Best Gaming Monitors 2017 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

5 best gaming monitors 2017Gaming is not fun with smaller and slower displays. Isn’t it? For a long time, gamers have been complaining about in game stuttering and frame tearing while playing their favorite games. Companies like Asus, BenQ, Dell and many more started to introduce best gaming monitors with features such as higher refresh rates and frame sync capabilities in collaboration with Nvidia and AMD to address the issue.

Having an expensive gaming rig with an old monitor doesn’t sound right. Does it?

Everyone hates stutters and frame tearing as it makes the gaming experience way too unpleasant and for that reason, I came up with the compilation of 5 best gaming monitors to buy in 2017 to make your gaming experience flawless. I have tried my best to gather every useful technical details, features and prices for your ease.

Let’s not wait anymore and jump right into it!

Best Gaming Monitors in 2017 – Buyer’s Guide

 

NamePanelDisplay sizeRefresh ratePrice (Discounted)
ASUS VG248QE
(Recommended)
TN24 inch144 hz Check Price
ViewSonic VX2452MHTN22-27 inch75-144 hz Check Price
ASUS VS239H-P
(Budget)
IPS22-27 inch60-75 hz Check Price
ASUS PB287Q4k28 inch60 hz Check Price
Acer R240HY bidx
(Budget)
IPS24 inch60 hz Check Price

 

The reason to compile a list of best gaming monitors is only because not everyone is tech savvy. Some might have great knowledge about gaming monitors and some might not know the technicalities. As you might find 100’s of gaming monitors out in the market, this list will help you out to sort out the best and should save you time and money. We have included both expensive and budget monitors so you can choose accordingly.

Alright so now we have filtered out 5 best gaming monitors for you to buy in 2017, lets not waste anymore time and jump right into the details of each of these.

 

 

1. ASUS VG248QE 24″ Best 144hz Monitor

best-gaming-monitorsSo ASUS VG248QE is my personal favorite and I have been using it for a while now and that’s why it is on top of the list. ASUS is one of the most in demand brand when it comes to gaming monitors and undoubtedly they have been providing quality products to their consumers. This monitor is one of the top of the line product and comes packed with a lot of great features.

Alright gamers, as you know 144hz is heavenly experience for guys like us. It can display 144 frames per second before any image tearing could happen, woah that’s massive. The ultra smooth motion with 1 ms response time making it 5 times faster from other gaming monitors and cutting out every possible delay while playing online games makes this monitor a beast. It provides ergonomic tilt, swivel and height adjustment for optimal viewing experience. It has builtin Nvidia G-sync support which is a massive plus point. The only thing I didn’t like about this monitor is its glossy finish because it catches finger prints and dust easily.

If you’re a hardcore FPS (first person shooting) gamer, this monitor is built for you and it’s worth every penny. 

For a quick view, I have listed down the things I like the most and I didn’t like below about ASUS VG248QE.

 

Things I Like About This Monitor

• 144 hertz

• 1 millisecond response time

• Ergonomic tilt, swivel pivot, and height adjustment

• Back lit LED

• 3D content support

• Built-in 2W stereo speakers

• Nvidia Gsync support

Things I Don't Like About This Monitor

• Off angle viewing

• Glossy finish

 

2. ViewSonic VX2452MH – Blur Free Monitor

best gaming monitors viewsonicSo on number two we have ViewSonic VX2452MH 1080p Gaming Monitor. ViewSonic is very popular in gaming industry because of their budget friendly and quality products. This monitor comes with different display sizes from 22 inch to 27 inch. It has 16:9 display ratio which is LED lit with max supported resolution up to 1920×1080. One of the most highlighted features of this monitor is its builtin Game mode which can easily be turned on with just a press of a button. ViewSonic’s Game Mode provides better visibility and detail by brightening dark scenes making it more convenient for the player and less burden on the vision.

The refresh rate starts from 75hz which goes up to 144hz for smooth jerk less gaming experience. The 2 ms response time is almost as close to any other 144hz gaming monitor making input lag almost to none. ViewSonic VX2452MH also support FreeSync which is an adaptive synchronization technology for displays that support a dynamic refresh rate for reducing screen tearing. This technology was introduced by AMD in 2015 in response to Nvidia’s expensive G-sync. What I didn’t really like about this monitor is its base or some might call it stand. Its a bit round and didn’t feel really sturdy though you wouldn’t be playing in hurricanes obviously so shouldn’t worry about it.

It is also one of most recommended gaming monitor by PC Magazine giving it a 9/10 rating.

Lets jump right into the things I like and don’t like about ViewSonic VX2452MH.

 

Things I Like About This Monitor

144 hertz

2 millisecond response time

Adjustable forward, back tilt

Anti glare

Game mode

Built-in 2W stereo speakers

• Compatible with Mac, and Windows

• FreeSync support

Things I Don't Like About This Monitor

Base/Stand

 

3. Asus VS239H-P – Best Wide Angle Monitor

best gaming monitors asusSo next on the list we have Asus VS239H-P Full HD gaming monitor. One simply cannot forget ASUS when it comes to gaming. This is my second recommendation from ASUS because I have personally used this monitor in past. The only reason I upgraded to ASUS VG248QE is better refresh rate.

Anyways, lets get back to what this monitor is capable of. It comes in different screen sizes from 22 inch to 27 inch. Its a Full HD LED monitor containing IPS panel which ensures rich colors with deep blacks and brightest whites. The default refresh rate is 75hz which is more than decent for any kind of games you play. One of the best feature of this monitor is its 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio which dynamically enhances the display’s contrast by adjusting the luminance of the backlight. Its one of the best budget gaming monitor out in the market.

VS239H comprises of 178˚(H) / 178˚(V) ultra wide viewing angle IPS panel, no matter from where you look at it or how you look at it, you won’t feel any kind of color shift. To optimize video performance and image quality, this monitor uses Splendid Video Intelligence Technology which enhances color, contrast, brightness and sharpness. You can find 6 builtin video presets; Scenery, Theater, Game, Night View, sRGB and Standard and you can choose any of them according to your preference and need with just a single hotkey.

It also comes with a easy detachable base and VESA wall mount (100×100 mm) so it can be placed anywhere desired. Unfortunately it doesn’t have any builtin speakers so if you wanna stream and enjoy audio, rather use external speakers or headphones.

Alright now let’s look into what I really like and dislike about this monitor in a nutshell.

 

Things I Like About This Monitor

75 hertz

5 millisecond response time

25 degree front and back tilt

Matte display

• Ultra wide viewing angle

• IPS Panel

• 50,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio

Things I Don't Like About This Monitor

No builtin speakers

4. ASUS PB287Q – Best 4K Gaming Monitor

best gaming monitors 4kOn number four we have ASUS PB287Q which came right after 6 weeks after the launch of Samsung’s 4K monitor. It is one of the best 4K monitors available in the market and comes with a lot of features and qualities which other monitors don’t offer. It has a TN panel with 1000:1 contrast ratio with support for 10 bit color using frame rate control dithering, it is one of the best TN panels out there. There’s slight color and contrast shift when viewing from awkward angles like top or bottom but you will stop noticing it after using it for few hours. On 4K resolution, it supports 60Hz which is the maximum refresh rate available for 4K monitors. If you’re using HDMI cable, 30Hz is the only option you’re left with because HDMI doesn’t support anymore than that.

It has better than average ghosting performance with minimal response delay making it less than 1 frame of total display lag. The build quality of the monitor is very sturdy, the bezel is thin and the thing I liked the most is its matte finish. It wont catch finger prints nor any scratches when you try to clean it. This device supports Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture feature which means if you want to use two separate systems, this one single monitor can be used for both the systems simultaneously, that’s literally impressive and discard the need of having multiple monitors. It supports MHL so if you want to play content directly from your phone, you can do it as well.

Due to 100% Back-lit LED and ASUS EyeCare Flicker-free technology, there’s no flickering in the screen and it wont cause any kind of eye strain and you can easily use it for a longer period of time.

It doesn’t have builtin audio speakers but hey, would you really use those? I think so not. This monitor is also recommended by LinusTechTips, a famous tech geek.

Let’s find out what I like the most and don’t like about this monitor briefly. (I’m kinda sure I like everything, haha.)

 

Things I Like About This Monitor

60 hertz (4K)

1 millisecond response time

PiP and PbP modes

Matte finish

• 300% more onscreen space

• ASUS EyeCare technology

• Ergonomic tilt, swivel pivot, and height adjustment

Things I Don't Like About This Monitor

Rear mounted buttons

 

5. ACER R240HY bidx – Best Budget Gaming Monitor

best gaming monitors acerLast but not the least, we have Acer R240HY bidx on the list. When it comes to design, performance and being less heavy on pocket, you think about nothing but ACER. This monitor looks absolutely stunning because of its Zero Frame Design. Its only less than an inch thick making it ideal for multiple monitor setups. You wont be bothered with thick borders when adding two or three monitors side by side making your experience way more better than other monitors. It is a Full HD monitor comes in 24 inch display size which supports maximum resolution up to 1920×1080 and has an IPS panel making the colors look more natural and deep. Not only gaming, it is also a perfect fit for photographers, video editors and multimedia purposes.

Being an IPS panel display, you wont be having any issues with looking at the monitor with off angles and there wont be any color or contrast shift. The claimed viewing angle by ACER is from 0-178 degrees and to me that is more than enough. The default refresh rate of this monitor is 60Hz but can be overclocked to 75Hz without any obstacles thus making it one of the best budget monitor for gaming. You can say good bye to eye strain because it has a blue filter and Flicker-less technology which makes it easier to use for longer hours. Its 4 ms response time kicks out any sort of input delay while you’re gaming. The colors of this display is really accurate out of the box so you wont have to spend time calibrating it.

One handy thing about Acer R240HY bidx is, it has a 3.5 mm audio jack at back so you can plug in your headphones or earphones directly into it. It has a sturdy round base though what I found less impressive is the tilt angle of the base which is only 5-15 degree.

Let’s take a quick glance on what I really like and don’t like about this monitor below.

 

Things I Like About This Monitor

60 hertz (75Hz Overclock)

• 4 millisecond response time

Thin bezel

• 3.5 mm audio jack

• IPS panel

• Blue light filter

• Out of the box colors

Things I Don't Like About This Monitor

Less room for tilt and swivel

 

Few Must Know Tips On How To Choose Best Gaming Monitors

As you can see I tried my best to highlight every possible details about the monitors which I think are best for gaming. My list of choices may confuse you as all of them are pretty amazing gaming monitors. Now its time to know how can you choose a monitor for yourself which suits you best. Below are the most important things to look into a monitor before buying it for yourself.

Refresh rate

Response time

Sync capability

Non Flicker

I hope this list has been informative all way long and should help you out and solve your problems while buying the perfect gaming monitor which meets all your requirements. Let us know in the comments which gaming monitor are you using and which one would you like us to review.

 

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Author: Bilal Irfan

A media grad, entrepreneur, marketer, tech blogger and professional photographer.

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