The options available have never been more plentiful in the search for a gaming monitor. Nowadays we don’t just get the choice of different monitor sizes and resolutions, but also higher refresh rates. The first models capable of displaying 240 frames per second are by now available. You will find those and an additional 12 models with 24 and 27 inch screens in this review.
Not too long ago, we only had one feature to differentiate the gaming monitors by: the response time. We wanted the “one millisecond screen”, which meant that it was produced with a good panel with minimal ghosting, afterimage of the previous frame, as a result. Unfortunately, the marketing departments of various manufacturers caught on rather quickly, diluting the value of this specification in the process. These days, there are plenty of “1 ms” screens on the market, which hardly simplifies choosing the right screen.
On the other hand, there is plenty of innovation, providing more aspects to take into account. The choice has not become easier, as now we can compare not only the response time, but also resolution, size, screen ratios and panel technology. On top of that, you can choose between different sync technologies (keeping in mind GPU compatibility) and many bells and whistles, ranging from things like anti-motion blur to the presence of a built-in headset stand.
If you have some 590 dollars to spend, you can buy a 25” 240Hz Full HD monitor or a 27” 144Hz WQHD monitor, or a 28” Ultra HD model with a basic 60Hz refresh rate. This is not to mention the 29” or the 34” of the 35” size Wide Full HD screens, which are not primarily gaming screens, but can be used for the purpose just fine.
What you play
Before you begin trying to figure out which screen you should buy, it is a good idea to figure out what will suit your preferred games best. If you mostly play quick shooters, a smaller size with lower resolution means you get a better overview, and the most frames per second squeezed out of your graphics card. If you prefer strategic games, a higher resolution with a good pixel density provides you with more detail and a larger map view. A larger, more immersive screen is also good for less intense shooters and first/third person RPGs. If your time flies away with flight simulators or racing games or if you like space simulators, then we suggest considering an extra wide screen, where your virtual eyes can capture the largest view and more feeling of speed. Additionally, if you also want to use it for something that requires a higher colour fidelity, there are high refresh rate models based on the IPS technology available as well. These are substantially more expensive, such as the Acer Predator XB271HU, which you will also find in this test.