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Feature: Plus all the best 1440p, ultrawide and 240Hz monitors and more

Best gaming monitor 2020: the top budget, 4K and 144Hz monitors

Looking for a new gaming monitor can sometimes seem like an impossible task when there are so many to choose from, but having tested as many gaming monitors as I possibly can over the past few years, I'm here to help you cut through the noise and find the best gaming monitor for you and your budget. After all, it's no good spending loads of…

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Feature: "We spared no expense!"

The Razer Raptor is the T-Rex of 1440p gaming monitors

It's been a long time coming, but Razer's Raptor 27 monitor is finally here - and hoo boy does it impress. When I first saw the prototype of this 27in, 2560x1440, 144Hz, FreeSync screen at CES last year, I oohed and ahhed at its striking design, metal cable tidies and fabric-wrapped display. Now, having tested the final model over the past couple of weeks, I've…

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Feature: Getting in sync

Every G-Sync Compatible monitor confirmed so far and how to enable G-Sync on a FreeSync monitor

Nvidia's G-Sync Compatible monitor list continues to get bigger and bigger every month. At last count, there are more than 80 FreeSync monitors that have been officially approved to meet Nvidia's strict G-Sync Compatible standards, allowing Nvidia graphics card owners to take advantage of a monitor's variable refresh rate tech for super smooth gaming even if it isn't a full-fat G-Sync screen. Read on below…

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Feature: Just don't be fooled by its 'HDR Ready' sticker

MSI Optix MAG272CQR review: another fantastic 165Hz, 1440p gaming monitor

After a string of slightly disappointing 1440p gaming monitors last year, the last couple of screens that have crossed my desk have really knocked it out of the park. AOC's Agon AG273QX currently stands at the top of the pile with its superb picture quality and hassle-free FreeSync 2 HDR support (wot AMD are now calling FreeSync Premium Pro, in case you've forgotten), and now…

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AMD FreeSync 2 HDR is dead, long live FreeSync Premium and Premium Pro

On top of announcing their new Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics card and a bunch of new 3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 laptop processors yesterday, AMD also announced some changes to their various FreeSync standards at this year's CES. Until now, we had regular FreeSync and FreeSync 2 HDR, the latter offering exactly the same variable refresh rate tech for super smooth, tear-free gaming as regular…

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Feature: A FreeSync 2 HDR monitor that can be enjoyed by all

AOC Agon AG273QX review: Finally, a perfect 1440p, HDR monitor

I love a great 1920x1080 gaming monitor as much as the next person, but personally, I've always been more of a 2560x1440 kinda gal. The problem is, my current best gaming monitor recommendation for 1440p is the increasingly scarce MSI Optix MPG27CQ, and I've been desperately trying to find a replacement for it all year. BenQ's EX3203R came close, but was let down by its…

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Feature: To me, to you

AOC’s 24G2U is another best budget gaming monitor champion

AOC's C24G1 is an excellent gaming monitor for those on a budget, but for those of you who prefer flat screens as opposed to curved ones, then the AOC 24G2U is definitely the monitor for you. This 24in, 1920x1080, 144Hz, AMD FreeSync screen shares many of the same specs as the C24G1, but comes with a flat, even more accurate IPS panel instead of a…

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Feature: Eyes wide wide open

Samsung’s titanic CRG9 is an absolute unit, but there’s still, somehow, room in my heart for it

The Samsung CRG9 is easily the most preposterous gaming monitor I've ever laid eyes on. It's not the sheer size of it that boggles the mind. Oh no. A diagonal of 49in and an aspect ratio of 32:9 is nothing after last year's equally large and equally wide CHG90 monitor. It's the resolution of the damn thing, which stands at a mad 5120x1440. That's the…

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Feature: 144Hz and AMD FreeSync for under £200 / $200

AOC’s C24G1 is the new successor to the best budget gaming monitor throne

For years, the AOC G2460PF has been sitting atop our best gaming monitor list unchallenged and undefeated. With its sub-£200 / $200 price, 144Hz refresh rate and superb TN panel, it's by far one of the best screens around for those on a budget. The only problem is that it's getting on a bit now, and is becoming increasingly difficult to track down. Enter AOC's…

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Feature: What more could you possibly want?

Acer Nitro XV273K review: 4K, 144Hz and it’s G-Sync Compatible

Nvidia's G-Sync Ultimate monitors may be some of the best gaming monitors I've ever laid eyes on, but good gravy do they cost an arm and a leg, with both Acer's Predator X27 and Asus' ROG Swift PG27UQ still going for around two grand a pop. The Acer Nitro XV273K might just be the next best thing, though. It's not a G-Sync Ultimate screen, but…

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Feature: Variable refresh rate techs explained

G-Sync vs FreeSync vs G-Sync Compatible: What you need to know

Take a look at any of our best gaming monitor recommendations and you'll find almost all of them have support for either AMD FreeSync or Nvidia's G-Sync variable refresh rate technology. But what exactly is G-Sync and FreeSync and why are they so important for gaming? Well, I'm here to answer all your burning G-Sync FreeSync questions. Below you'll find out what each one does,…

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Feature: The competition for best budget 4K monitor just got a little bit hotter

AOC G2868PQU review: 4K gaming on a budget

If you've been thinking about upgrading to a 4K gaming monitor recently, then the good news is that you needn't spend upwards of £2500 / $2500 on something like the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ or Acer Predator X27 to get one that's halfway decent. Indeed, you can happily shave off one of those zeroes and get the brilliant value for money BenQ EL2870U, or even…

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Feature: Also with added RGB lighting

Viewsonic Elite XG240R review: A 144Hz FreeSync monitor that’s G-Sync a go-go

When it comes to 24in AMD FreeSync gaming monitors with high 144Hz refresh rates, there are few that do it better than AOC's G2460PF. An oldie but a goodie, this £209 / $190 height-adjustable gaming display has long been the best gaming monitor to buy in this particular category, but today a new contender has stepped up to the plate in the form of the…

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In sync at last: Nvidia’s new driver that enables G-Sync on your Freesync is out now

There's a twist in the tale of the today's latest Nvidia driver, as it finally adds support for FreeSync monitors. For years now, there's been a GeForce tax if you wanted a screen with Nvidia's brand of adaptive sync - that is, the one that can adjust its refresh rate, and therefore in-game frame rate, with wild abandon, and more importantly without that icky screen-tearing…

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Prepare to be blinded by Philips’ 1000nit 4K FreeSync 2 monitor

Who knew late April was the time for oodles of monitor announcements, eh? Well, if yesterday's news of the FreeSync 2-equipped AOC AGON AG322QC4 didn't make your eyes pop out of their sockets, then the jumbo Philips 436M6VBPAB almost certainly will thanks to its blinding max brightness of 1000cd/m2.This giant 43in VA panel is the first of a new line of Momentum monitors from Philips, and is the first in…

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Feature: Cheap and cheerful

AOC G2460VQ6 review: 75Hz gaming on a budget

Given they share all but three of the same letters, you'd think the AOC G2460VQ6 would be pretty similar to the G2460PF I reviewed a couple of weeks ago. To some extent, they are - both share an almost identical outward appearance with an understated red stripe down the lower bezel, and each has a 24in TN panel that supports AMD's adaptive frame-rate technology, FreeSync, which…

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Feature: In sync with your budget

AOC G2460PF review: Superb 144Hz gaming for £170

Take one look at the AOC G2460PF’s price of £170 (at time of writing) and you’d probably think it was a pretty standard kind of display. After all, 24in Full HD monitor prices often start around the £100-200 mark, and you can find several screens around the same £170 mark that don't have anything to shout about other than a mildly adjustable stand.AOC's G2460PF, however, is…

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Feature: 33 million pixels...

8K non-gaming and the importance of pixels

Yes, yes, I know 8K gaming is an utter irrelevance. Frankly, 4K remains a niche gaming resolution. But hang with me. 8K monitors are popping up from major manufacturers and with them the build-it-and-they-will-come logic of gaming at a preposterous resolution of 7,680 by 4,320 pixels. The fact that gaming at 8K isn’t really viable with current hardware is, up to a point, a separate…

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Feature: Not as spectacular in practice as it is on paper

LG’s bonkers new 38-inch superwide monitor

Behold the stunning breadth of its super-wide proportions. Marvel at the lustrous sheen of its impeccable anti-glare coating. Is LG's new 38-inch, 21:9-aspect FreeSync-capable masterwork not every gamer's ultimate fantasy? You'd think so. But it just goes to show how complex the monitor market has become, especially for we gamers, that the LG 38UC99 falls surprisingly short as a gaming companion. There's a broader lesson…

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Feature: A very naughty monitor...

Asus MG279Q: The Messiah Of Monitors?

27-inch IPS LCD panel? Check. 144Hz refresh rate? Yep. Some kind of frame-smoothing adaptive sync technology? Present and accounted for. 2,560 by 1,440 pixels? Count 'em. A price you can afford? Bit borderline, but that was inevitable. Is Asus's new MG279Q therefore the perfect LCD panel, the one we've all been waiting for, the veritable messiah of PC monitors? I've been eyeballs-on. All will now…

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