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Best Gaming Monitor 2021: Top 10 screens for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X

Just bought a PS5, Xbox Series X or a new gaming PC? Then you’ll need a monitor to make the most of all those next-gen features. We’ve assembled a list of the very best gaming monitor options currently available to you.

We’ve included monitors of all shapes and sizes, including ultra-wide displays and a behemoth panel that wouldn’t look out of place in your living room. We’ve also made sure to feature Full HD, Quad HD and 4K options, catering to large range of budgets.

Check out our current top picks below, and keep this page bookmarked for future updates:

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 of games to determine its performance.

Best all-round gaming monitor
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Pros

  • Incredible, smooth gaming with 200Hz G-Sync and HDR
  • Fantastic image quality
  • Bold design with RGB LEDs
  • Huge, curved screen with high resolution

Cons

  • Not the best port selection
  • Outrageously expensive
  • Occasional blurring and haloing

The Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ is our absolute favourite gaming monitor right now. It has everything you’ll want in a gaming panel, including 3440 x 1440 resolution, DisplayHDR 1000 compatibility, Nvidia G-Sync Ultimate and a 200Hz overclocked refresh rate.

That 35-inch curved screen is also an ideal size for a desktop, while the twisted stand design adds some snazzy flair to set it apart from bland office gear.

Costing around £2500, this is a very expensive option. But with only niggling issues, such as a stingy port offering and a lack of integrated speakers, the Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ is the closest you’re going to get to gaming monitor perfection.

Reviewer: Mike Jennings
Full review: Asus ROG Switch PG35VQ review

Best mid-range gaming monitor
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Pros

  • Gorgeous Quad HD display
  • 100% sRGB colour coverage
  • Fantastic gaming performance
  • Slick design and dazzling RGB lighting

Cons

  • Pretty expensive
  • Lacks integrated speakers

The Razer Raptor hits the sweet spot between price and performance, offering superb specs without seeing the price spiral into the thousands. You might not get 4K here, but the Quad HD IPS panel looks gorgeous with vivid colours and sharp detail.

It’s also loaded with gaming features, with a 144Hz refresh rate and support for both Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync. The only let down in this department is the 7ms response time, although you can push that all the way down to 1ms thanks to Razer’s clever software.

The Razer Raptor might not be the most extravagant gaming monitor then, but it has a really impressive spec sheet considering it only costs £699. It’s even more tempting to buy if you already own some Razer peripherals, so you can sync them all up for a mesmerising RGB light show.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full review: Razer Raptor review

Best widescreen gaming monitor
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Pros

  • Fantastic widescreen design
  • Superb 240Hz AMD FreeSync
  • Great image quality in SDR and HDR modes

Cons

  • Super-wide design won’t suit everyone
  • Needs some more ports
  • Underwhelming lighting

The Samsung Odyssey G9 is the absolute best widescreen gaming monitor you can buy right now. With a 49-inch diagonal, 5120 x 1440 display you’re getting a highly detailed picture, while the high 240Hz refresh rate also ensures slick motion for fast-paced action blockbusters.

At £1280, it’s also got a very reasonable price considering the specs. The biggest issue is finding where to put it, as its super-long length makes impractical for many gamers.

It’s worth pointing out that the 32:9 form factor won’t suit every game, including first-person shooters where vertical space is important. Watching movies will also see huge black bars appear on the sides. But for grand strategy games and productivity tasks, the Samsung Odyssey G9 is a top-notch gaming monitor option.

Reviewer: Mike Jennings
Full review: Samsung Odyssey G9 review

Best value 27-inch monitor
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Pros

  • Great colour depth
  • Fast refresh panel
  • Good motion quality, for IPS

Cons

  • Contrast not as rich as a VA gaming monitor
  • Anti-reflective layer leaves a slightly granular character

The Acer Predator XXB273UGS is arguably the best gaming monitor on this list for the majority of gamers. Its 27-inch screen size is small enough to easily fit on you desk, and the £499.99 price is very affordable when compared to some of its rivals.

A 1440p resolution also gives you a bump on Full HD, making it very good option for the Xbox Series S. A 165Hz refresh rate also ensures a snappy performance, which is very important for competitive shooters and the like.

There are a couple of issues here, such as mediocre contrast and an underwhelming performance when you’re sat in the dark, but this is otherwise as superb Quad HD gaming monitor that’s well worth considering.

Reviewer: Andrew Williams
Full review: Acer Predator XB273UGS review

A fantastic Quad HD monitor
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Pros

  • Immersive curved design
  • Great 240Hz AMD FreeSync
  • Impressive image quality
  • Loads of adjustment options

Cons

  • Could do with some more ports
  • Not the best HDR options
  • Not cheap

If you want the best possible Quad HD gaming monitor – whether that’s for a gaming PC or the Xbox Series S – then the Samsung Odyssey G7 is one of our top recommendations. It’s significantly more expensive than the Acer Predator monitor above, but you get a lot of improved features in return.

Firstly, the G7 boasts an incredibly high 240Hz, which will give you a higher performance ceiling for eSports titles such as Apex Legends and Fortnite. The curved design also helps to make it look pretty suave and helps to make the large 32-inch panel more accommodating.

It’s not perfect, with the odd omission of USB-C and the lack of speakers forcing you to buy your own audio setup, but these are issues worth compromising on considering the quality of the display.

Reviewer: Mike Jennings
Full review: Samsung Odyssey G7 review

Best budget gaming monitor
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Pros

  • Great core image quality
  • Large and absorbing screen
  • Subtle, sturdy chassis
  • Surprisingly capable with HDR

Cons

  • Not fast enough for serious eSports
  • Missing gaming-friendly features
  • Not as crisp as a 4K display

The Dell S3220DGF is one of the best monitors available with a budget-friendly price. It’s an ideal all-rounder with some great image quality coming in a rather decent design.

There’s plenty of screen real estate thanks to a 32-inch 1440p display, providing some good mid-range gaming options that’ll run well on some of the higher-spec cards from both Nvidia and AMD. There are good adjustability options here too, making it easier to create the most comfortable setup.

But if you want a wicked-fast refresh rate or a crisp 4K gaming monitor, you’ll have to look elsewhere and increase your budget accordingly.

Reviewer: Mike Jennings
Full review: Dell S3220DGF Gaming Monitor review

Best gaming monitor for eSports
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Pros

  • Fantastic esports performance
  • Solid underlying image quality
  • Smart latency analysis tool
  • Sturdy exterior design

Cons

  • Little impact for mainstream players
  • Relatively small size
  • Low resolution
  • Pricier than rivals

The Asus ROG Swift PG259QNR has an absurdly high refresh rate, coming in at a whopping 360Hz, which is significantly better than the majority of its rivals. This means it offers a blazing fast performance, giving you an edge in competitive games.

But that high refresh rate comes at a cost, as the resolution is capped to 1920 x 1080 and the screen size is relatively small at 24.5 inches. The Asus is also rather costly, with a mighty £799 price.

Still, if you exclusively play competitive multiplayer games and want the fastest gaming monitor on the market, then the Asus ROG Swift PG259QNR is our top recommendation.

Reviewer: Mike Jennings
Full Review: Asus ROG Swift PG259QNR review

Best gaming monitor with soundbar
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Pros

  • Bold, vibrant colours and contrast
  • A decent in-built speaker
  • Cheaper than the competition
  • Immersive widescreen form factor

Cons

  • A little too blurry in fast games
  • Underwhelming HDR performance
  • Middling connectivity and adjustment

Huawei has entered gaming sphere to release its first ever gaming monitor: the MateView GT. This new monitor has a built-in soundbar, which means you’re not forced to buy your own speaker system.

Offering a good 34-inch widescreen panel means there’s plenty of space for gaming and a 21:9 aspect ratio should help to increase field of view within those high-intensity games of Call of Duty Warzone. In addition, its 4ms response time and 165Hz refresh rate are both ideal for most gamers.

For those wanting a good all-rounder and who don’t have to necessarily shell out on more speakers, then the MateView GT is a great choice. If you’re an eSports pro though, you’ll probably want something with a higher refresh rate and lower latency.

Reviewer: Mike Jennings
Full Review: Huawei MateView GT review

Best TV-sized gaming monitor
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Pros

  • Incredible picture quality
  • High 120Hz refresh rate
  • Stylish sci-fi design
  • Low input latency and fast response time

Cons

  • Incredibly expensive
  • Lacks HDR

The Alienware 55 OLED Gaming Monitor may look like a television, but features such as a 120Hz refresh rate, 0.5m response time and AMD FreeSync technology leave no room for questions over its gaming credentials.

Thanks to that 4K OLED panel, you’re arguably getting the best picture quality on this list, while the 55-inch size makes this an ideal monitor for living room gaming. It’s got all the credentials to make it an excellent option for the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

But with prices hovering around an intimidating £3000 price, this gaming monitor is incredibly expensive, especially when you factor in the lack of HDR support. For that reason, we only recommend the buy if you want to play games on a blockbuster screen without comprising on the ultra-speedy performance. We also suggest checking out our Best Gaming TV list if you’re keen on this form factor.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full Review: Alienware 55 OLED Gaming Monitor review

Best value for Xbox Series S
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Pros

  • Impressive core image quality
  • Smooth 165Hz refresh rate with AMD FreeSync 2
  • Immersive, curved design
  • Includes USB-C

Cons

  • Poor gaming modes
  • Minor, high-end ghosting issues

The MSI Optix MAG272CQR feels like the perfect gaming monitor for the Xbox Series S. It has a Quad HD resolution, a high 165Hz refresh rate to make the most of the console’s 120fps performance and is available at a relatively affordable £400.

There are of course better specced Quad HD monitors out there, but paying for a monitor with a higher refresh rate is a needless expense for the Series S. You could also make an argument that non-competitive PC gamers don’t really need a higher refresh rate.

We did notice some slight ghosting issues when testing the monitor, but it’s hard to find another flaw. It’s even got a USB-C port, making it easier to hook up your gaming laptop.

Reviewer: Mike Jennings
Full Review: MSI Optix MAG272CQR review

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FAQs

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 is G-Sync and FreeSync?

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

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