Today we bring to you another latest and superb gaming monitor from Alienware. We are talking about the AW3418DW gaming monitor that offers the gamers an ultrawide curved display as well as an outstanding gaming experience. You get super clear and perfect images in the 21:9 aspect ratio covering your entire vision angle. We know that the most common aspect ratio that modern gaming monitors offer is 16:9. But with 21:9 aspect ratio means that the width of the screen is a lot wider than the height of the monitor.
Not only the ultrawide screen benefit gamers, but you can easily scatter all your application while doing some productivity work as well. That is one good benefit of the huge space that you get on the screen. Other positive points include impressive color reproduction, crisp brightness and great gaming performance etc. No doubt it is a premium gaming monitor and faces some tough competition in the sector, but that does not make it a bad monitor. Given below is a detailed review of the monitor, its design and performance, pros and cons, and whether you should consider it which looking for a new gaming monitor or not.
One thing that is common in all the Alienware products is their unique and beautiful design. I am a personal fan of the Alienware Lamborghini Edition laptop, especially the way its exhausts are designed. But, keeping that aside, we get a classy and mature design in the Alienware AW3418DW Gaming monitor. There are small LED’s, not too many, with sharp metallic curves and feel on the outer chassis. We really liked what Alienware has designed that I feel will definitely go with the taste of the gamers.
However, the monitor is not very slim but is huge and bulky. The huge sized monitor comes in a big box, but putting it together is very easy. You won’t need a second person or any tools to set it up. Once all is done, you will see that it is very easily adjustable and the whole hardware, as well as the monitor, look strong and sturdy.
There is a very thin bezel around the screen, thus no wastage of space. The monitor is itself large enough to take the whole space you wish to place it. The stand you place it upon is strong and feels firm made up of metallic finish plastic. You will also find the company’s iconic Alien logo at few places here and there, adding up to its looks and style.
The back side is a bit silvery with another Alienware logo on the top right corner which lights up with the other LEDs. However, if you do not want these LEDs to brighten up space all the time, you can easily shut them off from the onscreen menu too.
You will find the buttons of the screen on the bottom right corner using which you can navigate through the onscreen menu. The users also have the option to change the color of the LED light as per their preference.
Now comes the main part, the performance of the monitor. The gameplay on Alienware AW3418DW is really very smooth. Apart from the amazing screen size and aspect ratio that fills your entire vision, the games run super smooth on this Alienware monitor. The reason behind such good gameplay performance is 100Hz refresh rate and the G-Sync technology embedded in the screen. If you have ever played on a monitor with G-Sync, there is no way you are going to monitors without it.
The 100Hz refresh rate you get here is more than what you get in standard monitors. But at the same time, it is not the highest refresh rate that you can get. However, this 100Hz refresh rate is the current standard that we are seeing in the latest widescreen gaming monitors, so we are pretty good there.
In case you believe in overclocking, the Alienware AW3418DW can be overclocked to 120Hz refresh rate, which in return makes the game performance even smoother. The best part is this change is very much noticeable. You get really good performance at both refresh rates while playing latest heavy games like Call of Duty: WWII or Wolfenstein II.
However, you should be very careful while boosting the refresh rate to 120Hz as you should also have a good powerful hardware to produce great output to the monitor. We would recommend you to pair it up with a good Nvidia or AMD graphics cards unit.
The users also have an option to choose the response rate of the screen. There is an option in the onscreen menu where you can set the response rate of the screen to ‘Normal’, ‘Fast’ or ‘Super Fast’. So, faster is the refresh rate of the screen, the less lag and more smoothness you get I front of your eyes. There is very less response time between your mouse and the reaction you see on the screen.
For most of the normal work, you can keep this setting to Normal, as we found a bit of ghosting effect in the ‘Super Fast’ response mode while gaming as well as during normal browsing and usage.
You get excellent output from the IPS panel used in Alienware AW3418DW. It is perfectly bright and might be too bright for some of the users. However, the brightness setting could be tweaked as well from the on onscreen menu. The color accuracy is on the point which results in good viewing angles. Viewing angles are very crucial when we consider a widescreen gaming monitor, and Alienware AW3418DW does not disappoint us.
We did not come across any kind of screen tearing or frame break while testing. You have got different modes to chose from depending on the environment and background lighting. All in all, Alienware AW3418DW performed really well in our test and is no doubt an excellent gaming monitor with superb image quality making it one of the best ultrawide gaming monitor in the market right now.
The Alienware AW3418DW comes with three different display modes. First is the FPS mode in which the brightness of the screen goes up so that you can notice every dark corner while playing an FPS game. The second mode is the RTS mode in which you get a supersaturated colored screen. The RPG mode brings more of a cinematic view to the screen. You get a warm, a cool and a ComfortView presets as well which reduces the blue light coming out of your screen. As an addition, there is frame-rate counter as well, a timer and a display alignment mode too.
There are very limited ports in the monitor. You will find an HDMI port on the back side along with the DisplayPort using which you can connect your PC to it as well. There are USB 3.0 Type A and Type B port for connecting different devices directly. On the bottom side of the Bezel, you will find a couple of USB 3.0 ports and a headphone jack.
There is no doubt in the fact that Alienware AW3418DW is one of the best premium ultrawide monitor available in the market. The 34-inch screen with 3440 x 1440 resolution will turn your favorite for playing games as well as for watching movies and working (because of large space on the screen). The G-Sync works well in producing great lag-free images while gaming. The design is impressive and classic. The Alienware AW3418DW is available for $1149 and faces tough competition from its rival Acer Predator X34 gaming monitor. Still, if you want some extra premium feel from your monitor, definitely Alienware AW3418DW is the best choice out there for you.
Dell, one of the leaders in PC and laptop market has announced its latest gaming PCs and laptops in the country at an event held in Delhi recently. Four Laptops and one desktop were launched at the event- The Alienware 15 and 17, Inspiron 15 5000 and 15 7000 Gaming and the Alienware Aurora Desktop. All the new models will be available at Dell Exclusive Stores.
The base model of the Alienware 15 ships with Windows 10 64-bit, a 15.6-inch full-HD IPS anti-glare display, an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor (quad-core, 6MB cache, up to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost), Intel HD Graphics 530, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 video memory, 8GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM, a 1TB 7,200RPM HDD, and a 68Wh battery. The Alienware 15 weighs 3.49kg.
The Alienware 15’s big bro, the Alienware 17 comes with very similar hardware. But it’s bigger having a display size of 17.3-inch. Otherwise, everything else is same. Due to its bigger overall size it weighs more at 4.42kg. Both of these Alienware laptops come with Tobii eye-tracking software.
Moving from the Alienware to Inspiron Series, the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 will come with Windows 10 64-bit, up to a 15.6-inch full-HD Truelife LED-backlit On-Cell touch display (14-inch variant also available). The Inspiron 15 5000 will let you choose between Intel and AMD processors, it can have a very powerful and capable GPU– Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5 video memory, it can hold up to 32GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, and up to a 512GB PCIe SSD. It weighs up to 2.55kg and will be available in Black color variant only.
The base model of Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming comes with Windows 10 64-bit, a 15.6-inch full-HD anti-glare LED-backlit display and is powered by an Intel Core i5-7300HQ quad-core processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5 video memory, 8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, and a 1TB 5,400RPM HDD. It weighs 2.65kg and will be available in Matte Black or Red color variants.
The last product announced is a desktop- The Alienware Aurora R6. The desktop’s base model comes with Windows 10 64-bit and is powered by Intel Core i5-7400 quad-core processor, coupled with 8GB of RAM and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti with 4GB video memory. There is 1TB HDD storage onboard.
Dell has also tied up with HTC in an exclusive partnership for a limited period to set up VR experience zones across 125 touch points.
After announcing the Dell Visor and its refreshed lineup of XPS and Inspiron hardware, the company today unveiled some new hardware as part of its gaming lineup for 2017 at the IFA Berlin. The hardware consists of the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 series gaming laptop, the refreshed Inspiron Gaming Desktop and the massive 34-inch Alienware 34 curved gaming monitor with their respective price tags.
The 7000 series Inspiron 15 gaming laptop packs-in the slightly older seventh-generation Intel quad-core CPUs along with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. While nothing has been confirmed yet, Dell may upgrade these to the eighth-generation processors a bit later.
There’s a dual fan system to keep the laptop cool and anti-glare display options that are available in 1080p and 4K resolutions, depending on the option you choose. Also available are Thunderbolt 3 ports and this laptop is also VR-ready for the Dell Visor along with the many other options available in the market.
Pricing of the Inspiron 15 7000 laptop starts from $999 for the base models and $1,499 for models with the high-end 4K configurations. The laptop will go on sale globally starting 12 September.
Moving from laptops to desktops, we have the Inspiron Gaming Desktop by Dell. Cosmetically, not much has changed, apart from the clear panel window on the side. The gaming desktop starts from $599 and will go all the way up to $1,249 for the VR-ready configurations.
And where there’s a desktop, there has got to be a display. Dell announced the Alienware 34 Gaming Monitor that will be available in two options. The first model comes with a 3,440 x 1,440 resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate and is priced at $1,499. The second lower priced model sports a 2,560 x 1,880 with a 160Hz refresh rate and will be priced at $1,199. Both monitors will up on sale starting 30 August.
If you’ve been drooling over all the Porsche designed gadgets then you’d be glad to know that your PC setup can finally get its own Porsche flair. The all new AOC PDS241 and PDS271 monitors are designed by the famous FA Porsche company. Founded by the car company giant, Ferdinand Porsche. FA Porsche is the company that gets to plaster its “Porsche Design” logo on everything ranging from phones to sunglasses. Technically, these monitors are not Porsche-design products so there’s not much Porsche branding on here, however, you still get to boast about the Porsche logo that appears when you turn on the monitor. The design, even though not Porsche, is still quite sleek and sexy for a monitor.
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The overall design sports a few highlights that are definitely worth mentioning. The asymmetrical metal stand at the base contains the power cable and mini HDMI connector at the back of the metal stand. This stand connects with a breakout box that contains a full size HDMI input port and a power cable connector. The only downside of this design is the fact that it offers just a single display input which means people with multiple displays might find it offputting. However, folks with a single PC or laptop will find it sufficient enough for their needs.
The top bezel is quite thin and would definitely provide a distraction-free experience for the user. The entire top half of the monitor is around 6mm in thickness which is undoubtedly one of the thinnest in monitors, however, the bottom half is substantially thicker compared to the top one.
Both monitors sport IPS display panels that support 100% sRGB color gamut. This definitely makes them a perfect tool for photographers, but we still need solid data on how many Adobe RGB color gamut these can actually cover. Both monitors, 24” and 27”, are only Full HD (1920 x 1080) in resolution, but AOC would definitely release higher resolution variants if there is demand for these monitors. Maximum brightness for the panels is capped at 250 nit which is quite standard for such panels.
The overall design on these monitors definitely demands a second look. You may not find any wacky new features you’d expect on a Porsche product. However, these monitors do offer a midrange price tag while casting a shadow on all the other monitors in the same price range.
Normally, any Porsche affiliated products would cost you anything above the $1000/£1000 mark, but these monitors sport a very reasonable price tag. The 24” model will around €219 while the bigger 27” model will set you back just €299. No UK or US pricing has been announced for these monitors yet, but we guess it will be somewhere around £200/$240 and £280/$330 for 24” and 27” models respectively. Both of these monitors will be available from June 2017, said AOC.
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If you are looking for a great quality budget 144Hz gaming monitor then look no further than the ASUS VG248QE. While it does cut a couple of corners (USB ports and little things), it is a remarkably complete sub $300 144 Hz monitor; even to this day. The monitor was originally released in 2013 but has become a mainstay of professional gamers and weekend warriors alike. I have been using it for about a month now and love it. A perfect monitor for those who haven't made the leap to 144Hz yet. It is relatively cheap and provides enough features; you won’t be missing anything that your previous monitor had. Or at least, you won’t miss it too badly. The monitor has plenty of display ports, a headphone jack, and some solid viewing angles. Since it is a TN panel the colours and viewing angles won’t be as good as a IPS but are certainly good enough for most users needs. You won’t be able to take full advantage of the beauty of the Andromeda Galaxy in Mass Effect Andromeda or share a movie with a friend. When looking at this monitor from the side you will notice a drop in colour quality; but if you are using the monitor for gaming, then it is a perfect sub $300 option. You may notice the emphasis on sub $300. If you have a larger budget then there are much better options out there for you, obviously. However, for anyone looking to get a decently cheap 144Hz monitor. This your best option.
First opening the box of a monitor still makes my heart skip a beat. I don’t know what it is, but I have it with any computer component, especially monitors. This one was no different. The glossy black monitor isn’t the best-looking monitor that I have ever seen; but it isn’t ugly either. Opening the box I right away noticed that there wasn’t as many cables as there should have been. You are getting only a DVI cable with this monitor. If you want to use any of the other video inputs, such as HDMI, then you are on your own. The monitor has HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI-D connectors but only provides the cables for the latter of those 3. While this isn’t a deal breaker, it is not something that would happen if you buy a more expensive monitor.
Moving on to the feel of the monitor.
It feels surprisingly sturdy, for a sub $300 monitor. Most monitors come in a suitcase style box but this one came in a traditional box that is very large; giving plenty of room for lots of bubble wrap and packing peanuts. I had no problems with the monitor when I took it out of the box. No DOA pixels or any other issues. This was surprising considering the different style of box, I was anticipating issues but didn’t have any. Luckily.
Installing the monitor consists of screwing the base onto the rest of the monitor with the provided wingnut. In the box you also get a user’s manual, some drivers, an 1/8” audio plug, and an IEC power cable. Standard stuff. You don’t get a cable for every input that you have.
Once the monitor was on my desk I began to think about how I was going to manage my cables, and which output to use. I ended up using DisplayPort from a cable that I had laying around. There is a little red cable organizer on the back of the stand, it adds a little flare to an otherwise industrial looking monitor. Not that industrial is bad.
The monitor comes with speakers that won’t be bringing you great bass but are fine for watching some Romantic Comedies. You are much better off with headphones or a standalone sound system.
Since I wasn’t using the monitors speakers I could avoid using the audio cable so the cable organizer only had to deal with 2 cables. The power and DisplayPort. While it wasn’t a big deal to have those 2 cables hanging off of the back, it is nice that the monitor was able to hide them from my view. It makes any pictures for /r/battlestations sleeker. With the monitor set up and installed I took a look at how it felt to use. Not how it performed, but how it felt.
It felt good.
Asus have made a monitor that has every degree of adjustment that anyone would need. It goes up and down, right and left, forward and backward, and it even flips to portrait mode. The monitor flips more directions than a gymnast.
You can plug and play this monitor, but you might want to take some time to set it up properly on your desk.
The big selling point of this monitor is the fact that it has a 144 Hz refresh rate. For the uninitiated, a higher refresh rate means the monitors image updates 144 times per second as opposed to the standard 60 Hz, or 60 times per second. This gives you a faster reaction time, the difference between virtual life and death.
Going through these features, there isn’t anything special. It is a 1080p monitor that has the most basic of functionalities. It isn’t the flashiest monitor and doesn’t have all the bells and whistles but for a solid price you can still get a 144Hz monitor. That is the most important part of this monitor. To know more about other high end gaming monitors, you should check out our ultimate guide to choose the best gaming monitor.
The video inputs are what you need to display 144 Hz. Not every input can handle the amount of data needed to update the screen every 144 seconds. To make use of the 144 Hz you need to use the provided DVI-D cable, or a DisplayPort cable. However, you need to buy that DisplayPort cable yourself as it is not provided with the monitor. It isn’t a big deal which input method you use, DisplayPort and DVI-D both work fine for 144 Hz but HDMI won’t be able to transfer the data fast enough. The inputs are fine and nothing about them is special.
A 1080 resolution is pretty standard, especially for 144 Hz. There are few monitors that are getting 1440 resolution with 144 Hz. And those monitors are all much more expensive. This resolution is good enough for the requirement of most people. There is no way that you will find a 144 Hz monitor with a 1440p resolution for anywhere near this price. Those monitors are much more costly. Personally, there isn’t a reason to upgrade to a 1440p monitor yet. It just isn’t worth the money; it looks great but then I would need to upgrade all my components for a little bit more clarity. But not a whole lot.
For anyone who doesn’t know; resolution is how many unique pixels you can fit into the screen. It is usually written with 2 numbers, in this case it would be 1920x1080. We just write 1080 because it is a shorter, easier version. 1440 is also known as 2560x1440.
The ASUS VG248QE is built for speed as evidenced by the 144 Hz refresh rate AND the 1 ms Gray to Gray response time. The GTG response time is how quickly the individual pixels can change their colour values and go back again. The lower the number the faster the change. A faster GTG value means you will have less ghosting from the monitor and smoother images when they have to change colours (all the time). If you are playing FPS’s or other similarly fast paced games, you want to have a low GTG response time. Otherwise you might experience ghosting.
Ghosting is when the image moves so fast that the monitor cannot change the pixels fast enough so it looks there is a version of the image still on the screen. Or a ghost. It can be annoying, but shouldn’t affect your gameplay. However, it is certainly not something you want your monitor to do. It is a serious quality of life issue.
Luckily, this monitor is so fast that it shouldn’t be an issue.
The ASUS VG248QE has 2 speakers built in, but if you want to actually hear your sound then you should get a separate speaker system. You do not want these speakers to be your only sound system. They are great for if you are building a PC and haven’t had time to pick up a system yet. But they sound quite tiny.
They aren’t actually bad, for monitor speakers. But even a $20 investment at your local Radio Shack will give you better sounding speakers, exponentially better sound.
This monitor is one of the best monitors you can get, for its price. In fact it is better than some monitors that cost $200 more. While it lacks in features such as USB ports and charging stations. And it doesn’t have a fancy looking bezel. But it is the embodiment of the idea that it is what is under the hood that matters. That something doesn’t have to look fancy to be good.
While reviewing the monitor, I was presented with a rare opportunity. It was a beautiful sunny day and I had to work from home. So I decided to make the best of both worlds. I took my entire gaming setup outside to my balcony. I fully expected this not to work due to glare. However, it did. Asus has given this monitor some great brightness and contrast numbers making it perfect for gamers who game in different environments e.g. LAN parties or your balcony.
Asus has also seen fit to give the monitor a 3 year warranty so that if you get any broken parts you can get a new monitor. But, people have reported issues with Asus’ customer service. Since I did not get any dead pixels or otherwise defect parts of the monitor, I cannot personally attest to these reports.
TN panels are notorious for having horrible viewing angles. On some monitors you get horrible colour distortion when looking at the monitor anywhere except head on. The ASUS VG248QE has superb viewing angles from the side but the vertical angles are atrocious. Which is to be expected from a TN panel. The horizontal viewing angles are perfect for anyone looking to create a multi monitor surround set up. But, the vertical viewing angles make it awful to use as a monitor above you.
The atrocious viewing angles are acceptable considering the fact that the monitor is designed for the gamers whose reaction times are faster than what current monitors can handle.
My only gripe with the features are the speakers. It would be better if Asus would get rid of them and lower the cost or add some USB ports. That would make my cable management much easier.
Currently this is one of the most barebones monitor on the market and it has been a complete and utter joy to use. There are few things in the world that make me as happy as a monitor that is this well engineered.
There is one negative to this monitor.
It doesn’t have any ‘sync technology in it. There are 3 kinds of ‘sync tech, V-Sync, Freesync, and G-Sync. This monitor has none. However, at this price point it is expected that the monitor wouldn’t have them. The lack of syncing technology means that there is occasional screen tearing. But in all the hours that I logged on this monitor I didn’t experience a single instance of screen tearing.
The most recent gaming fad is 144 Hz monitors. However, there are some things to keep in mind before you make the upgrade to a 144 Hz monitor. Most notably it would be the fact that you have to be running games at that FPS. If you run all your games at 60 FPS then there is no point in upgrading to a higher Hz monitor since you won’t be able to take advantage of the higher refresh rate.
144Hz is how often the screen redraws itself per second. Historically it has been locked at 60 FPS but recently manufacturers have managed to get those numbers up to 144 Hz. And now in 2017 there are companies that reportedly have gotten even higher numbers. You can only notice this difference if your Graphics card is sending more than 60 FPS to the monitor. Otherwise you will still be bottlenecked by your graphics card.
When you looking at buying a monitor the first thing you should do is figure out what you want. Then find all the monitors that suits your needs and compare them. Here I would like to do the comparisons for you. We take a look at monitors that are similar to this one, in price and in features. May the best monitor win.
This is the big brother variant of the Asus VG248QE. It is a 27” 144 Hz monitor that gives you a larger screen with the same speed as the smaller variant. But this larger screen comes with a larger price tag. Obviously. The extra 3 inches cost you about a $100 extra. Some would say it is worth it and other wouldn’t. This depends on your budget and what you feel comfortable spending; but if you want a larger screen with the same speed then the Asus VG278HV is the one to get.
This is another low budget 144Hz monitor. The difference between this monitor and our Asus VG248QE is about $50 and a lot of quality. The Asus model has better brightness, better contrast, better quality, and just as fast specifications.
If you are looking at the online specifications of the 2 monitors, they seem identical. However, Asus put more effort into making sure the base product was good. The little things, such as contrast, backlight leakage, brightness, and color gamuts are much better on the Asus. The Acer also suffers from horrible viewing angles. Both vertically and horizontally. This would make it a tough monitor to use in a multi monitor setup.
This monitor is the only one on this list that I would say is truly comparable to the Asus VG248QE. It is of similar price and from a solid company. The build quality is nearly as good and it as the same specifications but has a couple more features.
The price is slightly higher but only by approximately $30. And for that extra money you get some USB ports. For the rest, the 2 monitors are equal in speed and resolution. The sizes are the same and they are both made by great companies. Deciding between the 2 is a tough choice. It comes down to brands, and personally I would go for the BenQ. But that is only because they support eSports more than Asus.
This monitor is slightly cheaper than the Asus VG248QE and offers the same speeds, but, like the other Acer monitor, doesn’t offer as good build quality. What Acer sometimes seems to forget is that a monitor has to be good at the things you can’t market before you can add marketable features.
Asus managed to build a monitor that had great color gamut, great contrast, nearly no back light leakage, stunning brightness, and solid viewing angles. In a TN panel. It isn’t sexy to put those facts into a marketing campaign, but they are what separate good monitors from great monitors.
Acer doesn’t seem interested in those facts. They seem to not care about the little things. The backbone of the monitor. They want flashy buzzwords such as 144 Hz, or AMD Freesync. And while AMD Freesync is an awesome feature. You need to the base to be good. And this one isn’t as good as the Asus.
But if having Freesync, or G-sync, on a 144 Hz is a must for you then this is the monitor to get. The basics aren’t too bad, just not as good as the Asus, and it is a fast monitor. Its price does clock in at cheaper than the Asus, which is saying something considering that this monitor comes with AMD’s Freesync.
The Asus VG248QE is a great monitor for its price that will offer you insane speeds and some of the best specifications of any monitor released that year. In fact, any monitor released so far. Not only that, but the monitor is a complete joy to use. Playing CS:GO at 144 Hz per second makes the game easier for some reason. As the entry gunner I used to get maybe 50 Hp damage before dying. Now I would be able to get headshots and subsequently kills. My reaction time was faster, or at least, felt faster.
The resolution is adequate. Sure it isn’t 1440p or 4K but it is a solid enough resolution for a 24” screen. If you are itching for more screen realty you can buy a couple more of these and mount them side by side. The monitor is VESA compatible meaning you can mount on any VESA mount.
Overall, it's the BEST gaming monitor right now under $300. The features and specifications it offers at that price point is so good to be true. Furthermore, it's one of the most popular monitors in the gaming community. With over 1700 5-star reviews on Amazon, most of its buyers and users only have good to speak about the monitor. The ASUS VG248QE certainly deserves the Gaming Buff seal of approval. In fact, we have decided to give it a 5-star rating ourselves. If you have decided to get this awesome monitor for yourself, you can get the best deal on it using the link provided below!
It looks like gaming technology is at its peak right now and with the new gadgets appearing every now and then, the number of gamers out there are increasing day by day. There are a lot of advanced consoles like XBox One, PlayStation 4 in the market, however, the majority of gamers still prefer PCs over consoles for hardcore gaming. The latest PCs come with heavy machinery attached inside, capable of providing you an unparalleled experience that is very hard to feel on a console.
However, one big problem with gaming PCs is that you might have to assemble them most of the time. Not all PCs possess the entire specifications gamers are looking for. In that case, people generally buy different components separately and then assemble them to get the desired beastly machine. And if you are also one among the many who is trying to assemble a PC, and that too especially for gaming, one thing that you should not compromise with is the screen.
If you are getting confused among hundreds of options out there, you just need to understand the technology behind it and you can easily differentiate a good one from a bad one. You can compare different gaming monitor based on a lot of parameters like grey-to-grey response or color contrast ration, but not all of them should be given importance.
Ideally, one should pick a gaming monitor possessing high resolution and decent size. But here we are going to explain you about why aspect ratio, resolution, screen size, refresh rate etc. are important to consider which purchasing a new gaming monitor.
Most of the people pick the screen with the highest resolution without even a second thought. Not all monitors with the 4k display will be able to provide you the experience you are looking for. Screen with huge resolution will definitely provide you deep details, but as the pixel count increase, the burden on PCs with single GPU increases as well, which in turn affects the performance.
Generally, most of the mid and some of the high-end GPUs support only 1440p resolution which is perfect for general regular surfing and working but definitely not for a high-end gaming experience. Every monitor has its native resolution, and you lose all the sharp details if you try to run a game below that resolution. Getting a new screen will lower resolution is not a good idea. So, it is better to determine the capability of your GPU before deciding the size of the screen you want. Don’t try to overload you GPU by purchasing a 4K gaming monitor which it won’t be able to handle.
Almost all the basic screens manufactured now days offer at least HD or 720p resolution. All the GPUs support HD resolution but that is enough just for occasional gaming and not for hardcore gaming.
Next, comes screen offering 1080p or full HD resolution. Screens with size less than 24 inch and 1080p display are very common and could be found in most of the houses. These monitors are best for pretty decent gaming. However, if you are planning to get a screen with size more than 24 inches, you should pick the one which offers more than full HD resolution.
In case you are looking for something extra, a trio of full HD screens is the best one can get. Not only you will get high detailed output in front of your every, it might turn out to be cheaper than buying a huge HD screen over 24 inches. In addition to that, a full HD multi-monitor arrangement will also offer a surround sound experience to your ears.
There are certain 1920 x 1200p gamings screens available as well which provide you vertical space too and aspect ration of 16:10.
Every Gamer has their own dream about the perfect Gaming Computer. It would be a perfect amalgamation of high-end hardware and software support. And, there are a few factors that every Gamer looks for — such as GPU, Processor, RAM and SSD Storage. However, we believe that many people miss one of the important factors in the selection — namely the Monitor. What’s the point of having the latest, best GPU if you do not have a compatible Monitor?
Obviously, random choice isn’t the option here. You don’t necessarily have to go for branded gaming monitor from the list. Instead, there are some monitors with impressive hardware specifications and features. So, no matter what you look for, you can judge the choices by some common factors. In this article, we have listed out the main things to consider when choosing a Gaming Monitor — or say, the best monitor for gaming.
While talking about Gaming Monitors, the panel technology is something of important. It’s how contents are displayed on the screen. The most popular and commonly seen Panel Technologies are as follows. And, the selection should be based on the game you’re going to play as well. IPS vs VA vs TN is a hot topic of discussion among gamers.
Depending on your preference and requirement, pick the right Display Panel Technology from the trio. If you give more value to the viewing angles, we recommend going for IPS. Yet, if color reproduction and response time — which we’ll discuss in detail — are the ones that matter, go for TN or VA.
Nevertheless, there are some exceptional choices in the market. Some manufacturers like Acer have blended the power of Viewing Angle and response time into IPS Display monitors. So, it’s also about how much you’d search before choosing.
These things become even more important when you need a monitor for ultimate gaming. If we’d consider the case of Screen Size, the choice is completely personal. Some people need an immersive experience for gameplay, whereupon bigger monitors are recommended. On the other hand, if you need a quality screen that may compromise immersive feel, you have option for that too. It basically depends upon how much you can spend as well. On a practical note, you should not go for anything lower than 20”. In fact, we recommend something around 22” to 24”. That having said, for those who need the bigger feel, choices are there at 27” as well.
You cannot choose Screen Resolution based on your choice. First of all, make sure you have compatible set of hardware for the resolution you’re looking for. If you have one of the current, decent GPUs, you will have no trouble in running the game in 1080p Resolution without lag. So, first and foremost, you can look out for a 1080p Full HD Monitor. There are further options like Quad HD and UHD. It goes without saying, you have to pay more for advanced technologies and better screen resolutions. If you need 4K Gaming Monitors— that is UHD —, first be sure to check if your GPU supports 4K rendering.
If you have talked with hardcore gamers, they would know how Refresh Rate impacts the gaming experience. It needs to be noted that Refresh Rate and Pixel Response Time are entirely different things. If we go by the common definition, Refresh Rate is the number of refreshes required for creating another image on screen. Practically speaking, this can impact the clarity of the visual that you see on the screen. If the refresh rate is low, there may be some blurry sequences, which isn’t good for intensive gaming. You may also have issues of screen tearing and the lack of smooth gameplay.
Considering all these things, higher refresh rate is always better. Refresh Rate is measured in Hertz and the common LCD monitors come with 60Hz Refresh Rate. This, however, isn’t suitable for high-end games and the total smooth experience. You should always go beyond the 60Hz Limit, and it’s always recommended to go for 144Hz Gaming Monitors. By doing so, you can get rid of screen tearing issues as well. If you want more explanation, here is our comparison of 60Hz vs 120Hz vs 240Hz Monitors.
Pixel Response Time is another factor that decides smooth gameplay through the monitor. Response Rate is the time required by the monitor to shift from one grey shade to another shade. This becomes essential if you are playing some intense games, where color reproduction is the main key. As you can guess, the lower response time the monitor has, the better gaming experience you would end up having. And, that said, there are a few biases when it comes to finding the actual response time of a monitor.
If you ask us for recommendations, we would say the optimal Response Time is 1 Millisecond. Of course, you have to pay a lot more such monitors. Don’t worry; if you can get a monitor with a response time of less than 6 Milliseconds, it’s going to be awesome.
If you get a monitor with FreeSync or G-Sync technology, you can have a dynamic Refresh Rate. This helps the removal of screen tearing, by adjusting the refresh rates to what your GPU is producing. You may even want to choose between FreeSync VS G-Sync at times, depending on what you need.
Well, these are the most important things to consider when choosing a gaming monitor. It’s not advised to make all these decisions when you’re in the store. Instead, you have to do thorough research about possible monitor choices. Then, depending on the shortlist you have created, it will be easier to select the best gaming monitor for you.
For most buyers, monitors seem to be the least thought out purchase. Beyond resolution and size, no one actually bothers to look at its features and make. The ground reality is that monitors are really complex. There are so many attributes like the colour reproduction, viewing angle, input lag, response time, and so on that have a considerable effect on how the picture looks. The whole essence of gaming depends on these attributes. They could either enhance or hinder your gaming experience considerably. Since creation, the marketing world has used all kinds of nonsense which led to many attributes having lost their meaning over time. So, it is necessary to see them in the correct light and understand them before making a purchase.
As for LCD monitors, they come with different panel types, the most common ones being IPS, TN, VA, and PLS. One thing you must remember that there is no single best panel type. Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages when compared to the others. In the end, it is always based on the choice and requirements of the buyer. First of all, we need to understand the basic characteristics of each kind of display. Even panels of the same type show different characteristics. Manufacturer specific changes are also common.
Twisted Nemanic panels, or TN panels, were the first panel type that came to be produced widely. Even now, they are the most common ones around.
When compared to the previously popular CRT monitors, TN panels are found to have many benefits like lower weight, lower power consumption, lower price, they offer clear pictures, do not have any resolution limits as such, they are much thinner, have flexible size and shape, and eliminate flicker effectively.
Even though they have loads of benefits, they come with limitations. These panels are not perfect as such should be in gaming monitors. They do have limited viewing angles, motion blur problems, uneven backlighting issues, a much higher input lag, poor display when under sunlight, and dead or stuck pixels. There has been a lot of improvement in these areas, but total elimination is not possible because of the way these panels are made and how they work. There are many problems in the list that are, in fact, prevalent across all LCD panels like motion blur, input lag, uneven backlighting, and dead or stuck pixels. With larger displays, poor viewing angles turn out to be a problem. Apart from that, TN panels have a low response time. They are generally from 60 Hz to 144 Hz, and support games with higher frequencies much more effectively. Moreover, sharp pictures, lower weight, higher resolution, widescreen output, and smaller physical dimensions come as an added advantage.
As compared to other LCD panels, issues like worse colour reproduction and poor viewing angles are common. If gamers are looking for a prettier and improved colour experience, then they might think of considering the other panel types which are worth it. Until and unless that is the case, TN panels are a good choice.
In Plane Switching, or IPS, came out to combat the shortcomings of the TN panels. The issues of poor colour reproduction and viewing angles are addressed in this type, and they have been addressed successfully as well. They have a higher contrast ratio with superior blacks, a higher colour accuracy which causes them to look less “washed out”, and also very little colour shift when the viewing angles are changed.
The limitations in this case are that IPS panels have slower response times, higher power consumption, higher costs for production, and lower refresh rates. They are generally 60Hz. Over the years, several improvements have been made to IPS panels, with slight variations in the form of E-IPS and H-IPS, although not very significant.
IPS panels are usually not considered for avid gamers and those working with colours like graphic designers due to the worse response rates and low refresh rates. For casual gamers, this might not be an issue.
Plane to Line Switching, or PLS, panels are similar to the IPS panels discussed above. The advantages and disadvantages are more or less the same for both panel types. PLS panels are produced by Samsung, and it claims that PLS panels have better viewing angles, 15% decrease in production costs, 10% increase in brightness, have increased image quality, and also allow flexible panels, as compared to IPS panels.
The PLS panels overclock well in monitors, and this is a major advantage. In short, PLS is Samsung’s version of IPS panel types. The functionality is quite similar, and so is the name.
Vertical Alignment panels, or VA panels, fall in between TN and IPS panels. The advantages of both TN and IPS panels have been combined to create VA panels, and this aim has been largely successful although there is some compromise.
VA panels have higher refresh rates when compared to IPS panels. Most are currently at 60 Hz, but there are a few that are above it. Additionally, VA has a whole lot of more advantages over TN panels than IPS. It has a better colour reproduction, better viewing angles, and higher maximum brightness. Even though VA panels have the best contrast ratios, the response time is the worst among all types and this causes blurring in fast moving pictures. As such, VA is disadvantageous for gaming. This eliminates its deployment for fast moving titles.
VA seems to be kind of a “Jack of all trades, but master on none” type of model.
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As you have seen above, none of the panels seem to be perfect. Each comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.
TN panels are good for competitive gamers due to their higher refresh rates, decent input lag, low response time, and high resolutions. The disadvantages are the ones that cannot be easily fixed, like colour reproduction, bad viewing angles, and slight blurring cause due to higher response times.
The issues of TN panels are solved in IPS panels, and they have better viewing angles and colour reproduction. However, this is done at the cost of the response time and refresh rate. Those who are not looking out to play competitively but want a good visual experience should find this type of panel suitable.
PLS panel is Samsung’s version of the IPS panel. The major advantages and disadvantages are the same with slight modifications here and there.
As for the VA panels, they stand in between the TN panels and the IPS panels. They offer refresh rates and contrast levels better than IPS panels, but have really bad viewing angles and colour reproduction which is better than TN displays though. The largest downfall in this case is the response time. It is much slower than both IPS and TN.
The question of which panel to choose ultimately depends on the user’s requirements and choices. If you want to play competitively and need a good FPS or play racing games, TN panels are the best choice for you. TN is currently the most common LCD panel in the market. You get a lot at a decent price. If you are looking out for a more impressive and immersive pictures and experience, then you might want to go for and IPS or PLS panel. If you just need a monitor for general work, VA panels would suit you. They do not support gaming, though.
So, now you realize that monitors are much more than just pretty pictures. They are much more complex than one would think and there is a lot more that goes behind it. So, make a wise decision and choose your gaming monitor with a lot of thought and effort.
Gaming is all about experience. It depends on a lot of factors including the kind of monitor you use. The display is a very crucial part, in fact. No matter how strong the game, the graphics card, and all other features are. If your monitor is not able to render the visuals effectively, then nothing else counts. A high refresh monitor is what you need for a seamless gaming experience.
The refresh rate of a monitor is also known as the frame rate, horizontal scan rate, vertical frequency, or just frequency. It is the rate at which the frame is refreshed or the screen image is renewed. So, for a monitor with a refresh rate of 60 Hz, it means that the screen is redrawn 60 times in a second, or you get to see 60 frames in a second. What you see on the screen is a smooth running and constantly moving video. However, it is actually nothing but a series of still images. They change quickly to give you an impression that things are moving. Refreshing is not easily noticeable as it is too fast for the human eye.
So, now why is the refresh rate so important? The more often the monitor refreshes the screen, the smoother the visuals appear. It is done to make sure the refresh is not noticeable. A low refresh rate could often cause the screen to flicker. After long viewing this causes strain on the eyes. Moreover, when you are gaming, you need a high refresh rate to be able to render the visuals seamlessly. If the rate is inadequate, a slight blur is seen for fast moving objects on the screen.
For screens using the LCD technology, the refresh rate is important. This is because of how the individual pixels in an LCD light are structured and the amount of time it takes to change it. Some people tend to be more sensitive to motion blurs than others. Increasing the refresh rate is the best way to combat such blurs. This is where the different kinds of refresh rate monitors come in to the picture.
Generally, videos are shot at 24, 30, or 60 frames per second. As such, the monitor you use needs to use some kind of software to create extra frames to get the required refresh rate. For a video at 30 FPS, a 60 Hz monitor would need to double the number of frames and a 120 Hz monitor would need to create 90 additional frames. For a 240 Hz monitor, it will be 210 additional frames.
Earlier monitors used to duplicate the frames to fill in for the missing ones. So, a 60 Hz monitor would show every frame twice for a 30 FPS video. Even though the human eye could not understand the duplication, it did not help the blurring much. Another option was to blank out the LCD backlight in between the frames. So, every alternate frame would be a blank rather than a duplicate frame in the above example. This needed to be done really quickly to avoid a flicker.
These days, a new technology is used. The HDTVs and 4K monitors available now have really powerful processors. As such, the concept of interpolated frames came in to being. Here, software is built in to the monitor to compare back to back frames. After the comparison, it creates a frame to fit in between frames to evenly roll out any changes in the two compared frames. So, for a 30 FPS video on a 60Hz monitor, the software creates one extra frame which is the average of two back to back frames and fits it in between them.
For monitors refreshing at 120 z and 240 Hz, the interpolation technique is even more advanced. The 120 Hz monitor creates three frames for every pair of frames in the 30 FPS video and the 240 Hz monitor creates seven. This is an effective technique which helps the monitor perform much better.
When it comes to gaming, whether you are a hard core gamer or a casual gamer, you will definitely want a monitor with a high refresh rate. That's where gaming monitors come into the scene. Here are some reasons why you should opt for a monitor with high refresh rates:
The improvement when using a higher refresh monitor is not easily noticeable. However, it definitely gives a better experience. 120 Hz refresh rate monitors are generally suggested as they have a much higher image quality and processing capability. You could play your games easily without worrying about any strain to your eyes or any lag. A 240 Hz monitor is more about the market fluff. As for a 60 Hz monitor, it will not help you get in to the feel of gaming as you would want to.
Eventually, it is all about the experience. It is better to invest and enjoy completely rather than regretting later on. Have a look at the monitor and its rendering capabilities before making a purchase.
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