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How to Choose the Best Gaming Monitor: 7 Things to Know

June 29, 2021 0

How to Choose the Best Gaming Monitor: 7 Things to Know

Choosing the right gaming monitor can be a difficult process. There are so many different options to choose from, and every option seems to have its own benefits and drawbacks. But there is one thing that will make the process easier: knowledge. And who knows more about computer monitors than Display Lifestyles? We can help you figure out what to look for in a gaming monitor and how best to use them.

Monitor manufacturers today are more competitive than ever. With each trying to outdo the other by producing monitors with higher resolutions and refresh rates, it can be difficult for gamers to know which one is best for them.

Every gamer has their own preferences, so it’s important to know your needs before making a purchase. For example, some people prefer speed while others like quality; some gamers play on large screens whereas others are content with 1080p resolution or less on smaller screens. There are also different display technologies available, such as TN vs IPS panels (which we will cover later on). Here’s everything you need to know about choosing the right gaming monitor for your needs!


7 Things to consider when choosing a monitor:

Screen Resolution

Screen Resolution
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Screen resolution is the measurement of pixels on a screen. A 1080p monitor has 1920x1080p while some can even go up to 3840x2160p; now that’s impressive! It might sound like a technical specification but it also directly affects gaming performance in several ways.

The higher the resolution, the more detailed your game will be. But it will also demand more graphical processing power from your computer. So, it is not always “the more, the better”. For competitive gamers, 1080p is the average pick they can go for. Since it doesn’t require more graphical processing power, it’s easy to achieve more frames per second. However, if you only play slow-paced games like RPG, getting a much higher resolution can be a good choice to achieve a much-detailed display gaming experience as RPG still playable even at lower frames.


Refresh Rate

Refresh Rate
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The monitor refresh rate refers to the number of times in a second that a monitor displays an image. It is measured by Hertz (Hz). The higher the Hz, the smoother your game will appear onscreen. The typical refresh rates are 60hz or 120hz-240hz. But which one is best for you?

Competitive gamers or people who play fast-paced games should use a 240hz monitor because it will help them get more frames per second and can let them see smoother graphics than lower Hz monitors. You should always consider what games you play as well as knowing what hardware you have. Newly release RTX 30 series graphics cards are able to produce a higher frames rate at 1080p especially for esports games like Dota 2, and Valorant – the higher the refresh rate, and more frames per second it can display on the monitor.

Meanwhile, for people who only play slow-paced games like RPG, refresh rate isn’t that much more a requirement, as they are playable even at lower frames. Though there is nothing wrong with getting a higher refresh rate monitor for these types of games, it might be just overkill. So, it is worth investing in a much higher resolution, for a crisp and detailed gaming experience.


Adaptive-Sync

There are two types of Adaptive-Sync: G-Sync and FreeSync.

G-SYNC is compatible only with NVIDIA graphics cards, while AMD’s counterpart -FreeSync- is not limited to a particular brand of the graphics card. Both technologies allow the monitor refresh rate to sync up with your graphics card frame rates; however, they differ in their implementation:

AMD has been implementing the technology for quite some time now, whereas Nvidia launched its version comparatively recently. The main difference between them lies in how they are implemented on either side as well as what type of hardware you have. Several other brands also offer variations that fall into this category including Acer Predator Gaming Monitor which utilizes ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) instead of adaptive refreshment methods like FreeSync.

There are monitors that come with G-Sync and FreeSync technology, while others don’t have Adaptive-Sync at all. In addition, G-Sync provides premium performance at a price, while FreeSync may suffer from screen artifacts like ghosting. So, you need to make sure that you check all the specifications before you make the purchase.


Panel Type

Panel Type

There are three main types of panels: TN, VA, and IPS. The former is the cheapest, with a fast response time which makes it good for gamers. TN monitors also offer a steeper contrast ratio than other panel technologies at maximum brightness levels while still offering low color fidelity and viewing angles in comparison to their counterparts. Meanwhile, there’s the IPS option – though more expensive, they’re considered by many to be superior due and primarily because their colors are much richer and accurate when compared to other monitor options on today’s market. They also have wide-viewing angles without any noticeable shift or distortion even from extreme side perspectives where you can see colors from one side shift in color when looking at the other.

The VA panel sits between TN and IPS, providing a balance of speed and quality. They’re also not as sharp or detailed as IPS panels nor are they as fast (they have slower response times) making them more suited for gamers who care about input lag over latency.


Response Time

Response Time
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The response time is the number of pixels that can change per second. The lower the better, because it results in a smoother overall image and better designed for gaming or movies. Most monitors start at eight milliseconds (ms), which means they can show up to 125 changes from black to white per second!

However, there are other factors you should consider before making your decision. For example, screens with slower response times have some very good benefits – like less expensive prices and high refresh rates for fast-moving movies. That’s why some people don’t mind sacrificing speed for cost savings and movie fluidity on their monitor screen.

If I were looking specifically to game competitively online then I would not get a monitor with over 4 ms of response time because I need to have a highly responsive monitor. A combination of a higher refresh rate and low response time will give you an advantage in competitive games especially for first-person shooters like CS:GO.


Monitor Screen Size

Monitor Screen Size
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The size of your monitor screen can have a serious impact on gaming. Most monitor sizes are between 21-27 inches, but there are smaller monitors for those who want them.

The best monitor size is 24-27 inches because they offer the most real estate to work with.

There’s a trade-off between viewing more of your game screen and having less clutter on your display, such that you can see what’s coming from all directions at once in games like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey or Battlefield V. For players new to multi-monitor setups, where they have two screens side by side (useful as one displays settings), I would recommend going for at least 24 inches so you could separate everything out on each screen without much overlap of content.

Also, when deciding which monitor screen size, you might want to consider the resolution. For 1080p gaming 24 Inches is the best screen size for most gamers, getting higher than that will result in a pixelated image. However, if you decide to go into 4k gaming, larger screens are much more recommended as the higher resolution will be redundant for smaller screen sizes. In the end, choosing a monitor screen size will always depend on your preferences.


Connectors

Monitor Connectors
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Most monitors today come with a display port and HDMI. For gamers, the Display port is much more preferable because it offers a higher refresh rate, higher resolution, and supports Adaptive-Sync.

Monitor ports are not the only factor in choosing a monitor, however, they do play an important role when deciding what type of video connection to purchase down the line.

In addition to the display port and HDMI, there are also DVI, VGA, and even some older legacy connectors that you might need for other devices. Most modern monitors should come with at least one or two types of these connections but if you want another connector make sure that your monitor has enough inputs on its backside so you can plug them all in!

There’s no “best” here since most people would just use HDMI out of personal preference due to its versatility across many different platforms: gaming consoles like Xbox One. But for competitive gaming, the display port is the best choice since it offers a higher refresh rate than HDMI.

Also, some monitors come with USB ports as well as an option for a 5mm audio out jack for your monitor. If you use headphones, this is a great way to easily get the audio from your game without having to plug in an extra cord or device. There are many different ports that can be found on monitors these days so make sure there are enough inputs for your needs before purchasing one!


Conclusion

I hope this article has given you some insight on how to choose the best gaming monitor for your needs. It is important that you take in all of these considerations when purchasing a new monitor and getting one tailored to your desires will make it more enjoyable!

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