So, you’re thinking about purchasing a gaming monitor, not only that, you want it to have all the latest technology, gizmos and gadgets. Well look no further, for I have combined a list of the 5 Best Gaming Monitors of 2017 for you to choose from.
If you’re a new comer to computers or you’ve been around them for a long time, this list will get down to the nitty gritty, stating the positives and the negatives to help you pick out the perfect monitor for you!
How to choose the best gaming monitor for you
Gaming monitors are for those who enjoy getting the most out of their PC builds/setups. You’ve just bought a GTX 1080, you don’t want to be playing on a monitor that only supports 720p, do you?
To choose the right gaming monitor, you’ll need to figure out what your PC can spit out. There’s nothing worse than buying a monitor to later find out that it’s not being used to it’s full potential.
Below you will find a list of the 4 most important factors to take into consideration before buying a gaming monitor:
- Panel Size and Resolution
When you’re looking at panel size, then bigger is almost always better. Get whatever fits within your room and budget. If you have room for a 27-inch screen, then get one, as it provides plenty of space to work with and a lot of 27-inch monitors have Wide, Quad High-Definition (WQHD) resolution. The higher resolution outside games allows you to browse and work better on your computer, as you will have more pixels to play with.
- Pixel Response Time and Refresh Rate
A gaming monitor should have a fast pixel response time and a high refresh rate. When you’re reading specs of monitors, you’ll notice the response time is labelled as “GtG”, which means Gray-To-Gray. This spec is measured in milliseconds and specifies the amount of time it takes to transition from one shade of gray to another.
A low pixel response time eliminates motion blur effects and produces an overall smother gameplay than higher pixel response times. A gray-to-gray response time of 4ms and below is fine for gaming. You should aim for 1ms though, if possible.
A panel also has a refresh rate. This specifies the amount of times the screen is refreshed to display a new image. It is measured in Hertz (Hz). Currently, most LCD monitors have a refresh rate of 60Hz, but fast moving images may appear blurry, and the gameplay just doesn’t feel smooth. Also, screen tearing may appear, which is when the monitor displays multiple pieces of different screen draws at the same time. You should get a monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate, as this eliminates much of these issues. A 120Hz or higher refresh rate is also required if you want to use active 3D technology.
5 Best Gaming Monitors of 2017
1ms response time
Slightly reduced viewing angles
No USB port
The U28E590D is a slick 28-inch 4K gaming monitor that incorporates a sharp picture and eye-catching angular design. If your PC has the power, this panel brings the pixels — all 8.3 billion of them. Images are both detailed and clear thanks to a brightness of 370cd/m, and Samsung’s decision to fulfil the 1ms response time will let you swiftly pick off enemies in the darkest corners. Picture settings can be tweaked using the on-screen menu, or you can sit back and allow its Game Mode and Dynamic Contrast modes to do the heavy lifting. DisplayPort 1.2 gives the green light for fluid 60Hz gaming at 4K, and smart port placement means you won’t have to bend backwards to connect cables or peripherals around the back. Surrounding the display is a super-thin bezel too that lets you see the bigger picture.
Lots of inputs
Fantastic for gaming
- No feel sync
The rise of 4K panels has led to 1080p monitor makers upping their game. While most ordinary people get by with 60Hz screens, gamers seeking a higher level (or two) of accuracy are turning to ultra-responsive 144Hz monitors — and the 27-inch BenQ XL2720Z is one of the best. Those extra hertz are complimented by a ton of features including motion-blur reduction, ZeroFlicker technology that makes gaming easier on the eyes and three genre-specific settings (two for first-person shooters and one for real-time strategy titles). Like the Samsung U28D590D, it has an unbeatable 1ms response time, and a button to easily flick through 12 aspect ratios means you can alter the screen to play like professional gamers who narrow their line of sight in shooters by switching to 4:3 in competitive tournaments. At £329 it’s a fair bit more expensive than your regular 1080p monitor, but if you’re into gaming the XL2720Z’s feature set makes it a solid offering.
Integrated USB hub
Good value for money
- No motion blur reduction
AOC fulfils the 1ms response and 144hz refresh benchmarks, and accompanies that with a classic, clean design and a very nice Full HD LED display. The real USP here though is the integrated USB hub, which features USB ports for your mouse, keyboard, and a fast-charging port for your phone. Nifty.
- 144hz refresh rate
- Nvidia 3d vision support
- Comes with Asus’s ASCR dynamic contrast ratio technology
- Reduced viewing angles
The Asus VG248QE features a 1080 FHD display that runs at 144hz. The display is actually pretty great; given that it was one of the first gaming monitors to feature a true 100+ refresh rate. The response time is as good as most other high-end gaming monitors, standing true at 1ms. The VG248QE also features a LED backlight with Asus ASCR dynamic contrast tech; which uses the backlight to help create better contrast between the blacks and the color. The monitor also puts out a pretty good brightness rating of 350cd, making sure you actually see the action that the high pixel density 24” 1080 panel puts out.
- Solid audio output
- Poor stand design
At 400 squids, the Ultrasharp range sure isn’t cheap. But if you’re looking for crystal clear QHD and top quality picture definition, then you’ve got to be willing to pay the big bucks. Only an 8ms response time mind you, but a 2560 x 1440 resolution panel, a host of connections in the rear and near 180 degree viewing angle make this a more media-friendly option.