How To Choose The Best Gaming Monitor
You may have the perfect room in the house sorted, a quiet room locked away from the rest of civilisation with the perfect gaming chair ready to keep you comfortable, but no pro gamer is ever complete without a decent monitor.
We aren’t talking about your standard monitors here either; we are looking at the best gaming monitors that money has to offer. Firstly there are some things that you really need to look for when it comes to selecting a gaming monitor, and these couple of hints will go a long way in helping you become a successful gamer, no matter the game.
So what kind of monitor should you be looking at?
We will take you through the frequency, panels, prices and sizes of today’s popular choices for gaming monitors in order for you to pick the one that will best suit you. Let’s dive in and give you some advice!
One of the biggest things any gamer needs to look for is the monitor frequency and over the years this has changed since the introduction of the modern 120hz monitors which took over the 60hz monitors of yesteryear. All that this means is that your monitor will refresh twice as fast as a 60h monitor, and to be honest with FPS games that are over 120FPS you won’t notice much difference but you almost certainly will between 60 and 120.
If FPS gaming is your thing then of course 120hz monitors should be the ones you are looking at that will give you these extra images, a generally smoother experience and a better process rate.
If you aren’t an FPS gamer then choosing between the 60hz and 120hz option should have no real noticeable effect on your monitors performance, so either 60hz or 120hz will suffice, but do take into account that if you ever delve into FPS action having the slightly more expensive option in the 120hz will gear you up for a much smoother gaming experience so before you do just run into a purchase take a step back and think about your long-term plans.
TN or IPS Panels for Your Monitor?
The second thing to look at now you have decided on the monitor frequency is TN or IPS, now this may come as a surprise to some of you who have no idea what I am talking about but most pro gamers will know that TN is the common monitor panel around and the chances are your monitor will have TN technology. TN monitors have short response times and are old technology nowadays; they are being replaces by IPS panels which are new technology that improves colour reproduction along with great viewing angles.
The major flaws to the new technology is that they eat up a lot of energy compared to the low consumption of TN panels, and as they aren’t LED back-lit you won’t get the same kind of brightness. Aside from that you are probably well aware by now that the IPS panels are much more expensive.
The key is striking a balance between both image quality and response times with your monitor; if you can do this you will have hit the jackpot. Guess what? There is a technology that can do this and it’s very new, and it’s called super IPS or S-IPS. This gives the best response times with excellent image quality so it’s basically a mix up of IPS and TN panels.
The Perfect Monitor Combination
With so many brands, features and types it can be difficult to find the right monitor, not to mention one that actually falls into the budget you have in mind. In terms of size you should be looking around the 27-inch mark with anything upwards from 24-inch being acceptable, and anything over 27-inch becoming a bit heavier on the bank balance or your wallet.
In terms of brands don’t be so picky because you will often find the biggest brands don’t always offer the best monitor there is. The likes of Dell are actually making the best monitors at the moment in terms of value for money and features; you will find that good 27-inch monitors featuring full HD resolution at 120hz frequency levels can be picked up at very good prices. Add to that amazing image quality, great viewing angles and low response times and you will have one gaming experience you will never forget.
That brings our guide to a close so hopefully you will now have some idea on the type of monitor that is going to be on your hit list next time you need to head to the stores.