Choosing a suitable monitor for a gamer is a rather difficult matter and should be given due attention. You need to monitor several parameters depending on what games you play and what image output your PC or game console supports.
An essential part of the monitor is the display panel, which largely determines the quality of the display and the usability of the monitor. The first thing you should be interested in when choosing a monitor is the panel technology. Each type of panel has its advantages and disadvantages. The easiest way to choose between them is to decide which attributes are most important to you. In the case of current models, in principle, you will encounter three basic technologies.
TN – Twisted Nematic: It marks the oldest LCD panel technology. TN panels included the first mass-produced flat screen monitors. Despite the fact that new panels are getting better and better, this technology still suffers from some significant drawbacks. One of them is limited viewing angles, especially in the vertical axis. The colors of the TN panel are completely reversed when viewed from a wider angle. Most TN panels cannot display full 24-bit color and must rely on simulating the correct hues. Only high-end TN monitors display the entire sRGB spectrum. So why buy a monitor with a TN panel? In principle, these panels have the lowest input lag, which is usually around one millisecond, and can handle high refresh rates – up to more than 240 Hz. This makes them an attractive choice for multiplayer games, especially for eSports where every fraction of a second counts. If you prioritize low latency over color reproduction or viewing angles, a TN panel may be all you need. Of course, these monitors can also handle all common tasks, and in addition, they usually please with a very interesting price. This type of monitor is one of the cheapest.
IPS (In-Plane Switching): This technology was developed as a solution to the main limitations of TN panels, especially poor color reproduction and limited viewing angles. IPS uses a different orientation of liquid crystals, which ensures excellent viewing angles, typically up to 178° in all directions, while maintaining excellent color reproduction. Thanks to this, these displays are often used in mobile devices as well. You can also find IPS displays under the designations PLS or AHVA, which come from individual manufacturers, but refer to essentially the same technology with minor changes. IPS panels also enable relatively good black reproduction, which is also one of the weaknesses of TN technology. They are not as good at this as VA panels, but higher models achieve a significantly better color gamut and more faithful color rendering than TN panels. The latest generations of IPS panels can already cope with high refresh rates, with some models exceeding 280 Hz, and with a very good response time of around 4 ms, with the new Nano IPS technology around 1 ms. Higher models with an IPS panel are therefore also suitable for gamers. Technical parameters must be followed.
VA (Vertical Alignment): VA or SVA, AMVA panels represent a compromise between models with TN and IPS technology. They offer the best contrast ratio, which is why TV manufacturers also like to use them. If an IPS monitor has a usual contrast ratio of around 1000:1, a comparable VA panel reaches 3000:1 or even 6000:1. Viewing angles are not quite comparable to IPS panels, there is a decrease in brightness when viewing from large angles. Compared to TN panels, VAs offer much better color reproduction and typically cover 100% of the sRGB gamut, even on cheaper models. In some more expensive models, the VA panel is used in combination with Quantum Dot technology, which will ensure a wider color gamut up to 125% sRGB. This is important to know if you will be using the monitor for things other than gaming. VA panels have a slower response than TN or newer Nano IPS with a latency of around 1ms. VA monitors can be found with high refresh rates of up to 240 Hz, but slower response can result in more ghosting and motion blur. For this reason, VA panels are not suitable for professional gamers, but they are suitable for home use.
Compared to CRT monitors, all LCD panels suffer from some form of lag. When TN panels first appeared, this was a real problem that plagued IPS and VA monitors for years as well. However, technology is advancing and most of these problems are solved with today’s monitors. From the previous lines, you must have already gotten at least a rough idea of what type of panel might be best for you. If you often play online multiplayer games, you will appreciate the TN panel. For people who, in addition to gaming, take photos or videos, IPS technology will be the best choice. In addition to the panel type, there are other important parameters. It is mainly about the diagonal size and resolution of the panel. If we look at the cheapest classes, we will find models with a diagonal of 24″, mostly with a standard resolution of 1920 × 1200 or 1920 × 1080. Such monitors can be interesting for gamers with older PCs, who cannot handle gaming in higher resolutions very well. They are often used as cheap variant in multi-monitor setups.
Models with a diagonal of 27-28″ are very common. There are several resolutions to choose from. For a multi-monitor setup or purely for gaming, the full HD resolution is suitable. If you will also work on the monitor, the ideal resolution for this diagonal is 2560 × 1440 points. This the resolution will offer a sharp enough image, but there is no need for large scaling in Windows.
If you’re thinking about playing in 4K, you should look at 32″ and larger monitors. The parallel applies to 27-28″ monitors. Only for gaming, 2560 × 1440 points are enough, for work, definitely 4K. With the advent of modern game consoles and powerful graphics cards in PCs, monitors with diagonals of 40″ and more (typically 55 and 65″) and televisions come to the fore. If you want to operate these devices with the latest game consoles, you need to check that they support HDMI version 2.1 with support for VRR and 4K120p.
Ultra-wide curved monitors with an aspect ratio of 21:9 to 32:9 also form a specific category. They are a suitable replacement for multi-monitor systems. Their advantage is fewer cables and less space on the table, the disadvantage is often the price.
AOC AGON PRO AG275QXL for League of Legends fans
The most popular game League of Legends is represented in every aspect in this monitor with a 27″ screen with a refresh rate of 170 Hz. From the iconic design and Hextech logo to a specific game setting mode with reactive lighting of game events and visual effects on the stand that are synchronized with Gamers will also appreciate Adaptive Sync and FreeSync Premium technologies, 1 ms latency, VESA DisplayHDR 400 and ShadowControl for brilliant and smooth viewing.
Cena: 540 EUR
More info: eu.aoc.com/cs
MSI OPTIX MAG274QRF-QD
Achieve victory with the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD eSports gaming monitor. Its 27-inch fast IPS panel with WQHD (2560 × 1440) resolution and quantum dot technology will immerse you in the action of any game thanks to extremely accurate color reproduction. Thanks to NVIDIA G-Sync technology, you will also enjoy very smooth gaming. More demanding FPS players will be impressed by the 165Hz refresh rate with 1ms GTG latency, which is ideal for any competitive title.
Cena: 479 EUR
More info: cz.msi.com/
Dell Alienware AW2521HFLA
A gaming monitor with an attractive Alienware-style design. It has a 24.5″ screen with full HD resolution. Gamers will appreciate the high refresh rate of 240 Hz and the peak latency of 1 ms, which guarantee the smooth display of dynamic scenes in action games. The display panel has a matte surface with effective glare elimination. Connecting external devices, for example gaming keyboards and mice, the integrated USB hub makes it easier for you.The blue light filter comes in handy when playing at night.
Cena: 269 EUR
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