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Best gaming monitor deals of the week - March 27th 2020

Gaming monitors can be quite pricey depending on what time of the year you buy one, so to help you get the best gaming monitor deal possible, I’ve put together this list of all the best gaming monitor prices I’ve seen over the last seven days. Below, you’ll find lots of my best gaming monitor recommendations at the best prices I’ve been able to find for them, as well as a bunch of other great gaming monitor deals I’ve spotted along the way that I’m confident will have accurate panels. Whether you’re looking for the best G-Sync monitor deals or cheap ultrawide deals, here are the best gaming monitor deals of the week.

When I test gaming monitors at RPS, high colour accuracy is key, as is a good contrast ratio and low, deep black levels. This is often dictated by a monitor’s panel type, with IPS being the most accurate, followed by VA and then TN, but there are still plenty of good TN panels out there that can rival the very best IPS screens.

You may also want to consider a monitor with a high refresh rate, as this will help games feel much smoother if you’ve got a powerful enough graphics card. Nvidia graphics card owners may also benefit from getting a monitor with Nvidia G-Sync support, which will help cut down on stuttering and screen tear when playing at high refresh rates, but if you’d rather get something a bit cheaper, then a smart move is to opt for one of Nvidia’s officially certified G-Sync Compatible monitors. These are AMD FreeSync monitors that will still let Nvidia GPU owners take advantage of the screen’s variable refresh rate tech, but don’t come with any of the other benefits offered by a full-fat G-Sync screen. AMD graphics card owners, on the other hand, should stick to monitors with AMD FreeSync support. For more info on how they all differ, have a read of our FreeSync vs G-Sync vs G-Sync Compatible article.

If you’re after an ultrawide monitor, remember that some games might not support the full 21:9 aspect ratio, resulting in black bars down the side of the screen. Personally, I’ve never been particularly bothered by this, as the odd black bar here and there is well worth putting up with when you’re playing some of the best ultrawide games around.

Best gaming monitor deals (UK):

Best G-Sync monitor deals

Our current best pick for the best 240Hz monitor money can buy (and £10 cheaper than last week), the Alienware AW2518H has superb colour accuracy straight out of the box, and it also has full Nvidia G-Sync support for Nvidia graphics card owners. For more info, have a read of our Alienware AW2518H review.

Best FreeSync monitor deals

My current best 4K gaming monitor champion, the Acer Nitro XV273K has everything you could possibly want from a 4K monitor. It’s fully G-Sync Compatible, has a super high refresh rate of 144Hz and superb picture quality. For more info, have a read of my Acer Nitro XV273K review.

£10 more than last week, AOC’s curved 144Hz gaming screen really is one of the best around. In fact, it was my top recommendation for those on a budget until its even better sibling, the AOC 24G2U, came along. It’s not an official G-Sync Compatible screen, but it still worked perfectly fine with my Nvidia graphics card when I had it in for testing. Read more in my AOC C24G1 review.

The larger, higher resolution cousin of AOC’s excellent C24G1, this curved 1440p monitor has a lovely high 144Hz refresh rate. It may not be as sharp as a 27in 1440p screen, but this is still a great price for a monitor of this size nonetheless. It’s gone up by £20 since last week, admittedly, but this is still better than its usual price of £360.

Currently our best gaming monitor pick for those after an excellent 1440p monitor (although £15 more expensive than last week), the AOC Agon AG273QX has stunning colour accuracy, decent HDR and works equally well with Nvidia and AMD graphics cards alike. For more info, read our AOC AGON AG273QX review.

The FreeSync sibling of the excellent Alienware AW2518H, this is one of the best 240Hz FreeSync monitors you can buy today. It’s also one of Nvidia’s official G-Sync Compatible monitors, too, making it a great fit for Nvidia and AMD graphics card owners alike. It has, however, gone up in price a bit since last week – only by £5 or so, but you may want to hold off for a while if you’re thinking of getting one.

It’s more expensive than the Alienware AW2518H, but if you like your LEDs, then the Asus ROG Strix XG258Q is the gaming monitor for you. With LEDs in the stand and on the back of the screen, this is the king of rainbow-coloured 240Hz gaming screens. Plus, it’s another G-Sync Compatible screen, too.

There are cheaper monitors out there with a curved 24in panel and a 144Hz (see the Samsung CRG5 below), but MSI’s Optix MAG241CP is still a great alternative. Normally closer to £300, this 1080p gaming monitor shares the same design as the larger MSI Optix MAG272CQR, and comes with a pop-out headphone hanger for your headset, too.

Speaking of MSI’s Optix MAG272CQR, last year’s model is currently on sale for a lot less than its £400 successor. The only difference is that this one has a 144Hz refresh rate instead of 165Hz – a bargain if you don’t mind the drop.

Best ultrawide monitor deals

This 100Hz ultrawide G-Sync monitor is pretty expensive compared to its competition, but it does currently have over £100 knocked off its usual price, and you get a free three year warranty with it as well that would normally cost you £70. For more info, have a read of my Acer Predator Z35P review.

Normally £900, the PG348Q isn’t as fast as the AOC above, but a saving of £100 is still a pretty good discount all the same. It also has an IPS panel for lovely, accurate colours and loads of LEDs in the stand on the back to really light up your room.

Best gaming monitor deals (US):

Best G-Sync monitor deals

Coming soon…

Best FreeSync monitor deals

One of Nvidia’s officially certified G-Sync Compatible monitors, the Asus VG248QG is a pretty good buy at $190, and has a higher refresh rate than the curved AOC C24G1 listed below.

As mentioned above, the Alienware AW2518HF is the very good FreeSync (and G-Sync Compatible) sibling of the excellent AW2518H. By far one of the best 240Hz monitors you can buy today, it’s a fantastic screen for Nvidia and AMD graphics card owners alike.

If you’re after a cheaper (and larger) 1440p screen, however, then MSI’s normally $430 MAG321CQR is a great pick. With a claimed 92% coverage of the HDR-grade DCI-P3 colour gamut, this monitor should have excellent colour accuracy to make the most of its 144Hz refresh rate.

Best ultrawide monitor deals

Alienware’s ultrawide gaming monitor is more expensive than most, but it does have the added benefit of a 120Hz refresh rate and RGB lighting. Normally $1500, this is a great price for this particular monitor – even if it’s $150 more expensive than last week.

One of the few ultrawide monitors on sale in the US right now, Acer’s Predator X34P is actually a much better buy here than it is in the UK. Normally $850, this is a great price for a monitor of this calibre.

How to get the best monitor deal:

Not sure where to start with all these gaming monitors? An easy way of deciding which gaming monitor is right for you is to start with your graphics card. Got an Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti / AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT or below? Then you’ll probably want a 1920×1080 monitor, as this will mean you can play games at the fastest, smoothest speeds. Got an Nvidia RTX 2060 / AMD Radeon RX 5700 or above? Then you should probably aim for a 2560×1440 screen, as you really need one of these cards to make the most of this resolution when playing games. Meanwhile, Nvidia RTX 2080 and above owners will be able to make the most of 3840×2160 monitors.

Of course, most of the monitor deals above are for screens with AMD FreeSync support rather than Nvidia’s G-Sync tech, so if you’re unsure what either of those things mean or just need a refresher on what they do, have a read of our G-Sync vs FreeSync article. Previously, you needed an AMD graphics card to take advantage of FreeSync, and an Nvidia graphics card to make full use of G-Sync. However, thanks to Nvidia’s recent driver update, all Nvidia graphics card owners can now take advantage of what FreeSync has to offer so they can carry on enjoying smooth, tear-free gaming for a fraction of the price. As a result, buying a good FreeSync monitor is now a much better way of saving money than finding a good G-Sync deal.

That said, there are some FreeSync monitors that don’t play as nicely with Nvidia graphics cards as others, which is why Nvidia are currently in the process of testing all the FreeSync monitors out there to see if they fit within their official G-Sync Compatible standard. We have a complete list of all the confirmed G-Sync Compatible monitors so far, so make sure you check your deal against this list to see if it’s guaranteed to give you a good experience. That said, there are plenty of non-G-Sync Compatible monitors I’ve tested that have worked perfectly fine with my Nvidia graphics card, so there’s still a good chance it will work absolutely fine even if it hasn’t made Nvidia’s official list yet.

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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. She's also RPS' resident deals herald.

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