Interest Check: Gaming Monitors
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Greetings everyone,
We want to know what gaming monitors all of you are into. We already source a variety of brands and types, but are always looking to stay in tune with the interests of the community. Here are some questions to help inspire your opinions and ideas.
· What do you look for in a gaming monitor? · What refresh rate do you prefer? · Do you prefer curved screens? Extra wide? · Are there particular brands you like?
Your suggestions and feedback are taken into account when we look for products to put on the site so tell us what you like, what you don’t like and any preferences you have in between.
Thanks!

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Asrei
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Jan 15, 2020
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For myself -IPS Color and viewing angles are fantastic. I dislike VA black smearing/ghosting and TN's viewing angles. Flat or Curved is fine I have no personal preference. -Full Array Local Dimming since this gives IPS monitors black levels that compete with non-array VA's. Possibly a MiniLED or MicroLED version as it becomes available. -Minimum refresh rate of 144 since anything below is difficult to use even 120 feels slow in comparison after you've adapted to higher. -8 or 10 bit color. I'm currently sitting on a Acer X27 4K/144 Hz 10-bit Full Array Local dimming monitor. After using this I have not been able to use anything else. The color, speed, everything down to the nitty gritty details are produced nearly perfectly.
Jan 15, 2020
Milamber
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Dec 3, 2019
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I would like a true 4K monitor that has at least 2160p (horizontal). As I would use this for work and gaming I would also like at least 120Hz but preferably 144Hz or more. Lastly, the biggest issue, is something around 34" or greater (even up to 45" would be great).
Dec 3, 2019
RainbowTylernol
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Nov 12, 2019
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Large format (40" or more) 120hz refresh rate Not curved or ultrawide
Nov 12, 2019
Dievalkyrie207
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Jul 24, 2019
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  • What do I look for?
  • Solid build quality (no crackling noises to suggest electrical issues).
  • Dead pixel guarantee with RMA support
  • VA or IPS panel
  • Strong color accuracy out of the box and full coverage for sRGB and Adobe RGB (DCI-P3 is nice as well, but not a big priority for me)
  • A height-adjustable stand. I will not buy a tilt-only monitor, unless maybe everything else is perfect for me, the price is very aggressive, and the monitor has a VESA adapter.
  • Refresh rate?
  • 100Hz or better (I don't really care about anything above 144Hz due to the current premiums)
  • Response times 5ms or lower. 1ms isn't a hard requirement for me.
  • Freesync 2 is a must. G-Sync compatibility is nice as well, if verified and guaranteed. I wouldn't pay extra for actual G-Sync built-in.
  • Curved screen?
  • Yes. Very much yes.
  • Ultrawide?
  • Yes. Even more so than a curve. I'll only buy monitors 21:9 and up. For me, this means the existing Vast has been of great interest. 32:9 would be my ideal, though pricing is problematic. The Samsung CHG90 is the only such monitor I would consider (simply based upon price), but I would prefer the increased pixel density of newer models, which tend to have a 1440p vertical resolution.
  • Note: If we take the CHG90 as an example, I would happy to sacrifice the USB hub, HDR400 support, and fancy modes like picture-by-picture, all in exchange for 1440p vertical resolution and a reduced price (relative to newer 32:9 1440 monitors). I even wouldn't mind dropping down to a 100Hz refresh rate and 5ms response time. This is because i really want the immersive qualities of something this wide as well as the multitasking capabilities provided. Still, 21:9 is still perfectly fine.
  • Preferred brands? Samsung, LG, Asus, Dell - in no particular order.
Jul 24, 2019
goldman
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Jul 23, 2019
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IPS, 144mhz and freesync are a must. more than 144mhz feels like more of a waste of money to me, tbh. 24" and 1080p is enough, imho
Jul 23, 2019
Dagobert
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Jul 15, 2019
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24" IPS, non-curved, 144hz, at least freesync and one that has been verified by Nvidia to work with their gpu's. Options for Vesa mounting.
Jul 15, 2019
Rovelo
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Jul 3, 2019
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Hope this helps a few people check out the stats of their monitors, so many people basically get scammed with awful value for money when buying monitors. These are my personal opinions, each question answered with a list sorted by relevance :) 1:
  • Reasonable prices in europe
  • Resolution is fine at, or above 1080p
  • 24" is highly preferable for competitive gaming (27" is too big to track efficiently)
  • 24" or 27" for regular use
  • Desk space efficiency
  • Aesthetics to a small degree
  • Ultrawide for work/editing/producing.
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  • 144Hz+ (I literally can't go back to 60Hz at this point)
  • IPS is superior for editing/image quality
  • TN panels are superior for competitive gaming
  • Adaptive/FreeSync/GSync highly preferred
  • 8-bit color also preferred but only just emerging in gaming market.
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  • Curved screens are overrated and curved ultrawides take up massive amounts of desk space.
  • Ultrawides need some love with a monitor arm/desk setup guide and more targeted products to use space better, because they have alot of potential.
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  • Asus have amazing specs but are expensive and take up alot of desk space.
  • Acer has truly remarkable specs in high-end, usually unknown to most.
  • ViewSonic make good TN panel monitors at lower price points than their competitors.
  • MSI has a good mid-range budget selection.
Extra: For the love of god no monitor speakers
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Jul 3, 2019
maxmaxmaxmaxmax
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Jul 20, 2019
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+1 on the no speakers requirement, amen
Jul 20, 2019
Barracuda11607
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Jun 30, 2019
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1440p, 27", 144 Hz (or better), IPS/VA panels, (adaptive/free/G sync are optional.)
Jun 30, 2019
Evshrug
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Jun 28, 2019
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*I really like my Asus monitor, it's better than my Dell that pleased me in the past. LG apparently makes good monitors too, but more for graphic design professionals and aren't the first thing to mind for gaming monitors. *I think G-Sync (and Free-Sync, but I have an NVIDIA card) is more important than refresh rate. My 120 hz iPad Pro screen is really nice at high FPS, but a sync feature is more significant/noticeable once you get past 60 fps *I have monitor mounts, so huge screens (and curved screens to make up for having a huge screen close to your face) are less important to me. 24-27" diagonal are fine. *The main things I look for in gaming monitors are no input lag (no or minimal processing, unlike a TV which all are slow), multiple inputs (I have a Mac, PC, and PS4), and low ghosting.
Jun 28, 2019
Tethys
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Jun 22, 2019
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Im just looking for a 27" 1440p 144hz monitor with gsync and thin bezels. Otherthings such as ultra wide or curved would be nice but I just dont have the money for that right now.
Jun 22, 2019
Mossdeep2
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Jun 28, 2019
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That shit would be amazing, so of course no one makes that...
Jun 28, 2019
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