Best Monitor For CS:GO 2018

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.

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But as we said in our CSGO setup guide:

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 Comparison Chart

 Name (click to see from Amazon)Size (inches)Refresh rate (hertz)Response time (ms)Resolution
BenQ XL2546BenQ ZOWIE XL254624.524011920 x 1080
ASUS ROG SWIFT PG258QASUS ROG SWIFT PG258Q24.524011920 x 1080
BenQ ZOWIE XL2411BenQ ZOWIE XL24112414411920 x 1080
ASUS VG248QEAsus VG248QE2414411920 x 1080
BenQ ZOWIE XL2735BenQ ZOWIE XL27352714412560 x 1440
ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278QRASUS ROG SWIFT PG278QR27144 (overclockable to 165)12560 x 1440
Acer GN276HLAcer GN276HL2714411920 x 1080

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

Best Gaming Monitor For CS:GO 2018

24-inch Gaming Monitors

BenQ ZOWIE XL2546 (24.5″)

BenQ XL2546 gaming monitor

Pros
240 Hz
Packed with superb gaming features
S-switch for swift switching between different modes
Cons
Bit pricey if you don't need the additional features
5
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XL2546 is best suited for those who want to make no compromises whatsoever. Not only does it treat your eyes with native 240 Hz refresh rate but also offers a staggering range of gaming oriented features. Native 240 Hz is not to be mixed with the "boosted 240 Hz" monitors that were on the market a while ago - it was just a phony marketing trick that didn't really work out.

The most notable external difference to their predecessors with the new high end line of BenQ gaming monitors are the "shields" which work like blinkers on race horses - prevents distraction from the sides of the screen. While we believe this is a bit gimmicky (but undoubtedly can be useful to some) what really separates them from the previous models are to be found from the inside of the screen.

The newest craze is the DyAc (dynamic accuracy) which works similarly to LightBoost - it reduces blurriness and it is specifically at its best with the notoriously disturbing rifle recoil animations of CS:GO. Whether all the additional luxuries are actually worth the extra money is up to you to decide, but if you want the best then go for the XL2546.

  • Native 240Hz refresh rate delivers smoothest ever gameplay experience
  • Shield helps you focus on the game by blocking out distractions
  • Built-in black equalizer technology brightens dark scenes without over-exposing the bright areas
  • The effortless one-finger height adjustable stand provides personalized viewing angles
  • S switch allows you to easily access settings

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ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q (24.5″)

ASUS ROG SWIFT PG258Q

Pros
240 Hz
GameVisual presets
Cons
The stand might look a bit goofy if you're used to BenQ's
4.8
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The native 240 Hz refresh rate combined with the overall pro gaming level performance delivered by ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q makes it a great alternative if you don't trust BenQ ZOWIE for whatever reason - or if you can get a good deal for ASUS.

The gaming oriented features on the BenQ make it the perfect CSGO monitor, but if you are "just" a gamer in general it's a really tough call between these two. The customizable LED light projector at the bottom adds to a nice aesthetic if you like additional lights.

  • 24.5" Full HD (1920x1080p) panel with a 1ms response time and native 240Hz refresh rate with a frameless design and customizable LED lighting effect
  • Flexible connectivity options with DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4 and 2 x USB 3.0 ports
  • NVIDIA G-SYNC ensures smooth gameplay by eliminating screen tearing and stuttering
  • ASUS Eye Care technology makes marathons even easier, reducing eyestrain and other eye ailments with TUV Rhineland-certified blue light filter and flicker-free backlighting
  • Game-grade ergonomics such as tilt, pivot, swivel and height adjustments allow you to play like a pro in your comfort zone

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BenQ ZOWIE XL2411 (24″)

BENQ ZOWIE XL2411

Pros
Unbeatable value for money
Delivers everything you need for a pro grade gaming setup
Cons
No additional fancy features
4.5
value for money

BenQ XL2411 could be described as the standard CSGO monitor.

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 XL2411 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 XL2411 now - it truly is the "go-to model" when it comes to CSGO monitors and gaming monitors in general.

  • 144Hz MONITOR: 1ms monitor with ultra-fast 144Hz refresh delivering a very smooth gaming experience
  • ZOWIE eSports FULL HD MONITOR: Black eQualizer for visual clarity in dark scenes, optimized for PC eSports game titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive CS:GO and Overwatch
  • ADVANCED 1080p MONITOR with ERGONOMIC FEATURES: Specially-designed frame minimizes visual distractions, Low Blue Light and Flicker Free technology for reduced eye strain, height adjustment, tilt, and swivel
  • PRO GAMING DISPLAY Variety of input connectors, including D-sub, DVI-DL (Dual Link), HDMI and headphone jack
  • PC GAMING MONITOR: Adopted worldwide by most professional eSports tournaments and players, BenQ Zowie is the official gaming monitor of the MLG CS:GO Major Championship along with various MLG, DREAMHACK, ESWC, Intel Extreme Master, CEVO, Copenhagen Games, ESEA, UMG, EVO, ESL One events.

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Asus VG248QE (24″)

ASUS VG248QE

Pros
Professional grade for gaming purposes
Adjustable unlike other monitors in the same price range
Cons
Colours are a bit lacking compared to the higher end monitors
4
budget choice

This is our "budget monitor" representative on this list - it's among the best entry level 144 Hz gaming monitors. Works great but you won't get any extra wow factor feelings out of it (except the smoothness of 144 Hz if you are still used to 60 Hz).

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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27-inch Gaming Monitors

 

ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278QR (27″)

ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278QR

Pros
Overclockable to 165 Hz
Sleek design
the most premium looking monitor on the list
Tilt
pivot
swivel and height adjustments
Cons
Pricier than the flagship BenQ ZOWIE
5
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The ASUS flagship gaming monitor is actually a real competitor for the BenQ XL2735 but the price difference makes BenQ ZOWIE the better CS:GO monitor in our eyes. The 144 Hz refresh rate is overclockable to a staggering 165 Hz which gives ASUS a slight edge over the BenQ ZOWIE in terms of speed, but the additional features on the BenQ turn the tables straight back if you are looking for a CSGO monitor. If you are more of a casual gamer then the PG278QR is a real contender.

  • 27" WQHD (2560x1440p) panel with a 1ms response time and overclocked refresh rate up to 165 Hz embraces ROG standards and design
  • Flexible connectivity options with DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4 and USB 3.0 ports
  • NVIDIA G-SYNC ensures smooth gameplay by eliminating screen tearing and stuttering
  • ASUS Eye Care Technology makes marathons even easier with blue light filter and flicker-free backlighting to reduce eyestrain and other eye ailments
  • Game-grade ergonomics such as tilt, pivot, swivel and height adjustments allow you to play in your comfort zone

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BenQ ZOWIE XL2735 (27″)

BenQ ZOWIE XL2735

Pros
No compromises in features
Wheel for swift switching between different modes
4.8
value for money

XL2735 could be described as the big brother of the XL2546 even though it lacks the native 240 Hz refresh rate as monitors this size do. 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 know you want a 27" monitor, go for it.

It's packed with all the sweet BenQ features just like XL2546 - DyAc technology (read the part under XL2546 to learn more about it), shield, the Black eQualizer, multiple gaming profiles and the built-in switch for them.

  • 144Hz MONITOR: 1ms monitor with ultra-fast 144Hz refresh rate and smooth, real time response
  • Exclusive DyAc technology achieves remarkable clarity particularly for action packed games
  • Shield helps you focus on the game by blocking out distractions
  • Built-in black equalizer technology brightens dark scenes without over-exposing the bright areas
  • S switch allows you to easily access settings

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Acer GN276HL (27″)

Acer GN276HL

Pros
Cheap
Suited for competitive gaming
Cons
Not very diverse in terms of features
3.5
budget choice

Acer GN276HL is our budget choice of 27 inch gaming monitors. It has no fancy gaming features or anything special for that matter, but it is a good gaming monitor overall. 

  • 27" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen with 144Hz Refresh Rate
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.3114mm
  • Signal Inputs: 1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI & 1 x VGA
  • Package Contents:GN276HL Widescreen LCD Monitor, 1 x DVI Cable, Power Cord, 1 x VGA Cable

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Gaming Monitor Guide 2018

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 2017 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.


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:

Pros about EIZO gaming monitors

The best example was the FACEIT LAN finals in 2015 which were held at DreamHack Winter – if you paid close attention you probably noticed that they had put the monitors in these weird boxes.

dreamhack monitor boxes

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

BenQs in disguise at Dreamhack

The moral of the story: don’t buy EIZO. EIZO makes superior monitors for graphical work but for gaming (especially competitive) you are better off spending your money somewhere else.