to splash out, you’ll have a beauty of a monitor on your desk to spend your day staring at.

Plus, it’s not like you’ll ever need to upgrade again.

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6. ASUS MG279Q

The best 1440p FreeSync gaming monitor.

ASUS MG279Q the best 1440p FreeSync gaming monitor
ASUS MG279Q (Image Credit: Asus)

Screen size: 27-inch | Panel type: IPS | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Response time: 4ms | Refresh rate: 144Hz | Weight: 15.9 lbs

Pros:

  • Stunning 1440p resolution
  • A fast refresh rate of 144Hz
  • The IPS display offers vibrant colours
  • Great value

Cons:

  • Adaptive refresh range is only 35-90Hz
  • No blur reduction mode

The Asus MG279Q is arguably the best 1440p gaming monitor that uses FreeSync.

In this monitor, you get a crystal clear display, a fast refresh rate of 144Hz and an IPS display. Since it is without G-Sync, this is only really suitable for AMD GPU users; if that’s you then you’ll get amazing quality for a great price.

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7. Acer Predator XB321HK

A glorious 4K gaming monitor without the HDR premium.

Acer Predator XB321HK 4K gaming monitor without HDR
Acer Predator XB321HK (Image Credit: Acer)

Screen size: 32-inch | Panel type: IPS | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Response time: 4ms | Refresh rate: 60Hz | Weight: 24.91 lbs

Pros:

  • Gorgeous graphics and clear detail
  • Large enough to appreciate the 4K resolution
  • The IPS display offers vibrant colours
  • G-Sync (anti-screen tearing)

Cons:

  • 4K gaming requires a powerful computer

The Acer Predator XB321HK offers gorgeous 4K gaming at a more reasonable price by forgoing HDR. It’s a beast of a monitor at 32 inches meaning you really get to make the most of the crystal clear 4K quality. It also has an IPS screen panel meaning extra vibrant colours and a host of luxury features.

However, can be quite expensive and requires an extremely powerful computer just to be able to run games smoothly on this monitor. Honestly, unless you’re using a powerful GPU such as the RTX 2080 or 2080 Ti cards, I’d recommend a lower resolution monitor such as the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q or the ASUS MG279Q.

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Alternatives:

  • If you’re looking for the best FreeSync 4K gaming monitor, check out the LG 27UD68 (more info below).
  • If you’re looking for a budget 4K gaming monitor, I’d recommend the BenQ EL2870U.

8. AOC Agon AG271QX 

The best 1440p FreeSync gaming monitor for esports.

AOC Agon AG271QX the best 1440p FreeSync gaming monitor for esports
AOC Agon AG271QX (Image Credit: AOC Agon)

Screen size: 27-inch | Panel type: TN | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Response time: 1ms | Refresh rate: 165Hz | Weight: 18.3 lbs

Pros:

  • A high refresh rate of 144Hz
  • Fast response time of 1ms
  • Great value

Cons:

  • TN display
  • No G-Sync

The AOC Agon AG271QX is a FreeSync gaming monitor that’s been specifically tailored towards esports gamers.

A 27-inch beauty, the AG271QX is very fast and responsive with a refresh rate of 165Hz and a response time of 1ms. In other words, it has everything a competitive gamer could want.

There is the usual trade-off that comes with an esports focused gaming monitor. It definitely does look gorgeous with the 1440p resolution but because it uses a TN display to achieve the high frame rates, it does mean that colours aren’t quite as vibrant. Most people who just want that eompetitive edge probably don’t mind that though.

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Alternatives:

  • If you’re looking for a 1440p FreeSync gaming monitor, I’d recommend the almost identical model, the AOC Agon AG273QCX

9. LG 27UD68-W

The best FreeSync 4K gaming monitor.

LG 27UD68-W the best FreeSync 4K gaming monitor
LG 27UD68-W (Image Credit: LG)

Screen size: 27-inch | Panel type: IPS | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Response time: 5ms | Refresh rate: 60Hz | Weight: 10.8 lbs

Pros:

  • Beautiful 4K resolution
  • The IPS display offers vibrant colours
  • Great Value

Cons:

  • Response rate could be quicker

The LG 27UD68 is the best FreeSync 4K gaming monitor that caters for the gamers who want popping colours and stunning detail.

It doesn’t have HDR, however, and isn’t particularly suitable for competitive gamers who require a fast and responsive monitor.

For those who want to be immersed in games with gorgeous detail though, you can’t go wrong with the LG 27UD68.

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Alternatives:

  • If you’re looking for a budget 4K monitor with FreeSync, I’d recommend the ViewSonic XG2700.

10. Samsung CHG90

The monitor most longingly stared at.

Samsung CHG90 extremely wide screen curved gaming monitor
Samsung CHG90 (Image Credit: TechyTalk)

Screen size: 49-inch | Panel type: IPS | Aspect ratio: 32:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 1080 | Response time: 1ms | Refresh rate: 170Hz | Weight: 33.07 lbs

Pros:

  • Gorgeous and immersive
  • An extremely high refresh rate of 170Hz (in theory)
  • A very fast response rate of 1ms
  • The IPS display offers vibrant colours

Cons:

  • Requires a powerful computer
  • Very expensive

Radically different from any other gaming monitor on this list, the Samsung CHG90 lights a fire of desire in all of us.

Surprisingly, it’s quite fast and responsive for its size so it’s possible to actually play competitive games in theory. In reality, though, since this monitor’s built for immersive beauty with its IPS display and massive screen, it’ll rarely reach high frame-rates.

The Samsung CHG90 is gorgeous and immersive. If you’re the experimental type, maybe this is the one for you. Having said that, you’d probably be better off with one that’s smaller but faster like the Acer XR382CQK or the ASUS ROG SWIFT Curved PG348Q.

I’ll be updating this list with new recommendations over time so be sure to check back in the future!