Gaming: how to choose the right PC screen?

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There are a multitude of computer monitor models on the market. Faced with such a large offer, it is not always easy to find your way around. Don’t worry if you’re not knowledgeable on the subject, we’ll give you our best advice for choosing the right gaming screen.

The PC gaming screen has its own particularities that differ from other types of screen. PC screens can be classified into three different categories:

  • the graphics screen: it makes it possible to perfectly meet specific criteria such as particular colors in the event of a need for retouching in the field of photography, or even quality image rendering for video editing  ;
  • the desktop screen: it is suitable for basic use such as word processing, email management, Internet surfing, etc.
  • the gaming screen: it offers fairly technical performance, notably ensuring a low response time, superior image quality and good fluidity in the game.

What criteria should you take into account when choosing your gaming screen?

Before you decide on a PC gaming screen model, there is no question of letting yourself be guided by chance. Several characteristics must be taken into account to find the gaming screen best suited to your needs.

Screen size

The size of a PC gaming screen is important for gaming comfort. Currently, the minimum size is 24 inches, or 61 cm. Below this format, the risk would be to miss important details in the game.

However, it is recommended to purchase a 27-inch PC screen , or 68 cm, to optimize gaming performance.

The resolution

 

Another criterion to take into account: resolution. The more pixels there are, the more qualitative and precise the image will be. On the other hand, the higher the screen resolution, the more resources it requires from the computer, especially from the graphics card. Currently, the resolution most used by gamers is Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels). Ideally, it makes more sense to upgrade to a QHD (2560 X 1440 pixels) screen from a 27-inch PC screen.

The slab

As a general rule, our screens have panels using LCD technology making it possible to have flat screens. This is the most widespread technology currently. However, there are also screens with OLED panels, well known in the television market but much less widespread in the PC monitor market. There are three types of tiles on the market:

  • the TN panel screen: this panel provides an ultra-fast response time and remains the most economical option. Combined with a high refresh rate, it is particularly appreciated by gamers using fast games. In weak points, we find average color rendering and a restricted viewing angle;
  • the IPS panel screen: this type of panel offers excellent color rendering, especially with deep blacks and wide viewing angles. Its response time has been improved to reach the lowest possible. However, a fairly low contrast ratio and light leaks do not work in its favor. It may be a screen suitable for graphics, video editing, or even multimedia;
  • the VA panel screen: this panel has evolved a lot in recent years. It stands out today as the good compromise between the TN panel and the IPS panel. It offers excellent contrast (both superior to TN and IPS) as well as a relatively low response time with wider viewing angles, which also makes it attractive.

Response time

Response time refers to the delay it takes for the screen to move from one image to another. It is calculated by the speed at which a pixel is capable of displaying a change from black/white, or from one shade of gray to another in milliseconds.

Concretely, the lower the response time, the less blurry the image will be. This responsiveness criterion can directly impact the gaming experience. Most panels go down to 0.5 milliseconds for TN models. IPS and VA models typically go down to 1 millisecond.

The refresh rate

To give the impression of movement on the screen, it must display still images one after the other very quickly. To make this illusion even more realistic, the screen refreshes the image several times in one second: this is the refresh rate. The higher it is, the smoother the screen displays images. The good compromise for optimal visual comfort would be a 144 hertz screen.

Choosing the right PC gaming screen is not that complicated when you know the right characteristics to take into account. The type of game used is also important in defining your gaming screen needs.

 

 

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