Every time we turn on our PC or console to start playing we interact with a host of peripherals, drivers, headphones, external devices … Of all of them, our monitor or TV is especially important for our gaming experience, as it serves window through which we visualize everything that happens in the title. Choosing the right medium to view these images is a key choice for any player, it is necessary to know what you need and what the market can offer when purchasing a new screen.
If you are interested in purchasing monitors, the purpose of this special is to clarify the most important terms and concepts when purchasing one of these products, focusing especially on the monitors for their special dedication to satisfy players
It is important to point out that the level of contrast is the element that most defines the quality of the image of a panel if we remove the resolution from the equation -a higher contrast better quality-. Thus, among the panels mentioned, the OLEDs are the ones with the best contrast, followed by the VAs, while the TN and IPS panels depend on the selected quality.
Choose the type of panel that most suits our needs, but we could say that the TN panels are the most accessible and versatile for any player and those of good quality have no problems in competing with mediocre IPS panels, both in image quality and in price, but a VA or IPS panel of good quality will look better. The choice depends on how much we are willing to pay and the characteristics we seek.
Choosing the ideal resolution for our system is a crucial task for any player. The first thing would be to determine what type of maximum resolution is able to operate our equipment without damaging the performance and once established, think if we want better graphic quality (high resolutions) or greater fluidity (prioritize the refresh rate and a medium resolution) . In addition, the available technology and prices will vary greatly from resolution to resolution, which is also a determining factor.
On the other hand, latency, if we play a large number of competing titles assiduously, It is a key factor in a monitor acquired to play, where the moment in which we perform each action is important. It determines how long it takes to represent each moment in the monitor and how long it takes to represent what we do from our control.
Normally, we will look for both values to be low, preferably 5 ms or less, for most The scenarios, although latencies below 9 ms should not be important outside of a competitive multiplayer, pages like DisplayLag do a good research job to measure the latency of different models. It should be noted that the higher the refresh rate, the lower the latency produced passively by the monitor, so the ideal scenario would be to find a response time as low as possible and a refresh rate of at least 60 – 75 hertz.
And so far our advice to get you a new monitor, if you have any additional advice or just want to share your impressions we invite you, as always to leave us your comments.