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Best Monitors for Gaming at 1080p, 1440p and 4K: 60Hz, 75Hz and 144Hz (Jan 2020)

The monitor or display is the most important component of your gaming rig. Regardless of how powerful your CPU or GPU may be, at the end of the day, your screen will decide how good your game looks (and plays). Most people only consider the resolution and refresh rate while buying a monitor. However, there is a lot more to it than just those two numbers. You have to check the color gamut, contrast ratio, the panel type, brightness and the response times as well. If that is too overwhelming for you, fret not, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve handpicked the best 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitors from the many dozen available on the market.

Best 1080p Gaming Monitors

Acer Nitro Gaming Series VG240Y

Price: $179|Rs. 10,990

Resolution1920 x 1080
Size24″
Refresh Rate75Hz
Viewing angle178°
Display Colors16.7 Million
Contrast Ratio 100,000,000:1
Brightness250 cd/m2
PanelIPS
Response Time1ms MPRT
ConnectorsD-Sub, HDMI
Adaptive Sync TechnologyAMD FreeSync

Although a bit on the expensive side, the Acer Nitro VG240Y is one of the best 1080p monitors out there. An IPS panel with 1ms MPRT response time, 75Hz refresh rate and AMD’s FreeSync Adaptive Sync, it ticks all the right boxes. A refresh rate of 75 Hz also means that you don’t need an overly expensive build to power it.

Gigabyte Aorus CV27F

Price: $279|Rs. 30,999

Resolution1920 x 1080
Size27″
Refresh Rate165Hz
Viewing angle178°
Display Colors16.7 Million
Contrast Ratio DCR 12,000,000:1 (3,000:1)
Brightness400 cd/m2
PanelIPS
Response Time1ms
Connectors1 x DisplayPort 1.2
2 x HDMI 2.0
Adaptive Sync TechnologyFreeSync 2 Technology
G-SYNC Compatible

The Gigabyte Aorus CV27F is hands down the best premium 1080p monitor you’ll find. It’s pricey, but not over the top, and packs all the required features an eSports gamer needs. A refresh rate as high as 165Hz, a tight response time (1ms) and AMD’s FreeSync 2 support as well as G-Sync compatibility. It has an impressive brightness of 400 nits and a contrast ratio of 3,000:1, all in an IPS panel. In my opinion, it’s well worth the extra cost.

Best 1440p Gaming Monitors

Acer V277U bmiipx

Price: $224

Resolution2560 x 1440
Size27″
Refresh Rate75Hz
Viewing angle178°
Display Colors1.07 Billion
Contrast Ratio DCR 100,000,000:1 (1,000:1)
Brightness350 cd/m2
PanelIPS
Response Time4 ms GTG
Connectors1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x HDMI 2.0
Adaptive Sync TechnologyAMD FreeSync

If you’re looking for a sub-100Hz 1440p monitor, then look no further. Acer’s V277U bmiipx is THE 1440p display. You get an insane 1.07 Billion display color count, 350 nits brightness, 75Hz refresh rate, 4 ms GTG response time along with AMD’s FreeSync adaptive-sync technology. Plus, this is an IPS monitor, so the viewing angles are superb as well.

MSI Optix MAG272QR

Price: $349

Resolution2560 x 1440
Size27″
Refresh Rate165Hz
Viewing angle178°
Display Colors1.07 Billion
Contrast Ratio 3,000:1
Brightness300 cd/m2
PanelVA
Response Time1 ms
Connectors1 x DisplayPort 1.2a
2 x HDMI 2.0b
Adaptive Sync TechnologyAMD FreeSync

For eSports gaming, MSI’s Optix MAG272QR is an excellent cost-effective option. With a price tag of $349, you get a QHD monitor with a 165 Hz refresh rate, 1.07 billion colors, 300 nits brightness and a response time of 1 ms. This is a VA panel so the contrast ratio is also pretty good at 3,000:1. For connectivity, you get one DP 1.2a and two HDMI 2.0b ports.

AORUS AD27QD

Price: $599|Rs. 53,999

Resolution2560 x 1440
Size27″
Refresh Rate144Hz
Viewing angle178°
Display Colors1.073 Billion
HDRDisplayHDR 400
Contrast Ratio 1,000:1
Brightness350 cd/m2
Panel10 bit IPS
Response Time1 ms
Connectors1 x DisplayPort 1.2
2 x HDMI 2.0
Adaptive Sync TechnologyAMD FreeSync
G-Sync Compatible

If you want the absolute best, then Gigabyte has you covered once again. The AORUS AD27QD is the elder sibling of the CV27F, and comes with top-of-the-line features: 350 nits brightness, HDR400, 10-bit IPS display and lastly adaptive sync support for both NVIDIA and AMD cards.

Best 2160p (4K) Gaming Monitors

LG 27BL65U-W

Price: $338

Resolution3840 x 2160
Size27″
Refresh Rate60 Hz
Viewing angle178°
Display Colors1.07 Billion
HDRDisplayHDR 400
Contrast Ratio 1,000:1
Brightness350 cd/m2
PanelIPS
Response Time5 ms GTG
Connectors1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x HDMI 2.0
Adaptive Sync TechnologyAMD FreeSync

If you are new to 4K, then this is the display for you. Even the cheapest of 4K monitors are miles better than 1080p and a notable improvement over standard 1440p screens. Once you get to 4K, there’s no going back. Anything less will look blurry and washed out. The LG 27BL65U-W comes with some neat features with a sub-$500 price tag. You even get HDR400 support which is a steal at this price.

ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q

Price: $1,079

Resolution3840 x 2160
Size27″
Refresh Rate120 Hz
Viewing angle178°
Display Colors1.07 Billion
HDRDisplayHDR 600
Contrast Ratio 4,000:1
Brightness450 cd/m2
PanelVA
Response Time4 ms GTG
Connectors3 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
Adaptive Sync TechnologyAMD FreeSync 2

If you want something potent and yet affordable (those two words rarely go well together), then the ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q is what you should look for. It’s a VA panel with an impressive contrast ratio of 4,000:1, 1.07 Billion color depth, 450 nits of brightness, 120Hz refresh rate and a response time of 4 ms. All that in a 4K monitor for $1,000 is quite remarkable no matter how you look at it.

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