The beauty of being a console gamer is not having to worry about incremental upgrades. If you’re lucky enough to have gotten your hands on the new PlayStation 5, either the physical or digital edition, then you don’t have to worry about your games running and looking the best they can until a new set of hardware comes out. All you need to do is load up a game, and you’re good to go.
That would be true if that monitor or TV your
There are plenty of great options for gaming
On the technical side, you’re more than covered. This LG display will make sure you never miss a frame or input thanks to a silky-smooth 144Hz refresh rate to match even the fastest-running games. It will help you keep up with the action, too, thanks to an absurdly-small 1ms response time. Never suffer the frustration of a late — or worse, dropped — input again. This monitor does scale high in terms of price, but for all the bells and whistles it offers, it is a worthy investment that will serve you well for years of gaming to come.
Acer Predator XB273K
Also aimed at the more hardcore audience willing to spend a little extra for the best experience, we have the Acer Predator XB273K. In a lot of ways, this display is very similar to the LG 27GN950-B. Both are 27-inch panels with 3840 x 2160 resolutions. Both boast a fantastic 144Hz refresh rate and have a mere 1ms response time. The differences are more subtle, but when you’re paying the big bucks, every little thing matters. The Acer, for instance, comes with one extra display port over the LG, having two plus the two HDMI. The stand is also unique. It is adjustable in all the ways you expect but also has a shade shield to prevent any outside lights from washing out the pristine colors.
Looking a little deeper, the Acer Predator is VESA Certified DisplayHDR 400 and uses a Quantom Dot panel that covers 90% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. If you are the type of person who needs their colors crisp and blacks truly black, this
If you’re playing your console from a couch, as most of us are, then you’ll need something a little bigger to fill that space. While you do have to make some sacrifices for the size, the LG OLED48CXPUB doesn’t fall far behind what the others on this list have offered so far. Bumping up to a nice 48-, 55-, 65-, or 77-inch screen, you’re still getting that full 3840 x 2160
As great as OLED screens are, they do come with the risk of pixel burn if the screen is left on a static image for too long. If you play a game with static UI elements for too long, it could end up baking in. The danger isn’t too high if you don’t leave any single image or pause screen on display for very long, but it is something to consider. Those pixels, plus the size of this screen, make it very expensive as well, but it is one of the few that can boast these specs at these sizes.
Going back to
If you’re playing your
Asus ROG Strix XG438Q
Another fantastic option for all you couch gamers out there who need a larger screen comes from Asus. The Asus ROG Strix XG438Q is not quite as big as the LG OLED, measuring 43 inches compared to 48, but it’s a good deal cheaper for the regular model. As you probably guessed already, this screen is going to give you a beautiful
The real drawback here is the input response time, which is the worst we’ve seen yet at 4ms. That’s still quite small in the grand scheme of things, but if you’re already used to next-to-no delay, then it might feel a little sluggish by comparison. If you’re willing to pay double, which we wouldn’t recommend for most people, you can get the upgraded model that is the same size but hits 144Hz and HDR1000 and has G-SYNC.
If you’re really on a budget and are the type of player to choose the cinematic mode over performance, you can do a lot worse than the Dell S272QS monitor. You have the choice of either a 27- or 32-inch screen, both of which will give you that 3840 x 2160
The refresh rate also tops out at 60Hz, which is generally enough for games on the
How could we list gaming accessories without including Alienware? Unlike most of its products, the Alienware AW2518HF is not prohibitively expensive. Just like the Dell model, though, that does mean some corners had to be cut. This monitor could be thought of as the opposite of the Dell in terms of sacrifices, however. Where the Dell was more focused on the best picture quality, the Alienware is all about performance. So, yes, this screen caps out at 1920 x 1080, locking you out of any
The screen itself is on the smaller side at just 25 inches, but that works in its favor for the resolution it is displaying at. It is a little light on ports, however, supporting just one display and one HDMI port. Color quality is another area where this monitor can’t quite match up to the competition since it is on a standard TN panel. If your budget is a concern, and you mainly care about maximizing the performance of your
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