Best HDR monitors: The top HDR displays for gaming in 2021

With the next generation of consoles having firmly cemented their place within the gaming ecosystem, more players are searching for the best HDR monitor to make use of the Xbox Series X/PS5’s top features.

HDR- or High Dynamic Range – is a visual feature commonly found in 4K TVs or monitors. It’s easy to underestimate the impact HDR has on games and films without viewing it for yourself, but HDR is necessary for the very best gaming experience. Devices that utilise HDR offer deeper, more vivid colours and contrasts, allowing for more detailed images that look incredibly realistic.

With that in mind, here are our top HDR monitors to deliver you the best looking visuals while gaming.

Best Curved HDR Monitor: Samsung Odyssey G7 Curved Gaming Monitor

Immersive HDR

Along with HDR, curved monitors are fast becoming a popular product for those wanting the best gaming setup.

Samsung’s Odyssey G7 monitor offers curved HDR gaming at 1440p for the most immersive gaming experience possible.

The G7 also supports a whopping 240Hz refresh rate and has a rapid response time of just 1ms.

For a reasonable price, it’s hard to go wrong with this HDR monitor.


Because couch gaming deserves the best, too

While lots of us prefer to play games sat at a desk in a gaming chair, looking at a monitor, a majority of players connect their consoles or devices to a TV. If you’re one of these people, don’t worry – this doesn’t mean you cannot utilise HDR technology.

Our top HDR TV comes courtesy of LG. This 55″ TV offers 4K gaming with a refresh rate of 100Hz, along with HDR support – everything you need for the best gaming experience. Alongside this, the OLED display will deliver even more detailed visuals, ensuring that no matter if you’re playing games or watching TV, you get the best experience possible.

Best Cheap HDR Monitor: BenQ EL2870U

HDR doesn't need to be expensive

BenQ is known for creating high-quality monitors for a great price, and this reputation extends into the realm of HDR monitors.

The EL2870U support 4KUHD, with a 1m/s response rate along with HDR and AMD FreeSync support, for the smoothest, crispest gameplay possible.

These features are often only found in the top-range of monitors, which can be pretty expensive. However, BenQ’s monitor costs just £259.99- an absolute bargain.

Best Ultra-Wide HDR Monitor: Samsung LC49HG90DMUXEN

The BEST way to play games

Fed up with the dual-screen monitor setup? Ultra-wide monitors are a great way to give you an immersive, cinematic gaming experience, especially when combined with HDR.

This ultra-wide monitor from Samsung comes in at 49-inches with a 32:9 aspect ratio. It uses HDR and Samsung’s QLED Quantum Dot technology to deliver a bright, crisp, realistic display that puts any 16:9 monitors to shame.

The Best All-Round HDR Monitor: Gigabyte G27Q

Everything you need...

The Gigabyte G27Q is our all-round favourite HDR monitor. Featuring QHD 1440p gaming, 1m/s response time and a refresh rate of 144Hz, this monitor offers an amazing gaming experience without needing to break the bank.

Combined with its HDR, the G27Q gives its owners a rich and detailed display, along with support for both FreeSync and G-Sync to further enhance your gaming setup.


Oliver Barsby