Best Gaming Monitors of 2015/2016

We round up our pick of the best Gaming Monitors of 2015/2016

November 18, 2015

Below you will find our suggestions for the best gaming monitors available at the moment for 2015 and for 2016. There are always new monitors being released, and certainly ones we don't know about yet. We appreciate that there's not necessarily one monitor out there that suits everyone's needs, so we've broken our suggestions down so hopefully we can help you find the perfect monitor that's right for you.

Best Gaming Monitors for FPS games

FPS games need stable frame rates and many of the pros sacrifice resolution for performance ensuring their game runs smoothly on their given monitor. Unfortunately during the tournaments you often hear complaints from the players regarding the equipment they're made to use, and almost always this includes the monitor. You'd think that the organisers would arrange for the players to simply have the best around, but unfortunately this is rarely the case and the monitors they use are often provided by the "highest bidder", usually a sponsor of the event.

With stable performance in mind we strongly recommend going for a faster refreshing monitor. You should be able to find a decent 144hz monitor without breaking the bank and perhaps leaving something left over to spend on other hardware to help your system produce more frames per second. We think 144hz is great for FPS gaming.

For FPS gaming we really don't think IPS panels are all that important, sticking with a TN LED panel you'll minimise any potential lag and help keep the cost a little lower.

The size of the monitor is really up to you, if you want to go big be prepared to spend a little more and potentially sacrifice a little image quality.

gaming-monitors.co.uk suggests you take a look at the ProLite GB2488HSU-B1 from Iiyama. Iiyama offer this great gaming monitor that comes in a little cheaper than some of the other manufacturers. Other manufacturers like BenQ and ASUS also offer some great options, but they come in a little more expensive like the Asus VG248QE and the BenQ XL2430T, for this sort of price you can even consider going for a 27 inch monitor with similar specs from Iiyama.

4k monitors for gaming

Higher resolution is certainly desirable in gaming and allows you to get a bigger screen without sacrificing image quality. Whilst there's still not much media available in 4k for television watchers but there's plenty of games out that run in 4k with UHD textures available. True 4k is more demanding but if you have the gaming machine to back it up then there's some great 4k monitors available.

Iiyama have a new 28" 4k gaming monitor out that's only £350 and features FreeSync.  Most other manufacturer models with these features are about £450 from reputable sellers. There are a few other monitors out there that come in at just a little more than the iiyama monitor like the Samsung U28E590D or the LG 27MU67. Without FreeSync you can find a 4k monitor for under £400 like the Asus PB287Q or the PROLITE B2888UHSU-B1 which is closer to £300.

Please be aware that to take advantage of 4K you should be using DisplayPort 1.2 (or above) and a capable graphics card. You may find that using the FreeSync feature on some monitors can negatively impact response time, refresh rates and resolution.

Best budget gaming monitor

We really like 144hz, it's not that expensive a feature, and is even available on some of the cheaper gaming monitors. If moving to 1440p or 4k isn't that important to you or you don't have the budget for it, or really want to notice a difference with your next upgrade then we definitely think 144hz should be a consideration. 144hz makes a huge difference to gaming, and assuming your gaming machine can run games at higher frame rates this is definitely the must have feature. BenQ offer a great entry level gaming monitor that provides 144hz the Benq xl2411z. Iiyama offer an equivalent monitor we've mentioned above, and it's a touch cheaper too, the ProLite GB2488HSU-B1

If you think you'd benefit from an extra couple of inches then the ProLite GB2773HS-GB2 is in the process of being replaced in Iiyama's line-up. There may be great opportunity here to pick yourself up a real bargain and it's already not that much more expensive than the 144hz monitors mentioned above.

If some of the suggestions above are still a little over budget then there's still plenty of options available to you. 60hz TN panel monitors are generally cheaper and still offer great features, most manufacturers offer monitors that fit this description like the Samsung S24D300HS, BenQ GL2460 or the Iiyama ProLite GE2488HS-B1.

Future proofing

Other than going bigger with screen size and resolution, adaptive sync is certainly looking like the next big thing. Monitor manufacturers are supporting it and AMD and Nvidia are putting a lot of money in to getting it out there. Although we're big backers of the higher refresh rate monitors (144hz+) we do think that adaptive sync will become more common as it's adopted by monitor manufacturers. With this in mind we definitely think that if you want a monitor that will seriously last you then you need to consider getting something that runs at 1440p, 144hz and adopts one of the adaptive sync technologies.The first choice you'll have to make is whether you want Nvidia or G-Sync.

G-Sync

Being a proprietary technology potentially pushes this one back in our view, It results in the monitors costing you more due to licensing and limits you to having to use a current Nvidia graphics card. That said you may already have a compatible Nvidia graphics card, or be a fan of the Nvidia hardware, in which case this choice may have been made for you.

Out of the G-Sync capable range you'd want to consider the Asus PG279Q, though this is an expensive item, or at the cheaper end of the scale at 24" and 1080p consider the Acer Predator XB240HA if you don't mind sacrificing screen size and resolution.

FreeSync

Being adopted as an optional Standard VESA puts this in a strong position; however it is currently only compatible to AMD graphics cards. Whilst this may be an issue for some with no license FreeSync monitors are a good bit cheaper than the G-Sync equivalent models. FreeSync is being adopted in other hardware manufacturers (specifically Intel recently) so it may only be a matter of time before Nvidia start supporting it although at this point they have no plans to, which is understandable since they'll be developing their own technology.

If FreeSync is for you then you'll want to consider the Acer XG270HU or at 1080p the Iiyama G-MASTER GB2788HS-B1 which offers 144hz and FreeSync at 27 inches.