How to Buy Your Best Gaming Monitor

Technology moves ahead at a lightening pace, and if you’re not keeping up with it, your game will show it.

Dell rotating gaming monitor.
Gaming monitors aren’t cheap, but generally the more you can afford to spend, the better your gaming experience will be.Dell

What are the most important things to consider with a gaming monitor? Ultimately, it depends on who you are, the kinds of games you play, the place you’ll mostly be playing, and of course, how much money you’re willing to spend. Regardless of those factors, there are some specific features you’ll definitely want to look for. It doesn’t have to be daunting, though, as most of the important ones are right up front. Here are three things to keep in mind.

Size

Samsung 49-Inch CRG90 Curved Gaming Monitor (LC49RG90SSNXZA)
oming in at a whopping 49 inches, this curved monitor wraps around to give you an extremely immersive experience, while the high resolution keeps things looking sharp.

When it comes to gaming monitors, size matters. Not only will a larger monitor take up more of your field of view, you’ll be able to see details much clearer, like far-off enemies trying to sneak up on you. Twenty-seven inches is an excellent size for a monitor, as everything will be nice and clear without you having to put your nose right up against it. Some monitors are larger and even wrap around to let you use more of your field of vision. If you can afford it, they offer a killer experience as long as there’s space on your desk, so measure before you hit the “buy” button.

Resolution, Refresh Rate, Response Time

LG 27GL83A-B 27 Inch Ultragear QHD IPS 1ms NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible Gaming Monitor
This 27-inch monitor boast stunning colors in addition to QHD resolution, 1 120Hz refresh rate, and a blistering 1ms response time, ensuring you don’t miss a thing.LG

Okay, so you have this nice big screen now, but here’s the thing—it’s not going to matter much if the pixels are spread so thin that everything looks like mush, or if there’s a lag at a critical moment in your game. For a 27-inch screen, QHD (2560 x 1440) is going to be a lot sharper than your typical 1080p set. For refresh rate, look for at least 120Hz, and higher is better. For response time, the lower the number the better, and 1 millisecond is considered excellent.

Customization

Dell S-Series 27-Inch Screen LED-Lit Gaming Monitor (S2719DGF)
This 27-inch QHD screen has a 155Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, and it lets you set up three custom profiles, and adjust the tilt, height, angle, and swivel.Dell

Different games have vastly different visuals and unique gameplay. So, just like how your TV has different picture profiles for sports, movies, and nature documentaries, some monitors allow you to set up custom profiles so you can switch it up for your favorite games. Another thing to consider, is that you may want to change the angle or orientation depending on where you’re sitting or what game you’re playing. Look for monitors with a lot of physical adjustability.

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