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Best Gaming Monitor For 2017

We get asked all the time, more so in 2017, what the best gaming monitor is. Without knowing your requirements, budget, PC power and how big a screen you’re looking for it’s not an easy question to answer – that’s before we even talk about the aesthetic of a thin bezel monitor. With that being said we have picked a few of the best gaming monitors that we consider the worthy of your hard earned cash. It’s not a budget, high end or even a 4K monitor list it’s just the best bang for your buck – make sense? Good… Let’s get cracking then. Further below you will find our other best gaming monitor buying guides for specific types of screens.

You can also have a look through our more in-depth best gaming monitor guide below for everything from 24 inch 1080p, 4K gaming monitors to thin bezel monitor and frameless. We have even included the best monitors for PS4, PS4 Pro and Xbox one.

More Great Gaming Monitors – December 2017

MonitorPricePanelSizeMonitor Details
Asus ROG Swift PG279Q
Asus ROG Swift PG279Q with G-SYNC
IPS27"2560x1440 (1440p)
Ref. Rate: 165Hz
Res. Time: 4ms
G-SYNC
Thin Bezel Monitor
BenQ XL2420G
BenQ-G-SYNC-XL2420G
TN24"1920x1080 (1080p)
Ref. Rate: 144Hz
Res. Time: 1ms
Asus VG248QE
Asus-VG248QE-24-inch
TN24"1920x1080 (1080p)
Ref. Rate: 144Hz
Res. Time: 1ms
Nixeus NX-VUE24A
NX-VUE24A-144Hz-AMD-FreeSync
TN24"1920x1080 (1080p)
Ref. Rate: 144Hz
Res. Time: 1ms
Acer R240HY bidx
Acer-R240HY-IPS-1080p
IPS23.8"1920x1080 (1080p)
Ref. Rate: 60Hz
Res. Time: 4ms
Thin Bezel Monitor
BenQ RL2455HM
BenQ-RL2455HM-console-gaming-monitor
TN27"2560x1440 (1440p)
Ref. Rate: 144Hz
Res. Time: 1ms

The most important part of having a good gaming PC setup, out with hardware (Graphics card, RAM, SSD Hard Drive etc.), is to ensure you have the best gaming monitor to compliment your system. It is very important to have a good display, or at the very least you should look to get a reliable and good monitor within your budget from a brand you recognise. Prices of monitors specifically for gamers can get rather high purely based on the added features the best gaming monitors come with!

Have you ever noticed your monitor getting a little fuzzy, colours not showing as they should or do you feel there is a lag? That is down to the monitor you are using, it isn’t really suitable to be used for gaming. Just like when you need to choose a gaming mouse to suit how you play and what you need, you also need to choose a monitor for how you play, what you expect and if you would prefer great picture quality or would you prefer a better response time with very little lag.

There are lots of monitors on the market at different price brackets which do a great job for gaming, but we will aim to answer the question of which one is most suited for your needs.

Looking for a New Gaming Monitor in 2017?

If you are looking to buy a new monitor for games then I highly suggest you invest in the absolute best you can afford. Why? Well, think about it, when did you last buy a monitor? In most cases, a monitor can last 4 or 5 years without needing to be replaced. Spending a little extra now will mean you get the benefits when you likely upgrade your hardware every year or so. Monitors are long term purchases, so they deserve to have a little bit extra budget. Picking a monitor isn’t an easy task, that is why we have put this best monitor guide together for gamers.

This page will list all the monitors we feel are the best on the market for gaming specifically. They will be split into the overall best monitors but will also have lists of 24-inches, 27-inch, IPS and TN, 1080p, 1440p and 4K gaming monitors. Not to forget we will also provide the top choices for console gaming, high frame rate PCs, for example, 144Hz monitors as well as the best budget monitors under $200/£150.

Best Budget / Cheap Gaming Monitor

So you are looking for a great monitor for gaming on a budget and don’t want to break the bank. Well, we have some absolutely perfect budget options for you. I actually own one of these bad boys for my gaming laptop. Oh, when we say best budget gaming display we mean below $200 (£150 for the UK), but prices do change daily so you are always best checking prices yourself. What is budget today might be super cheap tomorrow!

When you are looking for the best budget monitor you really do need to pay attention to a few details – one being reviews always read the reviews. Amazon is great for reviews so when you buy ensure the owners on Amazon are enjoying the screen. In most cases, if you are a casual gamer then a good budget monitor with 60Hz refresh rate is more than enough.

Below we have our best gaming monitors on a budget.

MonitorPricePanelSize (inch)Details
Acer H236HL bid
H236HL-gaming-monitor
IPS24"1920x1080 (1080p)
Thin Bezel Monitor
BenQ GL2460HM
BenQ-GL2460HM-gaming-monitor
TN24"1920x1080 (1080p)
HP Pavilion 25xw
HP-Pavilion-25xw
IPS24"1920x1080 (1080p)
Bezelless Design
LG 25UM57
LG-25UM57
IPS25"2560x1080 (1080p)
Thin Bezel Monitor
HP Pavilion 27xw
HP-Pavilion-27xw
IPS25"1920x1080 (1080p)
Bezelless Design
BenQ GW2760HS
BenQ-GW2760HS
VA27"1920x1080 (1080p)
Thin Bezel Monitor
BenQ GL2760H
BenQ-GL2760H
TN27"1920x1080 (1080p)
Thin Bezel Monitor

Best 144Hz Gaming Monitor

With more powerful computers and gaming laptops comes more frames per second meaning the viability of a high Hz monitors comes into play. Games such as CS:GO, Battlefield Call of Duty and other fast pace games are perfect on 144Hz gaming monitors. If you are looking for a cheap or budget 144Hz monitor then you are in luck as some of the main brands have been releasing high-quality gaming monitors with 144Hz refresh rate.

Below we have a complete list of monitors with at least a 144Hz refresh rate.

MonitorpricePanelSizeDetails
Asus ROG Swift PG279Q
Asus ROG Swift PG279Q with G-SYNC
IPS27"2560x1440 (1440p)
Ref. Rate: 165Hz
Res. Time: 4ms
G-SYNC
BenQ XL2420G
BenQ-G-SYNC-XL2420G
TN24"1920x1080 (1080p)
Ref. Rate: 144Hz
Res. Time: 1ms
Asus VG248QE
Asus-VG248QE-24-inch
TN24"1920x1080 (1080p)
Ref. Rate: 144Hz
Res. Time: 1ms
Nixeus NX-VUE24A
NX-VUE24A-144Hz-AMD-FreeSync
TN24"1920x1080 (1080p)
Ref. Rate: 144Hz
Res. Time: 1ms
BenQ RL2455HM
BenQ-RL2455HM-console-gaming-monitor
TN27"2560x1440 (1440p)
Ref. Rate: 144Hz
Res. Time: 1ms

Best 27 inch & 1440p Gaming Monitor

Is bigger better when it comes to the best monitors for gaming? Well, it depends. In most cases, a 27-inch monitor may actually increase the resolution from 1080p to 1440p which is the ideal resolution for a 27-inch screen. In other cases, the monitor may upscale a 1080p resolution to a 27-inch screen – this generally looks OK but its far from the best. In our opinion, if you have the budget for a 27-inch screen then you should only be looking for 1440p resolutions – that being said you need to ensure your gaming PC has a powerful enough graphics card!

If you are looking to purchase an ultrawide monitor for gaming then make sure you read this.

Below we have included out top 5 27 inch monitors, 4 of which are 1440p and the other one is more of an honourable mention for upscaled 1080p. As you can see there is a mix of budget and high performing screens in our list.

MonitorPricePanelSizeMonitor Details
Asus ROG Swift PG279Q
Asus ROG Swift PG279Q with G-SYNC
IPS27"2560x1440 (1440p)
Ref. Rate: 165Hz
Res. Time: 4ms
G-SYNC
ASUS MG MG278Q
ASUS MG MG279Q 27 inch gaming monitor
TN27"2560 x 1440 (1440p)
Ref. Rate: 144 Hz
Res. Time: 1 ms
Freesync
ASUS MG MG279Q
ASUS MG MG279Q 27 inch gaming monitor
IPS27"2560 x 1440 (1440p)
Ref. Rate: 144 Hz
Res. Time: 4 ms
Freesync
BenQ RL2455HM
BenQ-RL2455HM-console-gaming-monitor
TN27"2560x1440 (1440p)
Ref. Rate: 144Hz
Res. Time: 1ms

Best 24 inch & 1080p Gaming Monitor

In our opinion, a 24-inch monitor for gaming is more than ample and is likely the size most gamers will want, need and utilise the most. A 24-inch display will give you enough real estate to look at when deep in gaming mode so not to feel cramped. Not to mention 24-inch screens often provide the best band for your buck based on quality, features and price. All of us at eSport Source use 24-inch screens.

A few things to consider is which panel is best for you, TN or IPS? In most cases again we suggest IPS as we all want our games to look great especially now that technology is getting better and prices are getting lower! I advise you read our quick guide about TN and IPS panels before making a choice on the screen you want.

MonitorPricePanelSizeMonitor Details
BenQ XL2420G
BenQ-G-SYNC-XL2420G
TN24"1920x1080 (1080p)
Ref. Rate: 144Hz
Res. Time: 1ms
Asus VG248QE
Asus-VG248QE-24-inch
TN24"1920x1080 (1080p)
Ref. Rate: 144Hz
Res. Time: 1ms
Acer H236HL bid
H236HL-gaming-monitor
IPS24"1920x1080 (1080p)
Thin Bezel Monitor
Nixeus NX-VUE24A
NX-VUE24A-144Hz-AMD-FreeSync
TN24"1920x1080 (1080p)
Ref. Rate: 144Hz
Res. Time: 1ms
Acer R240HY bidx
Acer-R240HY-IPS-1080p
IPS23.8"1920x1080 (1080p)
Ref. Rate: 60Hz
Res. Time: 4ms
Thin Bezel Monitor

Best 4K Gaming Monitor in 2017

All of the best 4K gaming monitors are still fairly expensive but in all honesty, they are well worth the investment. Firstly, please ensure you have a rig with a powerful graphics card and CPU to run your games at a 4K gaming monitor resolution!

As technology grows and adapts prices do naturally fall. With that being said, best 4K monitors although expensive are steadily falling in price. We have our best 4K gaming monitor choices just below.

MonitorPricePanelSizeMonitor Details
Acer Predator XB321HKIPS27 - 32inch3840 x 2160 (4K)
Resp Time: 4ms
Ref. Rate: 60Hz
G-Sync
Acer XB280HKTN28inch3840 x 2160 (4K)
Resp Time: 1ms
Ref. Rate: 60Hz
G-Sync
Samsung U28E590DTN28inch3840 x 2160 (4K)
Resp Time: 1ms
Ref. Rate: 60Hz
AMD FreeSync

Budget & Cheap 4K Monitor

A very quick point about budget 4K gaming monitors, they are still expensive. In some cases double if not triple the price of a really good 1440p screen. 4K is still very new, you need a lot of GPU power to run stable frame rates for a 4K screen meaning overall the costs will be sky high regardless of picking up a cheap 4K gaming monitor. Personal advice would be to either wait it out a little until the GPUs can produce stable frame rates and until the technology is more mainstream.

If you are adamant that you want 4K right now, then I am afraid you will be looking at stumping up some serious cash even at budget levels.

MonitorPricePanelSizeMonitor Details
Samsung U28E590DTN28inch3840 x 2160 (4K)
Resp Time: 1ms
Ref. Rate: 60Hz
AMD FreeSync

Best 1080p Gaming Monitor

In most cases, gamers will be looking to keep costs down while also have a great gaming display. In that case, a good 1080p monitor usually comes up trumps. You will have an option between IPS and TN screens but with a 1080p resolution, you get more than enough screen real estate. 1080p has been the go to resolution for a while now but with the increase in screen sizes, 1080p might not be wise. Basically, if your screen size is 24 inches at most then 1080p is the way to go. If you want a larger screen then ideally you should be looking at least at 1440p – trust us an upscaled 1080p resolution on a 27-inch monitor can look terrible!

MonitorPricePanelSizeMonitor Details
BenQ XL2420G
BenQ-G-SYNC-XL2420G
TN24"1920x1080 (1080p)
Ref. Rate: 144Hz
Res. Time: 1ms
Asus VG248QE
Asus-VG248QE-24-inch
TN24"1920x1080 (1080p)
Ref. Rate: 144Hz
Res. Time: 1ms
Acer H236HL bid
H236HL-gaming-monitor
IPS24"1920x1080 (1080p)
Thin Bezel Monitor
Nixeus NX-VUE24A
NX-VUE24A-144Hz-AMD-FreeSync
TN24"1920x1080 (1080p)
Ref. Rate: 144Hz
Res. Time: 1ms
Acer R240HY bidx
Acer-R240HY-IPS-1080p
IPS23.8"1920x1080 (1080p)
Ref. Rate: 60Hz
Res. Time: 4ms
Thin Bezel Monitor

Best Console Gaming Monitor

In short, the best gaming monitor for a console gamer will be 24-inch, 60hz and 1080p in resolution and ideally an IPS panel. Optional extras are a screen with built-in speakers, although I ALWAYS suggest buying dedicated speakers or even a goos quality set of headphones as built-in speakers tend to be rubbish.

As a console gamer, your games are likely limited to 30fps and 60fps meaning anything with more than 60Hz is just a waste of your money. Also, PS4 can only output up to 1080p while PS4 PRO can support up to 4K. XBOX One has a 720p limit so a standard 1080p monitor will be perfect here. Even though the XBOX One and PS4 are a little different in the specification the below monitors suit all consoles unless of course, you are looking to game in 4K on the PS4 Pro

MonitorPricePanelSizeMonitor Details
Acer H236HL bid
H236HL-gaming-monitor
IPS24"1920x1080 (1080p)
Acer R240HY bidx
Acer-R240HY-IPS-1080p
IPS23.8"1920x1080 (1080p)
Ref. Rate: 60Hz
Res. Time: 4ms

Best IPS Monitor for Gaming

Buying an IPS screen makes sense when you are looking to get the best colour and picture quality possible. In 2017 getting the best look and feel from games is just as important as getting low response times and high resolutions. Choosing the best screen for your needs can be tricky, though. Below we have listed 5 of the best IPS screens

MonitorPricePanelSizeSpec
Asus ROG Swift PG279Q
Asus ROG Swift PG279Q with G-SYNC
IPS27 inch2560x1440 (1440p)
Ref. Rate: 165Hz
Res. Time: 4ms
G-SYNC
ASUS MG MG279Q
ASUS MG MG279Q 27 inch gaming monitor
IPS27 inch2560 x 1440 (1440p)
Ref. Rate: 144 Hz
Res. Time: 4 ms
Freesync
ASUS MX27AQIPS27 inch2560x1440 (1440p)
Ref. Rate: 60Hz
Res. Time: 5ms
Acer Predator XB271HUIPS27 inch2560x1440 (1440p)
Ref. Rate: 144Hz
Res. Time: 4ms
NVIDIA G-Sync
IPS

Best TN Monitor for Gaming

Playing competitively or simply want to keep your twitch reflex as quick as possible? Then a TN panel is likely the best choice. With that being said there are hundreds, if not thousands of TN panel gaming monitors. We have included our 5 top TN panel gaming displays below, although we here do prefer IPS 🙂

Best Portable & USB Powered Gaming Monitor

Gaming on the go can be a difficult task but adding a second screen to the mix can be just what you need. I myself usually have a second screen when playing games on my laptop just to keep an eye on emails and sports scores but many other gamers will extend their screens or even use the portable monitor to reference or plan out a gaming session.

If you are looking for a portable USB powered monitor then be sure to check out our dedicated Portable Monitor buying guide.

What makes a good computer screen for gaming in 2017?

You have come across this website because you are looking to buy the best gaming monitor, more so you probably want the best that you can afford – correct? With hundreds of displays on the market, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a standard display and a screen for gamers. This is where we come in, we have put together a feature checklist below but also have a post dedicated to showing our readers what to look for on a monitor.

  • The most important spec required is the response time. Gaming is fast paced where ever millisecond counts so you are on the hunt for a monitor with a low response time. Anything below 6ms is considered good.
  • 60Hz, 120hz or 144Hz? This is a complicated question, but there is a short answer that I tend to use myself. If your PC is consistently producing less than 60 FPS (Frame Per Second) then 60Hz is best for you. And if you are consistently getting more than 60 FPS then maybe 120Hz will be the answer for you. If you have a top of the range PC then you might be looking for the best of the best, so you should be able to start looking at a 144Hz monitor. I would always urge you to go with the highest Hz you can afford, purely because it provides you with room to grow your PC!
  • G-Synch – this has been a godsend for gamers everywhere. G-Synch pretty much stops your screen from showing tearing when V-Synch is disabled meaning you get fast inputs and no tearing of the screen. V-Synch can reduce tearing but it will also increase lag time meaning twitch responses needed for fast paced games can be affected.
  • Another rule is down to resolution if you have a 24-inch screen then go with a 1080p screen. Whereas if you want a 27-inch screen then you should be looking at 1440p at least. You also have the option to for a 4K screen, although make sure your PC will handle it!
  • Do you use dual or multiple screens? If so then you really will need to invest in a thin bezel monitor, or as some call them a frameless monitor. This is basically the small black margin that is on the left, right and top of a screen. Making sure these are either non-existent or at least thin will give your setup a flawless look. Something to note: If you are measuring the exact bezel width make sure you double the width because when you have two screens next to each other both will have a side bezel – this is something I have seen a lot of gamers trip over.

Updated 19th January 2017