There has recently been an enormous surge in sales of PC monitors due to the need to work from home. If your work involves anything more than answering emails and simple web browsing, you are going to need a larger screen and what you find in a laptop. And if you want the best monitor for your money, forget about office-centric offerings and instead consider using a gaming monitor.

While there are plenty of monitors out there that are "strictly business" it's worth looking at gaming monitors that can easily do double-duty for work.

Long story short: Get a monitor that'll still be useful after you return to the office... get a gaming monitor for your work from home office.

Here is a list of highly rated monitors to consider for work and play:




Best FreeSync Monitors for Working from Home & Gaming

If you're rocking an AMD video card in your computer and have noticed tearing while gaming, it's time to grab yourself a FreeSync monitor. FreeSync allows your AMD graphics card to control the refresh rate of your monitor, so that it's in sync with the frame rate of the game, giving you a much smoother and better gaming experience. Most current AMD video cards support FreeSync, but it's always smart to double check before investing into a new monitor.

What is FreeSync?

FreeSync is a form of adaptive sync technology developed by AMD to deliver dynamic refresh rates—it's AMD's version of NVIDIA's G-SYNC. FreeSync however, is free-to-use, making FreeSync monitors generally much more affordable than G-SYNC monitors. Like G-SYNC, FreeSync helps get rid of stuttering and tearing by syncing the refresh rate of the monitor to the Radeon video card. This also helps reduce input latency.

FreeSync is also available with Xbox One consoles, so you can also use a FreeSync monitor to get a better gaming experience with your console.




1. Our Pick: Gigabyte AORUS AD27QD



This monitor from Gigabyte's AORUS sub-brand checks all the boxes you'd want for a gaming display. It's a 27" 1440p monitor with an IPS-panel from Innolux using Azimuthal Anchoring Switch (AAS) technology. It also has a response time of 1ms, clearly designed towards gamers. Although you'll find comparable specs with other monitors on the market, the AORUS AD27QD is also G-SYNC compatible, which means if you ever upgrade to a NVIDIA video card, you can take advantage of the company's proprietary G-SYNC technology without having to change your display. Another plus, this monitor is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified, making it an HDR-capable display.
Size27"
Aspect Ratio16:9
Panel TypeAAS IPS
Max Resolution2560 x 1440
Max Refresh Rate144Hz
Max Brightness350 cd/m²
Max Contrast Ratio1000:1
PortsHDMI, DisplayPort, 3.5mm, 2 x USB 3.0
Response Time1ms
VESA Mounting Interface100 x 100 mm





2. Best FreeSync Monitor on a Budget: ViewSonic XG2402



If you're gaming on a budget, this 24" ViewSonic monitor offers get performance without killing your bank account. It offers 1080p resolution, which is typical for 24" monitors, and a max refresh rate of 144Hz. To make it affordable however, it has a TN panel, which won't offer the best display performance, but it's more than adequate for gaming. Viewing angles with the TN panel won't be as good as you'd find on an IPS or VA, but it does sport a 1ms response time—which for most gamers, is more important than good viewing angles.
Size24"
Aspect Ratio16:9
Panel TypeTN
Max Resolution1920 x 1080
Max Refresh Rate144Hz
Max Brightness350 cd/m²
Max Contrast Ratio1000:1
PortsHDMI, DisplayPort, 3.5mm, 3 x USB 3.0 (1 x USB Type B)
Response Time1ms
VESA Mounting Interface100 x 100 mm





3. Best 4K FreeSync Monitor: Acer Nitro XV273K



Shopping for a 4K monitor with a high refresh rate is tough. In fact, you won't find very many 4K FreeSync monitors offering 144Hz, which is why the Acer Nitro XV273K is our recommendation. This 27" FreeSync monitor uses an IPS panel with max resolution of 3840 x 2160. It also has a response time of 1ms, meeting all the specifications we like to see with a gaming monitor. Just keep in mind, if you're planning to get high FPS while gaming in 4K, make sure your rig is up to the task.

This monitor is also G-SYNC compatible, although HDR won't work with G-SYNC. Speaking of HDR, this monitor doesn't offer dynamic contrast, so its HDR performance isn't the best.
Size27"
Aspect Ratio16:9
Panel TypeIPS
Max Resolution3840 x 2160
Max Refresh Rate144Hz
Max Brightness350 cd/m² (Native), 400 cd/m² (Peak, HDR Mode)
Max Contrast Ratio1000:1
PortsHDMI, DisplayPort, 4 x USB 3.0
Response Time1ms
VESA Mounting Interface100 x 100 mm





Best G-SYNC Monitors for Working from Home and Gaming

Got a NVIDIA graphics card in your computer? You'll want to take a closer look at a G-SYNC monitor if you want a better gaming experience. Recently, prices have dropped on G-SYNC monitors as more competition has entered the market so you're no longer having to pay a significant premium for the tech.

Now, it's worth noting that NVIDIA has enabled adaptive sync with certain FreeSync monitors, but the list of supported monitors isn't very lengthy. If you want a seamless solution to pair with your NVIDIA GPU, you'll want to invest into a G-SYNC monitor.

What is G-SYNC?

G-SYNC is a type of display technology that synchronizes display refresh rates to a NVIDIA GPU to eliminate screen tearing, minimize display stutter and input lag. The result is a smoother and faster gaming experience, and many who have experienced it have a hard time going back. If your video card is capable of pushing you past 100 frames per second (FPS) in the games you play, you'll want to take advantage of that performance with a G-SYNC monitor.

Below, you'll find our picks for the top G-SYNC monitors currently available, in a variety of sizes, screen ratios, and resolutions.




1. Our Pick: ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ



Our best overall pick comes from ASUS, with the ROG Swift PG279QZ. The 27" monitor features an IPS panel and a max refresh rate of 165Hz with 178-degree viewing angles. Max resolution is 2560 x 1440 and it delivers great visuals with its 1000:1 contrast ratio. With a slim 6mm bezel, it's also a great display for multi-monitor setups and comes equipped with built-in 2-watt speakers, although no real gamer will resort to using those.

This monitor comes with an ergonomically-designed stand with full tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustment for the perfect viewing position.
Size27"
Aspect Ratio16:9
Panel TypeIPS
Max Resolution2560 x 1440
Max Refresh Rate165Hz
Max Brightness350 cd/m²
Max Contrast Ratio1000:1
PortsHDMI, DisplayPort, 3.5mm, 2 x USB 3.0
Response Time4ms
VESA Mounting Interface100 x 100 mm





2. Best G-SYNC Monitor on a Budget: Dell Gaming S2716DGR



If you're shopping on a budget, the Dell S2716DGR is as good as it gets for an affordable G-SYNC monitor. Its major drawbacks are the TN panel and narrow viewing angles, but it delivers a 144Hz refresh rate and 2560 x 1440 resolution without emptying the bank account. It also has a very impressive 1ms response time, an extremely important specification for gamers. It won't offer the best picture quality of the bunch, but you'll have to sacrifice somewhere to save money.

Another benefit to this monitor is that it's often on sale, so keep an eye for any discounts. Dell also offers a 24" version that can be overclocked to 165Hz.
Size27"
Aspect Ratio16:9
Panel TypeTN
Max Resolution2560 x 1440
Max Refresh Rate144Hz
Max Brightness350 cd/m²
Max Contrast Ratio1000:1
PortsHDMI, DisplayPort, 3.5mm, 4 x USB 3.0
Response Time1ms
VESA Mounting Interface100 x 100 mm





3. Best 4K G-SYNC Monitor: Acer Predator XB273K



Rocking a 2080 Ti and want to enjoy 4K gaming at a high frame rate? The Acer Predator XB273K is the monitor for you, boasting 3840 x 2160 resolution and a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz when overclocked. It's a 27" offering with an IPS panel and a 4ms response time. It's also a certified VESA DisplayHDR 400 monitor, so you'll get great contrast and accurate colors to go along with that pixel density.
Size27"
Aspect Ratio16:9
Panel TypeIPS
Max Resolution3840 x 2160
Max Refresh Rate144Hz
Max Brightness350 cd/m² (Native), 400 cd/m² (Peak, HDR Mode)
Max Contrast Ratio1000:1
PortsHDMI, DisplayPort, 4 x USB
Response Time4ms
VESA Mounting Interface100 x 100 mm





4. Best Ultrawide G-SYNC Monitor: Dell Alienware AW3418DW



Ultrawide, 21:9 gaming is picking up steam, although there's still plenty of controversy with competitive games supporting the format. But if you're sold on ultrawide, Dell's Alienware AW3418DW is a top pick for G-SYNC. The 34" monitor has a resolution of 3440 x 1440 with an IPS panel, topping out at 120Hz when overclocked. It's a 1900R curved display to offer an immersive experience with ultrathin bezels.
Size34"
Aspect Ratio21:9
Panel TypeIPS
Max Resolution3440 x 1440
Max Refresh Rate120Hz
Max Brightness300 cd/m²
Max Contrast Ratio1000:1
PortsHDMI, DisplayPort, 3.5mm, 3 x USB 3.0
Response Time4ms
VESA Mounting Interface100 x 100 mm


 



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