The 6 Best Gaming Monitors 2022


When it comes to gaming monitors, there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. Depending on the games you play and the equipment you use, you'll need a different monitor compared to someone else. Most high-end gaming monitors have a fast response time that produces very little motion blur, and they extremely low input lag. There are extra technologies that further improve the user experience, like variable refresh rate (VRR) support and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. There are high-resolution monitors, like 4k, if you want an immersive gaming experience, and there are others that sacrifice resolution for a higher refresh rate for high-frame-rate gaming.

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6. Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA



The best FreeSync gaming monitor that we've tested is the Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA. It has excellent gaming performance that should please most gamers. It's one of the few monitors available in both a 27 and 32 inch size, and even though we tested the 32 inch variant, the results are also valid for the 27 inch model.

It has native FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing, and if you have an NVIDIA graphics card, it's G-SYNC compatible. The variable refresh rate (VRR) support goes along with its 240Hz refresh rate, and you can achieve its full refresh rate range over a DisplayPort connection. Gaming feels smooth and responsive, thanks to the quick response time and low input lag. However, it has a slow response time in dark transitions, meaning you'll see some black smearing, typical of VA panels. It has a high contrast ratio, so it's a good choice for dark room gaming.

Unfortunately, it has a terrible local dimming feature that causes intense blooming around bright objects. There are also reports of the backlight flickering with VRR enabled in certain types of content, but not everyone sees this, so your experience can be different. It has okay ergonomics, but the stand has a narrow swivel range. Overall, it's one of the best monitors we've tested if you want native FreeSync support.

5. MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD



If you're not a fan of VA panels and prefer something with wide viewing angles, then check out the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD. Although you won't get the same 240Hz refresh rate as the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T, it still delivers an excellent gaming experience with a 165Hz refresh rate. It has an IPS panel with a lower contrast than the Samsung monitor. However, that means it has wider viewing angles, and the image remains accurate when viewing from the sides. It also has great ergonomics if you need to place your screen in different positions. It has low input lag and a quick response time for smooth motion. Unfortunately, the color gamut is over-saturated, which will bother you if color accuracy is important.

If you want a FreeSync gaming monitor, you can't go wrong with the Samsung thanks to its 240Hz refresh rate, but if you're willing to compromise on the refresh rate for something with better viewing angles, go for the MSI.

4. ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM



The best G-SYNC gaming monitor we've tested is the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM. It's an excellent gaming monitor, and if you have an NVIDIA graphics card, you can take full advantage of the monitor thanks to its native G-SYNC support. Even if you have another PC or gaming console with an AMD graphics card, FreeSync also works on it. Additionally, the 1440p resolution helps deliver crisp images on the large 27 inch screen.

It has an incredibly high 240Hz refresh rate, and motion handling is fantastic. It has a fast response time at its max refresh rate that results in almost no motion blur, but there's overshoot in most transitions. It has an even better response time at 60Hz, but this is because it doubles the number of frames with 60Hz content for smoother motion. If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, you can take advantage of the NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer the monitor has, which measures the input latency of your computer.

Sadly, it's not a good choice for dark room gaming. It has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray, and even though it has a local dimming feature, it performs terribly and causes blooming around bright objects. It's also not the best choice for HDR gaming because its HDR peak brightness is just okay.

3. Dell Alienware AW2721D



If you prefer something cheaper, then look into the Dell Alienware AW2721D. It doesn't have as many extra features as the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM as it lacks NVIDIA's Reflex Latency Analyzer, but it still offers the same impressive gaming performance. The native G-SYNC support works at the full refresh rate range over a DisplayPort connection, and it also works with AMD graphics cards, but FreeSync doesn't work over HDMI. You won't notice any delay as it has very low input lag, and motion looks smooth thanks to the quick response time at its max refresh rate and at 60Hz. While it has good HDR peak brightness and displays a wide range of colors, it has a low contrast ratio, and the local dimming feature causes blooming.

If you're looking for the best G-SYNC gaming monitor, the ASUS is a feature-rich option. If you prefer spending a bit less, check out the Dell.

2. Gigabyte M32U



The best 4k gaming monitor that we've tested is the Gigabyte M32U. It's an excellent gaming monitor with a large 32 inch screen that provides enough screen space for an immersive gaming experience. Also, the high resolution delivers crisp images and fantastic text clarity.

It has a 144Hz panel, which you can achieve over a DisplayPort connection. Thankfully, even over HDMI, you can hit a max refresh rate of 120Hz with a 4k resolution thanks to the HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, which is ideal for console gaming on the Xbox Series X and PS5. However, it doesn't support full-bandwidth HDMI 2.1, as it's limited to 24 Gbps, but it won't make much of a difference for console gaming, except you're limited to chroma 4:2:0 from the PS5. Motion looks exceptionally smooth thanks to the quick response time, and it has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, as long as you update it to the latest firmware.

Unfortunately, it's not a good choice for dark room gaming because it has a low contrast ratio. Even though it has an edge-lit local dimming feature, it performs terribly and causes blooming around bright objects. It also doesn't deliver a good HDR experience because it can't get bright enough to make highlights pop.

1. Gigabyte M34WQ




The best ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested is the Gigabyte M34WQ. It's an excellent gaming monitor with a 3440x1440 resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio, which provides a more immersive gaming experience than typical 16:9 monitors as it offers more horizontal screen space. It also has wide viewing angles, meaning the edges of the screen remain accurate if you sit too close.

It has a 144Hz panel with native FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing, and even if it's not officially certified by NVIDIA, G-SYNC compatibility works on it. It has low input lag for a responsive feel, and you won't notice motion blur thanks to its quick response time. It also has a backlight-strobing feature that works with VRR enabled, which is rare for a monitor, but it only works within a narrow range. If you like to game in a room with a few lights on, visibility won't be a problem because it has high peak brightness and great reflection handling.

Sadly, it doesn't perform as well in a dark room because it has a low contrast ratio, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve it. Even if you game in HDR, it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop, which is disappointing.

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best PC gaming monitors currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price, and feedback from our visitors.

If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our gaming monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.