Your monitor has a massive impact on overall gaming performance. And for serious gamers, finding the best 1080 gaming monitor is a must.

While a lot of folks are looking at 1440p and 4K monitors, there’s still a ton of gamers sticking with the tried-and-true 1080p format to ensure they don’t sacrifice a shred of performance. New 1080p monitors are powerful and responsive, helping the user compete in an environment where victory can be decided in mere milliseconds.

In this article, we take a close look at this year’s top 1080p monitors for gaming. After that, we discuss the benefits of upgrading to a gaming monitor. Let’s get started.

Zoom Out: A Comparison Table of the 10 Best 1080p Gaming Monitors

We’ll start with an overview of this year’s top models. They have been sorter in price-ascending order and labeled with important info. For a more detailed look, check out the Zoom In section below.

ImageMonitorSizePanelCost
Sceptre E225W22"TN
ViewSonic VX2452MH24"TN
BenQ Zowie RL2455S24"TN
Acer Nitro VG240Y24"IPS
OMEN by HP 2525"TN
LG 27GL650F27"IPS
Asus VG248QG24"TN
Asus VG278Q27"TN
Alienware AW2518H25"TN
Acer Predator XB252Q24.5TN

Zoom In: A Closer Look at the 10 Best 1080p Gaming Monitors of 2019

Next, let’s take a closer look at the 10 best 1080p gaming monitors of this year.

1. Sceptre E225W

Sceptre E225W-19203R 22" Ultra Thin 75Hz 1080p LED Monitor 2x HDMI VGA Build-in Speakers, Metallic Black 2018

The Sceptre E225W is an entry-level 1080p gaming monitor with a price tag to match. Coming in well under $100, you’re sure to get a lot of bang for your buck. What can you expect, exactly?

In the front, you get a stunning frameless bezel with a sleek metallic profile surrounding the TN 1080p display. In the back, you’ve got HDMI and VGA ports, a VESA mounting assembly, and built-in speakers for plug-and-play operation. But it’s not ’til you look inside the monitor that its true colors show.

The Sceptre E225W LED monitor boasts a 75hz refresh rate and 5ms GTG response time— perfect for PC or console gaming on a budget. It’s also an excellent option for those seeking a multi-screen setup. In fact, we’ve got one or two floating around ourselves! A great deal overall.

High Ground Overview:

  • Size: 22″
  • Panel Type: TN
  • Refresh Rate: 75hz
  • Response Time: 5ms
  • Sync: N/A

2. ViewSonic VX2452MH

viewsonic-vx2x52mh-gaming-monitor

ViewSonic has been in the monitor game for quite some time, and they make excellent products. This particular model is the 24” version of their gaming series of monitors. Particularly well-priced at about $100, this monitor still delivers on most of the critical gaming specs. It has a gorgeous full HD glossy finish display, with crisp colors and sharp greyscale.

It’s equipped with an LED 1920 x 1080 screen, ensuring a beautiful display that’s compatible with all games, applications, and movies. Furthermore, it is engineered with gaming in mind, so it boasts a lightning-fast 2ms response time. The only negative is that it is a 60Hz monitor, a refresh rate that’s a little slower than optimal.

But— it has a straightforward game mode button that’s easy to access on the screen’s bezel. When activated, it will brighten up even the darkest areas of the game to give you an edge over your adversaries. We also like the VESA-mountable design, which allows you to unscrew the base and then mount the monitor on a new stand (or even a snazzy wall mount). If you’re looking for a dual monitor set up, $100 x 2 is a little easier to manage than some of the others on our list.

High Ground Overview:

  • Size: 24″
  • Panel Type: TN
  • Refresh Rate: 60hz
  • Response Time: 2ms
  • Sync: N/A

3. BenQ RL2455S

BenQ ZOWIE RL2455S 24 inch 1080p Gaming Monitor | 1ms 75Hz | Black Equalizer & Color Vibrance for Competitive Edge

This is a less expensive, slightly smaller option from BenQ. It has fewer features than the XL2720T, but it still has a 1ms GTG response time. The 75Hz refresh rate isn’t optimal for hardcore action gaming, though it still performs well in most settings (and quite frankly, the price is hard to beat). It’s also 1080p, which ensures a beautiful picture and vivid imagery.

The BenQ RL2455S also incorporates the Black eQualizer color engine, allowing the player to have an exceptional level of visibility. If you’re looking for something a little easier on the wallet, this is a wonderful entry-level gaming monitor that’s leaps and bounds ahead of similarly-priced options.

High Ground Overview:

  • Size: 24″
  • Panel Type: TN
  • Refresh Rate: 75hz
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • Sync: N/A

4. Acer Nitro VG278Q

Acer Nitro VG240Y bmiix 23.8" Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Monitor with AMD Radeon FREESYNC Technology - 1ms VRB | 75Hz Refresh | (2 x HDMI Ports & 1 x VGA)

The Acer Nitro VG278Q is our first entry to boast VRR syncing technology. AMD FreeSync, to be precise. This cutting-edge tech ensures optimal graphical output with no ghosting or screen tear- a huge boon for competitive gamers.

It’s also the first monitor to feature an IPS panel. Though IPS monitors typically perform best with console games, the Nitro VG278Q actually boasts an incredible 1ms VRB response time. This makes it an ideal choice for all types of gamers looking for competitive-grade performance.

The Nitro also features Game View technology, which offers preset modes optimized for different types of content, ranging from action, to racing, to sports titles. Factor in the beautiful zero-frame design, 2x HDMI ports, and built-in speakers, and the Nitro is a real gem.

High Ground Overview:

  • Size: 24″
  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Refresh Rate: 75hz
  • Response Time: 1ms VRB
  • Sync: FreeSync

5. OMEN by HP 25

OMEN by HP 25-inch FHD Gaming Monitor with Tilt Adjustment and AMD FreeSync Technology (Black)

The Omen lives up to its name by offering god-like performance at a price any gamer can afford.

Gear up and obliterate the competition with this 1ms GTG and 144hz refresh rate monitor by HP.

It boasts a massive 25″ screen with 1080p resolution at an aspect ratio of 16:9, ensuring unrivaled immersion you’ll have to see to believe. It’s also loaded with FreeSync technology, which means that the on-screen display will adapt to the game’s frames for vivid graphics and transitions.

This is all backed by HP’s renowned customer service, a 1-year warranty, and an environmentally friendly design. What’s not to love?

High Ground Overview:

  • Size: 25″
  • Panel Type: TN
  • Refresh Rate: 144hz
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • Sync: FreeSync

6. LG 27GL650F

LG 27GL650F-B 27 Inch Full HD Ultragear G-Sync Compatible Gaming Monitor with 144Hz Refresh Rate and HDR 10

If you’re seeking a slightly larger 1080p gaming monitor, the LG 27GL650F is a natural choice.

This baby boasts a stellar 144hz refresh rate, 5ms GTG response time, and FreeSync tech by Radeon. You can expect stellar performance that’s enhanced by outstanding color reproduction and fidelity⁠— enough to please even the most hardcore graphic sticklers.

As far as scoping out minute details, the IPS panel is the perfect choice for that as well. You can look forward to fantastic contrast and the blackest of blacks, which all-but-guarantees superior performance over your competitors. And speaking of beating the competition, the LG’s 1ms blur reduction offers smoother action while eliminating blur and tearing. It’s the ticket to the top of the leaderboards!

High Ground Overview:

  • Size: 27″
  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Refresh Rate: 144hz
  • Response Time: 5ms
  • Sync: FreeSync

7. ASUS VG278Q

Asus VG278Q 27" Full HD 1080P 144Hz 1ms Eye Care G-Sync Compatible Adaptive Sync Gaming Monitor with DP HDMI DVI

Still looking for a 27″ gaming monitor? The VG278Q by ASUS is a performance machine that offers a 1ms response time, 144hz refresh rate, FreeSync, and G-Sync. How’s that for versatility?

In terms of gameplay, the VG278Q sports exclusive GamePlus technology, which offers hotkeys for in-game enhancements and more. It also comes with Flicker-Free tech that reduces eye strain and filters our damaging blue light.

As for style? This ergonomically designed monitor features an immersive display with a stunning edge-to-edge TN panel. Top that off with the built-in 2W speakers and flexible connectivity port, and you’ve got a 1080p gaming monitor that’s sure to keep up.

High Ground Overview:

  • Size: 27″
  • Panel Type: TN
  • Refresh Rate: 144hz
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • Sync: FreeSync & G-Sync

8. ASUS VG248QG

Asus VG248QG 24" G-Sync Compatible Gaming Monitor 165Hz Full HD 1080P 0.5ms DP HDMI DVI Eye Care

The ASUS VG248QG is arguably the best 24-inch screen gaming monitor on the market.

It features a beautiful full 1080p display (16:9 aspect ratio). As with the other options, the screen is LED-lit, so you can rest easy knowing that you are doing right by mother nature.

The VG248QG also has a 165Hz ultra-fast refresh rate, delivering one of the best refresh rates a monitor can offer. Even fast-paced shooters will render seamless, buttery-smooth visual performance. And that’s on top of the 0.5ms GTG response time, which is sure to eliminate any chance of ghosting or blurring.

The ASUS VG248QG was built for gamers, and it’s one of the best 1080p monitors on the market.

High Ground Overview:

  • Size: 24″
  • Panel Type: TN
  • Refresh Rate: 165hz
  • Response Time: 0.5ms
  • Sync: G-Sync

9. Alienware AW2518H

Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor

You can tell that Dell is getting serious about gaming with their new line of Alienware gaming monitors.

Introducing the Alienware AW2518H. It’s so good that even pro gamer Ninja uses it! That’s because it boasts a 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time that’s sure to blow the competition away.

True to its name, this monitor sports a futuristic, otherworldly design that will surely impress. Dell didn’t skimp out on the stand part of this monitor either. It tilts, swivels, and even pivots! Whether you have the neck of a goose or a natural bobblehead, you can adjust this monitor to precisely the right height and angle to game comfortably all day long.

You’ll also find that you can customize the lighting effects on the backside of the monitor panel with AlienFX, much akin to Razer’s Chroma software. If money isn’t an issue, we highly suggest this monitor.

High Ground Overview:

  • Size: 25″
  • Panel Type: TN
  • Refresh Rate: 240hz
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • Sync: G-Sync

10. Acer Predator XB252Q

Acer Predator XB252Q Nvidia G-Sync Monitor

The Predator XB252Q is Acer’s answer to Dell’s Alienware monitor seen above. It also sports the best-in-class 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time.

Partnered with Nvidia G-Sync technology, you’ll have a seamless gaming experience with zero compromises. The built-in EyeProtect also keeps the panel flicker-free, which provides an ever-greater competitive advantage while reducing eye fatigue.

You’ll want to hook the XB252Q up via display port to get that ridiculous 240Hz refresh rate and enable G-Sync. Another thing to keep in mind is that the odds you running a modern game at a stable 240+ fps is very slim. Nevertheless, it’s always good to be future proof, and with those beastly new GeForce RTX cards now available, who knows? Of course, it also depends on the game you are playing (and a variety of other hardware factors(.

At the end of the day, this monitor is aimed at the competitive gaming scene. If you want to compete in the highest levels of your game, you can’t go wrong with this monitor.

High Ground Overview:

  • Size: 24.5″
  • Panel Type: TN
  • Refresh Rate: 240hz
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • Sync: G-Sync

1080p Gaming Monitor Guide Part I: General Thoughts on Purchasing a Gaming Monitor

Naturally, the greatest benefit of buying a brand new monitor will be in the beautiful, crystal clear visual experience. But the advantages of improved motion resolution, fast pixel response times, and detailed imagery cannot be discounted. Even for more casual gamers and those who enjoy single-player games, an excellent monitor goes a long way in enhancing the visual experience. However, finding the best 1080p gaming monitors can be a challenge, so we’ve done the heavy lifting for you.

Without a doubt, monitors have become one of the most complex pieces of gaming equipment. If you are having trouble deciding what you want, a good place to start is our guide to gaming monitors. It gives a great overview of the critical factors and vocabulary gamers should know to make an informed gaming monitor decision.

1080p Gaming Monitor Guide Part II: Advantages of a Gaming Monitor

Of course, the main advantage of a high-quality gaming monitor is that it, well, makes things look prettier. Competitive gamers will spend extra money on gaming monitors that sport low input lag and a faster refresh rate.

  • Better visual experience: One of the most enticing elements of purchasing a new gaming monitor is that you can fully experience every one of your games the way the graphics designers intended you to. The more vivid colors, blacker blacks, and whiter whites all in high definition detail not only looks pretty, but can help you notice neat details you might otherwise have missed. Or locate that sneaky bastard that’s on a knifing rampage in full camo.
  • More Responsive: There is a big difference between 240Hz and 60Hz, particularly if your computer is capable of pumping out a high FPS. Not only will it minimize the risk of screen tearing if you’re running at a high FPS, your screen is going to refresh twice as fast. In addition, gaming monitors usually feature a response time of less than 5ms, meaning images can be redrawn on the screen every 5 milliseconds. The higher the response time, the more accurate and fluid graphics will appear.
  • Latest features: 3D-ready displays, overlays, preset modes, fully adjustable stands, USB ports, panels with flexible viewing angles (though TN panels are considered best for gaming). Many of these gaming monitors have it all. They are engineering masterpieces made to deliver on all the factors that matter most to gamers.

1080p Gaming Monitor Guide Part III: Alienware AW2518H Review

If you’re still deciding on a 1080p gaming monitor, we’ve got a treat for you.

Brandon Taylor from Youtube takes you through the ins and outs of the Alienware AW2518H Monitor that’s featured at #9 on our list. It’s widely considered to be one of the best 1080p monitors currently on the market, so it’s well worth checking out. Plus, for the more visual learners out there, he shows off some of the coolest features found in today’s most popular displays.

Check it out below and leave a comment letting us know what you think about the AW2518H.

Further Reading

If you’re looking for an ultra HD monitor, be sure to check out our other pages on the subject: