Posted on January 08, 2019
After several hours of research, I finally made my selection of the 8 best screens for gamers among more than thirty models available at the moment. My favorite is the ViewSonic XG2700-4K which offers a 4K resolution and a performance more than correct for the game. You will also find at the end of this article a buying guide to help you find the ideal screen that will put your games in value (and you will cardboard)!
The best cheap PC gamers screens
These screens will certainly not quite as efficient as more expensive monitors, but they offer an excellent compromise between performance and budget!
Samsung C24FG73: the best cheap
Adjustable screen position
Eye protection mode that denatures colors
Samsung has decided to mix its advanced motion reduction technology with its VA panel. This gives this curved monitor with an ultra-fast response time of 1 ms to enjoy excellent gaming performance and without motion blur.
A thousand miles away from the AOC screen that we will see together, this Samsung screen offers a quick refresh rate of the screen of 144 Hz, which is double what the AOC screen offers. This refresh rate minimizes image shift and motion blur to provide a synchronized game.
In addition, you can change the screen settings to 60 Hz or 120 Hz to optimize monitor performance according to your gaming preferences.
At the color level, this device covers up to 125% of RGB colors and offers a palette of one billion color shades. The colors are quite close to reality, improving your gaming experience.
The CFG73 was developed with the Samsung Galaxy team which was a semi finalist of the 2016 LOL competition (League Of Legends). Its factory calibration is designed to already optimize contrast, including black levels. In addition, several game modes are available, such as FPS, RTS, RPG and AOS modes.
Samsung's OSD interface has been optimized for gamers. It is thus possible to choose a transversal view of the game parameters at a glance and to use the shortcut keys to modify the parameters as you wish.
However, we can deplore the fact that the mode "eye protection" distorts the colors by removing all the blue light, which turns the screen to yellow-orange … it's still a shame!
If it's just for the office it's not a problem, but for the games, as much as it will not be terrible …
The foot of the screen is not bad either, it takes a little space and allows to adjust the height and inclination of the screen.
AOC G2260VWQ6: a good screen at low prices
Unable to download drivers
Here is an affordable screen with a powerful system. It offers a response time of the order of a millisecond.
You can use a Full HD resolution with this device (1920 x 1080 pixels) and has a diagonal of 21, 5 inches, which is a fairly comfortable size.
This screen can also be used for multi-screen installations. This one has a VESA fixation which allows to fix it on an ergonomic arm, thus allowing you to obtain an installation with good ergonomics.
This screen is not only fast, but it is also very fluid. This screen is clocked at 75 Hz, which means it is possible to display 75 frames per second, which offers images of exemplary fluidity.
Level fluidity, we can also note Freesync technology developed by AMD is present in this screen. This system is responsible for synchronizing the number of images displayed by the screen and the number of images sent to the graphics card. This allows for extremely smooth image quality with no tearing or stuttering effects, and therefore excellent playing comfort!
It should be kept in mind that this feature is only available via the DisplayPort …
Another advantage of this refresh rate at 75 Hz, you can put your games in maximum resolution without having to deal with sporadic framerate falls.
Finally, this screen has a blue light attenuation system directly integrated into the slab, which reduces eye fatigue!
Some small things to keep in mind though. It seems that the installation drivers of this screen are unavailable on the internet so you must go through the installation cd, which may not be practical if you have a computer without cd player.
Also beware, the Freesync system is only available if you have an AMD graphics card, otherwise it will be harder to reach the promised 75 Hz. The image quality however remains more than correct.
The best mid-range PC gamers
These monitors are perfect if you do not have an expandable budget but still want excellent quality.
MSI Optix MPG27CQ: the best midrange
Excellent colors and contrast
Fixed brightness in "Anti Motion Blur" mode
This MSI screen is an excellent screen with good contrast and video processing, compatible with the Freesync and a refresh rate of 144 Hz. On the other hand, you will need to provide an excellent graphics card to use the more than 8 000 000 pixels on the screen. Expect a significant expense in terms of graphics card so if you do not have a trendy model!
For those with a smaller budget, there is the Quad HD resolution (2560 x 1440) that will do more than just work. The advantage of this resolution is that it does not require a war machine in terms of graphics card to reach 60 frames per second (fps). So, if you give up HDR and 10-bit color, this 27-inch screen will be perfectly usable. Plus, it is FreeSync compatible!
If you go three of these screens together you will get an amazing desk where your entire field of vision will be covered by the gaming environment. But to do this you will need a state-of-the-art graphics card, which not everyone can afford.
MSI gives us here a VA slab capable of a contrast of more than 3000: 1. At the color level, we have a cover at 82% of colors DCI-P3 and 122% of RGB.
Here again, gaming is improved with a refresh rate of 144 Hz + FreeSync compatibility for those of you with an AMD graphics card. This means that the compensation of a low fps is on the table in situations where the speed falls below 48 fps. With 8-bit color and QHD resolution however, it should run smoothly for anyone with a mid-range graphics card.
In terms of design, the first two things that will be noticed are the curved shape of the slab and the light effect at the front of the screen. The curved shape of the monitor will not have a big impact on the gaming experience unless you put two or three screens together. The bottom band of the screen is 2.5 cm and contains five strips of LED lights.
If you want to customize the colors of the LEDs, you will need to install software and use a USB cable that came with the monitor. This system is not very interesting in any way, only working together with a small number of games.
The OSD is controlled by a small joystick, it is very well designed and intuitive, to navigate through the menus quickly.
The base of the screen is very solid with a foot that could easily support a screen twice as big. Unfortunately it also means that the screen can hardly be pushed back.
So see with your available space on your desk. It is also possible to adjust the height of the screen as well as rotate it up and down to the left and right.
There are also two USB 3.0 ports with a headphone output and a microphone input. A similar audio output is also present next to two HDMI ports.
As for the calibration of this monitor, I recommend staying with the default settings and just play on the brightness according to your environment.
AOC AG322QCX: Freesync compatible
Currently out of stock
Remanence that does not allow to fully enjoy the 144 Hz
This AOC screen has nothing to do with the one we saw previously among the entry-level gamer screens. It offers a refresh rate twice as fast (144 Hz), a much larger diagonal (32 inches) and a Quad HD definition.
The AOC AG322QCX has a curved VA panel of 32 inches, which is about 81 cm and therefore displays a Quad HD definition of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Here again we find the system "Freesync" compatible with AMD graphics cards, but here it is accompanied by the system "Adaptive Sync".
This pair of systems adjusts the refresh rate according to the number of frames per second sent by the graphics card.
We appreciate the choice of the definition of Quad HD rather than Ultra HD for this screen, because it is less greedy for graphics cards and thus makes it possible to play in native definition with a fairly high level of detail if you are equipped with graphics cards of the latest generation. Another advantage of this definition, it is quite versatile and provides a certain comfort for everyday tasks.
Let's talk about the design of this screen! It is rather airy thanks to its sober aluminum foot.
The VA slab is curved on a 1.8 m radius. It is appreciated that this slab has benefited from a treatment that eliminates almost all reflections. The screen would be almost boilerplate, if not for some small details that make him a screen for gamer.
For example, the screen has customizable LED bars built into the base of the slab and behind the screen. This monitor also has a headset holder and a cable management system.
The foot of the monitor ensures good stability to it and a rotation on plus or minus 30 degrees which is a real plus. In addition, the screen is adjustable in height by 11 cm and inclination. A handle is located at the top of the foot, which makes it easier to move the monitor, which weighs 6.6 kg.
Connectivity level, this screen is complete with a VGA input, two DisplayPort inputs and two HDMI inputs and also two inputs and two mini-jack audio outputs and finally a mini-USB port and two USB ports (including a USB 3.0). We also note the presence of two speakers of 5 W whose rendering is rather correct.
The monitor settings can be made via a built-in joystick at the base of the slab or using a wired remote control. The joystick is probably the most effective way to access manual settings. The interface however lacks a little ergonomics and responsiveness.
It is also regrettable that the factory calibration is perfectible. The colors are fairly faithful to the source however, it is more at the temperature of the colors that it sins a little bit.
The contrast is good enough for a monitor with a value of 2480: 1, which allows you to enjoy a very good depth of the black and what it is in a movie or in a game.
It is good to know that this monitor does not use pulse width modulation to vary its brightness, which will avoid headaches and eye fatigue.
Finally, the delay in displaying this screen is so low that the difference between the image generated by the graphics card and that displayed on the screen is absolutely imperceptible.
The best high-end PC gamer screens
These screens are the end of the end of the gaming monitor, but it comes with a price, necessarily!
ViewSonic XG2700-4K: the best high end
Excellent image quality
Screen size may be a bit small, but it will depend on the user profile
The ViewSonic XG2700-4K may be a bit smaller than some of its top-of-the-line competitors, with a 27-inch screen (which remains a more than respectable size), but where it's more interesting is that this screen offers a resolution of 3840 x 2160, a resolution of 4K. Also the manufacturer has made the choice to use an IPS slab rather than a slab VA!
The monitor is equipped with VESA Adaptive-Sync technology, which is designed to deliver a flawless image and performance without blurring or ghosting effects. The monitor is also compatible with AMD FreeSync technology.
Its connectivity is adapted to its technical specifications with DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 inputs that support the 4K UHD resolution at 60 Hz.
This monitor is designed to bring maximum detail and clarity to your gameplay with a display of over 8 million pixels and high pixel density. It offers a resolution with 4 times more pixels than a Full HD resolution.
In terms of connectivity besides this monitor is quite complete with two USB 3.0 ports, 2 standard HDMI ports and what to plug your headphones.
Choosing an IPS panel for this monitor means you get the same picture quality as you look at the top, bottom, front, or side screen.
AMD FreeSync technology is designed here to work in concert with VESA Adaptive-Sync. This allows you to synchronize the refresh rate of the image between the graphics card and monitor, eliminating all types of annoying artifacts during your gaming sessions.
This ViewSonic monitor has technology that reduces latency when entering commands during a game session. This allows you to react faster against opponents in multiplayer sessions!
The monitor also has an option that some people will certainly appreciate, the "Black Stabilization" system. It is designed to provide greater visibility and greater detail by illuminating dark scenes. It can thus allow to dominate in a competition thanks to an increased visibility in the darkest recesses of a level!
It can also be noted that this monitor is easy to set up, whether with a pc or a game console (and use this monitor for a console makes sense as some of these consoles are 60 fps maximum).
We will also appreciate the anti-reflective treatment of this screen, which is of good quality.
Some people will probably lament the size of the screen, not big enough for their taste, but a smaller screen also has some advantages when playing certain types of game that require to see the whole screen quickly.
Asus ROG Strix XG32VQ: a quality screen
Full user interface
None identified yet
This curved gaming monitor is 32 inches and offers WQHD resolution (2560 x 1440).
The refresh rate is, once is not custom, 144 Hz. This screen is said to have been designed for professional players.
We appreciate its foot that can rotate the monitor and adjust its height and its inclination.
The monitor is equipped with some interesting technologies. First, it is compatible with Adaptive Sync (FreeSync) that is no longer present. In addition, it features ASUS Aura Sync lighting technology and Light Signature light projection technology for 100% customizable gaming design.
The refresh rate coupled with FreeSync technology (which is, let's remember, a system specific to AMD graphics cards) allows a good balance between fluidity and quality of graphics. The games are 100% fluid, we can say goodbye to jerks and other tearing images. In addition, it is possible to synchronize this monitor with other Asus Aura compatible devices.
The 1800R curvature of the slab ensures that each corner of the screen is equidistant from your eyes to ensure increased visual comfort. The viewing angle is thus wide with reduced distortion and color distortion.
This ROG Strix XG32VQ monitor provides a 125% SRGB color gamut for a wider variety of colors.
Technology somewhat gadget, but which will probably interest some, the Light Signature system allows to create and customize the light projections of the monitor. It is thus possible to create a unique luminous pattern that will be projected on the surface of your office.
The frame of the screen is fine, perfect for installation with multiple screens. If you have a sufficiently powerful graphics card, you can enjoy a more immersive experience.
This monitor also incorporates the exclusive Asus GamePlus feature. It is a shortcut that allows you to benefit from improvements directly in your games. It is good to know that this function has been developed with the assistance of professional players!
In addition to the navigation joystick and menu that can be displayed on the screen, you can also change your settings with an intuitive utility called ASUS DisplayWidget. It allows you to configure ASUS GameVisual, App SyncTM and Blue Light Filter.
Let's talk about this Blue Light Filter. This technology is designed to protect the user from blue light. It is possible to choose from four different filters via the on-screen menu.
This system is coupled with Flicker-Free technology, which reduces blinking to ensure reduced visual fatigue during long games.
We also appreciate the correct contrast ratio of 2500: 1 and a G2G response time of only 4 ms. The user interface of this monitor is very complete and offers many settings, including some useful options for gamers like the FPS counter.
The connection is quite complete with two HDMI inputs (HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 2.0), a DisplayPort input, two USB 3.0 ports and a headphone output. The monitor does not have built-in speakers, but on the face of it, if you can afford a screen of this quality, you will have enough to offer you the right sound system.
We also note that the screen is in 21: 9 format which is really good for watching movies. The screen is anyway very nice for most uses.
LG 32GK850G: fluid and G-Sync compatible
LEDs do not turn off when the monitor is turned off
We are here in the presence of a monitor with a QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution of 31.5 inches. Like its competitors, it offers a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz, which ensures a great fluidity of the image.
In addition, this is coupled with G-Sync technology which is designed to further enhance the fluidity of the animation. This technology makes it possible to play without loss of images, which makes it possible to eliminate image tears that may occur.
This is usually due to the difference between the frame rate of a graphics card and the refresh rate of a monitor. This technology ensures perfect mobility and a record fluidity.
Moreover, thanks to the maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz (which can be overclocked to 165 Hz!), It is possible to immediately display the images on the screen. This allows you to really display objects faster, which can provide an advantage in multiplayer games!
The "Sphere" lighting system is designed to give your gaming environment a more pleasant atmosphere. It is possible to choose between 6 different color settings
for a game atmosphere adaptable to your mood. You can choose between White Daylight, Neutral White, Magenta, Red, Green Nature and Sky Blue. All this is also adjustable using a wheel.
The screen design offers almost no edges on 3 sides, which is perfect for a multi-screen installation. Remember, however, that installing multiple displays also means a need for a better quality graphics card.
It is also significant that the tilt, height and pivot of the screen can be adjusted fairly freely. In addition, the foot is strong enough, which is always a good point.
Only downside, the fact that leds do not go out when you turn off the monitor, which is a rather strange design choice.
AOC Agon AG352UCG: G-Sync compatible
Currently out of stock
Native frequency of 100 Hz
Good size-definition ratio for the game
This screen has the same design as the AOC Agon AG352QCX, but the resemblance stops there. This monitor features a 35-inch widescreen VA slab that is curved on a 2m radius and offers a 3440 x 1440 px resolution with a native 100 Hz refresh rate.
The design of this monitor is typical of the Agon range. It has a sober aluminum foot and the VA slab has benefited from a matte treatment eliminating almost all reflections.
The screen is of course accompanied by customizable LED bars located at the base of the slab and behind the screen. It is thus possible to change their color and their intensity.
At the back of the monitor, AOC had the good idea to include a lug to accommodate a helmet, which may seem a detail but can be important ergonomics level!
The foot provides good stability to the monitor and also allows it to rotate if the need arises. In addition, the monitor is adjustable in height and inclination. A handle is included at the top of the foot in order to move it with greater ease, it still weighs 11 kg 8.
Connectivity level, it is simple, but it includes the necessary with an HDMI input and a DisplayPort input as well as two inputs and one audio output and two USB 3.0 ports.
There is also the addition of two speakers of 2 W, the result is rather average.
You can adjust the monitor with the joystick built into the base of the slab. We regret that the interface still lacks a little ergonomics and responsiveness compared to some of its competitors like Asus.
The factory calibration of this AOC monitor is of rather good quality. The contrast of 1800: 1 is not bad in itself but remains a little disappointing for a slab VA, knowing that some models manage to exceed 4000: 1.
The VA slab is rather homogeneous and if the viewing angles are smaller than on an IPS slab, the curved slab compensates for this defect, especially on the corners of the screen.
This Agon AG352QCX AOC does not use pulse width modulation, which helps to avoid flicker due to the drop in brightness that can cause headaches and eye fatigue in some people.
The screen is Nvidia's G-Sync compatible, this technology dynamically stagger the refresh rate of the slab on the number of frames per second produced by the graphics card. This avoids some problems like micro-slowdowns. G-Sync operates between 30 and 100 Hz.
The VA slab offers good responsiveness (average remanence time of 9 ms). The overdrive is set to "normal" by default and unfortunately generates a reverse ghosting effect.
When it is set to "Low", this effect is cleared while maintaining a response time of 9 ms. Too bad the monitor, yet compatible G-Sync does not offer a backlight scanning system.
Finally, it will be appreciated that the delay in the display is very small (13.2 ms) or less than one frame per second. The difference between the image generated by the graphics card and that displayed on the screen is thus imperceptible.
The products of my selection on offer for the moment
Buying a screen for your gaming sessions is not trivial, it's even one of the elements that makes your gaming experience immersive or not. But like anything else, you have to pay attention to certain details when you are looking for a PC monitor for gaming.
This will depend on the room on your desk but also the type of games you will play. If you play a lot of solo or non-competitive PVE multiplayer games, I suggest a screen of 27 inches or more for immersion.
Just make sure you have the right graphics card. For anything competitive or quick reflexes, it's better to go for 24 inches. A smaller screen means higher frame rate and that means clearer images that will help you react better.
The type of slab
There are three different types of slabs that all have their advantages and disadvantages.
The TN slab
This produces the best response and refresh times. They are also much cheaper. On the other hand, they do not reproduce the colors as well as the VA or the IPS and have a smaller angle of view, which should not be a major problem if you stay in front of the screen.
The IPS panel
It is the most expensive but also the one that reproduces the colors best. She is the favorite of graphic designers and other web designers. They also have an excellent angle of view compared to VN slabs and even some VA slabs.
Unfortunately, they are losing out on speed: they are going much slower than TN tiles and an IPS panel will not be the best choice if you play online action games where the response time is really important.
The VA slab
This is halfway between the TN slab and the IPS. It will offer a better viewing angle and color reproduction than a TN panel, but not as good as the best IPS panels.
They are cheaper and have faster response times than IPS slabs, although they can not beat the TN slabs in this regard.
FreeSync or G-Sync
These technologies allow for a smoother gaming experience. FreeSync is AMD and G-Sync is Nvidia so it will depend mostly on the brand of your graphics card.
The resolution is the number of pixels displayed on your screen. More pixels means more detail. So higher resolution means higher fidelity.
The current standard for gamers is 1920 x 1080, which is FHD. Other popular resolutions are 2560 x 1440 (1440p) and 3840 x 2160 (4K).
4K is considered the next generation of gaming, but to display that you will need a very powerful graphics card. It is also worth noting that some resolutions are more suited to certain sizes than others. For example 4K on a 22 inch screen would be just a mess because many details would go unnoticed!
The response time is the time your screen makes to change the color of its pixels. Measurements are usually made between different types of gray by the builders because their results are smaller than other measurement techniques. The benefits of a fast response time is a clearer picture during fast movements. A low response time will create a ghosting effect that can be rather boring if you play fast games.
The refresh rate and the number of frames per second
The refresh rate of a monitor means how often the image on the screen updates. The standard for monitors was 60 Hz, or 60 refreshments per second.
However, today the standard is more around 120 Hz and 144 Hz. Some companies have even gone up to 240 Hz, but this requires equipment that most people will not be able to afford. But for such a high refresh rate, the graphics card needs to generate as many frames per second. The higher the resolution, the more difficult the graphics card will go.
That's why you'll find 4K monitors with much lower refresh rates than a 1080p monitor for example.