Best Mini LED monitors in 2022 (Gaming, video editing, entertainment)

We explore some of the best new mini LED monitors in 2022

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Mini LED monitors have been flirting around the perimeter of the mainstream display marketplace for some time now. However, that could all be about to change as we enter into the next phase of gaming monitor technology.

Mini LED backlight monitors offer a huge range of benefits when compared to generic LED alternatives. Wider color gamuts, brighter peak luminance, richer color accuracy, and far better HDR performance (thanks to a large increase in full array local dimming support) are just some of the benefits that it brings to the table.

For that reason, we can only see mini LED monitors being a huge hit in 2022 – even more so with a number of esports-tailored options coming to market.

With that in mind, we’ll be compiling a list of only the best mini LED monitors in 2022. Whether you’re a budding esports gamer that’s looking to increase immersion or an editor that wants the highest levels of accuracy and HDR, this guide will have a monitor that suits your exact needs.

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Our Top Picks

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Latest Mini LED monitor news and reviews

With mini LED monitors becoming more frequent in today’s market, we’ll be keeping you bang up to date with all the latest news on these high-end panels.

Below is the latest news stories from across the industry on mini-LED monitors:

How we test & choose

While mini-LED monitors might be fairly sparse in today’s market, we’re still bang up to date with the latest news regarding the technology. With few monitors to choose from that actually support this exciting backlight technology, it wasn’t too hard picking the best of the bunch available today. However, as time goes by and more Mini-LED panels become available, we’ll be running our own in-house tests to see which is truly best.

For this article, we’ve rounded up the best mini-LED monitors, researched them meticulously, and have concluded with the following list as our best.

Check out our complete in-house review process here.

Things to consider when buying a Mini-LED monitor

When it comes to purchasing a new monitor – regardless of price or performance – there are always considerations to be made. By having a greater understanding of the intricate features of mini-LED technology, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision on your next monitor purchase.

In this section, we’ll be highlighting all the main features of mini-LED tech so you exactly what to look for.

Price

The first thing you must realise when it comes to mini-LED monitors is they won’t be cheap. The technology is relatively new in the monitor industry and, like most new technologies that offer a large performance boost, a premium is naturally applied to monitors that utilize it.

At the time of writing this, there are only a few mini-LED monitors in today’s market – all of which lie in the upper echelons of the market. Of course, other specifications play a major role in the price of a monitor, but on average, a Mini-LED monitor will set you back over $1,000.

HDR performance

One of the big differences that separates Mini-LED and LED monitors is the HDR performance they provide. To experience ‘true’ HDR, a monitor must meet strict requirements (FALD, WCG, high contrast ratio). While only a handful of LED monitors feature these core aspects, all Mini-LED monitors should adhere to these specifications.

The design of the mini-LED backlight means that FALD is always a feature on these displays. Furthermore, users can expect a much wider color gamut (98% DCI-P3), higher overall peak luminance, and greater contrast ratio – thanks to the additional local dimming zones it provides.

See our complete HDR10 vs Dolby Vision guide here.

FALD

What is FALD?

FALD stands for full-array local dimming and refers to the number of zones in which the backlight can dynamically change brightness. If a monitor has a limited number of dimming zones, you’ll often see annoying screen artifacts like haloing around bright objects. With that in mind, it’s easy to understand why a normal LED with a lack of FALD performs poorly in HDR scenes.

Many modern Mini-LED monitors will feature a minimum of 1,152 local dimming zones, enabling the display to support much higher levels of HDR performance when compared to the 16 dimming zones (average) of LED.

Color accuracy & color gamut (WCG)

Another key feature in the arsenal of Mini-LED is the color accuracy and WCG (wide color gamut) they offer. Again, to perform HDR to a high standard, monitors must be able to reach certain gamut requirements – 95% DCI-P3 for true HDR.

Samsung Neo G9 color gamut graph

Mini-LED monitors will be able to support a wider color gamut thanks to the higher peak brightness they produce – mainly thanks to 0.2mm design of the LED diodes.

Of course, color accuracy normally comes down to some form of factory calibration. However, with Mini-LED featuring strong HDR performance, we’ll likely see most with some form of calibration (to an average deltaE <2)

Mini LED vs LED vs OLED

With such a large price increase over generic LED panels, you might be struggling to see the value in the new technology. Furthermore, we’ve not even touched upon OLED and how it compares to mini LED either.

Below, we’ve made a rough graph showcasing some of the more important features and differences between Mini-LED, LED, and OLED technologies.

LED Mini-LED OLED
Local dimming zones Edgelit-16zones up to 2048 local dimming zones (FALD) Pixels operate independently
Color Gamut 100% sRGB 135% sRGB (98% DCI-P3) 135% sRGB (98% DCI-P3)
Contrast Ratio Up to 3000:1 Up to 3000:1 Infinite Contrast ratio
Viewing angles Good (depending on panel technology) Good (depending on panel technology) Excellent
White luminance < 500 nits 1000 nits 500-600 nits
Black depth >0.05 0.05 True black (0.00)
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Acer Predator X32

ACER PREDATOR X32

Refresh Rate

160Hz (Overclock)

Response time

1ms GTG

Screen size

32"

Resolution

3840 x 2160

Editor's Rating
4.8/5
Gaming
5/5
Immersion
4.5/5
Colors
4.5/5
Pros

FALD

Crisp image quality

160Hz refresh rate

4K UHD screen resolution

VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification

Cons

Expensive

High-end GPU to push full refresh rate

We’ve decided to give the Acer X32 the best mini-LED monitor title and for good reason – it really does offer everything you could want for a stunning gaming experience.

Despite the Acer Predator X32 being officially announced at CES 2020, we still haven’t seen its entry into today’s market. That said, this year’s CES has offered additional information regarding the new panel, including release dates and pricing.

As far as specifications go, the X32 will deliver a 4K AU Optronics panel that features a 160Hz refresh rate, VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification, 99% Adobe RGB coverage, and mini-LED backlight technology – albeit with a reduction on the originally expected 1152 local dimming zones. Don’t worry though, the Acer Predator X32 still offers more than enough local dimming to provide a stunning HDR experience.

The new high-end gaming monitor looks set to hit shelves in North America in Q3 2022 and will start at around ,999 – not too bad considering the price of ASUS’s similarly specced PG32UQX & PG32UQXE.

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Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 (S49AG95NC)

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Refresh Rate

240Hz

Response time

1ms GTG

Screen size

48.8"

Resolution

5120 x 1440

Panel Type

VA (CSOT)

Editor's Rating
4.8/5
Gaming
4.5/5
Immersion
5/5
Colors
4.5/5
Pros

High 240Hz refresh rate

Impressive VESA DisplayHDR2000 certification

Immersive 1000R Curvature

Low 1ms Response Time

Cons

Bit Of Monitor Wobble

The new refresh of Samsung’s popular Odyssey G9 really does add performance in the right places. Instead of wasting time on increasing refresh rates, Samsung has opted to increase the backlight technology used – not only adding more immersion and better colors but a huge boost in HDR too.

The new Samsung G9 Neo comes equipped with all the latest high-end features you could imagine, including a brand new CSOT VA panel and Mini-LED backlight technology. Like its predecessor, the G9 Neo offers up a wide 5120 x 1440 screen resolution, low 1ms response time, and 240Hz refresh rate – the perfect combination of specs for a truly immersive gaming experience.

As far as colors go, users can expect a 125% sRGB gamut (equivalent to 95% DCI-P3) – meeting HDR’s WCG requirements. Furthermore, with VESA DisplayHDR 2000 certification, you’ll be blown away by the color recreation of this panel.

Of course, price is always a large factor in these monitors, and the Samsung Neo G9 is no different. It comes to shelves for north of $2500 dollars so be prepared to fork out for this beast of a panel.

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ASUS ROG SWIFT PG32UQXE

ROG Swift PG32UQX

Refresh Rate

160Hz

Response time

TBA (4ms likely)

Screen size

32”

Resolution

3840 x 2160

Editor's Rating
4.8/5
Gaming
4.5/5
Immersion
4.6/5
Colors
4.6/5
Pros

HDR1000 Certification

4K @ 165Hz Output

Stunning Aesthetic Design

FALD

Cons

Only 576 local dimming zones

Coined the high-end mini-LED pick, the PG32UQXE offers it all. ASUS’s latest project is a refreshed version of last year’s hugely impressive (and extremely expensive) PG32UQX – a high-end 4K mini-LED 144Hz gaming panel.

While the new panel will maintain many of the core features and specifications found in the 32UQX, there are some exciting additions that should improve the overall functionality and performance of this panel.

Firstly, the PG32UQXE will offer up an increased refresh rate of 165Hz (via overclock) alongside NVIDIA’s Reflex Latency Analyzer. The new performance-tailored feature will allow gamers to record the exact input lag (delay between mouseclick and action on the screen) they receive – explained in NVIDIA’s keynote speech.

Additionally, the PG32UQXE will also offer a brand new ‘Adaptive mini-LED (AmLED) panel which should help reduce the chances of burn-in and luminance decay over time.

Like the Acer X32, the PG32UQXE will also see a reduction in local dimming zones (1,152 to 576) and peak brightness too – now offering 1000 nits compared to the 1400 luminance roof of the 2021 model.

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AOC AGON AG274QGM

AGON AG274qcm

Refresh Rate

300Hz (240Hz native)

Response time

1ms GTG

Screen size

27"

Resolution

2560 x 1440

Editor's Rating
4.4/5
Gaming
4.5/5
Immersion
4/5
Colors
4/5
Pros

Rapid 300Hz refresh rate

1440p image quality

Built in G-sync hardware module

NVIDIA Reflex analyzer

Cons

No release date as of yet

I’ve had the pleasure of testing a tonne of AOC monitors in recent times, and it’s safe to say I’ve never seen anything like this. Like other leading monitor manufacturers, AOC’s AGON department has also vouched to bring us a new lineup of high-speed panels – the first of which is being coined the AGON Pro AG274QGM.

As far as esports-grade monitors go, this one is right up there – not only offering a blistering 300Hz refresh rate but stunning 1440p clarity too. The new panel will feature a similar set of specs found in the XG272G-2K (which is coming up shortly), including a 300Hz refresh rate, 1440p screen resolution, 27-inch screen size, and mini-LED backlight technology.

The new flagship 1440p panel from AOC will also feature a dedicated NVIDIA G-Sync hardware module, certified for G-Sync Ultimate, and the latest Reflex Latency Analyzer technology. While we don’t have any initial details regarding the price and release date of the AG274QGM, it’ll likely be a cheaper option than similar specced ASUS, ACER, and Samsung alternatives.

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ViewSonic ELITE XG272G-2K

Editor's Rating
4.4/5
Gaming
4.5/5
Immersion
4/5
Colors
4/5
Pros

Rapid 300Hz refresh rate

Crisp 1440p screen resolution

Esports-grade response

VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification

Cons

No official release

Continuing in the esports space, ViewSonic look set to release a new high-performance 300Hz 1440p panel of its own. The XG272G-2K will deliver all the bells and whistles you could want to take your gameplay to the next level – including blistering speeds and stunning colors thanks to a new panel technology which the brand is calling ‘Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) display technology’. Very fancy

Like other monitors within this guide, the new panel will feature support for NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate and Reflex Latency Analyzer, allowing gamers to constantly monitor the input lag they experience between mouse and monitor. Additionally, the panel will also deliver a rapid 1ms G2G response time for the smoothest transitions no matter how fast things are moving.

According to reports, the XG272G-2K will also feature mini-LED backlight technology (576 dimming zones) and VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification.

Final Word

So, there you have it, our comprehensive guide to the best mini LED monitors in 2022. We hope this guide has shed a little light on a technology that is both relatively new and fairly advanced in operation.

All being said, we’ll be keeping this page right up to date with all the latest changes to the market, including any new high-end mini LED panels that crop up. Right now, there aren’t a tonne of options available. However, as we move further in 2022, they will only become more frequent.

The Author Who Worked On This Article

Monitor & PC Product Specialist
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For as long as he can remember, Charlie has always been interested in computers and gaming. It all started with the Sega Mega Drive and then evolved into PC gaming in his early teens. CS 1.6 was his first go at competitive gaming which soon evolved into CS:Source and now CS:GO – a game that he still plays (almost exclusively) today. Throughout that period he has also been a keen PC builder and enthusiast – dedicating a large portion of his time to the craft. My current rig is an ASUS 5700XT with AMD’s Ryzen 3600X.

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