Top gaming monitors available in SA

Gamers definitely want the best window into the virtual worlds before them. As with most things in life, size matters in the screen arena too, but other key factors are backlighting (typically fluorescent or LED these days), a good response time (nothing more than 8ms), and a good contrast ratio.

Below is a list of screens that we think would be great for gaming.

We have balanced size, response time, and resolution, and made sure they were all available in South Africa.

Price took a back seat, but fear not, we will have an “affordable” screen round up coming soon.

ASUS VG248QE 24-inch LED Monitor – R6,100.00

Rated highly for its speed by PC Mag and TechRadar, this monitor was recommended by both sites for gaming. It scored a relatively low 3.5/5 overall in both reviews, though.

This screen has a 1ms response time, a 16:9 aspect ratio, 1920 x 1080 resolution, and a contrast ratio of 80 000 000:1 – a solid choice for gaming.

ASUS VG248QE

ASUS VG248QE

Dell UltraSharp U3014 30-inch monitor – R16,600

The Dell scored a 4.5/5 on PC Mag and was praised on Anandtech for its prowess and speed.

It comes with a resolution of 2560 x 1600, a 16:10 apect ratio, a 6ms response time, and a contrast ratio of 1000:1.

Dell UltraSharp U3014

Dell UltraSharp U3014

BenQ XL2420TX 24-inch monitor – R9,500

This pricey little package fared well in a hands-on review by Tech Tree and PC Mag, and was awarded 4/5 by both sites.

Its stats are quite impressive too – a 16:9 aspect ratio, 1920 x 1080 resolution, 2ms response time, and a 1000:1 contrast ratio

 BenQ XL2420TX

BenQ XL2420TX

AOC G2460PQU 24-inch LCD – R5,200

The AOC cracked 4/5 on TechRadar and PC Advisor, both praising its quick response time.

Its specs are: 1920 x 1080 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, 80 000 000:1 contrast ratio, and a 1ms response time.

AOC G2460PQU

AOC G2460PQU

ASUS PB278Q 27-inch LED – R9,200.00

The Asus scored well in PC Mag (4/5) and was recommended by Hot Hardware for its ability to “handle gameplay”.

The Asus screen comes with the standard 16:9 ratio, a response time of 5ms, 2560 x 1440 resolution, and a 80 000 000:1 contrast ratio.

ASUS PB278Q

ASUS PB278Q

ASUS PQ321Q 31.5″ (4K) LED – R52,000.00

This one we added in soley because it was over R50 000. The ultra-high definition screen comes with a 3840 x 2160 resolution, a 21:9 aspect ratio, a 8ms response time, and a contrast ratio of 800:1. Not ideal for gaming, but you would want one for the prestige alone. If you had more money than brains, that is.

PC Mag gave it a a 3.5/5 – due to the enormous price tag – while Anandtech awarded their Editor’s Choice: Silver rating.

ASUS PQ321Q

ASUS PQ321Q

Are any of you running one of these monitors? If so, let us know how they perform.

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