Graphics have become the top concern for the gaming community as a whole and rightfully so. We have left the world of 8-bit 2D platformers far behind and graphics quality in video games these days exceeds our expectations by a lot. Graphics are the key to immersion when it comes to gaming and to fulfill that need, a top-notch display has become a must.
Gaming monitors have risen quite a lot in popularity due to higher refresh rates, lower response times, anti-tearing technology and overall better image quality and color reproduction when it comes to video games. A great display should be taken into consideration when building a new rig. Often times, people overlook this key component and miss out on the superior graphics detail their PC can provide. Investing in a great display can really go a long way to an enjoyable gaming experience.
At the top of our list is the LG UltraGear 27GL850. This is a monitor that seems to have it all. At 27 inches, this beautiful display sports a resolution of 2560 x 1440, a high refresh rate of 165Hz and excellent image quality due to the great IPS panel.
This monitor has a bit of an understated look to it. The base has angular styling but apart from that, it could easily fit into an office without drawing too much attention to itself. It houses a low profile bezel and overall the build quality is top-notch.
The 2K display uses a Nano IPS panel and it is one of the best out there. Image quality is impressive overall straight out of the box. The panel is very bright, color accurate and sharp. G-sync is also equipped to prevent screen tearing and it works as good as you’d expect. It is also one of the very few IPS panels with a 1ms response time, and it’s noticeably better than other IPS monitors out there.
Quality control is a huge issue with a lot of fast gaming monitors. Even higher-end IPS monitors tend to have backlight bleed and the infamous “IPS Glow” issue. None of those problems exist with the UltraGear, however. We are confident in saying this is the best looking and best performing IPS panel out there.
The 27GL850 strikes the perfect balance between a great high-res IPS display, color accuracy, and swiftness. This is, hands down, the best 1440p monitor money can buy.
This specific monitor from Asus’ ROG lineup was released early last year in 2019. It’s one of the first 144Hz 4K monitors which also supports the true HDR10 standard. Price aside, it’s one of the most color accurate, responsive, and overall impressive monitors out there.
This is another classic-gamer design. With orange on the base and an angular look, this display definitely looks the part. Overall, build quality is still great and it has HDMI 2.0 and Display Port 1.4 for connectivity. The bezels are a bit on the thicker side, but they don’t look extremely dated. Although, thinner bezels would have made this an even greater design.
This gorgeous display houses an IPS panel sporting the ludicrous 4K resolution. All in all, the images produced by this screen are absolutely stunning. It also has a 144Hz refresh rate. So not only do you get pristine image quality, your games will feel much more fluid as well.
To top it all, the monitor has incredibly low latency and fast response times. The monitor is coupled with a set of high-quality speakers which sound surprisingly great. All in all, this is the best 4K panel that you can buy right now. Unfortunately, it is ridiculously expensive for a lot of people. However, if you are looking for a stunning high-res G-sync supported monitor, which also has HDR10 support, look no further.
3. LG 24MP59G Freesync Monitor
- 1ms motion Blur reduction
- Superior Price to Function Ratio
- AMD Freesync support
- 75Hz refresh rate can be limiting
- Somewhat thick bezels
Screen Size: 24inch | Resolution: FHD 1920x1080| Refresh Rate: 75Hz | Panel Type: IPS | Response Time: 5ms
Changing up our list a bit we have decided to include a monitor that lands on the lower end side of the market but still delivers great image quality. The LG 24MP59G might look like your basic 24″ 1080p monitor at a glance, but what really makes it stand out is the decent color accuracy and the bright IPS panel.
The overall construction is stylish and sturdy. Unlike other monitors at this price point, this one stands out from the crowd because of its amazing build quality and somewhat visual flair. The red and black accents look really nice on this display and it will fight nicely into your gaming setup as it has that classic-gamer look. What we love about this one is that the design is not overly red/black and it does not scream gaming in your face as other monitors do.
A monitor at this price point is just supposed to get the job done. The LG24MP59G does that well along with great image quality. The display is bright and color accurate although it does have a limited color gamut. There isn’t any noticeable backlight bleed which is common among monitors at this range. Freesync works really well with this monitor and can help you smooth out the overall experience especially considering the monitor is capped to 75Hz.
Overall this is a solid option if you are on a limited budget. The display has great image quality and the only downside is the low refresh rate but that is to be expected at this price point.
4. ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q
Best Gaming Monitor For Professionals
- Narrow Bezel
- Built-in lighting effects in the Stand
- G-sync support
- 1080p is limiting
- VESA wall-mountable
Screen Size: 25inch (24.5 Viewable) | Resolution: FHD 1920x1080 | Refresh Rate: 240Hz | Panel Type: TN | Response Time: 1ms
Next up is the ROG Swift PG258Q from Asus. This is an absolute beast of a gaming monitor. We are used to 144hz at the high end of the market but Asus has blessed the gaming world with their incredible 240Hz monitor. Yup, it’s as insane as it sounds.
First, let’s talk about the design: it unsurprisingly sports the classic ROG look as the rest of their lineup. The base actually has a light-up logo that projects it on your table. This definitely screams the gamer look in your face. This monster has very thin bezels and the overall build quality is exceptional, as it should be considering the price.
The display sports a 1080p IPS panel which is color accurate and has great color reproduction. The panel is bright, punchy in color and has great contrast. It can make any game look really good.
Let’s get to the part for which the hype has been about. 240Hz really does look great on this panel and the performance is amazing. It does have a noticeable difference from 144Hz when you are playing first-person shooters and the immersion level is really taken up a notch. It also has G-sync support which just further ensures a smooth gaming experience overall.
This is a great monitor for e-sports as you will definitely benefit from the higher refresh rate during competitive gaming. It does give you a slight edge and immerses you fully into the game. However, there are some downsides in terms of pricing, and this is the only reason why this isn’t our top pick because of how overkill this monitor can seem, especially for people who only play single-player games.
Last on our list but definitely not the least, we have the UltraGear 34GK950F-B. We decided to switch things up a bit by including a 21:9 monitor in this roundup. Speaking of which, this is arguably the best value you can get for an Ultrawide display.
It has 3440 x 1440 resolution, 21:9 of course. Needless to say, it’s impressively sharp and the image quality is quite pleasing to the eye. Movies and games look great in the 21:9 format, and it’s an overall more immersive experience compared to the standard 16:9 monitor.
This monitor uses the same display technology as the other LG panel on this list. It’s bright, has good contrast, and has great color reproduction. It’s not the most color-accurate Ultrawide in the world, but considering the price, it’s better than the competition in this range. I wouldn’t use it if I were someone who cares about color accuracy, for work or other reasons, but gamers won’t notice this.
The 34GK950F-B brings two very special things to the table. One of them is the 144Hz refresh rate. As someone who uses an Ultrawide himself, trust me one I tell you games look incredibly breathtaking in 21:9. Now, think of all that glory in 144Hz. It’s the perfect marriage of visual fidelity and fast, fluid, and responsive gaming.
The second thing which makes this monitor stand out is the price. For the retail MSRP, it is an incredibly great value for sure. It’s not inexpensive by any means, but once you consider how much it offers, it’s a compelling buy for the Ultrawide enthusiasts out there.