Gaming is a hobby for game lovers. Today gaming in computer is very much advanced than the early periods. So having a good monitor for online gaming is pretty much important. That’s why i bring this topic “How to choose a gaming monitor”.
Now buying a new gaming monitor can be a bit tricky there’s loads of things to consider, whether the size of resolution, the type panel used, refresh rates, response times, adaptive sync technologies, ports.
What if you want to use the monitor of the games console or maybe you’ve been eyeing up one of these fancy ultra-wide monitors.
Perhaps you’re wondering if you should invest in a 4K gaming monitor can all be a bit overwhelming.
You can of course to type into Amazon, something like 24 inch gaming monitor filter by customer rating and buy one that looks nice and it’s within your budget.
That’s one way of doing it, but even a basic model will set you back 10’s of thousands.
So before you go and buy one and spend your hard earned money just give me a few minutes and when you through everything you need to know about buying the right gaming monitor for you.
HOW TO CHOOSE A GAMING MONITOR
SIZE AND RESOLUTION
So let’s kick off with the most important stuff: size and resolution, you can get gaming monitors in all sorts of sizes from 17 to 40 inches the most common size is 24 inches and it’s big enough to make a useful second screen.
If your main computer is a laptop and it’s popular enough though there are loads to choose from only usually pretty cheap now the vast majority of 24 inch monitors have a resolution of 1920 x 1080p also known as ‘Full HD’ which the same resolution as most TV’s.
The next size up is 27 inches which is becoming much more common and popular with gamers and power users who want the extra screen and real state.
Now if you get 27 inch monitor with the same 1080p resolution everything starts to get a little bit blurry or that sharp because the pixels are bigger so the pixel per inch density is lower.
In my experience if you want – 27 inch monitor i would definitely recommend getting one with a 2560 x 1440 resolution also known as quad HD.
Unless you’re a casual user who just want something cheap and basic I would say a 27-inch 2560X1440p in my opinion is the perfect monitor and resolution combination right now but it does add to the price.
But what about 4K and also why monitor like this one?
While you can get 4K or 3840 x2160p monitors as small as 24 inches.
But popular size is 27 inches. Though, I don’t think 27 inches is big enough to really take advantage of all those extra pixels and things like text and icons will start look smaller.
You can of course make them bigger using scaling in Windows and Mac, but it doesn’t work well for everything.
I would say if you really want a 4K gaming monitor, get at least a 30 inch or bigger one.
I think that’d be the best suited to that sort of high resolution and you can be then take advantage of all that extra detail all those extra pixels.
I’ve talked about 4K monitors quite a bit in other videos but what exactly is the benefit of getting a 4K monitor.
I mean it was talking about 4K TV’s and 4K Blu-ray and you know the next generation of consoles supporting possibly 4K gaming UHD player.
So what’s the point in getting a 4K monitor?
Well, basically they have eight million pixels that’s four times as many competitors normal full HD monitor and what that means is everything sharper, clearer, and generally appears more detailed.
But the problem is pushing four times as many pixels means that you need a much faster computer to power it, especially if you’re gaming.
If you up the resolution to 4K it will have a massive impact on your frame rate in games and in all.
Honestly I wouldn’t recommend 4K monitors to the vast majority of people out there, not yet at least unless you have a beast of a PC with the likes of an NVIDIA 1080 graphics card you won’t get a consistent 60 fps in modern games at high settings.
So for gamers, stick to 24 or 27 inch monitor with 1080p or 1440p resolution respectively.
It will be good for low budget monitors. But for high budget I would prefer 4K and 5K monitors with UHD.
As today games are more graphically designed and could use more of your pixels with a good in-build graphic card with high refresh rates.
However if you are a creative professional, may be a developer, someone who really wants a big monitor who wants to keep it looking sharp a 4K is a good choice.
There are good 4K monitors, getting more affordable but you just make sure your PC is powerful enough to run it and crucially has the right port but we’ll talk about more about that later on.
Now finally in terms of sizes, let’s talk about ultra-wide monitors where most monitors and TV’s have a 16:9 aspect ratio Ultra-Wide like this one have a 21:9 aspect ratio, so they’re not any taller they just a lot wider.
This is great for watching movies having multiple programs open at once and playing games it really adds to the immersion the most common sizes of all towards are 29 and 34 inches with resolution of 2560 x 1080p and 3440 x 1440p respectively.
There is definitely a price premium to be had with Ultra-wides but they do look great.
I think they were good alternative to having multiple monitor setup you know rather than having two monitors here with a bezel in the middle you have to try hard.
This looks much nicer, but you don’t have to break the bank to get one there are some good value ones out there but if you want a bigger one like this 34 inch one.
One with a high 3440 x 1440p resolution, ultra wide and extras like juicing going to pay quite a bit more for and also getting in one curved is going to add to the price.
DESIGN, FLEXIBILITY AND VIEWING
I tend to prefer monitors with really thin bezels. It’s really up to you what they look like, the one thing that is probably worth mentioning about the design is how flexible they are how much you can move them around.
Some monitors can be tilted, raised, lowered, swivel, and rotated 90 degrees so you can use and vertically and even VESA mounted.
If you want to take the stand off and mounted to your desk or the wall, other ones don’t move at all.
So if you’re someone who wants to move it around a lot, if you’ve got a weird shape desk or you want to rotate it 90 degrees look at the part description to see just how flexible it is.
Now let’s talk about panels that sounds really boring, I know but it is pretty important that makes a big difference to how good your monitor looks there are three types: IPS, TN, and VA.
TN panels are cheaper, and they offer better response times, so you don’t get as much ghosting effect when playing games or watching fast-moving content, but they do generally have pretty rubbish viewing angles.
IPS on the other hand is more expensive, has slight slow response times, and depending on the quality might suffer from IPS glow but despite all that they have well there’s a lot more color accurate they have fantastic viewing angles.
In my opinion the other preferred panel to go for similarly is a VA panel.
They are very similar to IPS they tend to offer better contrast ratio, so you get deeper blacks, richer white, slight more vibrant colors but they tend not to have the best as quite good viewing angles either IPS.
So unless you’re a professional gamer who wants the absolute fastest response time the lowest input lag.
Perhaps you can forgo the good viewing angles and go for a TN panel if your general user. If your photo as if you value color accuracy, definitely try and pay the extra to get IPS or VA panel.
Next up are refresh rate this is the number of times your panel refreshes per second. The more if it does the smoother everything looks.
The vast majority of monitors have a 60Hz refresh rate, but now-a-days monitors are offering higher refresh rate is anything from 75 to 200 Hertz.
A high refresh rate is really nice feature to have. But anything above a 120Hz, your struggle to notice the difference however jumps from 60 to a 100 or a 120 well offer a big difference.
Games will feel slicker and smoother moving the mouse around a desktop will certainly become a nice to experience.
Some people especially gamers swear by a high refresh rate monitor. In my opinion though having used a variety of them I actually decided to stick with an Ultra-wide monitor which has a basic 60 Hertz refresh rate or more.
It is worth mentioning that in games you’ll only see the benefit of high refresh rates if your PC is fast enough to push the games above 60 frames per second.
If you have an average PC, then you get 30 to 40 FPS in games you know they’re taking advantage of a 120Hz monitor for gaming, So weren’t going to be any use to you.
High refresh rate monitors definitely cost more. But it’s a really nice feature to have i do recommend it, if you can afford it. You don’t have to have it as a self so.
If you can afford, than an ultra-wide with a high refresh rate of 144Hz and above is a pretty cool feature.
Now a quick mention about ports, I know it’s boring but there are just two kinds of ports on monitors that you need to worry about HDMI and Display Port.
Older monitors have VGA, VGA and DVI ports but considering this is a toy 16 video and I guess you guys are watching this because you are interested in buying a new monitor not going to worry about all those old port.
So HDMI and Display Port, currently the vast majority of monitors have a HDMI 1.4 port and or a Display Port 1.2, that’s great, nothing really to worry about there.
But if you want a 4K monitor, you need to make sure both the monitor and the graphics card in your computer support the newer HDMI 2.0 connection, otherwise you’ll be limited to just 30Hz at 4K which will make your computer feel really slow.
Display Port 1.2 on the other hand is capable of 4K at 60Hz.
So that’s the best way of doing 4K right now a 1440p you can only get 60Hz over HDMI 1.4 so again Display Port 1.2 is your best bet, unless of course you’re monitor and you’re graphics card support HDMI 2.0.
But that is a bit rare right now so the moral of the story is where possible use a Display Port 1.2 connection but HDMI is fine for1080p or 1440p resolutions as long as you’re not doing running a high refresh monitor.
Now Display Port 1.3, 1.4, an HDMI 2.0, are all sort of coming about coming out now in the new graphics card like the NVIDIA GTX 1070, 1080 and the NVIDIA GTX 480.
G-SYNC or FREESYNC
Now moving on from port should be glad to hear it to another feature you might be interested in particularly if you’re a big gamer is G-SYNC or FREESYNC.
These are what are called adaptive sync technologies from NVIDIA and AMD respectively.
Basically they work by making sure your graphics card and your monitor refresh at the same time.
So it reduces screen tearing, get rid of some stuttering and reduces input lag.
Which makes your games can feel smoother I wouldn’t say it’s as big or as an important feature as getting a monitor with a high refresh rate in my opinion.
But if you want the best gaming experience and G-SYNC and FREESYNC monitor is a great idea G-SYNC in particular does quite a bit to the cost of a monitor and of course can only be used with NVIDIA graphics card.
FREESYNC tends to be quite a lot cheaper but again can only be used with AMD cards.
ULMB (ULTRA LOW MOTION BLUR) AND OVERDRIVE
But i want to mention a couple more features I just quickly, one of them is Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) and other is overdrive.
ULMB as it attempt reduces motion blur and it worked quite well. But the problem is, it reduces the monitors brightness by often up to 30 to 40%.
The other feature I also didn’t really use is: overdrive, which artificially lower response times which reduces ghosting but the same time it does increase input lag which is the time between say clicking a mouse and the gun firing in your game on the computer.
So ULMB and Overdrive, often built into monitors. They’re quite common but you might have a play around with you want to use them or not but generally there’s just too many issues. If you have G-SYNC freezing that’s better than UMLB, and overdrive.
Well, just make sure you can either put on medium to ever put on high or very high you get weird artifacting but generally just keep it off it’s not something I would really recommend is not a game-changing feature.
As for the next generation of consoles on the PS4 NEO or whatever it’s called, Xbox One S and ‘Project Scorpio’ it might be worth investing in a 4K monitor to take advantage of the Ultra HD Blu-ray players and potentially there 4K gaming.
Now what would be the perfect monitor? For some Ultra-Wide like this it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that doesn’t have juicing or high refresh rate, but I really do appreciate the wide angle for many of you though a solid 27-inch 1440p IPS high refresh rate, G-SYNC monitor would be the ideal of a perfect monitor.
But you are going to pay more for those features you’re looking. You may want a 4K monitor, perhaps of 32 inch one you don’t care about G-SYNC that saves on some money.
But again 4K still does have a bit of a premium over the lower resolution. So one it will just come down to what you’re going to use it for, and how much you’re going to pay.
So, I hope this article “How to choose a gaming monitor” will help you decide also monitor you want to buy. Now, this article is helpful to clean up a few things for you.
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