Best gaming monitors

See your games in a new light.

A good monitor can mean the difference between a win and a loss, or seeing a pixelated mess or brilliantly detailed world.

Intro: One of the joys of PC gaming is being able to fine-tune the visuals of your favorite games. For some players that can mean settings that sacrifice the fastest gameplay for jaw-dropping visuals; For others the perfect settings involve the fastest response times so that they can get off that headshot before anyone even knows they’re aiming. When choosing a gaming monitor you’ll have to decide what matters most to you. If visuals are your priority you’ll probably want to go with a 4K monitor. However, if response times and refresh rates are your priority 1080p will be in your wheelhouse. Also worth paying attention to is whether the monitor of your choice plays nicely with your graphics card, as Nvidia and AMD both offer programs that can better sync your card and monitor.

Best responsiveness: ViewSonic ELITE XG270

Thin Bezel

Fast-twitch pixels. Amazon

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If e-sports are your bag you’re going to want something that is not only responsive to your input but is also able to meet your needs in the meatspace—so that you don’t get a kink in your neck while racking up frags. This ViewSpace has a blazing fast 240HZ refresh rate, is compatible with NVIDIA G-Sync, and has BlurBusters—approved blur reduction. A slim bezel ensures you’ll see the entire game from any angle. A built-in headphone hook and a mouse bungee add to the ease of use.

Best 4K: Acer Predator XB241H

Built-In Sound

Crystal clear picture. Amazon

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If you want the brilliance of 4K without sacrificing a ton in responsiveness and refresh rate, this beast of a monitor will do the trick. With 4K resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate that can be overclocked to 188Hz, this Acer Predator gives you the best of both worlds.

Most immersive: Samsung 27-Inch CR50 Frameless Curved Gaming Monitor

High Contrast Ratio

Best around the bend. Amazon

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Curved monitors can be pretty expensive, but this Samsung is an affordable option with blazing specs. With a 240Hz refresh rate and 1080p display, you’ll be getting both tight responsiveness and crisp graphics. Radeon G-Snyc and multiple preset game modes will help you optimize black gamma levels, contrast, sharpness, and color to meet your tastes.

Ultra-wide: Alienware Curved 34 Inch Monitor

Works At Any Angle

Bring the cinema home. Amazon

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If you’re looking to go big, this is the monitor for you. Its 120Hz refresh rate isn’t anything to write home about but it will work wonders on cinematic AAA titles with less emphasis on fast-twitch response times. This is immersion at its best. Presets and G-Sync help you customize your visuals and the deep-curved screen just adds to the sense that you’re in the game. Its IPS Nano color technology exceeds the sRGB color spectrum and therefore meets cinematic professional standards.