The Best Gaming Monitors for 2018 – FHD, QHD, 4K and Ultra-Wide

Compare the best rated gaming monitors in 2018 by price and specs

As the adage goes, “The eyes are the windows to the soul”, so is it with computer monitors. It is through your monitor that you get to see the “soul” of your computer, and through it you are able to speak to the heart of your pc. So does is matter what monitor you choose? Of course it does, and at the best price you can get for that matter. That is why we went through the hustle of coming up with this article on the best gaming monitors for 2018. We’ve made sure to include only the best, not only in features and performance but also in price.

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In this article, we explore the 4 main monitor resolutions in use today, and we further explore where each resolution may apply best and for what kind of user. The article is broken down into four sections, each section with a comparison table and brief description of each of the monitors marked out in the table.

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There are three common monitor resolutions out there. These include Full-HD, Quad HD and Ultra HD. The fourth is the less common Ultra-wide QHD.

Initials Resolution and Aspect Ratio Application
FHD 1920×1080 (16:9) / 1920×1200 (16:10)Best for 24-inch monitors and below
QHD 2560×1440 (16:9) / 2560×1600 (16:10)Best for 27-inch monitors and below
4K/ Ultra HD 3840×2160 (16:9)Best for 27-inch monitors and above
Ultra Wide/ UW-QHD / UW-UXGA Ultrawide Resolution Monitors (21:9, 1080/1440 variants)Best for 34-Inch monitors


See also: The Best Gaming Monitors 2018

Section 1: Full- HD/ 1080p (1920 x 1080 | 16:9)

1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution is also commonly referred to as Full HD or FHD, where the p stands for progressive scan. If you have a monitor that has lasted you a couple of years, it most likely is a Full HD monitor. This is by far the most common resolution today, and has been a favorite in professionals and sponsored gaming tournament such as ESL. Monitors of this category make a wonderful selection for home and office use thanks to their decent clarity as well as pocket friendly price.

Most 1080p monitors fall below the $300 price range, with the exception of premium featured options (such as those with G-Sync). Considering the relatively low pixel count with this resolution, your graphics card will not stain much even if it is an entry level graphics card. Below is our list the best 1080p monitors you can find in the market today, handpicked by our gurus.


Monitor Price at AmazonSizeResolutionPanelRefresh RateResponse Time
1Editor’s Choice – BenQ Zowie XL2546 See it24.51920 x 1080TN240 Hz1 ms
2Editor’s Choice – Acer Predator XB241H See it 24 Inch1920 x 1080TN188Hz1ms
3Asus ROG Swift PG258Q See it 24 Inch1920 x 1080TN180Hz1ms
4Editor’s Choice – AOC G2460PF See it
24 Inch1920 x 1080TN144Hz1ms
5ASUS MG248Q See it
24 Inch1920 x 1080TN144Hz1ms
6Editor’s Choice – ASUS VG248QE See it
24 Inch
1920 x 1080TN144 Hz1 ms
7ViewSonic XG2401 See it 24 Inch1920 x 1080TN144Hz1ms
8Editor’s Choice – ASUS VG245H See it 24 Inch1920 x 1080TN75 Hz1ms
9Editor’s Choice – BenQ Zowie RL2755 See it
24 Inch
1920 x 1080TN60 Hz1 ms
10Editor’s Choice – ViewSonic VX2457-MHD See it 24 Inch1920 x 1080TN75 Hz2 ms


  1. BenQ XL2546

Front view of BenQ XL2546

2. Acer Predator XB241H

Front view of the Acer Predator XB241H


3. Asus ROG Swift PG258Q

Asus ROG Swift PG258Q – Angle View

4. AOC G2460PF

AOC G2460PF – Angle view


5. ASUS MG248Q

ASUS MG248Q – Front View


ASUS VG248QE – Front View

7. ViewSonic XG2401

ViewSonic XG2401 – Front View


8. ASUS VG245H

ASUS VG245H – Angle view

9. BenQ Zowie RL2755

BenQ Zowie RL2755 – Front view

10. ViewSonic VX2457-MHD

ViewSonic VX2457-MHD – Angle view

Section 2: 1440P/2K/QHD (2560 x 1440p)(16:9)

Next in line after 1090p is 1440p resolution. Monitors in this category have a 16:9 aspect ratio and are often sized 27 Inches and below. This standard represents the next logical step in upgrade up from 1080p when building a new system or upgrading an older one. In addition to the increased desktop real-estate, this resolution standard does not weight heavily on the graphics card. A midrange or semi-high end graphics card of roughly $300 – $400 can handle the pixel density of this standard, although some demanding titles may require a more powerful card to run at an excess of 60fps. Also note that the price shift from the previous standard to this standard is quite significant, so be sure to add that to your consideration. This step up the ladder is ideal for anywone who desires better graphical detail, sharper clarity and larger desktop space for their operations. Any graphics designer will be happy with this resolution.

Monitor Price at AmazonSizeResolutionPanelRefresh RateResponse Time
1Editor’s Choice – DELL S2417DG See it24 Inch2560 x 1440TN165 Hz1 msG-Sync
2Asus PG278QR ROG Swift See it 27 Inch2560 x 1440TN144Hz1ms
3Editor’s Choice – Asus MG278Q See it27 Inch2560 x 1440TN144Hz1ms
4Editor’s Choice – BenQ Zowie XL2730 See it27 Inch2560 x 1440TN144Hz1ms
Editor’s Choice – Dell S2716DG See it27 inch2560x 1440Not IPS1ms
6Samsung C32HG70 See it32 Inch2560x 1440VA144Hz4ms
7ASUS MG279Q See it27 Inch2560 x 1440IPS144 Hz4 msFreeSync
8Editor’s Choice – LG 34UC79G-B See it34 Inch2560 x 1080IPS144 Hz5 msFreeSync
9Acer XB271HU bmiprz See it24 Inch2560 x 1440IPS165Hz4ms
10ViewSonic XG2703-GS See it27 Inch2560 x 1440IPS165 Hz4 msG-Sync
11ASUS PG279Q (ROG Swift) See it27 Inch2560 x 1440IPS165 Hz4 msG-Sync


  1. DELL S2417DG

DELL S2417DG – Front view

2. Asus PG278QR ROG Swift

Asus PG278QR ROG Swift

3. Asus MG278Q

Asus MG278Q – Angle view

4. BenQ Zowie XL2730

BenQ Zowie XL2730 – Front view

5. Dell S2716DG

Dell S2716DG – Front view

6. Samsung C32HG70

Samsung C32HG70

7. ASUS MG279Q

ASUS MG279Q – Front view

8. LG 34UC79G-B

LG 34UC79G-B – Curved screen – Front view

9. Acer XB271HU bmiprz

Acer XB271HU bmiprz – Angle View

10. ViewSonic XG2703-GS

ViewSonic XG2703-GS – Angle view

11. ASUS PG279Q (ROG Swift)

ASUS PG279Q (ROG Swift)


Section 3: 2160p/4K/UHD (3840 x 2160)(16:9)

This resolution standard represent a gear shift from the last two standards, owing to the significant bump in pixel density and general presentation excellence. However, the reality of the matter is that most CPUs and GPUs are inadequately equipped to handle the demands of 4K resolution at optimized levels. In order to run triple A titles at this resolution, you will need a top-tier graphics card that will cost you anything above $600, and even with such a powerful card, not all games will run perfectly above 60 pfs. This is where adaptive sync technologies come in handy to ensure that games run smoothly without additional input lag and screen tearing. So if you are an enthusiast and have a rig powerful enough to handle 4K, then here’s your best bet at getting the best 4k monitor today.


Price at AmazonSizeResolutionPanelRefresh RateResponse Time
1Editor’s Choice – Asus MG28UQ See it 28 Inch3480 x 2160TN60Hz1ms
2AOC U2879VF See it 28 Inch3480 x 2160TN60Hz2ms
3ASUS ROG Swift PG27AQ See it 27 Inch3480 x 2160IPS60Hz4ms
4Editor’s Choice – Acer Predator XB271HK See it 27 Inch3480 x 2160IPS60Hz4ms
5ViewSonic XG2700-4K See it 27 Inch3480 x 2160IPS60Hz4ms
6LG 27UD68P See it27 Inch3480 x 2160IPS60Hz4ms
7Editor’s Choice – BenQ PD3200U See it 32 Inch3840 x 2160IPS60 Hz4 ms
8Acer Predator XB321HK See it 32 Inch3840 x 2160IPS60 Hz4 msG-Sync


  1. Asus MG28UQ

Asus MG28UQ – Front view

2. AOC U2879VF

AOC U2879VF – Front view

3. ASUS ROG Swift PG27AQ



4. Acer Predator XB271HK

Acer Predator XB271HK

5. ViewSonic XG2700-4K

ViewSonic XG2700-4K

6. LG 27UD68P

LG 27UD68P – Curved screen – Front view

7. BenQ PD3200U

BenQ PD3200U – Angle view

8. Acer Predator XB321HK

Acer Predator XB321HK


Section 4: Ultra-Wide/UW-QHD/UW-UXGA (3440 x 1440 and 2560 x 1080)(21:9)

Ultra-Wide monitors otherwise referred to as 21:9 aspect ratio displays are not only a favorite for ordinary user but have a place in the hearts of gaming enthusiasts. They afford the general user and gamer the advantage of having acres of space on their desktop without having to necessarily go for a multi-head setup. Ultra-Wide displays have a lower pixel density compared to 4K, which thus means that sharpness and detail take hits when compared to 4K. On the bright side, less demand is placed on the graphics card, which means that games will run easier on these displays than on 4K. These models offer greater immersion to the user, with most modern releases having curved screens. So it you sufficient power under your hood, you might well consider display in this category. In our opinion, these make among the best gaming monitors in the market today.

Price at Amazon SizeResolutionPanelRefresh RateResponse TimeInput Lag
1Acer XR341CK See it34 Inch3440 x 1440IPS75Hz4ms
2Editor’s Choice – Acer Predator X34 See it34 Inch3440 x 1440IPS100Hz4ms
3Asus PG348Q See it34 Inch3440 x 1440IPS100Hz4ms
4Editor’s Choice – Samsung C34F791 See it34 Inch3440 x 1440VA100Hz4ms
5Acer Predator Z35 See it35 Inch2560 x 1080VA200Hz4ms
6Asus ROG Strix XG35VQ See it35 Inch3440 x 1440VA100Hz4ms
7Alienware AW3418DW See it34 Inch3440 x 1440IPS120Hz4ms
8Editor’s Choice – AOC AGON AG352UCG See it35 Inch3440 x 1440MVA100 Hz4 msG-Sync
9Dell U3415W See it34 inch3440 x 1440IPS5ms


  1. Acer XR341CK

2. Acer Predator X34

3. Asus PG348Q

4. Samsung C34F791

5. Acer Predator Z35

6. Asus ROG Strix XG35VQ

7. Alienware AW3418DW


9. Dell U3415W



Edwin M

Professionally a Mechanical Engineer and a Tech Nerd at heart, Edwin is above all a passionate hobby guitar player and proud gospel music listener. He writes reviews of gadgets he would love to buy and recommend.