The Best Monitors for FPS Games of 2021

The Best Monitors for FPS Gaming

FPS games have become one of the most popular genres in recent years. Classic FPS games like DOOM and Wolfenstein got excellent reboots, and battle royale games like Fortnite, Call of Duty: Warzone, PUBG, and Apex are the favorite games to stream and play competitively. 

A good gaming monitor is essential for these types of games. The ability to see enemies before they see you from a long-distance is crucial for success. We will help you determine which monitor is the best for you.

Our pick for the best monitor for FPS games is Alienware 25 AW2521HF monitor. Our definition of a good monitor is not the most expensive one, it’s the one that strikes the perfect balance between the price and quality, and this is the one that excels in that. 

The 10 Best Monitors for FPS Games:

1. Alienware 25 AW2521HF

Alienware 25 AW2521HF
Size25 inches
Resolution1920×1080
Refresh rate240hz
Panel TypeIPS
MBRAMD Freesync, G-Sync
ColorBlack

When you open the box of this new monitor, you will be immediately impressed by its build quality.  Sturdy plastic will ensure you years and years of gaming. 

Alienware 25 AW2521HF maybe has a confusing name, but the specs are very clear. It has a 25inch screen with a 1080p resolution. A 1080p resolution is more than enough for you to have a clear perspective of a game of Fortnite, Warzone, or some other battle royale.

A monitor has a refresh rate up to 240hz, which we expect at this price.  What will make most gamers happy is that it has a very long input lag and is great to look at from every angle. 

FPS gamers want their monitor to do two things. It must have the ability to render long distances and have a very good response time. Alienware AW2521HF performs well in both categories and is our choice for the best monitor for FPS games. 

2. LG 32GK650F-B

LG 32GK650F-B
Size25 inches
Resolution2560×1440
Refresh rate144hz
Panel TypeVA
MBRAMD Freesync
ColorBlack and Red

We have another mid-range model on our review list. The LG32GK650F-B isn’t exactly the tournament-quality monitor that you will use to dominate your enemies in the game of deathmatch, but it will be ideal when you get home from your work and school and just want to relax. 

Its response time isn’t ideal for the players that want the absolute best when they play shooters. It can be a bit laggy, but as a casual, you won’t notice it at all. 

But, the moment in which this LG monitor excels is when you enter dark corridors in your game. It’s uniform blacks provides you with the highest levels of immersion and works best with the atmospheric games. 

We would recommend this monitor to all gamers who like to play atmospheric shooters like Metro, STALKER, or Bioshock. While it is not for high-speed FPSs, its image quality is outstanding. 

3. BenQ Zowie XL2411

BenQ Zowie XL2411
Size24 inches
Resolution1920×1080
Refresh rate144hz
Panel TypeTN
MBRAMD Freesync
ColorBlack

BenQ offers some of the most budget-friendly monitors on the market. However, it’s even more impressive that they managed to give us a premium monitor at such a low price point. 

With the response time of one ms and the 144hz refresh rate, it’s easier than ever to afford a pro-quality monitor. A refresh rate of 144hz  is more than enough for most people, and only the specs fanatics or people that play games for a living are going to need more. 

If you love to play games at night, BenQ has the night mode that contrasts the colors differently to ensure that long gaming sessions don’t cause pain in your eyes. 

Not all gamers love to spend hundreds of dollars on every piece of their equipment. Sometimes, you just want to buy something cheaper. Cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean worse, and BenQ Zowie XL2411 proves that. 

4. Acer Predator XB271HU

Acer Predator XB271HU
Size27 inches
Resolution2560×1440
Refresh rate144hz, 165hz OC
Panel TypeIPS
MBRAMD Freesync, G-Sync
ColorBlack and Red

Acer is one of the most prominent figures in gaming, and its Predator series is their flagship. Predator laptops are one of the best on the market. But are their monitors any good?

We can safely say that Acer excels in every category. Even for such a high price, this monitor packs impressive hardware beneath the box. A 1440p resolution, 144hz refresh rate that you can overclock to a 165hz, 4ms response time will satisfy the needs of every pro gamer out there. 

Acer XB271HU even supports G-sync if you have an NVIDIA graphic card. Apart from the specs, one of the things that impress us constantly is the design. Predator series of hardware, alongside ASUS Rog, is one of the most beautiful pieces of hardware on the market. 

The only detriment to this is the price. Sure, it’s well worth it, but not every gamer has the money to buy premium hardware.

5. Samsung CRG9

Samsung CRG9
Size49 inches
Resolution5120×1440
Refresh rate120hz
Panel TypeVA
MBRAMD Freesync2
ColorBlack and Grey

So long, we only covered normal-sized monitors, but wait until you see Samsung CRG9. It is not 32 inches, not 43, but 49 inches long! When you sit in front of it, you will have the perspective of the whole battlefield(no pun intended).

However, it’s not only big, but it’s one of the best display qualities we have ever seen. If you have a monster of a PC, Gears 5, COD: Warzone, Apex Legends will look almost photorealistic. Not only that, with the monitor this size, you will be able to see every little detail on the map. 

Samsung CRG9 has HDR, which makes games even better. But, 120hz that it provides may be too low for this price. You have the 240hz option, but it costs even more. 

If you have the best hardware on the market, you could go for Samsung CRG9, but this is not a monitor for mid-range PC gamers. 

6. AOC G2590FX

aoc-g2590fx-8890050
Size25 inches
Resolution1920×1080
Refresh rate120hz
Panel TypeTN
MBRAMD Freesync, G-Sync
ColorBlack and Red

If you have compatible cable and want to have a monitor with a 144hz refresh rate, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money, AOC G2590FX is a perfect option for you. 

With the AMD Freesync, 144hz refresh rate, and 1080p resolution, it packs quite a punch with its specs. These lower-end monitors are proof that you don’t need a ton of money to have an excellent image in your games. Sometimes you just need a little knowledge and some advice to make a good purchase. 

For a cheap monitor, it is even fully compatible with the NVIDIA G-Sync, which some expensive models do not have. Sure, its image quality, even with that specs, comes nowhere close to a 1000$ monitor, but its price is its main selling point.

Budget gamers and casuals are going to be more than satisfied with this product.

7. ViewSonic XG270

viewsonic-xg270-4590587
Size27 inches
Resolution2560×1440
Refresh rate240hz
Panel TypeVA
MBRAMD Freesync, G-Sync
ColorBlack

ViewSonic is probably the best monitor designed for competitive FPS games. It is not the biggest, the most beautiful one, but also it is not the most expensive, and it offers impressive reaction speed, refresh rate, and color quality. 

XG270 has an impressive 240hz refresh rate and motion blur reduction, which will help you dominate your opponents in every deathmatch and free-for-all game. You don’t need to experiment much when you set it up. It already has FPS, MOBA, Battle Royale, and many more other modes preinstalled on it. 

The main drawback is that the 1080p resolution isn’t enough for some gamers. We do not mind it, but it’s a shame that a 240hz, a 27-inch monitor is only 1080p. But, for this asking price, it more than does its job. 

The world of competitive gaming is now closer than ever, and if you want to try yourself at competitive gaming, this monitor is a good starting point.

8. Pixio PX277

pixio-px277-5562329
Size27 inches
Resolution2560×1440
Refresh rate165hz
Panel TypeIPS
MBRAMD Freesync, G-Sync
ColorBlack

Pixio isn’t a well-known manufacturer like Acer, ASUS, LG, or Samsung, but it has some quality monitors. People often overlook these manufacturers, and that is a big mistake. They offer some serious products that are affordable and on par with the rest of the industry. 

Such as the situation with the Pixio PX277. It is a 165hz, 1440p monitor with HDR compatibility. These are serious specs that would cause envy of some more expensive models. 

What makes it good for FPS games is the 1ms response with the 165hz refresh rate which will ensure that your every game goes smoothly. Adrenaline-rush games such as Call of Duty Modern Warfare and Halo: Master Chief Collection will all work like a charm on PX277. 

9. ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ

ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ
Size27 inches
Resolution3840×2160
Refresh rate144hz
Panel TypeIPS
MBRAMD Freesync
ColorBlack and Red

The equivalent of 2080TI in the display world, the ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ is as good as they get. You will play in nearly photo-realistic worlds on this monitor. However, you will probably need 2080TI to unlock its full potential. 

Specs-wise, it doesn’t get better than XG27UQ. With a 4K resolution, 1ms response time, 144hz refresh rate, this monitor is perfect for pro gaming. It may cost a little bit more than your average display, but its sturdy built quality will ensure you years and years of gaming.

ASUS has made not only one of the most impressive hardware, but the most beautiful ones too. This thing is impressive to look at, and at the competitions, everyone will be impressed by it. 

It is easy to recommend a monitor that costs this much, but at least you always know it is good. ASUS easily enters our top 10 list with this product.

10. Razer Raptor 27”

razer-raptor-27-2485397
Size27 inches
Resolution2560×1440
Refresh rate144hz
Panel TypeIPS
MBRAMD Freesync, G-Sync
ColorBlack and Green

Razer is best known for its gaming accessories such as keyboards, mouses, headsets, and gamepads. With the Raptor, their goal is to infiltrate the display market. We can say that they have succeeded.

When you buy a Razer product, you always expect at least two things: build quality and a beautiful look. Razer delivered again on both fronts. It is a plastic monitor, but it is very sturdy and durable. Black combined with green and neon lights gives it a beautiful futuristic look.

The main concern with this monitor is: Will Razer nail the image quality? We are happy to confirm that the image is crisp, the colors are bright, it has a 144hz refresh rate and 4ms refresh time. Every gamer will be more than happy with these specs. 

Razer may be a new kid on the block in the monitor industry, but it is a veteran gaming manufacturer, and it shows.

Things to consider when buying a new monitor for FPS games

We listed our picks for the best monitors for FPS games. Whether you like story shooters like Doom Eternal, Wolfenstein New Order, or Far Cry, or you like multiplayer FPS games like Fortnite, Call of Duty, or Apex, there is an ideal display for you. 

If you still have doubts over which monitor is ideal for you, we have made short buyers guide to help you find the optimal choice for you.

Whether you are playing on a PC or a next-generation console, you always want to get the best value for your money. These are the things you should be looking out for.

Resolution

Resolution is the first factor that comes into play when you are choosing a new monitor. Today, 1080p, 1440p and 4K are the most common options. 

You need to realize that higher resolution doesn’t always give better graphics. On a 24 inch monitor, 1080p resolution outputs the same graphic quality as the 4K resolution. The difference is noticeable only on the bigger monitors such as 32-inch or 43-inch monitors.

Monitors with 4K resolution are very rare on the market. The standard is 1440p because the monitors don’t need to be bigger than 32 inches. 

If you plan to buy a 24-inch monitor, a 1080p resolution will be enough for you. For everything else, 1440p is the way to go.

Refresh rate

For FPS games, the refresh rate is an important factor, almost as important as the framerate. As you have probably seen from our list, 144hz is the most popular option, combined with FreeSync and G-Sync technologies.

When you jump from 60hz to 144hz, you will immediately notice the difference. It will probably improve your own gameplay by a significant margin. Everything beyond that is not so obvious. 

Even if you are a pro gamer, you won’t need more than a 144hz monitor. With the new consoles and the new series of graphic cards, 144hz will become a standard, and you should not bother with buying a monitor with a higher refresh rate.

Monitors vs. TVs

When you say FPS, you immediately think of a PC. But, from the days of the Xbox 360, console gamers are a big part of the FPS gaming community. The question is: if you play on TV, should you switch to a monitor?

The answer is: yes and no. 4K TVs will become the new standard in the upcoming years. Your living room can become an ideal place for gaming.

But, TVs often don’t have the specs that you need for professional gaming. Their refresh rate is subpar, and gaming TVs are expensive. 

If you are a casual gamer, TV is more than capable of giving you the best enjoyment. But for professional gamers, even on the consoles, a good monitor is a must.

Price

Gamers and gaming sites always love to talk about specs. Everyone wants to show off their new PC capabilities. But when it comes to the prices, everyone remains silent. 

The irony is that for most people, price is the deciding factor of a purchase. All of us love to talk about the specs, the one thousand dollars worth monitor or headset. But the reality is that not all of us can afford all that.

The first thing you need to decide is your price range. For every price range, there are at least two, three good monitors. Not having money doesn’t always mean that you will end up with a bad monitor. Always be smart with your purchase. 

Conclusion

A good monitor is an integral part of your gaming set. Whether you play MOBAs, Strategies, RPGs, or FPS games, response time and crisp picture are an essential part of your gaming experience. But, specs do not matter. The only thing you need when you come home from work or school is the comfort of your chair, a good game, and a beautiful screen to look at. We can rest assured that we have chosen the best monitors for FPS games for you.

This article was last updated on August 30, 2021 .

By Denis Loncaric

My name is Dennis. I have been in the tech business since 2005. I have always been interested in music production, equipment, and sound in general. I work full time as a studio drummer. I've done more than 9000 live gigs and more than 500 sessions. Mixing music and using tech is my passion.