Things To Keep In Your Mind Before Buying A Gaming Monitor

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So, you are looking to play some of your favourite high-end games and for that, you are planning to buy a gaming monitor. But, with a plethora of choices out there, are you facing a tough time making a smart decision? Don’t worry, allow me to make you familiar with the things you need to know before you go ahead and buy a gaming monitor for yourself.

Response Rate

The first thing you should know is the ‘Response Rate’ of your gaming monitor. This term refers to the pace at which the screen updates and this is also one of the key specs you should look for while buying the best gaming monitor. If the monitor has a low response rate, then it is worth buying. Are you wondering why? It is simple when the response rate is low, the screen will update at a faster pace. So, if you are looking to play all those high-end games, make sure you choose a monitor having a response rate of more than 8ms.

Contrast Ratio

Contrast Ratio is a handy spec and it helps in comparing the picture quality between two monitors. If the contrast ratio is higher then you will have an impressive picture quality. If your monitor’s screen has high contrast ratio, you get to enjoy deeper black levels offering you visually sharper and immersive experience. Make sure you are not entirely depending on the contrast ratio to accurately measure the image quality. So, don’t use only contrast ratio to compare two monitors.

Refresh Rate

Refresh Rate is also an important element when you are looking to buy the best gaming monitor. One of the important things you need to remember here is that Refresh Rate and Response rate are two different things. With the help of high refresh rate, you will be able to enjoy higher frame rates while playing your favourite games and that too without graphical tearing. This situation is mainly noticed when there is a difference between the frame rate of the graphic card and your screen’s refresh rate.

All standard monitors usually come with a refresh rate of 60 Hz, but this will do if you are not in a position to spend lavishly. But, if you are looking for that out of the world gaming experience then make sure you have a monitor with a faster refresh rate i.e. 120 or 144Hz.


Now, when it comes to the size of the monitor, it depends on your personal preference and how much you can spend. If you are looking to buy a massive display, then you will have to pay a hefty price for that, especially the ones with high-quality and high-end specs. Another element to look for is how powerful your gaming system is because a large screen will be viewed at a larger resolution and such screens also require advanced hardware, so that the rendering is smooth and quick.


When it comes to resolution, buy a gaming monitor offering a full HD display 1080p (1920×1080). You will find most of the monitors with this resolution, but make sure you have checked twice. Then comes 1440p (Quad-HD with 2560×1440). You will get this resolution in 25 inches and bigger screens, such screens will also need advanced hardware so that all your high-end games run smoothly.


When it comes to LED monitors, they are quite identical to LCD monitors. The only difference is that LED monitors use LED backlighting offering you sharper & brighter display. Moreover, the screen is also thinner and the best part is that it consumes less power. As far as the price is concerned, LED monitors are costly as compared to the LCD ones, but if you are looking for the best then you should go for LED.

Viewing Angle

 When you look at an LCD monitor from a certain angle, you will find that the picture tends to look dimmer and the colours also look awkward. And at extreme levels, the image completely disappears. LCD’s viewing angle is the angle at which you get to still see the screen clearly and this is commonly mentioned in the specification list of the monitors. Ideally, the greater the viewing angle, the better, but when it comes to gaming it hardly matters as you are directly looking at the screen. But, for some people viewing angle does matter especially when it comes to showing presentations using an LCD monitor.



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