Gamers, especially the hardcore gamers, are very meticulous and even finicky human beings, especially if it’s time to choose the right monitor to pair with their gaming PC or favorite console. If you are one of them, then here are some of the most common frequently asked questions that can help you choose a monitor.
Philips 272G5DYEB (image from Amazon)
Q. What makes a good gaming monitor for dual monitor setup?
A. It all boils down on your preference and budget. But what you should be looking for is monitor with 5ms response time or lower. 2ms is considered good, the best gaming monitors out there runs at 1ms, while 5ms is generally fine.
For the resolution, for most people 1080p or Full HD resolution will do, which can be more than enough if you have two of them sitting side-by-side. 4K resolution monitors (4096x2160p, or slightly lower 3840x2160) offers great pixel density, with colors more vivid and great colour accuracy and reproduction. However, not many people have the graphics card to run this monitor to its maximum levels, especially in dual monitor setup.
Finally, you should look at monitors with tiny or even bezel-free designs. Super-thin bezel monitors makes great multi-display setup, as spaces between screens can look seamless. The less bezel there is, the more beautiful your multi-monitor setup will be.
Note that, when we talk about “gaming setup” in dual monitors, it means playing across two monitors. In this case, you need three monitors for “surround gaming.” The problem with dual monitor gaming is, you will be staring straight to the monitor bezels in the middle. If you only want a secondary monitor where you can multi-task; play games in one screen and do your work on the other screen, then dual monitor setup can be enough for you.
Q. What’s the Best Size for Dual Monitor Gaming?
A. Size goes hand in hand with resolution, so the right question would be; “What’s the best size and resolution for dual monitor gaming?” Ideally, bigger screen almost always means better when it comes to gaming, but since we are talking about dual monitor and multi-monitor setup, 21-inch to 24-inch provides excellent combination of size and resolution. Some of the best gaming monitors right now are mid-sized, and they’re packed with gaming-centric features.
If you plan on using a single display, then a single 27-inch can be enough. Just make sure you have at least Full HD resolution. Next options would be Wide Quad HD (WQHD) or 2560x1440p, followed by Ultra High Definition (UHD) or 3840x2160p. If you choose higher resolutions, make sure your graphics card can support such displays.
Refresh Rate Should I Get?
A. In gaming, when we talk about Refresh Rate, we should also talk about Pixel Response (we talked about pixel response in the first question). Measured in Hertz (Hz), the former refers to the number of times the monitor takes to redraw its screen in a second. The higher number, means the smoother and the less blurry images are, very important for gaming. Most monitors runs at 60Hz, which should enough for regular office tasks. For 3D gaming however, you need 120Hz, for faster image response. You can also opt for monitors equipped with either G-Sync or FreeSync technology. These features offer synchronization along with their supported graphics card, allowing variable refresh rates for even smoother and improved gaming experience. G-Sync is offered by NVIDIA, while FreeSync is from AMD. Know more about Refresh Rate here.
For dual monitor
setup with 24-inch, you can go for BenQ XL2420Z. It runs at 144Hz Refresh
Rate, 1ms Response Time, with NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 Ready, fully capable of
delivering realistic 3D Gaming.
Philips 272G5DYEB is an excellent 27-inch gaming monitor, great for single display setup. It also comes packed with gaming-centric features such as 144Hz Refresh Rate and 1ms Response Time, and offers smooth gaming experience, thanks to Nvidia G-Sync technology.
Q. Which Panel Technology Should I Choose?
A. There are three basic types of Panel technology; TN (Twisted Nematic), VA (Vertical Alignment), and IPS (In-Plane Switching). The last two offers superb color and higher contrast, with wider viewing angle, which is why they’re used for professional tasks that require on-point colour accuracy and reproduction. TN on the other hand, is best for gaming, as it offers the fastest refresh rates and pixel response times. Many hybrid monitors out there however, offer the best of both worlds.
If you want a
professional monitor with excellent colour accuracy and can double as a gaming
monitor, check out BenQ PG2401PT. Designed for graphics and
printing professionals, this display uses IPS panel, but with 5ms Response
Time, it can be good enough for most games. That’s decent response time with
RevolutionEyes feature for faster Refresh Rate, good for gaming and watching
The Acer B286HK is a good example for excellent TN-based panel gaming monitor. It uses bigger screen (28 inch) and justifies its size with Ultra HD resolution. This means clear, sharp and highly detailed images with good grayscale performance, and still has that fast 2ms response time.
Q. What Video Inputs Do I Need?
A. Monitors with generous video inputs are ideal for multiple gaming formats, such as PCs and consoles. If you want to switch between different video sources, such as game console, home theater, or gaming PC, then you need to have multiple HDMI. If you choose monitors with G-Sync or FreeSync, then you should have DisplayPort.
Many new monitor models now come with USB ports, perfect for playing movies directly on computer, and speakers with subwoofers for a complete gaming system.
Q. How About Triple Monitor Gaming Setup?
A. Assuming that you’re considering 1080p monitors, there are tons of options out there. Of course, this still boils down to two things; your budget and preference.
(image from TomsHardware)
It is also important to consider viewing angles, since you will be placing the other two displays in each side (left and right, and one in the middle). If the viewing angle is bad, it will result to color distortions on your side displays. For more about triple monitor gaming, check out our in-depth guide here.
Q. Is Ultra-Wide Screen Better than Dual Monitors?
A. Yes and no. If you have the cash, ultra-wide is a great alternative to dual monitor. For people who can’t afford to ditch their existing monitor, dual monitor and is still the way to go.
16:9 is easily the most popular Aspect Ratio in most computer workstations, it offers good screen real estate and still leaves users with plenty of desk space to work and operate, without compromising comfort and ergonomics. 21:9 Aspect Ratio is starting to take over many workstation, both business and home office settings. It offers great screen real estate, perfect for multi-tasking, as users can easily adjust the size of windows of the apps and browsers. In the case of gaming, 4K is gaining popularity, and many have switched to monitors of 27-inch to 32-inch (or even higher) to get the 21:9 Aspect Ratio.
We have actually dived deeper into this question, check out our in-depth answer here.
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