The best gaming monitors for 2019

These gaming monitors will transport you to another dimension

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We’ve reviewed over 100 monitors, and our top pick is the Asus ROG Swift PG279Q. It has everything a PC gamer could want and is currently selling for an affordable price to boot. If you’re looking for a cheaper option or even a more high-end model, we have models included below for you too.

At a glance

Best gaming monitors Category Our rating
Asus ROG Swift PG279Q Best gaming monitor overall 4 out of 5
Acer Predator XB3 Gaming Best 4K gaming monitor 3.5 out 5
Samsung CHG90 Best ultrawide gaming monitor 4 out of 5
Alienware 34 curved gaming Best curved gaming monitor 4 out of 5
ViewSonic XG240R Best budget gaming monitor 3.5 out 5 

Asus ROG Swift PG279Q

The best gaming monitor

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Why you should buy this: This display provides a great visual experience for GeForce gamers, especially after overclocking the refresh rate for a DisplayPort connection.

Who’s it for: PC gamers with a GeForce graphics chip and a budget capped at $900.

Why we picked the Asus ROG Swift PG279Q:

This Republic of Gamers-branded display from Asus provides a QHD resolution, and a refresh rate you can overclock to 165Hz. This combination can be viewed through a DisplayPort connection, while you’ll get a QHD resolution at 60Hz through an HDMI connection. This panel has one of the highest brightness levels in our batch and supports a four-millisecond response time to boot.

Other features packed into this display include a handful of ports, and built-in GamePlus components such as a timer, FPS counter, crosshairs, and more. GameVisual provides six presets that optimize the screen for different types of games and media, such as RTS/RPG, FPS, sRGB for photo/video edition, Cinema, and a few others. This panel is great for a multi-monitor layout too thanks to its super-narrow bezels.

Our full Asus Rog Swift PG729Q review

Acer Predator XB3

The best 4K gaming monitor

Acer Predator XB3 Gaming Monitor review
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Why you should buy this: It’s a beastly 27-inch 4K G-Sync monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate.

Who’s it for: PC gamers who need a fast monitor to match a monster gaming rig.

Why we picked the Predator XB3:

While Predator monitors have consistently been some of the best gaming options, the 27-inch XB3 really goes out of its way to offer a great display complete with G-Sync, HDR, and a screen that you can overclock to a 144Hz refresh rate with the right connections. We were also very impressed with brightness (aided by the HDR)  and color specs, which show strong accuracy over a wide gamut.

The XB3 also makes sure that you have access to all the ports you may need, including two downstream USB-A 3.0, USB-A 3.0 upstream, USB-B, HDMI, and DisplayPort — though sadly no USB-C. The menu joystick and buttons, located on the back of the monitor, allow you to make adjustments and turn on modes like Dark Boost to further customize your experience.

If resolution is important to you, the XB3 offers a 4K experience without giving up too much on refresh rate and other key gaming specs, making it a particularly solid choice.

Our full Acer Predator XB3 review

Samsung CHG90

The best ultrawide gaming monitor

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Why you should buy this: It immerses you in the game like nothing else on this list.

Who’s it for: Gamers with plenty of desk space who want to be in the game.

Why we picked the Samsung CHG90:

Ultrawide monitors are not the super-niche they once were and that means much more nuance in the options for prospective buyers. Some, like the Samsung CHG90 are not only enormous, but provide all of the great features that gamers can take full advantage of.

On top of its ludicrous 49-inch screen size and its 3,840 x 1,080 resolution, this display has a 144Hz refresh rate with G-Sync for high-speed gaming and smooth motion, fantastic colors, and a curvature that wraps around you to create a truly immersive gaming experience. It even has a great looking frame, meaning this monitor can act as a true centerpiece in your gaming room or home office.

It does lack a USB-C connector, which we feel more and more as the years go by, and this isn’t a cheap monitor by any means, but almost more than any other display on this list, you get what you pay for. It’s huge, stunning to look at, and has just about anything you’d need to enjoy your games to the fullest.

Our full Samsung CHG90 review

Alienware 34 curved gaming monitor

The best curved gaming monitor

Alienware AW341BDW Utrawide Gaming Monitor
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Why you should buy this: Dell’s Alienware 34-inch gaming display can go head to head with the best flat and curved screens and almost always comes out on top.

Who’s it for: Gamers who want a more detailed alternative to the Samsung CHG90.

Why we picked the Alienware 34 curved gaming monitor:

Smaller than the Samsung CHG90, the Alienware 34 curved gaming monitor may seem like a worse value proposition, but that would do it an injustice. At a resolution of 3,440 x 1,440 it has almost a million more pixels than the Samsung alternative and it does it in a smaller form factor, which means much greater pixel density for richer and crisper visuals.

With a 4ms response time and a 120Hz refresh rate that can be overclocked, this is a fast display that will be well suited to esports and AAA games alike. Its support of G-Sync technology also means Nvidia gamers can take advantage of its anti-screen-tearing features, too.

It lacks a USB-C port which is a shame, but the overall design is fantastic and with an excellent warranty, you can rest assured that your new screen will keep you happy for a long time to come.

Read our full Alienware 34 gaming display review

ViewSonic XG240R

The best budget gaming monitor

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Why you should buy this: ViewSonic has designed an affordable monitor with a surprisingly complete display package ideal for gamers saving money.

Who’s it for: Busy gamers who are careful with their budgets.

Why we picked the ViewSonic XG240R:

The price of this ViewSonic monitor is enough to engage our attention, but the specifications are even more impressive. This budget screen is equipped with FreeSync, a 144Hz refresh rate, accurate colors, and even some RGB lighting on the design that you can play around with. It’s a surprising feature set at this price point, and makes the model an easy recommendation if you need to save money but still want a great gaming experience.

You can also customize the display appearance as well as those RGB lights, although you will need to download third-party software to do it (in this case, programs by Cooler Master, Razer, and others). Ports are a bit more generous: You get connections for DisplayPort, two HDMI, two USB-A 3.0, and a USB-B 3.0.

When it comes to design, the ViewSonic falters a little. The monitor looks uninspired and a little clunky. The speakers, in particular, are poor quality and should be supplemented with headphones or a separate set of speakers. However, there are so many good things going on under the hood here that this monitor is still an easy recommendation.

Our full ViewSonic XG240R review

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