Things to Consider While Looking for A Gaming Monitor
While searching for gaming monitors you find it hard to wade through the bombardment of technical jargon like in-plane switching, adaptive refresh rate, OLED, and more. First, you will need to understand the meaning of these terms. It doesn’t matter if you wish a display for photo editing or play video games. The purpose will determine the kind of gaming monitor to look for.
Things to consider while looking for a gaming monitor
Size & resolution
The most popular gaming monitor size and resolutions are
- 1920x1080p – It is suitable for small monitors in the realm of 23” and below having low pixel counts.
- 2560x1440p – It is referred to as QHD or Quad High Definition and compatible with mid to hi-end software. Its pixels are great for gaming monitors in range within 24” to 30”.
- 4K – 4K is equal to resolution 3840×2160 and referred to as Ultra High Definition or UHD. It is graphically demanding and offers super-sharp resolution on the biggest 4K panels.
Gamers owning high-end cards can opt for PrimeCables gaming monitor with 4K resolution.
Aspect ratio monitors – Ultra wide 21:9
This means, the width of the monitor is ‘16’ units and the height ‘9’ units. Unlike the previous ones with 16:9, current ultrawide monitors offer an advantage. You can spot enemies in peripheral vision as the view of the field is wider. However, the old games may show black bars on the screen edges.
Flat versus curve
Curvy panels are the current trend as when aired with an ultrawide aspect ratio, gamers can get more indulged in the action. The curved angles are around 21° to 31° but some designs extend beyond. How much deep a curve to choose is personal preference but try before investing.
Hertz dictates the speed of a monitor that can draw subsequent frames or ‘refresh’ the screen. For example, a 60Hz monitor displays a maximum of 60 frames/sec. For gaming, the high refresh rate is recommended but costs more.
Adaptive refresh rate
The majority of monitors are limited to consistent refresh rate but adaptive refresh rate monitors allow the graphic cards to control panels refresh rate.
- TN – Twisted Nematic is inexpensive but offers fast response time. It is great for gaming but has inferior viewing angles and color accuracy.
- IPS – In-Plane Switching is expensive than TN and offers a wide viewing angle as well as great colors.
- VA – Vertical Alignment offers better contrast ration means deep black levels. However, VA panels generate undesirable ghosting effects, which hinder the gamer when there is lots of action on the screen.
Organic Light Emitting Diode screens depend on backlighting offered by large LEDs. True back levels can be achieved but they cannot gain brightness as their LED counterparts.