What’s the point of packing the latest graphical hardware, if you don’t have a display that can do it justice? Using a regular old computer monitor for your gaming isn’t going to give you the sort of experience you deserve. Whether you want to play expansive RPGs in gorgeous, lush worlds or you want to have super high frame rates as you do a 180 headshot in the latest eSports FPS games, you need the right screen for the job.

If you want to know exactly what to look for in a gaming monitor, be sure to check out my article on what to look for in these monitors before you do your bargain hunting. Here I’ve created a roundup of ten monitors that are each, in their own way, perfect for gaming. Whether it’s down to raw specs, size, or special gaming features, chances are you’ll find the perfect window into the virtual world among these contenders.

Asus VG278Q

Back in the day, Asus was known as “Pegasus”, but they wanted to appear higher up in the phone directory, so they chopped the first part of the name to give us the company name we all know today. It’s pronounced “a-soos” by the way, as per the company PR department – for what it’s worth.

These guys make up one of the oldest and most trusted brands in computing and their modern monitors are right up there in terms of quality, while sporting more reasonable price tags than the big two brands, Samsung and LG.

This 24” monitor might feel a little small by modern standards, but actually it’s a very nice minimum size to game on. Plus, going for a “small” monitor like this comes with some real benefits compared to the 27” and up crowd. If you game in your room at a desk with the monitor pretty close to your face, this is a great choice. Squeezing a 1080p resolution into 24 inches of monitor makes for a better pixel density count, which means a crisper image without needing a high-end graphics chip to hit good frame rates or quality levels.

Design-wise, the bezels are a little chunky for my liking, but the monitor stand has that cool stealth aesthetic, setting this apart as a more gamer-oriented product. Speaking of the stand, it’s height-adjustable, which is a feature far too lacking in modern monitors, where you get tilt if you’re lucky.

This monitor “only” hits 75Hz, so any frames rendered above the 75fps threshold won’t help that much. However, you don’t need to curb those frames, since this is a Freesync monitor. So if you have an AMD card (or one of the recently-compatible Nvidia ones) your game will remain smooth and tear free without the need for a Vsync buffer. This really does matter, since the response time on this baby is a blistering 1 millisecond. The price is also amazingly sweet, which makes it easy to recommend for budget gamers.

If you are building a Ryzen and Radeon powered budget gaming system, this is the perfect companion. The biggest negative is the use of TN panel technology, so don’t expect color reproduction to be amazing. However, TN panel technology is way better than it ever was. At this price point, I don’t think you can get something with similar specs at all.

ASUS MG28UQ 4K/UHD 28-Inch FreeSync Gaming Monitor

Moving way, waaay up the product ladder, we have this beefy 28” 4K panel from Asus. Yes, it costs more than twice the price of the 24 incher, but if you look at what you get for your money it’s actually a bit of a bargain. First off, this is a normal 16:9 screen, which means that its 28” diagonal measurement is equal to a humongous amount of screen real estate.

Despite this, you get a 1ms response time and adaptive sync technology. Of course, being a 4K panel this is not going to get you high refresh rates. As with almost all panels at this resolution, the refresh rate is 60Hz. It hardly matters, though, since most titles running at this resolution will struggle to hit a solid 60 frames per second, even if you have the fastest GPU at the time of writing.

4K panels are not about high refresh rates, but about picture quality. Here Asus delivers in spades with a lovely IPS panel and crisp, bright imagery. The total input lag measurements I’ve seen for this screen makes it one of the few 4K panels that’s suitable for low-lag gaming. Couple it with Freesync and the right GPU, and you’ll have a smooth, low-lag experience, even if you have to live with sub-60 fps gaming for now.

BenQ GL2760H 27 inch 1080p Monitor

If you’ve never heard of BenQ before, then welcome to one of gaming’s best-kept secrets. I was around more than a decade ago when BenQ first started making waves with its gaming-focused monitors. The brand was pretty unknown, but the price tags, coupled with some very compelling specifications, made these screens irresistible to gamers on a budget. For many people, their first LCD monitor larger than 19” was a BenQ.

Today the brand is finally getting the respect it deserves and no one is going to laugh at you for having a BenQ monitor. While BenQ has certainly stepped up its game in terms of quality and performance, its prices have remained reasonable; this 27” monitor is a case in point.

Personally, I think 27 inches is the smallest monitor a PC gamer should play on; especially if they don’t have space issues. However, even today a screen that size can be priced unreasonably. Now look at the price tag on this puppy. Yes, that’s more in line with a 24” monitor than a grown-up screen like this one.

Clearly, some compromises had to be made. The styling is an obvious one. This looks a bit like the Samsung LCD screens from the late 00s. It’s not a deal breaker, but something with more matte-finished plastic and more angles would have been less old-fashioned. Who knows, maybe the styling fad will swing back around to this and you’ll turn into a fashion-forward thinker.

Apart from the way it looks, this is a very nice screen indeed. It’s gaming cred comes from a fast 2ms response time, which is perfectly fine for all but the professionals. It has several features to reduce eyestrain and has a pretty bog-standard contrast ratio. There’s not much more to say, other than there are some built-in speakers so you can use it for <a href=”https://gamesgrace.com/elite-consoles-showdown/”>consoles</a> too. A great deal all-round.

MSI Full HD Gaming Red

MSI rarely disappoints and this monitor is impressive in more ways than I can count. The first thing you’ll notice is the size. At 32” this is less a computer monitor and more a small TV! The design is beautiful, in my opinion, with a black and red color mirroring the MSI brand itself. The screen is also curved, which is really a gimmick, but it does look cool.

While this monitor is massive, don’t expect a 1440p monitor. This is only full HD, which means you’ll want to sit a bit further away to avoid pixel density issues. That makes it best for situations where space is not an issue.

While you “only” get full HD from this screen, the rest of the specs are jaw-dropping. It runs at a whopping 165Hz, which means high framerate games like CS go will display native frame rates here. That makes the 1 millisecond response time another welcome bit of news.

There doesn’t seem to be any compromise when it comes to color reproduction either. This monitor is rated at 110% of SRGB, which should make it suitable for content creation work too, after a good calibration. It’s a VA panel, so it’s not ideal for this use, but the specs do look good.

While this monitor is not exactly cheap, what you get for the price is phenomenal, and if this is your budget range I highly recommend the Gaming Red.

The Perfect Console Companion: ASUS VS278Q-P 27"

Despite all the hype around huge, ultrawide screens, 27” monitors are still a pretty amazing way to play games on PC. Given how close we generally sit to our monitors, there’s plenty of immersion to be had and the march of technology has driven prices down while pushing specs up.

This Asus monitor isn’t specifically marketed as a gaming monitor, but that 1ms response time is something only gamers would care about. In other ways this screen is more mediocre from a gaming perspective, but it’s actually this lack of explicit gaming styling and marketing that made me include it. Here you have a decent monitor that looks about the same as your average business product, but comes at a great price and offers a smooth 60Hz gaming experience.

However, I actually think this monitor is a great match for console gamers who want to play at a desk or in cramped rooms. After all, no current console runs any game at above 60Hz and no televisions offer this low level of input lag. Moreover, this screen has built-in speakers, making it a great all-rounder.

There’s no reason not to use it for mainstream gaming purposes, but its optimal use would be with a 1080p console like the PS4.

LG 27MP59G-P 27-Inch Gaming Monitor with FreeSync

While 27” monitors are now pretty mainstream and priced in alignment with that market segment, that doesn’t mean you can’t find fancy premium products at that screen size. This screen from LG is the perfect example. It’s a 27” gaming monitor that uses IPS panel technology, which means you’ll get fantastic color reproduction. It’s also a FreeSync monitor with 1ms blur reduction for crisp, tear-free gaming with modest mid-range GPUs at ultra settings. In line with this general set of specs, you only get a 75Hz refresh rate, but that’s part of being an IPS panel. If you own a mid-range CPU and GPU designed for 1080p gaming, 60-75 fps is about what you’ll be getting anyway.

The design of the monitor strikes a great balance between that notorious “gamer” aesthetic. So whoever you are, it’s likely to fit in with whatever style of desk or computer you have.

In terms of the price, I think the premium being asked for over the average 27” screen is absolutely worth it, especially if you take into consideration that this is an IPS panel and generally superior to the cheaper TN panel options.

If this size of screen is right for your setup, and your budget will stretch the extra $50 or so needed to make this unit yours, it’s definitely worth it. If you want to use it as a console monitor, just remember you’ll have to provide your own speakers, but otherwise it’s also a good choice for that purpose.

The Elite Gamer Choice: Dell Alienware 1900R 34.1", Curved Gaming Monitor

As with all technologies, gaming gear goes through phases that have different specifications at the low, middle, and high ends of the market. When I first bought a 27” monitor, it was considered a hardcore gaming component. Nowadays that screen size is pretty much mainstream and the new aspirational elite gamer screen size is the 34” ultrawide monitor.

Among gaming products, Alienware is of course even more elite, so you can imagine that this 34.1” ultrawide gaming monitor from the brand should get most gamers salivating. The price certainly puts this far outside of the casual or mainstream PC gaming segment. However, you do get a hell of a lot for your money!

This monitor has a 3440×1440 resolution, so only gamers with top-tier single GPU setups need apply. That is, unless you are happy to dial down the eye candy in exchange for frames. Even if you don’t have the GPU hardware to get more than 60 frames per second this generation, there’s a decent amount of future-proofing here. This monitor has a 120Hz refresh rate, so when the next generation of GPUs can push those frames at this resolution, you’ll be ready.

Input lag has been minimized and this screen has only 4ms of response time. That might sound bad compared to the 1ms time you get on smaller displays, but in practice you won’t notice the difference.

So on a technical level, this screen is more than worth it. However, it wouldn’t be an Alienware product without some pretty outlandish styling. This is delivered in spades, with a unique futuristic shell design and the obligatory RGB lighting. This is 110% a pimping gaming device and anyone who sees it will be in no doubt as to your gamer cred. If that’s your thing, then obviously this is the perfect purchase. However, plenty of gamers want the specs without the gamer label baggage that goes with it. If that’s you, then you may have to pass on this beauty.

The Perfect 1080p Upgrade: LG 34UM69G-B 34-Inch 21:9 UltraWide IPS Monitor

If the audacity of the Alienware 34” monitor is too much for you then, boy, do I have the right screen for you – a screen that balances the most important features of elite gaming screens with a better price and more realistic specifications. I actually own the 29” model of this screen from LG, which is just about the same in every respect besides size. Opting for the 29” version was simply a consideration of space, since these 34” beasts will dwarf the average desk and I didn’t think remodeling my gaming space justifies the extra inches.

If you do have the room to house a beastly screen like this, there’s a lot to like. First of all, you’ll notice that this screen does not have a sky-high refresh rate or resolution. It’s a 75Hz FreeSync screen with a resolution of 2560×1080. That equates to about 33% more pixels to push than a 1080p screen. Most current competent 1080p GPUs are going to have no trouble hitting the 75 fps mark you’d need to make the most of this screen.

Of course, the pixel density is lower than the 1440p 34” models, but I have found that at the distance you need to sit for comfortable play, it’s almost impossible to notice the difference even if you are looking for it. During gameplay it’s basically irrelevant. You are essentially getting the 1080p experience but with 33% more horizontal viewing area. If you were OK with 1080p gaming before, then this is better in every respect. It’s also a third as much as those top-tier screens, but offers excellent image quality, thanks to an IPS panel.

If you are ready to make the leap from your 27” monitor, then this screen is priced just right and doesn’t require a GPU upgrade in most cases.

The King of Gaming Monitors: Samsung Electronics CRG90 Series Curved 49-Inch Gaming Monitor

Oh boy. OK, let me start off by saying that this monitor is not for everyone. It uses the incredibly uncommon Super Ultrawide aspect ratio if 32:9. The only content that will actually natively fill a screen like this comes from games that can render at this aspect ratio. If you thought that ultrawide gamers had a hard time finding titles that support their screen resolutions, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

This 49” monster is quite possibly the most immersive consumer monitor you can buy. Apart from being marketed as a gaming device, it’s an absolute beast for productivity. While the typical ultrawide screen lets you comfortably ditch a dual monitor setup, this is as good as having four 1280×1440 screens next to each other seamlessly. Yes, that’s a whopping 5120×1440 resolution, which is also the equivalent of having two 1440p, 16:9 screens next to each other. I really hope these comparisons are bringing home how insane this monitor is.

Pushing that many pixels, you’ll need a pretty daunting setup to run games at anything resembling a playable framerate. In fact, a dual top-tier GPU setup might be the only way. But, heck, it would be worth it. Looking at the price tag on this monitor surely justifies that sort of outlay. If you are in the market for this monitor you’ll probably also have the top-tier computer to drive it for gaming.

You’d think that a huge panel like this would only hit 60Hz as most 4K displays do. However, it actually has a 120Hz refresh rate, which is mind-blowing. This is also one of the only monitors where I feel that the curved screen thing is more than a gimmick. This monitor is so wide that giving it a slight curve should actually reduce how far back you have to sit in order to see the whole thing. If you have the computer to drive it and the money to afford it, this is the king of all gaming monitors.