I’ve been playing PUBG for a while and I can honestly say that the number one improvement you can make to your rig to collect more chicken dinners is upgrading your monitor.
Monitors come in all shapes and sizes and with different architectures, so in this article I’ll try to identify the best monitor for PUBG specifically, divided by type of monitor and budget!
Let’s take a look..
What’s The Best Monitor for PUBG?
In general, you want a monitor that has a high refresh rate. Playing at 60Hz these days is a serious disadvantage: put simply, your enemies will see you before you can see them.
What is monitor refresh rate?
A monitor displays images on the screen as a series of static images. The refresh rate of the monitor determines how often the image on the screen changes. 60Hz = 60 times per second. So if you have a 120Hz monitor, the images on your screen refresh twice as fast as on a 60Hz monitor (duh).
This means that, if you’re inside School in PUBG and you turn a corner, with a 60Hz monitor, it may take you twice as long to see some guy who’s inside looting and sporting his brand new 120Hz monitor. The time difference is minute (0.008 of a second), but trust me, it’s a VERY noticeable difference.
Not to talk about general smoothness and ability to aim more accurately.
In general, you want a monitor with the highest possible refresh rate, as that will minimize the amount of time that the image on your screen is “outdated”. The jump from 60Hz to 120Hz is SUPER noticeable, but after that, it’s all diminishing returns. I could pick out the difference between a 60Hz and a 120Hz monitor any day of the week, but I’m not sure that humans can physically discern a 165Hz from a 240Hz monitor.
144Hz, which is pretty much the standard for high refresh rate monitors these days, is perfect for gaming and general computing.
The resolution of a monitor, is the amount of pixels on the screen. The more the pixels, the more detail you can see – that’s resolution, as in, you can “resolve” more detail.
The size of a monitor is quite simply how big the screen is (duhhhh – sorry, I have to make sure we’re all on the same page here).
Resolution and size are not fixed, i.e. you can have a smaller size monitor with a higher resolution and vice versa.
In my opinion, 24 inch monitors are the lowest you wanna go. But ideally, I’d shell out for something like a 27 inch at least.
There’s also the new trend of ultrawide monitors. These monitors are usually 34 inches diagonally: these monitor aren’t sporting the usual 16:9 aspect ratio, but a 21:9 ultrawide aspect ratio.
These monitors are really nice for a couple of reasons.
For every day tasks, you can use them basically like you would a dual monitor setup: have two windows side by side for browsing or word processing — the extra width is perfect for this, fitting two full windows comfortably side-by-side.
In terms of gaming, these monitors afford you the ability to see more of your surroundings, giving you a little advantage in terms of a wider Field of View. Be warned though that some games get finicky with the odd resolution sometimes, and you may have to fiddle with them. PUBG, since the latest update is completely compatible with 21:9 monitors and, while you lose a little bit of view vertically, you can see a lot more on the sides (which is arguably more advantageous).
Check this screenshot for a comparison of the field of view in PUBG in 16:9 vs 21:9.
G-Sync and Freesync
Another pretty essential feature for a gaming monitor is either G-SYNC (if you have an NVIDIA graphics card) or FreeSync (if you have an AMD graphics card).
What these technologies do, is they sync your graphics card producing the images with your screen’s refresh rate. That means that you won’t see any “screen tear” when you whip your mouse around, because the graphics card won’t push half an image to the monitor, but it will instead push an entire image for each draw cycle of your monitor.
This has a performance benefit as well, because you won’t have to use V-Sync to avoid screen tearing (which is basically a software solution to the same problem, but that uses computer resources, G-Sync and FreeSync don’t!)
Best 144Hz 27″ Monitor for PUBG
This is the best gaming monitor on the market right now if you ask me. It’s the one that’s sitting in front of me right now, and for good reason:
It’s got an IPS panel, which means the screen has excellent color rendition, which is great for normal browsing and if you wanna do any Photoshop or editing work.
The refresh rate is insanely high at up to 165Hz (you need a GeForce 900 series or above to run it beyond 144Hz).
The resolution is also a super nice 2560 x 1440 which is ideal for gaming as well as regular browsing. If you own a Macbook of any sort with Retina display and then you go to your 1920×1080 desktop monitor, it will make you wanna cry. Not so much with this 1440p monitor: there is enough resolution there to look super sleek and modern.
It features G-SYNC.
What more could you want?!
Best 100Hz 34″ Ultrawide Monitor for PUBG
Ultrawide monitors, as we’ve seen before, offer a competitive advantage by allowing you to see more of your surroundings in PUBG. Because of the added screen real estate, it’s a little harder to push these monitors, and I’d recommend getting one of these only if you have a good graphics card. (Then again, these monitors are pretty expensive, so if you’re considering this, you probably have a pretty nice rig already.)
The Predator X34 is a kickass monitor in all regards.
It looks absolutely stunning in my opinion, and that stand might just be the most awesome monitor stand ever. The monitor doesn’t tilt a lot but really, who uses monitor tilt anyway?
It’s an IPS panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. Perfect.
The refresh rate is 100Hz. It’s not as fast as other monitors, but for such a big monitor, that’s plenty fast.
It comes in both G-SYNC and FreeSync flavors.
Fastest Monitor for PUBG
Asus has just outdone itself and has come out with a 280Hz monitor (!)
The impressive VG279QM is a 27 inch, 1080p monitor featuring G-Sync / FreeSync as well as Asus’ ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur) technology, which provides a strobing backlight for blur reduction that is also available while the VRR (variable refresh rate) function is on.
This monitor is extremely fast while still carrying all the benefits of an IPS panel, meaning a pretty good contrast ratio and color accuracy.
The only downsides of the VG279QM are the dramatic loss of brightness when using the ELMB technology, and the relatively low pixel density — this is a 27″ monitor that only goes up to 1920×1080 after all.
That said, it’s been shown that higher refresh rates correlate to better gaming scores even beyond 144Hz, therefore, there’s value in going as high as you possibly can.
If all you care about is speed in your game, over resolution and over color quality, then the best you can get is the Asus PG258Q.
This monitor is the smallest we’ve seen yet, at 24.5 inches. It’s also the lowest resolution, at 1920 x 1080 (full HD).
And the panel here is a TN, which is faster but less color-accurate.
And, of course, you still have G-SYNC.
Overall this monitor will deliver an inferior image to the other monitors in this article, BUT this baby is fast. If all you care is becoming the king of clutch kills in the final circle, you can’t do much better than the PG258Q.
Also, being a TN panel, this is the cheapest monitor here.
Best 4K Monitor for PUBG
These monitors are absolutely incredible, featuring the best possible specs: they’re IPS panels with 144Hz refresh rates, G-SYNC HDR (G-SYNC plus High Dynamic Range technology to make media look even more contrasty and amazing), and 4K resolutions. While these monitors are the holy grail of gaming and would be perfect for PUBG, they are pretty obscenely expensive.
But, if money is no object and you want the best possible PUBG experience, these are the monitors for you!
Budget Pick 4K Monitor
This 4K monitor is a real Jack of all trades: it’s a 3840 x 2160 28″ IPS Display with an amazing 94% coverage of the DCI-P3 and HDR400. It supports FreeSync and G-Sync and a refresh rate of 144Hz.
Another one of the fantastic features of this great all-rounder is the KVM switch, which allows you to use your mouse and keyboard on different computers with a click of a button. It’s a life saver if, like me, you want to switch between your Macbook Pro for work and your gaming desktop computer!
One thing to be on the lookout for is QC with this monitor — I personally have had a buzzing sound coming from it when the brightness was lower, which is a known issue.
This is the bigger version of the monitor above, and this panel is actually better reviewed than the one above.
Best Ultrawide Monitor for PUBG
Lately ultrawides have become more and more popular – 21:9 aspect ratio monitors are fantastic for productivity, and they’re stunning to see in person! Newer panels have been getting higher refresh rates as well as G-Sync / Freesync support, making them a viable option for gamers too.
This monitor does it all – it has a 38″ panel with a WQHD+ resolution of 3840 x 1660, which is essentially a 4K monitor with the top and bottom cut off. At 38 inches, this thing is a beast, but the size and resolution combo hits a perfect spot in terms of text size and legibility.
The extra room will allow you to run multiple windows side-by-side while you’re working, and it is just incredible to game on!
Gaming on an ultrawide allows you to have an even wider field of view, which can prove crucial in gunfights. And, at 144Hz and with its low input lag, you don’t have to sacrifice speed.
One word of warning: this display is BIG. If you’re pushing that many pixels, you better have a beefy system that can keep up, otherwise you’ll be playing games at 60fps!
All things considered, I still think that the Asus ROG PG279Q is the Best Monitor for PUBG. It marries visual quality with speed, all at a pretty affordable price.