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Best Gaming Monitor 2024: Top monitors for PC, PS5 and Xbox

Pairing your high-end PC or games console with an old washed-out monitor is the equivalent of putting a supercar engine inside a rusty old car found on the scrapheap. It’s a lot of wasted potential.

However, finding the best gaming monitor for your money is no easy task, with so many different specs that you need to consider, as well as other important aspects such as the design quality and range of features. In order to help your buying decision, our team of experts have reviewed all of the latest gaming monitors from the biggest brands.

Our reviews involve thorough testing processes, as we use professional equipment to evaluate screen quality, while also using our industry experience to judge the picture with the naked eye.

Any gaming monitor that receives at least a 4-star rating (out of 5) is considered for this best gaming monitor list. We also make sure to cater to a wide variety of budgets, while also making sure there’s enough options for every platform, whether you’re a PC gamer or own a PS5/Xbox console.

And if you’re looking for more options, we recommend checking out our Best Monitor and Best Gaming TV roundups.

Best Gaming Monitor at a glance

How we test

Learn more about how we test gaming monitors

We use every gaming monitor we test for at least a week. During that time, we’ll check its design, features and how easy it is to set up.

We check its colours and image quality with a colorimeter to test its coverage and the display’s quality. We will also play numerous games to determine its performance.

AOC Agon Pro AG276QZD

Best gaming monitor
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  • Stunning OLED display
  • Excellent motion fidelity
  • Compact stand
  • Good value


  • Speakers distort at maximum volume
  • HDMI ports are v2.0 not 2.1

Our favourite gaming monitor right now is the AOC Agon Pro AG276QZD. It’s certainly not cheap, costing over £800 at the time of writing, but it still represents outstanding value considering it’s flaunting a 27-inch OLED screen, HDR support and a speedy 240Hz refresh rate. It’s even got integrated speakers.

The OLED screen is an absolute delight for gaming, with the deep inky blacks resulting in eye-catching contrast and an incredible picture. The 2650×1440 resolution ensures video looks incredibly sharp too. Our benchmark results show the monitor to be capable of up to a 380-nit brightness in SDR, and 810-nit brightness in HDR. Colour coverage was superb too, ensuring you’re getting an accurate picture.

We were also really impressed by the monitor’s design, with the stand taking up very little space on your desk. There’s loads of flexibility in terms of adjustment options too: the monitor can pivot by 90 degrees, while there’s 130mm of height adjustment. Ports are well covered with inclusion of HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4 and and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Considering the fantastic specs you’re getting for your money, it’s hard to find faults with this gaming monitor. It’s a shame that there’s no HDMI 2.1 support, so you’re best off checking out the LG UltraGear 27GR95QE-B if that’s important to you. Otherwise, we’re confident in saying that the AOC Agon Pro AG276QZD is the best gaming monitor you can buy at this price.

Reviewer: Alun Taylor
Full Review: AOC Agon Pro AG276QZD review

Lenovo Legion R45w-30

Best value ultra-wide gaming monitor
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  • Excellent value
  • Compact for an ultrawide
  • Good speakers
  • One-button KVM switch


  • Big stand

Ultra-wide gaming monitors are incredibly popular right now, with gamers craving the extra immersion provided by a stretched-out display. The Lenovo Legion R45w-30 may not be the absolute best ultra-wide monitor we’ve reviewed in recent years, but it certainly offers the best bang for your buck with a price undercutting the £800 mark.

This monitor’s display looks stunning too, with a 49-inch screen with a supremely sharp 5120×1440 resolution. This isn’t an OLED monitor like the Samsung Odyssey G9 OLED (2023), but it’s still capable of an excellent 3020:1 contrast, as well as a high 415-nit brightness. This results in an excellent picture that gamers will adore.

The 1500R curvature ensures that the monitor wraps around your peripheral vision for a brilliantly immersive experience. It’s also not so bendy that it’s a nightmare to find a place for it on your desk – it should be perfectly fine in the average study or bedroom.

If you want the absolute best ultra-wide gaming monitor, then you can spend even more cash on the likes of the Samsung Odyssey G9 range. But if you simply want a great all-round ultra-wide monitor while keeping costs as low as possible, then the Lenovo Legion R45w-30 is the way to go.

Reviewer: Alun Taylor
Full Review: Lenovo Legion R45w-30 review


Best TV-size gaming monitor
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  • Superb value for money
  • USB-B and USB-C connectivity for full KVM support
  • Impressive colour accuracy


  • Colour gamuts could be wider
  • Some smearing and ghosting apparent in testing

The AOC Agon AG405UXC has a huge 40-inch panel, making it more of a TV replacement than your typical gaming monitor. It has a 3440×1440 resolution, a 144Hz refresh rate and surprisingly good HDR performance, despite not having a Mini-LED backlight. 

We measured maximum SDR brightness at 361 nits and 486 nits once in HDR mode. The Agon AG405UXC features four different HDR modes – HDR10, HDR Picture, HDR Movie and HDR Game – allowing you to fine-tune your screen to suit the content. For the price, we found the motion handling to be perfectly acceptable and the support for AMD FreeSync Premium Pro ensures that you won’t encounter any screen tearing or juddering while enjoying your favourite AAA games

Being a 40-inch monitor, you will need to make sure you have the desk space to store the Agon AG405UXC, which weighs in at 11.88kg. It comes with a convenient remote control so you can change the volume or brightness without needing to use the bezel buttons, although we did note that it had a slightly slow response time.

There are also two 5W speakers buried inside the Agon AG405UXC. Our reviewer found that they did more than a decent job of pumping out volume and were pretty tuneful, with the soundscape underpinned by solid bass and plenty of detail in the upper ranges. 

For the money, the AOC Agon AG405UXC is a highly competent big-screen gaming monitor. It comes with an excellent array of ports, reliable speakers and a massive display that excels in HDR content. 

Reviewer: Alun Taylor
Full Review: AOC Agon AG405UXC

AOC Gaming 25G3ZM/BK

Best value gaming monitor
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  • 240Hz refresh rate
  • Exceptional value
  • Impressive colour accuracy
  • Strong colour gamut coverage


  • Some visible ghosting
  • No USB connectivity
  • Could be brighter
  • HDMI and DP connectors not latest spec

A lot of the gaming monitors on this list cost a fortune, so we’ve made sure to include the budget-friendly AOC Gaming 25G3ZM/BK, which offers top specs and performance despite being available for less than $200/£200.

This 23.8-inch monitor has a standard 1080p VA panel rather than the more luxurious Mini LED and OLED options, but our testing showed it to still offer an outstanding picture quality with a high 4,000:1 contrast and superb colour coverage. It has a great performance too, with a 165Hz refresh rate ensuring butter smooth motion, which is especially useful for multiplayer shooters.

The appearance is fairly basic, but offers great adjustability options as a 90-degree left pivot, 130mm of height adjustment and -5/23-degree of tilt. There’s no RGB lighting or USB connectivity, but it still packs all of the necessary ports for gaming.

The AOC Gaming 25G3ZM/BK is limited to a 1080p resolution and lacks fancy features such as HDR, but at this low price, this monitor is an absolute steal for gamers. This is the best gaming monitor option you’re going to find without spending considerably more.

Reviewer: Alun Taylor
Full Review: AOC Gaming 25G3ZM/BK review

Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 (2023)

Best Mini LED gaming monitor
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  • Massive screen
  • Sublime picture quality
  • Bright enough for HDR
  • Useful smart features


  • Low refresh rate for the price
  • Limited adjustability options
  • Size will be difficult to accommodate for

Gaming monitors come in all shapes and sizes, but if you’re after something the size of a TV, then the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 (2023) is your best bet. It comes in at a massive 43 inches, with our reviewer needing to dismantle the top section of their desk to accommodate it. If possible, we would recommend placing it at a reasonable distance from where you are going to sit, as the screen is too large to view in full when placed directly in front of you on a desk. It could even be used in your lounge or mounted in a bedroom, with the large display creating an absorbing picture that made games like Horizon Zero Dawn look even more picturesque.

The Neo G7 packs a 4K resolution and Mini LED technology. We found that it produced pin-sharp imagery in both video and gaming content and was massively more premium than the standard Full HD experience. Samsung opted to include ‘Quantum Mini LED’ technology which ensured better light control and stopped colours leaking into other parts of the imagery on screen; dark scenes in games looked deep and inky and there was plenty of detail in every frame. 

Unlike a lot of other gaming monitors, the Neo G7 can connect to the internet and run streaming applications without needing to be connected to external devices. This opens the door to running apps like Netflix or Xbox Game Pass without needing to hook up a console or PC. Navigating the system is easy thanks to the bundled remote and furthers the Neo G7 as a replacement TV, rather than just a monitor. 

The combined picture quality and streamlined design of the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 make it a fantastic choice for anyone who’s looking to enjoy their games on the big screen. With a $799.99/£899 launch price, this is an absolute bargain for anyone who’s more bothered about size rather than speed. 

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full Review: Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 (2023) Review

Samsung Odyssey G9 OLED (2023)

Best OLED ultra-wide gaming monitor
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  • Perfect blacks from OLED tech
  • Crisp vivid imagery with high contrast
  • High refresh rate and response time
  • Easy assembly


  • Low peak SDR brightness
  • Awkward port placement
  • Space-hogging build

The Samsung Odyssey G9 OLED (2023) is an all-purpose OLED monitor and comes with a 32:9 ultrawide curved 49-inch display. We thought that it added a massive amount of immersion to all supported games. Cyberpunk 2077 looked incredible; the seedy urban landscape was brought to life, with NPCs moving around in the background making the world look a lot more lived in. It gives Forza Horizon 5 a wider view of the buildings and Mexican scenery, adding a lot of weight to the speed of your car as you whizz past. 

The combination of a Quad HD (1440p) resolution and a high 240Hz refresh rate made games look smooth and crisp. The Odyssey G9 OLED has support for AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, which helps align a game’s frame rate and display to ensure that there is no screen tearing or motion blur. The inclusion of OLED allowed for inky, dark blacks and crisp whites, with our tests delivering a perfect black level of zero. 

Since this monitor has such a huge screen, you will need to ensure that you have a large enough desk to accommodate it. The setup was relatively simple, though, thanks to the bespoke clip-in mechanism that locks the screen into the base without the need for a screwdriver. 

The back of the monitor houses two 5W stereo speakers. We thought that they kicked out decent audio – although it couldn’t compare to dedicated speakers – with support for Bluetooth if you do want to hook up your favourite audio accessories. 

All in all, if you own a capable PC setup and want to expand your horizons, this is the perfect monitor. If you’re after a large gaming monitor then the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 (2023) is also a great pick, but if you’re after a 32:9 or 21:9 aspect ratio, there is no better pick than the Samsung Odyssey G9 OLED. 

Reviewer: Chris Smith
Full Review: Samsung Odyssey G9 OLED (2023)

Philips Evnia 42M2N8900

Best 4K gaming monitor
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  • Sumptuous 42-inch 4K OLED panel
  • High quality 2 x 10W speaker system
  • Ambiglow backlight makes for an immersive experience
  • 4-port KVM USB hub


  • 138Hz on the low side for eSports fans
  • I/O Ports are hard to access
  • Mediocre whole-screen SDR brightness

The Philips Evnia 42M2N8900 features a glorious 42-inch panel featuring 4K resolution and an OLED panel.

The imagery was perfectly crisp and sharp with the OLED panel allowing for 100% coverage of the sRGB gamut. Blacks were inky and dark and the contrast was very high, allowing for immersive gameplay. It comes with a handy feature, Dynamic DarkBoost. This raises the brightness in dark areas in games, allowing you to see everything on screen without washing out other colours or bringing a grey tinge to everything.

The main elephant in the room here is the 138Hz refresh rate. It’s not terribly high for a gaming monitor and we wouldn’t recommend it for any eSports fans. Some PC gamers may find that this refresh rate isn’t high enough, but it won’t be an issue for those looking to hook up their PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X

There is a large selection of ports on the Philips Evnia, including two HDMI 2.1 inputs, a DisplayPort 1.4, four USB-A ports, a USB-B port as well as a 3.5mm audio jack. We found it to be a very well-connected monitor, although the port placement does make it awkward to remove and add more cables. 

Inside the monitor, there are two 10W loudspeakers that produce more than enough volume to fill up a bedroom. They come with DTX Sound audio processing and we found that at 80% volume or less, there was enough bass, treble and composure to make for a very pleasant listening experience. 

Overall, if you can get past the low refresh rate, this is a fantastic 4K gaming monitor. Our reviewer notes that when paired with a PS5 and placed at a comfortable viewing distance, the sumptuous OLED panel looks very impressive. This is well complemented by the integrated speakers, meaning that you don’t even need to splurge on more hardware to experience a truly premium gaming setup.

Reviewer: Alun Taylor
Full Review: Philips Evnia 42M2N8900

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What is Hz?

Hz (short for Hertz) references the number of cycles per second. For gaming monitors, this measures the refresh rate which is how many times the display will refresh itself per second. 60Hz is standard for a normal monitor, but gamers will benefit from smoother visuals with a substantially higher refresh rate.

What is ms?

The term ‘ms’ is short for milliseconds. For gaming monitors, this is usually in reference to the response time, which is how long it takes for the monitor to shift between colours.

What are G-Sync and FreeSync?

These are both syncing technologies that allow the monitor to sync up with your system’s GPU and prevent the ‘screen tearing’ effect.

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Adobe RGB
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