Rodger: Spit it, Sam (relaxing on a chair with a beer in one hand and a joystick in other in front of his PC)
Sam: I want a monitor for gaming but “What makes a monitor “a gaming monitor”?” “Is not my regular monitor for work good for gaming?” and…
Rodger: Hold on Sam…read my blog down there. If you still have a problem, knock on my table buddy, thank me later. (wink)
Regular Monitor VS Gaming Monitor
A monitor of your computer set up is a crucial unit responsible for generating the results either in a good way or worst. Look at your monitor first, what’s its native resolution? Does it have a response time? And what about the refresh rate?
Can you tick check for these three basic elements and say yes, it has a high resolution, minimum response time, and a high refresh rate? If yes, then you can play games on this monitor like RTS and FPS games pretty easily. BUT still, there are a few more things that might be missing here: the Adaptive-Sync (via G-Sync or FreeSync) and Flicker-Free Technology, etc.
We don’t want to make you confused over these terms as it might seem alien to you at first glance, however, for a gaming monitor, these are the additional features that make a monitor “A Gaming Monitor”.
However, here is a myth, or should we say an overestimation for a gaming monitor to pronounce something extraordinary or making it too prominent or cool among the others. What they are and how they affect a gamer is something that is the reflection of a regular monitor at the same time has more potential than the ordinary one. We will put some light on the other side of the coin later, first let us distinguish between a regular monitor and a gaming monitor.
What do we learn from our experience with both types of monitors?
We have learned about two aspects from both types.
For gaming, yes you need a gaming monitor without any confusing statement. Because a gaming monitor offers too many great features to compete aggressively in gaming and it’s all about speed and smoothness, the gaming monitor is packed with all, to ensure you get that.
These additional properties make a gaming monitor pricey as well, which could be a bottleneck for those who want an affordable one. Nevertheless, the good part is, there are now many options available as a budget gaming monitor that will not cost you more than &200.
Without these additional features that somehow level up your gaming experience in many ways, there is still room for gaming in the absence of these features though on an ordinary monitor. Although there is very much possibility of flickering in RTS or FPS gaming and you wouldn’t be able to have a high frame rate but distorting images, it all depends on the type of games you like to play. If you intend to breach high-end or most demanding game titles, then it’s not a very good pick. Although for old game titles with less popularity, these monitors can do the job.
After all, a gaming monitor is first a regular monitor then it is enchanted with add-on features, increasing in price. So, what we have concluded here is, you better invest in a gaming monitor if you speculate future chances of getting into a serious tough sort of gaming where you really want to beat your competitors. Or another good reason to buy a gaming monitor is when you feel the NEED for it out of curiosity and gain the best gaming experience for yourself.
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