Choosing the right gaming monitor is more important than most gamers think. A monitor which has input lag or ghosting can cause small delays that can give your opponent a large advantage on the battlefield. In this post we’ll review a few of 2011′s best gaming monitors.
Viewsonic VX2753MH 27 Inch LED Monitor Review
Viewsonic released the the VX2753MH-LED along with the VX2453MH-LED in the second quarter of the year to replace the VX “WM” series of LCD monitors which included the highly rated VX2739WM, the world’s first 1ms response time 27 inch computer monitor. Because of it’s overall value and affordability it quickly went to the top of Amazon’s bestselling monitor list. We recently purchased the 27 inch version of this series to replace an older 22 inch monitor that was no longer cutting it.
Design and Portability
With it’s MH series Viewsonic took all of the best technology from the WM series and added a few design modifications that make it even better. They took out much of the weight making it even thinner than beofre (10 pounds for the 27 inch version and 9 for the 24 inch) and made it super portable by allowing you to remove the stand base and use the back portion as a book stand. After taking it out of the box we found it a little bit difficult to move the stand back and do this, but once it’s in place it works well.
LED LCD Backlighting
Viewsonic has improved its LED backlighting technology with this design allowing for the LED lights to completely turn off in the back. It also saves you money by being more energy efficient than fluorescent lit LCD monitors. While these features are certainly great one of the biggest advantages that this monitor has is just how light on your eyes it is. I work from home writing during the game and no longer have issues with eye strain when I game at night.
A quick response time is essential for preventing ghosting and tearing issues. The VX2753MH-LED has a response time of 1ms and from dual monitor CRT tests we’ve seen no noticeable input lag. The 24 inch version of this monitor has a 2ms response time.
Like most new gaming monitors the VX2753MH-LED comes with full HD 1920x1080p resolution. What sets this particular monitor apart is it’s 30,000,00:1 dynamic contrast ratio along with the darker blacks from the completely dimmed LED lights. The color and clarity is amazing during game play.
The 27 and 24 inch versions of this monitor come with 2 HDMI and a VGA connector. While it does come with a DVI to HDMI converter in the box I had trouble fitting this between my video card and the case. You’ll want to purchase a separate DVI to HDMI cable with this monitor if your video card only has DVI ports.
The built-in speakers for this model claim to have SRS premium surround sound but are more convenient for browsing than anything. When you use them they have a “tin” sound that is less than ideal, but then again you certainly aren’t purchasing this monitor for the speakers.
A 3 year warranty is included with the purchase of this monitor that includes Viewsonic’s industry leading Pixel Performance Guarantee.
There are many great options in this size of monitor but overall this is one of the best. While the difference in the size of the 27 and 24 inch versions is dramatic it’s still may be tempting to purchase the 24 inch monitor for $199 vs. the 27 inch version for around $330 and put that hard earned cash towards something else.
Top 10 Best Gaming PC Monitors for 2012
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|Product Name||Price||Resolution / Refresh Rate/ Connectors||Contrast Ratio/ Response Time/ Other||Warranty Information|
|Viewsonic VX2453MH-LED 24-Inch Ultra-thin Widescreen LED Monitor - Black||Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, H 24 - 83kHz, V 50 - 75Hz, and D-Sub,/ 2 x HDMI connectors.||30,000,000:1 "Mega" contrast ratio, 2ms response time, 250 cd/m2 brightness rating, and tilt adjustable.||3 Years|
|Samsung PX2370 23-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor with LED Backlight Ultra-Thin||Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, DVI, and HDMI connectors.||Dynamic 5M:1, 2ms, 16.7 Million display colors, Magic Lux, Magic Eco, and 100 % sRGB color standard reproduction.||A 3 year Samsung limited parts and labor warranty is included.|
|ASUS ML248H 24-Inch 1920x1080 LED Monitor Ultra-Slim with Ergo Fit||Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, H 30 - 83 KHz, V 50 - 76 Hz, D-Sub, and HDMI Connectors||Asus Smart Contrast Ratio 10,000,000:1, 2ms gray to gray response time, includes a ring stand which allows you to easily tilt and swivel the monitor into position, 16.7 Million display colors, 250 cd/m2 brightness standard, LED Backlight energy savings, and comes with LED Touch-Sensor Buttons.||3 year Asus manufacturer's warranty.|
|Viewsonic VX2753MH-LED 27-Inch LED Monitor||HD 1920 x 1080p resolution, 24 - 83kHz horizontal refresh rate, 2HDMI and a VGA connector (comes with a HDMI to DVI converter and an HDMI cable).||30,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 1ms response time, 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 300 cd/m2 brightness rating, tilt adjustable Down -5°, Up 20, and built-in 2Wx2 speakers.||3 year parts and labor warranty with Viewsonic's Pixel Performance guarantee.|
|ViewSonic VA2702W 27-Inch Full HD 1080p Widescreen LCD Monitor with DVI and VGA Inputs - Black||Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, D-Sub, DVI connectors||Dynamic Contrast Ratio of 60,000:1, 3ms response time, and 300 cd/m2 brightness rating.||3 years|
|ASUS VH236H 23 Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor - Black||Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, H 30-83 KHz, V 50-75 Hz, D-Sub, DVI, HDMI||Asus Smart Contrast Ratio of 20,000:1, 2ms response time, energy star compliant, tilt adjustable, 2W x 2 Stereo, RMS||3 Years|
|ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor - Black||Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, H 30 - 80 KHz, V 55 - 75 Hz, and D-Sub, DVI, and HDMI connectors.||Asus Smart Contrast Ratio of 20,000:1, 2ms response time, 2W x 2 Stereo, RMS, and tilt adjustable.||3 year Asus manufacturer's warranty.|
|Samsung BX2231 21.5-Inch Widescreen LED-Backlit LCD Monitor (Black) Ultra-slim||Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, D-Sub, HDMI x2||5 Million to 1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, 2ms gray to gray response time, and reduces power consumption up to 40% with LED backlighting.||3 Years|
|ASUS VH238H 23-Inch LED Monitor||Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, H 31 - 79 KHz, V 56 - 75 Hz, and D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI connectors.||Asus Smart Contrast Ratio of 50,000,000:1, 2ms response time, 16.7 Million display colors, LED Backlight, and 250 cd/m2 brightness rating.||3 year Asus manufacturer's warranty.|
|ASUS VW224U 22-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor - Black||1680 x 1050 resolution, H 30-82 KHz, V 56-76 Hz, and D-Sub, DVI-D connectors.||Asus Smart Contrast Ratio 5,000:1, 2ms response time, 22-Inch Wide(16:10) screen with Splendid Video Enhancement Technology, 16.7 Million display colors, brightness rating 300 cd/m2, and 2 x 1W integrated speakers.||3 year Asus manufacturer's warranty.|
|ViewSonic VX2739WM 27-Inch 1920x1080 Full HD Monitor - Mostly out of stock at this point - See if you can find it used or refurbished.||Full HD 1920 x 1080, H 24kHz - 83kHz V 50Hz - 76Hz, D-Sub, DVI, HDMI||Dynamic 100,000:1, 1ms (first 27 inch 1ms response time monitor), Tilt adjustable, built-in speakers, VESA Mount 200mm x 100mm, Anti-glare coating with glossy screen.||A full 3 year warranty is included with Viewsonic's Pixel Performance Guarantee.|