Best Gaming Monitor Sales for Black Friday (So Far): 240Hz, UltraWide, 1440p, & 4K Displays

By Published November 28, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the best times to buy a new monitor, mainly because it’s one of the only times they see the big discounts of the year as companies try to dump stock for new products. Similar to our overall Black Friday Sales Roundup we also published, today we’ll take the same format and focus in on just monitors. If you’re interested in some Best Of round-ups with recaps of our testing for the year, check our Best Cases of 2019 and Best CPUs of 2019 content.

We’ve researched the best overall displays for various categories, ranging from best budget 1080p panels to the best overall ultrawide monitors, and rounded-up everything in between to help those looking for a new display find their best match. We haven’t tested each of these in-house, but have researched each one on a sale-by-sale basis to try and determine which Black Friday monitor sales are actually worthwhile.

This will be a list of the best sales for each category. While there are better monitors for each category, the real question is whether or not they’re on sale this weekend.

Update: We've added a Best CPU & GPU Sales round-up and Best Motherboard Sales round-up.

Best Budget 1080p Gaming Monitor Sales

Nixeus EDG 24” 1080p 144Hz Monitor ($140): The Nixeus EDG monitor is a 24”, 1080p Freesync solution with an advertised refresh of 144Hz (Freesync range: 30Hz to 144Hz) and response time of 1ms gray-to-gray. The monitor is also “G-Sync Compatible,” meaning that modern NVIDIA cards can also make use of adaptive sync functionality via DisplayPort. If you just want a high refresh gaming monitor for cheap, at the mark-down of about 39%, this one is a strong contender.

Dell SE2417HG 23.6” TN monitor: If you need something cheaper still, this 2ms response, 60Hz display from Dell offers the simplest of features -- it’s 1080p and it’s roughly in the range of $100, which makes it a budget-oriented display for people with strict limits on spending for peripherals.

Best Sale on Dirt Cheap 1080p IPS Monitor (for a secondary screen)

HP’s 23.8-inch FHD IPS monitor starts off our list with the spot for best budget IPS 1080p monitor. The display comes with a fully adjustable stand and thin bezel edges, which are typically not found among competitors in the ~$100 price range. The monitor supports a 60Hz refresh rate and has an IPS panel to support wider viewing angles, making it a particularly good choice for a secondary side monitor. Output however is limited to only HDMI 1.0 and VGA, but for the low price and the other features, you can’t get much more in this lower budget territory. Note that weaknesses include a very slow response time (7ms gray-to-gray, 14ms on/off). We wouldn’t recommend this as a gaming display, but more as a secondary screen to keep your email, spreadsheets, browser windows, or music while keeping gaming on the main panel.

Best Budget 1440p Sales ($200 to $300 range)

Acer’s KG271U was recently marked down for Black Friday, and that makes it an attractive buy for anybody looking to step-up their setup from 1080p. 1440p is now becoming a more desired resolution thanks to decreasing prices, and sales like these only strengthen that. The KG271U comes with an adjustable angle mounting stand, two 2-watt speakers (you should just use something else, granted), a 75Hz refresh rate, and 1ms response time, making it a good, affordable gaming monitor.

LG’s 32GK650F-B monitor is a higher refresh 1440p solution, maxing-out at a 144Hz refresh rate (and supporting Freesync). The LG display is a 32”, slim-bezel display with a 1ms response rate to match its gaming marketing surrounding the 144Hz refresh rate.

Best Budget 4k Monitor Sale

The Samsung 32-inch UJ59 4K monitor is one of the cheaper options on the market already, but it’s marked down for Black Friday. 4K resolution has quickly become more and more affordable in the last two years, and now it’s easier to pick up a decent, large, hi-res display without killing the budget. The UJ59 not only fulfills the high resolution and large screen size that you want, but also comes with AMD FreeSync compatibility, slim bezels, and an adjustable stand.

Best Budget Gaming Ultrawide Sale

Sceptre’s 30-inch 21:9 Ultrawide is marked down this weekend, supporting the growing Ultrawide market at lower prices. This one is “only” 2560 x 1080 for the resolution, as opposed to the popular-but-expensive 3440 x 1440, but it’s also harder to complain at the price point. The Ultrawide display comes with a variety of bonus features, like FreeSync compatibility, a fully adjustable stand, a whopping 200Hz refresh rate, and a fast 1ms response time. These features, the reasonable discount price, make it a convincing pickup.

If you’re more interested in 3440 x 1440 options, the Samsung 34-inch SJ55W Ultrawide monitor (LS34J550WQNXZA) is an option that sacrifices the refresh rate of the previous display for a higher resolution. This one runs a 75Hz refresh with a 4ms response.

Best Gaming Ultrawide Sale

Coming in at the best deal for a gaming ultrawide is the LG 34UC89G-B. The monitor comes with a variety of gaming-oriented features, like the 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, an IPS panel, and G-Sync. The LG monitor is usually in the upper echelon of prices for monitors, but the reduction to the sub $500 category makes it a serious consideration for anyone looking to seriously get into the ultrawide gaming scene.

Best Gaming 1440p Sale

The famous Asus ROG Swift takes the spot for the best deal on a 1440p gaming monitor, due to its now-competitive discounted price. The Swift brings all features one would expect with the higher price tag, including the 1ms response time, 165Hz refresh rate, the 27” TN panel, G-Sync compatibility, thin bezel edges, and a strong adjustable stand.

Best 240Hz Monitor Sale

The Acer XF250Q 1080p/240Hz monitor is also on sale this weekend. A 240Hz refresh rate was almost unheard of two years ago, now, 1080p 240Hz displays can be found for less than the price of 144Hz monitors were then. The Acer XF250Q comes in relatively affordably for a full 24.5” 1080p 240Hz monitor. Despite its low cost, the XF250Q still comes with all of the features one would expect with a gaming monitor, like the fully height and angle adjustable stand, a low response time of 1ms, and even FreeSync compatibility. In terms of connectivity, the monitor can support the 240Hz refresh rate on both Displayport 1.2 or HDMI 2.0, with an additional HDMI 1.4 port available.

Check back regularly for our ongoing coverage through end of year.

Editorial: Jake Henderson

Last modified on November 29, 2019 at 7:54 pm

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