HDMI 2.1 is one of the most exciting enhancements in connectivity in recent years. It's enabled TVs for 8K media and higher resolution gaming on new generation consoles. Now, in 2021, PC gamers are starting to enjoy the benefits of next-generation gaming monitors, HDMI 2.1 included.
The best HDMI 2.1 gaming monitors don't just have one HDMI 2.1 input, though – they have several. That makes them fantastic options for gamers who play on both PC and console, letting them connect their two favorite gaming systems (and more) to a single display.
Here's a selection of some of the best upcoming HDMI 2.1 monitors you can buy in 2021.
ViewSonic Elite XG320U
This ViewSonic HDMI 2.1 monitor combines all of the most exciting modern display technologies in a single monstrous screen for a truly high-end gaming experience. With a 4K native resolution and support for up to a 144Hz refresh rate, this IPS can take full advantage of the HDMI 2.1 connector's bandwidth. It also offers support for AMD FreeSync technology and has a swift 1ms response time to eliminate all ghosting and motion blur.
Its colors are broad and deep too, with support for 99% of the Adobe color gamut. Rated for VESA DisplayHDR 600, its 600 nits of brightness really helps HDR-compatible movies, games, and TV shows pop for an immersive experience no matter what you're playing or watching.
Alongside HDMI 2.1 connectivity, this display also offers DisplayPort 1.4 and USB connectors, making it possible to connect a wide range of systems and consoles at any one time.
Philips Momentum 328M1R
One of the first 4K monitors with HDMI 2.1 ever announced, the Philips Momentum 328M1R was pegged by many as their dream HDMI 2.1 gaming monitor. Targeted primarily at console gamers, this screen measures 31.5-inches diagonally and pairs a 120Hz refresh rate with a 4K resolution, making it an ideal partner for a new Xbox Series X or PS5 console.
You don't need to settle on just one system though. This screen offers as many as three HDMI 2.1 ports, alongside a single DisplayPort 1.4 connection, four USB 3.0 ports, and a headphone jack.
Its other stats include a fast 4ms response time, VESA DisplayHDR 600 certification, and support for more than 90% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. It will also include Philips' ambient lighting system for lighting up behind the screen in line with what you're playing or watching for added immersion.
If you're looking for a 4K monitor with HDMI 2.1, this will be one of the best when it launches later in 2021.
CES 2021 might have been an exclusively virtual event, but there was still a lot on show, including HDMI 2.1 monitors. LG was one of the many manufacturers showing off its new displays, with the LG 27GP950 being one of the most exciting. A high-speed gaming display, it combines a 144Hz refresh rate (overclockable to 160Hz) with a 4K resolution, a 1ms response time, and support for 98 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut.
It's an LG Nano-IPS display, so it features an excellent contrast ratio and wide viewing angles. It has VESA DisplayHDR 600 support for gorgeous HDR content. It's even rated G-Sync Compatible and supports AMD's Freesync Premium Pro variable refresh rate over HDMI 2.1.
Acer Nitro XV282K
A true 4K gaming monitor with HDMI 2.1 if ever there was one, the Acer Nitro XV282K is the first Acer HDMI 2.1 monitor to combine high refresh rates, resolution, and the new connector standard to best support next-generation gaming PCs and consoles at the same time. With a maximum 144Hz refresh rate for PC gamers and full support for 120Hz with variable refresh rate for console players, both at 4K resolution, it delivers the ideal gaming experience no matter what you're playing on.
It also enjoys a low 1ms response time and is one of the first monitors to be given the Rheinland Eyesafe certification, guaranteeing low blue light pollution and excellent color performance.
It's set to go on sale in May at just shy of $900.
Asus ROG Swift PG32UQ
For the ultimate gaming monitor with HDMI 2.1, Asus' new PG32UQ is the display to watch. It's a 32-inch 4K monitor with full support for 144Hz refresh rates (up to 120Hz on consoles), and twin HDMI 2.1 connectors. It's driven by its Asus Variable Overdrive technology to find the best rate for your system's output and the genre of game you're playing, for the best looking and feeling gaming experience.
This isn't just a high refresh rate 4K monitor with HDMI 2.1 one, though, it's one that truly embodies the idea of high-end gaming monitors in 2021. It has a 1ms response time, support for 98% of the DCI-P3 color gamut for some of the most stunning colors of any HDMI 2.1 gaming monitor, and broad viewing angles, owing to it being built on an IPS panel.
The stand and frame are thin and lightweight and cybernetically inspired, making this a great centerpiece in your home office or game room. Perfect, no matter what kind of game you want to play and whatever you want to play it on.
What is the Best HDMI 2.1 Monitor for Gaming?
On paper, these HDMI 2.1 monitors sport similar specs, connections, and features. But the LG 27GP950 is the best pick for an HDMI 2.1 gaming monitor – especially if refresh rate is important. While game consoles won’t be able to take advantage of the 160Hz overclockable refresh rate, your PC will, and it is perfect for fast-paced FPS games.
The Best Cables for Your HDMI 2.1 Monitor
Of course, an HDMI 2.1 monitor is just half the equation. To take full advantage of your new monitor, you’ll also need a high-quality HDMI 2.1 cable. Cable Matters offers a line of 48Gbps HDMI cables and adapters perfectly suited for HDMI 2.1 gaming monitors.