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As the adage goes, “The eyes are the windows to the soul”, so is it with computer monitors. It is through your monitor that you get to see the “soul” of your computer, and through it you are able to speak to the heart of your pc. So does is matter what monitor you choose? Of course it does, and at the best price you can get for that matter. That is why we went through the hustle of coming up with this article on the best gaming monitors for 2018. We’ve made sure to include only the best, not only in features and performance but also in price.
Now, if you are completely green in matters computer, you need not worry. Just go through our 7 tips on how to choose a computer monitor and also this one on how to choose a computer and you will be home and dry.
In this article, we explore the 4 main monitor resolutions in use today, and we further explore where each resolution may apply best and for what kind of user. The article is broken down into four sections, each section with a comparison table and brief description of each of the monitors marked out in the table.
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There are three common monitor resolutions out there. These include Full-HD, Quad HD and Ultra HD. The fourth is the less common Ultra-wide QHD.
|Initials||Resolution and Aspect Ratio||Application|
|FHD||1920×1080 (16:9) / 1920×1200 (16:10)||Best for 24-inch monitors and below|
|QHD||2560×1440 (16:9) / 2560×1600 (16:10)||Best for 27-inch monitors and below|
|4K/ Ultra HD||3840×2160 (16:9)||Best for 27-inch monitors and above|
|Ultra Wide/ UW-QHD / UW-UXGA||Ultrawide Resolution Monitors (21:9, 1080/1440 variants)||Best for 34-Inch monitors|
See also: The Best Gaming Monitors 2018
Section 1: Full- HD/ 1080p (1920 x 1080 | 16:9)
1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution is also commonly referred to as Full HD or FHD, where the p stands for progressive scan. If you have a monitor that has lasted you a couple of years, it most likely is a Full HD monitor. This is by far the most common resolution today, and has been a favorite in professionals and sponsored gaming tournament such as ESL. Monitors of this category make a wonderful selection for home and office use thanks to their decent clarity as well as pocket friendly price.
Most 1080p monitors fall below the $300 price range, with the exception of premium featured options (such as those with G-Sync). Considering the relatively low pixel count with this resolution, your graphics card will not stain much even if it is an entry level graphics card. Below is our list the best 1080p monitors you can find in the market today, handpicked by our gurus.
|Monitor||Price at Amazon||Size||Resolution||Panel||Refresh Rate||Response Time|
|1||Editor’s Choice – BenQ Zowie XL2546||See it||24.5||1920 x 1080||TN||240 Hz||1 ms|
|2||Editor’s Choice – Acer Predator XB241H||See it||24 Inch||1920 x 1080||TN||188Hz||1ms|
|3||Asus ROG Swift PG258Q||See it||24 Inch||1920 x 1080||TN||180Hz||1ms|
|4||Editor’s Choice – AOC G2460PF|| See it||24 Inch||1920 x 1080||TN||144Hz||1ms|
|5||ASUS MG248Q|| See it||24 Inch||1920 x 1080||TN||144Hz||1ms|
|6||Editor’s Choice – ASUS VG248QE|| See it||24 Inch||1920 x 1080||TN||144 Hz||1 ms|
|7||ViewSonic XG2401||See it||24 Inch||1920 x 1080||TN||144Hz||1ms|
|8||Editor’s Choice – ASUS VG245H||See it||24 Inch||1920 x 1080||TN||75 Hz||1ms|
|9||Editor’s Choice – BenQ Zowie RL2755|| See it||24 Inch||1920 x 1080||TN||60 Hz||1 ms|
|10||Editor’s Choice – ViewSonic VX2457-MHD||See it||24 Inch||1920 x 1080||TN||75 Hz||2 ms|
4. AOC G2460PF
5. ASUS MG248Q
6. ASUS VG248QE
8. ASUS VG245H
Section 2: 1440P/2K/QHD (2560 x 1440p)(16:9)
Next in line after 1090p is 1440p resolution. Monitors in this category have a 16:9 aspect ratio and are often sized 27 Inches and below. This standard represents the next logical step in upgrade up from 1080p when building a new system or upgrading an older one. In addition to the increased desktop real-estate, this resolution standard does not weight heavily on the graphics card. A midrange or semi-high end graphics card of roughly $300 – $400 can handle the pixel density of this standard, although some demanding titles may require a more powerful card to run at an excess of 60fps. Also note that the price shift from the previous standard to this standard is quite significant, so be sure to add that to your consideration. This step up the ladder is ideal for anywone who desires better graphical detail, sharper clarity and larger desktop space for their operations. Any graphics designer will be happy with this resolution.
|Monitor||Price at Amazon||Size||Resolution||Panel||Refresh Rate||Response Time|
|1||Editor’s Choice – DELL S2417DG||See it||24 Inch||2560 x 1440||TN||165 Hz||1 ms||G-Sync|
|2||Asus PG278QR ROG Swift||See it||27 Inch||2560 x 1440||TN||144Hz||1ms|
|3||Editor’s Choice – Asus MG278Q||See it||27 Inch||2560 x 1440||TN||144Hz||1ms|
|4||Editor’s Choice – BenQ Zowie XL2730||See it||27 Inch||2560 x 1440||TN||144Hz||1ms|
|5||Editor’s Choice – Dell S2716DG||See it||27 inch||2560x 1440||Not IPS||1ms|
|6||Samsung C32HG70||See it||32 Inch||2560x 1440||VA||144Hz||4ms|
|7||ASUS MG279Q||See it||27 Inch||2560 x 1440||IPS||144 Hz||4 ms||FreeSync|
|8||Editor’s Choice – LG 34UC79G-B||See it||34 Inch||2560 x 1080||IPS||144 Hz||5 ms||FreeSync|
|9||Acer XB271HU bmiprz||See it||24 Inch||2560 x 1440||IPS||165Hz||4ms|
|10||ViewSonic XG2703-GS||See it||27 Inch||2560 x 1440||IPS||165 Hz||4 ms||G-Sync|
|11||ASUS PG279Q (ROG Swift)||See it||27 Inch||2560 x 1440||IPS||165 Hz||4 ms||G-Sync|
3. Asus MG278Q
5. Dell S2716DG
7. ASUS MG279Q
8. LG 34UC79G-B
Section 3: 2160p/4K/UHD (3840 x 2160)(16:9)
This resolution standard represent a gear shift from the last two standards, owing to the significant bump in pixel density and general presentation excellence. However, the reality of the matter is that most CPUs and GPUs are inadequately equipped to handle the demands of 4K resolution at optimized levels. In order to run triple A titles at this resolution, you will need a top-tier graphics card that will cost you anything above $600, and even with such a powerful card, not all games will run perfectly above 60 pfs. This is where adaptive sync technologies come in handy to ensure that games run smoothly without additional input lag and screen tearing. So if you are an enthusiast and have a rig powerful enough to handle 4K, then here’s your best bet at getting the best 4k monitor today.
|Monitor ||Price at Amazon||Size||Resolution||Panel||Refresh Rate||Response Time|
|1||Editor’s Choice – Asus MG28UQ||See it||28 Inch||3480 x 2160||TN||60Hz||1ms|
|2||AOC U2879VF||See it||28 Inch||3480 x 2160||TN||60Hz||2ms|
|3||ASUS ROG Swift PG27AQ||See it||27 Inch||3480 x 2160||IPS||60Hz||4ms|
|4||Editor’s Choice – Acer Predator XB271HK||See it||27 Inch||3480 x 2160||IPS||60Hz||4ms|
|5||ViewSonic XG2700-4K||See it||27 Inch||3480 x 2160||IPS||60Hz||4ms|
|6||LG 27UD68P||See it||27 Inch||3480 x 2160||IPS||60Hz||4ms|
|7||Editor’s Choice – BenQ PD3200U||See it||32 Inch||3840 x 2160||IPS||60 Hz||4 ms|
|8||Acer Predator XB321HK||See it||32 Inch||3840 x 2160||IPS||60 Hz||4 ms||G-Sync|
2. AOC U2879VF
6. LG 27UD68P
7. BenQ PD3200U
Section 4: Ultra-Wide/UW-QHD/UW-UXGA (3440 x 1440 and 2560 x 1080)(21:9)
Ultra-Wide monitors otherwise referred to as 21:9 aspect ratio displays are not only a favorite for ordinary user but have a place in the hearts of gaming enthusiasts. They afford the general user and gamer the advantage of having acres of space on their desktop without having to necessarily go for a multi-head setup. Ultra-Wide displays have a lower pixel density compared to 4K, which thus means that sharpness and detail take hits when compared to 4K. On the bright side, less demand is placed on the graphics card, which means that games will run easier on these displays than on 4K. These models offer greater immersion to the user, with most modern releases having curved screens. So it you sufficient power under your hood, you might well consider display in this category. In our opinion, these make among the best gaming monitors in the market today.
|Monitor||Price at Amazon||Size||Resolution||Panel||Refresh Rate||Response Time||Input Lag|
|1||Acer XR341CK||See it||34 Inch||3440 x 1440||IPS||75Hz||4ms|
|2||Editor’s Choice – Acer Predator X34||See it||34 Inch||3440 x 1440||IPS||100Hz||4ms|
|3||Asus PG348Q||See it||34 Inch||3440 x 1440||IPS||100Hz||4ms|
|4||Editor’s Choice – Samsung C34F791||See it||34 Inch||3440 x 1440||VA||100Hz||4ms|
|5||Acer Predator Z35||See it||35 Inch||2560 x 1080||VA||200Hz||4ms|
|6||Asus ROG Strix XG35VQ||See it||35 Inch||3440 x 1440||VA||100Hz||4ms|
|7||Alienware AW3418DW||See it||34 Inch||3440 x 1440||IPS||120Hz||4ms|
|8||Editor’s Choice – AOC AGON AG352UCG||See it||35 Inch||3440 x 1440||MVA||100 Hz||4 ms||G-Sync|
|9||Dell U3415W||See it||34 inch||3440 x 1440||IPS||5ms|
3. Asus PG348Q
9. Dell U3415W