Best PC Gaming Monitors Windows Central 2019

A gaming monitor can make the difference between simply watching what's displayed on-screen and truly immersing oneself in the game. AOC Agon AG27 is one of the better value displays you can buy with a solid refresh rate, response time and support for NVIDIA G-Sync.

Our pick

AOC Agon AG273QC

FreeSync and G-Sync options, 144Hz refresh rate, and a beautiful 27-inch picture.

One of the first things to know about the AG273QC 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 at about $650 compared to about $400.

Who should buy this PC display

When you need to game on your PC, you need a gaming display that can handle all the pixels sent by your GPU. Adding synchronization technology to the mix really makes your game catalog shine, no matter what you play. Partnering up an AMD or NVIDIA GPU with the respective AG273QC display makes everything look spectacular.

Is it a good time to buy this display?

It's a perfect time to purchase the AG273QC. Gaming monitors are refreshed on an irregular basis and this generation is new to 2019. You'll be good for years to come with the 144Hz (165Hz for G-Sync) refresh rate and available inputs.

Reasons to buy

  • 144Hz or 165Hz refresh rate.
  • Great colors and viewing angles.
  • Low blue light setting.
  • NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync.
  • Built-in headphone stand.

Reasons not to buy

  • USB hub is awkwardly placed.
  • HDR on FreeSync is a little weak.

Best of both worlds

AOC doesn't play favorites, which is why the company offers two variants of the AG273QC, one for FreeSync and the other G-Sync. This allows both AMD and NVIDIA fans to take full advantage of both technologies by picking the monitor that matches their GPU. Throw in a refresh rate of 144Hz (or 165Hz with G-Sync) and a response time of just one millisecond and you have a killer display.

Connectivity is also solid with VGA, HDMI 2.0 (1.4 on G-Sync model), HDMI-MHL and DisplayPort available. There are also four USB 3.0 ports (one of which is a dedicated fast charge port for your smartphone) as well as two integrated 3W speakers.

AOC AG273QC makes your games look stunning on PC.

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 three different configurations. The main drawback to this display is the rather strange RGB lighting — I would prefer for it to not be present at all. There's also the fact that HDR is a little weak on the FreeSync model.

You'll also want to use a calibrator to really get games looking spectacular on-screen.

Alternatives to the AOC AG273QC

The AG273QC may be our favorite display, but there are other fantastic PC monitors out there for different requirements.

Runner-up

Dell Gaming S2417DG

Small but capable.

For something a bit cheaper and smaller than AOC's 27-inch model, there's this 24-inch gaming monitor. It takes advantage of NVIDIA's G-Sync technology for a smooth and stutter-free picture, and the 165Hz refresh rate is above and beyond what most monitors offer.

It has a 2,560 x 1,440 (QHD) resolution and a one-millisecond response time, and the stand allows it to be set in landscape or portrait mode, perfect for a multi-monitor setup. You can connect with HDMI, DisplayPort, and four USB-A 3.0 ports.

Curved pick

Acer Predator X34

Wrapping the game around you.

If you're in the market for a huge curved monitor, the Acer Predator X34 has you covered. 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 3440 x 1440 resolution that, while short of 4K, still gives users a beautiful picture. First-person shooter (FPS) enthusiasts will appreciate the 100Hz refresh rate that can be overclocked to 120Hz.

Although this monitor only has a four-millisecond response time (slower than some other monitors), it was also the first curved monitor to feature G-Sync technology. The in-plane switching (IPS) panel also delivers amazing color reproduction. The X34 has some cosmetic, utility, and design features you might also enjoy, like the 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 100 mm x 100 mm mounts.

Value pick

ASUS VG248QE

When on a tight budget, ASUS has a great monitor for you.

Say you're an FPS 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 one-millisecond response time and can be obtained for about $270. 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 without breaking the bank, consider the VG248QE.

Bottom line

There are a number of quality monitors available for purchase, depending on what GPU you use and how much computing power is available. Overall, the Agon AG273QC by AOC is a solid panel with excellent visuals.

Our pick

AOC Agon AG273QC

FreeSync and G-Sync options, 144Hz refresh rate, and a beautiful 27-inch picture.

One of the first things to know about the AG273QC 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 at about $650 compared to about $400.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Rich Edmonds is a staff reviewer at Windows Central, which means he tests out more software and hardware than he cares to remember. Joining Mobile Nations in 2010, you can usually find him inside a PC case tinkering around when not at a screen fighting with Grammarly to use British words. Hit him up on Twitter: @RichEdmonds.

Cale Hunt is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing mainly on PC hardware and VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and when he has some free time you can usually find him practicing the guitar or reorganizing his ever-growing library. If you hear him say "Sorry!" it's only because he's Canadian.

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