Gaming mice, gaming headsets and gaming keyboards are great if you want to enjoy the virtual world, but they do not hold a candle to how important gaming monitors are. A good gaming monitor can not only make the difference between winning or losing a game, but it can actually make a won game feel like a neutral experience, or a lost game as a fun, worth having moment. That is because it is the monitor that immerses you in the world of gaming and, if the image is smudgy, if you have to imagine rather than actually see your kill shot, you will not really be able to fully enjoy your game. That is because there are 3 technical factors that determine how good a monitor is for gaming: the refresh rate, the response time and the color configuration. The first 2 are actually the most important so in our tests we really pushed these monitors to their maximum potential so we could see how well their technical specifications translate in a superior image quality. We ranked them in the following table to give you the choice of a very quick pick, but if you want to know which monitor is best suited for you and your needs, make sure to scroll past the table to our in depth reviews for each monitor.
|BenQ 1ms GTG XL2720Z 27-inch High Performance LED Gaming Monitor||excellent||$$$$||Click Here!|
|ASUS MX279H 27-Inch Screen LED-Lit LCD Monitor||very good||$$$||Click Here!|
|Samsung S27D390H 27-Inch Screen LCD Monitor||very good||$$$||Click Here!|
|Philips 242G5DJEB 144hz, 1ms Extreme Performance 24-Inch Professional Gaming Monitor||excellent||$$$||Click Here!|
|ASUS VS278Q-P Ultrafast 1ms 27-Inch LED-Lit Monitor||very good||$$$||Click Here!|
|ASUS VG248QE 24-inch LED-lit Monitor 144Hz refresh rate 1ms pixel response time & 3D capable||excellent||$$$||Click Here!|
|BenQ Gaming Monitor RL2455HM (24-Inch LED)||excellent||$$$||Click Here!|
|Asus VS247H-P 23.6-Inch Full-HD LED-Lit LCD Monitor||very good||$$||Click Here!|
|ASUS VS228H-P 22-Inch Full-HD 5ms LED-Lit LCD Monitor||very good||$$||Click Here!|
|Acer S231HL BBID 23-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor||excellent||$$||Click Here!|
1. BenQ 1ms GTG XL2720Z
The BenQ 1ms GTG XL2720Z is what we would call the absolute best gaming monitor if money was not object for you. As you will see, most of the monitors on our list cost about half the price of the BenQ 1ms GTG XL2720Z, and, to be honest, there are even more expensive monitors out there, but those are clearly not worth the money. What sets the BenQ 1ms GTG XL2720Z apart from other gaming monitors are its technical specifications coupled with its gaming orientated features. It has a 144 Hz refresh rate, which perfectly matches the frame rate of some of the more intense action sequences. It also allows you to perfectly interact with your game due to its incredibly fast 1 ms response time. As you will see, it is pretty difficult to find another monitor with these features, and even those that have these technical features come short when it comes to the gaming design of the monitor. For on it has an automatic Black eQualizer features that brings up the light in the darkest parts of the screen while leaving the light levels unchanged in well lit areas. It also comes with an S Switch system that allows you to pre-program various color schemes and then easily change them during the game.
2. Asus MX279H
The only problem with impressive technical characteristics and gaming features is that they come at a very high price. So we decided to also feature in the first spots of our top 10 best gaming monitors list some products that will fit the financial capabilities of most gamers out there. The Asus MX279H for one, has a respectable, although not impressive 5 millisecond response time and a maximum 80 Hz refresh rate. As you can probably tell, it is nowhere near as responsive as the BenQ we have already talked about, but the good news is that, just as you would have to be a real snobbish connoisseur to tell the difference between a 250 dollars bottle of wine and a 400 dollar one, so it is with this Asus and we are confident that many of our readers would not be able to tell the difference. For one you need to enjoy a specific type of games, otherwise a MMOG or a strategy game will look just as well on this Asus. Furthermore, we have taken into consideration the “cool” factor of the Asus that looks almost as if it was take off the set for Star Trek. And you have to appreciate the fact that this is an IPS HD monitor which means it has an incredible level of clarity and a 178 degree viewing angle.
3. Samsung S27D390H
As you probably know, in the world of smartphones Samsung is the only real contender for Apple, with some people even arguing that Samsung’s screens are better than Apple’s. So we had to feature the Samsung S27D390H here because it really has one of the most beautiful images we have ever seen. It does not have a 1ms response time or an impressive refresh rate, but it does have a huge 178 degree viewing angle. It also has a Game mode setting that, although cannot improve the lighting on some areas while leaving it normal for the rest of the screen, it does improve the contrast and the lighting to suit most games. In fact this is the perfect gaming and movie monitor on the market if you are both a gamer and a cinephile. And the fact that the Samsung S27D390H has earned a 4.3 star rating on Amazon should further convince you just how good the image quality is on this monitor.
4. Philips 242G5DJEB
If you need to keep the price down on your gaming monitor, there are two basic ways in which you can do that. The first would be to give up some of the technical features of a dedicated gaming monitor, which is what we did when talking about the Samsung and the Asus, or you can go for a smaller monitor. The Philips 242G5DJEB 24 inch monitor with the same characteristics as the 27 inch BenQ. It has an impressive 144 Hz refresh rate and a 1 ms response time. Furthermore it has a Smart Frame feature that brings up the light in dark areas where enemies might hide, while letting the color scheme unchanged for the rest of the screen. It even has 6 graphic mode presets for 6 different types of games. So if you add all that up with the far lower price than the BenQ, you will understand why we love the Philips 242G5DJEB so much despite its smaller 24″ size.
5. Asus VS278Q-P
Of the 2 technical features we have been talking so much so far, the refresh rate and the response time, the latter is the more important. So Asus came out with the VS278Q-P, a 27″ monitor, with a 1 ms response time, a maximum 80 Hz refresh rate, and a price that makes it a very dangerous contender for the Samsung. Of course it is not an IPS monitor so the colors are not as powerful and accurate as the ones on the Samsung and the viewing angle is somewhat reduced, but the fact remains that none of these characteristics should put off a gamer.
6. Asus VG248QE
As we go into the second half of our list we have to warn you that you would be better served by some of the choices in our top 5 best gaming monitors choices, but we do have to admit that some of the monitors we are going to feature from now on, do have their advantages. The Asus VG248QE for example has those impressive gaming characteristics, 144 Hz and 1 ms response time. They managed to keep the price competitive because this is a 24 inch monitor so it is a direct threat to the Philips 242G5DJEB. The only difference, and the reason why we prefer the Philips, is that the Asus does not have any gaming features like special lighting features or gaming mode color calibrations.
7. BenQ RL2455HM
With the BenQ RL2455HM we begin to look at even more affordable monitors than before. What makes the BenQ RL2455HM a true gaming monitor is the fact that it has a 1 milisecond response time. However, it does not have a 144 refresh rate, it is limited to just 80 Hz, but, as we said before, the response time is the more important characteristic. It is also a 24 inch monitor, and not a 27″, but that is the sacrifice you will have to make for the improved price point. And while you consider all these features, think about the fact that almost 500 customers awarded the BenQ RL2455HM a 4.6 star rating on Amazon.
8. Asus VS247H-P 23.6-Inch Full-HD
If this was 2012, the Asus VS247H-P would be our top choice and we would be comparing every other monitor to it. However sometimes it is better to choose the champ of yesteryear over the runt of today’s litter and, luckily the Asus VS247H-P. It is a more affordable monitor than anything we have featured so far, with a 2 millisecond response time and an 80 Hz refresh rate. The size is somewhat strange at 23.6 inches, but it is still a very decent gaming monitor at an incredibly small price considering all its features.
9. Asus VS228H-P 22-Inch Full-HD
With the Asus VS228H-P 22-Inch Full-HD we are heading into the price range of regular monitors and, unfortunately the features are equally unimpressive. As the name suggests this is a 22 inch monitor, with a 5 ms response time and 75 Hz refresh rate. It is not by any stretch of the imagination anyone’s choice for a gaming monitor, but its real life colors, performance and incredibly low price have convinced us to feature it here. For what it’s worth it has actually earned a 4.4 star rating, but we would wager most of those buyers were not gamers.
10. Acer H236HL bid 23-Inch
The final monitor we are going to talk about is the Acer H236HL bid 23-Inch. It is in the same price range as the 22 inch Asus, but at 23 inches it is somewhat bigger and it uses the IPS technology that creates far brighter and more impressive colors, allowing you to enjoy them from a much greater viewing angle. This could actually be a more expensive monitor if it was made by Asus, but it has been our experience that Acer creates very good, reliable monitors, so we strongly encourage you to value it higher than the Asus VS228H-P 22-Inch Full-HD.