If there’s one single computer component that is to be picked as the most important to gaming, it has to be the Monitor – and that shouldn’t come as a surprise. From the days of pixelating screens with very low resolutions (32 x 32 low) to the modern age of 4K technologies, gaming wasn’t, isn’t and wouldn’t be gaming without monitors. We all understand how important this component is to gaming, which is why we’ve witnessed conscious and rapid development of its screen technology. 2019 is here, and the average gamer still has to figure out the right monitor to use in order to bring out the best from his gaming sessions, graphically speaking. This piece lists some of the best monitors out there, and gives the user an idea of what monitor suits a certain kind of situation.
We start the list off with the cheapest monitor. The Acer SB220Q is a cheap monitor that’s some bang for buck. It offers a 21.5 inch Full HD IPS LCD monitor that comes in a slim profile. The display is a 1080p one, and it refreshes by 75 Hz; it’s even got 4ms response time – a standard for most IPS monitors. With regards to I/O ports, there are only two ports: a HDMI port and a VGA port. Undoubtedly, connectivity is quite limited on this monitor. You get additional features such as AMD FreeSync (for owners of AMD GPUs) that allows for stutterless gameplay, and there’s an adjustable stand too (it’s there just for tilt, and nothing else). Thus, we arrive at the areas the Acer SB220Q doesn’t hold up: right away, the screen of this monitor is rather small compared to the modern screen sizes (although some users might not consider it to be too small for a normal gameplay), and then, there are the ports; with just two of them (one, majorly, the VGA port is growing obsolete already), users would have to end up using adapters and switches for connectivity. Apparently, there’s not much going for this monitor other than pricing; it’s very cheap and has a decent 1080p screen, but that’s all there is to it.
This LG monitor is an excellent budget-friendly monitor that offers more bang for buck than the Acer monitor (albeit more expensive). There are two versions to the monitor: a 24 inch and a 27 inch variant, and they’re fitted with a solid Full HD IPS display. The 24 inch variant had the advantage, given that 1080p looks better on smaller screens. They come with such features as 75 Hz screen refresh rate, HDMI, VGA and DisplayPort outlets. It also has additional features such as motion blur reduction (which is a nifty way to make standard the 5ms screen response time look and feel like a 1ms one), AMD FreeSync, and Game mode.
Given it is a budget monitor, the LG 24MP59G-P lacks a proper VESA support, which means the adjustable stand can only tilt one way. Besides, the motion blur feature the screen of the monitor has means there would be occasional “ghosting’ because, while it looks like a 1ms screen panel, it definitely is not. Overall, it’s truly a budget-friendly monitor with packed features that are quite valuable at that price range.
This is a gaming monitor that’s from a lesser known company; despite being lesser known, AOC has some kind of reputation in building good hardware. The AOC Q2778VQE has a 1440p display, which is pretty good (at least, better than 1080p) for gaming; it is a TN display, which allows for lightning fast response time, but the refresh rate is just 60 Hz. It comes packed with very useful ports such as a 3.5 mm audio jack, DisplayPort 1.2 port, a HDMI 1.4 port, a VGA port and a DVI port; it omits built-in speakers, but makes up for that with the audio jack which allows you plug your headphones directly. This monitor supports VESA, meaning you get a more adjustable monitor that you can easily mount on the wall, or leave on the desk, if you so wish.
The AOC Q2778VQE is quite affordable for the level of features it’s offering; the 1440p display and the number of ports it has are quite compelling enough for gamers. But, it has a design that’s kind of clunky: there are huge bezels around the display, and an uninspiring overall look; despite its 1440p display, the monitor still feels too cheap. All of these notwithstanding, the AOC Q2778VQE is one of the best budget gaming monitor in 2019.
The Acer G257HU is a gaming monitor that has a QHD (1440 x 2560) IPS LCD screen. It does a pretty good job of “bringing colours to life”, having a good colour reproduction; it could only manage 60 Hz refresh rate and a response time of 4ms. On the port front, you get a HDMI port, a Dual Link DVI-D port and a DisplayPort outlet. You’d find an adjustable stand that supports tilt and nothing else: with the way the adjustable stand is designed, placing it on a desk is less than desirable since the four legs of the stand take up unnecessary space. Sadly, no VESA too.
The Acer G257HU is a gaming monitor that sits between budget and mid-range monitors, and it does well for most part, but compromises in some other parts that are not expected.
MSI Optix MAG24C
The MSI Optix MAG24C boasts of a 144 Hz refresh rate on its screen, it even manages to earn a place in the league of the best 144 Hz gaming monitors out there. It is a 1440p screen but curved; it is able to achieve a 1ms response time and handle colours pretty well with the help of a VA panel. The MSI Optix MAG24C comes with an acceptable number of ports: the HDMI port, Audio jack, DisplayPort outlet and DVI port. Luckily, it comes with an adjustable stand that supports more than just tilt, and supports VESA too. Other additional features include AMD FreeSync, and some rad LED lights at the back of the monitor. Users may not find the real use for the curved display though, but this monitor is a pretty valuable monitor for gaming.
Acer Predator X27
The Acer Predator X27 is the meanest beast on this list, it’s the best monitor for gaming as things stand in 2019. It has a 4K IPS LCD screen that has 144 Hz refresh rate. It supports HDR and a 4ms response time. It is basically a beast of a screen! The monitor comes equipped with HDMI and DisplayPort outlet, five USB 3.0 ports (four type A ones and one type B) and a 3.5 mm jack. It has the adjustable stand (and VESA support too), Nvidia G-Sync, and built-in speakers. In summary, if you’re out looking for the very best monitor for gaming right now, this is got to be it.
You’d have to pay a premium for it though, because it’s also the most expensive monitor of the lot. At $2000, you’ve really got to need this monitor to buy it (or maybe you just want it so badly).
Choosing a monitor for gaming comes down to a few things: budget, monitor needs (we’ve all got “monitor needs”) and performance, additional features could also sway buyers too.