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KITGURU SHORTLISTS: THE BEST MONITOR OF 2020

Last updated on September 14th, 2020 at 09:04 am

The size and resolution of your monitor will dictate the real estate available for work and how immersive your game play will be – but if you are a professional or perfectionist, then you may also want to know about colour accuracy, panel technology and HDR.

ASUS ROG SWIFT PG35VQ

It wasn't long ago that the 24in Full HD screen was the sweet spot for gaming. But size and resolution have been inflating in the last couple of years, and we've started to see a flow of curved ultrawide screens with a 21:9 aspect ratio. The ASUS ROG SWIFT PG35VQ sits at the pinnacle of this trend. It's a 35in screen with a 3,440 x 1,440 resolution, and is premium in every respect - it's an all-round fantastic gaming display.

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iiyama G-Master GB3466WQSU

Ultrawide monitors have been around for a while now, but pricing has often been a significant deterrent to making the switch from a traditional 16:9 screen. That appears to be changing, however, as we first reviewed the £500 AOC CU34G2X back in January, and today we review iiyama's G-Master GB3466WQSU - a 3440x1440 ultrawide with a 1500R curved VA panel and 144Hz refresh rate. 

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MSI Optix MAG272CQR 27in Curved Gaming Monitor

Curved monitors are fast becoming the default choice for gaming. Certainly, once you've gone curved, it's hard to go back to flat. After all, the earth isn't flat, despite what some people think. MSI's Optix MAG272CQR combines a lot of gaming sweets spots into its curvy panel. It's 27in and has a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, which remains the best trade-off between pixels and frame rates. It also supports 165Hz refresh with adaptive sync, so the key boxes are checked.

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AOC C27G2ZU 27in 240Hz Curved Gaming Monitor

Monitor refresh rates are increasing all the time, and it wasn't long ago that you'd have to pay in excess of £500 for 240Hz, and it wouldn't even be possible to combine this with a curved screen. Now, however, AOC is delivering 240Hz refresh with a 27in curved screen, and you can buy it for under £310. There are two variants of this screen - with and without the USB hub. Our sample was the one with USB, the AOC C27G2ZU.

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Gigabyte AORUS AD27QD

AORUS may not be the first name that pops into your head when thinking about top-quality monitors - but the AD27QD really delivers. Aimed squarely at the competitive gamer, it has a high refresh-rate, excellent colour accuracy and a range of gaming-oriented features as well. If you take your esports seriously - then this is an excellent all-round display for a reasonable price.

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