If you’re thinking about buying the best monitor for Xbox series x in 2021, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve tested 35 monitors for under $150 to under $1500.
Buying a monitor seems like such a simple task. You probably have a rough screen size in mind, an equally rough budget and a solid idea of the tasks you want to use it for. So, head to your website of choice, hit a few selection boxes and your choice is made for you. Job done.
You can do that and the monitor that you buy, in all probability, will be fine. As you’ll see from this month’s bumper crop of 35 screens, if you stick to a well-known brand then there’s minimal chance of buying a dud. The question is: should you settle for “fine”?
There are some spectacular monitors out there, and not just in terms of image quality. The right monitor can genuinely make you more productive; it can free you from cables; it can make pictures pop and spreadsheets squeal.
he Xbox series X beats the competition by offering native 4K HDR output and other features that suit some of our favorite gaming monitors. There are some great HDR TVs on the market, but a computer monitor is much more suitable due to its lower latency for fast-paced titles like Overwatch and Duality. Building a battle station consisting of a PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox series X is easier with a gaming monitor, and choosing this route saves you money, energy, and space. . These monitors are upgradeable and will stand up to Xbox system upgrades.
Best Monitors For Xbox Series X
- EIZO FlexScan EV2460 LED IPS Display (Top Rated Xbox Series X Monitor)
- Acer V277U 27″ WQHD 2560 X 1440 IPS FreeSync Monitor with Speakers (Best 27″ Monitor)
- Dell UltraSharp U2720Q 27 Inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) LED Backlit LCD IPS USB-C Monitor (Best Xbox Series X Monitor With USB-C)
- Philips Brilliance 328P6 32 inch 4K Monitor (Best 4K Monitor For Xbox Series X)
- Iiyama Prolite 34 UWQHD AH-IPS LED 3440 x 1440 (Best Ultrawide Monitor For Xbox Series X)
The king of 24in professional displays, but Eizo is asking a high price in return. With any other manufacturer, $274 inc VAT buys you a 27m monitor. Eizo isn’t just any other manufacturer, though.There’s a heft to the EV2460 that suggests top-quality electronics, and that’s reflected in the best OSD on test: it’s blissfully simple to make changes, thanks to front-mounted buttons matched with sensible icons that pop up to show you what to do.
Say you want to switch from the sRGB profile to Movie. There’s no digging around in a complex menu, with six presets available within a button press or two. Naturally, image quality is the best around, as reflected by its brightness deviation across the screen; compare its results in the graphic below to that of the Iiyama. While its cheaper rival actually beats it for coverage of the sRGB gamut, and offers a marginally better Delta E, the difference will be near-impossible to spot in practice. Eizo’s excellent 1,304:1 contrast ratio and accurate color temperature will be far more obvious to the eye.
You have a plethora of inputs to choose from: DVI, VGA, DisplayPort and HDMI 2.1. There’s no USB-C input, but compensation comes in the form of a USB hub. Two of its four USB 3 ports sit on the left side, along with a headphone jack and line out, and it’s easy to access the other two, thanks to a solid yet flexible stand. The FlexScan smoothly rotates into portrait mode, while a 3440 swivel makes it easy to share what’s on your screen with neighbors. Note its 140mm height adjustment too. This screen’s only real weakness is its speakers, which are all treble and no bass.
Eizo provides unmatched support thanks to a five-year on-site warranty, and one of the reasons it can do this is its excellent reliability – as proven through many years of feedback in our annual Service & Reliability survey.
Despite all these positives, the Iiyama wins our recommendation as the 24m monitor of choice simply due to its price. The fact it comes so close to matching the Eizo for quality while costing half as much is incredible. But if you want the very best, the EV2460 is the monitor to buy.
Acer produces so many monitors that it seems to have run out of model names. Search for the B277U on its website and the one with part number UM.HB7EE.011 is first to appear – an older model that includes a webcam. We’re reviewing the B277U identified by UM.HB7EE.014, which jettisons the webcam but benefits from a more recent panel.
As always, we’re pleased to see that it’s based on IPS technology. This helped the B277U to a strong showing in our gamut coverage tests, and unusually this wasn’t restricted to the sRGB color space. While it performed well there – 98.8% coverage, 102.5%volume – we were most taken by its 85-7%/95.7% return in Adobe RGB.
That rubs shoulders with monitors that target creative professionals. It was a similar story in the DCI-P3 space, with results of 94.i%/98.4%.
This fine form carried on our accuracy tests, with an average Delta E of 0.32 when we switched the monitor to its sRGB mode. Note this locks brightness to i86cd/m2. Other modes go much brighter: we measured a peak of soscd/m2, well above the 35ocd/m2 Acer states, with its only weakness being consistency of brightness across the screen.
All this means that you should be able to find a color profile that matches your needs, but we recommend you familiarize yourself with the OSD: there are hidden, cryptic depths once you go beyond the basics. Also look out for “gotchas” such as the Super Sharpness setting, which may not be to your eyes’ liking.
Considering all of the quality on offer, and the price, we’re impressed to see so many features crammed in. The stand offers 120mm of height adjustment, 90° of swivel and portrait mode, and round the back you’ll find two USB ports and a mini-DisplayPort to accompany the usual complement of video inputs. Two USB ports sit on the left of the monitor too.
Despite all these strengths, if you’re looking for a workhorse screen we’d recommend the cheaper Iiyama ProLite XUB2792QSU-B1 – it produces cleaner whites right out of the box. But, if you’ll take advantage of the B277U’s wider gamut, it’s an excellent and affordable alternative.
3. Dell UltraSharp U2720Q 27 Inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) LED Backlit LCD IPS USB-C Monitor (Best Xbox Series X Monitor With USB-C)
If you’re looking for a 27m monitor to set your pulse racing, we can think of many others in this Labs that will do the job far better than the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q. Perhaps most notably the MSI Optix MAG272CQR. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a practical screen that will reduce cable clutter and reproduce accurate colours, this 27m 4K screen fits the bill – and, unlike the technically superior offerings from NEC and Eizo, it does so for a competitive price.
While we say technically superior, in truth there isn’t a big gulf between this Dell and its more expensive rivals. Consider its Delta E: while there’s no guarantee that the monitor you buy will match the phenomenal0.33 average we measured,Dell promises that all screens will leave the factory with an average of under two. As such, color accuracy won’t be a problem.
Dell also makes it easy to switch between preset color spaces. The UltraSharp is shipped in Standard mode, which you can tweak as you wish, but you can choose between sRGB and DCI-P3 by heading into the OSD’s Color Space sub-menu. Or flick between six color temperatures ranging from 5000K to io,oooK, or select one of its other preset modes of, say, Movie or Game.
We didn’t find it necessary to make any adjustments to cover the sRGB and DCI-P3 color spaces. In sRGB mode, it covered 92.8% of the gamut with 94.7% volume, while slipping into DCI-P3 produced a measurement of 86.7% – not perfect, and falling behind Dell’s claims of 95%, but still one of the better returns among this month’s monitors.
The OSD is easy to use and responsive, relying on four small buttons mounted at the bottom of the screen. They change function depending on context – for example, up, down, select and back if changing a value – and the sensible icons make it easy to understand what’s going on. The only annoyance when using the OSD is that the screen wobbles on its stand when you press a button (unlike the HP).
In return, you’re buying versatility. You can pivot the screen on the stand by 90° in either direction, it tilts backwards and forwards as much as anyone will need, anda45°swivel either way is enough to show your neighbor what’s on your screen. The coup de grace is a total 130mm of height adjustment, which means it should fit neatly into most workspace.
The Dell UltraSharp U2720Q is packed with all the ports most people will need, with DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.1 inputs keeping the USB-C port company. There’s no USB-B connector, so the only way to take advantage of the three USB-A ports is via its USB-C connection (as such, the Dell can’t match the keyboard/mouse sharing abilities of rivals such as the NEC).
While two of those USB-A ports are unpowered and tucked next to the video inputs, there’s a powered USB-A port on the left of the screen as you look at it – it can deliver 2A of current – and next to it a downstream USB-C port capable of delivering 3A.
We would have liked to see an Ethernet port, but when the main USB-C connector can deliver 90W of power, you can be confident that all mainstream laptops – other than the more power-hungry MacBook Pros – will only need one wire when docked. This is why we’re such fans of the USB-C approach. And note the Dell has a neat hole in its stand for the power cord and signal inputs.
To our surprise, especially after enjoying the audio output of the UltraSharp U4320Q, Dell doesn’t provide any speakers here. There’s an output jack, but that’s it. Dell is more generous when it comes to supplied cables, with a 1.8m DisplayPort and 1m USB-C cable in the box, plus a 1.8m USB-C to USB-A cable.
But where Dell’s generosity really shines is its $534 price. You can buy cheaper 4K 27m screens but they lack the all-round quality of the Dell and the versatility provided by USB-C. If you’re looking for 4K, want USB-C and can’t afford the NEC or Eizo, the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q is the monitor to choose.
Not only a terrific value monitor but a great all-rounder. If you want 4K with trimmings, choose the 328P6.
Philips has embraced the idea of docking monitors with gusto, with both its “P Line” monitors here including an RJ-45 Ethernet port along with four USB-A ports: as long as you have a laptop that will charge via the 60W USB-C connection, you can reduce the clutter on your desk to that one wire. If you aren’t too fussy about aural output, you should also be happy with the pair of 3W speakers; they’re far from audiophile quality, but are fine for background music and videoconferencing.
You can even make the argument for this screen to act as a TV (you can add a TV stick into one of the two HDMI 2.1 ports and then power it via USB), because the Brilliance does live up to its name: while a peak brightness of 46ocd/m2 in general use is more than enough, this monitor’s VESA DisplayHDR 600 certification means that it can hit 6oocd/m2 highs when playing suitable material. Sure enough, HDR-enabled videos on Netflix pack high-contrast punches that edge towards OLED territory.
Philips provides a number of “Smartimage” presets that you can select via the OSD, ranging from EasyRead to Office to Movie. The idea is that the monitor analyses what’s onscreen and then adjusts properties such as sharpness and contrast to “enhance” the displayed image. So, in the Game preset, it will activate the overdrive circuitry (to give 4ms grey-to-grey response times), while the Office mode sharpens text and reduces brightness.
Alternatively, you may want to dig into the more advanced controls, which is where the touch-sensitive buttons can befuddle as much as they sometimes help; pressing the down button sometimes activates a double-hit, for instance, so you zoom past the setting you want. Also note that Philips doesn’t offer a huge amount of control, with your options being sRGB, user-defined and six selectable color temperatures from 5OOoKto 11500K.
These are approximate figures rather than promises, however, with our colorimeter measuring the 6500Ksetting at 5995K and 7500K at 6870K. But this doesn’t have a material effect on image quality, with this VA panel offering the high contrast ratios we expect – 3,061:1 in sRGB mode – and an excellent range of colors.
You can tie it down to sRGB, where it returned coverage and volume figures of 94.6% and 95.1%, but in its default mode it stretched to 145.8% of the sRGB space and was almost perfectly matched to the DCI-P3 gamut with figures of 97.1% and 103.3%. Add in an average Delta E of 0.6 and this can only be described as an excellent panel; the sole disappointment were its brightness uniformity figures, but we suspect these were deliberately boosted at the edges to counteract some of VA’s natural drop-off.
Despite the Game option in Smart-image, we wouldn’t recommend the Brilliance to gamers. It can reach 75Hz but only at lower resolutions such as 1,440 x 900, and there’s no support for syncing technology such as AMD’s FreeSync. You’re far better served by dedicated gaming monitors such as the MSI Optix MPG341CQR overleaf.
It’s also clear that Philips is going after the business buyer with this monitor’s black and silver tones, and while creative professionals should also look elsewhere if they want guarantees of colour spaces, Philips does provide a calibration report with each monitor and guarantees a Delta E of less than two. It’s an office-friendly stand too, with height adjustment of 180mm, pivot support and the ability to swivel 340°.
What you don’t get is the feeling of luxury that comes from buying the likes of an Eizo, with the Philips Brilliance 328P6’s fit and finish not up to that of the FlexScan EV2785, for example. The stand is a good example of this: while they share similar specs, the Eizo’s is almost like a work of art where the Philips’ is far more functional. Nor do you get the long warranty of the Eizo (three years rather than five years), while Philips’ policy on pixel defects is much less generous.
But – and this is the crucial point – that’s reflected in their relative prices. You can very nearly buy two Philips Brilliance 328P6 monitors for the price of one Eizo FlexScan EV2785.It may not be as beautiful, or as tweak-able, but Philips has invested its budget in all the areas that matter to create yet another brilliant monitor for a great price.
A terrific value panel, but spending more on the Philips 328P6 delivers big benefits. Take two monitors into the office? Not Iiyama. With this 34in widescreen, it really is like having two monitors pinned together to form one gigantic workspace.
With a resolution of 3,440 x 1,440 you aren’t getting the same amount of area as two 27m 1440P screens; in terms of screen diagonal, it’s closer to two 2iin monitors. Still, no one will want desktop space, with the panel a gift to any spreadsheet devotee or those who like to have two or three windows in view simultaneously.
However, we found ourselves drawn in closer than with a 27m 1440Pmonitor, and that means that its iO9ppi density becomes a drawback.
Also note that a 21:9 ratio results in black bars on either side of most videos, which is a shame when the 5W speakers are so good.
Iiyama chooses an IPS panel, so you immediately benefit from excellent viewing angles. It’s also strong when it comes to brightness uniformity.
This wasn’t the best performer in our other technical tests, however, especially in its default mode. Its sRGB coverage of 88.6% (96.2% volume) is okay, but this panel struggles to go beyond this space. After some tweaks, we pushed those figures up to 92.6% coverage and 100.9% volume, but other panels have far wider gamuts.
Iiyama provides a handful of presets via its iStyle options – hidden away in a fiddly OSD – but only Standard gives a notable boost. And, in truth, that was mainly because it pushed our panel to its full and magnificent brightness of 425cd/m2 (Iiyama states 4oocd/m2).
The stand is more flexible than the panel, including height adjustment of 130mm and 90° of swivel, but don’t be fooled by the fact it rotates 90°. This stand doesn’t actually support pivot mode, for the simple reason that it’s too short even when the height is at its maximum of 545mm.
As ever for Iiyama, its aggressive pricing means that this monitor can’t be beaten in terms of bang-per-buck – however, spending more on the Philips Brilliance 328P6 buys you a significantly better all-rounder.
Choosing a monitor for the Xbox One is easy as long as the product meets simple criteria for it to be practical. Users won’t need anything fancy unless they want to take full advantage of HDR’s benefits or match their chosen display to an Nvidia or AMD GPU for proprietary Adaptive Sync solutions. As long as your selected model includes an HDCP 2.2 compatible HDMI 2.1 a slot, you can enjoy 4K HDR gaming and streaming on your Xbox One X.