You must be a gaming freak or quite a passionate gamer and that’s exactly why you have stumbled on this particular webpage. The first thing that gaming freaks look out for in a gaming PC is a power packed GPU. But that’s definitely not enough. A good gaming monitor with good resolution, refresh rate and other features is equally important to see crystal clear visuals in front of you and believe me that do make hell of a difference to a gaming freak.
In the past years there has been considerable advancement in this particular genre and now all the passionate gamers have a plethora of best gaming monitors to choose from with a varying range of features, size as well as price. We have picked up the top 10 best gaming monitors from amongst the many options present. Our reviews of these gaming monitors are solely based on opinions of experts, customer review as well as our own experience with it. You can pick up the one that suits your needs and budget and remain sure that you have made the best choice.
Best Gaming Monitors Reviews 2018
High End Models
Asus ROG Swift PG348Q : Best Curved Gaming Monitor
ROG or Republic of Gamers is a special range of high end gaming monitors from Asus that’s definitely going to give them the ultimate experience. This gaming monitor sports a 34 inch diagonal curved screen with screen resolution of 3440×1440 and well balanced aspect ratio of 21:9. The large curved screen is definitely going to provide the avid gamers with an extra edge as the curve is quite gentle and you will get to see the true colors even in the extreme corners. It comes with Nvidia G-Sync technology which aids in synchronizing the refresh rate of the monitor with the frame rate of the GPU. Therefore, while engrossed in a gaming session you would not experience any kind of tearing of the graphics.
It has a refresh rate of 100Hz which is more than enough for a seamless experience. PG348Q gaming monitor also comes with advanced AH-IPS panel which they have acquired from LG. It is a 10-bit screen which promises to deliver about 1 million colors and show 100% of the RGB colors. PG348Q also boasts of decent 2W speakers on which the gamers can definitely rely on if they have no better alternative. Lastly, this gaming monitor looks nice and they way it is designed makes it compatible with the gaming scenes.
Positive: Its advanced components are definitely going to boost up your level of gaming experiences.
Negative: It comes in four figures, hence quite pricey. It is bulky and has quite a weight, hence you may find it difficult to set it up.
Acer Predator X34 : Best G Sync Gaming Monitor
Another 34 inch gaming monitor featuring the latest technology and minimalist sleek and slender design that’s going to provide you with the ultimate gaming experience without eating up lots of desk space. Thanks to the strong metal panel, it is going to stand erect on the gaming desk. The monitor frame is made of glossy black plastic that is going to help in reducing the weight of the monitor. It is curved monitor with an ideal 21:9 aspect ratio. The perfect screen size with the gentle curvature helps the gamers in getting the full view of the display on the screen so that they can focus on the whole screen while looking at it and thus they have better control and chance of winning the game.
It comes QHD screen with a resolution of 3440×1440 coupled with G-Sync technology, thus gamers need not worry about stuttering or tearing of the graphics (that’s constantly appearing on the screen). This monitor comes with a refresh rate of 60Hz which can be overclocked to 100Hz. The G-Sync technology helps in synchronizing the refresh rate of the monitor with the GPU to provide users with smooth graphic display. It promises to display 100% of the RGB color gamut and 6 axis color adjustment so that the users can see the accurate colors as the graphic designers had intended to show them. The best part is when we experimented with it, the color display on the whole screen was absolutely uniform. The X34 also features blue light filter that helps in safeguarding users eyes from getting tired. The metallic stand on which the monitor stands is ergonomically designed so that the users can get the best view and does not end up straining their neck.
Positive: Large display with color accuracy, rich contrast and ergonomic design make it suitable for the avid gamers.
Negative: It comes with two built in 7W DTS speakers but they are located at the back. Hence, the sound quality is quite poor which dulls that gaming experience. It comes with One HDMI and display port and five USB ports, we would have been happier to have some more ports so that we could connect other devices to it simultaneously.
Mid Range Gaming Monitors
Dell’s S2716DG is a power packed gaming monitor with the latest technology and you need not spend a fortune on it. This monitor is designed for the gaming freaks. This is a 27 inch gaming monitor with an aspect ratio of 16:9 and very thin bezel, thus the screen is wide enough to get full view of the graphics without straining your eyes. The screen can be turned 45 degrees to the right or left according to the convenience of the user and can be tilted back and forth to adjust it to the exact level of the user. Moreover, it can be raised or lowered upto 6 inches which is convenient for the use of children as well. The screen comes with anti glare with 3H hardness that is going to protect your eyes while playing on it. The QHD monitor has a 2560 x 1440 screen resolution with a refresh rate of 165 Hz. Since it also features NVIDIA G – Sync, it coordinates with the NVIDIA graphic card to provide smooth screening of the graphics. The manufacturer is of the opinion that 82% of the color gamut is reflected on the screen and users will almost get to see the true colors of the graphics. When we tested this monitor it showed very good brightness and color performance. The users can also tune in some preset modes like FPS, RPG or RTS for getting different kind of colors. It comes with one HDMI port, 1 display port for connecting G – Sync, 4 USB ports, 1 audio output and 1 headphone port which is enough to connect different gadgets.
Positive: This is most affordable gaming monitor available with hi – tech features like 1440 pixel, NVIDIA G- Sync, rich color and brightness that is definitely going to give you a fulfilling experience while playing on it.
Negative: The navigation keys are not very smooth.
AOC Agon AG271QX : Best Gaming Monitor under $300
This is one of the best budget friendly gaming monitors that encompass all the latest features to turn it to gamer’s paradise. Its 144 Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and 2560 x 1440 screen resolution is the ideal combo that gamers would need to enjoy thrilling gaming sessions. It boasts of a 27 inch screen with 16:9 aspect ratio which is perfectly suitable to get a full view of the screen. It comes with very thin bezel that hardly eats up the dimension of the screen and it can be turned to 20 degrees left or right, turned to a portrait position, tilted upto 25 degrees and raised or lowered upto 130mm. Therefore, giving the avid gamers enough options to adjust the screen and be 100% comfortable while gaming. The screen is coated with matte finish anti glare material that prevents sunlight from blocking the view and retains picture quality. Moreover, you will have the option to mount on the wall and make space as well. It has refresh rate of 144Hz and equipped with FreeSync technology thus ensuring smooth graphic display on the screen even for the most demanding games by synchronizing refresh rate and GPU’s performance. The 1ms response rate helps in eliminating smearing of the fast moving graphics and support you in winning the game. This monitor also comes with shadow control feature that helps in brightening up very dark areas of the graphics without affecting it in totality. You won’t get tired while playing on it, thanks to the presence of low blue light mode and flicker free technology. This monitor comes with TN panel which delivers quite rich and accurate color. It comes with a wide range of connectivity HDMI2 and HDMI1.4 along with MHL that will let you connect the monitor with smartphones and tablets, DP1.2, Dual Link DVI, VGA port, 2 USB ports (one of them for fast charging) and headphone, microphone jack and some more at the back of the monitor. All these features you will get a very modest price, so make the right choice.
Positive: Excellent performance. Compatible with AMD Free – Sync.
Negative: Speakers are not so good. It is provided with a TN panel and not IPS panel. IPS panel is definitely better and provides with 100% color accuracy.
Acer XF270HU : Best Gaming Monitor with Speaker
Acer does not only offer high end gaming monitor which are compact with latest features, even they have a range of value for money gaming monitors which are ideal for the gaming aficionados who does not want to spend a fortune on it. The latest addition in this genre is the XF270HA which comes with 27 inch monitor and 240 Hz refresh rate. Yes you heard us right, it comes with 240 Hz refresh rate which was previously only available for the 24.5 inch gaming monitors. Along with that you also get to enjoy AMD Free Sync technology so that there is no scope for tearing or stuttering of the graphics. It response time speed is 1ms. So let us just rewind the features: 240Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and Free Sync technology, therefore you can imagine that it is going to work like a beast.
It comes with TN panel which provides quite good color accuracy, though not as good as the IPS panel. Moreover, you are not going to face the viewing angle problems that comes TN panel as the monitor’s position to suit your viewing angle. This monitor is ergonomically designed and you can move it left or right, tilt it front or back or move it up or down to suit the angle in which you feel absolutely comfortable. Connectivity is not going to be an issue at all with this monitor as it is provided with one HDMI 1.4 and one DP 1.2 PORT, one dual link DVI and 4 USB 3.0 ports. Apart from that there are also two 2W speakers built in with the monitor. Therefore, XF270HA is the ideal combination of visual effect and sound that you is going to make your gaming session awesome.
Positive: Wide screen with enhanced refresh rate and response time. Well within budget.
Negative: Picture quality could have been a little better.
This monitor of ViewSonic comes with the latest technology as well as features to provide gaming freaks with the ultimate experience that they are looking for. XG2530 is one of the best gaming monitors available right now with 240 Hz refresh rate making sure that it works about four times faster than the older models and almost nil screen tearing or stuttering. It has Free Sync technology as well. The refresh rate and Free Sync technology works hand in hand to stop tearing of the graphics on screen. It also has a response time of 1ms so the graphics are not going to leave back their trails while being displayed on screen. Apart from that it also comes with a Rampage Response feature that aids in dealing with the disturbance caused by pixel transition speed. You can set Rampage response according to the game’s pace to standard, fast, faster, ultrafast and fastest. While experimenting with it we found that with 100 FPS, the fastest mode work very well and with 200 FPS the ultrafast mode. You have the option to set it according to your own preference. This monitor also comes with TN panel. So the image quality is of the TTN panel standard only and it has limited viewing angles. The screen has FHD resolution which displays sharp images but definitely it can’t compete with the IPS standards. It also has black stabilization feature making it ideal for playing dark themed games enabling players to locate foes in the shadowed areas. XG2530 has several Game Modes for the users to choose from and provide players with out of the world experience.
Positive: Performance level and efficiency of this monitor is absolutely impeccable. It would be hard to get a better alternative at this price.
Negative: It has got a TN panel so the display is not as good as the IPS panel monitors.
Budget Friendly Gaming Monitors
Asus caters the best technology for gamers with high end budget as well as minimal budget. It has a vast range of product line to choose from and in our budget friendly option VG245H was the first to be reviewed. This monitor has a refresh rate of 75 Hz and response time is 1ms just like any of the high end monitors. It comes with AMD Free Sync technology that is compatible with AMD FreeSync compatible graphic card and helps in synchronizing the refresh rate and working of the GPU to stop tearing of the screen. For obvious reason it comes with a TN panel for its screen and support 8 bit color. TN panels have limited viewing angles, but the monitor can be easily adjusted to get the best view. One advantage of using TN panel is that it allows faster response rate and thus no ghosting at all. One of the best features of VG245H is the Eye Care Technology makes sure that the screen does not flicker and gives off a blue light. These two things help in protecting the eyes even if you are playing for hours. It comes with two HDMI 1.4 ports that helps it to remain connected to a computer and gaming console at the same time, a VGA port and two ports for headphone and speakers.
Positive: This is ideal gaming monitor if you have limited budget. Its performance is very good and worth every penny you spent on it.
Negative: The image quality and color accuracy will not be as good as the high end models.
Acer GN246HL : Best Budget Gaming Monitor
Acer has range of gaming monitors to offer in basic range, mid range and high end ones. We already reviewed some of the high end ones in this write up. Now we found an equally competent entry level gaming monitor that has good display and speed and the best part is it is well within your budget. This monitor has a 24” LED screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 thus ensuring excellent image quality. This 24” very thin LCD screen has an aspect ratio of 16:9. So you can realize that it is wide enough to get the whole view of the graphics of the games. Moreover, it has a contrast ratio of 100 million: 1 that aids that promises very clear images of all the graphics that appears on the screen. The 3D vision and lightboost capability of this monitor make sure that you enjoy the immersive 3D images as well while gaming with it. It comes with 144 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time so graphics are going to be really sharp and clear. It comes with 1 DVI, 1 HDMI and 1 VGA port and also one audio output port, thus it is clear that it is well connected.
Positive: Excellent image quality. Budget friendly monitor that has all the features.
Negative: The only weakness pointed out by users about this monitor is its base. It is not very stable which causes problem.
Another good budget friendly entry level gaming monitor is Benq’s RL2455. This 24 inch monitor with 16:9 aspect ratio serves the purpose well thanks to the clear graphic quality. The screen is wide enough to accommodate the entire graphics and help you to concentrate on its entire width as well. This monitor is ideal for playing real time strategy games. The brightness is a bit too high and colors are moderately saturated which gives an edge while playing real time strategy games on it as you can easily identify the enemies. Not only real time strategy games, it is suitable for all genres. It has a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 which shows crisp and clear image quality. Along with the excellent screen resolution, 75 Hz frame rate and 1ms response time, this is definitely a superb combination at a nominal price.
The color quality of the graphics is good as well as accurate. As far as the modes are concerned, RL2455’s two RTS modes are the USP of this monitor. Apart from that you will also find standard mode, RGB modes, movie mode, energy saving mode and some preset modes which you can customize according to your preference. It also has 2W integrated speakers which are quite good. It comes with two HDMI ports, one VGA and one DVI port. So connecting it with your gaming console and work would not be a problem at all.
Positive: Picture is good. It is well connected.
Negative: The monitor is not very flexible. Users have highlighted ghosting as a common problem with this monitor.
VIOTEK NB32C : Best Gaming Monitor Under $300
Many gamers prefer bigger screen, but most of the available options are well beyond the budget. VIOTEK’s NB32C is a 32” gaming monitor that is well within your budget. NB32C has a curved 32” screen with an aspect ratio of 16:9. This aspect ratio is perfect as the width is enough to display the entire graphics of the game and gives you desired kick. The screen resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels that promise clear and sharp image quality. It displays about 16 million colors and thus you will get to see all the real colors that the graphic designers wants the players to experience while working on it. It has a refresh rate of 60Hz which is also quite commendable. As far as connectivity is concerned, it has all the options like VGA, DVI and HDMI. The screen has a anti glare coating that protects the eyes if you are playing on it for a long stretch of time.
Positive: If you have limited budget, but want a big screen then this is the best option available. Image quality is good.
Negative: The quality of integrated speakers of the monitor is not good.
Best Gaming Monitors 2018 : Buying Guide
A good gaming monitor dynamically changes the way you experience a game. The color, image quality, speed and all the new technologies that are integrated in a gaming monitor gives the kick that all gaming freaks look forward to. There is practically no end to what a good gaming monitor should have, but if you are planning to buy a gaming monitor here is a checklist that you must consider:
Of course, a good screen resolution is necessary so that the images are clear and crisp. But higher resolution puts a lot of pressure on the GPU. 4K screen resolution is good, but you can definitely compromise a bit on screen resolution so that the GPU can handle all the tasks assigned to it while you are playing with efficiency.
Previously, the refresh rate was limited to 60Hz and it extends up to 144Hz. A higher refresh rate is definitely better, but then you might be in need of a better graphics card as well. A higher refresh rate is like an investment made for future that you might not need right now as the games you play right now has about 60FPS. But you will be needing it in due course of time. And as we don’t intend to change the monitors every year it is better to buy one with higher refresh rate.
Free Sync or G- Sync
These two technologies are referred to as adaptive sync which ensures that there is no screen stuttering by matching the refresh rate with the graphic card output. While choosing Free Sync check whether your processor has an AMD compatible graphics card and for G Sync check whether you have a NVIDIA GPU. These technologies works in a range, so find out that out before buying a monitor with G Sync or Free Sync.
There are different panel types. All the entry level gaming monitors have TN panel. Colors are not accurate in TN panel but it has a response time of 1ms. So it has its pro and con. VA panels are better in comparison to TN panels, but not very good. IPS panels are the best. It has total color accuracy and can be viewed from any angle. OLED panels have also come into the scene and they are even better than IPS panels. But they are still not used for gaming monitors.
These are the key factors that you must consider before opting for a gaming monitor. Enhanced technology has brought about a change in the way you can enjoy gaming. So enjoy every bit of your gaming session with the latest technology driven gaming monitor. Budget is definitely an important thing we can’t afford to ignore while buying a best gaming monitor in 2018, but the best part is even within your budget you will get a plethora good options to choose from. So make the most of it!!
Check Also :
- 1 Best Gaming Monitors Reviews 2018
- 1.1 High End Models
- 1.2 Asus ROG Swift PG348Q : Best Curved Gaming Monitor
- 1.3 Acer Predator X34 : Best G Sync Gaming Monitor
- 1.4 Mid Range Gaming Monitors
- 1.5 Dell Gaming S2716DG
- 1.6 AOC Agon AG271QX : Best Gaming Monitor under $300
- 1.7 Acer XF270HU : Best Gaming Monitor with Speaker
- 1.8 ViewSonic XG2530
- 2 Budget Friendly Gaming Monitors
- 3 Best Gaming Monitors 2018 : Buying Guide
- 4 Conclusion