PC Gamer Hardware Awards: The best gaming monitors of 2023

If 2022 was the year OLED finally hit the desktop was 2023 the year OLED went mainstream on the PC? Arguably not, what with pricing that still starts around $700. But we did get a lot more choice when it comes to proper OLED monitors. Several manufacturers joined Alienware in the 34-inch ultrawide OLED segment, while a slew of 27-inch 1440p OLED panels arrived and then Samsung trumped them all with a 49-inch uberwide option.

We also saw prices of perhaps our favourite current form factor, the high-refresh 34-inch ultrawide, tumble. During the recent Black Friday deals chaos, several models dipped well below $300. Likewise, plain old 27-inch 1440p panels got even cheaper than ever, meaning that you can now have a decent high-res and high-refresh gaming panel for under $200. That’s very nice to know.

For speed freaks, the first 500Hz panels appeared. Remember when anything beyond 144Hz seemed like overkill? Well, 240Hz is rapidly becoming something of a base level for serious gaming, which is pretty remarkable.

If there is a disappointment, it’s that mini-LED tech is proving something of a disappointment. For starters, it’s still super expensive given that it’s just a fancy backlight tech. And the dimming zone counts having been increasing as much as we’d like, the consequence of which is mini-LED monitors still get nowhere near the lighting precision of OLED. With all that in mind, here are our very favourite gaming monitors of 2023.

Best gaming monitor 2023: the nominees 

The winner of the PC Gamer Hardware Award for the best gaming monitor will be announced on New Year’s Eve. It’s all to play for, and any one of these three is completely deserving of the crown.