Just like any piece of computer hardware a good gaming monitor is crucial to your gaming performance. A poor gaming monitor can lead to ghosting, eye strain/damage, and a less enjoyable atmosphere. It’s also extremely important to consider the size of monitor you want. A monitor that is too large can make it difficult for you to see the entire screen at one time, leading to ineffective game play. Productivity501.com mentions that it’s better to use a monitor right around 24 inches for maximum productivity. A monitor smaller or larger than 24 inches can often have a negative effect.
Here’s a list of our top 10 best gaming monitors of 2011. See our Monitor term guide below!
|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.|
Monitor Term Guide
Other important considerations include response time. Response time is basically the time it takes for a pixel to go out to the darkest dark and then back again to the whitest white. A good gaming monitor will have a response time of better than 3ms. A monitor with 5ms or more can cause eye strain and damage after long hours of gaming. Other negative effects from a having a low response time include ghosted images while gaming.
For a brilliant picture consider your monitors contrast ratio. It can be a bit tricky to try and compare contrast ratios between monitors. If one of the specifications is DCR or Dynamic contrast ratio, then that is a figure that you can compare across brand names. A good Contrast Ratio will allow for brighter colors and a better gaming experience.
LED or LCD?
LED monitors are more energy efficient and essentially are LCD monitors which have LED lights for backlighting. LED monitors don’t use mercury in building so they are more environmentally friendly. Some gamers have complained that LED monitors have “backlight” bleeding although from our experience this is from poor quality materials and manufacturers rather than LED specific.
Most computer monitors now include a DVI input but some gamers may want an HDMI input for easy audio and video connectivity. Older computers may only have a RGA input in the back (not a problem for most gamers who update their video card every 12-24 months).
Tilt and Swivel
Consider the tilt and swivel options of your monitor. If you like to see your monitor at a certain angle, then be sure that the stand is adjustable to your liking.