Are you looking for the best gaming monitor? In this article, we will top gaming monitors on the market.
1. Samsung CRG9
- Screen Size: 49'
- Display Resolution Maximum: 5120x1440
- Dimensions: 15.1x47.4x20.7 inches
- Weight: 14.9 kg (33 pounds)
This monitor is something special, being 49 inches wide and having a curved frame this monitor allows you to multitask with just 1 monitor instead of 3 or play your games on a huge resolution immersing yourself inside.
The 49-inch display is equivalent to having two 27-inch QHD displays side by side. The CRG9 won CES 2019s best innovation award and by using this monitor you’ll understand why. With a 120Hz refresh rate, you can guarantee that you’ll get the fastest reaction times. Combining this with the AMD FreeSync 2 technology you get a crisp display and overall reduced latency.
The high dynamic range support in this monitor gives you a lot of customizability to have the image suited to how you like it.
The stand this monitor comes with supports tilting and swiveling to get the CRG9 into the perfect position for you so you can game effectively.
A huge plus for this Samsung monitor is the super ultrawide aspect ratio of 32:9. This gives you a massive field of view, so whilst your enemies can only see you in their small peripheral vision, you’ll be able to see them much quicker. This also allows you to take in the in-game scenery, as you feel as though you are in the game with this monitor covering your entire vision.
Although this monitor is great for gaming, we think the biggest benefit is for multitaskers. Are you a live streamer, YouTuber or any other job that requires multiple monitors? Well with the CRG9 you can have just one and be able to put multiple programs side by side on the huge 5120x1440 resolution.
On the backside of the CRG9, you get 1 HDMI, 2 DP and 4 USB ports. The extra USB ports are a great little bonus for those that want to easily be able to change out their gaming mouse, keyboard or even just connect their USB device to transfer some files over. Overall, we place the Samsung CRG9 as our top pick and the best gaming monitor. We can’t fault it and this monitor is simply amazing.
The crisp quality, low response times, high refresh rates and monster resolution make us place it at the top. We also give this monitor 5 stars out of 5 rating and are very happy with it.
2. AOC AGON AG493UCX
- Screen Size: 49"
- Display Resolution Maximum: 5120x1440
- Dimensions: 18.4x47x12.1 inches
- Weight: 20.77 kg (45.8 pounds)
I won’t go into too much detail on this monitor, it’s pretty similar to the CRG9 on the surface, however, there are some differences. First off, this monitor has a lower response time of just 1ms, although this is very minor and might make the smallest of differences it is a benefit that the AOC monitor has over the Samsung CRG9. It also features a built-in KVM switch that will allow you to easily switch between multiple sources, that’s a handy feature and makes your life a lot easier than switching around cables at the back of the monitor.
The VESA DisplayHDR 400 provides you with vibrant colors that look realistic and are highly accurate. AMD FreeSync Premium makes sure and helps to minimize screen tearing or stuttering that is common in gaming monitors.
The RE-Spawned Warranty program is probably AOC’s best benefit over getting the competitive Samsung model. It provides you with a 4 year zero dead pixel warranty and a 1 year accidental damage warranty. This means if you drop your monitor off the desk or your dog decides it wants to knock it over then you’re covered for a year. The dead pixel warranty is great too and will cover you for 4 years which is two to three times longer than other companies. Alongside this they offer an advanced replacement option, so if there are any issues, they’ll ship out the monitor to you and pay for shipping yours back to minimize downtime.
The height-adjustable stand is standard and allows you to tilt, change the height and swivel the monitor as you please. Overall this monitor definitely deserves second place. We trust Samsung more and think their monitors have the superior build quality, so we put them first, but AOC is not far behind. We give this monitor 5 stars and happily place it second.
- Screen Size: 27"
- Display Resolution Maximum: 2560x1440
- Dimensions: 9.4x24.4x21.8 inches
- Weight: 6.9 kg (15.4 pounds)
This 27-inch WQHD IPS monitor which a huge 165-hertz refresh rate is perfect for gaming movies and design. This panel provides a full sRGB gamut to give immersive colors that bring the image to life.
The PG279Q features a thin bezeled design, this gives you the best of both worlds with a perfect balance of screen size and resolution most suited for gaming.
Differing to our previous monitors the ASUS ROG monitor utilizes NVidias G Sync technology to enable a smooth gaming experience and remove stutter and screen tearing.
A cool and innovative feature of this monitor is the ASUS Eye Care technology that is embedded into the panel. This gives you a low blue light mode which is linked to getting better sleep. Often looking at screens before bed can cause us to get a lower quality of sleep and find it harder to get into a REM state, but this low blue light mode will help greatly with that.
On the back and sides of the monitor, it features a DisplayPort, HDMI port and 2 USB 3.0 ports which are very handy. I think this monitor is a great contender for the best gaming monitor on more of a budget. It certainly falls short of the two previous monitors we covered, but it’s up there as a good contender for those that need a simple 1 monitor setup and doesn’t need all the extra resolution or a 49-inch curved monitor.
Overall we think the ROG PG279Q by ASUS is an excellent monitor and we give it 4.5 stars and put it on 3rd in our video.
4. BenQ PD3200U
- Screen Size: 32"
- Display Resolution Maximum: 3840x2160
- Dimensions: 19.3x8.4x29.1 inches
- Weight: 12.5 kg (27.6 pounds)
This monitor is a little older than our other picks, but it’s stood the test of time. This 4K UHD monitor maintains its rank of being one of the best gaming monitors by providing some great features and very impressive durability. Being made by BenQ you can only expect the best and they’re monitors have always been well thought out and perfectly designed.
The PD3200U features an exclusive AQcolor technology that covers a wide variety of color spaces, including Adobe RGB, sRGB and Rec 709. This gives you the most accurate coloring system as well as being the boldest and brightest.
DualView is another interesting feature that allows you to put files side by side. You no longer have to struggle and purchase multiple monitors to make your multitasking more efficient, instead, you can put them side by side on this singular monitor.
The PD3200U also has a KVM switch allowing you to easily switch to another computer. This comes in handy for those working on multiple projects from multiple sources at once and saves you time from switching all the cables around.
Eye care technology which was provided in our previous pick too is another great addition to the BenQ monitor, this helps you sleep better and causes less strain our eyes by filtering out harmful blue light.
This monitor was developed with ergonomics in mind and you can adjust this monitor in several different ways. You can adjust the height, tilt, and rotation like any other monitor but you can also rotate the monitor a full 90 degrees and use it in portrait mode.
Overall, we think this monitor is great and although it’s a little older than other monitors in our video, it’s still a great pick. We’d give it a 4-star rating and 4th in our video.
5. MSI OPTIX MPG341CQR
- Screen Size: 34
- Display Resolution Maximum: 3440x1440
- Dimensions: 32x18x10.2 inches
- Weight: 13.5 kg (29.8 pounds)
This 1800R curved gaming monitor is a great final addition. Being one of MSI’s newer monitors and coming with some interesting features it’s a great mid-range monitor any gamer. Featuring an impressive 144Hz refresh rate with a 1ms response time, this monitor is certainly built for gaming.
The HDR 400 gives stunning visuals with the most criterion format. The low response time will eliminate any screen tearing or choppy frame rates and will provide an excellent smooth gaming experience.
A unique feature of the OPTIX monitor is Gamesense. This will allow game alerts via the RGB LED lighting, so if something happens then the LED panel below the monitor will flash different colors. We thought this is a unique idea and could be useful for some gamers.
Another cool thing to note is that this monitor is the official gaming monitor for Method and Complexity which are two esports gaming organizations that require the most advanced hardware to compete for the most difficult achievements in gaming.
This monitor is optimized for streaming and includes a camera cradle to easily mount your webcam above the monitor. It also has a mouse bungee built in to reduce annoying friction that can occur with your mouse cable. The stand is height adjustable and can be pivoted side to side.
The only faults we could find with this monitor were smearing in very dark games. Some people complained that using the monitor for titles such as Gears of War caused smearing and blurriness in darker scenes.
Overall this monitor is still a great pick if you want a mid-range monitor at a reasonable price. We’d give it 3.5 stars and put it 5th in our video. This monitor would be great for nearly all gamers, but we think that our top 2 picks are just that much superior to it. So that sums up the top gaming monitors.