The 7 Best High-End Gaming Monitors to Buy in 2018

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If you want to game at a high level, then you will need a monitor that is merciless in eliminating lag. While most gamers take the time to carefully plan out their rig to the best possible specifications for their budget, you aren’t going to get full performance without a specialized gaming monitor. Gaming monitors have high refresh rates and screen resolutions, with special equalizers to provide deep contrast that helps make dark scenes look vivid. These high-end gaming monitors will up your game.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Dell Gaming S2716DG

With a high contrast ratio, blazing fast refresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC, this gaming monitor from Dell provides all the high-end features you need to get the most out of your games at a price tag that is a couple hundred of bucks less than similarly spec’ed competitors.

NVIDIA G-SYNC is monitor technology from the prestigious video card maker that is meant to get the most out of monitors. It gives smooth, tear-free gameplay at high refresh rates with features such as HDR and ultra-low motion blur. If you are gaming at a professional level, you need this feature to be able to compete. This monitor has a max frame rate of 144 Hz and a blazing fast one ms FAST mode. 

The image quality also shines, delivering all the detail you need in QUAD HD (2560x1440) on a 27-inch screen with a 1000:1 aspect ratio. The screen has an anti-glare coating and 3H hardness. It has a 160-degree vertical/170-degree horizontal viewing angle and you can also adjust, pivot and swivel the height for optimal performance.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: BenQ ZOWIE 27-Inch XL2730

Play like the pros with BenQ’s QHD Zowie monitor, a 27-inch beast that is the official monitor of MLG CS:GO and a host of professional leagues and teams. This advanced monitor is designed with a number of ergonomic features for comfort and a reduction of visual distractions, providing an immersive visual experience that helps you unlock your true gaming potential.

The monitor displays your games in 2560 x 1440 resolution with an ultra-fast 144Hz refresh rate and smooth response. It has a Black eQualizer to provide visual clarity in dark scenes and an S Switch to toggle between saved settings, giving you easy access to different scenarios.

Best Curved: Samsung CF391 32-Inch

Get a more immersive experience with this 32-inch Full-HD curved monitor for Samsung, a high-end solution optimized for gamers’ needs. The unique white circular base and frame give a modern and elegant aesthetic, a perfect complement to the 1800R curvature of the screen, which practically disappears at the less-than-half-inch-thick edges.

The sleek design is only a frame for the vibrant image on screen. As one might expect from a company known for colorful and vivid picture quality, the experience is astounding. Samsung’s Active Crystal Color technology gives a 5000:1 contrast ratio for deep blacks and blinding whites. The enhanced Game Mode further optimizes colors to bring the experience to life and guarantees that the speed keeps up with the frame rate. With a 16:9 aspect ratio and a full HD 1930 x 1080 display, this is a great option for most any gamer.

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Best 24-Inch: BenQ ZOWIE XL2411

Zowie is a favorite in eSports circles, and this 24-inch monitor is an affordable yet powerful way to get in on the action. If you’ve never tried a high-end monitor built for gaming, this is a great one to start with. The 24-inch screen has a full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution that looks great with an LED back-lit display. You can also get a leg up on your opponents in dark settings with the Black eQualizer, a way to increase visibility in dark scenes without ramping the bright areas up too high.

No matter what game you are playing, you can have an optimized mode. Easily toggle between ZOWIE-created game modes depending on if you are playing a first-person shooter (FPS) or a (multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA). No matter what you are playing, the ZeroFlicker technology on the screen helps reduce eye strain, which lets you focus longer. With a 144Hz refresh rate and a customizable stand, this monitor will really up your game.

Best Ultra-Widescreen: LG 29UM68-P 29-Inch

Ultra-widescreen monitors provide a more cinematic experience, great for role-playing games (RPGs) and single player games. This monitor has an aspect ratio of 21:9, which looks crisp and detailed from every angle in Full HD. The monitor also has FreeSync technology that helps get rid of the tearing and stuttering that disrupt gaming experience.

Three preset modes also help optimize your experience depending on the type of game you are playing. Your experience is even further enhanced by the Dynamic Action Sync feature, which results in smooth and fluid play experience. Everything looks great with 99 percent coverage of the sRGB spectrum, while a Black Stabilizer reveals superior detail in dark scenes.

Best G-Sync: Acer Predator

This 34-inch curved monitor from Acer is the world’s first curved monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, giving you the best of both performance and cinematic presentation. It has a 21:9 aspect ratio and a stunning QHD (3440 x 1440) resolution to display every detail in a vast field of view that immerses you in the action. A top class color consistency of 178 degrees on an IPS display gives highest standard of experience at any angle, while an ergonomic stand allows you to adjust the monitor to your liking.

For such a wide screen, the monitor brings fast speeds of 100Hz and a deep range of color, hitting 100 percent sRGB gamut and the six-axis adjustment.

Best for FPS: Viotek GN32C

This 32-inch curved cinematic monitor from VIOTEK has been optimized for FPS and real-time strategy (RTS) play, making it an important weapon in any tactical gamer’s arsenal. It has a full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution and NTSC 85 percent on 16:9 aspect ratio. Colors pop with 20,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast in standard widescreen mode. The curve radius is 1800mm, which adds another layer of cinematic immersion. The monitor was also designed to eliminate unnecessary blue light that causes eyestrain, helping you play for longer without fatigue. Finally, get high performance with AMD FreeSync, a feature that augments dynamic refresh rate to automatically reduce lag and tearing, so the game runs smooth.