What are the best gaming monitors I can buy right now?
Many gamers overlook or underemphasize their display when building a gaming rig. We're here to help! Whether you're in the market for the biggest and baddest monitor, or in the market for a monitor with the highest refresh rate, you'll find something you love in our picks for the best gaming monitors of 2016.
Acer Predator X34
If you're in the market for a huge curved monitor, the Acer Predator X34 has you covered on all fronts. It has a 34-inch LED display with a 21:9 aspect ratio that is, yes, curved, and boy, does it look nice. Bask in its 3440x1440 resolution that, while short of 4K, still gives users a beautiful picture. First-person-shooter enthusiasts will appreciate the 60Hz refresh rate that can be overclocked to 100Hz.
Although this monitor only has a 4ms response time (slower than some other monitors), it is also the first curved monitor to feature G-Sync technology, NVIDIA's answer to screen-tearing and stuttering. Its in-plane switching (IPS) panel also delivers amazing color reproduction.
The X34 has some cosmetic, utility, and design features you might also enjoy, like ambient lighting on its underside, five USB ports (basically a built-in hub), built-in speakers, and a built-in webcam. This monitor comes with a VESA mount adapter that fits on most 100mm x 100mm mounts.
Want a big, wide, and curved monitor for your gaming and willing to pay for the privilege? The Predator X34 doesn't com cheap (it starts at about $1200), but it should definitely be on your list.
BenQ is a brand becoming synonymous with quality gaming monitors; professional gamers all over the world have sat in front of these monitors during championship tournaments, and some have even gone so far as to lend their names in support. The BenQ XL2420G is essentially the monitor for first-person-shooter-lovers, with its 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time.
This 24-inch 1080p LED display features G-Sync technology for reduced screen-tearing and stuttering, an essential feature for anyone aiming at the enemy's head. The twisted nematic (TN) panel is what gives the monitor its incredible response time and refresh rate, but at certain angles the color can become slightly distorted. You'll be sitting directly in front of it anyway, eyes glued to the screen, so the off-angle colors probably won't matter too much here.
For ergonomic comfort, the screen can be positioned with the versatile stand that lets you rotate and swivel to your heart's content. The stand also features a hook for headphones and a hole for wires from your peripherals. The monitor has three USB ports, a headphone jack, a pair of HDMI ports, plus ports for DisplayPort and DVI-DL. Adding to ease-of-use is a remote control that lets you easily tweak the monitor's settings.
The only potential downside of this monitor is its $900 price tag, but anyone in the market for the best monitor for first-person-shooters should definitely consider the BenQ XL2420G.
NVIDIA's G-Sync technology is great, but what about those of you with an AMD Radeon graphics card? Then you want a monitor equipped with FreeSync — AMD's own anti-tearing, anti-stuttering technology. Like this one: the ASUS MG278Q
It has a 27-inch LED display with a whopping 144Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time. Coupled with AMD FreeSync technology, expect the smoothest picture while you game.
Native resolution on this monitor is 2560x1440, and its aspect ratio is a standard 16:9. It has a TN panel, meaning you get the incredible response time with less power draw but suffer from some wide-angle color distortions. This shouldn't be a problem, though, since you're generally seated directly in front of your monitor.
Your eyes will thank you during marathon gaming sessions, thanks to ASUS's Ultra-Low blue light filter and flicker-free technology. Connections are versatile; the monitor has two HDMI ports, and singles ports for DVI-DL. DisplayPort, and USB 3.0.
If you want a gaming monitor to complement your Radeon GPU, consider the ASUS MG278Q. Its high refresh rate and low response time make it perfect for all types of gaming.
What's the next big thing on the quickly approaching horizon of PC gaming? 4K resolution! The Acer B286HK answers several questions you might have about 4K monitors: Can I still get a decent response time? How about a decent refresh rate? Will I have to spend all my money in one place?
This 28-inch LCD display has a 60Hz refresh rate and 2ms response time, enough to provide a smooth image for all 8.2 million pixels. The twisted nematic panel (TN) delivers these elevated response times, but does have more of a washed color palette and from certain angles the colors can be distorted. Don't let this deter you, though — the picture is still incredible.
The monitor has 5 USB 3.0 ports, inputs for DVI, DisplayPort, and Mini DisplayPort, and two speakers. The stand allows for portrait and landscape orientation for your convenience. Those USB ports can even be enabled to act as charging plugs for your devices when the monitor is turned off.
This 4K monitor starts at about $400 — less than you expected, right? If you've been looking for the right 4K gaming monitor, this might just be it.
Say you're a first-person-shooter enthusiast who really wants to augment their game with a new monitor, yet you don't have the funds to support your ambition. ASUS has you covered. The VG248QE has a 144Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time and can be obtained for about $250. Unbelievable, right? The 24-inch LED display has a 1080p resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio.
The stand allows for tilt and swivel and can be removed entirely to allow for wall mounting. The monitor has DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI-DL ports, two speakers, and a headphone jack. It does not, however, have a USB port or support for G-Sync or FreeSync. This monitor also lacks a blue light reduction option to cut down on eye strain during marathon gaming sessions.
Although the ASUS VG248QE lacks some of the utility of other monitors to keep the price down, ASUS chose against cutting performance. If you're looking for a monitor designed for fast response times and refresh rates that without breaking the bank, consider the VG248QE.
Those of you looking for a quality gaming monitor for under $200 can call off the search. BenQ has designed a 1080p, 24-inch LED display that does its best keeping up with the heavyweights. The refresh rate is a stock 60Hz but can be overclocked to 75Hz — this is not the best refresh rate out there, but then again we're not talking about spending several hundred dollars on a monitor either.
You will get a 1ms response time, which will cut down heavily on smearing and ghosting, and Black eQualizer tech will brighten dark scenes without overexposure. They've done a great job of giving you what they can while keeping the price where it is and for those of you who can't seem to end your current gaming session, BenQ's ZeroFlicker technology will do its best to save your eyes from strain.
For your convenience the monitor has two HDMI ports, plus VGA and DVI-DL ports, two speakers, and a pair of headphone jacks.
Look no further for a gaming monitor that starts around $180 — BenQ RL2455HM is the real (cheap) deal.
What monitor do you use?
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