Tuesday 16 June 2020

What to Look for When Choosing a Gaming Monitor

When it comes to buying a Gaming monitor, with so many on the market to choose from you may not quite know where to start! Here's a mini guide to help.

Panels- IPS or TN?
TN panels tend to prioritise budget but IPS panels will give a much better viewing experience. Both TN and IPS offer their own distinctive pros and cons. For example, your response time will correspond to your display type. If you want to a good response time, your monitor should be at least 5ms. TN displays tend to be approximately 1-2m which is ideal if you are into fast competitive gameplay on your PC. If you enjoy casino games for example and want to play lightning roulette  an IPS screen would be a perfect option.

Refresh Rate
One of the most important features for gaming monitors is the refresh rate. The milliseconds we look at, can make a huge difference. The refresh rate is the amount of times that a monitor will refresh the image that is on screen. If you have a higher refresh rate then this will give a smoother cleaner image. A vast majority of monitors will support 60hz, 144hz, or 240hz. Sometimes it's also possible to find a refresh rate of 120hz. These rates identify how fast the human eye is able to process the image displayed. 60hz is the minimum required for a smoother gaming experience yet there is little difference between 144hz and 120hz.

Resolution and Monitor Size
The bigger the better is commonly the notion to go by, and this is certainly the case with televisions. However when sitting at a PC gaming set up, a lot closer you need to ensure that it is the right size for you and the surrounding area. Between 24" and "27" is most popular depending on preference. 1080p for 24" screens and 1440 for 27" screens. I use a 27" on a HP All in one.

Additional features to consider
HDR is a common television feature, and with a monitor this can give you equally impressive high dynamic range. It will make gaming graphics look absolutely stunning. Having a range of ports is also essential, such as VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. this is ideal if you wish to use a monitor with a variety of systems.

Monitor Types
Widescreen monitors, often used amongst gaming streamers, tend to have a much higher screen ratio. This is great if you want to have more than one screen. A few games will not utilise this so it is worth thinking about that to save costs if you intend to broadcast live streams, on platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. Hope this helps!

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