There comes a point in your pc building journey where you have to make a crucial decision about which monitor you should get. What To Look For In The Best Gaming Monitor? In this post, we explain each and everything for choosing the best gaming monitor.

You immediately begin to scroll the wide monitor specs available on the internet to find that one monitor you think would best suit your gaming needs, but you quickly realize that you may not be tech-savvy enough. You realize that in the world of pc components you have no or very little knowledge combined with the vast specs and customizations available on the market.

This whole scenario makes it very complex for you to find the monitor of your dreams. In this article, you will learn about what specs you should look for in the best gaming monitor for you. Though keep in mind, the best gaming monitor does not assure you the best gaming experience.

What To Look For In The Best Gaming Monitor?

Your monitor performance plays a major role in your gaming experience and all this directly depends upon your gaming rig such as your graphics card.

No matter what monitor you choose, if your graphics card does not provide enough power to your monitor for it to give its fullest potential, you will be left with an unsatisfactory gaming experience. So you should definitely consider spending a little bit of that extra cash on your gaming setup, especially your graphics card.

Anyhow, coming back to find the best gaming monitor, first of all, you should be aware of the basic features in order to make your final decision.

Knowing about these basic features is what’s going to help you make your final decision. Don’t worry, we will try to explain them as simply as we can.

These basic features are the following;

What To Look For In Gaming Monitor Checklist

Screen Resolution

Determining which screen resolution to buy depends on three factors; pc performance, the games you want to play, and the budget.

Here to give you an idea, we will talk about 3 types of screen resolutions; 1080p, 1440p, and 4k. A 1080p resolution has less pixel density than a 1440p resolution while 1440p has fewer pixels than a 4k monitor. Higher pixels mean you would get sharper images with incredible graphics and thus a better gaming experience.

If your pc lacks the power to support a 1440p resolution then there is no point in choosing a 1440p monitor as it will lack in performance, instead you should consider opting for a 1080p resolution. Not only would a 1080p resolution deliver you adequate performance but would also be a cheaper option if you are someone with a strict budget.

The same goes for a 4k resolution, if you’re not planning on playing visually intense games with the utmost attention to detail, we recommend you to not Choose a 4k resolution monitor.

We would recommend you go for a 1440p resolution monitor as it would provide you with a good pixel density and a higher refresh rate.

Screen Size

This is the simplest feature to decide upon. Though, opting for a bigger screen size does not mean you would have a higher resolution. Generally, the bigger the screen size, the lower would be the pixel count per inch.

We would recommend that you choose between a 24-32” screen size. You could go for a higher resolution but a 24-32” 1080p resolution would do just fine. If you want to go up a notch and buy a higher resolution monitor, go for it.

Refresh Rate

Since we are talking about gaming monitors, refresh rate matters a lot. It is the number of times a monitor refreshes the screen in a second, which ensures that whatever you see is in sync with what you see on the screen.

There are many displays with refresh rates ranging from 60 Hz to 240 Hz. To put it simply, the higher the refresh rate the better, this would ensure you get the smoothest of action-packed gameplay possible.

Response Time

Response time means the time a pixel takes to change its color. It is expressed in milliseconds (ms). It is recommended that you go for lower response time monitors, generally, from 2ms to 1ms.

Higher ms response time monitors would result in a blurry image or video, which you definitely do not want when gaming as this would put you at a disadvantage.

Adaptive Sync Or Variable Refresh Rate

Adaptive sync is the technology that helps maintain your frame rate. It helps to keep your monitor and your graphics card in sync.

You might have noticed that whenever you’re playing a less visually intense part of a game your frame rate is high but when you reach a more visually intense part your frame rates could drop which could result in screen tearing or stuttering.

Screen tearing is when your monitor displays one frame and another frame at the same time, this phenomenon is noticeable. Adaptive sync ensures that both the graphics card and your monitor are in sync so that there is no distortion in the visuals.


HDR offers great contrasts with brighter colors and deeper shadows. This extra crisp in color and depth is definitely worth it. We recommend you look into monitors with specs that support HDR.

Color Gamut

To simply put it, it is the range of colors a display can put out. One of the most common color gamuts which seems to be the standard is sRGB.

sRGB gives out a good range of colors for average viewing needs. We recommend you look into monitors with 100% sRGB coverage. This would result in more vibrant and realistic imagery.

Panel Type

Twisted nematic (TN) and In-plane switching (IPS) panel types differ from one another in their underlying pixel-rendering technology).

TN panel type has a lower response time which you definitely want but the colors on it appear to be not as vibrant, also if you look at IPS panel displays from different viewing angles you would notice that it becomes difficult to spot certain details. So the response time is better but you would have to miss out on color accuracy and viewing angles, however, TN panel types are budget-friendly.

The IPS panel type on the other hand has much better color production and lower response time but they are a bit on the pricier side. They also have the best viewing angles.

Hope this article gives you enough information for you to narrow down to the best gaming monitor that fits your need.

Mehtab Ayyub

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