At MyGaming we’re familiar with the strain that is thinking of a present for someone and making sure it’s one they’ll actually use – so much so that we’re going to throw out some ideas for your wishlists, and make doubly sure that they’re awesome enough to see use from the people you’re giving it to.
We’re going to be recommending a couple of monitors today. Because it’s such a vital part of interacting with your PC its very important that you make your monitor purchase a good one. But there’s a myriad of them out there! How is anyone supposed to figure out which one they want, huh?
Well, we’ve done the hard work for you, so you don’t have to! Here are six monitors in different price points that you can pick from. They all have different pros and cons, but they’re also good value for money. Take a look.
Do you know what’s not cool? A native 1366 x 768 resolution, that’s what. For years we’ve been stuck with it and thankfully on the desktop you can choose which resolution you want. Samsung S20C300B may not be the most expensive monitor around but it is attractive for both gaming and watching videos thanks to the 1600 x 900 resolution.
The panel is a standard TN affair and it does have a matte surface which won’t give you the “pop” of colour that a glossy screen can. We can overlook this though, because it has ports for DVI and D-Sub connections and is VESA mountable. For the money, there’s little wrong with it and should be your first stop if you’re looking for a new monitor.
Its difficult enough finding a good, cheap monitor that has a half-decent IPS panel, but one that has HDMI-in? That’s not going to come cheap. But that does appear to be the case with the LG 22EA53V. It boasts a IPS panel for better colours and contrast and also has a native 1920 x 1080 resolution.
But its not what’s facing you that is the most important – this monitor accepts video input from a DVI and D-Sub connector and additionally has a HDMI port with a 3.5mm audio-out jack for sound. Like the cheaper Samsung, it’s also wall-mountable and it’s also HDCP-compliant as a bonus – so you can hook up your console and chill at your desk while using your wireless controller.
Phillips used to be one of the smaller players in the market, but in recent years has proven their worth in the gaming scene and in business monitors, where they frequently trade blows with Dell and HP in the pro-consumer market. The 241P4QPY is one of those pro-consumer monitors and offers a rare combination at such a cheap price – a 1080p AMVA panel with Displayport connectivity.
AMVA panels offer better colours and deeper blacks than TN screens and are more suited to all-round work than IPS panels. If you also wanted to put up a multi-monitor setup using Displayport and a MST hub (to hook up three monitors to one connection), this is the monitor for you. It also runs at 75Hz refresh rates, so overall visuals will be smoother as well.
Dell doesn’t usually feature in a gaming scenario, but the U2412M is such a brilliant monitor for the price because it is one of the better monitors for lag-free gaming out there. Dell’s controller for the U2412M also opens up options to hook up your computer using DVI, D-Sub or Displayport and the 1920 x 1200 resolution (yeah, you read that correctly) makes it one of the few 16:10 aspect ratio panels on the market.
It also has a IPS panel and a rather flexible desk stand. Its possible to adjust it for more height and you can also rotate it vertically to give you a really nice way to work on web pages and browse forums. This also means that if you buy three of them, you’ll have zero issues with testing out whether you prefer a landscape or portrait multi-monitor configuration.
For the last few months there’s been a big wave of gamers in overseas countries with disposable income picking up these cheap, 27-inch South Korean-made monitors that use panels that were initially made for Apple’s Cinema Display family, but were rejected by quality testing for whatever reason. Instead of the rejected monitors being destroyed, however, they are instead built into some very cheap chassis and sold for half the regular price to anyone who wants it.
There are several versions of these monitors floating around under some well-known Korean brand names like Catleap, QNIX and Shimian and they’re all designed to do different things – some are able to run at 120Hz refresh rates, others are made for all-round use and the QNIX linked in here belongs somewhere in the middle, offering a Samsung-made PLS panel and a 2560 x 1440 native resolution.
144Hz. G-Sync compatibility. Light boost. 3D conversion. If any of those words give you a nerdgasm, this is probably your most-wanted monitor of all time. The VG248QE is one of the few monitors that can hit 144Hz native refresh rates and it also serves as the development mule for Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, which refreshes the monitor at the same rate as the frame rate from your video card, removing issues like stuttering, tearing and lag from V-Sync.
Gaming with Lightboost is also possible with this monitor, which also does a lot for making games feel smoother and more immersive. Note, however, that not only are G-Sync upgrades for this monitor almost impossible to find outside of the US, you would also need something like a Geforce GTX780 or a Radeon R9 290 to run this monitor at 144Hz consistently.