Best Monitor for Fortnite – The Ultimate Guide
If you want to get as many Victory Royales as possible you’ll want to make sure that your gear isn’t holding you back. Every piece of kit is important when it comes to performing at the highest levels, and that also goes for the monitor. From the moment you jump out of that battle bus you’ll be flying head-first into a hectic playground filled with explosions, projectiles, and rapidly expanding buildings, so it only makes sense that you’ll want a monitor that can help you get a sense of clarity in all the chaos.
We’ve been analyzing the monitors that the pro players are using to compete, and from our data we’ve compiled this list with five of the most used monitors in the professional Fortnite scene. We’ll give you a brief rundown of each monitor, along with some interesting stats throughout the article so this should be an ideal place to start out if you’re looking for a new monitor. Let’s get into it.
What makes a monitor good for Fortnite?
Fortnite, as we mentioned in the intro, is a pretty hectic game. When the action really gets going there’s plenty of objects and players on your screen that you’ll need to be able to track and for those purpose you’re going to want a high refresh rate monitor.
We say it all the time, but if you’re even a little bit serious about being competitive in a game such as Fortnite you’re gonna want a monitor that’s capable of displaying (at least) 144 frames per second. A 144Hz (Hertz) monitor displays over twice as many frames each second when compared to a regular run-of-the-mill 60Hz display, meaning that the action on your screen is way smoother in addition to the image on the monitor looking and feeling much more responsive, making you feel way more connected to the gameworld.
These are not hollow claims either. Out of all of our analyzed Fortnite professionals, less than one percent use a regular 60Hz monitor. All others are using at least a 144Hz monitor. So if there is one key factor that you need to consider when shopping for a new monitor it’s the fact that you’ll want to go for a 144Hz (or higher) panel. Aside from that we’re seeing a pretty high variety of monitors, ranging from budget models to top tier 240Hz monitors with all of the bells and whistles you could possibly want out of a gaming display.
The Usual Suspects
ASUS and BenQ have a long-standing tradition when it comes to (gaming) monitors, so it’s not really a massive surprise that these two companies are featured on the vast majority of gaming desks. Both companies manufacture everything from ‘basic’ budget 144Hz monitors to state of the art 240Hz displays packed with extra features such as motion blur reduction and G-Sync or FreeSync.
After these two companies we see a pretty large drop-off. Alienware and Acer share about an equal piece of the pie, with Alienware users notably opting almost exclusively for the AW2518H model. Other companies are featured here and there, but the closest competitor to any of these four manufacturers is AOC, and they’ve got some way to go before they break into the top, with around 3% of Fortnite professionals going for the brand.
Most used manufacturer
1. ASUS VG248QE
Usually when we make these top lists we see that professionals spare no coin when it comes to their gaming gear. That makes sense as well; as a professional player your livelihood literally depends on your ingame performance so it’s only logical that you invest in getting the best gear out there.
The VG248QE is a bit of an odd one out in that regard. Don’t get us wrong: it’s a great monitor, but it is an older model by now, and it doesn’t really have any cutting edge features or design choices.
The solid standard
As we said earlier, ASUS and BenQ Zowie are among the most used brands when it comes to monitors, and that’s in no small part due to their fantastic range of offerings. This VG248QE is, along with BenQ Zowie’s XL2411 line, one of the most recommended ‘beginner’ 144Hz monitors on the market.
The VG248QE is a budget friendly 24 inch (which is around the perfect size for most desk gaming applications if you’re asking us) monitor with a 1 ms response time and (of course) a 144Hz refresh rate. The fact that it’s an older model is evidenced by the fact that the marketing materials for this monitor advertise its 3D capabilities, along with its outdated Lightboost technology, but to this day it’s still one of the most popular 144Hz monitors because of its no-nonsense design and lack of feature bloat.
The monitor itself can also swivel, pivot, tilt and be adjusted in height. That’s always a plus since it means you can really play with the angles until it’s positioned perfectly for your personal viewing experience.
Why this one?
The VG248QE might not be as exciting (both when it comes to the overall design as well as the specs) as some of the other monitors that you’ll see in this article, but it does what it has to do at a modest (for a high refresh rate monitor) price. If you’re looking for your first 144Hz display and you don’t want to or cannot shell out top bucks for a high tier product this is definitely a monitor to consider. The picture quality isn’t the greatest, and it doesn’t offer much in the way of additional features, but if you don’t want/need anything fancy you’re good to go with the VG248QE.
Most Used Monitors
BenQ Zowie XL2411
ASUS Rog Swift PG258Q
BenQ Zowie XL2540
2. Alienware AW2518H
Specs that are out of this earth
Whereas the ASUS VG248QE is a pretty modest and straightforward 144Hz display the Alienware AW2518 is everything but. You’ll know that this is a gaming monitor just by looking at the stand alone, but the overall design isn’t the only thing that sets this monitor apart.
The AW2518H is a 25 inch monitor boasting a 240Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time and a very nice picture quality for a TN panel. To complete the ‘what more would you want’ feeling that you get with this product this monitor also supports G-Sync.
Whether or not you like the aggressive angles and eye-catching monitor stand will depend on your personal preferences, but there’s no denying that the wafer-thin bezels on this monitor look extremely sleek and attractive. Alienware has also included programmable RGB lighting on the back of the monitor so that you can make sure that it matches your setup.
All of that obviously doesn’t matter for performance (in fact, a stand like this one can get in the way if you’ve got a smaller desk or you like your monitor to be close to your face) but they are nice extras that make the AW2518H a bit more premium.
The stand allows you to tilt, pivot, swivel and adjust the height of the panel itself and on the monitor you’ll find two USB ports as well as a headphone jack.
Why this one?
If you want to experience one of the fastest monitors on the planet and let everyone know that you’ve got one of the fastest monitors on the planet you should definitely consider the AW2518H. The look of the stand won’t satisfy everyone (though those thin bezels do look insanely nice) but there’s no denying that this display packs a mean punch when it comes to performance.
With a 240Hz refresh rate (and G-Sync) it’s one of the best gaming monitors you can buy at this point in time, but do take note that you’ll need a beefy PC to take full advantage of this lightning fast monitor.
3. BenQ Zowie XL2411
The other gold standard
The BenQ Zowie XL2411 (you’ll see a bunch of different versions of this monitor being used) is that other entry level 144Hz monitor that often gets recommended when people are asking about these types of displays.
Much like the ASUS VG248QE, this is a pretty basic monitor. The design looks pretty plain and that trend continues when you look at the feature set of this monitor, but that’s not to say that this is a bad product. The XL2411 won’t do as much damage to your wallet as some of these other displays will, and for the price you’re getting an ‘industry standard’ 144Hz monitor.
Made for performance
The XL2411 doesn’t try to look like it fell out of a spaceship and onto your desk. In fact it’s the most understated looking monitor on this list; you’ll find no marketing speak or crazy angles anywhere, nor will you find RGB lighting strips.
With a 144Hz display, 1 ms response time, fully adjustable stand and the inclusion of features such as BenQ Zowie’s Black eQualizer this is anything but an ordinary office monitor, however. The people over at Zowie prioritize performance over flashy looks, and this monitor continues that tradition.
Much like with the VG248QE you’ll have to sacrifice some image quality here though. High refresh rate monitors use a TN panel (as this is the fastest panel when it comes to refresh rates) and TN panels aren’t exactly known for their beautiful picture quality. That doesn’t really matter, as you’re after performance as a competitive gamer and not eye candy, but there are better looking high refresh rate monitors out there.
Why this one?
If you’re looking for a ‘beginner’ 144Hz monitor the XL2411 line by BenQ Zowie has got you covered. The company is always iterating and improving on this design (which is why you see many different version of the XL2411 being used) but the XL2411 has been the go-to high refresh rate monitor (along with the VG248QE) for a couple of years now for a reason. It won’t burn a hole in your wallet and it offers you a reliable way into the world of high refresh rate gaming.
4. ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q
If there is such a thing as a ‘standard’ 240Hz display the ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q would be a contender for it. With a 240Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time, thin bezels, fully adjustable stand and an unmistakably ‘gamery’ aesthetic (the stand actually projects the ROG logo onto your desk and you can customize that light) the PG258Q comes in hot. Top that off with the inclusion of G-Sync and it’s hard to think of anything else you’d want from a top tier gaming display.
As we said in the intro ASUS produces entry tier monitors as well as fully decked out products, as you might have guessed, this monitor belongs in the second category.
Along with the impressive technical specifications ASUS also includes a myriad of extras such as low blue light technology (for those late night gaming sessions) and separate contrast profiles for different game genres, but they also go the extra mile by including an FPS counter, and even a crosshair overlay or an onscreen timer. Whether or not those will actually be used by gamers is another matter but it is nice to have the option.
If you can think of it, the PG258Q will probably have it.
Why this one?
The PG258Q is well-represented across all of our analyzed games, which is evidence towards the fact that it can handle a variety of different game styles with ease. That’s not that strange, as this monitor has almost pretty much anything that you could wish for out of a display made for competitive gaming.
With a surprisingly nice picture quality (even out of the box) for a TN panel and the G-Sync compatibility it’s hard not to recommend this monitor if you’ve got a PC that’s capable of pushing enough frames.
You’ll probably have noticed that there are a great number of striking similarities (both when it comes to overall design as well as specs) between the PG258Q and the Alienware AW2518, so if you’re having to choose between the two you’ll have to look at some of the smaller design differences and the price of both where you’re living, as there isn’t a whole lot that objectively separates the two.
5. BenQ Zowie XL2540
Time for business
BenQ Zowie’s XL2540 might not look like an Avengers antagonist like some other 240Hz displays out there do, but you’d be mistaken if you thought that makes it an inferior monitor.
The XL2540 is a 1 ms, 240Hz high performance gaming monitor, and while it doesn’t support G-Sync of FreeSync like some of the other models on this list it does have a pretty respectable amount of extra features that make it a worthy inclusion.
To make up for the lack of G-Sync the XL2540 has some extra features which do come in handy. There’s the Black eQualizer which will help you spot camping enemies, for example, as well as the ability to tweak the color vibrance (which can also help with visual clarity) on the display itself.
If you take leave off the privacy shields on the sides the XL2540 looks pretty much like any regular monitor would look, aside from one little thing; the S-Switch. You can use that little controller to navigate the OSD (on screen display) but it also has an internal memory so that you can store your own personal monitor settings on the S-Switch itself.
What this means is that you can just take the switch, plug it into a compatible BenQ Zowie monitor, and get to gaming on your trusted settings. That’s a great idea and it’ll make life a lot easier for gamers who are often gaming someplace else, or for people who share a monitor. You can read our review of the BenQ XL2546 (which shares a lot of specs and the S-Switch with the 2540) here.
Why this one?
If you don’t need or want G-Sync or FreeSync and want a monitor that’s a little more subtle in the looks department then the XL2540 is like a dream come true.
It packs all of the necessary features (240Hz, 1 ms response time, …) and also has added extras that are actually useful (some premium gaming monitors do go overboard with gimmicks that are ultimately useless) such as the S-Switch.
If you have the horsepower required to run your game at 240 frames per second this monitor should be another strong contender.
Conclusion: The best monitor for Fortnite
There are a lot of options to choose from if we’re to believe the Fortnite pros. This list contains very basic budget 144Hz monitors, as well as completely tricked out 240Hz displays complete with onscreen crosshairs and RGB lights.
Whatever you choose will depend on your budget and your ability to run the game at the necessary framerates. There’s no use getting a 240Hz display if you can barely get 40 frames per second on the lowest settings, after all.
In conclusion, though, we can say one thing: if you want to play Fortnite at a competitive level you will need a monitor that’s capable of displaying at least 144 frames per second, if the pro scene is anything to go by.
Thank you for reading!