With the increase in population and relocation of masses from remote, rural areas to the urban concrete jungle, playgrounds and parks have become a fable.
But that should not stop a 21st-century human being from indulging in some leisure activities. Computer gaming is the present day’s field to play any game of your choice.
It can be playing in an arcade, adventure game, real-time strategy, action game, stealth game etc. One thing common in all the above games is that they all need a Gaming monitor, without which, there can not exist a virtual world of computer games.
Hence we can say that the monitor is the playground of this virtual reality. It becomes essential to use a good quality gaming monitor to get the real-life effect and ease to play.
Let us be au fait with the important characterises of a Gaming monitor that you have to account for when picking to pay for the best product.
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The amount of pixels that a display uses in length and height is measured in resolution. The more number of pixels means the monitor has better resolution, which in turn increases the picture clarity and gives a sharper display.
It is important to consider this, that a higher graphical power is required to back the higher resolution.
Typically gaming monitors can have 3 ranges of resolutions, being:
- Full HD, having 1080 pixel
- Quad HD, having 1440 pixel
- Ultra HD, having 2160 pixel
As the name suggests, refresh rate is the number of times the monitor can refresh the image displayed per second. It basically means the number of times the monitor updates the new information. It also measures the number of frames the monitor will be in a position to display per second. The refresh rate is measured in Hertz.
On an average, a monitor can have any one of the following refresh rates:
- 60 hertz
- 144 hertz
- 240 hertz
Reading this suggests that higher the refresh rate better is the performance of the monitor. Faster refresh rate undoubtedly gives lesser broken images. But one must bear this in mind that to fuel a higher refresh rate; an enormous graphics processing unit is required. Hence ensure that your graphics card can execute the games at such a high rate of frames.
To break it down- Adaptive means the monitor’s refresh rate adapts to the FPS of the video card and sync means to integrate.
When the frame rate is slow, it starts stuttering and when the frame rates are high, the screen tends to tear.
In simple words, adaptive sync is a way for your monitor and the graphics to work together in harmony. This gives a lag-free usage.
Many gaming monitors that have been manufactured recently already have adaptive sync integrated into themselves. But the others have to pick one among the following for a smooth gaming experience:
- AMD’s Free Sync
- NVIDIA’s G-Sync
Using either of the above provides customizable refresh rates which help the monitor in changing the refresh rate dynamically as per the Graphics Processing Unit.
To manage the refresh rate of the monitor, FreeSync uses the video card’s functionality by using the adaptive sync built into the DisplayPort Standard.
On the other hand, G-Sync is enabled by embedding a chip in the construction of the monitor. The major difference here is that G-Sync is closely guarded and FreeSync is openly shared.
There are three types of panel technology:
- Twisted Nematic(TN)
- Vertical Alignment(VA)
- In-Plane Switching(IPS)
|TN||Best response time and refresh rate, minimum input lag||Unsatisfactory picture quality||Economical||Best suited for gaming|
|VA||Worst response time||Better picture quality and viewing angle than TN||Economical to mid ranged||Wide-ranged use|
|IPS||Take longer time to respond compared to TN but less compared to VA||Best image quality and gives best viewing angle||Expensive||Professional|
In general, a user considers the visual experience due to the size of the screen and the space it occupies. A size between 22-24 inches is, therefore, most commonly suggested.
Anything bigger than this requires the user to view the screen from a distance to get the bigger picture and anything smaller will require the user to come closer, giving away the benefit of high resolutions.
Currently, there has been an increase in the demand for ultra-wide and widescreen.
It basically speaks of the different ports the monitor has. It is important to ensure that your gaming monitor has proper inputs to match the computer it will be connected to. A gaming monitor has the following inputs:
As the name suggests, the haze caused due to movement of objects in a photograph or video is said to be motion blur in lay man’s language. A technology has emerged in order to cope up with this pest in the game called blur reduction technology. Some of the top names in this category are:
Motion blur depends on a lot of external factors as well, such as system rig, the monitor, the video game, picture/driver settings etc.
Games look soomther only when the refresh rate and the frame rate are in accord. But it isn’t easy to achieve a refresh rate equal to frame rate as motion blur cannot function at the same time as Freesync or G-Sync’s refresh rate.
A gamer can adjust the VSync on or off according to the game.
By this, we can understand that one can not entirely eliminate motion blur but only tweak to get satisfactory results.
High Dynamic Range (HDR)
HDR speaks about the quality of the screen. A high density of resolution means a higher number of pixels on the screen making the image clearer and crisp. HDR captures the bright and dark areas of the pictures as they are in existence; giving the best results of contrast.
It aims are producing pictures with enough luminosity that ensures that the picture is exactly what a human eye would register in real life.
HDR comes in various forms. Let’s break down the different formats available in the market.
This is an open standard for HRD that can be used by manufacturers without the need to make any payment to Dolby. By default the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disks use HDR10. The brightness provided by HDR10 is 1,000 nits and gives 10-bit colour.
Unlike HDR10 Dolby Vision is not given out in the open. It requires the device to be specifically designed with a Dolby Vision hardware chip. For which fees must be paid to Dolby. It has a nit limit of 10,000 and gives 12-bit colour giving the user the best HDR experience.
HLG has been newly developed by the BBC and NHK broadcasting network. HLG works akin to regular broadcasting but it simply includes additional information about HDR for the sets to implement.
Advanced HDR is the latest development in the field of HDR. It was mainly built for broadcasting but it is compatible for almost all HDR hardware. In simple terms, advanced HDR gives enhanced features of an HDR giving the best image result that there can possibly be.
Curved or non- curved monitors
Along with the other features as mentioned above, a buyer should consider if he would like a flat screen or a curved screen.
Curved screens have been around in the market for a little while and people often consider it to be a passing fad, but they actually give the user a very high level of immersion and it gives a peripheral vision. It makes the whole experience of viewing a screen more realistic as it bends around the viewer’s field of view.
On the other hand, a flat screen has been in the market since ages and has been tried and tested to give a blameless viewing experience to the users.
The biggest downside of a curved monitor is its price. They are much more expensive compared to a flat screen.
So, as a user, you need to pick a screen that gives to the best experience at the same time does not burn a hole in your pocket, unless you are willing to pay the premium.
Keep the above points in mind and decide as per your current and future needs to make a smart purchase!
Aporna is the numbers girl. A chartered accountant by profession, her real love lies in tech. Read her for some great insights into the world of gizmos and gadgets.