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 (or higher) 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.

CLICK HERE TO SEE AMAZON BEST SELLERS
SaleBestseller No. 1
Samsung IT LC24F390FHNXZA 24-Inch Curved Gaming Monitor (Super Slim Design), 60Hz Refresh Rate w/AMD FreeSync Game Mode
  • 1800R curvature for an immersive viewing experience
  • Glossy black, ultra-slim design.Product Dimensions With Stand(inches): 21.6 x 16.5 x 8.1 inchesProduct Dimensions Without Stand(Inches): 21.6 x 12.8 x 3.4 inches
  • AMD FreeSync and Game Mode
  • Eco-friendly with power saving. Mac compatible : Yes
SaleBestseller No. 2
ASUS 24-inch Full HD FreeSync Gaming Monitor [VG245H] 1080p, 1ms Rapid Response Time, 75Hz, Dual HDMI, Low Blue Light, Flicker Free Display with Pivot, Tilt and Swivel, ASUS EyeCare
  • 1ms response time featuring ASUS GameFast Input Technology and dual HDMI ports for a smooth console gaming experience
  • ASUS Eye Care technology with flicker-free and blue light filter to minimize eye fatigue.Physical Dimension with Stand(WxHxD) : 22.0x(14.1 ~19.25)x 8.30 inches.Physical Dimension without Stand (WxHxD) : 22.0 x 12.95 x 1.96 inches
  • Ergonomic stand with full height/tilt/swivel/pivot adjustments to accommodate any desk
  • Exclusive GameVisual & GamePlus functions to enhance color performance and control.FreeSync/Adaptive Sync technology with 75 Hz refresh rate for a tear-free experience with AMD Radeon GPUs
  • Adaptive-Sync (FreeSync) technology supported within 40Hz~75Hz for HDMI port
SaleBestseller No. 3
Acer Gaming Monitor 24" XFA240 bmjdpr 1920 x 1080 144Hz Refresh Rate 1ms Response Time AMD FREESYNC Technology with Height, Pivot, Swivel & Tilt (Display Port, HDMI/MHL, DVI Port)
  • 24" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen TN Display with AMD FreeSync technology
  • 144Hz Refresh Rate- Using Display Port, Response time: 1ms
  • Height, Pivot, Swivel and Tilt. Viewing Angles-170° Horizontal, 160° Vertical
  • 2 x 2W speakers. Panel Type- Twisted Nematic Film (TN Film). Color Supported- 16.7 million. Brightness- 350 nit
  • Signal inputs: 1 x Display port (V1.2), 1 x HDMI/MHL & 1 x DVI
SaleBestseller No. 4
Acer G276HL Kbix 27" Full HD (1920 x 1080) VA Zero Frame Monitor (HDMI & VGA Ports)
  • 27" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen VA Monitor
  • Response time: 4ms
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.311mm
  • Signal Inputs: 1 x HDMI & 1 x VGA
  • VGA cable included
SaleBestseller No. 5
Sceptre C248W-1920R 24" Curved 75Hz Gaming LED Monitor Full HD 1080P HDMI DisplayPort VGA Speakers Ultra Thin Metal Black
  • 24" diagonal viewable curved screen 1800R immersive curvature
  • DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA & PC Audio in Ports. Build-in speakers
  • Up to 75Hz refresh rate
  • Dimensions with stand (inches) 21.43" x 7.30" x 15.64" without stand (inch) 21.43" x 2.24" x 12.69" Packaging Dimension (inches) 23.2" x 4.4" x 15.5"
  • Weight with stand 6.37 IB without stand 5.73 IB gross weight 9.70 IB

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 on Amazon)Size (inches)Refresh rate (hertz)Response time (ms)ResolutionPrice (on Amazon)
BenQ XL2546 gaming monitorBenQ ZOWIE XL254624.524011920 x 1080$499.00
ASUS ROG SWIFT PG258QASUS ROG SWIFT PG258Q24.524011920 x 1080$520.00
ViewSonic XG2530ViewSonic XG253024.524011920 x 1080Out of stock
Acer Predator XB252Q 240 HzAcer Predator XB252Q24.524011920 x 1080$499.99
BenQ ZOWIE XL2411BenQ ZOWIE XL24112414411920 x 1080$249.00
ASUS VG248QEAsus VG248QE2414411920 x 1080$274.97
BenQ ZOWIE XL2735BenQ ZOWIE XL27352714412560 x 1440$549.00
ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278QRASUS ROG SWIFT PG278QR27144 (overclockable to 165)12560 x 1440$591.04
Acer Predator XB271HUAcer Predator XB271HU2714412560 x 1440$499.99
Acer GN276HLAcer GN276HL2714411920 x 1080Out of stock

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

Best 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
premium choice badge

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

Read more from BenQ

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
premium choice badge

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 one of the best CSGO monitors, 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 light.

  • 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

Read more from ASUS

 

ViewSonic XG2530 (24.5″)

ViewSonic XG2530 240 Hz gaming monitor

Pros
Looks good straight out of the box
Great adjustability
240 Hz
Sleek matte design
Cons
The integrated speakers are as bad as you would expect
No premium goodies
4.3

ViewSonic's arrival on the esports scene has been rather lackluster. They announced their then new XG series a few years ago but they are yet to find a single pro player (from top 30 teams!) using their monitor. We all know that these days this is all because of business and sponsorship deals but we are fairly certain getting an organization to represent them would have a positive impact on their brand. Now it's all about BenQ and Asus if you ask most CS:GO players.

Other than not being the flashiest esports brand out there there's nothing wrong about ViewSonic monitors, vice versa. The XG series offers a monitor for pretty much any taste.

The great thing about the 25-inch esports focused model is that you get to choose whether you want G-Sync or not. Like we are about to discuss, if you are only looking to play CS:GO or any other competitive shooter you will pay a higher price for a feature that you don't want to use. The G-Sync enabled brother of this monitor is ViewSonic XG2560.

Type : 25'' (24.5'' / 62.23cm viewable)
Panel Technology : TN Type, a-si TFT LCD
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Display Area : 543.744mm (H) x 302.616mm (V)
Aspect Ratio : 16:9
Brightness : 400 cd/m2 (Typ)
Contrast Ratio : 1000:1 (Typ)
Dynamic Contrast Ratio : 120,000,000:1
Viewing Angles : 170° / 160° (Typ)
Refresh Rate : 240Hz
Response Time : GTG : 1ms
Backlight : 1 LED light bar
Backlight Life30,000 Hrs (Min)
Colours16.7M colors (RGB 8-bit)
Colour Gamut72% of NTSC (Typ)
Panel Surface : Anti-Glare type, Hard-coating (3H)
Pixel Size : 0.2331mm (H) x 0.2331mm (V)

Read more from ViewSonic

Acer Predator XB252Q (24.5″)

Acer Predator XB252Q 240 Hz

Pros
240 Hz
Thin bezel
Cons
The stand is ugly
Horrible built-in speakers
Some problems with pixel inversion
4.2

Anyone who's ever owned an average Acer laptop will probably cringe at the idea of investing almost $500 on an Acer monitor. Isn't this supposed to be the brand that you buy when you can't afford anything else, huh?

The Acer Predator monitors are a whole new breed and could be recommended to pretty much anybody looking for a smooth 240 Hz experience. The only downside to them is that the price has grown along with the build quality. The competing gaming monitors around the same price range just offer even more value.

The 27-inch version of the monitor is called the Predator XB271HU and it is available with both TN and IPS panels.

Screen ModeFull HD
Response Time1 ms GTG
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle170°
Vertical Viewing Angle160°
Backlight TechnologyLED
Panel TechnologyTwisted Nematic Film (TN Film)
FeaturesBluelight Shield
Tilt Angle-5°to21°
Swivel Angle45°
Maximum Adjustable Height4.53"
Adjustable Display PivotYes

Video

Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Refresh Rate240 Hz
Color Supported16.7 Million Colors (8-bit)
Contrast Ratio1,000:1
Brightness400 Nit
Tearing Prevention TechnologyNVIDIA G-SYNC™

Read more from Acer

 

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 almost as the "industry" standard, hands down the best CS:GO monitor if you are going for value.

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.

Read more from BenQ

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

Read more from Asus


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
premium choice badge

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

Read more from ASUS

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

Read more from BenQ

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

Read more from Acer

 


What Monitors Do CS:GO Pros Use?

Gaming Monitors Used By Professional CS:GO Players

Since we’ve already explained the methodology behind the very scientific research in our CS:GO keyboard and CS:GO headset guides, we won’t go into too much detail this time.

Gaming Monitor Buying Guide 2018

Refresh Rate and Response Time – Do They Really Matter?

Yes, yes and yes. In a game like CS:GO in which 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.

Panel Type – TN Or IPS?

The short answer to this is that TN panels are better suited for competitive gaming (and Counter-Strike for that matter).

TN Panel

  • Cheaper
  • Faster response time (1 ms grey-to-grey)
  • Worse viewing angles
  • Worse color reproduction

IPS Panel

  • Better color reproduction (darker darks, more vibrant colors, full 16.7 million colors)
  • Better viewing angles
  • Slower response time (the best are around 4 ms)
  • More expensive

You don’t have any use for better viewing angles when playing by yourself and the colors are going to be amped up with digital vibrance anyways so the pros of an IPS monitor are pretty much irrelevant in CS:GO.

In a nutshell: TN panels are better suited for fast paced & competitive games like CS:GO, Overwatch, Dota 2 and racing simulators whereas IPS panels excel at movie & photo editing, movie watching and more cinematic gaming experiences like Skyrim or Fallout. All of the gaming monitors we picked for you have TN panels but if you really want an IPS panel 144 Hz monitor you could check out the IPS version of Acer Predator XB271HU for example.

Size – 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, if you want to use native resolution on a 27-inch (or larger) monitor you better be equipped with a monster PC. If you play with 4:3 resolution, the benefits from getting a 27″ monitor are doubtful. 24″ is pretty much ideal in it’s current state.

If you are looking for a monitor for both gaming 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 serious gaming.

Ultrawide & 21:9

Nowadays you can tweak your CS:GO into running in 21:9 resolutions such as 2560 x 1080. While you obviously will see more with these resolutions not a single pro player has yet adopted it and the resolution remains an obscure gimmick. Maybe sometime in the future we see the younger generation of players take full advantage of the wider field of view? As of now we’re not going to go into too much detail.

G-Sync & FreeSync

Even if most of the new high end gaming monitors are Nvidia G-Sync (or Radeon FreeSync) ready, there really is no point in using them in CS:GO. Yes, it can make the game look smoother (it reduces image tearing) but it will also add about 1 to 3 milliseconds of input lag. However, it’s a nice feature to have if you are planning to play some other less serious games such as driving simulators.


Whatever You Buy, Don’t Buy EIZO (For CS:GO)

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 for competitive gaming. EIZO makes superior monitors for graphical work but for gaming (especially competitive) you are better off spending your money somewhere else.