Top 10 Gaming Monitors

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - updated April 20th, 2021
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Today we’re taking a quick look at the fastest Gaming Monitors from Asus, LG, Philips, AOC, BenQ ZowieSamsung, Titan Army, and Acer!

A quick note for those who are new to ultra-fast displays and why we all want them; the HZ rate is basically a number of times your monitor can update/redraw the image on the screen - with 144Hz being able to do this up to 144 times per second! With these higher frame rates, all those missing images on the screen come together in a beautiful smooth motion that makes it much easier to target opponents - of course, our PC will need to be able to push out that many frames but that’s another topic covered in How to Choose the BEST Gaming Monitor for your Gaming PC - so back to the subject at hand!

We feel the need, the need for SPEED!

1. 360Hz 25" Asus ROG Swift PG259QNR Gaming Monitor

This Asus ROG Swift PG259QNR is the fastest gaming monitor available in the world today, with an incredible 360Hz pushing it to the top of our fastest gaming monitors list! This 1920x1080 resolution display is intended to give the most benefit in competitive gaming events, and also features new Nvidia Reflex technology to reduce input lag - adding to the advantage given.

The panel has superb viewing angles, with Asus Fast IPS enabling 1ms response time. It's also certified HDR10 for vibrant colours that exceed those available in other lesser spec'd panels. G-Sync helps to ensure everything stays smooth on your screen, so you can move in and out of battle with absolute finesse.

Picture of Asus ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QNR gaming monitor front
The newly designed stand takes up less desk space, but an interchangable clamp is also included with the QNR version to maximise space even more!
Picture of Asus ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QNR gaming monitor swivel to easy access cables
This ROG monitor can pivot and twist, providing easy access to the various inputs and outputs
Picture of Asus ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QNR gaming monitor back with RGB ROG eye logo
A customisable ROG eye in on the back of the monitor, this can be customised using the ASUS AURA Sync lighting software

Being a ROG monitor, it's also got the latest RGB bling with a downfiring LED projector and AURA ready ROG EYE logo on the back added some colourful ambience to your gaming setup, and with cable management channels built into the design, as well as a desk clamp included with the PG259QNR version, it's going to be a very tidy gaming setup indeed!

Looking for the fastest gaming monitor? Get yourself the Asus ROG Swift PG259QNR 360Hz Gaming Monitor today!

2. 280Hz 27" Asus TUF VG279QM Gaming Monitor

NEW ENTRY! This awesome value Asus 280Hz gaming monitor is very very fast, it's part of the TUF gaming alliance series and comes packed full of features designed for gamers.

The 27" Fast IPS panel is flat, not curved. It sports a resolution of 1920x1080 with a 1ms g2g refresh rate, it can be overclocked to a staggering 280Hz, displaying almost twice the frames compared to the more commonplace 144Hz options - awesome for those who have a surplus of FPS on their powerful new PC.

Picture of 280Hz Asus TUF VG279QM gaming monitor and the adjustable stand
The highly adjustable stand makes getting your monitor connected and into the perfect position super easy!
Picture of 280Hz Asus TUF VG279QM gaming monitor
Subtle compared to many other modern gaming monitor designs, the TUF series still has some fine detailing to be enjoyed
Picture of 280Hz Asus TUF VG279QM gaming monitor
The flat design and space saving stand make this TUF gaming monitor a perfect fit for many gaming setups

With G-Sync built-in, this Asus TUF gaming monitor is best suited for those running Nvidia graphics inside their PC, but it's also compatible with adaptive sync which is great news for those running with AMD Radeon, and that combined with the Extreme Low Motion Blur technology makes things super smooth with minimal ghosting.

HDR400 certification ensures vibrant colours that pop, the ergonomic stand provides easy adjustment in pivot, swivel, tilt and height for the perfect view. Unlike the Asus ROG above, this ASUS TUF doesn't have a fancy RGB lighting element on the monitor chassis, but there is some fine detailing that's rather nice! 

3. 240Hz 27" Samsung Odyssey G7 Curved QLED Gaming Monitor

Blazing in with a 240Hz panel at 1440P, this is a top tier gaming monitor and it’s a sight to behold! This extremely high speed makes it the perfect monitor for high action gaming if you want every advantage possible, but this monitor is more than just fast, it achieves 1ms to eliminate smearing and motion blur, and the higher resolution makes objects in look sharper, game play is fluid and responsive.

The monitor frame design is highly adjustable to suit, with swivel, pivot, height adjustment and tilt. 

It's also G-Sync compatible to keep things silky-smooth, making it perfect for those with Nvidia Graphics Cards in their Gaming PC, but worry not if you're running an AMD Gaming PC - It's FreeSync compatible too :) Whatever graphics you are running with it's going to need to be incredibly powerful to push out all the frames that this amazing monitor can give you!

Picture of Samsung Odyssey G7 Gaming Monitor adjustable stand
The Samsung Odyssey G7 stand is highly adjustable, tilting and twisting
Picture of Samsung Odyssey G7 Gaming Monitor curve
A sharper than most curve makes for an immersive gaming view
Picture of Samsung Odyssey G7 Gaming Monitor rear LED set to red
The rear LED jet engine like design can be set to range of colours which softly project onto the wall behind

For those who want that same speed but in a larger frame, there is the 32" G7 Odyssey which features 240Hz at the 2560x1440 resolution too!

4. 240Hz 49" Samsung G9 Odyssey Gaming Monitor

This massive new design offers the fastest 240Hz speed and highest resolution in our list, while spanning 49″ with incredible detail at 5120×1440. The Samsung Odyssey monitors featured and the CES 2020 event, winning an innovation award for the unique design and high specifications. The 1000R curve combined with the massive size makes this monitor one of the most immersive options available.

This incredible 240Hz 1ms panel also features HDR1000 with QLED backlight tech for superior colour and brightness. 

Picture of Samsung Odyssey G9 Ultra Wide Gaming Monitor
The G9 features an ultra futuristic design on the back, with rear LED engine to light thing up
Picture of Samsung Odyssey G9 Ultra Wide Gaming Monitor
Spanning your entire vision, the ultra wide G9 is a incredible display
Picture of Samsung Odyssey G9 Ultra Wide Gaming Monitor
The size and curve is so extreme it creates a commanding gaming experience

It is both G-Sync/FreeSync ready, making this Samsung Odyssey G9 49" Curved QLED Gaming Monitor the ultimate option for those who have the highest-end gaming PC builds.

5. 240Hz 24" MSi OPTIX MAG251RX Gaming Monitor

NEW ENTRY! MSi joins in on the fun with what is probably the best value 240Hz 1080p gaming monitor option available, perfect for those looking to maximise their esports gaming potential by giving themselves the high FPS edge, while on a tight budget.

Although this MSi Optix MAG251RX is inexpensive, it's still feature rich. Nvidia G-Sync ready this monitor is ideal for those running an Nvidia Gaming PC build as the two will work together to eliminate tearing and stutters, automatically matching the refresh rate of the display to the frame output of your graphics card.

Picture of MSi OPTIX MAG251RX 240Hz Gaming Monitor from the front
From the front, this MSi gaming monitor is all about the screen experience with zero bling
Picture of the MSi OPTIX MAG251RX 240Hz Gaming Monitor from the rear left side
The small red button is a joystick with which you can control the OSD, but you can also use an APP for these settings
Picture of the MSi OPTIX MAG251RX 240Hz Gaming Monitor from the rear right side
In addtional to multiple inputs underneath, the MSi MAG251RX also has convenient USB ports on the right side

MSi are no stranger to competitive gaming and their OSD software is amongst the best, with an APP allowing for quick and easy tweaking of settings using your mouse and keyboard, rather than using the little red joystick on the back of monitor. There are also a bunch of special modes, such as night vision, which will also add to your gaming prowess.

The fast IPS panel provides excellent viewing angels, with a 1ms refresh rate that's great for eliminating ghosting, colours are excellent too with HDR400 certification. There are a bunch of neat little extras too, the monitor inputs include DisplayPort, HDMI and USB Type C with a 3.5mm audio jack in there too for those wanting to connect audio directly to the display. There are 3x USB Type A ports on the side too, adding to the versatile design.

6. 170Hz 27" ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q Gaming Monitor

NEW ENTRY! Asus make awesome gaming monitors, both in terms of looks and performance. This latest Asus ROG XG279Q is perfect for those who want a high speed 1440P gaming monitor with a Republic of Gamers feature set, and with no curve!

This flat 27" has a 2560x1440 resolution display that is certified Nvidia G-Sync compatible, which works alongside Asus extreme low motion blur sync to reduce tearing while you game. The fast IPS panel enjoys great viewing angles, and also produces vibrant colours with a DisplayHDR 400 certification.

Picture of Asus ROG Strix XG279Q side
The XG279Q is extremely fast and gaming spec'd, with speakers built-in
Picture of Asus ROG Strix XG279Q rear logo
The design is very ROG, with the signature eye blazing on the back corner
Picture of Asus ROG Strix XG279Q front
High speed IPS, 1440p and G-Sync makes for a truly excellent gaming experience

This Asus ROG Strix XG279Q is fast, beautifully made and packed full of gaming tech. The G-Sync certification makes this one ideal for those running Nvidia graphics cards in their Gaming PC.

7. 165Hz 38.5" Titan Army 39A1QR Curved Gaming Monitor

NEW ENTRY! This new Titan Army 165Hz Gaming Monitor comes in a eye-catching bright white colour body and stand, the colour extends to the bezel too, framing whatever your watching and in turn demanding your full attention.

This 38.5" display sports a higher resolution than most at 2560x1440, so gameplay looks crisp the clean. The curved design is more relaxed than the wider Titan Army options making this monitor a great gaming solution for spaces where super ultra-wide isn't an option, but you still want to go big.

Picture of Titan Army 165Hz Gaming Monitor in White from the front
The white colour extends to the bezels, elegantly framing whatever you're playing
Picture of Titan Army 165Hz Gaming Monitor in White from the side
From the side you can see the narrow stand design is great for smaller gaming setup spaces
Picture of Titan Army 165Hz Gaming Monitor in White from the top
This Titan Army 38.5" 1440p display isn't ultra-wide, but still has great curves

Elegent RGB path lighting is present on the back of the monitor too, this is fairly subtle and adds just a little glow to a wall that's close behind, and you can also wall mount this gaming monitor using VESA if you want to.

Combine all of the above with HDR400 for vibrant colours and a you've got the Titan Army 39A1QR 88.5" 165Hz gaming monitor, an excellent value super fast monitor in white!

8. 155Hz AOC Q27G2S IPS Gaming Monitor

NEW ENTRY! This AOC Q27G2S 155Hz gaming monitor has a similar design to the popular previous 27G2 version, sporting that iconic red trim and that's been a part of series for many years, but this latest version pushes out a little more frames per second.

The 27" panel can reach a remarkable 155Hz, which might not seem too impressive at first glance, especially comparing to the options above, but it does this at the higher resolution of 2560x1440!

Picture of AOC 155Hz Q27G2S gaming monitor front with a dash of red
From the front, the AOC Q27G2S stands out from the crowd with a dash of red underlining the frame and stand
Picture of AOC 155Hz Q27G2S gaming monitor
The monitor has both HDMI and DisplayPort connections, and you can wall mount it using the VESA points too
Picture of AOC 155Hz Q27G2S gaming monitor back with red trims
From the back the red trimmed AOC monitor design theme continues on, adding to the gamer vibe

With G-Sync this gaming monitor is designed to work with Nvidia Gaming PC builds, but it's also adaptive sync ready for those running with AMD Radeon in their PC. The bezel to screen is certainly narrow, but definitely not quite frameless as the name often implies, in reality, the screen starts an additional 6mm or so from the bezel on the top and sides, with the fat lower bezel being more accurate.

Marketing mishaps aside, the AOC 155Hz is certainly fast, well deserving of its place in the list, but also worth seeing side by side with other options so you can see the colour vibrance and bezel design for yourself.

9. 144Hz 27" LG UltraGear 27GL650F-B Gaming Monitor

This absolutely stunning UltraGear 27" 144Hz Gaming Monitor is another winner from LG, with a blazing fast 144Hz refresh rate on an IPS panel with 99% of the sRGB for outstanding colour accuracy.  

The LG UltraGear 27GL Gaming Monitor has the best IO
This UltraGear 27GL Gaming Monitor has the best positioned IO for easy access
The LG UltraGear 27GL Gaming Monitor rear stand headphone holder
The rear stand includes a cable management nub that's also a neat headphone holder
The LG UltraGear 27GL Gaming Monitor front
With no curve, this LG 27GL is ideal for gamers who aren't looking for ultra wide

Compatible with HDR10 content, you'll also enjoy punchier brightness and highlights with deeper shadows and silhouettes while you game. IPS doesn't just provide a wider viewing angle either, and reproduces even more vivid scenes on the battlefield, as flames generated by explosions contrast.

With great reviews all over the world wide web this specific model is definitely worth a look.

10. 144Hz 27" LG 27GL850 UltraGear Nano IPS Gaming Monitor

Rounding off our top ten is a display that has no equal, this 27" nano IPS monster.  This LG 27GL850 Monitor is an NVIDIA-tested and officially verified G-Sync compatible monitor, eliminating screen tearing and minimizing stutter for a smoother, faster gaming experience. This stringent testing ensures the highest standards, so users enjoy the absolute richest imagery and audio.

The ultra-fast speed of 144Hz is impressive, but to have this speed with an IPS screen is what makes this monitor so incredible to behold. Combined with the best LG technology, such as Dynamic Action Sync for minimising input lag, and you'll be ready to enjoy every single moment in real-time.

Picture of LG UltraGear 27GL850 Gaming Monitor
The LG UltraGear 27GL850 wears the official G-Sync badge with pride
Picture of LG UltraGear 27GL850 Gaming Monitor
The stand is easily adjustable, but the superb rear IO is easy to access regardless of position
Picture of LG UltraGear 27GL850 Gaming Monitor
The exception design includes a USB hub, headphone holder and eye-catching red trim

Although expensive in comparison to most options above, the quality of the 27" LG 27GL850 UltraGear 144Hz Nano IPS Gaming Monitor makes it totally worth every cent.

11. 75Hz 24" LG 24MK430H-B (huh.. I thought you said top 10!?)

You might think this 75Hz monitor with hot air balloons pictured is a little odd in a list like this one... and you'd be right. but if your running and GTX 1650 + Ryzen 3 or similar combo within your system you'll likely find this monitor is perfect, and with LG gaming features this monitor is great for marathon sessions! 

Dynamic Action Sync mode allows you to instantly react to your opponents and attack them without any display lag. It synchronizes your senses with real-time scenes in fast-paced games by minimizing input lag. Black Stabilizer gives you full visual clarity, even in games where you spend a lot of time in the dark. It synchronizes and brightens the darkest areas, so that you can find enemies hiding in the shadows and shoot first.

Better still if you're on the AMD graphics card team you'll be happy to see this one also features super-smooth visuals thanks to FreeSync.

 

WOAH! So many amazing monitors!

These are just a slice from the massive Monitor range, we'll continue to update this list with exciting new models as they arrive in New Zealand.


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Hinata

I've got the 49" Samsung G9 and it's a banger. HOWEVER recently got an OLED TV... I will drop my G9 for an OLED gaming panel in a heartbeat. The G9 does HDR1000 but the depth of dark colours is on a whole other level with OLED panels.

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Darthfishpaste

The curve on that G9 Odyssey is really something

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