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Although Black Friday is officially over, there are still some of the best monitor deals around still live ahead of Cyber Monday deals launching soon.

So whether you want a 4K monitor for your Photoshop work or a speedy 144Hz gaming monitor to top the leaderboards in Halo Infinite, we're here to sift through the scores of discounts so you can spend more time saving and less time digging around - and be sure to check out our Cyber Monday monitor deals for the latest offers too.

But we're more than just deals experts, we here at TechRadar have used and reviewed all of the best monitors, and we know exactly what to look for in a great display for your PC. So, we've also included some helpful buying advice, so you can be confident that the deal you're getting is the best it can be.

Black Friday monitor sales (US): quick links

The best Black Friday monitor deals in the US

Dell UltraSharp 43 U4320Q 4K USB-C Monitor | $1,199

Dell UltraSharp 43 U4320Q 4K USB-C Monitor | $1,199 $899.99 at Dell

SAVE $300 Dell has a number of great monitor deals on offer already for Black Friday, including this 43-inch UltraSharp 4K monitor, which is an amazing $300 off right now!

Alienware 27 Gaming Monitor- AW2720HF | $559.99

Alienware 27 Gaming Monitor- AW2720HF | $559.99 $399.99 at Dell

SAVE $160 If you're looking out for a great monitor deal this Black Friday, this Alienware 27 could be for you. Offering a 240Hz refresh rate and true 1ms response time, it's 29% off with Dell now!

Samsung Odyssey Gaming CRG5 Series 27-inch LED Curved FHD G-Sync Monitor | $399.99

Samsung Odyssey Gaming CRG5 Series 27-inch LED Curved FHD G-Sync Monitor | $399.99 $249.99 at Best Buy

SAVE $150 There's some huge savings on this Samsung RapidCurve 27-inch monitor, and with a 240Hz refresh rate to reduce lag and a stylish curved design, it's a sure-fire hit for your gaming setup. This deal is a Best Buy exclusive, so you won't see it anywhere else!

Samsung UE57 Series 28-Inch 4K UHD | $349.99

Samsung UE57 Series 28-Inch 4K UHD | $349.99 $249.99 from Amazon

SAVE $100 This 28-inch monitor from Samsung offers stunning 4K UHD resolution and a billion colors in its display, making it perfect for gaming, media or for upping your home office game - and it's currently $100 off at Amazon!

Samsung 32" Class QHD Curved (2,560 x 1,440) Monitor | $799.99

Samsung 32" Class QHD Curved (2,560 x 1,440) Monitor | $799.99 $599.99

SAVE $200 There's a huge $200 off this incredible QHD curved gaming monitor from Samsung at Walmart now - act fast to enjoy 240Hz refresh rate, 1ms response times, G-Sync and more!

Acer ED320QR Sbiipx 32-inch Curved HD LED Gaming Monitor | $249.99

Acer ED320QR Sbiipx 32-inch Curved HD LED Gaming Monitor | $249.99 $209.00 at Walmart

SAVE $40 on this 32-inch curved gaming monitor at Walmart now! With HDMI, DP and 165Hz refresh rate, it's sure to be a useful addition to any home gaming setup...

Acer KW272U bmiipx 27” WQHD 2560 x 1440 IPS Monitor | $299.99

Acer KW272U bmiipx 27” WQHD 2560 x 1440 IPS Monitor | $299.99 $159

SAVE $140 If your budget is slightly lower this Black Friday, this Acer monitor could be for you! Featuring 75Hz refresh rate with AMD RADEON FreeSync technology, along with DP and 2 HDMI 1.4 ports, this 27-inch WQHD monitor is $140 off at Walmart now.

LG UltraGear 32GN600 QHD 32-inch Monitor| $349

LG UltraGear 32GN600 QHD 32-inch Monitor| $349 $249 at Walmart

SAVE $100 Boost your gaming capabilities with this great deal on a 32-inch QHD monitor deal from Walmart. Featuring a 165Hz refresh rate for ultra-smooth graphics quality, there's $100 off now!

Black Friday monitor sales (UK): quick links

The best Black Friday monitor deals in the UK

LG UltraGear 27GN88A 27 Inch Gaming Monitor QHD | £499.99

LG UltraGear 27GN88A 27 Inch Gaming Monitor QHD | £499.99 £289.99 at Amazon UK

SAVE £210 There's a huge 42% off this 27-inch LG gaming monitor this Black Friday, making it the perfect addition to your gaming set-up. What's more, this deal is an Amazon UK exclusive, meaning you won't find it anywhere else!

Samsung LU28E590DS 4K Ultra HD 28-inch LED Monitor | £299.00

Samsung LU28E590DS 4K Ultra HD 28-inch LED Monitor | £299.00 £189.00 at Currys

SAVE £110 - There's huge savings on this Samsung 28-inch 4K monitor at Currys now. Perfect for work, media or gaming, this monitor also boasts a 60Hz refresh rate to make sure you don't miss a thing.

MSI Optix MAG272CQR Curved Gaming Monitor - 27 Inch, 16:9 WQHD | £419.00

MSI Optix MAG272CQR Curved Gaming Monitor - 27 Inch, 16:9 WQHD | £419.00 £279.99 at Amazon UK

Looking to boost your gaming rig this Black Friday? There's nearly £140 off this 27-inch MSI Optix curved gaming monitor at Amazon UK - that a saving of nearly 33%!

AOC e1659Fwu 16 Inch Portable LED Glossy Black USB 3.0 Monitor with Carry Case |

AOC e1659Fwu 16 Inch Portable LED Glossy Black USB 3.0 Monitor with Carry Case | £112.99 £99.99 at Amazon UK

If you're looking for something a bit more portable, then this 16-inch LED monitor from AOC could be right up your street. At just under £100, it's the ideal partner for gaming or working on the go.

Black Friday monitor deals: Our predictions

A Lenovo Legion monitor against an abstract backdrop

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When will the best Black Friday monitor deals start in 2021?

Black Friday landed on November 26, but the discounts keep going ahead of Cyber Monday on November 29. This weekend period is, usually, when the best deals you can find occur.

We also saw some of the best deals land slightly earlier than usual. Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic we found that deals began dropping in late October and mid-November, before plummeting at the start of Thanksgiving week. Monitor prices then stayed low into the first week of December. 

With many brick-and-mortar stores closed thanks to the local pandemic restrictions, and more people than ever shopping online - plus with Covid-19 causing logistical challenges such as shipping delays - it made sense for retailers to spread the deals out.

Where will the best Black Friday monitor deals be?

You'll find all the best Black Friday monitor deals here as soon as they drop. However, some retailers are better than others for monitor discounts, and it can be helpful to know which online stores are good for what. We've listed the retailers we most recommend shopping at for monitor deals over Black Friday - they're worth browsing in the run-up, to get a feel for current, pre-deal pricing on any devices you're interested in.

Top US retailers
Amazon
: gaming monitor, 4K monitor
Best Buy: great HD monitor deals
Walmart: HD and 4K monitors available with free delivery

Top UK retailers
Amazon: gaming monitor deals
Currys: free delivery, plus a wide selection of monitors
Argos: home delivery or pick up a cheap monitor locally today
John Lewis: extended warranties on premium monitors

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Which monitors will be discounted for Black Friday?

We expect to see a wide range of discounts across HD and 4K monitors that will be perfect for both work and gaming. This will include many of the best monitors from last year but will likely include monitors that were released in early 2021 as well.

Be on the lookout for monitors from a range of brands too like Dell, Asus, Samsung, and BenQ (many of which have devices that feature in our best PC monitors list). We might not see their most powerful monitors get much of a discount, but if you're after a premium experience on a budget, Black Friday is the time to look.

What should I look for when buying a monitor on Black Friday?

When you're looking at Black Friday monitor deals, it's hard to figure out what is actually one of the best monitors, and what's getting discounted just to be cleared off the shelf. Luckily, we use a plethora of different gaming monitors all the time, and we can help you find the right monitor for your needs.

Firstly you're going to want to understand HD (sometimes called FHD or Full HD) vs 4K (also called UHD or Ultra HD). 4K monitors will be filled with more pixels, and therefore put out a better image, than HD monitors in general. However, they can cost quite a bit more and are only really worth it for gamers or those who need high-quality monitors for their job.

If you're after a great viewing experience you'll also want to look out for key terms like HDR (high dynamic range), brightness, and color support. These features will mean that your monitor will be able to output a wide spectrum of colors, making bright moments pop and helping you decipher what is going on during dark scenes.

Next up are refresh rates.  You might have heard of people playing games at 120FPS, but to do that you'll not only need a PC that's powerful enough to run a game that well but also a 120Hz monitor that can produce the image. If you aren't a gamer though, high refresh rates aren't going to be too important so if you can save even more by going with a lower option we'd generally recommend that.

Finally, you might want to compare flat monitors with curved screens. Curved monitors offer you a wider field of view, a more immersive experience, and many people find them more comfortable though they're also larger and generally take up more space. If you're short on desk space, are looking for a multi-monitor setup, or are on a budget, flat monitors will be your best choice.

The 3 best monitors to watch out for on Black Friday

The LG UltraGear 38GN950 at an angle on a white background

The ultra-wide LG UltraGear 38GN950 is the ultimate gaming monitor. (Image credit: LG)

1. LG UltraGear 38GN950

A killer ultra-wide gaming monitor

Screen size: 38-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 1600 | Brightness: 450cd/m² | Response time: 1ms | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Color support: DCI-P3 98% | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Weight: 20.3 lbs

Has many great gaming-centric features
Super-responsive and smooth performance
HDR can’t compete with high-end TVs

It’s hard not to be impressed by the LG UltraGear 38GN950. If you’re looking for the ultimate gaming monitor, this is certainly the one to beat, with a 144Hz refresh rate that can be easily overclocked to 160Hz, 1ms response time, spectacular image quality, and many other gaming features like G-Sync, an ultra-wide aspect ratio and DisplayHDR 600. If you’re serious about gaming and want lots of screen real estate, then this is the best gaming monitor to get – if you can afford it, that is.

Read the full review: LG UltraGear 38GN950

BenQ SW321C PhotoVue showing a photo of a frog

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2. BenQ SW321C PhotoVue

Affordable pro-level 4K photo monitor

Screen size: 32-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 | Brightness: 250 cd/m2 | Response time: 5ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1,000:1 | Color support: 99% AdobeRGB, 95% P3, 100% sRGB | Weight: 25.6kg

Improved brightness and colour uniformity
USB-C connectivity
Hardware calibration with 16-bit LUT precision
Main connection bay is hard to reach
‘Paper Color Sync’ needs refining to be truly useful

Pro-level displays are no longer the premium priced, inaccessible purchase they started out to be. At least as far as the BenQ SW321C PhotoVue is concerned. This 32-inch 4K photo monitor is up a step or two in terms of both performance and usability, featuring an incredibly wide color gamut of 99% of the Adobe RGB color space and 95% of DCI-P3. 

If you’re in the cinematography or photography sphere, that’s exactly what you need. And, that’s on top of all the other features this monitor boasts. This is among the best monitors for photo editing you’ll find, and the best part is you’re getting it for cheaper than all others.

Read the full review: BenQ SW321C PhotoVue

The curved Samsung Odyssey G7 from the front on a white background

The curved Samsung Odyssey G7 packs 1440p resolution and a 240Hz refresh rate. (Image credit: Samsung)

3. Samsung Odyssey G7

Best of both Worlds

Resolution: 2,560 x 1,440 | Brightness: 350 nits | Refresh rate: 240Hz | Response time: 1ms | Viewing angle: 178°(H)/178°(V) | Contrast ratio: 2,500:1 | Color support: 95% DCI-P3

Impressive VA Panel with 240Hz refresh at 1440p
Has both G-Sync and FreeSync for a smoother experience
Needs some calibration before use

The best gaming monitors typically fall into two camps: fast refresh rate or high resolution. But, they almost never do both. With the Samsung Odyssey, that’s not the case. It manages to pack 1440p resolution in the same display as a 240Hz refresh rate as well as excellent HDR, making this an ideal choice for any gamer that likes to play Esports one day and jump into an immersive open-world game the next. It’s not perfect as it does take some work getting it up and running, but the Samsung Odyssey G7 is an ideal choice for gamers who have some variety in their gaming libraries.

Read the full review: Samsung Odyssey G7

Mike Moore

Mike Moore is News & Features Editor across both TechRadar Pro and ITProPortal. He has worked as a B2B and B2C tech journalist for nearly a decade, including at one of the UK's leading national newspapers, and when he's not keeping track of all the latest enterprise and workplace trends, can most likely be found watching, following or taking part in some kind of sport.