The model comes equipped with improved customization, incorporating ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting on the back and LED lighting projection in the base. Thanks to its 1800R curvature that makes every point equidistant to your eyes, the monitor is able to produce stunning visuals from any angle.
The monitor takes up quite a bit of space.
ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ isn't necessarily the next step in gaming monitors' evolution but it is certainly a move in that direction. Provided you are willing to spend a little extra, this is a monitor that will be able to deliver on just about every front, from its streamlined aesthetics to the brilliant performance.
2560 x 1440
144 Hz / 4 ms
DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, earphone jack, 2 x USB 3.0 ports
ASUS Aura Sync lighting, ASUS Eye Care technology, GamePlus and GameVisual technologies, Adaptive FreeSync technology, Light Signature, DisplayWidget
The On-Screen Control and Screen Split features will give you a quick and easy access to the monitor's controls. Whether you're looking to change the volume, increase or decrease the level of brightness, switch between different picture mode presets, or utilize an array of other options, this little piece of software will allow you to do that.
The refresh rate isn't very impressive for a gaming screen.
The LG 34UC80 is one of the most versatile ultra-wide gaming monitors out there. Whether you're looking for a model to improve the efficiency of your work, to enjoy a good movie, or to amplify your gaming experience, the product in question will not disappoint you, to say the least.
3440 x 1440
60 Hz / 5 ms
HDMI 2.0 x 2, USB up-stream (ver 3.0), DisplayPort (ver1.2), USB down-stream (ver 3.0) x 2, MaxxAudio 7W output x 2
Height/tilt adjustable stand, AMD FreeSync, 3 gamer modes
The Zowie RL2755 has a well thought-through design. It has the features many gamers wish to have on their monitors, including a hook for headphones and a rubberized monitor base.
The default color settings are far from optimal.
The technologies used allow you to play games comfortably all day long. The monitor comes equipped with quality stereo speakers. The response time is great.
1920 x 1080
3 years limited
The company's very own Extreme Low Motion Blur technology makes objects in motion appear even sharper. The GameFast Input technology further minimizes input lag. The Game Visual and Game Plus functions improve color performance and control. The ASUS Eye Care technology will keep eye fatigue to a minimum.
The quality of the audio speakers isn't that great.
The ASUS VG278Q is a widescreen monitor that is all about gaming. You won't find any extra nonsense here, just a variety of useful features that will improve your gaming experience and give you an advantage over your online opponents.
1920 x 1080
144 Hz / 1 ms
DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI-D, HDMI
Built-in 2W stereo speakers
The ergonomic stand that is both height-adjustable (up to 5") and tiltable (-5° to 35°) will be able to provide your neck with some rest. The Flicker-less technology will help eliminate screen flicker and Blue Light Filter will reduce exposure to blue light that can potentially cause long-term eye damage.
The manual is lacking in terms of description.
The Acer XFA240 is simply a great choice for gamers that would like to receive a competitive edge but wouldn't want to pay a king's ransom for it. Add to that the AMD FreeSync support and you can easily recommend this to anyone with an AMD graphics card.
1920 x 1080
144 Hz / 1 ms
DVI, HDM, DisplayPort
AMD FreeSync technology, Flicker-less technology, Blue Light Filter, 2 x 2W speakers
ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ
A Modern-Day Gaming Necessity
The ROG Strix has been successfully catering to the gaming crowd for years now and the XG32VQ does not fail to deliver either. In most ways, what we have here is a display that embodies, exemplifies, represents, and more or less epitomizes what a modern-day gaming monitor is supposed to be and look like. It gives you that perfect balance between smooth gaming action and outstanding image quality, allowing you to fully enjoy the fastest-moving visuals in captivating detail.
First things first, XG32VQ is a curved panel. Thanks to its 1800R curvature that makes every point equidistant to your eyes, the model is able to produce stunning visuals from any angle. With that comes increased viewing comfort with far less distortion, even through the most intense marathon gaming sessions.
After that comes the monitor's 144Hz refresh rate. At this point (and at a certain price range, of course), a refresh rate like that should be considered a given and a necessity for gaming monitors rather than the luxury but, unfortunately, we're not there yet.
Provided you have the hardware to support a refresh rate like that with an equal frame rate, the model will let you experience fast-paced games played at the highest visual settings. It will give you twice the number of visuals per second to work with compared to an ordinary 60-75Hz panel and easily the biggest competitive advantage money can buy.
Though we aren't through with the model's performance and functionality, let's pivot a little, towards its appearance. See, the thing here is that the monitor doesn't just deliver stunning visuals but is a stunner itself.
It comes equipped with improved customization, incorporating ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting on the back and LED lighting projection in the base. With its sharp angles, polished accents, and daring patterns, the monitor is able to match the visuals and look the part about as well as it works the part.
Now, back to the performance. For one, the model supports the Adaptive FreeSync technology, meaning it is able to provide you with smooth, fast, and breathtaking gaming visuals, provided you have the right AMD GPU at your disposal. It eliminates screen tearing, removes choppy frame rates, and minimizes display stutter and input lag.
Then, there are all the ASUS Eye Care technologies, including the usual but particularly effective Flicker-Free reducing onscreen flicker to deliver a much more comfortable gaming experience.
Bottom line, ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ isn't necessarily the next step in gaming monitors' evolution but it is certainly a move in that direction. Provided you are willing to spend a little extra, this is a monitor that will be able to deliver on just about every front, from its streamlined aesthetics to the brilliant performance.
Don't Settle for Mediocrity
Before going into some of the more technical details and explaining why that's actually the case, we'd like to begin this review by saying that the LG 34UC80 Curved UltraWide QHD IPS Monitor is a powerhouse of a display and one of the most versatile models on the market.
Of course, since this is a monitor, one of the biggest secrets to its versatility lies in the kind of color reproduction it offers. With over 99% coverage of the sRGB spectrum, this product will easily prove to be a perfect fit for people that work in the graphic design industry, professional photographers, and just about anyone whose job, hobbies, or preferences require or include the need for highly accurate colors.
Now, if you're looking to purchase an ultrawide curved monitor for work but you're not actually a creative type, the model still has you covered with the On-Screen Control and Screen Split. In a nutshell, the former will allow you to have a full control over the most essential and fundamental monitor settings through an incredibly convenient solution that ensures quick and easy access. Whether you're looking to change the volume, increase or decrease the level of brightness, switch between different picture mode presets, or utilize an array of other options, this little piece of software will allow you to do that with just a few clicks of the mouse.
And, speaking of the Screen Split, the program will prove to be simply indispensable when it comes to customizing the layout of the monitor for multitasking purposes. With it, you will be able to resize and display multiple windows at once, using one of the 14 options, and that's not to mention the four different picture-in-picture (PIP) choices. Suffice it to say, anyone from software engineers to all kinds of computer programmers will be able to appreciate the sort of opportunities these options will open up for them.
Ergonomics to Boot
Having said all of that, no computer monitor would deserve the title of a truly versatile model without catering to the gaming demographic. And while we wouldn't be able to say in good faith that this is one of the best gaming monitors out there, mostly due to the fact that this LG ultrawide monitor features a relatively slow response time of 5 ms and a 60 Hz refresh rate, something that won't bother the fans of single-player games but might alienate the multiplayer crowd, this is still a fairly great gaming option for a couple of reasons.
First of all, the model features a variety of gaming modes, from a couple designed for First-Person Shooters to a bunch of RTS and MOBA pre-sets. Furthermore, the monitor supports the AMD FreeSync, and that means anyone with a Radeon graphics card will be able to experience a truly clean and crisp gameplay with no tearing and stuttering.
In terms of ergonomics, this ultrawide FreeSync monitor has a couple of aces up its sleeve as well, like a USB 3.0 Quick Charge behind the display that will allow you to charge your smartphone or any other mobile device four times faster compared to your average USB 3.0. Plus, the model is fairly easy to put together, with a simple press-and-click display-to-base attachment.
In short, the LG 34UC80 is one of the most versatile ultrawide monitors out there. Whether you're looking for a model to improve the efficiency of your work, to enjoy a good movie, or to amplify your gaming experience, the product in question will not disappoint you, to say the least.
Size and Connectivity
This 27" screen with 16:9 aspect ratio contains the panel with the resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Due to such a big size of the screen, you will be able to plummet into the gaming world in full force. Two HDMI ports let the user connect digital and gaming devices simultaneously and switch between them with ease. And DVI-D and VGA ports provide for the possibility of connecting the Zowie RL2755 to almost any computer. If 27" diagonal for any reason is too big for you, the 24" model is also available.
Panel Type and Speed
The BenQ RL2755HM monitor for gaming is manufactured with a TN panel. This panel takes 1 millisecond to respond. It is one of the two gaming monitors in our review with the lowest response time. Thanks to this, the picture stays clear and does not blur even if the games you prefer demand for extremely active and aggressive playing. Dynamic contrast rate of 20M:1 and a 300 cd/m² brightness provide for a colorful and rich image. This gaming computer monitor also has 20-level color vibrancy settings, which allow you to adjust the colors to those you desire.
This computer monitor was developed with the help of professional gamers. They assisted the development process and implementation of several technologies to enhance the picture. The Black eQualizer technology makes dark scenes clearer and deeper without over-exposing bright parts. Low Blue Light allows users to control the blue backlight to reduce tiredness of their eyes if they play for long hours. The Flicker-free technology removes flickering at all brightness levels. The Fighting Mode technology was created with the help of Justin Wong from the Evil Geniuses team. This technology enhances the game, making it possible for a gamer to quickly change certain color rendition settings in order to better see the character during a fight. The zooming technology will give the user a chance to adjust the picture according to his or her personal preferences in the range from 17" to 27". There are also two stereo speakers embedded into this monitor for gamers, a hook to hang headphones and a rubberized monitor base to place a game console on.
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No Gimmicks Here
ASUS with their VG series has been one of the first companies to hop on the 144 Hz train, so it really shouldn't come as any surprise that one of their models has been able to make our list again.
What we have here is a monitor that was strictly devised with the gaming demographic in mind. You won't find any unnecessary components here nor will you have to deal with gimmicky features.
The first and one of the most important aspects of a modern-day gaming display is the refresh time. And, as we've said earlier, this desktop monitor features the VG series' staple 144 Hz refresh rate. So, as long as you have the right PC that will give you about 144 frame rates in your favorite video games, you'll be able to play with a serious competitive advantage over your online opponents.
It will help you get an upper-hand in games like League of Legends or Dota 2. It will give you a serious advantage over your opponents in Fortnite and Overwatch. And it will allow you to simply decimate those Counter-Strike and other FPS enemies that are not yet equipped with a 144 Hz monitor.
Of course, just like the absolute majority of gaming monitors, the model features a 1 ms response time, so there will be virtually no delay between the online developments happening in your game and the stuff you'll be seeing on this gaming screen.
Every Trick in the Book
Though everything that we've mentioned earlier pretty much covers the gaming basics, there are still a couple of things that make this monitor a more appealing choice than most of its competition. For example, there's the company's very own Extreme Low Motion Blur, a technology that makes objects in motion appear even sharper. With it, the gameplay will look and feel more fluid and much more responsive.
The monitor also comes equipped with the so-called Adaptive-Sync (a variation of FreeSync). If you happen to be an AMD graphics card owner, you'll be able to experience smooth gameplay and seamless visuals as the technology works with AMD cards to eliminate choppy frames and screen tearing.
Other than that, there's a lot about this model that will improve your performance or the overall gaming experience. In short, there's the GameFast Input technology that further minimizes input lag. There're the Game Visual and Game Plus functions that improve color performance and control.
The ASUS Eye Care Technology will keep eye fatigue to a minimum. Finally, the stand is ergonomically sound, with full height/tilt/swivel/pivot adjustments that will do a great job accommodating any desk.
To rephrase our earlier point, the ASUS VG278Q is a widescreen monitor that is all about gaming. You won't find any extra nonsense here, just a variety of useful features that will improve your gaming experience and give you an advantage over your online opponents.
All a Gamer Needs
It should be well-established at this point that 144hz monitors are products that were designed specifically with gaming in mind given that the sort of refresh rate they offer would simply do nothing in terms of amplifying the viewing experience for movies and television shows.
Which is why some people that wouldn't necessarily describe themselves as hardcore gamers may look at a model like the Acer XFA240 bmjdpr and think that this is certainly not the most impressive product out there. The TN panel that the monitor is based on suffers from the same issues that any TN panel does, be it the limited viewing angles and the often uneven backlighting. You can also add to that the fact the 24-inch screen may seem underwhelming to movie aficionados.
Problem is, all of that criticism would be fair if we weren't talking about a monitor that, again, was specifically designed for gaming purposes. And gamers do not care about any of these things. On the contrary, a 24-inch display is all a gamer needs, especially given that this is an optimal screen size for a 1080p full HD resolution that the majority of video games out there are optimized for.
What gamers do care about, however, is a 144hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time that will give them a serious competitive edge over their opponents, enough to make a difference in MOBAs and more than enough to make unskilled amateurs in shooters think that you're a cheater. Of course, there are plenty of models out there that offer this sort of refresh rate and response time, but very few of them cost just a smidge above 200 bucks, so take that into account if you don't feel like that is particularly impressive.
Your Eyes Will Thank You
While some of our younger readers probably wouldn't want to hear it, we would still like to remind everyone that sitting in front of a computer screen for hours on end tends to cause some serious damage to your eyes.
Fortunately enough, people at Acer have been known to go to great lengths in order to make sure their customers don't hurt themselves in the process and this time is not an exception. In other words, the company decided to pull every trick in the book to protect the eyes of those hardcore gamers that can often lose all sense of time when they're preoccupied with their gaming routine.
As you may suspect, that includes the flicker-less technology that is indispensable when it comes to eliminating screen flicker and a Blue Light Filter that reduces exposure to blue light that can potentially cause long-term eye damage.
Moving on from the health-related characteristics, we would like to mention that the model comes with a set of speakers that will allow you to use this 144hz monitor as a TV set if the need arises. And if you'd like to give your neck a rest, the ergonomic stand that is both height-adjustable (up to 5") and tiltable (-5° to 35°) will be able to provide you with that opportunity.
All in all, the Acer XFA240 bmjdpr is simply a great choice for gamers that would like to receive a competitive edge but wouldn't want to pay a king's ransom for it. Add to that the AMD FreeSync support and you can easily recommend this to anyone with a Radeon graphics card.
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What Is a Gaming Monitor?
In modern days we see computer accessories with the word "gaming" in their name more and more often. Anything can be "gaming" - keyboards, mice, headphones, mouse pads, etc. Monitors are not an exception. At the first sight, most users will not see any difference between a traditional and gaming display. Well, maybe they will notice that the design has become brighter. But, same as with other gaming tools for computers, these monitors are also primarily directed at dynamic games. For this very reason, their manufacturers point out such features as speed, convenience of use and general performance, all important for your comfortable gaming experience. If you are a hardcore passionate gamer, or you simply like to play computer games in your free time, then buying this type of monitor for PC will be a nice investment.
If you are only starting to immerse yourself into the world of gaming, and you have decided to substitute your gaming equipment, then you without a doubt will be interested in our reviews on headsets, mouse and PCs for gaming.
What Features to Compare
Choose the right size
The modern market offers a large selection of monitors. Therefore, it's important that you follow some simple guides when selecting a display for gaming. The first aspects to consider are size and connectivity. The display size, shown in inches, will tell you of its diagonal length. The height and width of the screen may vary, depending on the aspect ratio. Most PC monitors for gaming have an aspect ratio of 16:9, but it is not that strange to see, for example, a 16:10 ratio, and the 21:9 aspect ratio now grows more and more popular. When deciding on the dimensions of the display, consider where you will place it. If you have enough space, we recommend you to purchase a monitor with a big diagonal, 27" or more. This way you will be able to embrace the whole field of your game. But if your space is limited by, say, side shelves or an alcove, we'd offer you a 24" PC monitor.
Check out screen resolution
When you have decided on the size of your future gaming PC monitor, look at its resolution. The monitor's resolution is the number of pixels the panel includes. The bigger number of pixels mean a more clear picture and, consequently, more enjoyable gaming experience. Most PC screens have panels with a Full HD resolution (1920x1080) that allows you to obtain a very clear picture on displays with sizes up to 27". Monitors with greater diagonals often have WQHD panels with a resolution of 2560x1440, which provide a clear picture on the increased monitor size. And the manufacturers of 21:9 PC screens use panels with Ultra HD resolution (3440x1440) to maintain the image's ratio. But note that the bigger the resolution of the screen is, the more powerful video card you will need.
Also, do not forget about types of supported incoming video signals. You should select a monitor with the same ports your computer has, otherwise connecting the screen to PC will pose a problem. In the latest years, almost all gaming displays implement various connectivity interfaces. The most widespread are the following:
- VGA is an analog interface that conveys video with a resolution of 640x480. This technology itself is quite outdated, but a lot of users still have devices with this connectivity type.
- DVI is an interface that transfers both analog and digital signals. There are a few types of a DVI: DVI-I is able to transfer both signals, and DVI-D only transfers digital signals. Depending on its mode, this interface can convey video with a resolution of up to 1920x1080 in Single Link, and up to 2560x1600 in Dual Link.
- HDMI is a modern digital interface for transferring data, high-resolution video and multichannel sound. Maximum transferable video resolution is 3840x2160 pixels. It is the most popular video transferring interface.
- Display Port is a digital interface that now grows in its popularity. It conveys data, high-resolution video, and multichannel sound, which makes it the main competitor for the HDMI. Also transfers video of up to 3840x2160 pixels.
Decide what panel type you need
After you check the availability of interfaces in your computer, we offer you to consider the panel type and the speed of the chosen model. You may need to check these specs: response time, panel type, brightness, and contrast. The response time means how fast any given pixel is able to change its brightness. This parameter is measured in milliseconds. The lower these numbers, the less distortion you will notice when the shots change. The perception of shots change time is individual and varies from person to person, so don't chase the numbers, better choose what you yourself prefer. The following are the most popular panel types on the market now:
- TN panels are the most widespread and affordable. Most PC monitors are now made with TN panels. These models have a viewing angle of approximately 160-170°. They fall behind the IPS screens when it comes to contrast, but are unparalleled in response time. These panels are the best for dynamic games.
- IPS panels have a 178° viewing angle, so the image will stay clear from whatever side you look at it. These gaming displays have a very precise color rendering, but generally, have higher response time than the TN panels. If you love good rendering quality and bright colors, this type of monitor is what you need.
Depending on the panel type and technologies used, monitors also have different brightness and contrast. The brightness parameter corresponds with the intensity of screen glow, and it is measured in cd/m². The contrast is the difference between the brightness of the lightest and the darkest parts of the image. Images with higher contrast look more real. Often manufacturers specify dynamic contrast ratio. It means the difference between the lightest part of an image under the maximum brightness and the darkest part of an image under the minimum brightness. The bigger this ratio is, the more real the picture will look in dynamic action scenes.
Consider technologies applied
You may also want to consider the technologies that have been used to enhance screen performance. It is not a secret that manufacturers chase their clients, and for this very reason, they add more and more features to their products. Thanks to this, you can choose the exact characteristics you need.
Q: What is the difference between a regular monitor and a gaming one?
A: As a rule, gaming monitors are distinguished by their performance concerning the parameters that are crucial for delivering a high-quality gaming experience. There is a whole range of such parameters, which every monitor manufacturer tends to interpret individually. Speaking generally, these gaming parameters relate to image quality, sound quality (in case there are built-in speakers), monitor ergonomics and connectivity features.
Q: What parameters are the most important for a gaming monitor?
A: With the visual experience being the top priority for monitors, these monitors are usually targeted at achieving small response time and high refresh rate. These parameters define the performance of the monitor in rendering images. The response time determines the speed, with which every single pixel of the monitor panel can change its color with all the pixels together forming the resulting image we see on the screen. Thus, the smaller the response time the faster the monitor can render an image and more images it can display per second (frames per second). At that, the more frames per second the monitor renders (the higher its refresh rate) the smoother and more artifact-free gameplay experience it delivers (with 60 frames per second being a common standard of a comfortable gameplay).
Q: Is there any difference in terms of visual performance when it comes to gaming monitors?
A: The major difference between them is the type of the panel and the technologies used. While some models use the so-called TN panels that provide smaller response time, many top-tier models come with IPS or MVA/PVA panels ensuring better color rendering and bigger viewing angles. Each panel technology has its pros and cons, thus you need to decide your priorities.
Q: What is the difference between 60, 120 and 144 Hz screens?
A: As their specifications state, some monitors have a 60 Hz refresh rate, while other models offer the refresh rates from 75 to 144 Hz. As a general rule, the higher the monitor refresh rate is the better are the visuals in dynamic scenes (those with many moving objects and rapid movements on the screen) owing to reduced visual artifacts, such as object traces, image tearing and jitter, etc. However, a higher refresh rate does not always mean better image quality in dynamic episodes as the pixel response time also matters and you may experience better dynamics with a 60 Hz monitor than with some monitors that offer 100 Hz or even a higher refresh rate.
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