14 Best IPS Monitors For Every Situation
IPS monitors, in general, have rich and saturated colors, pretty good response times, and excellent viewing angles, making them a great choice for your gaming needs. Another group of users who prefer IPS over other types of panels are content creators and editors who value IPS’ color accuracy and viewing angles.
Today, we’ve gathered the best IPS monitors, both for gaming and content creation/image and video editing. Below you’ll find a bunch of different models, spanning from ultrawide models to 1440p and 4K high refresh monitors, to the best IPS monitors for color-critical work. Before we start, a couple of tips and suggestions. If you’re looking for a 32-inch gaming monitor, wait a bit since current offerings come with major limitations. Either you’re looking at 1440p resolution, which can be pretty grainy, or a 4K 60Hz combination. In other words, not great for gaming. At least some of the 4K60Hz models come with FreeSync support, like the LG 32UN880-B.
The first decent looking 32-inch gaming monitor is the Predator XB323U GX from Acer, but it won’t come out at least until January 2021. Also, if you want to get an HDMI 2.1 4K monitor to go with a next-gen console, wait. At the moment there are exactly zero monitors on the market that include HDMI 2.1 support. Okay, now that we got that out of the way, let’s focus on the best IPS monitors you can buy right now.
Best IPS Monitors – Our Picks
|Best Ultrawide IPS Monitor For Gaming||LG 38GL950G|
|Best Budget Ultrawide IPS Monitor For Gaming||Acer Nitro XV273K|
|Best 1440p 144Hz IPS Monitor For Gaming||Dell S2721DGF|
|Best Budget 1440p IPS Gaming Monitor||LG 27GL83A-B|
|Best 4K IPS Gaming Monitor||LG 27GN950-B|
|Best IPS Monitor For Competitive Multiplayer Games||ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN|
|Best 240Hz IPS Monitor||ASUS VG279QM|
|Best Budget IPS Monitors For Color Critical Work||ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV|
|Best Mid-Range IPS Monitors For Color Critical Work||Acer Predator X27|
|Best High-End IPS Monitors For Color Critical Work||Eizo ColorEdge CG319X|
Best Ultrawide IPS Monitor For Gaming
Ultrawide gaming can be extremely immersive and is one of the best things about PC gaming. Further, UW monitors are great for tasks that include lots of tables and matrices, or for video editing. The LG 38GL950G is the ultimate ultrawide gaming display, at least if you want a 21:9 ultrawide. It offers a bit more workspace than a 34-inch ultrawide monitor which may look like a gimmick but that extra vertical headroom helps, especially if you’re one of the people that consider ultrawide too short compared to regular, 16:9 monitors.
When it comes to gaming performance, the LG 38GL950G is exemplary. You’re looking at incredible response time, very low input lag, and 175Hz refresh rate. Colors are also great and an extra bump in the resolution (3840 x 1600 vs. 3440×1440 on 34-inch UW monitors) along with the extra vertical workspace is noticeable. The monitor also comes with HDR 400 capability that isn’t great but that can make HDR content look better. And yes, you get FreeSync and G-Sync compatibility. This is definitely one of the best monitors to pair with the RTX 3080.
The biggest downside is the price. For the price of this monitor, you can get virtually any other gaming monitor on the market. You can get a 4K 144Hz unit, or the current super ultrawide darling, the Odyssey G9 (this one uses VA panel, not IPS) for way less than the price of this monitor. Next, the contrast ratio is pretty weak, not even reaching 1000:1, which is to be expected on an IPS monitor but still. Finally, there’s the curve but its 3800R curve is pretty mild, which shouldn’t bother most users, even those not liking curved screens.
When it comes to alternatives, you can wait a bit for Alienware to release their 2021 gaming lineup that includes a 38-inch model. If you don’t need 38 inches of workspace, get a 34-inch UW. Some of the best UW gaming monitors out there are 34-inch units, such as the LG 34GN850 and the 34GP83A-B (basically refresh of the 34GN850 that’s cheaper), or the Alienware AW3420DW.
Best Budget Ultrawide IPS Monitor For Gaming
If you want a budget UW IPS gaming monitor well, the market’s pretty limited. Most budget UW gaming offerings feature VA panels, curved VA panels to be more accurate. On the other hand, you have solid IPS ultrawide models, but they aren’t made for gaming. If you want a budget UW monitor for gaming, check out the Acer Nitro XV340CK, one of the rare budget UW IPS gaming monitors.
Overall, this monitor’s great for gaming. 144Hz refresh rate combined with FreeSync and G-Sync compatibility, as well as with a low input lag, pretty solid response time, and 3440×1440 resolution make for a snappy and immersive gaming experience. On the flipside, you have an average contrast ratio, poor HDR implementation, and peak brightness of only 250 nits. This could be an issue if your PC is located in a brightly lit room.
If you need a UW for work, there are lots of affordable IPS monitors out there that are either lower tier or older models. Check out models such as the LG 34WK650-W, which should be great both for matrices and tables as well as for video editing. The downside is only 1080p UW resolution on a 34-inch panel. If you want to go 1440p UW, check out the LG 34WN80C-B, which is more expensive than all those 34-inch VA ultrawide gaming monitors. Finally, if you want an IPS, 1440p, high refresh rate gaming alternative, take a look at the iiyama G-Master GB3461WQSU-B1. It’s pretty hard to get if you’re outside the EU but it presents a pretty solid alternative to the Acer Nitro XV340CK.
Best 1440p 144Hz IPS Monitor For Gaming
|Resolution||2560 × 1440|
|Pixel Density||109 PPI|
|Refresh Rate||165 Hz (with DP)
144 Hz (with HDMI)
|Response Time||1 ms (Gray to Gray)|
|I/O Ports||2 × HDMI 2.0
1 × DisplayPort 1.4
1 × USB 3.0 Type-B Upstream
4 × USB 3.0 Type-A Downstream
1 × Audio Line Out
1 × Headphone Out
The 1440p, 144Hz is the sweet spot for PC gaming at the moment. The image is pretty sharp on a 27-inch panel while the high refresh rate allows for an incredibly smooth gaming experience. Also, the upcoming RTX 3070 and Big Navi cards are designed for high refresh rate 1440p gaming.
LG had the best performing 1440p IPS gaming monitor in the form of the 27GL850-B but then Dell took the panel used on that monitor and created the S2721DGF, which is both better and cheaper than the 27GL850-B. The S2721DGF offers superb response time and ultra-low input lag. It also supports both FreeSync and G-Sync and its colors are awesome after some calibration. Overall, this is the best 1440p 144Hz (overclockable to 165Hz) monitor you can get right now but it isn’t perfect. The contrast ratio is poor, even for an IPS monitor. Also, IPS glow is fairly notable, but this varies from unit to unit.
When it comes to HDR, the S2721DGF is average at best, but it can be used for color-critical work. Its color accuracy is great, as is its coverage of the Adobe RGB color space. On the flipside, you won’t get that near-flawless colors out-of-the-box. Be ready for some calibration. Overall, you won’t find a better 1440p 144Hz monitor than the Dell S2721DGF. The aforementioned 27GL850-B has the same specs but it costs more. Other alternatives include the excellent ASUS TUF VG27AQ, which offers a 165Hz refresh rate, great motion handling, and accurate colors. The ViewSonic ELITE XG270QG is more expensive than other picks, but it comes with the actual G-Sync module and offers great gaming specs. If you don’t mind 1440p on a 32-inch panel, there’s a lot of VA models out there but exactly zero IPS options at the moment.
Best Budget 1440p IPS Gaming Monitor
The budget 1440p IPS gaming monitor market has some really solid 144Hz options. There’s the Acer Nitro XV272U, ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD, and the LG 27GL83A-B. Out of those three, the LG 27GL83A-B offers the best overall gaming experience. It has excellent motion handling and very low input lag, 144Hz refresh rate, as well as support for Freesync and G-Sync. The colors look amazing after calibration and the monitor has pretty good coverage of the Adobe RGB, making it suitable both for gamers and media creators.
You also get an okayish HDR experience (for a computer monitor), which looks fine in games. On the other hand, the contrast ratio is low even for an IPS and the IPS glow is fairly noticeable. The Acer model has about the same colors, contrast, but its response time is slower while costing the same as the LG. ViewSonic, on the other hand, is the best bang for the buck out of the three because for a lower price you get almost the same gaming performance but without HDR support. If you don’t care about HDR, the ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD should be the best choice in the budget market.
Best 4K IPS Gaming Monitor
4K gaming monitor market is still pretty niche, with zero models offering all-in-one package. Now that we have the RTX 3080, which is actually capable of running modern games at 4K and high refresh rates, the 4K 144Hz monitor market should get exciting new additions in the future. But at the moment the two best 4K gaming monitors, if you don’t care about the price, are the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ and the Acer Predator X27. They both offer superb specs, are great both for gaming and color-critical work, and have unbeatable HDR implementation compared to other PC monitors. On the flipside, they both are extremely expensive and come with a huge caveat.
Due to the limitations of the DisplayPort technology 144Hz mode can only work with chroma subsampling, which looks awful outside games. You can game at 120Hz but then you lose the HDR color gamut. The only way to game in HDR with a wide color gamut and without chroma subsampling is to run monitors in 98Hz refresh rate mode, which isn’t worth the high price.
Newer 4K 144Hz models come with DSC (display port streaming) technology that allows gaming at 144Hz with a wide color gamut and without chroma subsampling. A great choice here would be the Asus ROG Strix XG27UQ but it comes only with HDR 400 and without full-array local dimming. The LG 27GN950-B, on the other hand, has better motion handling, HDR 600 support with 16 local dimming zones, and better color accuracy, all that for less than what the ROG Strix XG27UQ sells for. It’s the best 4K 144Hz monitor on the market considering the price. You won’t get HDR 1000 support but the LG model can run games at 144Hz with HDR color gamut and without color compression. Also, the 27GN950 costs far less than the ROG Swift PG27UQ and the Predator X27.
Best IPS Monitor For Competitive Multiplayer Games
If you play exclusively esports titles and quick pace multiplayer titles you probably need the fastest possible refresh rate. Luckily, the fastest monitor on the market right now uses an IPS panel. The ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN is a 25-inch, 1080p monitor with a blazing fast 360Hz refresh rate. It has superb gaming performance but comes without a wide color gamut and with limited HDR support (HDR 400). It’s not suited for watching movies or for doing color-critical work but for fast-paced multiplayer titles, this is the best choice on the market.
Best 240Hz IPS Monitor
The 240Hz gaming monitor market is dominated by TN panels. They offer the best motion handling in general and are cheap to produce so they are used on most 240Hz gaming monitors where color accuracy isn’t that important. There are 1440p 240Hz monitors out there but they use either the TN or VA technology. In other words, if you want an IPS 240Hz gaming monitor, you’re limited to 1080p resolution.
And among 240Hz 1080p IPS monitors the ASUS VG279QM and the LG 27GN750-B stand above the crowd. They both offer exceptional gaming performance, with the ASUS model coming with a 280Hz refresh rate when overclocked. Other specs are pretty similar between the two. The LG has a bit wider SDR color gamut but it’s also not as bright as the ASUS monitor. They both come with average HDR performance in the sense that they do not support HDR color gamut. Finally, the two models are priced very similarly. If you want a 25-inch 240Hz IPS monitor in case 1080p at 27-inch is too grainy for your liking (we don’t blame you), the ASUS VG259QM is your best bet.
Best IPS Monitors For Color Critical Work
Down below you’ll find the best IPS monitors for color-critical work. They come with great color accuracy and some of them are also pretty good for gaming.
Those on a budget should look at the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV or the LG 27GL650F-B. The SDR color gamut is great on both models, with the LG offering a bit better Adobe RGB coverage as well as a bit better color accuracy out of the box. The LG comes with a 144Hz refresh rate but also only a 1080p resolution. The ASUS model has only a 75Hz refresh rate but bumps up the resolution to 1440p. If you use your PC both for work and gaming, the ASUS is a better choice in case you don’t care about fast-paced multiplayer titles. If that’s not the case, the LG offers a slicker gaming experience.
The mid-range segment also has two excellent choices. The Acer Predator X27 has one of the widest color gamuts out of all gaming monitors, with almost complete coverage of the Adobe RGB. The X27 also has a great HDR color gamut, and it can be used for high refresh rate gaming if you don’t mind chroma subsampling. The LG 32UN880-B, on the other hand, is much cheaper than the X27 but it offers excellent colors for photo and video editing as well as 4K resolution and a versatile stand. Compared to the X27 its HDR performance is way worse and it only offers a 60Hz refresh rate.
For those who need ultra-color accurate but also ultra-expensive IPS monitors, check out the Eizo ColorEdge CG319X if you want superb color accuracy, a built-in calibrator, and excellent coverage of various color spaces. If you want 8K resolution so high-res photos or 8K video content get the Dell UP3218K.