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How to choose a gaming monitor

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If you take your gaming seriously, choose a monitor with a response time under 4 ms and at least 60 Hz refresh rate. The monitor needs to be able to respond quickly and provide smooth and crisp images even in fast and dynamic scenes.

How to choose a gaming monitor
Pros and cons
  • Smooth and sharp visuals in dynamic scenes
  • Tend to be larger (screen size 24" or more)
  • High maximum resolution, generally Full HD or higher
  • More expensive compared to office monitors with comparable image quality and features

Frequently asked questions when choosing a gaming monitor

What’s the difference between a monitor suited for action or sports games and strategy games?

Action and sports games require fast response times of 1 to 2 ms and a refresh rate of at least 60 Hz, but preferably 100 Hz or more. If you mainly play strategy games, we recommend buying a monitor with plenty of screen space. Consider high-resolution monitors with Full HD (1920 × 1080 pixels) resolution and higher.

What panel type should I choose?

The panel type has a large impact on the overall properties of the monitor. IPS and S-IPS panels provide the most realistic colour reproduction and widest viewing angles (up to 178° horizontally and vertically). Compared to TN panel monitors, however, they are more expensive and their response times are generally worse. TN monitors have response times reaching mere 1 ms. Monitors with PVA and MVA panels are somewhere in between when it comes to image quality and price. They have better colour reproduction and are cheaper compared to IPS and S-IPS displays.

Glossy, matte, or anti-glare coating?

Glossy screens provide the most vivid and realistic colours. The downside is that they reflect light from all around them, which means their readability becomes really poor under sunlight. In contrast, matte screens reflect almost no ambient light. Their colour reproduction is not as good and does not seem as realistic. Anti-glare coating achieves a certain compromise between glossy and matte surfaces. Anti-glare screens remain readable under sunlight and their colours are more vivid compared to matte displays.

What connectors should a monitor have?

To connect a monitor, you need to have at least one matching video connector on your PC. If not, the two devices are incompatible.


The basic visual connector is analogue D-SUB (VGA). You can find it in older computers (or older graphics cards). Compared to other connectors, it provides inferior image quality. New computers or graphics cards generally feature digital DVI or HDMI ports, which provide a more stable image and better and more vibrant colours. The more expensive models are also being increasingly equipped with DisplayPort. It can transmit uncompressed images in very high quality.

Základní konektory monitoru – VGA, DVI, HDMI a DisplayPort

Gaming Monitors

  • Response time up to 4 ms
  • Refresh rate at least 60 Hz
Gaming monitors

Important Parameters

diagonal display

Display Size

Denotes the distance between the opposite upper and lower corners of the monitor. Listed in inches. We recommend buying a 22" monitor or larger, but if your budget is limited, a 19" monitor is good enough.

Aspect Ratio

Aspect Ratio

With gaming monitors, look for aspect ratios of 16:9 or 21:9.

maximum resolution

Maximum Resolution

The number of pixels in each dimension that can be displayed on a monitor. Generally, the higher the maximum resolution, the more detailed the picture and the more work or gaming space it provides. Your monitor should be at least Full HD if want to get the most out of your gaming.

Listed below are the most common maximum resolutions for gaming monitors:

Resolution

Pixels

Full HD

1920 × 1080

WQHD

2560 × 1440

4K (Ultra HD)

3840 × 2160

Response

Response Time

Indicates how quickly a monitor can process a computer request to change the image. Lower response time means sharper visuals during dynamic scenes. Response time is an important factor for gamers and gaming monitors generally require a response time of 4 ms or lower. For action and sports games, we recommend a monitor with a response time of 1-2 ms.

refresh rate

Refresh Rate

The number of frames per second a monitor can display. Listed in Hz. Monitors with higher refresh rates provide a smoother image and cause less eyestrain. Most modern monitors have a refresh rate of 60-75 Hz, though gaming monitors can have much more. You should choose a monitor with a refresh rate of at least 60 Hz, but if you can afford 100 Hz or more, go for it.

Glossary - Monitors

G-Sync and FreeSync

Some gaming monitors are equipped with G-Sync or FreeSync technology. Both are used to synchronise the refresh rate of the monitor with the graphics card, boosting the overall image smoothness when playing games. G-Sync is compatible with select NVIDIA graphics cards, while FreeSync with select AMD graphics cards.

Viewing Angles

The viewing angle is the maximum angle from which you can view images on the display without experiencing colour or contrast distortion. Larger viewing angles are obviously better. Viewing angles depend on the type of the monitor. Monitors with IPS and S-IPS panels have the best viewing angles (up to 178 degrees), while PVA and MVA displays are doing slightly worse. The smallest viewing angles are found in TN monitors.

Low Blue Light

Low Blue Light technology (also known as BlueLightFilter) reduces the harmful blue light spectrum, reducing eye strain and tiredness.

Flicker Free

Flicker Free (also known as Flicker Less) is a technology that aims to eliminate unwanted and annoying screen flicker in LCD and LED monitors. Flicker can cause eye strain and, in extreme cases, may also damage your eyesight.

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