Black Friday 2019 monitor deals from Digital Foundry: 1080p, 1440p and 4K

Updated Thursday with new discounted gaming monitors.

Updated as of November 28th with a few new Black Friday monitor deals!

Gaming monitors are one of the best things to buy on Black Friday, as they normally see big price reductions during the shopping holiday and a good monitor will last you for 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 29th. You should find some incredible deals on this very page, but if nothing grabs you just yet, check back later for the latest additions!

We've tested dozens of gaming monitors each year for nearly a decade, so our suggestions here should hold some weight. We'll include a wide range of monitors in our Black Friday monitor deals roundup, from entry-level models that hit the 1080p 60Hz standard to more advanced alternatives that boost resolution, refresh rate or both. We'll also note any special specs and features on each model, such as FreeSync or G-Sync support, wide colour gamuts or reduced pixel response times, as these can be make or break inclusions for users with particular computer configurations or additional requirements.

We'll be posting gaming monitor deals for both the UK and the US, so click the links below to skip to your country!

Black Friday UK 2019 monitor deals

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The first affordable ultra-wide gaming monitor of Black Friday 2019

Ultra-wide monitors are awesome, because they are both (a) super immersive for gaming and (b) very handy for actually getting work done, but they're normally much more expensive than standard 16:9 monitors. That makes sense, of course - it costs more to build a physically larger monitor - but it's still a shame. That's why we're very excited to show off the first half-way mainstream ultra-wide gaming monitor, the BenQ XR3501R. At 480, reduced from 600, this is the lowest price this monitor has ever sold for by a significant margin!

It's a solid spec monitor for gaming and content creation too. The resolution of 3440x1440 is great, avoiding the grainy look of early 2560x1080 monitors, while still being possible to drive with a mid-range gaming computer. The refresh rate is also reasonable, at 100Hz, meaning you can play fast-paced and competitive games without being at a significant disadvantage against foes on 144Hz and above monitors. FreeSync is also included, for smoothing out lower frame-rates and eliminating tearing without adding in any appreciable input lag. Outside of gaming, USB-C connectivity means you can charge your laptop and connect it to the screen with a single cable, which is awesome for an office setup.

Overall, 480 is an awesome price for a very attractive ultra-wide gaming monitor. This same one retailed for a whopping 2000 when it first appeared on Amazon earlier this year, so getting the monitor at less than quarter of the price in an absolute steal.

x34p

The best ever-price for the Acer Predator X34P ultra-wide gaming monitor

Specs: 3440x1440, 120Hz, G-Sync, IPS display

This ultra-wide monitor sits in a nice middle ground between the mediocre early ultra-wides (2560x1080, ugh) and the ultra-premium examples released recently (5120x1440 is a perspective-altering resolution, but costs nearly four figures and requires a top-end graphics card). The X34P sits at 3440x1440, making it possible to drive with most mid-range graphics cards (eg from the RX 5700 XT / RTX 2060 Super and up) with a refresh rate of 120Hz that's suitable for games fast and slow. An IPS panel lies at the heart of the device, providing good colour accuracy and wide viewing angles, while full-fat G-Sync will keep the action smooth even if your frame-rate starts to drop. This is the best price we've seen on the X34P all year, so go for it if it fits your needs!

pg279q

100 off the current gaming monitor sweet spot champion

Specs: 2560x1440, 165Hz, G-Sync, IPS display

The ROG Swift PG279Q is a perennial favourite in best-of lists, thanks to its winning combination of 2560x1440 resolution, 165Hz refresh rate and full-fat G-Sync support. It's now at an all-time low price of 597 for Black Friday (from 699 earlier this year), so it's a great time to pick this one up. While Nvidia's recent support for FreeSync displays has made standard G-Sync less of a compelling feature, it's worth pointing out that it does have some advantages - most notably, working across the full range of possible refresh rates, rather than within a narrow window. Altogether, it's a great gaming monitor that also doubles as a good colour-accurate content creation display, making it easy to justify our recommendation.

crg90

Samsung CRG90 - 275 off an ultra-ultra-wide gaming monitor

Specs: 5120x1440, 120Hz, G-Sync, VA display

Imagine what you could do with forty-nine inches of gaming monitor on your desk. Become immersed in your favourite video game, that's what. With a 5120x1440 resolution, equal to two 1440p monitors stitched seamlessly together side by side, the CRG90 is a titanic monitor that provides a one-of-a-kind experience. Refresh rates are high too, at 120Hz, so fast-paced games get the silky-smooth presentation they deserve, while more cinematic fare looks incredible on the colour-accurate - and DisplayHDR 1000 certified! - QLED screen. It's still not cheap, mind, but at 270 off this unique hyper-advanced monitor is considerably better value than it was just a few months before.

Rapid-fire Black Friday 2019 UK monitor deals

Sometimes we have deals that we want to cover but we don't have time to write up a full treatise on why they're so good. For these models, we'll let the specs do the talking and place 'em in the deals table. Here you go!

Model Specs Price & Link
Asus VG248QE 24-inch, 1920x1080, 144Hz, TN 165 (was 244)
Samsung C24RG50 24-inch, 1920x1080, 144Hz, FreeSync, TN 170 (was 244)
BenQ EL2870UE 28-inch, 2560x1440, 60Hz, FreeSync, HDR, TN 200 (was 240)
MSI Optix MAG241CR 24-inch, 1920x1080, 144Hz, FreeSync, curved VA 200 (was 270)

Black Friday USA 2019 monitor deals

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The Predator XB271HU for $380 is the best Black Friday monitor deal so far

The Predator XB271HU has been our top gaming monitor recommendation for some time now, thanks to its judicious combination of a 2560x1440 resolution, 165Hz refresh rate and full-fat G-Sync. That makes it better than a standard 1080p 60Hz monitor in two important dimensions, making it a pleasure to game on whether you're enjoying a slow-paced game of Civilization or a rapid-fire Call of Duty match. The XB271HU also distinguishes itself by its IPS panel, so colour accuracy is excellent and viewing angles are wide, avoiding the washed out look of many TN alternatives. These qualities also make it an excellent monitor for content creation too, so it's really a great choice all-around. This current price of $380 is $120 lower than we've ever seen it and nearly half its original price, transforming this monitor from a solid recommendation into the very best Black Friday monitor deal we've spotted yet.

AW3418DW

A high-res, high-refresh ultrawide: Dell Alienware AW3418DW - $700 off

Specs: 3440x1440, 120Hz (OC), G-Sync, curved IPS display

This 34-inch ultra-wide is one of the best gaming monitors on the market, thanks to its combination of a crisp 1440p resolution, 120Hz refresh rate and full-fat G-Sync support. That makes it an ideal pickup for anyone with a Nvidia graphics card, especially anyone that plays immersive first-person games like shooters, racing games or simulations. Of course, the ultra-wide curved screen also looks great for games of all kinds - I particularly love playing strategy games like Civilization on these screens as you can see so much at once! This is an IPS monitor so viewing angles are a strong point, while the listed pixel response time of 4ms is still quite reasonable for fast-paced games. If you're sometimes called upon to actually do work at your PC, then you'll appreciate the extra screen real estate and accurate colours of this display as well. All in all, it's a great ultra-wide monitor at more than half off its debut price - amazing.

XF250Q

The best Black Friday deal on a 240Hz gaming monitor

Specs: 1920x1080, 240Hz, FreeSync, TN display

If you like to play fast-paced, competitive games - think Counter-Strike, Call of Duty or even Rocket League - then a 240Hz monitor has been proven to improve your performance. The best Black Friday deal we've found for one of these is the XF250Q, a 24.5-inch model based around a TN panel for optimal motion clarity. It's been reduced from $250 to $220 on Amazon - not the biggest discount in the world, but it brings what was an already affordable 240Hz option into something like impulse buy territory. As well as being a great choice for esports titles where hitting 240fps is possible even without one of the best graphics cards, the the monitor's FreeSync and G-Sync Compatible status should keep the action tear-free and judder-free at lower frame-rates without adding any noticeable input lag. Nice one.

Rapid-fire Black Friday 2019 USA monitor deals

Sometimes we have deals that we want to cover but we don't have time to write up a full treatise on why they're so good. For these models, we'll let the specs do the talking and place 'em in the deals table. Here you go!

Model Specs Price & Link
Aorus AD27QD 27-inch, 2560x1440, 144Hz, G-Sync Compatible, IPS $469 with code (was $599)
Aorus CV27Q-SA 27-inch, 2560x1440, 165Hz, G-Sync Compatible, VA $369 with rebate (was $459)
Acer KG241P 24-inch, 1920x1080, 144Hz, FreeSync, TN $149 (was $199)
Samsung LU28E570DS/ZA 28-inch, 4K, 60Hz, FreeSync, TN $250 (was $350)
MSI Optix AG32C 32-inch, 1080p, 165Hz, FreeSync, VA $240 (was $330)
Samsung CHG90 49-inch, 3840x1080, 144Hz, FreeSync, VA $799 (was $999)
HP 27XQ 27-inch, 2560x1440, 144Hz, FreeSync, TN $280 (was $350)

That's all for now - check back soon for the latest deals! You can also see all of the highlights on our Black Friday 2019 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/G-Sync Compatible and full-fat 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 V-sync, 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.

Owners of AMD graphics cards and the Xbox One should look for FreeSync support, but Nvidia owners have a more complicated choice. Full-fat G-Sync provides a wider variable refresh rate window, but is only available on monitors that have built-in G-Sync modules that raise the price significantly. It's also possible to achieve variable refresh rate on Nvidia graphics cards via software only, making for cheaper monitors, but only a few models have actually been certified by Nvidia as being 'G-Sync Compatible' and work out of the box. However, you can also manually enable G-Sync support on uncertified FreeSync monitors - some of which work fine, and others work badly or not at all. We'll note which certifications each monitors comes with wherever possible!

That's all we have on monitors for now! Remember to check out our other Black Friday 2019 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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