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The LG UltraGear 34GP950G is the best gaming monitor around right now, but it sits atop a mountain of great options. Click here to jump to detailed looks at our picks for the best gaming monitors, or take a glance at the list below:

TL;DR – These are the Best Gaming Monitors:

Gaming monitors have started to hit their stride. Whether you're looking for a 4K gaming monitor for the sharpest picture or a 240Hz gaming monitor for the smoothest experience, you'll be able to find something to cater to your exact style of gaming and loaded with all the latest technology you could want. Aside from those extremes, you'll also find tons of value in our picks. And, we're not just talking about budget gaming monitors, we mean the majority of monitors now feature VA or IPS panels for great color depth, while offering up fast response times, and all of them are 60Hz or faster. These monitors can change the way you game.

The plethora of options is a boon and a curse though. There are almost too many good options to churn through, but luckily for you, we're experts in this field and have reviewed or witnessed the majority of the options in action. We'll save you the trouble of having to pour through all the specs and compare models by simply serving up the best gaming monitors on the market – and click here to see them in the UK.

The Best Gaming Monitors 2023

1. LG UltraGear 34GP950G-B

Best Gaming Monitor

LG UltraGear 34GP950GLG UltraGear 34GP950G This massive 1440p screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio and an overclockable 144Hz refresh rate keeps you immersed in the action.

You’ll find greatness around every corner on this monitor. Its big, 34-inch display provides a spacious viewing area for your games with a cinematic, 21:9 aspect ratio. It stays sharp at 3,440 x 1,440 and it keeps your visuals clear with a fast response time and Nvidia G-Sync Ultimate, so you won’t suffer from screen tearing, stutter, coronas, or ghosting. This display is going to keep you immersed in the game no matter what you're playing.

LG has used a Nano IPS display on this model that comes with impactful color with a 10-bit color depth, and those visuals will really pop thanks to the 600-nit peak brightness and HDR capabilities. It’s enough for the monitor to almost completely cover the expansive DCI-P3 color space. These specs surpass most monitors on the market, so you're going to be blown away by the picture. And, all of that visual quality can cruise at 144Hz, or you can enable the overclocked mode to boost it up to 180Hz. You'll be getting some super-smooth gameplay. There’s even content-responsive bias lighting built into the monitor with an RGB light ring on the back. This monitor truly means business, if your business is gaming.

2. HP X27q

Best Budget Gaming Monitor

HP X27qHP X27q For budget-minded buyers in search of a crisp, vibrant 1440p monitor with a high refresh rate and gaming features.

For under $300—though often on sale for significantly less—the HP X27q offers some stellar specs, starting with a 1440p display delivering a 165Hz refresh rate ready for fast-paced games. And luckily more and more modern graphics cards are capable of driving those high frame rates in 1440p, though you can always drop down to 1080p if it can’t keep up. When you add a 1ms response time, FreeSync Premium, and G-Sync compatibility, you get ample visual and motion fidelity in your games that can’t be beaten.

Beyond gaming, the HP X27q delivers rich and vibrant visuals on a 27-inch screen that pairs well with its crisp 1440p resolution. A 400-nit peak brightness also lets you take advantage of HDR, albeit basic. However, similar to other IPS panels, the contrast ratio isn’t the best out there, and it does lack wide color gamut support, but for the price, those flaws can be forgiven.

3. RedMagic 4K Gaming Monitor

Best 4K Gaming Monitor

RedMagic 4K Gaming MonitorRedMagic 4K Gaming Monitor A 27-inch 4K display that manages a 160Hz refresh rate and uses Mini LEDs in its panel for a high contrast ratio and brightness, making it especially shine in HDR.

The RedMagic 4K Gaming Monitor delivers a sharp, detailed picture with superb color accuracy on perfectly sized 27-inch screen. Its IPS panel with Mini-LEDs has an impressive 1,152 local dimming zones for a high contrast ratio ensuring punchy highlights and plenty of depth in dark, shadowy scenes, though there’s some slight blooming around bright objects. With HDR turned on, you’re viewing experience will be amplified further with vivider images that are on par with many OLED monitors.

RedMagic didn’t skimp on gaming features, including a DisplayPort 1.4 and USB-C with a DisplayPort mode, which both offer a 160Hz refresh rate in 4K. Two additional HDMI 2.1 ports max out at 120Hz and are perfect for hooking up a PS5 or Xbox Series X/S. Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync are compatible, so you’re graphics card and display play nicely for better motion handling at those high refresh rates.

4. Samsung Odyssey G7

Best 1440p Gaming Monitor

Samsung Odyssey G7Samsung Odyssey G7 FreeSync Premium Pro and 240Hz refresh rate keep the action smooth on this stunning, curved 1440p monitor that offers HDR.

If you don't think 4K is all it's cracked up to be, then there's plenty to be gained by sticking with old faithful: 1440p. This resolution will be able to run your games better. And the Samsung Odyssey G7 offers up a solid 1440p display with a fairly tight curve. That's a good start for gaming, but this monitor is ready to take as much graphical horsepower as you can throw at it thanks to a super-fast, 240Hz refresh rate. Those are the kinds of speeds usually reserved for 1080p monitors.

With the Odyssey G7, you'll get those speeds alongside a 600-nit peak brightness and 10-bit color depth. So, not only will you be able to see a ton of frames, but each frame can look exceptional. And, don't worry about tearing, as this monitor supports both G-Sync and FreeSync Premium Pro. It's ready to take on whatever you throw at it.

5. Asus TUF Gaming VG258QM

Best 1080p Gaming Monitor

Asus TUF Gaming VG258QMAsus TUF Gaming VG258QM Hitting up to 280Hz along with its 0.5ms response time and low input lag ensures this 1080p screen shines in fast-paced games.

People might be clamoring over 4K displays, and 1440p has a home in the hearts of many gamers trying to balance visual quality with value, but 1080p monitors still have their place. The Asus TUF Gaming VG258QM is a prime example where FHD fits in because, for under $300, you get a screen that delivers an overclockable 280Hz refresh rate, 0.5ms response time, and low input lag, which will see your games run as smooth as hot butter. You even get G-Sync compatibility, ensuring your monitor and graphics card play nicely with each other.

The Asus TUF Gaming VG258QM stretches its 1080p picture across a 24.5-inch TN panel, and at 400 nits, it’s plenty bright for easy viewing. The contrast ratio isn’t the best, but a shadow boost feature while gaming helps to expose enemies lurking in the shadows. Some other quality-of-life boxes can get ticked off, too, with a height-adjustable, pivoting stand, two HDMI ports, and one DisplayPort for ample connectivity opportunities

6. Acer Nitro XV282K

Best Mid-Range 4K Gaming Monitor

Acer Nitro XV282KAcer Nitro XV282K A crisp 4K resolution, ample connectivity options, HDR, and an overclockable 144Hz refresh rate are all on offer.

Jumping up to a 4K resolution is one way to improve your gaming experience, as it'll deliver a crisper picture with more fine detail than lower resolutions. But, that high resolution is only a small piece of the picture. For a monitor that delivers 4K as well as upgrades in just about every other department, the Acer Nitro XV282K is hard to beat. This 28-inch option puts that impressive 4K picture on a shiny IPS display with 400-nit peak brightness, giving you a vibrant and colorful 4K HDR experience, as you find on the best gaming TVs. It’s important to note when using gaming consoles, you can’t switch user modes and are stuck in HDR, which can be a bit taxing on your eyes.

Unlike most gaming TVs, the Acer Nitro XV282K is built for speed. The panel delivers a 144Hz refresh rate, though, you can overclock up to 170Hz for silky-smooth gameplay on your PC. Even if you're not able to hit 144fps at 4K in some games, the support for AMD FreeSync — G-Sync support is not official, though we tested the monitor and found it works without flaw — ensures you've got clean, full frames on display instead of a torn-up picture. The multiple HDMI 2.1 ports and DisplayPort make this monitor great for taking advantage of the latest gaming consoles and high-end PC builds.

7. Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q1A

Best Budget 4K Gaming Monitor

Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q1AAsus TUF Gaming VG289Q1A By sacrificing frame rates, you get a 4K resolution on a sizable 28-inch display for a budget-friendly price.

4K doesn't always mean you have to spend a fortune, and the Asus TUF Gaming is proof. By putting down under $300, you'll be getting that impressive resolution and a whole lot more. First, we’re talking about HDR, as the Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q1A supports a 10-bit color depth to show substantially more shades of color than your typical monitor. The IPS panel on this monitor also gets brighter than the typical monitor to let highlights pop. It can boost shadows, too, so you won’t struggle to see what’s going on in darker scenes of your games.

Now, because this monitor only boasts a 60Hz refresh rate, it may not be ideal for competitive gaming where a higher refresh rate can offer a competitive edge. But, the high resolution on a 28-inch panel will offer exceptionally crisp visuals for you to enjoy the detail in story modes. And, thanks to FreeSync support, you won’t have that perfect 4K picture marred by screen tearing.

8. Asus TUF Gaming VG32VQR

Best Curved Gaming Monitor

Asus TUF Gaming VG32VQRAsus TUF Gaming VG32VQR A big 1440p monitor with a slight curve that supports a 165Hz refresh rate and FreeSync Premium for smooth frames.

Curved monitors sometimes give you leg up against competitors, as the screen pairs perfectly with your field of vision. Our favorite happens to be the Asus TUF Gaming VG32VQR, which offers a little bit of everything, including a slight 1800R curve to keep every bit of the screen facing you. This 31.5-inch display totes a 1440p resolution with a fast 165Hz refresh rate that's good for delivering super-smooth gaming at a crisp level.

It's not just the resolution, refresh rate, and slight curve that help you keep track of your enemies, but also the 400-nit brightness and high contrast on the VA panel. That type of performance means the monitor has DisplayHDR 400 certification. You also get support for FreeSync Premium to ensure the picture remains tear-free whether you're hitting high or low frame rates. However, the best part of ​​Asus TUF Gaming VG32VQR might be the low cost, especially when considering all its features.

9. Samsung Odyssey Neo G9

Best Super Ultrawide Gaming Monitor

Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 This stretched-out 48.8-inch 1440p display delivers stunning visuals and a speedy 240Hz refresh rate.

With the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9, you get a super ultrawide display, and it’s not just “super” because of how wide it is, but also because of how powerful it is. Samsung delivers an insanely stretched-out 48.8-inch display panel that’s effectively two 1440p monitors side by side without a gap in between. The display has an incredibly tight 1000R curvature that keeps it nice and close to your eyes from one side to the other.

Samsung has stuffed this thing to the gills, too. The display is lit with intense Mini LED backlights that deliver a 2,000-nit peak brightness — something you’ll be hard-pressed to find on just about any other screen. That brightness pairs with the strong contrast and broad color of the QLED panel in front of those Mini LEDs. You can take all the gorgeous gaming visuals this monitor can display for a high-speed cruise thanks to the monitor’s 240Hz refresh rate. And, since 5,120 x 1,440 won’t be the easiest resolution for any computer to drive, FreeSync Premium Pro and G-Sync compatibility will help keep the visuals neat and tidy.

10. LG UltraGear 48GQ900

Best Gaming Monitor for the Xbox Series X/S and PS5

LG UltraGear 48GQ900LG UltraGear 48GQ900 VRR, a 0.1ms response, a 120Hz/4K refresh rate, and ample connectivity make this large OLED monitor with vivid colors and deep blacks shine in console gaming.

If you’re looking to use your new consoles on a monitor rather than a 4K TV or 8K TV, you’ll want to do it with the LG UltraGear 48GQ900. This monitor brings some high-end gaming chops, like VRR, a 0.1ms response, and a 120Hz refresh rate (overclockable to 138Hz) for some of the smoothest, blur-free action out there. And you won’t need to swap around cables when switching between PS5, Xbox Series X, or a gaming PC thanks to its inclusion of three HDMI 2.1 ports and a DisplayPort connection.

The LG UltraGear 48GQ900 offers a massive 47.5-inch OLED panel, so you’ll enjoy all the benefits of true blacks, infinite contrast, and eye-popping color for deep immersion in all of the action. The only area where this display struggles is brightness in certain scenes, but it’s still a brilliant display to enjoy 4K gaming on your next-gen console.

11. ViewSonic Elite XG271QG

Best G-Sync Gaming Monitor

ViewSonic Elite XG271QGViewSonic Elite XG271QG G-Sync ensures motion fidelity is maintained even at high refresh rates on this sizable 1440p display.

Bigger, brighter, sharper, and faster — the ViewSonic Elite XG271QG ticks all those boxes. Its 1440p resolution keeps visuals crisp while managing an insane 240Hz refresh rate. A true G-Sync module ensures motion fidelity between 1Hz and 240Hz for smooth, stutter-free gameplay. Add the fast response and low latency, and you’re in for some enjoyable gameplay.

The ViewSonic Elite XG271QG puts a 27-inch display on your desk, making it easier to spot enemies in the distance. Its IPS panel delivers an extremely wide color gamut and great color accuracy, so all your images will pop. You don’t get the deepest blacks, similar to other IPS panels, but RGB lighting on the back of the display can act as bias lighting to help remedy the issue. It's one of the best G-Sync monitors money can buy.

12. Cooler Master Tempest GP27Q

Best FreeSync Gaming Monitor

Cooler Master Tempest GP27QCooler Master Tempest GP27Q FreeSync Premium ensures stutter-free frames when going for 165Hz in 1440p, while a high contrast ratio and brightness let you enjoy HDR gaming.

The Cooler Master Tempest GP27Q is the perfect companion to your AMD graphics, as it’s packing FreeSync Premium to ensure your monitor and GPU are playing nicely. Given how hard it’ll be to run games at the speedy 165Hz/1440p that this monitor is capable of, FreeSync Premium comes into play to keep each frame intact. For more insurance that you’ll enjoy some butter-smooth gameplay, there’s also a 1ms response time.

Using an IPS panel with mini LED technology, the Cooler Master Tempest GP27Q delivers a wild contrast ratio and impressive HDR performance thanks to its 576 local dimming zones. You’ll be immersed in deep blacks and vibrant color with its wide color gamut and 10-bit color support. This 27-inch monitor even pumps out brightness hitting 1200 nits in HDR mode.

13. Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A

Best G-Sync Compatible Gaming Monitor

Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQL1AAsus TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A Sharpness, speed, HDR, and rich color, along with G-Sync and FreeSync compatibility, are all on offer with this affordable 1440p monitor.

G-Sync can be pricy, but it gets a lot more affordable when you just use a quality FreeSync monitor that's been officially vetted for strong G-Sync compatibility. That's what the Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A offers. You'll get a bright, sharp, and fast experience from this monitor thanks to its combination of a 1440p resolution, a 470-nit peak brightness, and a 170Hz refresh rate. However, you'll be limited to 144Hz when using G-Sync.

This display can handle some HDR gaming, and it even supports 10-bit color, letting you get a great picture in and out of games. This monitor is also a strong option for anyone looking at the Xbox Series S, as it can support that console's 1440p and 120Hz specs alongside FreeSync.

14. Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor (AW2521HFL)

Best Esports Gaming Monitor

Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor (AW2521HFL)Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor (AW2521HFL) Go for speed on this 1080p monitor with a fast IPS panel that pushes 240fps and supports FreeSync and G-Sync for limited screen tearing.

When it comes to esports, there are a few things you need to consider beyond speed. The Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor (AW2521HFL) has speed on lock with a 240Hz refresh rate that'll let you cruise through maps while catching all the visual detail you need to get the drop on your opponents.

The Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor keeps things fairly simple by using a 1080p display panel that will make it easier for your system to push the full 240fps you need to take advantage of the display. And, when you can't keep a constant frame rate, FreeSync and G-Sync support ensure you won't run into tearing. A nice extra perk of this monitor is its use of a fast IPS panel, which can help ensure your viewing angle won't impact your ability to see enemies in games.

Where to Get the Best Gaming Monitor in the UK

We've mentioned several brilliant screens on this list, with up to 14 different options to choose from. These range from the most affordable all the way up until the juggernaut sets for those who love to take in every single detail. Thankfully, all of the displays mentioned can be found in UK retailers, and we've just so happened to track them down to save you the trouble of a time-consuming Google search.

Samsung Odyssey G7Samsung Odyssey G7 £589.85Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q1AAsus TUF Gaming VG289Q1A £351.99 Asus TUF Gaming VG32VQR Asus TUF Gaming VG32VQR LG UltraGear 48GQ900Best Gaming Monitor for the Xbox Series X/S and PS5LG UltraGear 48GQ900 £1,239.95Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQL1AAsus TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A £299.95Samsung Odyssey G9Best Super Ultrawide Gaming MonitorSamsung Odyssey G9 £1,179.06Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q Tactical Gaming MonitorBest FreeSync Gaming MonitorGigabyte Aorus FI27Q Tactical Gaming Monitor £269.99

What to look for in a gaming monitor

Below we go over the three essential things you should consider including screen size, resolution, and aspect ratio. We’ve also briefly explained a few of the more technical aspects of computer display such as panel types, refresh rate, and the variable refresh rate technologies available today.

Screen size: “How big?” Will probably be the first thing you’ll ask yourself, and the answer really comes down to your unique situation. Are you in a tiny dorm with barely any room or are you looking to get a 43-inch gaming monitor to replace your TV?

How you answer that question will ultimately determine the display size you need. But, if you’re looking for some basic guidelines on screen sizes, 24- to 27-inch displays will satisfy most gamers. Those looking for a more immersive experience might be interested in a 32-inch or larger screen. As with most things, gaming monitors will usually become more expensive as you go up in size, so think with your budget as much as your ambition.

Aspect ratio: The aspect ratio of your monitor is closely related to its size because it determines which form factor your display will have. The majority of monitors fall into the widescreen category with their 16:9 aspect ratio. Ultrawide displays have been rising in popularity recently, and these screens often feature the 21:9 aspect ratio you would typically see at the movie theater. If you can believe it, modern displays have only been getting even wider and there’s a growing crop of 32:9 displays as well.

Screen resolution: This determines how sharp your gaming monitor will be and, for the most part, there are three choices: Full HD (1,920 x 1,080), Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440), and Ultra HD or 4K (3,840 x 2,160). Like screen size, as the numbers go up so does the price, plus they'll require a higher-end graphics card if you hope to maintain a high frame rate.

Panel type: Although most monitors might look the same on the surface, there are a few different panel types that offer specific benefits and shortcomings. Twisted Nematic (TN) panels are the most basic and common panel you’ll come across as they deliver the fastest response times of 1ms often at the cost of duller colors, grayer black levels, and poor viewing angles.

In-Plane Switching (IPS) is the next most prevalent type of display and it’s basically the opposite of a TN panel. Rather than focusing on speed, IPS panels are known for rendering excellent colors and contrast while offering wider viewing angles in exchange for slightly slower response time, usually hovering around 3-5ms.

Lastly, Vertical Alignment (VA) panels are becoming increasingly common and they essentially split the difference between TN and IPS panels. They offer great image quality with decently quick response times. VA panels aren’t perfect, though, as sometimes fast-moving objects will give off ghosting effects due to the slower response time.

If you want a responsive experience, it’s best to pick one with a fast response time, which is a measure of how quickly a pixel can change from the brightest to the darkest (white to black) color.

Response time: Competitive shooters and MoBAs demand the quickest response times, so it’s best to play these types of games on monitors that offer a 1ms response time. Playing Indie games and most single-player experiences shouldn’t be a problem on a display with a response time between 3-5ms – and it's pretty much impossible to find a monitor that is slower than this.

Refresh rate: This is another important measure of how responsive the display is, and it defines how often your screen can display a completely new image — so it essentially dictates your frame rate. 60Hz is the standard refresh rate for silky smooth PC gaming, but there’s a long list of options that feature even higher refresh rates of 120Hz, 144Hz, 240Hz, 360Hz and even up to 500Hz.

Basically, the higher the refresh rates the more times the image on your screen will update every second, resulting in a smoother gameplay experience. Beyond the visual appeal of high refresh rate displays, they can be useful for gamers who need to keep up with the rapid movements competitive games demand. Generally, you’ll be at an advantage if you see your opponents and react before they do.

G-Sync vs FreeSync: Variable refresh rate (VRR) technology is a fairly recent invention and it ensures you have a consistently smooth and responsive gaming experience. Currently, there are two flavors of VRR, Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, and they’ll require a prerequisite that you own a compatible graphics card from the corresponding brand. Nvidia GeForce cards do allow you to enable VRR on any FreeSync monitor, but your results will vary.

At the most basic level, VRR syncs your monitor’s refresh rate with the number of frames your GPU outputs. This prevents screen tearing caused by the graphics card feeding your display multiple frames while it's is in the middle of refreshing its picture. If your graphics card is running your game at 60 fps, you’ll see your monitor refresh at exactly 60Hz with wonderfully smooth gameplay.

Our only other piece of advice when buying a gaming monitor is to make sure your video card can handle the resolution and refresh rate of the display you’re considering. It would be a waste of money to buy a 4K monitor when your GPU can only handle 1080p gaming.

Gaming Monitor vs. Gaming TV

Choosing a display to game depends on personal preference and how you want to play. Below we discuss gaming monitors vs TVs.

Gaming monitors are often much smaller than a TV and usually live on a gaming desk with you sitting just a couple of feet away. Most have ergonomic stands, letting you adjust the height, swivel, and tilt to find a good viewing angle which also makes it easier to hook up multiple monitors.

TVs come in much larger sizes and rest on a TV stand or mounted on a wall, ready to be viewed from a distance. Most TVs offer a fairly basic stand with limited to no adjustments, making them much harder to see when they’re on a desk.

Both monitors and TVs have their own advantages when it comes to image quality. Mid-range and high-end TVs excel in brightness, contrast, and color thanks to their OLED panels or Mini-LED backlights. That also lets them take on HDR content better than many monitors. However, some 4K monitors can keep up and often deliver even more sharpness.

As for gaming performance, you want a display with a low input lag, high refresh rate, and soild pixel response times. Generally, this is where monitors go a notch above TVs.

The majority of monitors offer a super low input lag, often adding just a few milliseconds delay between the input and the input appearing on screen. TVs are a hit or miss, so it’s important to do your research before purchasing.

As for refresh rate, even budget monitors hit high frame rates, though you sacrifice resolution. At this point, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a gaming monitor with a refresh rate below 120Hz, with some going up to 360Hz or even 500Hz. There’s also probably some type of VRR baked in for the smoothest frames possible. Gaming TVs still lag behind, with most 4K options landing on either 60Hz or 120Hz refresh rates, while adaptive sync technology is sometimes included.

Then there’s pixel response time, which is essential to avoid ghosting on screen. Both monitors and TVs perform similarly, though OLED panels often seen in TVs have an almost instantaneous response time.

When purchasing a display, the price comes into play, and gaming monitors often provide better value. You can find monitors for $200 that still offer a wealth of gaming features, including a high refresh rate and adaptive sync. TVs around that same price are more than likely going to lack any type of gaming features. Even budget gaming TVs will set you back a good chunk of change with still limited gaming features.

Kevin Lee is IGN's Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam.

Danielle Abraham is a freelance writer and unpaid music historian.

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