When creating your ideal set-up for a flight simulator, the visual aspect is just as if not more important than the peripherals you buy. There are, strictly speaking, three different options. The first is to go for a VR headset, the second is to go for a projector, and the third and most common is to use a monitor. Not all monitors are made alike though, and that’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best ones available in 2021 for flight sims.
The Top-Rated Monitors for Flight Sim
|Top Pick||ASUS XG32VQ||92%|
|Runner Up||MSI Optix MAG27CQ||87%|
|Best Triple Monitor||MSI Optix G24C||90%|
|Best Ultrawide||Samsung 49-Inch CRG9||93%|
|Best Television||TCL 55S425||88%|
|Honorable Mention||LG 27GL83A||85%|
Top Pick: ASUS XG32VQ
- 31.5" Wqhd (2560 x 1440) 1800R curved monitor with 144Hz and adaptive Sync/free Sync for immersive, smooth gaming with DisplayPort and HDMI connectivity
- Enhanced customization featuring ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting on the back and LED lighting projection in the base
- Marathon ready with swivel, tilt and height adjustability and VESA Mount so you can always find your ideal viewing position. Physical. Dimension with Stand (WxHxD)- 713.38 x (490.02~590.02 )x 299.27mm. Physical. Dimension without Stand (WxHxD)- 713.38 x 425.68 x 118.03 mm
- ASUS Eye Care technology minimizes eye fatigue and ailments with flicker-free backlighting and blue light filters
- Exclusive game plus and GameVisual now with new MOBA mode for color enhancements for more focused game play.Brightness): 300 cd/㎡
The ASUS XG32VQ is a marvel to have. It’s bigger than most comparable monitors, standing at around 31.5 inches. This allows you to have a much larger field of view that you would otherwise be able to have. The fact that this is coupled with a slightly curved screen not only makes the entire experience more realistic but also more immersive. In fact, standing to Asus’ own statements, the XG32VQ has a viewing angle of close to 180°. This is fantastic for flight simulators, as it will allow you a wider view of the cockpit and the skies. It also has an incredible resolution! This Asus product reaches an incredible 2k image, meaning that, as you fly, everything will look as though you were truly inside your plane. There are countless other features that we love, including the integrated “Eye Care Technology” to reduce eye fatigue, the extremely low motion blur, the ability to adjust height, tilt and swivel, and the 144hz refresh rate amongst a variety of cosmetic additions which, though not integral to the experience, are always fun to play around with and customize.
Unfortunately, excellence comes at a price, and this monitor will set you back quite a bit, but rest assured that after this purchase you won’t have any need to make any further adjustments. The Asus XG32VQ is a wonder for flight sim pilots to have in their setup.
Runner Up: MSI Optix MAG27CQ
- Curved gaming Display (1800R) – the best gameplay immersion
- 144hz refresh rate;178° wide view angle
- 1ms response time helps eliminate screen tearing and choppy frame rates
- Frameless design – ultimate gameplay experience
- Adaptive sync – prevent screen tearing
The reason why the MSI Optix MAG27CQ doesn’t quite manage to reach position number one is simple: screen size. This MSI monitor still has an admirable 27” of screen size, but for flight simulators especially, the added 3.5” really do make a difference. It’s also not a 2k monitor, though the 1080p it offers should satisfy all most the most exigent customers. Now, let’s talk about what it does excellently.
Despite being slightly smaller, the MSI Optix MAG27CQ also offers close to a 180° viewing angle (178°). It also has a 144hz refresh rate. It also has a curved screen for that extra little bit of immersion. The problem would thus seem that it only does “also”s and doesn’t excel by itself, but that’s where most people are wrong. The Optix comes with anti-flickering and an immensely wide colour gamut. These two both respectively decrease eye strain and increase immersion exponentially. As a final positive note, this monitor costs quite a bit less than the Asus, making it a very competitive pick.
Best Triple Monitor: MSI Optix G24C
- 23.6" LCD panel LED backlight (1920 x 1080 full HD)
- 144Hz refresh rate - Display without after image.
- 1ms response time helps eliminate screen tearing and choppy frame rates
- Wide view angle - 178° visible.
- Adaptive sync - keep screen tearing away from your monitor.
This version of the MSI Optix G24C manages to do something absolutely astonishing: it hits all the nails on the head and it costs a more than reasonable amount! The G24C comes with a curved screen, 1080p resolution, 144hz refresh rate, an angle view of 178°, 24” in size and great response time to help get rid of screen tearing with the added aid of MSI’s adaptive sync. Honestly, it’s almost too good to pass out on but, in the wise words of Frank Sinatra, the best is yet to come!
This screen is truly accessible in terms of cost. If we had a budget pick this would definitely be it because it gives you almost the same quality as a mid/high range monitor for a fraction of the price, making it worth buying separately. However, the exciting thing about the Optix G24C is that, because it costs so little, you can purchase three of them for less than the price of the Asus, and for 1.5 times the price of the MAG27CQ. Yes, the Asus might be bigger and have better quality, but three screens are most definitely better than (and incredibly cheaper than) one!
Best Ultrawide: Samsung 49-Inch CRG9
- 49 inch super ultrawide dual QHD curved gaming monitor is the equivalent of dual 27-inch QHD displays side by side, providing the enhanced productivity.
- 120 hertz refresh rate with AMD FreeSync 2 technology for crisp HDR content display, reduced input latency and low framerate compensation
- CES 2019 best of innovation Award Winner
- HDR 1000 supports a peak brightness rating of 1,000 nits. With Samsung QLED technology delivering colors more-brighter and truer to life.
- Super ultra-wide 49 inch monitor provides the enhanced productivity thru split screen functions like Picture-by-Picture (PBP), letting you connect to two devices while maintaining their original quality
TheSamsung 49-Inch CRG9 is opulent in all the best ways. It’s absolutely massive, bigger than a lot of TVs available on the market, and has a great image quality (1440p). If you’re at all familiar with Samsung you’ll know of the QLED tech, and how it exalts the brightness of the on-screen colours, bringing them closer to how we’d see them in real life. It has all the necessary tilt, swivel and height adjustments, as well as great additional features like the “Eye Saver and Flicker-Free” modes. This is a screen that was optimized for gaming, and you can truly bring the best out of your flight sims with such a screen.
Unfortunately, it does have a handful of negatives. The first is that it doesn’t quite reach the 2k or 4k mark. It’s not the end of the world, but such a large screen could really have benefitted from the extra resolution. The second is the refresh rate. It’s still quite fast (120hz) but it’s not as great as some considerably cheaper screens. This hence brings me to the last negative: it’s very restricting price-wise. Only consider this pick if you have money to spare.
Best Television: TCL 55S425
- Direct lit LED produces great picture quality | Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant | Dual-band Wi-Fi & Ethernet port
- TV Dimensions | Without Stand – 49" W x 28.4" H x 3.1" D | With Stand – 49" W x 30.6" H x 8" D | Stand Separation distance – 42.3” | Refresh rate – 120 Hz CMI | Wall mount – 200 millimeter x 200 millimeter VESA | Panel resolution – 3840 x 2160
- Pairs 4K ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of high dynamic Range (HDR) for the most lifelike picture
- Smart functionality delivers all your favorite content with over 500,000 movies and TV episodes, accessible through the simple and intuitive Roku TV
- Inputs/outputs: HDMI – 3 | USB – 1 | Ethernet – 1 | RF Input – 1 | SPDIF Digital Audio Optical – 1 | Audio Output Headphone – 1 | AV Input – Composite Video + L&R Audio In
The TCL 55S425 is an excellent television screen which you can easily repurpose for your flight simulator. It has a 4k quality which is admirably paired with a careful contrasting of the colours your screen will reproduce. This makes the image clear, beautiful, vivid and gorgeous. As a television, it’s also filled to the brim with features including connection to the internet and smart functionality. Not only this, but this massive TV screen will cost you less than some monitors on this list!
As a final note, you can always try to upscale it! We’ve been talking about the 4k 55-inch version, but you can also find versions as big as 75 inches! They are harder to get a hold of, but if you do, you’ll feel almost small inside such a massive cockpit!
Honorable Mention: LG 27GL83A
- 27 inch QHD (2560 X 1440) IPS display
- IPS 1ms response time & 144Hz refresh rate
- NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible
- 3-Side virtually borderless design
- Tilt / Height / Pivot adjustable stand
The LG 27GL83A is a typical example of monitors that deserve more recognition. It has a 144hz refresh rate, a 1440p resolution, phenomenal viewing angles, a relatively large 27” screen, G-sync compatibility to reduce screen tearing and great colour accuracy.
Of course, the screen wouldn’t be in the honourable mentions list if it was flawless. While the colour accuracy is great, the colours don’t quite pop as vibrantly as some of the other screens on our list. The biggest flaw, however, is that it’s flat. For flight simulators, it’s important to have a curved screen to feel encompassed in what’s currently going on.
Still, for a very reasonable price, this is definitively a monitor worth considering.
What to Look for in a Flight Sim Monitor
There are some things you should know before purchasing any monitor for flight sims, whether it be one we recommend or not. Here’s a short list of the major considerations you should keep in mind.
The refresh rate is how often what appears on the monitor is actually updated. It’s thus easy to see that the higher a refresh rate, the better. As a rule of thumb, exclude any monitor that goes under 60hz. To be on the safe side we recommend going for monitors that have a refresh rate of at least 120hz (double the minimum standard), but the ideal would be a refresh rate of 144hz.
Size and Viewing Angle
In flight simulators, you need to have a decent peripheral view of what is occurring, which is why both size and viewing angle are key. Size is easy to wrap one’s head around: it’s the diagonal measurement in inches of the screen. We recommend to look for monitors above 25” inches if bought singularly (obviously for triple monitor set-ups it’s different as you’re not only using a single screen). Viewing angle is how wide you’ll be able to perceive the images on the screen. Think of it as your peripheral vision, the larger the better.
The purpose of a monitor is to relay images to you, so having a good image quality is key. It’d be senseless to spend a lot of money on a screen that then offers pixelated images. Though 2k and 4k screens are nice, they aren’t necessarily the only ones you should consider. 1080p and above (like 1440p for example) deliver striking images that will be more than enough to have you fully engrossed.
Last Updated on April 12, 2021 by Thomas Bush