Whether you are a serious gamer or just a casual after-work fan, you would like a gaming monitor that allows you to win not lose. As such, you ought to look for a PC with high graphics resolution that gives you an edge over your opponent in any car racing, sports or fast-action game. Today, there are plenty of gaming monitors in the market with every brand incorporating more exciting technological features. Finding a gaming monitor with all high quality specs may cost you an arm and a leg, but if you are working on a budget you may have to compromise on some specs. Having said that, we will look at important features to consider when purchasing a gaming monitor.
The size of the panel and its resolution
When it comes to finding a good gaming monitor, big screens are always better than small ones. The latest models come in 27-inches thus provide high graphic resolutions and images and have high pixel counts. The latest 27-inch model come WQHD (Wide, Quad High Definition) enabled with a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels, unlike FHD (Full High Definition) models that have a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. However, WQHD enabled gaming monitors may require a stronger graphics engine to play the games at high resolution.
Refresh rate and response time
The refresh rate is the time it takes for a monitor to restore images on the screen. It is calculated in Hertz. Great deals of LCD monitors have a refresh rate of 60 Hz, a pretty low rate as it often creates blurry images in cases of fast moving games. If you are looking to purchase gaming monitors, look for those with a display of 120 Hz or higher. In any case, 3D enabled monitors requires a refresh rate of 120Hz or greater.
Pixel response rate
It is another important factor to consider when looking for a good gaming monitor. Pixel response rate measures the time it takes to transition from one shade to another. Most gaming monitors use gray to gray pixel response, but some companies use the dated black and white measurement. A low pixel response provides smooth images and prevents smearing.
The input lag
It measures the amount of time taken to start and process a command. For example, the time it takes to view an action on the screen after clicking a mouse. If you are a casual gamer, choose a gaming monitor with an input lag of 30ms but if you are the competitive kind choose a screen with an input lag of 15ms or less.
G-Sync or Free Sync
Fast-action games blend in well with an adaptive sync. They are of two kinds; G-Sync which runs with Nvidia graphics only and Free Sync that runs with AMD graphics. Note that both G-Sync and Free Sync need a display port to run on the GPU.
Without a doubt, the search for the best gaming monitor is getting tougher by the day, but the points discussed above should help you find a gaming monitor with most if not all the above features. If you are unsure of where to start, try checking out these monitors which are my personal picks for the best gaming monitors in 2016.