If you have a monitor or have started gaming and want a better PC gaming monitor, you've come to the right place for recommendations. In this article we will summarise our personal favourites and provide you with monitors that can be found for under £150 to high-end gaming monitors which cost in excess of £900. Also see: Best displays.

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Best gaming monitor 2017: Design and ergonomics

Design and ergonomics are important. We like seeing monitors which have the ability to be adjusted in height and their tilt angle. Almost all the monitors nowadays can be tilted by around five degrees forwards and twenty degrees backwards. However, finding one that has height adjustments can be a little trickier. Also see: Best budget monitors.

Height adjustments aren't a necessity; however it's helpful if you don't have a computer desk that has an adjustable monitor shelf, such as the Ikea Fredde desk. More expensive models have the ability to pivot a full 180 degrees, this makes it useful if you're using the monitor as a workstation or want to run an immersive multi-monitor display.

Certain monitors also have headphone stands built-in, but the feature is quite rare.

Best gaming monitor 2017: Image quality and panel technologies

The most important part of this round-up is the panel's quality and performance. 

Quality

The panel quality boils down to the type of technology used within the monitor. All panels in this round-up are LED monitors, where in the market today we are presented with TN (Twisted Nematic), IPS (In-Plane-Switching), PLS (Plane to Line Switching) and VA (Vertically Aligned) panels.

These different LED panels have their pros and cons:

  • TN: Fast response time and refresh rate, cheaper, washed out colours and poor viewing angles versus IPS/PLS/VA.
  • IPS/PLS: Accurate colours, excellent viewing angles, expensive, generally poor refresh rate and response time.
  • VA: Average colour reproduction versus IPS/PLS, slower response time and refresh rate to TN

The above isn't an ultimatum between the panels, as you can find very responsive IPS/PLS panels, which compete with the TN-type. Similarly, you can find excellent colour reproduction and viewing angles in TN panels. Therefore, use the above bullet points as a rule of thumb.

Note: IPS and PLS panels are essentially the same thing, with IPS technology generally manufactured by LG Display, whilst Samsung generally manufacture the PLS panels. Both panels share the same traits and flaws.

If you are someone who is going to be gaming competitively, we would suggest leaning towards the TN-type panel. If however you're a casual gamer or would like fantastic colour reproduction you should lean towards an IPS/PLS-panel.

A VA panel sits somewhat in-between a IPS/PLS and TN-type panel. Its colours aren't as accurate as an IPS/PLS-panel, whilst its response time isn't as fast as a TN. This is why there is a shortage of VA panels on the market, as consumers often prefer one of the other, rather than a cross-between the two technologies. Also see: Best screens & monitors for Mac

Performance

A panel's performance is extremely important to a fellow gamer. We want low response times with minimal ghosting, low input lag, the highest possible refresh rate, whilst having fantastic colour reproduction. Essentially, gamers want it all, but have to compromise on one of these features or have a huge chunk of money out of their bank accounts.

Response time is associated to the panel's ability to change a pixel from black-to-white (B2C) or more often than not gray-to-gray (G2G). G2G is often the quoted figure, as it is a closer reality to what we can see with our human eyes. The lower the response time, the easier the monitor will be able to cope with displayed objects, meaning you will get fewer image artefacts, thus lower motion blur. 

To reduce the response time of a monitor, manufacturers often use Overdrive technology, which is great in principle but can add a lot of ghosting to a monitor. 

Speaking of which, ghosting occurs when you pan from side to side in-game and see a trail or ghost image of the object in question. Often ghosting creates unwanted black shadows and can distract you from your game.

The refresh rate (Hz) is a panel's ability to display a new frame each second, where the higher the refresh rate, the smoother your panel will feel. This comes from the image being refreshed at a higher rate and objects not appearing blurry. If you're playing fast shooter or racing games a high refresh rate will provide you with a much better gaming experience.

Input lag is tricky to measure, but is the monitor's ability to read your input signal. For PC gamers this is the movement of your mouse being reflected on your monitor screen. Monitors with multiple-inputs suffer from higher input lag, where the monitor will feel a lot less responsive. As a gamer you'll want a low input lag, where you'll have the monitor respond a lot better to your mouse movements.

We should also mention a few other features which are present in selected monitors:

Flicker-free technology deals with PWM (Pulse Width Modulation), whereby you will not notice any flicker whilst using your monitor. PWM-flicker occurs when the monitor is not running on 100 percent brightness. Therefore, LED PWM-flicker can cause headaches for those who are sensitive to it.

Anti-blue light technology is used to reduce your eye strain. Blue light can create eye fatigue, especially during late-night gaming sessions where light is scarce. 

VESA mounts are also useful if you want to mount the monitor on a custom monitor stand.

ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) works at 120Hz and below and is aimed at reducing motion blur in games. This often reduces the maximum brightness of the monitor.

Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync are technologies used by both graphics card manufacturers to eliminate screen tearing from occurring. In a nutshell, tearing occurs when your graphics card is outputting a higher framerate (120Hz) than your monitor (60Hz) can handle. This creates visual tears on your monitor. However, this can be eliminated by having a monitor that has AMD FreeSync or Nvidia G-Sync built-in.

The Nvidia solution often adds around £100-150 to the price tag of a monitor, whilst the AMD variant is free to manufacturers and thus consumers. In order to take advantage of the technologies, you will need a graphics card from the same manufacturer, thus an AMD FreeSync-enabled monitor cannot benefit from a tear-free experience with an Nvidia graphics card.

V-Sync or Adaptive Sync was a solution for most who wanted to eliminate tearing, but as this adds a lot of extra input lag to your monitor, we suggest gaming without the feature enabled, or finding an appropriate FreeSync or G-Sync monitor.

Best gaming monitor 2017: Resolution and aspect ratio

Naturally, the resolution is important where the higher the resolution, the harder it will be for your graphics card or cards to deal with a higher refresh rate or better known on computer systems as frames per second (fps).

There are various resolutions, with the most common being full-HD (1920x1080) and higher-end gaming monitors having QHD (2560x1440) panels. Currently, 4K (3840x2160) panels aren't really suited to gamers, as their refresh rate stands at around 60Hz and are often faced with bad response times and higher input lag.

However, this isn't to be confused with wide, curved monitors which have different resolutions, such as a 21:9 QHD (3440x1440) UltraWide panel.

16:9 is the default aspect ratio for most monitors, but in some cases you'll find 16:10 monitors or as mentioned above, wide monitors with 21:9 aspect ratios.

It's rare to find an out-dated 4:3 monitor, but a lot of proffessional gamers play on a 16:9 monitor and play scale it down to a 4:3 aspect ratio. This changes the look and feel of the game, by stretching the image by making the headshot hitbox easier to achieve in games like CS:GO.

Best gaming monitor 2017: Inputs

There are various different input modes on monitors, with VGA (D-Sub) rightfully taking a slow walk out the door. Manufacturers are using DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort (DP). The latter two are more commonly used, as they transmit both sound and vision. DVI on the other hand is used on more legacy devices, with it being unable to transmit sound.

When moving to higher resolutions, such as 4K (3840x2160) DP 1.2 is the chosen connection, as it can transmit 60Hz at the higher resolution. This comes from the cable and the port having the ability to transmit a higher bandwidth, whereas HDMI 1.4 and DVI can't cope with this higher data rate.

If you're looking to run a monitor at 144Hz, you'll need to run on a DVI-D or DisplayPort cable. HDMI 1.3 or higher is also capable, but you'll have to ensure your graphics card has the right HDMI port version.

If you're looking to connect your phone to your monitor, you'll want to look out for HDMI-MHL, which is the monitor's input ability to take a phone's screen and display it.

Best gaming monitor 2017: Audio

Audio isn't something we would recommend on a monitor. Some are better than others in reproducing an acceptable audio reproduction, but if you're a gamer, you'll either have your own speakers or a headset. 

On the plus side, most monitors have a 3.5mm auxiliary output for a headphone connection. Also seeAll display reviews

Best gaming monitor 2017 UK

All the listed monitors have been tested or trialled by us.

AOC G2460VQ6

AOC G2460VQ6

Specs at a glance:

  • Monitor size: 24in
  • Panel type: TN
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 
  • Maximum refresh rate: 75Hz at 1920x1080
  • Quoted response time: 1ms
  • Inputs: VGA, HDMI and DisplayPort

If you're looking for a budget gaming monitor, the AOC G2460VQ6 is a fantastic starting point. It comes at a very low price, has a maximum refresh rate of 75Hz in full-HD and has a reasonably good colour reproduction for a TN panel.

The monitor stands out from the budget-monitor crowd, as it also supports AMD FreeSync, a technology used to reduce tearing in graphically intense games.

The panel's response time and input lag are low, whereby in games your movements are well represented.

The monitor has speakers, flicker-free support and anti-blue light technology. Unfortunately, its stand is limited to tilt-only adjustments.

BenQ RL2460HT

BenQ RL2460HT

Specs at a glance:

  • Monitor size: 24in
  • Panel type: TN
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 
  • Maximum refresh rate: 60Hz at 1920x1080
  • Quoted response time: 1ms
  • Inputs: VGA, 2xHDMI, DVI and 1x HDMI output.

The BenQ RL2460HT is one of the best all-round budget monitors we've come across. Despite having a TN panel, the monitor has fantastic colour reproduction. The panel only has a 60Hz refresh rate, but still manages to feel great in non-competitive games.

Its input lag and response time were low enough to be suitable for intensive shooters such as CS:GO. An interesting feature of the monitor is its HDMI output, which is used for video capture devices. This eliminates extra input lag from the capture device and allows you to record your games without having to worry about the after-effects of recording.

The monitor has two 2W speakers, a 3.5mm jack, flicker-free technology, anti-blue light technology and has VESA mounts.

With a fully adjustable (height, pivot and tilt) stand and its great panel quality, the RL2460HT is a fantastic all-round gaming monitor. Also see: Our BenQ RL2460HT review.

AOC G2460PF

AOC G2460PF

Specs at a glance:

  • Monitor size: 24in
  • Panel type: TN
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 
  • Maximum refresh rate: 144Hz at 1920x1080
  • Quoted response time: 1ms
  • Inputs: VGA, HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort

Both the AOC G2460PF and G2460PG share the same panel, where the G2460PG has G-Sync capabilities and is therefore a hefty amount more expensive. In contrast the AOC G2460PF is AMD FreeSync compatible, allowing you to enjoy the same Nvidia benefits for a much cheaper price tag.

The monitor one-ups its younger brother the AOC G2460VQ6, by adding a fast 144Hz response time at full-HD. This makes the monitor fantastic for fast-paced shooters and racing games.

The panel quality for a TN-based LED is great; the colours are accurate and provide a good reproduction. For your gaming needs, the monitor provides a smooth experience whilst also displaying accurate colours.

The monitor has speakers, flicker free support, can be VESA mounted and has USB inputs on the side. The monitor has height, tilt and pivot adjustment through its well-made stand.

CrossOver 2795QHD

CrossOver 2795QHD

Specs at a glance:

  • Monitor size: 27in
  • Panel type: PLS
  • Resolution: 2560x1440
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 
  • Maximum refresh rate: 60Hz at 2560x1440 (Overclocks to 96Hz)
  • Quoted response time: 6ms
  • Inputs: DVI

The CrossOver 2795QHD is a Korean monitor which has amassed a lot of attention online. The popularity in Korean monitor rose drastically when the QNIX QX2710 Evolution II was discovered. 

Both the single-input DVI 2795QHD and QX2710 have PLS panels with a great 2560x1440 resolution and come at a very low price versus European equivalent monitors. However, what makes them truly special is their low input lag (due to only having a single DVI input) and their huge overclocking potential. Also read: How to overclock your monitor.

All monitors can realistically be overclocked, however most only overclock by around 10Hz, which isn't worth the risk. The selected few Korean monitors can be overclocked to 120Hz. This makes the monitor a ridiculously cheap monitor for the quality of the panel. Most users use a refresh rate of 96Hz as it is four times the 24p cinema standard.

The CrossOver has no PWM-flicker, whilst the QNIX suffers from it. Both monitors have very basic stands which only tilt; on the plus side you can VESA mount it. Unlike other monitors, both have no OSD controls and have to be used with a compatible graphics card that has a DVI-D output. This means you can't use it for your games consoles or have it running on your on-board graphics.

Both monitors have fantastic colour accuracy, which comes from their PLS panel. If you're overclocking the monitor, you'll want to add a custom ICC profile to adjust the Gamma shift that occurs when pushing the panel's refresh rate.

The Korean monitors are a fantastic choice for gamers, but if you're a competitive gamer who plays CS:GO or similar, then you'll want to go for a panel with a lower response time.

For the price to performance ratio, both the CrossOver and QNIX are very hard to beat.

Acer XF270HU

Acer XF270HU

Specs at a glance:

  • Monitor size: 27in
  • Panel type: IPS
  • Resolution: 2560x1440
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 
  • Maximum refresh rate: 144Hz at 2560x1440
  • Quoted response time: 4ms
  • Inputs: DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort

The Acer XF270HU is highly respected among gamers, as it has a great 2560x1440 resolution and a fast 144Hz refresh rate. Due to its IPS panel, the monitor boasts fantastic colour accuracy, but yet also has low input lag and a low response time, a rarity for an IPS monitor.

The standout feature of the monitor is its ability to combine fantastic colour reproduction and competitive-gamer requirements such as a fast refresh rate, low input lag and low response time. All of which comes at a relatively low price of £399.99 for a monitor of its calibre that runs 144Hz natively at 2560x1440.

Better still, it also comes with AMD FreeSync, making it more appealing for those who run an AMD card and want to benefit from a tear-free experience.

It has two 2W speakers and a USB 3.0 Hub around the back. The monitor has full tilt, height and pivot adjustment capabilities, making it ideal for all types of desk setups.

If you're looking for a monitor fast refresh rate at an impressive resolution, then the Acer XF270HU is a combination of the best of both worlds (competitive gaming and photo editing), and should be your go-to monitor if you've got the budget.

Note: The Acer Predator XB270HU shares the same panel, but features Nvidia's G-Sync, making it a more expensive panel.

AOC AG271QX

AOC AG271QX

Specs at a glance:

  • Monitor size: 27in (AG271QX) / 24in (AG241QX)
  • Panel type: TN
  • Resolution: 2560x1440
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Maximum refresh rate: 144Hz at 2560x1440
  • Quoted response time: 1ms
  • Inputs: DVI, HDMI, VGA and DisplayPort

The AOC Agon AG271QX & AG241QX are new to the market, with the Agon line being AOC's new dedicated gaming line. At the time of writing in October 2016, their availability is currently limited, but you can find the AG271QX for just under £400 (despite having an MSRP of £479) or $500 in the US.

The AG241QX is much harder to find, but has been sourced at just under £310 - however, its MSRP is £389. The only difference between the AG241QX and AG271QX is its panel size - 24in and 27in respectively.

The monitors feature a 2560x1440 resolution, and even though they come with a TN panel, both monitors display fantastic colour accuracy. In comparison to the Acer AF270HU, the AOC monitors have a slight washed out colour, but nevertheless are very impressive.

Gaming performance is very impressive, with its 1ms response time, and low input lag, the monitors offer a great experience for competitive gamers. Even with Overdrive enabled at the highest setting, there is no overshoot (ghosting) - meaning you can get the lowest input lag while not suffering from unbearable ghosting.

Viewing angles aren't something you should be worried about either, especially given the fantastic build quality of the monitors - with a low bezel design, fully adjustable stand and even a dedicated headphone holder on the right-hand side, the AOC monitors are some of the best built monitors around.

If you're looking to mount the monitors, you can do so through a VESA 100x100 wallmount. The monitors both feature 3W speakers.

It should be noted that the AG241QX & AG271QX feature AMD's FreeSync, meaning a tear-free experience on compatible AMD GPUs. However, if you're on an Nvidia card, you'll need to shell out a lot more for the AG241QG and AG271QG models, which share the same specifications, but feature G-Sync - instead of FreeSync.

ViewSonic XG2700-4K

ViewSonic XG2700-4K

Specs at a glance:

  • Monitor size: 27in
  • Panel type: IPS
  • Resolution: 3840x2160
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 
  • Maximum refresh rate: 60Hz at 3840x2160
  • Quoted response time: 5ms
  • Inputs: 2x MHL-HDMI, 1x HDMI, Mini DisplayPort and DisplayPort

The ViewSonic XG2700-4K is a 4K (3840x2160) monitor which runs at 60Hz. Admittedly this doesn't sound like a fantastic gaming monitor on paper, however at its cheap price for a 4K monitor at under £500 and an extremely impressive response time and low input lag, the ViewSonic is one of the most affordable and best 4K monitors out there in the market today.

The monitor has a quoted response time of 5ms, which can be boosted down to 2ms through Overdrive, however this creates unwanted ghosting on the extreme setting. The monitor's perceived input lag is low, making it fantastic for fast-paced shooters.

Unfortunately, the monitor only has a refresh rate of 60Hz, making it not the go-to choice for those who want to game competitively, however those looking for a casual gaming experience, will find the ViewSonic XG2700-4K more than adequate for their gaming needs.

With its IPS panel, the monitor has good colour reproduction and viewing angles. We do feel the colour accuracy could be slightly improved, with slightly deeper blacks and a more accurate contrast, however we are still satisfied with the panel's results.

The monitor's build quality isn't fantastic; despite its stand having the ability to tilt, pivot and provide height adjustments, the base stand looks and feels quite cheap. This is also emphasised through its big bezels, which are very noticeable and don't provide an immersive gaming experience.

Dell S2716DG

Dell S2716DG

Specs at a glance:

  • Monitor size: 27in
  • Panel type: TN
  • Resolution: 2560x1440
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 
  • Maximum refresh rate: 144Hz at 2560x1440
  • Quoted response time: 1ms
  • Inputs: HDMI and DisplayPort

The Dell S2716DG is a great QHD (2560x1440) monitor that boasts strong colour accuracy and a fantastic tear-free experience for Nvidia graphics card owners.

In comparison to the Acer XG270HU, you're paying a hefty premium for Nvidia's G-Sync technology, so make sure you're running on a compatible card before purchasing this monitor.

The monitor's stand is very well built and provides full height, tilt and pivot adjustments. It also has two USB 3.0 ports and VESA compatibility.

Through its low-profile bezel design, the monitor can be an ideal choice for gamers who are looking to run multi-monitor setups.

The monitor has low input lag and a great perceived response time. Despite the monitor being quite expensive versus its competitors, it offers a great choice for gamers who want to benefit from G-Sync.

Asus ROG Swift PG279Q

Asus ROG Swift PG279Q

Specs at a glance:

  • Monitor size: 27in
  • Panel type: IPS
  • Resolution: 2560x1440
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 
  • Maximum refresh rate: 144Hz at 2560x1440, 165Hz when overclocked
  • Quoted response time: 4ms
  • Inputs: HDMI and DisplayPort

If you're looking for a do-it-all monitor, the Asus ROG Swift PG279Q is one of the best monitors on the market.

The IPS panel runs at WQHD (2560x1440) at an impressive 144Hz native refresh rate. Better still, the monitor is able to achieve 165Hz through its in-built overclocking tool found within the OSD.

The monitor also comes with G-Sync, allowing you to enjoy tear-free gaming. You can also enable ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) at 120Hz and below, however we found the monitor to perform better with G-Sync and at 165Hz with Overdrive set to Normal.

The monitor's IPS panel brings out good colours, where they are accurate, albeit a little washed out versus other IPS/PLS panels out there in the market.

The panel has low input lag and a resonably low response time, which complement the overall gaming experience, however we would have preferred a slightly better response time.

The monitor has full tilt, pivot and height adjustments through its well-built stand. The bezel's are also thin, allowing you to setup the monitor in multi-monitor setups.

Acer Predator X34A

Acer Predator X34A

Specs at a glance:

  • Monitor size: 34in Curved
  • Panel type: IPS
  • Resolution: 3440x1440
  • Aspect ratio: 21:9 
  • Maximum refresh rate: 60Hz at 3440x1440, 100Hz when overclocked
  • Quoted response time: 4ms
  • Inputs: HDMI and DisplayPort

The Acer Predator X34A is a force not to be reckoned with - the mammoth 34in curved monitor has an impressive QHD 3440x1440 resolution and a wide 21:9 aspect ratio.

The monitor's refresh rate stands at 60Hz, but can be overclocked to 100Hz through Acer's OSD.

The monitor boasts beautiful colour reproduction through its IPS panel and with the help of Nvidia's G-Sync technology provides a tear-free gaming experience.

Naturally the monitor can't pivot, but has tilt and height adjustments. It has two 7W speakers, four USB 3.0 ports and has VESA mounts. It also has small LED light under the monitor, making the monitor look a little more elegant on your desk.

The monitor has a relatively good response time and low input lag for a monitor with an IPS panel.

If you're looking for the ultimate gaming monitor that will give you a sense of emersion through its 34in curved display, then the Acer Predator X34A is one of the best in the market.