Best Gaming Monitors 2018

Editor's choice

Best Overall Gaming Monitor

Dell 24 Gaming Monitor

If you want something better than 1080p but can't afford to go full 4K, the Dell S2417DG is a 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 suppor...

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Product Use case Rating
Dell 24 Gaming Monitor Best Overall Gaming Monitor 8
Asus VG245H Best Under $200 8
AOC Agon AG241QG Best G-Sync Monitor 8
Samsung CHG70 Best HDR Gaming Monitor 8
Asus ROG Swift PG27A Best 4K Gaming Monitor 8
Acer Predator X34 Best Curved Gaming Monitor 9
ViewSonic XG2401 Best FreeSync Monitor 8
Best Under $200
Asus VG245H
$199Amazon
Best G-Sync Monitor
AOC Agon AG241QG
$399Amazon
Best HDR Gaming Monitor
Samsung CHG70
$649Newegg
Best 4K Gaming Monitor
Asus ROG Swift PG27A
$879.99Amazon
Best Curved Gaming Monitor
Acer Predator X34
$1290NewEgg
Best FreeSync Monitor
ViewSonic XG2401
$259Amazon

When it comes to gaming, your display matters. A good gaming monitor will not only provide enough color and brightness to immerse you in your favorite titles, but also will be smooth and responsive enough to ensure that you always play at your best. For competitive gamers, having the right monitor can mean the difference between landing a crucial headshot in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds or dropping a clutch Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite combo and losing it all.

Of the monitors we've reviewed and tested, the Dell S2417DG is our overall favorite thanks to its great colors, fast response times and sleek, adjustable design. If you're on a budget, the Asus VG245H offers impressive responsiveness and a ton of great features for less than $200.

After testing a variety of monitors from the top brands in the market, we've selected our top picks for every kind of gamer.

Latest News and Updates (February 2018)

  • The Samsung CHG70 joins our list as our top HDR monitor, thanks to its stunning color performance and robust feature set.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • DFWallace
    At the 27" size reference point, IMHO, the Acer Predator XB271HU and the Asus PG279Q are the two best choices... WORD...
  • 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
  • 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.
  • javidali
    hi which monitor will b perfect for the xbox one x...would the x34 be worth it for dat?
  • Sam Hain
    Anonymous 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.