This year, the much-anticipated HDMI 2.1 monitor is starting to make more of an appearance, and we're here to make sure you get the best display for your needs.
While some have made their way to us, including Gigabyte's incredible offering in the AORUS FV43U, and Acer's rather powerful Nitro XV282K , there are plenty more on the way to look forward to, such as the Asus ROG Swift PG32UQ.
The selection at the moment is understandably limited so we've also listed some of the HDMI 2.1 monitors on their way below too, so you can earmark them for when they release.
So if you're on the hunt for a cracking choice from Asus with the ROG Strix XG43UQ or what we'd say is one of the best gaming monitorsaround, the SAMSUNG Odyssey G7, here are a few which stood out for all the right reasons, plus our guide to everything HDMI 2.1 after our list.
We're on high alert for new releases, so be sure to check back in for all the latest!
Best HDMI 2.1 Monitor
- Gigabyte AORUS FV43U 43 Inch HDMI 2.1 Monitor
- SAMSUNG Odyssey G7 LS28AG700NUXXU
- Asus ROG Strix XG43UQ HDMI 2.1 Monitor
- LG UltraGear 27GP950 HDMI 2.1 Monitor
- Gigabyte M28U
- Acer Nitro XV282K
- Asus ROG Swift pg32uq HDMI 2.1 Monitor
- ViewSonic Elite XG320U HDMI 2.1 Monitor
Best HDMI 2.1 Monitor Gigabyte - Gigabyte AORUS FC43U
The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U 43 Inch HDMI 2.1 Monitor is an absolute beast of a monitor, and is arguably one of the best we've come across.
Again, it packs some impressive specs to its name, with 144hz, 10-bit Color, 97% DCI-P3, HDR1000 and of course it's 4K.
A hefty, but seriously futuristic design features heavily with this monitor, from the stands to the back plate...definitely one to consider if you're going for a statement piece for your setup and want to unlock 120fps at 4K on PS5 or Xbox Series X.
Best 28 inch HDMI 2.1 Monitor - Samsung Odyssey G7 LS28AG700NUXXU
If you want to experience 144hz, 4K, and 1ms response time, but also don't need a huge screen dominating your desk, then you'll want to check out Samsung's new HDMI 2.1 monitor, the Odyssey G7 LS28AG700NUXXU.
First off, design-speaking, it looks absolutely amazing and continues the tradition of many of the Odyssey monitors from the brand. This is certainly one display that will take your setup to the next level.
Under the hood, so to speak, you're getting a 144hz refresh rate, 4K resolution, AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, and 1ms response time.
It's also got a ton of ports, from multiple HDMI 2.1 ports, 3 x USB, 1 x DP, and a 3.5 mm audio jack if you fancy using your wired headset when gaming.
And of course, it's VESA compatible at 100mm x 100mm, so grab one of the best monitor arms to further customise your viewing experience.
Available at the time of writing at Currys PC World, we'll keep a look out for this monitor at other stores and update this section accordingly!
Best Large Screen HDMI 2.1 Monitor - Asus ROG Strix XG43UQ
This Asus Rog Strix monitor is a bit of a beast on paper, and it is certainly tough to come by.
First and foremost, this monitor packs 144hz, 4K with a 1ms response time for fast and high-resolution gameplay.
It has got 2x HDMI 2.1 ports, so you can use it with both a gaming PC and console if you wish.
HDR with DisplayHDR™ 1000 certification combined with professional-grade 90% DCI-P3 colour gamut make for a potent combination when it comes to colour and contrast...brilliant if you want to experience next-gen in its near-fullest.
This Asus monitor even has an anti-glare panel, which reduces annoying reflections!
Best HDMI 2.1 Monitor For Gaming So Far - LG UltraGear 27GP950 - £749.00
This HDMI 2.1 monitor boasts some impressive specs under the hood, making it a showstopper for fast-paced gaming, but at high resolution.
It's 4K, 160hz with a staggeringly low 1ms response time. It also features DisplayPort, HDMI 2.1, and two USB 3.0 ports for versatility whether you're playing on PS5, Xbox Series X or PC.
For PS5 and Xbox Series X, you'll be capped at 120fps at 4K, however, if your PC is up to the task, you can aim for higher.
If you're playing first-person shooters, racing games or want something which will lend a fantastic polished quality to your gaming experience, this is one to certainly consider.
We'd recommend checking Currys PC World for this monitor, as it is listed, with some reports from our fellow followers on Gfinity Deals UK claiming to have secured one from the site.
It could be worth heading to the site and check to see if the monitor is available at a store near you, so feel free to check using the link below.
Best HDMI 2.1 Monitor Budget - Gigabyte M28U
Gigabyte makes the list again, but this time for their small, but incredibly mighty M28U.
As far as the term 'budget' goes, we're speaking relatively here, and in this case, this is certainly the most 'budget' HDMI 2.1 monitor we've come across.
But don't expect it to not deliver...this powerhouse packs 144hz, 4K, VRR, and 0.5ms response time.
It's also only 28 inches, which makes 4K look unbelievably crisp (in our humble opinion) and doesn't require a ton of space with your setup.
It's another impressive monitor and one we'd say is well worth checking out on your search.
Best HDMI 2.1 Monitor ACER - Acer Nitro XV282K
The Acer Nitro XV282K is another seriously powerful 4K monitor with a familiarly impressive spec sheet.
It's 144hz with FreeSync Premium for tear-free gameplay, and of course, its response time is staggeringly low coming in at just 1ms.
Others features include HDR for immersive visuals, USB-C ports so you can pair this monitor with your laptop or mac easily, advanced ergonomics, plus VESA compatibility in case you want to attach it to your own monitor arm.
Asus ROG Swift PG32UQ
Alongside the above, ASUS are also releasing this powerhouse HDMI 2.1 monitor, which comes with some seriously impressive firepower (and looks!)
It's 144hz and 4K which is great for both console and PC.
For next-gen, it supports It also supports variable refresh rates alongside 120hz at 4K. For PC, if you've got the horsepower, you're looking at up to 144hz at 4K.
At the back of the monitor, you'll find a pretty eye-catching design too, with RGB lighting, and the monitor stand itself is completely adjustable...ideal for finding that perfect viewing angle.
At the time of writing, we don't have a set release date just yet, or a price for that matter.
We'll update this section when we know more.
ViewSonic ELITE 32-inch 4K
ViewSonic makes a huge range of monitors, ranging from the cheap and cheerful all the way to powerhouses like this ViewSonic Elite gaming monitor.
This monitor is 144hz, 4K, VESA DisplayHDR 600, with a blisteringly fast 1ms response time.
As far as design goes, it's not the flashiest out of the monitors we've seen, but that could also be very appealing to the more minimal aesthetic loving gamers out there.
When is it releasing though? Well, it's tipped to coming out in Q3...let's hope nothing gets delayed!
Why Go For An HDMI 2.1 Monitor?
There are loads of reasons to go for the latest and greatest monitors out there, but the huge draw for most will be the exceptional combination of fast response times, 4K and upwards of 120hz gaming.
Console gamers especially will benefit from these monitors, as they will be able to experience some of the power of next-gen consoles without having to shell out for an HDMI 2.1 TV.
At present, there are loads of awesome monitors you could choose from for console as well as PC, which will give you either super-fast, fluid gaming or stunning resolution.
If you're planning on upgrading to an HDMI 2.1 monitor later down the line, check out some of our buying guides for monitors available right now below.
- Best PS5 Monitor 2021
- Best Xbox Series X Monitor 2021
- Best PC Gaming Monitor 2021
- Best Monitor for Competitive Gaming 2021
Do you need an HDMI 2.1 monitor for 120hz gaming?
In short, no, but you do need one if you want to get 120hz at 4K.
That's not all though, you'll also need a machine powerful enough also, so make sure you've either got a next-gen console or a very powerful gaming PC before committing.
When will more HDMI 2.1 monitors come out?
Even though HDMI 2.1 monitors made an appearance later in 2020, they are still relatively hard to find in stock, but we are expected to see more monitors head our way this year and we'll be updating our list accordingly.
How much should you spend on an HDMI 2.1 monitor?
There are no two ways about it - they're expensive, and understandably so.
You're looking at around $1000 plus for an HDMI 2.1 monitor that's 43", and around the $800 mark for one's which are small.
It's an investment, but it's a good one considering they're practically future proof...
Should you get an HDMI 2.1 monitor or an HDMI 2.1 TV?
For living room setups, go for a TV but for desktop, you'll want to go with a monitor.
In terms of price, they're sort of on even levels, and there are even some cracking 120hz Gaming TVs coming in at under $1000.
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