When it comes to choosing the overall best gaming monitor, the consumer is in a tough place. You have to decide between the 4K experience, characterized by a higher number of megapixels, increased frame rates (144fps is the new standard), and ultrawide screen sizes hitting the 21:9 aspect ratio. These 3 categories all have their pros and cons. Here we’ll be looking at a top-of-the-line example of each, and trying to understand which is best for what you need.
If you’re looking for a 4K monitor and an image quality that will redefine high definition for you once again, look no further. The LG 27UD88-W (and its other variants) presents one of the strongest 4K UHD experiences available in its price range. With superior color and resolution, over 99% sRGB, and Color Calibration Pro,, you’ll enjoy a pure image that looks nearly indistinguishable from reality. That’s not to say the software is up for the task, or that it’s the best monitor for gaming. In fact, most have come to the conclusion that while 4K is visually stunning, it’s less helpful for competitive gaming and less noticeable compared to monitors that focus on increased frame rates. Instead, it’s become closely associated with photo and film editing because of the increased pixel density. Perhaps as more films, footage, software, and imagery in general converts to 4K, the upgraded experience will be more worth your money.
When it comes to higher frame rates, only the best monitors available are able to consistently run at 240 fps. The ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q does exactly that. It puts a lot of pressure on most current GPUs, but it certainly increases quality of any type of gaming. Most gaming professionals currently use monitors that cap at 144fps, but only because 240fps isn’t totally stable just yet. Still, these monitors are able to run at both 144fps and 240fps, and once you see the fluid movements at higher fps you won’t want to go back. Everything else will indeed feel slower, and your very comprehension of what’s on the screen might change.
Now imagine a screen that’s wide enough to cover most of your peripheral vision. An ultrawide screen at a 21:9 aspect ratio will provide this experience. Though it doesn’t present as much detail as 4K, nor as much responsiveness as 144fps, ultrawide gives you a feeling of absorption like no other. Because it’s not an a direct jump to new technologies, the software is already compatible with the higher resolutions necessary for an ultrawide display. The Acer Predator Ultrawide Z35 is one of the strongest options on the market (it’s also able to run at 144 Hz), as well as its twin the Acer X34. If you’re looking for a strictly ultrawide screen, you should check out the Samsung C34F791. All of these have one thing in common: scope. The aesthetic design of the monitors follows suit, with sleek curvatures being the mark of mastery. You will drown in the atmosphere of any gaming experience with one of these, and as a plus you won’t have to scale your screen constantly like with a 4K, nor play around with frame rate caps.