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Black Friday 2018: Best monitor deals

For complete immersion in your turn-based ship battles, get yourself a flash new monitor with our best Black Friday deals

Everyone loves November, not because it’s an excuse to let off fireworks in your back garden or stuff yourself full of bird meat, but because it’s the joyous time of year where Black Friday falls, where the deals are sweet and the discounts delicious. In just two and a bit weeks, our favourite day o’deals will finally be here, making it a great time to nab one of this year’s best gaming monitors with a big old bargain sticker attached to it. Black Friday is often jammed packed with gaming monitor deals, and this year looks to be no exception, as some retailers have already jumped the gun with their Black Friday early bird deals.

Of course, not all the deals listed here are bona fide Black Friday ones (I’ll mark up the ones that are), but they’re still the best gaming monitor deals around right now in the UK and US – after all, a saving’s a saving, right? As ever, you’ll find all these deals and more over in our jumbo Black Friday 2018 hub, but I thought I’d give monitors their own separate list just in case you didn’t fancy trawling through everything under the sun just to find the one thing you’re actually looking for. So, if you’re in the market for a new gaming display, you’ve come to the right place. Here are all the best savings you can get right now.

I can also tell you that the fancy pants Nvidia G-Sync HDR equipped Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ will definitely be on sale over the Black Friday period – which will no doubt come as a relief when it currently costs north of two grand. I don’t know how much of a discount it’s getting just yet, but this is a definitely one to watch if you’re in the market for a shiny new 4K HDR monitor.

Naturally, I’ll be updating this article on a regular basis as and when more deals arise over the next couple of weeks (and clearing away the old expired ones in the process), so why not do yourself a favour and stick this in your bookmarks? Alternatively, if you’d rather have a gander at some of our other Black Friday deals hubs, click on the links below:

Best UK monitor deals

Acer RG240Y£100 from Ebuyer (down from £140)

Acer Predator XB271HUA£440 from CCL (down from £610, see our Acer Predator XB241H review to see how its excellent smaller sibling fared)

Iiyama Black Hawk G-Master G2730HSU£157 from Box (down from £190)

Asus ROG MG279Q£429 from Box (down from £519, plus you get a free copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII)

Acer Predator Z35£799 from Box (down from £995, read our Acer Predator Z35 review for more info)

AOC AGON AG352UCG6£735 from Box (down from £793, read our AOC AGON AG352UCG review for more info)

BenQ GW2270H£90 from Overclockers UK (down from £110)

Asus PB328Q£475 from Scan (down from £510)

Best US monitor deals

Acer XR342CK
$700 from Newegg (down from $800)

LG 38CB99-W
$1000 from Newegg (down from $1800, plus another $50 off with the promo code 116BNGS32)

Dell Alienware AW3418DW$900 from Newegg (down from $1500)

LG 34UB88-P$420 from Newegg (down from $800)

Acer XG270HU$320 from Newegg (down from $427)

Asus ROG Swift PG279Q$687 from Newegg (down from $700, plus a free copy of Blops 4)

Asus MG28UQ$380 from Newegg (down from $450, and comes with a free copy of Blops 4)

Gaming monitor buying advice

So you’ve had a look at the deals, but are those monitors right for you? There are several things to consider when buying a new display, including resolution, panel technology, refresh rate and overall size. Here are the top things to look out for:

Keep in mind what your current PC is actually capable of – it’s no good splashing out on a 4K screen if your graphics card isn’t up to it. Of course, if you’re buying a 4K monitor with the intention of also upgrading your graphics card to go with it, then don’t let us stop you.

If you’re thinking about buying a 27in monitor, I’d strongly recommend getting one with a 2560×1440 resolution if your budget can stretch to it. This naturally makes them more expensive than 27in 1920×1080 screens, but personally I find a 1920×1080 resolution is just too grainy on monitors of this size, especially if you’re going to be using it for regular desktop work. Emails become hard to read, text looks all pixelated, icons are all blurred and fuzzy… It’s horrible. You can probably get away with a 1920×1080 resolution if you’re only going to be using it for playing games, but otherwise you’ll much better off in the long run by opting for 2560×1440.

If you can, try and opt for a monitor with an IPS panel. Response times aren’t as fast as cheaper TN panels, but I’ve personally never been able to tell the difference. IPS screens also have much better image quality, so colours will look richer and less washed out.

Monitors with VA panels have much deeper blacks and better contrast than TN or IPS panels, but colour accuracy can be a bit hit and miss depending on manufacturer. They’ve become a lot better in recent months, but have a read of a couple of reviews to double check you’re getting a good panel before you buy.

I know HDR (or high dynamic range) is all the rage on consoles and 4K TVs at the moment, but HDR on PC is a bit all over the place right now, so be wary if you happen to see an HDR monitor going cheap. If you’re dead set on getting on, though, make sure you’ve got the right GPU to go with it by checking out my What graphics card do I need for HDR? guide.

Ultra-wide (21:9) monitors are fantastic for general office work, but not all games are kitted out to support that kind of aspect ratio, which often means you’re left with black bars either side of a regular 16:9 image. If you’re down with that, great – I certainly am with my trusty Dell U2913WM – but it’s just something to keep in mind if you’re buying one primarily for gaming.

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Katharine Castle

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Katharine writes about all the bits that go inside your PC so you can carry on playing all those lovely games we like talking about so much. Very partial to JRPGs and the fetching of quests.

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