Picking up the right gear for a gaming setup isn't easy these days. From picking the right mouse to dabbling with the right monitor stand, it can be an exhausting affair. After all, you wouldn't want the display to stutter or tear while you play your favorite game. And you wouldn't want to plug and unplug your display cables to switch between your PC and gaming console. So, we have compiled a list of the best gaming monitors with two HDMI inputs.
A dual HDMI monitor gives you the flexibility of switching between two input sources and removes the hassles of plugging and unplugging the different input cables. For instance, if you want to connect your Amazon Fire TV Stick and your PS4 to the monitor, a gaming monitor with dual HDMI inputs will let you do so.
The monitors today have evolved beyond the VGA inputs and now carry ample input ports with HDMI and DisplayPort.
Without further ado, let's look at the top gaming monitors with 2 HDMI ports.
The MSI Optix MPG341CQR wraps several interesting features in one package. This monitor brings you an ultrawide form factor and HDR 400 support, built-in FreeSync 2 in 4K. And if that's not enough, you also get to dabble with a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz. If the hardware specs are not enough, let me tell you that this gaming monitor is a sure-shot looker. It bundles a stylish stand and sports a series of cool LED lighting at the monitor's bottom.
There's more to this story. For one, it also bundles a dedicated mouse bungee on the lower right corner of the monitor. There's provision for attaching a camera cradle as well.
It comes packed with a VA panel. That promises better color accuracy and fast response time. There are three response timer modes—Normal, Fast, Fastest. As you might already know, response time is slower in VA panels, and this monitor is no exception. Also, it can display 84% of the DCI-P3 color gamut.
Apart from the dual HDMI 2.0 ports, this MSI Optix monitor packs an ample number of ports including a USB-C port, DisplayPort 1.4b port, and three USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports apart from audio jacks. In short, there are plenty of I/O ports.
For those unaware, HDMI 2.0 lets you carry a massive amount of data compared to its previous iteration. Interestingly, it also supports two different video streams simultaneously on the same screen.
Quite naturally, the Optix MPG341CQR costs a lot more than its counterparts below.
One of the physical highlights of the Samsung CHG70 is its elegant stand. Unlike most gaming monitors, the monitor itself is unobtrusive and plain, and it's the stand that helps it stand apart. It has a ring of LED lights at the back, which glows in a warm light. And well, this ring throws a warm light when the monitor is placed against a wall and will surely amp up the look of your gaming rig. At the same time, the arm packs some mean features as well and is super flexible.
Simultaneously, the realistic color of the VA panel, along with the high refresh rate and the 1-ms response time, is the perfect recipe for playing intensive games. It also supports FreeSync 2.
Another good thing about this monitor is that all the ports are downward-facing, making it easy to remove and attach cables and wires. There are two HDMI 2.0 inputs for the record: a DisplayPort 1.4 connector, 3 USB 2.0 ports, and audio ports.
If you want one of the best gaming monitors without paying the high price associated with the MSI monitor above, then you can't go wrong with the LG 27GL850 UltraGear monitor. It's one of the very few monitors to feature a 1ms GtG pixel response time. Woah, right? Unlike the two monitors above, this one packs an IPS panel, meaning you will get vivid and punchy colors without sacrificing the response time. It displays 98% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and 135% of the sRGB color gamut.
The 1440p resolution on the LG 27GL850 delivers a crisp, vivid, and detailed image. The AMD FreeSync support further sweetens the deal by eliminating ghosting and stutters. Do note that the FreeSync is limited to the only 100Hz.
Though this monitor supports HDR, it's not as impressive as seen in the above monitor. That happens due to the lack of local dimming in the LG 27GL850.
And well, when it comes to connections, you will have absolutely no issues in connecting your consoles over HDMI. Apart from the duo of HDMI 2.0 ports, you will get your hands on a single DisplayPort 1.4 input, two USB 3.0 hub, and a headphones jack.
The Dell S3220DGF strikes the perfect middle ground between a gaming monitor and a regular monitor that you can use for everyday life. Yep, you read that right. While the ultrawide form factor makes it great for you to open and edit several documents side by side, the hardware prowess allows you to game in all your might. For starters, the Dell S3220DGF brings you a VA panel, FreeSync 2 support, a high refresh rate of 165 Hz, and a QHD resolution display. Cool, I must say?
More importantly, the monitor looks cool, thanks to the curved display. And the almost-frameless design adds to the looks. The bezel measures 7mm at the top and 19mm on the sides.
As mentioned above, this monitor is designed for people who would want to switch between gaming and work. There's no discerning wraparound effect that is usually associated with curved displays. Speaking of the display, this one can display a pretty decent HDR color gamut coverage, though it lacks sRGB mode.
When it comes to connection, there are ample ports. There are two HDMI 2.0 ports for starters, a single DisplayPort 1.4, two USB 3.0 downstream ports.
The only downside to this monitor is the lack of built-in speakers. So yeah, you won't be able to hear any warning signals unless you hook it to an external speaker set.
Asus is no stranger when it comes to gaming monitors, and the new VG27AQL1A has several good things going on for it. For one, this one has a maximum refresh rate of 170Hz, 1ms MPRT response time, and also brings G-Sync compatibility to the table. Like most monitors in this list, this one has a QHD resolution in an IPS panel. As you may be expected, pictures appear bright and crisp, with accurate color reproduction.
The best thing about the Asus VG27AQL1A is that it beautifully combines looks and specs. For one, it's bezel-less on all the three sides, and this design earns it a slim and sleek look. At the same time, this design gives you a far greater area to work with. The stand is stylish as well as flexible, and that is a plus.
When it comes to the display, the VG27AQL1A can display nearly 124% sRGB and 96% DCI-P3. However, the HDR performance can be a little underwhelming.
Connectivity-wise, Asus adds a DisplayPort 1.2 port, a duo of HDMI 2.0 ports, and a couple of USB ports to the mix. And hey, there's a 3.5mm headphone jack as well.
If you have been eyeing some IPS displays, you must already know that they do not come cheap. A quality screen usually costs north of $300. Thankfully, that's not the case with the AOC 27G2. If you can bear with the 1080p display, the AOC 27G2 brings an amazing trough of features to the table. For instance, this 27-inch monitor supports a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz and is capable of delivering an excellent image quality. The contrast is high with deep black and will surely enhance your gaming experience.
The best part? The company hasn't cut any corners. For the price, it bundles amazing aesthetics. The bezels on the three sides (except the bottom) have been narrowed down. This sleek design pairs well with the futuristic-looking stand and the red highlights on the monitor's bottom edge.
Secondly, despite it being a budget monitor, the build quality is pretty decent. Both the stand and the monitor are built well and holds up well.
Unlike the ones above, the AOC 27G2 doesn't pack HDMI 2.0 ports. Instead, there are two HDMI 1.4 ports, a DisplayPort 1.2 port, a VGA port, a USB hub with 3x USB 3.0 ports and a USB 3.0 port. For those uninitiated, HDMI1.4 can transfer data at 10.2Gbps while HDMI 2.0's transfer rate can go up to 18Gbps. And that's one of the basic differences between the two.
Alternatively, you can also check out the ViewSonic XG2402. This one is almost in the same price range as the AOC 27G2 and brings home a 1920 x 1080 resolution TN screen with a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz.
Indeed, one can never have enough of HDMI ports. However, before you click on the Buy button, check if your PC's motherboard and graphics card will be compatible with the same, especially if you plan to buy one of the 4K displays.
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