What to Consider when Buying a Gaming Monitor

Okechukwu Solomon January 06, 2017

The monitor you choose for gaming is very important. Knowing what features and settings a monitor can give to enhance gaming is a key factor when deciding what is right for you. There are many monitors on the market today, and it makes choosing harder, particular if you're a gamer. But, there are lots of best gaming monitors available in the market.

Gaming Monitor

As a consumer, you should first investigate screen sizes and resolution output options. Monitors today come in many different sizes and formats. They range from small sized 15-inch screens, all the way to the large 30+ inch displays. Selecting the right monitor size is crucial to maximizing your gameplay because you want a balance of excellent visuals with efficient performance.

Larger is not always better, unless of course, you have the hardware to support the necessary screen resolution. These screen resolutions are displayed in formats like 1650 x 1020 or 1920 x 1080. They represent some individual pixels, horizontally and vertically, that make up an image on the screen. In this case, 144Hz monitor is the best for your gaming streaming time.

The greater the screen size, the more pixels are needed to create an image. This means you need higher resolution settings to correctly display the graphics natively. Unless you possess the computer hardware, your gameplay may suffer, as it takes more power to run those higher resolution graphics.

If you are running top of the line hardware regarding, CPU and graphics cards feel free to go for the bigger screens. 18-19 inch displays run at the maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024 which is considered low by today's gaming standards but has its use for non-gaming machines. The 1650x900 range is a high mid category for monitors, around 20-inch size.

The start of real high definition resolutions begin at 1920 x 1080 and are for sizes of 21 inches and above. Most games will look great at this resolution level, and it's very attainable to achieve providing good game performance, without totally going overboard with computer hardware.
Other than size, the other important factor needed in a gaming monitor is response time. As long as your desired screen has a low response time in milliseconds, you should be fine. Larger response times may cause screen ghosting during fast-paced games, obscuring vision.

Many different monitors also have features that enhance gaming. One of these features that as a consumer you will have to consider is 3D gaming. Only certain monitors have the ability to display 3D games, and it is something that's gaining popularity as the technology improves.

Conclusion


On some final notes, ensuring your ideal monitor has varied viewing angles is critical if your room has bad lighting. A good contrast ratio is something also to pay attention to, as each monitor will have a different rating. This factor especially needs attention if you can't block sunlight from your gaming environment, as contrast helps in this department keeping the graphics sharp.

This Is A Guest Post written by Johnsnow Kornar

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John Kornar is a freelance writer who specializes in Computer tricks, guide and PC troubleshooting. He loves to write about computer tips- tricks & troubleshooting in his blog toppctech.com

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