Best gaming monitors 2018: banish ghosting and glare with a premium panel

Give your gaming a boost with a top, feature-packed monitor

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Gaming monitors have come a long way in recent years, from HDR (high dynamic range) beauties to curved, ultra-wide displays delivering some of the most sought-after features currently available on the market.

The problem is, though, that with a wide variety of makers pumping out big ranges of dedicated gaming monitors, and with an ever-increasing list of features and specs to navigate, too, choosing the best display for your gaming needs is harder than ever.

That's where T3 comes in. We're massive PC gamers here and, as such, we've gathered together ten of the absolute best gaming monitors you can buy right now to make it easy for you to find the tech that is best suited to you.

If, however, you just want an instant recommendation, rather than a list of potential gaming monitors to browse through, then we consider the Acer Predator XB271HU to be the best gaming monitor on the market right now.

Compatible with Nvidia's killer G-Sync feature, the Acer Predator is simply a cracking gaming display, and it retails at a very affordable price point, too.

There are, however, plenty of other top gaming monitor options from Asus, Samsung, BenQ, Dell, and more, so read on for some excellent recommendations at a wide variety of price points.

Before we get to the list of best gaming monitors on the market today, though, we've supplied some concise advice and buying tips that will help you narrow down your next monitor.

How to choose the best gaming monitor for you

PCs are the pioneer when it comes to gaming graphics, but it doesn't matter how good your graphics card is if you don't have a monitor that can keep up with all those pixel-pushing improvements.

After all, if you want to get serious about your gaming you need more than just a beefed up hard drive. You need a good a screen - after all, that's what you'll be staring at.

It has to look good, but most importantly it has to give you the specs that can give you a jump on your opponents: quick refresh rates, high picture quality and those all-important slick response times. The monitors that follow have these qualities and plenty more besides.

Most important is response time (listed in ms) and low input lag. Response time is how long it takes a pixel in your LCD to change colour. After all, one of the main requirements for a gaming monitor is the ability to handle fast-paced action.

The best gaming monitors you can buy today

ASUS ROG Strix XG27VQ

1. ASUS ROG Strix XG27VQ

Big gaming performance for an attractive price

Reasons to buy
+144Hz refresh rate+27-inch panel with 1800R curve+RGB lighting system
Reasons to avoid
-Only Full HD resolution

Asides from this gaming monitor only delivering a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution rather than something a little higher and more exotic, there really isn't really anything else to dislike. You get a rock solid 27 inches of screen to play on, which boasts a lush 1800R curve too, a high 144Hz refresh rate with Adaptive Sync and Free Sync for a super smooth gaming experience, and a varied selection of ports including DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI, too. As it is a monitor geared towards gamers, you also get a pretty darn powerful LED lightning system, including a very bright downward firing base projection. A really futuristic and weighty stand with swivel, tilt, and height adjustability complete a very attractive package.

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2. Acer Predator XB271HU

Silky smooth gaming

Reasons to buy
+Compatible with Nvidia's G-Sync feature+Up to 144Hz refresh rate panel+Very vibrant colours
Reasons to avoid
-Poor quality speakers

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.

Dell UltraSharp UP3218K

3. Dell UltraSharp UP3218K

What can we say other than... it's 8K!

Reasons to buy
+Jaw dropping 8K resolution+Excellent build quality
Reasons to avoid
-Very, very expensive

At over £3,000 the Dell UltraSharp UP3218K is quite insanely expensive, but when you look at what it delivers, that price suddenly seems more apt. That's because the UP3218K is a 8K resolution monitor that not only delivers jaw-dropping fidelity and crispness, but also some of the highest quality colour reproduction available on any monitor. Naturally, because it is Dell, build quality is also superb. Obviously it isn't for everyone, the price largely sees to that, but if you've got the cash and the gaming setup to deal with outputting games at a resolution of 7,680 x 4,320, then this is the monitor for you.

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4. Samsung U28E590D 28-inch 4K LED Monitor

Over 8 billion pixels

Reasons to buy
+4K resolution+1ms response time+DisplayPort equipped
Reasons to avoid
-No USB port

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.

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5. AOC G2770PF 27 inch 144 Hz LED Gaming Monitor

The low-cost option

Reasons to buy
+Integrated USB hub+Good value for money
Reasons to avoid
-No motion blur reduction

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.

LG 34UC79G-B

6. LG 34UC79G

An ultra wide monitor at an attractive price point

Reasons to buy
+Sweet 21:9 aspect ratio curved screen+Monitor supports AMD FreeSync
Reasons to avoid
-Not 4K

For this money you rarely get a quality ultra wide panel, but that's what LG has managed with the 34UC79G. A 21:9, curved, 2,560 x 1,080 resolution display with AMD FreeSync (tech which eliminates tearing and stuttering), 1ms Motion Blur Reduction, 144Hz refresh rate, and rock solid stand that offers high levels of adjustability combine to produce a top draw monitor that, not 4K resolution aside, leaves very little to be desired. If you are looking to go ultra wide and don't have a premium-level budget, then this is the monitor for you.

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7. Asus VG248QE

Plenty of USB ports

Reasons to buy
+144hz refresh rate
Reasons to avoid
-Reduced viewing angles

Asus 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.

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8. BenQ EX3501R

A HDR monitor with serious angles

Reasons to buy
+Ultra-wide viewing angles+Support for HDR
Reasons to avoid
-Requires a little tinkering

BenQ is giving some of the bigger names in the gaming monitor business a run for their money by uniting two key features currently making waves among screen-loving enthusiasts - HDR and Ultra-wide panels. The new EX3501R has both, with a 35-inch screen boasting a 3440 x 1440 resolution with 1800R curvature on top. You get AMD FreeSync as standard, which can help improve game performance on-screen, and the inclusion of USB-C support enables SuperSpeed USB data transfer and decent 2K video delivery over a single cable.

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9. Alienware AW3418DW

Alienware quality in display form

Reasons to buy
+Amazing refresh rate+Customisable lighting zones
Reasons to avoid
-Quite pricey

Alienware may be one of the biggest and most formidable names in gaming laptops, but it’s also proving a brand to be reckoned with in the world of gaming-focused monitors. It features a powerful 120Hz refresh rate, the highest you can get right now in the ultra-wide range, and with a lightning-fast 4ms response time this 21:9 display makes for one powerful monitor for all your PC gaming needs. It comes with NVidia G-Sync as standard, which helps reduce screen-tearing, and four customisable lighting zones for that extra layer personalisation (this is Alienware after all).

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10. AOC Agon AG352UCG

AOC brings out the big guns

Reasons to buy
+Beautiful curved screen+Powerful 3440 x 1440 resolution
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

The 35-inch Agon AG352UCG from AOC comes with plenty of big features to keep rubbing shoulders with the biggest names in gaming displays. For a start, you get an impressive 3440 x 1440 resolution, a silky smooth 100hz refresh rate and a 4ms response time. Its 21:9 aspect ratio has the support of Nvidia G-Sync so you’re games won’t tear when they’re pumping away on ultra settings, making it ideal for use with competitive titles such as Overwatch or League of Legends (where even the slightest amount of lag can mean victory of a painful loss).