Competing in gaming tournaments has more to do with skill than anything. That being said I’d be lying if I said that those with better equipment didn’t have a competitive advantage. Whether it’s lower input lag, smoother game play or presets that allow you to see more of the action your gaming monitor makes a difference.
Below I’ll give you a few tips for choosing a monitor as well as my thoughts on 10 good monitors from under $1,000 to $150 in 2015.
10 Low Input Lag PC Gaming Monitors for 2015
From $1000 to Under $150
Sure you could spend around $1,000 and get an amazing monitor for gaming. While some of you may be able to afford that I’m including all price points in this review. I’ll take you from the high-end to monitors that fit just about any budget.
1. Asus PG278Q ROG Swift
A few years ago a 1440p and 144Hz monitor with no input lag or screen tearing would have been a dream. In 2015, that dream is a reality if you have the money to pay for it.
The Asus PG278Q was released in late 2014 as the very first 1440p G-Sync option. True to the Republic of Gamers name it’s not only a quality product, it’s also jam-packed with features like complete tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustment.
G-sync is enabled through the DisplayPort 1.2 port so you’ll want to be sure beforehand that your graphics card is compatible.
Admittedly the Asus PG278Q ROG Swift monitor is only for the high-end PC gamer. Because of the lack of inputs console gamers wouldn’t even dream of purchasing this powerhouse. That being said if you have the money and want something that’s superfluid and responsive, this is the monitor to get.
2. Acer XB280HK G-Sync 4k Monitor
Going for the high-end crowd Acer released the first 144Hz and 4k G-Sync 3D monitor on the market in October of 2014.
While 4k gaming is a bit of a novelty it’s available to those who have the high-end graphics card/cards required to push their favorite games at this resolution.
More of an Experience than a Competitive Advantage:
Acer is advertising this to competitive gamers who want more screen real estate; however, I really see this product as more of a draw to those who simply enjoy the beauty of the games they play.
Overall you get a 4k G-Sync monitor with 0 tearing, a 1 ms response time, and a huge 28″ display. Inputs include 1 x DisplayPort and 5 USB 3.0 ports. Like the monitor above you won’t be using this one with your console; however, it’s truly only PC gamers that can currently enjoy gaming at this resolution anyway.
It’s a new experience to play and enjoy games in this way. If you pull the trigger on this one, just be sure you’ve got the right setup.
3. BenQ XL2420G – Great for Competitive Gamers
This is the first monitor on the list I’d recommend for competitive gamers. The 1080p resolution makes it is easier to achieve higher FPS numbers and with basically no input lag, a 1ms response time, and 144Hz refresh rate you get just about the most responsive monitor you can get. For twitch-sensitive competitive games, this is about as good as it gets.
The panel itself looks great with rich and accurate color reproduction for a TN panel.
Asus VG248QE Vs. BenQ XL2420G
While I still really like the Asus VG248QE as a 144Hz option, the BenQ XL2420G is clearly the winner vs. installing a separate kit on the VG248QE. In addition, the XL2420G has a hybrid engine design that allows you to switch between classic mode and g-sync mode and in my opinion looks slightly more crisp.
In addition, the XL2420G comes with distinctly BenQ options like Black eQualizer and uses Low Blue Light and ZeroFlicker technology.
If you’re going for a monitor for competitive FPS, this is my choice for 2015. For maximum responsiveness, you’ll want to be sure to cap your games at 120 FPS whenever possible simply because it leads to less input lag.
3 Good 144Hz Monitors
For a fast monitor that limits motion blurs many are still opting out of technologies like G-Sync and going with 120Hz+ monitors which use Lightboost technology to allow LCD monitors to have CRT-like motion clarity.
4. BenQ XL2430T
For the ultimate motion blur reduction option consider BenQ’s XL2430T which uses Motion Blur Reduction 2.0 for even more clarity throughout your gameplay. Unlike purely G-Sync options it’s also a bit more flexibile in terms of its connectivity having 2x HDMI 1.4 ports, 1x DisplayPort, 1x DVI, 1x VGA, 2x USB 3.0, 3.5mm headphone, and a 3.5mm microphone port.
This is a perfect monitor if you’re simply looking for a responsive monitor that eliminates blur. That being said it’s quite a bit more expensive than the Asus VG248QE and uses a similar panel albeit non-glossy screen. Ultimately, you’ll have to decide whether the exclusive BenQ features are worth the extra price.
5. BenQ XL2720Z
Similar to the monitor above but for around $50 more gives you a bit more screen real estate.
6. Asus VG248QE – A Great Budget 144Hz Monitor
If you’re looking for for fluidity and low lag without the cost of all the monitors above I highly recommend the Asus VG248QE. The responsiveness of this monitor won’t leave you behind and if you decide you want G-sync you can always upgrade by adding a kit later.
In addition it’s a great looking TN panel overall. The look and feel isn’t perhaps as great as some of the monitors above; however, the additional money you pay for those monitors is still not worth it to many gamers.
BenQ XL2430T A Strong Alternative to the VG248QE:
Following BenQ’s recent update to their original model there is another 144Hz monitor that I’d highly recommend. While it costs a little more than the VG248QE, the XL2430T has more features and comes ready with G-Sync. If you have to have G-Sync go with that rather than upgrading overall. Still at a $100 less than the XL2430T, the VG248QE will probably continue to be the more popular option.
7. BenQ GL2450HM
Looking to Go Pro?
If you’re looking to be a pro it’s a good idea to check out and practice with the monitors they are currently using. For MLG PC Gaming tournaments they currently list the GL2450HM from BenQ. This monitor has mainly been used for pro console tournaments as well as pro StarCraft 2 events although with its specifications it’s also good for FPS-genre games.
Not Always Available:
Like the once sponsored EVO tournament monitor that came before it the GL2450HM isn’t always available. The RL2455HM is an acceptable replacement.
Good Gaming Monitors For The Money
8. Asus VE247H A Low Lag Monitor Under $150
Can’t spend a fortune but want something with basically 0 input lag? Go with the Asus VE247H. It’s great for a single or multi-monitor setup.
9. ASUS VS278Q-P – A Budget 27-Inch Display
Asus monitors are widely used in the professional gaming community because they generally have some of the lowest input lag available. Details include a 1920 x 1080 resolution / 80M:1 DCR/ Gaming specifications include a 1ms response time, 10ms input lag with connections that include DisplayPort, DVI-D, and HDMI. For well under $250 it’s a good value for someone looking for a large responsive screen on a budget.
A VA Panel Monitor for Gaming
Although a G-Sync IPS option has been announced from Acer there’s still a lot of reasons to own a monitor that’s VA, IPS, or any of the multitude of names for non-TN panels. Color accuracy as well as panel quality are but a few.
10. Eizo Foris FG2421
You’re probably more familiar with Eizo for their pricey but best in the business photo editing and graphic design monitors. Breaking into the gaming market a few years ago they’ve been developing monitors for high-end gamers with quality in mind. At around $600 the Eizo Foris FG2421 is by no means cheap. What it offers is a crisp viewing experience with rich detail. This is accomplished by being the first true VA panel capable of supporting a 120Hz refresh rate.
VA vs TN Panel
Compared with a TN panel a VA, in general, has slightly higher response times. In trade you get much better contrast, wider viewing angles, and better all around performance. This particular panel excels with contrast giving you a static contrast ratio of 5000:1. In addition it’s an 8 bit panel that uses FRC to produce 1.07 billion. While it’s not the true 1.07 billion, it is good enough for those that may need to use this monitor for work and color accuracy.
The Eizo Foris monitor goes beyond 120Hz to Eizo’s claimed 240Hz by using their reduced motion blur system named Turbo 240.
Connectivity options are fairly decent with Dual-link DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI. Tilt, Height, Swivel adjustment, and 2 x usb 2.0 ports are also available.
The Eizo Foris has a 8.4 MS G2G response, and 9.8ms input lag (Turbo 240 Off) as shown in TFT Central’s review. This makes it ideal for use in gaming scenarios.
If you’re looking for clarity, wide viewing angles, and a better overall panel the Eizo Foris FG2421 makes a lot of sense in this price range. This may be especially important for content creators who will use this monitor to play games and edit videos or photos.
Compare Monitors Featured in this Post:
|Model||Price||Tech Specs:||Adjustment||G-Sync? Other Features|
|ASUS PG278Q ROG Swift 27-Inch||$800 - $900||1ms response, 1440p resolution, 144Hz refresh, 2.55 ms lag, DisplayPort 1.2, USB 3.0.||Tilt, Swivel, Pivot, and Height adjustment.||Yes. VESA compatible mount. OSD Joystick. Refresh Rate Turbo Key.|
|Acer XB280HK 28-inch 4K2K G-SYNC Display||$800||1ms response, 4k resolution, 60Hz refresh, DP 1.2, USB 3.0 x 5.||Tilt, Swivel, Height, and Pivot Adjustment.||Yes. Vesa Mount Compatible.|
|EIZO FORIS FG2421-BK||$600||8.4ms GTG,1080, 240Hz, 9.8ms (240 Turbo Off), DisplayPort, DVI-D, HDMI, 2 x USB 2.0.||Tilt, Height, and Swivel adjustment.||No. VA Panel with wide viewing angles and high contrast. Turbo 240. 5,000:1 static contrast ratio. 8 Bit+FRC|
|BenQ G-SYNC Hybrid Engine XL2420G||$500 to $600||1ms response, 1080p resolution, 144Hz refresh, 10ms display lag, DP 1.2.||Pivot, Swivel, tilt, and height adjustment. Vesa mount compatible.||Yes. Low Blue Light, ZeroFlicker, Black eQualizer, Low Motion Blur|
|BenQ 1ms GTG XL2720Z||$450||1ms,1080, 144Hz, 10ms, D-Sub, DVI, HDMI x 2, DisplayPort, USB Down x 3 and Up x 1.||Pivot, Swivel, tilt, and height adjustment. VESA mount compatible.||No. Flicker Free, Blur Reduction, low blue light, S Switch, Game Mode|
|BenQ 144Hz XL2430T||$400||1ms, 1080, 144Hz, 10ms lag, DVI-DL, HDMI 1.4, DP1.2, 1 USB 3.0, Pivot,||Swivel, tilt, and height adjustment. Vesa mount compatible.||No. Low Blue Light, ZeroFlicker, Black eQualizer, Blur Reduction 2.0,|
|ASUS VG248QE 144Hz||$250 to $300||1ms, 1080, 144Hz, 2ms lag HDMI, DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI-D.||Height, Pivot, Swivel, Tilt adjustment and VESA mount compatible.||No - Upgrade through G-Sync Kit.|
|ASUS VS278Q-P Ultrafast||$230||1ms, 1080, 60Hz, 10ms, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort||Tilt adjustment with Vesa Mount compatibility.||No. Splendid Video Intelligence Technology.|
|BenQ GL2450HM / BenQ RL2455HM 24-Inch||$200||1ms, 1080, 60Hz, 10ms, D-sub, DVI-DL/ HDMI x 2, Headphone Jack/ Line in.||Tilt Adjustment||No. Blur Reduction, FPS/RTS mode, Black eQualizer, ZeroFlicker Tech.|
|Asus VE247H||$140 to $160||2ms, 1080, 60Hz, 11ms, D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI.||Vesa mount compatible.||No. Asus Splendid Technology.|
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