“Best gaming monitor.” It’s a very vague set of words because there are so many “gaming” platforms and so many game titles that will each benefit from different display variables – screen size, refresh rate, input lag, response time, resolution and the availability of adaptive sync technologies (Nvidia’s G-sync and AMD’s FreeSync) that prevent screen tearing, stuttering, helps lower the input lag.
Shooter games, like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, MOBAs, such as DOTA 2 and League of Legends, real-time strategy games, like Starcraft II, and racing games really benefit from high refresh rates, fast response time low input lag and the absence of screen tearing. Thus, they’ll be perfect for 24-27-inch 144 Hz monitors.
However, it’s worth noting that for Valve-sanctioned Dota 2 tournaments are required to use 24-inch 144 Hz monitors.
MMORPGs, such as World of Warcraft, also need higher refresh rates, lower input lag, faster response time, as well as the nonexistence of screen tearing, all the add-ons will require a bigger display and a higher resolution, which gives a wider field of view. Of course, the increase in resolution translates to lower frames per second (fps). But even with the drop in fps, many settle for 27-inch monitors because of the aforementioned reasons.
Note that 24-inch monitors are quite suitable for 1080p. Running 1080p on a 27-inch screen will look pixelated. Likewise, 27-inch monitors suit the 1440p and running it on a 24-inch display will have the extra pixels go to waste. Moreover, desktop elements, such as icons, will look smaller.
With that said, it’s safe to assume that 24-27-inch monitors are the haven for most games. But ranking both 24-inch and 27-inch display in this list of the 3 best gaming monitors seems a little off. Thus, this list will focus on the best of the 24-inch 1080p monitors.
BenQ ZOWIE XL2411
BenQ is a landmark when it comes to monitors and it should not come as a surprise that one of its monitors made it to this list.
The XL2411 is a 24-inch 1080p monitor with a 1ms response time, which means almost no motion blur, and 144Hz refresh rate. For input connectors, it has D-sub, DVI-DL (Dual Link), HDMI and a headphone jack.
It utilizes the same technology and panel as the XL2420G, which was discontinued by Benq. The only real difference between the two is the absence of adaptive sync technologies in the XL2411, which is the reason why it’s half the price of its bigger brother.
Nonetheless, there are plenty of positive reviews for the XL2411. Many owners commented that they’ve observed no difference between their G-sync monitors and this bad boy. Given the performance, it’s quite a steal for $289.
AOC G2460PF Free Sync
For those looking for an affordable gaming monitor, the AOC G2460PF with Free Sync is another good deal at $210. Just like the XL2411, it’s a 24-inch 1080p monitor that offers a 1ms response time and 144Hz refresh rate. What sets it apart is that it offers Free Sync, which will go well with AMD cards.
To sweeten the deal, AOC included a bunch of I/O ports—a USB hub, 4 USB ports, a headphone jack—along with the DVI, HDMI and VGA display ports.
Note that there is a 27-inch model for the G2460PF that comes with G-Sync. However, that iteration costs three times as much.
We’re talking about gaming monitors and as such, there’s bound to be one Asus. The VG248QE is also 24-inch 1080p monitor with a 1ms response time and a 144Hz refresh rate.
At $240, it’s the priciest one out of the three. However, for the extra bucks, Asus packed 2W stereo speakers. The company includes a stand that allows the VG248QE to pivot, tilt and swivel. Height adjustments and wall-mounting are also possible. Asus also offers a 27-inch model for the VG248QE.