At www.tech-headz.com, we strive to find the best monitors out there that can help improve your gaming experience. Most gamers try and trick out their computers with the best graphics cards available to them, but they should also consider what gaming monitor should go with them. There’s no point to having a beast of a GPU if there isn’t a high-quality monitor to showcase it. We tested a bunch of monitors out there on the market today based on size, native pixel resolution, refresh rates (while considering G-Sync and FreeSync), and build quality and we think that these are some of the best.
Check out down below what we at www.tech-headz.com think are some of the best gaming monitors for 2017.
The Asus ROG Swift PG279Q Gaming Monitor comes with a native 2560×1440 resolution in a 27-inch monitor frame, which is just where you’d want your monitor size to be for gaming. It’s got more pixels than 1080p without the the demands of a 4k screen, which can be quite a hog on your GPU. You can also get a refresh rate higher than 60Hz, which is unheard of in current 4k monitors. The monitor can actually get overclocked to 165Hz but to be honest, there’s no significant difference between it’s native 144Hz. The monitor also features Nvidia’s G-Sync Technology for variable refresh rates which only works if you have a Nvidia Graphics Card on your machine (if you use AMD, look for FreeSync monitors instead).
Screen Size: 27 inches | Native Resolution: 2560×1440 | Refresh Rate: 144 to 165Hz | Pixel Response: 4ms | Inputs: 1 DisplayPort, 1 HDMI, 2 USB 3.0
The Asus MG279Q Gaming Monitor is a beast of a monitor that for those that use an AMD graphics card. It’s got similar specs to it’s Nvidia counterpart, the Asus ROG Swift PG279Q Gaming Monitor. The IPS monitor has great color and blacks, even when looking from off-angles. It also comes with a native resolution of 2560×1440 and a refresh rate of 144Hz. Instead of Nvidia’s G-sync Technology, it utilizes FreeSync technology, which is a bit cheaper. The multiple inputs are also handy for people who want to connect a second system to the monitor, like another computer or a console.
Screen Size: 27 inches | Native Resolution: 2560×1440 | Refresh Rate: 144Hz | Pixel Response: 6.5ms | Inputs: 1 DisplayPort, 2 HDMI, 1 Mini DP
The Acer Predator XB321HK Gaming Monitor is a behemoth of a 4k monitor. Coming in at 32 inches wide, it has the ability to display 4K UHD resolution at 3830×2160. As an IPS display, it’s colors remain vibrant, regardless of what angle you are viewing at. Generally speaking, IPS monitors are slower than their TN counterparts, but the Acer Predator XB321HK holds up on its own with a 4ms response time and a refresh rate of 60Hz. Also keep in mind, most gaming rigs would require significant fire power to run a 4K monitor at a higher refresh rate. And like many of the monitors here, it relies on Nvidia’s G-Sync technology to produce smooth picture quality.
Screen Size: 32 inches | Native Resolution: 3840×2160 | Refresh Rate: 60Hz | Pixel Response: 4ms | Inputs: 1 DisplayPort, 1 HDMI, 1 USB 3.0
Acer Predator XB321HK Gaming Monitor
The ultra-wide Asus ROG PG348Q Gaming Monitor has one of the largest wingspans for a gaming monitor. Coming in at 34 inches wide with 3440×1440 resolution and a 21:9 aspect ratio, the curved gaming monitor will completely cover your field of view. The aspect ratio (21.5:9 to be more specific) will give you a much better level of immersion that 16:9 monitors are incapable of. Surprisingly, it won’t be as power hungry as a 4K monitor and as an IPS monitor, you’ll get amazing color and contrast levels with a variable refresh rate of 100Hz (dependent on Nvidia’s G-Sync technology). The only drawback for this ultra-wide gaming monitor is that a few games may not support its native 21:9 aspect ratio. However, there are third-party software out there, such as Flawless Widescreen, that are constantly updated to provide support to get maximum effect for this curved screen.
Screen Size: 34 inches | Native Resolution: 3440×1440 | Refresh Rate: 100Hz | Pixel Response: 5ms | Inputs: 1 DisplayPort, 1 HDMI
The AOC G2460PF Gaming Monitor isn’t the best monitor out there, but it gets the job done. Consider this Gaming Monitor if you decide to spend your money elsewhere in upgrading your current system or if you currently have an older graphics card that can’t support the 4k monitors. While most other 1080p monitors boast 60Hz refresh rates, the AOC G2460PF comes with 144Hz refresh rates on a 24-inch display while still being able to support AMD’s FreeSync (although there can be some issues).
Screen Size: 24 inches | Native Resolution: 1920×1080 | Refresh Rate: 144Hz | Pixel Response: 1ms | Inputs: 1 DisplayPort, 1 DVI, 1 HDMI
The Viewsonic VP2772 Gaming Monitor is considered the sweet spot between pixel density and value. At a resolution of 2560×1440, it’s a bit pricier than monitors with 1920×1080 resolutions but much cheaper than the 4k monitors. These Quad HD Monitors offer plenty of desktop real estate for the gamer who also happens to be a digital professional. It’s a solidly built monitor that offers crisp picture quality and a lot of versatility with the ability to raise, lower, tilt, and adjust the panel to any configuration you would need. Sometimes you just need a monitor that’s great for your 9 to 5 and then for anything afterwards.
Screen Size: 27 inches | Native Resolution: 2560×1440 | Refresh Rate: 60Hz | Pixel Response: 12ms | Inputs: 1 DisplayPort, 1 DisplayPort Mini, 1 HDMI, 1 DVI