Best Gaming Monitor 2017

To make it abundantly clear, these monitors are picked for serious players looking to play competitive CS:GO or other competitive games in general. Even if you are a casual gamer be warned though: once you go 144 Hz there is no going back. I have a 60 Hz monitor as a second monitor and my eyes bleed every time I move the cursor on that one.

But as we said in our guide about setting up in general:

The thing is, CSGO and its predecessors (CS 1.6 and CS: Source) have always been the most extreme competitive games out there. Counter-Strike is all about the accuracy and the millisecond fast reactions. So yes, the gear we are about to introduce will be completely suitable for other competitive games like Dota 2, Overwatch, Call of Duty and so on.

So these displays are suitable for other games as well.

Gaming Monitor Guide 2017

Refresh Rate and Response Time – Do They Really Matter?

Yes, yes and yes. In a game like CS:GO where you can either win or lose in a time span of milliseconds, they do. Having a quality gaming monitor won’t improve your reactions but it will enable you to utilize your full potential not only in terms of reflex shots but it makes tracing (moving your crosshair on a moving opponent) and spraying feel so much better when the action on your screen is smoother.

See this video for a comparison between 60 Hz and 144 Hz.

24″ or 27″ Monitor For CS:GO?

Well, this is pretty much a question of preference once again. Most LAN tournaments of 2015 still had 24-inch monitors because this is what most players are the most comfortable with, but the trend is slowly moving towards 27-inch. However, the highest default resolution for CS:GO is 1920 x 1080 (Full HD, native for 24″ monitors). You can tweak it into higher resolutions but unless you have a monster PC I would not recommend doing so. If you play with 4:3 resolution, the benefit in getting a 27″ monitor is doubtful. 24″ is ideal in it’s current state. If you are looking for a monitor for both playing and video/photo editing, you are in the wrong place to begin with and should get two monitors, one for playing and one for editing. We make no compromises when it comes to gaming.

Gaming Monitor Comparison Chart

  Size (inches)Refresh rate (hertz)Response time (ms)List price (USD)
BenQ XL2411Z241441329
BenQ XL2430T241441449
Asus VG248QE241441229
BenQ XL2730Z271441629
Asus ROG Swift PG278Q271441799

Note: click the name of the monitor to check it from your closest Amazon branch.

Best Gaming Monitor For CS:GO 2017

24-inch Monitors

Year in year out BenQ dominates the scene with their superior monitors. BenQ is by far the most trusted gaming monitor manufacturer among the professional CS:GO players and not only because of sponsorship deals. Their magnificence is noted by anyone who ever lies their eyes on one and BenQ XL2411Z provides unbeatable value for money while still being a professional grade gaming monitor.

Basically you could stop reading the rest of this article and just buy one but we feel urged to list a few other options because people love comparing things before buying. If you don’t, get yourself a XL2411Z now.

  • 144Hz High refresh rate, 1ms Fast Response Time for ultra smooth game experience, best for FPS RTS and MOBA games
  • Black eQualizer provides visual clarity in dark scenes
  • Motion Blur Reduction enhances clarity in fast situations
  • Exclusive FPS co-developed with professional gamers
  • Flicker free and Low Blue Light for long time practice with less eyestrain

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BenQ XL2411Z
The Good
  • Unbeatable value for money
  • Delivers everything you need for a professional grade gaming setup
  • By far the most used monitor among pro players
The Bad
  • No additional fancy features
9.5/10
Great
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XL2430T is basically the same monitor as XL2411Z but with some small hardware upgrades. The stand comes with a built in wheel switch for switching swiftly between different profiles, for instance if you have made different calibrations for watching movies and playing games. It also has a DisplayPort but if you don’t know what it is the chances are you won’t need it.

  • Compact exterior and adjustable scale design build for effortless game set- up
  • 144Hz High refresh rate, 1ms fast response time for ultra smooth game experience, best for FPS RTS and MOBA game
  • Color Vibrance allows easy setting to meet personal color preferences
  • Black eQualizer provides visual clarity in dark scene
  • Motion Blur Reduction enhance clarity in fast gaming
  • 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time (GtG) for fast gaming
  • Black equalizer 2.0 – Dynamically adjusts to give not only a competitive edge, but a perfect image
  • Motion Blur Reduction 2.0- Reduces blur to deliver smoother gaming experience
  • Color Vibrancy – 20 color levels available for each mode to give you the most accurate colors
  • Revolution Eyes Technology- Zero Flicker & Low Blue Light for extended viewing comfort

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BenQ XL2430T
The Good
  • Same technical superiority than in the XL2411Z
  • No compromises in features
  • Wheel for swift switching between different modes
The Bad
  • Bit pricey if you don't need the additional features
10/10
Excellent
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This is the “budget monitor” representative on this list.

If you don’t want a BenQ for some reason or they are out of your budget, get an Asus VG24QE. They are the second best option or “A-OK” like the Australian star SPUNJ puts it. The general opinion is that the colors on the BenQs mentioned above are by far better than on this one, but overall the VG248QE is a good choice for FPS gaming.

  • 24-inch Full HD LED-backlit 144Hz display 1920x1080for brilliant HD-quality visuals in both 2D and 3D
  • GamePlus displays a crosshair overlay and in-game timers to enhance your gaming
  • 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms Trace Free II Technologyfor smooth motion playback for movies and games
  • 80,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratiodelivers the darkest blacks and brightest whites for true-to-life images
  • Full height, tilt, and swivel adjustments for the most versatile 3D monitor to provide the most comfort

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Asus VG248QE
The Good
  • Professional grade for gaming purposes
  • Adjustable unlike other monitors in the same price range
The Bad
  • Colours are a bit lacking compared to the higher end monitors
8/10
Great
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27-inch Monitors

XL2730Z is the big brother of the XL2430T. With a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 (QHD) it might be a bit of an overkill for CS:GO, but if you have the money and you want a 27″ monitor, look no further.

It’s packed with all the sweet BenQ features just like XL2430T – motion blur reduction, the Black eQualizer, multiple gaming profiles and the built-in switch for them.

  • Compact exterior and adjustable scale design build for effortless game set- up
  • 144Hz High refresh rate, 1ms Fast Response Time for ultra smooth game experience, best for FPS RTS and MOBA game
  • Color Vibrance allows easy setting to meet personal color preferences
  • Black eQualizer provides visual clarity in dark scene
  • Motion Blur Reduction enhance clarity in fast gaming. Please refer the Guide before use.
  • The XL2730Z is compatible with nVidia graphics cards but does not support nVidia’s proprietary G-Sync feature.  All other operations will function normally

Read more from BenQ

BenQ XL2730Z
The Good
  • Basically XL2430T in bigger size
  • No compromises in features
  • Wheel for swift switching between different modes
The Bad
10/10
Excellent
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The Asus flagship gaming monitor is actually a real competitor for the BenQ XL2730Z but the price difference makes BenQ the better choice. Same applies here as above though, if you find Asus on sale or just like the design more, get Asus. The differences are not as radical as in the smaller monitors.

  • Crisp 27-inch, 2560 x 1440 visuals combined with fast 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, made smooth by NVIDIA G-SYNC technology
  • Exclusive Game Plus onscreen timer/crosshair, 60-120-144Hz refresh rate turbo key and intuitive 5-way OSD navigation joystick
  • Complete ergonomic tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustment with VESA mount capability for optimal placement

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Asus ROG Swift PG278Q
The Good
  • Performs just fantastic
  • Sleek design, the most premium looking monitor on the list
  • Navigation joystick
  • Fully adjustable with VESA mount capability
The Bad
  • Premium monitor comes with a premium price tag
9/10
Great
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Whatever You Buy, Don’t Buy EIZO

We are probably burning some bridges here but with the current state of EIZO gaming monitors this is the best advice you can get. I’ve read more than enough of these “Best Gaming Monitor” guides which have an EIZO monitor listed (because they cost a lot of money and the method behind most of those lists is copy & paste).

If you have ever watched a major CS:GO tournament you have probably seen an EIZO ad with all these phony praises from NiP players and got curious – they must be really good since one of the most iconic teams in the business praise them, right? No. They are terrible and the reason you see these praises is called sponsorship.

Here are some of the more honest opinions from professional CS:GO players:

If you watched the latest FACEIT LAN finals which were held at DreamHack Winter you probably noticed that they had put the monitors in these weird boxes.

At a closer look you could clearly see that the monitors inside were BenQ albeit the event was sponsored by EIZO.

The moral of the story: don’t buy EIZO.

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