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Best gaming monitors of 2020

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With massive games like Doom Eternal and Cyberpunk 2077 on the way, you'll want to find the best gaming monitor to get fully immersed in the hottest titles on PC and console.

The best gaming monitor right now is the Dell S2417DG thanks to its great colors, fast response times and sleek, adjustable design. Need something more affordable? the LG 24MP59G-P offers impressive responsiveness and a ton of great features for less than $200. 

If budget isn't an issue, the massive Alienware 55-inch gaming monitor is a great option for living room gaming thanks to its fast 120Hz refresh rate and immersive 4K resolution. 

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.

Best gaming monitors 2020: At a glance

1. Dell 24 Gaming Monitor
2. LG 24MP59G-P
3. Samsung CHG70
4. Asus ROG Swift PG27A
5. Acer Predator X34
6. ViewSonic XG2401
7. LG 38GL950G UltraGear Gaming Monitor
8. Alienware AW5520QF

Best gaming monitor: Dell 24 Gaming Monitor

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1. 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 best gaming monitor that hits that sweet spot. 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. 

Read our full Dell S2417DG review

LG 24MP59G-P

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2. 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.

Read our full LG 24MP59G-P review in our best cheap gaming monitors roundup.

Samsung CHG70

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3. 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.

Read our full Samsung CHG70 review.

Asus ROG Swift PG27A

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4. 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.

Read our full Asus ROG Swift PG27A review.

Acer Predator X34

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5. 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
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.

Read our full Acer Predator X34 review.

ViewSonic XG2401

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6. 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.

See our full ViewSonic XG2401 review.

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7. 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
No built-in speakers
Doesn't swivel

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.

Read our full LG 38GL950G review.

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8. 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.

Read our full Alienware AW5520QF review.

4K monitors vs. 1080p monitors

If you have a modestly powerful gaming PC or do most of your gaming on a console, a 1080p monitor will suit you just fine. The PS4 Pro and Xbox One X can both game in 4K (the Xbox One S just plays 4K video), so you'll need an ultra-HD display to get the most out of those systems. Likewise, if you have a high-end gaming PC that can play games at their highest settings, there are plenty of quad-HD and 4K monitors to suit your needs. The upcoming PS5 and Xbox Series X will technically support 8K resolutions, but don't expect to see many gaming monitors at that resolution soon.

Refresh rate and response times are key: The former determines how many frames per second a monitor is capable of displaying, and the latter dictates how quickly it can react to input. If you're more concerned with playing games at high framerates, a 1080p or 1440p monitor is probably the way to go (depending on your graphics card). If you're willing to sacrifice smoothness for picture quality, go for 4K. For a more detailed breakdown on finding the best resolution for you, check out our full 1080p vs. 4K guide.

How we test gaming monitors

As we do with TVs, we use our Klein K-10A colorimeter and SpectraCal CalMAN 5 software to extract a range of color, contrast and brightness data from each monitor's default display modes. Of the data we gather, we weigh brightness (white luminescence), color accuracy (Delta-E) and color gamut most heavily in our reviews.

We also use a Leo Bodnar Lag Tester to measure each display's latency, a key statistic for those looking for highly responsive monitors. 

Panel types, G-Sync and HDR

There are two common panel types for gaming monitors: TN (twisted nematic) and IPS (in-plane switching). TN panels are the most common and offer solid response times and refresh rates for fairly low prices, but they can suffer from bad viewing angles and color reproduction issues. IPS panels typically offer better colors and contrast, but at the expense of worse response times and higher prices. TN panels tend to be better for competitive games, while IPS panels favor immersive experiences.

You'll want to check if a monitor supports Nvidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync, which are technologies that allow the screen to sync up with your graphics card for smoother performance. You'll also notice more and more monitors that feature High Dynamic Range (HDR), which allows for better color and brightness and is supported by the Xbox One S,  Xbox One X, all PS4 models and select PC graphics cards.

  • Computered
    This has some solid choices on it though I would disagree with two of them. The high end Acer ultra-wide has been plagued among consumers with quality control issues for both the Freesync and Gsync model. The monitors sent to reviewers are with more research starting to appear to be cherry picked which means Acer had some awareness of the issues. For the cost a certain level of quality control is expected. Hard to see how anyone can suggest them to consumers right now.

    As for the Freesync chose The Asus monitor is a good choice but my experience with both has shown the Benq XL2730Z delivers a better experience.
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  • narsos
    The link to amazon for the Best Over Gaming Monitor BENQ XL2420G links to the XL2420Z. A difference of no G-Sync and about $400 between the 2.
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  • DFWallace
    At the 27" size reference point, IMHO, the Acer Predator XB271HU and the Asus PG279Q are the two best choices... WORD...
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  • Ghork
    None of these are 16:10 the traditional computer widescreen format, unfortunately Console gaming made TV formats popular, but 16:9 is TERRIBLE for computers, there's too little vertical space/or if big enough it's too wide so you'll miss stuff at the sides for gaming. So all these monitors are basicly worse than 10 year old monitors in my book, wish someone would take note and actually make a 16:10 gaming high refresh rate monitor
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  • axlrose
    This is the first I've heard anything solid on the 4k 144hz front. Where is the Q3 info from? That's the monitor I'm waiting for.
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  • javidali
    hi which monitor will b perfect for the xbox one x...would the x34 be worth it for dat?
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  • Sam Hain
    19837187 said:
    hi which monitor will b perfect for the xbox one x...would the x34 be worth it for dat?

    The "X" is an HDR capable machine, therefore you'd want to invest your budget into an HDR capable display.. The only monitors at the moment (on the U.S. market that I know of) that purportedly support HDR are made by Samsung:

    https://www.samsung.com/us/computing/monitors/gaming/s/_/n-10+11+hv22x+zq2jk/

    All would be more cost-effective options to a 4K TV obviously BUT may not have built in speakers, which to be honest, most monitor audio is horrid to be polite. If you already own an audio solution, you're set... Otherwise, you'd need to invest in a soundbar, 2.1, surround system etc.

    Option two: Nab a 4K 120Hz HDR TV within your budget with a screen-size that will work within your desired mounting-space/location for it.


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