Best gaming monitor

Best gaming monitor

Grabbing the best gaming monitor means going for the screen most capable of marrying all the latest features together with a super sexy panel. And that's no mean feat. With all the different panel technologies and display types it can be difficult to know exactly what the right gaming monitor is right now without spending hours testing them all individually. Which is, of course, where we come in...

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It's well worth doing your monitor homework, because without the best display it doesn't matter what graphics card you're rocking, your games will still look rubbish. And you want your games to look awesome, right?

There are some questions you need to ask yourself first, though. Do you favour image quality over lightning-fast pixel response? Or are you into the pro-gaming, competitive esports world and crave the super-high monitor refresh rates of TN tech rather than a quality panel? Do you want a traditional 16:9 screen or have you been seduced by the ultra widescreen beauty of a 21:9 aspect ratio? Or does it absolutely, positively have to be 4K? And, finally, how convinced are you by HDR?

So many questions... But the fact there are so many different computer monitor options these days is as welcome as it can be bewildering. For too long we've been severely limited in our choice of gaming display – previously we simply picked the largest screen with the highest native resolution as our bank accounts could cope with. Technology simply didn't move as quickly as the rapid iteration which followed almost every other component in our gaming PCs.

But as the technical options have grown it's now harder to know what the best gaming monitor is for you. So we’ve gathered our favourite screens below to give you a definitive selection of the best panels around in a select few categories.

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Best gaming monitor

 Best gaming monitor

Asus ROG Swift PG279Q

Size: 27-inch | Native res: 2560 x 1440 | Max refresh: 165Hz | Panel tech: IPS

Approx. $750 / £711

It may be horrifically expensive for a 27-inch 1440p monitor, but the Asus Republic of Gamers PG279Q comes rocking absolutely the best gaming panel ever made.

A few years back, when the original Asus Swift first appeared on my desk, with its 144Hz refresh rate and Nvidia G-Sync chops, I have to admit to actually feeling a little underwhelmed. Of course, the silky-smooth 1440p resolution was stunning on the desktop, and the Nvidia frame synchronising tech eliminated the in-game juddering I didn’t even know was bugging me before, but it was still running on a TN panel. And not even one of the improved TN panels which accompanied the first flush of affordable 4K monitors at that.

That's a similar situation to the one I find myself in with the ROG Swift PG248Q and Zowie's XL2735. Though they are at least targetting super-fast refresh rates and response times for competitive gaming as the raison d'etre for their TN leanings. A fast refresh rate can be great, but when you're being asked to spend almost the same amount of cash on a TN panel as you are for this excellent – and still speedy – IPS screen there's really no competition.

The biggest change with the current-gen 27-inch Swift from the original is this stunning IPS-type panel and the difference is massive. It’s not strictly speaking an actual In-Plane Switching (IPS) monitor, but that’s because of branding restrictions not technical limitations. The AU Optronics panel Asus have used is called an Advanced Hyper Viewing Angle (AHVA) display, but to all intents and purposes it performs exactly the same as an LG-manufactured IPS.

Which is to say it looks absolutely gorgeous. The clarity is excellent, colours are vibrant and accurate, the white levels are typically sound for an IPS display, and the black reproduction genuinely impressive. 

But it’s not just the panel which separates it from the rest – especially given that Acer’s also-impressive Predator XB271HU uses the same AUO screen – the slimline bezel frames the monitor beautifully, the stand is solid and the controls, via five-way joystick, are the best you can find in monitors today.

It’s also clocked a little higher than its Swift brethren too, coming in at a maximum 165Hz refresh rate – before you say anything, you genuinely can tell the difference between 144Hz and 165Hz with the naked eye. And the PG279Q is still running G-Sync too.

So while you may baulk at the price, the 1440p resolution means you can hit blazing fast gaming speeds with a huge variety of graphics cards at different price points, and you won’t find a gaming panel as beautifully calibrated this side of a ludicrously priced $3,500 Dell OLED. Though the G-Sync HDR Swift is on its way, and that has a good chance of stealing its older sibling's crown...

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Best gaming monitor runner-up

 Best gaming monitor runner-up

Acer Predator XB271HU

Size: 27-inch | Native res: 2560 x 1440 | Max refresh: 165Hz | Panel tech: IPS

Approx. $750 / £605

Unless you had this Acer Predator sat side-by-side with the Asus Swift PG279Q you'd be hard pushed to find any difference in the quality of image between them. That’s maybe not much of a surprise given they use the exact same AU Optronics panel. The Asus has been better set up out-of-the-box, though, with its stand and surrounds being more pleasing. But, try as I might, I couldn’t get the Acer display to look as good as the Asus. That said, if you can find the Acer for significantly cheaper than the Asus, you’ll still have a beautiful monitor to game on.

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Best gaming monitor runner-up

Best gaming monitor runner-up - Viewsonic XG2703

Viewsonic XG2703

Size: 27-inch | Native res: 2560 x 1440 | Max refresh: 165Hz | Panel tech: IPS

Approx. $700 / £752

The Viewsonic has jumped into the best gaming monitor list due to the fact it’s using an almost identical AUO IPS-a-like panel to the PG279Q and the Acer XB271HU. It’s got the same silky refresh rate, excellent motion clarity in-game and excellent detail in general. I’m not a massive fan of the chassis or controls, but the display is what you’re going to be looking at when you’re gaming, and that’s simply fantastic. The prices are incredibly close right now, but if you’re looking for the top gaming screen around right now, it’s a pick of one of these three and whichever is cheaper at the time.

Read the full Viewsonic XG2703 review.

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Best gaming monitor runner-up

Best gaming monitor runner-up - AOC AGON AG271QG

AOC AGON AG271QG

Size: 27-inch | Native res: 2560 x 1440 | Max refresh: 165Hz | Panel tech: IPS

Approx. $690 / £600 

The AOC AGON AG271QG is a great little monitor, very much in the same vein as the three extremely similar monitors above. It's also sporting an AU Optronics IPS-a-like panel, capable of outputting at 165Hz, so it might as well be an identical screen. While it's not quite as bright or vibrant as the others it is still a beautiful monitor with a lovely fluid motion to its gaming performance. It's also a little bit cheaper than the others, possibly because of its slightly more basic design. But it's a 1440p IPS GSync panel so it's not going to be cheap.

It's also worth noting there is a FreeSync-based version, the AOC AGON AG271QX. Don't assume that's the same monitor but without the expensive GSync electronics – it's actually a 144Hz, 27-inch TN panel and it would have to be free for me to recommend it.

Read the full AOC AGON AG271QG review.

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Best gaming monitor runner-up

Best gaming monitor runner-up - Samsung C24FG70

Samsung C24FG70

Size: 24-inch | Native res: 1920 x 1080 | Max refresh: 144Hz | Panel tech: VA

Approx. $270 / £281

A 1080p monitor for how much?! Yeah, I'll admit it would be a lot of cash were it just a standard 1080p screen, but this new Sammy is one of the first Quantum Dot monitors to hit our desktops. As such, the colours and contrast levels are as detailed and crisp as they are stunningly vibrant. The curved screen is practically irrelevant at this scale, but with a 144Hz refresh, 1ms response and AMD's FreeSync support you get unbelievably smooth gaming performance from this Samsung monitor.

Read the full Samsung C24FG70 review.

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Best 4K monitor

Best 4K monitor 

LG 27UD68P

Size: 27-inch | Native res: 3840 x 2160 | Max refresh: 60Hz | Panel tech: IPS

Approx. $600 / £400

If you were looking for an affordable 4K monitor until recently that meant opting for a TN panel. 4K IPS panels were thin on the ground and super-expensive. Things have changed, though, and this impressively-affordable 27-inch LG is a great 4K monitor at a great price. And, thanks to recent price cuts, LG's 27-incher is now even more affordable.

It uses LG’s own IPS technology to deliver the typically outstanding colour reproduction you’d expect from that panel tech, matching it with superb contrast levels too. Even more impressive is the fact its contrast performance doesn’t lead to the weaker black levels we’ve come to expect from a lot of IPS displays. The image the LG 27UD68P produces is excellent and with the vast amount of pixels at its disposal they are pin-sharp and crystal clear.

There is, of course, the issue that 27-inches feels a little small for a 4K display to really show the high-resolution imagery to its best. You can use Windows’ scaling to boost the size of text and icons, but I baulk at the fuzziness that can introduce. To me it feels counterintuitive to buy a monitor with such a high resolution and immediately nerf its clarity. But, for the money, the LG is still capable of delivering a great 4K experience.

The other bonus is it supports AMD’s FreeSync frame synchronising technology. That allows it to cut out the judder you get in-game with VSync – when using compatible AMD cards – and creates a beautifully smooth gaming world for everything you play on it. You will need a powerful graphics card (or indeed two) if you want to game at the screen’s native resolution, however, which is why I still can’t honestly recommend a 4K monitor as the outright best gaming display.

That may change when affordable AMD Vega cards get released or Nvidia's GTX 1080 Ti gets replaced with some miraculously cheap and powerful new Volta GPU, along with the stunning-looking Asus and Acer 4K G-Sync HDR screens too. I'm salivating just typing that...

The LG 27UD68P is also a stylish device. The curved stand allows for a full range of monitor adjustment and the edgeless bezel makes for a very slimline surround for your games too. There’s nothing to distract your eye from the fast-paced action of Overwatch here.

There are some exciting options on the horizon, with FreeSync 2 being mooted as well, but at this current price, the LG is my pick for the best 4K monitor around right now. You can, of course, pay thousands for a super high-end option, but only those with very deep pockets can go down that route.

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Best 4K monitor runner-up

Best 4K monitor runner-up 

Philips Brilliance BDM3275UP

Size: 32-inch | Native res: 3840 x 2160 | Max refresh: 60Hz | Panel tech: IPS

Approx. $849 / £710 

For some reason the 32-inch Philips is tough to track down in the US for a non-insane price. There is availability on Amazon but for a lot more than it’s worth. Which is a shame as this 10-bit IPS monitor makes for a good big screen 4K gaming monitor. That's because its 32-inches runs without Windows’ scaling options just fine and that extra scale really shows off the fidelity of 4K gaming. It doesn’t have quite as good a screen as the LG, so that still gets my vote despite its smaller size.

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Best ultrawide monitor

Best ultrawide monitor runner-up

Asus ROG Swift PG348Q

Size: 34-inch | Native res: 3440 x 1440 | Max refresh: 100Hz | Panel tech: IPS

Approx. $1,200 / £990

The G-Sync-toting Asus ROG Swift, with its 100Hz refresh rate and typically brilliant Asus monitor controls, is now our choice for the absolute best ultrawide gaming monitor you can buy. It's still mighty expensive, but with its recent price drops and sale prices it's competitive with the best of the rest of the 34-inch brigade.

The slightly extra price-premium is easier to justify now, despite the Acer screen below using the exact same panel, just without the extra 25Hz speed-bump and Nvidia frame-syncing silicon. The stunning Asus PG348Q will not disappoint especially if you're a GeForce gamer looking for that G-Sync fix.

There is a slight curve to the 3440 x 1440 IPS panel and, combined with that extreme 21:9 aspect ratio, it makes this one of the most immersive gaming monitors you can buy right now. Given the choice I find it really difficult to decide between this and the excellent Asus ROG PG279Q as my absolute favourite, but the higher refresh rate of the 16:9 screen just gives it the edge for me. Just.

Though, it has to be said, Samsung's CF791 curved ultrawide monitors look absolutely beautiful with their Quantum Dot filter boosting their colour gamut and G-Sync versions on the way next year... There is other competition coming to shake things up though, with LG offering the largest ultrawide display ever released to the consumer market – a 38-inch curved 21:9 monitor with a massive native resolution of 3800 x 1600. 

And then there's the ROG Swift PG35VQ – the G-Sync HDR ultrawide replacement for this beautfiul 21:9 display. That's not coming until the end of the year, but still, the PG348Q's days at the top might well be numbered. Though it might be in line for a healthy price drop...

Read the full Asus ROG Swift PG 348Q review.

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Best ultrawide monitor runner-up

Best ultrawide gaming monitor runner-up - AOC AGON AG352UCG

AOC AGON AG352UCG

Size: 35-inch | Native res: 3440 x 1440 | Max refresh: 100Hz | Panel tech: VA

Approx. $900 / £720

AOC's latest gaming ultrawide monitor may not quite have the IPS image quality of the super-expensive ROG Swift above, but it's much less expensive and close enough you'd struggle to see it unless they were sat cheek-by-jowl on your desktop. The chassis may also be a bit more shiny plastic and chunky than the Asus, but you won't care about that when you're paying more attention to the crisp visuals on this wraparound panel.

It also takes advantage of Nvidia's G-Sync technology, so if you've got a GeForce card capable of driving this panel at 100 frames per second, that 100Hz refresh rate is going to come in rather handy.

Read the full AOC AGON AG352UCG review.

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Best ultrawide monitor runner-up

Best ultrawide monitor 

Acer Predator XR341CK

Size: 34-inch | Native res: 3440 x 1440 | Max refresh: 75Hz | Panel tech: IPS

Approx. $1,788 / £1,196

The Acer Predator was once our favourite ultrawide monitor for the fact that it gave us almost as good an image as the beautiful Asus ROG panel, but at a much lower price. The image quality is still there, but the price differential isn't. Now they're so close in price I'd have to say the Asus is the one to go for. The Acer XR341CK is still a great screen with a 75Hz refresh and a lovely IPS, 3440 x 1440 panel, but it's ticket price needs to come down. Be wary of the Acer XR342CK, though, I recently had the chance to check it out and there's something blurry going on with its display – not all Predators are equal...

And, as with Asus' Swift, there is a G-Sync HDR 21:9 replacement in the works. I checked it out in Taipei this month and it's beautiful. Acer's Predator X35 isn't coming until the end of the year, but it might be a panel worth waiting for.

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Best budget monitor

Best budget monitor

BenQ GW2270H

Size: 21.5-inch | Native res: 1920 x 1080 | Max refresh: 60Hz | Panel tech: VA

Approx. $109 / £89

You can get some seriously cheap 1080p monitors these days, but our recommendation would be that you should absolutely steer clear of anything labelled as a twisted nematic (TN) panel. It’s the cheapest screen technology to manufacture, but also massively sacrifices image quality over other options. This BenQ GW2270H is one of the best-value, non-TN, Full HD screens you’ll find and is capable of presenting an impressive image too.

The compromise here (there always has to be one in the budget zone) is the BenQ is a diminutive 21.5 inches across the diagonal. The trade off is that you get a decent vertical alignment (VA) panel, the next best thing after a bona fide IPS display. The colour reproduction is not quite as vibrant as the pricier tech, but has much greater clarity and depth than you’ll get with even the best TN monitors, with none of the washed-out look which blights that cheaper screen technology.

Because it is only 21.5-inches the 1080p native resolution gives you a nice, tight pixel pitch, almost on par with the likes of a 27-inch 1440p monitor. You will need to do a little fiddling with the out-of-the-box settings to get the best image. The low-level contrast is a bit crushed, which will make it hard to make out the detail in darker scenes, but a little tweaking of the RGB range in your graphics drivers can alleviate a lot of the issues.

So, while the BenQ GW2270H isn’t going to set the gaming world alight, and will never produce the image quality you’ll get from the higher-end screens we’ve looked at, for the money it’s a fantastic li’l monitor. 

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How to buy a gaming monitor

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When it comes to picking a new gaming monitor, it’s all about your graphics card, or maybe your next graphics card. If you’re looking to upgrade your old graphics card to something like the Nvidia GTX 1050 there’s little point in dropping a load of cash on an expensive 1440p or 4K monitor. 

Likewise, if you’ve spent big on a graphics card like the GTX 1080 Ti, a 20-inch 1080p panel is not going to let your funky new GPU shine. But if you're looking to upgrade your PC hardware at the same time, or shortly after your monitor purchase, it’s worth thinking ahead to what your next GPU purchase will be capable of.

The key here is making sure you’re able to play games at your monitor’s native resolution. Since the shift to flatscreen panel technology, monitors are no longer able to pick and choose their resolution, and if you operate below a screen’s native res you end up with slightly blurry, indistinct images. This is why, if you’re not blessed with a super high-end GPU, it’s probably not worth making the step up to a 4K monitor yet. Sure, you can scale down your in-game settings so your system’s actually running at 1080p or 1440p, but you’re losing the fidelity you’d get from running natively on a 4K monitor.

Bigger is best, though not always...

If you are thinking of making the upgrade to a 4K screen then absolutely go for as big a screen size as you can afford. My best 4K experience was with an old 40-inch Philips VA panel, now discontinued. It used a display ripped straight out of one of their 4K TVs and the screen real estate meant that, at the native resolution of 3840 x 2160, you’re getting a pixel pitch (the physical size of the individual ‘dots’ that make up an image) which isn’t that different from a 27-inch 1440p panel. Philips have brought a curved 40-inch 4K screen to the market, which would have been stunning were it not for the ghosting issues which mar its visual clarity with some moving imagery, despite not being too bad in games.

Best 4K experience

The first 4K monitor I used for long-term testing was a 24-inch Dell. Despite having an absolutely stunning IPS panel, with beautiful colours and incredible clarity, running at 4K it was almost impossible to read anything. And back then Windows scaling was atrocious, not just generally bad, like it is today.

On the flipside, though, going for a large screen with a low native resolution can also lead to blurry ol’ images too. With a 27-inch 1080p screen the pixel pitch ends up being rather large, losing the crispness of a more balanced panel. As in all parts of PC hardware, it’s a balancing act.

Panel technology

Picking the right monitor display technology comes on a climbing scale of pricing. The more powerful the panel tech, the more it costs to produce, and the more those costs are passed on to the consumer. In this world of obscure acronyms, though, what do the different options offer?

  • Twisted nematic (TN): TN panels are the cheapest type of display tech you’ll find these days and, for the most part, it shows. Monitors using TN suffer from poor viewing angles (leading to weird colouration if you’re not sat directly in front), poor colour reproduction across the board and a general washed-out look. The later TN displays, which arrived with the first affordable 4K screens, were much improved, but still not a patch on more expensive panel technologies. We have started seeing esports-focused gaming displays being produced by the likes of Zowie and Asus that deliberately use TN panels for their monitors because of their high refresh rates and super-quick response times.
  • Vertical alignment (VA): This is the next step up, and is actually quite an advance over TN. You get much better colours and the viewing angles are excellent too. VA panels also generally offer the best black levels too, even over IPS screens.
  • Quantum Dot (QD): The Samsung-sponsored technology isn't really offering a different kind of panel – Quantum Dot monitors are still LED-backlit LCD screens – but they use a new kind of filter which enhances the colour depth of the display. That gives them a wider colour gamut with Samsung's latest QD monitors offering 125% of the sRGB colour space. Currently, QD is only being applied to VA panels, but that allows them to have impressive blacks and better colour accuracy than other IPS displays.
  • In-Plane Switching (IPS): Until LG and Samsung actually find a way to manufacture OLED screens in an affordable manner IPS panels are going to be the top of the monitor tech tree. They offer the best colours and excellent contrast levels too, but can suffer from weaker black reproduction. As an LG-made technology they own the IPS branding, which has meant Samsung and latterly AU Optronics (two of the other big screen manufacturers) have had to create their own IPS-like tech – branded Plane to Line Switching (PLS) and Advanced Hyper Viewing Angle (AHVA) respectively. But all three essentially offer the same thing.
  • Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED): This is the absolute pinnacle of display technology and the holy grail for the future of gaming monitors. It’s a long way from being in any way affordable, though. OLED TVs have become a lot cheaper but we’re still talking in the thousands here. The big thing about OLED is that it’s a self emissive technology – each individual pixel is its own light source. That means OLED displays need no LED backlighting. And that in turn means unrivalled contrast levels and true blacks, not just darker shades of grey. OLED screens ought to also have incredibly fast response times too, potentially making them the best option for gaming.

Refresh rates

The refresh rate is the number of times per second the monitor will refresh the image displayed on the screen. So at 60Hz you get a new image 60 times each second. That seems like a lot, so can you really see the difference between 60Hz and 144Hz with the naked eye? The answer is an unequivocal yes. In fact, you can detect even small boosts in refresh rate – a 75Hz screen is noticeably smoother than a 60Hz option, so a 165Hz or 200Hz panel is as smooth as a kitten wearing a velvet smoking jacket.

G-Sync or FreeSync?

G-Sync or FreeSync?

I didn’t even really register the little judder using VSync introduces to your gaming experience, until Nvidia’s G-Sync took it away; I’d gotten that used to it. VSync has been a necessary evil, reducing the tearing you get when the monitor’s refresh rate is trying to keep up with the frames being spat out by the GPU. 

Frame synchronising technologies, like G-Sync and FreeSync, allow the GPU to communicate directly with the screen and will only deliver a completed frame to the display when it’s ready to show it to the viewer. That results in zero tearing and none of the judder you’d otherwise get using VSync. And it creates a beautifully smooth gaming experience too, one that’s hard to readjust to if you switch to a monitor without such support.

G-Sync is exclusive to Nvidia, and is also the more expensive option as it involves a licensed bit of Nvidia silicon being added into the electronics of a monitor. AMD’s FreeSync on the other hand ties into the Adaptive Sync feature of DisplayPort 1.2a so it just needs the monitor to be compatible with that later spec. Both options do need a DisplayPort connection to function. though.

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Rock1m1 avatarDave James avatarTim Edwards avatarDroniac avatarKrcun avatarTaiga Kagami avatar+4
Rock1m1 Avatar
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11 Months ago

I'm saving money for the Asus RoG Swift PG279Q

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Dave James Avatar
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11 Months ago

It's a genuinely stunning screen.

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Tim Edwards Avatar
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11 Months ago

That's my monitor at home. It's beautiful.

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Droniac Avatar
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9 Months ago

Also looking at that PG279Q. A friend got one recently and they're sweet. Ridiculously expensive though.

I'll add a little something else on refresh rates too:

Higher refresh rates have the added benefit of making prolonged use less uncomfortable. At 60Hz you'll notice eyestrain or even a headache after an hour or two. Even at 80Hz that's already enormously reduced and at 120Hz you just won't notice it anymore. Which is another reason for me to get that PG279Q. Right now my secondary monitor is still 60Hz (and 1680x1050) :(

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Dave James Avatar
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9 Months ago

Great point about refresh rates!

I shifted from an old TN Swift at home, running at 144Hz, to a 60Hz panel because it was a 4K GSync screen. And I still really miss the high refresh...

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Krcun Avatar
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7 Months ago

I fully recommend AOC G2460PF.

24", Freesync, 144Hz and 1ms.

Compared side by side with very similar BenQ XL2411Z, it has a better image in just about every aspect (colors are uncanny for TN panel)

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Taiga Kagami Avatar
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7 Months ago

Dell has a TN panel that beats that ROG swift and its half the price this cyber monday of the Asus... you didnt do your research. IPS has a lottery and you will get the backlight bleed etc and lack nice blacks and response time. This Dell, its TN with colors as good as IPS with the Deep blacks, no lottery, no backlight bleed and 1 ms response on top. A review of the Dell is here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT6HOJzKj08&t=3s

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Dave James Avatar
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5 Months ago

I've never in all my years testing hardware found a TN screen with anywhere near the clarity, contrast or colour reproduction a good IPS or VA panel is capable of. The closest they've gotten have been some of the 4K TN panels.

I haven't seen the S2716DG in person, but I doubt the AUO TN can really beat the latest AUO AH-IPS panel. It might get close, but the IPS screen is truly beautiful.

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5 Months ago

Do NOT buy an Acer XR341CK. After a year of constant complaints and troubleshooting customers were able to irrefutably prove the display is defective for all customers. Acer finally admitted this in late 2016. Just google "Acer predator freesync problems forum" and look at the length by thread where Acer admits the truth. The problem being that when using freesync with a refresh rate higher than 60hz users experiencing flickering. Acer refused to provide any fix or refund or warranty coverage or anything, instead simply stating it is a "display limitation". So essentially the XR341CK is not freesync 35hz-75hz, it's actually 35hz-60hz, then up to 75hz if you don't mind the flickering.

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Dave James Avatar
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5 Months ago

Odd, I hadn't experienced any flickering issue with the Acer during a month of having it as my main display in the office. I had subsequently tried the XR342CK and was really disappointed with display in comparison so retained this as my secondary recommendation.

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4 Months ago

I personally prefer Benq monitors. Now the competition has catch up with benq's specs. But, for a long time benq had better specs than any brand out there and cost way the heck less too. Not only that but they look amazing, second to none. I bought one years ago and still going

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Balls Deep Avatar
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3 Months ago

I am in the market for a new gaming monitor and I cannot, for the life of me decide between the Asus PG279Q and PG278QR. The 278QR is a little cheaper and has a different panel and response times but does the 279Q warrant the price difference? Any help from you monitor guru's please! Would greatly appreciate it.

I have never owned a great gaming monitor. I've always just purchased something that would work, roughly in the 200 dollar range. This time with a high end rig, I want a damn nice monitor.

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3 Months ago

Hi Balls Deep,

I, much like yourself, am also in the market for a fantastic gaming monitor to go with my shiny new high end hardware. I have done a lot of research on this topic, and without a doubt the PG279Q is the better option than the PG278QR. The quality is much better in terms of the display, and both are very fast panels, negligible difference in speed for gaming.

The real question here, is the major problem with the quality control of ASUS panels particulary the PG279Q where a very large amount of users have reported dead pixels and terrible backlight bleeding on the panel. This is the only reason I have not yet bought it, as a lot of people have through 2,3,4 5 even 10 return processes to find a panel that doesn't suffer from major problems.

I am also looking at the following alternatives:

acer predator xb271hu

Viewsonic XG2703-GS

AOC AG271QG

However all the panels are made by the same manufacturer (AUoptronics) so they may all suffer from the same problems, just on a slightly different scale. I've read that ASUS is the worst though.

So I am stuck, were talking a lot of money here to waste on something that is low quality out of the box. I'm waiting to see if something better comes along in the next few weeks otherwise I might have to make a gamble and get the Asus, and see if it should be returned.

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