Best gaming monitors 2022: top displays for PS5, Xbox Series X and PC

The best monitors for gaming on PlayStation 5, Xbox and PC available today

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The best gaming monitors are designed to take your playing experience to the next level with ultra-fast response times, minimal input lag and crystal clear picture quality. When it comes to serious gaming, every moment counts and a sub-par monitor can make or break a winning moment. The last thing any serious player wants is a missed input or mediocre frame rate to take away the win. 

While some of the best 4K monitors and best monitors for MacBook Pro can deliver a solid gaming experience, anyone serious about the sport knows it's much more demanding than standard office work or general browsing. A little lag isn't going to do much damage in your spreadsheet, but it can be fatal in a fast-paced twitch shooter. Serious games need serious gaming monitors, and that's what T3's guide to the best monitors for gaming brings to the table.

At T3 we aren't slaves to specs, though: while higher resolutions are of course nice to have, they're only part of the picture. Higher frame rates, refresh rates and lighting effects such as real-time ray tracing and HDR have a much bigger impact on immersion, and we'd rather have those features than some more pixels.

That's reflected in some of our choices here: while we've included some of the highest specification gaming monitors you can buy, we've also included more affordable options that deliver a superb gaming experience.

Best gaming monitors 2022

LG UltraGear 34GN850T3 Awards 2021 winner badge

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An ultrawide champion that does gaming and more besides

Specifications

Screen size: 34 inch
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3,440 x 1,440
Refresh rate: 160Hz
Response time: 1ms
Inputs: HDMI x 2, DisplayPort x 1, USB-A

Reasons to buy

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Speedy response times
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Does very well with games
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Setup is done in minutes

"The LG UltraGear 34GN850 is a display that we'd be more than happy to get set up on our own desk – from gaming to movies to office work, the monitor has the specs and the performance to do it all, and catch the eye while doing so." – T3's LG UltraGear 34GN850 review

We've been very impressed with what the LG UltraGear 34GN850 has shown us during our testing: it has fantastic response times and refresh rates, very decent color, brightness and contrast levels, and a respectable HDR mode that keeps the darkest and the lightest areas of a picture in view.

The main reason that you're going to get this monitor, however, is that it's a 34-inch ultrawide monster that will dominate your gaming center (or your office desk). You get nearly 5 million pixels on show here, as well as coverage of 98 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut, so this is a display that isn't messing around (and the price you'll have to pay reflects that).

We also like the broad array of ports you get with the LG UltraGear 34GN850, and how easily those ports can be accessed around the back (though a little more cable management wouldn't go amiss). All in all, one of the best gaming monitors around, especially if you need to use it for other stuff as well.

Need more proof this is a banger of a gaming monitor? Then consider the fact that the LG UltraGear 34GN850 went and won the Best Gaming Monitor award at the T3 Awards 2021.

ViewSonic Elite XG270QGT3 Awards 2020 - Highly Commended


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The best gaming monitor for premium 1440p visuals

Specifications

Screen size: 27-inch
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 2,560 x 1,440
Panel: IPS Nano Colour
Refresh rate: 165Hz
Response time: 1ms

Reasons to buy

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Stunning 1440p QHD display
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165Hz refresh rate

"The ViewSonic XG270QG doesn't tick absolutely all of the boxes you want ticking from a gaming monitor, but all the most important features are covered, and the image quality is among the best." – T3's ViewSonic XG270QG review

If your graphics card setup does not include an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, then chances are you aren't going to be capable of gaming at a 4K resolution without watching the action crawl to a framerate halt. But just because you aren't gaming at 4K doesn't mean you don't want a premium gaming monitor experience.

Enter the ViewSonic XG270QG, a stunning, high-tech gaming monitor that prioritizes delivering the absolute best picture quality capable at a QHD, 1440p, 2,560 x 1,440 resolution.

It does this, largely, thanks to the sheer quality of its 27-inch IPS Nano Color, 98 percent DCI-P3 color space core panel, which also boasts a rapid 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and Nvidia G-Sync adaptive sync. And, let us tell you, these combine to deliver a truly excellent PC gaming experience, no matter whether you're playing Red Dead Redemption 2 or Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.

In terms of styling, the XG270QG appeals thanks to its three-sided narrow bezel frame and future-industrial lines.

The only thing the ViewSonic doesn't deliver is the ability to display HDR content, with a peak brightness of 350cd/m2 — impressive but definitely short of the level needed. Does this make a difference in terms of gaming on PC? In our opinion, no, not at all — the monitor looks great and games really pop on it.

Simply put, if you're looking for a premium gaming monitor and are rocking something like an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super or AMD Radeon RX 5700, then this is one of the absolute best gaming monitors on the market today that you should consider. It's a PC gaming specialist, partnering a sharp, modern look with top gaming monitor tech.

The ViewSonic Elite XG270QG just bagged the Best Gaming Monitor award at the T3 Awards 2020, too, so we honestly can't recommend this panel higher.

MSI MPG Artymis 343CQR reviewT3 Award

MSI's MPG Artymis 343CQR has a super-wide panel that doesn't skimp on quality or features.

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The best premium gaming monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 34-inch
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3,440 x 1,440
Brightness: 550 nits
Refresh rate: 165Hz
Response time: 1ms

Reasons to buy

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Plenty of ways to connect including USB-C
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Super-wide aspect ratio
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Rear RGB lights

Reasons to avoid

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Colour performance won’t suit content creation
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Maximum of 100Hz refresh rate through HDMI

"If you want a big curved screen to give you the ultimate gaming experience, the MSI MPG Artymis 343CQR has 34inch VA panel with 1000R curvature. It’s not a monitor that skimps on specs so it truly delivers smooth and realistic gameplay free from blur or ghosting." – T3's MSI MPG Artymis 343CQR review

You'll feel completely immersed in the action with the MSI MPG Artymis 343CQR gaming monitor. It has a 1000R curvature that matches the natural shape of the human eye, making it easy to see the whole screen at once. 

34-inches of gaming bliss, this monitor boasts a super-smooth 165Hz refresh rate through the DisplayPort and USB-C connectivity, paired with just 1ms response time. Then, it adds in a peak brightness of 550 nits, top viewing angles of 178/178 and a super-wide 21:9 aspect ratio to deliver an impressive experience with balanced colors and seriously crisp detail. It's compatible with PCs, Macs and consoles - and you can project your mobile phone screen onto it. 

What's more is that it looks seriously smart, and even has customizable RGB lights on the back. Of course, it doesn't come cheap but if you have the money to spend, it's definitely worth it. 

DarkMatter by Monoprice 27-inch Gaming MonitorT3 Award


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Excellent budget gaming performance

Specifications

Screen size: 27-inch
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Refresh rate: 240Hz
Panel technology: IPS-type AHVA
Inputs: 1x DisplayPort® 1.2, 1x HDMI® 2.0, 1x HDMI® 1.4

Reasons to buy

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Excellent image quality
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Controls are easy to use
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Good value

Reasons to avoid

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High refresh rate requires an AMD GPU
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No support for Dolby HDR other newer HDR standards

"The DarkMatter 27-inch Gaming Monitor offers good performance at a great price, but the high frame rate feature only works with AMD graphics cards." – T3's Monoprice Dark Matter review

The Monoprice Dark Matter 27-inch monitor provides a very affordable solution for gamers. It keeps the price down by sticking to the basics – there's no flashy LED lights or colors, just a simple design. The resolution is also kept at a standard full HD, and there are no extra USB hubs, built-in speakers or calibration options to speak of. 

What you do get is a 240Hz refresh rate, though this only applies if you are using an AMD graphics card, due to the AMD FreeSync Premium technology compatibility. Nvidia users will get less. Still, with a price of under $300 this is a solid option for gamers looking to build up a system on a budget. 

dell s2721hgf black gaming monitorT3 Award

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The best budget curved gaming monitor

Specifications

Size: 27-inch
Curved: Yes
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Panel type: VA
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Full HD (1080p)
Refresh rate: 144Hz
Response time: 1ms
Brightness: 350 cd/m²
Ports: 2xHDMI, DisplayPort

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly affordable
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144Hz refresh rate
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1ms response time

Reasons to avoid

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Low on features
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May be too small for some

"The Dell Curved Gaming Monitor S2721HGF doesn’t have all the features, the best ports or the size of the very best gaming monitors but in its price range, it really packs a punch. If you’re after a compact, curved monitor on a budget, this is probably it." – T3's Dell S2721HGF review

As we note in our Dell Curved Gaming Monitor S2721HGF review, this a super affordable panel that packs powerful gaming performance. In short, you really do get a lot of monitor for your money here, with the S2721HGF offering up a Full HD panel with 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, two things that are music to gamer ears.

It's not a large monitor, but at 27 inches it sits in that sweet spot for many gamers, which is something backed up by its Full HD resolution – this is a monitor that will be ideal for anyone with a medium-spec gaming rig. If you've got a powerhouse PC loaded with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090, then you've probably got pockets deep enough to shop above this monitor's price bracket.

This is really a gaming monitor that nails the basics really well but doesn't offer much in terms of fancy features like RGB lighting or mad adjustability. It is curved, though, which helps immersion, and there are both HDMI and DisplayPort connections on offer.

Overall, then, the Dell S2721HGF is easily making a claim to be the best budget curved gaming monitor on the market today, and is an easy recommendation for gamers looking for an upgrade at this price point.

msi optix mag274qrf-qd black gaming monitorT3 Award

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A great gaming monitor with great motion and tearing protections

Specifications

Screen size: 27-inch
Resolution: 2560 x 1440 (WQHD)
Refresh rate: 165Hz
Response time: 1ms
Brightness: 300 nits
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Weight: 13.34lbs / 19.18lbs

Reasons to buy

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1ms response rate
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Quantum Dot display
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Strong adjustability

"The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD provides a crisp clear picture, with great motion and tearing protections. Brightness issues aside, the 1ms response time is a gamer’s dream and for the price you pay it’s hard to see how this mid-range gaming monitor wouldn’t fit in to all but the most high-spec of gaming setups." – T3's MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD review

In our MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD review, we noted that this monitor wows thanks to its Quantum Dot panel and rapid 1ms response time and 165Hz refresh rate. It also delivers a very gamer-friendly 2560x1440 resolution and support for G-SYNC and FreeSync capabilities, too.

Elsewhere, the monitor is quite the looker, too, with a modern minimal-bezel design and angular, futuristic stand and base pairing well together. The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is also very adjustable, with it able to be lowered or raised from 0-100mm, swiveled at 75-degrees either way, tilted between 5-degrees (down) and 20-degrees (up) and also pivoted to 90 degrees.

Throw in a bucket of ports including HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2 and USB Type-C, as well as a very firmly mid-range price point, and you've got a gaming monitor that will suit many gamers down to the ground.

samsung crg9 black ultra-wide gaming monitorT3 Award

If you want to go ultra-wide with your gaming monitor, then the Samsung CRG9 is an elite choice.

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An outstanding ultrawide monitor for serious gamers

Specifications

Screen size: 49-inch
Aspect ratio: 32:9
Resolution: 5,120 x 1,440
Brightness: 1,000 cd/m2
Refresh rate: 120Hz
Response time: 4ms

Reasons to buy

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Puts you right in the game
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Excellent color and brightness
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Premium build quality

"The Samsung Odyssey G9 is the best ultra-wide gaming monitor on the market. Stylish and powerful, it would take the highest spec gaming PC to give it a run for its money. Its dimensions and requirements may make it a touch too impractical for most gamers, but if you’ve got the dosh, and the space then you can’t go wrong." – T3's Samsung Odyssey G9 review

Say hello to the simply gigantic 49-inch Samsung CRG9, which is the biggest display in our best gaming monitor round-up, and which will give you a hugely immersive gaming experience (as long as you're playing games that can work with a monitor this wide of course – otherwise you'll have black edges on the left and right of your screen).

Besides its size – which is gigantic, in case you had forgotten – the monitor offers some very competitive specs: a 5,120 x 1,440-pixel resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, a 4ms response time, and a maximum brightness of 1,000 cd/m2 (the same as 1,000 nits). This isn't a monitor that's going to let you down in any major department.

When it comes to gaming, the Samsung CRG9 is more than capable of keeping up with the action, reducing lag and handling motion very well. Games look fantastic on this, with something like Red Dead Redemption 2 really enveloping you (and your peripheral vision) in the fantastic landscapes of the Wild West.

If you're using the monitor for more everyday tasks, then the Samsung CRG9 scores highly here too, with text and images crisp and sharp thanks to that 1440p resolution. Color reproduction is excellent and it's also one of the brightest monitors around. There's HDR and FreeSync support, and you get one HDMI and two DisplayPort ports for connecting everything up.

aoc 27g2 black gaming monitorT3 Award

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An impressive, no frills monitor

Specifications

Dimensions: 24.1 x 20.7 x 8.95in (612.1 x 525.9 x 227.4 mm)
Weight: 11.24lbs (5.1 kg)
Size: 27 inches
Resolution: 1920x1080
Refresh rate: 144Hz
Response time: 1ms
Brightness: 250cd/m2
Ports: 2 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x VGA

Reasons to buy

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Great performance
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Comes with AMD FreeSync Premium and AdaptiveSync
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Designed for a multiple monitor set-up

Reasons to avoid

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Flat-panel feels dated
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Poor viewing angles
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No USB-C or USB hub

"The AOC 27G2 proves that you don’t need all the bells and whistles or spend a whole lot on a gaming monitor to get quality performance. It may be lacking in frills, but it also has most of what you’ll need, for a whole lot less." – T3's AOC 27G2 monitor review

AOC is one of T3's new favorite gaming monitor makers, and the AOC 27G2 is a great example as to why. This is a highly competent gaming monitor with great performance and image quality. There's a 144hz refresh rate, 1ms response and a 1920x1080 resolution. And what's even better is that it does it all for a very competitive price. 

While it lacks all the bells and whistles of some pricier models, it does everything you need it to, and is large enough to suit most users. Thanks to the frameless design, it's also well suited for combining for a multi-monitor set up. 

While AOC does offer even more impressive models in its range, such as the Agon PD27, the 27G2 is a great budget option for anyone looking to build a solid gaming system.

benq mobiuz ex2710 black gaming monitorT3 Award

The BenQ Mobiuz EX2710 delivers top gaming features at a very affordable price point.

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A brilliant budget gaming monitor with plenty of features

Specifications

Scree size: 27 inches
Dimensions: 597.6x 336.15 mm
Panel type: IPS
Brightness: 400 nits
Resolution: 1920x1080
Refresh rate: 144Hz
Response time: 1ms

Reasons to buy

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Very affordable
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Fast 144Hz refresh rate
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1ms response time

"The BenQ Mobiuz EX2710 delivers everything a PC gamer shopping on a budget could want from a gaming monitor – including HDRi, a 144Hz refresh rate and a rapid 1ms response time. Yes, the resolution is only FHD and the size is a modest 27 inches, and it isn't as punchy in terms of aesthetics as some rival panels, but for the price it is a proper bargain." – T3's BenQ Mobiuz EX2710 review

As we note in our BenQ Mobiuz EX2710 review, this monitor is a budget gamer's dream screen, as it delivers top gaming tech, like a 1ms response time, 144Hz refresh rate and HDR, for a low price point.

Indeed, many other monitors that cost hundreds more only deliver the same ballpark package, so the fact that this screen is so cheap new really does mean it will be ideal for many gamers.

The only real thing to consider before ringing it up is whether or not you are happy with a resolution limit of FHD, as this monitor cannot go higher than 1,920 x 1,080. Equally, this screen does not come with a curve, and is a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio affair as well.

Honestly, though, apart from those caveats it's a great gaming monitor. So, unless you need more or have a markedly bigger budget to spend, then the BenQ Mobiuz EX2710 should be one of the first screens you consider.

hp omen 27i black gaming monitor

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Well built, stylish, and with plenty of useful features

Specifications

Screen size: 27-inch
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 2,560 x 1,440
Refresh rate: 165Hz
Response time: 1ms
Inputs: HDMI 2.0 x 1, DisplayPort 1.4 x 1

Reasons to buy

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Excellent performance
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Cool backlighting effects
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Affordable price

"The HP Omen 27i is one of the best gaming monitors around at this price point and at this 27-inch size. While there are some omissions in the specs and features, on the whole the display excels both in terms of its specification and the picture you end up getting." – T3's HP Omen 27i review

The HP Omen 27i isn't flashy in terms of its looks, but we rather like its angular, subtle design – there's lighting around the back and along the bottom lip of the monitor, which you can tweak as required using the accompanying software for Windows. It's not quite as huge as some of the other screens here of course, but then again it is more affordable.

The 27-inch panel offers a 165Hz refresh rate and a response time of as little as 1ms with the right connections, and those are impressive specs that translate into excellent real-world performance. This is a display that looks great for everything from gaming to movie watching, with a thin bezel design that ensures the focus is always on what's being shown on screen.

It's worth noting that there's no HDR support here, although it doesn't make a massive difference to the quality of the picture, and you're limited to one HDMI and one DisplayPort input (though there are USB connections for your peripherals). HP has been in the electronics game for a long time, and that shows through in the quality of the HP Omen 27i.

benq ex2780q black gaming monitor


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A strong 1440p gaming monitor that delivers great bang for your buck

Specifications

Screen size: 27-inch
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 2,560 x 1,440
Refresh rate: 144Hz
Response time: 5ms
Inputs: HDMI 2.0 x 2, DisplayPort 1.4 x 1, USB-C (DP Alt mode)

Reasons to buy

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Solid, understated, metal-trimmed design
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Superb, vibrant HDR picture

Reasons to avoid

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Low brightness for HDR
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Design won’t be for everyone

"The BenQ EX2780Q is a jack of all trades. It handles pretty much everything well but isn’t quite a master at anything. With its solid speakers, multiple HDR modes and great ports its versatility makes it a good monitor for mixed use, rather than something you’re picking up solely to play games on." – T3's BenQ EX2780Q review

The BenQ EX2780Q is absolutely packed with features that gamers are going to love – like that 144Hz refresh rate for super-smooth action, the HDRi (basically HDR with BenQ's own tweaks), FreeSync support, 5ms response rate, and the extensive 27 inches (maximum resolution 2,560 x 1,440 pixels) of screen space. It's immediately one of the best gaming monitors we've ever tried.

Design-wise, the monitor manages to be elegant without really blowing you away: we like the polished metal frame, though the buttons and control system take a few minutes of working out (you get a remote bundled with the package too). The two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort port, and one USB-C port are a little awkward to get to, but that's par for the course with monitors like this.

The QHD picture is superb, with strong, vibrant colors, excellent viewing angles, and sharp, well-defined contrast. That HDRi we mentioned – which essentially adapts HDR to suit the ambient light – makes games and other content really stand out. The integrated 2.1 audio system is clear too, making this an excellent all-around package if you want your sound integrated with your visuals.

With the 10-bit panel capable of showing more than a billion colors across 95 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut, the BenQ EX2780Q impresses on paper, but it's also a monitor that impresses in reality too – a combination you don't always get. It's a little on the expensive side, and there's no 4K of course, but we're happy to recommend it as one of our top choices for gamers and pros alike.

lenovo legion y44w-10 black gaming monitor

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A fine gaming monitor for going ultrawide

Specifications

Screen size: 43.4-inch
Aspect ratio: 32:10
Resolution: 3,840 x 1,200
Brightness: 450 cd/m2
Refresh rate: 144Hz
Response time: 4ms

Reasons to buy

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A fully immersive experience
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Really appealing design

Reasons to avoid

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No 4K resolution
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Not all games will support 32:10 aspect ratio

"A huge curved screen paired with decent enough specs, the Lenovo Legion Y44W-10 is out to impress. It won’t be for everyone but those who are dedicated to feeling completely immersed in the action are bound to feel satisfied with this gaming monitor." – T3's Lenovo Legion Y44W-10 review

Whichever way you look at it, the Lenovo Legion Y44W-10 is a seriously impressive piece of equipment: It's one of the best-looking monitors we've come across in a while, with its huge 43.4 inches of curved screen space, 32:10 aspect ratio, and subtle blue trim at the bottom of the stand. Have no doubt about it, this is a beautiful beast.

In use, the display – 3,840 x 1,200 pixels – looks really good, with both games and more mundane apps like web browsers and spreadsheet programs appearing crisp and vibrant (the viewing angles are more than decent too). It's really like having a dual monitor setup, without the gap in the middle, and both Windows and macOS make it easy enough to get your programs up side by side.

As far as gaming goes, the cutting-edge 144Hz refresh rate, 4ms response time and AMD FreeSync 2 certification are all going to make gamers sit up and take note. We noticed very little ghosting or lag in use, as well as excellent black and color reproduction. You do need to find games that support that ultra, ultrawide 32:10 aspect ratio, of course, otherwise you'll get black bars down the side.

What you get with ports are one DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0, two USB-C and four standard USB-A 3.0 for connecting up and charging peripherals. That means you can have, for example, one computer and two consoles hooked up if you need to – it's another tick in the positives column for the Legion Y44W-10.

The only real downside of the Lenovo Legion Y44W-10 is the price, which is quite substantial, but you do get a lot of gaming monitor for your money. It's going to be too much for some people, but if you want the flexibility and room of an ultrawide gaming display, then get this somewhere on your shortlist.

acer predator xb3 24.5-inch black gaming monitor

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Delivering silky smooth gaming and excellent build quality

Specifications

Screen size: 24.5-inch
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
Brightness: 400 cd/m2
Refresh rate: 240Hz
Response time: 1ms

Reasons to buy

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Works with Nvidia G-Sync/AMD FreeSync
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Up to 240Hz refresh rate panel

"The Acer Predator XB3 gives you, on the whole, exactly what you would expect from looking at its specs list. For those looking for something that's small and affordable to complete their gaming setup, we'd recommend it – but check out the competition too." – T3's Acer Predator XB3 review

Offering excellent gaming performance and from a line with excellent heritage, the 24.-5-inch Acer Predator XB3 works with both Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, smoothing out your gaming experience by syncing the monitor's refresh rate with the GPU in real-time.

There's plenty more to like here, even if this isn't the biggest, sharpest or brightest gaming monitor that you're ever going to come across. With a 240Hz maximum refresh rate, a 1ms minimum response time, and plenty of connectivity options, it might just be one of the best-value options for a gaming monitor out there at the moment.

During our testing of the monitor, we found that it excelled in both gaming and everything else we tried, from watching movies to browsing the web.  It's all available at a very reasonable price too, which is another reason we recommend it.

philips 346b1c black gaming monitor

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It does gaming and it does productivity

Specifications

Screen size: 34-inch
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3440 x 1440
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Refresh rate: 100Hz
Response time: 4ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 3000:1
Color support: sRGB 119%
Weight: 11.49 kg / 25 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Clean, sturdy design
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Packed with features
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Relatively cheap

"With a respectable set of specs, a plain but polished design, and a bunch of extra features that will help those who are looking to boost their productivity, the Philips 346B1C is a great choice for all kinds of reasons – if a curved, ultrawide monitor is right for you." – T3's Philips 346B1C review

While the Philips 346B1C is built primarily for productivity, it's also great for gaming – helped out by impressive response times, refresh rates, and contrast ratios. While you can find other monitors that beat this one in terms of raw specs, the Philips 346B1C brings everything together well in one cohesive whole.

What you're paying most of your money for is that 34-inch, 3440 x 1440 pixel display, which makes everything from games to spreadsheets look clear and immersive (there's a 1500R curvature as well, if you're into that). Despite the size and specs of the display, it's actually available at a very reasonable price – check the widgets on this page for the latest online deals.

The Philips 346B1C comes packed with ports and connectivity options too: you can even charge your laptop from this monitor, or connect up a keyboard and mouse and use them with the display to switch between two different computers. All you need for productivity and for gaming.

samsung odyssey g9 black ultra-wide gaming monitor

If you want to go ultra-wide with your gaming monitor, then the Samsung Odyssey G9 is an elite choice.

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An outstanding ultrawide gaming monitor for serious gamers

Specifications

Screen size: 49-inch
Aspect ratio: 32:9
Resolution: 5,120 x 1,440
Brightness: 1,000 cd/m2
Refresh rate: 240Hz
Response time: 4ms
Weight: 36 lbs.
Features: HDR10+

Reasons to buy

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Puts you right in the game
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Excellent colour and brightness
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Premium build quality

"The Samsung Odyssey G9 is the best ultra-wide gaming monitor on the market. Stylish and powerful, it would take the highest spec gaming PC to give it a run for its money. Its dimensions and requirements may make it a touch too impractical for most gamers, but if you’ve got the dosh, and the space then you can’t go wrong." – T3's Samsung Odyssey G9 review

Say hello to the simply gigantic 49-inch Samsung Odyssey G9, which is the biggest display in our best gaming monitor round-up, and which will give you a hugely immersive gaming experience (as long as you're playing games that can work with a monitor this wide of course – otherwise you'll have black edges on the left and right of your screen).

Besides its size – which is gigantic, in case you had forgotten – the monitor offers some very competitive specs: a 5,120 x 1,440 pixel resolution, a 240Hz refresh rate, a 4ms response time, and a maximum brightness of 1,000 cd/m2 (the same as 1,000 nits). This isn't a monitor that's going to let you down in any major department.

When it comes to gaming, the Samsung Odyssey G9 is more than capable of keeping up with the action, reducing lag and handling motion very well. Games look fantastic on this, with something like Red Dead Redemption 2 really enveloping you (and your peripheral vision) in the fantastic landscapes of the Wild West.

If you're using the monitor for more everyday tasks, then the Samsung CRG9 scores highly here too, with text and images crisp and sharp thanks to that resolution. Color reproduction is excellent and it's also one of the brightest monitors around. There's HDR and FreeSync support, and you get one HDMI and two DisplayPort ports for connecting everything up.

MSI Oculux NXG253R best gaming monitorsT3 Approved badge

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The best gaming monitor for super-fast refresh rates

Specifications

Screen size: 24.5 inches
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
Refresh rate: 360 Hz
Response time: 1ms
Inputs: HDMI x 2, DisplayPort x 1, USB-A x 3, USB-B x 1

Reasons to buy

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Smooth, fluid gameplay
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Plenty of input ports

Reasons to avoid

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Not the thinnest monitor

"The MSI Oculux NXG253R is going to appeal to serious gamers and those who live esports – everyone else, perhaps not so much. It comes with some stunning specs to its name, and we also like the design choices that MSI has made here with the monitor and its stand." – T3's MSI Oculux NXG253R review

The 360 Hz maximum refresh rate you get with the MSI Oculux NGX253R gaming monitor is the best in the business, so this is perfect for serious gamers who want to minimise lag and ghosting as much as they possibly can. Visuals on this monitor are super-smooth and super-fluid, and the best games really shine on the display.

There are some compromises to get to that ultra-high refresh rate: this isn't the thinnest monitor you're ever going to come across, and you're limited to a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution, but we think those are trade-offs that a lot of people will be willing to make. Other excellent specs, including a 1ms response time and Nvidia G-Sync support, sweeten the deal.

The included stand gives plenty of versatility in terms of rotating and tilting, and you can even use the monitor in portrait mode if you want it. Add in a host of ports, including three USB sockets on the side, and there's no doubt that the MSI Oculux NXG253R is one of the best gaming monitors around at the moment.

What kind of monitor is best for gaming?

PCs do most of the pioneering when it comes to gaming graphics, but it doesn't matter how packed with power your graphics card is if you don't have a monitor that can keep up with all that pixel-pushing.

And be under no illusion, if you want to get serious about your gaming you need more than just a beefed-up hard drive. You need a good screen – after all, that's what you'll be staring at during your extended gaming sessions.

Naturally, a great gaming monitor 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.

Do make sure you get a gaming monitor that comes with ports, modes, and connectivity options that you'll ideally want to use. It's no good spending money on a quality gaming monitor only to find out it doesn't have a specific input or auxiliary function you need.

The dedicated gaming monitor market is incredibly diverse, with premium gaming monitors that deliver 144Hz or higher refresh rates, ghost-killing response times such as 0.5ms and incredible, eye-popping HDR that delivers unprecedented immersion and many more features the pros need to play their best. But there are also budget gaming monitors that do a better job than ordinary monitors without costing an absolute fortune.

When we're testing gaming monitors we use a rig equipped with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU so we can test high resolutions, high frame rates and all the next-gen eye candy, such as real-time ray tracing and DLSS 2.0.

Every game rig and every gamer is different, and that means the choice of gaming monitor will be different for different people too. Some monitors have ultra-wide and/or curved displays for extra immersion; others, incredible HDR so you don't miss the smallest details. There are FHD displays, QHD and Ultra HD 4K displays, and there are gaming monitors to suit every genre of game and every size of budget. 

It's easy to get carried away with the tech on offer, but it's important to tailor your monitor to your current system and any upgrading you plan to do. If you're currently rocking something like an RTX 3060Ti, there's no real need to get a 4K display: if you upgrade your card later, the cost of those displays will have dropped so you'll get more bang for your buck if you wait. Whereas if you've dropped big bucks on an RTX 3080, you need to give it a suitable canvas to work its wonders. You wouldn't ask Picasso to paint on a Post-It note.

Overall, when picking an upgrade be sure to identify your budget and intended usage scenario first, and then start narrowing down your range of options based on clutch or unwanted features.

What gaming monitors do pros use?

When it comes to professional gaming, you're going to want to grab a monitor that not only provides fast response times but smooth framerates, low input delay and high resolutions.

If you're looking to play with the best, you'll want at least a 144Hz gaming monitor. This is more than double the industry standard 60Hz we're all used to, and provides for a much smoother experience overall. High frame rates, however, are not the only thing that can improve your gaming skills.

You'll also want a monitor that has ultra fast response times. Look for a maximum of 4ms response time but aim for 1ms where possible. These will come with a higher price, but when it comes to pro eSport gaming every movement and input counts, and higher response times can cause input delays that could make or break a game winning moment.

In terms of size, a solid 27 inch or 32 inch is the best choice to go with. It provides plenty of real estate for gaming while not being so large as to require increased head movement. Your eyes should be the only thing scanning the screen as you play, and the more you have to turn your head the slower your reaction time will be.

Resolution wise, 1080p will work for most gamers out there but push it to 4K where possible. This will provide a much more immersive experience and provide details lower resolutions just can't display. This in turn helps you identify other players or key objectives quicker.

Are 240Hz gaming monitors worth it?

The latest tech in gaming monitors is pushing the limits of just how many frames per second can be kicked out, with more ad more monitors offering 144Hz and 240Hz refresh rates alongside NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology as well as AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate.

With a proper PC setup, many titles can be pushed to frame rates of 200+ and more. For those who've had the chance to actually game on with an FPS limit this high, they'll be quick to tell you that indeed 240Hz gaming monitors are well worth it. That is, of course, if you can afford them.

Many monitors that include 240Hz refresh rates will run a pretty penny, starting around a minimum of $300 to $400 at least. That said, anyone who can kick out the cash for a 240Hz gaming monitor should absolutely do so. The smoothness is unparalleled and brings new life to games you didn't think would need it.

Is 144Hz better than 165Hz?

In most cases, 144Hz is marginally lower on the scale than a 165Hz monitor. While 144Hz is widely considered the gaming standard of today, the higher refresh rate the monitor can provide the better.

165Hz monitors provide smoother gameplay and in most cases, faster response times and less input delay. This is especially important in high-speed quick reaction games. The slower your monitor kicks out frames, the more input delay you'll have which means other games who use these monitors will have an advantage in some cases. It's a small advantage of course, but one that any pro gamer won't risk.

Are curved monitors better for gaming?

Many will argue that curved monitors may be too large or have too much real estate, but thanks to their curved design these two main issues are alleviated thanks to the reduced head turning needed with these types of displays.

While it is true that these monitors are larger and can display higher resolutions, what gamers will truly appreciate about curved gaming monitors is just how immersive and accurate they can be. Usually providing 4K native in most cases, these displays offer a wider field of view without the strain of constant head movement and adjustment larger flat monitors can require.

We'd argue that depending on the monitor, a curved monitor is definitely better for gaming on over a standard flatscreen. The added real estate with a concave display makes for a real treat with the improved visuals, added FOV and reduced eye and head strain.

Lastly, remember that T3 also has comprehensive guides to everything you need to create a super sweet gaming setup, such as to the best gaming laptops, best gaming chairs and best gaming headsets.

We've also got authoritative roundups of the best gaming mice and best gaming keyboards, too, so make sure that you upgrade to better speed and precision in more than just your gaming monitor. For better connectivity while gaming you should also consider one of the best mesh networks.

Deputy Editor for T3.com, Rob has been writing about computing, gaming, mobile, home entertainment technology, toys (specifically Lego and board games), smart home and more for over 15 years. You can find Rob's work in magazines, bookazines and online, as well as on podcasts and videos, too. Outside of his work Rob is passionate about motorbikes, skiing/snowboarding and team sports, with football and cricket two favourites. Feel free to contact him with any related products, events, and announcements.

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