For years, gamers had to be content using monitors meant for spreadsheets and Word docs to indulge in their passion, but as esports gain popularity and games themselves become more and more dense and immersive, it’s clear more power is needed.

These monitors will turn gaming from a form of entertainment to a full-on sensory experience. Whether you’re hardcore or a hobbyist, you will appreciate what these screens have to offer.

Best for champ in training: Pixio PXC243

Great Entry Level Option

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What is it about a curved screen that just seems more…intense? Maybe it’s years of associating it with cinemascope theaters, but they just seem grander and more immersive. The Pixio PXC243 is a 24-inch curved, bezel-less full HD monitor, boasting a 178-degree viewing angle with an anti-glare screen, and a quick 144Hz refresh rate—great for fast, pulsating game action. If you have the means, the Pixio is designed in such a way that you can position three of them side-by-side to create a fully-immersive, cinema-quality surround-screen experience. But even on its own, it makes games pop.

Best for the causal gamer: Acer SBV220Q

Doesn’t Take Up Much Desk Real Estate

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This 21.5-inch monitor delivers a full 1920×1080 HD experience with a 75Hz refresh rate. It has a color range of 16.7 million, so no matter what you’re playing it will be sharp and distinct. Not only does it deliver visually, but at only 0.24-inches thin, it’s versatile and space-saving. The Acer features multiple inputs (HDMI & VGA), and is Energy Star compliant so you save energy as well as space. A solid option for anyone looking to give their gaming experience a little uptick.

Best for going big: Sceptre 30-inch Curved Gaming Monitor

See More No Matter What You’re Playing

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With a massive 30-inch curved screen delivering 2560 x 1080 full HD resolution, this is a Sceptre truly meant for royalty. Featuring almost double the standard refresh rate (200Hz), this monitor virtually eliminates blurred images or frame transition lag, and even has custom display settings that optimize for first-person shooters or real-time strategy games. The four HDMI ports in the back deliver variable refresh rates depending on needs—two offering 75Hz, one bumping it up to 165 Hz, and one going to 11 (or 200Hz). Powerful built-in speakers and cool backlighting round out a hardcore gamer must-have.