A new gaming monitor can enhance your gaming experience and even make you a more competitive player. But picking the best monitor for you can be confusing, especially when deciding the most important specifications, like resolution, refresh rate, or response time. Our top pick is the Asus Rog Swift PG35VQ because of it’s excellent display and G-Sync technology.
We’ve compiled a collection of the best gaming monitors to help you find the right addition to your gaming PC or gaming laptop. They offer the latest and greatest technologies, from 4K resolution to G-Sync and fast refresh rates, all at great prices.
Best gaming monitors
Best gaming monitor: Asus Rog Swift PG35VQ
Why you should buy this: One of the best possible options for gaming performance, HDR, and G-Sync technology.
Who’s it for: PC gamers who want cutting-edge technology and can afford to pay for it.
Why we picked the Asus Rog Swift PG35VQ:
This Republic of Gamers-branded display from Asus is one of its most ambitious models, packed with features to push display quality as far as it can go. The 35-inch panel is both large and curved for better immersion and has a potential 200Hz refresh rate and 2ms response time — plus a maximum brightness of 1,000 nits and Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) for intense and nuanced HDR support. The resolution sits at 3440 x 1440 — an ultrawide version of the more typical 1440p gaming sweet spot. Thanks to Quantum Dot manufacturing, colors and contrast are also excellent, while Asus’ Eye Care software helps cut down on annoying blue light for longer gaming sessions.
Along with an excellent display, this Asus monitor also comes with a high-quality stand, offering great tilt, swivel, and height adjustment options so you can maneuver the screen to exactly where you want it and at whatever angle you choose.
Ports include HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4, and several USB-A 3.0 connections. There’s also an RGB ambient lighting projection that can be synced with other components for showing off and improving peripheral immersion.
Keep in mind that it is a G-Sync monitor designed for Nvidia GPUs, so double-checking compatibility is important. A new generation RTX 3000-series GPU would be a great fit for the Asus Rog Swift PG35VQ.
Best 4K gaming monitor: Acer Predator X27
Why you should buy this: It’s a beastly 27-inch 4K G-Sync monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate.
Who’s it for: PC gamers who need a fast monitor to match a monster gaming rig.
Why we picked the Predator X27:
While Predator monitors have consistently been some of the best 4k monitors for gaming, the 27-inch X27 really goes out of its way to offer a great display complete with G-Sync, HDR, and a screen that you can overclock to a 144Hz refresh rate with the right connections. We were also very impressed with its brightness of up to 1,000 nits, and our testing also showed strong color accuracy over a wide gamut.
The X27 also makes sure that you have access to all the ports you may need, including two downstream USB-A 3.0, USB-A 3.0 upstream, USB-B, HDMI, and DisplayPort — though sadly no USB-C. The menu joystick and buttons, located on the back of the monitor, allow you to make adjustments and turn on modes like Dark Boost to further customize your experience.
If resolution is important to you, the Predator X27 offers a 4K experience without giving up too much on refresh rate and other key gaming specs, making it a particularly solid choice.
Best budget gaming monitor: Samsung CRG5
Why you should buy this: It’s a 144Hz, 1080p display with a gorgeous curvature and FreeSync 2 support. You’ll find it hard to match at this price.
Who’s it for: Gamers on a budget who still want plenty of features.
Why we picked the Samsung CRG5:
It’s amazing how far monitor technology has come in recent years, not just because of the new and exciting display features we can enjoy at the top end, but because some of our favorite ones are more affordable than ever. Some of the best budget monitors offer high refresh rates, which we think go beyond higher resolutions and even HDR, in making for a smoother, faster gaming experience.
The fact that Samsung’s CRG5 offers a 144Hz refresh rate for not far north of $200 is a perfect example of how much more accessible what were once high-end gaming features, have become.
Not only is the Samsung CRG5 fast, but this 1080p screen has FreeSync 2 support, which means that it technically supports HDR. With a typical brightness of 250 nits, you aren’t going to see much benefit from that, but the lack of screen tearing is a nice bonus. The 1,800R curvature makes this an immersive gaming panel, even if it isn’t the largest, and it also enjoys all of Samsung’s quality of life features, like anti-blue light and flicker-free technology.
Best curved gaming monitor: Alienware Curved AW3420DW
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Why you should buy this: Dell’s Alienware 34-inch gaming display can go head to head with the best flat and curved screens and almost always comes out on top.
Who’s it for: Gamers who want a monitor that pays serious attention to detail.
Why we picked the Alienware Curved AW3420DW:
Alienware’s 34-inch curved monitor is an excellent middle-of-the-road option for gamers who don’t want to spend more than $1,000 on a display but still want the best they can get. The 21:9 monitor offers a 3440 x 1440 resolution with a 120Hz native refresh rate backed by Nvidia’s G-Sync technology. The color gamut on this display is so good that Dell measures it with the professional DCI-P3 standard instead of the more common sRGB, which it exceeds.
The Alienware Curved AW3420DW also comes with a 2ms response time (quite good for a display of this size). Ports include HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, and USB 3.0 (including power charging options), but unfortunately, no USB-C to work with. We’ll also mention that Alienware’s focus on design detail is very noticeable here: The monitor’s futuristic angles are a stylish success, and the ports are thankfully lined up on one side for easy access without much adjustment.
Best gaming monitor under $300: ViewSonic XG240R
Why you should buy this: ViewSonic has designed an affordable monitor with a surprisingly complete display package, ideal for gamers hoping to save some money.
Who’s it for: Busy gamers who are careful with their budgets.
Why we picked the ViewSonic XG240R:
The price of this ViewSonic monitor is enough to engage our attention, but the specifications are even more impressive. This budget screen is equipped with FreeSync, a 144Hz refresh rate, accurate colors, and even some RGB lighting on the design that you can play around with. It’s a surprising feature set at this price and makes the model an easy recommendation if you need to save money but still want a great gaming experience.
You can also customize the display appearance as well as those RGB lights, although you will need to download third-party software to do it (in this case, programs by Cooler Master, Razer, and others). Ports are a bit more generous: You get connections for DisplayPort, two HDMI, two USB-A 3.0, and a USB-B 3.0.
When it comes to design, the ViewSonic falters a little. The monitor looks uninspired and a little clunky. The speakers, in particular, are poor quality and should be supplemented with headphones or a separate set of speakers. However, there are so many good things going on under the hood here that this monitor is still an easy recommendation.
Our full ViewSonic XG240R review
Best e-sports monitor: Asus ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QNR
Why you should buy this: It’s the fastest gaming monitor ever made.
Who’s it for: Gamers who are serious about e-sports and competing on a professional level.
Why we picked the Asus ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QNR:
It’s not often that gamers can find a monitor built entirely for e-sports use, but it’s no surprise that Asus managed to do it with this exemplary Full HD ROG model. First things first: Yes, it really can reach a 360Hz refresh rate, something not generally available to the average consumer, and strictly dedicated to the smoothest, clearest gameplay possible