How to Choose the Right Monitor for Gaming
Whether you’re a hardcore PC gamer or a casual after-hours warrior, your hardware can mean the difference between victory and defeat. To get the most out of the latest first-person shooter (FPS), sports, racing, and other fast-action games, you’ll not only need a gaming PC with a powerful graphics solution, you’ll need a monitor that can display the action without subjecting you to blurred images, flicker, tearing, and other motion artifacts. In this guide we’ll help you choose a display that will give you an edge over your opponents while delivering a smooth, immersive gaming experience.
Panel Size and Resolution
When it comes to gaming monitors, bigger is almost always better. If you have the room, a 27-inch screen provides plenty of real estate and offers the opportunity to go beyond Full High-Definition (FHD), which offers a maximum resolution of 1,920 by 1,080. Many of the newer 27-inch models are Wide, Quad High-Definition (WQHD) monitors with maximum resolutions of 2,560 by 1,440 pixels. The higher pixel count provides much sharper imagery than FHD, but you’ll need a reasonably powerful graphics engine to play the latest games at the higher resolution, especially if you have all the effects enabled. If desk space is an issue there are plenty of 24-inch monitors out there, but you’ll be limited to 1,920-by-1,080 resolution. If you have lots of space, and money is no object, a 30-inch, Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) monitor will deliver a stunning picture with an amazing 3,840-by-2,160 resolution, or you can go all out with a 34-inch ultra-wide monitor with or without a curved panel. Ultra-wide displays typically have a 21:9 aspect ratio (as opposed to the usual 16:9 aspect ratio) and offer a much wider field of view than a standard wide-screen monitor, but they take up a lot of room. A curved panel ultra-wide monitor has just enough of a curve to make you feel a bit closer to the action
There are several types of display technologies and each has its pluses and minuses. Twisted Nematic (TN) panels are the most affordable and are popular among gamers because they offer fast pixel responses and refresh rates, but they are prone to color shifting when viewed from an angle. Vertical Alignment (VA) panels are known for their high native contrast ratio, robust colors, and ability to display deep blacks, but they are also known to produce noticeable ghosting effects, which can hurt gaming performance. In-Plane Switching (IPS) panels provide the best all-around color quality, strong gray-scale performance, and wide viewing angles, but they can’t match the pixel response of TN panels and are subject to motion artifacts.
Pixel Response and Refresh Rate
Gaming monitors should have a fast pixel response and a high refresh rate. The most commonly used pixel response spec is gray to gray, which is measured in milliseconds and signifies the time it takes a pixel to transition from one shade of gray to another (a few companies still use the older black-to-white measurement). A low pixel response will help eliminate the smearing of moving images and provide a smoother overall picture than a higher pixel response. A gray-to-gray response of 2 milliseconds or less is ideal, but even a 4 millisecond gray-to-gray response is typically adequate for gaming.
A monitor’s refresh rate refers to the time (per second) it takes to redraw the entire screen and is measured in Hertz (Hz). Most LCD monitors have a 60Hz refresh rate, which means the screen is refreshed 60 times per second, but fast moving images may appear blurry at this refresh rate, or the panel may suffer from screen tearing, an artifact that occurs when the monitor displays pieces of two (or more) screen draws at the same time. Look for a monitor with a 120Hz or higher refresh rate, which not only helps reduce image blur and eliminate tearing, but is a requirement for active 3D technology.
G-Sync and FreeSync
The latest crop of gaming monitors use synchronization technology to help reduce tearing and other motion artifacts while lowering input lag (which we measure on all displays we review using the Leo Bodnar Video Signal Lag Tester). Monitors equipped with Nvidia’s G-Sync or AMD’s FreeSync modules give control of the screen’s refresh rate to the GPU (instead of the monitor) which allows the display to operate with a variable refresh rate. The result is a very smooth gaming experience with decreased input lag. However, G-Sync and FreeSync monitors require a compatible graphics card with a DisplayPort 1.2 output.
Video Inputs and Other Features
A gaming monitor should be equipped with a variety of video inputs, so you can stay connected to multiple PCs and gaming consoles such as the PS4($799.95 at Amazon)(Opens in a new window) and Xbox One($200.00 at eBay)(Opens in a new window). Dual HDMI ports are ideal, since major consoles use HDMI, while some high-end graphics cards offer both DisplayPort and DVI connectivity. USB ports are also a nice feature, as they make it easy to connect to gaming controllers, mice, thumb drives, and other external peripherals. A powerful speaker system with a built-in subwoofer will enhance your gaming experience and conserve desktop space, and a stand with height, tilt, and swivel adjustments offers ergonomic comfort for those all night frag marathons.
Screen size, panel technology, and features will determine how much you’ll pay for a gaming monitor. You can snag a 24-inch model that uses TN technology with a fast gray-to-gray pixel response for around $170, but you won’t get much in the way of features. Expect to pay more if you want perks like an adjustable stand, a USB hub, multiple digital video inputs, and either G-Sync or FreeSync technology. A full-blown 27-inch model with all the bells and whistles, including 3D and either G-Sync or FreeSync support, can cost upward of $600, and a 30-inch UHD monitor will run you between $2,400 to $3,500. If you’re looking for a big-screen ultra-wide monitor with a curved panel, plan on spending over $1,100.
For more on what to consider when choosing a monitor, read our buying guide, as well as our guides for choosing displays for photo editing and graphic design. And be sure to check out our favorite gaming displays, as well as our top monitor picks.
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Do monitors make a difference in gaming? (UPDATED: October 2022)
When you set up a new gaming system, everyone asks you about the graphics card you have or the processor that you decided to go with or even whether you chose to go for a solid state drive. It is incredibly unusual for someone to ask about your monitor apart from a cursory inquiry to its size.
Does this mean that is isn’t really important?
That the monitor does not really have an impact on the gamer’s experience?
Well, that is a bone of contention in the gaming world with some claiming that the choice of monitor is one of the most important decisions you will make, with others arguing that this is merely elitist claptrap and that the monitor is not really that important on the whole.
The people whose voices are loudest on the importance of monitors are people who are competitively playing first-person shooters like CS:GO, Day Z or Overwatch. These gamers require quick reflexes and instantaneous reaction to succeed, with some believing that a 3-4 millisecond edge is a difference between winning and losing.
The three elements that determine this advantage are the response time, the input lag and the frame rate.
The response time is how quickly each pixel can change from white to black and back to white again, while the refresh rate is how many times the panel can draw the image in a second. Ideally, competitive gamers are looking for low response time, and as high a refresh rate is possible. Input lag is the time it takes between moving the mouse and seeing the effect on the screen, and this again needs to be as low as possible.
It is understandable why competitive gamers feel that the performance of a monitor is so important.
When playing fast-paced games like Overwatch, the margins for the best players are very tight and indeed sometimes milliseconds will indeed make the difference, so it is critical for them to make sure they have the best monitor in terms of performance to make sure that they don’t give their competitors a head start before they even start playing.
On the other side of the argument are casual and pleasure gamers who often feel that apart from the resolution, the monitor is not really that important. These gamers tend to be more focused on the look of their games rather than the performance. They tend to be looking for bigger monitors with a high resolution which will display the game with the brightest colour and the most realistic picture.
They tend to prefer to spend their money on a good graphics card with lots of VRAM and supporting high resolutions, rather than spending a lot of money on the monitor itself. They find that the improvement per dollar is much higher when spending on a graphics card than when investing in a monitor, and so tend to feel that monitors are much less important overall when gaming.
So, do monitors have an influence on gaming?
The answer, I think you will agree, is undoubted yes.
The importance of that influence, however, is determined by the goals of the gamer themselves. You can check out our selection of the best console gaming monitors in 2019.
A monitor is hugely important to someone who is competitively gaming and will have a huge impact on their experience, while for someone who is a more casual gamer, the monitor has a limited influence on their experience.
As with most things in life, it is a case of horses for courses.
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Do You Need a High-Refresh Gaming Monitor?
High refresh rate monitors have become all the rage in recent years, showing up in many of the best gaming monitors and the best 4K displays. But do you actually need a high-refresh gaming monitor?
- What does Hz actually mean?
- Motion resolution
- Screen tearing
- GPUs and refresh rate
- Input response
- Do you need really need a 120Hz or 240Hz monitor?
Although a high refresh rate can indeed do wonders for gamers, a higher number isn’t better for everyone. Depending on what you use your computer for, it might be a better idea to look at screen resolution, the panel type, and color accuracy. To help you know what to look for, we’ve broken down what a high refresh rate does, what it doesn’t do, and why it’s important.
What does Hz actually mean?
Hz stands for hertz, which is a unit of frequency. Regardless of the context, 1Hz equals one cycle per second. So, you may see a computer processor that runs at 4GHz, meaning it completes 4,000,000,000 instruction cycles per second. The same thing is true for monitors, except Hz measures something known as the refresh rate.
Refresh rate is the number of times per second a display refreshes its image. Since movement is displayed by the difference between frames, the refresh rate effectively places a hard cap on the framerate that’s visible. That said, refresh rate is not the same as framerate. Refresh rate is an attribute of the monitor, while framerate is an attribute of the information being sent to it. They have to agree on just what is being shown on screen.
If you can run a game at 100 frames per second, you may see a tangible benefit from playing it on a monitor that can refresh that many times per second. But if you’re watching a movie at a classic 24 fps, a higher refresh rate monitor won’t make any difference.
If your computer can play a game at a high enough framerate to match a 120Hz or 240Hz monitor, you’ll see a noticeable change in the perceived sharpness of a moving image. Blurring occurs because of how the human brain processes the set of individual frames a monitor displays. The brain blurs together the series of frames to create a sensible moving picture, but some detail is lost along the way.
A higher refresh rate helps to decrease the blur by giving our brains more information to act on, in turn reducing perceived blur. However, unlike computer hardware, our brains aren’t all made to the same specification. Some people notice the difference between a 60Hz and 120Hz display immediately, while others can’t see what everyone is all worked up about. The difference between 120Hz and 240Hz is even more subtle.
Again, it is very much dependent on what you’re doing on your system. Gamers will notice sharper visuals during fast action, and moving a mouse can feel smoother compared to a more typical 60Hz display. Web browsing when fast scrolling down a page can look a little smoother, too, but in watching online videos and answering emails, you won’t see any advantage.
Because refresh rates and framerates are very different things, they can often mismatch. That’s when something called screen tearing can occur. It tends to happen when a computer’s video card is spitting out frames at a rate well beyond the refresh rate of the monitor connected to it. Because more frames are being rendered than the monitor can handle, half-frames are sometimes shown together on the screen, manifesting as an obvious split between two portions of it, neither of which appears to line up correctly with the other. It’s a distracting problem that even the least sensitive viewer will usually notice.
In games that aren’t particularly taxing, framerates can often exceed 100 fps. However, a 60Hz display only refreshes 60 times per second. This means gamers are not fully benefiting from the enhanced responsiveness of the higher framerate and may notice tearing as the display fails to keep up with the data fed to it. A 120Hz display refreshes twice as quickly as a 60Hz display, so it can display up to 120 fps, and a 240Hz display can handle up to 240 fps. This will eliminate tearing in most games.
Although you always run the risk of screen tearing with a framerate above your refresh rate, it’s only to a certain point. In games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, where framerates are often well about 100 fps, there are more, smaller tears. A single tear is easy to notice, but several minor ones don’t register for most people.
Frame syncing technologies like V-Sync, Freesync, and G-Sync also help prevent screen tearing, but they have their own drawbacks. V-Sync will cap performance. Freesync and G-Sync, meanwhile, require specific combinations of video card and monitor hardware. These technologies are getting better, but they still require some key choices about GPUs and displays.
GPUs and refresh rate
Syncing technologies are designed to work with GPUs to help solve issues like screen tearing, but that’s far from the only role GPUs play in display performance. If you want 120 to 144Hz or higher performance, you also need a GPU that can keep up with your gaming.
There’s no perfect choice for getting a GPU that can output 120 or more frames per second, but more processing power and a greater amount of faster memory are always good signs. The latest generation of Nvidia’s RTX 3000 series GPUs are excellent candidates, but they’re not the only ones.
You can also play less detailed games, or lower the in-game settings to get higher framerates to take better advantage of a high refresh rate display.
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The refresh rate of a monitor has an impact on input lag. A 60Hz display, for example, will never have a visible lag below 16.67 milliseconds, because that’s the amount of time that passes from one refresh to the next. A 120Hz display halves that time to 8.33ms, and a 240Hz display further reduces it to 4.16ms.
Decreasing lag by less than 10ms may not seem important, and for many people — even gamers — it’s not. However, lag can be worth eliminating for ultra-competitive gaming or for those who like games to feel as smooth as possible. This is, once again, an issue some people will notice more readily than others.
It’s important to note here that the refresh rate has nothing to do with input lag. Whenever you click your mouse or input a keystroke, your PC still receives and processes it at the same rate. The refresh rate just has to do with how quickly you see the result of your action on screen, compromising the entire input chain.
Do you need really need a 120Hz or 240Hz monitor?
We think that gamers will see a more significant benefit in switching to a high refresh rate monitor than they will in upgrading to 4K since doing both can be quite expensive as well as taxing on your hardware. 120Hz or 144Hz displays deliver smoother, tear-free gaming with less input lag. This improved performance is especially beneficial in games where fast inputs are vital to winning and in games with competitive fighters or shooters, including Fortnite, Overwatch, Mortal Kombat, and others in these genres.
You’ll likely have better luck finding a good monitor within a physical store rather than online.
The best way to get an understanding of how this feature works is by physically witnessing motion demos on screens in an actual store. Thus, you will be able to make a more informed decision on whether to upgrade.
If you’re a non-gamer, higher refresh rates supply an almost unnoticeable change in your system’s overall performance. It will make your desktop appear smoother when surfing the web, but you won’t see much improvement beyond that. Televisions with 120Hz or 240Hz panels further improve motion quality with image processors that change their input. Some can even add frames, which increases the framerate of content. In contrast, monitors don’t usually have a processor, which minimizes the panel’s benefit when watching video content. An improved refresh rate also does not guarantee to eliminate “ghosting.”
Ultimately, we think that dedicated gamers will definitely benefit from upgrading their systems with high refresh rate displays. If you aren’t an avid gamer, there are plenty of features that will better fulfill your non-gamer desires.
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Differences Between Gaming Monitor And Regular Monitor
While looking for an office monitor, you might not look out for features that affect the visuals, memory or response time. Gaming monitors differ from office monitors in many ways. There are many distinctions between a game monitor vs regular monitor, and a buyer needs to understand the difference between the two.
Especially for gamers, buying a gaming monitor is as important as choosing the best gaming furniture because a bad choice can deteriorate the experience of your entire ultimate gaming setup.
If you are also worried about choosing the best gaming monitor vs computer monitor, then in this article, we will be discussing some differences between the two.
Difference between Gaming Monitor and Regular Monitor
Gaming vs regular monitors have certain distinguishing characteristics that make a choice suitable for the right task. You cannot expect an office monitor to work as you would expect from a professional gaming monitor. Below are some common differences between gaming monitors vs office monitors which you didn’t know.
Gaming monitors like the Pixio PXC327 gaming monitor will have a faster response time and higher refresh rates than standard monitors. When playing competitive games like Call of Duty, pro gamers will appreciate the advantage these displays provide. The ability to respond in real-time to an enemy’s movements with no delay can mean the difference between winning and losing a match.
Gaming monitors make certain compromises in terms of graphics and color reproduction. They compensate for this by being speedier and delivering a smoother gaming experience (which is precisely what they’re built for). Regular displays, especially TVs (which are also monitors), will have greater resolution on static images, but they will not be able to run a video game at 175 Hz without any frame rate latency.
Size is also one of the notices between game monitors vs. regular monitors. Unless the consumer specifies otherwise, regular and ultrawide gaming monitors are usually the same size. Even though the proportions are the same, you’ll frequently find that the price differs. It all boils down to the fact that gaming monitors must meet a higher rendering requirement than a standard panel.
If you compare a normal monitor vs. a gaming monitor, there won’t be much difference in usage. But here is one thing. Good gaming monitors like PX275C Prime Productivity Gaming Monitor and PX277 Prime Gaming Monitor pretty much cover up all the tasks of a regular monitor. They also offer better memory and response time. Hence you can use a gaming monitor for office purposes such as programming and coding, but using an office monitor for gaming is likely harder.
A distinctive factor that you will witness amongst the two categories is design between game monitor vs. regular monitor. While office or normal monitors are not too much about design and looks, gaming monitors are often made attractive. This is because gamers are likely to get inclined towards themes and special colors or RGB effects. You will also find famous curved screen options in gaming monitors, such as the PXC325 Curved Gaming Monitor, which gives you both design and functionality because of its curved screen.
The major difference between a gaming monitor and a regular office monitor is the type of panel you see. Gaming monitors use an IPS panel which is simply the best for gaming. IPS panels gave faster response time and gave greater speed. On the other hand, work monitors have TN or VA panels, giving you lag or a slow response rate while working.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Use A Gaming Monitor for Work?
The primary difference you will find between a gaming monitor and a regular monitor is the picture appearance. Gaming monitors are designed to give faster response time, so users can competitively beat the opponent and move in real-life motion.
Moreover, this quality is not as desirable in a regular work monitor, so buying a gaming monitor for work needs isn’t wise. Although if you want to work on your gaming monitor, you can work easily because of the faster response.
Can you Use a Gaming Monitor as A regular Monitor?
You may use your game display for various tasks, ranging from content editing to simple media watching. The drawback, of course, is that most gaming displays, for example, sacrifice color fidelity due to need. After all, the goal of a gaming display panel is to provide a fast and responsive gaming experience, not to provide 100% color-accurate material to the user.
Depending on your individual use case, you’ll need to weigh these features: Some people will require color-accurate displays for business, while others will be satisfied with high-refresh gaming displays.
Can you Use a Regular Monitor for Gaming?
A regular monitor for gaming can be used if your monitor meets the required specifications and has enough ability to serve the purpose. However, some people use a pair of regular monitors to cover their gaming needs. And you might also feel a bit tough with response time as regular monitors are not designed for extra quick response.
Is a Gaming Monitor Better Than TV?
TVs have the advantage in size and image quality, depending on the technology. On the other hand, gamers have placed a premium on the fast, fluid, and responsive gaming experience that only monitors can deliver.
Moreover, you are likely to experience a slower response time with a TN panel screen, which could be a deal-breaker for many gamers. The problem with a TV is that the response times are much higher, resulting in ghosting. For gamers to enjoy the best experience, it is necessary to have a response time of around 10ms or similar.
To sum up, monitors give a better response time and higher performance than TVs. This quality makes many people more inclined towards choosing a monitor for their work.
Does Playing on A Monitor Make a difference?
Yes, playing on a monitor provides a much better experience overall. The monitor allows you to have better performance and improved game quality. The response time is faster, there is zero to no lag, and the graphics are much more alluring. Especially when it comes to a gaming monitor, you can identify the difference between them.
What’s the Difference? – Entertainment Den
There are certain things in the gaming industry that don’t actually help you become a better gamer. A lot of random headsets come with RGB lighting, gaming chairs try to look super fancy and professional, along with many other things. But what about gaming monitors? This is one of those commonly asked questions by the community.
A lot of us gamers want to be like professional players or be more competitive in games like Overwatch or Battle Royale, so does that mean high-quality gaming monitors are the ticket to being more competitive? Or are gaming monitors another one of those things that have higher prices just because they are labeled as “gaming?”
This article will answer all these things in depth so be sure to read through the bolded statements if you want the quick notes on everything! I can’t stress enough that even seasoned gamers consider some of these points. You’ll find that not every gamer needs a “gaming” monitor to have their desired experience.
So What’s The Main Difference Between Gaming Monitors and Regular Monitors?
Gaming monitors, unlike regular monitors, will have a higher refresh rate and response time compared to regular monitors. Gaming monitors will run games a lot smoother than regular monitors for the same reasons. This doesn’t mean that gaming monitors are better than regular ones in every way, however. This article will also talk about the ways in which regular monitors are just as good as gaming ones.
Ways They Are Different
Take a look below to see what makes gaming monitors stand out. These are the strongest arguments that can be made for getting one. These are also the reasons professional gamers will get dedicated monitors to be as competitive as possible.
- Good: Gaming monitors can give gamers the most responsive edge possible. Gaming monitors will have better response time and refresh rates than regular ones. Pro gamers can seriously appreciate the edge these monitors give them when they’re playing competitive games like COD. Being able to react to an enemy’s movements in real-time, with absolutely no latency, can make all the difference between winning and losing a match. Recreational players who play RPGs, Open World, Strategy games honestly won’t be able to tell much difference between a 75hz monitor and a 120hz refresh rate monitor. Check out my article on why a 60hz monitor is enough for gaming to find out more.
- Not as good: Gaming monitors don’t always offer better resolution. Gaming monitors actually sacrifice a little bit on the graphics and color reproduction end. They make up for this by being faster and providing a smoother finish to gaming (which is exactly what they’re designed to do). Regular monitors, and TVs especially (those are monitors too), will have higher resolution on static images but won’t run a video game at 175hz and flawlessly run a game without any framerate lag.
*Gaming monitors, by nature, will almost always be more expensive than regular monitors. This is simple because they are going to have specs that allow them to run faster than multimedia monitors for the reasons mentioned above. The most important thing to do is consider your gaming needs and whether it makes sense to have that extra edge when competitively gaming.
Ways They Are The Same
Check out my article on Why Gaming Monitors Are Good For Normal Work if you plan to use it for more than just gaming.
From all the research I’ve done and from my personal experience, I’ve learned that regular monitors and gaming monitors are actually similar in a lot of ways. Gaming monitors don’t beat out regular ones in every way, which is what I originally used to think.
- Resolution: gaming monitors don’t always have better resolution than regular ones. For almost any monitor, you can choose the resolution you want (1920 x 1080, 1440 etc). Often times gamers, graphical designers, and regular computer users will just go ahead and get a 1920 x 1080p resolution, whether it’s considered a gaming monitor or not.This goes along with the color reproduction aspect. Regular monitors commonly beat out their rivals when it comes to this. This is because regular monitors are designed to provide higher quality static images. This is good for content editing and they don’t need a high refresh rate because they’re primary purpose is not fast past video rendering like gaming monitors try to keep up with.
- Tasks other than gaming or video rendering: You won’t notice a profound difference between the two in everyday usage. Browsing the internet, watching Youtube videos, and even playing less demanding games like strategy or slower-paced games.
- Aspect ratio and size are proportional to price: Regular and gaming monitors will usually be the same size unless otherwise specified by the buyer. Often times, you’ll find that the price will be different even though the dimensions are the same. It comes back to the fact that gaming monitors are trying to meet a higher rendering demand compared to a regular monitor. Check out the example below. I put together a quick chart that really shows you what affects the price and how all these qualities compare to each other for both monitor types.
Product Comparison Example
This is just a quick example that shows you what the profound differences will be when you’re browsing for gaming monitors and regular monitors alike. You’ll notice that for all other products you come across, the biggest differences in the two will be refresh rate and response time.
Regular: AOC 27Bh2
7ms response time
Larger size (27inch)
1ms response time
Noteworthy points: You can click on the links to Amazon to find the most current price on both of these. Immediately you’ll notice that they are the same resolution, but their prices vary by about $70. This is a good depiction of what aspects drive up the price of a gaming PC. In the bigger picture, having a faster refresh time than the guy who bought the regular monitor will only make the difference if you’re a pro gamer and that slight edge will put you above him.
It’s worth noting that skill will constitute 90% of success in competitive games
Gaming Monitor Example: Spectre 24 Curved 1300
You can’t see it super well in the picture, but this monitor is actually curved like the fancier 4k monitors that have started to come out. This monitor is definitely designed for gaming though. It has a fast response time and it’ll give the user a wide viewing angle.
- Borderless screens are always greatly appreciated by gamers. You’re getting the best bang for the buck because you’ll always feel like you’re utilizing every part of your screen. These types of screens are also easy to integrate dual monitor set ups with other monitors if you wanted to give yourself an even wider viewing angle.
- LED backlight bleeding will cause little backlight bleed and will make images look as good as possible for the resolution it comes with.
- The curved feature on this monitor is hard to appreciate because it’s only a 1920 x 1080p display. It will still enhance the image quality and make your set up look a lot fancier though.
- You are paying more money buy having this feature be apart of it. I could find a lot of regular monitors that aren’t curved but have similar specs for cheaper.
Multimedia Monitor Example: Asus Designo
Yes, this one is actually a little more expensive than the gaming monitor one. I put this one in here as a good example for the “regular” monitor section because I want you to see how much bigger of a bang you can get for your buck if you find one that isn’t labeled gaming.
- This monitor comes with 3W speakers! That right there should be enough to increase the price by at least $50. The thing is, on top of that, this is also a 27-inch screen and labeled as a “wide viewing angle.” It doesn’t have as much curvature as the Spectre one but it’s still better than standard flat screens. It comes with a better color reproduction panel (IPS) and it even has an Eye-care feature for when you’re not gaming
- It’s more expensive than the one labeled “gaming” but you’re also getting more features out of it than the gaming monitor example. That being said, it’s worth noting that you can get more bang for your buck if you want your monitor to have more features than just above-average framerates.
It always comes back to what your gaming needs are. Think about if it’s necessary for you to spend an extra sum of $ to get a monitor that really runs your games as smooth as technologically possible and will actually be able to appreciate the difference.
How to decide which one you should get (gamers encouraged to also read this)
I understand at this point you might think there are 1 billion different options on either end. But that doesn’t mean that you should still feel like making the decision on which type of monitor to buy is that out of reach.
I wouldn’t spend more than a couple of minutes thinking about what you want most out of your gaming experience.
Whether or not you are a seasoned gamer, take a second to think about this:
Would you really be able to tell the difference between the extra smoothness of a gaming monitor, Or would a normal frame rate and refresh rate be perfectly sufficient for how you game best? For everyone the answer is different, and again, it comes down to thinking about whether you need that extra 10% to put yourself above the competition.
Remember, most gaming monitors will have the same resolution as regular monitors and it’s extremely hard to tell the difference just by looking at static images or less demanding games than something like counterstrike: global offensive.
Is 60 Hz monitor enough for gaming?
This would depend on how demanding of a game you are playing. Battlefield 4, Counterstrike, or any other really hard-core first-person shooter will probably seem like it could be a smoother experience.
If you can afford, I highly recommend getting a monitor that is no less than 75 Hz. At this refresh rate and above, you won’t have to think twice about jumping into more demanding games should you see that happening in the future.
How smoothly your games run will also depend on the hardware of your gaming PC. If you have a graphics card such as a GTX 1070 or equivalent, and you’re gaming on a 1080p monitor, your PC is going to absolutely crush any games in terms of graphics and smoothness.
What monitors do professional gamers use?
Professional gamers use a wide variety, but their gaming monitors all have very similar specs. I found an article and I pulled a couple of famous gaming teams from around the world. Take a look below to see which ones each of the teams use.
Liquid: Alienware 25AW25
1ms response time, height-adjustable, tilt adjustable, 16:9 aspect ratio. The most advantageous thing about this one is the incredibly fast refresh rate. If you play a lot of FPS games and are really good at them already, then this monitor could make all the difference in a head to head match.
Draken: ASUS ROG Swift PG248Q
24 inches, 1ms response time. This one even comes with a blue-light filter to reduce the amount of eyestrain. You might not think this is a noteworthy feature, but think about how many hours professional gamers spend in front of a screen. Gaming sessions over 3 hours will strain the eyes if not taken care of. This won’t hinder your skills in any way.
* S1mple, Coldzera, NiKo all use a BENQ XL25 series! This actually surprised me a little bit. From a home theater standpoint, BENQ doesn’t make the best products for projectors but apparently they shine in the gaming monitor industry. Those teams are all foreign countries too so it’s interesting they still use an American company instead of a local one or any other brand.
What is the best budget gaming monitor?
I can speak on this from personal experience and going off of what a lot of reviews say.
I actually did a video on my absolute favorite gaming monitor that I’ve used so far.
It was one of the first committed purchases I made for my gaming experience, and I’ve been using this one since. I haven’t felt the need to upgrade just yet because of how good of a quality it delivers. Check out the video if you’re interested. It’s the AOC Borderless series
Should you buy your kid a gaming PC? Just some really useful points that parents should consider if they’re kid is asking for a gaming PC for Christmas or their birthday. There are some situations in which it makes great sense, and others when it doesn’t. Some of that also comes down to how much preference you want to give your kid and what games they’re into.
If you’re still looking to build your first gaming PC, I wrote an in-depth article on how I did it.
I put the link to my parts list in there as well. Thanks again for reading and be sure to check back for the next article.
Deciding between a gaming monitor and a regular, multimedia monitor does not need to be a complicated process. I know there’s a lot of information on the web, and I did my best to narrow down the essential information for you so you don’t have to spend more hours scratching your head on what the best choice is for you.
If this article helped you, or if you have any other questions, feel free to reach out and I’ll do my best to respond. I’m also taking article suggestions, so if you have those, you can reach me at [email protected] and I’ll do my best to respond.
I included some links to additional resources if you are still in the process of creating your gaming desktop set up.
How to buy a gaming monitor
Do I need 24, 27, 34 inches or more? Full HD, 1440p or 4K? Curved or flat? Does HDMI 2.1 matter? HDR? If you’ve just parachuted into the gaming monitor battlefield without a map, these are just some of the questions you might have. Hopefully, this guide should help you orient yourself to the environment.
Gaming monitor shopping is far more complicated than for other types of displays, at least if you’re like most of us and subject to budget constraints. That’s because you have to factor in the type of games you play and the capabilities of your GPU when calculating the tradeoffs to save money.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of time thinking about it, my quick-and-dirty recommendation is a 27-inch flat-screen IPS display with 1440p (quad HD) resolution and a refresh rate of 144Hz or better and DisplayHDR 600 (or the equivalent). You can usually find quite a few choices in the $250 to $500 price range. If you need to go cheaper or smaller, drop to a 24-inch 1080p model (aka full HD) with a 144Hz or faster refresh rate; you can find those for $150 to $250. If you want a really good monitor — 32 inches or bigger with 4K-plus resolution at refresh rates starting at 120Hz and HDR with 1,000 nits or more brightness — generally expect to spend upward of $1,000. The same frequently goes for cutting edge technologies, such as QD-OLED (though we don’t yet know how much Alienware’s 34-inch model will cost.)
To me, 24 inches feels small, especially if the monitor is serving time as a work display during the day or if you play games with expansive worlds. But either should be able to handle most types of games. If you want to connect to both a console and a PC, almost any recent monitor will work, but some are optimized for the task in big sizes — currently 42 inches or bigger — with an explicit list of the HDMI 2.1 features you care about, such as dynamic HDR metadata (if you want HDR) and variable refresh rate. They’ll cost well over $1,000, too.
To save money, at least in the short run, don’t overbuy. If you’ve got a 3-year-old system with a GPU that gets you 90 frames per second in 1440p on your most-played games and you don’t plan to upgrade in any meaningful way in the near term, you can save money by not going for the 240Hz model.
Read more: The Best Monitors According to the CNET Staff Who Use Them
- Within the constraints of your budget and desk space, get the largest monitor you can for single-monitor setups. You’ll rarely regret buying a monitor that’s too big, but you’ll frequently regret buying one that’s too small. There are also super-widescreen monitors with 21:9 aspect ratio (sometimes listed as 2.35:1), many of which are 34-inch displays with lower-than-4K resolution.
- Factor in the aspect ratios your favorite games support. If they only offer 16:9 options, configuring them for a widescreen 21:9, 24:10 or 32:9 monitor can be annoying and frustrating; you may also be able to save some money.
- Recommended minimum resolutions for gaming: 24 inches, 1,920×1,080 pixels; 27 to 32 inches, 2,560×1,440 pixels; 34 to 39 inches 3,440×1,440 pixels; 43 to 49 inches, 3,840×2,160 pixels. Note that almost all 49-inch monitors have 3,840×1,080 resolution, which is lower than my recommended threshold. For the rationale behind these suggestions, read the section where I discuss pixel density.
- Make sure the stand can adjust to the appropriate height for you to use comfortably and tilt to a usable angle. Depending on your needs, you may also want a stand that can swivel or allow the screen to rotate 90 degrees for use in portrait orientation. This may be useful if you want to combine multiple monitors to get a vertical height greater than what you’d be able to get in a single monitor.
- Go with one that you find attractive because you’ll be staring at it a lot. You may also want to think about models that support lighting coordination across devices, such as Razer’s Chroma or Asus’ Aura Sync. You also want a stand that looks good and that has sensible cable management, allowing you to feed wires through a hole or channel to keep them together. Cable management can be important if the monitor has a USB hub, since you’ll want to keep those cables under control as well.
- To use with an Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 console (when that firmware update finally appears), you’ll want a monitor with an HDMI 2.1 port that explicitly states it supports 4K at 120Hz with variable refresh (also called VRR) support.
- If you’re putting together a multimonitor setup, look for thin bezels. A matched set of curved displays may also work better than flat screens. On the other hand, if you play different types of games, such as shooters and sims, you may want to get a pair of monitors optimized for each type of game, such as a fast-refresh QHD 27-inch display for battling and a medium-fast-refresh 32-inch 4K model with a large color gamut for building. I also recommend two 27-inch displays over a single 49-inch.
- You can save money by sticking to an appropriate refresh rate. In other words, if your GPU rarely hits more than 90fps during gameplay, you probably don’t need to drop the extra dough for 165Hz if you can’t afford it. If you do have the cash, however, a higher refresh rate may be worth it if there’s a GPU upgrade in your future.
- A gray-to-gray pixel response time of 5ms or less is good for gaming; 1ms is best for fast action on high-refresh-rate screens.
- For a lot of games, HDR doesn’t matter, because they don’t have lots of areas with high brightness or deep shadows, or don’t take advantage of the bigger tonal range in any meaningful way. But you’ll probably get better visuals for AAA games, more creeps from horror games, fewer ambushes out of the shadows in FPS games and so on if they do support HDR. If you do opt for it, anything less than HDR 600 isn’t very noticeable, and that level gives a good balance between price and noticeable boost. For more detail check out the story How to choose an HDR gaming monitor.
- The bigger the color gamut the screen covers the better. At a minimum, you want 100% sRGB, but 90% or higher P3 (also known as DCI-P3) is best, as it delivers more colors. Look for specific gamut coverage percentages rather than terms like «1 billion colors,» which are essentially meaningless.
- Contrast matters — higher is better — but the contrast spec provided by manufacturers is almost worthless. Anything above 1,000:1 should be OK. I prefer 1,400:1 or better, however, provided it’s a measured result. Contrast is the ratio of black to white on a given screen, and darker blacks produce better perceived contrast, so the same contrast ratio can sometimes look a little better on a dim monitor than a bright monitor. But there are other factors which affect it.
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What screen size should I get?
Everything being equal, and if you’ve got the space and budget, bigger is almost always better. Screen size labeling is based on the length of the diagonal: That made it easy to compare monitor sizes when almost every screen had the same aspect ratio — essentially the proportions of the screen rectangle, which is the ratio of horizontal to vertical pixels. But wide and ultrawide screens on desktop and newer ratios on laptops (such as 3:2 or 16:10) make cross-size comparisons a little more difficult.
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If you remember your geometry and algebra, you can calculate the width and height of the display if you also know the aspect ratio. (Because width/height = aspect ratio and width² + height² = diagonal²!) The further from 1:1 the aspect ratio is, the wider the screen and more of it will be out to the sides — and therefore in your peripheral vision if you’re sitting close. It will also let you figure out the physical dimensions of the screen, most notably the width, to ensure it will fit in the allotted space.
DPI Calculator can do the math for you, but keep in mind that the numbers only represent the panel size, not the size of the display, which includes bezels and the mount. Nor does it take into account curved displays, which tend to have smaller horizontal dimensions than their flat-screen equivalent.
The 55-inch OLED displays look great but don’t work well as desktop monitors, so you might as well use a cheaper TV that size with your console.
Can I use a TV instead?
You can certainly drive a TV from your computer, but TVs are meant to be viewed from a distance, while computer displays are designed for closer work. As TVs get smarter about gaming and consoles share space with PCs and laptops, however, the gap between the two is narrowing. So for gamers, having a primary computer display for working and a TV hooked up for gaming may make sense, at least if it’s not too big. Want to do that? Here’s how to use your 4K TV as a monitor.
Read more: Best gaming TV: Low input lag and high picture quality
If you want an OLED screen, a TV is still your best bet though. We’ve seen a couple of 55-inch OLED monitors like the Alienware 55, but now that TVs have improved game support you’re probably better off than overpaying for a monitor. Smaller OLED monitors are trickling into the market, but still not at the desk-friendliest sizes.
Dolby Vision for Gaming on the Xbox Series X and S.
Screen capture by Lori Grunin/CNET
We’re starting to see some monitors targeted toward console gamers, but Dolby threw a small spanner into the works for those by announcing Dolby Vision support for the Xbox Series X and S. But no gaming displays, including models like the Asus ROG Strix XG43UQ or Gigabyte AFV43U, support Dolby Vision yet. Only professional content-creation monitors like the Asus ProArt PA27UCX-K or Apple Pro Display XDR currently support it, and they only support 60Hz refresh rates and don’t have the essential HDMI 2.1 features.
That doesn’t mean you should discount monitors, though. Not a lot of games support DV either at the moment: just 10.
4K, 1440p, 1080p or…?
Resolution, the number of vertical by horizontal pixels that comprise the image, is inextricable from screen size when you’re choosing a monitor. What you really want to optimize is pixel density, the number of pixels per inch the screen can display, because that’s what primarily determines how sharp the screen looks as well as how big elements of the interface, such as icons and text, can appear. If you’re gaming with a controller at distances further than you’d be sitting at a desk, it can be critical.
For instance, I’ve discovered that I can’t read the text well enough to even make it through a tutorial in 1440p on a 32-inch monitor from more than about 4 feet away.
Common screen resolutions
|Full HD (FHD)||1,920×1,080||16:9|
|Wide quad HD (WQHD)||2,560×1,440||16:9|
|Wide quad XGA||2,560×1,600||16:10|
|Ultra wide quad HD||3,440×1,440||21:9|
|Ultra HD 4K (UHD)||3,840×2,160||16:9|
|Digital Cinema Initiatives 4K (DCI 4K)||4,096×2,160||Between 16:8 and 16:9|
Standard resolutions include 4K UHD (3,840×2,160 pixels), QHD (Quad HD, 2,560×1,440) and FHD (Full HD, 1,920×1,080): You’re better off looking at the numbers than the alphabet soup, because when you get to variations like UWQHD they can get mind-bogglingly ambiguous. When you see references to «1080p» or «1440p,» it’s shorthand for the vertical resolution. But I’ve yet to see someone refer to 2,560×1,600 pixels, a popular new 16:10 laptop-screen resolution, as 1600p.
For example, on a 27-inch display, 1,920×1,080 has a pixel density of 81.59 ppi. On a 24-inch display, it’s 91.79 ppi. Because a higher density is better (up to a point), FHD will look better on the smaller screen. This also depends on your vision: For me, too low a resolution and I can see the pixel grid and at slightly better than that I see nothing but jaggies on small serif type. So «optimal» really depends on what you’re looking at and personal preference. My preference for working, highly detailed sims, games with a lot of text and so on is at least 100ppi; if you’re moving so fast there’s no time to stop and shoot the flowers, you can probably drop to as low as 90ppi. Once again, DPI Calculator can do the math for you. (A related spec is dot pitch, the size of the space between the center of the pixels, which is just the inverse of pixel density. For that, smaller is better.)
Common pixel densities (pixels per inch)
|1,920×1,080||91. 8||81.59||68. 8|
|3,440×1,440||155. 4||138.1||116. 5|
What is HDR and why do I want it?
In short, high dynamic range refers to scenes rendered with brighter highlights, greater shadow detail and a wider range of color, for a better-looking image. For gaming HDR, in contrast to TV HDR, it means more than just a prettier picture: the better you can see what’s lurking in the bright and dark areas, the more likely you are to avoid danger and spot clues.
It used to require that games explicitly supported HDR as well, but the introduction of Auto HDR in the Xbox Series X/S and forthcoming in Windows 11 changes that: The operating systems can automatically expand the brightness and color ranges of non-HDR games. It’s not the same as having a game that was rendered to use the expanded ranges, but it can give it a bump to make it look better than it otherwise would.
At CES 2022, the organization behind the HDR10 standard announced the forthcoming HDR10 Plus Gaming standard, a variation of the HDR10 Plus that’s been available on TVs for a while. It adds Source Side Tone Mapping (SSTM), which adjusts the brightness range on a scene level based on data embedded by the game developer — HDR10 has a single range that has to work for the whole game. It also includes the ability to automatically trigger a display’s low latency mode, to compensate for the additional overhead imposed by the HDR data (more important for TVs than monitors), as well as support for variable refresh rates in 4K at 120Hz on consoles (still not implemented in the PS5 as of today).
Why do I need to worry about HDMI details
Unfortunately, the HDMI specification has turned into such a mess that you can’t make any assumptions about capabilities based on the version number, not only is every HDMI 2.0 connection henceforward to be labeled as 2.1a (with the same HDMI 2.0 feature set), but the specification no longer mandates any of the important new features; in other words, all the whizzy capabilities that made HDMI 2.1 desirable, especially as a choice for consoles, are now optional.
Bottom line: If you want a monitor for your console that can do 4K at 120Hz, support variable rate refresh and auto low-latency mode, you’ll have to verify support for each individually. And the same goes if you want a PC monitor connected via HDMI that can support source-based tone mapping (discussed subsequently) and bandwidth-intensive combinations of high resolution, fast refresh rates and high color depth/HDR.
Monitor manufacturers are supposed to list supported features explicitly; if they don’t, either pass the monitor by or delve deeper. If you want the gory details, TFT Central does an excellent job explaining the issues.
Is curved or flat better?
To me, curved monitors are the best way to make a single display wider without forcing you to sit too far back; that’s why they make more sense for a desktop monitor than for a TV. Optimally, you should be able to see the entire screen without moving your head too much. Once you get beyond roughly 27 inches, you’ll need a curve if you’re sitting at a desk. Don’t get me started on the «immersive experience» of curved screens: Unless that display wraps all the way around me, it’s no more immersive than any other.
If you’re buying a screen that’s 27 inches or below, aside from the fact that curved displays can look ever so much prettier, one of the few practical applications for it is three-monitor gaming setups, which let you create a better widescreen experience. Otherwise, small curved screens just aren’t worth it, especially if you’re paying extra for the privilege. In fact, I feel like curves on smaller screens bring the edges too far into my peripheral vision for comfort.
At CES 2022, Samsung announced its Odyssey Ark monitor, which brings a new level of elegance to gaming.
The amount of curve is expressed in «R,» the radius of its arc in millimeters. For a given display size, bigger numbers are tighter arcs, so 1,800R (the radius of many 27-inch curved displays) is shallower than 2,000R. Too much of a curve can be distracting, while too little may as well be flat. However, ignore all the talk of how «immersive» they are. They really aren’t yet, at the very least because many games still aren’t able to take full advantage of the nonstandard aspect ratios. On the other hand, unlike curved TVs, you’ll always be sitting in the sweet spot, so glare shouldn’t be an issue.
Many widescreen models tend to have a 21:9 aspect ratio, which means they’re wider and shorter than other displays and full-screen video will be pillarboxed. But larger monitors without a curve at a more common 16:9 aspect ratio would require you to be bobbleheaded because they’d be quite tall: 24 inches (61 cm) high for a 49-inch monitor versus 19 inches (48 cm).
Should I get two (or more) small screens or one ultrawide?
This depends on what you’re doing. For instance, if you want a fast gaming monitor for play and a high-resolution display for work, it’s a lot cheaper to get two than a single one that does both. Or if you need a color-accurate monitor for design but want a high-brightness one for gaming, it’s also a lot cheaper to get two smaller ones. But if you just need a ton of screen space, a single ultrawide might be simpler.
Does the screen technology — IPS, TN and more — matter?
Sort of. For current monitors at all but the lowest, cheapest end, your choices are between VA (vertical alignment) and IPS (in-plane switching). Some manufacturers refer to their panels as «high-speed» IPS, but that’s just to distance it from the old perception that IPS has slow pixel response. The reason you generally don’t need to think about the technology is because other specs, such as the ones that follow, provide more meaningful decision options than the panel type.
What refresh rate is good? What about GtG?
Refresh rate is the number of times per second (in Hertz, or Hz) the screen can update, and can produce unwanted artifacts such as blur, tearing and stuttering which occur when there’s a difference between the rate at which the graphics card is feeding the display and the rate at which the screen updates.
Pixel response, also known as Motion Picture Response Time or Gray-to-Gray time (though those two aren’t the same thing), is how fast an individual pixel can switch states from black to white or from gray to gray (the more commonly provided spec). It’s measured in milliseconds. Faster is better, and you generally want a maximum of 5ms or less GtG for all but esports-level gaming. Monitors will sometimes offer a branded motion blur-reduction mode, which performs some technological sleight of pixel to reduce perceived blur. Your mileage may vary with these.
Refresh rate and pixel response time are inextricable from each other: a display with a fast refresh rate will have a fast pixel response unless something is very wrong. Both specs are sometimes provided in an overclocked mode.
The current «stratospheric» refresh rates are 300Hz or 360Hz, which are primarily intended for esports and come on small screens (less than 27 inches) and only in panels (TN) that don’t display a wide range of colors and look terrible off-angle. Most gamers should be fine with 120Hz to 240Hz.
You can find everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the subject and more at Blur Busters.
Do I need Nvidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync?
There is a spectrum of technologies designed to compensate for the disconnect between screen update rate and gameplay frame rate, which fall under the umbrella of variable refresh rate. The disconnect can cause artifacts like tearing (where it looks like parts of different screens are mixed together), stutter (where the screen updates at perceptibly irregular intervals) and more.
At the most basic, your monitor should support generic VRR. That will enable games to use their own methods for syncing the two rates, which on the PC frequently means the game just caps the frame rate it will allow. One step up from that is generic adaptive refresh rate, which uses extended system-level technologies to vary the screen update rate based on the frame rate coming out of the game. This can deliver a better result than plain VRR, as long as your frame rates aren’t all over the place within a short span of time.
Beyond that, you’ll see VRR technologies from Nvidia and AMD branded under G-Sync and FreeSync, respectively, each of which come in multiple levels of complexity. If you’re serious about gaming, you might want to consider waiting for monitors that support Nvidia’s G-Sync Esports to ship. They’ll be 27-inch 1440p models incorporating Nvidia’s new sync standard as well as Nvidia Reflex for minimizing latency throughout the click-to-screen response
Difference Between 144Hz and 60Hz Gaming Monitors
Home News & Reviews Is there a difference between 144Hz and 60Hz?
Modern monitors have a considerable number of characteristics and parameters due to which we incline the choice to a specific model. Screen diagonal, matrix type, brightness, contrast, response. But there is a parameter that instantly labels any monitor as «gaming» — this is screen refresh rate.
Screen refresh rate is a characteristic that indicates the maximum number of frames per second that the monitor can display (measured in Hertz (Hz)). Due to the high frequency of the screen, good smoothness and dynamics of the image are achieved.
60 (75), 144 and 240 Hz
The most common 60 Hz monitors are the usual monitors that we are used to seeing, the standard of «today’s» day. Movies, the Internet, work and study, games — it will fit for various tasks at an affordable price. There is an increased frequency of 75 Hz — it is already more pleasant to work and play with such a monitor. Many will convince you that there is no difference between 60 Hz and 75 Hz. Know — it is, you just have to try.
Standard «tomorrow» is monitors 144 Hz . As a rule, such monitors can be considered gaming monitors in absentia, and this is no accident, because the frequency is almost 2.5 times higher. Such monitors are the benchmark in the eSports industry, and it is not in vain that they are aggressively promoted and respected among young people, despite the high cost of 2-3 times. Even when surfing the web, you will feel the smoothness of moving windows, cursor, content on the Internet, not to mention games. These feelings are difficult to describe — it’s better to try it yourself once to understand, and be sure — once will be enough to make it far from the last.
Monitors 240 Hz is the standard for the day after tomorrow, which will not come soon. Such monitors are flagships, and not every buyer can afford such pleasure. The price difference is almost double that of 144Hz monitors, but the smoothness of the picture is no longer as much different than 60Hz and 144Hz monitors, although some changes are still noticeable. Due to the high price (2 times more than 144Hz monitors), the demand for such monitors is not high, but we believe that one day these monitors will be in demand on the market.
FREESYNC (FREESYNC 2 HDR) G-SYNC
After all, your computer cannot produce the same number of frames per second throughout the game, which causes visual frame breaks on the monitor. The
FreeSync is owned by AMD and controls the refresh rate of the display via the DisplayPort interface, while NVidia’s G-Sync uses a custom chip built into the monitor. Due to this, G-Sync will cost more, but any NVidia GTX-level video card will easily support this technology, while not every AMD Radeon video card supports FreeSync. The advantage of AMD FreeSync is that it allows you to work in the range 9-240Hz, while NVidia G-Sync is only 30-144Hz. In addition, NVidia suggests disabling G-Sync altogether when it drops below 30 frames per second.
There is one significant remark — since the monitor is capable of operating at a frequency of 144 Hz, then the computer must produce at least 144 FPS (Frame Per Second ( eng .) — frame per second). It will only be better if it is higher, so that in games when the FPS drops, the number of frames does not fall below 144, because. this is fraught with a decrease in the smoothness of the picture. In simple terms, if a game on a computer only produces 60 frames, there is almost no point in a 144 Hz or 240 Hz gaming monitor. You need to take care of the power of your PC in advance — buy more RAM, and if necessary, upgrade the processor and video card, because. the amount of FPS directly depends on them.
- DOTA II, CS GO, OVERWATCH will do GTX 1050 Ti or GTX 1060, i3-8100 level processor and 8 GB (or two 4 GB sticks) of RAM to provide a stable 140-150 FPS
- GTA V, THE WITCHER III, PUBG (PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS) for 144 FPS will require at least one GTX 1080 Ti, and preferably two GTX 1070, an i5-8400 / i5-8600K or i7-8700K processor and 16 GB (or two sticks 8 GB each) of RAM
And this is not to mention stable 240 frames, which are extremely difficult and expensive to obtain in modern realities.
However, FPS in games can be increased not only by powerful components for the computer, but also by lowering the graphic settings in the game, as professional gamers and e-sportsmen do, in order to achieve the maximum FPS value.
THE BEST 144Hz GAMING MONITORS AT ITS PRICEG-B — at a price of up to $ 300, it has good build quality, and in general, LG has established itself on the good side. A good gaming monitor AOC g2460Fq liked the gaming community at an affordable price. Its older model AOC g2460Pg supports G-Sync, has a portrait mode and additional USB connectors for a flash drive, microphone or headset. The most famous brand in the gaming industry, BENQ boasts two bestsellers at once. The BenQ Zowie XL2411P gaming monitor has been the benchmark for 144Hz for a long time, with good quality and price, positive reviews, ratings and reviews all over the world. Its older brother BenQ Zowie XL2430 is a modified version of the first — aesthetic design, remote control, improved ergonomics and new software and hardware improvements have reborn the iconic monitor. And finally, 34 inch monster LG 34UC79The G-B is a 2560×1080 curved IPS panel with FreeSync support and more that will appeal to the most sophisticated gamer with a wide pocket. with a monitor costing more than $600, it is 100% justified.
Monitors in the SERVER.BY catalog
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You took a long time to decide to take this step, saved up money, chose the right model and finally decided to buy a new monitor. Buying a monitor for a computer is a very responsible and serious step. After all, having chosen it once, in six months it will not be possible for you to say “Something does not work well!” and improve its performance, such as improving the characteristics of the computer itself, simply by changing some of the components in it. The monitor usually lasts not a year or two, and not only your productivity and convenience of work, but also your health directly depends on it.
The time of CRT monitors (with a cathode ray tube) has long passed, and they are not only on sale, but also among the most “non-advanced” users.
And although they boasted excellent color reproduction and viewing angles, but power consumption, size and impact on health left much to be desired. Therefore, we will consider only LCD monitors that are now offered by computer stores.
At the moment, manufacturers offer a huge range of monitors, which differ not only in size and image quality, but also in design. At the same time, it often happens that outwardly almost identical models at times differ from each other in cost. Keep in mind that choosing an LCD monitor that is perfect for every task is next to impossible. Therefore, a monitor that is suitable for gaming is not suitable for processing photos and graphics, and models with excellent color reproduction are unlikely to be suitable for fast-paced games.
The monitors of Chinese and some European manufacturers are most available for sale:
- Packard Bell
As well as simple models of well-known brands Iiyama and Samsung. Due to their relatively low cost, monitors can be made of flimsy plastic with unreliable stands. In the corners of the monitors, there may be light at the corners of the screen. In any case, monitors from the budget group require manual adjustment of the parameters: brightness and contrast. These monitors are perfect for daily tasks such as Internet surfing, office programs and applications.
Higher quality and, accordingly, more expensive products from Asus, NEC, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Neonovo and other brands, as well as expensive Iiyama and Samsung, boast a more detailed, bright and contrast image with a uniform screen backlight. The monitors of these brands are made of high quality materials and on good matrices. In addition, all these companies provide their customers with excellent service support for several years. These monitors are great for gaming, graphics work, watching movies in Full HD, and other tasks where image quality is of fundamental importance.
Monitors of the well-known Apple company can be attributed to a separate group. They are much more expensive than most models — at the level of professional NEC and Samsung monitors. But this does not mean that they are better in quality. It often happens just the opposite, and the technical characteristics can be compared with the average price segment of other manufacturers. Part of the cost of Apple monitors is just a tribute to the fashion and popularity of this company, although their design and appearance are always “on top”. But whether it is worth overpaying only for a popular brand is up to you to decide.
If you have already decided on the tasks for which your new monitor is intended, it is worth understanding in detail the main characteristics of modern LCD monitors in order to determine whether this or that model is right for you, or you forgot to take something into account. This is, first of all, the type of matrix, monitor size and resolution, aspect ratio and interface.
Monitor resolution and diagonal
The first thing you pay attention to when buying a monitor is its size, which is indicated in inches (1 inch = 2.54 cm). On a large monitor, it is convenient to watch movies, play games with good graphics or work in several windows at the same time. It is only important to remember that the larger the monitor, the more powerful the video card must be, otherwise the image will slow down during operation.
For comfortable work, all manufacturers adhere to approximately the same standards, and a certain resolution corresponds to different monitor sizes. It is quite obvious that the higher the resolution, the clearer the picture on the screen will be. Modern manufacturers offer more than a dozen different options, the main ones of which we will consider.
- 1280×1024 pixels — the optimal resolution for a 19-21 inch monitor to work with office applications and documents.
- 1920×1080 (Full HD) or 1920×1200 pixels is a good resolution for medium and large monitors with a diagonal of 21-24 inches. It is convenient to play games, watch movies and work with high-quality graphics in Full HD format.
- 2560×1440 (2K QHD) is the standard resolution for monitors larger than 24 inches diagonally. Although, often, even in such large monitors, a smaller value is used — 1920×1080 pixels. On such monitors, due to the large amount of information displayed on the screen, you can work with video and graphics, play high-quality games or work simultaneously in several windows.
- 3840×2160 (4K Ultra HD) is the latest format that is four times the popular Full HD resolution. With such an incredibly high pixel density (more than 8 million), even the smallest details will be perfectly distinguishable. But it’s not worth buying monitors with such a resolution yet, because there isn’t even suitable content for it. So far, this is a promising resolution, so to speak, «a reserve for the future», and they are significantly more expensive than their counterparts with a lower resolution.
Note that now you can hardly find a monitor with a diagonal of 17 inches on sale, and therefore a monitor with a diagonal of 19-20 inches can be considered the minimum reasonable size.
The classic screen width to height ratio was 4:3. But most modern monitors have a so-called «wide» aspect ratio — like a screen in a movie theater or video shot with a DVD camcorder:
The choice of this aspect ratio is not accidental — it most accurately reflects the viewing angles of the human eye, so working with monitors with this aspect ratio is most comfortable.
4:3 ( 5:4 ) — classic monitor aspect ratio. Such, almost square, were the screens of CRT monitors and televisions, and the very first 17-19 inch monitors. Most TV programs are broadcast in this format. Now models with an aspect ratio of 4:3 are almost never found. After all, if it is also suitable for office use or Internet surfing, then it will be inconvenient to play, watch movies and fully work on a computer with such a monitor.
16:9 ( 16:10 ) is the most popular aspect ratio for which the vast majority of computer games and high definition movies are made. It is very convenient to work behind such a monitor in the office and on the Internet — a wide screen allows you to open several documents or windows at the same time, and office work often involves multitasking
21:9 is the aspect ratio of some professional widescreen monitors. So far, they are specific and very expensive devices.
Color rendering is the color gamut, the number of colors and shades that an LCD monitor can display and how similar they are to natural colors. Any deviations from the norm can be easily noticed when viewing ordinary objects: people’s faces, the sky, grass, and others. And if for an ordinary user this parameter is not particularly important, then for a designer or any designer, the results of his work will depend on this.
Screen response time is the minimum time in milliseconds that a pixel needs to change its brightness. This setting is important when viewing dynamic scenes in games or movies. If the response time is too long, the image of moving objects is blurred. A response time of 3 to 5 ms is considered normal. Gamers and fans of action movies should choose monitors with a rate of less than 3ms. Just keep in mind that by setting the screen contrast to the maximum, you will increase the response time.
Screen brightness is the maximum brightness of white color in the center of the screen. This is a pretty important indicator if your monitor will, for example, stand near a window.
Screen Contrast is the ratio of the color of the brightest point of the screen to the darkest. Different manufacturers evaluate this criterion differently, but in any case, the higher this parameter, the darker darkened and black images appear on the screen. The minimum contrast ratio is 300:1, 600:1 is considered average, 1000:1 is good, and anything above is excellent. For those who work with images, the best option would be a value above 5000:1. Some manufacturers, to attract customers, go to the trick and indicate a “dynamic contrast ratio”, which allows you to improve the quality of the picture. But this indicator has nothing to do with the actual screen contrast. Therefore, if you see unrealistic numbers of 10,000:1 or higher, understand that this is just a marketing ploy, and the desire of the manufacturer to sell you his product.
The viewing angle of the is more important for user comfort. This is the minimum level of deviation from the screen, both vertically and horizontally, at which image distortion, color inversion (when black becomes light and vice versa) and change in contrast will be noticeable. With a small viewing angle, the image looks natural and without color distortion, only if you are directly in front of the screen.
Most manufacturers have dealt with this problem well, but for inexpensive LCD monitors, this problem is still present. Viewing angles of 160/170 degrees are considered optimal, and it is quite obvious that the higher this figure, the better.
Before starting a review of the main types of monitor matrices, it is necessary to clarify the terms used. LCD (liquid crystal display) and TFT (Thin Film Transistor) monitor are the same thing, and it is a kind of LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) — liquid crystal displays. And TN + Film (Twist Nematic) and IPS (In-Plane Switching) matrices are varieties of TFT monitors. Well, now let’s talk, in fact, about the matrices, because not only the image quality depends on them, but also to a greater extent the cost of the monitor.
TN+Film (TN) sensor
Monitors made on the basis of this, one of the very first technologies, are quite widespread and most affordable, therefore they are most often used in budget models.
The main advantage of such monitors is the use of crystals coated with a special film, which provides wide horizontal viewing angles.
The main technical advantage of monitors with a TN matrix is the minimum response time and very low power consumption. Another undoubted plus of monitors with such a matrix is a rather low cost. But this, perhaps, is all the pluses.
The disadvantages include a smaller viewing angle vertically than horizontally, and low contrast due to the low black level. In addition, the color reproduction quality is also not at the highest level, and it is better not to work with photographs or images on such a monitor — the output color will differ significantly from the original. The last thing you should pay attention to is that TN monitors may develop «broken pixels» over time.
Summing up, we can say that monitors of this type are perfect for office work and home use. But only if the quality of color reproduction is not of fundamental importance to you, and the decisive argument is the price and response speed.
At the moment, the IPS matrix is \u200b\u200bthe most popular not only for monitors, but also for tablets, smartphones and TVs.
Matrices of this type are manufactured by Hitachi, LG, NEC (under the name SFT) and Philips. In this type of TFT display, liquid crystals are arranged in such a way that they provide its main advantage — wide viewing angles both vertically and horizontally.
In other words, no matter what angle you look at the monitor, the image will be clear, contrast and without color distortion. By the way, IPS-monitors have excellent contrast, the most natural color reproduction and perfect blacks.
Therefore, if image quality and color matching is of great importance to you, if you work with graphics or image correction, then this monitor will be the best choice for you.
Of course, not everything can be 100% perfect, so keep in mind that IPS monitors are an order of magnitude more expensive than TN. In addition, they have a longer response time, and it will not be very comfortable to play dynamic games on such a monitor. To minimize the disadvantages of IPS technology, manufacturers are constantly improving the matrix, improving its technical characteristics. Therefore, you can meet how many of its modifications:
- S-IPS — unlike the standard matrix, viewing angles are increased and response time is reduced;
- H-IPS — in this modification of the matrix, the image contrast is increased and the shades are stabilized at different viewing angles;
- UH-IPS is an improvement on the previous version with 18% more light transmission;
- E-IPS is another upgraded IPS panel with faster response time, lower power consumption and increased viewing angles;
- P-IPS is a special design for professional monitors with excellent color reproduction, in which the color depth is extended to 30 bits and 1. 07 billion colors;
- AH-IPS — This option increases image brightness, reduces power consumption, and improves color reproduction.
An attempt to combine the qualities of TN and IPS technologies led to the emergence of the MVA / PVA matrix, which, in terms of price and characteristics, has become an intermediate option between them. In terms of response speed, this one is similar to TN, in terms of viewing angles it is close to IPS, and black transmission is perhaps the best among all types of matrices.
AOC M2470SWDA2 Monitor with MVA
MVA/PVA are characterized by high contrast, although color reproduction depends on the viewing angle. Although this is not critical, even when the gaze deviates from the perpendicular by 5-10 degrees, slight distortions in semitones are noticeable.
We can say that monitors with this type of matrix are most suitable for a home computer — they are suitable for watching movies, and for games, and for work.
Samsung has developed its technology similar to IPS, but with slightly improved characteristics. Their matrix was called PLS and differs from IPS, first of all, in a higher pixel density, with approximately the same response time. In addition, it has improved color reproduction, increased viewing angles and brightness. At the same time, the price and energy consumption are lower.
CCFL backlight (cold cathode) is a technology that is becoming less popular and less common. Since LCD monitor pixels do not emit light themselves, they need a backlight that is always on. In CCFL monitors, the light source is thin cold cathode daylight fluorescent lamps, which are located either on the sides or behind the monitor. The advantages of this technology include uniform illumination, and good color reproduction. The eyes are less tired when working with such a monitor, since the light wave range of CCF lamps is well suited to the human eye. But, nevertheless, at the moment, CCFL backlight technology has become obsolete, because in addition to environmentally hazardous and not very economical lamps, monitors are noticeably thicker and fail more often.
LED backlight uses more economical and durable LEDs instead of fluorescent lamps. Therefore, the main advantages of this backlight are lower power consumption, sometimes up to 50%, and an almost doubled service life. In turn, there are several options for LED-backlighting.
EDGE (side, end, edge) — the most popular and affordable LED backlight. Instead of CCF lamps, these monitors use a series of white LEDs that are similar in shape and size. The advantages of this solution include low power consumption, and the ability to make the monitor as thin as possible. But in this case, the color reproduction will depend on the type of monitor matrix (which we will talk about later).
It is worth saying that even closed liquid crystals transmit light, so it is impossible to achieve high contrast in monitors with this type of backlight, however, as with CCF lamps.
Full-LED (matrix, carpet, Direct-LED, LED Pro) is a more complex and expensive backlight option. In such monitors, the LED backlight goes over the entire screen area, due to which it is possible to achieve local dimming of certain areas of the screen, which means greater contrast when the black color is truly black. But it is quite obvious that due to the large number of diodes, the power consumption of such monitors is higher, and the thickness is greater.
If instead of white (White LED) colored LEDs are used, assembled in the so-called «triads», the technology is called RGB LED. In this case, each cell contains three LEDs of different colors, and depending on the displayed image, the LED of the desired color turns on.
On such monitors, you can achieve the greatest color gamut, color accuracy and contrast. But this technology is very expensive and difficult to manufacture, so it is used only in some models of professional monitors.
Recently, manufacturers have begun to use edge-lighting technology with local dimming. This is how LG called its development LED plus, but according to experts, such monitors are still inferior in image quality to models with a full-fledged Full-LED backlight.
It should be borne in mind that if you decide to buy an inexpensive monitor with LED backlighting, then in terms of image quality it will be worse than a monitor with CCFL backlighting at the same price.
Regardless of the type of backlight, the image quality largely depends on the type of monitor matrix, that is, the technology by which it is made. There are currently three basic types of matrices: TN+Film, IPS and MVA(PVA) with various modifications of the underlying technology. Monitors of any manufacturer have the same quality characteristics, the level of which differs significantly depending on the type of matrix.
The more different connectors a monitor has, the more options for connecting and using the monitor. Consider the most necessary and popular options for connecting the monitor to external devices.
VGA is a standard analog interface for connecting a monitor to a computer, which, although morally obsolete, will be used for a long time, since even the oldest computers are equipped with this connector.
DVI-D The is a widely used digital connector that allows you to output digital video without audio from a graphics card without converting it to analog. Thanks to this, on monitors, especially with a large diagonal, a clearer and sharper image is obtained.
DVI-I The is an updated version of the DVI-D connector that is increasingly found in the latest monitors. Supports 2 types of signals: both analog and digital.
HDMI is the most popular interface today due to its versatility and ability to transmit video and multi-channel audio in digital format.
Display Port — also designed to transmit video and audio signals in digital format, but unlike DVI and HDMI, it has a wider data channel and a longer cable length.
USB — in addition to standard connectors, some manufacturers equip their monitors with this interface. The latest models can play multimedia content (photos, music and videos) directly from a flash drive, without the need to connect it to a computer.
Scart, S-Video, AV — analog connectors that can be equipped with monitors with a TV tuner and built-in speakers. They are commonly used to connect cassette camcorders, tuners, basic DVD players, and other outdated audio and video equipment that does not have modern video outputs.
We analyzed the main characteristics of monitors in some detail, but for the most comfortable use of them, some more nuances should be taken into account.
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3D support — allows you to view three-dimensional graphics, pictures, games and movies in three-dimensional image. But this requires special glasses and a compatible graphics card.
Built-in speakers in the frame of the monitor will save space on your desktop and enjoy surround sound without the use of external speakers, although the sound quality will be slightly worse. Built-in speakers are usually equipped with monitors with a TV tuner.
TV tuner turns your monitor into a full-fledged TV. In this case, the computer is not used and can be used, for example, to install a game or program while you are watching a movie or TV show. Such monitors come with a remote control and are equipped with connectors for connecting external sources — a DVD player, a flash drive, and others.
Height adjustment and tilt angle — will allow you to most conveniently adjust the monitor «for yourself» for more comfortable work.
The finish of the monitor is available in matt and glossy finishes. In the first case, there will be no glare on the screen even in bright light in a sunny room, and the image will be softer and more even. Glossy coating, in turn, has better color reproduction and contrast.
PIVOT — Using this function, you can rotate the monitor 90 degrees to portrait mode. It can be useful when working with large text documents, images, or browsing sites with infinite scrolling.
Bracket , if necessary, allows you to fix the monitor on the wall.
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14 March 2022
What features of a gaming monitor really matter?
There’s only one thing the gaming world loves more than games, and that’s incomprehensible terminology. “Yes, my display has G-Sync, 1ms GTG, 16:9 aspect ratio, plus HDR of course. God, you won’t see any ghosts on this child.
If these few sentences were a bunch of nonsense words for you, this article is designed to decipher all those specialized terms and help you figure out what is most important to your gaming experience. There are many unique terms for PC components, including processors, graphics cards, and motherboards. Many of these terms can be ignored and get what is considered the best for your price range.
Monitors are slightly different. They are visual, and everyone has their own opinion about what looks good — on which monitor the colors are too washed out, and on which there is not enough visual «population». Even the type of graphics card you have can influence your choice of monitor.
With that in mind, let’s dive into the wild world of monitor technology.
The refresh rate is the rate at which your monitor can change an image.
Yes, even in this technological age, video is still a collection of still images that change at an ultra-fast pace. The rate at which the display changes is measured in hertz (Hz). For example, if you have a 120Hz display, it might update 120 times per second. A 60Hz monitor does half that, at 60 times per second, and
Refresh rate 144Hz
means it can change 144 times per second.
Most monitors in the world today have a standard 60Hz refresh rate. However, more expensive gaming monitors come with 120Hz and 144Hz refresh rates. The higher the refresh rate, the smoother the game appears on the screen if your graphics card is up to the task.
What is monitor refresh rate and how to change it?
G-Sync and FreeSync
Goes hand in hand with refresh rate.
Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync
. Each graphics card manufacturer supports its own version of variable refresh rate technology (also called adaptive sync). This is when your graphics card and monitor synchronize their refresh rate to provide a more consistent and smooth image.
When the graphics card pushes more frames than the monitor can display, you get screen tearing. This is when parts of the current and next image are displayed on the screen at the same time.
Screen break example.
Not only does this result in ugly gameplay, but it can also give you a headache or even nausea if you’re sensitive to it.
So, adaptive sync is great, but in order for it to work, you need a graphics card that supports this technology. Generally, this means that anyone with an Nvidia GeForce card gets a G-Sync monitor, and anyone with an AMD Radeon graphics card uses FreeSync.
However, there is one caveat here:
some FreeSync monitors also support G-Sync
. This is great news as FreeSync monitors tend to be cheaper than their G-Sync counterparts. However, there are only a few FreeSync monitors that are compatible with G-Sync, so be sure to check reviews to see how well G-Sync on FreeSync performs before you buy.
How to Enable G-SYNC on FreeSync Monitors: NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatibility Explained
Refresh rate is only part of a very big equation. Another issue to consider is input lag, for which there are two definitions that further confuse. The good news is that both meanings are simple ideas.
When most people talk about input lag, they mean the time between pressing a key on the keyboard, clicking the mouse, or moving the controller and the action is displayed on the screen. If there is no noticeable delay, then keystrokes, mouse clicks, and other actions will seem instantaneous. If there is a delay, you can fire your pistol, and then it will take half a second or more before this action happens on the screen. This is bad while playing, especially if you are trying to jump over another human player in a game like
The second definition is related to the image. There is always a slight delay between the moment the video signal hits the monitor and when it appears on the screen. These few milliseconds are sometimes called
but it’s better to call
Whatever you call it, the result is that when you play a fast-paced game, the bad guys can attack before you even know they’re there, or your character is moved to a place they shouldn’t be before you know it. and eventually die. .
Controller input lag or display lag degrades the appearance of the monitor, which is why you won’t find these numbers on Amazon’s product page. Also, input lag isn’t just a matter of your monitor’s capabilities. This may be affected by your system or in-game graphics settings such as V-Sync.
To find out if your upcoming monitor has a serious input or display lag issue, check reviews with a simple web search such as «input lag [Monitor X]». Most monitors will be fine for most purposes, but if you’re playing a competitive game like
then reducing any input lag matters.
nice, long explanation of response times
for those who want to read about its intricacies. In short, response time is the time it takes for pixels on a monitor to change color from one color to another and is measured in milliseconds. Often this is measured by the time it takes to go from black to white and back again. However, sometimes you can see a response time of approximately 4ms (GTG). This means from gray to gray; the monitor starts off gray and then goes through a whole bunch of other shades of gray.
As a general rule, the faster the response time, the better, because it means that the pixels on the screen can transition fast enough to move on to the next frame. This is very similar to refresh rate, and that’s because the two concepts are related. Refresh rate is a high-level concept that indicates how many frames of an image can be displayed on your monitor in one second. Response time is the low-level work that individual pixels do as they move from one frame to the next.
Dynamic multiplayer games, for example
, benefit from low response time.
If the pixels do not advance to the next image quickly enough, visual artifacts called ghosting can appear on the screen. In this case, objects may look blurry, or you see a double image, or objects in the background may have a halo around them. Check out this short YouTube video
a really obvious example of a halo
Response time can be important, but unfortunately response time measurements are not standardized. This means that you should do a little research — read reviews and see if critics, customers or users of the gaming forum are complaining about ghosting on your particular monitor.
What is monitor response time and why does it matter?
TN and IPS
Typically, when buying a new monitor, you will come across two types of display panel technologies: twisted nematic (TN) and IPS (in-plane switching). We will not go into the details of what these terms mean and how they work. All you really need to know is that TN panels offer one of the best response times for gaming monitors. The tradeoff is that many people complain that colors on TN panels appear more washed out or «washed out».
TN displays also have lower viewing angles, so unless you’re sitting in the monitor’s sweet spot, you won’t see the same amount of detail, and some objects may not be as visible during dark scenes.
Opinions differ as to which type of panel is best. It is recommended that you go to the store and check them out so you can see for yourself the differences between TN and IPS.
Promotional image showing the impact of HDR on 4K TVs.
High Dynamic Range (HDR)
this is a big feature of modern monitors. You’ll mostly find it on 4K UHD monitors, but HDR can be used at other resolutions as well. HDR allows a wider range of colors to be displayed on the display. As a result, the colors on the screen look more vibrant and the effect is amazing.
In many ways, HDR is even better than 4K. For example, if you’re looking for a 1080p monitor and come across an HDR capable monitor, this is worth considering. However, you should still double check the reviews to see if the feature is worth it. HDR is a premium feature, which means you have to pay more, and who wants to pay for bad HDR?
Quantum dot technology
use tiny crystalline semiconductors (no more than a few nanometers), each capable of emitting one very pure color. Monitor manufacturers take a bunch of red and green light quantum dots, stick them on top of a monitor layer, and then light them up with a blue LED backlight. The result is a brighter white that can be filtered to display a wider range of colors on the LCD.
This is a brief explanation of complex technology. The bottom line is that quantum dots are another technology that allows you to make colors more vivid and thereby improve the overall picture on the screen.
QLED Explained: What is a Quantum Dot TV?
A color space or color profile is the potential range of colors that a monitor can display. It cannot display all the possible colors that we can see, so a predefined set of them is used, called the color space.
When considering monitor specifications, you come across several color spaces, including sRGB, AdobeRGB, and NTSC. All of these standards have their own way of defining the color tones that a monitor can display. For a detailed discussion of this, check out
our color profile tutorial
Monitor manufacturers typically claim that their monitor covers X percent of the sRGB color space (the most common color space), NTSC, or AdobeRGB. This means that if sRGB defines its color set to include a certain range of color shades, then the monitor you’re looking at can accurately reproduce X percent of the colors in that color space.
Again, monitor enthusiasts have strong opinions about color space. This is probably more information than most of us need (or want). As a general rule, remember that the higher the percentage for each color space standard, the more likely the monitor is to render good color.
Not all monitors include a brightness level in their specifications, but many do. These ratings refer to maximum brightness measured in candela per square meter (cd/m2). When an image is displayed on your screen, the brightest parts of the image may reach this maximum brightness value, while the darker parts will fall below this level.
A value between 250 and 350 cd/m2 is generally considered acceptable, and this is what most monitors offer. If you have an HDR monitor, you are usually looking at an image with at least 400 nits of brightness (1 nit equals 1 cd/m2).
The best estimate of monitor brightness is, again, in front of the beholder. Some people may like a 1000 nit PC monitor while others complain that it would be too much for their bad eyes.
Ultra-wide monitor with 32:109 aspect ratio.
Finally, there is the aspect ratio, such as 16:9, 21:9, or 32:10. The first number in the ratio represents the width of the display, and the second number represents the height. On a 16:9 display, this means that for every 16 units of width, there are nine units of height.
If you’ve ever seen the classic series
or any other old TV show, you notice that it is in the square box in the middle of your modern TV screen. This is because old TV shows used a 4:3 aspect ratio. The average monitor and TV both have a 16:9 aspect ratio., and ultra-wide displays are usually 21:9, but there are many other ratios such as 32:10 and 32:9.
If you’re not looking for a regular 16:9 or 21:9 aspect ratio monitor, your best bet is to pop into the showroom to see what those other aspect ratios look like and if you like them.
So we did it! You now have ten explanations of monitor terminology and a better idea of what you want. Go ahead and conquer the confusing world of computer displays, my friend.
What is monitor response time — what does it matter
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Many users are extremely irresponsible when choosing a monitor, focusing their attention and budget only on the computer itself. This is strange, because high-quality gaming devices, including a monitor, make the gameplay much more comfortable, and sometimes even more effective. In this article, we will analyze many important aspects of gaming monitors and try to help you make the right choice.
Which diagonal, resolution and aspect ratio of the display is optimal?
Gaming monitors are currently available in sizes from 21″ to 27″. There is no objectively better matrix size — everything is subjective. The most popular choice among both casual users and professional gamers is the 24-inch diagonal. The resolution of the monitor must be at least 1920×1080 pixels — this is the indicator that will be optimal and most affordable. Models with Quad HD and even Ultra HD resolution are also available on the market, but you should remember that as the resolution increases, so does the load on the computer.
The most popular and universal aspect ratio is 16:9. It is suitable for both gaming and surfing the Internet. What can not be said about UltraWide monitors with an aspect ratio of 21:9. Ultrawide monitors are great for gaming as they greatly increase the viewing angle in games. However, any other use case will prove to be very inconvenient due to the low height of the display or large useless bezels on the sides. The choice of display format depends only on your own preferences. Remember that UltraWide monitors with the same display diagonal are significantly longer than standard 16:9options.
Brightness, contrast and sensor coverage
Choose a model with a minimum brightness of 250 cd/m2. During the game, you will be close to the monitor and, if necessary, you can reduce it. However, in a room with bright or natural light, high brightness will keep the picture on the screen well readable. The contrast must be at least 1000:1, otherwise the image will not look clear enough. We also advise you to pay special attention to the presence of modes for protecting your eyes: they will come in handy during a long game.
Screen finish can be glossy or matt. It is believed that the gloss makes the picture «juicier», but it glares a lot. The matte finish will not shine, but it will not embellish the picture either. If you play in the evenings, and there are no bright light sources and glare in your room, feel free to take a glossy monitor. If something shines on your screen all the time, it is better to choose a panel with a matte finish.
Game monitor refresh rate
Frame rate is the most important parameter when choosing a gaming monitor. It displays the maximum possible number of image changes per second. Office monitors have a refresh rate of 60 to 75 hertz. With this figure, you will not notice visual differences between 80 and 150 FPS, since the monitor is not physically capable of displaying more than 60 or 75 images per second. Moreover, if the frames per second are significantly higher than the screen refresh rate, visual tearing of frames may also be observed. This is due to the fact that the monitor starts to display the next frame even before the previous one has ended.
Game matrices have a refresh rate of 120 to 240 hertz. In this case, in a second you see no longer the standard 60 frames, but all 120, 144 or 240 frames. The image on the gaming monitor updates faster and noticeably smoother, which has a positive effect on the quality and level of the game.
The benefits of a gaming monitor are revealed only if your computer is capable of consistently delivering the required number of frames per second — the FPS in games must be at least as high as the refresh rate of the monitor.
What is the response time for monitors?
Response time for monitors is the time required to change from one color to another. This is usually the time it takes to go from black to white back to black, expressed in milliseconds (ms). Sometimes the rate of transition from gray to gray (GtG) is estimated, and sometimes even just from black to white.
10ms is the average value for black-white-black. But, to give you another point of reference, LCD screens have a response time of less than 10ms. The lower the response time in milliseconds, the better the image quality and motion display. However, some types of panels are more responsive than others, with TN panels traditionally much more responsive than IPS panels. But things are changing, especially with the advent of nano IPS.
Black to White — White to Black
Standard Response Time Indicator — Black to White to Black. It is measured by the time during which a fully active (white) pixel becomes inactive (black) and becomes active again. With this time measurement, you can determine how long it takes for a pixel to change color. In an LCD display, for example, the total time is determined by the rate at which the liquid crystal rises and falls.
The response time from black to white to black is usually slower, which means they change more slowly. This type of response time is better for general computer users who are more interested in monitor ergonomics.
Grey-to-Grey (GtG) works in medium gradation, i.e. these pixels do not become completely inactive. GtG LCD TVs have approximately 256 shades of gray. The gray to gray response time is much faster and is great for those looking to improve their gaming and video experience.
It is also important to note how it is measured. While black to white to black determines the total round-trip time, gray to gray is measured by taking several selected time series and then taking an average. This is the total time in milliseconds it takes for a pixel to change color.
What should be the response time of a gaming monitor?
Response time — the time required for a pixel to change color. This parameter is also very important in choosing a monitor. Most conventional monitors take between 5 milliseconds to transition to a new color. This figure is acceptable, however, in the most dynamic games, you may notice blurry images.
Pixels on many gaming monitors take only 1 millisecond to change colors, minimizing any delays in rendering dynamic objects. But those who want to purchase a monitor with minimal delays will have to compromise — often the response time directly depends on the type of matrix used.
Reasons for motion blur
One of the effects of a slow refresh rate or pixel response time is that the image may look blurry. This happens for several reasons.
The first has to do with the response time. When slow, it takes some time to completely move from its previous state to a new one. This results in a hidden or ghost image behind the new one. The slower the pixels react, the longer the trace and the less clear the picture. The parameter, which is the best pixel response time on the TV, depends on the technical characteristics of the model.
The second reason is eye tracking. The brain may perceive the image as blurry. The eyes naturally track the image on the screen, but because it is static, even for a fraction of a second, the eyes feel the perception as the gaze slides across the screen.
Motion blur is created by several parameters:
- Response time — the parameter indicates how long it takes for the TV pixels to transition to a new state. Longer times mean longer blurry trails on moving subjects. Gamers want to know in advance what is the best pixel response time on a TV when switching from one color to another.
- Frame time — the amount of time a frame is displayed on the screen. The longer the frame time, the more blur is captured.
- Blurring within the video itself. This is due to the action of the camera exceeding the shutter speed. Filmmakers usually take this kind of blur into account when planning filming for a movie or show.
- Any delay may occur due to the use of the wireless keyboard, mouse and the Internet.
If the display is primarily used for video, audio, or gaming, which requires accurate pixel response time (ms), consider testing the input lag setting.
How to choose the type of matrix and coating?
Three types of matrix are currently used in gaming monitors: TN, MVA/VA or IPS. The best choice exclusively for gaming is a TN matrix. It has the smallest response time — 1 millisecond, is capable of operating at a frame refresh rate of over 200 hertz and is quite cheap to manufacture, which affects the final cost. The disadvantages of this matrix are low brightness and mediocre color reproduction. This type is suitable only for active gamers or professional players.
The next type, MVA or VA, is an intermediate solution between TN and IPS. Compared to TN, these matrices have excellent viewing angles and high-quality color reproduction. The response time is also higher — from 4 milliseconds. This can negatively affect games with very dynamic gameplay. The cost of MVA/VA is slightly higher, but still cheaper than IPS. Such matrices are suitable for users who use a computer not only for games, but also for work or viewing content.
IPS is the best and most expensive option. These matrices have perfect color reproduction, which will allow you to work comfortably with image processing even on a gaming monitor. In addition, IPS has the highest contrast ratio, viewing angles and brightness among other competitors. Of the minuses, you can highlight the response time — 4-5 milliseconds, as well as the highest cost. If you are considering buying a gaming monitor as the main one and plan to use the computer not only in games, you should pay attention first of all to IPS matrices.
There are also two types of sensor coating: matte and glossy. The first option is endowed with an anti-reflective coating, which eliminates the sunlight falling on the display during daylight hours. The second option perfectly conveys bright and saturated colors. Thus, the choice of coverage should be approached in advance, having decided on the location of the monitor.
How to choose a gaming monitor?
Disputes about the quality of components in the gaming community do not stop for a second. Some measure the amount of video memory, others parry the frequency of the processor, others, at every opportunity, mention a terabyte SSD, RGB backlighting in their system unit, a pleasant clatter of a mechanical keyboard and trump 16,000 DPI on a mouse for distributing headshots. In rare cases, the turn comes to the discussion of monitors. And absolutely in vain. The monitor in this bundle is an eternally underestimated intermediary who rarely gets laurels, although he deserves them no less than his colleagues.
Choosing a monitor is a crucial step that should be approached in the same way as the assembly of components. The wrong choice of output device can nullify the power of the configuration due to the inability to realize the potential of the equipment. So that you do not get into trouble, and the system opens up to the full, we, together with professionals from the hypermarket for gamers OGO! and partnered with AOC to provide you with a guide to choosing a gaming monitor.
Gone is the era when 17 inches was the norm for the gaming industry. Today, there is no need to hide the imperfection of graphics behind small screens. The optimal choice of gaming monitor in 2021 ranges from 24 to 27 inches.
Monitors of this format are comfortable for the average gamer’s room, in which the screen is located in front of the eyes. If you need a monitor over 27 inches, then do not forget that a larger diagonal requires more distance. Otherwise, you will have to constantly run your eyes, which causes discomfort. We also recommend choosing monitors with a diagonal of 24 to 27 inches for fans of games with a third-person view, like GTA 5, PUBG or World of Tanks, due to the comfortable scaling of objects on the screen.
Monitor resolution is responsible for the clarity of the picture. The higher the pixel density, the easier it is to see the details of the equipment in any The Division. The standard resolution for most gaming monitors today is 1920×1080 or Full HD. However, with an increase in the diagonal, the inevitable “blurring” of the picture also increases. If you have a powerful graphics card, we recommend 2560×1440 or Quad HD monitors.
Pixel density will increase significantly and detail will improve. Considering a 3840×2160 or 4K resolution option today makes sense if you are the owner of a top-end configuration and you have an unlimited budget. These monitors cost decently, and there is little content that would honestly use 4K.
We have reached the first category, where the first serious considerations begin before buying. The matrices of most modern monitors are divided into three types: TN, IPS and MVA / VA.
The oldest and most common type of matrix today. Differs moderately contrasting picture and a short response time among colleagues. An ideal option for a moderately limited budget and a love of online shooters.
A reference matrix in terms of color reproduction, contrast and viewing angle, which can often be found on the tables of illustrators or photographers. Less often — on the tables of gamers because of the high cost.
Midway between TN and IPS. From TN, the matrix got a high response speed and a reasonable price, from IPS — color reproduction, contrast and wide viewing angles. A decent choice if you’re looking for bright colors in games.
Launch any shooter and quickly move the mouse from side to side. Did you notice the loop? It is this loophole that reduces the number of frags. Loop occurs in case of high monitor response time. On average, an acceptable indicator for games fluctuates around 5 ms. Monitors with such a response time are suitable for games where accuracy and speed of reactions are not important. However, if you are determined to conquer the tournament tables in CS: GO or Overwatch, then your choice is monitors with a response time of 1 ms.
Another key parameter for a monitor that can completely transform the gaming experience. The screen refresh rate indicates how many times the monitor redraws and displays an image in one second. In games, the effect is expressed in the smoothness of what is happening on the screen.
It is important to note that the refresh rate is directly related to the maximum FPS in games. For example, a monitor with a refresh rate of 60 Hz will never deliver more than 60 FPS, which greatly limits the potential of the system. For gaming monitors, the average is 144 Hz, at which you can comfortably play any modern single and network games. We recommend taking a monitor with a frequency above 144 Hz for those who have set their sights on a career in eSports.
G-SYNC and FreeSync
In-house technologies from NVIDIA and AMD change the refresh rate based on frame rate rendering. Visually, we get a smoother picture without image tearing at a rendering speed of 30 — 60 frames per second or lower. To work, you need the appropriate video card from the manufacturer.
There are two types of finish: glossy and matte. Glossy has rich colors and provides high-quality color reproduction, but it glares strongly in the light and reflects everything in itself, as in a mirror. The matte finish is less saturated, but with an anti-reflective coating, which eliminates sun spots and reflections.
Gaming monitors in 2021 are equipped with HDMI and DisplayPort. The former has a 144Hz refresh rate limit, while the latter lets you get the most out of your system.
As a rule, gaming monitors above 144 Hz are a priori equipped with DisplayPort. Please note that your video card must support this connection interface.
Theory in practice
Together with the hypermarket for gamers OGO! and AOC have prepared for you a selection of gaming monitors, each of which is the best solution for its price segment.
Basic gaming monitors
Models AOC G2460PF and AOC G2590FX are entry-level gaming monitors that are suitable for low-key online battles and casual battles. A diagonal of 24 and 25 inches with a base resolution of 1920 × 1080 will provide a wide view, and a refresh rate of 144 Hz, coupled with a response time of 1 ms, provides a smooth picture without delays and loops, which guarantees a comfortable distribution of headshots in CS: GO.
Advanced gaming monitors
Models AOC G2790PX and AOC C27G1 catch the eye at first sight with their size. A 27-inch diagonal with a base resolution of 1920×1080 will appeal to fans of third-person games and will allow you to spot an enemy tank from afar. The models have a refresh rate of 144 Hz and a response time of 1 ms, which is comfortable for semi-professional network running. Special mention deserves a curved screen AOC C27G1, which ensures maximum immersion in the gaming process.
Professional gaming monitors
In terms of diagonal and resolution, everything is pretty standard here — 24 and 25 inches and 1920 × 1080. But attitudes change when it comes to refresh rates. Regular 240 Hz and a response time of 1 ms allow you to literally live in the game. Needless to say what advantage it gives in online battles.
AOC AGON AG241QX
Models AOC AGON AG241QX and AOC AG241QG different case. With a standard diagonal of 24 inches, they have a resolution of 2560 × 1440, which automatically improves the quality of the picture detail on the screen. The monitors will excel in single-player games with a well-developed world, as well as in network projects — the screen refresh rate of 144 Hz and 165 Hz, coupled with a response time of 1 ms, speaks for itself.
When choosing a gaming monitor, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions: what games do I need it for, what I’m willing to sacrifice, and how much I’m willing to pay. Speed and fluidity are important — look for models with a high screen refresh rate. Detail is important — pay attention to the resolution. And, of course, don’t forget to choose the right components, because a stable system is the key to gaming longevity.* We hope that this guide was helpful and will help you choose a monitor that will unleash your system to the fullest.
Is it too much or too little, and what is the best monitor response time?
- If the time is long, then with sharp changes in the scene, artifacts will appear — where the matrix is already black, but still shows white. Or, an object that has already disappeared from the camera’s field of view is displayed.
- When fuzzy pictures are shown to the human eye, visual fatigue increases, headaches may appear, and fatigue may increase. This is due to the visual tract — the brain is constantly interpolating information coming from the retina, and the eye itself is busy with a continuous change of focus.
Less is more. Especially if you have to spend most of your time at the computer. The older generation remembers how hard it was to sit in front of the CRT eight-hour work day — and they provided 60 Hz and more.
How can I know and check the response time?
Although they are milliseconds in Africa, milliseconds, but for sure many people have come across the fact that different monitors with the same indicators form an image of different quality. This situation has developed due to different methods for determining the response of the matrix. And it is hardly possible to find out what method of measurement the manufacturer used in each specific case.
There are three main methods for measuring the response of monitors:
- BWB, aka BtB is an abbreviation of the English phrase «Black to Back» and «Black-White-Black». Shows the time it takes for a pixel to switch from black to white and back to black. The most honest indicator.
- BtW stands for «Black to White». Turning on from an inactive state to one hundred percent luminosity.
- GtG is short for «Grey to Grey». How many points does it take to change the brightness of gray from ninety percent to ten. Usually is about 1-2 ms.
And it turns out that checking the response time of the monitor by the third method will show a much better and more attractive result for the consumer than checking by the second. But you won’t find fault — they will write that 2 ms and so it will be. Yes, only in fact on the monitor and artifacts climb, and the picture goes in a loop. And all from the fact that the true state of affairs is shown only by the BWB method — the first method, it is he who indicates the time required for a pixel to complete a full working cycle in all possible states.
Unfortunately, the documentation available to consumers does not clarify the picture and it is difficult to understand what is meant by, for example, 8 ms. Will it fit, will it work comfortably?
For laboratory research, a rather complex software and hardware complex is used, which is not available in every workshop. But what if you want to check the manufacturer?
Testing the response time of the monitor at home is carried out by the TFT Monitor Test program. Selecting the test icon in the software menu and specifying the native screen resolution, a picture with a rectangle scurrying back and forth is displayed on the display. At the same time, the program will proudly show the measured time!
We used version 1.52, checked several displays and concluded that the program shows something, and even in milliseconds. Moreover, the monitor of the worst quality showed the worst results. But since the time of extinguishing and igniting pixels is recorded only by a photo sensor, which was not in sight, then a purely software method can be recommended for a subjective comparative assessment — what the program measures is clear only to its developers.
How to choose a monitor for your computer. Top 9 monitors for work or play0001
A monitor is a necessary and important component of any computer. The quality of the image and your comfort during work, study or leisure depend on its characteristics. Monitors differ not only in size, but also in many other parameters that can be decisive when choosing the right model. Moreover, two monitors that are almost identical in appearance can differ significantly in price. How to choose the model that suits you, take into account all the necessary characteristics, we will tell in this review.
The first thing you should pay attention to when choosing is the diagonal size of the monitor. This is a parameter on which the price of the model directly depends. It should be understood that the monitor is still not a TV, and you will sit almost closely in front of its screen, so there is no point in simply chasing a large diagonal. Keep in mind that the larger the size of the monitor, the higher not only the cost, but also the requirements for the video card.
Monitors with a diagonal of 19-19.5 inches — the working space is enough for solving common office tasks, studying, working in text documents, watching videos and photographs.
21″ to 24″ monitors are the best value for money for most buyers. They are perfect for work and play. On such a monitor, you can conveniently work in several dialog boxes at the same time or enjoy watching a widescreen movie.
An avid gamer or lover of quality cinema should take a closer look at monitors with a diagonal of 24 to 27 inches. This screen size will allow the player to immerse themselves in the virtual world, and the engineer or developer to examine in detail all the details of the image.
Monitors with a diagonal size above 27 inches can hardly be called ordinary devices — they are already bought for more specialized tasks, and they cost an order of magnitude higher than the popular 21-24-inch models. Large screen monitors are most often used by professional 3D graphics developers, designers and video editors.
Monitor resolution is the number of pixels that fit vertically and horizontally on the screen in numerical or alphabetic designation. Do not forget that monitors with different diagonals can have the same resolution, and the model with a smaller diagonal in this case will have a clearer image.
There are many different resolution options for monitors, but manufacturers have calculated only a few optimal combinations depending on the size of the monitor:
19″ monitors have a classic «square» aspect ratio of 4:3. It is quite convenient for working in text editors or for Internet surfing, where the pages are laid out vertically. This ratio was standard for early CRT monitors and televisions. But now the vast majority of monitors are produced in a format close to the real angles of the human field of view: 16:10 or 16:9. Moreover, the second ratio is more popular, since it uses the working area of the monitor more efficiently, and, for example, when watching a widescreen movie, the black bars at the top and bottom of the screen will be narrower.
Widescreen 21:9 monitors are gaining popularity. With them it is convenient to edit video and watch movies, such a prospect also seems tempting for games: the bend of the screen creates an atmospheric panorama, the picture envelops the viewer and completely captures his attention.
Not only the cost of the monitor, but also its key technical characteristics depend on the type of matrix manufacturing:
Response time is the minimum time in milliseconds, from 2 to 8, which is required for a monitor pixel to change brightness. A long response time is manifested by blurring of the image during the image of dynamic scenes in games and films. It is of particular importance for gamers or lovers of quality cinema.
Brightness and contrast is the ratio between the brightest and darkest points on the monitor. The method of its measurement may differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. Dynamic contrast is of no practical importance — it’s more of a marketing move by manufacturers to draw attention to new monitor models.
Color rendering is the number of different colors and shades that a monitor can display and how they match the natural color gamut. With poor color reproduction, its shortcomings are especially acute when depicting objects familiar to us: the sky, people’s faces, grass. If for an ordinary user this parameter may not be particularly important, then for designers, decorators and everyone who works with color, it is of key importance.
Viewing angles — the maximum angles of deviation of the eye from the monitor vertically and horizontally, at which distortions in color and image, its contrast become noticeable. With good viewing angles, you can change your position relative to the monitor without experiencing discomfort. For a designer, webmaster, and anyone who cares about matching the color on the screen with the final output, viewing angles of 180 degrees vertically and horizontally are considered optimal. If the monitor is planned to be used more for working in standard office applications or for watching movies, viewing angles do not matter much.
All LCD monitors are manufactured according to one of three main technologies: TN + film, MVA / PVA or IPS, which also have their own modifications with minor changes in some parameters.
Until recently, all LCD monitors were with only one type of CCFL backlight — special fluorescent lamps. The main advantage is an affordable price. But at the same time, the lamps do not allow you to get a high level of brightness, they heat up, consume a relatively large amount of electricity and are short-lived.
The next generation of monitors features LED backlighting to achieve high levels of contrast and brightness. Such models cost a little more than those with CCFL backlighting, but are more economical, durable and smaller in thickness. There are several types of LED-backlight:
- W-LED — the most popular and inexpensive option, backlighting is carried out by white LEDs located around the screen perimeter,
- GB-LED — instead of white LEDs, green and blue are used for illumination,
- RGB-LED — the monitor is backlit throughout the matrix with LEDs of three colors — red, green and blue. The most expensive, but the highest quality option with the most natural color reproduction.
The surface of the monitor screen can be glossy or matte. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages, and you should choose the right model depending on the conditions for the intended use of the monitor.
- The glossy screen is visually brighter. Color gamut, color reproduction and black look more saturated. But in a well-lit room, especially if there is a window at the side or back of your workplace, or in an office with bright fluorescent lights, such a screen will reflect. Glare on a monitor can seriously interfere with performance, especially if there is no way to remove the light source or rotate the monitor. Also keep in mind that a glossy screen can be made matte by sticking a special anti-reflective film on it.
- The matte screen looks a little faded, this is especially noticeable with TN matrices, and not everyone likes the “crystal effect”, but you can work behind such a monitor regardless of the location of the external light source. Even with prolonged use of an anti-glare monitor in a bright room, your eyes will get less tired than when using a model with a glossy screen.
- Compromise — «semi-gloss», in the English version — light coating and semigloss, which looks like a matte monitor when viewed directly, but when tilted to the side, it shows specular highlights.
Indicates the frame rate on the monitor. The minimum value is 60 Hz, the default is a refresh rate of 75 Hz. This value is quite enough for comfortable work in most programs, but gaming models need a frequency of 120–144 Hz, which will allow high-quality display of dynamic scenes. These monitors require a more powerful and expensive graphics card.
Looking at a monitor for a long time causes eye fatigue and threatens to deteriorate your eyesight. In addition to mandatory breaks of 10-15 minutes every hour, it is recommended to maintain the correct distance from the monitor. Unlike a TV, a monitor has a higher pixel density, and their physical size is smaller, so the optimal distance to the eyes is 19-21-inch models is 55-60 cm. If at the same time you can’t distinguish small details well, then you should work a little with the settings and increase the size of icons and fonts. The larger the diagonal of the monitor, the greater should be the distance to it. So, for a model with a diagonal of 24 inches or more, a distance of 90–120 cm will already be optimal. computers. Image quality deteriorates depending on the length and diameter of the cord, and when it is converted to digital format. The maximum supported image quality is 2048×1536 pixels at 85 Hz.
DVI — the most common connector in modern models for digital video signal transmission from a computer to a monitor. Provides high-quality video signal transmission with a resolution of up to 1920 × 1200 pixels and a frequency of 60 Hz for the DVI-I standard, and 2560 × 1600 pixels for DVI-D.
HDMI is a universal high definition digital signal connector. Unlike DVI, it transmits not only video, but also multi-channel audio. The maximum video resolution is 4K at 30Hz.
DisplayPort is the most advanced type of monitor-to-computer connection with maximum performance. Monitors with a high refresh rate and high resolution — up to 8K are connected to the computer only using this connector.
SCART, S-Video, AV — analog video connectors that can be found in monitor models with additional functions (built-in TV tuner, acoustics). Used to connect household audio-video equipment, DVD-players.
The USB connector allows you to connect a compatible device to the monitor, such as a USB flash drive without using a computer, and play media content — photos, videos.
3D support — allows you to play 3D graphics on the monitor: 3D movies, photos and games. But in this case, you need special glasses, a compatible video card in your computer, and the monitor itself must be characterized by a refresh rate of at least 120 Hz.
VESA Mount — Specialized slots for a standardized mount or bracket that can be used to place the monitor on a wall or suspended from a ceiling.
Stereo speakers built into the monitor, most commonly used in monitors with a TV tuner. They will allow you to do without additional acoustic systems and save space on your desktop. This option is especially convenient for voice communication in Skype, playing games or watching videos.
PIVOT — rotate the screen from landscape to portrait orientation, will be useful when working with documents of various formats, allowing you to make the most efficient use of the monitor’s working area.
Flicker free backlight allows you to work long hours at the monitor without feeling tired eyes. If the brightness is adjusted by increasing the voltage, and not by pulse-width modulation, there will be no flicker.
Curved screen allows you to fully immerse yourself in the virtual world, especially with a large monitor diagonal. The fact is that when working behind a flat analogue, the eye has to constantly refocus in order to view the image along the edges of the screen. It is much more comfortable to work with a curved model.
Height adjustment allows you to adjust the monitor to your personal requirements by choosing the most convenient position.
The touch screen allows you to use the monitor as a tablet computer with the hardware power of a desktop PC. By the way, the Windows 8 operating system is specially designed for touch control, including using monitors.
TV tuner allows you to combine the qualities of a TV and monitor, greatly expanding the functionality of the model.
Monitors with a built-in video camera are rare, but such models are on sale and will be very convenient for video calls.
For office or home use, a small, 19-22 inch, affordable TN monitor is enough for office applications, social media messaging, and displaying photos and videos. If you plan to watch movies at home, then you need a monitor with an IPS matrix, which will not only realistically display the color gamut, but also give you the freedom to move around the room — the image will not be distorted regardless of the angle of view.
If the monitor is more often used for cinema than for work, its diagonal should be 24-27 inches. A gamer will need a TN matrix, with a good response, or more expensive, but saturated in the H-IPS color palette. A professional designer, photographer or video editor will also like a monitor with such a diagonal, but the matrix should already be chosen by P-IPS so that the colors on the screen are as close to natural as possible.
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How to choose the right monitor for your computer: expert advice
If you need to choose a PC monitor suitable for office tasks, study or leisure, we invite you to read our review, which discusses the parameters that directly affect image transmission and user comfort.
Monitors can differ not only in size, but also in a huge number of indicators that make up the final cost. We will consider them below.
Monitors for various applications
Users buy equipment depending on the destination. This could be gaming, reporting, or using devices with professional video editing software. Each task requires certain specifications.
Work and study
For such purposes, it is better to give preference to monitors with a diagonal of more than 21 inches. Since you will have to spend a lot of time at the computer, it is necessary to ensure the comfort of your eyesight. Compact monitors are cheaper. If you are a designer, designer or engineer, we recommend choosing devices that have normal color reproduction and a three-dimensional picture.
For watching movies, photos, working with texts, equipment with indicators from 24 to 27˝ inches is suitable. In this case, you need to consider the dimensions of the niche for the device. If it will stand on a pedestal, then you should calculate the distance to the place of work.
The monitor is more demanding when it comes to graphics. It should not only display content normally, but also provide sufficient clarity for working with images. Often, monitors from 27˝ inches are purchased for such purposes. This allows the photographer or designer to open multiple windows and increase productivity, especially when using professional software.
In addition to the requirements for the technical data of the computer itself, there are certain parameters for visual perception. Monitors in the range of 21-27˝ inches are considered optimal. At the same time, the resolution should be 1920×1080, that is, Full HD, which will allow you to get the maximum pleasure from the gameplay without the risk of a fuzzy or blurry picture due to insufficient pixel density. Also for QHD values 2560×1440 are allowed.
What to look at first
Most buyers focus primarily on size. This is one of the main parameters, which not least affects the price. However, he is not the only one. It is worth paying attention to the aspect ratio, choosing the best option among many types of matrices, and calculating the required brightness and contrast that the monitor has.
19 and 19.5˝ are rarely chosen. They are enough to work in the office with text documents. The popular category of monitors ranging from 21 to 24˝ is designed for the vast majority of buyers, as they allow you to watch widescreen movies, open multiple dialogs, view photos, and work on documents.
Gamers often prefer 24-27˝, which allows you to fully immerse yourself in the virtual world. They are also bought by developers and engineers to view the details of the pictures in detail. Monitors larger than 27˝ help solve narrower tasks. If you are a video editor, designer and 3D graphics specialist, this is the perfect option.
This selection criterion is no less important than the others. Many users are faced with a problem when the image cannot be stretched in width or height, which leaves a lot of free space. Previously, models with a classic aspect ratio were more popular — almost square. Today, more natural viewing angles for a person are being chosen, which allows using the entire working area of the monitor.
- 16:9. This format is the most popular today. Typical standards of 1920×1080, 2560×1440 and 3840×2160 pixels are optimal for it.
- 5:4. These options are less common. They are not suitable for watching movies as the viewer will see horizontal stripes. But for surfing the Internet or working in text editors, it is quite consistent.
- 21:09. In ultra wide-angle monitors, this format is very common. It goes well with the parameters of 2560×1080, as well as 3440×1440 pixels. For American-made cinema products, this ratio is native.
- 32:9. It is considered a fairly new format, which can be equated to two 16:9 monitors side by side. The most common indicators will be 3840×1080 and 5120×1440 pixels.
This indicator affects the clarity of the picture, so Full HD devices and more are increasingly preferred. The specified format of 1920×1080 pixels is the most common and popular. It is optimal for gaming activities, cinema and conventional graphics programs. For work in an office environment, you can use 1280×1024, despite the fact that it is considered obsolete. However, for office applications and spreadsheets it is sufficient.
If you have a specific activity, you can use the 2560×1440 format as an alternative to Full HD. But keep in mind that it creates an increased load on the video card, as a result of which the computer’s performance may decrease.
A bright and colorful picture allows you to get 2560×1080, but not every system unit can handle such a monitor.
One of the important components of the display is the liquid crystal display, which displays the information processed by the system. Frames are converted to graphics. To display information, you need a monitor with sufficient clarity of light and a range of colors.
- TN (TN+Film). This technology allows you to get acceptable, but not the best clarity. The colors are not very bright. In terms of viewing level, it does not belong to ideal options, there may be dead pixels. The advantage is the fast action of the picture, due to which it is comfortable to play, work and watch movies on the monitor.
- IPS (PLS). It is considered the best option in terms of quality and cost. The technology provides a bright and rich picture. It does not light up when exposed to sunlight. The angle will be optimal. The detailing is excellent. However, it is necessary to take into account the response time, due to which the display will periodically slow down, in particular in movies and game processes, the sound track can go ahead of the picture.
- VA (MVA, PVA). Alternatively choose this solution. The presented technology perfectly reproduces color, has sufficient visibility and low response. Among the shortcomings can be noted a weak transmission of halftones and excessive contrast in the color balance.
Brightness and contrast
The brightness values represent the amount of light emitted from the screen when it is on. It is measured in candela per square meter. Most modern monitors are available with a value from 200 to 700. With an increase in the number, the clarity of the picture increases, even if sunlight hits the screen.
Contrast, in turn, looks like the ratio of peak dark and light points.
Optimum contrast ratios are around 1:600. To improve the reproduction of colors, you can increase them up to 1:1000. But designers and gamers often prefer monitors with 1:5000 ratios.
There is also the concept of dynamic contrast, which is achieved through backlighting. It should be fairly even. In the modern assortment there are two options for backlighting — LED and fluorescent. The first of these solutions is considered more preferable due to the long service life, the absence of spots and sharp brightness transitions. You can visually evaluate the performance in a darkened room with standard parameter settings.
This option should be selected depending on the lighting in the room. If the monitor will be located near the window, then you should give preference to models with indicators above 350 cd / m². If the contrast is high enough, the white color really looks like white, and the black looks like black. This also applies to semitones.
An unusual design features a curved screen that helps to immerse yourself in the virtual world with your head, especially if it is a large monitor. If you choose to work with a flat device, you will have to constantly refocus to consider the details of the picture at the edges. It is the bending radius that provides comfortable perception at a certain distance.
This technology is believed to replicate the natural field of view of the human eye. This fact is confirmed by medical research. With such a monitor, there will be much less problems with defocusing of vision.
Design and play essentials
Designers and gamers face the challenge of choosing the right monitor because they need accurate colors and sufficient brightness. If the budget does not allow for the highest quality displays, you can buy a 27˝ device, which belongs to the middle price category. As a result, you will get normal colors, black levels, as well as optimal brightness values for your tasks.
We recommend that graphic designers and photographers consider several important parameters when purchasing a monitor. Preferably, it should be IPS, an improved version of H-IPS, which has a fast response time, or AS-IPS, which has a high contrast display.
The contrast level must be at least 1:1000 and the brightness must be at least 250 cd/m². The type of surface is also important, since a glossy display will reflect incident light, while a matte one can absorb rays. One of the important indicators is the transfer of colors. In this case, models with 16.2 and 16.7 million shades are suitable. The screen size also plays a role, therefore, for working with graphics, options from 19˝, preferably no lower than Full HD.
Color depth — 8 bits and above
This option helps you determine the bit depth, that is, the number of colors to display. For graphics operations, you will need a real color scheme, so the gradation range must be at least 8 bits.
Color gamut — 95% sRGB and above
The range of colors that the monitor can cover is the color gamut. For professional work, its width is important, so the indicators should be at least 95% sRGB. Otherwise, the picture will be unsaturated and faded. But also do not choose too large indicators. This is due to the fact that some programs do not support color management, as a result of which the shades look more saturated. And on standard monitors, photos will look pale.
When buying powerful PC components, it is imperative to choose a gaming monitor, since the main focus will be on it. The video game experience directly depends on the quality of the monitor. There are several points that are of great importance.
- G-Sync, FreeSync, Adaptive-Sync. These are adaptive scanning technologies from AMD and Nvidia. With their help, the frequency of scanning and rendering of the frame by the video card is synchronized, as a result of which a smooth picture is achieved without gaps, sharp jerks and artifacts. It is these technologies that monitors designed for gaming should be equipped with. It’s worth considering video card compatibility as AMD doesn’t work with G-Sync, but Nvidia’s video adapters may well be compatible with FreeSync.
- 1-2 ms — response time. This value is a characteristic of the playback speed on the monitor, which is measured in milliseconds. If 3-5 ms is enough for normal conditions, then for gamers the response speed should be at least 1-2 ms.
- 120Hz — Screen refresh rate. Thanks to this setting, dynamic scenes in movies and game programs become smooth. If you are playing esports shooters where reaction time is of the utmost importance, the screen refresh rate should be 120, 144, 240, or 360Hz.
- Additional functions. Some monitors may have built-in speakers, headphone jacks, USB ports that allow you to charge your smartphone or connect peripherals. As an addition, the same curvature of the monitor mentioned above can act. An excellent solution would be an adjustable stand to control the tilt and height of the display.
What else to look for
If we figured out the main criteria that the monitor must meet, taking into account the tasks, then it’s worth looking at the secondary functions and capabilities.
To save your eyesight, it is very important to calculate the distance to the monitor, which should be at least 50 centimeters. It is important that, with the natural position of the head and neck, the upper edge is opposite the eyes. The central part can be located 15-30 centimeters below eye level.
In some cases, it is important to cover the screen, which is glossy and matte. In the first case, the monitor will have a bright picture and rich color reproduction, but it will fade when exposed to sunlight. Matte surface is not so saturated. Color reproduction will also become a little worse, but on such a display you can work perfectly both in darkened and well-lit rooms due to the scattering of rays and the absence of color spots.
Connectors for connection
Often a monitor can have a huge number of connectors. In certain activities, sooner or later, the installation and connection of components will come in handy, for which different-sized sockets are suitable. Among them may be VGA, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort or others.
The speaker system of the monitor is built-in, so you can refuse to purchase an audio system and additional speakers. But it is worth noting that often such components do not differ in decent sound quality. If we are not talking about music lessons or professional gaming hobbies, then if necessary, you will be able to use regular headphones when the built-in speakers are not enough.
Briefly about how to choose a monitor
Before buying a monitor, we advise you to first of all decide for what purposes it will be used. If it’s doing common tasks in documents, the extra technical features aren’t that important. And not all models are suitable for gamers, designers and engineers. In this case, you need to carefully consider a number of parameters that affect the quality and realism of the picture — color characteristics, adaptive scanning technologies, image playback speed, and others.
The monitor is one of the most important parts of a PC, because it will determine the comfort while performing work tasks, watching movies, gaming or other entertainment. We hope that our review will help you decide on all the parameters and buy equipment that will delight you with its quality for many years.