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What Is The Best Monitor Size For Gaming?

By October 23, 2017 10 Comments

best monitor size for gaming

Short Answer

It depends mostly on the resolution. A 24-inch monitor is good for 1080p and 27-inch monitors are good for 1440p and 4K.

Wondering what the best monitor size for gaming is? Well, it depends on the resolution you’re seeking. Nowadays, 1080p is not enough and will not hold for the future, so you will need to invest in either a 1440p monitor or 4K Ultra HD monitor.

Generally, most gamers use a 24-inch monitor, but you might like a 27-inch better if you have the budget and space for it. They’re better suited for 1440p and 4K UHD, which is what you want if you want to buy a new gaming monitor.

A gaming monitor is something you don’t replace quite so often, so be sure to make a good pick or otherwise you’re going to regret it.

Therefore, our official recommendation is that you get a 27-inch monitor with either 1440p or 4K UHD resolution. Do not get a 27-inch monitor with 1080p resolution and likewise do not get a 24-inch monitor with 1440p resolution, 4K is best for 28-inches to 30 inches. 32-inch and higher is too high for a gaming monitor.

For a brief overview of our recommendations, see the list below:

  • 23-inch: Not recommended
  • 24-inch: 1080p (fine choice, but won’t hold for the future)
  • 25-inch: 1080p (like the one above, not recommended because of 1080p and we do not recommend 1440p or higher on a 24-inch or 25-inch monitor)
  • 27-inch: 1440p (WQHD) or 4K (Ultra HD, UHD)
  • 28-inch: 4K (Ultra HD, UHD)
  • 30-inch: 4K (Ultra HD, UHD)

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  • Vit

    No mention about 34+ inch ultrawides?

  • Will Howie

    Wait, but why do you not recommend 1440p or higher on a 24-inch or 25-inch monitor??

  • Will Howie

    I’m curious why you don’t recommend 24-25 inch @ 1440p – I was thinking of getting the Dell S2417DG – as I was thinking 24inch is perfect for competitive gaming – and this would be crystal clear @ 1440p.

  • feral

    Dell S2417DG is great, just the colors are a bit off. 1440p is pretty crisp on 24 inches.

  • feral

    one minor problem is Windows scaling – sometimes stuff is quite small on the screen

  • Tom Evans

    Isn’t 4K overkill for 27 and 28 inch? I wouldn’t consider it with anything smaller than 32. The text would be way too small.

  • Depends on how far you sit from the monitor.

  • Klerk

    Q1: Since this article came out this site still recommends 1080p 27″ displays. What gives?

    Q2: I’m running a GTX 1060 6GB card. If I acquire a 1440p 27″ display, should I run in at 1080p in order to obtain the maximum refresh rate?

  • Roger Crawford

    Hi Klerk,
    We don’t recommend 27-inch 1080p monitors except in very specific scenarios. For example, there’s an affordable 27-inch 1080p monitor that’s curved, has a VA panel, and a 144Hz refresh rate and is a great budget choice, but for gaming only.

    You could run competitive games at 1080p to get the extra FPS, and when playing more graphically oriented games, you could switch back to 1440p for the better image quality!

  • Klerk

    Thanks. I’ll keep looking for that refurb’d IPS unicorn.