GamingPeripherals

The Best Gaming Monitors of 2020: 1080p, 1440p and 4K

The monitor is the most important component of your gaming rig. No matter how powerful your CPU or GPU may be, at the end of the day, your display 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

Best Budget 1080p Monitor: Acer GF246 bmipx 24″

Price: $144.99

Resolution1920 x 1080
Size24″
Refresh Rate75Hz
Viewing angle170°
Display Colors16.7 Million
Contrast Ratio 100,000,000:1
Brightness250 cd/m2
PanelTN
Response Time1ms GTG
ConnectorsDP, HDMI, DVI
Adaptive Sync TechnologyAMD FreeSync

This is the only TN panel we’ll be recommending. It has a decent set of features: 75Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and a 170-degree viewing angle. It has a color range of 16.7 million and a standard contrast ratio of 1000:1.

Best High-End 1080p Monitor: Gigabyte Aorus CV27F

Price: $349

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 on the market. 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

Best Budget 1440p Monitor: Acer EB321HQU Cbidpx 32″

Price: $249

Resolution2560 x 1440
Size31.5″
Refresh Rate60Hz
Viewing angle178°
Display Colors1.07 billion
Contrast Ratio ACM 100,000,000:1 (1,200:1)
Brightness300 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 EB321HQU is what you want. You get an insane 1.07 Billion display color count, 300 nits brightness, 60Hz 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.

Best 1440p Monitor for eSports: Acer Nitro VG270U Pbmiipx 27″

Price: $359.99

Resolution2560 x 1440
Size27″
Refresh Rate144Hz
Viewing angle178°
Display Colors16.7 million
Contrast Ratio 1,000:1
Brightness350 cd/m2
PanelIPS
Response Time1 ms VRB
Connectors1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0
Adaptive Sync TechnologyAMD FreeSync

For eSports gaming, the Acer Nitro VG270U is an excellent cost-effective option. With a price tag of $359, you get an IPS panel QHD screen with a 144Hz refresh rate and 99% sRGB color accuracy. Despite being an IPS display, it manages a 1ms VRB response time and comes with ample connectivity options.

Best High-End 1440p Monitor: AORUS FI27Q

Price: $539

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 FI27Q 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

Best Budget 4K Monitor: LG 27BL65U-W

Price: $450

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.

Best High-End 4K Monitor: Acer Predator X27 Pbmiphzx

Price: $1,799

Resolution3840 x 2160
Size27″
Refresh Rate144 Hz (OC)
Viewing angle178°
Display Colors1.07 Billion
HDRDisplayHDR 1000
Contrast Ratio 1,000:1
Brightness1000 cd/m2
PanelIPS
Response Time4 ms GTG
ConnectorsHDMI 2.0
DisplayPort 1.4
Adaptive Sync TechnologyNVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate

Acer’s Predator X27 features all the essentials of a top-end monitor and then some. 4K 120Hz (OC to 144Hz), sRGB 99% color gamut, 1,000 nits of brightness and NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate with HDR1000. All of that in an IPS display just above $1,200 is an impressive deal.

Areej

Computer Engineering dropout (3 years), writer, journalist, and amateur poet. I started Techquila while in college to address my hardware passion. Although largely successful, it suffered from many internal weaknesses. Left and now working on Hardware Times, a site purely dedicated to. Processor architectures and in-depth benchmarks. That's what we do here at Hardware Times!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Back to top button
Close