There are many gaming monitors available with a range of sizes, flairs, and features. Normally, selecting an ideal gaming monitor for a typical gamer is more of a subjective decision and choice and it all roots down to balancing out multiple aspects to narrow down that presents you with the best gaming monitor you deserve. You also need to consider the factors essential before you buy one. This article emphasizes on the same.
First things first, you need to consider the display resolution. It comes with a variety of resolutions:
- 1080p or Full HD
- 1440p or QHD/2K
- 2160p or UHD/4K
The higher the resolution, the higher the pixel count, the better the visual detail and image clarity. But the cons with QHD and UHD resolutions are the hardware limitations. QHD is now gradually deemed the new standard and maintains 30 FPS in that resolution. On the other hand, UHD pushes over 30 FPS and tries its best to attain 60. Before you decide your ideal resolution, take note of your GPU power, performance and visual quality.
- Adaptive sync
Consider FreeSync or G-SYNC if you need no kind of screen tearing when playing games on a 4k gaming monitor. When you have either of them enabled, you will eliminate the screen tearing at zero cost. There might be a tad bit of performance penalty but it is barely noticeable.
- Panel technology
Nowadays, monitors are dependent on two kinds of panels:
- TN aka Twisted Nematic
- IPS aka In Plane Switching
Without detailing much into the technical distinctions between the two, we have focused on the key differences. IPS panels give better all-rounder visual quality. In other words, more vibrant and more precise color reproduction and better viewing angles as well. The biggest advantage of a TN panel is that they tend to support quicker response times.
Following inputs and outputs are needed for gaming mode.
- DisplayPort 1.4: This is the best for A/V transfer on PC.
- HDMI 1.4/2.0: It never supports high refresh rates in higher resolutions like DisplayPort. But it is legit for midrange solutions that also transfers both A/V.
- 5mm Audio Out: This is deemed as a convenient means of connecting speakers or headphones directly to the monitor rather than to the back panel of your motherboard or the front panel of the case.