When it comes to gaming monitors, every self-respecting gamer has got an opinion. And for good reason! Every gamer has got their own style and their own needs. But at the end of the day, there have to be winners and losers. Make sure you’re ahead of the pack and you’re your gaming rig with one of the monitors below.
For the Desktop Gamer: BenQ PD3200U
If you’re looking for a desktop gaming monitor that packs a punch, the BenQ PD3200U is hard to beat. It was originally designed for CAD pros, so gaming on this monitor is a bit of an off-label use, if you will. But that means it has 32-inches of display excellence, without need for calibration. It boasts vibrant and detailed graphics.
On TechRadar, you’ll see that some dislike the amount of space the BenQ PD3200U takes up, but the minimal design and lack of decorative design elements really minimize its size. It’s totally functional, ensuring it doesn’t take up any more space than a 32 inch monitor needs.
For the Gamer on a Budget: Asus MG279Q
If you’re looking to get the most out of your limited budget, the Asus MG279Q can’t be beat. It’s a FreeSync monitor, so you can say goodbye to stuttering and screen tearing. This monitor features both a 1440p IPS screen and a 144Hz refresh rate, a combo unheard of until lately.
One reviewer also notes a unique plus of this monitor: a light anti-gloss coating. While most other gaming displays offer this as standard, many older IPS displays featured a heavy coat, damaging image quality as a result.
For the Widescreen Gamer: Acer XR382CQK
If you’re looking to be totally immersed in your gaming experience, the Acer XR382CQK is the way to go. At a whopping 37.5-inches with a 2300mm curve, it’s guaranteed to give you a complete view of your game. This baby boasts a variety of enviable features, including an IPS panel, FreeSync technology (refreshing at 75Hz), and bezel-free design.
This type of luxury is going to cost you; it rings up at over $1k. At 3840×1600 resolution, you’ll need a strong machine to power this monitor. But if total gaming takeover is what you’re looking for, you won’t be disappointed.
For the Visually-inclined Gamer: ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q
This Republic of Gamers branded monitor offers just about the best visuals you’ve ever seen on a screen. It features an IPS-type panel, known as an AU Optronics panel. Though it’s called an AHVA display, don’t let the name fool you. It rivals an LG IPS—no questions asked. Along with the 2560×1440 resolution, this monitor refreshes at up to 165Hz, a notch higher than most Swift monitors.
At the end of the day, this monitor boasts an awful lot of bang for its buck—and then some. One reviewer sums it up perfectly: “while you may baulk at the price, the 1440p resolution means you can hit blazing fast gaming speeds with a huge variety of graphic cards at different price points, and you won’t find a gaming panel as beautifully calibrated this side of a ludicrously priced $3,500 Dell OLED.
For the Cinematic Gamer: Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB
When it comes to 4k gaming, size definitely matters. The Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB absolutely delivers. This 43-inch monitor offers a 38640×2160 resolution and 60Hz refresh rate, making it ideal for cinematic single player gaming. Many users liken it to a television—it’s that big and crystal clear.
At nearly 4 feet, this monitor clearly isn’t for everyone. You’ve got to have a lot of space. But if you’ve got the room, you’ve got to go for it. The colors absolutely pop on this monitor, with bright whites and quite decent black levels.
Runner-up: ASUS ProArt PA32U
There’s no denying that the ASUS ProArt PA32U is a brilliant piece of technology. It features a genuine IPS panel with insane color, clarity, and brightness. And for good reason. As the name suggests, this monitor was designed for professional photographers, videographers, and more. But as gamers, we reap the benefits. It’s sleek, stylish, and unbelievable.
But there’s 1 reason this monitor just didn’t make the cut. If you thought the Acer XR382CQK was pricey, hold on to your pants. This monitor rings up at $2,000, making it cost prohibitive for most. But a gamer can dream, right?
Still not sure which monitor suits your needs? HP offers a good rundown of the best gaming monitors in one of their Tech Takes. Just be sure to do your research before throwing down a wad of cash, and make sure you’re getting a great piece of tech for your money.