When Purchasing a gaming monitor, you may be intimidated by the sheer number of options such as resolution, refresh rate, response time, etc. In this article we will be discussing the most important factors for purchasing a gaming monitor, and what sort of things to look out for.
This is the most important factor of all, resolution largely decides the image quality and also is an important factor in deciding what gaming hardware is required to run your games. Fortunately, there are plenty of options when it comes to resolution:
- 1280×720 – Becoming quite obsolete, I’m not really sure if there are any available now unless you are talking about OEM computers
- 1920×1080 – The most common HD resolution, its compatible with practically all games and it works for most people, this is the resolution most people will usually get if they aren’t looking to spend a large amount on their gaming monitor
- 2560×1440 – A step up from 1080, this resolution is often slightly more expensive than a 1080p monitor, and while you may find some 1440p monitors that are cheaper they tend to be worse in other categories such as refresh rate or panel technology. 1440p monitors are widely available now, since they have higher resolution you may want to have a decent gaming setup to take advantage of this high resolution.
- 4K – The highest resolution available for most, 4K is the supreme resolution on the market today. 4K monitors are often incredibly expensive however and they demand much more expensive gaming equipment to use them effectively.
This is the most important factor when it comes to gaming, especially for enthusiast gamers. The refresh rate on your monitor determines how high your framerate can go on your monitor. So for example, a 60hz refresh rate monitor can only at most produce 60 fps, while a 120hz refresh rate monitor can produce up to 120 fps. This factor will depend on your preferences (whether you care about getting a high refresh rate) or your gaming hardware (there isn’t much of a point in having a gaming monitor that can run 144 frames per second if your computer is only getting 30). The truth is, a 144hz monitor isn’t really needed unless you have the desire and the money to produce a gaming computer capable of it.
Types of Refresh rates available today
– 60 HZ
– 75 HZ
– 120 HZ
– 144 HZ
– 144+ HZ (Incredibly rare and expensive as of now)
Response time is also a crucial factor for gamers, a fast first person shooter will require a quick response time for you to be competitive. There are a variety of response times available on the market, but a general rule of thumb is that 5ms or lower is preferable. Also TN Panels offer lower response times but worse overall color reproduction, IPS panels are the opposite, better color reproduction but slightly worse response times.
These are new technologies made by Nvidia and AMD, they both serve one purpose, to prevent the nasty effects of screen tearing. V-Sync was initially made to help with this, but V-Sync also made other aspects of the monitor worse such as artifacts and lag. G-Sync and FreeSync both allow for these side-effects to be mitigated. G-Sync and FreeSync only work with N-Vidia and AMD graphics cards respectively, make sure you are aware of this before deciding to buy a monitor.
Some good gaming monitors
ASUS PG278QR 27″
The ASUS PG278QR is quite expensive but it has a ton of features to make up for it, it has a 1440p resolution along with a incredibly high 165hz refresh rate with G-Sync compatibility. Unfortunately it also has a TN Panel which means its color and contrast might be worse than IPS monitors. However this feature packed monitor is one of the best choices for someone looking for a high resolution and high refresh rate monitor, probably for enthusiasts.
Viewsonic VX2457 24″
Viewsonic VX2457 is a great budget pick for people who want an affordable monitor with 60hz+ refresh rate. Chances are, you’ll have a computer capable of running games on 1080p on ultra settings at more than 60 fps and will want to take advantage of that. This monitor will allow you to do that without having to skimp out on other hardware. As of now (June 23 2017) this monitor costs only around 150$, meaning you’ll be able to get a FreeSync capable, 75hz, HD, 2ms response time monitor for only 150$! You’ll be able to spend all that other money on games, hardware and what not.
LG 34UC79G-B 34″
LG 34UC79G-B 34” Being huge at 34 inches, this monitor delivers both immersive experience and high resolution and decent gaming performance. Being a curved monitor means that you’ll be able to get that immersive feeling, especially when playing on ultra settings. This monitor happens to fuse a high resolution (2560x1080p) (Full HD), impressive 144hz refresh rate, curved structure and a big screen. All of this might cost a bit extra but if you are an enthusiast you may decide its worth it.
This is a gamers wet dream, with a 3840×2160 resolution (4K UHD), 60hz refresh rate, an incredibly fast 1 ms response time with great image quality. The ASUS MG28UQ monitor is sure to please practically any gamer. At 4K resolution, its incredibly rare to have above 60Hz even on low-mid settings, so most monitor manufactures/OEM producers don’t produce monitors that go above 60 hz refresh rate for their 4k monitors. However, I don’t think that this will be an issue for most people, 4K resolution makes gaming incredibly immersive and stunning. The monitor unfortunately has a TN panel but this is the trade-off for the great refresh rate.
AOC G2460PF 24″
Looking for a monitor that will deliver 144hz refresh rate without all the other stuff you don’t really care about? Well the AOC G2460PF 24” is one that a gamer suggested to me. I can see why he did, the 144hz refresh rate is a great feature and it includes a 1 ms response time and freesync all in a low cost and affordable package. Many people don’t care or really even know what IPS or TN or VA panels are or care about anything other than resolution and refresh rate (Two of the most important aspects for gaming), now even if they do it will be hard to resist a low-cost 144hz monitor with full HD.
The Samsung U28E59OD is another great option for those looking for a 1ms response time with a 4K UHD resolution. The monitor is also decently large at 28″, it also sports freesync compatibility and a good 60hz refresh rate (as we explained earlier at 4K resolution it doesn’t really matter because nearly all gaming computers won’t have the capability to run at anything more than 60FPS). This monitor is a great pick for a 4K monitor.
We hope that this monitor guide helped you find a great gaming monitor! Be sure to review this entire guide in its entirety before buying a monitor! There are plenty of great monitors for gaming out there, make sure to know what you need and want before purchasing.