Recommended Gaming Monitors 2021

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Last checked and updated 14 September 2021

We get asked all the time for advice on which monitors to buy: What’s the best gaming screen of X size and type? What’s the best ultrawide monitor for gaming? What’s the best HDR gaming display?…We thought we would try and get a list of our recommendations all in one place with key information, links to reviews or news articles (where available) and links to check pricing and buy the screen from large regional retailers.

This list is not exhaustive by any means, and I’m sure we will have missed some popular displays, but is designed to help you narrow down your selection to some of the most popular and highly regarded displays in each category. We’ve not reviewed all of these screens as we just don’t have the time sadly, but we have included those that get strong reviews and user reports elsewhere. Pricing will of course come in to consideration so we’ve tried to include a range of options where we can.

Models are listed alphabetically within each section, not in any order of preference (apart from those which are listed as “featured” which we recommend most highly).

If you spot any errors, broken links or have suggestions on other models we should consider adding please get in touch.


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Useful reading:

Most Popular Monitors in the Last 30 Days

DisplayOur ReviewPricing and Availability
(affiliate link)
Asus ROG Swift PG32UQXReviewAmazon
LG 27GL850ReviewAmazon
LG 38GL950GReviewAmazon
LG 27GN950ReviewAmazon
Samsung Odyssey G9 C49G95Tn/aAmazon

Best Gaming Displays – 1080p TN Film

For the absolute fastest monitor for eSports and competitive gaming many people still want a TN Film panel. 1080p is a lesser drain on resources, and you will want ideally a 240Hz refresh rate for optimal motion clarity and frame rate support. Many have added blur reduction backlights too. Low lag also essential. TN Film won’t offer the wide viewing angles and superior image quality of IPS panels or the high contrast ratio of VA panels, but for high end gaming they are still an excellent choice.


Other options:
  • BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K – 24.5″ in size with 240Hz, their DyAc+ technology and a range of gamer-oriented features. Popular option for gamers. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links). Older but popular XL2456 model also available from some regions via Amazon which is also worth a look (affiliate referral links)
  • HP Omen X 25 – 24.5″ with 240Hz refresh rate and Native G-sync module. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • LG 24GL650 – if you want a more budget-friendly screen then this 23.6″ sized model is solid. With 144Hz and adaptive-sync it’s a decent choice. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • LG 27GK750F – 27″ size if you want something bigger but still at 1080p. With 240Hz, 2ms G2G response time, adaptive sync and added blur reduction mode. Available from Amazon (affiliate referral links)

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Best Gaming Displays – 1080p IPS

These displays will offer you a better all round experience than TN Film models with better colours, image quality and viewing angles. Nowadays response times are reaching TN Film like speeds and there are even the brand new 360Hz refresh rate options available in this space.

Featured: Asus ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN (or PG259QNR)

Key specs: 24.5″, 1080p, IPS, 360Hz, Native G-sync (+FreeSync support), 1ms G2G, ULMB
Pricing and buy original PG259QN model: Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links). The updated PG259QNR (including NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer) is available in some regions from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links).

With the highest 360Hz refresh rate available in the market. Native G-sync with hardware module for optimal VRR performance, but also supports FreeSync for AMD systems! ULMB included and super-low lag. An excellent gaming screen. The QNR model has added NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer tech added.


Other options:
  • AOC 24G2U – smaller 23.8″ in size but in the budget range and with very good all round performance given the price. 144Hz, adaptive-sync and wide gamut. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • AOC 27G2U – if you want a larger version of the 24G2U above then this is 27″ in size with very similar performance. 144Hz, adaptive-sync and wide gamut. Another great budget range screen. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • Asus TUF Gaming VG279QM – 27″ version of the VG259QM with 280Hz overclocked refresh rage and ELMB-sync for simultaneous blur reduction and VRR. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • Dell Alienware AW2521H – 24.5″ with 360Hz refresh rate, Native G-sync and NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer. A popular alternative to the Asus ROG Swift PG259QN listed above. Available from Amazon (affiliate referral links).
  • MSI Optix MAG251RX – popular model for eSports and gaming. 24.5″ with 240Hz refresh, adaptive-sync and range of gaming options and features. Available from Amazon (affiliate link).

Best Gaming Displays – 1440p TN Film

If you want something with a larger resolution than 1080p and more desktop real-estate then 1440p is a popular entry point for many people nowadays. This will add to system requirements keep in mind, and there are fewer top-end refresh rates available than at 1080p. Again limited by TN Film technology restrictions.

  • Asus ROG Swift PG278QR or PG278QE – 27″ with 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms G2G and G-sync. Replacement model for the PG278Q with a few updates. Very popular option and one of the first 1440p gaming displays of this type. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • HP Omen X 27 – 27″ in size with 1440p resolution but also has a 240Hz refresh rate which is currently rare at 1440p. Available in some regions from Amazon (affiliate referral links)

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Best Gaming Displays – 1440p IPS

Known for their better all round performance with wider viewing angles and better colours. Not quite as fast as TN Film, and lacking the contrast ratio of VA panels. The bump in resolution to 1440p provides more desktop real-estate and better image quality, but will be a further drain on system resources to power it.


  • Asus ROG Swift PG279Q (including PG279QR and PG279QE variants) – 27″, 165Hz with Native G-sync. Very popular models and with nice design in ROG range. Available from Amazon (affiliate referral links)
  • Asus ROG Swift PG329Q – 32″ in size offering a slightly larger screen size some will like. With 175Hz refresh rate and also ELMB-sync (simultaneous blur reduction and VRR). Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • Dell Alienware AW2721D – 27″ with 1440p and 240Hz refresh rate combined. Native G-sync Ultimate certification, HDR 600. Available in some regions from Amazon, further regional availability likely soon (affiliate referral link). Also available from Dell.com
  • Gigabyte M27Q – 27″ with 170Hz refresh rate and adaptive-sync for VRR. Also includes a built in KVM and a range of gaming options and settings. Available from Amazon and also Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • LG 27GL850 – 27″ with 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms G2G and wide gamut Nano IPS panel. very popular and established. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • LG 32GP850 – 31.5″ in size with a Nano IPS panel, 180Hz overclocked refresh rate and G-sync/FreeSync support. Very good gaming performance and a larger screen size many people prefer. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links).

Best Gaming Displays – 1440p VA

Known for their much better contrast ratios but while many are fast for gaming, most suffer from some black smearing on moving content due to some problematic response times (except new Samsung Odyssey models listed here). The bump to 1440p over 1080p provides much more desktop real-estate and better image quality overall.

Featured: Samsung Odyssey G7 C27G75T

Key specs: 27″ curved, 1440p, VA, 240Hz, adaptive-sync, 1ms, wide gamut
Pricing and buy: Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

Very fast response times and no black smearing. A break-through in VA technology. Very popular model if you like VA panels and high contrast ratio. There is also a 32″ equivalent, listed below.


Other options:
  • Samsung Odyssey G7 C32G75T – 32″ curved VA panel with 1440p, 240Hz refresh rate and adaptive-sync. Excellent response times for a VA panel. The larger, but very similar brother to the G7 27″ listed above. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

Best 4K Gaming Displays – all technologies

If you want super high resolution gaming then there are a decent selection of 4K gaming screens available now too. These will be a significant drain on system resources so you will need a very powerful system to run them., Refresh rates are more restricted due to high bandwidth demands of 4K, but many models in this sector have very high end features (and price tags).

Featured: Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX

Key specs: 32″, 3840 x 2160, IPS, 144Hz, Mini LED backlight, HDR 1400, 1ms G2G, Native G-sync + adaptive-sync support for AMD, wide gamut
Pricing and buy: Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

Very top end gaming screens from Asus released mid 2021. 1152 zone Mini LED backlight for excellent HDR performance, and Native G-sync module for excellent gaming. Very expensive but a true flagship model.

Other options:
  • Asus ROG Strix XG27UQ – 27″ 144Hz IPS panel with adaptive-sync. Uses DSC (Display Stream Compression) to avoid the need for chroma sub-sampling as used on models like the PG27UQ. No FALD HDR on this one though so cost is lower a result. Available in some regions from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • Asus ROG Swift PG32UQ – 32″ 144Hz, a more affordable version of the X model listed above. This ver lacks the Mini LED backlight and top-end HDR of the X model, but does include 2x HDMI 2.1 ports, HDR 600 and ELMB-sync. Expected to be available in the near future. Check out our review in the meantime.
  • LG 27GP950 (our review is of the GN model which is the same, minus newly added HDMI 2.1) – 27″ with 144Hz native and 160Hz overclock. Uses DSC to avoid colour sacrifice. Based on an LG.Display Nano IPS panel with wide gamut. Also supports hardware calibration and HDR 600. Available to pre-order from Overclockers UK (affiliate referral link). If you don’t really need the HDMI 2.1 then the 27GN950 is still more widely available and basically the same screen (Amazon and Overclockers UK affiliate referral links)
  • Gigabyte Aorus FI32U – 32″ 144Hz with HDMI 2.1 connections as well for consoles. Also includes a range of productivity features including USB type-C, KVM etc. Solid gaming screen in this larger size format. Available regionally from Amazon, and in the UK from Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

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Best Ultrawide Gaming Displays – IPS

Ultrawide screens have become increasingly popular due to their large screen size, great desktop real-estate, high resolution and unusual (but enjoyable) format. Keep in mind support for widescreen from the games you might play, but there is a good choice in the ultrawide sector nowadays. Some models are curved as well to help with user comfort. These IPS options provide great all-round image quality and fast response times, but contrast ratio/black depth is often limited.

Featured: LG 38GL950G

Key specs: 37.5″, 3840 x 1600, IPS, 175Hz, 1ms G2G, Native G-sync + adaptive-sync support for AMD, wide gamut
Pricing and buy: Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

Excellent large format ultrawide screen with large resolution, excellent response times and gaming performance. Native G-sync included on the G model. See also the alternative adaptive-sync model listed below


Other options:
  • Acer Predator X34P – 34″ in size, the replacement for X34 model, still with Native G-sync but now with 120Hz. One or both models available from Amazon (affiliate referral links)
  • Dell Alienware AW3420W – 34″ model, the update to the AW3418DW we reviewed, this time with native 120Hz support and wide gamut panel. Native G-sync support. Available from regional Dell websites.
  • Dell Alienware AW3821DW – 37.5″ in size and similar to the 38GL950G featured above but with later generation panel and HDR 600 support. 144Hz refresh and uses Native G-sync module (also supports AMD FreeSync). Available in some regions from Amazon, further regional availability likely soon (affiliate referral link). Also available from Dell.com
  • LG 34GK950F – 34″ with 1440p, 144Hz and adaptive-sync. Wide DCI-P3 gamut. A popular model in this size range. Available in some regions still from Amazon (affiliate referral links)
  • LG 34GN850 – 34″ with 1440p, boosted 160Hz and adaptive-sync. Wide DCI-P3 gamut . More recent version of the popular 34GK950F. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • LG 38GN950 – 37.5″ in size and an adaptive-sync version of the 38GL950G featured above. 160Hz refresh and also features HDR 600 support on this model. Available in some regions from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

Best Ultrawide Gaming Displays – VA

Ultrawide screens have become increasingly popular due to their large screen size, great desktop real-estate, high resolution and unusual (but enjoyable) format. Keep in mind support for widescreen from the games you might play, but there is a good choice in the ultrawide sector nowadays. Some models are curved as well to help with user comfort. These VA panels will offer better contrast ratios and black depth than IPS options, but are generally not as fast for gaming and may suffer in some darker content.

  • Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ – very high end and expensive but includes 35″ panel, 200Hz, G-sync and FALD HDR 1000 backlight. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • Acer Predator X35 – same panel, specs and features as Asus PG35VQ listed above including 35″ panel, 200Hz and FALD HDR 1000 backlight. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • AOC AGON AG353UCG – same panel, specs and features as Asus PG35VQ / Acer X35 listed above but at a lower price point. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • Samsung Odyssey G9 C49G95T – 49″ super-wide screen with high 5120 x 1440 resolution, 240Hz, adaptive sync support. Very popular but unusually very wide format. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 (news piece link) – 49″ super-wide screen with 5120 x 1440 resolution, 240Hz refresh rate and adaptive-sync. An update to the Odyssey G9 listed above, with this Neo version also including a Mini LED backlight and significant improvements to HDR. Only just starting to appear in some regions. Check back for more details when we have them

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Best Very Large Format Gaming Displays – all technologies

Sometimes you want something that’s half TV, half monitor! Here are a selection of some really large format displays to consider. They aren’t really ideal as desktop monitors, being too big for comfortable up close work, but if you want something for gaming, consoles, movies and only light desktop work these are still good options

Featured: LG CX OLED (2020) or newer C1 OLED (2021)

Key specs: 48″ (or larger sizes) OLED screen, 3840 x 2160 resolution, <1ms response time, 120Hz, G-sync/FreeSync support, top-end HDR
Pricing and buy (some of the models): Amazon (2020 CX models) and Amazon (2021 C1 models) (affiliate referral links)

Not even a monitor, but it’s become very popular for those wanting a large screen. Now available in 48″ size which makes it just about viable, but with an OLED panel for incredible contrast, black depth and HDR performance. Also includes many top end gaming features like 120Hz, HDMI 2.1 and G-sync/FreeSync. You may also want to look at the 2021 C1 models at Amazon (affiliate referral links)


Other options
  • Acer Predator CG437K P – 43″ in size with UltraHD resolution VA panel, adaptive sync and 144Hz refresh rate along with HDR1000 support (edge lit). Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

Best HDR Gaming Displays – all technologies

What you are looking for here are displays with local dimming support, if you want any meaningful HDR experience or improvement in active contrast ratio (dynamic range). As a result, we are ignoring any display which only has the DisplayHDR 400 certification as explained in this article. You may also find our main HDR article useful.

Featured: Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX

Key specs: 32″ 3840 x 2160 “4K” resolution, IPS panel, 144Hz refresh rate, 1152 zone Mini LED backlight, HDR 1400, G-sync Ultimate
Check Pricing and availability: Amazon (affiliate referral links)
Very high end flagship model with 32″ 4K 144Hz IPS panel, G-sync Ultimate, Mini LED backlight with 1152 zones and HDR 1400 certification.


Other options:
  • Acer Predator X35 – 35″ ultrawide VA panel. HDR 1000 and FALD backlight. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • Acer Predator X27 – 27″ IPS panel, 144Hz, G-sync and FALD backlight offering HDR 1000. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ – very high end and expensive but includes 35″ panel, 200Hz, G-sync and FALD HDR 1000 backlight. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • LG CX OLED or newer C1 OLED – Not even a monitor, but it’s become very popular for those wanting a large screen. Available in 48″ size since the 2020 CX model which makes it just about viable, but with an OLED panel for incredible contrast, black depth and HDR performance. Also includes many top end gaming features like 120Hz, HDMI 2.1 and G-sync/FreeSync. The CX is available (some sizes) from Amazon (affiliate referral links). You may also want to look at the 2021 C1 models at Amazon (affiliate referral links)


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