A gaming PC is one thing, but what about a decent Gaming PC Monitor? Your PC would be useless without one in the first place, and secondly you would want to get the best visual experience possible, else what is the point of all that hardware?
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There are two ways to go about this, one way is to go out and splurge on a killer LED TV. These TVs do the same thing as any top of the range monitors, besides the NVidia Sync, and ATI Sync, and for the price you would pay for a large monitor, you could get a 40-inch LG LED. Then there is finding the perfect gaming monitor, and with all these technical terms that go with them, it is kind of hard to understand what they actually offer.
Here are a few terms that you should make yourself familiar with when it comes to PC monitors:
Wide Quad HD, also known as QHD. This implies that it is four times the resolution of HD. Keeping in mind that HD is actually 1280×720, not 1920×1080, that is full HD. This would make a WQHD, or QHD monitor pack a resolution of 2560×1600. In a nutshell, it is half 4K, and double full HD.
4K is double WQHD. It is the resolution of 4096×2160, also known as 2160p. But in PC monitor instances, 4K actually means 3840×2160 which is actually UHD.
This is the amount of time a monitor takes to respond to a request. So from switching it on, to opening the monitor’s visual menu. the response time is the speed of its functions.
This term is used to highlight a monitor’s ability to synchronise its refresh rate to the GPU (Graphics Card). This provides a smoother experience in visuals from the desktop, to in-game. You get monitors that support Q-Sync for ATI graphics card, and one that support it for NVidia cards. Keep in mind that you need to have a card that supports Q-Sync in the first place, otherwise it is pretty useless on its own.
Now to business, here are some of the best of the best gaming monitors around. We decided that it was best head on over to Evetech, as they specialize in the specific monitors that we were looking for. The did not disappoint, they truly have the top of the range products.
LG 24″ Full HD LED – R2 999.99
Coming in at just under R3000.00, the LG 24″ Full HD monitor is as basic as they come when it comes to cool tech. It does not boast any higher resolution, any Q-Sync abilities, or a any amazing response time. It does however have a great viewing angle for any setup you need.
LG 19.5″ 1600×900 LED – R1 235.00
The 19.5″ monitor is the cheapest one around, and if you are looking for something that will be used for a bit of gaming and a bit of work, then it’s great. It does not boast a high resolution, rather a 1600×900 display, but its 5ms response time is great.
LG 25UM57-p 25″ Ultra Wide FHD – R3 999.99
Right, now we are getting to the good stuff. This 21:9 UltraWide Screen monitor not only has a great display, which is Full HD, but its aspect ratio of 21:9, makeing everything you do in gaming and work, so much easier. Keep in mind that although it has a resolution of 2560×1080, it is still Full HD and not anywhere close to QHD.
ASUS MX239H – R5 199.00
Although the Asus SonicMaster is only a 23″, it has one of the best speaker systems you can find in a monitor. It has a Full HD display, and an extremely thin design, but its selling point is its SonicMaster sound technology that has been developed by Bang and Olufsen IcePower.
Benq XL2720z – R9 699.00
The Benq 27″ is probably the biggest gaming monitor you can pick up for under R10 000. It is also only Full HD, but as soon as you are ready to pay more than R10K for a monitor, then you can start looking for UHD models. The Benq 27″ monitor is a massive 27-inches, so it’s close to an entry level television. It also boasts a 144Hz refresh rate, that is 44Hz higher than standard monitors.
ASUS PB287Q – R11 999.00
Right, now we are over R10k and you can expect nothing but the best. The ASUS PB287Q is an UHD 3840×2160 display that comes with a whopping 15 pixel per inch, and a 1ms response time. This is truly a marvellous display, but you pay for it.
ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q 27″ – R16 699.00
The last monitor is definitely not the least and is part of ASUS’s Republic of Gamers range. Its crisp 27-inch packs a 2560×1440 display with a 144Hz refresh rate, and a 1ms response time. It supports NVidia’s G-Sync technology, and just look at it, it is super sexy.