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Black Friday gaming monitor deals 2021: the best and brightest screens at great prices

Black Friday gaming monitor deals
Black Friday gaming monitor deals

As Black Friday weekend comes to a close, there is still a shining sea of gaming monitors awaiting your attention over on the Cyber Monday gaming monitor deals hub. Now really is the best time to go big, adopt a speedier refresh rate, or grab an HDR display that'll make your games pop. If can you find the trifecta, all the better. 

The more of Lady Dimitrescu you can fit on your monitor at once, the better.

As ever, our guide to the best gaming monitors is a great place to start if you're looking to upgrade your current display. Do your research and set a budget, because whatever gaming monitor you buy will stick with you for a while. It's likely to outlast your current gaming PC. 

Right now, the best gaming monitor for most PC gamers is a speedy 144Hz screen at 1440p native resolution. You should steer towards IPS or VA panels since they offer better color and contrast than TN panels (while still nailing those high refresh rates), though you'll end up seeing a lot of TN panels at really good prices.

Thankfully, gaming monitors aren't as badly affected by the shortages we've been experiencing—not like graphics cards are, hoo boy—so we're likely to see plenty of stock, and hopefully reasonable shipping times. 

That being said, with so many on sale, it can be hard to see what's really a deal or not. Don't worry, that's where we come in.

If you were one of the lucky few to snag an RTX 3080 or RTX 3090, be sure to keep an eye out for the best G-Sync monitors to provide the smoothest gameplay you can get. AMD RX 6000-series GPU owners, we didn't forget about you! We will make sure to keep an eye out for killer FreeSync monitor deals as well as G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitors out there too. 

Where are best Black Friday gaming monitor deals?

Black Friday ultrawide gaming monitor deals

Alienware AW3821DW

Alienware AW3821DW | 38-inch | Ultrawide | IPS | 144Hz | $1949.99 $1,099.99 at Dell (save $850)
From the 'go big or go home' school of monitor design, this curved monster is for anyone that wants to hit that truly immersive gaming experience. At 3840x1600 it has the same horizontal resolution as a 4K panel, but it isn't quite as tall—it'll still punish your graphics card though. The 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response times, and VESA DisplayHDR 600 round out an impressive overall package. 

Cooler Master GM34-CW

Cooler Master GM34-CW | 34-inch | Ultrawide | VA | 144Hz | $749 $629 at B&H Photo (save $120)
The impeccable color you get from this immense 34-inch screen is pretty nice, and the contrast isn't bad either. This is a 3440 x 1440p VA panel which is a good resolution for this size monitor. For gaming, you get a 144Hz refresh to make the most of high frame rates, and Freesync, to boot.

Dell S3422DWG

Dell S3422DWG | 34-inch | Ultrawide | VA | FreeSync compatible | 2ms response time | $679.99 $449.99 at Amazon (save $60)
Ultrawides are excellent, and for gaming they may well be a smarter upgrade if you're worrying about dropping lots of cash on high-refresh 4K and a capable graphics card. This Dell screen came out this year, not all that long ago even, and has solid reviews across the web. Definitely one to look at if you want to get into the world of ultrawide gaming.

Samsung HMD Odyssey

Samsung Odyssey G9 | 48.7-inch | Ultrawide | QLED | 240Hz | $1,399.99 $999.99 at Amazon (save $400)
Here, you're getting supreme 5120 x 1440 pixels spanning 49 inches to wrap yourself in your favorite game worlds. It's QLED, so not as impressive as OLED tech, but you do get a speedy 240Hz monitor from a trusted manufacturer, and AMD Freesync and Nvidia G-Sync compatibility.

Black Friday 4K gaming monitor deals

Samsung Odyssey G7 | 28-inch | 4K | IPS | 144Hz $799.99

Samsung Odyssey G7 | 28-inch | 4K | IPS | 144Hz $799.99 $649.99 at Best Buy (save $150)
Samsung's G7 is a popular screen, and that's no doubt thanks to its great panel quality and high refresh rate. It's definitely not the cheapest 4K monitor going, but for that extra cash, you get a great build quality and rapid speed, perfect for competitive gaming. It also supports both Nvidia and AMD variable refresh rate technologies and comes with a flattering IPS panel.

Gigabyte Aorus FV43U

Aorus FV43U | 43-inch | 4K | VA QLED | 144Hz | $1,099.99 $899.99 at Newegg (save $200)
If you want to go bigger than your peers, then this 43-inch monitor is a good fit. You lose out on the quality IPS of the smaller screen, but instead, you get a VA with Quantum Dot tech. Note this is an 'open box' discount, so it's worth checking you're happy with that before buying.

BenQ EL2870U

BenQ EL287OU | 28-inch | 4K | TN | 60Hz | $299.99 $249.99 at Amazon (save $50)
There are some really good high-end 4K gaming monitors out there, but they cost a lot more than this. If you're in the market for a cheap 4K panel, then this BenQ is definitely worth considering. It's only a TN panel capped at 60Hz, but the 1ms response time does help keep it feeling responsive, as does support for FreeSync. 

Gigabyte Aorus FI32U

Aorus FI32U | 32-inch | 4K | IPS | 144Hz | $999.99 $899.99 at Newegg (save $100)
4K is best viewed above 32-inches, and you don't really want to forgo on picture quality when you're paying for extra pixels. That's why this 32-inch, IPS is a great fit for gaming, helped along massively by a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. Now all you need is a great graphics card to feed it with a constant flow of frames.

Samsung LU28E570

Samsung UE57 | 28-inch | 4K | TN | 60Hz | $349.99 $237.49 at Amazon (save $100)
You know we said don't settle for a 60Hz or a TN panel? Well, here we are recommending both in just one panel, but this is a 4K monitor from a good brand at a really tempting price, so we'll make an exception. A 28-inch panel at 3840x2160 makes for a pleasing 157ppi and if you need to work as well as play, then 4K does make for a more productive time. This deal has now been reduced silghtly more as an open box price.

ViewSonic XG3220

Viewsonic XG3220 | 32-inch | 4K | MVA | 60Hz | $509.99 $497.99 at Amazon (save $12)
If you find 28-inch 4K screens a bit tight when it comes to the pixel pitch, then this 32-incher could be the perfect answer. You're limited to 60Hz still, which isn't too surprising at this price, but you do get an MVA panel, so contrast and viewing angles are much better than its TN equivalents. Support for AMD FreeSync is a nice bonus too.

Black Friday 1440p gaming monitor deals

Samsung Odyssey G7 | 26.9-inch | 1440p | 240Hz $699.99

Samsung Odyssey G7 | 26.9-inch | 1440p | 240Hz $699.99 $499.99 at B&H (save $200)
Another option on the Samsung Odyssey G7 if you don't want to pay for 4K is to drop down to 1440p and save a little extra money. It does pop you up to 240Hz at the same time, and are you really going to miss the 1.1-inch reduction in size? Well, only you can answer that.

Gigabyte M27Q 27-inch 170 Hz

Gigabyte M27Q | 27-inch | 1440p | IPS | 170Hz | $359.99 $279.99 at Newegg (save $80)
Flick through the specifications of this gaming monitor and you'll be surprised to see how much is on offer at this price: 170Hz, FreeSync Premium, IPS panel, 0.5ms response time. All good stuff, and there are tons of really positive reviews for this one online, including this one from our sister site Tom's Hardware, which makes it look like quite the deal. 

Alienware AW2721D | 27-inch | 1440p | IPS | 240Hz | $1,109.99

Alienware AW2721D | 27-inch | 1440p | IPS | 240Hz | $1,109.99 $799.99 at Dell (save $310)
This Alienware monitor hits that 1440p sweet spot at an impressive 240Hz refresh rate and a 1ms (GtG) response time. This thing is fast. And at 450 cd/m2 it's pretty bright too. This would normally set you back $1,110, but right now you can pick it up for a penny under $800. That's a quality saving on a quality screen. 

Acer Predator XB271HU | 27-inch | 1440p | IPS | 144Hz | $469.99

Acer Predator XB271HU | 27-inch | 1440p | IPS | 144Hz | $469.99 $379.99 at Amazon (save $90)
For Acer's flagship monitor this is a great deal. We hold a special place in our hearts for the Predator. The IPS panel may not have the best colors and contrast around, but it's built for performance. With a 4ms response time and an overclockable 144Hz refresh, you'll be flying in competitive games.

MSI Optix MAG321CQR | 32-inch | 1440p | VA | 144Hz | $479.99

MSI Optix MAG321CQR | 32-inch | 1440p | VA | 144Hz | $479.99 $289.98 at Amazon (save $190)
This is a huge saving on a quality 1440p VA panel that can make for some silky smooth refresh rates. The 1800R curve is subtle enough to add to the immersive experience without getting in the way too. It's FreeSync and G-Sync compatible too.

Dell S3222DGM | 32-inch | 1440p | VA | 165Hz | $529.99

Dell S3222DGM | 32-inch | 1440p | VA | 165Hz | $529.99 $329.99 at Dell (save $200)
Coming in with a massive saving, this QHD, curved Dell gaming monitor boasts AMD FreeSync, as well as 2ms grey-to-grey response and a very tasty 165Hz refresh rate. At $200 off RRP, it's a bit of a steal.

ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQ

Asus TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B | 27-inch | 1440p | VA | 165Hz | $329.99 $269.99 at Newegg (save $60)
With a curved panel and a rather nice 165Hz refresh, not to mention the 1ms response time, this Asus TUF gaming monitor is not to be sniffed at. It's one of our favorite monitors and the model is only a couple of years old. Not a bad buy. It also has an available $30 rebate bringing the price down to $239.99.

LG UltraGear 32GN600 | 32-inch | 1440p | VA | 165Hz | $349

LG UltraGear 32GN600 | 32-inch | 1440p | VA | 165Hz | $349 $249 at Walmart (save $100)
As we said at the beginning, high-refresh 1440p monitors are where it's at right now, and this LG UltraGear screen is a great example of why that's the case. Big, bold, and bright, it'll make pretty much everything you play look great, and that 165Hz refresh rate will make it silky smooth too. This is a great deal.

Acer XG270HU

Acer XG270HU | 27-inch | 1440p | TN | 144Hz | $349.99 $289.99 at Newegg (save $60)
You may be able to get IPS and VA panels for this sort of cash, but there's still something to be said for this speedy TN screen for gaming. High-refresh rates and 1ms response times make it a punchy offering, and viewed straight on the colors are decent. It's got a tiny bezels on the top and sides for multi-screen setups, and also supports AMD FreeSync for smooth gaming.

Black Friday 1080p gaming monitor deals

Dell Alienware AW2521H | 360Hz | 24.5-inch | 1080p | 1ms | IPS | $909.99

Dell Alienware AW2521H | 360Hz | 24.5-inch | 1080p | 1ms | IPS | $909.99 $379.99 at Dell (Save $530)
This high refresh rate, low response gaming monitor may not be the highest resolution, but man does it pack a punch. Plus, it's a little bigger than average at 24.5 inches and comes with Nvidia G-Sync and Reflex Latency Analyser. At under half its normal price, it's certainly worth a look.

Asus ROG Swift PG259QN

Asus ROG Swift PG259QN | 24.5-inch | 1080p | 360Hz | $599.99 $489.00 at Amazon (save $110)
This 1080p gaming monitor offers a ridiculously fast refresh rate, and so will need one of the newer G-Sync compatible graphics cards to make the most of it. ROG Swift's IPS panels are great, though, offering deep, clear colours while still providing good response times. It's a little on the small size, but if you're short of space, this is worth your consideration.

AOC C32G2ZE

AOC C32G2ZE | 32-inch | 1080p | VA | 240Hz | $329.99 $279.99 at Amazon (save $50)
32 inches may make 1080p seem a tad stretched, but this is still a pretty good deal on a vast, curved gaming monitor—that's even without the ridiculous 0.5ms response, and 240Hz refresh rate. Here you're getting excellent contrast, accurate color, and AMD FreeSync to help reduce screen tear.

Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor: AW2521HF

Alienware AW2521HF | 25-inch | 1080p | IPS | 240Hz | $380 $279 at Gamestop (save $101)
It may not be the widest, screen nor the highest resolution around, but with a true 1ms grey-to-grey response and a ridiculous 240Hz refresh, it'll give you some serious speed—provided your PC can pump out the high frame rates it deserves.

Samsung HMD Odyssey

Samsung Odyssey G3 | 24-inch | 1080p | VA | 144Hz | $279.99 $199.99 at Amazon (save $80)
One of our favorite gaming monitors is an Odyssey, this is just the toned-down version. At 144Hz, with a 1ms response, it can still hold its own. It even comes with Freesync, which is great for those packing an AMD GPU.

Sceptre E275B-FPT165 | 27-inch | 1080p | IPS | 165Hz | $227.48

Sceptre E275B-FPT165 | 27-inch | 1080p | IPS | 165Hz | $227.48 $199.97 at Amazon (save $27.51)
It's not the highest resolution monitor, but a nice 165Hz refresh and 1ms response time are not to be sniffed at for that price. It's more built for speed than image fidelity. Plus, you're looking at a nice 27 inch IPS panel, so there's that.

Samsung T350 | 1080p | IPS | 4ms response time | 75Hz | $189.99

Samsung T350 | 1080p | IPS | 4ms response time | 75Hz | $189.99 $109.99 at Best Buy (save $80)
Now we're talking cheap monitors, let's look at the Samsung T350 on offer at Best Buy. This is actually a monitor we've come in contact with a lot, as Jacob used to have a pair of these at home. These don't offer the most amazing picture quality in the world, but if you're looking for a cheap way to buy two monitors at once, this is it.

Our magic price searching bots are all over the web, tracking down the best prices all the time. That means this list will be regularly curated multiple times each day.

Black Friday TV deals

There's something to be said about being able to sit on your couch with a wireless controller and playing your favorite computer games on a massive TV. Our deals bots are working overtime to find the best TV deals on the internet. 

LG G1 Series | 55-inch | OLED | 4K | $1,999.99

LG G1 Series | 55-inch | OLED | 4K | $1,999.99 $1,699.99 at Best Buy (save $300)
This gorgeous 4K OLED TV supports a 120Hz refresh rate meaning that your games will not only look good but will run at a silky smooth frame rate. Its OLED EVO panel gives you some of the best contrast available too.

Sony A80J OLED 65-inch

Sony Bravia XR A80J | 65-inch | OLED | 4K | $2,299.99 $1,799.99 at Best Buy (save $500)
This high-end TV from Sony uses OLED tech to produce one of the best experiences around. Near-infinite contrast, excellent color gamut, and a quick response time make it as great for gaming as it is for watching movies. 120Hz refresh rates and HDMI 2.1 round out its next-gen capabilities.

LG 65 Class C1 Series | 65-inch | OLED | 4K | $2,099.99

LG 65 Class C1 Series | 65-inch | OLED | 4K | $2,099.99 $1,799.99 at Best Buy (save $300)
Why settle for a 55-inch TV when you could go massive and grab this 65-inch bad boy instead. You still get support for 120Hz gaming via HDMI 2.1 and wonderful picture quality thanks to the OLED tech that makes this screen tick. A decent saving on a quality screen.

Samsung QN65Q8FN QLED TV

Samsung Q80 series (2021) | 65-inch | QLED | 4K | $1,699.99 $1,197.99 at Newegg (save $502)
This Samsung 4K QLED is actually a pretty good fit for gaming. You know why? It comes with a 120Hz refresh rate, and for a TV its response time isn't all too bad at 13ms either. Nice.

Samsung Q60A

Samsung Q60A | 32-inch | QLED | 4K | $497.99 $397.99 at B&H Photo (save $100)
This Samsung screen is a great fit for most living rooms. It's not rapid-fast like some of the others on this list, but say you only want to play Stardew Valley on the big screen, it's pretty darn good. Similarly, it's good for, you know, watching TV.

LG OLED55C1

LG 55 Class C1 Series | 55-inch | OLED | 4K | $1,499.99 $1,299.99 at Best Buy (save $200)
LG makes some beautiful panels, and its TVs are some of the best for gaming, too. This particular screen is fit for 120Hz gaming and harnesses the full capability of OLED for wonderfully deep picture quality and contrast.

Vizio OLED 55-inch

Vizio OLED55-H1 | 55-inch | OLED | 4K | $1,299.99 $999.99 at Best Buy (save $300)
This 55-inch 4K television was a big hit in the sales last year, and it's enjoying some money off this time around as well. The 120Hz refresh rate and support for HDMI 2.1 mean you can plug your consoles into it as well as your PC and enjoy some big-screen gaming. 

What should I look for in a Black Friday gaming monitor deal?

First, check the product's historical pricing. We like to use camelcamelcamel, which shows how often something has been on sale and how much. This way, you can see if a current deal is at its lowest and best price. 

Apart from price, you would next look at its native resolution. You want it to match up with what your GPU can do. Meaning there's no point in spending the money on a 4K gaming monitor if you're only using an RTX 3060 where a 1080p monitor is sufficient enough. Be realistic with your shopping goals. 

If you're planning on embracing the ultrawide lifestyle, the resolution is super important. It should be 1440 pixels high at a minimum, while the width should be whatever you think your desk can accommodate. Start with 3440 x 1440 ultrawides as your base and go from there. 

The refresh rate is next on the list. You WILL see a lot of 60Hz screens on sale. Most of them won't be worth it. If you see a screen you like in your budget that's 120Hz or higher, scoop that bad boy up. As long as your GPU can handle it, a higher refresh means smoother gameplay. 

Alan Dexter

Alan has been writing about PC tech since before 3D graphics cards existed, and still vividly recalls having to fight with MS-DOS just to get games to load. He fondly remembers the killer combo of a Matrox Millenium and 3dfx Voodoo, and seeing Lara Croft in 3D for the first time. He's very glad hardware has advanced as much as it has though, and is particularly happy when putting the latest M.2 NVMe SSDs, AMD processors, and laptops through their paces. He has a long-lasting Magic: The Gathering obsession but limits this to MTG Arena these days.