Gaming is a common phenomena these days. However, technology brings lots of complications with latest features. One of them is gaming monitors. This article is an attempt to tell you everything about a best gaming monitor. Here are the main pointers to keep in mind when choosing the one.
The refresh rate, or refresh rate, is the number of times per second that the display updates the image shown and is measured in Hz. This is, of course, the primary value you need to look at in this case, taking into account 144Hz or higher monitors only, to enjoy high frame rates to the fullest. In this case, the higher this value, the smoother the actual gameplay will feel.
Resolution and format
Before purchasing a gaming monitor, there are a few that need to be considered very important factors: the first of them is the native resolution of the panel, which indicates the number of pixels that make up the physical matrix of the display. Until a few years ago the most widespread standard was the Full HD, which corresponds to a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, while currently it has moved on to the most popular Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) or even 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) for the most demanding, also referred to as Ultra HD. However, these resolutions refer to the classic 16: 9 format, while over the last few years panels in 21: 9 aspect ratio (ultrawide) which, compared to the previous ones, offer a wider view to the sides, extremely useful for identifying otherwise invisible enemies.
Types of panels
In addition to resolution, it is very important to consider the different technologies with which the panels themselves are built. There are currently panels on the market TN (twisted nematic), IPS (in-plane switching) is VA (vertical alignment). The former offer better response times at the expense of color fidelity and have a smaller viewing angle, with the result that the appearance of colors could vary considerably further away from the center of the screen. In contrast, IPS have a slightly higher response time but reproduce colors with greater fidelity and guarantee significantly wider viewing angles. Finally, the VA possess characteristics halfway between the two, offering deeper blacks than classic IPS at the expense of a slightly lower color fidelity and less wide viewing angles.
HDR (High Dynamic Range)
The third aspect we need to focus on is support for technology HDR, acronym for High Dynamic Range. This allows the monitor to reproduce, as the name implies, a wider range of colors than in the past, getting as close as possible to the spectrum visible to the human eye. The displays are certified and divided into four categories which correspond to different panel qualities. It starts from the common display SDR, which features a peak brightness of around 250-300 nits and from there you go up with DisplayHDR 400, DisplayHDR 600 is DisplayHDR 1000, where the final number indicates the maximum brightness expressed in nits. Obviously, to obtain these certifications, not only this factor is taken into consideration, but also the black level, the coding level and the color space coverage are of particular importance.
The response rate is the time taken to update screen images – defined in milliseconds (ms). In gaming, it is important that this value is as low as possible, as the more responsive the monitor is, the clearer the images on the screen will be, especially during faster movements (think for example of driving games).