High resolution, super fast gaming monitors really are a must for PC gamers. If you didn’t think a screen could change your gaming experience, you need to think again...
There are certain hallmarks that make a good gaming monitor - lightning fast response times, slick refresh rates along with the usual picture quality (look out for 4K, if your computer can handle it) and viewing angles. Plus, you need an array of ports for connecting up all your gear.
We’ve pulled together some of the best monitors around, so if you’re looking for hardware to up your game, you’ve come to the right place.
Acer Predator XB271HU
Offering excellent gaming performance, the 27-inch Acer Predator XB271HU is compatible with Nvidia's killer G-Sync feature, which smooths gaming by synching the monitor's refresh rate with the GPU. In other words, if you have a PC equipped with one of Nvidia's GTX graphics cards, you'll get silky smooth gaming at up to 144Hz (compared to the regular 60Hz that most monitors are capable of). The difference is astounding. Whether you're gaming or undertaking productivity work, colours look vibrant on the XB271HU's IPS panel, which also boasts excellent viewing angles.
£627.37 | Amazon
Samsung U28E590D 28 inch 4K LED Monitor
The U28E590D is a slick 28-inch 4K gaming monitor that sports a sharp picture and eye-catching angular design. If your PC has the power, this panel brings the pixels — all 8.3 billion of them. Images are both detailed and clear thanks to a brightness of 370cd/m, and Samsung's decision to fulfil the 1ms response time will let you swiftly pick off enemies in the darkest corners. Picture settings can be tweaked using the on-screen menu, or you can sit back and allow its Game Mode and Dynamic Contrast modes to do the heavy lifting. DisplayPort 1.2 gives the green light for fluid 60Hz gaming at 4K, and smart port placement means you won't have to bend backwards to connect cables or peripherals around the back. Surrounding the display is a super-thin bezel too that lets you see the bigger picture.
£319.31 | Amazon
The rise of 4K panels has led to 1080p monitor makers upping their game. While most ordinary people get by with 60Hz screens, gamers seeking a higher level (or two) of accuracy are turning to ultra-responsive 144Hz monitors — and the 27-inch BenQ XL2720Z is one of the best. Those extra hertz are complimented by a ton of features including motion-blur reduction, ZeroFlicker technology that makes gaming easier on the eyes and three genre-specific settings (two for first-person shooters and one for real-time strategy titles). Like the Samsung U28D590D, it has an unbeatable 1ms response time, and a button to easily flick through 12 aspect ratios means you can alter the screen to play like professional gamers who narrow their line of sight in shooters by switching to 4:3 in competitive tournaments. At £329 it's a fair bit more expensive than your regular 1080p monitor, but if you're into gaming the XL2720Z's feature set makes it a solid offering.
£319.02 | Amazon
Boasting a dynamic contrast ratio of 12M:1, colour depth and definition is super impressive on this 1080p, 16:9 monitor. You'll also get a quick 5ms refresh rate for smooth images and Senseye tech with a specific colour mode that'll make your games pop. An eco mode helps you save power, a must if you spend much of the day glued to the screen.
£112.68 | Amazon
AOC G2770PF 27 inch 144 Hz LED Gaming Monitor
AOC also fulfills the 1ms response and 144hz refresh benchmarks, and accompanies that with a classic, clean design and a very nice Full HD LED display. The real USP here though is the integrated USB hub, which features four USB ports for your mouse, keyboard et al, and a fast-charging port for your phone. Nifty.
£230.79 | Amazon
Asus is renowned for making excellent gaming monitors, and the VG248 epitomises that. 1 millisecond response time is now considered a most for dedicated PC gaming, but combined with a Full HD display with 144hz refresh rate, this is an excellent option if money is no object.
£229.95 | Amazon
BenQ XL2430T LED 24 inch Gaming Monitor
Not only does the XL2430T have a 144hz refresh rate, but it also comes packing motion blur reduction tech, refresh rate optimisation management and a 20-level volour vibrance setting. A new angular, compact base and monitor stand also ensure that the monitor is placed in golden ratio to perfectly counter balance the display.