5 Best Console Gaming Monitors for PS4 and Xbox One Reviews

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After spending 21 hours testing 11 different console gaming monitors, we finally concluded that the LG 27UK850-W is the best console gaming monitors for PS4 and Xbox One. Not only that this is from a reputable company but this also has all the premiums you could ask for when looking for. It also has the best graphics display among all the monitors we’ve tested - ever.

If you’re not interested in console gaming, though, then checkout our huge gaming monitor roundup.

Our Pick
LG 27UK850-W

LG 27UK850-W

The best 4K monitor for console gaming

The LG 27UK850-W is a 4K IPS monitor that supports HDR and is brought to you by one of the most trusted tech producers in the world: LG.

Sure, the LG 27UK850-W looks very nice with its very thin bezels, but it’s what’s on the inside that makes this monitor exciting.

To start, this is a 4K monitor with an IPS display. And that color is only going to get magnified even more with its HDR support. Just make sure that your console supports this feature. You can learn more about the HDR feature below.

If you also play on a desktop computer that runs an AMD graphics card, you’ll be able to utilize the built in FreeSync technology.

Best 4K Pick
Dell U2718Q

Dell U2718Q

A more affordable 4K monitor for console gamers

The Dell U2718Q has a 27-inch 4K gaming monitor with HDR and an IPS display.

From the thin bezels to most of the feature set, the Dell U2718Q is very similar to the LG 27UK850-W. This is one of the most popular gaming monitors for console players because the graphics display is even better thanks to the HDR technology. If you can’t afford the LG, then this might be a decent alternative since it costs over $100 less.

Another Great 4K Pick
ASUS VP28UQG

ASUS VP28UQG

A 4K console gaming monitor with FreeSync

The Asus VP28UQG is a perfect entry-level 4K console gaming monitor for competitive gamers thanks to its 1ms response time and its 28-inch monitor.

The Asus VP28UQG comes with Eye Care technology that reduces eye strain and ailments. If you also game on desktops, then you might find the FreeSync support useful as well. Just remember that this doesn’t have the best viewing angles.

A Competitive Pick
BenQ RL2755

BenQ RL2755

Great console monitor for competitive gaming

The BenQ RL2755 is one of the best 1080p monitors on the market with a 27-inch TN panel and 1ms response time you should have the edge every shootout.

If 4K monitors aren’t your type, then the 1080p BenQ RL2755 might just be the perfect choice for console gamers looking for the best gaming monitor under $200. Plus, it also has an ergonomic design for you to rest your controllers on. But because this is a TN panel, don’t expect the best graphics output.

Budget Pick
BenQ RL2455

BenQ RL2455

An inexpensive gaming monitor for console

You have a 60Hz refresh rate TN panel with a 1ms response time on a 24-inch gaming monitor.

Our budget pick is always something we are proud of, and the BenQ RL2455, which is just like the RL2755 except 3 inches smaller, is one of the better budget options for a PS4 gamer. It also has Black eQualizer technology that improves the dark colors without overexposing the bright areas for the best dim clarity in-game. Oh, and it also accommodates controllers, too.

How We Choose

We always start out by gathering a list of popular and reputable companies that are known to have manufactured quality monitors for many years now.

After we gather the candidates, we filter the pool and list the recent list of top-rated gaming monitors from different experts in the industry. Among these experts include IGN, PCMag, PC Gamer, etc.

Once we narrowed it down to 20 monitors, we checked the following criteria:

  • Panel type: IPS vs TN
  • Image quality
  • Size and resolution
  • Price
  • Ports
  • Adjustability

After spending hours of research, we then boiled down to 11 final candidates to test; this article presents the 5 winners.

Disclaimer: The monitors we tested were purchased and were not sent or sponsored.

Things to Consider When Buying A Console Gaming Monitor

Like any other gaming peripherals, buying a monitor should be taken into careful consideration. The sheer number of options you will have to narrow down already is a tedious task.

So, to make it convenient for you, we compiled all the specifics and features that you need to check and evaluate before finally making a decision.

Resolution

Resolution matters least when it comes to gaming monitors since 1080p is the max resolution supported by most games. However, if you’re using one of the newest console refreshes (Xbox One X, Xbox One S, and PS4 Pro) and want to play upscaled 4K games/watch 4K content on them, a 4K panel does become a good option.

If you only have a basic PS4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch, though, there’s no point in buying a monitor above 1080p.

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

You may have seen the HDR setting on your phones but what exactly does it do? It’s easier to understand if we first define Dynamic Range.

In simple terms, dynamic range is the measurement of how much the brightest area of an image differs from the darkest area. High dynamic range basically adjusts the image to make it look more true-to-life by improving and adding details to dark areas.

Monitors that support HDR are monitors that show clearer and better dark colors. This gives competitive gamers an edge since they will be able to see dark areas better.

But keep in mind that the following are the only HDR-capable game consoles:

  • Xbox One S
  • Xbox One X
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 4 Pro

Panel Type: IPS vs TN

IPS displays offer great color reproduction-- far better than your usual HDTV-- but not quite as refined as the full HDR-10 standard. When it comes to monitors, it’s the best viewing experience you can have, especially when you take the better viewing angles into consideration.

However, IPS generally sacrifices some response time (and asks you to sacrifice some extra money at the altar of capitalism). This may be a problem if you’re a dedicated, competitive-oriented gamer.

TN panels, on the other hand, are cheaper and have faster response times (usually 1ms compared to 5ms for most IPS panels), but are lacking in color reproduction and viewing angles, which might be relevant if you are planning on mounting your monitor or using a floor based console gaming chair.

You can learn more about the difference between an IPS and TN panel by checking our TN vs IPS vs VA article.

Response Time

Response time measures how long it takes for pixels to shift across the color spectrum. In layman’s terms, however, it’s a measure of input latency. The lower the input latency, the more responsive your gaming experience will feel.

Refresh Rate

Refresh rate isn’t really important for console gaming. All gaming monitors start at 60Hz-- which means it can run up to 60FPS-- and console gaming basically taps out here.

How We Tested

We didn’t just look at the monitor’s screen for hours to test them out. Instead, we specifically used the following tools to test the monitor’s accuracy and black levels.

  • i1Publish Pro 2 spectrophotometer for color tests
  • i1 Display Pro colorimeter for display calibration tests

Moreover, we also decided to measure the following areas for comparison:

  • Color accuracy
  • Gamma level
  • Color temperature
  • White and black luminance

At first, we thought we can just do the tests ourselves but no…

Instead, we specifically hired a professional in monitors to ensure that the monitors are tested correctly and according to the right process.

The 5 Best Console Gaming Monitor For PS4 & Xbox One

DetailsOur Rating
Our PickLG 27UK850-W

LG 27UK850-W

  • size: 27”
  • refresh rate: 60Hz
  • response time: 5ms
  • panel: IPS
  • resolution: 3840 x 2160
4.6/5
Best 4K PickDell U2718Q

Dell U2718Q

  • size: 27”
  • refresh rate: 60Hz
  • response time: 5ms
  • panel: IPS
  • resolution: 3840 x 2160
4.4/5
Another Great 4K PickASUS VP28UQG

ASUS VP28UQG

  • size: 28”
  • refresh rate: 60Hz
  • response time: 1ms
  • panel: TN
  • resolution: 3840 x 2160
4.3/5
A Competitive PickBenQ RL2755

BenQ RL2755

  • size: 27”
  • refresh rate: 60Hz
  • response time: 1ms
  • panel: TN
  • resolution: 1920 x 1080
4.2/5
Budget PickBenQ RL2455

BenQ RL2455

  • size: 24”
  • refresh rate: 60Hz
  • response time: 1ms
  • panel: TN
  • resolution: 1920 x 1080
4/5
#1

LG 27UK850-W

The LG 27UK850-W is a 4K monitor with an IPS panel. Just in case you were worried that this monitor wouldn’t make your eyes bleed from cheer beauty, it also supports HDR, which utilizes a broader range of colors to help actualize the worlds that game developers work so hard to create.

The HDR helps ensure that this has the best color reproduction amongst all of the IPS displays that we tested.

It supports HDR that will benefit gamers

This monitor is on the cutting edge and is the only one on this list that will accommodate the full capabilities of the PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, and 4K-capable PCs.

The 4K resolution is at the tip-top of the market standard right now, and will make your gaming experience look more beautiful than ever before, at least with the PS4 and Xbox One titles that are actually in 4K.

While the screen size is likely smaller than what most console gamers are used to, playing on a 27-inch display does have its benefits: it’s easier to react to things when your eyes don’t have to move as far.

At the back of the monitor you’ll see the following as long as IO is concerned:

  • DisplayPort 1.2
  • USB 3.1 Type-C port
  • 2 HDMI 2.0 ports
  • 2 USB downstreams
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

The monitor only has 1 OSD joystick that’s located underneath the LG logo. On top of that, this has an on-screen control option that lets you adjust the monitor’s settings with just a click of a mouse instead of having to physically press the OSD joystick.

There are also several picture settings to choose from. In fact, you can choose from different predefined gaming modes to give you the best display output when playing different game genres.

The only real downside is the high price-- at around $650, you could buy another console (or two). However, if you’re not interested in the Freesync support, which is only useful if you plan to also use this as a PC monitor beside AMD graphics cards, then you might want to check out our next option.

#2

Dell U2718Q

If you find the LG 27UK850-W to be a little too expensive or perhaps you don’t find the AMD FreeSync technology useful because you don’t plan on using it with an AMD graphics card or PC at all, then this is the second best investment.

Like our top pick, the U2718Q is a 27-inch 4K gaming monitor with an IPS monitor that also supports HDR.

Personally, we feel 27-inches is the sweet spot for 4K gaming monitors and makes sitting further away acceptable.

The Dell U2718Q is also a very sleek and professional looking monitor thanks to its thin bezels and metallic finish. To ensure it stays that way, the stand has an ergonomically designed cable management holder to make sure your monitor wires are kept tidy.

an ergonomically designed cable management holder

The monitor also has a myriad of adjustment options: you can adjust the height, tilt, pivot, and swivel; you can even mount it since it’s VESA compatible.

Though this has great graphics output, one downside is the 5ms response time.

one downside we noticed is the 5ms response time

While this monitor doesn’t have a joystick navigation button, like our top pick, it does have four tactile buttons located on the underside of the bottom-right bezel.

Looking at the In/Out ports on the back, there’s one HDMI 2.0 port, one DisplayPort 1.2, a USB 3.0 hub, a mini DisplayPort and a 3.5mm headphone jack output.

#3

ASUS VP28UQG

If you prefer performance and speed over graphics, this is the best console monitor according to out tests.

The Asus VP28UQG, like our personal pick and second pick, is a 4K resolution gaming monitor. However, it is 1-inch larger at 28-inches and boasts a 1ms response time thanks to its TN panel.

It also utilizes the Asus Eye Care technology to take care of your eyes by eliminating flickering and at the same time, lowers the blue light to reduce eye strain.

This has an ergonomically designed 5-way joystick that lets you change its settings-- brightness, color, etc-- via the on-screen display, or OSD. This joystick helps you make fast adjustments unlike less intuitive controls seen on some similar monitors.

Its 28” screen should guarantee you have the best views at a distance

That being said, the monitor is somewhat lacking in the aesthetic department. The nicest way to describe its base is,”It technically keeps the monitor standing.”

The stand also only allows for a basic tilt adjustment; no tilting, rotating, or anything of that sort here. And it lacks VESA support meaning you can’t offset the lackluster base.

Normally, this wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but since this is a TN panel, and as such has somewhat poor viewing angles, it can be hard to overcome if your resting surface doesn’t naturally compensate for this.

The In/Out ports aren’t really as complicated as the rest of the monitors on the list, you’ll see there’s only: 1 HDMI 2.0, 2x DisplayPort 1.2, and a 3.5mm headphone jack out.

Nonetheless, our testers still felt that it was one of the best monitors you could use while gaming on a Xbox One X or PS4 Pro.

#4

BenQ RL2755

The BenQ RL2755 is perfect for the everyman thanks to its great balance between affordability (it costs a little over $200) and features.

To start, this is a 27-inch gaming 1080p monitor. The 1080p resolution guarantees that you get Full HD images on the screen. Just make sure you’re facing the monitor straight on since the TN panel means that images tend to wash out from the sides.

The stand is ergonomically designed so you can conveniently rest your consoles

The overall build screams perfection for console gamers. The stand is ergonomically designed so you can conveniently rest your console controllers instead of just having them lay around.

Moreover, you also have a headset holder at the back for a more tidy setup when not playing games. The monitor only has tilt adjustments but it is VESA compatible so you can mount it to offset this problem (although that kind of makes the previous two pros moot…)

VESA compatible

This monitor is specifically optimized for gaming-- which can be seen in its 1ms response time-- so much so that BenQ’s RL-series of monitors are often used at console-based eSports tournaments.

This monitor’s settings are controlled using 6 buttons (including the power button) that’s somewhat located on the front of the monitor at the right-side bezel. Personally, I prefer this positioning since you can see what you are doing more easily than the traditional bottom of bezel or back of monitor setup.

The monitor also has 2x HDMI ports as well as a DVI-D port and a D-Sub input at the back. You also have a 3.5mm headphone jack and a line in audio. But honestly, the audio is only good as a backup if your headphones or speakers fail. (Pro tip: don’t let that happen.)

If you have an Xbox One, PS4, or Switch, then there’s nothing better in this price range.

#5

BenQ RL2455

Even if you’re on a short budget-- like short enough that the BenQ RL2755 is too much-- then this is still a good monitor for the PS4 and Xbox One. In fact, this monitor is nearly identical to the previous model except for being nearly $50 cheaper and 3-inches smaller.

The monitor has a 1080p resolution with a 24-inch screen. You may think that 24-inches is small, but it’s still the sweet spot for 1080p monitors. This is also a TN panel with a 1ms response time, which can give you an advantage over your opponent.

24” is still the sweet spot for 1080p resolution monitors

Aside from that, the physical build is also very similar to the RL2755 - but without the headset holder. It even comes with the same ergonomically designed stand that has a console rest to keep things tidy.

It also only has a tilt adjustment, but similarly supports VESA for all that wall mounting goodness.

As per connections this has an audio in headphone out HDMI2 HDMI DVI and a VGA.

As for connections, this has an audio in, headphone out, HDMI2, HDMI, DVI, and a VGA.

Gaming for long hours won’t be an issue as well because this supports Eye Care technology, which removes flickers and reduces the low blue light to reduce eye strain and fatigue.

Compared to the BenQ RL2755, the buttons aren’t located on the front of the monitor’s right bezel but are rather located on the right. They are, however, marked by a grey dot on the front to subtly indicate the location of the buttons.

There are loads of preset game modes you can choose from to give you the edge when playing games. If you’re an FPS player, then the preset monitor settings for FPS games should work well.

Alternatively, you can take advantage of the Black eQualizer setting, a gamma boost setting that brightens dark areas in game-- which is really good for competitive FPS gaming as this gives you the edge to see if there are enemies waiting to ambush.

If this is still too pricey, then you can possibly check out our best Gaming Monitors for Under $100.

Which Console Gaming Monitor is Best For You?

When looking to invest in the best console gaming monitor you need to take a lot into consideration, such as budget, image quality and resolution (HDR?), usage (PC and/or console?). It can get overwhelming fast, so we’ve recapped our picks.

  1. If money isn’t an issue and you just want the best gaming monitor for Xbox One or the best gaming monitor for PS4, then get the LG 27UK740-W. This 4K IPS monitor with HDR support will milk your console for all it is worth.
  2. If you don’t need the FreeSync technology, but still want great graphics, then the Dell U2718Q is a perfect choice.
  3. If you’re looking for the best 4K monitor for competitive console gaming, get the Asus VP28UQG.
  4. If you’re somewhat short on budget, however, then either the BenQ RL2755 or the BenQ RL2455 should give you a great  experience.

What monitor are you most interested in? Or are you currently using a great monitor that we didn’t mention? If so, then tell us in the comments and we might consider testing it in the future.

Source

  1. John Higgins, LG 27UK850-W MONITOR REVIEW, IGN, May 1, 2018
  2. Anton Shilov, ASUS Adds Entry-Level VP28UQG to Gaming LCD Lineup: 28”, 4K, FreeSync, 1ms, ANANDTECH, July 15, 2017
  3. Jason Cross, THE BEST 4K GAMING MONITORS, IGN, May 17, 2018

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