5 Things You Need to Review When Buying a Gaming Monitor


Gaming started as a casual hobby for programmers when computing was in its infancy stage. Now it’s a developed industry with many hardware and software products having a work and leisure version. With many products, the leisure version is better in performance than the work version. The PC monitor is an exception to this rule.

A gaming monitor needs higher output levels in all aspects to manage the load that games have become. When buying a monitor you need to review many things to get optimal performance. These are specifications such as:

Refresh Rate

2This is how many times an image is uploaded onto the screen per second. The screen refresh rate required for a gaming computer is much higher than what a normal screen requires. A work monitor will operate just fine with a rate of 60 times per second or 60 Hz. A gaming monitor, on the other hand, needs at least 120 Hz with most offering 144 Hz. The best in the market offers 240 Hz.

Tearing is one of the most common signs that your screen can’t handle the pace at which you’re playing, and it’s most common in first person shooter games, racing games, and others that require a fast change in action. Tearing is when the screen appears to split into portions because some parts are changing quicker than others.

Response time

Response time refers to the time it takes a pixel to change color. As with the refresh rate, fast moving games will be the first victims of a slow response time. Most work monitors operate at 5 ms, but for a gaming, monitor 2ms is the lower threshold. A 1 ms response time has been achieved by some although few. A low response time would mean that characters don’t move as quick which means a slower response time for the player.

Panel Types

There are only two-panel types that can offer 144 Hz refresh rate or higher; The TN Panels and the IPS Panels. The TN models were the first ones in the market and so have lower costs. They’re also faster. However, IPS panels are fast catching up, and in a few years, they will be the standard. IPS panels offer better colors but cost more at the moment. Given the sharp drop in price technology products experience over time, their cost won’t be high for long.

Input Lag

Input lag is the time it takes for input to be displayed on the monitor when it receives input such as a key pressed. Again, for a work monitor 30 ms is good. For a gamer, especially a pro gamer, 15 ms is the lowest that can be afforded, but 10 ms is not unheard of.

Adaptive Sync

All these specifications need to be brought together, and that’s where the adaptive sync comes in. To prevent tearing, input lag and to have an all round pleasant gaming experience a gamer needs to consider which module to use. NVIDIA’s G-Sync comes pre-installed while AMD’s open source can be installed by anyone.

From our reviews, the best monitors in the market are:

Dell S2716 DG G-sync

  • 3This monitor has a response time of 1ms and a TN panel type. Its refresh rate is 144 Hz, and for its adaptive sync, it has the NVIDIA G-Sync.
  • BenQ Zowie XL2735: At 24.5 inches wide and a refresh rate
    of 240 Hz the Ben Q is one of the standouts in the monitor market.
  • LG 34UC79G-B: This monitor has a 165 Hz refresh rate and five millisecond response time. Its input lag is only five milliseconds.

Not all monitors are costly though, and with the right reviews,
and some time bargain hunting, you could get something especially for you.