Best Gaming Monitor 2021: Our Top Picks For November

If you're after the best gaming monitor around, we've got you covered right here with our top picks, and spoiler alert...there's something for everyone.

When choosing which monitor to go for, there's also plenty of questions that need to be asked, such as whether high refresh rates matter, or what can be considered a good response time. Both points are arguably integral in any buying decision.

From a brilliant 144Hz monitor in the Alienware AW2518H to one of the best HDMI 2.1 monitors around with the ASUS ROG Strix XG43UQ, we've got you covered right here with our top picks based on specs, reviews, and what usage we think they'd be great for.

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Some brilliant monitors have been announced within the last few weeks too, with AOC's Argon Pro monitors, two new candidates from MSI, and a world's first for 240Hz monitors from TCL.

Let's get into it - here are what we think are some of the best gaming monitors around at the moment.

Best Gaming Monitor 2021

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Best Gaming Monitor 1440p - Samsung Odyssey G7

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Screen size: 27 Inches, 1000R | Resolution: QHD Wide 1440p | Display technology: LED | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Hardware interface: 2 x Displayport, 1 x HDMI, 2 x USB 3.0 | Refresh rate: 240 Hz | Response time: 1 ms | Item weight: 7.2 kg | Display resolution maximum: 2560 x 1440 Pixels

The Samsung Odyssey G7 monitor ticks practically every box when it comes to gaming, and can usually be found hovering around the £500 - £600 mark.

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We'd even say this makes the list for one of the best 1440p gaming monitors out there too.

As far as monitors go, its design lends itself quite nicely to a gaming setup, especially with blue detailing on the back, which really makes this monitor pop.

Performance speaking, you're getting Freesync Premium Pro and G-Sync compatible technology otherwise known as VRR, to reduce any screen tear or stuttering.

Add that to 240hz and 1ms response time, and you've got a bit of a beast for fast-paced gaming too.

HDR 600, enhanced ergonomics and VESA compliant...the list goes on for this standout monitor.

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Best Gaming Monitor For First Person Shooters - Alienware AW2518H

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Screen size: 25" | Resolution: 1080p | Display Technology: LCD | Refresh Rate: 240Hz | Response Time: 1ms | Connections: HDMI, DP, USB

When it comes to first-person games, we thought this Alienware AW2518H monitor stood out from the crowd and it also looks like the hugely popular streamer Nick Mercs uses this monitor to dominate across a number of games too.

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As with many monitors in the Alienware range, this is one stunningly designed display that packs a serious visual punch.

Performance speaking, you're getting a 240hz refresh rate to ensure super-smooth gameplay and arguably give you a bit of an edge when it comes to competitive play.

It's also practically the ideal screen size for competitive gaming, as you'll be able to spot opponents easily without having to move your head to see them. It may shave off mere milliseconds, but as you know, that's what counts when playing titles like Apex, Warzone, and more.

An impressive monitor if we ever saw one, we think the Alienware AW2518H is well worth checking out if you're into your first-person shooters.

See More: The Best 144hz Gaming Monitors

Best Gaming Monitor For Console - ASUS CG32UQ

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Screen size: 32 Inches | Resolution: 4K, 3840x2160p | Display technology: LED | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Hardware interface: DisplayPort, HDMI | Refresh rate: 60 Hz | Response time: 5 ms | Item weight: 9.1 kg | Display resolution maximum: 3840 x 2160 pixels

The ASUS CG32UQ is a great premium choice for most people's gaming setups, if you're sticking to non HDMI 2.1 monitors.

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You're getting a quality 4K monitor here, but with some added extras, such as ambient lighting (Halo Sync), that can add an impressive touch to your gaming setup.

As for visuals, HDR and a DCI-p3 95% professional colour gamut should prove useful when it comes to bringing your favourite games to life on screen.

As with most 4K HDMI 2.0 monitors you'll be capped 60fps if you're playing on PS5 and Xbox Series X - if you want 120fps at 4K, you'll have to check out some of the best HDMI 2.1 monitors.

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Best Gaming Monitor 4K Mid-Range - LG Electronics 32UN500

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Screen size: 32 Inches | Resolution: 4K UHD 2160p | Display technology: LCD | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Hardware interface: DisplayPort, HDMI | Refresh rate: 60 Hz | Response time: 4 ms | Item weight: 10.7 kg | Display resolution maximum: 3840 x 2160

Another solid choice for both PC and console gaming, this LG 32UN500 comes in typically under £400 and boasts an impressive resume for the price as you can see above.

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In the looks department, if you're using a monitor for both gaming and work, then we think this one works well in both worlds.

It's minimal enough to not look out of place when using for everyday productivity, but also matches up quite well with next-gen/ current-gen consoles thanks to its white backing.

A good all-rounder that we'd say could be a great choice and a superb monitor for PS5.

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Best Gaming Monitor 144Hz Mini LED - ASUS ROG Swift PG32UQX

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Screen size: 32 Inches | Resolution: 4K 3840x2160p | Display technology: Mini LED | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Hardware interface: DisplayPort, HDMI | Refresh rate: 144 Hz | Response time: 4 ms | Item weight: 10.9 kg | Display resolution maximum: 3840 x 2160

If you're wanting a panel that's similar to some of the best TVs out there, then the ASUS ROG Swift PG32UQX might just be the monitor for you.

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What you'll find first and foremost is a 4K IPS panel that features Mini LED backlighting. In the real world, this should translate to a display with some rather vivid colours and incredible brightness, as it features 1400 nits of brightness courtesy of 1152 independent zones of LEDs.

Alongside this, a 144Hz refresh rate also ensures that the ASUS ROG Swift PG32UQX should be quite the powerful gaming monitor in its own right, as well as support for Nvidia's G-Sync Ultimate.

There's also a clever display built into the monitor's bezels that can show useful info such as temperatures or fan speeds and it can also display any custom images, which we think is pretty cool.

Best Gaming Monitor 240hz Mid-Range - BenQ Zowie XL2540K

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Screen size: 24 Inches | Resolution: 1080p | Display technology: LED | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Hardware interface: DisplayPort, HDMI | Refresh rate: 240 Hz | Response time: 1 ms | Item weight: 6.1 kg | Display resolution maximum: 1920 x 1080 pixels

One of the best BenQ monitors around, and a brilliant choice for competitive gaming too, this BenQ Zowie XL2540K ticks practically all the boxes for a FHD, responsive display.

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If you're all about fast-paced gaming you'll be in luck thanks to the whopping 240hz refresh rate and 1ms response time on offer here.

And even when playing on PS5 and Xbox Series X, you'll be able to unlock 120fps on select titles (thankfully COD Black Ops is one of them!).

The design tweak to this model is also a real winner, giving it a smaller base so as to free up that all-important desk real estate.

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Best Gaming Monitor HDMI 2.1 - ASUS ROG Strix XG43UQ

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Screen size: 43 Inches | Resolution: 4K UHD 2160p | Display technology: LED | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Hardware interface: DisplayPort, HDMI | Refresh rate: 144 Hz | Response time: 1 ms | Item weight: 15.3 kg | Display resolution maximum: 3840 x 2160 pixels

Now, this ASUS ROG Strix CG43UQ is a bit of a beast on paper and demand must be sky-high for it as it is certainly tough to get a hold of.

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As seemingly the start of the wave of HDMI 2.1 monitors ready to start crashing onto our shores, it's up there at over the £1000 mark, and with good reason.

This monitor allows you to unlock high framerates and high resolution, giving you that truly next-gen experience.

It even features ASUS Extreme Low Motion Blur Sync with variable refresh rate tech to ensure a super smooth gaming experience.

If you're going all-in with your gaming setup, we'd say this would be worth keeping a close eye on.

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Best Gaming Monitor Curved Premium - Samsung Odyssey G9

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Screen size: 49 Inches, 1000R | Resolution: DQHD | Display technology: QLED, LED | Aspect ratio: 32:9 | Hardware interface: 1 x HDMI, 1 x Displayport | Refresh rate: 240 Hz | Response time: 1 ms | Item Weight: 16.7kg | Display resolution maximum: 5120 x 1440

The Samsung Odyssey G9 is the ultimate statement monitor and it is absolutely enormous.

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As a worthy addition to our best curved monitor list, this massive display packs a punch under the hood, with a staggering 240hz refresh rate combined with a 1ms response time.

Even though its stand provides enhanced ergonomics (swivel, tilt and height-adjustable) it's also VESA compliant, so you can choose to mount it if you wish.

We'd recommend checking the maximum weight of your potential monitor stand though, as this comes in at over 16kg!

It's a standout monitor, with a fairly hefty premium price tag, but worth considering if you really want to splash out on something epic.

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Best Gaming Monitor 4K 28" - AOC Gaming U28G2AE

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Screen size: 28 Inches | Resolution: 4K UHD 2160p | Display technology: LED | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Hardware interface: DisplayPort, HDMI | Refresh rate: 60 Hz | Response time: 1 ms | Item weight: 8.7 kg | Display resolution maximum: 3840 x 2160 Pixels

The AOC U28G2AE 4K monitor is a good call if you're looking for something mid-range and slightly on the smaller side.

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Even without HDR, this monitor delivers the goods when it comes to colour and clarity. Its IPS display makes images look crisp and thanks to its brightness you'll be able to experience this in well-lit rooms too.

As far as design, there's a nice touch of red detailing on the bottom of the monitor that gives it that gaming edge but also proves inconspicuous enough to make it fit in with a productivity setup.

A good all-rounder for the price point if you're after a crisp 4K image on a monitor that won't dominate your gaming setup space.

Best Gaming Monitor 1440p Under 400 - Gigabyte G27Q

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Screen size: 27 Inches | Resolution: QHD Wide 1440p | Display technology: LED | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Hardware interface: DisplayPort, HDMI | Refresh rate: 144 Hz | Response time: 1 ms | Item weight: 7.26 kg | Display resolution maximum: 2560 x 1440 pixels

If you're after a cracking 1440p monitor then you may want to check out the GIGABYTE G27Q.

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FreeSync Premium/G-Sync Compatible ready which will make for smooth gameplay even when things get super-fast, in addition to a lightning-fast response time of 1ms.

It also boasts an impressive 92% DCI-P3 wide-gamut display, with HDR 40 support meaning you can enjoy everything from gaming, to watching movies all the way to video editing.

For consoles, we think this is a great monitor for Xbox Series S or X could also be a good way to go if you're looking for 120 fps gaming.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Gaming Monitors

When it comes to finding the best monitor for gaming, it's all about personal taste, budget, and what you're primarily using it for, and these are just some of what we think are some of the standout monitors on the market today.

But there are a few 'rules of thumb' you can follow which can help decide which monitor is best for your primary usage.

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What is the best refresh rate for a gaming monitor?

Generally speaking, for fast-paced gaming you'll want to go 144hz and above. More frames per second can give you the edge, although 360hz is quite hard to distinguish between 240hz.

For slower more cinematic experiences, we'd say go for a larger screen with HDR, especially for consoles.

A great mid-ground is 144hz at 1440p if you want smooth gameplay without losing too much detail.

Should you get an HDMI 2.1 Monitor?

They're very new to the scene and expensive, so it's really about your chosen budget, but they are practically future proof and can give you low response times, high fps, and 4K all at the same time.

That being said, there are some outstanding 120hz HDMI 2.1 TVs that could be worth considering if you want something more multi-use.

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What is the best monitor size for gaming?

There is some debate as to what is the best monitor size for gaming, but really it depends on your usage.

Smaller is better with lower resolution as it doesn't look as blurry. For instance, we wouldn't recommend a 32-inch 1080p monitor for picture clarity, but with 4K it'll look fantastic.

Playing competitively also requires smaller screens so you can see what's going on with minimal head/ eye movement.

All in all, we'd say 24" for 1080p, 27" for 1440p, and 32" - 43" for 4K would be our picks for 'optimal' screen sizes...but again, it's a personal preference.

Is an IPS screen essential when buying a monitor?

When it comes to finding the best display type for your gaming monitor, we'd say IPS screens deliver wider viewing angles and generally very good colour, so we'd say go for one if possible, especially if you think you'll have an audience watching you game.

VA panels are also very good.

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Should you get a curved monitor?

Some debate exists over whether curved monitors are better for gaming than their more standard-looking counterparts.

On the one hand, having a curved monitor does allow for increased immersion first and foremost as they look to fill your entire field of vision with their vast screen real estate. This is especially true for displays like the Samsung Odyssey G9 with its 49-inch panel.

However, if you are looking to play competitively, going for a smaller, non-curved panel is probably the way to go, but if immersion and the added power of a curved monitor is of paramount importance, then we'd say they're worth a pickup.

Do I need HDR in a gaming monitor?

Many of the monitors we've got listed here offer up a form of what's known as HDR, or high-dynamic range.

Having HDR is primarily useful on larger-screen monitors (i.e. 32-inches or above) as it will be easier to notice the higher quality of visual output. This can work well if the monitor is also 4K and you're going to be using it for console gaming.

If you are solely focused on smaller-panel PC gaming and if higher refresh rates are of paramount importance over everything else, then having HDR capabilities like HDR10 isn't as vital.

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Do I need 4K in a gaming monitor?

Some of the very best gaming monitors out there, like a few of our selections above, offer up a 4K UHD panel with a resolution of 3840x2160.

If you're going to be playing on either a large screen or you value cinematic power above higher refresh rates for instance, then a 4K monitor would be a worthwhile purchase.

However, if you're wanting more raw performance, then going for a 1440p monitor with a higher refresh rate would arguably be a better option.

We'll be updating this list regularly with new additions, so be sure to stop by again soon.