Best Gaming Monitors in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 6, 2020
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BEST 2020
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Screen Size
Resolution
Panel Type
Key Specs
Interfaces
Sound
Warranty
 
PROS

The recon-blue metallic finish looks brilliant. The sleek profile effortlessly complements just about any setup, creating a unified look and an immersive gaming experience. The three-sided thin bezel design is also excellent for creating a seamless multi-monitor setup, so you'll be able to easily expand your gaming landscape.

CONS

The model's not energy efficient. 

OUR VERDICT

The Dell S2719DGF will let you play like a king without paying a king's ransom. The model's specs are fantastic for the price. You'll be able to enjoy the fastest-moving visuals in captivating detail. Plus, the monitor can work with many different peripherals.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

27"

Resolution

2560 x 1440 (16:9)

Panel Type

TN

Key Specs

Refresh Rate: 155 Hz

Brightness: 350 cd/m²

Static contrast ratio: 1000:1

Response time: 1 ms

Viewing angles: 170°(H)/160°(V)

Interfaces

1 x DisplayPort, 2 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone jack, 1 x Audio-out, 1 x USB upstream port, 4 x USB downstream ports

Sound

No

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The company's Shadow Control tech will be making dark areas brighter to help you spot enemies hiding in the shadows. The flicker-free solution will be using this DC (Direct Current) backlighting to reduce flickering and minimise both short-term eye strain and long-term fatigue. 

CONS

The stand is not 100% stable. 

OUR VERDICT

The AOC C27G1 is as much about gaming as it is about work and entertainment. The screen's 3000:1 static contrast ratio will let you watch movies and TV series with precise image expression and authentic visuals. The wide viewing angles and the curved design also makes the screen more than compatible with CAD/CAM software.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

27"

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 angles: 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 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 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

PROS

The 1ms response time will be able to ensure smooth responsiveness. The AMD's FreeSync™ facilities will be minimising pixel distortion, reducing motion jitter, and making sure there's very little image artifact. The Shadow Control will let you quickly brighten the darkest areas and sink them back into the blackness. 

CONS

The refresh rate is pretty low compared to most gaming monitors these days. 

OUR VERDICT

The AOC G2590VXQ packs and hides more than the product's price tag is supposed to allow. The screen even comes equipped with speakers that are surprisingly loud. There are two HDMI inputs and one DisplayPort interface, so you'll be able to connect this display to most GPUs.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

24.5" 

Resolution

1920 x 1080 (16:9)

Panel Type

TN 

Key Specs

Refresh rate: 75 Hz

Brightness: 250 cd/m²

Static contrast ratio: 1000:1

Response time: 1 ms

Viewing angles: 170°(H)/160°(V)

Interfaces

1 x DisplayPort, 2 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 1 x Headphone jack, 1 x Audio-out

Sound

2 x 2 W

Warranty

3 years limited 

Dell S2719DGF

High-End Specs at a Mid-Range Price

The Dell S2719DGF is a mid-range gaming monitor with more or less high-end specs. The only difference between this model and just about every other high-end screen on the market today is the TN panel. Other than that, what we're dealing with here is about as good as monitors get in the sub-500-pound price range.

It is not the model's biggest selling point but the recon-blue metallic finish looks fantastic. The sleek profile effortlessly complements just about any setup, creating a unified look and an immersive gaming experience. The three-sided thin bezel design is also excellent for creating a seamless multi-monitor setup, so you'll be able to easily expand your gaming landscape.

Of course, it is all about the specs first and foremost. They start with the 144Hz refresh rate that you can overclock to 155. The swift refresh rate like that will let you experience sharp, tear-free graphics. However, as it is usually the case, the monitor's refresh rate doesn't do that much on its own. It is very much dependant on the response time, frame rate, and other aspects involved in this equation.

Now, the response time here is 1ms, so about as good as it gets these days. Naturally, the frame rate depends on your hardware. However, provided you've an AMD GPU, you'll be able to do much more with the monitor that one might imagine. Using the FreeSync feature, the model lets you reduce input latency and practically eliminate the usual stuttering and tearing that occurs during gaming and video playback.

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Ports Galore

The Dell S2719DGF is the only model here right now that boasts a QHD 2560 x 1440 native resolution. That is 3.68 million pixels we're talking about here, meaning practically two times more details on your screen compared to the usual full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. It will enable you to enjoy vivid edge-to-edge gameplay and crisp imagery. Apart from that, it is the little things that sell this product, including the three gaming profiles that will let you personalise and preset the right settings with a gamer-geared menu (that is in addition to three factory preset modes).

The model's various ports is a huge plus too. Featuring HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2, USB 3.0 Upstream, 3 x USB 3.0 Downstream, Headphone-out, Audio Line-out, and the USB BC1.2 charging port, you'll be able to work with many different devices and/or peripherals at the same time.

In other words, the Dell S2719DGF will let you play like a king without paying a king's ransom. The model's specs are fantastic for the price. You'll be able to enjoy the fastest-moving visuals in captivating detail. Plus, the monitor can work with many different peripherals.

Dell S2719DGF Anti-Glare Gaming Monitor in the use

Additional Info

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AOC C27G1

Gaming and Movie Watching

Budget gaming monitors usually come adopting TN panels, which makes sense because TNs are less expensive than IPS and VA panels and gaming screens are less about colours, contrast ratio, and all that, so you have to compromise somewhere and this is where that "some" part is usually hiding. We're normally fine with the trade-off but it is nice when you're able to spend no more than ~200 quid and get yourself a monitor that delivers not only the gaming specs (like low response time and high refresh rate) but also general-purpose specs like increased contrast ratio and viewing angles.

On that note, cue AOC C27G1, the screen that will both elevate the gaming experience and let you watch movies with dynamic, immersive, and captivating visuals. Where TN models are limited to static contrast ratios somewhere around 1000:1, the screen's VA matrix triples that count, bringing the contrast ratio to 3000:1. These numbers translate into the darkest blacks and the brightest whites, making the visuals more vibrant and less washed-out. Besides that, the display's 1800R curvature wraps around you, putting you at the centre of the on-screen action and providing the most immersive gaming and movie-watching experience.

Review of AOC C27G1 Curved Full HD Gaming Monitor

Smooth and Fluid Visuals

As much as we are psyched about the non-gaming specs, it is the gaming tech that defines this screen, so enough dilly-dallying and let's get straight to the point, shall we? First, the monitor's refresh rate peaks at 144 hertz, meaning that as long as you have the hardware to produce comparable frame rates, the screen will allow you to enjoy the fastest-moving visuals in captivating detail and provide the biggest competitive advantage over your 60-75 Hz opponents. Second, the model's FreeSync compatible, which means that even as you are dashing through explosions and screeching around rain slicked bends, screen tearing and pixel distortion will not rear their ugly head as you're leaving the competition in smoothly rendered dust. Synching the monitor's and the GPU's refresh rates, FreeSync keeps the visuals fluid.

When the plot thickens and the gameplay is becoming more and more exhilarating, even casuals gamers sometimes like to spend hours staring at the screen smashing buttons. Normally, that takes its toll on your eyes but, with the company's effective flicker-free tech that uses a DC (Direct Current) backlight panel, the screen's able to reduce flickering light and minimise eye strain and fatigue.

Bottom line, from the longest gaming marathons to relaxing telly-viewing sessions, the AOC C27G1 will be able to not only support but elevate all entertainment endeavours.

AOC C27G1 Curved Full HD Gaming Monitor in the use

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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 Esports Gaming Monitor

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 Esports Gaming Monitor in the use

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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-Inch 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 short, 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-Inch Full HD Gaming Monitor (1080p, Eye-Care, 75Hz) in the use

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AOC G2590VXQ

The Right Resolution

With budget gaming monitors, you're always sacrificing something, sometimes even more than you should. When the price tag barely goes above 100 quid, you cannot expect the screen to be able to tussle with those that cost above 300-400 quid. That being said, this screen might just be able to do that.

Sure, there are sacrifices. First and foremost, the monitor's refresh rate is limited to 75 hertz, which is pretty pedestrian as far as modern gaming displays are concerned. This screen will not give you that competitive advantage over your opponents in online shooters and MOBAs that some people seek.

Setting aside the refresh rate though, there's not much here that makes the AOC G2590VXQ lag behind its more expensive competition. First, the 1920 x 1080p full HD resolution is great considering the product's price. The screen will be producing nuanced, dynamic, and detailed imagery. You won't be able to differentiate pixels, meaning that the pictures will always be looking sharp and crisp.

Sure, the TN panel type that this display incorporates is nothing to write home about but there are no gaming monitors below 300 pounds that adopt IPS anyway, so that's not something you can complain about. The colours will look decent enough, the contrast ratio will be passable, and the viewing angles will be acceptable.

Review of AOC G2590VXQ Full HD Gaming Monitor

Control the Shadows

Though the aforementioned refresh rate is, again, quite pedestrian, the 1-ms response time is brilliant, ensuring smooth responsiveness and making sure there's basically no delay between what the GPU has rendered and what you're seeing on the screen. The display is compatible with AMD's FreeSync™ tech, so you'll be able to enjoy smooth gameplay, with very little pixel distortion, reduced motion jitter, and practically non-existent image artifact. Generally speaking, dropped frames will be gone and choppy visuals will not be present at all.

Apart from that, what defines this device is the company's Shadow Control feature. Using this feature, you'll be able to bring the battle out of the shadows, brightening dark areas or sinking them back into the blackness within seconds, all without affecting the big picture.

From the eye care perspective, the screen comes housing AOC's low blue light tech, which is effective enough at reducing blue light production and minimising eye fatigue.

Bottom line, the AOC G2590VXQ is easily up there with the best gaming monitors under 100 quid.

AOC G2590VXQ Full HD Gaming Monitor in the use

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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.

If you are only starting to immerse yourself into the world of gaming, and you have decided to substitute your gaming equipment, then you without a doubt will be interested in gaming headsets, gaming mouse and gaming PCs reviews.

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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