Modern games are awe-inspiringly beautiful. Designers work day and night and developers pour money like hot sauce on chicken wings to make graphics that look down upon reality itself. But are you even seeing those graphics? Now that’s a highly debatable question.
An average monitor is meant to update excel and write essays, not play video games. Gaming monitors are specifically designed to play games. They have a high resolution which enables you to witness those amazing graphics in its purest form. The high refresh rate ensures that you don’t miss out an enemy moment in that high stake FPS title that you’ve been drooling over.
So what exactly makes a monitor a ‘Gaming Monitor’ and how you should choose the perfect gaming monitor for yourself?
How to choose an ideal Gaming Monitor
A high resolution is a basic requirement that a gaming monitor must fulfil. A few of the new games and all the games that are bound to come out in the future support 4K, if they don’t burn your GPU before that. But a 4K monitor is pretty heavy on the pocket and only the top-end gaming rigs can support 4K output. So a full HD 1080p display can be used as a basic requirement, anything below that will look ugly.
2. Refresh Rate
Refresh Rate is the number of times a screen refreshes in a second. A high refresh rate is one of the most important of an FPS gaming monitor. A few of the top-end gaming monitors are supporting a refresh rate as high as 240Hz, but honestly, that’s just overkill. A refresh rate between 90Hz-140Hz is a good standard for gaming monitors, but a refresh rate as low as 60Hz will also suffice if you’re tight on the budget.
The size of a gaming monitor is a factor that simply boils down to personal preference. You can find a gaming monitor as big as 37 inches edge to edge and as small as 11-inch edge to edge and there is everything else in between. Anything above 20 inches is good enough for a gaming monitor, but again personal preferences such as how far you’re going to place the monitor are the factors that you need to look for when you’re choosing a gaming monitor.
Looks, just like size, boil down to personal preference just like size, if not even more so. Many gaming monitors have aggressive designs, edgy curves and LED lights that just seem mandatory for anything to be related to gaming nowadays. Then there are others that are sleeker and more sophisticated. Perhaps you want that gamer feel all the time or perhaps you use your monitor for both works and play and don’t want the ‘gamer’ vibes seeping out of your monitor while you’re trying to work.
5. Aspect Ratio
If you step out in the market for a gaming monitor, you’ll come across many aspect ratios which climb all the way up to 21:9 ultra wide. The idea behind a wider aspect ratio is to fit more content into the screen. It’s amazing for FPS games and a lot of newer games also support a wide aspect ratio. However, many of the old games don’t support it and you’ll be stuck with black screen on the edges if you plan to give the old gems a go.
Nonetheless, here we’ve got it all covered. We’ve got budget options and baller options. We’ve got sleek options and we’ve got aggressive options. But one thing that’s all the monitors below share is the fact that they all best in their class.
Best Gaming Monitor of 2020
ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q 34"
Dell Alienware 34" Curved Gaming Monitor
BenQ EL2870U 28 inch HDR 4K Gaming Monitor
ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q, in simple words, can be described as one of the best gaming monitors money can buy. Built by gamers for gamers, this gaming monitor packs in monstrous specs with a Curved Ultra-Wide display with a resolution of 3440×1440. G-Sync technology delivers exceptionally smooth frame rates. It’s a 34-inch edge to edge display with a 100Hz IPS 1440p display. To be honest, that pixel density does not really justify the price, but that is when you keep the curved surface out of consideration.
If you’re not in a mood to go hungry to bed for a week after buying the ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q but still want a rather great gaming monitor, Acer Gaming Monitor 24.5″ KG251Q is exactly what you need. Priced at just about $160, it offers everything that’s essential in a gaming monitor- 75Hz refresh rate, Full HD display and AMD FREE SYNC packed in a 24.5-inch package. Its design is also sleek with a modern stand and almost no bezels. On the downside, it’s an LCD panel but that’s acceptable at the price point.
The BenQ EL2870U 28 inch HDR 4K Gaming Monitor is your pass into the world of 4K gaming without having to spend big bucks. This BenQ monitor also prides itself with a lighting fast 1ms response rate with AMD Freesync. The 28-inch screen is big enough for all your games, although it’s not a wide-angle ratio. The screen blacks out at certain odd viewing angles and that’s more or less its only shortcoming apart from the 60Hz response rate which is not the worst, but not the best either.
If you’re an e-sports player who is devasted that none of the gaming monitors on our list has yet mentioned a monitor fit for you, then look no further. The AOC Agon AG273QCG is a well-tailored gaming monitor designed specifically for the e-sports players. It’s a 2K quad HD panel with G-Sync enabled. It has a staggering fast refresh rate of 165Hz and 1ms response rate which makes it a perfect gaming monitor. In my humble opinion, no other gaming monitor can beat this when it comes to looks. It has an almost bezel-less design with the exception of a chin on the bottom. There is an RGB LED ring at the back which sounds really cool but is virtually useless unless you have a surface to reflect off that light. A retractable hook on the side to hang your headphones is a really cool as well as a Scrumptiously useful touch.
If you’re in the market for a gaming monitor that doesn’t look like stolen alien technology, then you need to take a look at the Acer ED273. It is a sleek curved full HD display that is suited to both work and play, although it leans more towards the work bit. The looks are really where this monitor has a clear edge over others as it comes with sleek bezels and an equally sleek stand. There are no funky LEDs nor any edgy bit of red trim. But let that not fool you as it is packed with AMD FREE SYNC Technology with 4ms response rate. The refresh rate at 75Hz is not something I can complain about. Although it’s built quality is rather cheap and demands that you use it with care.
The LG 34GL750-B 34 Inch 21:9 Ultragear Curved WFHD is the best ultra wide gaming monitor that money can buy right now. It’s one of the widest monitors ever to be produced and when paired with a Full HD display, 144Hz refresh rate and your amazing skills, you will be unstoppable. It also comes with the newest bells as whistles such as 1ms motion blur reduction, HDR10 compatibility and G-Sync. The best part about it is that retails under half a thousand bucks.
The Dell Alienware 34″ Curved Gaming Monitor is the ultimate dream set-up of a gamer. However, it will be heavy on your pocket with a staggering price tag of $900 which is a rather significant investment for a monitor. It is a 2560 X 1080 WFHD display with a 144 Hz refresh rate and Nvidia G-Sync. Although the Dell Alienware 34″ Curved Gaming Monitor is designed rather sleekly with no edgy trims nor any LEDs, the Alienware tag on the front makes it stand out.
So that was our round-up of the best gaming Monitors. We hope you found out just what you were looking for.