Best cheap gaming monitor deals for May 2021

When it comes to PC gaming, buying a decent monitor should be just as important as upgrading your GPU. That only makes sense considering that the advanced graphics of your games are being rendered on the screen — and if you’re stuck with a crummy monitor that’s low-res, color-inaccurate, and/or has a sluggish refresh rate, your gaming session will turn into an ugly, laggy experience. If you’re building a PC, shopping for pre-built gaming computer deals, or just upgrading your existing setup with a new screen, we can help. Below, we’ve got all the best cheap gaming monitors available this month.

If you don’t explicitly need a gaming display, however, then also take a look at these desktop monitor deals to see what else is on tap.

Today’s best gaming monitor deals

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Dell Gaming 27-Inch Curved 1080p 144Hz G-Sync/FreeSync Gaming Monitor

230 300
If 1080p is good enough for you, then this gaming monitor from Dell is a fantastic and versatile choice thanks to its smooth refresh rate and compatibility with both Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync.
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Alienware AW3420DW Curved 34-Inch 1440p 120Hz Monitor

850 1000
No top-tier gaming setup is complete without the Alienware AW3420DW monitor. With a curved, ultrawide display in 3440x1440p and a 120Hz refresh rate, this monitor is a hardcore gamer's delight.
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BenQ EX2780Q 27” 1440P IPS 144Hz Gaming Monitor

400 500
If you want cinematic gold, this 27-inch BenQ EX280Q monitor is great for users with an eye for visuals. With a 1440p resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate, any game can become a full-blown movie.
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Gigabyte G27F 27-Inch 144Hz 1080p FreeSync Gaming Monitor

220 250
Guaranteed to give you smooth gameplay, this 27" Full HD Gigabyte monitor has an impressive 144Hz refresh rate for a smooth picture and full immersion.
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Acer Nitro 34-Inch 1440p 144Hz Curved Ultrawide FreeSync Gaming Monitor

450 500
Ultrawide displays are a great alternative to multi-monitor setups, and this 34-inch 1440p curved gaming monitor from Acer has all the gaming features we like to see at a fantastic price.
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Acer Nitro 27-Inch 1080p 144Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitor

210 300
27 inches might be the Goldilocks zone for gaming, and the Acer Nitro VG271 is a great option for AMD card users looking for a monitor capable of smooth 60fps performance for well under $300.
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Lenovo Legion 43-Inch 1200p 144Hz Curved Ultrawide FreeSync Gaming Monitor

890 1200
If you're looking for a large curved display for serious entertainment and gaming, this 43-inch monitor from Lenovo is a great pick thanks to its 1200p Full HD+ resolution and 144Hz refresh rate.
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Lenovo Legion Y25-25 24.5-inch 240Hz 1080p FreeSync Gaming Monitor

298 319
Don't let its unassuming look fool you: The 24.5-inch Lenovo Legion Y25-25 packs a bevy of modern gaming features including a 240Hz refresh rate, FreeSync, and a 1ms response time.
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LG UltraGear 27-Inch Gaming Monitor

450 500
Appreciate your games even more on this 2K Quad HD monitor with 2560 x 1440 resolution. The 27-inch gaming monitor also features a 1 ms response time and a 144 Hz refresh rate.
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LG 34GL750-B 34 Inch 21: 9 Ultragear Curved Gaming Monitor, Black

454 550
With a 34-inch ultra wide HD display, the LG Ultragear Curved Gaming Monitor lets you see every detail in a game or movie. It runs with Radeon FreeSync graphics which offers noise-free performance.
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Dell S2721DGF 27-Inch IPS 165Hz 1440p G-Sync + FreeSync Gaming Monitor

430 500
G-Sync monitors are usually a bit more costly, but this display is compatible with both FreeSync and G-Sync so you don't have to worry about V-sync incompatibility with your GPU.
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Westinghouse 34-Inch Curved Ultrawide 1440p Quad HD Monitor

350 450
With a 100Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync vertical sync technology, this massive Viotek curved monitor will give you an immersive entertainment experience and enhanced productivity for work.
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Westinghouse 32-Inch 1440p 144Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitor

230 300
It's a VA panel (our second recommendation after IPS), but for $240, this 32-inch Westinghouse gaming display gives you a ton of monitor for your money with a 1440p resolution and 144Hz refresh rate.
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Samsung 27-inch Curved 240Hz 1080p G-Sync Compatible Gaming Monitor

350 400
Need speed and powerful performance from your next gaming monitor? Look no further. This monitor comes with a super-smooth 240Hz refresh rate and G-Sync compatibility for Nvidia graphics cards.
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LG 27GL650F-B 27-inch FHD Gaming Monitor (1080p, 144Hz)

300 350
Take your gaming to the next level with the LG 27GL650F monitor, elevating your gameplay to the level of pros without spending on a small fortune on a competitive level gaming monitor.
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Samsung Odyssey CRG5 Series 27-Inch Gaming Monitor

350 400
This 27-inch Samsung gaming monitor offers 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 4 ms response time, and a 240 Hz refresh rate. It's also compatible with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology for smooth gaming.
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Acer Predator XB271HU bmiprz 27" WQHD NVIDIA G-SYNC IPS Monitor

493 600
Upgrade your games to a new level of immersion with the 27-inch Acer Predator XB271HU monitor, boasting stunning WQHD resolution and an ultra-fast 144Hz refresh rate for cinematic magic from your PC.
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LG 24MP59G-P 24-Inch Gaming Monitor with FreeSync Black

127 161
This 24-inch Full HD IPS display from LG features 1ms motion blur reduction, a 75Hz refresh rate, and AMD FreeSync technology.
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Acer Predator XB273K 27" 4K Monitor

750 830
Predator is synonymous to optimal gaming experience, which is why it's no surprise that this 27" UHD monitor delivers excellent graphics thanks to its NVIDIA G-Sync graphics technology.
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Acer KG241Q Pbiip 23.6" Full HD Monitor

180 200
You won't experience stuttering graphics anymore with this Acer full HD monitor. Built with AMD FreeSync graphics, you get smoother gaming and crisp details every time.
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Samsung G5 Odyssey 27-Inch 1440p 144Hz Curved FreeSync Gaming Monitor

270 300
Be it competitive or casual, get the best frame rate while playing with the Samsung G5 Odyssey 1440p gaming monitor, which has AMD FreeSync Premium and a 144Hz refresh rate for buttery smooth gaming.
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Asus VG279Q 27-Inch IPS 144Hz 1080p FreeSync Monitor

280 299
For long gaming sessions, your eyes will thank you for this Asus VG279Q monitor. You can enjoy 1080p graphics and FreeSync vertical sync technology without a huge hit to your wallet.
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Dell 32" LED Curved QHD 165Hz FreeSync Monitor

380 450
This is one of the most affordable Quad HD curved gaming monitors you can buy. In addition, it has an HDR panel that enables more vivid colors and a 165Hz refresh rate for smoother gameplay.
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HP X24c 24-Inch 1080p 144Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitor

209 289
A 23.8-inch monitor may seem average, but this one from Acer runs with AMD Radeon FreeSync graphics to deliver full HD quality for games and other media. It has a 144Hz refresh rate for less lag.
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Auzai 27-Inch Quad HD FreeSync + G-Sync 165Hz Gaming Monitor

320 350
With a crisp 1440p resolution, buttery-smooth 165Hz refresh rate, FreeSync and G-Sync compatibility, and a nearly lag-free TN panel, the 27-inch Auzai gaming monitor is one of the best for the money.
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Samsung 32" G77 Curved 1440p 240Hz Gaming Monitor T1 Faker Edition

750 850
With a Quad HD 2K resolution display, you can immerse yourself in gameplay for hours while enjoying a fast, lag-free performance.

How To Choose A Gaming Monitor

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When sorting through the myriad of gaming monitor deals that are available online, there are a few things to consider before you hand over your hard-earned cash. You don’t want to jump on the first cheap gaming monitor you find that meets your budget, as many that are advertised as “gaming displays” lack some important features.

After determining how much you’re willing to spend on a cheap gaming monitor, the first thing you’ll need to decide on is size and screen resolution. Bigger isn’t always better — your ideal display size has a lot to do with how close you’ll be sitting to it, and for most desktop PC setups, the standard 24 to 27 inches is fine. Displays in this size range are also ideal for 1080p, although at 27 inches, you’ll want to consider bumping up to 1440p if your GPU can support it. At 32 inches and beyond, you’ll likely want to stick to 1440p and even 4K gaming monitors, although this may depend on the display’s vertical resolution in the case of ultrawide panels. An ultrawide display that’s the same height as a 24-inch monitor will still look fine at 1080p.

One important feature that any good gaming monitor will have is some sort of vertical sync technology, the two prevailing standards being AMD FreeSync for use with Radeon graphics cards and Nvidia G-Sync for GeForce GPUs. Vertical sync ensures a smooth picture during fast-moving sequences by mitigating (if not eliminating) screen-tearing, an annoying issue where the lines that make up the image do not synchronize vertically. It’s generally recommended to get a gaming monitor that matches your graphics card, although Nvidia has been increasing cross-compatibility with FreeSync monitors lately. Just note that you’ll need a DisplayPort cable to take advantage of G-Sync; FreeSync works with either HDMI or DisplayPort.

The third thing to look for in a cheap gaming monitor is a refresh rate of 120Hz or higher. The general rule is that your display’s refresh rate should be at least twice the frames per second you want to game at (120Hz or more for 60fps gaming, for example). Modern HDMI and DisplayPort connections both support higher refresh rates, but some older standards like HDMI 1.4 may not. You will see many displays marketed as “gaming monitors” that only have refresh rates of 60Hz or 75Hz. Even if these units have FreeSync or G-Sync, they are not ideal for gaming at 60fps, which is the minimum that we recommend for PC gaming in 2020. There are plenty of cheap gaming monitor deals available that meet these criteria.

One final thing worth mentioning is curved and ultrawide displays, which have both become quite popular lately. Curved gaming monitors are nothing to be afraid of, but unless you’re going bigger than 27 inches (more specifically, if you’re buying an ultrawide panel), don’t pay extra for this feature — you probably won’t notice it much when sitting at a normal distance from a standard-sized desktop display. That said, ultrawide panels are one instance where we recommend going curved no matter what. These gaming monitors are naturally expensive but offer an elegant alternative to multi-monitor setups, and they might not be as cost-prohibitive as you think once you tally up the expense of buying multiple displays.

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