Best Black Friday Deals on Gaming Monitors

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Don’t Blink: The Best 360 Hz Gaming Monitor for Esports Drops Below $200!

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Are you an elite esports athlete who needs the fastest refresh rate and response times possible? Or do you just wonder if your 144 Hz screen is holding back your performance in CS:GO? Well, it’s never been cheaper to find out, as MSI’s Oculux NXG253R 25-inch 360 Hz gaming monitor is now on sale at Amazon for an amazing price of just $199–that’s a third the price it was when it launched in 2021! And this monitor is still our top pick for best gaming monitor for esports.

A couple years ago when 360 Hz displays first started arriving on the market, they were all around $700. With even faster options emerging, we’ve seen prices fall. But we didn’t expect them to fall this much. The lowest price we could find on other 360 Hz monitors when we wrote this was $319 (for Alienware’s AW2523HF at Best Buy, which is also $130 off its normal price), so $199 is a shockingly low price. Grab this one soon as we would expect it to sell out.

When we reviewed MSI’s Oculux NXG253R back in 2021, we gave it an Editor’s Choice award for its Good contrast thanks to a variable backlight, and its tested input lag was 17ms, faster than competitors, making it the fastest monitor we’d tested. It is only a 25-inch panel, but that’s the norm for these hyper-quick gaming displays. And really, at $199 I wouldn’t expect much more than 25 inches for a gaming monitor with less than half this refresh rate.

Here is the NXG253R’s measured input lag in our tests, compared to some other swift displays. It’s more responsive than all its competition.

MSI Oculux NXG253R tested input lag chart

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I could offer up more details about this excellent speedy panel, like exactly how its color accuracy, contrast and build quality stood out in our test. But this deal seems likely to sell out. So feel free to read our full review with loads of testing. But don’t wait too long if you want a super-fast display at an unprecedented $199 price. Like an enemy on a 60 Hz screen, this deal could be gone quicker than you can click. Maybe you should plug in your 8,000 Hz mouse to give you an edge.

Samsung CHG90 49-inch Dual HD Monitor now $499 at Microsoft

Samsung CHG90

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If you’re looking for a really ultra-wide gaming monitor (32:9 aspect ratio), the well-regarded Samsung CHG90 is well-regarded. We reviewed the CHG90 and found it to render DCI-P3 color accurately, and had excellent response with low input lag.

The CHG90 retails for $999.99, but it currently on sale for $499.99 at Microsoft (opens in new tab), representing a 30 percent price cut. The 49-inch monitor features what’s called a Dual HD resolution, or 3840 x 1080 with a 1ms response time 144 Hz refresh rate (AMD FreeSync supported) courtesy of a QLED panel.

If contrast is what you’re after, the CHG90 promises 3,000:1 performance but actually we found it did better, returning 3,735:1 on our tests.

Samsung CHG90

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Typical brightness is rated for 350 nits, while peak HDR brightness tops out at 600 nits. In our tests, we found that regular brightness hit 338.4 nits on our light meter while HDR hit a strong 589 nits.

Samsung CHG90 HDR brightness

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The monitor also delivered 89 percent of the DCI-P3 gamut and 99.9 percent of the sRGB color gamut. Those are solid numbers and in line with competitors that have much smaller panels.

Samsung CHG90 gamut

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Acer’s 27-inch, 240Hz Monitor Just $189

Acer Nitro ED270 Xbmiipx

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  • Acer Nitro ED270 Xbmiipx 27-inch, 240Hz Monitor: now $189 at Newegg (opens in new tab)(was $299)

For some competitive gamers, even a 165Hz display is too sluggish. Fortunately, this Black Friday, you don’t have to spend even $200 to get a monitor that operates at up to 240 Hz. So, if you’re playing a title like Call of Duty or League of Legends and want faster response rates so you can hit moving targets, you can grab Acer’s Nitro ED270 XBmiipx 27-inch, 240 Hz display for just $189 at Newegg (opens in new tab).

The 1080p, curved monitor also features a 1ms VRB (visual response boost) feature that turns off the backlight or adds a blank image between frames when colors change so fast that you’d notice blur. The monitor also promises 250 nits of brightness, narrow bezels and a 1500R curve.

Dell S3222DGM, the Best Gaming Monitor Value, Now Just $279

Dell S3222DGM

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  • Dell S3222DGM, 32-inches 2K/165Hz: now $279 at Dell (opens in new tab) (was $399)

The Dell S3222DGM is very popular and deservedly so. This 32-inch, curved 2560 x 1440 display delivers incredible contrast, vibrant colors and smooth 165 Hz game play at what’s always an affordable price. That’s why we’ve rated the S3222DGM the best gaming monitor overall and why we’ve written about discounts on it a few times.

Right now, the Dell S3222DGM is just $279 at Dell (opens in new tab), an all-time low for a display that normally costs around $399 when it’s not on sale. We reviewed the Dell S3222DGM and had a chance to run it through a our wide gamut of display tests, including those we use to test the color space, brightness and response time. Dell’s monitor aced every test.

For example, the Dell S3222DGM had the best screen uniformity score of its competitors, which means a consistent picture no matter what part of the panel you look at.

Dell S3222DGM Screen Uniformity

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Dell claims that the S3222DGM has a 3000:1 contrast ratio, which would be impressive but inline with other monitors that have VA panels. However, on our tests, we found that it actually has a 4,209.8:1 contrast ratio. That blows the field away and means your colors will pop.

Dell S3222DGM Contrast Ratio

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If you like the idea of ​​the Dell S3222DGM but want higher resolution, consider Dell’s Dell G3223Q which is 4K with 144 Hz and is on sale for $599 (opens in new tab) (down from $799). That display tops our list of best 4K gaming monitors.

LG 32GP850 32 UltraGear 32-inch Gaming Monitor now $397 at Amazon

LG 32GP850

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LG made a name for itself with IPS panels in gaming monitors, and it continues to advance that tech today. One of the company’s most popular models, the LG 32GP850 32 UltraGear, is available today at a steep discount. Amazon is selling the monitor for $396.99 versus its MSRP of $599.99.

As its name implies, the 32GP850 is a 32-inch monitor, and it features a QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution with a 1ms response time and 165 Hz refresh rate. The panel supports both AMD FreeSync Premium and Nvidia G-Sync, while it can hit 98 percent of the DCI-P3 color space. Finally, LG rates the 32GP850 for typical brightness of 350 nits, while its typical contrast ratio comes in at 1,000:1.

Samsung CHG90

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If you’re looking for a really ultra-wide gaming monitor (32:9 aspect ratio), the well-regarded Samsung CHG90 is well-regarded. We reviewed the CHG90 and found it to render DCI-P3 color accurately, and had excellent response with low input lag.

The CHG90 retails for $999.99, but it currently on sale for $499.99 at Microsoft (opens in new tab), representing a 30 percent price cut. The 49-inch monitor features what’s called a Dual HD resolution, or 3840 x 1080 with a 1ms response time 144 Hz refresh rate (AMD FreeSync supported) courtesy of a QLED panel. If contrast is what you’re after, the CHG90 delivers 3,000:1 performance. Typical brightness is rated for 350 nits, while peak HDR brightness tops out at 600 nits.

Samsung C24RG50 23.5-inch 144Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitor Now $120 @ B&H Photo

Samsung C24RG50

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If you’re on a tight budget and are looking for a fast monitor for your gaming needs, this deal from B&H Photo should be right up your alley. The retailer has the Samsung C24RG50 23.5-inch gaming monitor on sale for just $119.99, down from its MSRP of $249.99.

That price gets you a Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, 144 Hz refresh rate, and a 1800R curvature for the display. Brightness tops out at 250 nits and the response time is 4ms, which is to be expected for a budget monitor. However, since the C24RG50 uses a VA panel, it boasts a contrast ratio of 3,000:1, along with AMD FreeSync support.

On the connectivity front, there are two HDMI 1.4 and one DisplayPort 1.2 port. There are no built-in speakers; however, we won’t complain at this price point.