A gaming monitor will see you through countless generations of PC components. Graphics cards age quickly, despite Moore's Law loosing momentum. And we all know storage fills up all too quickly. That's why your gaming monitor should be chosen carefully, because spending out on a new one every year is the least practical way to spend your money.
Strangely enough, stock is pretty good for gaming monitors right now. Plus the tech is in a good place. We're getting towards a bit of an inflection point in connectivity, where we're finally going to get HDMI 2.1 monitors released into the wild. While that may be more immediately relevant to our console cousins, with their need for high 4K refresh rates and lack of DisplayPort sockets, it does mean that we can expect a raft of new screens coming our way late summer.
And that also means there should be a bit of an impetus to start trying to shift existing stock to make way for a bright new world gaming monitors. And that should mean more deals for us.
Amazon itself is a great place to pick up a new panel, and we should see other retailers getting in on the act too. If you're after a primer on the top screen tech our guide to the best gaming monitors should be another port of call for you in this first sales storm of the year.
The best Amazon Prime Day gaming monitor deals
Samsung CRG9 | 49-inch |120Hz | 32:9 |
$1,125 $899.99 at Amazon (save $225)
One of Samsung’s finest gaming monitors, if not the finest, the CRG9 combines some of the best and brightest technologies into one ultrawide panel. That includes HDR 1000, 120Hz refresh rate, AMD FreeSync, and a 5120 x 1440 resolution for that immense 32:9 aspect ratio.
Sceptre | 49-inch |120Hz | 32:9 |
$1,299.97 $999.99 at Amazon (save $299.98)
If the Samsung above is sold out, the Sceptre may prove a worth backup. Sceptre is a display company out of California, and with this 49-inch ultrawide it’s delivering a specs list to rival any. We’re talking 120Hz, AMD FreeSync, a 5120 x 1440 resolution, and a 32:9 aspect ratio. Ideal for gaming and working, all at the same time.
BenQ EW3280U | 32-inch | 4K | 60Hz |
$799.99 $569.99 at Amazon (save $230)
The BenQ EW3280U doesn’t quite have the speed of most gaming monitors today, but it has the fidelity required for superbly detailed gaming. A steady 60fps at 4K is the best you’re going to get with a good few of today’s GPUs, regardless, so perhaps its refresh rate won’t bothersome. It’s also an IPS panel, for top color reproduction, and it just dropped another $40 compared to earlier today.
ViewSonic XG3220 | 32-inch | 4K | 60Hz | VA |
$510 $399.99 at Amazon (save $110)
The ViewSonic offers a solid all-round 4K experience. It doesn’t quite have the vibrance of an IPS panel, but there’s still a lot to love here, such as a 5ms response time, HDR10 support, and FreeSync. If you’re just breaking into 4K gaming with a new graphics card, the ViewSonic is a good way to go about it without breaking budget.
Acer Nitro XZ270 | 27 inch| 240Hz | 1080p |
$329.99 $249.99 at Amazon (save $80)
Another rapid gaming monitor for fast-paced competitive titles and speed freaks. The Acer Nitro is only a 1080p monitor, which puts it a little at a loss to the Samsung Odyssey G7, but it comes in at half the price. Not bad if you only really have a need for speed and don’t give two hoots about much else. It also comes with a 1ms response time, a VA panel, and Adaptive-Sync support for FreeSync.
Acer ED323QUR | 32 inch |144Hz | 1440p |
$339 $299.99 at Amazon (save $39)
The Acer ED323QUR was already pretty affordable for a curved gaming screen. It’s also hitting that 144Hz/1440p sweet spot you want for gaming. Now that this sizable curved monitor is selling for under $400, you can embrace the curved gaming monitor life without spending curved gaming monitor money.
LG Ultragear | 1440p | 165Hz |
$349.99 $249 at Walmart (save $100)
It’s pretty wild what you can get for under $300 nowadays. The LG Ultragear offers a specs bang in the PC gaming sweet spot: 1440p and 165Hz. The speed to deliver a smooth experience and a competitive edge combined with the fidelity of 1440p.
ViewSonic Elite XG270Q | 27-inch | 1440p | 165Hz | IPS |
$484.99 $335.99 at Amazon (save $149)
This is a monitor we’ve used on team plenty in the past. Perhaps its most standout feature is the stunning IPS panel, which makes games look gorgeous, but there’s more to it than just that. It’s super swift at 165Hz, and a 1ms response time ensures the image stays crisp even at high frame rates. It’s not quite the deal the LG above is, but if you prefer a mix of colour, vibrance, and speed, this is a good pick.
Acer KA272U | 27-inch | 1440p | 75Hz | FreeSync |
$249.99 $195.49 at Amazon (save $54.50)
This isn’t a gaming monitor, per se, but a 75Hz refresh rate and 1440p resolution will see you happily gaming with a decent blend of fidelity and frames anyways. Again, the LG feels a better buy, but if you fancy a cheaper option with the same screen real estate, the Acer is an option.
Cheap gaming monitors
Acer K242HYL | 23.8-inch | 75Hz | 1080p | FreeSync |
$139.99 $129.99 at Amazon (save $10)
This Acer gaming monitor offers slight advantage over your run-of-the-mill 1080p panel. It’s not the fastest by any means, but 75Hz is a notable improvement over the standard 60Hz refresh rate, and FreeSync support helps keep your gaming PC and monitor ticking over in tandem. At this price, it’s a decent buy on a budget, although you will have to put up with a basic stand.
Samsung T350 Series | 24-inch | 75Hz | 1080p | FreeSync |
$149.99 $109.99 at Best Buy (save $40)
Chasing a secondary monitor for your home set-up, but don’t want to pay through the nose? Or maybe you just need to replace that rubbish 1080p TN screen you’ve been putting up with for years. This Samsung IPS screen has a 75Hz refresh, which genuinely feels slicker than the standard 60Hz and comes with AMD’s frame-syncing tech supported out of the box.
LG CX OLED | 48-inch | 4K | webOS |
$1,499.99 $1,299.99 at Best Buy (save $200)
With an OLED screen, HDMI 2.1 connections, G-Sync and FreeSync compatibility, and a native 120Hz refresh rate, the LG CX is getting closer to being the perfect PC gaming TV. And at 48-inches it means you get a tight pixel pitch at 4K too.
Samsung Neo QLED QN90A | 50-inch | 4K | Tizen |
$1499.99 $1297.99 at Amazon (save $202)
This is Samsung’s flagship 4K TV from its new Neo QLED range, so the fact it’s currently $200 off is a big deal. It uses Mini LED backlighting to offer improved HDR performance, although be warned, there is still some blooming. Gaming wise, this is an HDMI 2.1 TV that supports a 120Hz refresh rate and offers VRR support. Great contrast makes darker games pop, and it’s not bad as a television for watching films either.
Hisense A6G Series | 50-inch | 4K | Android TV |
$379.99 $359.99 at Best Buy (save $20)
So it’s not the most amazing ‘deal’ exactly, but this is a 50-inch UltraHD smart TV for just $350. That’s a great price in anyone’s language and Android TV is getting better all the time. At 60Hz it’s not the most perfect TV for PC gaming but it will still offer a hell of a lot of big screen HDR real estate.
Sony XBR55X800H | 55-inch | 4K | Android TV |
$999.95 $798 at Walmart (save $201.95)
The Sony X800H makes for a great 120Hz 4K TV, but with a lack of HDMI 2.1 connections you’re not going to be able to get that full 4K refresh rate when plumbed into either your PC or next-gen games console. That said, Sony makes great TVs, with excellent HDR chops and quality images too.
Samsung Class 6 Series | 70-inch | 4K | Tizen |
$749.99 $699.99 at Best Buy (save $50)
If it’s all about screen size to you, then this massive Samsung TV is going to be attention grabbing for sure. In gaming terms, you are restricted to a 60Hz refresh rate, but it does include a game mode to reduce latency. The Tizen smart TV software is a bit funky, but when you’re playing on your 70-inch screen you’ll likely forget all about that…