What good is a PC without something for you to see the things it can do? A monitor is perhaps the most IMPORTANT peripheral simply because without one you would just have a noisy metal case sitting on your desk or floor. This is why finding the best monitor for you is so crucial because without one, there’s really no point in having a computer.
Of course, I’m talking about monitors for desktop PCs only; laptops have built-in screens which do the job quite nicely. For other types of computer systems, however, a monitor is very important. However, finding the one that is right for you can be quite tricky.
That’s where I come in! Firstly, however, I will be going through some things you will need to consider to help you find out what the best monitor there is for you specifically; everyone has different computer systems, and there will always be a monitor which is just right for you.
Right! Let’s go!
How to Choose a Monitor for Your PC?
Here are some things we should consider before moving ahead with this article. I want you to be comfortable in knowing the kind of monitor which you think suits you and your computer. Buying a monitor is a very serious investment, and this is why I want you to be fully sure about this…
1: How Powerful Is Your Computer?
Knowing how powerful your computer is in terms of specifications is the key to knowing which kind of monitor will be best suited for you. It’s alright knowing about, say, the resolution you want – 4k IS the big technology trend at the moment, after all – but if your computer can’t handle games or software in that resolution, then your investment was a total error.
Before you think about experiencing games at a crisp and clear 4k resolution, think about how high end your components are before delving into that territory. Speccy is a brilliant tool to find out what your components are inside your PC.
Once you’ve found out what your components are, research online about how they perform with the games you currently have, ESPECIALLY your graphics card – or GPU – at the resolution you were thinking of investing in.
2: Understand the Types of Monitors on the Market
Now that we understand that the power of your computer is a huge factor in deciding on a monitor to buy, let’s look at the different kinds of monitors on the market.
Basically, there are a few special, but VERY important, things about a monitor that should be mentioned before we move on, mainly because they will serve as another deciding factor for you.
We talked earlier about 4k, but if you are out of the loop, you may be wondering what on Earth this is. Well to put it simply, 4k is a term for a very large resolution – about 3840 x 2160 pixels. Ultimately, this is a HUGE display, and once you’ve seen it with your own eyes, it’s VERY hard to come back to a lower resolution.
I had a 4k monitor a while ago, and this may be a little biased, but WOW was it amazing! I was blown away with how clear and crisp everything was! …Though, it DID heat up my graphics card a TON… Kept me warm, though. 😉
That’s NOT the only resolution for monitors however. While there have been loads of developed monitor resolutions throughout the history of computer systems, there are about only 3 which are mainstream – the others are either obsolete by today’s standards or have simply been lost in the past.
The mainstream resolutions are:
- 1920 x 1080p (p for pixels, of course)
- 2560 x 1440p
- 3840 x 2160p (or, of course, 4k – it’s ultimately 2x the resolution of 1080p)
Monitors with higher resolutions will generally cost more than ones with lower resolutions.
- Refresh Rate
A monitor’s refresh rate is essentially how many frames it can show at once. You may have heard about “frames-per-second” or FPS on video games, and this is basically how many frames of the game are made every second. This is a reason why having the absolute best components possible is a great investment because you will be getting a lot of frames in your games.
With a monitor’s refresh rate, this is basically how many frames the monitor can show at once. Typically, a regular monitor has a refresh rate of 60hz, or Hertz, meaning that the maximum frames it can show you are 60 – while you can still use it when more than 60 frames are being shown, you won’t be able to see these extra frames, thus rendering them completely pointless.
There are 3 kinds of refresh rates to look for in monitors in this day and age, and they are:
In order to make use of these high refresh rate monitors, you will need to have PC specifications powerful enough to achieve these many frame rates in video games. If not, then these high refresh rates will be utterly pointless.
High refresh rate monitors will, of course, be more costly than lower refresh rate monitors.
- Response Time
The response time of a monitor is quite similar to the refresh rates. Basically, it is how long it takes for an action to be shown on the screen, for example the mouse cursor moving around or a command inside a video game.
If you want to play the most competitive FPS games on PC, such as Counter Strike, you will need a monitor with a VERY small response time, such as 1ms (millisecond).
Monitors with lower response times are often more expensive than ones with longer response times.
- LCD Panel
Believe it or not, there are actually different screens for monitors too. While the monitors of today are LCD screens, there are differently designed panels which are very important to know as they both have a different effect on the quality of the image.
The types of LCD screen panels are:
- TN (Twisted Nematic)
- ISP (In-Plane Switching)
Both of these kinds are widely used in today’s monitors, but which one is the best one for you? I’m going to go through some things you will need to consider with both types of panels. We’ll start with TN panels as they are usually the cheaper option.
- Image quality is fine if you look straight ahead at the monitor, but if you view it from an angle the picture will darken and lose a bit of quality, very much like what happens when you look at the screen of a laptop at a funny angle. If you’ve even done this, you’ll find that it was dark and hard to see, right? That’s essentially what a TN panel does viewed at an angle.
- One great thing about a TN panel, however, is that it can have higher refresh rates and lower response times. If you are a hardcore PC gamer, this is PERFECT for you.
- …However, the lower quality images may put off a lot of people. We want our games to look the best they can be, right?!
- As a result, a TN panel isn’t exactly the best monitor to use if you use your computer for graphical tasks like image editing or video making.
- TN panels will also be the cheapest kind of monitors on the market, though this DOES depend on the refresh rates and resolution…
And here are the things to take into account about ISP panels:
- Image quality will be the best of the best, no matter how far away you view it, or what angle you are viewing it from.
- Unfortunately, ISP panels don’t offer as high refresh rates as a TN panel, so if you are the kind of gamer who prefers fast action and wants to see everything in the smoothest detail, a TN panel with a high refresh rate may be more suitable for you.
- The high image quality, on the other hand, will make your games look AMAZING, so if you want your games to look STUNNING and don’t care about lower refresh rates or slower response times, an ISP panel may be your better option.
- ISP panels ARE considerably more expensive than TN panels, so if you prefer the sounds of an ISP panel, make sure you have the significant funds for one.
Basically… choose your LCD panel WISELY. 😉
…Don’t worry about it TOO much, though. It ALL depends on the things you are going to use your PC for, and the kinds of games you will be playing.
- Size & Shape
The shapes and sizes aren’t as important factors to ponder on as much as the others, but they’re still things which you MAY want to think about while we’re on the topic. Monitors can come in all shapes and sizes… quite literally.
You may be used to your typical flatscreen monitor that a large majority of PCs use, but have you heard about the monitors, and especially TVs, which CURVE at both ends? This very impressive design allows you to see the screen better, and to get a more immersive experience with the games you play and the videos you watch.
This fancy change to the way you view things, however, can be pretty pricey, so you will need to have a think about it if you want to make the purchase.
And for the size, well that’s simply how long, in inches, the size of the monitor is. This isn’t really that important, to me at least – my current monitor is 24 inches but I’d be happy with only 19 too – but it all depends on if you want to spend a little extra money to see more inside your video games or not.
And finally we come to the last thing up for consideration, the sync of a monitor. This is essentially how well the frames and the picture of the monitor sync up together. No matter what, as long as a monitor isn’t using a sync technology of any kind, there will ALWAYS be a tear in the screen, especially while playing video games.
This happens because the frame and the monitor don’t match up in time, and are off balance. While tearing isn’t a bad thing, a lot of gamers can be very annoyed by them, and will use a built-in setting inside the games options to make the frames and monitor match up, called Vsync (Vertical Synchronisation).
By doing this, however, it matches the game up with the monitor’s refresh rate, so you won’t be able to have higher frames with Vsync on. Furthermore, it produces a little bit of input lag, which basically means that there will be a delay in whenever a user presses a control, and the game responding to it.
Because of these disadvantages, new sync technology has been made to make it so that the limit on the frame rate and input lag are non-existent.
Meet G-Sync and FreeSync. Made by Nvidia and AMD respectively, the top companies in graphics, and who all the graphics cards are made by, these new sync technologies come in their own separate, but VERY pricey monitors. They allow the user to play games at ANY frame rate between 30 and 140fps (the numbers DO depend on the monitor however; they may vary) and absolutely NO screen tearing or input lag is made.
This is a groundbreaking piece of technology, and while in its early stages, has the potential to change monitors forever.
3: How Much Money Will You Spend?
And finally, it all comes down to how much you want to spend on a monitor. Are you looking for a budget one which won’t have a HUGE impact on your wallet, or are you looking for the top of the range one with an ultra-high resolution and a high refresh rate?
Before making a purchase, you will need to know how much money you have in your account, AND what kind of monitor you want in the first place.
Furthermore, you will need to check back on the things that you do with your computer on a day-to-day basis. Do you only play competitive video games and are looking to make the experience smoother or better? Or, perhaps you are a designer and spend your computer hours designing and editing images and videos?
Once you know these things, you will have an understanding on the kind of monitor you are looking for.
Right! Now with those out of the way, let’s begin!
1 – Acer S220HQLBrbd 21.5 inch 60hz Monitor
If you’ve either built a PC or brought a pre-built using the majority of your money, and only have a hundred or so left in the bank, this is a monitor I think you should highly consider. The reason I say this is because not only is it dirt cheap, but it is fairly wide at 21.5 inches, and has a 1080p resolution as well.
This is one of the best entry level monitors on the market, and if you are on a tight budget then this is one which I think you should seriously consider.
Here are some more things about it which you may like:
- The ultra-thin design of this monitor is great for saving a bit of space for you, especially if you have a tightly packed desk ready to put it onto. There may be room to place a bunch of stuff behind it as well, though this DOES depend on the size of your compact desk. 😉
- Comes in 1080p which is the most widely used resolution for PC gaming, with a survey by gaming distribution service Steam as evidence to back this bold claim up. This resolution is more than adequate for PC gaming; your games will look good and will run extremely well too, depending on your graphics card (GPU).
- The monitor uses mercury-free materials and white LED technology which lowers the power consumption by around 60%. This can allow you to use this monitor for longer without it having a disastrous impact on your electric bill.
- Has a response time of 5ms (milliseconds), so your mouse cursor, and more importantly video games, will not have a delay, input lag or ghosting of any kind, giving you a smooth, buttery experience.
The ONLY downsides this monitor has are the severe lack of speakers, so you will have to find another way to hear your games and videos you may watch on this monitor. Fortunately, many people opt to use headphones with their PCs rather than speakers.
The other downside is that VGA and DVI are the ONLY video display interfaces that can be used by this monitor; no HDMI for this monitor, sadly. While VGA is kinda obsolete these days, DVI is a worthy video display connection, and quite a lot of gamers use this instead of HDMI, so you certainly won’t be the odd one out on this!
All in all, this is a very decent entry level monitor, and judging by the positive Amazon reviews there are of it, a lot of other people think the same thing. Don’t take my word for it, check out their reviews by clicking below:
2 – Samsung S24F350 24 inch 60hz FreeSync Monitor
If you have a graphics card, or GPU, by AMD and find the idea of using their awesome new sync technology FreeSync pleasing, chances are you are looking for a cheap but decent monitor that has this, as a way to touch the water of this new technology. This is a monitor I believe you should seriously consider because not only does it HAVE Freesync but you can get it for just under £150, which in terms of PC monitors is a pretty decent investment.
Monitors with AMD and Nvidia’s new synchronisation technology are VERY expensive, so to find a monitor which EITHER of these bits of amazing and revolutionary tech for around £150 is considered a godsend.
If you aren’t convinced enough, here are some more great things about this monitor:
- Monitor is quite wide at 24 inches, so there will be room for plenty of stuff in the video games for you to see.
- Monitor is SUPER slim at only 10mm, so you won’t have to worry too much about space.
- Has an Eye Saver mode which lowers the amount and intensity of blue lights. This ensures that your eyes won’t get tired or strained, and can allow you to spend more time on this monitor without your eyes getting fatigued.
- Monitor has a 4ms response time, which can allow you to play games and move your cursor around with more precision.
This monitor is perfect if you want to test the waters of the brand new synchronisation technology by AMD, but remember this can ONLY work if you have an AMD graphics card, AND you have the specifications powerful enough to reach 60fps on the video games you play.
Many people on Amazon have given this monitor lots of positive ratings, and it is clear to see why. Click below to check out their thoughts on this great budget Freesync monitor:
3 – Samsung C27F390 27 inch Curved 60hz FreeSync Monitor
If you are looking on the market for a curved monitor with AMD’s new FreeSync technology included with it for a highly unique monitor capable of giving you screen tear-free and highly immersive gameplay, this is one that you must consider. The reason why I think you should consider this monitor is simply because it is EXACTLY that; a curved 27 inch monitor with FreeSync technology for just under £200.
This is a very big opportunity in this day and age, and one that is very hard to miss. Many curved monitors on the market cost from as much as £300. Coupled with FreeSync as well, which can also have a similarly expensive price tag, this monitor is quite possibly a BARGIN.
Not convinced enough? Here are some other great things about this monitor for you to consider:
- Monitor has an Eye Saver mode which reduces eye strain, and can allow you to spend more time on the monitor without having to take a break to give your eyes a rest. This makes this monitor a great choice if you have important work to do and you don’t really have the time to take frequent breaks.
- Monitor has Samsung’s own active crystal colour technology which allows this monitor to support a wider range of colours than other monitors by Samsung. With this monitor, you will have more vibrant colours and vivid picture quality. This makes this monitor a great buy if you want to play games at their most impressive colours, or if you edit images or videos.
- Monitor has slim panels at the end, allowing you space on your desk or wherever else you may put this monitor for other stuff you may place around it.
- Monitor has Eco Saving technology which ultimately lowers the brightness automatically. This makes this monitor a very big consideration if you are looking for a monitor which saves you money on your electric bill.
As you can see, there is a lot going for the monitor, and many people on Amazon have rated this monitor overwhelmingly high. Don’t take my word for it, click below and check them out:
4 – AOC G2460PF 24 inch 144hz FreeSync Monitor
Are you looking for a budget 144hz monitor to see if all the buzz of higher refresh rates makes a difference in gaming? This monitor is one you should consider, and I say this because not only is it very wallet-friendly considering the refresh rate it comes in, but it also comes with AMD’s FreeSync technology as well.
Furthermore, this monitor has a response time of only 1ms, which ensures that there will be absolutely NO delay or input lag in your mouse cursor or video games of any kind. Coupled with FreeSync and 144hz, this monitor is one that is very to turn down for even the most hardcore or casual of gamers.
Not enough for you? Here are some more things which might make you consider this monitor:
- Monitor has build-in speakers, so if you don’t have any speakers of your own or headphones, you will STILL be able to hear what’s going on in video games and videos online while waiting for that delivery of some fancy speakers or headphones. Alternatively, you could just keep the speakers and not use anything else; it’s your call.
- Monitor can be coupled with all the modern display interface connections, so you can choose your own preferred way to connect, be it with HDMI, Display Port; DVI or VGA.
- Display has a size of 24 inches, so there is plenty of room for you to be able to see a lot of stuff. The panels at the end are very thin too, so there should be plenty of room once you’ve set it down on your desk.
- For what it has, this monitor is by far one of the cheapest 144hz 1080p FreeSync’s on the market. This makes this monitor a good consideration as it won’t cost you an arm or a leg.
There is quite a lot to love about AOC’s G2460PF, and with a majority of Amazon reviews rating it at 5 stars, there are quite a lot of people who seem to agree with me. But don’t just take my word for it, check out what they have to say below:
5 – ASUS VG248QE 24 inch 144hz Monitor
Are you looking for a competent and not too expensive 1080p 144hz monitor to allow you to play video games at the smoothest they have ever been? This monitor is one you should really consider, and I say this because not only will it not cost you thousands in cash, but because it is one of the most highly rated 1080p monitors ever on the market today.
Another thing about this monitor which I like is the 1ms response time, which is crucial for monitors with higher refresh rates. The LAST thing you want is delay or input lag with your mouse cursor or controls while you are playing games at a highly smooth level.
Not convinced enough? Here are more great things that I think you might like about this monitor:
- Monitor has built-in speakers, so you won’t have to worry about frantically searching around the house looking for external speakers or headphones to use.
- The monitor features hotkeys which can let you enable your own crosshair in the middle of the screen to help you in FPS games, especially if the game doesn’t have a crosshair already. You can also add a timer too to keep you on schedule and allow you to find out how long you have been using the monitor for. Perfect if you want to try and give yourself more breaks from games; you could set a timer to stop after an hour has passed, then take a small break to keep yourself healthy.
- Has an image contrast ratio of 80,000,000:1, which in more simpler terms can deliver life-like visuals to the monitor and give you a MUCH clearer and cleaner picture than monitors with a smaller contrast ratio, just another reason why I recommend this monitor to you.
- Monitor can swivel, tilt; pivot and can be raised higher and lower on the spot. With this, you will be able to clearly see everything on the monitor at loads of angles. Plus, it can be great for wonky desks which may elevate it at an angle; you could simply tilt it against the angle and leaving it facing straight forward. Your neck will save you later!
There is a LOT going on for this monitor, and it can be pretty easy to see why it is regarded as one of, if not THE best, 1080p 144hz monitor on the market. One place which CERTAINLY agrees with these bold claims is Amazon, and the overwhelmingly positive reviews definitely proves it. Click below to check them out and see what other people have to say about this monitor:
1 – Asus VX24AH 24 inch 60hz Monitor
If you are looking for a budget 1440p monitor to test the waters of this high resolution with, this is a monitor you must consider. The reason I say this is not just because of the very budgeted price, but also because that this monitor is an ISP panel, which gives you clearer and better colours than a TN panel which you would most likely find on other PC monitors.
Another thing I like about this monitor is the low response time of only 5ms. This is great because, as with a lot of ISP panels, the response times are usually much slower than the response times of TN panels, but only 5ms on an ISP is VERY good.
Not convinced though? Here are some other things you may like about this monitor:
- Dual HDMI ports to give you not 1, but TWO ports for the universally used display interface that is HDMI. This is great if you prefer using the typical HDMI over the other kinds of interfaces, but not so great if you prefer using something else rather than HDMI, like DisplayPort or DVI. 2 HDMI ports, however, make this monitor great if you were thinking of using this as a TV for something else such as a console as you will be able to plug the console’s display directly into the other port.
- Monitor has dual speakers as well, so not only will you have clearer sound than with monitors with only 1 speaker, you won’t have to worry about frantically searching for external speakers or headphones for your monitor or PC.
- Monitor has flicker free technology which reduces the amount of screen flicker, giving you a clearer and cleaner image without any annoying flickers to take you out of your immersion if playing a captivating video game.
- Monitor has ASUS’s own VividPixel Technology which makes the image on the monitor crystal clear and enhances the pixels. Great if you want a cleaner and clearer picture.
As you can see, this budget monitor has quite a lot going for it, and judging by the positive reviews on Amazon, many people would say the same thing. Click below to check out what people have to say:
2 – AOC Q2778VQE 27 inch 60hz Monitor
If you are on the market looking for a great budget 1440p monitor, this is a monitor you must consider. I say this because not only is it quite a wide monitor at 27 inches long, but also because it is fairly cheap for a wide screen 1440p monitor as well.
One of my favourite things about this monitor is the low price it is marketed at for what it’s got. A relatively wide monitor with a pretty high resolution for just over £200 is quite a bargin compared to other 1440p monitors.
If that wasn’t enough, you’ll like that it comes with:
- 1ms response time, so you will be able to play games and move the mouse cursor around without any input lag, delay or ghosting of any kind.
- Monitor has all the major display interfaces such as HDMI, VGA; DisplayPort and DVI. You will feel comfortable knowing that you will be able to choose your preferred interface and not be restricted to a single one which you may not have preferred.
- Monitor has great viewing angles, considering that it is a TN panel where different viewing angles usually yield negative colour and saturation problems than compared to an ISP panel. This monitor, while it is a TN panel, shouldn’t have too much of a problem with different viewing angles, making it great if you have a lopsided desk, or will be viewing it from a slightly different angle than straight forward.
- Monitor is very good if you want to test the waters of wide screens monitors and more importantly the resolution of 1440p. With this monitor, you won’t feel as though you sold your kidney for it.
As you can see, there are quite a few things going on for this monitor. Many people on Amazon would certainly agree, as the overwhelming majority have given this monitor 5 stars. Click below to see what they have to say about this monitor:
3 – Acer XG270HU 27 inch 144hz FreeSync Monitor
If you are searching for a decent 1440p monitor with 144hz AND contains AMD’s new revolutionary synchronisation feature FreeSync, this is a monitor which I highly recommend you consider. At 27 inches wide as well, you will be able to fit quite a lot onto this monitor, and in terms of gaming will allow you a wide range of visibility.
While other monitors with the brand new synchronisation technology FreeSync and G-Sync can cost quite a lot, ESPECAILLY at a higher resolution and refresh rate, this monitor is one of the few exceptions which may not cost you an arm and a leg to buy.
Here are some other things about this monitor that you may like:
- Monitor has a very thin-ended, almost frameless screen. Coupled with its wideness, this monitor is great if you want to be properly immersed in your gaming environments without any pesky black boarders ruining your immersion.
- Has a 1ms response time to maximise the smooth experience you will get when you play games on this monitor. Coupled with the high refresh rate of 144hz AND FreeSync technology, this monitor will provide you with VERY smooth gameplay.
- Monitor has flicker less technology to reduce the amount of flickering on the screen. Another feature to keep you immersed inside your video games.
- Monitor also has advance eye protection technology. It reduces the amount of strain and fatigue from your eyes by filtering out eye-straining blue lights and colours on the LED screen, and lowers the brightness of the monitor automatically. Perfect if you spend more time than average on your computer, and don’t have enough time to take regular breaks from your past eye strain and fatigue.
As you can see, this monitor has quite a lot going for it, and at such a cheap price compared to other 1440p monitors with similar features, it is quite a catch. But don’t just take my word for it, many people on Amazon feel the same way about this monitor as well. Click below to see their overwhelmingly positive reviews of this monitor:
4 – AOC Agon 27 inch 144hz Monitor
If you are on the market for a competent and very competitive 144hz 1440p monitor, this is one you may want to consider mainly because it is very heavily marketed towards the more competitive crowd of PC gamers, and with the amount of features it is bundled with as well.
One thing about this monitor that I really like is the thin stand that the monitor is on. Though it looks fragile, it’s actually very sturdy, and makes the monitor far lighter than monitors which stand on bulky and larger stands. This will make it easy for you to carry the monitor around if you need to change the workstation you play on.
If that wasn’t enough, you will like that it comes with:
- 1ms response time to give you a buttery smooth gaming experience with no ghosting or anything to throw you out of your immersion.
- Monitor has a shadow control feature which brightens darker areas without affecting other areas on the monitor. This is a really handy feature if you are playing a very dark game, but don’t want to mess around with the brightness settings manually; the monitor will find that sweet spot all by itself.
- While monitor is a TN panel, it can allow you to view it at very awkward viewing angles without having a colour or saturation effect on the entire picture.
- The monitor has an easy to use settings panel to allow you to quickly change the settings on the monitor. You can easily and quickly switch colour settings or set up a “gaming mode” with a few presses of these buttons.
Though this monitor is a little on the pricey side, it has quite a lot of good going for it, and with how many positive reviews there are of it on Amazon, many people would say the same thing. Don’t just listen to me though, click below to check out what other people have to say about this monitor:
5 – ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278QR 27 inch 165hz G-Sync Monitor
If you are looking for a monitor to make your top-of-the-range NVIDIA graphics card really shine and to unleash its full potential, then this is a monitor which I think you should really consider. The reason I say this is not only because this is arguably one of the best G-Sync monitors on the market today, but also because this has a monumentally high refresh rate of 165 hertz!
One thing I really love about this monitor, alongside its tiny response time of 1ms and its wide 27 inch screen, is the fact that this monitor boasts as one of the FIRST 165hz monitors to ever be put on the market. Though this claim may be pretty bold and perhaps not a great selling point, knowing that this monitor is one of the first of a legacy may put some pride into the ownership of it.
If that didn’t convince you enough however, you’ll probably like these things about the monitor:
- Monitor has NVIDIA’s very own syncronisation technology G-Sync which removes screen tearing like Vsync does, but doesn’t have an effect on input lag or restricts any frames. This is one of the monitor’s greatest features, and something which makes it a great consideration for you, especially if you have an NVIDA graphics card.
- Monitor has 2 USB 3.0 ports so you are able to connect more than 1 device which may require USB 3.0. You won’t be restricted to just 1 or none at all.
- The stand is designed to allow the monitor to tilt, pivot; swivel and adjust the height. Furthermore, though it is a TN panel, the viewing angles are very good which makes this monitor perfect for you if you have a lopsided desk or play games at an awkward angle.
- Monitor has flicker-free technology which reduces the amount of annoying screen flicker and low-blue light technology which reduces the amount of blue light on the LED screen. Both of these features reduces the amount of eye strain and fatigue, allowing you to spend longer on the monitor without having to take breaks. Perfect if you are planning on spending all night playing video games!
With all the cool features that this monitor has to offer, it would seem crazy to not put it up as a consideration if you are a hardcore PC gamer. But don’t just take my word for it; there are quite a lot of positive Amazon reviews for this monitor. Click below to see what other people have to say about this monitor:
(4k) 2160p Monitors
1 – AOC U2879VF 28 inch 60hz FreeSync Monitor
If you are on the market for a budget 4k monitor, whether to test the waters of 4k and see what all the fuss is about, or if you just are low on money and want a decent 4k monitor, then this is one which you must consider.
Not only is the cheaper price than other 4k monitors one of my favourite things about this monitor, but also because of the wide size of the screen as well. While many 4k monitors are generally quite wide, it’s good to see even a cheap and budget-oriented monitor follows the trend too.
Here are some other things about this budget monitor that you may like:
- 1ms response time, so you will be able to experience 4k videos and gameplay without any ghosting or input lag of any kind. Very good for allowing you to see the crisp and clearness of 4k resolution without any ghosting effects or any other graphical drawback to take you out of your immersion.
- Monitor features AMD’s FreeSync technology, so if you have an AMD graphics card you will have a screen tear-free experience when playing video games on this monitor, and at stunning 4k resolution this will allow your immersion to stay intact and unbroken.
- Monitor gives you a wide range of display interfaces to choose from, be it HDMI or DisplayPort; you aren’t restricted to just 1.
- Definitely one of the cheapest 4k monitors on the market, and the fact that it has FreeSync alongside it makes this monitor a very good consideration if you are both touching the surface of 4k, AND have an AMD graphics card.
Don’t let the price fool you, this monitor has a lot going for it, and judging by the amount of praise it’s receiving by people on Amazon, many people like it too. Click below to see what they have to say about it:
2 – ASUS PB287Q 28 inch 60hz Monitor
While a little bit more pricey than the previous monitor, one of my favourite things about this product is the low blue light and flicker free technology of the screen. Thanks to this, your eyes won’t be suffering from any strain or fatigue while using this monitor, and you will be able to spend more time on your computer doing important work and ultimately taking fewer breaks.
Here are some other things about this monitor which I think you will like:
- Monitor has a 1ms response time, so not only will your video games look absolutely AMAZING in 4k, but there also won’t be any ghost effects and the gameplay will be buttery smooth; your immersion shouldn’t be ruined by this monitor’s response time and UHD picture.
- Uses HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort as its image connecting interfaces, so you have a wide variety of choices to decide from. Do you prefer the mainstream-ness of HDMI? Or perhaps the past can never leave you and you want to stick with the VGA-like DVI display interface? The choice is ENTIRELY yours.
- Monitor has ASUS’s own QuickFit Virtual Scale which places a grid onscreen to help you align and preview photos and documents on the screen to give you a perspective on what they will look like when printed out. This makes this monitor extremely flexible and very great for productivity tasks, and not just made for gaming.
- The monitor has a wide range of height and angle adjustments, so you will be able to clearly see whatever is on the screen at any angle and height you are sitting at.
As you can see, this monitor has quite a lot going for it, and many people on Amazon feel the same way too, judging by the amount of positive reviews it has. Click below to check them out and see what other people have to say about this monitor:
3 – ASUS MG28UQ 28 inch 60hz FreeSync Monitor
If you have an AMD graphics card and want to experience the groundbreaking new technology FreeSync in 4k, this is a monitor which you should seriously consider. Another 4k monitor by ASUS, this one has AMD’s new FreeSync technology, and at only £30 more than the previous one, this is a much better buy if you have an AMD GPU.
Another thing about this monitor that I love is the wide screen that it has. While monitors with lower resolutions generally have shorter screens, this one coupled with the previous are very wide, and can accommodate quite a lot on screen.
Here are some other things about this monitor which you may like:
- 1ms response time to give your games a smooth and buttery experience. There won’t be any input lag, delays or ghosting during gameplay, and at a picture-perfect 4k resolution, these are the LAST things you’d want.
- Flicker free and low blue light technology reduces eye strain and fatigue, so you will be able to spend a long time on this monitor and less time taking breaks to give your eyes some rest. Great if you have important games or work to do.
- Monitor features ASUS’s GamePlus hotkey which, at the press of a button, produces a crosshair on the screen to help you aim with pinpoint accuracy during FPS games. Great if you are playing a game which DOESN’T include its own crosshair to guide you. You can also choose from up to 4 different crosshairs AND have the ability to move them to wherever you want on the screen.
- Monitor’s GameVisual setting enhances the contrast and saturation of the image, giving you a lot of benefits in many areas, from video games to even viewing pictures and videos online. You will be able to see them more clearly and give you more lively and vivid details. Perfect if you are going to use a monitor in a particularly dark room.
This monitor has a lot of cool and useful features to go with it, and for the price it is labeled at it’s a very good deal in my opinion. But don’t just take my word for it; there are plenty of reviews on Amazon which rate this monitor very positively; click below and see what other people have to say about this monitor:
4 – ViewSonic XG2700 27 inch 60hz FreeSync Monitor
If you are on the market for a competent 4k gaming monitor by a company who you’d least expect to unleash a decent monitor for competitive gamers, this is one I highly think you should consider. The reason being because this monitor has AMD’s FreeSync technology; if you have a good AMD graphics card, you will be able to play games in 4k with no screen tearing or input lag of any kind, keeping your immersion intact.
One of my favourite things about this monitor is pretty much the fact that is it an ISP panel, and not TN. This makes the overall colour and visuals far crispier and better than with TN panels, and no matter WHERE you look at the monitor from – i.e. a different and awkward angle – the picture quality will always be the same.
Here are some other things about this monitor which you may love:
- Monitor has built-in speakers, so you won’t have to worry about finding external speakers or headphones to use with this monitor. Great if you want to use the monitor straight away and don’t have the time or the patience to search frantically around the house looking for an alternative to sound.
- Has a headphone hook at the back of the monitor to give you a place to hang your headphones. Can be great if you want to find a safe space for them without any risk of them falling and getting damaged.
- ViewSonic’s Black Stabilisation makes dark areas in video games brighter and easier to see to give you the upper edge in games.
- Although the monitor is an ISP panel, and has a longer response time of around 5ms, this is still a very short time, and will allow your games to play out very smoothly and with no visual effects like ghosting.
Although ViewSonic aren’t as well-known as a gaming monitor company, their XG2700 is a VERY competent 4k gaming monitor, and it has many reviews on Amazon by people who have rated it quite high. Click below to see what people’s thoughts are about this monitor:
5 – Acer Predator XB321HK 32 inch 60hz G-Sync Monitor
Are you on the market looking for a top-of-the-range 4k monitor with NVIDIA’s groundbreaking G-Sync technology and a monitor with a screen wide enough to allow you to take in all the glory of 4k much easier? This is a monitor I highly believe you should consider, and I say this because this is arguably one of the best 4k monitors on the market for hardcore gamers.
One of my favourite things about this monitor, besides the 4k resolution and the impressive size of the wide screen, is the sleek and pretty awesome looking design of the monitor and its base; Acer weren’t fooling around in trying to make this monitor visually pleasing to people.
Here are some other things you may love about this monitor if its design isn’t really something you find endearing:
- Monitor has an ISP panel, so the colour and quality of the picture will be unaffected by different viewing angles or changes to the light in the environment it’s being held at. You will be able to see the majesty of video games in a 4k, UHD resolution very clearly.
- Though the response time is only 4ms, which is much slower than other monitors, this is still a ridiculously fast response time, and it would take only the sharpest of eyes to catch any graphical drawbacks to a slower response time such as ghosting; you shouldn’t really notice anything immersion-breaking with a slower response time.
- Monitor has Flicker free technology, so you shouldn’t encounter any immersion or game-breaking screen flickering while using this monitor. Great for reducing the amount of eye strain you may receive when using this monitor too, so you will be able to use this monitor for much longer than ones WITHOUT flicker less technology.
- This monitor contains Predator GameView, which can allow you to adjust dark areas, adjust the colours on-screen AND produces crosshairs to help you aim better in games, ESPECIALLY ones which don’t offer a crosshair at all. You can save custom settings in 3 different profiles too; very useful if you play different games and each one needs different settings to give you the best experience.
As you can see, this monitor is filled to the brim with nifty features for hardcore gamers, perhaps like yourself. A majority of reviews on Amazon have rated this monitor very highly as well, so it must be doing something good. Click below to see what other people have to say about it:
And there we have it! Phew; that was 15 monitors we just went through there, 5 in each of the major resolutions. Thank you so much for reading this article. If you think I’ve missed out on a superb budget or competitive gaming monitor which you think deserves to be on this list, please don’t be afraid to write a comment down below. 🙂
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If you want to see more PC peripheral reviews, check out my Best PC Controllers 2018 and Best Computer Speakers lists next. Or, if you’re wondering how to connect your pre-existing Xbox or PS4 controller to your computer, check out my post which helps you to do exactly that.
Again, thank you so much for reading, and have an awesome day! 🙂