Gaming companies spend millions of dollars creating products that feature cutting edge graphics and incredible CGI, which means a regular desktop monitor is not going to cut it. If you’re new to gaming or you’re looking to upgrade your current monitor, buying a monitor that is specifically designed to handle refresh rates and fast response times will create a gaming experience that is free from lags, glitches, cuts, and stutters.
When looking for a gaming monitor, there are several aspects to keep in mind. When it comes to response times, which is the time it takes pixels to change color, shorter is better, starting at 5ms and going down to 1ms. Refresh rates, which for gaming should be a minimum of 60Hz, are better as they get higher, protecting against choppy visuals.
If you like to use two monitors at once, look for monitors that have a zero-frame design, which will help create a seamless transition between the two products.
If you’re an avid game who likes to clock in multiple hours in front of the screen at once, finding a monitor that includes a blue light filter to protect against eyestrain will help keep your eyes healthy and avoid headaches and eye pain caused by prolonged exposure to the monitor’s graphics.
For gamers who enjoy attending LAN parties or gaming competitions, a monitor that is lightweight and on the smaller side may be your best option, making for easy portability.
Below we have included three great options that include the various features we’ve listed. Depending on your price point, desk space and gaming preference, spending more on a larger monitor may be the optimal choice, while for others, purchasing two of the same monitors to use side-by-side may be the ideal setup for your gaming station. Whatever way you like to game, we’ve got you covered with three monitors that will help bring your graphics to life.
1. Acer R240HY Widescreen Monitor
Sitting in the middle of the Sceptre and Acer Ultra-Thin with regards to size, weight and features, the Acer R240HY is a 23.8 inch screen that weighs 6.4 pounds, features 4ms response time, has 1920×1080 full HD resolution, 178 degree wide viewing angle, and the ability to tilt the screen -5 to 15 degrees. There is some minor ghosting and light leaking when dark images appear on screen in a dark room. The Acer R240HY has the slowest response rate on our list at 60Hz, with the Sceptre and Acer Wide Screen running at 75Hz.
2. Sceptre 27″ Curved 75Hz LED Monitor
The Sceptre has a slower response time of 5ms (both Acer models are 4ms), but the Sceptre does feature a view angle of 178 degrees horizontally and vertically and features an HDMI port, DisplayPort and built-in speakers, although we suggest adding external speakers for better sound quality. The screen includes a blue light shift that helps reduce eye fatigue. The screen is edgeless, offering a fuller display, and can easily tilt, making it ideal for sitting or standing desks. The Sceptre is our heaviest option, weighing 8.6 pounds so it may not be ideal for those who like to move their monitors frequently.
3. Acer Ultra-Thin Zero Frame Monitor
The AMD Radeon Freesync Technology also creates a seamless experience, ensuring that graphics won’t stutter or tear on screen. The Acer has a high definition resolution of 1920 x 1080, making it ideal for gaming or streaming movies and TV shows on your computer. Measuring 21.5 inches, the Acer is the smallest option on our list. If you’re looking for a monitor with built-in speakers, a lack of a sound system is one of the drawbacks of this option.