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The Best HDMI 2.1 Gaming Monitors

9th April 2021


HDMI 2.1 Gaming monitor

Why do I need a HDMI 2.1 Gaming Monitor?

The latest technology in HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) brings about new capabilities that are changing the gaming industry in ways you might not have thought possible from a simple port.

PC gamers have been enjoying pin-sharp resolution with fluid gameplay for quite some time thanks to the bandwidth available from Display port 1.4, leaving console gamers behind as they are limited to the capabilities of the HDMI 2.0.

But thanks to HDMI 2.1, this is no longer the case! As next-gen consoles, the PS5 and Xbox series X/S, are fitted with this new signal interface that allows both 120Hz refresh rates and 4K resolution!

How can HDMI 2.1 improve my gaming? 


Person playing with Xbox controller


The HDMI 2.1 can support more than double the bandwidth of its predecessor at 48Gbps, which means it supports a brilliant 120Hz refresh rate at crisp 4K resolution, so you no longer have to choose between sharp visuals and smooth gameplay!

Not only do the next-gen consoles support this upgraded gaming experience, software developers are also following suit with a range of 120Hz 4K game releases, such as Call of Duty Cold war and Star Wars Squadrons. So without a HDMI 2.1 monitor, unfortunately, you will be unable to enjoy the latest developments in gaming.

Not only this, but HDMI 2.1 can improve your gaming experience on new games even further, as a 120Hz refresh rate can give you improved accuracy and 4K resolution allows you to see more details, offering a competitive advantage on a range of games from adventure to shooters.

The HDMI 2.1 also has auto low latency and supports VRR G-sync and Freesync thanks to the extra bandwidth available, so you can enjoy lag and stutter-free console gaming!

So, now you know why having a HDMI 2.1 monitor is more important than ever, let's get into the best HDMI 2.1 monitors available!

*it's worth noting that currently, there is just one HDMI 2.1 monitor on the market, however, as more are released we will continuously update this blog so you will be able to find the latest and greatest right here*

What are the Best HDMI 2.1 Gaming Monitors?

1) The ASUS ROG STRIX XG43UQ

As the worlds first HDMI 2.1 gaming monitor, this does not disappoint, It's everything you could expect and more!

The ASUS ROG STRIX gaming monitor

Main specs:

• 43'' Display

• 4k Resolution

• Freesync premium pro

• 1ms MPRT response time

• 144Hz refresh rate


The visuals on this display are really impressive as the VA panel boasts 90% coverage of the DCI-P3 colour gamut as well as HDR 1000 certification to give bright and accurate visuals.

It also has a range of visual settings that can give a competitive advantage when gaming, from dynamic shadow boost that helps to reveal any hidden enemies lurking in the shadows, to extremely low motion blur for crisp visuals and customisable settings from the widget display software.

Not only does its awesome specs make it a perfect choice for console gamers, but it's also a brilliant choice for PC gamers too. As those who want to access the full 144Hz refresh rate at 4K can do so via the DP 1.4 connection, allowing PC gamers to also enjoy crisp visuals and fluid gameplay. Plus Freesync Premium Pro keeps it even smoother by reducing stuttering and tearing.

This monitor is ideal for hybrid gamers, not only by its options of both DP and HDMI, but also its elegant design. The versatile style on this means it will fit perfectly on either a TV stand, computer desk or gaming setup. For those who may have it placed on a TV stand, the handy remote it comes with makes it easy to control settings from a distance, and its 43'' anti-glare panel means you will be able to view it clearly from any spot in the room.

Another really cool feature on this monitor is its PIP and PBP capabilities, which allow you to view multiple consoles simultaneously, you could even watch your favourite streamer on the PC whilst gaming on the PS5 at the same time!

So that sums up why we think the ASUS ASUS ROG STRIX XG43UQ is a brilliant HDMI 2.1 Gaming Monitor, to find out more about this monitor including where to buy click the button below!


2) Viewsonic Elite

Viewsonic's HDMI 2.1 Gaming Monitor is packed with awesome specs that cover everything a gamer could need!
Viewsonic Elite HDMI 2.1 gaming Monitor

Main specs:

  • 32'' Display
  • 4K Resolution
  • 144Hz
  • 1ms Response Time
  • Freesync Premium Pro
This monitors sharp resolution isn't let down by its colour and contrast, as it covers 99% of the Adobe RGB colour spectrum and is certified for VESA DisplayHDR 600. This means viewers can enjoy vivid and vibrant colours with deep shadows and bright highlights.

The design on the Viewsonic is great for those looking for a more minimalist monitor, as its matt black frame and 3-side borderless design offer an elegant style that doesn't scream gaming monitor. This means it could be set up in a bedroom or living space without looking out of place. 

Not only does this monitor have a 1ms response time, it also has Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) that works via HDMI 2.1. This can help to give a competitive advantage on fast-paced games such as shooters, where every millisecond counts. 

We are really looking forward to the release of the Viewsonic HDMI 2.1 monitor in Q3, and will update this blog accordingly when further information is released.

3) ASUS ROG SWIFT PG32UQ

The second HDMI 2.1 Monitor from ASUS offers similar brilliant specs and features to the XG43UQ, but its smaller IPS Panel offers slightly improved colour accuracy, as well as a unique design, VRR options and more.

ASUS ROG SWIFT HDMI 2.1 monitor

Main specs:

  • 32'' Display
  • 4K Display
  • 1ms Response Time Grey to Grey
  • 144Hz Refresh Rate
  • Unique Design with RGB Lighting
This monitor is designed to create the smoothest gaming experience possible. Not only does its 144hz refresh rate and 1ms response time help with this, the ROG Swift also has Variable Overdrive technology which automatically applies the right amount of overdrive - even as frame rates change over time! This gives you the optimum overdrive settings without the effort of manually adjusting.

This impressive monitor currently supports HDMI 2.1 VRR and Freesync Premium Pro, plus it's in the process of receiving G-sync compatible certification! With the intention that no matter what console or GPU you're playing with, you can enjoy incredibly smooth and fluid gameplay. 

This IPS Panel also offers great colour accuracy and wide viewing angles, as it covers 98% of the DCI-P3 colour spectrum, 8% more than the ROG STRIX. We also see HDR600 certification on this monitor, meaning the colours and tones you see will be bold, bright and accurate. The HDR600 certification offers lower brightness than the ROG STRIX as that is HDR1000 certified, meaning a maximum of 1000 nits brightness VS 600. 

With a variety of ports including DP 1.4, PC gamers can also enjoy the 144Hz refresh rate with full per-pixel colour reproduction even at 4K, thanks to VESA Display Stream Compression.

 The design on this Gaming Monitor is just gorgeous, we are loving the Aura Sync ROG logo present on the back of the monitor, and the futuristic-looking style that is sure to make a statement.

Due for release in Q3/Q4, we are so excited to get our hands on the Swift HDMI 2.1 Monitor and find out more about what it has to offer! We will be updating this blog when more information on the release date and pricing is available, so make sure to keep checking. 


*Please note that this blog will be continuously updated with the latest releases in HDMI 2.1 monitors as soon as more become available, so make sure to stay tuned to keep updated!*

Thanks for reading our post on the best HDMI 2.1 Monitors, we hope you have found it helpful! If you enjoyed this post, feel free to check out our Box Blogs page where we have more articles such as 'How we built the ultimate RGB gaming setup' and 'What is the difference between HDMI 1.4, 2.0 and 2.1?'.

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