Best Gaming Monitors in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 9, 2017
Every gamer loves games for the feeling of participation. And how to better feel yourself a full-fledged participant than by immersing into a high-quality image. This is what gaming monitors are made for. We will help you choose one from our best gaming monitor review. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Screen Size
Resolution
Refresh Rate / Response Time
Panel Type
Connectivity
Additional Features
Aspect Ratio
Warranty
 
PROS
Has two integrated speakers with a decent sound quality. Offers an advanced and distinguishable ROG-styled design and LED backlighting.
CONS
Comfortable gameplay with 100 Hz refresh rate and the enablement of G-Sync technology requires a compatible video adapter and a DisplayPort connection.
OUR VERDICT
The ROG Swift PG348Q series gaming monitors are reliable in effective heat dissipation even during long gaming sessions. The advanced monitor cooling system makes it possible to run it for many hours.
detailed parameters
Screen Size
34"
Resolution
3440 x 1440
Refresh Rate / Response Time
100 Hz / 5 ms
Panel Type
IPS (curved 3800R)
Connectivity
1 х HDMI 1 х DisplayPort 4 х USB 3.0 1 x 3.5 mm audio in/out 1 х USB upstream
Additional Features
Implements 4 image improvement technologies: Asus GamePlus, Asus GameVisual, Asus Nvidia G-Sync, Asus Flicker-Free (image flickering reduction technology)
Aspect Ratio
21:9
Warranty

3-year: casing and panel,1 year: parts and accessories (optional)

PROS
Dynamic Action Sync and FreeSync technologies eliminate the tearing and ensure smooth gaming action. You can adjust the settings of this LG gaming monitor using your mouse only. The MaxxAudio technology offers a crystal-clear sound for you to enjoy.
CONS
No support for analog signal sources.
OUR VERDICT
You can divide the display of this gaming computer monitor into several desktops to perform more than one action at a time. This feature makes LG model one of the best gamer monitors for those who like to stream their games on the web.
detailed parameters
Screen Size
34", 29", 25"
Resolution
2560 x 1080
Refresh Rate / Response Time
75 Hz / 5 ms
Panel Type
IPS
Connectivity
2 x HDMI 1.4 1 x Display Port
Additional Features
99% covering of the RGB color space. The Game Mode is used for rendering fast-paced gaming scenes. The On-Screen Control serves for a fast monitor configuration or splitting the screen space into 2 independent screens
Aspect Ratio
21:9
Warranty
1-year limited
PROS
This gamer monitor has a well thought-through design. It has the features many gamers wish to have on their monitors - a hook for headphones and a rubberized monitor base.
CONS
The embedded speakers of this gaming monitor have a rather low-frequency rate.
OUR VERDICT
The technologies that were used during manufacturing of this gaming monitor for computer allow you to play games for a whole day.
detailed parameters
Screen Size
27"
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate / Response Time
75 Hz / 1 ms
Panel Type
TN
Connectivity
2 x HDMI 1 x DVI-D 1 x VGA
Additional Features
Retractable headset hang, Rubber base stand, Black eQualizer, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free, Fighting Mode technologies
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Warranty

2-year

PROS
It has a glare filter. The black colour stabilization feature allows delivering better visuals.
CONS
No height adjustment on the base stand.
OUR VERDICT
The great number of technologies implemented ensure a comfortable gaming visual experience even in the most action-packed scenes. The input lag is minimized and image tearing and stuttering are eliminated. The manufacturer offers different monitor sizes for this series.
detailed parameters
Screen Size
27", 24", 22", 21.5"
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate / Response Time
75 Hz / 2 ms
Panel Type
TN
Connectivity
1 x DisplayPort 1 x HDMI 1 x D-Sub (VGA) 1 x 3.5 mm audio in/out
Additional Features
Flicker-free image rendering and the Blue Light filter to prevent and eye strain. The ViewMode, ViewSonic technologies for the rendering of an optimal color gamma in different applications, AMD FreeSync
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Warranty
3-year limited
PROS
Owing to the ASCR implemented the backlight brightness is adjusted automatically, which allows achieving a breathtaking 50000000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.
CONS
The integrated headphone out delivers a poor sound quality.
OUR VERDICT
This gaming monitor performs very well in a wide variety of use scenarios making this model a truly versatile solution. The ASUS VS248HR really makes gaming an enjoyable and comfortable experience.
detailed parameters
Screen Size
24"
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate / Response Time
75 Hz / 1 ms
Panel Type
TN
Connectivity
1 x HDMI 1 x DVI-D 1 x D-Sub (VGA) 1 x 3.5 mm audio in/out
Additional Features
The proprietary Splendid Video Intelligence technology that enables you to adjust the monitor settings according to your current tasks and environment. Trace Free Technology
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Warranty

3-year: casing and panel, 1-year: parts and accessories (optional)

What is a Gaming Monitor

In modern days we see computer accessories with the word "gaming" in their name more and more often. Anything can be "gaming" - keyboards, mice, headphones, mouse pads, etc. Monitors are not an exception. At first glance most users will not see any difference between a traditional and gaming monitor. Well, maybe they will notice that the design has become brighter. But, same as with other gaming tools for computers, gaming monitors are also primarily directed at dynamic games. For this very reason, their manufacturers point out such features as speed, convenience and performance, all important for comfortable gaming. If you are a hardcore passionate gamer, or just love to spend your free time playing a favorite game, then a gaming monitor for PC will be an excellent addition to your computer.

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What Features to Compare

The modern market offers a large selection of gaming monitors. When you start to look for a new gaming monitor for a computer, first you should turn your attention to is its Size and Connectivity. The size of the monitor (or display size) is shown in inches and it actually implies its diagonal length. The gaming monitor's height and width may differ, depending on its aspect ratio. Most PC gaming monitors have an aspect ratio of 16:9, but it is not that strange to see, for example, a 16:10 ratio and the 21:9 aspect ratio now grows more and more popular. When you choose the size of your monitor for gaming, consider the place where you will set it. If you have enough space, we recommend you to purchase a monitor with a big diagonal, 27" or more. This way you will be able to embrace the whole field of your game. But if your space is limited by, say, side shelves or an alcove, we'd offer you a 24" PC gaming monitor.

When you have decided on a size of your future gaming PC monitor, look at its resolution. The monitor's resolution is the number of pixels the panel includes. More pixels mean more clear picture and, thus, more comfort during gaming. Most of the gaming monitors have panels with a Full HD resolution (1920x1080). This number of pixels allows you to obtain a very clear picture on the monitors with sizes up to 27". Gaming computer monitors with greater diagonals often have WQHD panels with a resolution of 2560x1440, which provide a clear picture on the increased monitor size. And the manufacturers of 21:9 PC gaming monitors use panels with Ultra HD resolution (3440x1440) to maintain the image's ratio. But note that the bigger resolution your gaming monitor has, the more powerful video card you will need.

Also, do not forget about types of supported incoming video signals. You should select a monitor with the same ports as your computer, otherwise connecting the gamer monitor to the PC will pose some problems. In the latest years, almost all gaming monitors implement various connectivity interfaces. The most widespread are the following:

  • VGA is an analog interface that conveys video with a resolution of 640x480. This technology itself is quite outdated, but a lot of users still have devices with this connectivity type.
  • DVI is an interface that transfers both analog and digital signals. There are a few types of a DVI: DVI-I is able to transfer both signals, and DVI-D only transfers digital signals. Depending on its mode, this interface can convey video with a resolution of up to 1920x1080 in Single Link, and up to 2560x1600 in Dual Link.
  • HDMI is a modern digital interface for transferring data, high-resolution video and multichannel sound. Maximum transferable video resolution is 3840x2160 pixels. It is the most popular video transferring interface.
  • Display Port is a digital interface that now grows in its popularity. It conveys data, high-resolution video, and multichannel sound, which makes it the main competitor for the HDMI. Also transfers video of up to 3840x2160 pixels.

When selecting a gaming monitor for PC, check for the availability of interfaces in your computer.

Made up your mind on the size of your gaming computer monitor? Then it's time to decide on the Panel Type and Speed. Here we would offer you the information regarding the gamer monitor's response time, panel type, brightness, and contrast. The response time means how fast any given pixel is able to change its brightness. This parameter is measured in milliseconds. The lower the numbers, the less distortion you will notice when the shots change. The perception of shots change time is individual and varies from person to person, so don't chase the numbers, better choose what you yourself prefer. The following are the most popular panel types on the market now:

  • TN panels are the most widespread and affordable. Most of the gaming PC monitors are now made with TN panels. These monitors have a viewing angle of approximately 160-170°. They fall behind the IPS gaming monitors when it comes to contrast, but are unparalleled in response time. These panels are the best for dynamic games.
  • IPS panels have a 178° viewing angle, so the image will stay clear from whatever side you look at it. These gaming computer monitors have a very precise color rendering, but generally have higher response time than the TN panels. If you love good rendering quality and bright colors, this type of gamer monitor is what you need.

Depending on the panel type and technologies used gaming computer, monitors also have different brightness and contrast. The brightness parameter corresponds with the intensity of screen glow, and it is measured in cd/m². With the higher brightness, it is more comfortable to work with the monitor in a highly illuminated room. And the contrast is the difference between the brightness of the lightest and the darkest parts of the image. Images with higher contrast look more real. Often manufacturers specify dynamic contrast ratio. It means the difference between the lightest part of an image under the maximum brightness and the darkest part of an image under the minimum brightness. The bigger this ratio is, the more real the picture will look in dynamic action scenes.

And finally, the last but not least important parameter - the Technologies used in gaming PC monitors to enhance their performance. It is not a secret that manufacturers chase their clients, and for this very reason, they add more and more features to their PC gaming monitors. Thanks to this, you are able to choose exactly the characteristics you need.

After noting all the mentioned above, it becomes pretty simple to choose the best gaming monitor for yourself.

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ASUS PG348Q G-Sync WQHD

A Gaming Monster

No doubt, every gaming fan eagerly waits for his\her favourite new gaming titles to be released. However, to play modern video games comfortably and fully enjoy recent gaming industry innovations one has to have not only a powerful PC base unit. For a comprehensive gaming experience, you will need a high-quality gaming monitor capable of displaying a picture with vivid colours and no tearing and stuttering. The ASUS engineers happen to know exactly what professional and amateur gamers need. All the company R&D potential and holistic approach manifest themselves in this widescreen curved gaming PC monitor of the famous ASUS ROG series. Can you imagine a high-quality and visually arresting image with a 34-inch diagonal size? This large gaming monitor delivers such image and offers many useful gaming-oriented features, which greatly contribute to an amazing gaming experience. The GamePlus is a notable feature, which can be activated by pressing a dedicated button on the display. Using this feature any gamer can select one of the four displayed crosshair types and fine tune the Asus ROG Swift PG348Q to improve the aiming in first person shooters. With that, the ASUS GameVisual feature enables users to quickly switch between the six predefined image profiles to select an optimal one for a specific gaming title. This ultra-wide Asus monitor for gaming supports 100 Hz vertical refresh rate as well but to use this feature you need to connect the monitor via the Display Port 1.2 on its back and use the compatible video adapter. The benefit of enabling the 100 Hz refresh rate on the monitor is the elimination of any perceivable image flickering and what is more important a full utilization of Nvidia’s proprietary anti-stuttering G-SYNC technology implemented.

Review of ASUS PG348Q G-Sync WQHD

Utilizing Your Side Vision

As you can see, the ASUS ROG gaming monitor in addition to having an ultra-wide diagonal size has a curved screen. Why is this curved design beneficial for a user? Put simply, the curved display shape allows utilizing your side vision (in addition to direct vision), which you frequently use in an everyday life. The ASUS engineers designed the PG348Q gamer monitor in such a way so that every point on this curved display is equidistant to your eyes, thus ensuring a comfortable viewing experience even during very long gaming sessions. What is more, the curved screen of this one of the best gaming monitors on the market makes both movies and games more immersive than conventional flat displays. With such a large size, the ASUS ROG display can serve as a single comprehensive solution for both gaming and work and even imitate two separate displays by splitting the screen space in two. Be sure that with the ASUS ROG monitor for gamers you can master any virtual universe of any gaming title and enjoy all digital landscapes created by game designers in a most detailed, exciting and comfortable way.

ASUS PG348Q G-Sync WQHD in the use

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LG UltraWide

Size and Connectivity

LG 29UM68-P gamer monitor has a 29" UltraWide® screen with the aspect ratio of 21:9. Thanks to that, you will get a stunning resolution of 2560 x 1080 pixels. The picture on this gaming PC monitor will surely have the right proportions. The two HDMI 1.4 and one Display port will make it possible to connect several digital signal sources and switch between them. The fixed stand allows you to change the angle from -5° forward to 20° backward. If you wish, you can use the VESA 75х75 mount to hang this large gaming monitor for PC on a wall.

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Panel Type and Speed

The IPS panel capable of displaying up to 16.7 billion colors makes this LG 29UM68-P the best monitor for gaming. Will you be able to enjoy clear and rich image in your favourite games and movies? Absolutely yes! It catches 99% of the sRGB color space. And the matte screen coating will offer you a comfortable work — no specks from lamps or windows. Both horizontal and vertical viewing angles are 178°, meaning the picture will be seen clearly from whatever corner you look at it. Dynamic contrast and brightness provide a fantastic picture in the artificially lit room. The panel responds in 5 ms, and the refresh rate is 75 Hz, so even the most action-filled games like RPG shooters and various simulators won't lag. This is an unbelievable gaming PC monitor.

LG UltraWide in the use

Technologies

The most prominent additional feature this large HDMI gaming monitor boasts of is the Screen Split 2.0. Thanks to this technology, you can split the screen into several independent parts and work with each of them separately. For example, you can play the game and stream the video to the website at the same time. With the On-Screen Control feature, pushing just a few buttons is enough to configure the picture parameters. This model of LG gaming monitor also supports the FreeSync technology that makes the image clear and untorn, undistorted. The Game Mode grants you quick settings for various game types and genres. And as an additional advantage, you will obtain a Black Stabilizer technology. This one analyzes the image on the gaming monitor and makes the too dark areas lighter. Awesome! The Flicker-Free feature will free you from any flickers, and the Dynamic Action Sync will make your gaming a breathtaking experience. Finally, the variety of other modes and settings will provide you with the option to adjust this gaming computer monitor for yourself.

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BenQ RL2755

Size and Connectivity

This 27" gaming monitor with 16:9 aspect ratio contains the panel with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. With this display size, this large gaming monitor will allow you to plummet into the gaming world in full force. Two HDMI ports let the user connect digital and gaming devices simultaneously and switch between them with ease. And DVI-D and VGA ports provide for the possibility of connecting this gaming monitor to almost any computer. If 27" gaming monitor is too big for you, the 24" model is also offered.

Review of BenQ RL2755

Panel Type and Speed

BenQ RL2755HM monitor for gaming is manufactured with a TN panel. This panel takes 1 millisecond to respond. It is one of the two gaming monitors in our review with the lowest response time. Thanks to this, the picture stays clear and does not blur even if the games you prefer demand for extremely active and aggressive playing. Dynamic contrast rate of 20M:1 and a 300 cd/m² brightness provide for a colorful and rich image. This gaming computer monitor also has 20-level color vibrancy settings, which allow you to adjust the colors to those you desire.

BenQ RL2755 in the use

Technologies

This gaming computer monitor was developed with the help of professional gamers. They assisted the development process and implementation of several technologies to enhance the picture. The Black eQualizer technology makes dark scenes clearer and deeper without over-exposing bright parts. Low Blue Light allows users to control the blue backlight to reduce tiredness of their eyes if they play for long hours. The Flicker-free technology removes flickering at all brightness levels. The Fighting Mode technology was created with the help of Justin Wong from the Evil Geniuses team. This technology enhances the game, making it possible for a gamer to quickly change certain color rendition settings in order to better see the character during a fight. The zooming technology will give the user a chance to adjust the picture according to his or her personal preferences in the range from 17" to 27". There are also two stereo speakers embedded into this monitor for gamers, a hook to hang headphones and a rubberized monitor base to place a game console on.

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ViewSonic VX2457 FreeSync

Safe for Your Eyes

It is common knowledge that gamers are people who spend many hours a day sitting before their monitors. Luckily, numerous gaming monitor manufacturers in their aspiration to take the lead in the market competition put much effort in improving an image quality and making long gaming sessions more comfortable. With the ViewSonic VX2457 gaming PC monitor long gaming marathons will be both safe and very enjoyable because of high-quality gaming images rendered. The image is displayed on this ViewSonic monitor in the Full HD format in other words at 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, which is probably an optimal resolution for a 24-inch display. Notwithstanding that this monitor is designed around a TN panel, which may seem to deliver poor viewing angles in practice the monitor performs decently when turned through not very big angles along the vertical and horizontal axes as the colours stay vibrant and rich and the screen surface remains free of glares. Therefore when sitting in front of the ViewSonic VX2457 you can easily tilt and adjust the height of the display to fit your point of view better with no worries about worsening the visuals. This ViewsSonic gaming monitor model was manufactured with the support of the FreeSync technology by AMD. This proprietary technology was developed to synchronize the input of visual data from your compatible AMD video card to the monitor by means of minimizing an input lag and eliminating image tearing and stuttering. Therefore this FreeSync-enabled gaming monitor can greatly expedite the data exchange between the two important gaming system components as a maximum gaming performance can be achieved only with a concerted operation of all the system components. In regards to the connectivity ports of the monitor, there is a whole bunch of them. The connectivity options that come with this ViewSonic gaming computer monitor range from an analog VGA input port, which is used by now obsolete video adapter models to the up-to-date digital HDMI and DisplayPort video and audio high-bandwidth and low-lag interfaces.

Review of ViewSonic VX2457 FreeSync

A Substitute for Desktop Speakers

Buying the ViewSonic VX2457 monitor you can save quite a sum on desktop stereo speakers purchase. Wonder how? It is rather simple: buying this gaming monitor you get a pair of speakers as a bonus as the speakers are built in the monitor. Isn’t it hilarious? The good idea of integrating the speakers gives you an opportunity to use your desktop space more effectively and enables you to save some money otherwise spent on a pair of standalone speakers. With such attractive features, the VX2457 PC gaming monitor may turn a short rest while playing your favourite gaming title into a long run. This is when the Flicker-Free and Blue Light Filter in-house technologies prove themselves especially useful. The gaming comfort provided by this ViewSonic gamer monitor makes it possible to always stay focused and alert while the eye strain experienced by your opponents may prevent them from showing their full gamer potentials.

ViewSonic VX2457 FreeSync in the use

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ASUS VS248HR

No Frames Lost

Video games are tools for creating our own worlds and embodying the boldest ideas, which are very improbable to realize in a real world. You can even be in shoes of an operative of some real or fictional special forces unit and carry out extremely complex missions. However, a good gaming experience in such fast-paced titles requires a high-quality gear including a monitor, which makes gaming more immersive and realistic. Now you can have the ASUS VS248HR monitor, which has no problems with visualizing ideas behind any video game and delivering a game mechanics the way it was conceived. The VS248HR gaming monitor is capable of operating with a 75 Hz maximum refresh rate hence your eyes will not perceive flicker related to the changing of the images displayed. Add the minimal pixel response time of 1 millisecond and you will get a comfortable visual experience in any gaming title. With the use of LED backlight for this monitor, the manufacturer implemented the advanced ASCR (ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio) technology that eliminates the need for a manual contrast adjustment as the monitor performs it automatically depending on the images rendered and maintains an optimal contrast level even during long gaming sessions. While the ASUS company selected an optimal combination of the monitor internals it has given due consideration to the connectivity of the device. As the result, the ASUS VS248HR model is furnished with all modern digital video interfaces. This monitor is rather slim and has a reliable base stand that securely holds the whole structure. In addition to the compact design, the monitor offers a high energy efficiency providing a splendid visual experience at low energy cost.

Review of ASUS VS248HR

Capable of Performing Any Task

Despite the fact that the ASUS VS248HR model is labeled a gaming monitor it can be successfully used for watching your videos, working with various software applications, viewing photos, etc. You can be sure the ASUS VS248HR to unlock its full potential in terms of visual experience in all these scenarios. The proprietary Splendid Video Intelligence technology allows for an instant adjustment of video parameters according to current task with a dedicated button on the front. To sum up, the ASUS VS248HR is a versatile PC display, which can be configured for any tasks and software environment to deliver a comfortable and high-quality visual experience.

ASUS VS248HR in the use

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