So, you want to get the right gaming monitor for you. But how? There are so many different gaming monitors out there, and they all have their own specifications and options. Well, we’re here to help with that. In this article, we will go through all the things you should consider when looking for a gaming monitor.
The first thing you should think about is the gaming monitor’s screen size. Screen sizes vary from 15″, 17″ and up to 24″. And it makes sense to use a gaming monitor close to your current screen size; if you have an 18″ laptop, you’ll probably want a 24″ gaming monitor (that would be crazy big). Most gamers like using a gaming monitor between 17″ and 21″.
2. Make sure the gaming monitor has a non-glossy screen.
Almost all gaming monitors have a glossy screen (shiny screens that reflects the room’s light). This is great when you play in a dark gaming room, but not so much if you play in a bright gaming room. If there is too much light, it can be very hard to see what’s happening on the gaming monitor – and believe me: no one wants that. So please remember: make sure the gaming monitor has a matte screen (a non-shiny screen).
3. Response Time
The refresh rate of your gaming monitor affects how smooth images will appear on your gaming monitor. The refresh rate is measured in Hertz (Hz). The higher the refresh rate a gaming monitor has, the more expensive it usually is. A gaming monitor with a 60 Hz refresh rate will not have as smooth images as a gaming monitor with 120 Hz or even 144 Hz refresh rates. But this does not mean that you shouldn’t buy a gaming monitor with a lower refresh rate. It’s still very useful and most people don’t even notice the difference between different refresh rates.
The response time of your gaming monitor affects how quickly images can change from one colour to another on your gaming screen. The response time is also measured in milliseconds (ms) and indicates how long it takes for the pixels to change colour. A low response time (let’s say 2 ms) means that the gaming monitor’s pixels change colour very quickly, while a high response time (let’s say 12 ms) means that it takes more time for the gaming monitor’s pixels to change colour. So which one should you choose?
Well, if your gaming room is not very well lighted, you don’t need a gaming monitor with a low response time. If there is too much light in your gaming room, or you play at night with the lights off, go for a gaming monitor with a low response time. That way, every little movement on your gaming screen will be clear and easy to spot.
4. Panel Type
Now, this is where gaming monitors can get really tricky – especially because most gaming monitors have different panel types.
If you are not familiar with gaming monitor panel types, this can be really confusing. But don’t worry: we’ll explain everything.
There are three different gaming monitor panel types: LED (also called LCD), Twisted Nematic (TN) and Vertical Alignment (VA).
LED panels have a thin layer of LED crystals that emits light on the gaming screen to create images. You can recognize a gaming monitor with an LED screen because it’s usually thin and lightweight.
A Twisted Nematic gaming monitor has a liquid crystal display inside the gaming monitor. The liquid crystals emit light on the gaming screen to create images. TN gaming monitors are thin and lightweight as well, but not as much as an LED gaming monitor.
Vertical Alignment gaming monitor has a liquid crystal display inside the gaming monitor, but instead of using LED crystals to create images like in an LED gaming monitor, it uses two polarizing panels and a layer of liquid crystals. The panel then emits light on the gaming screen to create images.
And we’re not done yet: TN and VA gaming monitors can be either Twisted Nematic (TN) or Vertical Alignment (VA) gaming monitors.
To make things easier to understand: if you buy a TN gaming monitor with a Twisted Nematic panel type and a high refresh rate, you will probably have the best experience playing games on your gaming screen – especially when there is too much light in your gaming room. If you choose a VA gaming monitor with a Vertical Alignment panel type and a high response time, you will probably have the best gaming monitor experience when gaming in very dark conditions.
5. Size & Resolution
Now that you know about gaming monitor panel types, it’s easy to understand that size and resolution are also very important things to look for in a gaming monitor.
Size refers to the length of your gaming screen diagonally (so technically it’s width x height). The bigger the gaming screen is, the more expensive it usually is.
Resolution refers to how much space your gaming screen has between each pixel on your gaming monitor’s display. So if your gaming monitor has 1920×1080 pixels, this means there are 1080 rows with 1920 pixels each on your gaming monitor.
For gaming, it’s best to choose a gaming monitor with a high resolution and an average gaming screen size (for example 24 inches). The reason why gaming monitors usually come in this size and resolution is that bigger gaming screens usually don’t look good when gaming because the pixels are too big – especially if you play games that require fast-moving.
6. Refresh Rate
Ok… so refresh rate is also important when looking for a gaming monitor?
Yes. Refresh rate determines how many images your gaming monitor can display in one second. Yes, we know it sounds complicated, but when you think about it, it makes sense.
For example: let’s say your gaming console runs at 60 fps. This means your gaming console can generate 60 images in one second. Since most gaming monitors have a refresh rate of 60 hertz, your gaming monitor doesn’t have to work as hard – and is able to display all those images your gaming console can generate.
7. Adaptive-Sync Technology
This is definitely a very important thing to look for in a gaming monitor: adaptive sync technology. This makes it easier for you, the gamer because this feature synchronizes the frames per second on your gaming monitor with the frames per second on your gaming console or PC.
If there’s no adaptive sync technology on your gaming monitor, then it will sync with half of what your gaming console or PC can do, which can cause screen tearing. And if that happens while playing fast-moving games, it will be a very uncomfortable gaming experience.
8. Ports & Connectors
Look for a gaming monitor with a lot of different ports and connectors. For example, gaming monitors usually come with 2 to 4 HDMI ports, 1 or 2 DisplayPort connections, 1 or more USB ports, etc.
Price is also important when looking for a gaming monitor because it determines how much money you can spend on other gaming peripherals. For example: if the price tag on the gaming monitor says $200, then your budget for buying mouse pads, gaming chairs, gaming headsets, etc., might not be very high – which means you could get better quality gaming peripherals than if the price tag was $180 or $140 instead of $200.
When gaming on a gaming monitor, it’s better to get the best gaming monitor possible for your budget because this means you will have an optimal gaming experience. And if you’re playing games that require fast-moving very often, then having the best gaming monitor is even more important.
Gaming monitors have a pretty long lifespan. In general, gaming monitors last for about three years before they need to be replaced. However, there are various considerations you should take into account when looking for a gaming monitor – consider the size of your gaming setup, how much room you have, whether or not you can spare the extra cash and if it really is worth buying that expensive gaming monitor that will only work on one system at a time. However, even with all these things in mind, if you do your research and choose carefully then you’ll end up with a gaming monitor that will serve both you and your budget well for years to come.