Best Gaming Monitor 2017 Buying Guide

Welcome to our PC gaming display buyer’s guide: Here, you will find all the information you will need in order to choose the gaming display that is right for you (display panel type / resolution /response time / refresh rate). We will also take advantage of our experience in this field to propose a selection of the best PC displays on the market!

Gaming Monitor

The Criteria for Choosing your Display

Size and Dimensions of the Display Panel

Displays ranging in size from 24 to 27 inches currently dominate the market. We therefore recommend that you consider 24 inches as a minimum size and 32 inches as your maximum.
In reality, the price difference between a 22 inch and a 24 inch display is generally only around about 10 dollars, and for a gamer, this extra investment is totally worth it.

Concerning aspect ratio, we recommend 16:9 which is the most compatible with both video and video games.

aspect ratio

Display resolution

It is common to speak of native or maximum resolution, this is the only resolution which produces a clear image on an LCD screen. The more precise the image, the more the information which is displayed. This definition will depend in large part on the number of inches of your display.
To give you an example, a classic 24 inch display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080, while a 4K display has a resolution of 3840 x 2160.

  • FHD : 1920 x 1080
  • WQHD (2K) : 2560 x 1440
  • 4K HD : 3840 x 2160

2K displays with full QHD resolution (which represents 3.68 million pixels) offer almost two times the detail compared to Full HD. 4K resolution offers 8 times the detail of HD 720p!

4K

IPS Panel or TN Panel?

When choosing a display panel which is well suited to gaming, it must be responsive, offer a good viewing angle, have excellent contrast, and have good colorimetry.

For playing video games, choose either IPS (In-Plane Switching) display panels or TN (Twisted Nematic) display panels. You will need to pay attention to the response time of IPS displays which should be less than 5 ms in order to play fast games such as FPSs. IPS displays are slowly taking over the market, the technology has been evolving and their response time is now close to rivaling that of TN displays.

IPS Panel

Response Time, Contrast, Viewing Angle and brightness

Let’s not beat around the bush, these specifications don’t really mean much for gamers anymore. In reality, manufacturers provide data which is to their advantage!

If response times have been, over the generations, often divided in half, this is only because manufacturers are quoting the cycle time between black-white or even between black-white-black***.

A similar phenomenon occurs with viewing angles deemed to be “acceptable” by manufacturers which come at the cost of degraded colors***.

Whatever the case, except for graphic designer, the color rendering of all modern displays is at a “performance” level deemed acceptable for all uses.

Refresh Rate: 60 Hz / 120 Hz or 144 Hz?

This value generally varies between 50 and 144 Hz. The higher the rate, the more visual comfort is provided by the display. For epileptic users, a minimum refresh rate of 100 Hz is recommended.

A refresh rate of 60 Hz is sufficient because at this rate the human eye interprets the images to be in fluid motion (in video games for example). However, for displaying images with increased depth of field (3D) a 120 Hz LCD is the minimum necessary requirement since one image is needed per eye, therefore requiring twice the number of images.

Refresh Rate

It is also important to know that your graphics card needs to be capable of sending the same number of images per second. In this way, it is entirely useless to invest in a 144 Hz display if your graphics card is not powerful enough to keep up with it.

And what about G-Sync / Freesync?

Freesync

G-Sync technology (Nvidia) – FreeSync (AMD) work to prevent image deformation. The problem stems from the lack of synchronization between the graphics card and the display. This is a problem which the V-Sync feature allows to be partially corrected, but not in a convincing way since it generates a tearing effect as a result. The G-Sync/FreeSync chip is integrated into the monitor in order to manage its refresh rate to allow it to be more in phase with the game’s animation rate.
On paper, the idea is quite simple: instead of working at a fixed refresh rate, the display adjusts the rate at which it displays images to the GPU’s calculation speed. In this way, the synchronization between the graphics card and the display becomes perfect and the tearing effect is eliminated.

G-Sync (Intel) – FreeSync (AMD) are therefore designed to produce a fluid, rapid, and sublime gaming experience. They synchronize the refresh rate of the display to that of your computer’s graphics processor to avoid image tearing all while reducing flickering due to input lag. With this technology, your games are more fluid, without lag, even in for the fastest action games such as adventure games, sports games and FPSs.

Computer Display Connectivity

You are likely to find several types of video and audio connectors at the back of a display.
These will determine what you will be able to connect to the display as well as the ability to use certain of the display’s features.

  • VGA (The VGA is the analog ancestor to the DVI connector)
  • DisplayPort (A small, new connector, totally digital and capable of carrying video and audio signals)
  • HDMI (The HDMI connector is digital and capable of transporting audio and video signals)
  • DVI (Digital input, this is the most common connector on displays)

A summary of PC video output connector types: (Pay attention to the input used by your display in order to choose the right cable)

  • HDMI 1.3/1.4: Max. 4k 30Hz / 2k 60Hz / FHD 60Hz, with sound transfer.
  • HDMI 2.0: Max. 4k 60Hz / 2k 120Hz / FHD 240Hz, with sound transfer.
  • DVI-I Digital: Max. FHD 60Hz, without sound transfer. Compatible with Digital/Analog VGA.
  • DVI-Dual Link Digital: Max. FHD 144Hz, without sound transfer. Not compatible with Digital/Analog VGA
  • DisplayPort 1.1: Maxi. 4k 30Hz / 2k 120Hz / FHD 240Hz, with sound transfer. Compatible with G-Sync/FreeSync.
  • DisplayPort 1.2v: Max. 4k 60Hz / 2k 180Hz / FHD 240Hz, with sound transport. Compatible with G-Sync/FreeSync.
  • DisplayPort 1.4: Max. 8k 60Hz / 4k 120Hz / 2k 180Hz / FHD 240Hz, with sound transport. Compatible with G-Sync/FreeSync.

Which Graphics Card Should I Choose in Order to Take Full Advantage of My PC’s Display?

Having a good PC display is good, but being able to take full advantage of it is much better!

Features Entry-level Graphics Card Mid-range Graphics Card High-end Graphics Card Ultra high-end Graphics Card
22 Inches V V V V
23 Inches V V V V
24 Inches V V V V
24 Inches 120/144Hz X V V V
24 Inches (G-Sync) X X V V
27 Inches (Without G-Sync) V X V V
27 Inches (G-Sync) X V V V
2K – WQHD X V V V
4K – High Resolution X X V V

Our recommendations:

  • Each reference we make to and LCD display is subdivided into several models in order to give you the price for each option: (Adjustable height, speaker, USB hub, etc.) You will need to thing about the features you require.
  • For FPS game players, always opt for the lowest response time (1 ms or 2 ms)
  • 3D is still kind of a “gadget” feature. You won’t be able to use it for most things. The main advantage of 3D capable displays is their 144 Hz refresh rate.

22 Inch Displays:

I have chosen not to list any 22 inch displays for one good reason: the price of 22 inch displays is often very close to that of 24 inch models at the entry level. All you need to do is find that slightly larger model which costs a little more.
It would be a real shame not to take full advantage of your computer by limiting yourself to playing on a small display.

— Category – FULL HD / 1920 x 1080 Resolution —

FULL HD TN Display Panels – 60 Hz (24 Inches)

BenQ GL2460HM
1920 x 1080 pixels – 2 ms (gray to gray) – Wide format 16/9 – Black

BenQ GL2460HM The BenQ GL2460HM is really very flexible! This is a 24 inch model with an attractive price tag. It’s 1920 x 1080 resolution offers, at an affordable price, many features which will make your life easier on a daily basis: Senseye® 3 puts at your disposal 6 preconfigured display modes: Standard, Cinema, Games, Photos, sRVB and Economy (money-saving, energy economy mode)!

With its HDMI input and its speakers, the GL2460HM will have no difficulty in displaying your sources of multimedia whether you are connecting a digital video camera, your portable computer or your Blu-ray player. This is all the more true since its response time is 2 ms which provides for considerable fluidity.

ASUS VG245H  – FreeSync
1920 x 1080 (FHD), 1 ms, 75 Hz, VGA (x1),  HDMI (x2), FreeSync

ASUS VG245H  - FreeSync Answering the call of gamers who wish to keep their budget under control, ASUS delivers a 24 inch display dedicated to gaming. The ASUS VG245H is born!

Its 1 ms response time guarantees fluid images and precision during the transition between images, doing away with any ghost effect.

At level of color display, it benefits from deep blacks due to its dynamic 5000000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio, as well as from rich and high-fidelity colors. To be able to exploit this image quality (and fluidity) Two HDMI have been incorporated, as well as a VGA  port.

Two technologies are put at your disposal so that you can triumph over your enemies: flicker-free technology and low blue-light technology. The first of these reduces display flickering while the second reduces the blue-light emitted by the display – which can cause eye strain. These technologies will allow you to play for a longer time and in more comfort!

Important : The FreeSync option is only compatible with AMD graphics cards.

FULL HD – 144 Hz – 3D (24 Inches)

BenQ Zowie XL2411
1920 x 1080 (FHD), 1 ms, 144 Hz, VGA (x1), DVI-Dual-Link (x1), HDMI (x1)

BenQ Zowie XL2411BenQ has become BenQ Zowie, this means that the display’s reference number has changed for retailers. The old name was XL2411Z if you are interested in looking it up on the internet.

The BenQ Zowie XL2411 is a 24 inch display which has an ultra-powerful TN display panel. It provides the minimum required connectivity necessary for displaying a good quality image: VGA, DVI, and HDMI. The native contrast ratio is 1000:1, but this can be improved by using the “Black eQualizer” utility. This utility allows for improvement of visibility in the dark portions of the display. This display is also very responsive, with a low response time of 1 ms. It’s refresh rate is 144 Hz, which provides it with a fluidity which will stand up to any test. Moreover, the display is 3D capable and compatible with NVIDIA 3D Vision 2, a very powerful solution for displaying 3D images (glasses are not included).

At the settings level, the interface is highly intuitive and appears directly on the display for increased comfort. Some game modes are prerecorded to make getting used to your new gaming tool even easier. You will find settings for RTS and FPS games ready to use, and waiting for you to use them! The display comes with contrast and color balance settings which have already been optimally configured.

Asus VG248QE – Active 3D
24″ (61 cm), 3D active (Nvidia 3D Vision 2), TN, Wide  (16:9), 1920×1080 (FHD), DVI-D Dual-Link, HDMI (x1), DisplayPort

Asus VG248QEThe VG248QE from Asus, equipped with a great 24 inch luminous display panel (350 cd/m²) with LED backlighting, pulverizes anything that gets in its way! 100% gamer oriented, this display is adrenaline boosted thanks to its use of Trace Tree 2 technology – which regulates the overdrive, allowing the VG248QE to reach response times as low as 1 ms.

Completely at ease in 2D, the VG248QE raises its refresh rate to 144 Hz, corresponding to 72 frames per second and per eye, with total fluidity! Compatible with NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ 2 technology, all you will need is the 3D Vision kit (optional) to bring you the sensation of depth which will make you experience action scenes like never before! For the experience to be complete, the VG248QE – LightBoost certified – increases the luminosity automatically when a 3D scene is displayed, this allows for a great improvement in contrast.

FULL HD – 144HZ – G-Sync (24 Inches)

AOC G2460PG – G-Sync
24″ (61 cm), TN, Wide (16:9), 1920 x 1080 (FHD), 1 ms, 144 Hz, DVI-D Dual-Link (x1), HDMI (x2), DisplayPort (x1), USB 2.0 (x2), G-sync

AOC G2460PG - G-SyncConceived for gamers, the AOC g2460Pg display offers a high-quality image with excellent fluidity. This is thanks to its 144 Hz refresh rate, its rapid response time and to the innovative NVIDIA G-SYNC technology. It is an ideal buy, at a reasonable price, and will satisfy demanding gamers! Whether for FPS or racing games, the AOC g2460Pg display offers the performance needed to match your wildest dreams! Thanks to its rapid response time of only 1 ms, and its 144 Hz refresh rate, this AOC display offers a particularly fluid experience. It is ideal for playing games full of action without blurring. Due to its 90°pivot function and its height, adjustable over a range of 130 mm, it will be easy for you to configure the display to its ideal position! Thanks to its hub with 2 USB 3.0 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports, this display will allow you to quickly connect and disconnect all of your USB peripheral devices.

Important : The G-sync option is only compatible with Nvidia graphics cards.

Asus ROG Swift PG248Q – G-Sync
1920 x 1080 pixels – 1 ms (gray to gray) – Wide format 16/9 – 180 Hz – Pivot – 3D Ready – DisplayPort – Hub USB 3.0 – G-sync

Asus ROG Swift PG248QIt’s a Republic of Gamers display, overclockable to 180 Hz and G-Sync compatible!

This display which carries the “Republic of Gamers” label has been specially conceived for gaming. It is capable of Full HD resolution, a refresh rate of 180 Hz, a response time of only 1 ms, and has an ergonomic and practical design. It incorporates both ASUS Game Plus and NVIDIA® G-SYNC™, two technologies specially designed to optimize the gaming experience.

The ROG Swift PG248Q is a competition gaming display which offers fluid graphics for gaming. Its 24 inch, Full HD (1920 x 1080) display panel has a 16:9 aspect ratio and is capable of a 180 Hz refresh rate with a 1 ms response time (gray-to-gray) which eliminates tearing effects and IPS variations.

With a 180 Hz refresh rate and a response time of barely 1 ms, this display gives its user a serious advantage by guaranteeing an extremely immersive gaming experience and an unparalleled image fluidity.

The ROG Swift PG248Q’s sleek and slim design make it an ideal display for multi-display set-ups, allowing your eyes to pass from one display to the other without interruption. It can also be hung on a wall thanks to its VESA support, giving you more possibilities for using it.

Important : The G-sync option is only compatible with Nvidia graphics cards.

FULL HD (27 Inches)

Samsung 27″ Gaming Monitor
27″ (69 cm), TN, Wide (16:9), 1920 x 1080 (FHD), 1 ms, 60 Hz, VGA (x1), DVI-D (x1), HDMI (x1)

Samsung 27" Gaming MonitorThis 27″, Full HD Samsung Gaming monitor has a response time of 1 ms and modern connectivity allowing you to hook up all your devices: HDMI / DVI-D / VGA.

Play games with dark environments without any difficulty! The Black Tuner function allows you to adjust the luminosity in the shades of gray in order to bring to the fore all of the scene’s details. So immerse yourself in the world of adventure, put your headset on and totally enter into your favorite game.

FULL HD – 75 HZ (27 Inches)

AOC G2778VQ – FreeSync

The AOC G2778VQ gaming display is 27 inches and has an ultra-fast display panel. And, it is equipped with AMD FreeSync technology. It is fluid, fast, and affordable.

With its maximum refresh rate of 75 Hz, you won’t be afraid to set your games to maximum resolution (1920 x 1080), since you won’t experience any untimely dips in frame rate!
(75 Hz capable, which means it is able to display 75 images per second, allowing for an ever increasing fluidity).
Add to all this, blue-light attenuation – directly integrated into the display panel – and you end up with a fluid and fast display with reduces eye strain allowing you to game for hours!

FULL HD- 144HZ (27 Inches)

Conceived for gamers, the iiyama G-MASTER GB2788HS-B1 Red Eagle display offers high display performance and increased gaming comfort. Thanks to its 144 Hz mode, its 1 ms response time and its AMD FreeSync compatability, this iiyama display is capable of offering an ultra-fluid image. With a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz, this iiyama display offers perfect fluidity, without blurring during motion scenes. This is of particular interest for FPS games, racing simulators or MOBA games.

Highly ergonomic, the base of the GB2788HS-B1 gaming display is adjustable and can be modulated to suit your needs. You will be able to adjust its height over a range of 130 mm, in order to find that perfect height which offers optimal comfort. You will also be able to tilt it up and down and from left to right for even finer tuning. If you feel at ease in front of your display, your gaming performance will be better! While using certain programs, you will enjoy being able to pivot the display into portrait mode.

FULL HD / 170HZ / 3D / G-Sync (27 Inches)

With the Predator XB271Hbmiprz, Acer offers up a 100% gaming display. This 27″, Full HD display has an extremely shortened response time of 1 ms to allow you to be as fast as your adversaries.
Its 170 Hz refresh rate allows for the viewing of every detail with surgical precision, a crucial advantage allowing you to make the right decision when playing nerve wracking FPS games. The images displayed are more fluid and crisp allowing for maximum realism.

Conceived for everyday gaming, this display features a USB hub with 4 USB 3.0 ports to hook up your peripherals directly to the display without having to reach behind it. This is very useful when plugging in and unplugging things that you use often (smartphone, mouse, headphones…).
Finally, the overall ergonomics has not been overlooked. It has a base which is adjustable in height (150 mm) which also allows for rotation, tilting, and pivoting…

Asus ROG Swift PG279Q – G-Sync

A worthy successor to the first display stamped with the label “Republic of Gamers” – the PG278Q, the PG279Q reuses those things which made its predecessor a success while introducing some improvements of its own! You will therefore find that is has better fluidity, better contrast and wider viewing angles!

No more TN display panel – which was the standard for gaming displays. Asus used IPS technology when creating this 27”display! This technology benefits from wider viewing angles (178° horizontally and vertically), as well as from better contrast. In terms of responsiveness, it has a 4 ms response time, which will be enough to test your fastest reflexes…

This big display panel has WQHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels). Enhance your content and see every detail! Its refresh rate reaches new heights with its 165 Hz.

The ROG Swift PG279Q has a USB 3.0 hub (with two available ports) which puts extra connectivity at your finger tips.

AOC AG271QG

What you should take away from this product’s description is the fact that it is a 27″ IPS display panel (AU Optronics AHVA) which has WQHD definition (2560 x 1440 pixels) as well as Nvidia’s G-Sync technology in order to reduce the risks of tearing or lagging. The refresh rate has gone from 144 Hz to 165 Hz by overclocking the display panel. You should know that it also integrates ULMB technology, which is designed to turn off the backlighting in between displaying two images in order to obtain a very high degree of precision for scenes displaying a lot of movement (in order to use this feature, G-Sync needs to be deactivated).

It also comes with a 3 year warranty.

4K – 60Hz (28 inch)

Samsung SyncMaster U28E590D – FreeSync

With its beautiful 28″ screen, perfectly showcased by a high-end metal base, Samsung’s U28E590D display offers exceptionally good image quality under all uses. To achieve this quality, it relies on its 3840 x 2160p resolution at 60 Hz, capable of displaying up to 8 million pixels.

Use the multi-task function while displaying content thanks to the its ability to handle an increased number of inputs with Picture-in-Picture 2.0. Resize the second image to make it take up to 25% of the display area, and display anything you like in it. It is also very easy to change the sound settings!

Add to all this capability, its ability to directly attenuate blue light, and you end up with a fluid and fast display which reduces eye strain when spending hours in front of it!

Iiyama G-Master GB2888UHSU-B1 FreeSync

The G-Master GB2888UHSU 28″ display, also know under the name Gold Phoenix, is the ultimate choice among all displays. Beautiful, stylish, and integrating all the latest technologies, the fabulous Gold Phoenix – thanks to its Ultra HD 4K, 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution – won’t allow anything to escape your attention. Armed with FreeSync technology, you will easily become the master of any battlefield. Ghosting and mirror effects will become a thing of the past. So, sit down, and watch your enemies flee in front of your very eyes!

Take advantage of a its perfect responsiveness with its 1 ms response time and perfect ergonomics (ability to adjust height, vertical and horizontal rotation and choose between landscape and portrait modes).

The UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, better know as 4K, provides an enormous display zone with four times the space for displaying information and working than a classic Full HD display.

Its support of the FreeSync display technology will allow users with AMD graphics cards to experience fluid game-play without and jerkiness or tearing effects, even at the highest resolutions.

4K – 60Hz – IPS-G-sync panel (27 inches):

Acer Predator XB271HKbmiprz

XB271HKbmiprz is a gaming display with an ultra modern and sober look, capable of fitting into the most trendy places. It will literally enhance your desk with its sleek base and sharp lines.

Its ergonomic base allows the user to adjust height as well as vertical tilt to achieve an always comfortable viewing angle regardless of your relative position to the display!

Its IPS display panel guarantees wide viewing angles as well as an excellent image quality thanks to its high fidelity color rendering. Take advantage of its exceptional image crispness thanks to its Ultra HD 4K (3840 x 2160 pixel) resolution.

Asus ROG Swift PG27AQ

Say goodbye to the traditional TN display panel for gaming displays. While forging this 27”display, Asus opted for IPS technology! This technology benefits from wider viewing angles (178°both horizontally and vertically), as well as from better contrast. In terms of reactivity, this display has a 4 ms response time, which will be enough to test even your fastest reflexes…This big display has UHD resolution, which translates to 3840 x 2160 pixel.

Every gamer has their own habits when it comes to organizing their desk space, this is something which Asus has understood and taken into account with their display design. For this reason, the PG27AQ has an ergonomic base which is able to tilt, pivot and adjust in height over a range of 120 mm. The ROG Swift PG27AQ also incorporates a USB 3.0 hub (with two available ports) which will put more than enough connectivity at your finger tips.

The development of G-Sync technology brings a whole new dimension to the management of performance between graphics cards and the Asus ROG Swift PG27AQ gaming display. The refresh rate is no longer fixed, but rather variable, adapting itself in real time to the images sent by the graphics card. This synchronization results in a much more fluid image and less demand on system components for an overall better result. No more memory buffer or undesirable effects (tearing, stuttering…), gaming comfort has reached a new level!

4K – 60Hz – IPS -G-sync panel (32 inches):

Acer Predator XB321HKbmiphz

This Acer display’s HD (3840 x 2160) resolution offers an excellent quality of image detail, making it ideal for productivity when using multimedia applications in Ultra HD. La 4k2k resolution offers 8x more detail than HD 720p resolution!
The XB321HKbmiphz gaming display is equipped with an IPS display panel with a diagonal dimension of 32 inches and with wide viewing angles (178°/178°). The IPS technology has been incorporated by popular demand due to its great color rendition fidelity as well as its wide viewing angles. The proof is that this display supports the entire sRGB color palette! Its response time has not been overlooked either and is only 4 ms.

The Predator display offers a rapid refresh rate and an image quality to take your breath away. So be done with blurry images and blast off into space with its fast native refresh rate!

WQHD – 100 Hz – IPS – G-sync panel (34 inches):

Asus ROG Swift PG348Q G-Sync (curved slab)

With a slightly curved 34 inch display panel, a G-Sync module and a drop dead gorgeous design, this display is full of surprises!

The Swift PG348Q has an IPS display panel with a very large diagonal measurement of 34 inches, and it is also curved!

IPS technology, reputed for its wide viewing angles and its superior color rendering does not sacrifice any speed to accomplish these things! As a result, this ROG display has a response time of only 5 ms (gray-to-gray)! This responsiveness could mean the difference between victory and defeat!

With UWQHD (3440 x 1440 pixels) resolution, the PG348Q is in panoramic 21:9 format, which takes advantage of the 3800R curvature. This curvature allows for an immersive experience while gaming or for everyday use!

It is obvious that the PG348Q is not a your typical display. Its outer shell inspired by titanium and copper color tones gives it an original and refined design containing the most modern available technology. Another small design detail: the Asus ROG logo is projected onto your desk by the use of red LEDs, creating a striking effect!

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