Welcome to the final part of our monitor purchasing guide! Here we want to make sure you feel comfortable to decide which to buy after today. A quick recap if you missed what we have discussed previously, you can check them out here: Part 1- Monitor Specs and Part 2- Panel Types.
Surfing the Internet, Watching videos, and light gaming
Most people use the desktop to surf the Internet, watch videos, and some gaming occasionally. Thanks to cellphones, tablets, and other devices, the averages time that normal users spent on their desktops are less than 2 hours/ day. For such a light usage, there is really no requirement on monitors. Indeed, the cheap monitor is the best choice here. Bottom line: 23/24-inch 1080P monitor like the LG 24M38D-B is what we want.
NOTE: At around $130 you can choose from LG, ACER, or BENQ on their entry level models.
MMO/MOBA gaming and intensive multimedia
Keyword: Cost Effective
People under this group normally spend extensive time on their PC. 6-8 hours per day is quite common. As a result, we need to talk about monitors. Standard monitors can work; however, they can cause eye fatigue, deteriorated vision, and dry/red eyes. Therefore, we recommend entry level IPS monitors like the LG 24MP48HQ. IPS monitor offers better image quality in games, supports a wider viewing angle, and is ideal for long-time use thanks to better brightness/contrast control. People may argue why don’t you recommend 144 Hz gaming monitors? because most RPG/MOBA games are not FPS intensive. 60 Hz monitors will handle them just fine.
NOTE: for around $170, you can easily find ASUS and LG entry level IPS monitors. These are, in general, our No. 1 recommended monitor for all purpose.
FPS/Racing gaming and E-sports
Keyword: 144 Hz
For those who play lots of FPS games or those who play games for a living, 144 Hz gaming monitor is a must have. 60 Hz simply cannot handle the intensity from pro gamers. In order to eliminate ghosting, scattering, and motion blur, you want to use the fastest monitor you can find on the market. Therefore. been used and recommended by most professional gamers, the BENQ XL series are crowned as the king of gaming monitors.
NOTE: Both BENQ and ASUS are big players in the gaming monitor industry. Acer also joined the battle since 2015. Apparently, most gaming monitors use TN panels. However, ASUS offer a few premium models with IPS panels. In trade, the response time is 4 ms instead of 1 ms. Acer on the other hand, just love to offer you ultra wide 21:9 screens.
Extended office work and coding
This is one tricky but important category. People who type, read, or code all day long need a monitor that can reduce the impact of eye fatigue. The DELL P-series monitors are considered the most comfortable monitors for long-time usage. Thanks to DELL’s 3H anti-glare coating and well-tunned brightness/contrast, they are perfect monitors for those who look at white backgrounds all day long.
NOTE: For the same purpose, entry level IPS monitors can offer similar results. However, if you compare the DELL P-Series with an IPS monitor side by side, you will notice P-series will have a slightly greyer/less hurting image output.
Keyword: 99% colour accuracy
For world’s pickiest eyes, only the most advanced monitors can do the job. What makes a good monitor into a great monitor? Colour reproduction and colour depth. Therefore, With 1.07 billion colours, 99.5% Adobe RGB colour reproduction, the DELL Ultrasharp premium monitor is the most common pick for designers and photographers. In addition, Eizo also plays an important role in this market where most other manufacturers decided to retreat. Furthermore, Apple’s cinema display has the same high standard as the DELL ultrasharp. The only difference is the glossy screen vs. DELL’s matte screen.
NOTE: Even within DELL’s Ultrasharp series, there are premium models and standard models. When choosing your monitor make sure to check if it is 16.7 million colours or 1.07 billion colours. Indeed, This makes a huge difference. In the meanwhile, collect more information and ask experienced users before you buy an Eizo monitor. There are 7 sub-categories you can choose from!
G-Sync? If you have a powerful rig and a flagship graphic card like the GTX 1080/1070, you can take the advantage of a G-Sync monitor like the ASUS PG278Q. However, do not be too bias about G-Sync. Most games will not show a huge difference with or without G-Sync.
Ultrawide? I personally love ultrawide monitors but don’t forget that not all games support the resolution. However, if you use ultrawide for work, it is really a pleasing experience. Highly recommended. Again, Ultrawide is not a must. It is only a more premium option that costs you extra.
Here is a quick recap of what we have discussed today:
- Normal Use – Any cheap 1080P monitor
- MMO/MOBA Gaming – Entry level IPS monitor
- FPS/Racing Games – 144 Hz, 1 ms gaming monitor
- Longtime Office Work – Anti-glare, low contrast monitor
- Professional Use – IPS monitor with 1.07 billion colour and 99%+ Adobe RGB colour
- Just want to spend my extra money – Curved ultrawide IPS monitor