12 Best Gaming Monitors for Xbox Series X, Series S in 2020

The Xbox Series X is on the horizon, and picking the best monitor for Xbox Series X is a tricky task. Too many specifications to keep an eye out for, and too many options available make it difficult. And this is why we have reviewed some of the best models out there. It’s worth mentioning that these are also some of the best gaming monitors for the Xbox Series S.

To make things even better, in case you still don’t understand all the difficult terminology that surrounds monitors, we’ve also got a buyers guide that shows you the things you should be careful about when choosing a gaming monitor for Xbox Series X.

4K Monitors for Xbox Series X?

With confirmed high refresh rate capabilities at 4K, this is the type of monitors that most of the consumers will want to end up with. There are plenty of good 4K, 120Hz monitors out there, at various display sizes, and with various panel types. So if you want to fully take advantage of the new Xbox Series X, that’s the type of monitor you need.

8K Monitors for Xbox Series X?

On the other hand, the story is a bit different with 8K monitors. Yes, technically, 8K gaming is possible, but the experience will be very far from what you’d expect. Most of the titles you’ll find at the moment are only 4K, and even if you do find some that are 8K, chances are that you’re looking at upscaled content. The same applies for movies and TV shows – they’re seldom in 8K, and that won’t change soon. It will take a while. At this point, we’d suggest saving your money and not going for an 8K monitor.

Xbox Series X HDMI 2.1 Monitors?

Previously, one of the limitations that kept consoles at lower refresh rates was the bandwidth of HDMI 2.0. But with HDMI 2.1 on the Xbox Series X, that’s no longer a problem and you can get high resolutions, at high refresh rates. However, most of the monitors don’t really support that yet, so you will probably want to wait a bit for that.

Best Gaming Monitors for Xbox Series X and Series S

1Acer Predator XB273K

Display Size: 27” | Panel Type: IPS | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Refresh Rate: 144Hz | Response Time: 1ms | Adaptive Sync: G-Sync Compatible | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Inputs: 2x Display Port, 2x HDMI

Key features:

  • VESA Certified DisplayHDR 400 support
  • Shade shield to prevent lighting obscuring your game
  • 90% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage
  • Quantum Dot IPS panel

People who are ready to spend a bit more for an Xbox Series X monitor will find that the Predator XB273K by Acer is one of the best monitors you can get. It checks all the boxes for a great experience, and it comes with zero compromises in performance.

The panel itself is an IPS panel with a 27” diagonal. The color reproduction of the Quantum Dot panel is beautiful, and so are the viewing angles. You get a 90% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage, which is pretty great. The average Delta E is less than 1, something you don’t often see with gaming monitors.

To add to this, you’re looking at a 4K panel with a 144Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time. What more could you be looking for? This is pretty much the perfect gaming panel for the Xbox Series X, and you also get Nvidia’s G-Sync adaptive sync.

While yes, this is an expensive monitor, if you’re looking for a no-compromise solution that you’ll enjoy gaming on, it’s pretty much your best bet. And the shade shield and DisplayHDR400 support only sweeten the pot.  

2AOC CQ27G2

Display Size: 27” | Panel Type: VA | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Refresh Rate: 144Hz | Response Time: 1ms | Adaptive Sync: FreeSync | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Inputs: 1x Display Port, 2x HDMI

Key features:

  • 1500R curved display for an immersive experience
  • Over 120% coverage of sRGB color gamut
  • Height adjustable stand
  • Frameless design with ultra-slim bezels

AOC is pretty much the king of value monitors nowadays, and the CQ27G2 hits the nail on the head in that regard. It’s an excellent gaming panel that keeps the price reasonable and comes with a few nice things you won’t find with many other models.

To begin with, you’re looking at a 27” VA panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. This is great, because you get excellent sharpness and a rather large panel overall. The refresh rate is 144Hz, and you have a 1ms response time, for an overall excellent gaming experience. There is also AMD’s FreeSync, so you won’t have to deal with screen tearing or artifacts when gaming.

On the outside, it’s worth mentioning that this is a curved panel with a 1500R curvature. This helps immersion a bit, even though curved panels aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. But if they are yours, it does look great. The bezels on the sides and top are rather minimal, which we love, and the stand is pretty modern without being massive. You get plenty of adjustments on it, too.

Add to this things like 120% sRGB color gamut coverage and a rather extensive warranty, and you’ve got yourself a great monitor for the Xbox Series X.

3LG 27GL83A-B

Display Size: 27” | Panel Type: IPS | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Refresh Rate: 144Hz | Response Time: 1ms | Adaptive Sync: G-Sync Compatible | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Inputs: 1x Display Port, 2x HDMI

Key features:

  • Stunning IPS panel with 99% sRGB coverage
  • Ultra slim bezels
  • HDR10 support for more realistic images
  • Ergonomic, adjustable stand

It’s not just the gaming-oriented brands that have excellent monitors for the Xbox Series X – just look at LG’s UltraGear 27GL83A-B. It’s a phenomenal gaming monitor that does come at a somewhat high price point but checks all the boxes for a great Xbox experience.

To begin with, the 27” IPS panel comes with some of the best color reproduction and viewing angles we’ve seen on a gaming monitor. It’s a stunning sight, and you’ll be able to enjoy visuals like you’ve never seen before. To make things even better, this is a 1440p panel with a 144Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time, which makes the gaming experience as smooth as it gets for the Xbox. Oh, and did we mention Nvidia’s G-Sync compatibility is present, too?

On the outside, the LG has a rather sleek and professional appearance. The bezels are slim on the sides and top, and the stand is a compact, all-black affair that doesn’t take up a lot of desk space. You get the height and tilt adjustability, and you can even rotate the monitor 90 degrees if you want to. Even though pricey, this is a great choice for the Xbox Series X.  

4ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q

Display Size: 43” | Panel Type: VA | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Refresh Rate: 120Hz | Response Time: 4ms | Adaptive Sync: FreeSync 2 | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Inputs: 1x Display Port, 3x HDMI

Key features:

  • The massive 43” panel is perfect for consoles
  • HDR600 display gets you realistic colors
  • FreeSync 2 removes any artifacts while gaming
  • Built-in 10W speakers

For many, the idea behind console gaming is to be able to relax on a couch and game on a massive display, and that is the motivation behind ASUS making the excellent ROG Strix XG438Q. It’s sized similarly to a TV, yet it’s a gaming monitor with all the bells and whistles.

To begin with, this is a 43” 4K panel. This means that it’s not meant to go on a desk, but instead, in a room where you have a few meters of space between you and the monitor. It’s a VA panel instead of IPS, but it still gets you excellent colors and viewing angles, with the added bonus of deeper blacks and a better contrast ratio.

As far as gaming goes, you do get a 120Hz refresh rate, and a 4ms response time, which is pretty good for an overall excellent experience on the Xbox Series X. And to make things even better, ASUS have to include things like two 10W speakers, as well as FreeSync 2 adaptive sync. Yes, it might be expensive, that’s for sure. But if you want the big screen experience without compromising on gaming features, this is what you need.

5Sceptre E248B

Display Size: 24” | Panel Type: IPS | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Refresh Rate: 165Hz | Response Time: 1ms | Adaptive Sync: FreeSync | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Inputs: 1x Display Port, 3x HDMI

Key features:

  • Ultra-fast 165Hz refresh rate
  • IPS panel with anti-flicker and blue light shift for stunning colors that won’t damage your eyes
  • Built-in speakers
  • VESA mounting capability

Not everyone who’s getting the new console is also prepared to spend a lot of money on a monitor, and if you’d rather go for a budget pick, the Sceptre E248B could be a good option. It isn’t the largest panel out there, nor does it have the highest resolution, but it still offers a great experience at a reasonable price.

First things first, you’re looking at a 24” IPS panel with a 1080p resolution. In and of itself, this isn’t particularly impressive until you consider the price, but it is still good enough for a nice gaming experience. The panel comes with a 165Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time, so the gaming experience is pretty good. AMD’s FreeSync also helps out a bit, too.

On the outside, you get a stand with little to no adjustability, but there is VESA mounting capabilities so if you want better ergonomics, a stand is certainly an option. To add to this, the built-in speakers do a decent job, but for better sound, it’s definitely recommended to go for a dedicated pair. Overall, this is a great panel for users on a budget, and will definitely get you a decent enough experience.  

6Samsung C32HG70

Display Size: 32” | Panel Type: VA | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Refresh Rate: 144Hz | Response Time: 1ms | Adaptive Sync: FreeSync | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Inputs: 1x Display Port, 2x HDMI

Key features:

  • 1800R curvature for an immersive experience
  • Quantum Dot QLED panel for lifelike colors
  • HDR support
  • Arena Lighting backlight on the stand

Samsung’s high-end gaming monitors are definitely making a lot of noise lately, but that’s not all the company has to offer. Just look at the C32HG70, a great pick for a midrange panel that does everything you want it to for gaming on the new Xbox Series X.

This is a rather large 32” display, with a 2560 x 1440 resolution. Sure, this isn’t the sharpest 1440p monitor we’ve seen, but at the right distance, this isn’t something you’ll notice. You also get a VA panel with respectable color reproduction and a pretty great contrast. The blacks in particular, thanks to Samsung’s Quantum Dot technology, are really good.

Gaming will be a rather smooth affair thanks to the 144Hz refresh rate and the 1ms response time. And if the Xbox Series X, for some reason, can’t get there, you have AMD’s FreeSync to help smoothen things out and eliminate any possibility for issues.

Overall, the C32HG70 is an excellent pick for people who don’t want extreme sharpness, and would rather get a slightly larger panel. We also shouldn’t forget the Arena Lighting on the back, which improves the overall ambient, and adds a nice finishing touch to the monitor.

7Alienware AW2518HF

Display Size: 25” | Panel Type: TN | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Refresh Rate: 240Hz | Response Time: 1ms | Adaptive Sync: FreeSync | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Inputs: 1x Display Port, 1x HDMI

Key features:

  • Futuristic design with beautiful, adjustable stand
  • Lightning-fast 240Hz TN panel
  • Gaming-oriented on-screen menus
  • AMD FreeSync eliminates artifacts

There aren’t a lot of gamers who haven’t heard of the Alienware brand, Dell’s gaming subsidiary. And while the general opinion is that they have overpriced hardware that isn’t worth it, the AW2518HF is somewhat of an exception to the rule.

This is a 25” 1080p panel that’s meant to be as fast as possible and is primarily meant for competitive gaming. And even though you can’t fully take advantage of this with an Xbox Series X, it comes with a 240Hz refresh rate which is smoother than anything else we’ve seen. What you will notice, however, is the TN panel – the colors are good, but nothing to write home about. The viewing angles, however, aren’t particularly impressive. Paired with the 1ms response time, yes, it is a fast panel, but the image itself could’ve been better.

On the outside, the AW2518HF has a rather futuristic look. The stand itself offers plenty of adjustments, and looks modern and sleek, while the bezels are pretty slim on three sides, the bottom being the exception.

At the end of the day, this might be the go-to panel for fast-paced competitive gaming, but it’s a real shame you won’t be able to fully take advantage of it with the Xbox Series X.

8LG 27UL500-W

Display Size: 27” | Panel Type: IPS | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Refresh Rate: 60Hz | Response Time: 5ms | Adaptive Sync: FreeSync | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Inputs: 1x Display Port, 2x HDMI

Key features:

  • Beautiful, elegant stand
  • 98% coverage of the sRGB color gamut
  • HDR10 compatibility
  • FreeSync eliminates any artifacts

Not everyone who’s getting the Xbox Series X wants to play at high refresh rates. For some people, 60Hz is enough, provided they have a good, high-resolution panel with beautiful colors. And for those people, the LG 27UL500-W hits right at home.

This is a 27” IPS panel with HDR10 compatibility and 98% coverage of the sRGB color gamut. In layman’s terms, this means that you have stunning colors regardless of which angle you’re looking at it, and the visual experience is unmatched. It’s a sight to behold. However, as we mentioned, the 60Hz refresh rate and 5ms response time aren’t particularly impressive.

On the outside, the 27UL500-W has a sleek, modern design. The bezels are pretty slim, and the stand takes up very little space. We would’ve liked to see a more adjustable stand, but LG has included VESA mounting capabilities, so you can have it on a monitor arm.

Overall, the 27UL500-W UltraFine monitor is meant to provide beautiful colors and a sharp image, and in that, it succeeds rather well. But will it satisfy the gamers’ desire with the Xbox Series X, we aren’t too sure.

9LG 32GK650F-B

Display Size: 31.5” | Panel Type: VA | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Refresh Rate: 144Hz | Response Time: 1ms | Adaptive Sync: FreeSync | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Inputs: 1x Display Port, 2x HDMI

Key features:

  • Large 31.5” VA panel
  • Fast 144Hz refresh rate
  • Extremely slim bezels
  • Highly adjustable stand

LG’s UltraGear lineup has some nice models, many of which come with excellent features, making them perfect for the Xbox Series X. The 32GK650F-B is one of those models, and with a rather reasonable midrange price, it does outshine most of its competition.

As the name might indicate, this is a 31.5” panel, and you’re looking at a VA panel type with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. Yes, this is far from the sharpest 1440p panel you’ll come across, but it isn’t bad by any means. If you put it at the right distance, you won’t even notice the sharpness. On the other hand, you’ll notice the smooth 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time at any distance, because you get a very smooth experience overall.

This monitor is just as good on the outside as it is on the inside. The bezels are pretty slim on the sides and top, and the all-black design will appeal to everyone, including people who aren’t too crazy about the gamer aesthetic. The compact stand does get you height adjustability, and you can even tilt, swivel, and rotate the monitor, too. It’s a great choice if you don’t require the absolute best in terms of sharpness.  

10BenQ EX2780Q

Display Size: 27” | Panel Type: IPS | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Refresh Rate: 144Hz | Response Time: 5ms | Adaptive Sync: FreeSync Premium | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Inputs: 1x Display Port, 2x HDMI, 1x USB-C

Key features:

  • 95% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut
  • Included remote control for easy navigation
  • 2.1 channel audio system
  • USB-C connectivity

If there is one thing that’s severely lacking with most of today’s gaming monitors, it’s standout features that will set them apart from the competition. And while at first, BenQ’s EX2780Q might seem like just another gaming monitor, it does have a few nifty tricks up its sleeve. But, let’s take a look at the key things first.

The monitor itself has a diagonal of 27”, and an IPS panel with a 1440p resolution. This is pretty much the sweet spot when it comes to sharpness, and you’ll love the experience. The colors are great, and so are the viewing angles, which is important for gaming on the Xbox Series X. To make things even better, you’ve got a 144Hz refresh rate. On the other hand, the 5ms response time isn’t too impressive, but hey, it’s not bad either.

Those tricks we mentioned earlier? Well, the first one is the included remote control that lets you play with the settings, and the second one is USB-C connectivity. Oh, did we mention the 2.1 audio system with two speakers and a subwoofer? Yes, that too. The EX2780Q is pretty great.

11ASUS VP28UQG

Display Size: 28” | Panel Type: VA | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Refresh Rate: 60Hz | Response Time: 1ms | Adaptive Sync: FreeSync | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Inputs: 1x Display Port, 2x HDMI

Key features:

  • Large 28” panel with a 4K resolution
  • ASUS Eye Care technology protects your eyes
  • FreeSync eliminates artifacts while gaming
  • Easy monitor settings access with the 5-way joystick

A lot of people seem to think that getting a 4K panel will set you back a lot of money, but the ASUS VP28UQG is sheer proof that that’s not the case. It gets you a decent gaming experience, with a few compromises to help keep the price reasonable.

The one thing where ASUS didn’t compromise, however, is the sharpness – you’re looking at a 4K panel with a 28” diagonal, which is noticeably sharper than something like a 27” 1440p panel. This is great, especially if you’re going to be placing the monitor somewhere close to you. What is not all that great is that you only have a 60Hz refresh rate, even though there is a 1ms response time. If you were hoping to get those high refresh rates that the Xbox Series X can offer, that unfortunately won’t be the case with the VP28UQG. You do get FreeSync, though, and that’s a nice addition.

Aside from this, ASUS has included their Eye Care technology that protects your eyes when you’re looking at the monitor, as well as a 5-way joystick for intuitive settings control. Sure, this isn’t the most impressive 4K panel out there, but if resolution and sharpness matter more than refresh rate, it’s the one to get.

12ASUS VG278QR

Display Size: 27” | Panel Type: TN | Resolution: 1920 x 1080| Refresh Rate: 165Hz | Response Time: 1ms | Adaptive Sync: G-Sync compatible | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Inputs: 1x Display Port, 1x HDMI

Key features:

  • Fast 165Hz refresh rate
  • G-Sync compatibility
  • ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur) support
  • Highly adjustable stand

When it comes to fast panels and keeping the price reasonable, ASUS has a pretty strong grip on that part of the market. The VG278QR is right in that spot, coming with a not-that-high resolution, and a fast panel with excellent performance.

This 27” monitor has a resolution of 1920 x 1080, which although not impressive, is still standard nowadays. What is not standard, however, is the combination of a 165Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time. This is all thanks to the TN panel, though, so you won’t get the stunning colors and viewing angles of an IPS model. On the other hand, this performs rather well for a TN panel, which is definitely something to consider as well.

Two other things that help improve gaming performance are G-Sync compatibility, and ELMB support which significantly reduces motion blur in games. This combination does make a significant difference in-game.

Pair this with a subtle, yet futuristic design, and a stand you can adjust in pretty much any direction, and you’ll see why the VG278QR is a great choice for the Xbox Series X.

Things to look for in a gaming monitor for Xbox Series X

When you’re done looking at the options above, it’s worth mentioning that there are a few notable things to keep in mind while shopping. These should help you decide which features are worth getting, and which you shouldn’t worry about too much.

Display Size

When buying a gaming monitor for the Xbox Series X, the display size depends on the distance you will be looking at the monitor from. If you’re going to set it up on your desk, and you’ll be close to the monitor, we would recommend sticking to a size of 24” to 27”. Anything in between is large enough for an immersive gaming experience, but not too large, so it won’t cause any excessive eye strain.

Another thing to note is that if you’re going to be setting up the monitor at least a meter or two away from you, you should go for a panel that’s at least 32” in diagonal. The bigger, the better, because you don’t want to lean forward all the time because you can’t see the details.

As far as display size goes, it’s basically a matter of finding the right balance, and it all depends on where you’ll be setting up your Xbox Series X monitor.

Panel Type

Which panel type you go for greatly depends on the budget you’re dealing with. There are three main options – TN, VA, and IPS.

TN, or twisted nematic, are the cheapest panels to make, which is why they’re often found in a lot of budget monitors. The one thing they are good at is speed, both in terms of refresh rate and response time. This is exactly why most professional gamers use TN panels. However, they have terrible viewing angles, and colors look washed out when you’re looking at them off-axis. For this reason, we’d recommend avoiding them for a console gaming experience.

VA, or vertical alignment, is next up in terms of pricing, and they’re in many ways a sweet spot between TN and IPS. The colors are much better than TN, and so are the viewing angles, even though they aren’t exactly IPS level. The panel response times aren’t bad either, and you can easily get 165Hz refresh rates with a 1ms response time, and little to no ghosting. Many midrange monitors opt for a VA panel, and unless you want to spend a lot, we can easily recommend them.

IPS, or in-plane switching, is the last type of panels you should know about. They’re expensive to make and usually reserved for higher-end gaming monitors, but the visual experience they offer is unmatched. The colors are really stunning, and you oftentimes get things like HDR or significant coverage of certain color spaces and gamuts. To add to this, the viewing angles are also great. Regardless of which angle you’re looking at them from, the colors look great, and they won’t be washed out or look bad. The one downside IPS panels used to have was the combination of refresh rates and response times, but with recent panels that is all taken care of, and you can enjoy 1ms response times and refresh rates of over 144Hz, with zero problems. If you can afford to spend a bit more for your monitor, by all means, go for an IPS panel – you’ll love the experience.

Resolution

With the Xbox Series X being capable of 8K, you would think that that is the resolution you want to go for. And you would be wrong because the entire 8K experience will be average at best. Instead, you shouldn’t look past 4K. With a 4K monitor, you will enjoy high-resolution gaming without any issues, since most games will be optimized to run at not more than 4K. But, if you want to get better framerates and a somewhat better experience, you could even go for a 1440p monitor, too. If you’re going to set it up further away from you, this isn’t a difference that will be too obvious. It’s a matter of picking what you can afford, and what looks good in your specific use case, but don’t go higher than 4K – that’s more than enough for the Xbox Series X.

Refresh Rate

The refresh rate is something that’s being talked about quite a bit in the past few years, and for good reason. With 60Hz being the standard refresh rate, anything over that is actually noticeably smoother. Xbox Series X will support high refresh rate gaming, and that’s certainly something you should go for. The cap, however, is set at 120Hz, but most of the monitors you’ll come across are either 144Hz or 165Hz. Some will even go up to 240Hz, but that’s not something you will be able to take advantage of with the new Xbox.

If you’re getting a monitor that is solely for the new console, we would suggest that you stick to around 144Hz, provided you can afford one, because they still aren’t as cheap as we’d like them to be. This will result in a rather smooth image which you can enjoy whether you’re playing single-player or multiplayer games.

Response Time

The response time is the next thing you should keep in mind, and it basically indicates how long the monitor’s panel takes to shift from one color to another. With most gaming monitors, this is the GtG response time or Grey-to-Grey. The good ones tend to have a 1ms response time, but that’s often the costliest of the bunch.

A good compromise would be 4ms or 5ms, which isn’t too much of a difference. If you aren’t playing competitive games where every millisecond matters, this is something you can do with, as it won’t cause you any issue. Anything higher than 5ms isn’t that good, honestly, and if you’re used to a fast panel, will cause issues.

Adaptive Sync

The new Xbox Series X will support AMD’s FreeSync technology, which is an adaptive sync tech made to eliminate any kinds of artifacts or screen tearing when you’re gaming. Of course, the monitor should support that as well, and we would strongly advise that you get one that has it.

What you’re getting is a monitor that will automatically synchronize the refresh rate with what your GPU (or in this case, console), can output at that resolution and with those settings. If you’re playing a game the Xbox can’t push at 120Hz, for example, the monitor will lower the refresh rate without artifacts.

Video Inputs

Last but not least, you should consider the monitor’s inputs. If you’re going to be gaming at 4K and 120Hz, you’ll want a monitor with HDMI 2.1, due to the increased throughput version 2.1 offers. However, if you aren’t going for a high resolution or a high refresh rate, even HDMI 2.0 will work.

Final thoughts

At the end of the day, just about any of the aforementioned monitors will work well with the Xbox Series X. It’s all a matter of choosing which one will work best, and how much you’re willing to spend because there are some wallet-friendly ones and some truly expensive models. See how you’re going to be using it, what kind of budget you’re working with, and what you need most in terms of specs, and enjoy your shopping!  

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