How to Choose the Best Gaming Monitor

A reason why many of us choose to game on a PC rather than a console is the exceptional graphics. If you need a stunning monitor for gaming and versatile enough for video editing or other work tasks, we can help you find the best gaming monitor to suit your preferences and budget.

Understanding the monitor technology

1. Resolution

The more pixels you can pack into your monitor, the better the display quality and resolution.

  • HD or HD-ready resolution (720p) - 1280 x 720
  • FHD or Full HD resolution (1080p) - 1920 x 1080
  • QHD or Quad HD resolution (1440p) - 2560 x 1440 - Monitors with this level of resolution are commonly found in dedicated gaming displays.
  • UHD or Ultra HD or 4K (2160p) - 3840 x 2160 - Typically found on high-end monitors, UHD displays are called 4K because they offer four times the resolution of standard HD.

2. Refresh rate and response time

The average monitor refreshes at 60 Hz speeds, but gamers should opt for up to 144 Hz or 165 Hz. Higher refresh rates are better, and result in a much smoother experience, especially for shooting games.

    Response time is how long it takes a pixel to cycle. You want to look for low response time - 5 ms is fine for casual gamers but target 1 ms for expert and professional gamers - and pair it with a higher refresh rate for the best gaming experience.

      If you're not sure how to adjust the frame rate, there are technologies like AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-Sync in many new gaming monitors that can help you avoid screen tearing.

      3. Screen size

      Nowadays, 27-inch and even 32-inch gaming monitors are becoming more common and affordable. An important consideration when determining the ideal size for your gaming monitor is the resolution.

        If you have the same number of pixels for a 21-inch monitor as you do for a 32-inch one, then the pixels can look stretched on the larger screen, causing jagged edges on in-game objects and lack of definition that can impact your gaming.

          Generally, if you are buying an FHD monitor, stay with 24 inches or smaller. If you want a larger screen, then QHD or 4K is the way to go.

          4. QHD vs 4K

          There’s no denying that nothing beats a 4K display, but you’ll still be able to play your favorite major titles in QHD. You can get the full experience of your favorite games and titles without having to dish out the extra cash to pick up a 4K gaming monitor.

            One option to check out is the HP OMEN 32-inch display. With a sleek black and red design, HP OMEN monitors are in a league of their own in both style and performance.

              If you really want a 4K monitor or you simply want to stay ahead of the curve, the HP ENVY 27-inch display is ideal for crushing the competition or watching movies.

              5. Video inputs and features

              The best gaming monitors usually have a single dedicated HDMI input for consoles or PCs to plug into. Some high-end graphics cards will offer DVI and DisplayPort compatibility; however, this can be excessive for most gaming needs.

                In addition to an HDMI input, the best gaming monitors have AUX outputs and USB ports for speakers and additional devices. Nothing beats plugging surround sound speakers into your display and maximizing the auditory and visual experience of all your favorite games.

                6. Monitor panel technology

                Twisted nematic (TN) boasts the fastest response time with speeds up to 1 ms and refresh rates up to 240 Hz. If you are the only viewer - as most gamers are during play - then this is a good choice for your gaming monitor.

                  In-plane switching (IPS) monitors have fast response times of up to 4 ms and can refresh at over 100 Hz. If you are a casual gamer who needs the monitor for multiple uses beyond gaming, then this is a great choice for you.

                  Summary

                  Considering how long this technology will remain relevant despite future breakthroughs in display capabilities, investing in a 4K or QHD monitor is definitely worthwhile.

                    Although a 4K monitor provides a higher level of display, refresh rates and gray-to-gray speeds might be a more important to you if the bulk of your gaming diet is first person shooters, so weigh each aspect of the purchase decision with your gaming preferences in mind.

                      If you buy a high-end gaming PC, invest in a monitor that can keep up. Opting for 4K or QHD means you’ll have optimal performance at the most critical of moments.

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