Best Gaming Monitors in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 26, 2020
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Screen Size
Resolution
Panel Type
Key Specs
Interfaces
Sound
Warranty
 
PROS

The 1500R curvature will make sure that every point on the screen is equidistant to the eyes. The GameVisual feature will reduce input lag, enhance HP/MP bars, boost the contrast, and make the colours more saturated with racing games, MOBAs, FPS games, and RTS/RPG titles respectively. 

CONS

The stand is unstable. 

OUR VERDICT

The ASUS VG32VQ1B makes no compromises, which is what you'd expect from the company's flagship gaming screen. The refresh rate, the WQHD panel, the HDR10 support, the 1 ms response time, the various gaming feature, this display brings them all, going above and beyond the spec.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

31.5"

Resolution

2560 x 1440 (16:9)

Panel Type

VA

Key Specs

Refresh rate: 165 Hz

Brightness: 250 cd/m²

Static contrast ratio: 3000:1

Response time: 1 ms

Viewing angles: 178°(H)/178°(V)

Interfaces

1 x DisplayPort, 2 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone jack

Sound

2 x 2 W

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The Extreme Low Motion Blur technology makes objects in motion appear even sharper. The GameFast Input technology further minimizes input lag. The Game Visual and Game Plus functions improve color performance and control. The max brightness reaches 400 cd/m².

CONS

The colours do not look great initially. 

OUR VERDICT

The ASUS VG278Q is a widescreen monitor with a 0.5 ms response time that is all about gaming. You won't find any extra nonsense here, just a variety of useful features that will improve your gaming experience and give you an advantage over your online opponents. Тhe monitor's also great for watching action movies. 

detailed parameters
Screen Size

27"

Resolution

1920 x 1080 (16:9)

Panel Type

TN

Key Specs

Refresh rate: 165 Hz

Brightness: 400 cd/m²

Static contrast ratio: 1000:1

Response time: 0.5 ms

Viewing angles: 170°(H)/160°(V)

Interfaces

1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI, 1 x Audio-in, 1 x Headphone jack

Sound

2 x 2 W

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The AOC Shadow Control technology is an advanced black stabilser: it programmatically increases the contrast range in dark areas of the image and improves detail. In this case, the bright areas remain without critical changes. The narrow border and frameless design make the monitor quite sleek.

CONS

Small native resolution for its size.

OUR VERDICT

 This excellent gaming monitor from AOC gives you all of the goods that gamers need without a high price tag. It also features all of the inputs that you need, including a DisplayPort input, two HMDI inputs, and even a VGA input for older video cards.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

31.5"

Resolution

1920 x 1080 (16:9)

Panel Type

VA

Key Specs

Refresh rate: 144 Hz

Brightness: 250 cd/m²

Static contrast ratio: 3000:1

Response time: 1 ms

Viewing angle: 178°(H)/178°(V)

Interfaces

1 x DisplayPort, 2 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 1 x Headphone jack

Sound

No

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The Splendid™ Video Intelligence Technology can enhance colours, sharpness, and contrast. Measuring 350 cd/m², the peak brightness that this screen can produce is quite impressive, making sure that the picture looks vivid when necessary. The screen comes with 6 preset video modes, accommodating different content. 

CONS
You will need to separately purchase special glasses for 3D support.
OUR VERDICT

Despite its dated status, the ASUS VG248QE remains the best budget 144 Hz screen. At this price point, there are no monitors besides this one that give you a 144 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time without making the picture look terrible. Plus, even the integrated speakers are pretty decent.

detailed parameters
Screen Size
24", 27"
Resolution

1920 x 1080 (16:9)

Panel Type
TN
Key Specs

Refresh rate: 144 Hz

Brightness: 350 cd/m²

Static contrast ratio: not listed

Response time: 1 ms

Viewing angle: 170°(H)/160°(V)

Interfaces

1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI, 1 x Audio-in, 1 x Headphone jack 

Sound

2 x 2 W 

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The Brightness Intelligence tech automatically detects content intensity and adjusts brightness levels to prevent overexposure when displaying bright scenes and to make dark scenes as visible as the bright ones. The Colour Weakness mode lets you customise the amount of green and red displayed on the screen.

CONS

The settings menu is somewhat convoluted. 

OUR VERDICT

The BenQ GL2780 is what we would recommend to gamers with an average rig that is unable to run the games you play at more than 75 fps. We'd also recommend this screen to writers and editors, thanks to its slim bezels enabling seamless multi-screen configurations and modes that reduce eye strain.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

27"

Resolution

1920 x 1080 (16:9)

Panel Type

TN

Key Specs

Refresh rate: 75 Hz

Brightness: 300 cd/m²

Static contrast ratio: 1000:1

Response time: 1 ms

Viewing angles: 170°(H)/160°(V)

Interfaces

1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, 1 x Headphone jack, 1 x Audio-out

Sound

2 x 2 W

Warranty

3 years

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ASUS VG32VQ1B

Gaming Features Matching High-End Specs

The ASUS VG32VQ1B goes beyond the spec. At 500 quid, this is a premium gaming screen that's polished to the max in almost all aspects. To begin with, its refresh rate measures 165 Hz, so people with high-end rigs that can produce ~165 fps will be enjoying seamless visuals. To go with the brilliant refresh rate, this display supports AMD's Adaptive-Sync (FreeSync™ premium) tech. With this tech, the people with AMD graphics will be offered fluid gameplay without tearing and stuttering. You'll be able to play without pixel distortion, minimised motion jittering, and reduced image artifact. The frames will not be dropped and the visuals will not seem choppy.

Before that though, the screen works with a 31.5-inch diagonal, supporting an appropriate WQHD (2560 x 1440p) native resolution. Whilst there's nothing especially remarkable about the panel's size, the same cannot be said about its 1500R curvature, ensuring that every point is equidistant to the viewer's eyes. As a result, the colours do not shift and the picture does not look distorted even when viewed from a sharp angle.

Of course, where the company's gaming monitors are concerned, it is as much about the specs as it is about the gaming modes and features that always accompany these specs. First, the Shadow Boost tech will be dark areas without overexposing bright areas, not just improving the overall experience but also helping you spot enemies hiding in the dark. Second, the built-in GamePlus hotkey delivers in-game enhancements, so you can align the display as well as add a crosshair, timer, and/or an fps counter to the screen without using in-game settings.

Review of ASUS VG32VQ1B 31.5" Curved Gaming Monitor WQHD (2560x1440) | 165Hz

GameVisual

With the latest ASUS monitors, the GameVisual tech is what divides the company's supporters. Some like it, some find the tech gimmicky. With racing games, this feature reduces input lag. With MOBAs, the tech enhances the enemies' health and mana bars. With first-person shooters, GameVisual boosts the contrast, whilst RTS and RPGs receive more saturated colours, making the smallest units bright and more detailed, thus more noticeable.

The technologies that reduce blue light emission and flickering are not new to this line, to ASUS gaming monitors, or even to monitors in general, so we'll overlook them. What we will not overlook is the Extreme Low Motion Blur technology, not just making the visuals less blurred out but also minimising smearing.

In short, provided you have the financial means, the ASUS VG32VQ1B will let you demolish your online opponents and replay single-player games in a new light.

ASUS VG32VQ1B 31.5" Curved Gaming Monitor WQHD (2560x1440) | 165Hz in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price £318.90
Stock In stock
ASIN B089SR6YJP

 

ASUS VG278QR-1

Fluid and Responsive Gameplay

The ASUS VG278QR is up there with the most popular 144Hz displays that have ever hit the mass market. Of course, we're talking about the monitor's line and not necessarily about this specific model. Having said that, this specific model is definitely worth talking about. As far as that line between budget and mid-range gaming monitors is concerned, this screen is about as good as it gets.

First things first, the refresh rate reaches 165 hertz, so you'll have a slight advantage even over people with 144Hz monitors. Of course, that refresh rate won't do you any good if you don't have the hardware to support it, meaning that you'll need your rig to be able to pump out 165 fps to make full use of that refresh rate. That being said, you don't need high-end specs to run games like Fortnite and League of Legends at 150+ frames per second, so you should be able to make things work even if you haven't upgraded your PC in years.

Setting the refresh rate aside, the monitor's 0.5ms grey-to-grey response time is pretty insane too. Response time like that practically eliminates smearing and motion blur. You'll be able to instantly react to the on-screen action, especially in fast-paced games. The screen's response time will let you take corners like pros or hit headshots like seasoned vets.

Add to that the company's Extreme Low Motion Blur (ELMB) technology that makes different objects in motion appear even sharper and you get to enjoy the most fluid and responsive gameplay.

Review of ASUS VG278QR-1 27" Esports FHD Gaming Monitor (Up to 165 Hz, G-SYNC)

Fast Motion Delivery

The monitor's gaming features don't end there though. Supporting Adaptive-Sync (FreeSync), the screen will let people with AMD GPUs play with virtually no screen tearing, eliminating choppy frame rates to provide seamless visuals and the smoothest gameplay.

Apart from that, there's also the company's GameFast Input tech that further minimises input lag. The technology offers faster motion delivery, meaning you'll always be up to speed with the in-game action at precisely the timing you need to respond as quickly as necessary.

Last but not least, ASUS-exclusive GamePlus hotkeys will let you make quick in-game adjustments, whilst the company's GameVisual will provide optimised visuals for different content.

Long story short, the ASUS VG278QR is the most complete, versatile, adaptable, and well-rounded gaming screen between budget and mid-range price brackets. You'll be able to make any game work. The monitor is equally suitable for different rigs and various genres. The display will provide the smoothest, most responsive gameplay.

ASUS VG278QR-1 27" Esports FHD Gaming Monitor (Up to 165 Hz, G-SYNC) in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer

Last updated price £337.70
Stock In stock
ASIN B07KKBDQCL

 

AOC (C32G1)

Gaming in All of Its Glory

Gamers are usually pretty picky about the hardware they use with their computers, ranging from the case to even their keyboard and mouse. This also includes the monitor that they use, especially those who have high-end gaming computers, as a bad monitor can essentially waste all of the previous processing power of their monster rig. You won't have to worry about that with the AOC (C32G1) 31.5-Inch Curved FHD Gaming Monitor, though. This monitor gives gamers everything they need in a good gaming monitor, yet without having to cost an arm and a leg like most other models made specifically for gaming.

Despite the lower than usual price of this gaming monitor, it has all of the features that gamers need or want in a monitor. First off, those with high-end gaming systems will be pleased to know that this monitor supports Freesync technology, which enabled the monitor's refresh rate to match that of the frames per second of the game they are playing. This eliminates those nasty glitches that are a gamer's worst nightmare - stuttering and screen tearing. In fact, all gameplay on this monitor will appear silky smooth, rendered in realistic and vibrant colours that make any image appear to pop out of the monitor.

Review of AOC (C32G1) 31.5" Curved FHD Gaming Monitor (Freesync, 144Hz)

Comfortable Marathon Sessions

One of the best things about this monitor is that it has a number of features that make long marathon gaming sessions much more comfortable than they have ever been before. Along with the super-fast 144hz refresh rate, this monitor includes AOC's own Flicker-Free technology that eliminates the flicker that is often associated with lower refresh rates, thus removing much of the eye strain and fatigue that occurs when staring at a monitor for extended periods of time. This lets your eyes relax while they are focused on the game instead of feeling strained from having to process through the flicker that is delivered by many other monitors.

The overall image quality of this monitor is superb, especially for a model in its price range. The built-in AOC Shadow Control technology works as a black stabilizer, giving you the deepest blacks whenever necessary, thus improving the overall contrast of images. This, in turn, makes the bright colours pop out even more, making your images appear lifelike. This monitor also includes all of the inputs that you need, including a DisplayPort input, 2 x HMDI inputs, and even a VGA input for older video cards. All in all, this excellent gaming monitor from AOC gives you all of the goods that gamers need but without the high price tag.

AOC (C32G1) 31.5" Curved FHD Gaming Monitor (Freesync, 144Hz) in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price £243.98
Stock In stock
ASIN B07DT7YVSC

 

ASUS VG248QE

Buttery-Smooth Action

The ASUS VG248QE has become somewhat of a legend in professional gaming circles. Initially, monitors with a 144 Hz refresh rate were ridiculously expensive. Then, this model appeared on the scene, and everything changed. At almost 150 quid, this screen delivers fluid visuals that make the on-screen action seem buttery-smooth. What's more, the response time is capped at 1 ms, eliminating tracing and making sure that the picture that the graphics card has just rendered appears on the screen pretty much without delay. As you can imagine, considering the low-end price tag, the monitor's gaming disposition is apparent.

Whilst the above-mentioned specs are brilliant, we cannot quite say the same about the viewing angles. This is TN we're talking about, so the viewing angles do not go above 170 degrees horizontally and 160 degrees vertically.

Is this an issue? Not necessarily, no. Though you can watch films on this display as well, this is not the screen you purchase for watching cinema. No, this is is a gaming screen first and foremost, and gaming screens within this price range always sacrifice brightness, contrast ratio, and viewing angles, so this is nothing new. More often than not, they take even more drastic measures that this model, making the picture look downright terrible at times.

Review of ASUS VG248QE 24" Full HD Gaming Monitor (144 Hz)

Splendid™ Video Intelligence Technology

As much as we've criticised the monitor's performance above, don't get the wrong idea - the screen can still produce pretty visuals. Primarily owing to the Splendid™ Video Intelligence Technology, this display can optimise video performance as well as image fidelity, enhancing colours, brightness, contrast, and sharpness. At 350 cd/m², the image will look quite vivid, to say the least. You'll also be able to switch between 6 preset video modes (Standard, Scenery, Theatre, sRGB, Game, and Night View), accommodating the content you're consuming.

ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio is what changes the game here. Adjusting the backlight (its luminance), the feature can dynamically enhance the screen's contrast, achieving the darkest blacks and the brightest whites.

You'd be surprised but even the two integrated 2-watt speakers are not bad, producing decent audio that suffices temporarily when the separate speakers/headset is broken.

To sum up, released almost five years ago, the ASUS VG248QE still dominates the low-end 144 Hz segment, letting gamers play at their own pace without paying a king's ransom for it.

ASUS VG248QE 24" Full HD Gaming Monitor (144 Hz) in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price £184.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B00B19T7QC

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Asus VG248QE
 

BenQ GL2780

Banking on Aesthetics Too

The BenQ GL2780 is not the best gaming screen you can find within the budget price bracket. Yes, the monitor has its moments but, with the 75 Hz refresh rate and TN panel, it will not be able to elevate the entire gaming experience. That being said, the screen will be able to sustain most gaming ventures and provided that there are not too many users that have the hardware to produce 120+ fps, this display will suit most users looking to play games with comfort and performance to match. Besides, one would argue that gaming is as much about performance as it is about aesthetics and aesthetics is where this product excels.

The sculpted base profile will be eliminating extraneous edges to achieve this clean, streamlined appearance, while premium texture etching gives the product this nuanced and elegant outline that's also resistant to fine scratches and whirls. The bezels are slim enough to enable basically seamless multi-screen configurations, so you can put two monitors, one on each side, and maximise productivity without any interactions. To complete the package, the monitor's fitted with this invisible cable management system that hides all wires inside the screen’s stand, keeping the workspace neat.

The ports are hidden behind this cutout too, so even though the model's equipped with the standard lineup, including a DisplayPort, an HDMI port, VGA and DVI ports, a headphone jack, and an audio output, you do not see them from behind yet the ports are pretty easily accessible.

Review of BenQ GL2780 27" Full HD Gaming Monitor (1080p, Eye-Care, 75Hz)

No Lagging, No Ghosting

Setting aesthetics and build aside, the monitor's gaming specs, aside from the aforementioned middling refresh rate, are nothing to sneeze at. The 1-ms response time means that there's practically no delay between what's happening online (provided the Internet connection is good enough), what the GPU is rendering, and what you're seeing on the screen. Fast-moving visuals and dynamic transitions will be rendered without lagging and ghosting.

Meanwhile, the Brightness Intelligence Technology (B.I.Tech.) will be able to detect content intensity, adjusting the brightness to make sure that bright scenes are not overexposed and that dark areas are visible enough. The issue here is that the settings menu is pretty convoluted though, so it might take you some time to figure out this feature, the Low Blue Light feature, the ePaper Mode, the Colour Weakness Mode, and many more but that will be time well spent.

In closing, the BenQ GL2780 might not be able to tussle with the most expensive gaming monitors out there but the high-end specs that those monitors are boasting do not do anything when you don't have the hardware to support them anyway, so this product will be a better fit for gamers with average rigs.

BenQ GL2780 27" Full HD Gaming Monitor (1080p, Eye-Care, 75Hz) in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer

Last updated price £149.97
Stock In stock
ASIN B07W81B99G

 

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 your favourite games, then a gaming monitor for PC will be an excellent addition to your computer.

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What Features to Compare

Size and Resolution

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 the 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 analogue 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 analogue 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.

Panel type and Speed

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 colour rendering, but generally have higher response time than the TN panels. If you love good rendering quality and bright colours, this type of gamer monitor is what you need.

Depending on the panel type and technologies used in a 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.

Technologies

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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