If you have an Xbox Series X and prefer gaming on a monitor, there are plenty of options to choose from, especially if you’re looking for a high refresh rate. However, there aren’t many high-refresh 4k monitors on the market […]
If you have an Xbox Series X and prefer gaming on a monitor, there are plenty of options to choose from, especially if you’re looking for a high refresh rate. However, there aren’t many high-refresh 4k monitors on the market at this time, which means that you might have to sacrifice resolution to get smoother gameplay, as most models with a high refresh rate have a 1080p or 1440p resolution. Thankfully, the Series X supports all common resolutions, so you don’t have to worry about compatibility. Unfortunately, there aren’t so many monitors that can deliver good HDR experience, as most are not bright enough. In that case, TV is often a better choice.
Which are the best gaming monitor for Xbox series x? We found these best Xbox series x monitors, which are cheap, 4K, 144hz, and ultrawide. The Xbox Series X leads the competition by offering native 4K HDR output and other features tailored for some of our favourite gaming displays.
List of Best Gaming Monitors for Xbox Series X.
1. Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA.
2. Asus ROG Strix XG32VQR 31.5.
3. iiyama 4K Monitor Display XB3288UHSU-B1.
4. Dell S2721QS.
5. Samsung 34-Inch CJ791.
6. LG 38WN95C-W 38 Inch.
The best monitor for Xbox Series X with a 1440p resolution is the Samsung Odyssey G7. This excellent gaming model comes in two sizes: a 27 inch and a 32 inch. Choosing between the two sizes depends on your largely usage and preference, while the 32 inch provides more screen space for a more immersive experience, it has a lower pixel density that results in blurrier text and images. It offers a reasonable amount of ergonomic adjustments, including rotation to portrait mode, which is rare for a curved screen.
It’s well-suited for both dark and bright rooms. It has a VA panel that can produce deep blacks, and it gets bright enough to overcome glare easily. It has exceptional response time, and although its refresh rate is limited to 144Hz over HDMI, it’s more than enough for the Series X’s 120fps output. It has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature that can improve motion clarity; however, it isn’t usable while the variable refresh rate is active, which helps reduce screen tearing.
Unfortunately, even though it supports HDR, the overall experience is just okay. It has a good wide colour gamut, but highlights don’t stand out the way they should because it doesn’t get bright enough. Also, it has narrow viewing angles that make images look inaccurate when viewed from the side, which isn’t ideal for playing co-op games. On the upside, it has a nifty Picture-in-Picture mode that lets you display two input signals at once so that you can watch a TV show or movie while you game. Overall, if you prefer playing at a higher frame rate than at 4k, this is worth considering.
On paper, the Asus has obvious competition. The MSI Optix MPG 341CQR is also a large VA gaming monitor with a 1800R curvature and 144Hz refresh rate. Placed side by side, though, these are very different screens.
Where the Strix uses a 31.sin panel with a 16:9 aspect ratio, the Optix stretches to a cinematic 21:9. Although the MSI has a wider 34m diagonal, the Asus has a larger area of panel and that results in a lower pixel density of 93ppi: it consequently lacks the sharpness of its rival.
Their performance in our technical tests was almost identical, although the Strix benefits from a dedicated sRGB mode. This locked out the panel’s brightness to i69cd/m2 but provided 99.5% coverage with an average Delta E of 0.61. The downside was that it reduced the contrast ratio to 980:1, so you may prefer to switch to a more vibrant mode.
There are plenty to choose from, including Scenery, Cinema, RTS/RPG and FPS. Switching to the latter preset upped the top brightness to ssscd/m2, and the contrast ratio to 2,756:1 – more like we’d expect from VA tech.
The OSD allows you to fine-tune colours to create your profile, with an overly sensitive joystick for controlling the action. Asus provides large shortcut buttons on the rear of the screen, with the middle one bringing up game-friendly options such as crosshairs and an FPS counter.
Nor is that the end of Asus’ attempt to lure gamers, with the striking tripod stand housing a red LED: this shines downwards to project a pattern onto your desk, with rear-mounted lights for some extra bling.
The stand makes it easy to swivel through ioo° while offering 100mm of height adjustment, but we wish the rear ports were equally practical. Asus chooses style over ease of inserting cables, which is a shame when there’s a two-port USB hub. Once everything is in place a cover and cable tidy makes this a neat setup, but you’ll want to hide the power brick.
Add numerous HDR options, AMD’s FreeSync 2 and DisplayHDR 400 certification, and it’s hard to argue with the value or flexibility here. Gamers take note.
A great choice if you are looking for a 4K monitor if you cannot go above $400. The Iiyama XB3288UHSU-B1 has much in common with the Philips 328E1. They both use a VA panel, both have a 4K resolution and are both aggressively priced.
Their first and most obvious point of difference is that Philips is curved while the Iiyama is flat, the second is that Iiyama still includes many useful extras despite its budget.
So, here you enjoy two USB-A 3 ports to the left of the screen. Then there’s a flexible stand, with height adjustment up to 130mm and 90° of swivel; there is no support for pivot mode, but you can rotate the screen for easier access to the three inputs: two HDMI, one DisplayPort.
Iiyama takes advantage of VA’s fast response times with support for AMD FreeSync. The panel goes up to 75Hz at 1,280 x 1,024, but above that, you’re stuck at 60Hz. Also note the 3W stereo speakers, which are surprisingly good for the price. Still, if you want depth then connect headphones to the jack on the rear.
One downside to the VA compared to IPS is viewing angles, and you will notice some drop-off in contrast as you look across the screen. Nor is this most consistent panel when it comes to brightness. However, it did cover almost 100% of the three gamuts we checked for, from the conservative sRGB (99.1%) to DCI-P3 (95.3%).
With minimal tweaks necessary, you may find that the only control you fiddle with is brightness; this ProLite goes up to 3i9cd/m2, which is more than enough for work and play but not HDR. The OSD is easier to control than other Iiyama screens too, thanks to a rear-mounted joystick rather than hidden buttons. We only wish that Iiyama offered finer control over color temperature, as the default settings come out at around 5950K, with Warm and Cool being the only other presets.
Still, considering the price Iiyama is charging – and the lack of sacrifices elsewhere – this is yet another terrific value screen from the company. We also don’t think the lack of curvature is a big issue for a 32m 4K screen, making this our pick over the Philips if you’re on a budget.
The best monitor for Xbox Series X that we’ve tested in the budget category is the Dell S2721QS. Mainly designed for office use, it delivers surprisingly great performance for its price point, and it’s one of the few 4k models that you can get if you’re on a budget. It’s well-built and has good ergonomics, making it easy to place in an ideal viewing position.
It delivers clear and crisp images with its 4k resolution. Although it’s limited to a 60Hz panel, it’s fine for most games, and it has FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing. There are even built-in speakers, so you don’t need to worry about buying extra speakers. It has a good response time and low input lag, but there’s no Black Frame Insertion to reduce motion blur. Like the LG 27GN950-B, it has wide viewing angles, and it gets bright enough to combat glare. It also has very good reflection handling, so visibility shouldn’t be an issue in most well-lit rooms.
Unfortunately, even though it supports HDR10, it doesn’t deliver a good HDR experience. It has a low contrast ratio, lacks local dimming, and doesn’t get bright enough to make highlights pop. Still, it displays a wide color gamut if you want to use it for HDR gaming. All in all, if you’re on a tight budget and want a reliable 4k monitor, then check out this one.
Samsung is best known for its phones and TVs, but it also sells numerous “professional” monitors. It can’t help itself from adding consumer pizzazz, though, and here it’s evident in a glossy white finish on the rear of the screen: this 34in curved monitor would be equally at home on a receptionist’s welcome desk as it would an executive’s office.
Said executives can minimize cable clutter thanks to the Thunderbolt connection, and there are two USB-A ports for attaching peripherals. A second Thunderbolt 3 connector that can supply up to 15W means you have a potent docking station.
Samsung takes a different approach to the stand, opting for what it calls a “swing-and-tilt” mechanism. As you lift the panel through its 100mm of height adjustment, it moves in a gentle arc. You can then separately adjust the tilt so that it faces you correctly. There’s no swivel, but as this is a relatively light 34m screen at 7.6kg that isn’t a big issue.
There’s nothing particularly special about the panel. It uses VA technology with its inherently excellent response times and contrast, making it well suited to games; you can even push it up to 100Hz at its native 3,440 x 1,440 resolution. It supports AMD FreeSync too.
The panel proved a solid performer in our tests, with its standard-setting delivering an average Delta E of 0.69 and 99.9% coverage of the sRGB gamut with 131.8% volume. It covers almost all the DCI-P3 gamut too. Where it proved less exceptional was brightness uniformity, but excellent viewing angles make up for this in practice – it doesn’t look less bright.
This isn’t a good choice for people who like to hop between color profiles, with a handful of presets on offer from the simple – simplistic, even – OSD. Dig deeper and you’ll find a choice of five color temperatures (we measured Cool 2 at 8825K, for example, while Normal hit 6360K), but this isn’t a monitor created with color obsessives in mind.
With a fine pair of 7W speakers, this stylish screen offers something different from run-of-the-mill office monitors. At this price, and with Thunderbolt 3 to boot, it’s a very tempting screen.
While most curved panels use VA technology, LG opts for IPS with this 37.sin display. On the surface, this sounds identical to the panel inside the Asus Designo Curve MX38VC, but some digging in diagnostic utilities revealed that the LG’s panel was manufactured earlier this year while the Asus uses one created in late 2018. As a result, it benefits from a number of upgrades.
Top of the list is a 144Hz refresh rate, which will naturally make a big difference in games compared to the Asus’ peak of 60Hz – if you have a graphics card powerful enough to feed 3,840 x 1,600 pixels. Add a 1ms response time, and adaptive sync support for both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards, and you have a superb gaming display.
Our tests also show this panel canhit543cd/m2 f in general use, notably above LG’s stated peak of 45ocd/m2, which explains why it passed VESA’s tough certification process to earn a DisplayHDR 600 rating. This is immediately noticeable if you activate the screen’s HDR Effect mode, which reveals details that are lost on other monitors.
This panel also offers a much wider color gamut than the Asus, and LG makes the most of it by including both sRGB and DCI-P3 presets. Testing at i2ocd/m2, the sRGB mode covered 97.8% of the sRGB volume with 102.7% volume, while at peak brightness in the DCI-P3 preset it covered 94.2% of the DCI-P3 gamut with 97.9% volume. Truly excellent figures, especially when backed with an average Delta E of 0.91. Aside from the very top left, it proved to be a uniformly bright panel too.
One advantage of IPS curved panels over their VA rivals is viewing angles, with less obvious drop-off as you look across the screen. The disadvantage is the amount of curvature. While LG doesn’t state an official figure, we believe this is a 2300R panel (like the Asus) and that means it’s a far gentler curve. As a result, you don’t get the same level of immersion; indeed, when you’re sitting in front of the LG you barely notice any curve at all.
What you do notice is the astonishing amount of desktop space available.l You can easily view three windows side by side, and we recommend / Microsoft PowerToys’ FancyZones to help keep them organized as LG doesn’t supply a screen-management utility. A pixel density of liippi ensures that text looks sharp from normal viewing distances too; there’s no grain here.
We’re pleased to see that LG supplies a more flexible stand than Asus, and coupled with a lighter weight this is a surprisingly easy monitor to move around. It’s as compact as it can realistically be, so you can push it back quite far on your desk, and note that it offers a height adjustment of 110mm along with 30° of the swivel.
LG keeps things neat at the rear, with the standard two HDMI inputs, DisplayPort and a Thunderbolt USB-C port that can supply a reassuring 94W of power to your laptop. There are also two USB ports, again at the rear, but with no USB-B input, you can’t use these with connections other than USB-C (and consequently you can’t share a keyboard and mouse between two systems hooked up to the screen). LG doesn’t supply a ports cover, instead of relying on its supplied white cables to blend in – which is useful if you were thinking of placing this monitor in front of the house. That all-white theme extends to the external power supply too.
There’s no need for separate speakers as the pair of 5W units here do an excellent job with music and films alike, but that’s it for “extras”. That’s fine by us: LG has ploughed its money into the panel and the electronics that power it – with tangible results. We’re even fans of the OSD, which is so quick and easy to understand that you’ll be navigating through its options in no time at all (once you find it, as the mini-joystick control is tucked beneath the LG logo).
While the LG UltraWide 38WN95C costs substantially more than the Asus, and more still than the 43m Dell, it’s worth the added investment. If you buy the LG 38WN95C UltraWide monitor then your eyes will thank you for many years to come – and its width should bring productivity benefits too.