Recommended Gaming Monitors 2022

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Last checked and updated 21 June 2022

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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Most Popular Monitors in the Last 30 Days

DisplayOur ReviewPricing and Availability
(affiliate link)
MSI Optix MAG251RX n/aAmazon
Asus ROG Strix XG32VCAmazon
Asus ROG Swift PG32UQXReviewAmazon
Asus ROG Swift PG279QReviewAmazon
Asus ROG Swift PG32UQReviewAmazon

Best Gaming Displays – 1080p TN Film

BenQ Zowie XL2546K

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. 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, there just aren’t that many of them around any more.

  • Asus TUF Gaming VG258QM – popular model which is 24.5″ in size with 280Hz refresh rate, ELMB-sync blue reduction mode and G-Sync Compatible VRR. Available from Amazon (affiliate referral link)

  • 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)

  • 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)

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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.

With a very high 360Hz refresh rate, this screen has 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 but comes at a higher price point.


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).

  • ViewSonic XG2431 – 23.8″ with 240Hz refresh rate, this is the first ever Blur Busters 2.0 certified monitor including tuned response times and blur reduction mode. Limited only to North America at the moment, not available in Europe. Available from Amazon in USA and Canada (affiliate referral link)

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Best Gaming Displays – 1080p VA

Dell S2721HGF

These displays will offer you a better all round experience than TN Film models with better colours, image quality and viewing angles. They offer a higher contrast ratio than IPS panels, but are not quite as fast and have some viewing angle limitations compared with that technology. This is quite a niche category so there aren’t many recommendations for 1080p VA panels.

  • Dell S2721HGF – 27″ in size with a curved VA panel, 144Hz refresh rate and adaptive-sync VRR. Available from Amazon (affiliate referral link)

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Best Gaming Displays – 1440p TN Film

Asus ROG Swift PG278QE

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 – generally in 27″ size. This will add to system requirements keep in mind to power it, and there are fewer top-end refresh rates available than at 1080p (like 360Hz). These models in this section are 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

Dell Alienware AW2721D

Known for their better all round performance with wider viewing angles and better colours. Lacking the contrast ratio of VA panels though but generally much faster. The bump in resolution to 1440p from 1080p 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)

  • BenQ EX2780Q – 27″ with 144Hz and adaptive-sync, a popular and commonly recommended 1440p IPS gaming screen. 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 (affiliate referral link). Also available from Dell.com

  • Gigabyte M27Q-X – upgrade to the older M27Q model, 27″ with 240Hz 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 27GP850 – replaces the very popular LG 27GL850, this model is 27″ and offers an improved 180Hz max refresh rate, 1ms G2G and wide gamut Nano IPS panel. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral link)

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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.

  • 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 and a curved screen format, and at 240Hz this goes above most 1440p models. There is also a 32″ equivalent, listed below if you want a slightly larger screen size with very similar spec and performance.


Other options:
  • AOC AGON AG273QX – 27″ in size with 165Hz refresh rate and adaptive-sync VRR. This is a flat format screen unlike the Samsung G7 models listed here which are curved. Available in Europe from Amazon, and also from Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

  • Asus ROG Strix XG32VC – an update to the poplar XG32VG model, this is 31.5″ sized screen with an increased 170Hz refresh rate and adaptive-sync VRR. This is another curved model, in a popular Asus range. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

  • Samsung Odyssey G7 C32G75T – 32″ curved VA panel with a 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)

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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).

  • 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. It has a 1,152 zone Mini LED backlight for excellent HDR performance, and Native G-sync module for very good gaming. Very expensive but a true flagship model.

Other options:
  • Asus ROG Swift PG32UQ – 32″ 144Hz IPS panel, a more affordable version of the X model listed above. This version 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. Available in some regions from Amazon (affiliate referral link)

  • LG 27GP950 (our review is of the GN model which is the same, minus newly added HDMI 2.1) – 27″ Nano IPS panel and a 144Hz native with 160Hz overclock. Uses DSC to avoid colour sacrifice. Also supports hardware calibration and HDR 600. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral link).

  • Gigabyte Aorus FI32U – 32″ with 144Hz and 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 from Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

  • Gigabyte M28U – a 28″ sized model with 144Hz refresh rate and adaptive-sync VRR. Includes a wide colour gamut, blur reduction mode and HDMI 2.1 connections for console gaming. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

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Best Ultrawide Gaming Displays – IPS

LG 38GN950

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. You may also want to consider the new OLED gaming ultrawides which are listed in the “best HDR gaming displays” section below.

  • 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 AW3423DW QD-OLED (NOT IPS but worth mentioning here if you are looking for an ultrawide gaming monitor). The World’s first gaming OLED monitor featuring Samsung’s QD-OLED panel technology. This is a 34″ ultrawide with 3440 x 1440 resolution, 175Hz refresh rate and true <1ms G2G response times. Being OLED based it offers per-pixel local dimming, and also includes a high peak brightness and wide colour gamut. Available direct from Dell regionally at the moment with some delays in some regions.

  • 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 from Amazon in most regions (affiliate referral link)

  • LG 34GN850 – 34″ with 1440p, boosted 160Hz and adaptive-sync. Wide DCI-P3 gamut . More recent version of the popular 34GK950F that we have reviewed previously. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

  • LG 38GN950 – 37.5″ in size with adaptive sync VRR, 160Hz refresh and HDR 600 support. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

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Best Ultrawide Gaming Displays – VA

Samsung Odyssey Neo G

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. You may also want to consider the new OLED gaming ultrawides which are listed in the “best HDR gaming displays” section below.

  • AOC CU34G2X – The most affordable option in this list, it’s probably better for more casual gamers than anything too competitive. This screen is 34″ in size and offers a 3440 x 1440 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate, supported by adaptive-sync VRR. Don’t confuse this with the earlier CU34G2 (without the X) which was 100Hz only. The X version is available from Amazon in some regions, and also from Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

  • Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ – very high end and expensive but includes 35″ panel, 200Hz refresh rate, Native G-sync module and FALD HDR 1000 backlight. Available from Amazon still (affiliate referral link)

  • Acer Predator X35 – same 35″ ultrawide panel, specs and features as Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ listed above including 35″ panel, 200Hz and FALD HDR 1000 backlight. Available from Amazon (affiliate referral link)

  • Dell Alienware AW3423DW QD-OLED (NOT IPS but worth mentioning here if you are looking for an ultrawide gaming monitor). The World’s first gaming OLED monitor featuring Samsung’s QD-OLED panel technology. This is a 34″ ultrawide with 3440 x 1440 resolution, 175Hz refresh rate and true <1ms G2G response times. Being OLED based it offers per-pixel local dimming, and also includes a high peak brightness and wide colour gamut. Available direct from Dell regionally at the moment with some delays in some regions.

  • Samsung Odyssey G9 C49G95T – 49″ super-wide screen with high 5120 x 1440 resolution, 240Hz refresh rate, adaptive sync support. Very popular but unusually very wide format. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

  • Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 – 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. Available in some regions from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

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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

  • Key specs: 42″ (or larger sizes also available in C2 range) OLED screen, 3840 x 2160 resolution, <1ms response time, 120Hz, G-sync/FreeSync, top-end HDR
  • Pricing and buy (some of the models): Amazon (42″ 2022 C2 model) and Amazon (48″ sized 2021 C1 model from last year) (affiliate referral links)
  • The latest C2 range includes a far more sensible 42″ sized option making it more suitable as a cross-over monitor/TV and more comfortable for PC usage as well as movies and consoles. You may also want to look at last year’s C1 range (48″ being the smallest option) in case you can bag a good deal.

Not even a monitor, but it’s become very popular for those wanting a large screen. Now available in 42″ size which makes it more 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.


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)

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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.

Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ
  • Acer Predator X35 – 35″ ultrawide VA panel. HDR 1000 and FALD backlight. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

  • AOC AGON Pro AG274QXM – 27″ with a 1440p resolution makes this a more accessible option than most high-end HDR displays from a pricing and system demand point of view. Decent HDR and gaming capabilities with a 576 zone Mini LED backlight and HDR 1000. Available from Amazon (affiliate referral link)

  • Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX – 32″ 3840 x 2160 “4K” resolution, IPS panel, 144Hz refresh rate, 1152 zone Mini LED backlight, HDR 1400, G-sync Ultimate, flagship model at a very high price point. Available from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

  • Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ – very high end and expensive but includes 35″ ultrawide panel, 200Hz, G-sync and FALD HDR 1000 backlight. Available from Amazon (affiliate referral link)

  • Dell Alienware AW3423DW QD-OLED – the World’s first gaming OLED monitor featuring Samsung’s QD-OLED panel technology. This is a 34″ ultrawide with 3440 x 1440 resolution, 175Hz refresh rate and true <1ms G2G response times. Being OLED based it offers per-pixel local dimming, and also includes a high peak brightness and wide colour gamut. Available direct from Dell regionally at the moment with some delays in some regions.

  • LG C2 OLED or last year’s C1 OLED – Not even a monitor, but it’s become very popular for those wanting a large screen. Available in 42″ size now which makes it more 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. Pricing and availability in some regions from Amazon (42″ 2022 C2 model) and Amazon (48″ 2021 C1 model from last year) (affiliate referral links)

  • Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 – if you want something really wide then this model is 49″ and has a 5120 x 1440 resolution, 240Hz refresh rate and adaptive-sync. An update to the older Samsung Odyssey G9, this Neo version also including a Mini LED backlight and significant improvements to HDR. Available in some regions from Amazon and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

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