There’s a reason why gaming monitors is a category by itself. Unlike professional monitors that strive for colour accuracy and a wider gamut, gaming monitors focus on their ability to function at a higher frame rate or frequency. That’s the only they’re going to be able to keep up with the latest and greatest games launching in the market. In terms of technology trends, nothing changed severely in the gaming monitors space in 2016 when compared to 2015 – most of the gaming world’s busy gearing up for VR, and monitors seem low on everyone’s radar. NVIDIA G-Sync enabled monitors kept launching at the higher end of the market, but AMD’s FreeSync monitors seemed to have disappeared altogether. Let’s look at the year’s best performing gaming monitors!
Zero1 Winner: Acer Predator X34
It was a close race to the top between the Acer Predator X34 and the ASUS ROG PG348Q, but the Acer X34 managed to beat out the ASUS challenge by a whisker. The Acer Predator X34 sports a gorgeous 34-inch QHD (3440×1440) IPS curved screen that just commands respect and attention on your desk. Of the four best gaming monitors we tested this year, the Acer X34 single-handedly aced six out of nine Spyder benchmark tests – which is pretty amazing. Clocked at 100Hz and supporting NVIDIA G-Sync, the X34 handles everything a modern game can throw at it. Hours spent playing games like Counter Strike: GO, Witcher 3 and Tomb Raider at native and Full HD resolution didn’t show any dropped frames whatsoever. The curved display ensures very high levels of immersion, no matter whichever game you’re playing on this ultra-widescreen display. It takes the cake and the cherry on top, winning our well-deserved Zero1 Award for this year.
Second Runner up: ASUS ROG PG348Q
Coming in second behind the Acer Predator X34 by barely just one point is the equally competent ASUS ROG PG348Q – another 34-inch QHD (3440×1440) IPS curved screen NVIDIA G-Sync enabled monitor that sits proudly, exuding a lot of “made for gaming” vibe. In terms of our synthetic tests, the ASUS ROG PG348Q largely plays second fiddle to the Acer Predator X34, but it beats the Acer by offering a superior White Point score. Great not just for gaming, but this ROG PG348Q monitor is a very good option for a multitasker and great for even pro-users, believe it or not. If you have a preference for ASUS products, don’t second guess yourself and go for this, because it’s almost as good a monitor as our Zero1 Winner.
Third Runner up: Benq XL2730Z
The Benq XL2730Z is the higher priced of the BenQ XL series siblings, selling exactly at the `50k mark, sporting a 144Hz refresh rate. It is FreeSync enabled and is amongst the highest performers as far as all our synthetic benchmarks are concerned – Spyder, Lagom.nl LCD test, not to mention PixPerAn and other audio-video tests. What’s more, in the FreeSync – G-Sync test parameters, this monitor outperforms all other G-Sync monitors and finishes second best in terms of gaming performance – except the top two, Acer Predator X34 and ASUS ROG PG348Q.
Best Buy: Benq XL2730Z
It offers roughly 75 to 80 percent of the ASUS and Acer monitors at half their price, thereby offering the best value for money as far as gaming’s concerned. Buying this monitor will ensure you’ll have more money to spend on a better GPU and get those games rolling!