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 2017.
As we enter January 2017 we've conducted some housekeeping, removing a couple of older picks, refreshing the details on our favorite budget model and introducing a stunner from AOC.
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. FPS 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 was also the first curved monitor to feature G-Sync technology. 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.
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.
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.
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.
BenQ Zowie RL2455
Those of you looking for a quality gaming monitor for $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 at your own risk — again not the best refresh rate out there, but you're also only paying $200.
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. The RL2455 is an eSports favorite and also a great choice if you need something for console gaming, too.
AOC Agon AG27
One of the first things to know about the AG27 from AOC is that you can have a great gaming time whether you use NVIDIA or AMD graphics. That's because you can get the same basic monitor with either G-Sync or Freesync support, with the difference being the price; G-Sync costs a bundle more.
Otherwise, you've got a stunning 27-inch 1440p monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. So far it ticks all the boxes. The AG27 also has connectivity coming out of its eyeballs, with VGA, Dual-Link DVI, HDMI 2.0, HDMI-MHL and Display Port connections. There are also 4 x USB 3.0 ports (one of which is a dedicated fast charge port for your smartphone) as well as two integrated 3W speakers and an audio line in and headphone out.
And if you need a place to keep your headset, no problems, it's got a stand for that as well. One final party trick is the included remote, which allows you quick one press access to up to 3 different configurations. At $529 for the Freesync model, too, it's a lot of monitor at a great price.