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The best gaming monitors

Finding the best gaming monitor matters, whether you're looking for a super-responsive display for competitive gaming or want a massive ultrawide or 4K screen for getting immersed in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Control.

We currently consider the best gaming monitor to be the Dell S2417DG thanks to its great colors, fast response times and sleek, adjustable design. If you're looking for the best cheap gaming monitor, the LG 24MP59G-P offers impressive responsiveness and a ton of great features for less than $200. 

Those looking to splurge can check out the Alienware 55-inch gaming monitor, which is a giant TV-like screen with a fast 120Hz refresh rate and immersive 4K resolution. And now that G-Sync has come to LG TVs, even high-end televisions can double as some of the best gaming monitors. 

There are plenty of exciting new gaming monitors on the horizon for 2020, including Samsung's ridiculous 49-inch curved Odyssey G9 QLED, as well as the Asus ROG Swift 360Hz, which supports a bonkers 360Hz refresh rate.

Here are the best gaming monitors for every kind of gamer, whether you're looking for a 4K monitor, a gaming monitor with a 144-Hz refresh rate, a smooth G-Sync display or a huge curved monitor for maximum immersion.

Dell 24 Gaming Monitor

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Dell 24 Gaming Monitor

The best gaming monitor overall

Screen Size and Resolution: 24 inches, 2560 x 1440 | Maximum Refresh Rate: 165 Hz | Response Time: 1ms | G-Sync/FreeSync Compatible: G-Sync | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Panel Type: TN | Inputs: DisplayPort, HDMI

Vibrant quad-HD display
Very responsive
Useful game presets
Highly adjustable
Stiff navigation buttons

If you want something better than 1080p but can't afford to go full 4K, the Dell S2417DG is the perfect middle ground. This sharp 2560 x 1440 display offers excellent color and brightness, and features useful game modes as well as Nvidia G-Sync support for keeping your games extra smooth. Dell's monitor looks unassuming enough for the office, but also offers tons of ergonomic adjustment to help you game comfortably. Overall, the Dell S2417DG is the best gaming monitor for the money.

LG 24MP59G-P

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LG 24MP59G-P

A killer value

Screen Size and Resolution: 24 inches, 1920 x 1080 | Maximum Refresh Rate: 75 Hz | Response Time: 5ms GTG, 1ms MBR | G-Sync/FreeSync Compatible: FreeSync | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Panel Type: IPS | Inputs: DisplayPort, HDMI

IPS panel
Great brightness
Fast response times
So-so color quality

The best gaming monitor value, the LG 24MP59G-P offers excellent brightness and response times for the price, and is the rare IPS panel you can get for under $200. It also packs AMD FreeSync for eliminating screen tears on AMD-powered machines. Color quality is pretty good, with decent color gamut (93.3 percent) but solid accuracy (Delta-E 0.74). 

The construction is stylish and sturdy, and a small four-direction joystick set into the bottom edge of the display cabinet lets you navigate menus quickly and also doubles as a power button.

Samsung CHG70

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Samsung CHG70

An immersive curved gaming monitor with 144Hz refresh rate

Screen Size and Resolution: 32 inches, 2560 x 1440 | Maximum Refresh Rate: 144Hz | Response Time: 1ms | G-Sync/FreeSync Compatible: FreeSync | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Panel Type: VA | Inputs: HDMI (2), DisplayPort, USB

Sharp 1440p resolution
Fantastic HDR support
Impressive color and accuracy
Noticeable warping and color shifting
No built-in speakers

The best curved gaming monitor we've tested, the Samsung CHG70 packs a ton of great gaming features into a gorgeous and reasonably priced package. You get a stunning 32-inch curved 1440p display, FreeSync support for extra smoothness on AMD graphics cards, and a highly ergonomic stand that can easily adjust to any gaming setup. But the real kicker is the CHG70's excellent HDR performance, which really allows colors to pop in high-fidelity games.

Asus ROG Swift PG27A

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Asus ROG Swift PG27A

The king of 4K gaming monitors

Screen Size and Resolution: 27 inches, 3840 x 2160 | Maximum Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Response Time: 4ms | G-Sync/FreeSync Compatible: G-Sync | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Panel Type: IPS | Inputs: HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2, USB 3.0 (x2)

Gorgeous 4K picture quality
Intuitive interface
G-Sync support
Solid built-in speakers
Fairly pricey

If you're willing to pay a premium price, the Asus ROG Swift PG27A is one of the best gaming monitors available, complete with 4K resolution and G-Sync support. Its crisp and colorful 3820 x 2160 display will bring out every tiny detail in your favorite games, while its Nvidia G-Sync support keeps everything running smoothly on Nvidia GPUs. The monitor's ergonomic design makes it easy to adjust it to your gaming setup, while its intuitive onscreen interface and handful of bonus features round out this high-end package nicely.

Acer Predator X34

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Acer Predator X34

A stunning curved gaming monitor with great sound

Screen Size and Resolution: 34 inches, 3440 x 1440 | Maximum Refresh Rate: 100 Hz | Response Time: 4 milliseconds | G-Sync/FreeSync Compatible: G-Sync | Aspect Ratio: 21:9 | Panel Type: IPS | Inputs: DisplayPort, HDMI

Impressive design
Gorgeous picture quality
Strong G-Sync performance
Low latency
Solid built-in speakers
Pricey
Navigating menus can be a pain

If you're looking to treat yourself, Acer's Predator X34 curved gaming monitor is one of the richest, most immersive displays we've ever played on. The Predator's 34-inch, 3440 x 1440-pixel display will fill your field of view with whatever virtual world you choose to get lost in, while its Nvidia G-Sync support ensures that your favorite games will run as smooth as possible. The Predator also just looks cool, with a sharp, angular design and customizable LED lights that will glow nicely over your mouse and keyboard.

ViewSonic XG2401

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ViewSonic XG2401

The best FreeSync monitor

Screen Size and Resolution: 24 inches, 1920 x 1080 | Maximum Refresh Rate: 144 Hz | Response Time: 1ms | G-Sync/FreeSync Compatible: FreeSync | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Panel Type: TN | Inputs: HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA

Super-fast response times
Fast 144Hz refresh rate at 1080p
AMD FreeSync support
Highly adjustable stand with headphone dock
A few extraneous features

If you game on an AMD graphics card and are looking for an affordable display that doesn't skimp on features, the ViewSonic XG2401 is one of the best gaming monitors available. This 144Hz monitor offers incredibly fast response times for playing competitive games with precision, and supports AMD FreeSync to reduce tears and stutters. It's also highly ergonomic, offers a handy headphone stand and has some impressively loud built-in speakers.

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LG 38GL950G UltraGear Gaming Monitor

Awesome immersion

Screen Size and Resolution: 38 inches, 3840 x 1600 | Maximum Refresh Rate: 144Hz | Response Time: 1ms | G-Sync/FreeSync Compatible: G-Sync | Aspect Ratio: 21:9 | Panel Type: IPS | Inputs: USB 3.0 (3), HDMI, DisplayPort

Bright, vivid 38-inch curved display
Sharp 3840 x 1600 resolution
Low response time, high refresh rate
Supports Nvidia G-Sync
Mesmerizing RGB lighting
No built-in speakers
Doesn't swivel
Missing a USB-C port
Expensive

The LG 38GL950 delivers a kitchen sink of great features for folks willing to pay a premium price. This 36-inch, 3840 x 1600 curved display is incredibly immersive for cinematic games, and features Nvidia G-Sync and a speedy 144Hz refresh rate for keeping things smooth during more competitive titles.

LG's ultrawide display also sports a rear-facing ring of customizable RGB lighting, which is ideal for adding some ambient mood lighting to your command center. The 38GL950 is a breeze to set up, and delivered great brightness and color both in real world use and on our lab tests. LG's ultrawide monitor is very pricey, and we wish it had USB-C, but this is a great premium display for folks seeking maximum immersion.

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Alienware AW5520QF 55-Inch OLED Gaming Monitor

A bonkers gaming monitor and OLED screen in one

Screen Size and Resolution: 55 inches, 3840 x 2160 | Maximum Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | Response Time: 0.5 ms | G-Sync/FreeSync Compatible: G-Sync | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Panel Type: OLED | Inputs: HDMI 2.0 (3), DisplayPort, USB 3.0 upstream, USB 3.0 downstream (4), headphone, S/PDIF

Beautiful, polished design
Superb OLED panel
DisplayPort and multiple USB 3.0 ports
Crazy expensive
Complicated to enable features like HDR

The Alienware AW5520QF 55-inch is the best gaming monitor and big-screen TV in one device — for folks willing to spend about $4,000. This humongous OLED screen gives you the best of both worlds, delivering the size and picture quality of a 55-inch 4K TV alongside key gaming monitor features such as DisplayPort connectivity and fast 120Hz refresh rates.

The AW5520QF's high price tag may scare off folks on a budget, but if you do your PC gaming in the living room or want a premium monitor that can double as a great TV, Alienware's mammoth screen is uniquely qualified to do the job.