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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

Black Friday monitor deals have been pretty scarce over in the US these past couple of days, but luckily most retailers seem to have got their act together now, meaning more sweet Black Friday discounts for all involved. Now freshly updated with more deals than ever, here are all the bestest best Black Friday deals on today’s bestest best gaming monitors.

Naturally, I’ll be updating this article on a regular basis as and when more deals arise over the next few days, so check back regularly for even more Black Friday savings. As always, you’ll find all these deals and more over in our jumbo Black Friday 2018 hub, but 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

Nvidia G-Sync monitors

Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ£1890 from Overclockers (down from £2400, read our Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ review for more info)

Acer Predator X27£1760 from Amazon (down from £2200, read our Acer Predator X27 review for more info)

Acer Predator XB241H£300 from Amazon (down from £400, read our Acer Predator XB241H review for more info)

Acer Predator XB271HA£370 from Amazon (down from £500, and yes, this is the big brother of the XB241H above)

Acer Predator XB271HK£550 from Amazon (down from £750, and yep you guessed it, it’s the 4K IPS model of the XB241H above)

Acer Predator XB281HK£470 from Scan (down from £580, which confusingly is the slightly larger TN sibling of the XB271HK above, if you want to save a bit of money and aren’t fussed about image quality)

Acer Predator Z301CBM£500 from Overclockers UK (down from £600)

AMD FreeSync monitors

BenQ EL2870U£240 from Amazon (down from £300, see our BenQ EL2870U review for more info)

Acer XF240H£155 from Amazon (down from £195, read our AcerXF270H review for more info to see how its excellent 27in sibling fared)

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

Iiyama Prolite B2783QSU-B1£180 from Box (down from £340)

MSI Optix MAG27CQ£320 from Overclockers UK (down from £420)

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

Samsung LC27HG70£400 from Amazon (down from £550, read our Samsung CHG90 review to see how its larger upmarket cousin fared)

Ultrawide (and ultra large) monitors

Acer Predator Z35£699 from Box (down from £995, read our Acer Predator Z35 review for more info)

AOC AGON AG352UCG£680 from Overclockers UK (down from £900, read our AOC AGON AG352UCG review for more info)

Philips BDM4037UW£390 from Amazon (down from £572)

LG 34UM68£305 from Amazon (down from £465)

LG 34UC99£650 from Amazon (down from £880)

Regular 1080p monitors

BenQ GW2270H£72 from Amazon (down from £95)

AOC E2460SH£82 from Amazon (down from £109, read our AOC E2460SH review for more info)

Dell S2719H£179 from Amazon (down from £250)

Best US monitor deals

Nvidia G-Sync monitors

Acer Predator X27$1800 from Newegg (down from $2000)

Acer Predator XB271HU$520 from Newegg (down from $800, plus an extra $20 off with promo code EMCEERE35)

Asus ROG Swift PG279Q$685 from Newegg (down from $700, plus a free copy of Call of Duty: Blops 4)

Asus ROG Swift PG27AQ$850 from Newegg (down from $900)

AMD FreeSync monitors

Samsung CHG70$512 from Newegg (down from $600, plus an extra 10% off with promo code EMCEERP48)

LG 27UD58P$300 from Newegg (down from $320)

MSI Optix MAG241C$215 from Newegg (down from $230)

MSI Optix MAG27C$290 from Newegg (down from $350)

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

LG 32UD59-B$395 from Newegg (down from $600)

Ultrawide monitors

Samsung CHG90$900 from Newegg (down from $1100, read our Samsung CHG90 review for more info)

LG 34UC89G$695 From Newegg (down from $1000)

LG 34UM69G-B$297 from Newegg (down from $400)

Acer ED347CKR$420 from Newegg (down from $600, plus and extra $20 off with promo code EMCEERE37)

LG 38CB99-W$800 from Newegg (down from $1800, plus another $50 off with the promo code 116BNGS32)

LG 34UB88-P$566 from Newegg (down from $800)

Dell Alienware AW3418DW$900 from Newegg (down from $1500, plus another 10% off with promo code EMCEERP48)

Regular monitors

Dell U2715H$329 from Amazon (down from $430)

MSI Optix MPG27CQ$465 from Newegg (down from $550, read our MSI Optix MPG27CQ review for more info)

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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