Anytime's a good time, but the first few months of the year is a great time to think about getting an upgrade for your display. Its in these months that you'll find many retailers trying to clear some still-excellent stock from last year, to make space for this year's batches. Amazon, NewEgg and BestBuy (and others) will all have some great offers on some of the top monitors for gaming, so you can either pick up a new screen far cheaper than you originally thought, or quite even stretch that budget a little further by upgrading your pick.
When you look to pick up a cheap gaming monitor deal, you need to consider a handful of things and they go far beyond just the pricetag. Nowadays, the most obvious is whether or not you'll want to go for the latest techs; 4K and/or HDR, and whether or not you really need them. Most of our best gaming monitors don't actually do 4K because that makes them prohibitively expensive, and the super 4K resolution often results in lower refresh rates. Ideally, you want a panel that can manage 144Hz, and comes with FreeSync or G-Sync tech to help compensate for whatever settings you're running at. If you really do have an unlimited budget, and one of the best gaming PCs, sure, 4K options are always available. For more 4K info, here's our run-down of the best 4K monitors for gaming.
Finally, it sounds obvious, but make sure your monitor has the right connections for your PC; you really don’t want to have wasted time and money. Be smart, think about your needs and we’re sure there’s a monitor out there for you.
The best cheap gaming monitor deals this week
Dell S2419HGF 24" | Freesync | 144Hz | $184.99 at Walmart (save $115)
This Dell screen is a wonderful gaming monitor. Yes, it's only 24-inches, but it does 144Hz, 1ms response, and comes with Freesync. It does 1080p as standard.View Deal
ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ 27" | IPS | 144Hz | 4K | $1894.98 at Amazon (save $104.02)
Probably the best monitor you can get your hands on all in right now. It's got awesome 4K resolution, HDR technology and (somehow) it keeps its refresh rates high too. View Deal
ASUS VG248QE 24" | TN | 144Hz | 1080p | $264.94 at Amazon (save 5%)
Our favourite 1080p gaming monitor, this is made super attractive by its low price point. If you're not too fussed about the latest tech and capabilities and are looking for a reliable display, this is it.View Deal
Acer Predator XB321HK 32" | IPS | 60Hz G-Sync | 4K | $839.99 at Amazon (save $260)
Yes, it's refresh rate is at the lower end of the scale, but this is a great quality 4K monitor that's not incredibly costly (particularly with this excellent discount) and represents pretty good value.View Deal
Acer Predator X27 27" | IPS | 144Hz G-Sync + HDR | 4K | $1799.99 at Amazon (Save $200)
This is still the most expensive monitor around, but with good reason: it's the highest of the high end, with HDR added to the list of features along with high refresh rate, G-Sync, and 4K resolution.View Deal
BenQ PD3200U 32" | IPS | 60Hz | 4K | $699.99 at Amazon (save 22%)
This is not designed as a gaming monitor per se, and it shows this with a 60Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time, but such is the quality of the picture you get, it's well worth considering.View Deal
Our favorite gaming monitors
1. ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q
The best gaming monitor with G-Sync
Screen size: 27-inch | Panel type: IPS | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Response time: 4ms | Refresh rate: 144Hz (overclocks to 165Hz) | Weight: 15.4 lbs
In our eyes, the top gaming monitor out there right now is the Asus ROG Swift PG279Q. This 27-inch monitor has a 2560x1440 resolution—which we currently consider the sweet spot for high-end gaming—and it offers substantially more pixels than 1080p without being as demanding as a 4K panel. This results in games looking super sharp at 27 inches but the display won’t bring a good GPU down. In addition to this, higher than 60Hz refresh rates are still doable—something not possible on the current crop of 4K displays.
Much like its main competition—the Acer Predator XB271HU—the PG279Q is an IPS panel with a refresh rate that can be boosted to 165Hz. (It's worth noting, though that the difference between 144Hz and 165Hz is negligible.) Inputs include one HDMI 1.4 and one DisplayPort 1.2a and the monitor also features Nvidia's G-Sync technology for variable refresh rates (assuming you're using an Nvidia graphics card). If you're an AMD user, however, you won't benefit from G-Sync and should probably consider FreeSync monitor.
Unfortunately, and a bit predictably, the biggest drawback to this great monitor is its price and while you can find it below the $800/£700 mark, its not by much currently. However, we consider a monitor a fine investment in your PC setup and you never want to buy something you'll have to replace in two years; you want to buy a terrific monitor that will still be going strong in five or so years, ideally. There are 144Hz IPS monitors similar to Asus’s offering, but with FreeSync instead of G-Sync. The Asus ROG Swift PG279Q, however, is the best choice and all its bang will be worth every one of your bucks.
2. Acer Predator X27
The best HDR gaming monitor
Screen size: 27-inch | Panel type: IPS | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Response time: 4ms | Refresh rate: 120Hz (overclocks to 144Hz) | Weight: 27.12 lbs
The Acer Predator X27 is an absolutely fantastic monitor that pumps out a crisp 4K resolution, splendid HDR displays, and comes with G-Sync, and a high refresh rate. Marrying an IPS panel to a refresh rate of up to 144Hz when overclocked, the Acer Predator X27 is a breathtaking sight. However, its VisionCare technology, Acer declares, will help to prevent eye strain during longer play sessions. G-Sync allows the monitor to refresh at a variable rate instead of being locked to its max (in this case, 144Hz) and it syncs to your in-game framerate, removing any microstutter or screen tearing when the framerate doesn't quite match up perfectly to that high 144Hz demand.
The Acer Predator X27 welcomes a number of connectivity ports on its left and rear: two USB 3.0 ports on the side; and two USB 3.0 ports as well as HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 out on the back. So, despite the high asking price, the X27 is absolutely worth considering, particularly if it ever receives extra reduction in the holiday sales.
3. ASUS MG279Q
The best Freesync gaming monitor
Screen size: 27-inch | Panel type: IPS | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Response time: 4ms | Refresh rate: 144Hz | Weight: 15.9 lbs
For those AMD users who want a FreeSync dispay, there is no better monitor than the Asus MG279Q. It's a 1440p IPS screen that can refresh up to 144Hz, but because it uses the open FreeSync technology instead of G-Sync, it's not as pricey.
The base design makes for a sturdy monitor while also allowing for plenty of tilting, pivoting, and height adjustments, and the bezel is pretty thin, which is good for a 27-inch monitor that already takes up a bit of space. It also has a light anti-gloss coating: —something that some older IPS displays went too heavy on which resulted in affecting the image quality, but it works very well on the MG279Q.
Due to the great IPS screen, colors look fabulous even from off-angles and the contrast ratio is really fantastic too. Elsewhere, the ability to support multiple inputs offers great flexibility, particularly to those who might want to add a second system like a console. This is thanks to the presence of the internal scaler—one of the main differences between G-Sync and FreeSync. With no other IPS FreeSync displays that can match the MG279Q on specs, this is a terrific monitor and easily the best choice for those that have an AMD graphics card.
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