There are so many monitors with various specs on the market to choose from, so it can be confusing comparing them wisely and to find the best gaming monitor for your needs. Due to the advancement of technology newer specs are being added every year.
Is the speed with high refresh rates and low response times coupled with faster video graphics card and processor your main preference, or will you be requiring a 4K resolution and HDR, or will a 1080p screen be good enough to satisfy your needs? Even if you’re simply looking for a decent graphics monitor with a lower budget, we’ve found that gaming monitors for you. These picks should last you at least for the next 3 years and provide the picture and performance you need.
From our recommended options, you need to figure out your priorities when shopping for a gaming monitor.
We recommend IPS panels over TN for the best viewing angles and superior picture quality. We always need to weigh the Pros and Cons of each spec and being that said, one of the downsides of IPS monitors is that they often have slower response times and refresh rates, but they are great for 4K gaming. If you enjoy high graphics demanding games such as Counter-Strike and Call of Duty, you should prefer a higher refresh rate with a 1440p display. If you love games such as The Outer Worlds or Final Fantasy XV, both 1440p or 4K display would satisfy you equally.
You might also consider features such as HDR or gaming presets. The best gaming monitor will definitely not be a cheaper option but investing in a better panel should last you at least a few years.
It is very easy to get overwhelmed with the technical terms on the specs list of a monitor so we did the harder part of the job for you and put together a list of the best gaming monitors of 2020 with the most important specs and key features. We tested and reviewed each of these monitors ourselves, plus these are so far the best selling monitors available in the market based on the top reviewed and the highest rated by the consumers.
The Best 3 Budget Options: (30-45 Inch)
Approx. Retail Price: CAD $$260
32 Inch Screen Size:
A 32-inch class (31.5″ measured diagonally) 16:9 monitor offers more than a 70% larger screen area vs. a 24-inch class monitor. That’s plenty of room for work on spreadsheets, editing documents, watching videos, viewing photos and more.
No matter what connections the job requires, the 32MA68HY likely has it covered, for supreme workplace versatility. Display Port, HDMI, D-Sub, USB 2.0 (2), and USB 2.0 Up are all supported.
Screen Split 2.0:
The applications you need most -spreadsheets, email, documents, and web browsing–can all be viewable in separate windows at the same time for more efficient multitasking. Up to four different windows can be displayed at once, with 14 possible configurations including four different picture-in-picture choices.
Approx. Retail Price: CAD $400
Immersive Gaming Arena:
The 1,800R panel curvature of VA327H ensures every point on the curved display is equidistant to your eyes, so you get a comfortable viewing experience even during marathon gaming sessions. On top of that, the curved display makes movies and games more immersive than ever! You’ve treated to vibrant lifelike images thanks to its 3,000:1 high contrast ratio for darkest black and brightest white, and the wide viewing angles panel for minimal distortion and color shift, even when you’re viewing it from extreme positions.
ASUS-exclusive GamePlus Technology:
When it comes to design, ASUS always have customers in mind – the ASUS VA327H features the ASUS-exclusive GamePlus hotkey with crosshair and timer functions. Gamers can select four different crosshair types to suit the gaming environment; while the latter keeps players aware of the elapsed time in real-time strategy games. These tools allow gamers to practice and improve their gaming skills.
Ultra-low Blue Light Monitor:
The TÜV Rheinland-certified ASUS Blue Light Filter protects you from harmful blue light, and you can easily access its four different filter settings via a hotkey. VA327H has undergone stringent performance tests and has been certified by TÜV Rheinland laboratories, a global provider of technical, safety, and certification services, to be flicker-free and to emit low blue light levels.
It’s time to say goodbye to those tired, strained eyes. VA327H features TÜV Rheinland-certified ASUS Flicker-Free technology to reduce flicker for a comfortable viewing experience. This technology helps minimize instances of eyestrain and other damaging ailments, especially when you spend long, countless hours in front of a display watching favorite videos.
3 Years with ASUS Rapid Replacement Service
Approx. Retail Price: CAD $450
Bring your A-game with the Optix AG32C curved gaming monitor. Equipped with a beautiful 31.5 inch, 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time VA panel, the Optix AG32C will help you see your opponents and aim with ease. Built with AMD® Freesync™ technology, the AG32C can match the display’s refresh rate with your GPU for ultra-smooth gameplay. Make sure you can hit your mark with all the latest technologies built-in the Optix AG32C for competitive play.
Curved for Your Viewing Pleasure:
The Optix G27C2 gaming monitor uses a curved display panel that has a curvature rate of R1800, which is the most comfortable and suitable for a wide range of applications from general computing to gaming. Curved panels also help with gameplay immersion, making you feel more connected to the entire experience.
The Optix G27C2 has at least 20% more gamut coverage compared to general monitors. Gameplay colors and details will look more realistic and refined, to push immersion to its limits.
144hz Refresh Rate + 1ms Response Time:
The MSI Optix G27C2 gaming monitor is equipped with a 144hz refresh rate + 1ms response time VA panel which has the most benefit in fast-moving game genres such as first-person shooters, fighters, racing sims, real-time strategy, and sports. These types of games require very fast and precise movements, which an ultra-high refresh rate and fast response time monitor will put you ahead of your competition.
Note: 144hz refresh rate must be used with Display port connection. HDMI will only support up to 120Hz.
Reduce Eye Strain:
The Optix G27C2 is optimized to reduce the strain on your eyes by reducing the total amount of blue light displayed by the monitor to ensure you can game for longer periods of time without fatigue.
The Best 3 Pro High-end Options: (30-45 Inch)
Approx. Retail Price: CAD $525
UltraWide® Gaming with 1ms Motion Blur Reduction:
The Full HD UltraWide 21:9 aspect ratio makes games more immersive. 1ms Motion Blur Reduction allows gamers to enjoy the precision and accuracy needed to play at a very high level. With a response time that is virtually 1ms, blurring and ghosting are reduced to make the action smoother and gaming more precise.
AMD FreeSync™* Technology:
FreeSync reduces the tearing and stuttering that occur between a graphic card’s frame rate and a monitor’s refresh rate. With FreeSync, gamers can experience seamless, fluid movement throughout games without the need to upgrade your graphics card.
Dynamic Action Sync:
Gamers can experience optimized, fast-pace gaming with Dynamic Action Sync. Dynamic Action Sync is a feature that minimizes input lag so the gameplay in RTS games is more responsive.
Keep visibility even in dark scenes. LG’s Black Stabilizer senses dark scenes and helps make it brighter so that you can find the enemies hiding and waiting to attack your player in the dark.
Set your game mode to optimize and customize your gaming conditions. There are 3 gamer modes, 2 First-Person-Shooter modes, and even an RTS pre-set mode so you can choose the best model for you and the game you’re playing.
UltraWide For A Gaming Advantage:
The graceful curve of the screen offers an immersive gaming experience. The wider displays allow enhanced gameplay with the ability to see more of the game than on a 16:9 monitor.
Approx. Retail Price: CAD $610
Visualize your victory with the MSI Optix MAG321CQR curved gaming monitor. Equipped with a 2560×1440, 144hz Refresh rate, 1ms response time panel, the Optix MAG321CQR will give you the competitive edge you need to take down your opponents. Built with FreeSync technology, the MAG321CQR can match the displays refresh rate with your GPU for ultra-smooth gameplay. Make sure you can hit your mark with all the latest technologies built-in the MSI Curved Gaming monitors for competitive play.
CURVED FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE:
MSI gaming monitors use a curved display panel that has a curvature rate of 1800R, which is the most comfortable and suitable for a wide range of applications from general computing to gaming. Curved panels also help with gameplay immersion, making you feel more connected to the entire experience.
144HZ REFRESH RATE + 1MS RESPONSE TIME:
MSI gaming monitors are equipped with a 144hz refresh rate + 1ms response time VA LED panel which has the most benefit in fast-moving game genres such as first-person shooters, fighters, racing sims, real-time strategy, and sports. These types of games require very fast and precise movements, which an ultra-high refresh rate and fast response time monitor will put you ahead of your competition.
Gaming OSD APP Advantages:
With the Gaming OSD (on-screen display) app it is very easy to set up your gaming monitor. You don’t need to use the buttons on the monitor and go through all the menus, just use your Keyboard and Mouse to configure your monitor. The app even gives you hotkey options so you can switch settings between different games at ease.
GAMING OSD: SPLIT WINDOWS:
Gaming OSD features Split Windows, allowing you to arrange the software you are using with few clicks, making you a great multitasker.
Approx. Retail Price: CAD $950
43 Inch Class 4K UHD IPS Display:
Outstanding Ultra HD performance is assured by the specially designed 4K display panel with in-plane switching (IPS), delivering accurate colors that remain consistent at wide viewing angles, with four times the resolution of Full HD.
HDCP 2.2 Compatible:
Connect with confidence: This LG 4K monitor is compatible with the latest HDCP 2.2 copy protection, so it will display video from 4K streaming services, game consoles and Ultra HD Blu-ray disc players.
Offering a new generation of convenience, USB Type-C? ports allow 4K video display, data transfer and laptop/mobile device charging, all at the same time over a single cable.
4x HDMI Inputs:
Now, the monitor is a multimedia centerpiece. Easily and conveniently connect your other digital devices and peripherals with the convenience of 4 HDMI inputs.
Adjust Display Settings With Remote:
Picture mode presets, including Picture in Picture, can be easily adjusted with the included remote control.
Customize your monitor layout for multitasking with the latest version of LG Screen Split. Resize and display multiple windows at once, with 14 options including four different picture-in-picture (PIP) choices.
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