Gaming monitors should have a minimum response time of 4ms and a refresh rate of at least 60Hz. These monitors respond quickly to changing images and provide smooth, crisp image quality, even during demanding action scenes.
When choosing a gaming monitor, first consider what type of games you intend to play.
Gaming Monitors for Action and Sports Games
For action or sports games, we recommend monitors with a response time of 1-2ms. The refresh rate should be at least 60Hz, but 100Hz and higher is even more ideal.
Gaming Monitors for Strategy Games
When playing strategy games, the size of the playing area is important - generally, the larger the better. Large playing areas usually have higher resolutions. For strategy games, we therefore recommend monitors with at least Full HD resolution (1920×1080 pixels). A higher resolution is even better.
What else should I consider when choosing a gaming monitor?
IPS/S-IPS monitors - Excel in natural colours, low power consumption and wide viewing angles. Their disadvantage is the higher price tag.
TNmonitors - Compared to IPS monitors, they are cheaper, offer lower-quality colour reproduction and narrower viewing angles.
MVA/PVAmonitors - In terms of price and picture quality, their quality and features are somewhere between IPS and TN monitors. They provide more realistic colour reproduction and wider viewing angles. They're also cheaper than IPS monitors.
Matte - Doesn't reflect light from its surroundings, but provides less-saturated colour reproduction.
Glossy - Provides vibrant and realistic colours. More light is reflected from the surroundings, making the display hard to see in bright sunlight.
Anti-glare - (A shiny surface with an anti-glare finish) A compromise between glossy and matte screens. They are easier to view in direct sunlight than glossy screens, but the colour reproduction isn't as high as a glossy surface.
Before buying a monitor, make sure that it has a compatible port for your computer. If not, you won't be able to connect the monitor.
Useful Functions and Features
Eyestrain-minimising technology - Flicker-free, Flicker-safe, etc.
Adjustable height - Allows you to adjust the monitor to a comfortable position.
VESA mount - Allows you to mount the monitor to a stand.
Web camera - Useful if you plan to make calls over the Internet.
USB Hub - Play data from portable drives. Allows you to connect a keyboard or mouse.
Gaming monitors are designed for PC gaming enthusiasts. Their parameters differ from other monitors, with a key example being faster response times. The faster the response time, the better and smoother the gaming experience.
We recommend choosing a monitors with a high resolution. HD+ offers a decent 1600x900-pixel resolution, but for large-screen monitors, you'll experience a sharper image from Full HD models offering a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. You'll also be rewarded by higher quality and more detailed images. If you want to avoid screen reflection, select a matte or anti-glare monitor.
Gaming monitor technologies
TN monitors have the advantage of fast response times for lower prices, but it's IPS monitors that deliver the highest quality image with accurate colours and fantastic viewing angles. At the moment, they represent the pinnacle of gaming displays. Samsung recently introduced PLS technology, which is known for minimal image distortion and great viewing angles.
Gaming monitor manufacturers
The major brands producing gaming monitors include Samsung, Eizo, and BenQ. Our wide range of monitors cater for different requirements and budgets, so you can choose from standard models or top-of-the-range professional models.