Monitors

Best Gaming Monitors of 2017

144hz monitor

People spend hours trying to find the best parts for their gaming PC, but one essential component to a high-end gaming computer is nearly always overlooked – the monitor. A decent gaming monitor needed to fully take advantage of the power of your GPU and CPU.

Model Resolution Refresh Our Rating
1080
144Hz
Acer XF240H 24″ 1920×1080 144Hz 91/100
1080
60Hz
Asus VG245H 24″ 1920×1080 75Hz 85/100
1440
144Hz
Dell S2716DG 24″ 2560×1440 165Hz 93/100
1440 60Hz
Asus PB258Q 25″ 2560×1440 60Hz 84/100
4K
LG 27UD68-P 27″ 3840×2160 60Hz 90/100
Wide
LG 34UC79G-B 34″  2560×1080 144Hz 95/100

On this guide, we will explore the world of gaming monitors, from 144hz monitors, 1440p monitors, G-SYNC monitors, Free-Sync monitors, 4k displays, and affordable monitors, and ultrawide monitors. Over the past few, years monitor technology has expanded dramatically, bringing in dozens of 144hz, curved, 4k, and gaming displays. if it was a daunting task to choose a gaming monitor three years ago, it is certainly much harder today.

Our team have researched, tested, and reviewed hundreds of monitors to create the definitive guide on gaming monitors. We hope that this guide will help you find the gaming monitor that you will love for years to come.

Best 1080P 144HZ Gaming Monitors

Though 1440P  and 4k is sexy and trendy, 1080P (1920×1080) is and will be the industry standard for many years because of its market domination, compatibility to nearly all applications. 1080P is the standard format for virtually ever professional gaming tournament and will be the most popular display resolution for the foreseeable future.

Probably the greatest downside of higher resolution monitors is the price and toll they take on FPS, especially at high refresh rates. Unless your PC is running the latest $400 CPU and $600 graphics card, you won’t be able take advantage of the high refresh rates on high-res monitors because you would max out at around 60 FPS or lower.

Most people would be surprised at how affordable 1080P 144hz monitors have become. Today, you can get a proper 144hz gaming monitor for just over $200 – not that much more than a standard 60hz Full-HD monitor.

Here are our top picks for the best 144hz FHD displays – monitors for budget limited gamers who still want blazing fast gameplay.

Acer XF240H 24″  91 / 100 Rating
 1920×1080 Resolution
 1MS Response
 144Hz Refresh
 FreeSync 

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AOC G2460PF 24″  90 / 100 Rating
 1920×1080 Resolution
 1MS Response
 144Hz Refresh
 FreeSync 

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BenQ XL2411 24″  92 / 100 Rating
 1920×1080 Resolution
 1MS Response
 144Hz Refresh

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BenQ XL2430 24″  93 / 100 Rating
 1920×1080 Resolution
 1MS Response
 144Hz Refresh

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ViewSonic XG2401 24″  89 / 100 Rating
 1920×1080 Resolution
 1MS Response
 144Hz Refresh
 FreeSync 

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Acer XB271H 27″  92 / 100 Rating
 1920×1080 Resolution
 1MS Response
 180Hz Refresh
 G-Sync 

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ASUS VG248QE 24″  86 / 100 Rating
 1920×1080 Resolution
 1MS Response
 144Hz Refresh

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Best 1080P Non-144HZ Gaming Monitors

The vast majority of gamers probably only have a budget for $1000 or less for their gaming rig, and after buying the CPU, graphics card, and other essential components there is little money left for a monitor. As a result, a majority of gamers will opt for a standard 1080P IPS monitor with decent response times and input lag for their PC.

After all, 60hz and 1080P is perfectly fine for gaming. A quality IPS display will deliver sharp and accurate images and play games smoothly at 60 frames.

Even if you aren’t going to buy a fancy 144hz UHD monitor, its still a good idea to choose the best monitor that you can buy with your budget. A Free-sync 1080P IPS monitor is certainly preferred to any cheap 1080 TN display.

We’ve picked the 1080P monitors with the best combination of value, gaming performance, and visuals.

Asus VG245H 24″  92 / 100 Rating
 1920×1080 Resolution
 1MS Response
 75Hz Refresh
 FreeSync 

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ViewSonic VX2457 24″  92 / 100 Rating
 1920×1080 Resolution
 2MS Response
 75Hz Refresh
 FreeSync 

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Acer R240HY 24″  92 / 100 Rating
 1920×1080 Resolution
 4MS Response
 60Hz Refresh

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AOC I2267FW 21.5″  92 / 100 Rating
 1920×1080 Resolution
 5MS Response
 60Hz Refresh

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BenQ RL2455 24″  92 / 100 Rating
 1920×1080 Resolution
 1MS Response
 60Hz Refresh

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Best 1440P 144HZ Gaming Monitors

For all intents and purposes, a UHD 144HZ monitor is probably the highest end gaming monitor you can get your hands on. These monitors aren’t cheap, but they deliver both extreme image quality and blazing fast gameplay.

Regarding 4k, you won’t be able to find a 144HZ 4k monitor in today unless you are content with Free-Sync or 75HZ refresh rate so if you want that ultra-fast refresh rate, you are limited to UHD.

At the very least, these displays will cost $400 so you should really carefully choose you investment. Here are the Pandatechie pick for the best 144HZ 1440P gaming monitors.

Dell S2716DG 24″  93 / 100 Rating
 2560 x 1440 Resolution
 1MS Response
 165Hz Refresh
 G-Sync 

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ASUS PG278QR 27″  92 / 100 Rating
 2560 x 1440 Resolution
 1MS Response
 165Hz Refresh
 G-Sync 

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ASUS PG279Q IPS 27″  95 / 100 Rating
 2560 x 1440 Resolution
 4MS Response
 165Hz Refresh
 G-Sync 

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AOC Agon AG271QX 27″  92 / 100 Rating
 2560 x 1440 Resolution
 1MS Response
 144Hz Refresh
 FreeSync 

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Acer Predator XB241YU 24″  92 / 100 Rating
 2560 x 1440 Resolution
 1MS Response
 165Hz Refresh
 G-Sync 

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Asus MG278Q 27″  92 / 100 Rating
 2560 x 1440 Resolution
 1MS Response
 144Hz Refresh
 FreeSync 

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BenQ XL2730 27″  92 / 100 Rating
 2560 x 1440 Resolution
 1MS Response
 144Hz Refresh
 FreeSync 

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Best 1440P Non-144HZ Gaming Monitors

If you’re a gaming who is not into fast FPS games but wants stunning visuals, 1440P is probably the sweet spot for you. 1440P has twice the pixels as 1080P, which means that your image quality is just so much better.

Plus, having a 60HZ monitor means that you usually have an IPS panel, which has better display quality than the TN panels found on the vast majority of 144Hz monitors.

If you’re afraid that your computer can’t handle 1440P, rest assured – it probably can. Most cheap gaming rigs above $600-800 should be able to comfortably game at 1440P, assuming the games are going to run at 60HZ or lower.

Listed below are the best 1440P monitors for gaming with detailed reviews of each!

Best 4k Gaming Monitors

4k displays are normally not associated with gaming because many games will not run fully optimized on 4k no matter how powerful your computer is. Plus, 4k monitors are currently capped at 60Hz so many gamers would much rather have a 144Hz 1440P monitor.

Regardless, companies have started to release 4k gaming monitors like the ViewSonic XG2700-4K and ASUS MG28UQ that have quick response times and either Free-Sync of G-SYNC.

4k monitors are also generally not that expensive and the cheapest ones start at only around $300, though high end proper 4k gaming monitors like Acer Predator XB271HK can run up to $1000.

We generally think that 1440P is more than enough resolution for gaming because the pixels on 1440P are already so small. You won’t notice a large difference between 4k and 1440P for gaming unless you are literally playing on a small TV sized 30in+ display.

LG 27UD68-P 27″  92 / 100 Rating
 3840 x 2160 Resolution
 5MS Response
 60Hz Refresh
 FreeSync 

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BenQ BL3201PH 32″  92 / 100 Rating
 3840 x 2160 Resolution
 4MS Response
 60Hz Refresh
 FreeSync 

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Asus MG28UQ 28″  92 / 100 Rating
 3840 x 2160 Resolution
 1MS Response
 60Hz Refresh
 FreeSync 

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Samsung U28E590D 28″  92 / 100 Rating
 3840 x 2160 Resolution
 1MS Response
 60Hz Refresh
 FreeSync 

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ViewSonic XG2700-4K 27″  92 / 100 Rating
 3840 x 2160 Resolution
 5MS Response
 60Hz Refresh
 FreeSync 

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Acer XB271HK 27″  92 / 100 Rating
 3840 x 2160 Resolution
 4MS Response
 60Hz Refresh
 G-Sync 

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Best Ultrawide/Curved Gaming Monitors

Ultrawide monitors have an aspect ratio of 21:9, which is around 30% wider than a standard 16:9 display. Curved monitors are self-explanatory – they have a slight inward curved to further immerse the user into the display. We’ve combined these two categories into one as there is a lot of overlap between the two; there are many ultrawide monitors which are curved.

Curved and Ultrawide monitors probably deliver the most immersive and impressive game play, especially at higher resolutions. Any ultrawide and curved monitor will also instantly make your gaming setup instantly high-end since these monitors are still so novel and rare.

As you can probably except, curved and wide monitors cost about as much as a gaming PC and will cost even more if you want UHD and a 144Hz refresh rate.

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