If you're looking to upgrade your monitor, Black Friday and Cyber Monday is the perfect time to go shopping. Electronics see the biggest discounts during the holiday shopping season, and because there is so much new and improved technology at play in the display sector, there's really no better time to buy a new monitor than in the coming weeks.
We're now far removed from the days when a 30-inch monitor with a 2560x1600 resolution IPS panel represented the pinnacle of display technology. By today's standards, older premium monitors like Dell's UltraSharp U3011 are nothing to get excited about. Display makers have upped their game with faster refresh rates, G-Sync and Freesync support, and high dynamic range (HDR) capabilities, among other features that were not commonplace several years ago.
If the last time you bought a monitor was when CompUSA was still around , you're missing out on what more recent releases have to offer, such as higher native resolutions. The monitor market is ripe with 1440p and 4K displays, and if you have the hardware to game at either of those resolutions, it can make a big difference. If not, there are still plenty of 1080p displays too.
In general, it's also easier to find a monitor with great image quality at a reasonable price than it was just a few years ago. The same goes for ultrawide displays—monitors with a 21:9 aspect ratio are somewhat more common these days. Simply put, there are more choices than ever, and Black Friday presents an opportunity to grab one for below the MSRP.
To see what's been happening in the monitor space as of late, read our reviews:
- Viewsonic VP3881—37.5-inch IPS panel, 3840x1600 resolution, 60Hz
- AOC Agon AG352UCG6—35-inch MVA panel, 3440x1440 resolution, 120Hz
- Dell UP3218K—31.5-inch IPS panel, 7680x4320 resolution (8K), 60Hz
- LG 27UD88—27-inch IPS panel, 3840x2160 resolution, 60Hz
What to expect from monitor deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Black Friday and Cyber Monday have sort of morphed into one long holiday shopping season, rather than wholly separate events. Some deals are specific to one or the other, but for the most part, there is a constant rotation of bargains starting before Thanksgiving and running through at least the following Monday, sometimes longer.
Vendors typically leverage the holiday shopping season to clear out older inventories. It's rare to see a brand new product go on sale, so we don't expect there to be any significant discounts on monitors like the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ or Acer Predator X27, the pair of 4K 144Hz monitors with HDR and G-Sync support (everything but the kitchen sink, in other words). At around $2,000 a pop, there's a limited audience for those models anyway.
That said, we do expect to see deals on 4K monitors in general, and to some extent, HDR displays as well. We also anticipate deals on monitors supporting AMD's first generation Freesync technology. AMD has been pushing an updated 'Freesync 2 HDR' certification, so vendors will likely look to clear room for newer models.
One in particular to be on the lookout for is Asus's MG279Q. We consider this to be one of the best Freesync gaming monitors out there. It's a 27-inch monitor with a 2560x1440 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate.
Last year we saw discounts on a range of monitors, including a 7 percent savings on the Asus ROG Swift PG279Q, a 27-inch 1440p monitor with a 144MHz (overclocks to 165MHz) refresh rate and G-Sync support.
Early Black Friday 2018 monitor deals
Lenovo 65D1KCC1US | IPS | 60Hz | 1080p | $103.99 ($26 off)
This is another basic 1080p monitor, but it's IPS and has minimal bezels. Buy at Newegg (Posted: 11/20)
ASUS 23-Inch VZ239H | IPS | 60Hz | 1080p | $89.99 ($50 off)
This 1080p IPS monitor from ASUS is fairly basic, but it's at a good price—$50 lower than the MSRP, and $10-20 lower than other similar displays. Buy at Newegg
Acer Predator XB271HU | IPS | 144Hz G-Sync | 1440p | $545
Over the last 12 months, this display has been priced as high as $800 on Amazon. Here's your chance to save a bunch on a 144Hz monitor, overclockable to 165Hz, with two built-in speakers. Amazon, $544.49
Asus 21.5-Inch Monitor | IPS | 1080p | $69.99
This ultra-slim 21.5-inch monitor is built around an IPS panel with a 1920x1080 resolution. It features Asus EyeCare technology with flicker-free backlighting and a blue light filter to minimize eye fatigue. Use coupon code EMCEEPX22 at checkout. Newegg, $69.99 after coupon
Dell 27-Inch Monitor | IPS | Full HD 1080p| $119.99
Save a chunk of change on this Dell 27-inch monitor with an IPS panel. It's a Full HD 1080p display with a 75Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support for smooth gameplay. No coupon required—just add it to your cart and go. Walmart, $119.99
Upcoming Black Friday monitor deals
Acer Predator XB271HK | IPS | 4K | G-Sync | $499.99
This 27" display is a more affordable 4K option, with G-Sync tech paired with a standard 60Hz refresh rate. Throughout 2018 it's been listed at $664. This $499 price is the cheapest it's been on Amazon. This deal will be available Nov. 22-26.
Best Black Friday monitor deals from last year
Asus ROG Swift PG279Q: down to $745 (was $799)
One of the best G-Sync monitors, it was somewhat of surprise to see this one discounted. The price has fallen since last year, and this remains a great choice.
Dell Alienware 34 AW3418DW: $1,000 (was $1,500)
Dell frequently discounts its products, including its Alienware line, and this 34-inch monitor was marked down $500 during last year's Black Friday event. It's big, it's curved, and it's another G-Sync display.
LG 29UM68-P: $202 (was $390)
This ultrawide display saw a big discount last year. It's not overly fancy, but it's big (29 inches) and includes FreeSync support at a great price.
Acer Predator XB272: $550 (was $680)
This 27-inch 1080p monitor is one of the fastest around, boasting a blazing 240Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and G-Sync support.
Samsung CHG90: $1,200 (was $1,500)
If you're into ultra wide, in your face gaming, the CHG90 is mind boggling. The price has come down several hundred dollars since last year, and a Black Friday discount would make it all the more tantalizing.