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What makes the best gaming monitor?

With so many different specs to consider and so many choices available, choosing a gaming monitor can be an overwhelming task. It’s best to decide on the specs you want beforehand, then see what choices you have from there. Below are some of the most important factors that make a great gaming monitor.

Compatibility: the more adaptable, the better

The wrong gaming monitor can become a bottleneck in your system, so make sure you choose one that’s compatible with your graphics card and connections. If your graphics card isn’t powerful enough to handle the resolution of your gaming monitor, you may have to set the game’s resolution below the native resolution of the monitor, resulting in a blurred image. Obviously this would take a lot away from your gaming experience. So if you’re set on a high resolution monitor, you may have to invest in a better graphics card as well.

Resolution: the higher, the better

With all the amazing graphics in games nowadays, you won’t want to miss any of the details. The experience of playing modern games on a big screen with a high resolution is enough to completely blow you away. Be careful though, because once you’ve had the experience of gaming on a high resolution monitor, you’ll never want to go back! Just remember to set all your games to your monitor’s native resolution for the most intense experience.

Screen size: the bigger, the better

A gaming monitor with a large screen can create a feeling of immersion and really intensify game play. You can quickly find yourself completely absorbed, as if you’ve been drawn into the screen. Screens as large as 30” are available, and if you have the room and the budget, they’re definitely worth the investment. Otherwise, a 27” model is the second best choice.

Pixel response time: the faster, the better

As you may know, this spec indicates the speed at which your gaming monitor can display moving images. Since a low pixel response time creates motion blur or ghosting, which can cause you to miss an important shot or action scene, it is arguably the most important factor to consider. A response time of 1-2ms is ideal, but in any case you’ll want to make sure it’s faster than 8ms to avoid ghosting.

Look: the cooler, the better

Of course, gaming monitor appearance may be more important to some gamers than others. But you’ll probably want to consider things like thickness, trim color, and whether you prefer a stand or a wall mount.

Price: the more value, the better

Obviously, all the above factors have to be considered in the context of price. Decide on your budget, then use a website like to compare various gaming monitor choices within your price range. But remember that the quality of your gaming monitor will affect every aspect of your gaming experience, so if you’re a serious gamer, you won’t regret making a serious investment in an excellent gaming monitor.

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  1. Arizal on October 16, 2013
    Sharp thinking! Thanks for the answer!!

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