Digital Foundry's best Cyber Monday monitor deals

Deep discounts on gaming monitors, ultra-wide monitors and 4K monitors and more.

Gaming monitors are one of the best things to buy on Black Friday, as they normally see big price reductions and a good monitor will last you years and years. We've already begun to see outlets discount some of the best monitors on the market as the week of Black Friday approaches. We've rounded up all of the best options on the market right now, so take a look at what's available!

We'll keep this page updated throughout the Black Friday shopping season, culminating in Black Friday itself on November 23rd and Cyber Monday three days later. You should find some incredible deals on this very page, but if nothing grabs you, check back later for the latest additions!

In a rush? Skip immediately to US deals or UK deals. You could also take a look at our guide to the best gaming monitors for some of our favourite models. And if you're looking for more than just monitors, why not check out our full range of Black Friday 2018 tech deals?

USA Black Friday 2018 monitor deals

LG 27GK750F-B 27" 240Hz FreeSync monitor for $250 (was $450)

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The best deal of Cyber Monday so far is this 240Hz gaming monitor from LG at $250, a reduction of $200. This is the largest 240Hz monitor we've seen at 27 inches and provides a supremely responsive gaming experience in fast-paced titles like Fortnite, Counter-Strike and Dota 2. The display uses a TN panel with a 1ms response time and comes with a 1080p resolution that is even to drive to 240Hz even with a mid-range PC, as long as you stick to esports titles. All in all, a super solid gaming monitor available at a crazy discount right now.

Dell Alienware AW2518HF 25" 240Hz FreeSync monitor for $300 (was $500)

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This 25-inch Alienware monitor might be a little more expensive and a little smaller than the 27-inch monitor above, but it provides the same 240Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support in a more compact package. The stand of the monitor is far better than the LG alternative - albeit heavier - and image quality should be a bit better as well, with high contrast and brightness for a TN panel. All in all, a solid 240Hz monitor from one of the most trusted monitor brands.

LG 32UD59-B 32" 4K FreeSync gaming monitor for $310 (was $599)

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This 4K gaming monitor comes with AMD FreeSync to ensure a stable experience even below 60fps, while the 32-inch span and colour-accurate IPS panel makes games like Civilization 6 and Assassin's Creed Odyssey look absolutely breathtaking. At $310, you're getting a whole lot of monitor for the money - and we don't expect to see any monitors much better than this before 4K 144Hz displays become more common (and less expensive) in the next few years.

Acer Predator X34 ultra-wide 34-inch 3440x1440 G-Sync monitor for $700 (was $1000)

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The Predator X34 is a curved ultra-wide monitor, with a high resolution of 3440 x 1440 and a good refresh rate of 120Hz (via overclocking). G-Sync support is included to keep frame-rates smooth without tearing, while the IPS screen provides strong viewing angles and a 4ms response time. Brightness and contrast are not the best at 1000:1 and 300 nits, respectively, but this isn't likely to be a problem outside of very dark scenes in movies or games. At $300 off, the Predator X34 is also one of the best-value ultra-wides we've seen, as it provides all of the features you could want at a very reasonable price point.

Samsung CHG70 Series 32-inch 1440p 144Hz FreeSync for $450 (was $599)

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This Samsung monitor combines a lot of very nice tech in one curved package. It's a 2560 x 1440 panel that runs at 144Hz and supports AMD FreeSync, perfect for PCs with AMD GPUs and Xbox Ones. It uses a VA panel with QLED tech, so you can expect colour reproduction to be better than the average VA monitor. It's also well adjustable, with tilt, swivel and height adjustment on tap. Right now, it's $100 off from Newegg plus an extra $50 when you use code EMCEERP48 in the shopping cart, so get it while you can!

Dell Alienware AW3418DW 34" 3440x1440 120Hz ultrawide G-Sync monitor for $830 (was $1499)

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$830 is a very good price on the best ultrawide monitor on the market, the Dell Alienware AW3418DW. This monitor has a curved 34-inch IPS panel at 3440 x 1440 resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate (20Hz higher than other monitors with the same screen) and G-Sync support. This Amazon price is the lowest we've seen, although it was temporarily cheaper at Newegg (now sold out) and Ebay (also now sold out).

Acer Predator XB271HU 165Hz 1440p IPS gaming monitor for $580 (was $700)

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This is the best price we've found on the IPS variant of our favourite gaming monitor, the XB271HU. This is a 1440p monitor that runs at 144Hz, which is further overclockable to 165Hz with G-Sync support. The monitor's contrast isn't the best, but it impresses in every other way: excellent colour accuracy, low input lag, wide viewing angles and excellent adjustability. This monitor is a great choice if you're looking for something that can handle both gaming and productivity tasks with equal aplomb. It's available now from Micro Center for 20 per cent off, bringing its price down to $580. That's the best discount we've seen for Cyber Monday; feel free to let us know if you've found it cheaper anywhere else!

UK Black Friday 2018 monitor deals

Asus MG279Q 27" 1440p IPS FreeSync 144Hz + Black Ops 4 for 429 (was 519)

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This Asus MG279Q monitor combines a lot of very attractive specifications into a nice, heavily discounted package. It's a 2560x1440 IPS screen, so you can expect a sharp image, good colour reproduction and wide viewing angles, but it's also got a high refresh rate of 144Hz. This is backed with FreeSync, meaning you can smooth out uneven frame times without the usual input lag penalty of old-school Vsync - as long as you're running an AMD graphics card (or you're using an Xbox One or Xbox One X). This was a solid monitor at the 500 mark, so 430 is a good deal indeed. Better yet, you even get a free game with it - the rather excellent Call of Duty Black Ops 4, including the new Blackout battle royale mode. Not bad!

Samsung 34" 3440x1440 100Hz curved ultra-wide gaming monitor for 530 (was 700)

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This Samsung gaming monitor is one of the best ultrawides on the market, thanks to its 34-inch span, 3440 x 1440 resolution and QLED tech. It's currently available for 170 off from Amazon, bringing the usual 700 price down to 529. This is a 100Hz panel as well, which provides a noticeable improvement in fluidity and responsiveness compared to the standard 60Hz, if not quite as amazing as the 144Hz and higher panels you sometimes see in some (lower resolution) gaming monitors. Overall though, the Samsung LC34F791WQUXEN hits a good balance and definitely gets a warm Digital Foundry recommendation - especially at this best ever price!

Acer Predator XB281HK 28" 4K G-Sync monitor for 400 (was 540)

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The Acer Predator XB281HK is a 4K monitor that comes with G-Sync, which is perfect for playing recent games at 4K. If your frame-rate dips below 60fps, G-Sync can kick in to keep the frame-rate smooth without the tearing that you'd expect playing with Vsync off. The monitor also has a TN panel, so its response time is respectable at 1ms, although the 60Hz refresh rate means that the monitor isn't as well-suited to fast-paced games as monitors that operate at 144Hz or even higher. Still, a solid gaming monitor at a very attractive price. If you'd prefer a cheaper option, you can also find another Acer 28" 4K monitor with FreeSync instead of G-Sync, the KG281K. That's also been reduced for Cyber Monday, dropping to 240 from 340 on Box..

Acer Predator X34P for 630 (was 1000)

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The Acer Predator X34P is one of the best ultra-wides you can get thanks to its 120Hz refresh rate, G-Sync support and its high resolution 3440 x 1440 IPS display. Surprisingly, just a few months after launch it's possible to get this 34-inch monitor for way below RRP - retailer Very.co.uk are selling the X34P for 630, an amazing 37% off. You're getting one of the latest and greatest ultrawide gaming monitors for a very reasonable price.

Dell S2419H 23.8" IPS Full HD HDMI InfinityEdge Monitor for 137 (was 170)

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This compact monitor from Dell boasts extremely slim bezels, a vibrant IPS screen and a standard 1080p / 60Hz spec. The response time of 5ms means that TN-panel monitors will feel more responsive with less ghosting, but for slower-paced games this won't be an issue. Overall, a decent price on a nice monitor for work or gaming.

Acer Predator X27 27" 4K UHD 144Hz Monitor for 1700 (was 2174)

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Yup, that price tag above wasn't a typo. This one of the first two 4K 144Hz monitors on the market, and you'll pay a premium for that - even with nearly 500 off with Black Friday prices! However, you do get an exceptional monitor that includes HDR support, G-Sync, a 600nit FALD backlight, ostentatious styling and a gorgeous 10-bit IPS display. This monitor is only an option for those on the very cutting edge with money to burn, but it is available at its lowest ever price right now.

That's all for now - check back soon for the latest deals! You can also see all of the highlights on our Black Friday 2018 tech deals page, including TVs, PC hardware and peripherals.

Monitor buyer's guide

Not sure which monitor to pick? Take a look at our recently updated recommendations for the best gaming monitors.

Choosing a good monitor can be difficult - there's quite a bit of jargon and loads of different models to pick from. Here's what you need to know.

Choose your resolution. Resolution refers to the number of pixels on a given screen given in width and height. A monitor with a resolution of 4K (3840 x 2160) has four times the detail of a 1080p monitor (1920 x 1080). You can also get ultra-wide monitors, which The higher the resolution at a given size, the sharper and cleaner the screen can look, but the more it will cost. To benefit from a 1440p or 4K resolution when gaming, you'll need a PC with a strong graphics card, a PS4 Pro or an Xbox One X.

Know your screen types. For TVs, OLED and QLED screens are the best you can get - OLED has infinite contrast and beautiful colours, while QLED TVs can get much brighter but can't get as inky black as OLED. Both provide excellent image quality, albeit at a high price. IPS and VA screens are cheaper options that can suffer from narrower viewing angles, worse contrast and poorer colour reproduction - but the savings can certainly make these drawbacks worth it! TN screens are most commonly seen in gaming monitors, as they offer extremely low response times to ensure fast-moving scenes are reproduced cleanly.

Understand HDR. HDR refers to several standards for 'high dynamic range', which means both a high amount of contrast between the lightest and darkest pars of an image and a wider colour gamut. Seeing HDR requires both an HDR display and HDR content; many PC and console games now support HDR, and it's possible to buy or stream HDR video as well. Monitors and TVs that meet the more stringent HDR standards, like HDR10 and DolbyVision, are worth looking for if you're serious about HDR as many monitors have nominal HDR support, but don't get bright enough to really benefit from the technology.

Learn about refresh rates. Many gaming monitors (and some TVs) can refresh higher than the usual 60Hz, meaning that their screen updates anywhere from 100 to 240 times per second. This reduces input lag significantly, making games feel more fluid and responsive. This is great for fast-paced games like shooters or battle royales. While some modern TVs can operate at 120Hz at 1080p resolution, this is only really helpful if you're connecting your television to a gaming PC - almost all console games don't support such high refresh rates.

Choose between FreeSync or G-Sync. Adaptive sync, also known as variable refresh rate, keeps a TV or monitor's refresh rate in sync with a game's frame-rate. This eliminates tearing, a distracting visual artefact which occurs when a computer or console can't generate new frames as fast as a monitor can display them. Historically, this was only possible through Vsync, but this added significant delay which made games harder to play. Recently, AMD's FreeSync and Nvidia's G-Sync provide a best-of-both-worlds solution that nearly eliminates this delay while still banishing torn frames. TVs and monitors will only support one standard or the other (or neither), with G-Sync monitors costing more than their FreeSync equivalents due to the extra hardware required. Choose FreeSync if you have an Xbox One or a PC with an AMD graphics card or G-Sync if you have a PC with a Nvidia graphics card.

That's all we have on monitors for now! Remember to check out our other Black Friday 2018 tech deals and stay tuned for the latest deals as they drop!

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A bizarre British-American hybrid, Will turns caffeine into technology articles through a little-known process called 'writing'. His favourite games are Counter-Strike, StarCraft and Fallout 2.

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