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How to Choose the Best Gaming Monitor

How to Choose the Best Gaming Monitor

It’s no surprise gamers take their computer and computer-related equipment very seriously. Because they spend a significant amount of time using these products, it makes sense that choosing the right model could be a long process. This rule doesn’t apply, however, strictly to the computer itself. While that’s certainly a significant purchase, the gaming monitor is nearly as important. It’s the means by which the gamer can actually view the game, and as such, serious game devotees take the monitor very seriously.

Choosing the right model, however, can be quite overwhelming. After the computer, the monitor is likely to be the piece of equipment that sets you back the most, and because it can be such an investment, it’s important to have some help should the decision prove difficult.

The first factor to determine is if you want to go with the cheaper (but older) CRT monitor or the newer (but ultimately more expensive) LCD option. Most every gamer chooses the latter, and while these monitors do tend to be more expensive, there’s some good news. Because they’ve basically taken over the monitor world, all but eliminating the CRT versions, LCD monitors have become increasingly cheaper. This makes them a very viable option for your gaming monitor.

The advantages of LCD monitors are numerous and, regardless of price, make them a smart choice. Not only are they generally smaller and lighter, they also use less power, which is good for the environment and your monthly electricity bill. The other main advantage to LCD monitors is that the image is gentler on the eyes. Especially if you’re going to be staring at the screen for long periods of time, it’s definitely an advantage to own an LCD monitor. Given that gamers tend to spend extended periods of time at the computer screen, a gaming monitor will almost exclusively be an LCD model.

The other major factor in deciding which gaming monitor to purchase would definitely be size. This is largely a personal preference, but if you want your gaming experience to be as real and impressive as possible, a larger screen might just be what you need. Typically, monitors come in sizes between fifteen and twenty-three inches. Many people opt for seventeen-inch monitors, finding this size large enough to satisfy any gaming needs without taking up too much room on a desk.

Perhaps the most critical factor to consider, however, would be the monitor’s response rate. In general, response rate can be understood as the time it takes for every individual pixel to respond to a color change. If it takes too long, you will experience what is known as “ghosting.” This is when an image lingers on the screen, and it can be absolutely disastrous to the gaming experience. If you’re purchasing with the intent to use it as a gaming monitor, make sure that the response rate is at or below eight milliseconds. This is one area where the CRT monitors have an advantage, often boasting a response rate of as low as two milliseconds.

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