On this occasion, we will focus on explaining the different types of monitors and their functions. In addition we will show you the advantages and disadvantages of each of them. You will see that if they are there, it is for something, and you will know which one you need.
Without further ado, let’s move on to the article.
What is a monitor?
Yes, I know, many of you will be saying now: what silly question is that? But the reality is that you would be surprised to know how little knowledge there is about these peripherals. People confuse them with televisions very often and do not know their properties. Unlike televisions, monitors do not have the built-in sound. Some monitors had and they have, but the sound is so bad and they sell so little, that except for a miracle, they will disappear completely.
So, why do I want a monitor? Simple. Do you play competitive in shooters, MOBAs or Battle Royale games? Then stay because the information that we are going to give you will not find it in many places. Are you not a professional and simply play online or titles with campaigns and history? Well now I will tell you what is best for you.
The attack of the gourmets
The FPS in video games is like modern art: everyone talks about it but few understand what it is about. It is normal for this to happen since it is quite complex. Perhaps the blame has some information disseminators who only sell the: “the more FPS is cooler” or “on your PC you only play at 40 FPS, that’s bad”. Needless to say, in this, as in many other things, we find ‘posers’ who can confuse people who do not know.
So, for you and me, who are mere mortals, I leave you monitors that will amply cover your needs.
The personal part
The only thing that we will not be able to advise you is the size of the monitor. Why? Because it is the most subjective and personal of all. There are people who do not have a large desk or hole to put a large monitor. Others, on the other hand, do not like small screens and the more inches, the better. You also find people who do not want to “go blind” because they play very close to the monitor and because they can not have distance, they prefer it more reduced.
This is why the choice is yours. Particularly the monitors of 19 and 22 inches seem small. The 24 and 25 inches can be very good, and the 27 and 28 inches will delight those who enjoy large screens. Logically, if you want to play on a 42-inch screen, better buy a TV, because monitors like this you will not find.
Knowing the Heresies.
Once you have chosen the size, go with the hertz. No, Hercio is not the main character of Assassins Creed 2. Hertzies are the refresh rate of the monitors (and televisions). Although it is not 100% accurate, simplifying we will say that 1 Hertz (Hz) is equal to 1 ‘Frame’ per Second (FPS). A frame or frame is each one of the snapshots in which an animation or recording is divided .
Because of this, when it is said that a game goes to 30 FPS, it means that it works at 30 frames per second. The more frames per second there are, the more fluidity there will be in the game. Although this has a limit and then we will talk about it. This is why if you buy a 60Hz monitor, the games will see a maximum of 60 FPS. It does not matter if you have a NASA Gaming PC and the games go to 400FPS. If your monitor has 60 Hertz you will not see beyond these.
Is it necessary more than 60 Hertz to play? If you are a simple and poor mortal like us, no. We are not professionals nor do we have the reflexes of Chuck Norris and John Wick together. Here we leave you two perfect monitors to play without complications. 24-inch model and 27-inch model.
What if I like curves?
Once the bad joke is done, we go with the explanation. The curved monitors appeared a couple of years ago. Most people find it uncomfortable, and it’s normal. They are not monitors designed to work, watch movies or everyday use. Curved monitors are used for short distance. They accommodate the view and allow greater immersion in games, especially in competitive shooters. Therefore, if you want to be a professional in CSGO, Overwatch or others, a curved monitor is what you need.
Here we leave you two gaming models, one of 24 inches and another with 27.
Professional? Advised monitors
Calm down, now it’s your turn, we’ll talk about what’s best for you. For starters, 60 Hz is not enough, you need more than that. You have to develop your reflexes to the maximum until you catch flies with chopsticks as they did in Karate Kid. It does not make sense to buy monitors of 75 Hz or 100 Hz and it is best to jump directly to the 144 Hz. Do they exist with more hertz? Yes, there are screens of 200 Hz and 250 Hz. Is it noticeable? The truth is, no. It’s more marketing than reality.
Obviating the very clear suggestion of some, science is science. It is true that you can train your perception and sharpen your reflexes. The human eye has a processing speed limit, and from there it can not be passed. There are studies like Bloch’s law that ratify it. As of 120 FPS the change is less noticeable and the eye can not register more than 150 frames per second. At least the human eyes and brains (we know that there are bipedal wonders among us).
Now seriously, the most incredible results were found in some combat pilots, who came to appreciate the 200 FPS in training simulations. But as we are not combat pilots and believe us with their own reflexes is to be deluded, we are left with what we have. Pay attention to the reality that you perceive and not to the many ‘Neos’ that there are on the Internet dodging bullets.
That is why we recommend you take the jump from 60 Hz to 144 Hz. Here you have two models, the 24-inch and here another 27. And if you want to be the master of your neighborhood, you can buy a monitor that is curved and have 144 Hz. Here you have it, ready to be yours.
And the IPS? What is that?
If watching monitors see those acronyms, do not stress. IPS is a screen with a different chromatic and light technology. This means that the images are not seen as in the rest of the monitors. IPSs often saturate the colors and change the contrast of the image, which seems to be more alive. While the other monitors give you the natural colors (or with darker shades), with the IPS you will have a more powerful visual appeal.
Does not change anything remarkable in the gameplay and is something more aesthetic. Here you have an IPS monitor so you can take a look at it.
Other urban legends
From the creators of “the more FPS the cooler” they arrive: “The less the more the better”. What is ms? It is an abbreviation of milliseconds. We will summarize it quickly and simply as what is the response time. It is the speed with which a monitor refreshes and changes what happens on the screen. This is mainly claimed to avoid the “ghost effect” in games like CSGO. We would explain this effect but this entry is being eternal and we want you to be able to play, finish your studies, go to sleep, and so on.
Is what is said real? Well, no. It is, again, more marketing than anything else. Why? Because the gurus of the ms and the FPS do not take into account the ‘Input lag’. Yes, another thing to add to the jargon. The input lag is the sum of the response time (ms) plus the processing time. If the processing time is high, it does not matter if you go to 1ms, 2ms or 5ms. With a very high Input lag, you will have some disadvantage in competitive games. Depending on the monitor, it can be up to 5 frames of delay. This is why competitive players play on monitors and not televisions. Televisions usually have a very high input lag.
A 5ms monitor with faster processing will be better than a 1ms monitor slower to process. This can be noticed in elite players, where every thousandth of a second counts. Play the LoL, CSGO or Fortnite, victory or defeat is measured as such.
We leave to the margin and for another article things like the 2K and the 4K. Also the famous G-Sync that is now putting Nvidia in fashion.