The Top 6 Best Monitors For Us Gamers

Intro

Every once in a while we gamers need or want a new monitor. But there are so many options out there. So, here are our top 6 gaming monitors.

We will also be mentioning what panel each of the monitors has. If you are not sure about what the pros and cons of each panel, feel free to check out our guide: TN vs IPS vs VA | Which Monitor Panel Is For You?

6) LG 49WL95C-W

LG 49WL95C-W

49-inch | 5120×1440 | 60Hz

The first monitor on our list is part of a new monitor form factor, super ultrawide. If you thought that ultrawide monitors are big, imagine having two 27-inch monitors next to each other. Well, that is our reality now with these new 49-inch monitors. There are many productivity benefits that such big monitors have, but will it also benefit us gamers.

As you might expect hardcore FPS gamers will not really benefit a lot from the 32:9 aspect ratio as you would need to turn your head to see the whole screen. Simulator games, on the other hand, will massively benefit from this monitor. Since this monitor is also curved you will be very emersed in whatever game you are playing. Racing and flying games in particular.

Well, enough about the benefits of 49-inch monitors. Let’s get to the pros and cons of this specific monitor. The resolution of this monitor is really good. The addition of HDR makes the color quality even better. You will not have any problems with ghosting or dead pixels as LG’s screens are very reliable and high quality. You also have the ability to split the screen into 2. This means you will be able to use 2 machines on the same monitor with the same peripherals.

Like we mentioned earlier the monitor is too big for FPS games and should not be used for any hardcore or serious gaming. You will also only be able to run this monitor at 60Hz making it less than ideal for fast-paced games. Overall the only games this monitor should be used for are simulator games.

5) LG 34UC79G-B

LG 34UC79G-B

34-inch | 2560×1080 | 144Hz

Next up on our list is another ultrawide monitor. But this time the more standard 21:9 aspect ratio. As this monitor has a higher refresh rate and is not as big it might be more plausible for the hardcore gamer.

Next up on our list is another ultrawide monitor. But this time the more standard 21:9 aspect ratio. As this monitor has a higher refresh rate and is not as big it might be more plausible for the hardcore gamer.

You might ask why a hardcore gamer even needs an ultrawide monitor. A wider monitor gives us the ability to increase our field of view which can give us an advantage in a lot of situations. Imagine a PUBG game where you can see 30% more than the enemy. The enemy might think they are creeping up on you but you have already seen them.

To keep costs down, this monitor has lowered the resolution to 1080p but has a refresh rate of 144Hz. This is totally acceptable for most gamers. If you have ever used a 144Hz monitor for gaming you will never go back to 60Hz. If you are running an AMD graphics card you can also use FreeSync to guarantee very smooth and tearless gameplay.

There are a few problems though. Mostly with the screen as it is not very bright. This is pretty noticeable when looking at dark content in a lit room. Since this monitor has an IPS panel, this monitor suffers from backlight bleed. While you can find monitors with less backlight bleed, customers have reported that this monitor suffers from it a lot. Other than that this is a great ultrawide monitor for the FPS gamers who also like to be productive at some times.

4) Acer Predator XB321HK

Acer Predator XB321HK

32-inch | 3840 x 2160 | 60Hz

At number 4 on our list of the best gaming monitors is Acer’s 4K monitor. 4K might be a bit overkill for fast-paced games but other games might really benefit from it. Take a look at a game such as Far Cry 5, with its beautiful graphics that only 4K monitors can take advantage of.

In addition to this high resolution, Acer has also implemented an IPS panel, which has very good color accuracy. A 32-inch monitor is a perfect size for such a high resolution but not too big for gaming either. This monitor also offers G-Sync meaning you will be able to play games tear free if you have an Nvidia graphics card. In general, gaming will look fabulous and very smooth with this monitor. That is if your graphics card can handle it.

That also brings us to our first downside. You will need a pretty high-end rig to be able to run 4K games. Although this is not a problem for you if you have already got a good GPU and want a monitor to combine it with. If you are looking for a sub 1000$ 4K gaming monitor you are definitely going to need to compromise on some aspects. This time it is refresh rate, which lies at 60Hz. If you combine this with G-Sync it shouldn’t be too bad for normal gaming but definitely noticeable if you have every tried 144Hz monitors.

3) ASUS ROG Strix XG258Q

ASUS ROG Strix XG258Q

24-inch | 1920 x 1080 | 240Hz

The first completely gaming oriented monitor on this list comes in at 3rd place. The main reason for that is not a lot of people use their monitor for gaming alone. Some also like to watch movies, browse the web and do some work on them. But that doesn’t take away from how amazing this monitor is.

This monitor offers a whoop[ing 240Hz. A lot of gamers say that the difference between 60Hz and 144Hz is already pretty big. So imagine how big the difference between 144Hz and 240Hz is. You also get G-Sync on this monitor to make your 240Hz gameplay tear free. Combining this with the fast 1ms response time makes it an obvious choice for hardcore FPS gamers.

But why is this monitor only at 3rd place if it is so great for gaming. Well, as we touched on earlier there are only a few gamers left who use their monitor exclusively for gaming. That means we need to consider other aspects as well. The screen size and resolution are less than optimal. We would have definitely would’ve liked a 27-inch screen with a 1440p resolution. Even for gaming, these 2 factors can be game-changing.

Overall, if you are a person who only games on their monitor and doesn’t care about size or resolution then this is the monitor for you. You will not find any monitor that will outperform this monitor gaming wise. But, for anyone who does other stuff with their monitor this monitor just doesn’t offer enough other features.

2) Acer Predator Z35P

Acer Predator Z35P

34-inch | 3440 x 1440 | 120Hz

At a close 2nd place we have a very high-end ultrawide monitor made by Acer. Ultrawide monitors offer so many benefits in games and daily use. In shooter games, you are able to see more than your enemy. In simulator games, you get a more immersive experience. These are just 2 examples of the many benefits ultrawide monitors have. But there is 1 reason why this monitor is not number 1. we will get to that later on.

This monitor has a very nice 1440p resolution and a curved display. Luckily Acer has not reduced the response time to cut costs which means this monitor is great for gaming. You get 120Hz with G-Sync like a lot of high-end monitors. !20Hz is enough for most gamers as the difference between 60Hz and 120Hz is also pretty big. You don’t need 144Hz or even 240Hz unless you play a lot of FPS games. Even if you do you might want to consider this monitor as you will get a wider field of view.

The large footprint of this monitor is the reason it is at number 2. Not everyone can have a large 34-inch monitor on their desk. The large stand this monitor comes with doesn’t help this cause in any way either. If we are really trying to nitpick we could also complain about the monitor is fairly thick compared to other monitors. But if you have the space on your desk there is no real reason not to buy this monitor over our number one.

1) ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q

ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q

27-inch | 2560 x 1440 | 165Hz

The best gaming monitor in our opinion is the Asus ROG Swift PG279Q. It is a 27-inch 1440p monitor with a refresh rate 165Hz. Like we mentioned earlier 1st and 2nd place was really close and the order of those 2 might differ depending on your circumstances. We chose for this monitor as it is a bit smaller enabling more gamers to have this on their desk. Even those hardcore gamers can be happy with this monitor as it has more than 144Hz which most of them want.

The picture quality is amazing thanks to its IPS panel. You will be able to enjoy both graphics intensive games and tear-free 165Hz fast-paced gameplay with this monitor. It is very balanced for all types of gamers and daily use. You will easily be able to do some video/photo editing on this monitor. 27-inches is basically the same size ass the ultrawide 34-inch, just that it is not as wide. So if you are coming from a 24-inch monitor this monitor will still feel pretty huge.

The only real downside for gaming is the 4ms response time which is not very noticeable. Some people have also had some bad luck regarding backlight bleed and dead pixels but that is a risk every VA and IPS panel has. We don’t really like the look of the stand, which could be improved on considering the price point we are at. But only considering the performance this monitor offers you the best of both worlds. Gaming and daily use.

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