The best gaming monitors in Australia for 2024

The best gaming monitor is an incredibly important piece of a PC gamer's setup. Why spend so much money on your gaming PC if you're going to play it through a 20-year-old workstation monitor? You probably shouldn't. Instead, there are many great gaming monitors available today, including those offering high-refresh 1080p, high-fidelity 4K and extremely ultrawide panels.

While we're expecting further fantastic panels throughout 2024, right now the best gaming monitor is the Alienware 34 QD-OLED. Specifically, the glossy (and cheaper) option. It uses the same excellent Samsung OLED panel as the leading Alienware OLED monitor and gives it the same glossy, not overly reflective, coating that the also more expensive Philips Evnia 34M2C8600 comes with. And it's absolutely ace.

You want to match your monitor choice with your PC specs to get the most for your money. A 4K monitor with a high refresh rate would be overkill if your rig only packs a GTX 1060. But if you've had the cash to drop on an RTX 40-series or a high-end AMD RX 7900 series GPU then you can take your pick of 4K panels. 

For the competitive gamer who values speed above all else, check out our list of high refresh rate monitors running at 165Hz, 240Hz, and even 360Hz. I've constantly been testing gaming monitors throughout my career and have ensured that only the best for each budget has crept into this guide. It's extensive, but there are a whole lotta gaming monitors out there, and plenty deserve your attention. 

Curated by
Dave James
Curated by
Dave James

Dave's been testing PC hardware for the best part of 20 years, and has seen every kind of screen imaginable. As such he knows what makes a good gaming monitor and what makes a bad one, too. Whether it's LCD, OLED, mini-LED, or plain ol' CRT, he's had his eyeballs on them all, and has personally checked out the best gaming monitors on this list.

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Best gaming monitor overall

The best gaming monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 34-inch
Panel type: IPS
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3440 x 1440
Response time: 0.1 ms
Refresh rate: 175Hz
Weight: 15.26 lbs (6.92 kg)
Refresh rate technology: G-Sync Ultimate

Reasons to buy

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Fabulous contrast and colours
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Stupendous pixel response
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Genuine HDR capability

Reasons to avoid

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Not a great all-purpose panel
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Latency isn't a strong point
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No HDMI 2.1

OLED has truly arrived on PC. Alienware's 34 QD-OLED is one of very few gaming monitors to receive such a stellar score from us, and it's no surprise. Dell has nailed the OLED panel in this screen and it's absolutely gorgeous for PC gaming.

You'll see a few manufacturers with similar screens to this, and that's because Alienware and many others are using the same Samsung-sourced QD-OLED panel. It's a superb panel, so we don't blame them all for using it. Our favorite of the lot is probably the Philips Evnia 34M2C8600, as it comes with a superb glossy finish that brings out the OLED's best bits. And before you say 'why isn't that number one then?', it's not available in Australia just yet, but when it is it'll be available for AU$1,899. We were advised of a tentative May 2023 release, but that's yet to transpire.

The Alienware is still absolutely excellent, anyways, and if you prefer a matt panel or demand G-Sync for your Nvidia graphics card, it's absolutely still the best gaming monitor to buy today. 

It's absolutely gorgeous for PC gaming.

What that QD-OLED panel can deliver in either of its HDR modes, HDR 400 True Black or HDR Peak 1000, is nothing short of exceptional. The image it produces is punchy and vibrant, but it doesn't stop there. In gaming terms, this thing is a beast, too. It's capable of delivering 175Hz refresh, on a smart-looking OLED no less, and its response time is absurdly quick at 0.1ms. It cruised through our monitor testing suite, and you really notice that speed in-game, too. 

Heck, even typically underwhelming titles—in visual terms—like Call of Duty: Warzone look great thanks to the quantum dot-enhanced saturation and speedy response. The slight softening of the image that you have to put up with pretty much any LCD panel when flying around maps in online shooters and other fast-paced games simply isn’t there.

Not only is it OLED, it’s also Samsung’s hot quantum dot tech, which combines the ideal RGB subpixel structure with quantum dot technology to produce both excellent colour saturation and an even brighter panel. Net result? Alienware is claiming both an impressive 99.3 percent coverage of the demanding DCI-P3 colour space and fully 1,000 nits brightness, albeit that brightness level can only be achieved on a small portion of the panel, not across the entire screen.

OLED is also far faster than LCD. By how much depends on how you measure things. The fastest current IPS monitors are quoted at around 1ms for grey-to-grey response. But that only measures part of the transition between colours. The full change takes much longer. By comparison, Alienware is quoting this OLED panel at 0.1ms. And that’s likely for the full transition. It’s at least an order of magnitude faster.

If all this sounds a little hyperbolic, it doesn’t actually mean that all LCD monitors are now awful. In fact, when it comes to refresh rates and therefore latency, LCD monitors with 360Hz-plus refresh are clearly quicker. Latency is traditionally a weak point for OLED, and while we didn’t sense any subjective issue with this 175Hz monitor, there’s little doubt that if your gaming fun and success hinges on having the lowest possible latency, there are faster screens available.

There's no HDMI 2.1 on this panel, however. So it's probably not the best fit for console gaming as a result. But this is PC Gamer, and if you're going to hook your PC up to a high-end gaming monitor, we recommend it be this one.

Read our full Alienware 34 QD-OLED (AW3423DW) review.


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Philips Evnia 34M2C8600

Philips Evnia 34M2C8600
If we had it our way, we'd probably put the Philips in the number one spot for the best gaming monitor. It's the same panel as the Alienware QD-OLED, except it has a glossy finish that really brings out the best in it. The issue is the Philips isn't available in Australia just yet, and the Alienware is.

PC Gamer score: 95%

Read our full Philips Evnia 34M2C8600 review.

Best 4K gaming monitor

The best 4K gaming monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 27-inch
Panel type: Nano IPS
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Response time: 1ms
Refresh rate: 144Hz
Weight: 16.9lbs
Refresh rate technology: G-Sync Compatible, FreeSync Premium Pro

Reasons to buy

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Bright vivid colors
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G-Sync/FreeSync compatible
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Excellent response time for a 4K monitor

Reasons to avoid

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Oversaturated sRGB mode

4K gaming is a premium endeavor. You need a colossal amount of rendering power to hit decent frame rates at such a high resolution. But if you're rocking a top-shelf graphics card, like an RTX 4080 or RX 7900 XTX then this dream can be a reality.

The LG UltraGear is the first 4K, Nano IPS, gaming monitor with 1ms response times, that'll properly show off your superpowered GPU. Coming in with Nvidia G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync adaptive refresh compatibility, this slick slim-bezel design even offers LG’s Sphere Lighting 2.0 RGB visual theatrics.

And combined with the crazy-sharp detail that comes with the 4K pixel grid, that buttery smooth 144Hz is pretty special.

While it does suffer from a little characteristic IPS glow, it appears mostly at the screen extremities when you’re spying darker game scenes. This isn't an issue most of the time, but the HDR is a little disappointing as, frankly, 16 edge-lit local dimming zones do not a true HDR panel make.

The color fidelity of the NanoIPS panel is outstanding.

What is most impressive, however, is the Nano IPS tech that offers a wider color gamut and stellar viewing angles. And the color fidelity of the NanoIPS panel is outstanding.

LG’s default calibration is virtually faultless, with impeccable detail in both black and white scales. Beyond the strict metrics, it’s a seriously vibrant and punchy display in terms of image quality on the Windows desktop. 

This screen pops.

Hop in game and it’s just as impressive. We’ll never tire of the buttery smooth goodness that is 144Hz. But combined with the crazy-sharp detail that comes with the 4K pixel grid, well, it’s pretty special.

The LG UltraGear 27GN950-B bags you a terrific panel with exquisite IPS image quality. Despite the lesser HDR capabilities, it also nets beautiful colors and contrast for your games too. G-Sync offers stable pictures and smoothness, and the speedy refresh rate and response times back this up too. 

And while the lack of HDMI 2.1 and USB Type-C are a little limiting, especially looking forward, right now it's one of the best monitors going.

Read our full LG Ultragear 27GN950 review.

Best budget 4K gaming monitor

The best affordable 4K gaming monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 32-inch
Panel type: VA
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Response time: 1ms MPRT
Refresh rate: 144Hz (160Hz overclocked)
Weight: 17.9lbs
Refresh rate technology: AMD FreeSync Premium

Reasons to buy

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Affordable 4K
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Up to 160Hz refresh overclocked
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Great panel performance
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No frills approach
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Handy USB hub

Reasons to avoid

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Stand is pretty basic
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DisplayHDR 400 isn't much

We're finally in an era of gaming where an affordable 4K monitor and a fast 4K monitor are one and the same. You could still buy a lower resolution panel for a whole lot less, and there are less desirable 4K panels out there, but as the Gigabyte M32UC proves you can get a whole lot of screen for what feels like a fair price.

You can find this monitor going for as low as AU$900, which is an awfully competitive price tag for a speedy 4K gaming monitor at this size. Gigabyte has figured out a heady blend of features for that sort of money too, with two HDMI 2.1 ports, 1ms MPRT, FreeSync Premium Pro, and even a USB 3.2 hub.

The M32UC runs at a perfectly reasonable 144Hz out of the box—and you'll need a powerful graphics card to make the most of that at 4K. However, if you hook this monitor up via DisplayPort 1.4 you can also overclock the panel via the OSD. That bumps the refresh rate up to 160Hz, and while that's probably excessive for most, if you're going big with the rest of your rig (or plan to pick up a powerful next-gen GPU sometime in the future) then it's a decent option to have at the ready.

Fine details are well preserved and this panel doesn't struggle with saturation.

But something to consider with the M32UC's blend of resolution and refresh rate is that even a high-end GPU won't always make the most of it. That's what makes the M32UC's FreeSync capabilities so crucially important. Keeping this panel in sync with your graphics card when it's under the max refresh rate of the screen, as it is likely going to be at times, prevents a whole lot of screen tearing.

It should come as no surprise that the 32-inch panel running at 4K results in a stunningly crisp image while gaming. I've been playing arguably too much Destiny 2 right now and the M32UC is a stunning way to experience the game. Fine details are well preserved and this panel doesn't struggle with saturation, which makes for a luscious and vibrant image.

The M32U also offers a DisplayHDR 400 rating on the box, though I wouldn't consider it for its HDR capabilities. It's lacking much of what's required of a true HDR monitor, such as a higher brightness and local dimming. You also have to look past what is otherwise a fairly bland outer shell on the Gigabyte.

In terms of value for money, Gigabyte has hit the nail on the head with the M32UC. If you look around for competition with similar specs at around the same price, you'll often only find other Gigabyte models coming close, including a handful of often discounted Aorus models. That makes the M32UC a great choice if you're planning ahead for a next-gen 4K-capable gaming PC or if you already have a high-end GPU but are not yet making the most of it.

Read our full Gigabyte M32UC review.

Best 1440p gaming monitor

The best 1440p gaming monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 27-inch
Panel type: VA
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Response time: 1ms
Refresh rate: 165Hz
Weight: 9.4lbs
Refresh rate technology: FreeSync Premium

Reasons to buy

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1440p and 165Hz is a very nice combo
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Strong inherent contrast from VA panel
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Affordable for a gaming panel

Reasons to avoid

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No HDR support
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Adequate rather than excellent response

The classic 27-inch Dell S2722DGM marries that screen real estate with a 2560 x 1440 native resolution, which gives you a great pixel pitch for fine detail. At 1440p it's also a decent resolution for getting high frame rates without the GPU demands of a 4K display. It's also capable of delivering that resolution at 165Hz, which is appreciated.

At 2ms GtG response, it's just a hair behind the 1ms and 0.5ms ratings of the best IPS panels, so you're covered when it comes to speed. That said, you can find quicker panels if you really want to chase speed. This VA panel does have a high contrast ratio, at least, given the technology's inherent strong contrast.

This Dell monitor is most importantly available at a great price.

As for picture quality, the Dell S2722DGM is a reasonably punchy and vibrant monitor considering it's a pure SDR panel. The strong inherent contrast certainly helps with that, ensuring you don't feel short-changed running games like Cyberpunk 2077, which support HDR, in SDR mode.

We'd steer clear of MPRT mode, which hammers the panel's brightness and vibrancy. 'Extreme' mode, which is rated at 2ms, does suffer from a whiff of overshoot, but that's only just visible in-game, while 'Super fast' resolves the overshoot but allows just a little smearing of darker tones.

USB Type-C connectivity doesn't feature. But the dual HDMI and a single DisplayPort connections are just fine, even if the HDMI ports top out at 144Hz rather than 165Hz.

This Dell monitor is most importantly available at a great price. Dell delivers high-quality gaming panels, with all the features you need and a few extraneous ones to bump up the price. And that makes it one of the best gaming monitors for most PC gamers today.

Read our full Dell S2722DGM review.

Best budget 1440p gaming monitor

The best budget 1440p gaming monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 27-inch
Panel type: VA
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Curvature: 1500R
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Response time: 1 ms
Refresh rate: 165 Hz
Weight: 14.97 lbs
Refresh rate technology: FreeSync and G-Sync Compatible

Reasons to buy

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1440p 165Hz panel
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Excellent contrast