Best gaming monitor in 2023

Find the best gaming monitor for your needs, whether you're after a high refresh rate esports monitor or a 4K panel, with picks from Alienware, AOC and LG.

Best gaming monitors

Are you looking for the best gaming monitor to suit your needs? If so, this is the place to be. Our gaming monitor guide includes a wide selection of displays to suit all needs, from small, budget gaming monitors, through ultra-fast 240Hz and 360Hz esports gaming monitors to enormous 4K panels.

We thoroughly test every monitor we recommend, checking for its real-world image quality using an X-Rite i1Display Pro colorimeter as well as testing for more subjective factors like viewing angles. We also game-test every display with several hours of playtime along with objective tests of response time using an OSRTT tool. You can find our full monitor test procedure on our how we test page.

Here are the best gaming monitors in 2023:

1. LG Ultragear 27GP850-B

The best 27″ gaming monitor is the LG Ultragear 27GP850-B.

LG UltraGear 27GP850

LG continues its run at the top with yet another gaming monitor that can claim to be the fastest-responding in its class. With superb out-of-the-box image quality, an adequate feature set and a low price, it’s hard to beat. There are no speakers, and no rotation offered by its stand, but its price is low enough that these omissions are far from deal breakers. So good is the 27GP850 that it earns a place on our best gaming monitor list. Read our full LG UltraGear 27GP850 review.

Pros

  • Class-leading gaming performance
  • Excellent default image quality
  • Exceptionally low response time
  • Usable sRGB mode

Cons

  • Stand lacks left/right rotation
  • No speakers
  • Basic design

LG UltraGear 27GP850 specs:

Screen size 27in
Resolution 2,560 x 1,440
Panel technology IPS
Maximum refresh rate 165Hz (overclockable to 180Hz)
Stated response time 1ms
Max brightness 400cd/m² SDR
Backlight zones 1
Stated contrast ratio 1,000:1 (SDR and HDR)
Adaptive sync FreeSync Premium, G-Sync compatible
Display inputs 1 x DisplayPort 1.2a, 2 x HDMI 2
Audio Headphone out
Stand adjustment Height, pivot, tilt
Extras 100 x 100mm VESA mount, 2 x USB 3 ports, DisplayHDR 400 certified

Price: Expect to pay $429 USD / £390 GBP

 

2. AOC 27G2SPU

The best budget 27″ gaming monitor is the AOC 27G2SPU.

AOC 27G2SPU

Although its response time is far from the lowest for an IPS gaming panel, the AOC 27G2SPU still delivers reliable gaming performance. Add in its excellent image quality, good connection options and pivoting stand and you have a compelling panel for its price. So good is the 27G2SPU that it earns a place on our best gaming monitor list.

Find out more in our full AOC 27G2SPU review.

Pros

  • Class-leading gaming performance
  • Excellent default image quality
  • Exceptionally low response time
  • Usable sRGB mode

Cons

  • Stand lacks left/right rotation
  • No speakers
  • Basic design

AOC 27G2SPU specs:

Screen size 27in
Resolution 1,920 x 1,080
Panel technology IPS
Maximum refresh rate 165Hz
Stated response time 4ms GTG
Max brightness 250cd/m² SDR and HDR
Backlight zones 1
Stated contrast ratio 1,000:1
Adaptive sync FreeSync Premium, G-Sync compatible
Display inputs 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 2 x HDMI 2, VGA
Audio 2 x 2W speakers, Headphone out
Stand adjustment Height, pivot, rotation, tilt
Extras 100 x 100mm VESA mount, four-port USB 3 hub, MBR blur reduction mode

Price: Expect to pay $320 USD / £230 GBP

3. Alienware AW2523HF

The best esports gaming monitor is the Alienware AW2523HF.

Alienware AW2523HF side view

The Alienware AW2523HF response time is a touch sluggish for a 360Hz screen, so its effective gaming performance isn’t that much better than 240Hz screens – especially not TN panel models. However, it’s still a fantastic competitive gaming monitor that balances blistering 360Hz gaming performance with decent image quality and a competitive price.

Read the full Alienware AW2523HF review.

Pros

  • Fantastic gaming performance
  • Decent overall image quality
  • Useful feature set
  • Decent value

Cons

  • No HDR
  • Response time not that fast
  • Low resolution

Alienware AW2523HF specs:

Screen size 24.5in
Resolution 1,920 x 1,080
Panel technology IPS
Maximum refresh rate 360Hz
Stated response time 1ms
Max brightness 400cd/m² SDR
Backlight zones 1
Stated contrast ratio 1,000:1
Adaptive sync FreeSync Premium, G-Sync compatible
Display inputs 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 2 x HDMI 2
Audio Headphone and line out
Stand adjustment Height, pivot, rotation, tilt
Extras 100 x 100mm VESA mount, DisplayPort cable, DisplayPort-to-mini-DisplayPort cable, USB 3 upstream cable, four-port USB 3 hub

Price: $424 USD / £390 GBP

 

4. AOC 24G2U

The best budget 24″ gaming monitor is the AOC 24G2U.

AOC 24G2U

The AOC 24G2U is an astonishingly accomplished monitor for a great price. It’s packed with features, offers great image quality and its gaming performance is right up there too. The LG UltraGear 24GN600 offers a slightly snappier response but also has relatively low contrast and few extra features. Read our full AOC 24G2U review.

Pros

  • Excellent image quality
  • Loads of features
  • Fantastic gaming performance

Cons

  • Slightly underwhelming design
  • Clunky OSD controls
  • sRGB mode has fixed brightness

AOC 24G2U specs:

Screen size 23.8in
Resolution  1,920 x 1,080
Panel technology IPS
Maximum refresh rate 144Hz
Stated response time 1ms
Max brightness 400cd/m² SDR
Backlight zones 1
Stated contrast ratio 1,000:1
Adaptive sync FreeSync Premium, G-Sync compatible
Display inputs 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 2 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x VGA
Audio 2 x 2W speakers, headphone out, line in
Stand adjustment Height, pivot, rotation, tilt
Extras 100 x 100mm VESA mount, four-port USB 3 hub

Price:  Expect to pay $235 USD / £180 GBP

 

5. Dell G3223D

The best 27″ gaming monitor is the Dell G3223D.

Dell G3223D front

A stylish design, useful feature set, great image quality and solid gaming performance make the Dell an excellent, low-cost 32″ gaming screen. It’s not the absolute fastest, and its contrast is a little low, but these considerations are balanced by its affordability.

Find out more in our full Dell G3223D review.

Pros

  • Excellent image quality
  • Useful USB Type-C video input
  • Solid gaming performance

Cons

  • Slightly low contrast ratio
  • No backlight strobing blur reduction

Dell G3223D specs:

Screen size 32in
Resolution 2,560 x 1,440
Panel technology IPS
Maximum refresh rate 165Hz
Stated response time 1ms
Max brightness 400cd/m² SDR
Backlight zones 1
HDR certification DisplayHDR 400
Stated contrast ratio 1,000:1
Adaptive sync FreeSync Premium Pro, G-Sync compatible
Display inputs 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 2 x HDMI 2, USB Type-C DisplayPort 1.4 Alt mode
Audio Headphone out
Stand adjustment Height, rotation, tilt
Extras 100 x 100mm VESA mount, USB Type-C upstream port with one USB 3 charging port and one USB 3.2 gen 1 downstream port, rear RGB lighting, DisplayPort and USB Type-C cables

Price: Expect to pay $400 USD / £400 GBP

 

6. iiyama G-Master GB3461WQSU

The best 34″ ultrawide gaming monitor is the iiyama G-Master GB3461WQSU.

Iiyama G-Master gaming monitor on white background

The G-Master GB3461WQSU isn’t perfect, with less-than-ideal color balance out of the box, and a rather staid frame and stand design. However, it otherwise delivers great image quality and fantastic gaming performance, all for an astonishingly low price. If you’re short on cash but want a big gaming monitor upgrade, this is the one to buy.

Find out more in the full iiyama G-Master GB3461WQSU review.

Pros

  • Fantastic value
  • Great image quality
  • Good gaming performance

Cons

  • Poor default color balance
  • Lacks color gamut for HDR
  • Staid design

iiyama G-Master GB3461WQSU specs:

Screen size 34in
Resolution 3,440 x 1,440
Panel technology IPS
Maximum refresh rate 144Hz
Stated response time 1ms
Max brightness 400cd/m² SDR
Backlight zones 1
Stated contrast ratio 1,000:1
Adaptive sync FreeSync, unofficial G-Sync support
Display inputs 2 x DisplayPort 1.2, 2 x HDMI 1.4
Audio 2 x 5W speakers, line-in, headphone out
Stand adjustment Height, rotation, pivot, tilt
Extras 100 x 100mm VESA mount, two-port USB 3 hub

Price: Expect to pay £349 GBP

6. LG UltraGear 38GN950

The best 38″ gaming monitor is the LG UltraGear 38GN950.

LG UltraGear 38GN950 review 01

This huge 38″ panel packs in an equally whopping 3,840 x 1,600-pixel resolution, which is just a few pixels short of a 4K panel. This makes this display fantastic as a single-monitor replacement for twin-monitors setups. It also makes for a huge image when watching videos or gaming.

When it comes to the latter, the large panel size has diminishing returns for any sort of competitive gaming where you’re focused on a small central portion of the screen – and the high resolution will put a big strain on your graphics card – but it’s amazing for more cinematic games where you just want to take in the view.

Read the full LG UltraGear 38GN950 review.

Pros

  • Fantastic overall image quality
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Big screen size and resolution
  • Passable HDR

Cons

  • HDR still not great
  • No stand rotation or speakers
  • Very expensive

LG UltraGear 38GN950 specs:

Screen size 38in
Resolution 3,840 x 1,600
Panel technology IPS
Maximum refresh rate 144Hz (160Hz overclocked)
Stated response time 1ms
Max brightness 400cd/m² SDR
Backlight zones 1
Stated contrast ratio 1,000:1
Adaptive sync FreeSync and G-Sync
Display inputs 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 2 x HDMI 1.4
Audio No speakers, headphone out
Stand adjustment Height, tilt
Extras 100 x 100mm VESA mount, 2-port USB 3 hub

Price: Expect to pay $1000 USD / £1300 GBP

 

7. Samsung Odyssey Neo G8

The best 32″ 4K gaming monitor is the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8.

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 gaming monitor

With its 32″ panel size, 4K resolution and 240Hz refresh rate, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 ticks a hell of a lot of boxes for a gaming monitor. What’s more, its VA LCD panel provides a staggeringly high native contrast ratio plus the use of over a thousand individual backlights allows for even higher contrast, making for stunning HDR.

Despite VA panels generally suffering with slow response times, this panel also has a lightning-quick response once you apply a bit of overdrive. It really is the one monitor that can do it all, which is why it costs quite so much.

Read our Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 review.

Pros

  • Sensational contrast
  • Fantastic backlight
  • Good colors
  • Excellent core specification

Cons

  • Needs a mighty GPU
  • Some exterior design issues
  • Not the best for serious esports

Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 specs:

Screen size 32in
Resolution 3,840 x 2,160
Panel technology VA
Maximum refresh rate 240Hz
Stated response time 1ms
Max brightness 400cd/m² SDR, 2000cd/m² HDR
Backlight zones 1
Stated contrast ratio 1,000,000:1
Adaptive sync AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, Nvidia G-Sync compatible
Display inputs 1 x DisplayPort 1.2a, 2 x HDMI 2
Audio N/A
Stand adjustment Height, tilt, swivel
Extras 100 x 100mm VESA mount, 2 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 1

Price: Expect to pay $1400 USD / £1299 GBP

8. Samsung Odyssey Ark

The best 55″ 4K gaming monitor is the Samsung Odyssey Ark.

Samsung Odyssey Ark with remote

The colossal 55″ size of this screen makes it part TV, part gaming monitor, a status that’s confirmed by its presence of a hefty sound system, smart TV apps and even a remote control. However, this monitor still has plenty of more standard gaming monitor features going for it, with an adjustable stand and a speedy 165Hz refresh rate.

It has a 4k resolution and produces stunning contrast thanks both to the native contrast of the VA LCD panel and the use of a multi-zone backlight, resulting in mesmerizing HDR. It’s hugely expensive and very much overkill for most users but it’s also a sight to behold.

Find out more in our Samsung Odyssey Ark review.

Pros

  • Incredible, immersive design
  • Great image quality
  • Loads of adjustment
  • Powerful speakers

Cons

  • HDR could be even better
  • Some underwhelming features
  • Hugely expensive

Samsung Odyssey Ark specs:

Screen size 55in
Resolution 3,840 x 2,160
Panel technology VA
Maximum refresh rate 165Hz
Stated response time 1ms
Max brightness 400cd/m² SDR, 2000cd/m² HDR
Backlight zones 1
Stated contrast ratio 1,000,000:1
Adaptive sync AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, Nvidia G-Sync compatible
Display inputs 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 2 x HDMI 2
Audio Headphone out, 4 x speakers, 2 x subwoofers
Stand adjustment Height, pivot, tilt
Extras 100 x 100mm VESA mount, 1 x USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 1, 2 x USB 2, One Connect box, 100Mbps Ethernet, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.2

Price: Expect to pay $2600 USD / £2600 GBP

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