Gaming Monitor

A Guide to Buying a Suitable Gaming Monitor

Whether you are a live-streamer who live streams your own game-play all day for a living or just someone who enjoys playing games as a pastime, it is important to have the correct gaming monitor, such as the asus vs248h (read specs here). This is so that whether you are playing a fast-paced game (such as a shooter or racing game) or a slower placed game (such as strategy or turned-based games), you can rest assured that your monitor will give you the visual clarity you need in-game on a good sized screen.

As you begin to look for a gaming monitor, determine first if you want a gaming monitor for more than just computer gaming only (i.e. a console like an Xbox One). If this is so, then you will need to look for a screen with two or more HDMI ports. It is also a good idea to look for monitors with integrated speakers because then you will not have to buy additional speakers for sound so long as both your computer or console are connected to it by HDMI.

Keep in mind the size of the monitor’s screen as well as the resolution. As a general rule, look for the biggest sized screen that will fit where you will be setting the monitor as well as staying within your budget. Stay conscious that the higher the resolution, the more powerful your GPU will need to be to run computer games at the monitor’s full resolution; therefore, if you buy a 28″ 4K gaming monitor but only have a GPU that is not capable of handling games at such a high resolution, you will have to turn the resolution down in-game to have a good FPS (frames per second).

Consider also the pixel response time (GTG or Gray-to-Gray) as well as the refresh rate of a monitor. The pixel response time is the number of milliseconds the screen needs to change from one shade of gray to another. The less amount of time the pixels take to make this conversion results in fast-paced games being less blurry. A response time of 4ms (milliseconds) or less is ideal for games. However, it is a good idea to get a monitor with 1ms. The refresh rate reduces blurriness as well. While 60Hz (hertz) is a common refresh rate, it is good to get one with a refresh rate of 144Hz. At this rate most refresh rate related problems will not occur.

Lastly, consider the price and the features of the gaming monitor you are considering. A monitor that is curved, with tons of features, and a massive screen size can cost you about $1,000! However, there are many good choices for much less money. In the end, it is a good idea to buy a monitor that has only the features you need, about a 23″ to somewhat near 30″ screen, and a good pixel response time as well as refresh rate.

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